Imec at SPIE Photonics West - January 24-26, 2012 - San Francisco, USA

Booth 5128, North Hall, The Moscone Center

(PresseBox) ( Leuven, )
At SPIE Photonics West 2012, imec presents its R&D into next generation vision systems, high-end CMOS imagers and silicon photonics.

- Imec combines its expertise in heterogeneous integration of CMOS chip technology with new functionalities such as image sensors and MEMS, with multimedia application & design expertise, to develop solutions for next-generation high-quality, low-cost vision systems, focusing on the development of the optimal solution for the entire system (lens, sensor, read-out electronics, ....).
- Imec's silicon photonics platform allows miniaturization of complex photonic functions on a single chip and a dense integration of photonics and electronics, well-suited for the development of photonic components with nanometer-scale accuracy over large writing fields, enabling true large-scale photonic integrated circuits. Recently, a new EU FP7 project, ESSenTIAL, was launched with the goal to allow a better industrial access to silicon photonics technology. This will be realized by expanding the services of the ePIXfab-service, taking care to build a more complete technology chain from idea to product.
- Imec's high-end image sensor manufacturing platform offers development and low-volume production of customer specific specialty imagers. The base line technology is a 0.13 µm CMOS platform including a pinned photodiode module processed on 200 mm silicon wafers. We offer large flexibility in terms of processes deviating from standard CMOS such as special (epi) substrates, pixel trench isolation, stitching, backside illumination and others.

New releases at SPIE photonics West 2012

- A compact, low-cost and fast hyperspectal imaging solution
At SPIE Photonics West 2012, imec demonstrates a hyperspectral camera solution based on a system-on-chip image sensor with an integrated hyperspectral sensor. Imec's prototype hyperspectral camera automatically classifies different objects using state-of-the-art image processing methods. Classification results of imec's solution are equivalent to state-of-the-art hyperspectral references and recorded spectra of e.g. plant material. Imec's solution is small, cost-efficient and fast. It targets multiple industrial vision applications.

- Disposable silicon photonics biosensor chips
Imec, together with a medical diagnostics equipment supplier, have developed and produced a set of disposable silicon photonics biosensor chips combining imec's standard silicon photonic waveguide devices with a unique bio-compatible passivation technology. The chips allow for multiplexed biosensing. After optimization of the proof-of-concept chips that were produced through the ePIXfab multi-project wafer service, the chips were prototyped as part of imec's CMORE service. A bio-compatible passivation technology was developed on 200mm wafer scale, the chips were tested in the field, and proven to meet the customers functional requirements with high yields.

Spokes people at SPIE Photonics West

- Andy Lambrechts, Team leader NVISION at imec
- Danaë Delbeke, Photonics Technology Developer at INTEC, imec's associated lab at Ghent University
- Ann Verbeeck, Senior Business Development Manager NVISION and Si Photonics at imec

Imec presentations at the SPIE Photonics West conference

- Masschelein, B. (imec) et al. - Advanced Quantitation in Cells (Cytomics) and Tissues (Histomics)-Part 2: Toward a colony counting system using hyperspectral imaging
- Vercruysse, D. (imec) et al. - Subradiant plasmon resonances for spacing,
- Tack, N. (imec) et al. - A compact high-speed and low-cost hyperspectral imager
- Wang, L. (INTEC) Grating couplers in polymer with a thin Si3N4 layer embedded
- Yebo, N. (INTEC) On-chip interrogation of a silicon-on-insulator microring resonator based ethanol vapor sensor with an arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) spectrometer

About the Photonics Research Group - INTEC - Ghent University

The Photonics Research Group of INTEC is imec's associated laboratory at the Ghent University. The Photonics Research Group works on innovative concepts for photonic components and in particular on the compact integration of complex photonic functions. Most of the activities focus on waveguide-based semiconductor components, such as laser diodes, optical amplifiers, photonic crystal components in either III-V semiconductors or Silicon-on-Insulator. The photonics research group has a research staff of about 60 people. The group is involved in various national and international projects and research grants. At this moment the group acts as coordinator for the international projects: PhotonFAB, Silicon Photonics Platforms ePIXfab, ESSENTIAL, HISTORIC, WaDiMos, and SmartFiber. The group also coordinates the international European (Erasmus Mundus) Master of Science in Photonics.

Ghent University was founded in 1817 and is one of the leading institutions of higher education and research in the Dutch speaking region of Western Europe today. Ghent University's eleven faculties are composed of more than 130 departments all together. These departments offer high-quality courses in every one of their scientific disciplines, each inspired by innovative research. Ghent University is an open, committed and pluralistic university with a broad international perspective. Located in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium and the cultural and economical heart of Europe, Ghent University is an active partner in national and international educational, scientific and industrial cooperation.

Photonics is a field in which Ghent University excels. The Photonics Research Group is one of Europe's leading groups in the field of photonic integration. It hosts three ERC-grant holders. Recently Ghent University has founded a multidisciplinary research platform in the field of photonics: the Center for Nano- and Biophotonics ('NB Photonics'), thereby clustering the resources and knowhow of 12 professors from four different faculties. The technology transfer in the field of photonics is taken care of by a specific unit: the Photonics Innovation Center 'Plateau'. Also with respect to education in photonics, Ghent University takes a leading role by coordinating an international master program in this field.

Imec is a registered trademark for the activities of IMEC International (a legal entity set up under Belgian law as a "stichting van openbaar nut”), imec Belgium (IMEC vzw supported by the Flemish Government), imec the Netherlands (Stichting IMEC Nederland, part of Holst Centre which is supported by the Dutch Government), imec Taiwan (IMEC Taiwan Co.) and imec China (IMEC Microelectronics (Shangai) Co. Ltd.) and imec India (Imec India Private Limited).
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