Former FillFactory team founds image sensor company cmosis

JANUARY 17, 2008--cmosis has been established by a team of former FillFactory founders and senior staff to provide turnkey image sensor solutions to the machine vision and professional markets. Services will range from sensor design and prototyping, to characterization, packaging, qualification, and volume production.

Jan 17th, 2008

JANUARY 17, 2008--cmosis has been established by a team of former FillFactory founders and senior staff to provide turnkey image sensor solutions to the machine vision and professional markets. Services will range from sensor design and prototyping, to characterization, packaging, qualification, and volume production.

Principals in cmosis are Guy Meynants, Jan Bogaerts, Tim Baeyens, Gérald Lepage, and Lou Hermans. Together they form a team of image sensor experts with more than 50 years of experience in CMOS imaging technology. cmosis has received a first-round financing of €1.175 Million by the founders and by Capital-E (Antwerp, Belgium; www.capital-e.be), a venture capital firm providing early-stage funding for enabling electronics technology.

cmosis (Antwerp, Belgium; www.cmosis.com) was set up primarily to serve demanding industrial and professional markets for CMOS sensors — including the rapidly expanding fields of machine-vision, biometrics, and motion analysis — as well as covering medical equipment, scientific, and space applications. The company says that cmosis technology portfolio is based upon new intellectual property related to advanced aspects of image sensors such as high fill-factor pixels, new methods of manufacturing high-yield large area devices, column ADCs retaining their large bit-depth at high-speed operation, and new methods to increase dynamic range and implement time-delay-and-integration image capture operations in CMOS.

The founders say the company was created in response to customer demand for a committed CMOS image sensor provider with real customer focus and offering superior technical expertise for the development of novel image sensor technologies. Guy Meynants, CEO of cmosis, states, "Based on our newly developed CMOS image sensor IP, our numerous contacts with customers, and the financial backing of Capital-E, we are convinced that cmosis will become very rapidly a key player in the realm of solid-state imaging devices."

cmosis is finalizing contract negotiations with first customers for the design and supply of innovative, high-performance image sensors, and is currently hiring additional staff. The company has already installed a state-of-the-art design environment at its facility using first class EDA tools and state-of-the-art CMOS processing technologies.

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