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Fairchild Imaging, a division of BAE Systems, Inc., is a designer, developer, and manufacturer of imaging products. The firm’s main office is located in San Jose, California, and it has a headcount of 140 employees.
The company’s lineup has applications in the life sciences, photography, professional video, medical, aerospace, machine vision, defense, security and surveillance, and automotive industries. Fairchild Imaging’s catalog includes scientific CMOS (sCMOS) sensors, thermal camera cores, and custom products. It also produces x-ray imaging components used for optical, dental, and medical purposes.
The firm began its existence in 1920 as Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation. Founder Sherman Fairchild launched the business to sell his groundbreaking camera shutter/lens system and timing mechanism. The scientist and industrialist’s innovation kicked off the first wave of accurate aerial photography.
In 1957, the executive provided a team of engineers with the funding necessary to create a new subsidiary called Fairchild Semiconductor. That company played a key role in establishing the technological innovation hub now known as Silicon Valley. After several decades and a series of mergers and acquisitions, the firm became a part of BAE Systems.
One recent example of Fairchild Imaging's commitment to innovation is its Athena1920 Thermal Camera Core. It is notable for being the first uncooled commercial product of its type to capture 1920 x 1200 high definition footage. The item also utilizes a 12µm pixel pitch and a 60Hz frame rate to record dynamic imagery in startling clarity.
Despite its discreet 51 mm x 40 mm x 21mm form factor, the Athena1920 offers eight-times the field of view as traditional video graphics arrays (VGA) systems.
Throughout its history, Fairchild Imaging has developed the products that have laid the groundwork for the future. That will not change as the company enters its second century in operation.