June 19, 2006 12:44 PM PDT
Naval Observatory gets 111-megapixel image sensor
- Related Stories
Lead Google engineer heads for the starsMay 24, 2005
DALSA Semiconductor has built a 111-megapixel CCD (charge coupled device) image sensor. The sensor surface is about 4 inches square and offers 10,560 by 10,560 pixels, giving it a resolution of more than 111 million pixels. The chip, which was developed by Semiconductor Technology Associates, will be used by the astrometry department of the U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO). The USNO will use the chip in tracking the positions and movements of stars and other celestial bodies, according to a statement released by DALSA.
Last May, Wayne Rosing, then Google's vice president of engineering, left his post for the University of California at Davis to help develop the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). The 3-billion pixel digital camera will study dark matter and dark energy in the galaxies. This May, the Cerro Pach?n mountain peak in Chile was chosen as the site for the LSST. Completion is predicted for 2012.
2 commentsJoin the conversation! Add your comment