NeoSpectra-Micro Enables Design of Handheld Devices for a Range of Industries
Los Angeles /PRNewswire/ - Si-Ware Systems (SWS) announced that it has launched volume production of the smallest highly accurate spectral sensor for analyzing samples of almost any material. NeoSpectra-Micro™ is a computer chip-sized component that can be designed into a mobile handheld device. NeoSpectra-Micro is already being built into multiple consumer and business product lines.
Delivering the same functionality as conventional "bench-top" spectrometers in labs, the integrated NeoSpectra-Micro brings to end-users the ability to immediately quantify composition, detect impurities, contaminants and counterfeits, and ascertain quality. The product speeds analysis of samples from days to seconds without the need for offsite lab verification.
SWS plans to use NeoSpectra-Micro to bring intelligence and data-driven decision-making to a range of industries, from farming to food production, healthcare, industry and consumer applications. Development kits are available immediately with production-version sensors on board so that designers can determine the best way to integrate NeoSpectra-Micro into new or existing handheld equipment.
NeoSpectra-Micro builds on the success of the popular award-winning NeoSpectra-Module™ spectral sensing technology used by system integrators for development of industry-specific hand-held and inline spectrometer applications. The device is currently in use in agriculture, petrochemical, and medical analysis.
"The strong demand for innovative consumer applications and in-field quality control has led to NeoSpectra-Micro integration in a variety of mobile devices in multiple sectors, from agriculture to personal care," said Bassam Saadany, business unit manager, Si-Ware Systems. "Leveraging wafer-scale production techniques and economies of scale makes this a highly cost-effective proposition for companies developing novel applications."
NeoSpectra-Micro and NeoSpectra-Module are built around low-cost, miniaturized, Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectral sensors based on MEMS technology. The sensors determine the spectral content of the input light, and generate spectrum data corresponding to the measured light. NeoSpectra sensors operate in the NIR spectral range between 1,100nm and 2,500nm, enabling material composition analysis and identification in a wide range of application areas.
About Si-Ware Systems
Si-Ware Systems (SWS) is an independent fabless semiconductor company fostering silicon innovation. SWS has two main businesses – ASIC Solutions and Optical MEMS Technology. ASIC Solutions provides custom ASIC development and supply, specializing in analog/mixed-signal and RF design. Focus areas of expertise for ASICs include sensor interfaces and MEMS, wireless, timing, and power management. Optical MEMS Technology has developed the worlds' first single-chip FT-IR spectrometer under the brand name NeoSpectra™ (www.neospectra.com), using its unique platform – Silicon integrated Micro Optical Systems Technology (SiMOST™), that allows the creation of multiple optical components on silicon. SWS also incubates new and innovative semiconductor technology to bring to market, such an all-silicon Self Compensating Oscillator (SCO™). For more information, please visit www.si-ware.com