Image-boosting award for E2V

ESSEX-based E2V Technologies has received its 12th Queen's Award for Enterprise, making it one of the most successful firms in the eastern region since the awards were introduced 40 years ago.

ESSEX-based E2V Technologies has received its 12th Queen's Award for Enterprise, making it one of the most successful firms in the eastern region since the awards were introduced 40 years ago.

E2V's latest recognition comes in the innovation category, for the technology used in its expanding range of L3Vision TM Charge Coupled Device (CCD) sensors.

These sensors are, in effect, high-performance versions of the imaging devices used in digital cameras, camcorders and mobile phones.

E2V's patented innovation enables the capture of extremely low light images (down to single photon levels in an image pixel), and operates in all light levels.


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The sensors have contributed to advances in several areas of leading-edge scientific research, including fluorescence microscopy, gene sequencing and single molecule detection. The devices also allow high resolution imaging for astronomical, surveillance, reconnaissance and security applications.

E2V supplies sensors either for integration into customers' own systems or as complete cameras. Its devices are to be found in some of the world's most innovative space, medical and scientific imaging systems, with the company's customers including NASA and the European Space Agency.

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Keith Attwood, E2V chief executive, said: “Our engineering capabilities and product design push imaging technology capabilities to a new level. It is great for this expertise to be recognised by this prestigious award. I am proud of the contribution that E2V and its people makes to the global imaging market.”

In addition to supplying sensor technology for the medical and scientific, aerospace and defence and commercial and industrial sectors, E2V also supplies electronic power tubes to customers in all three markets for use in equipment such as radiotherapy units, satellite communications and TV broadcasting.

The company's 11 previous Queen's Awards have included recognition of both previous technological innovation and export success.

A total of 145 Queen's Awards for Enterprise have been made this year, the highest number for 11 years. There are 11 in the East of England including an individual award for enterprise promotion to Walter Herriot, managing director of the St John's Innovation Centre in Cambridge which is recognised as one of the world's foremost centres for the support of entrepreneurs and early stage businesses.

The same award is also made in an honorary capacity to US citizen Doug Richard, probably best known for appearing on the BBC2 programme Dragon's Den, who is chairman of Cambridge-based Library House, which creates networks and links innovation with investment.

Other East of England companies receiving recognition include Greenvale AP Ltd of Chatteris, in Cambridgeshire, for the a technique using low levels of ethylene gas to prevent potatoes and onions sprouting in storage; KeyMed of Southend-on-Sea for the export of medical equipment for endoscopic and surgical procedures; and IDTechEx Ltd of Stow-cum-Quy, near Cambridge, for overseas sales of consultancy services in radio frequency identification and printed electronics.

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