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Accelerating 3D Integration Technology in Infrared Detectors

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Lynred and IRT Nanoelec have announced that Lynred has joined the Nanoelec consortium as a partner. The objective of the 3D Integration program at Nanoelec is to provide the fiercely competitive Integrated Chip (IC) market with quick and cost-efficient access to 3D integration technologies that meet the demands for more features, higher density and better performance.

Lynred sees 3D stacking technology as key to enabling superior designs in future infrared (IR) detectors. Lynred’s IR products are critical components at the center of thermal imagers used in applications where lighting conditions are poor.

3D stacking technology, already used in visible cameras, will contribute to addressing the major development trend in IR detectors: shrinking the pixel pitch, an important parameter for increased image resolution. The consortium’s advances in this area will enable Lynred to integrate new functions at the level of the pixel, while producing even smaller, lighter IR devices.

Séverine Cheramy, Director of the 3D integration program at Nanoelec, said: “Following the successful development of our 3D architecture expertise, initially applied to High-Performance Computing (HPC), the partners in the Nanoelec 3D program are increasingly focusing on smart imager applications.

“3D components enable the embedding of high-value processing functions in sensors, such as object recognition or motion capture. Lynred is a reference partner in this development; welcoming its IR imaging teams is a natural evolution for the consortium, building on the long tradition of cooperation between academia and industry within the Grenoble ecosystem.

“IRT Nanoelec has no doubt that Lynred will make a significant contribution to reinforcing the dynamics of the consortium, which runs multi-partner R&D dissemination and development programs for competitive advantages in the microelectronics sector.”

Lynred joins as one of 21 members of the IRT Nanoelec consortium, whose partners include Mentor Graphics (a Siemens business), STMicroelectronics and CEA-Leti.

“Lynred is delighted to join Nanoelec and collaborate with world-leading researchers and industrial manufacturers in microelectronics on 3D technologies that will push the boundaries of performance,” added Patrick Robert, Senior Expert in electronic design at Lynred. “We are excited by the market prospects that these new smart IR detector designs will bring our customers, as they seek to gain greater competitiveness in the IR market.”

Lynred is the second largest producer of infrared detectors in an IR market estimated at a 5% CAGR.

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