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DALSA Achieves Breakthrough in Quantum Efficiency with new High Quanta CCD Image Sensors

WATERLOO, ONTARIO — DALSA Corporation [TSX: DSA] today announced the availability of the High Quanta family of sensors tailored for scientific, life sciences, and astronomy applications. DALSA’s High Quanta sensors are large format area sensors that provide a new benchmark in imaging performance. Using advanced fabrication techniques to realize smaller CCD transistor structures, these sensors achieve incredible improvements in noise performance and quantum efficiency (QE); peaking at more than 75%.   The new sensors also employ the latest designs in output amplifiers providing exceptionally low noise at high data rates.

The High Quanta sensor family is ideal for low light imaging. “In applications that are light starved, having a sensor that utilizes every available photon and maintains signal integrity through low noise readout is essential,” said Behnam Rashidian, Product Manager, DALSA Life Sciences. “The ability to achieve such high performance in a large front illuminated area sensor makes the High Quanta family a cost-effective solution,” he concludes.

The High Quanta family currently includes three sensors with resolutions of 2084 x 2084, 1044 x 1044 and 524 x 524 and feature a 24 µm size pixel. For those applications demanding ultra violet (UV) sensitivity and >90% QE, back side thinned (BST) devices will be available on a custom basis.

Showcased earlier this month at the Radiological Society of North America show (RSNA), November 25-30, Chicago IL, DALSA’s new High Quanta sensors are now available.

About DALSA’s Life Science Products and Services
DALSA’s scientific imaging product and services provide medical and scientific imaging equipment manufacturers with state-of-the-art image sensing, capture, and processing technology. The technology is backed by a field proven track record and an extensive install base; propelled by next generation R&D and delivered by a dedicated and highly trained team of imaging engineers. DALSA maintains ISO 13845 certification along with MIL-STD qualification for cameras and sensors. We offer leading edge design, build, and manufacturing processes specifically aimed at meeting your stringent quality control requirements.

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.

Media Contacts:

Kumi Verma    
Marketing Communications Manager
Tel: +1-514-333-1301   
e-mail: kumi.verma@dalsa.com
Lisa Allocca
Red Javelin Communications, Inc.
Tel: +1-978-470-2227
e-mail: lisa@redjavelin.com
Published 2007-12-05

DALSA's 4 megapixel large format IA-DJ-02084 CCD provides exceptional QE for scientific and medical imaging

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