Axcelis Purion XEmax is Fully Capable of 15MeV Energy
After initial misunderstanding with 15MeV and 12MeV statements in Axcelis announcements, I got an official clarification from the company:Dear Vladimir,I saw your recent article on our system and reference to energy range and I wanted to clear up any confusion.
LiDAR News: Lumotive, Robosense, Light, Microvision
Lumotive announces Early Access Program (EAP) to accelerate adoption of its LiDAR technology. The EAP provides engineering support and early access to Lumotive's software-defined beam-steering technology to enable customized product design and rapid system integration.
Infineon Expects ToF Sensor Market to Exceed 1.1B Euro in 2023
Infineon quarterly earnings report presents the company forecast of 3D ToF sensor market:
Himax Low Power Sensor + AI Processor Solution Attracts Interest from the Industry
GlobeNewswire: Himax updates on its imaging business in Q2 2020 earnings report:"In order for Himax’s WiseEye technology to reach its maximum potential, the Company has adopted a flexible business model whereby, in addition to total solution where it provides processor, image sensor and AI algorit...
Omdia: Samsung Reduces Market Share Gap with Sony
KoreanInvestors quotes Omdia Research claiming that Samsung gradually reduces the market share gap with Sony:"According to market researcher OMDIA, the global market share gap in the CMOS image sensor between Sony and Samsung has narrowed significantly this year.
Synopsys Demos 24Gbps D-PHY/C-PHY IP
Synopsys shows MIPI C-PHY/D-PHY IP Performance at 24 Gbps. MIPI C-PHY/D-PHY IP interoperating with an unspecified image sensor in C-PHY mode up to 3.5 Gsps per trio and D-PHY mode up to 4.5 Gbps per lane.
More about Sony Quarterly Results
SeekingAlpha publishes Sony earnings call transcript with some updates on image sensor business:"Next is in IS&S, Image Sensing & Solutions. Fiscal '20 quarter one sales decreased 11% year-on-year to ¥206.2 billion, and operating income decreased ¥24.1 billion to ¥25.4 billion.
Renesas Announces Reference Design for its 8MP Image Sensor
BusinessWire: Renesas introduced an UHD surveillance camera reference design to address today’s high-accuracy object detection and recognition needs for video security and surveillance systems.
Black Phosphorus Promise
AIP Applied Physics Reviews publishes National University of Singapore paper "Black phosphorus photonics toward on-chip applications" by Li Huang and Kah-Wee Ang.
One Investor's View on Sony CIS Business
Forbes contributor Stephen McBride publishes his view on Sony CIS business:"The growth in sensor sales over the past three years has been nothing short of remarkable. This year Sony will generate more profits from imaging than any of its other business lines. Sensors are on track to generate $1.
Yole Forecasts 2020-25 Camera Module Market
Yole Developpement report "CMOS Camera Module Industry for Consumer & Automotive 2020" forecasts the revenue of the global camera module market to expand from $31.3B in 2019 to $57.0B in 2025, at 12.8% CAGR.
e2v Unveils ToF Image Sensor
Teledyne e2v introduces Hydra3D, an 832 x 600 pixel resolution ToF CMOS sensor. Hydra3D is based on a 10µm three-tap pixel.
QURV Startup to Develop SWIR Image Sensors
Barcelona, Spain-based The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) launches a spin-off company, Qurv Technologies.
LiDAR News: Leddartech, Xaos, IDTechEx, Velodyne, Uber
Leddartech's Frantz Saintellemy, President and COO, features in a podcast:China-based Xaos Sensor presents its MEMS-based LiDARs priced at $200:IDTechEx publishes a nice video with review of different LiDAR approaches on the market:Forbes contributor Sabbir Rangwala publishes his analysis of Velodyn...
EETimes: CIS Business Not Affected by Coronavirus
EETimes reporter Junko Yoshida publishes an interview with Yole Developpement analysts "Covid Economy: How Damaged Are We?" The CIS business still goes strong in spite of pandemy:
LiDAR News: Ibeo, Velodyne, Hesai, Cepton, Luminar, SiLC
Ibeo publishes a webinar explaining the company's approach to the solid-state LiDAR:In another webinar, Ibeo presents its view on AI challenges and solutions in autonomous driving.
