Teledyne’s current portfolio of businesses best represents the original ethos of our predecessor, Teledyne, Inc., and its founder Henry Singleton. Penned in 1960, the name “Teledyne” means “distant force” or alternatively “power from afar.” Across the globe, in deep space and on the ocean floor, Teledyne businesses manufacture enabling technologies that provide power or derive information from distant environments.
For example, imaging sensors from Teledyne have detected galaxies so remote their very faint light has taken 13.4 billion years to travel toward Earth — which in turn provides astronomers the earliest views of the universe. Over 34 million miles from Earth, the Curiosity Rover has been exploring Mars for the past five and a half years with its engine and many of its eyes provided by Teledyne.
On a much smaller scale, our machine vision sensors automate manufacturing, finding micron-sized defects in clear glass, flat panel displays, used in consumer electronics. Our highly specialized microelectromechanical systems (or MEMS) help analyze the DNA of the human genome.
Teledyne magnetrons drive powerful X-ray generators in cancer radiotherapy equipment. On the other hand, we provide high resolution medical and dental image sensors which utilize the lowest amount of X-rays possible. Our infrared detectors and microwave devices assist national security, helping detect threats invisible to the human eye. Finally, we provide power to, and data acquisition from, systems on the ocean floor, and we send critical flight operations data wirelessly from commercial air transport aircraft.
The original Teledyne was founded to capitalize on early semiconductor technology and the power of digital information. While much has evolved in the semiconductor industry, Teledyne has become a leader in digitally processing specialized information, to and from, our analog world. For example, across the electromagnetic spectrum, our imaging detectors derive and distribute digital information obtained from X-rays, ultraviolet radiation, visible light and infrared photons. Our sonars generate and receive acoustic signals which then, using our software, produce digital maps of the ocean floor and electronic nautical navigation charts. Our test and measurement systems detect and digitally analyze minute changes in complex waveforms within electronic circuits.
Many of our own systems, as well as those of our customers, require ever-more advanced analog to digital or digital to analog converters, and Teledyne remains a leader in the highest performance segment of this market.