LONDON The French government has put Euros 5.6 million towards a project to develop infra-red imaging sensors targeted at uses in the automotive, medical and aerospace industries. Participants in the Euros 23 million R&D project, dubbed Imalogic, include ST Microelectronics, image sensor specialist Sofradir, its subsidiary Ulis, Trixell, and French microelectronics research center CEA-LETI.
The project is being led by Sofradir (Veurey-Voroize, France) and is set to last until mid 2009. The partners will collaborate on developing the core technologies for the digital sensors, with Sofradir applying the technology for aerospace and security applications and Ulis targeting the automobile industry. Trixell and ST Microelectronics, who are working together, plan to tap into the X-ray medical sector.
The four companies will together contribute 70 per cent of the total budget for the Imalogic project, with the French government as well as regional agencies and municipalities in and around Grenoble, where the companies' R&D centers are based, contributing the remainder.
The financial support is part of a French Finance Ministry initiative to help the local industry to be more competitive.
"Each member will greatly benefit from the shared knowledge and skills that are being pooled in semiconductor materials and information processing as well as in integration and encapsulation technologies," said Imalogic project leader Philippe Tribolet, VP R&D, Technologies and Products at Sofradir. "We believe that Imalogic will enable us to overcome some well-known technological barriers and open up new market opportunities in the whole spectral band from X-ray to infrared," he added.