Company: InVisage Technologies
MENLO PARK, CA–(Marketwire – September 27, 2010) – InVisage Technologies, Inc. — a Silicon Valley-based start-up revolutionizing the image sensor market — today announced that its breakthrough technology, QuantumFilm™ won top honors in The Wall Street Journal 2010Technology Innovation Award in the semiconductors category. QuantumFilm is the world’s first quantum dot-based material for image sensors, replacing silicon. QuantumFilm captures up to four times more light than traditional silicon-based image sensors, enabling significantly higher quality images from mobile handset cameras.
QuantumFilm is based on quantum dots — a semiconductor material that is nanometers in size — engineered to have unprecedented light-absorbing properties. QuantumFilm works by capturing an imprint of a light image, and then employing the silicon beneath it to read out the image and turn it into versatile digital signals. InVisage spent three years engineering the quantum dot material to produce highly sensitive image sensors that integrate with standard CMOS manufacturing processes, also developed by InVisage. The result is an image sensor that offers remarkable increases in light-capturing efficiencies over existing solutions.