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DALSA powers Intergraph’s new aerial photogrammetry camera with 140 megapixel image sensor

Posted 4/29/2010

Waterloo, Ontario - DALSA Corporation (TSX: DSA) is proud to announce that it is powering a new generation of Intergraph’s Z/I Imaging Digital Mapping Camera, the DMC II 140, with a custom 140 megapixel image sensor. This new sensor has been designed by DALSA exclusively for Intergraph and is not available to other aerial camera vendors.

The latest DMC II 140 model uses five customized image sensors per system: four 42 megapixel (6096H x 6846V) and one 140 megapixel (12240H x 11418V), collecting 308 megapixels with one exposure. The DMC II 140 is the first and only aerial mapping camera on the market using a single monolithic large format lens cone. Part of Intergraph’s comprehensive digital aerial photogrammetry solutions, the DMC II 140 camera can deliver large-scale ground resolution finer than 3 cm with full 12-bit dynamic range.

DALSA’s very large image format (88 x 82 mm), hermetically sealed sensors are optimized for photogrammetric performance. A customized packaging and special CCD cover glass ensure the highest geometric accuracy under every environmental condition. With high sensitivity to capture detail in shadows as well as vertical anti-blooming to contain bright highlights, these custom devices also provide wide angular response and high dynamic range for the best possible image quality. New, fast CCD readout technology provides an extreme high frame rate. Their large area and precise geometry allows Intergraph to implement fully electronic forward motion compensation (FMC) for blur-free imaging even with large-scale, long-exposure imaging from fixed-wing aircraft flying at low altitudes, even in adverse lighting conditions. The electronic FMC used within the DMC II 140 is capable of compensating for much higher velocity/height (V/H) ratios than mechanical systems, thus greatly extending the operating envelope of the DMC II 140.

“Our new DMC II 140 cameras deliver industry-leading performance,” said Jack Ickes, vice president of photogrammetry at Intergraph. “The imaging quality, innovative features and large size of DALSA’s image sensors are key components of this success.”

The DMC II 140 enables direct production of a wide range of mapping and image analysis products, including orthophotos, digital terrain models (DTMs) and vector maps for virtually any mapping application, including agriculture, cadastral mapping, cartography, forestry, land use/land cover mapping, environmental studies, natural hazard assessment, flood risk management, transportation engineering, urban planning, civil engineering, oil and gas exploration and geology.

“These are some of the largest, highest resolution CCDs we have every produced,” said Edwin Roks, Executive Vice-President and General Manager of DALSA Professional Imaging. “We are proud to deliver this world-leading technology to Intergraph for its high-performance photogrammetry systems.”

New Z/I Imaging DMC II 140 DMC II 140 lens cone

For more information on Intergraph’s photogrammetry solutions, visit http://www.intergraph.com/photo/
For more information on DALSA’s image sensor technology, visit the DALSA Image Sensor Solutions website.

About Intergraph
Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph’s industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data into understandable visual representations and actionable intelligence. Intergraph’s software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps and protect critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world.
Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I). Intergraph PP&M provides enterprise engineering software for the design, construction and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph SG&I provides geospatially-powered solutions to the defense and intelligence, public safety and security, government, transportation, photogrammetry, utilities and communications industries. For more information, visit www.intergraph.com.

About DALSA Corporation
DALSA is an international leader in high performance digital imaging and semiconductors with approximately 1000 employees world-wide. Established in 1980, the Company designs, develops, manufactures, and markets digital imaging products and solutions, in addition to providing semiconductor products and services. 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 (CCD and CMOS); 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. DALSA is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “DSA” and has its corporate offices in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
 

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