Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Monday, November 30, 2015

Sharp Imager Sales Growth Slows

Sharp has presented its quarterly results about a month ago. It appears that the company's imager sales have peaked about half a year ago and slowly go down now:

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Photoneo Wins Slovakia StartUpAwards

Photoneo reports that it is the winner of StartupAwards.sk for 2015 in Science category.

In a separate news, the company CEO Jan Zizka was selected to the group of 100 leaders of change in NEWEUROPE100 initiative. This list showcases people that will be the drivers of change in Central and Eastern Europe in the near future.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

CMOSIS Pre-Announces Fast & Large 2MP Sensor

Next week, CMOSIS will introduce the CSI2100 2MP CMOS sensor. Its features include a 1440 x 1440 pixel array with 12 µm B&W GS pixels and a 500 fps frame rate in 10-bit mode. The sensor boasts a a full well capacity of 2 Me-/pixel and is optimized to detect small signal variations in bright images captured at high-speed. This makes it suitable for medical, scientific and industrial applications. The CSI2100 evaluation kit was co-developed with Pleora Technologies.

Friday, November 27, 2015


Europractice publishes its 2016 MPW prices and schedules. It looks like that other than TowerJazz, UMC becomes one of the biggest CIS MPW providers, including 110nm CIS process:

5 - block size 5mm x 5mm, 6 - block size 4mm x 4mm
Discouted prices are available only to Europractice members and only for educational or publicly
funded research use

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Yole Report on IR Image Sensors

Yole Developpement "Infrared Detector Technology & Market Trends (2015 edition)" report estimates the total IR detector market at 247M units in 2014 and a global revenue of US$ 209M. Yole’s analysts highlight the rapid growth of +14% between 2015 and 2020 (in units). Five applications among the nine applications will drive the IR detector market revenue growth: spot thermometry in mobiles devices, motion detection, smart building, HVAC and other medium array applications and people counting. “The next growth opportunities will be outside traditional markets, in smart buildings and mobile devices,” comments Yann de Charentenay, Senior, Technology & Market Analyst at Yole.

Interview with Martin Wäny

Martin Wäny, the founder and CEO of Awaiba, now CMOSIS, gives an interview on endoscopic imaging to News Medical site. Few interesting quotes:

"The miniaturization, and in particular the usage of semiconductor miniaturization technologies, allows us to build smaller, in volume and lower priced endoscopic cameras. This enables the proliferation of disposable endoscopes for a wide range of applications.

Is it possible to introduce 3D visualization using the mini optical modules?

Yes, for that purpose CMOSIS already offers endoscopic stereo camera modules. Multiple camera modules can provide 3D image information as needed for dental applications, or for the absolute measurement of features in laparoscopy or gastroenterology.

CMOSIS-Awaiba Naneye Camera

XIMEA on IMEC Multispectral Camera

German camera maker XIMEA publishes a Vimeo talk about its hyperspectral cameras based on IMEC sensors:

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Noiseless Frame Summation in CMOS Sensors

As promised in comments to the earlier post on sub-electron pixel noise, here is the presentation on the noiseless frame summation in the regular charge-transfer pixel that can allow DR expansion while maintaining the usual 4T pixel noise level:

The above slides complete the description of the noiseless frame summation general idea. There are few practical issues that need to be addressed though:

Eric Fossum Elected OSA Fellow

The Optical Society of America announces that Eric Fossum has been elected as OSA Fellow, among other 77 OSA members. "Fellows of The Optical Society are elected based on their significant contributions to the advancement of optics and photonics and are selected based on several factors, including specific scientific, engineering, and technological contributions, a record of significant publications or patents related to optics, technical or industry leadership in the field as well as service to OSA and the global optics community."