Recent advances in CMOS technology has opened the way for numerous applications in science and industry which bring a number of technical advances in performance and benefits to existing imaging areas. Pop-Bio Imaging have pioneered the use of this new technology to make significant improvements over the existing CCD camera technology in the capture and imaging of gels and blots.
The rise of the CMOS sensor
CMOS technology is probably known to most as the heart of their mobile phone camera. Here we have seen image quality and features improve significantly over recent years. Today anyone can capture near perfect images from their mobile devices. It is probably this market alone which will account for a near doubling of the market size for CMOS over the next 5 years.
The CMOS sensor has outstanding imaging qualities in the visible spectrum, is low cost, small and easy to control. This makes the CMOS sensor perfect for the consumer market where costs are particularly important. However these same qualities are now being harnessed in the scientific field where the ubiquitous CCD camera has for so long held sway. The CMOS sensor offers higher resolutions, low noise and high speed outputs which can now outperform equivalent CCD’s but at significantly lower cost.