Dalsa. Line Scan Cameras. Dalsa is a Canadian company specializing in the design and manufacture of specialized electronic cameras. The company was founded in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 1980 by imaging pioneer Dr. Savvas Chamberlain, a former Professor in Electrical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Originally the company concentrated in developing and generating technology in the area of charge coupled device (CCD) image sensors. Since then the company has grown into an industry leader in semiconductor technology, employing approximately 700 people world-wide and sales revenue of more than $100 Million. The company was capitalised in November 1984 and went public on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: DSA) in May 1996. Headquarters remain in Waterloo, but DALSA has expanded operations into Colorado Springs, Colorado; Billerica, Massachusetts; San Juan Capistrano, California; Bromont and Montreal, Quebec; and Eindhoven, The Netherlands, in addition to sales offices in Germany and Japan.
Dalsa designs and manufactures a variety of digital imaging products for various industrial applications. Notably many of the cameras employed in the most recent unmanned mission to Mars were manufactured by Dalsa.
Dalsa is also one of the only digital camera producers that has a vertically integrated supply chain. Dalsa owns the wafer forge where its imaging sensors are manufactured and boasts to be one of the few companies that uses both CCD and CMOS sensors depending upon the application.
Dalsa has most recently entered the field of digital cinema, having designed and built the Origin camera system.
On June 19, 2006, Dalsa announced the fabrication of 111 million pixels CCD, the first ever to break 100 million pixel barrier.
In 2007, Dalsa was named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, as published in Maclean's magazine, one of a handful of manufacturing companies to receive this honour."