Quantum Semiconductor LLC is a fabless semiconductor company developing Complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) Image Sensors (CIS) with new photo-diode technology incorporating new CMOS-compatible optoelectronic materials. Foundry-fabricated photo-diodes exhibit high gain, which will enable single-photon counting, at low voltages compatible with standard CMOS circuitry. These ultra-sensitive pixels for visible and infra-red can be applied to passive imaging, Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR), or LAser Detection And Ranging (LADAR). The photo-diode for operation in the visible and near-infra-red range, and custom circuitry, are protected by 13 US patents. A proprietary Monte-Carlo semiconductor device simulator has been developed to model the new physics in order to maximize the performance. Quantum Semiconductor is seeking strategic partnerships with prime defense contractors, or semiconductor companies, or investment from venture capital.
Quantum Semiconductor (QS) is developing a Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor technology with two key disruptive innovations: (A) Photo-diode with large noiseless internal gain achieved at 3.5V, for extreme light sensitivity, including single-photon counting; (B) Atomistically-engineered epitaxial Group-IV materials, for efficient light-absorption from the Visible to Long-Wavelength Infra-Red (LWIR). These materials also enable light-emission in infrared (IR), thereby enabling monolithically-integrated light sensors and emitters. The innovations are protected by 20 US patents, 18 foreign patent filings, with additional patents pending. The technology can be applicable to many sensor programs. QS is interested in strategic partnerships with prime contractors and in equity investments, which will be needed for productization. QS is a fabless semiconductor company founded in 2001.