CMOS image sensor put inside digital film camera

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Edited by the Electronicstalk editorial team Dec 21, 2010

Cypress Semiconductor's CMOS image sensor has been designed into the 35mm Alexa digital motion-picture camera from ARRI, used to produce films including 3D movies and commercial shoots.

Produced at Arnold and Richter Cine Technik's (ARRI's) Munich facilities, the Alexa offers a file-based workflow that eliminates lengthy transfer processes and accelerates post-production by making images immediately available for editing and colour correction.

Designed to look and feel like a 35mm film camera, the Alexa with Cypress image sensor outperforms ARRI's traditional CCD- and CMOS-based competitors.

The camera has dynamic range, a rugged frame that enables it to perform in different climates and simple menu controls.

Previously, a Cypress custom CMOS imager sensor was designed into ARRI's Arriflex D20/D21 digital motion-picture camera, which preceded the Alexa.

Cypress used this knowledge, along with experience gained from numerous other sensor designs, to improve the performance of the Alexa sensor.

The company's custom image sensor portfolio addresses a broad range of applications, including industrial and medical x-ray imaging, endoscopy, machine vision, star tracking and remote sensing for space, barcode readers, biometrics, cinematography, high-speed line sensors and high-speed motion analysis sensors.

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