MANHASSET Aegis Semiconductor Inc. said Monday (June 6) it has spun off its RedShift Systems unit as an independent company to provide low-cost, high-performance thermal imagers to the mass market.
Redshift (Woburn, Mass.) offers a platform to convert standard commercial cameras to a thermal camera. This would allow manufacturers to add thermal imagers to the hundreds of millions of CMOS/CCD sensors produced annually at one-tenth the cost, the company claimed.
RedShift said it intends to play in the $2 billion market for military, firefighting and industrial thermal imaging. It also plans to seek new markets for thermal imaging in automotive safety, law enforcement and video surveillance.
Originally developed at Princeton University and further commercialized by Aegis, RedShift's core technology can be manufactured using standard foundry processes.
Matthias Wagner, co-founder of Aegis Semiconductor, has left Aegis to become RedShift Systems' CEO. Wagner served as CEO of Aegis until February, when he handed off the post to Donald Bossi, who had previously held a number of senior management positions at JDS Uniphase.
Eugene Ma, chief technology officer and co-founder at Aegis, has also joined RedShift as its CTO.
RedShift Systems has patented "thermal light valve" technology based on active thin-film technology commercialized at Aegis Semiconductor. The valve is a passive optical component that acts as a wavelength converter to shift long-wavelength thermal IR radiation to CMOS-visible light, thereby allowing standard cameras to "see heat."
Aegis can make tunable filters with application-specific filter shapes, tuning ranges and with transmission wavelengths between 0.8 and 10 microns. The company has filed more than 20 patents for active thin films and applications.