Development of Reliable WLCSP for Automotive Applications
MDPI paper "Development of Reliable, High Performance WLCSP for BSI CMOS Image Sensor for Automotive Application" by Tianshen Zhou, Shuying Ma, Daquan Yu, Ming Li, and Tao Hang from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Xiamen University, and Huatian Technology (Kunshan) Electronics belongs to a Special I...
Hamamatsu Builds New Fab
Hamamatsu announces completion of construction of a new factory building at the Shingai Factory (Shingai-cho, Minami-ku, Hamamatsu City, Japan) to cope with the increasing sales demand for opto-semiconductors, X-ray image sensors and X-ray flat panel sensors.
Pointcloud Inc. Presents Coherent ToF Camera
San Francisco-based startup Pointcould, Opris Consulting, and University of Southampton, UK publish Arxiv paper "A universal 3D imaging sensor on a silicon photonics platform" by Christopher Rogers, Alexander Y. Piggott, David J. Thomson, Robert F. Wiser, Ion E. Opris, Steven A. Fortune, Andrew J.
Axcelis Ships its First 12MeV Implanter to CIS Customer for Evaluation
Axcelis reports that it has shipped first Purion XEmax evaluation system to a large image sensor customer. In a previous version of this announcement, Axcelis claimed it supports up to 15MeV energies, but now it just says "more than 12MeV.
Strained Si PD Sensitivity Enhanced into SWIR Band Yonsei University, Korea, researches manages to enhance 10nm-thin Si layer sensitivity all the way to 1550nm. Science paper "Breaking the absorption limit of Si toward SWIR wavelength range via strain engineering" by Ajit K.
Entangled Photon Imaging with SPADs
EPFL and Glasgow University publish Arxiv paper "Quantum illumination imaging with a single-photon avalanche diode camera" by Hugo Defienne, Jiuxuan Zhao, Edoardo Charbon, and Daniele Faccio.
Newsight Imaging eToF Webinar
Newsight Imaging publish a webinar explaining its NSI1000 eTOF sensor operation:
Sony Reports Drop of Image Sensor Sales, Reduces FY Forecast
Sony reports a drop of image sensor sales in its last fiscal quarter started on April 1, 2020:
ASM Presents its Camera Assembly Capabilities
ASM Q2 2020 investor presentation reports weaker booking for CIS packaging and shows its camera module assembly solutions:
ID Quantique Announces 2nd Smartphone with its Image Sensor-based Random Number Generator
ID Quantique (IDQ) announces that its image sensor based Quantum Random Number Generator (QRNG) chip has been integrated in the Vietnamese ‘Vsmart Aris 5G’ smartphone.
3D Camera and Analytics Startup Raises $51M
VentureBeat, Forbes: Density, a San Francisoco-based startup building AI-powered 3D cameras, closes a $51M investment round, following $23M in previous funding.Density uses 3D depth cameras and an AI cloud-based software to enable social distancing and occupancy analytics.
Memristor-Based Smart Image Sensor
National Science Review paper "Networking retinomorphic sensor with memristive crossbar for brain-inspired visual perception" by Shuang Wang, Chen-Yu Wang, Pengfei Wang, Cong Wang, Zhu-An Li, Chen Pan, Yitong Dai, Anyuan Gao, Chuan Liu, Jian Liu, Huafeng Yang, Xiaowei Liu, Bin Cheng, Kunji Chen, Zhe...
Sony Transfers its Fabs Management to NEC Facilities
Sony: NEC Facilities and Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has agreed to jointly establish SSN Facilities as a new company that manages facilities at semiconductor production bases. SSN Facilities will undertake facility management, repair work, maintenance work, etc.
Photron Presents FastCam with 4MP 1440fps APS-C Image Sensor
Photron unveils FASTCAM NOVA R2 with "unique CMOS image sensor technologies:"4MP resolution2048 x 2048 pixels at 1,440fps1920 x 1080 pixels at 2,560fpsISO 8,000 monochromeISO 2,500 colorGlobal Electronic Shutter: 1ms to 2.
Past, Present, and Future of Face Recognition
A preprint paper "Past, Present, and Future of Face Recognition: A Review" by Insaf Adjabi, Abdeldjalil Ouahabi, Amir Benzaoui, and Abdelmalik Taleb-Ahmed from University of Bouira, Algeria, University of Tours, France, and University of Valenciennes, France, presents the challenges for the facial r...
