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“What about an image sensor that performs like the human eye, adapting itself to the light condition and keeping its attention to the relevant details? Making machines capable of seeing like humans, that’s what is inspiring my continuous research.”

                                 Monica Vatteroni
                                 EYE-TECH Founder & CEO 

EYE-TECH Uniqueness

Silicon-based solutions for digital imaging inspired by the human eye. 
EYE-TECH offers unique solutions for digital imaging to its customers, designing custom image sensors tailored for specific applications and taking advantage of its proprietary technology.

Our mission:
pushing the limits of new generation sensors, keeping the customer’s vision as our goal. 

Solution

EYE-TECH provides a complete service for the design and production of custom image sensors.

Several applications have specific requirements not fulfilled by commercially available sensors.
Even more, to survive in the market jungle it is fundamental to differentiate from the competition.

To address these needs, EYE-TECH offers its expertise in CMOS image sensor development to provide Customers with the design and production of image sensors beyond the state of the art, by integrating its own technology for adaptive HDR (High Dynamic Range) inspired by the human eye. 

Image sensor design service

Applications

The experience gathered on the field has made evident that the tunability feature of EYE-TECH technology is very important in many application domains recently approached with Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning and where the environmental conditions cannot be kept under control.

This is true even in controlled light environment applications such as endoscopy, where the morphology of the environment, the very reflecting mucosa and physiological fluids and the limited light power can jeopardize the detection capability and/or significantly increase the time of the endoscopic procedures.

image sensor for endoscopy

Endoscopy

EYE-TECH technology has been primarily conceived for biomedical-endoscopy.
New, minimally invasive surgical techniques (i.e. robotic surgery) and new diagnostic techniques (i.e. capsule endoscopy) require more and more miniaturized instrumentation, simple to control and with low power consumption, but continuing to guarantee high image quality.
The market proposition for sensors with these characteristics is very poor and the need for custom designs is becoming mandatory.
EYE-TECH can make the difference in this field, when compared to competitive solutions, because of the strong experience in CMOS image sensor design in combination with a deep knowledge of the market requirements.
The uniqueness of EYE-TECH technology in this field can be translated in the reduction of the time needed for an endoscopic procedure and the increase in diagnostic capability. Indeed, the peculiarity of the sensor to adapt its response to the light conditions avoids in many cases the repositioning of the instrument by the medical doctor, saving time. Additionally, AI algorithms can help the diagnosis by setting the sensor to highlight relevant details. 

Technology

HDR

EYE-TECH value

EYE-TECH technology gives the possibility to capture images with a dynamic range that can be set by the user from standard linear to very high, with different discharge curves set also frame by frame with hundreds of possible combinations, and with the required/needed sensitivity.
The response is acquired natively on the sensor with the desired dynamic range and no need for external digital processing, reducing the complexity of algorithms, the data load and the power consumption.

intelligent image sensor

A step forward

EYE-TECH approach overcomes the limitations of commonly used HDR techniques thanks to its fundamentally different approach to HDR in combination with AI engines. That results in a disruptive approach to Intelligent Vision which takes advantage of the flexibility of EYE-TECH adaptive HDR with the combination of a digital brain able to manage visual data to reconfigure the sensor and extract structured data to be used in machine vision applications.

intellectual property

Intellectual Property

EYE-TECH adaptive HDR is protected by a patent family owned by the company:
US2014204189, WO2013046003, IT201700066147, IT102020000011380

Who we are

With 20 years of experience in CMOS image sensor design and camera integration we can manage the design of an image sensor from specification to camera integration, taking advantage of our valuable supply chain and partnerships

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via Muttini 14, 54033, Carrara, Italy
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