Editorial

In this first Caeleste newsletter of 2017, the Caeleste Management and staff wish you all the best for 2017!  First of all we wish you the most profound human wealth: health and happiness. We wish you also a very successful 2017, where all your professional and personal ambitions can crystallize. We hope to have the honor of meeting you in person this year, during conferences, workshops and fairs which we will attend, or during a visit to our premises or a working visit to your place.

Our greatest ambition for this year is to be: “Your supllier of custom designed CMOS image sensors”; or in other words: we translate your ambitions into silicon.

Meet Caeleste at the Photonics West Show

Caeleste will occupy booth 4149 at this prestigious show at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. From January 31st to February 2nd more than 20.000 persons will gather to discuss and display the latest findings in the field of photonics in science, life-science and medical applications.

You can find Caeleste during the Photonics West Exhibition (Jan 31st till Feb 2nd) in the North hall, close to the Demo area. We will show, for the first time in America, our “Camera illuminata”.  As explained in our previous edition, this camera has no housing (unlike the regular “camera obscura”) and can only cope with the enormous background, due to its large full well and high dynamic range. This feature is mainly useful, where applications require the measurement of faint signals on top of a large background or where the faintest and brightest signal are more than 4 orders of magnitude apart.

Jan Vermeiren, Business Development Manager, Bert Luyssaert, Sr. Project Manager, and Eiji Watanabe, Regional Sales Manager Americas, will be availabe to show you around and discuss your new imaging or photonic sensing needs. If you wish, you can make an upfront appointment via: Sales@caeleste.be or by phone to Frieda at +32 (0)15 71 05 03 during CET business hours.

 

Caeleste as a fast grower

Caeleste’s growth over the last 3 to 4 fiscal years, has not only drawn the attention of the Belgian Deloitte’s “fastest growing high-tech” jury. Due to our performance in the national competition, we were also shortlisted for the EMEA (Europe, Middle-East & Africa) fastest growing competition. In this much more difficult category, Caeleste was finally ranked 421 of 500 shortlisted companies. We consider this as an excellent result in view of the fierce competition.

Again this nomination has drawn the attention of the Flemish trend watcher “Trends”. Caeleste is  included in the longlist of the prize of  “Gazelle of the Province of Antwerp”. On March 8th the final  ranking for the province of Antwerp will be made public during a ceremony in the AED television studios in Lint. Perhaps we will also be selected for the continuation in the national “Gazelle” contest  on March 22nd to be announced in the prestigious Atomium monument in Brussels.

2016 achievements

The above achievements are vested in Caeleste’s efforts to deepen its know-how and experience in the field of large-area, low noise, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and fast image sensors. Caeleste has also worked hard to improve the quality of its pixel monitor set.

In 2015 we started 4 design projects for large area image sensors; 2 of them are equipped with the Caeleste high-performance SAR ADC.  One of these realizations is the contribution to the BASTION project (an ECSEL-JU project); this design has innovative pixels designs, including HDR and an enhanced UV sensitivity by FrontSide Thinning (FST).

We are also working on 2 ROIC’s (Read-Out  Integrated Circuits) for Infrared Focal planes.  The PADME device, developed for ESA, is tested at Caeleste and is now with the project partners for detector integration and final testing. The results of the ROIC behavior are very promising for the final FPA results.

In 2016 Caeleste was awarded (together with LFoundry and Airbus) a contract from ESA to develop a new space qualified CMOS Sensor entirely designed, manufactured and tested within Europe. A High- Performance CMOS Sensor will be developed, aimed at demonstrating the capability to meet future ESA mission requirements (in terms of spectral sensitivity, SNR and environmental durability) for scientific space applications.

In another project Caeleste is making its first steps in the world of IoT (internet of Things); where Caeleste is developing dedicated low power devices for personal safety monitors based on solid-state and photonic techniques. These devices will replace the conventional film based monitors, used in hospitals and other radiation environments and will guarantee a faster, continuous and more wide-spread control of the risks of a radiation environment.

