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Located in Milpitas, California, in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Fairchild Imaging is a pioneer in the CCD industry.

We recognize our products are only as good as our people who develop them. We are therefore looking for passionate, innovative people who enjoy the challenges of technology.

We offer competitive salaries, outstanding benefits, a 9/80 work schedule and a fun and creative working environment.

If you are looking for a career that offers challenging, diverse opportunities and the possibility of creating the scientific and technological advances of the 21st century, explore our job listing and send your resume today.

Please use the link to the BAE Systems website at the bottom of the page to submit your application online.

U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency required.  Fairchild Imaging is an equal opportunity employer.

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Our History

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More than 70 years ago, American scientist and industrialist Sherman Fairchild invented an efficient between-the-lens camera shutter and associated timing mechanism that enabled accurate aerial photography for the first time. Since then aerial photography has evolved into aerial surveillance of our earth for military and commercial needs as well as capturing the birth of other worlds in far off galaxies. We are justly proud of our heritage of providing extraordinary electronic imaging solutions for virtually every electronic imaging application.

Fairchild Imaging is the direct descendant of the original Fairchild Companies, through its successive owner companies, Schlumberger, Weston, Loral, Lockheed Martin, and BAE Systems.

Fairchild Imaging successfully developed and produced the first commercial charge coupled device in 1973. Since that time, Fairchild Imaging has delivered hundreds of thousands of imaging devices in every shape, size and configuration.

We have been a pioneer in electronic imaging firsts. We were the first to produce defense electronic imagers in volume, the first to develop commercial imagers for satellite resource mapping, the first to successfully integrate electronic imaging into fax machines and bar code readers. In the late 1980s to early 1990s we introduced commercial dental X-ray sensors and the digital spot mammography camera.

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All of our successes have been attributed to the technology requirements of our customers. To continue to meet their needs we have continued to push the limits of the technology. We pride ourselves on the number of strategic partnerships we have retained over the last 25 years. In the late 1980s Fairchild Imaging developed the first of many thousands of wafer scale parts. These parts are the mainstay in products such as the 16 mega-pixel medium format camera-back for professional photography and the 81-million pixel devices for aerial reconnaissance. No other manufacturer in the world routinely produces 4K x 4K 60-mm x 60-mm CCDs let alone 9k x 9k 81mm x 81mm devices.

More recently, we added CMOS imaging technology to our repertoire as we continue to push the state-of-the-art in electronic imaging. New CMOS product include an ultra low noise line scan sensor and the new CCD / CMOS hybrid which combines the best of CCD image quality with the highly multiplexed, low-noise high-speed readout capabilities of CMOS.

No other company can claim experience that's more extensive, more varied, or more successful. We have a dedicated technical staff to provide worldwide customer support with application specific designs and products.

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Latest News

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Posted on Fri, 10/31/2014
Lattice Semiconductor, Fairchild Imaging and Helion Vision Demo FPGA-Based Image Sensor Solution   BusinessWire: Lattice Semiconductor, Fairchild Imaging and Helion Vision demonstrate a new image sensor solution based on Fairchild Imaging’s HWK1910A image sensor and Helion Vision’...
Posted on Tue, 02/04/2014
Date: 2/4/14 Large Format sCMOS2.0 Imagers to Deliver Image Quality without Compromise San Francisco, February 4, 2014 — Fairchild Imaging, the premier supplier of high performance CMOS image sensors, today announced that it will be introducing the next generation sCMOS2.0 sensor technologies...
Posted on Tue, 04/02/2013
Large Pixel Imagers Deliver Image Quality Without Compromise Las Vegas, NV, April 8, 2013— Fairchild Imaging by BAE Systems, the premier supplier of large format, high performance CMOS image sensors, today announced that it will be exhibiting its cinema quality scientific CMOS (sCMOS) image...
Posted on Tue, 04/02/2013
Large Pixel Imager Delivers 35dB at 1 Lux f/1.2 Color Las Vegas, April 10, 2013— Fairchild Imaging by BAE Systems, the premier supplier of large format, high performance CMOS image sensors, today announced that it will be demonstrating the extreme low light performance of its scientific CMOS...
Posted on Tue, 04/02/2013
 We will be exhibiting two of our latest product offerings at the 2013 DSS - Defense, Security, & Sensing Exhibition in Baltimore, MD April 30 - May 2.  The first is our HD CMOS sensor which displays an unparalleled combination of ultra-low noise and large dynamic range in a low...
Posted on Mon, 01/07/2013
We are proud to announce that BAE Systems Imaging Solutions, and it's Fairchild Imaging Product Line, has been assessed and certified as meeting the requirements of ISO 9001 : 2008 for the following activities:  design, manufacture, test and market of electronic imaging sensors, technology...
Posted on Sat, 11/10/2012
Come see the latest Scientific CMOS (sCMOS) sensor technology at Booth Number 4416 during the Photonics West 2013 exhibition in San Francisco, California.  We will be showing the newly available CIS 2521F sensor which offers 5.5 Megapixels of high dynamic range, high speed readout with less...
Posted on Wed, 08/17/2011
Milpitas, CA, August 17, 2011— BAE Systems Imaging Solutions introduces the latest member of the new scientific CMOS (sCMOS) family which has received an immense response from the imaging market. This new sensor has 6.5 micron square pixels in a 1920x1080 format and is based on the same 5T...
Posted on Mon, 04/04/2011
April 4, 2011, ARLINGTON, Virginia – BAE Systems has completed the acquisition of the outstanding equity of privately owned Fairchild Imaging, Inc. The proposed acquisition was announced January 21, 2011. Fairchild Imaging designs and manufactures solid-state electronic imaging components,...
Posted on Fri, 01/21/2011
ARLINGTON, Virginia, January 21, 2011 - BAE Systems today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Fairchild Imaging, Inc., a privately held company specializing in solid-state electronic imaging components, cameras, and systems for aerospace, industrial, medical, and...

