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Ultra-portable NIR micro-LiDAR module SML20 enables autonomous drone flight, fusing depth mapping and high resolution 4K video for unprecedented obstacle avoidance at a 20-meter range without added weight of conventional LiDAR

Menlo Park, Calif. (September 15, 2016, 12:00 PM PDT) InVisage Technologies Inc., the pioneering developer of QuantumFilm™ camera sensors, today launched its Spark Micro-LiDAR (SML20) module. The previously announced Spark4K 13-megapixel, 1.1-micron NIR sensor enables the SML20 module to sense structured light patterns with high acuity at a range of 20 meters, even in direct sunlight. This means drones can now self-navigate at a much higher speed. With a sensor module of just 8.5 by 8.5 by 4.5 millimeters, SML20 is ultra-light, compact, and low power. These advantages make SML20 ideal for drones and other mobile autonomous devices that require a lighter, more power-efficient alternative to conventional LiDAR without the limitations of ultrasonic and stereo-camera depth sensing systems.

“In order to perform autonomously at a high flight speed of 20 meters per second, drones and other unmanned vehicles require at least half a second to recognize an upcoming obstacle and another half a second to change trajectory or decelerate in order to avoid it. This means accurate ranging at 20 meters is crucial,” said Jess Lee, InVisage President and CEO. “SML20 is the only solution enabling obstacle avoidance at that distance without being weighed down by a traditional bulky LiDAR.”

Many obstacle avoidance systems have turned to mechanical and solid state LiDAR for depth sensing, but conventional LiDARs place high demands on weight, size and power budgets, making them unsuitable for drones. The cost of LiDAR is also significant and can range from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars per unit. Ultrasonic sensors and stereo cameras do offer more compact form factors than LiDAR, but ultrasonic systems offer only a sub-five-meter range and stereo cameras have high CPU demands and ranging capabilities limited by camera disparity. The SML20 eliminates the need to compromise, delivering effective collision avoidance with small size, minimal weight, and all-inclusive power consumption between 200 and 500 mW on average, according to the range requirements of the application.

Single camera-based obstacle avoidance systems use structured light to map their environments in 3D. Pairing Spark NIR sensors with lasers emitting a specific pattern of light, the system captures depth maps by detecting modifications to that pattern. SML20 delivers QuantumFilm’s increased sensitivity to 940-nanometer NIR light (five times that of silicon) at a 1.1-micron pixel size. This allows autonomous devices to perceive their surroundings with an accurate depth map fused with the sharpness of 4K 30fps video previously reserved for cinema cameras, in contrast to the limited information in the series of dotted outlines offered by LiDAR.

Conventional structured light cameras have struggled to perform accurately outdoors or in bright sunlight because more than half of sunlight is in the infrared spectrum. In the resulting wash of infrared, silicon-based camera sensors easily saturate and fail to detect the structured light patterns their devices emit. Optimized for the invisible NIR 940-nanometer wavelength, SML20 takes advantage of the fact that water in the atmosphere absorbs most of the 940-nanometer infrared light in sunlight, minimizing solar interference with structured light systems.

In combination with this wavelength optimization, SML20’s 1.1-micron pixels have a global electronic shutter—the only one of its kind at this pixel size. Because global shutter allows all parts of an image to be captured simultaneously, it eliminates the distortion of fast-moving objects caused by conventional rolling shutter. With global shutter, a structured light source can be pulsed in sync with an ultra-fast exposure, allowing for 20-meter ranging with high solar irradiance rejection while remaining eye-safe and low power.

The SML20 is only the beginning—stay tuned for extended range options at 100 meters and beyond in the coming quarters.

Pricing and Availability

The Spark4K-powered SML20 module is available now. Pricing and sample information can be obtained directly from InVisage at www.invisage.com/contact.

About InVisage Technologies

InVisage Technologies, Inc. is a venture-backed advanced materials and camera platform company based in Menlo Park, Calif. that has developed QuantumFilm™, a breakthrough imaging and sensing technology. The company’s products capture high fidelity, high-resolution images for a wide variety of mobile and IoT devices, including smartphones, laptops, and drones. Founded in 2006, InVisage Technologies is venture funded by GGV Capital, Nokia Growth Partners, RockPort Capital, InterWest Partners, Intel Capital, Oceanwide, and OnPoint Technologies.

