TowerJazz begins mass production of advanced IR sensor

TowerJazz, a specialty foundry, announced today it has begun mass production of an IR sensor used by Intel in one of its new 3D sensing solutions. Intel chose TowerJazz’s CMOS image sensor (CIS) platform, specifically its unique IS11 process, due to its unparalleled pixel performance at near infrared light with very high speed, high quantum efficiency (QE) and high optical resolution.

“Partnering with TowerJazz was a part of our success in producing our advanced image sensor for 3D imaging and was a natural choice as they were able to offer the required technical specifications and performance for this breakthrough technology,” said Sagi Ben Moshe, Director Depth Camera Engineering, Intel Corporation.

The unique pixel developed by TowerJazz for Intel is a 3.5um global shutter very fast pixel that allows high quantum efficiency at near infrared light, specifically at the scanning laser wavelength with high sensor resolution.

“This collaboration between Intel and TowerJazz was a natural fit. Intel’s leadership in this market, combined with our leading technology that provides outstanding pixel performance for near IR 3D imaging, along with the proximity of our Israel fab with Intel Israel, the group developing this technology, was an ideal alignment,” said Russell Ellwanger, Chief Executive Officer, TowerJazz. “We are very excited to partner with Intel to produce lifestyle changing technology that will revolutionize the way we interact with devices in both our professional and personal lives. We highly value our business relationship with Intel and look forward to further collaboration on their sensing technology.”

“It is truly amazing and thrilling to see our lengthy experience in the imaging field and our own CMOS image sensor technology developed in-house, combined with all of the R&D work we have undertaken for many years come to fruition in such a groundbreaking way,” said Dr. Avi Strum, Vice President and General Manager, CMOS Image Sensor Business Unit, TowerJazz. “Intel sensing solutions will bring consumers new experiences and will change the way people capture and share 3D images. We are very proud of our work with Intel and our ability to assist them in bringing cutting-edge technologies to market quickly and in high volume.”

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