Prof. Willy Sansen appointed as member of the board

The increasing activities do not only require more resources on the work floor for design and measurement and test; they also require a reinforcement at the strategic level to cope with all the challenges of a changing organization in a competitive world.

A few months ago, we announced that Patrick Henckes is the new President of the board. He brings in his know-how in managing companies and his experience in image sensing.

Today we can announce with great pleasure that Willy Sansen has accepted membership of the Board of Directors. It is almost not necessary to introduce Willy. All electronics graduates from KULeuven over the last 4 decades have known Willy as an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher. All professionals involved in analog micro- and nano-electronics and electronics noise and hence certainly all image sensor designers, are acquainted with his publications in this area.

3 of our 4 directors, united during the Electroniad quiz, last October in Technopolis. Left to right: Bart Dierickx, Walter Schoenmaekers and Willy Sansen. Patrick Henckes is not on the picture.

Job openings at Caeleste

To support its growth, Caeleste is still looking for talented and motivated design, layout, system and test engineers. The profiles can be found on our website and on social media. Detailed job descriptions can be found on LinkedIn and on Facebook.

Presently we are looking for:

  • A design center manager to coordinate the design teams and to take over the daily responsibilities of the CTO.
  • A senior analog designer, who can take responsibility of an image sensor design and who is capable of coaching several junior designers.
  • A junior analog designer, who can make designs of image sensor building blocks under the supervision of a senior designer and who wants to grow to a more mature, bird’s eye view on image sensor designs.
  • A software engineer to cope with the complex measurement procedures of image sensors.
  • A system & test engineer to design and operate the test and characterization system for the evaluation of our high-speed, high dynamic range and low-noise image sensors.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Editorial – Last month was a very exciting time for us. There was off course our first Electroniad, which had a very enthusiastic audience in a fully packed Einstein auditorium at Technopolis, the science museum in our hometown Mechelen. We also exhibited in 3 trade shows with plenty of new contacts and many “beyond state-of-the-art” requests at the occasion of ICSO, Semicon Europe and the European Vision show in Stuttgart. This was the first occasion to present our very first ‘Camera Illuminata’.

Caeleste was nominated as one of Deloitte’s 50 fast growing high-tech companies 2016. At 16th November, CEO Patrick Henckes and CTO Bart Dierickx received the first prize in the category ‘Hardware’.

Starting today we are welcoming our Far-east customers at the International Technical Exhibition on Image Technology and Equipment in YokohamaDo not hesitate to contact us to make an appointment!

The first Electroniad was a huge success

With 20 teams totalling to 80 participants, the first edition of the Electroniad, our electronics quiz for academic and industry teams, was a real success. On Friday 14th October, the Einstein room of the Technopolis Center in Mechelen started to fill around 19:30. Most participants and the organizers were a little bit nervous. At 20:00 sharp we started with the introduction of the quiz. Most teams immediately wanted to test their wafer petanque skills, while 2 or 3 other members of their team stayed focused on the questions of the quiz rounds.

After a short break the preliminary ranking was announced. This gave most teams an extra impetus to be even more attentive and agile and the petanque competion and the quiz were continued with the same intensity.

When all the votes were counted and the jury had made a decision we ended with the following ranking:

Prize Medal Team
1 Silicon Easics: “Moore or Less”
2 Gold UGent: “Unity Gain”
3 Silver ON Semi: “On-Gezien”
Petanque UGent: “Telin”
Jury Ansem: “Green”

Some visual impressions of the quiz can be found on the electroniad website, as well as the full webcast of the event.

Once more Caeleste wants to thank the sponsors: Elektor, Newtec Cy, Imec, Dierickx Leys Private Bank, Transfer – Altium and OMNIA Travel.

Caeleste is the fastest growing hardware high-tech company in Belgium

On 25th October we received the news that Caeleste was nominated for Deloitte’s list of 50   fastest growing high-tech  companies in Belgium.

During a ceremony on 16th November at “The Egg” in Brussels, we got the final verdict:

- Caeleste is the fastest growing hardware company.
– Caeleste was ranked 16th on the overall list of this competition.

