SK Hynix invests in hyperspectral sensor startup

August 20, 2015 // By Peter Clarke
SK Hynix has invested 2.2 billion won (about $1.8 million) in Stratio Technology Inc. (Menlo Park, Calif.), a startup developing germanium-based hyperspectral image sensors, according to Korea Times article. SK Hynix has acquired a 9.1 percent stake the article said.

Stratio was founded in 2013 by four PhD graduates from Stanford University. The core technology is a germanium-based sensor that utilizes a proprietary hybrid process that combines selective germanium epitaxial growth with established silicon CMOS technology to overcome the limitations and costs of conventional InGaAs-based short wavelength infrared (SWIR) sensors.

Hyperspectral imaging is expected to have applications in food processing, automotive and industrial vision and sorting, construction and medical applications, such as providing diabetic sufferers with bloodless glucose monitoring. Stratio multipixel sensors have been built with power consumption of less than 100mW and operate over a broader spectrum than InGaAs. The lower power consumption makes the technology potentially suitable for inclusion in mobile equipment.

Stratio has previously received minor funding from K Cube Ventures and won a startup competition in Chile. The company also presented on its technology at Semicon West in July, 2015.
 

Related links and articles:

www.stratiotechnology.com

Korea Times article

Semicon West presentation

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