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Imaging, sensing and actuation


Imec has unique expertise in the development of CMOS and photonics-based image sensors and integrated imaging and actuation systems with beyond standard solutions. 

From industrial inspection to aerial photogrammetry, security to spectroscopy, medical fluorescence to astronomy, imec’s CMOS and photonics-based imaging innovations allow its partners unprecedented capabilities, enabling new discoveries - and providing competitive advantage.

A wide range of core imaging and vision systems, hardware and software technologies, and product demonstrators are presently available:

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Hyperspectral imaging

Find out more about imec’s development of hyperspectral CMOS imaging solutions. 

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Radar sensing

Learn more about imec’s development of high-resolution and compact radar solutions. 

Large-area optical sensors

Imec develops photodetectors, designs readout backplanes and integrates the two to enable applications such as x-ray detectors, fingerprint scanners and curved imagers.

Sensor data fusion

Learn more about imec’s data fusion solutions for diverse sensor types across a wide range of applications.

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On-chip optical beamforming

If your business relies on optical beamforming for sensing, actuation and ranging, you’re doubtlessly under pressure to reduce the size and cost of your beamforming technology. Imec’s integrated photonics program fulfils that need without compromising on power or resolution.

Infrared and 3D sensing

Join us on innovative routes towards low-cost, high-resolution infrared sensors and 3D imaging.

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Ultrasound transducer technology

Take advantage of imec’s MEMS-based ultrasound transducer expertise and foundry-installed platform.

Specialty CMOS image sensors

Customized to your specifications by leveraging our broad CMOS technology knowhow, design IP & pixel portfolio.

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Sensor networks for the IoT

Dive into innovative solutions for sensor networks, high-speed networks and sensor technologies. 

What can we do for you?

  • We offer flexible collaboration models ranging from pure contract research for concept design, prototyping and low volume manufacturing, to full support in process technology transfer and licensing to a CMOS foundry for high-volume production ramp-up.
  • We offer custom product development with strong engagement model of collaboration matching your own internal R&D team objectives.

Why work with us?

  • Our comprehensive expertise includes image processing expertise, HW and SW system design, calibration, simulation and more.
  • Our unique CMOS semiconductor infrastructure includes a 1 billion euro state-of-the-art 200mm and 300mm cleanroom for process technology development.
  • Ideal environment from early prototyping to ramping up small-volume production of up to 500 wafers per year per project.

At imec bright people build a bright future.

You could be one of these builders. Whether you are an engineer or an operator, a consultant or PhD student, we need a versatile group of people to help us create positive change.

Join the forward thinkers

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