Apple is continously trying to work on it’s computing devices. In this series, Apple has acquired a company named InVisage Technologies, which focuses on nanotechnology to work on image sensors.
An Apple spokesperson confirmed the news to techcrunch saying, “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”
InVisage Technologies is known to work for image sensors and the company’s key product is QuantumFilm, which aims to combine software technology and material science, which creates smaller imaging technology. This helps in taking great quality images in non-optimal lighting conditions.
According to InVisage, ‘QuantumFilm is a photosensitive layer that relies on InVisage’s newly invented class of materials to absorb light; specifically, the new material is made up of quantum dots, nano-particles that can be dispersed to form a grid once they are synthesized. Just like paint, this dispersion of solid materials can be coated onto a substrate and allowed to dry.’
Usually, image sensors use silicon. In case of QuantumFilm, InVisage ensures that it absorbs the same amount of light as silicon, but in a layer that is ten times thinner and made specifically to absorb the full spectrum of light. This in turn allows in image to be more efficient and processed.
In case of QuantumFilm, Invisage has developed both the technology as well as physical materials. The company has a factory in Taiwan.
Now, with Apple acquiring InVisage, it is clear that the company is working on it’s image processing and sensors.