DALSA delivers largest CCD sensor to US Naval Observatory

JUNE 20--DALSA Semiconductor, a division of DALSA Corporation (Waterloo, ON, Canada; www.dalsa.com), has successfully fabricated and delivered reportedly the world's highest-resolution image sensor chip to its customer Semiconductor Technology Associates (STA; San Juan Capistrano, CA; www.sta-inc.net).

JUNE 20--DALSA Semiconductor, a division of DALSA Corporation (Waterloo, ON, Canada; www.dalsa.com), has successfully fabricated and delivered reportedly the world's highest-resolution image sensor chip to its customer Semiconductor Technology Associates (STA; San Juan Capistrano, CA; www.sta-inc.net). The CCD device, which measures approximately 4 x 4 in., has a total resolution of more than 111 million pixels (10,560 pixels x 10,560 pixels at 9 μm). It is reportedly the world's first imager to break the 100 million-pixel barrier.

STA developed the chip for the astrometry department of the US Naval Observatory (USNO), funded by the Navy Small Business Innovation Research Program. The device will assist the USNO in the determination of the positions and motions of stars and solar-system objects and the establishment of celestial reference frames. DALSA Semiconductor manufactured the device for STA at its wafer-fabrication facility in Bromont, QC, Canada.

DALSA's core competencies are in specialized integrated-circuit and electronics technology, software, and highly engineered semiconductor wafer processing. Products and services include image sensor components; electronic digital cameras; vision processors; image-processing software; and semiconductor wafer-foundry services for use in MEMS, high-voltage semiconductors, image sensors, and mixed-signal CMOS chips

Semiconductor Technology Associates provides custom charge-coupled devices to the commercial and scientific communities.

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