AUSA 2019: SCD Continues its Growth, Announcing Additional Contracts Valued at More than USD 15M for SWIR Solutions

7 October 2019, Semi Conductor Devices (SCD) ‒ a global leader in the development and manufacture of a wide range of cooled and uncooled infrared detectors and high-power laser diodes ‒ which recently announced contracts valued at more than USD 60M, is announcing additional contracts received valued at more than USD 15M for its InGaAs SWIR-based solutions for various types of surveillance systems. The company’s SWIR solutions enable target identification and tracking at both short and long ranges, operating in the most challenging environmental conditions. The contracts are for the company’s customers in North America and Western Europe. Deliveries were initiated in the third quarter of 2019.

The solutions are based on SCD’s InGaAs SWIR sensors, including the 10 micron Cardinal 1280 detector (currently in full-scale production), that enables long-range surveillance, even in severe weather conditions such as fog, haze, rain, etc. SCD’s InGaAs SWIR technology also includes Low Light Level capability for night vision requirements based on its advanced low noise Read-Out Integrated Circuit (ROIC), as well as Laser See Spot capability embedded into the pixel level.

“Over the past two years, we have seen increased demand for EO/IR systems based on the SWIR spectrum, which enables short- and long-range surveillance in difficult environmental conditions. We are proud to have developed the technology and product lines, including the advanced embedded ROIC functionality, to meet this growing operational need. Recent contracts for these applications indicate SCD’s leadership in this important market,” the company’s CEO, Dan Slasky, commented.

He continued, “As part of a strategic initiative at SCD, significant capital is being invested by SCD to support the continuous growth and demand for our products worldwide. Therefore, we have initiated a large 3-year program with investments in the tens of millions of dollars, aimed at expanding capacity and introducing new technology infrastructure into our FAB facilities. The program, termed ‘SCD FAB 2020’, is intended to support the growth of SCD’s product lines over the next decade by expanding both FAB production and R&D infrastructure for SWIR, MWIR and LWIR product lines. We are also growing our US manufacturing capability at our Colorado Springs facility, expanding by more than 2500 square feet.”

Cardinal 1280

The Cardinal 1280 HD is SCD’s high resolution, high sensitivity SWIR InGaAs 10μm pixel detector. It enables EO/IR systems to utilize the SWIR wavelength for low light imaging and long-range surveillance in severe weather conditions (smoke, dust, fog, rain). The detector integrates SCD’s patented ALPD capability that allows reliable day and night detection of asynchronous laser spots. The FPA consists of an all-digital ROIC and state-of-the-art planar InGaAs P-I-N diode array.

SCD can be found at AUSA 2019, Washington, D.C., Oct 14-16, Stand 4105

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