Overview

INFIQ® QDs can be used for a wide range of applications that improve everyone of quality of life.

This page explains the value proposition of INFIQ® QD in seven selected market segments:

Smartphones; AR/VR/MR; Automotive; IoT devices; Security & Surveillance; Industry automation and Machine vision; hyperspectral imaging.

Behind all these applications, INFIQ® QD presents real opportunities to disrupt these multi-billion USD markets and opening huge market opportunities.

Technology road map

Smartphones

An ever-expanding number of innovative applications such as facial recognition, augmented reality, distance measurements, and low light vision are entering the consumer and mobile market space. These customer-driven features are dependent upon high performance sensors to deliver effective and exciting experiences. At the same time, the burgeoning bill-of-materials (BOM) is a key driver to control costs for consumers where value and performance are strict requirements.

IoT devices

Smart home devices improve the quality of life. For example, in this classic IoT scenario, INFIQ® QDs technology improves the Ambient Light Sensor to help the IoT improve the accuracy of its environment perception.

Moreover, INFIQ® SWIR QD absorbers can act as the under-screen light sensors that support , illuminance measurements and proximity sensing more effectively than conventional 940nm solutions. The INFIQ® enabled ultra-thin light sensors can be placed under the screen or in its ultra-narrow frame to meet the full-screen application requirements of various terminals such as mobile phones, smart watches, and bracelets, and to provide functions such as , self-adaptive adjustments of brightness, and automatic brightness/switching off screen to prevent accidental touches.

AR/ VR/ MR

The emergence of Virtual reality (VR), Augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR) help enrich user experience for productivity applications in industry and consumer sensory experiences in the metaverse. An Eye-tracking system is a crucial technology for head-mounted devices. Ensuring the safety of the users eyes during long term use is the future challenge for this technology. INFIQ® QD leverages the flexibility of the material to further refine these devices by setting the bands that reduce eye damage beyond existing technologies.

Security & Surveillance

The SWIR sensor’s perspective and visual enhancement capabilities in emergency and rescue services can help rescue workers accurately view real-time crises and better implement rescue efforts. Clear camera recording is vital in high-end applications such as surveillance, safety and security. Therefore, a global shutter with a wide dynamic range, low light sensitivity, fast-moving objects and a camera module with low power consumption and easy installation is necessary.

INFIQ® quantum dot absorbers make CMOS image sensors suitable for a broad range of products in this large growth market.

Automotive

Modern and future vehicles will use a dense array of imagers and detectors serving many different purposes both internally and externally. For example, LIDAR is used for 3D mapping of surroundings in autonomous vehicle control, internal 3D cameras for gesture recognition and driver monitoring, and night vision and low light imaging of the surroundings. A modern TESLA car can have 8 external cameras alone!

Industry automation and Machine vision

INFIQ® QD makes the invisible visible. Cameras equipped with INFIQ® technology combined with artificial intelligence will transform quality management systems in manufacturing and sorting facilities. The cameras operate in the near-infrared (NIR) and shortwave infrared (SWIR) wavelengths allowing them to pinpoint defects in silicon wafers, observe fill levels in opaque bottles and bruising in fruits.

Unlike the prohibitively expensive InGaAs detectors, the low cost INFIQ® Quantum dot absorbers can be used in more comprehensive in-line process inspections and for quality control in manufacturing.

Hyperspectral imaging

Hyperspectral imaging collects information across the electromagnetic spectrum to identify and discriminate between materials and objects Extending capabilities into the SWIR wavelength region allows a wide range of applications in chemical and material sorting, pharmaceutical manufacture, food and precision agriculture, and recycling to name a few. Cost effective SWIR detection with INFIQ® QD at wavelengths >1700 nm competes with extended InGaAs which carries even higher cost than standard InGaAs.

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