Eric R. Fossum
Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College
As of 2020, CMOS image sensors are expected to enable the production of about 200 cameras every second around the world, or over 6 billion per year. In this talk, the story of how we got here is briefly presented, from CCDs, to the invention of the CMOS image sensor at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the 1990s, to the present.
CMOS image sensors continue to be used in an ever increasing variety of applications. Some of these applications are useful in every day life, some are for fun (photography), some are for safety, and some continue to test the age-old balance between security and privacy. After 27 years, the future still looks bright for CMOS image sensors.
Initially Published in the SMTA Proceedings