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  Taiwan Photonics Industry Looking for Transition

Automotive Image Sensors Showing Promising Future

Microscope Objective and Optics Positioning Piezo Stage with Nanometer Precision at High Speeds

Taiwan Photonics Industry Looking for Transition


The overall production value of Taiwan's photonics industry is showing decline and stagnation, which is due to the depression of the flat display panels, the rise of neighboring country competitors and the end of product life cycle. Taiwan's display panel industry which once took the lead in photonics for surpassing production value of NT$ two trillion; however, it will likely lose growth momentum if there is no technological innovation (such as OLED) to launch a new product cycle and no other killer apps emerged.

In fact, several other photonics fields still have the growth momentum, such as image-sensing (CMOS image sensor), laser applications, biomedical photovoltaic (medical imaging, optical treatment and optical sensing), precision optics, solar photovoltaic (silicon material, solar cells, modules and systems), optical fiber communications (optical fiber cable, optical communication components and optical communication systems), as shown below. The growth momentum in these areas is prompted by the cross-field applications such as internet of things, green energy and health care. The image sensor in particular has shrunk due to the impact of the digital camera market, but will grow again due to applications such as internet of things, internet of vehicles, robot vision and automatic optical inspection.

Automotive Image Sensors Showing Promising Future


Following smartphone image sensors, automotive image sensors will trigger the next growth wave in the market. For technological development, Panasonic released a new generation of high-performance image sensing technology for automotive autopilot, which can increase the sensitivity by 100 times to allow instant identification of signal lights, pedestrians and obstacles at night. It is expected to be commercialized in 2020 at the soonest. Sony is also stepping up vehicle sensor application development. With all the car manufacturers racing to develop automatic driving technology trends, image sensor industry is becoming increasingly active. Figure 3 shows the market shares of the manufacturers of CMOS sensors.

On April 14th and 16th, 2016, two strong earthquakes measuring above 6 magnitude hit the Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu Region, Japan and caused the shutdown of many plants in the area. The stop of the major sensing component maker Sony will probably affect subsequent shipping times. According to a survey by the industry research firm TSR in 2014, which calculated the market shares by the sales amount, Sony had the biggest chunk of the market with 40.3% which was equivalent to US$ 3.5 billion. Sonyˇ¦s influence in the image sensor market is no trivial matter. The strong earthquakes probably affected subsequent shipments in a serious manner.

  Microscope Objective and Optics Positioning Piezo Stage with Nanometer Precision at High Speeds

Aerotechˇ¦s QFOCUS? QF1 piezo nanopositioning stage offers microscope objective and optics positioning with nanometer-level precision at high speeds. With ultra-precision capacitive sensor feedback and high structural stiffness, the QF1 is perfect for demanding scanning applications, microscopy, or any optical application requiring high precision and throughput.

Exacting Precision

The QFOCUS QF1 is guided by precision flexures that are optimized using finite element analysis to ensure high stiffness and long device life. The resulting design offers outstanding stiffness and resonant frequency, enabling high process throughput and fast closed-loop response. Furthermore, the QF1 has been designed to provide excellent geometric performance (straightness and angular errors) for critical microscopy and optics positioning applications.

Variety of Objective Thread Adapters

The QFOCUS QF1 is available with threaded adapters to fit most microscopes and objectives. The microscope turret mounting allows for easy and fast positioning of the QF1 at the desired orientation. The QF1 is available with a clear aperture of up to 29 mm.

Custom stage designs, travels, and threaded adapters are available.



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