A personal CMOS tutorial by FRAMOS’ Darren Bessette: I was just as surprised as all of you were when I heard the news that Sony is discontinuing their CCD line of sensors. I have always been a big fan of their CCDs since the first time I saw the ICX205 sensor in 2003. And with the recent introduction of their EXview HAD II technology, I was even more excited and convinced that they were pioneering CCD technology to new levels. As a result of this news, I am seeing a lot more questions on Sony’s CMOS product line and how it can be used to replace some of the Sony CCD sensors that are already in use today.
There are a lot of sensor choices available now to camera designers and imaging solution providers, available in both CMOS and CCD technologies, with each one having their advantages and weaknesses. Sony is starting to blur the lines between these technologies with the introduction of the IMX174. A personal recommendation by FRAMOS’ Darren Bessette.