Teledyne e2v sees CCD orders surge for Covid-19 diagnostics

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Members of the Teledyne e2v CCD fab team

Teledyne e2v's UK CCD fabrication site has seen a surge in orders of CCDs for Covid-19 diagnostic scientific instruments.

Miles Adcock, president of Teledyne e2v Space and Quantum, commented: 'We expect to have manufactured several times the forecasted annual demand for the CCD77-358 devices by the end of this quarter alone.'

The UK CCD production facility has been producing hundreds of CCD77-358 devices that will be designed into camera systems to support Covid-19 diagnostics.

The CCD77-358 sensor is back-illuminated and has an image resolution of 512 x 512 pixels, a large pixel size of 24µm and a high dynamic range.

Adcock added: 'Our ability to expedite and meet urgent requirements is testament to the drive and commitment of the Chelmsford CCD fabrication operations team.'

Teledyne has wafer processing facilities in the UK and Canada. Teledyne bought Chelmsford-based e2v in 2016. The firm has manufactured CCDs for some of the largest space imaging projects, including the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope which boasts a 3,200-megapixel sensor array.

The company celebrated the 50th anniversary of the CCD at the end of 2019 with events for its staff.

Teledyne e2v said it is committed to providing a long-term, vertically integrated, dedicated CCD fab, and continues to make technology developments to the design and production of CCDs.

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