European IR Sensor Industry Consolidates

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Less than a year ago France-based Sofradir acquired Quantum Well-Infrared Photodetector (QWIP) and InGaAs sensor vendors. Now Sofradir and Onera announce an agreement to transfer Onera’s thermal imaging research group to Sofradir, together with a five-year project aimed at developing disruptive technologies in infrared detection in order to provide OEMs with more highly advanced capabilities in thermal imaging.

"Sofradir and Onera are collaborating once again to break down the technological barriers in infrared by exploring new possibilities in optical integration and other techniques," said Philippe Bensussan, chairman and CEO of Sofradir. "Onera is known for its vision, vast knowledge and expertise in aerospace and defense system design. We are excited about leading future developments in IR detection. We have high expectations about what these advantages will bring to our customers who design optronics systems for defense, space and commercial applications."

The project involves transferring emerging technologies and know-how from Onera, making them ready for industrial processing. The team will carry out research on and develop new techniques for infrared detectors, such as integrated optics, greater compactness, improved functionality and performance of thermal imaging equipment.

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