ActLight, the Swiss technology company known for its photodiodes best-in-class signal-to-noise ratio, today announced that it has signed the second service contract based on its Single Photon Sensitivity technology with a leading company in the sensor market.

This agreement is a natural continuation of the customer project started in 2020 and successfully completed earlier this year. We are very pleased to continue joint activities with a market player of this caliber and add value to their technology roadmap’, said Serguei Okhonin, co-founder and CEO of ActLight. The use of Single Photon Avalanche Diode (SPAD) arrays in 3D sensing applications is a growing reality today and markets are demanding performance improvements (e.g. pixel scaling, higher QE in the near IR region and better power/cost ratio). ActLight technology was developed to meet these specific requirements and, thanks to its unique features such as dynamically tunable sensitivity, low voltage and digital readout, is perfectly suited to become the reference solution for 3D systems used in smartphones, cars and other mainstream products`.

“The 3D sensing market will reach $15 billion by 2026,” said Richard Liu, Technology & Market Analyst at Yole Développement. “This market is showing significant growth at a CAGR of 14.5%, driven mainly by smartphone back applications today. The 3D sensing market is developing rapidly and offers great business opportunities. In addition to smartphone application, automotive ADAS will be a major 3D sensing application. Recently, the impressive growth of electric vehicles with very high intelligence and ADAS is driving the adoption of LIDAR.”

Founded in 2011 and based in Switzerland, ActLight SA is a start-up company focused on the field of CMOS photonics, developing a new type of photodetector, the Dynamic PhotoDiode (DPD). As a fabless company, ActLight specializes in the intellectual property (IP) of this field and operates primarily in the IP licensing business model.

Its patented CMOS-based photonics technology enables significant improvements in the efficiency and accuracy of various light sensor applications, such as Time Of Flight (TOF) based rangefinders, vital signs monitoring, 3D/2D cameras and more. ActLight is active in the Internet of Things (IoT) market, focusing on mobile and wearable devices, healthcare/medical, autonomous driving, drones and robotics.