Record high-speed IR recordings with extremely low noise

The discovery of electron-initiated avalanche photodiodes (e-APD) using mercury-cadmium-telluride (MCT) semiconductor materials enabled a major breakthrough in SWIR imaging.

C-RED One uses a unique 320 x 256 pixel HgCdTe e-APD array with a pixel pitch of 24 µm. The sensor enables sub-electron readout noise and uses the noise-free multiplication gain of the e-APD and the non-destructive readout capability. The system is able to read out several regions of interest (ROI). This enables a faster frame rate (10 KHz) with unprecedented sub-electron readout noise. The sensor is cooled down to a cryogenic temperature (80 K) via an integrated and reliable pulse tube. Several readout modes (global reset, rolling reset, single read, CDS or non-destructive reads) are possible.

C-RED One opens up completely new possibilities in terms of sensitivity and speed in the field of scientific SWIR cameras.

Technical specification


C-RED One cooled SWIR camera

Data sheet 



19,4 kg


238 × 180 × 365 mm without lens

Lens thread



CameraLink Full

Pixel Pitch

24 μm


320 x 256

Spectral sensitivity

H-band configuration (0.8 - 1.75 μm) with f / 4 baffle

K-band configuration (0.8 - 2.43 μm) with f / 20 baffle

Quantum efficiency

> 60 % von 1,1 µm bis 2,4 µm (J, H, K)

Read rate (full frame)

3500 fps

Noise (at 3500 fps and ~ 50 gain with a view to blackbody emitters at 80 k)

< 1 electrons

Dark current (with a view to blackbody emitters at 80 k and e-APD gain x10)

80 e-/p/s

Operating temperature of the detector (no LN2)

90 k


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