LWIR sensor starup receives funding

January 01, 2017 // By Peter Clarke
Invis Technologies Corp., (San Jose, California), a startup founded at the end of 2013, has received a $225,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) phase-1 award to support micro-fabrication of thermal imaging cameras based on Long Wavelength Infra-Red (LWIR) optics.

The company, originally founded by two significant MEMS industry executives – John Batey and Kurt Petersen – has also seen a change of CEO with the retirement of Batey and SK Ganapathi taking over as CEO (see https://www.linkedin.com/in/sk-kg-ganapathi-b015a49?trk=pub-pbmap).

The plan is to make use of semiconductor and MEMS technologies to create never before realized lens topologies that can be assembled on to the thermal imaging array at the wafer-level rather than at the individual die level, and thereby reduce cost, size and weight.

LWIR radiation has the advantage of propagating through obscurants such as dust, smoke and fog and so thermal cameras can be deployed in transportation as well as in agricultural applications, in firefighting and in monitoring of the elderly in their homes while preserving anonymity.

Invis has also applied for a US patent (see Patent Application ), number 20150281601, with the title: Modular Packaging and Optical System for Multi-Aperture and Multi-Spectral Camera Core.