The NeXT (New X-ray Telescope) satellite to be launched around 2010, has a large effective area in the 0.1-80
keV band with the use of the multilayer super mirror (HXT). As one of the focal plane detectors for NeXT,
we have been developing the Soft X-ray Imager (SXI). SXI consists of charge coupled devices (CCDs). In order
to increase the quantum efficiency (Q.E.) as high as possible, i.e., to detect X-rays collected by HXT as many
as possible, we developed a "fully-depleted and back-illuminated CCD" in the attempt to improve the Q.E.
of soft X-rays by the back-illuminated structure and that of hard X-rays by thickening of a depletion layer.
Thanks to a high-resistivity (over 10kΩ•cm) n-type Si, we have successfully developed Pch CCDs with very thick
depletion layer of over 300 micron, which is 4 times thicker than that of established X-ray MOS CCDs (for example
XIS, EPIC-MOS and ACIS-I). Furthermore, we have already confirmed we can thin a wafer down to 150 micron
independent of its resistivity from the experience of the development of the back supportless CCD. Based on
these successful results, we fabricated a test device of "fully depleted and back-illuminated CCD" with the high
resistivity (10kOhm cm) N-type Si thinned down to 200 micron. The pixel number and size are 512 x 512 and 24
x 24 μm, respectively. For optical blocking, we coated the surface with Al. We evaluated this test device and
confirmed the thickness of depletion layer reaches 200 micron as we expected. In this paper, we present progress in
development of these devices for SXI.