Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Invisage Aims to Conquer the Imaging World

EET-China posts an article on InVisage progress and plans, also quoted by wtuitiao.com site. Jess Lee, Invisage CEO, gave an interview on the opening a new 6,000 sq. feet fab in Taiwan that will deal with adding Quantum Film on top of TSMC-produced wafers. Few quotes, in Google translation:

"Spend so much money gone? After the factory opening ceremony, "Electronic Engineering Times," given the opportunity and InVisage company CEO Jess Lee one interview, this is the first question I can not wait to put forward.

"Basic money spent these years of research above and the corresponding, because the TSMC outsource the manufacturing part of the silicon, so in fact our factory investment is not large. "InVisage all the issued and pending patents has reached 102 items.

And now Fab3 upcoming production, InVisage finally began to have an income. In addition, InVisage also won the two top camera's contract, and has received a total of 10 million dollars in the first phase of development costs. "However, if you need a more rapid expansion of production, we may also consider re-attract some investment." Lee expressed.

"In the semiconductor industry, which is the only one I've heard from inception to launch the first product requires 10 years of IC companies, and that decade also continued to be favored by institutional investors, with 100 million dollars was built out first a product."

Jess Lee has shown a small bottle of Quantum Film substance which is said to be enough to produce 10,000 image sensors:

Once Invisage's Quantum Film sensor reaches the market, it's projected to capture a big chunk of it:

"VisEra do this layer of the color filter, in fact, before I was a little worried, after all, is different from the silicon quantum film, will not be splitting ah, for specifically ask Mr. SC Schin VisEra, he said, "There is absolutely not, on the contrary, because the surface of the quantum film will be more smooth for us, but also easier."

"Pixel size is not a limiting factor, can be nanoscale, "but in order to cater to the mainstream, our first product will choose between the 1.1-1.4um until mature market culture Then, again using smaller pixel size. Lee said."

"For InVisage of Sensor, Lee has revealed that the main chip and the two major mobile phone manufacturers to develop, integrate optimized for InVisageSensor ISP in its main chip."

Thanks to HTL for sending me the link!


  1. These guys have no idea how the mobile phone market operates. Even if you do have an SNR advantage, the industry has moved on to the point where so many other factors matter. Not least are issues of supplier credibility as a high-volume provider.

    InVisage is greedy. Instead of starting off in a small niche, like NIR security and then expanding out from there, they decided to go for the high-volume, low-margin, glitzy segment. They have significant issues with their sensor that they're doing their best to hide, but they'll show up in due time.

    After they file for bankruptcy, people will talk about the money investors lost for years to come.

    1. Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

      Steve Jobs

    2. Jobs can change the life style by iPhone, etc. But he can not change physics neither and Jobs didn't claims that the image sensor world has no changes since 20 years, like InVisage guys did. I'm waiting with impatience that they can demonstrate us their real products. If true, they will be the heros but not, they will be biggest liers in the semiconductor industry.

    3. Quantum dots is academically reported and verified for years. I don't believe it's kind of "changing" the physics. However, you're right about "seeing is believing" and I'm looking forward to seeing their real product.

    4. Invisage has been perpetually talking about this for almost a decade now. Show me the money baby.

  2. Nice quote. Too bad it has nothing to do with Invisage!

  3. If companies like Tesla, Google, Apple, Uber, etc., can bring a big change in the automotive industry with their various initiatives around autonomous driving, I think any company can bring a change in any industry so long as it clearly brings 10x value. The automotive industry is probably a harder nut to crack than the mobile phone industry....and cracks are beginning to show in the automotive industry! So, never say never...maybe it takes an outsider to bring big changes in a well established industry...

    btw, great quote!

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  5. I don't know who wrote that news but many technical claims are plain absurd. "Pixel using quantum film has no size limit so it will be in nano-scale......(diffraction limit of light and lens is overcome)." "QE is 100% because it is 100% fill factor..." all according to their CEO

    1. I've met the CEO and his grammar is considerably better than shown in the article. Expect the message is getting warped by the double-translation.

  6. To take that much of the whole segment.. it would have to have the quality of SoCaNikon DSLR chips... but DSLR have DSLR optics which mobile phones don't have..


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