CMOS can also be found in astronomical telescopes, scanners and barcode readers. Because these sensors use different methods for readout, various sensor modules require different integrated components. Since 1999 ST has been an industry leader in the design and manufacture of imaging sensors. A CMOS sensor is an electronic chip that converts photons to electrons for digital processing.. CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) sensors are used to create images in digital cameras, digital video cameras and digital CCTV cameras. The optical technology is used in machine vision for robots, in optical character recognition (OCR), in the processing of satellite photographs and in the enhancement of radar images, especially for meteorology. Judicious sensor selection requires considering a number of factors. Finding and vetting CCD vs. CMOS sensor arrays are critical steps in imaging systems design. The chips feature an array of minute light-capturing cells that pick up the photons at their various wavelengths as focused by a lens, translating them into electrons, much like a tiny solar cell. As a leading supplier in the wireless industry, ST is constantly innovating in all aspects of our product offer. My personal data will be provided to ST affiliates and distributors of ST in countries located in the European Union and outside of the European Union for the same marketing purposes. The table below shows a brief comparison of the important imaging metrics for CCD and CMOS sensors. This point measurement approach is used in UAV and automotive lidar systems. A photodiode array is constructed with a common cathode configuration, so data is read out from the device in parallel. 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