Monday, May 02, 2011

Nobukazu Teranishi Awarded with PSA Progress Medal

Nobukazu Teranishi (Panasonic) has been selected as a recipient of the 2011 Photographic Society of America (PSA) Progress Medal Award for his invention of pinned photodiode. The award committee says: "The high performance of pinned photodiodes drove the pixel size shrinkage, and realized higher resolution. As a result, almost all CCD’s and CMOS sensors came to utilize the pinned photodiode, and 200-million CCD’s and 1,000-million CMOS sensors were produced for various applications in 2008. Mr. Teranishi’s pinned photodiode is the most innovative technology for both CCD’s and CMOS sensors."

The award will be presented at the PSA International Conference of Photography in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Sept. 18-24 2011.

Thanks to AT for sending me the news!


  1. Congratulations to Nobu for being recognized for this very important contribution to photographic technology!!

    It is interesting to think about what image sensor technology inventions reported over the past 5-10 years will lead to winning awards and medals down the road. What do people think? SPADs? TOF sensors? Quantum Film? etc.?

  2. Nice question.

    Talking about mass-market photography, cheap BSI technology looks like a sure bet, although I'm not sure who should be the recipient of this award. I'm quite certain that whoever develops a cheap and compact sensor for stereo imaging would get an award.

    For non-photography applications, I think high resolution sensors for genome sequencing, both pH and optical, would play an important role in the future and will be awarded.

  3. I like this discussion. As an imaging n00b, it's interesting to hear where you knowledgeable folks think imaging is going to go in the future.

  4. I had the pleasure of seeing Nobu receive his award this past Saturday night in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. He gave a well received short discussion of the pinned photodiode technology and its impact on photography. Congrats again Nobu!


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