About Us

Fairchild Imaging, a division of BAE Systems Inc., designs, develops and manufactures solid-state imaging components and imaging systems.  We offer a variety of commercial off the shelf (COTS) components to address a myriad of imaging applications.  In addition, we can provide custom designed solutions for any particular set of requirements.

Since 2011, Fairchild Imaging has been a part of BAE Systems, a multinational defense, security and aerospace company, which employs more than 80,000 people worldwide.  Our wide ranging products and services cover air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security and information technology.  Combined, Fairchild Imaging and BAE Systems offer a unique capability to provide an unmatched combination of solutions for both defense and commercial imaging applications.

We are a descendent of the Fairchild family of companies, originally a part of Fairchild Semiconductor.  In 1973, we brought semiconductor-based electronic imaging to commercial reality with the world’s first commercially available CCDs.  Since then, we have had various new corporate owners including Schlumberger, Weston, Loral, Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems.  This also includes being held as a private company for 10 years prior to the latest BAE Systems acquisition in 2011.

While we started as a CCD manufacturer, we have added advanced CMOS imaging technology to our repertoire.  Ultra low noise CMOS (sCMOS) imaging is a particular strength of our technology.  The combination of CCD and/or CMOS imaging technology allows us to provide the best solution for any particular application.

Our facility is located in San Jose, CA, in the heart of Silicon Valley.  This facility is dedicated to the design and manufacture of electronic focal planes and electronic imaging systems.  All sensor design and prototype engineering is done in our facility while wafer fabrication and high volume packaging are outsourced for increased production efficiency and reduced costs.  Resident manufacturing processes are maintained for specialty products and include semiconductor wafer dicing, packaging, precision die alignment, fiber-optic element attachment and X-ray scintillator attachment.  Electronic system design and manufacture are also performed in our facility.

We offer custom capabilities in solid state electronics imaging arrays suitable for diverse applications such as astronomical imaging, aerial reconnaissance, aerial mapping, spectrographic analysis, star tracking, missile seekers, dental and medical radiography, security and surveillance, x-ray diffraction and other state-of-the-art military, industrial and scientific measurement applications. 

We are a registered ISO 9001:2008 company and many of our products are CE or UL approved.