SOURCE: DALSA

November 14, 2007 10:00 ET

New Sensors Reduce X-Ray Dosage for Medical Procedures Increasing Patient Safety

DALSA Introduces Full-Frame CCD Sensor Family at RSNA Show

WATERLOO, ON--(Marketwire - November 14, 2007) - DALSA Corporation (TSX: DSA) today announced the release of its new family of 12um AT CCD image sensors. This range of full-frame CCD sensors offers improved quantum efficiency (QE) and sensitivity, as well as superior signal-to-noise and high-speed performance. In addition to the launch of a 12 megapixel image sensor, successors to the present range of 4 and 6 megapixels will also be introduced.

Taking full advantage of DALSA's advanced CCD manufacturing processes, all members of the new monochrome CCD-sensor family feature a 12 micron pixel with very high light sensitivity. By optimizing the optical transmission efficiency of the entire sensor architecture and all manufacturing processes, these new sensors ensure that developers get the most out of every signal that needs to be detected.

"The increased sensitivity of DALSA's new CCD sensors leads to improved detection at lower light levels, which has practical benefits such as reducing X-Ray dosage for patient safety during medical examinations," said Yves Kessener, DALSA product manager.

Leading-edge imaging applications such as medical diagnostics, scientific imaging and astronomy will benefit from the high sensitivity in combination with the low dark current performance, high-speed amplifier design and the unparalleled linear dynamic range of the sensors.

New CCD Sensor Family

Depending on the specific requirements of your application, the 12 megapixel FTF3041M and the 6 megapixel FTF3021M full-frame CCD-sensors offer a unique choice between two high-speed dual-output registers employing different output amplifiers, to achieve either a high signal conversion gain or maximum full-well capacity for ultimate signal-to-noise ratio during long exposure times.

The 4 megapixel FTF2021M, full-frame sensor features four identical outputs, one at each corner of the image area supporting single, dual or even quad parallel output to support full resolution image capture at video speeds.

Key Features and Benefits

--  High sensitivity: X-ray dose reduction during medical diagnostics
    resulting in patient comfort and safety; increased signal fidelity under
    similar exposure conditions.
--  High speed read-out: realize higher frame rates while recording
    dynamic processes.
--  Low noise amplifiers: improved signal-to-noise ratio to detect signals
    that would otherwise be lost in the noise.
--  Ceramic package: robust and hermetically sealed allowing high
    reliability and stable operation during use.
    

DALSA's new sensors are now available and will be showcased at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) show, November 25-30, Chicago IL, in the North Building - Hall B - Booth 8734.

About DALSA's Life Sciences 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 9001 and 13485 certification for camera and sensor products. We offer leading edge design, build, and manufacturing processes specifically aimed at meeting your stringent, mission critical 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.

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Contact Information

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