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Teledyne DALSA
Type Subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies
Industry Electronic Equipment
Headquarters Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Key people Rex Geveden
Employees 1,000[1]
Website www.teledynedalsa.com

Teledyne DALSA (formerly DALSA Corporation) is a Canadian company specializing in the design and manufacture of specialized electronic imaging components (image sensors, cameras, frame grabbers, imaging software) as well as specialized semiconductor fabrication (MEMS, high voltage ASICs).

The company was founded in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 1980 by imaging pioneer Dr. Savvas Chamberlain, a former Professor in Electrical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. The company was capitalised in November 1984 and went public on the Toronto Stock Exchange in May 1996. Originally the company concentrated in developing and generating technology in the area of charge coupled device (CCD) image sensors. Since then the company has grown into an industry leader in semiconductor technology, employing approximately 1000 worldwide with revenue of more than $200 Million. Headquarters remain in Waterloo, but the company has expanded operations into Billerica, Massachusetts; Sunnyvale, California; Bromont and Montreal, Quebec; and Eindhoven, Netherlands, in addition to sales offices in Germany, Japan, and China. DALSA was acquired by Teledyne in 2010.[2]

Teledyne DALSA designs and manufactures a variety of digital imaging products for various industrial, scientific, and medical applications, including semiconductor wafer inspection, printed circuit inspection, general machine vision, digital radiography, medium format photography, aerial photogrammetry, and astronomy. Notably, many of the image sensors employed in NASA’s Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity Mars Rovers were manufactured by Teledyne DALSA.

Teledyne DALSA is one of few industrial digital camera producers that has a vertically integrated supply chain. Teledyne DALSA owns the wafer forge where many of its imaging sensors are manufactured and is one of the few manufacturers offering both CCD and CMOS sensors depending upon the application. In 2005, Teledyne DALSA acquired Canadian framegrabber and camera manufacturer Coreco (based in Montreal). In doing so, Teledyne DALSA added software, acquisition and further gigabit Ethernet technology to its portfolio. Teledyne DALSA developed a camera for the field of digital cinema, (the Origin camera system), but despite remarkable imaging performance the system was not a commercial success and the project was wound down in 2009.

In 2007, Teledyne DALSA was named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, as published in Maclean's magazine, one of a handful of manufacturing companies to receive this honour.[3]

In 2010, Yole Développement named Teledyne DALSA’s wafer foundry as “the leading independent pure‐play MEMS foundry worldwide.” [4]

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