The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored Arnold & Richter Cine Technik (ARRI) with a 2012 Technical Engineering Achievement Award on Jan. 10 in Las Vegas at a ceremony during the Consumer Electronics Show.
Taking note of the ARRI ALEXA camera's high performance and prevalent use in broadcast television, the achievement recognized "Improvements to Large Format CMOS Imagers for Use in High Definition Broadcast Video Cameras." Many feature film and TV productions shot with ALEXA, such as Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey and Mad Men have been recognized with awards.
Franz Kraus, ARRI's managing director, accepted the award. When accepting the award, Kraus specifically thanked two of the company's long-term imaging technology partners, ON Semiconductor and Tower Jazz, for their contributions. Bob Klosterboer, senior vice president at ON Semiconductor, and Michael Cieslinski, technical lead of ARRI's digital imaging group, accompanied Kraus on stage to accept the Emmy.
Kraus commented, "Since 2000, when ARRI's first CMOS sensor was designed, Michael Cieslinski has headed the ARRI sensor design group. The first sensors were used in 2002 in the ARRISCAN 35mm film scanner, and in 2003 in the ARRIFLEX D-20, ARRI's first digital motion picture camera. The invaluable knowledge gained from these early efforts helped us to develop an entirely new sensor, which is now used in thousands of ARRI ALEXA cameras worldwide."
Other manufacturers who were recognized with this distinction included Canon USA, Inc., Sony Electronics Inc., and RED Studio.
Said committee Chairman Robert P. Seidel, vice president of CBS Engineering and Advanced Technology, "The National Academy's Technology and Engineering Achievement Committee is pleased to honor technology companies and individuals whose innovation and vision have materially affected the way the audience views television and have set the standard for technological excellence in the industry."