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NoblePeak Vision Assets to be Liquidated

Photonics.com
Oct 2010
WAKEFIELD, Mass., Oct. 4 — NoblePeak Vision, a once-promising developer of camera cores that integrate germanium photodetectors with silicon circuits, will see its assets liquidated on Nov. 5 to pay off creditors, the company's certified public accountant announced this week.

CPA Joseph F. Finn Jr. said he will offer NoblePeak's intellectual property — including numerous patents related to germanium-on-silicon processing — fixed assets and inventory in a sealed bid sale at noon on Nov. 5.

Noblepeak's TriWave technology was billed as the first germanium-enhanced, CMOS image sensor technology, delivering sensitivity and resolution acrosss the visible, near-infrared and shortwave infrared spectra.

NoblePeak implemented a process flow that incorporated single-crystal germanium photodetectors with CMOS circuits, because germanium detectors allow the detection of a much wider spectrum of light than silicon imagers. By forming an array of such detectors and combining them with on-chip imaging circuitry, visible-to-short wave infrared imagers have been fabricated at high volume with silicon economics. Germanium, a suitable material for photodetectors, is invariably used as a relatively dilute silicon-germanium alloy (<30% germanium) in very thin layers. NoblePeak developed a special growth technique which circumnavigates the difficulties of growing thick pure layers of germanium.

The company won a 2008 Prism Award for photonics innovation for the technology from Photonics Media and SPIE.

According to its Website, NoblePeak Vision, a private company formerly known as Noble Device Technologies, was founded in December 2002 by Drs Clifford King and Conor Rafferty — former engineers and managers at Bell Laboratories — to develop and deliver its camera cores to camera OEMs serving the security and surveillance markets. It completed $8 million in Series A funding from Matrix Partners and Northbridge Venture Partners in march 2006. Series B funding totaling $12 million was secured in March 2008 with Chart Venture Partners also participating. It also received funding from the US government, including a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Interested bidders can contact Finn at (781) 237-8840 or via e-mail at jffinnjr@finnwarnkegayton.com
 



GLOSSARY
detector
1. A device designed to convert the energy of incident radiation into another form for the determination of the presence of the radiation. The device may function by electrical, photographic or visual means. 2. A device that provides an electric output that is a useful measure of the radiation that is incident on the device.
germanium
A crystalline semiconductor material that transmits in the infrared.
photodetector
A device used to sense incident radiation.
spectrum
See optical spectrum; visible spectrum.
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