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Enhanced HD CMOS Image Sensor for Industrial Apps

February 20, 2008

Thomson's 9211 provides HDTV screen resolution and is targeted to machine vision, medical imaging, and high-end video surveillance applications.

BURBANK, CA & PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Thomson (Euronext Paris:18453) (NYSE:TMS) announced the market release of the Thomson 9211 high performance HD CMOS image sensor. Building on its ground breaking CMOS image technology for the broadcast industry, the Thomson 9211 is a next generation chip enhanced for industrial application integration including machine vision, medical imaging and high-end video surveillance.

Using advanced CMOS technology, the Thomson 9211 delivers high performance with low power dissipation, when compared to CCD technology. The sensor also includes control electronics, which allow users to read pixels in any order and capture them in progressive or interlaced formats.

"Thomson now offers the medical imaging and security industries a cost-efficient CMOS image sensor that is already in production," said Marc Crosnier, worldwide sales manager of Thomson's Silicon Components business. "With Thomson's proven experience in professional broadcasting cameras, businesses can now benefit from our dynamic image sensor."

The Thomson 9211 features HDTV screen resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), high dynamic range (greater than 120dB), outstanding sensitivity, on-chip dual 12 bit A/D converters and 90 frames per second. In total, it delivers full resolution, high quality images in a large variety of lighting conditions.

The Thomson 9211 HD CMOS image sensor is particularly suited for high-end applications where high dynamic range, high speed video capture capability and sensitivity in low light conditions are required.

About Thomson
Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) provides technology, services, and systems to help its media & entertainment clients—content creators, content distributors and users of its technology—realize their business goals and optimize their performance in a rapidly changing technology environment.

About Thomson's Technology Division
Thomson's Technology division develops and supplies advanced products, services and technologies to media, entertainment and telecommunications companies. One of three divisions of Thomson, the Technology division capitalizes on its worldwide research organization to feed its 3 other businesses: Intellectual Property & Licensing, managing one of the world's largest patent portfolios; Thomson Silicon Solutions, developing advanced integrated circuits; and Software & Technology Solutions, a leading developer and provider of innovative digital security and technology solutions.

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