August 31, 2016 2:08 AM ET

Semiconductors and Semiconductor Equipment

Company Overview of InVisage Technologies, Inc.

Company Overview

InVisage Technologies, Inc. operates as a fabless semiconductor company that develops QuantumFilm based image sensors. Its product captures high-fidelity and high-resolution images from mobile devices, such as camera phones and digital cameras. The company was incorporated in 2005 and is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.

990 Hamilton Avenue

Menlo Park, CA 94025

United States

Founded in 2005





Key Executives for InVisage Technologies, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Founder, Chief Technology Officer and Director
Age: 43
Chief Financial Officer
Age: 52
Vice President of Materials and Manufacturing
Vice President of Engineering
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

InVisage Technologies, Inc. Key Developments

InVisage Technologies Announces its Spark Authentication Module (SAM) Near-Infrared (NIR) Camera Module

InVisage Technologies Inc. announced its Spark Authentication Module (SAM) near-infrared (NIR) camera module. SAM is powered by the previously announced SparkP2 2-megapixel NIR sensor. At just 8.0 by 8.0 by 3.1 millimeters, the SAM module is custom built for authentication systems such as Microsoft Windows Hello. In addition to blocking interference from direct sunlight, SAM enables authentication at a greater distance of beyond 100 centimeters from a tablet, laptop or phone so that users are not constrained to a small space in front of their device. Because it operates deeper into the near-infrared spectrum at the 940-nanometer wavelength, SAM also eliminates any intrusive red glow from LEDs. SAM is the only system that can deliver 2K resolution in a tiny module while consuming 50 times less system power. Existing NIR cameras operate in conjunction with high wattage LEDs to overcome low CMOS sensitivity and ambient infrared in sunlight. The resulting high power consumption and heat generated by such bright LEDs has made outdoor performance a challenge for mobile face recognition systems that operate with lighter batteries. In contrast, SAM, powered by SparkP2, leverages low-power pulsed LEDs synchronized with an extremely short global shutter exposure, allowing for accurate imaging without battery drain. At 50 times lower power consumption, overall system temperature is also up to 20 degrees cooler. With a photosensitive layer 10 times thinner than a typical silicon infrared sensor, the SparkP2 sensor powering SAM provides significantly higher quantum efficiency at 35% of infrared light at the 940-nanometer wavelength. This greater sensitivity results in sharper images and an expanded operational radius of beyond 100 centimeters, but it also enables minimal crosstalk in a thinner, 3.1-millimeter module with a 72-degree field of view. Infrared cameras in particular suffer from blur due to high levels of crosstalk, or misdetection of light in nearby pixels. Crosstalk typically limits camera thinness by requiring a minimum distance between the lens and the photosensitive layer, but the SparkP2 lens in the SAM module can be much closer to the sensor without increasing crosstalk and preserving a higher level of sharpness. SAM and SparkP2 are optimized for authentication systems that operate at 850 nanometers (with a visible red glow) and 940 nanometers (invisible with a tenfold improvement in sun irradiance rejection). The SparkP2-powered SAM module is available now.

InVisage Technologies, Inc. Announces SparKp2 HD Near-Infrared Camera Sensor for the IOT Camera Market

InVisage Technologies Inc. announced the SparkP2 HD near-infrared (NIR) camera sensor for the IoT camera market. Based on the InVisage QuantumFilm camera platform, SparkP2 is a 1.1 um pixel, 2-megapixel sensor in an ultra-compact 1/7 inch format for a lightweight footprint (less than 3 mm. thin) that consumes over 20 times less power than conventional silicon near-infrared cameras. SparkP2 offers QuantumFilm global shutter for unprecedented image sharpness at 940 nm, the ideal invisible wavelength for IoT, whether in low light or strong sunlight. This performance empowers devices like iris scanners, augmented reality systems and drones to respond more accurately to their environments. SparkP2 is sampling in April 2016 with mass production scheduled by Summer 2016.

InVisage Technologies, Inc. Launches Smartphone Camera Sensor Quantum13

InVisage Technologies, Inc. introduced its inaugural product, the Quantum13 camera sensor. Leveraging the power of advanced nanotechnology found in the company's QuantumFilm platform, the Quantum13 captures images with full tonal ranges in high and low light, and is the first smartphone camera sensor with an electronic global shutter. The Quantum13 is the world's first electronic image sensor that does not use silicon but rather a quantum dot film, QuantumFilm, to capture light. QuantumFilm has a natural light response curve matching the human eye. As a result, the Quantum13 has a powerful single-shot high dynamic range (HDR) mode called QuantumCinema. This mode provides up to three additional stops of dynamic range compared to conventional CMOS image sensors. Both still and video modes will see this level of performance without any added HDR software processing, which can often cause a missed moment and a distorted image. Quantum13 also offers the world's first electronic global shutter for smartphones, a camera technology that enables full frame capture instead of the cumbersome rolling shutter method that CMOS sensors use to scan from the top of the image to the bottom. With this electronic global shutter, Quantum13-enabled smartphones can capture crisp still photos of fast-moving subjects at full frame shutter speeds normally reserved for digital SLRs, and deliver smooth 2K and 4K video without any rolling shutter distortion. Quantum13 is a 13-megapixel, 1.1-micron pixel camera sensor that fits in an 8.5-millimeter by 8.5-millimeter module. With light absorption eight times faster than silicon, QuantumFilm creates an ultra-thin light capture medium that accommodates much higher incident angles of light, resulting in an unprecedented 4-millimeter camera module height. This thinner camera module allows for even thinner smartphone camera designs. Quantum13 is sampling now and initial shipments to smartphone vendors are expected this quarter. Pricing information may be obtained directly from InVisage's website.

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