For more information on InVisage and its pioneering QuantumFilm technology, visit www.invisage.com.

All brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders. InVisage reserves the right to alter product and service offerings, specifications and pricing at any time without notice. © 2016 InVisage. All rights reserved.

 

InVisage Spark4K Sample Structured Light Image

A structured light pattern on a drone shot with InVisage’s Spark4K. Spark4K’s ability to detect variations to infrared light patterns with greater sharpness allows autonomous and augmented reality devices to perform with enhanced accuracy.

Spark4K is world’s highest resolution IR sensor with 35% quantum efficiency at 940 nm, dynamic pixel sizing, global shutter, and up to 50 times less system power consumption

Menlo Park, Calif. (June 6, 2016, 12:00 PM PDT) InVisage Technologies Inc., the pioneering developer of QuantumFilm™ camera sensors, today launched the Spark4K near-infrared (NIR) camera sensor. A 1.1-micron pixel, 13-megapixel sensor in a 1/3-inch module, Spark4K features the world’s highest NIR resolution packing 4K video at 30 frames per second, making it ideal for augmented reality, autonomous, and authentication systems that require high-resolution, high dynamic range NIR imaging with global shutter capability.

Spark4K takes advantage of the QuantumFilm technology platform’s unique combination of higher sensitivity with electronic global shutter to minimize power consumption while overcoming the glare of ambient infrared in sunlight. The photosensitivity of NIR-optimized QuantumFilm is five times higher than conventional silicon at the invisible 940-nanometer wavelength, allowing the Spark4K pixel to deliver 35% quantum efficiency. Spark4K can accurately detect a brighter but shorter LED pulse that instantaneously outshines ambient infrared light to help devices navigate and learn about their environments more accurately in pitch darkness or in direct sunlight. In addition, by pulsing the LED in sync with Spark4K’s global shutter, systems reduce battery consumption dramatically, enabling more compact, lighter weight product designs. Optimal applications include drones, self-driving vehicles, and augmented reality devices that will benefit from Spark4K’s extended range and power savings.

“After the recent launch of our 2-megapixel NIR sensor SparkP2, we’re excited to expand our IR product portfolio with a higher resolution infrared camera sensor” said Jess Lee, InVisage President and CEO. “As machine vision enters the mass consumer market of phones, drones, cars and AR headsets, the demands are clear. Small-footprint, high-resolution infrared cameras that perform invisibly indoors and outdoors are a must. By pairing higher sensitivity with a short pulse 940-nanometer source, our Spark products easily save 50 times on power compared to a conventional camera while overpowering sun irradiance.”

InVisage’s Spark line of NIR cameras is optimal for depth sensing, 3-D mapping, compositional analysis, authentication, and gesture tracking. While existing CMOS sensors that use silicon to sense light have a limited range in which they can effectively operate, Spark4K combines QuantumFilm’s higher NIR sensitivity with higher resolution to expand the operational range of NIR cameras for augmented reality, autonomous, and authentication systems. Infrared light at the 940 nanometer wavelength, for which Spark4K is optimized, is also invisible to the human eye. Thus, Spark4K enables devices to be more user friendly by eliminating the red glow visible with infrared cameras that operate at shorter wavelengths.

“We project sales of CMOS image sensors dedicated at sensing applications to grow at a CAGR of 24% until 2021,” said Pierre Cambou, Activity Leader of Imaging at Yole Développement. “Much of that growth is driven by features that would benefit from higher performance and resolution, and by markets in connection to the Internet of Things with applications such as gesture recognition, authentication, and collision avoidance. Currently, there are very few available options for sensors combining high dynamic range, global shutter and improved NIR performance.”

Spark4K also features dynamic pixel sizing for lower resolution, high sensitivity security applications. Light captured from adjacent 1.1-micron pixels can be combined to maximize sensitivity and readout speed according to the demands of a specific application. In practice, this allows for an optional 3-megapixel sensor mode with four times greater sensitivity in low light or long-range scenarios.

