By Ian Burley
5th July - 2001
FujiFilm has won the 2001 Walter Kosonocky Award for outstanding achievement in image sensor technology at the IEEE Workshop on CCDs and Advanced Image Sensors in Crystal Bay, Nevada, USA.
FujiFilm’s SuperCCD technology uses a honeycomb matrix of sensor pixels instead of the more widely used tabular array.
This has caused FujiFilm to be the subject of some controversy as the company chose to market its SuperCCD camera models with what some saw as misleadingly high claimed sensor resolutions. For example, a camera featuring a SuperCCD with 2.4 megapixels offers a claimed maximum of 4 megapixel output.
The technical argument is complicated by the fact that even the ‘native’ SuperCCD resolution requires some proprietary processing to output a ‘native’ actual resolution.
At Digital Photography Now we applaud FujiFilm’s technical imagination and commercial guts in getting SuperCCD to market. It’s certainly not a gimmick and the range-topping FujiFilm S1-Pro digital SLR was the tool that produced some of the most impressive poster sized prints we’ve yet seen from a digital camera.
“On behalf of Fujifilm, I am proud to accept this recognition for our work in the creation of the Super CCD imaging sensor,” said Tetsuo Yamada, Manager, CCD Design, VLSI Design Department, Fujifilm Microdevices Co. Ltd., which develops and manufactures CCD sensors and electronic devices for Fujifilm’s electronic imaging systems. “Fujifilm has a rich history of technological innovation and Super CCD is yet another example of our dedication to research and development.”