|[March 04, 2014]
SiOnyx Announces Black Silicon XQE™ License Program
BEVERLY, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
In response to significant customer demand and the rapidly expanding
uses for infrared enhanced CMOS image sensors, SiOnyx today announced
the launch of the XQE™ technology licensing program. The program allows
sensor designers and manufacturers to independently produce their own
products leveraging the company's proprietary Black Silicon XQE process.
XQE, short for extended quantum efficiency, is the secret sauce behind
SiOnyx's black silicon image sensors, which are currently shipping for
demanding digital night vision applications.
A 400% Improvement In Sensor Designs
Here's the problem, commodity image sensors don't work very well in the
infrared range. Their low sensitivity limits applications and detracts
from the user experience. The SiOnyx Black Silicon XQE platform solves
that problem by providing a 400% improvement in infrared sensitivity.
"Since introducing our XQE family of infrared enhanced CMOS image
sensors, we've been approached by an overwhelming number of companies
seeking to take advantage of the unique performance of black silicon in
their own production lines," said Stephen Saylor, CEO of SiOnyx. "To
support these customers we've already proven the efficacy and
performance gains of our proprietary laser process in a number of
A Platform For Sensor Innovation
To meet the diversified needs of the market and enable rapid adoption f
the XQE platform in applications outside of the company's core product
line, SiOnyx is partnering with industry leaders to make the XQE
technology available to a wide variety of applications from robotic
surgical cameras to gaming, mobile biometrics and more.
A Robust Portfolio of Intellectual Property
The SiOnyx XQE platform is based on a proprietary laser process known as
black silicon discovered by SiOnyx founder Prof. Eric Mazur of Harvard
"Infrared imaging has emerged as a critical requirement in mobile
devices seeking to add features in natural user interface and
biometrics. Adoption of the XQE platform in these markets drives
significant economies of scale for SiOnyx and helps to ensure that our
technology will dominate the landscape for low cost infrared imaging,"
said Eric Mazur, SiOnyx founder and the Balkanski Professor of Physics
and Applied Physics at Harvard University.
Built on a decade of collaborative research, SiOnyx and Harvard
University now hold over 70 patents relating to the black silicon
process and sensor integration. SiOnyx is the exclusive licensee of
Harvard's patents relating to black silicon and has developed its own
portfolio of XQE CMOS images sensors based on the technology for defense
and commercial night vision applications.
"We are excited about both the progress that SiOnyx has made and our
continued collaboration. The ground-breaking work of Dr. Mazur is of
great interest, and we are delighted that SiOnyx continues to diligently
pursue the numerous applications of this high performance infrared
imaging technology," Said Isaac Kohlberg, Senior Associate Provost and
Chief Technology Development Officer for Harvard University.
For more information and sample
video imagery visit www.sionyx.com
SiOnyx is commercializing a patented semiconductor process that
dramatically enhances the sensitivity of silicon-based photonics.
SiOnyx's platform represents a significant breakthrough in the
development of smaller, lower cost, high-performing photonic devices in
applications ranging from simple light detection to advanced digital
imaging and more.
XQETM is a registered trademark of SiOnyx
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