Pricing and Availability

Spark4K is sampling in June 2016 with mass production scheduled by Q4 2016. Pricing information is available directly from InVisage at www.invisage.com/contact.

About InVisage Technologies

InVisage Technologies, Inc. is a venture-backed advanced materials and camera platform company based in Menlo Park, Calif. that has developed QuantumFilm™, a breakthrough imaging and sensing technology. The company’s products capture high fidelity, high-resolution images for a wide variety of mobile and IoT devices, including smartphones, laptops, and drones. Founded in 2006, InVisage Technologies is venture funded by GGV Capital, Nokia Growth Partners, RockPort Capital, InterWest Partners, Intel Capital, Oceanwide, and OnPoint Technologies.

For more information on this product launch, InVisage and its pioneering QuantumFilm technology, visit www.invisage.com.

All brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders. InVisage reserves the right to alter product and service offerings, specifications and pricing at any time without notice. © 2016 InVisage. All rights reserved.

Showcasing at Computex 2016, world’s first 2K near-infrared camera module SAM is specifically designed for mobile authentication systems like Windows Hello, expanding the reach of cameras indoors and outdoors with 50 times less system power consumption.

Menlo Park, Calif. (May 25, 2016) InVisage Technologies Inc., the pioneering developer of QuantumFilm™ camera sensors, today 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.

“For authentication, mobile device makers demand compact modules that produce sharp images enabling smooth user verification with minimal false negatives or false positives, regardless of whether the user is indoors or out,” said Jess Lee, InVisage President and CEO. “It also needs to work within a reasonable range so that users can say ‘Hello’ without having to plant their eye or face just a few centimeters from the screen.”

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).

Pricing and Availability

The SparkP2-powered SAM module is available now. Make an appointment to see SAM in action during Computex 2016 (Taipei International Convention Center, Room 105) or obtain pricing information directly from InVisage at www.invisage.com/contact.

About InVisage Technologies

InVisage Technologies, Inc. is a venture-backed advanced materials and camera platform company based in Menlo Park, Calif. that has developed QuantumFilm™, a breakthrough imaging and sensing technology. The company’s products capture high fidelity, high-resolution images for a wide variety of mobile and IoT devices, including smartphones, laptops, and drones. Founded in 2006, InVisage Technologies is venture funded by GGV Capital, Nokia Growth Partners, RockPort Capital, InterWest Partners, Intel Capital, Oceanwide, and OnPoint Technologies.

For more information on InVisage and its pioneering QuantumFilm technology, visit www.invisage.com.

All brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders. InVisage reserves the right to alter product and service offerings, specifications and pricing at any time without notice. © 2016 InVisage. All rights reserved.

 

SparkP2 with global shutter captures sharp images in the invisible 940 nm near-infrared spectrum with 3x higher light response and over 20x lower power consumption than competing solutions even in extreme lighting conditions

MENLO PARK, Calif.–(February 17, 2016)InVisage Technologies Inc., the pioneering developer of QuantumFilm™ camera sensors, today 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.

“Previous IoT NIR cameras have been difficult to use indoors and almost impossible to operate outside,” said Jess Lee, InVisage President and CEO. “Indoors, users had to remain within a short range for the device to work. At the same time, conventional camera systems burn a continuous 1000 mW of illumination power, which produces a distracting red glow and drains battery life. Outside, the power requirement is even higher in order to overcome the power of the sun, which makes it challenging for compact IoT devices to see and detect obstacles. SparkP2 is the first solution to address all of these issues.”

“Face and iris recognition, depth-mapping and eye and gesture tracking are key applications in next generation imaging, and are growth drivers to the $10.5 billion CMOS image sensor market. And all these applications benefit greatly from improved NIR sensitivity,” said Brian O’Rourke, Senior Principal Analyst, Consumer Devices and MEMS & Sensors at IHS Technology. “InVisage should be well positioned to benefit from the growth of these markets, whether in mobile phones, security and surveillance cameras or other integrated devices.”

