Our History

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.

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.