October 21, 2014. IRLYNX and CEA-Leti have announced they have launched a technology-development partnership for a new CMOS-based infrared technology that will allow a new type of smart and connected detectors in buildings and cities.
The strategic partnership with Leti’s Silicon Development Division and the Optics and Photonics Division will develop a solid technology platform that allows IRLYNX to provide a solution in the field of human-activity detection and characterization. These products will be able to count people, distinguish humans, get positions, and determine posture. This new, low-cost technology will help IRLYNX bring to the market new sensors targeting various applications in energy saving, safety and security, and human/object interactions.
The collaboration is based on the development of specific microelectronic steps above CMOS IC and on the hosting of IRLYNX R&D’s activities inside Leti’s clean-room facilities.
Partially funded through the Easytech program of the IRT Nanoelec research institute, the partnership blends Leti's expertise in advanced materials and photonics technologies developments. IRLYNX is focusing for its part on a specific IC design, a customized optic integration and the “on-die” data processing of such human-sensing-activity module.
“Through this strong partnership with CEA-Leti, we continue to deploy our strategic plan as expected. The capacities and how-know of Leti in advanced-technologies development are really an advantage for IRLYNX. With this agreement and Leti’s support, we are shortening our time to market,” said Sébastien Fabre, IRLYNX CEO.
“The collaboration with IRLYNX highlights Leti’s mission to support startup initiatives and emphasizes our expertise in IR imaging devices and technologies,” said Bruno Mourey, vice president of Leti’s Optics and Photonics Division. “IRLYNX is a very good match for Leti, because the IRLYNX team has an innovative IC design, clear optic-integration goals and a persuasive business plan.”
With its recent first round of funding, which raised 1M€, IRLYNX will be able to deliver first products in the third quarter of 2015 .IRLYNX designs and sells advanced human-activity sensing modules. The company was created in 2012 and is based in Grenoble.