Rolling Shutter vs. Global Shutter for IoT

Today, the majority of near-infrared (NIR) cameras struggle to produce accurate images and video of moving objects as a result of rolling shutter, which can interfere with spatial analysis (essential for collision avoidance) and make an augmented or virtual experience less realistic. Newer designs are using global shutter, but with low resolution and high power consumption. InVisage QuantumFilm global shutter works in tune with a pulsed LED, which optimizes the LED battery usage to be just 10 mW (versus 750 mW for LEDs used with rolling shutter NIR cameras) and in turn enables more compact, lighter weight product designs due to smaller battery requirements.

Conventional infrared sensors that use silicon as their photosensitive layer also have difficulty performing outdoors because sunlight’s ambient NIR light overwhelms the light emitted by most NIR camera LED projectors, reducing the amount of information the NIR camera can effectively detect. These LEDs would require extremely high power usage in order to project a strong enough light to compete with the sun’s irradiance. SparkP2’s fast global shutter allows the NIR light source to be pulsed for extremely short intervals instead of remaining continuously illuminated, thus overcoming sunlight while at the same time capturing movement more accurately and using far less net power.

Pricing and Availability

SparkP2 is sampling in April 2016 with mass production scheduled by Summer 2016. Pricing information may be obtained directly from InVisage at www.invisage.com/contact.

About InVisage Technologies

InVisage Technologies, Inc. is a venture-backed advanced materials & camera platform company based in Menlo Park, Calif. that has developed QuantumFilm™, a breakthrough imaging & sensing technology. The company’s first product captures high fidelity, high-resolution images from mobile devices such as camera phones and digital cameras. Founded in 2006, InVisage Technologies is venture funded by GGV Capital, Nokia Growth Partners, RockPort Capital, InterWest Partners, Intel Capital, Oceanwide, and OnPoint Technologies.

For more information on this product launch, InVisage and its pioneering QuantumFilm technology, visit www.invisage.com.

All brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders. InVisage reserves the right to alter product and service offerings, specifications and pricing at any time without notice. © 2016 InVisage. All rights reserved.

Using advanced quantum physics, the Quantum13 brings cinematography-grade dynamic range and smooth motion capture to smartphones, driving silicon CMOS image sensors into obsolescence

Beijing, China (November 11, 2015)InVisage Technologies Inc., the pioneering developer of QuantumFilm™ camera sensors, today 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. Today in Beijing, InVisage is showcasing Quantum13-enabled smartphones running on both Qualcomm and Mediatek platforms. Shipments to smartphone vendors will start this quarter.

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 mode called QuantumCinema. This mode provides up to 3 additional stops of dynamic range compared to conventional CMOS image sensors. This means 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 delivers smooth 2K and 4K video without any rolling shutter distortion.

“The launch of Quantum13 marks a new era for the smartphone camera industry,” said Jess Lee, CEO of InVisage. “For the first time, smartphones will capture images on an entirely new medium. Not silicon. Not film. QuantumFilm. We are thrilled to showcase the capabilities of Quantum13 to the richest and most vibrant ecosystem for smartphones. And we are delighted to share that several smartphone vendors have already adopted Quantum13 for upcoming release.”

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 8 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.

“InVisage is targeting the mainstream 13-megapixel smartphone camera market,” added Tetsuo Omori, Senior Analyst at TSR. “According to our research, the worldwide volume of the 13-megapixel camera sensor market is projected to increase from 408 million units in 2015 to 995 million units in 2020.”

A short film shot with a Quantum13 camera was recently released and may be viewed here, along with a behind-the-scenes video that includes side-by-side comparison footage with a comparable silicon sensor here.

Pricing and Availability
Quantum13 is sampling now and initial shipments to leading smartphone vendors are expected this quarter. Pricing information may be obtained directly from InVisage at www.invisage.com/contact.

About InVisage Technologies
InVisage Technologies, Inc. is a venture-backed advanced materials & camera platform company based in Menlo Park, Calif. that has developed QuantumFilm™, a breakthrough imaging & sensing technology. Its first product captures high fidelity, high-resolution images from mobile devices such as camera phones and digital cameras. Founded in 2006, InVisage Technologies is venture funded by GGV Capital, Nokia Growth Partners, RockPort Capital, InterWest Partners, Intel Capital, Oceanwide, and OnPoint Technologies.

For more information on this product launch, InVisage and its pioneering QuantumFilm technology, visit www.invisage.com.

