50th anniversary of the CCD: Teledyne e2v to continue to develop & manufacture high spec CCD image sensors

11 February 2020

CCD wafer entering the furnace at Teledyne e2v’s UK facility as part of the specialist CCD fab process

On the 50th anniversary of the CCD, Teledyne e2v has reaffirmed its commitment to continuing to develop & manufacture high specification CCD image sensors. e2v is also marking this anniversary with a series of publications highlighting how the future is bright for CCDs in space, science & other demanding applications.

From October 2019 through January 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the CCD, a device that has transformed our understanding of physics, life sciences, the Earth, our solar system and beyond – as well as enriched our lives through digital photography.

Willard Boyle and George E. Smith invented the charge-coupled device (CCD) in 1969 in the United States at AT&T Bell Labs. In 1970, Boyle and Smith submitted a paper on their invention of the CCD to the Bell System Technical Journal. Their original ideas for the CCD were to create a memory device. However, with the publication of Boyle and Smith’s research in 1970, other scientists began experimenting with the technology on a range of applications. Astronomers discovered that they could produce high-resolution images of distant objects, because CCDs offered a photosensitivity one hundred times greater than film.

The major thing is the quantum efficiency. You can get close to 80% quantum efficiency in a CCD,George E. Smith would later explain.

Teledyne e2v, part of the Teledyne Imaging group, has stated that it will continue its role as a long-term partner in the development, fabrication and supply of CCD detectors to the high science market – including space exploration, Earth observation and ground-based scientific endeavours in the fields of microscopy, spectroscopy and astronomy.

As a longstanding supplier to the European Space Agency (ESA), NASA, ESO and JAXA, e2v understands well the required diligence of delivering science-level visible detection to an environment where detectors and systems simply must work.

Dr Miles Adcock, President of Space & Quantum at e2v commented: “It is incredible to think how the invention of the CCD more than 50 years ago would lead not only to a multi-billion-dollar-a-year imaging industry, but also enable the discovery of distant worlds and provide the improved understanding of life-sciences that we enjoy today.

50 years of the CCD commemorative Logo produced by Teledyne e2v to mark the anniversary.

While other technology companies have migrated to CMOS technology over continuing development of CCD technology, Teledyne Imaging, through its European business, Teledyne e2v, and with Teledyne DALSA’s foundry in Bromont, Canada, will continue to supply high quality, mission-critical CCD detectors to enable the most demanding of imaging applications. In addition, the group will continue to invest in complementary technologies, such as CMOS, x-ray, spectroscopy and infrared technologies, providing a well-balanced set of business lines to address a growing customer base across existing and emerging markets.

Teledyne e2v will also be marking the anniversary with the production and creation of a unique badge design, holding an event for its staff who have worked tirelessly on the development of the worlds most advanced CCD designs, and a series of short publications:

•    50th Anniversary of the Invention of the CCD Device

•    How a CCD image sensor works

•    The Future is Bright for CCD Sensors

•    Teledyne Exploring the Universe Infographic

•    Limited Edition Teledyne Exploring the Universe Booklet

•    Limited Edition 50 years of the CCD pin badge

CCD44-82 Teledyne e2v Image Sensors used for the OmegaWhite, a variability survey aimed at periods of less than 2 hours. Using the wide-field camera OmegaCam on the VLT Survey Telescope (VST)

Teledyne e2v’s CCD fabrication facility is critical to the success and quality of future space science missions and remains committed to being the long-term supplier of high specification and quality devices for the world’s major space agencies and scientific instruments producers.

About Teledyne e2v

Teledyne e2v is a part of the Teledyne Imaging group. Its innovations lead developments in healthcare, life sciences, space, transportation, defence and security, and industrial markets. Teledyne e2v’s unique approach involves listening to the market and application challenges of customers and collaborating with them to provide innovative standard, semi-custom or fully-custom imaging solutions, bringing increased value to their systems.

In combination with its sister companies, Teledyne DALSA and Teledyne Imaging Sensors, three imaging powerhouses, together represent a new paradigm in the delivery of innovative imaging solutions built on unrivalled expertise and a deep technological heritage that includes capabilities across the spectrum, from infrared to x-ray imaging.

About Teledyne Imaging

Teledyne Imaging is a group of leading-edge companies aligned under the Teledyne umbrella. Teledyne Imaging forms an unrivalled collective of expertise across the spectrum with decades of experience. Individually, each company offers best-in-class solutions. Together, they combine and leverage each other’s strengths to provide the deepest, widest imaging and related technology portfolio in the world. From aerospace through industrial inspection, scientific research, spectroscopy, radiography and radiotherapy, geospatial surveying, and advanced MEMS and semiconductor solutions, Teledyne Imaging offers worldwide customer support and the technical expertise to handle the toughest tasks. Their tools, technologies and vision solutions are built to deliver a unique and competitive advantage.

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