Thin-film ferroelectric sensor challenges microbolometers

November 15, 2011 – GLOBE NEWSWIRE — Optical assembly manufacturer Optex Systems, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Optex Systems Holdings Inc. (OTCBB:OPXS), entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bridge Semiconductor Corporation to develop and sell thermal systems for a range of military applications. The thin-film ferroelectric (TFFE) technology aims to displace microbolometers for uncooled thermal sensing applications.

The companies will construct thermal systems based on Bridge’s proprietary, high-performance, pyroelectric infrared sensors for use in uncooled cameras and imagers. TFFE Pyroelectric sensing technology has "unique performance advantages," including solar immunity, said Larry Weidman, CEO of Bridge Semiconductor. Lifecycle, reliability, footprint, weight, and cost improvements could come from using the TFFE technology, said Danny Schoening, GM and COOO, Optex Systems Holdings.

Also read: Wafer-level packaging emerges for uncooled IR imagers

Optex and Bridge have taken preliminary collaborative steps, such as select on-site demonstrations for potential customers.

Optex Systems Inc., the wholly owned subsidiary of Optex Systems Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB:OPXS), manufactures optical sighting systems and assemblies, primarily for Department of Defense (DOD) applications. For additional information, please visit the website at

Bridge Semiconductor Corporation designs and manufactures thermal imaging sensors and cameras based on the company’s proprietary TFFE sensing technology.

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