Tuesday, March 04, 2014

SiOnyx Launches Licensing Program

Business Wire: In response to significant customer demand, SiOnyx launches its imaging technology licensing program. The program allows sensor designers and manufacturers to independently produce their own products based on Black Silicon XQE process.

The commodity image sensors don’t work very well in IR. The SiOnyx Black Silicon XQE platform solves that problem by providing a 400% improvement in IR sensitivity.

"Since introducing our XQE family of infrared enhanced CMOS image sensors, we’ve been approached by an overwhelming number of companies seeking to take advantage of the unique performance of black silicon in their own production lines," said Stephen Saylor, CEO of SiOnyx. "To support these customers we’ve already proven the efficacy and performance gains of our proprietary laser process in a number of third-party designs."

"Infrared imaging has emerged as a critical requirement in mobile devices seeking to add features in natural user interface and biometrics. Adoption of the XQE platform in these markets drives significant economies of scale for SiOnyx and helps to ensure that our technology will dominate the landscape for low cost infrared imaging," said Eric Mazur, SiOnyx founder and the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University.

Built on a decade of collaborative research, SiOnyx and Harvard University now hold over 70 patents relating to the black silicon process and sensor integration. SiOnyx is the exclusive licensee of Harvard’s patents relating to black silicon and has developed its own portfolio of XQE CMOS images sensors based on the technology for defense and commercial night vision applications.

A video below shows the night vision capabilities of SiOnyx XQE-1310 sensor:


  1. Hi guys, not only moon that can illuminate the night scene... Is their technology ITAR?? As said chinese proverbe, if you don't know how to realize it you can just teach others to do it!

  2. I recently had a chance to learn about this technology in detail, at least at the power point and Q&A level. The technical details are covered by NDA, but I can say that the technology is a real thing - understandable, rational, and believable - and licensing it out is a reasonable avenue for exploiting the developments that SiOnyx has made. I can think of a few applications where having access to this technology would be rather useful to customers. I also have to say I went in thinking the technology was one thing when it turned out to be something quite different. Thumbs up from me.

    BTW, beyond a very brief consulting gig with a 3rd party, I have no affiliation with SiOnyx.

  3. This demo does not prove anything - there is no info on the CCD performance. So how do you know if you are comparing to a really poor CCD?

  4. What is the problem with their 1.3MP sensor with enhanced NIR response? It looks like a good product.

    1. Based on what? Any performance metrics available for dark current, read noise, image lag, QE, PSF, blooming?


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