Lubezki to provide expert artistic insight as InVisage brings cinema quality image capture to smartphones and mobile devices with its QuantumFilm technology

Menlo Park, Calif., (Nov. 9, 2015)InVisage Technologies Inc., the pioneering developer of QuantumFilm™ camera sensors, today announced the addition of famed cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC to the InVisage advisory board. Mr. Lubezki is the cinematographer of numerous award-winning films including Gravity (2013) and Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014). Mr. Lubezki is the Company’s first artistic advisor and will help shape and fine-tune the specifications of upcoming InVisage QuantumFilm camera image sensors for smartphones and mobile devices.

In addition to its greater light sensitivity, QuantumFilm’s non-linear response to light allows for the expanded dynamic range mode QuantumCinema, which allows smartphones to capture more detail in extremely bright areas without saturating. The QuantumFilm sensor also includes the first global electronic shutter for smartphones, a feature that reduces distortion with quick camera movements.

“We are honored to have Mr. Lubezki join our advisory board,” said Jess Lee, president and CEO of InVisage. “With Mr. Lubezki’s artistic direction, we intend to bridge the gap between Hollywood and advanced nanotechnology, bringing Hollywood quality to QuantumFilm-enabled smartphones and mobile devices.”

“InVisage understands that advancing film is equal parts artistry and technology,” said Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC. “I was drawn to InVisage and their technology because of the ground-breaking potential for greater dynamic range in cameras ranging from smartphones to professional video cameras, a crucial capability for cinematographers and everyday users alike.”

About Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC
Mr. Lubezki has shaped film for decades, working with directors Alfonso Cuarón, Steven Soderbergh, Martin Scorsese, Mike Nichols, Terrence Malick, as well as Ethan and Joel Coen. His latest project is The Revenant (2015) with renowned director Alejandro González Iñárritu. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including two Academy Awards for Cinematography for Gravity (2013) and Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), in addition to seven Academy Award nominations. Other films shot by Mr. Lubezki include Y tu Mamá También (2001), Children of Men (2006) and The Tree of Life (2011).

About InVisage Technologies
InVisage Technologies, Inc. is a venture-backed advanced materials & camera platform company based in Menlo Park, California that has developed QuantumFilm™, a breakthrough imaging & sensing technology. The Company’s first product captures high fidelity, high-resolution images from mobile devices such as camera phones and digital cameras. Founded in 2006, InVisage Technologies is venture funded by GGV Capital, Nokia Growth Partners, RockPort Capital, InterWest Partners, Intel Capital, Oceanwide, and OnPoint Technologies. For more information about InVisage, visit www.invisage.com.

Short Film Shot with Smartphone Camera Sensor Uses Groundbreaking QuantumFilm Technology For Unprecedented Light and Motion Capture

Menlo Park, CA (October 23, 2015) InVisage Technologies Inc., the pioneering camera sensor company , announced today the release of “Prix”, a short film shot entirely with InVisage’s QuantumFilm smartphone camera sensor. The film captures a stunning level of detail despite dynamic lighting environments and shooting fast-moving subjects outdoors. This quality is made possible thanks to InVisage’s QuantumFilm, a quantum dot camera sensor technology.

“Today, filmmakers of all types have access to HD-quality cameras through their smartphones,” said InVisage President and CEO Jess Lee. “However, achieving truly cinematic quality can be difficult without professional-grade cameras. Our expanded dynamic range capability is a major step forward in allowing smartphones to capture the tiniest of details across a wide range of lighting conditions. The results can be seen in ‘Prix,’ a charming short film about children who make their own technological innovations.”

During the production of “Prix,” cameras utilized InVisage’s QuantumCinema, a capability developed specifically for smartphone sensors equipped with QuantumFilm. Like photochemical film, QuantumFilm sensors have a non-linear response to light that allows them to preserve information in bright areas where a silicon CMOS sensor would typically saturate. This response, combined with higher photosensitivity and electron storage per pixel, enables QuantumFilm to show greater dynamic range in QuantumCinema mode.

