Sofradir was first to show a 10μm focal plane array (FPA) in DSS 2012, and announced the DAPHNIS 10μm product family back in 2014. This pixel pitch is key for enabling more compact sensors and increased resolution. SOFRADIR recently achieved outstanding MTF demonstration at this pixel pitch, which clearly demonstrate the benefit to users of adopting 10μm pixel pitch focal plane array based detectors. The last results, and associated gain in detection performance, are discussed in this paper.
Concurrently to pitch downsizing, SOFRADIR also works on a global offer using digital interfaces and smart pixel functionalities. This opens the road to enhanced functionalities such as improved image quality, higher frame rate, lower power consumption and optimum operation for wide thermal conditions scenes. This paper also discusses these enhanced features and strategies allowing easier integration of the detector in the system.