A new electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma CVD system has been developed in order to obtain high deposition rates. By using this system, hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films have been prepared at a deposition rate of 1.0. μ m/min. The utilization efficiency of SiH4 gas is 16% under such conditions. Films prepared at 1.0 μ m/min have high photoconductivity (σ ph) of 10-6 S/cm and low dark conductivity (σ d) of 10-12 S/cm, leading to a high photosensitivity of σ ph/σ d=106. Both high microwave power and high SiH4 gas flow rates are essential to the high rate deposition of sufficiently photosensitive a-Si:H films. Annealing at 300° C improves the photosensitivity up to σ ph/σ d=107.