“Prix” was also shot using InVisage’s exclusive electronic global shutter mode for smartphones, which eliminates a defect when shooting moving objects known as the “rolling shutter artifact.” All scenes were shot simultaneously with a comparable silicon smartphone using a rolling shutter–the only shutter mode currently available in smartphones–which captures parts of an image at different times. This delay causes obvious distortion when quickly moving subjects are shot with a moving camera. But with QuantumFilm’s global shutter, all parts of the image are captured simultaneously, resulting in unprecedented clear motion capture with a smartphone.

In an additional feature entitled “The Making of ‘Prix’,” actors from the short film visit the InVisage office to learn about the technology and what distinguishes “Prix” from videos shot with silicon smartphone camera sensors. “The Making of ‘Prix’” includes interviews with employees and side-by-side comparisons of footage shot simultaneously with standard smartphones versus those equipped with QuantumFilm. Both “Prix” and the accompanying “Making of” feature were screened as part of an event on the future of technology and film at the Mill Valley Film Festival on October 18.

Watch “Prix” and “The Making of ‘Prix,’” and read more about QuantumCinema here.

For more information about QuantumFilm, visit www.invisage.com.

About InVisage Technologies

InVisage Technologies, Inc. is a venture-backed advanced materials & camera platform company based in Menlo Park, Calif. that has developed QuantumFilm™, a breakthrough imaging & sensing technology. Its first product captures high fidelity, high-resolution images from mobile devices such as camera phones and digital cameras. Founded in 2006, InVisage Technologies is venture funded by GGV Capital, Nokia Growth Partners, RockPort Capital, InterWest Partners, Intel Capital, Oceanwide, and OnPoint Technologies.

Panel to discuss the intersection of technology and film and provide an advance screening of InVisage’s short film “Prix,” shot with a QuantumFilm smartphone image sensor

MENLO PARK, CA (October 13, 2015) – InVisage Technologies Inc., the leading developer of QuantumFilm camera sensors, announced today it will present a panel entitled “The Future of Film and Technology” on October 18 at the annual Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) featuring InVisage President and CEO, Jess Lee, and renowned film industry veterans Tiffany Shlain, Shane Hurlbut, and Christopher Coppola. InVisage also announced that there will be an advance screening of its new short film, “Prix,” at the festival. “Prix” was produced on a smartphone image sensor with InVisage’s QuantumFilm technology, and demonstrates for the first time an expanded dynamic range mode called QuantumCinema.

QuantumCinema is a capability specific to InVisage’s QuantumFilm camera sensor that allows for more details to be captured simultaneously in both low and bright light. Conventional digital image sensors rely on silicon to sense light linearly and therefore saturate when too much light enters the sensor. In contrast, photochemical film has a non-linear response that can preserve details in more extreme light conditions. With the greater shift from film to digital cameras, digital camera users have had to compromise on dynamic range in exchange for convenience. QuantumFilm sensors, however, behave more like film in that they also have a non-linear response to light, which allows for the expanded dynamic range of QuantumCinema. The screening of “Prix” will mark the first time footage taken in QuantumCinema mode is shown to the public.

“InVisage is bringing amazing cinema-quality images to smartphones and mobile devices,” said InVisage President and CEO Jess Lee. “With this panel and the worldwide release of ‘Prix,’ we’re kicking off a broader conversation on the huge impact camera technologies have had on film and will continue to have in future.”

Taking place on Sunday, October 18 at 2 p.m. at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, the panel will focus on the constantly intersecting journey of technology and film throughout history. The discussion will feature InVisage’s Lee, renowned cinematographer Shane Hurlbut (Terminator: Salvation, Need for Speed), director/producer and Project Accessible Hollywood founder Christopher Coppola (Gunfighter, Deadfall), and Emmy-nominated filmmaker and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain (Connected, The Tribe), and will be moderated by WIRED associate editor/writer Angela Watercutter. Panelists will hold a lively discussion on issues such as the transition from photochemical film to digital, how technological innovations like QuantumFilm are making new filmmaking opportunities available, and where the filmmaking industry will go from here.

