Cutting my teeth on vidicon and plumbicon cameras in 1980, my first exposure to solid state image sensors came about in 1988 right at the transitioning of the GE camera /sensor group to CIDTEC. I would learn the interfacing, post processing, and inner workings of the video chain of CID sensor based cameras. Unlike tube based products which were well established. Solid state sensor technology was emerging. The opportunity to take part, and contribute/design in silicon solutions were becoming a reality. My contributions at that time were from the camera side looking inward. The opportunity to design in silicon would come shortly after.
I joined as a founding partner of Photon Vision Systems (later acquired by Panavision) immediately after being read in on the initial ACS (active column sensor) patent and given the opportunity to transition my skill set to designing image sensors. My work covered relatively simple 1x128 analog output linear arrays to 37mp 14bit/6 port area arrays with high frame rates >120fps outputting >3Gb/s. dozens of patent discoveries were submitted and awarded during this body of work. We achieved working sensors on first silicon project after project, year after year, with many designs rolled out to market with rev A silicon.
With the sale on Panavision Imaging in December 2012, I founded Town Line Technologies, and my work continues on in developing new linear image sensors while keeping the lights on with contract Image sensor design, mixed signal IC’s, PCB design, and consulting in same disciplines.