Thursday, August 28, 2014

Eric Fossum Receives SMPTE Camera Origination and Imaging Medal

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) announces its 2014 award winners. "The Camera Origination and Imaging Medal honors the recipient by recognizing significant technical achievements related to invention or advances in imaging technology including sensors, imaging processing electronics, and the overall embodiment and application of image capture devices. Eric R. Fossum will receive the 2014 award in recognition of his leadership in the invention and development of the complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) active pixel sensor (APS) technology. This advancement was first published in 1993 while Fossum worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Additionally, he promoted the new technology to a broad range of manufacturers as a new way of making camera image sensors. CMOS image sensor technology is now widely deployed in motion picture and television cameras, cell phones, medical devices, security systems, and many other professional and consumer applications."

Congratulations, Eric!


  1. Congratulations Eric, well deserved. Wish your current pet projects to achieve the same breakthrough!

  2. Thank you SMPTE, and thank you all here.
    As I mentioned in this blog in late January, for those interested, there is an open-access article discussing the JPL-Photobit technology invention, innovation and transfer story:
    Camera on a Chip - Tech Transfer from Saturn to Your Cell Phone

    This is in Technology and Innovation - the Journal of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

    btw, the meaning of Innovation here is the process of turning an idea or invention into a commercial product. Took me a while to get used to this 2nd meaning.

  3. Congratulations dr. Fossum. Do you still have space on your shelf to showcase all your awards ? The list of awards you received is getting very impressive ! This is of course very good for yourself, but also for our imaging community in general.

    1. Thanks Albert. It is great that the SMPTE recognizes the important contribution of the image sensor technologist community to the modern motion picture and television industry. I look forward to others in our community receiving such recognition in the future. In the past, IISS has had a good relationship with IEEE and ITEJ. Going forward I hope IISS can build a stronger bond with SMPTE and OSA.

  4. Congratulations for the award, Dr Fossum.

    I am excited that aside from CMOS invention and popularization you are already working on a completely new concept and your incentive hasn't stopped with what has already made you immortal.


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