Espros on ToF Illuminator Importance
Espros July 202 Newsletter talks about importance of ToF light emitter:Due to high illumination power, significant heat generation by the illumination warms up not only the illuminator, but the whole camera. Thus, good thermal management is key.
ST Reports Decline in Imaging Sales
SeekingAlpha publishes ST Q2 earnings call with updates on the company's imaging business:"Net revenues were $2.09 billion, down 6.5% on a sequential basis.
Assorted News: ST, Sony, ON Semi, ASE, Photon Force
GlobeNewswire: ST reports that Aura Aware is using ST’s FlightSense technology in a smart distance-awareness portable device suitable for use at retail counters and check-in desks.
Is Yokogawa Minimal Fab Suitable for Image Sensor Production?
Yokogawa brought AIST, Japan-originated Minimal Fab project to production. It uses 0.5-inch wafers and does not need a clean room to operate:Minimal Fab process implements most of the steps needed for image sensor production, even a wafer thinning and bonding option.
Samsung et al. Explores Subwavelength-Sized Color Pixel Approaches
Samsung, UCB, and Hong Kong University researches publish a Nature paper "Subwavelength pixelated CMOS color sensors based on anti-Hermitian metasurface" by Joseph S. T.
Photodiode Array Cross-Section
i-Micronews: SystemPlus publishes a comparison of camera modules in Samsung smartphones.
Edge AI Processing Presentation
Hailo presentation on edge AI vision processing shows that one needs 80K MAC operations per pixel to achieve a 86% image classification accuracy.
Brookman ToF Gesture Recognition Demo
Brookman shows how its BT008D pToF sensors excels in finger gesture recognition in comparison with competing ToF solutions. The demo is prepared in collaboration with Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., one of Brookman's major investors.
Imaging Beyond the Speed of Light
A Youtube video explains seemingly impossible effects described in EPFL and Canon Archive.
Sony Edge Analytics Use Cases
Sony presents a number of use cases for its REA-C1000 Edge Analytics Appliance - a separate box for now. Possibly, Sony intends to integrate some of its functionality onto the AI-enabled image sensors in the future. The power consumption of the Edge Analytics Appliance box is 40W.
Galaxycore Overtakes Omnivision to Become #3 in Units Market Share, Prepares IPO
According to IBK Securities report, Galaxycore becomes the world's #3 in CIS units market share (left chart below). However, Omnivision still keeps #3 spot in terms of revenue (right chart).
From Single-pixel ToF Histogram to 3D Spatial Image
Tower Updates on its Q2 2020 Imaging Business
SeekingAlpha: Tower Q2 2020 earnings call has few updates on the foundry's imaging business:"Moving to our Sensor Business unit, we forecast single-digit year-over-year growth in spite of several segments being strongly adversely impacted by COVID-19.
Brookman Presents its ToF Products Catalog
Brookman has updated its ToF products page with a number of cameras based on BT008D sensor:Brookman also congratulates Shizuoka University Prof. Shoji Kawahito, one of the founding members and a chairman of the company, with reception of the “Tamba Takayanagi Award/Achievement Award”.
Sony A7S III review
The Sony A7S III is a high-end full-frame mirrorless camera aimed at pro videographers. It films 4k 120p, has a flip-screen, the best EVF to date and much more! Find out why it could be the best pro video camera in my review!… The post Sony A7S III review appeared first on Cameralabs.
US Blacklists O-Film
Nikkei, Reuters: Camera module maker O-Film is one of 11 Chinese companies added to the U.S. Commerce Department's Entity List over alleged human rights abuses involving China's Uighur Muslim minority.
Jim Janesick's Work at SRI
SRI publishes an article about Jim Janesick's recent works on image sensors for space astronomy:"Janesick, senior principal research scientist at SRI’s Advanced Imaging lab, has been with the institute for 20 years and before that was at NASA’s famed Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for 22.
4D Light-in-Flight Imaging with SPADs
EPFL and Canon paper "Superluminal Motion-Assisted 4-Dimensional Light-in-Flight Imaging" by Kazuhiro Morimoto, Ming-Lo Wu, Andrei Ardelean, Edoardo Charbon presents XYZT capture of light propagation.
Smartsens SC500AI Sensor Improves Read Noise to 0.63e-
PRNewswire: SmartSens announces the SC500AI widescreen smart image sensor. The majority of 5MP security camera sensors offer a 4:3 aspect ratio that is not optimized for the widescreen format of modern LCD displays.