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Kodak's KAI-4010M image sensor. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Announces the KAI-4010M Interline CCD Image Sensor for High Resolution Real-time Imaging


New 4-Million Pixel Image Sensor Targets the Medical, Machine Vision and Microscopy Markets

Rochester, N.Y., December 2, 2002 Eastman Kodak Company announced today the new Kodak KAI-4010M Interline Transfer Progressive Scan CCD image sensor for real-time digital imaging. The KAI-4010M is a 4-million pixel sensor with progressive scan readout that enables digital camera systems to capture high-resolution images of fast moving objects with no image distortion. This new sensor advances Kodak's leadership position in the infoimaging space by making this technology available for medical video, machine vision, and real-time microscopy applications that require high-speed acquisition.

The KAI-4010M features large pixels (7.4 m square pixels) with microlens technology incorporating a number of improvements that increase the quantum efficiency (ability of a sensor to turn light into electrical energy) to further enhance sensitivity for high quality images over a variety of lighting conditions. Fast data rates at 16.5 full frames per second (fps) and 30fps at 1Kx1K resolution makes the KAI-4010 ideal for all types of high throughput imaging applications. The KAI-4010M is available in a color version utilizing Kodak's advanced color filter array technology.

"By combining superior resolution with high light sensitivity and frame speed, the KAI-4010M provides our customers with the best image sensor choice in the market for real-time machine vision and medical imaging systems and applications," said Helen Titus, worldwide marketing manager, Image Sensor Solutions, Eastman Kodak Company. "Kodak continues to expand its leadership position in the digital imaging market by delivering cutting-edge sensors that meet the varied requirements of its customer base. We work closely with our customers to develop image sensor technology that helps them deliver world-class imaging solutions."

The KAI-4010M is ideal for a wide variety of demanding applications including real-time X-ray imaging cameras (fluoroscopy) for critical medical procedures, microscopy cameras for life science applications, and challenging industrial machine vision applications such as electronic and 3-dimensional component inspection.

"Kodak's commitment to delivering highly sensitive and dynamic image sensors enables VDS Vosskuehler to provide our customers with digital camera solutions that achieve the highest precision imaging possible," said Juergen Vosskuehler, managing director, VDS Vosskuehler. "Our customers in the automotive industry are using the VDS Vosskuehler CCD-4000 camera, with the Kodak KAI-4010M, for 3-dimensional stereo measurements used to reconstruct the surface of objects for rapid prototyping. High resolution is absolutely critical for ensuring the most precise and accurate 3-dimensional measurements for the development of the final product prototypes. The KAI-4010M meets our customers' stringent requirements for superior performance and image capture."

The new sensor complements Kodak's KAI-series sensor family that includes the KAI-2000, KAI-2093 and KAI-11000, by incorporating an advanced architecture which enables customers to easily build or interchange KAI sensors in imaging applications and systems.

Availability

The 4-million pixel KAI-4010M is available today in sample quantities, both monochrome and color versions. Production quantities will be available in early 2003. For specific ordering information and lead times, please contact Image Sensor Solutions, Eastman Kodak Company at (585) 722-4385 or by email at imagers@Kodak.com. For more information on Kodak's image sensor product line, visit www.Kodak.com/go/imagers.

About Kodak's Image Sensor Solutions (ISS)
Committed to being the world's leading supplier of image sensor solutions for high performance imaging markets, Kodak's Image Sensor Solutions (ISS) division is solving its customers' imaging needs by focusing on developing, manufacturing and marketing solid state charged-coupled device (CCD) and complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensors for applications ranging from satellite and medical imaging applications to digital cameras and machine vision products. Under its business charter, ISS is responsible for aggressively identifying and marketing new applications and solutions to help Kodak's OEM partners and customers integrate Kodak components into their products and applications.

About Eastman Kodak Company and infoimaging
Kodak is the leader in helping people take, share, enhance, preserve, print and enjoy pictures -- for memories, for information, for entertainment. The company is a major participant in "infoimaging" -- a $385 billion industry composed of devices (digital cameras and PDAs), infrastructure (online networks and delivery systems for images) and services & media (software, film and paper enabling people to access, analyze and print images). Kodak harnesses its technology, market reach and a host of industry partnerships to provide innovative products and services for customers who need the information-rich content that images contain. The company, with sales last year of $13.2 billion, is organized into four major businesses: Photography, providing consumers, professionals and cinematographers with digital and traditional products and services; Commercial Imaging, offering image capture, output and storage products and services to businesses and government; Components, delivering flat-panel displays, optics and sensors to original equipment manufacturers; and Health, supplying the healthcare industry with traditional and digital image capture and output products and services.

Editor's note: For additional information about Eastman Kodak Company, visit our web site at http://www.kodak.com

Eastman Kodak Company, 2002
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(First posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at 04:32 EST)

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