Isorg and Sumitomo partner to develop organic photodetectors

July 2, 2019
This agreement expands the existing collaboration between Sumitomo Chemical and Isorg that began in 2013.
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Organic photodetectors--used in smartphone fingerprint sensors and CMOS imagers--are getting a boost from an Isorg-Sumitomo partnership.
Organic photodetectors--used in smartphone fingerprint sensors and CMOS imagers--are getting a boost from an Isorg-Sumitomo partnership.

Isorg (Grenoble, France), manufacturer of organic photodetectors (OPDs) and large-area image sensors, and Sumitomo Chemical (Tokyo, Japan), a manufacturer of OPD materials and technologies in other fields, announced their agreement to develop new OPD products for use as smartphone fingerprint sensors and hybrid organic CMOS image sensors.

This agreement expands the existing collaboration between Sumitomo Chemical and Isorg that began in 2013. Isorg will license its technology processes to its OEMs, while Sumitomo Chemical will manufacture the dedicated organic semiconductor material, as well as support Isorg in terms of production technology and marketing.

This collaboration aims to provide OEMs with materials and technology processing solutions that will enable them to bring to market products using high-performance, high-quality fingerprint and CMOS image sensors. The fingerprint sensors can be incorporated beneath the entirety of a smartphone display, allowing fingerprint recognition from any point or position on that display. The hybrid organic CMOS image sensors are intended for use in cameras, including those designed for near infrared capabilities. Sumitomo Chemical and Isorg anticipate that these sensors will meet the performance and quality standards necessary for application in the security, automotive, diagnostics and consumer electronics markets.

“Partnering with Isorg will allow us to fill a void in the market for difficult-to-manufacture, but affordable, full-size fingerprint and CMOS image sensors that are suitable for demanding applications in smartphone displays and hybrid visible and near infrared cameras,” said Hiroshi Ueda, executive VP at Sumitomo Chemical. “Sumitomo Chemical is leveraging its materials platform to seize new opportunities for growth in the imager arena.”

“Isorg is honored to collaborate with Sumitomo Chemical in providing OEMs with what we believe will be the leading solution for fingerprint sensors and hybrid organic CMOS image cameras, and which offer significant performance advantages,” said Jean-Yves Gomez, CEO and co-founder of Isorg. “With the strong backing of Sumitomo Chemical, and its industrial leadership, global footprint and drive for excellence, Isorg’s customers will have added assurances in our ability to deliver quality products. We look forward to engaging with customers on the designs and applications of these products.”

Going forward, Sumitomo Chemical and Isorg will work jointly on commercialization of the products to promptly meet the needs of customers.

SOURCE: Isorg; http://www.isorg.fr/actualites/0/isorg-and-sumitomo-chemical-announce-partnership-to-develop-organic-photodetectors_281.html

About the Author

Gail Overton | Senior Editor (2004-2020)

Gail has more than 30 years of engineering, marketing, product management, and editorial experience in the photonics and optical communications industry. Before joining the staff at Laser Focus World in 2004, she held many product management and product marketing roles in the fiber-optics industry, most notably at Hughes (El Segundo, CA), GTE Labs (Waltham, MA), Corning (Corning, NY), Photon Kinetics (Beaverton, OR), and Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA). During her marketing career, Gail published articles in WDM Solutions and Sensors magazine and traveled internationally to conduct product and sales training. Gail received her BS degree in physics, with an emphasis in optics, from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA in May 1986.

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