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Apple Confirms Acquisition Of The Image Sensor Startup Company, InVisage Technologies

Apple Confirms Acquisition Of The Image Sensor Startup Company, InVisage Technologies


Apple has finally confirmed their acquisition of InVisage Technologies. The company is known for improving image capabilities on devices with limited space, like smartphones. It is likely that Apple aims to use InVisage to enhance the photography experience on its devices. However, Apple is yet to reveal any official details concerning its plans. In fact, it took a month for Apple to even respond to murmurs of the sale.

It was noticed that some InVisage employees had updated their LinkedIn accounts to say they work for Apple. Meanwhile, InVisage deleted information detailing their senior staff, from their website. The semiconductor company itself went silent on their social media platforms in November 2017.

This suggests that the acquisition might have been in the works for a long time. But the most obvious hint was that InVisage changed their law firm to the one responsible for Apple’s patent work. When employees of InVisage were contacted, they said they were not at liberty to talk about the sale. In doing this they confirmed that the sale had indeed occurred.

After weeks of questioning, Apple finally confirmed they had picked up InVisage Technologies. A spokesperson for the company did this with Apple’s traditional statement. This is that they occasionally buy smaller technology companies, but do not discuss their intentions. Although Apple’s plans are unknown, InVisage’s QuantumFilm technology is likely what influenced the sale.

What is QuantumFilm?

Until now, customers have had to settle for inferior quality images for the convenience of having a camera in our pockets. Most Smartphone cameras use silicon-based traditional image sensors. These struggles lead to process high-definition and highly accurate pictures in low light. But InVisage has made progress in this department with their creation of QuantumFilm.

InVisage describes the technology as being a photosensitive layer that absorbs light. It does this by using InVisage’s new material based quantum dots. These are nanoparticles that once synthesized can be dispersed to create a grid. Similar to the way paint works, this dispersion of nanoparticles can be applied to a substrate and then left to dry. You might have heard of the quantum dot when reading about Samsung’s QLED television lineup.

Samsung has invested tons in this lineup that uses the quantum dot technology found in QuantumFilm.  By investing so much, it is logical to think that Quantum dot technology is much better than OLED, found in Apple’s new iPhone X.

This combination of material science and software technology allows for high-quality images in low light. Traditional image sensors have multiple silicon layers that absorb only limited amounts of light. Whereas, QuantumFilm has the ability to absorb a full light spectrum with a layer that is ten times thinner. This innovation makes for increased light absorption. This feature is ideal for non-optimal lighting conditions and more complete, efficient processing.

What does this mean for Apple?

InVisage resources will help Apple improve their camera sensors on future iPhone devices. This will allow iPhone users to capture better images with their smartphones, even in poor lighting. QuantumFilm, unlike current iPhone camera sensors, will also prevent distortions when capturing fast-moving subjects. The technology achieves this by causing the shutter to close instantly on the entire lens. Another benefit Apple users will get from the acquisition is the increased color dynamics.

HDR modes that combine many images to produce better dynamic range are already featured in iPhones. However, QuantumFilm can achieve even better dynamics. What’s more is that it can do this without increasing processing. Also, by compacting the camera modules, QuantumFilm might allow the expansion of the battery pack in future iPhones.

The high-definition imaging capabilities will also open the door to a number of other enhanced applications for Apple. InVisage points out that their technology works with authentication, virtual reality, and IoT apps. These are all areas Apple have been exploring with their ARKit and Face ID Innovations. With the help of InVisage’s resources and brilliant creations, Apple will have a better chance of advancing their own innovations. With news of the acquisition, iPhone users are excited to see the new technology created in Apple’s 2018 launch.

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