Security & Surveillance

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Security & Surveillance
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In the last few years, we have seen an increase in the need for monitoring secure facilities, national borders, commercial transport centers and regions of mass transportation due to the threats against our country after the events of September 11, 2001. Over the same time period, imaging technology has continued to improve in quality while continuously dropping in price, making 24/7 monitoring of many commercial sites economically feasible.

While many Security and Surveillance systems today are of high quality, there are gaps in the performance of the current products that leave the monitoring equipment prone to failure or result in lapses in effective monitoring. For example, most imaging systems work optimally in bright daylight, but start to fail as the light levels get lower, as in early evening hours. One approach to mitigate this is to add accessory lighting to illuminate the targets in the field of view. This lighting requires additional power and maintenance over time, thus increasing the costs of operation of the system. Our Scientific CMOS (sCMOS) sensor technology addresses this problem by providing extremely high sensitivity to light and very low sensor noise. The result is the ability to collect usable images even through the dusk hours when most other systems fail. In addition, we have many other features that are helpful to this type of imaging as described below.

sCMOS Advantages for Security and Surveillance:

  • Ultra-low readout noise to preserve weak signals
  • Excellent light collection efficiency in the visible and Near Infra-red regions of the spectrum
  • Standard High Definition format (1920x1080) as well as SXGA format (1280x1024)
  • High Dynamic Range data to collect weak and strong signals in the same image
  • Excellent anti-blooming so there is no bleed-over of bright reflections into other parts of the image
  • Supra-video rate imaging capability to allow multi-frame processing for stabilization and image enhancement algorithms
  • Low cost packaging for high volume, price sensitive applications
  • Supports snapshot mode operation for still capture imaging

The Fairchild Imaging sCMOS Sensors offered for Security and Surveillance applications are listed below

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Sensors – Scientific CMOS (sCMOS)

Medical / Dental

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Medical / Dental
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Fairchild Imaging is a pioneer in digital x-ray imaging which began in the early 1980’s.  The first use of a Fairchild Imaging sensor in dental x-ray imaging was in 1988 when we developed our intra-oral sensor. Shortly thereafter we developed a line of extra-oral x-ray sensors for panoramic usage. Since that time tens of thousands of imaging assemblies using the patent protected Fairchild Imaging sensors have been supplied for both intra- and extra-oral use.

Also in the 80’s, we developed a unique way to remove the film from spot mammography machines and replace it with a digital imager (using the same Buckey cassette).  The sensor used was a large format, 6cm x 6cm CCD similar to the existing large format CCD in production today.

In addition to offering our unique sensors designs, we have extensive experience in applying fiber optics onto the surface of the sensors and then applying a range of X-ray scintillators to the surface of the fiber optic. With skilled team members and highly repeatable methods, our customers obtain a strong signal with low frequencies of defects in the image.

For new dental and medical applications, we are able to consider custom designs that leverage our key knowledge in sensors, fiber optics, scintillators, custom packaging and high volume manufacturing for FDA approved products. Listed below are examples of  products that we are currently manufacturing for key clients in high volume:

  • Intra-oral Dental X-ray imaging (exclusive products; not available for sale)
  • Panoramic Dental X-ray imaging
  • Biopsy X-ray imaging
  • Retinal Imaging
  • Corneal Imaging

Aerospace

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From the incredible pictures of outer space taken by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) to the digital images through a microscope, Fairchild Imaging sensors have been employed for virtually every high-performance imaging application.

Space based applications - We have a rich history of developing high performance imaging solutions for space imaging.  Our sensors have captured breathtaking imagery of the solar systems on board the HST, crashed into the comet Temple 1 for NASA’s Deep Impact Program, have provided stunning earth imagery from the KompSat-3 satellite and have explored Saturn on board the Cassini mission.  We also developed the imager for the Mars Pathfinder, also known as the IMP, which is a multi-spectral stereo imaging system which landed on Mars on July 4th 1997. The data returned from the IMP is helping scientists learn about the atmosphere, geology, and weather of Mars.  In addition to space exploration, our sensors are the key components on many ground based telescopes used in the field of astronomy.

Aerial Reconnaissance Applications - From our founding days, we have been developing imaging solutions for aerial surveillance applications.  This continues to hold true today with many of our high resolution sensors/ cameras being flown on aerial platforms worldwide for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (IRS) applications.

We also feature a number of off the shelf product offerings where high resolution, sensitivity, and dynamic range are characteristics necessary for the aerospace, defense, astronomy and ISR community.   

Scientific

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For decades, our Fairchild Imaging products have provided strategic advantages to our electronic imaging OEM customers in various scientific markets, including:

  • Optical and Electron Microscopy
  • X-ray crystallography
  • X-ray imaging
  • Astronomy

Because high resolution plays such a crucial role in scientific imaging, the Fairchild Imaging CMOS and CCD products continue to be the pre-eminent sensors used for extremely high-resolution solutions from the x-ray through the near infrared.

Our product architecture spans a range including the small format 0.9cm x 0.7cm (1280x1024) sCMOS sensor to the larger format 1.7cm x 1.4cm (2560x2160) sCMOS sensor to our wafer scale 6cm x 6cm (4k x 4k) CCD devices to our largest area array to date, the 8cm x 8cm (9,216 x 9,216) devices. All of these sensors have been designed to provide the highest performance available in the scientific application areas where they are employed.

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