NeoSpectra Micro Wins SEMI’s Technology Showcase Award

Si-Ware Systems (SWS), a provider of IC- and MEMS-based solutions for industrial and consumer applications, has won Semi’s Technology Showcase Award at the Semi European MEMS and Sensor Summit 2017, held in Grenoble, France. Conference participants voted to confer the award on Si-Ware’s NeoSpectra Micro, the first spectrometer-on-a-chip, designed for mobile devices and fixed equipment.

NeoSpectra Micro, the first spectrometer-on-a-chip, designed for mobile devices and fixed equipment. (Source: Si-Ware)

Delivering the same functionality as conventional “bench-top” spectrometers in labs, the integrated NeoSpectra Micro offers end-users quick anywhere / anytime quantification of composition, detection of impurities, and quality control, speeding analysis of samples from days to minutes. The product relies on micro-electromechanical mirrors and a near infra-red light spectrum to create a sensor that eliminates the need to send samples to a lab and provides accurate, actionable data in the field, the plant floor and even within consumer applications.

The award and conference, organized by Semi’s strategic association partner the MEMS and Sensors Industry Group MSIG, is offered each year for companies engaged in a range of sectors, from Internet of Things and consumer electronics to robotics and biomedical equipment.

“Having a low-cost, miniaturized NIR spectral sensor opens the door for a new wave of usage models that can make spectral scanning ubiquitous,” said Bassam Saadany, Optical MEMS business unit manager at SWS. “Receiving this award from the conference audience is a demonstration of how many people see the benefits of NeoSpectra Micro in bringing rapid material analysis to more sectors – and even to consumers, enabling accelerated analysis, measurement and quality control for many applications. Si-Ware would like to thank Semi, MSIG and the conference audience for their vote of confidence.”

The device is small enough and thin enough to be incorporated into a smart phone case or designed into an existing mobile product. Product applications include scanning for food safety, and evaluating soil health, oil and gas composition, and pharmaceutical purity. In addition to smartphone-based spectrometers for industrial and consumer use, it can be designed into wearable devices for non-invasive measurement of biochemistry, and into smart sensors for the Internet of Things applications.

NeoSpectra Micro builds on the success of the company’s popular and cost-effective spectral sensing module 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 healthcare industries.

For the first time, it brings high performance spectroscopy to the size and cost of a sensor component. Until now, spectroscopy and material analysis had been notoriously absent from consumer applications due to size, form factor and cost concerns. At 18 × 18 mm and only 4 mm thick in a self-contained package, NeoSpectra Micro can be easily incorporated into consumer electronics products.

The tiny package includes all the system components: the MEMS interferometer, the photodetector, the light source, and the electronics chips that perform system control and data processing. This facilitates integration, reduces development risks for system developers, and enables faster testing in different application environments.

The product’s extended infra-red spectrum range enables measurement of more materials with higher accuracy. In addition, it allows measuring samples in different form factors including particles, flat surfaces and even ground samples with no need for sample preparation. (Source: Si-Ware)

Link: Si-Ware Egypt, Cairo, Egypt

Further reading: A. Korayem Saïd, Moving Towards Ubiquitous Spectral Sensing, Optik Photonik 12(3), 26-30 (June 2017); DOI: 10.1002/opph.201700014

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