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DALSA’s FT50M Image Sensor Sets New Cost-Performance Benchmark

DALSA is pleased to announce the release of its latest TrueFrameTM CCD image sensor, the FT50M. The FT50M combines one megapixel resolution, exceptional image quality and up to 100 frames per second in a small, cost effective ½" standard optical format, delivering all of the imaging performance of a traditional ⅔" sensor. This monochrome frame transfer image sensor has an optical size of 5.7 x 5.7mm and is designed to meet the demanding needs of the medical and industrial markets in applications such as medical X-ray imaging, digital microscopy and industrial inspection.

The release of this sensor demonstrates DALSA's commitment to providing customers with cost effective, high quality sensor solutions. For manufacturers of medical diagnostic equipment, the FT50M offers unmatched image quality to support critical health care decisions. With its 1k x1k resolution and 5.6 x 5.6µm square pixel, the FT50M's high linear dynamic range (67dB), high sensitivity and vertical anti-blooming combine to provide strong high-contrast handling and greater detail retention in both dark and light areas of images.

Manufacturers designing cameras for industrial inspection will benefit from the FT50's high frame rate of up to 100 frames per second using dual 60MHz outputs. This combination of speed and image quality delivers faster, more accurate imaging and better defect detection. The FT50's compact size will allow camera manufacturers to select more cost effective optics and as a result, experience measurable cost savings.

"We're committed to providing our partners, our customers, with the best image quality for their most demanding industrial and medical applications, " commented John Gommans, DALSA's Director of Product Marketing, Professional Imaging. "At the same time, we also recognize our customers' need to reduce costs. The FT50M provides all of this – impeccable image quality and significant cost savings."

DALSA's FT50M is the latest addition to DALSA's line of TrueFrame high performance CCD sensors. Consisting of full frame and frame transfer devices, these chips offer the very best in imaging performance for the most demanding applications. Samples of the FT50M sensor and evaluation kits are currently available.

To learn more about DALSA's world-renowned TrueFrame image sensors visit http://www.dalsa.com/pi/index.asp.

About DALSA Corporation
DALSA is an international high performance semiconductor and electronics company that 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; 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". The Company has its corporate offices in Waterloo, ON and over 1000 employees world-wide.

Published 2005-10-21

FT50M 1/2-inch optical format 1 megapixel image sensor offers ultra high speed of 100 frames per second combined with high linear dynamic range.

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