The Future in Infrared
Sofradir leads the field in furthering the development and performance of its flagship MCT technology. This result of 50 years of accumulated IR scientific and industrial knowledge in France has been gained through its 20+ year on-going partnership with the CEA-Leti, access to a vast library of patented technologies, plus research from DEFIR, a joint lab it operates with Leti.
Sofradir now produces third generation IR detectors that deliver simultaneous detection in two or more wavebands in order to convey different information. Sofradir is looking ahead to new product offerings with increased operating temperatures, in order to offer more reliable cooled arrays and smaller products. These new product offerings involve e-APD (avalanche photodiode), dual band, very low noise equivalent temperature difference (NETD) focal plane arrays, and other new developments for emerging applications.
Aiming to Lower IR System Costs Through even Smaller Pixel Pitches
A major thrust at Sofradir is to further reduce the size of the pixel pitch, thereby increasing the number of pixels per IR detector as well as to bring about reductions in IR system costs.
In 2005, Sofradir was the first company to produce 15µm pixel pitch IR detectors and continues to work with CEA-Leti to develop very small pixel pitches, as small as 10µm to prepare for new generations of IR detectors.