Post-panel, a special screening of “Prix,” which was shot with a QuantumFilm sensor for smartphones, will demonstrate and introduce the capabilities of QuantumFilm technology. Produced in Los Angeles by Automaton Creative, “Prix” features young stars Samuel Parker, Isabella Mulford, and Luke Darga as three young innovators working to excel at their sport of choice—RC car racing. Not only does “Prix” showcase the expanded dynamic range of QuantumCinema, but the racing scenes also demonstrate the world’s first truly electronic global shutter on a smartphone camera sensor.

To watch the trailer for “Prix,” click here. For more information about InVisage and QuantumCinema, visit www.invisage.com/QuantumCinema. For more information about the Mill Valley Film Festival, including ticket details, visit www.mvff.com.

About InVisage Technologies

InVisage Technologies, Inc. is a venture-backed advanced materials & camera platform company based in Menlo Park, Calif. that has developed QuantumFilm™, a breakthrough imaging & sensing technology. Its first product captures high fidelity, high-resolution images from mobile devices such as camera phones and digital cameras. Founded in 2006, InVisage Technologies is venture funded by GGV Capital, Nokia Growth Partners, RockPort Capital, InterWest Partners, Intel Capital, Oceanwide, and OnPoint Technologies.

 

World’s First Sub-5nm Fabrication Site to Manufacture QuantumFilm™ Cameras
InVisage QuantumFab3 Ribbon Cutting

MENLO PARK, CA (June 17, 2015) – InVisage Technologies Inc., the leading developer of quantum dot camera sensors, opened its first high-volume, fully automated QuantumFilm sensor manufacturing facility in Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan.

As part of the opening ceremony in Taiwan, InVisage executives joined representatives from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. (TSMC), Hsinchu Science Park, and additional supply chain partners to unveil the new facility with a formal ribbon cutting. A factory tour for guests followed. The new factory, named QFAB3, brings next-generation nanoscale manufacturing to Taiwan as InVisage prepares to introduce QuantumFilm technology later this year.

QuantumFilm is an extremely light-sensitive layer of quantum dots that replaces the conventional silicon photodiode in digital camera sensors and provides improved dynamic range, greater performance in low light, and global shutter capabilities. More details are preserved in both bright and dark areas, and fast motion can be captured with less distortion. The material is customizable to allow for dynamic adjustment of sensitivity and resolution, and can be optimized for better performance at wavelengths ranging from visible to infrared.

“We chose to establish our high-volume manufacturing in Taiwan because of the vitality of the semiconductor ecosystem here, and in particular because of our partnership with TSMC,” said InVisage’s CEO, Jess Lee. TSMC is the world’s largest dedicated independent semiconductor foundry, located in close proximity to QFAB3.

Lee added, “With our new facility and staff, we are able to source and install custom, state-of-the-art fabrication equipment and are now well positioned to ramp up QuantumFilm production.”

The manufacturing facility features unprecedented sub-5 nanometer process geometry within an ISO Class 10 cleanroom. It is designed to support a wide range of products, from mobile phones to high-end cameras as well as drones and other IoT devices that require high performance cameras.

InVisage’s use of quantum dots eliminates the need for finely patterned lithography to achieve high performance and sub 5-nm scale. This has a multiplier effect in terms of product performance, value, and output. As a result, InVisage’s new facility is compact and more efficient than facilities manufacturing competing technologies.

Product wafers are first manufactured by nearby TSMC and then transferred to InVisage’s facility for QuantumFilm deposition. The deposition itself is performed by a single, custom tool that combines spin-coating and CVD deposition technologies into one machine for the first time. This combination allows the deposition process to be both modular and fully automated. This is the first of many facilities to come as InVisage increases its capacity and QuantumFilm technology becomes the new standard for cameras.

For more information on the QFAB3 facility, InVisage, or its groundbreaking QuantumFilm technology, visit www.invisage.com.

About InVisage Technologies
InVisage Technologies, Inc. is a venture-backed advanced materials & camera platform company based in Menlo Park, Calif. that has developed QuantumFilm™, a breakthrough imaging & sensing technology. Its first product captures high fidelity, high-resolution images from mobile devices such as camera phones and digital cameras. Founded in 2006, InVisage Technologies is venture funded by GGV Capital, Nokia Growth Partners, RockPort Capital, InterWest Partners, Intel Capital, Oceanwide, and OnPoint Technologies.