Sofradir-Leti joint lab turns ten
Categorie(s) : Education, Industry, Life @ MINATEC, MINATEC, News, Research
Published : 2 December 2013
Sofradir and Leti recently celebrated ten years of joint research. And their decade of partnership has been fruitful, with nearly a hundred employees involved in several world firsts and a number of major new innovations in the works.
The joint lab works on cooled infrared components, covering all aspects of development, from metallurgy and electronics design through to system engineering. The lab’s achievements include the first-ever 10-micron pixel pitch component, developed in 2011, and avalanche photodiodes that will let astrophysicists at the Very Large Telescope in Chile capture 1,500 images per second.
As 2013 draws to a close, the joint lab is supporting Sofradir’s industrial rollout of a new technology, p/n, to manufacture infrared components usable at temperatures of 130 K to 150 K (instead of the usual 77 K). This latest achievement will establish a new global state of the art.