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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:

Hyperspectral imaging

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

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Specialty CMOS image sensors

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

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Lens-free imaging microscopes

Discover imec’s development of solutions for lens-free imaging microscopes with micrometer-level resolution.

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79GHz and 140GHz radar systems

Learn more about imec’s development of high resolution, compact 79GHz and 140GHz radar solutions. 

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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.

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Sensor data fusion

Imec aims to develop a multiple sensor fusion platform for high speed, time critical and computation-intensive applications such as autonomous cars, smart homes and industrial robotics.

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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.

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Infrared sensing technology

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

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Camera systems and computational imaging

Model, simulate, and design your systems for advanced capture, combination and processing of image data.

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Ultrasound transducer technology

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

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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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