Revolution in CMOS sensors


Mu-43 Regular
Jan 29, 2011
People's Republic of Maryland
As part of my job, I deal with a lot of exotic cameras for scientific imaging. CCD technology has been dominant in that field for many years. The low production cost of CMOS technology has always had appeal to these manufacturers but the poor performance of CMOS in comparison to CCDs for scientific imaging has been an impediment to their use.

Recently, a consortium of interested parties, including Andor Technology, Fairchild Imaging and PCO Imaging, designed a CMOS for scientific purposes and approached manufacturers about making it.

Note that, because of manufacturing methods of CMOS, increased resolution, or pixel count, is not a huge cost obstacle compared to CCD. So, wouldn't it be great if we could get this technology into the pro-sumer digicam market?

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