2013 Image Sensor Confrerence in London, UK published two new interviews. Gerhard Holst, Head of R&D, PCO, Germany talks about sCMOS sensors:
Q: sCMOS claims many advantages compared to more traditional technologies, are there any drawbacks or areas for further research?
A: "I would say that nature doesn't make it easy for you. Certainly there are features that can be improved, for example the blocking efficiency or shutter ratio can be improved, as well some cross talk and as well some lag issues could be improved, but I guess sCMOS has this in common with every new technology. I don't know any new technology, which was perfect from the start."
Q: This technology has been on the market for several years now, what have you learned over this time, and how have you optimized your camera systems?
A: "Since many of our cameras are usually used for precise measurements, we know and learned a lot about the proper control of these image sensors and how each camera has to be calibrated and each pixel has to be corrected. I will address in my presentation some of these issues and show how we have solved it. Further there some characteristics in the noise distribution, that has to be considered."
Ziv Attar, CEO of Linx Imaging talks about multi-aperture imaging:
Q: There's a lot of discussion around multi-aperture imaging right now - the concept has been around for a long time, why do you think it's a hot topic right now?
A: "...Sensors, optics and image processors have been around for quit some time now yet no array camera has been commercialized. ...Multi aperture cameras require heavy processing which was not available on mobile devices until now. 20 years ago we would have needed a super computer to process an image from a multi aperture camera. I think the timing is right due to a combination of technology matureness and market demand..."
Q: Will we see your technology in a commercialized form soon?
A: "Yes. You will. We are devoting all our resources and energy in to commercializing our technology. There are plenty of challenges related to manufacturing of the optics, sensors, module assembly and software optimization, all which require time, hard work and plenty of creativity which is what makes our life fun."