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> >Sensor prices may be related to failure rate. As most of you know, the
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> Depends on dead and hot pixels. A Kodak utility grade 1 meg sensor
> used to cost $1000 but a medical grade (perfect) sensor cost $10,000.
> -Rich

Then, the operating environment also affects the cost. ICs that work over a
temperature range cost more. Also, radiation hardening costs quite a bit
more (usually
only the military wants that).