Our growth of 272% over the last 4 years was the highest in the hardware category. We owe it and the resulting award to the continuous efforts of our founders CEO Patrick Henckes and CTO Bart Dierickx and off course also to the enthusiasm of all our co-workers and the confidence of our customers.

Quotation in the local Mechelen Business newspaper: Made In Mechelen.

Newspaper ‘De Standaard’ reported:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your presence at the European Trade Shows

We had a lot of interesting discussions and requests during the
3 European Trade Shows, where we were present last month:

  • ICSO in Biarritz, focusing on space optics including image sensors.
  • Semicon in Grenoble, focusing on the semiconductor industry.
  • Vision in Stuttgart, focusing on the industrial vision market.

Once more we thank all our visitors! They have received or will receive shortly their answers and proposals.


Introduction of the ‘Camera Illuminata’ at Vision 2016 in Stuttgart

Our demo in which we read a text in an envelope is already touring some time. We are more than happy to demonstrate and explain if you meet us on a show.

At the Vision show, we have introduced our Camera Illuminata’. You see the catch on the picture. There is no enclosure around the image sensor; it is seeing the focused light as well as all the parasitic light from the ambient.  When you are used to think in terms of a ‘Camera Obscura’, this is almost impossible!

But not so for a high dynamic range camera with an extremely large full well. Such a camera can cope with the large amount of background light, while the Signal to Noise Ratio (or SNR) is high enough to make the small variations visible, induced by the focused light.

A further explanation by our CTO Bart Dierickx:

  • At the Vision Show in Stuttgart, Caeleste demonstrated the ‘Camera Illumita’. It is a classic ‘camera’, with lens and focal plane sensor (or ‘image sensor’), yet WITHOUT a box or ‘camera obscura’ around it.
  • Many visitors wondered how does this work…
  • The box (or ‘camera obscura’) serves to keep environmental light out of the image sensor.  The environmental light is orders of magnitude stronger than the light that passes through the lens. It saturates the sensor and drowns the signal in a huge noise.
  • Yet this Caeleste imager has a full well of 2 million electrons. Near saturation it’s PSN limited S/N ratio is still 1400:1. This allows to increase the contrast (in imafe processing) 100- and even 1000-fold, so as to recover the signal.

Remark:

When we, Belgians, have to solve a problem,

we first think about beer….

 

 

 

Caeleste at ITE YOKOHAMA on Image Technology and Equipment

(ITE 2016 booth D-25)

Caeleste is participating in the show on image sensors in Japan: ITE-2016. This show is held in Yokohama Pacifico Hall from 7 till 9 December 2016. Caeleste will demonstrate there the capabilities of its high dynamic range sensors and bring the Camera Illuminata to Japan.

As explained in the debriefing of the Vision show, the camera can still detect tiny variations in light intensity, because the sensor has a full well larger than 2 Million electrons and as a consequence a signal to noise ratio, only limited by photon shot noise, of larger than 1400:1. Under these conditions, you can make the small variations caused by the focused light visible after background subtraction and amplification of the remaining signal.

When you like to have a more in-depth discussion about your applications or problems and how they can be solved by sensor innovations, do not hesitate to visit us at booth D-25.  You will be welcomed by Jan Vermeiren, Business Development Manager, Eiji Watanabe, Account Manager for USA and Japan and our newest member Shigemichi ‘Mike’ Kato, Sales Manager Japan. If you like, you can make an upfront appointment.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Job openings at Caeleste

Presently we are looking for:

  • A design center manager to coordinate the design teams and to take over the daily responsibilities of the CTO.
  • A senior analog designer, who can take responsibility of an image sensor design and who is capable of coaching several junior designers.
  • A junior analog designer, who can make designs of image sensor building blocks under the supervision of a senior designer and who wants to grow to a more mature, bird’s eye view on image sensor designs.
  • A software engineer to cope with the complex measurement procedures of image sensors.
  • A system & test engineer to design and operate the test and characterization system for the evaluation of our high-speed, high dynamic range and low-noise image sensors.

Send your resume to jobs@caeleste.be