Frost & Sullivan Lauds Heptagon for Launching World's Smallest Proximity Sensor

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- Based on its recent analysis of the near-field optical sensors market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Heptagon with the 2016 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation. Heptagon has rapidly expanded its product portfolio over the last six months by introducing a significant number of innovative new products and solutions addressing the Interface of Things™ – connecting people and products. The company has leveraged its proprietary, cutting-edge 'wafer-level miniaturization' technology to launch the game-changing near-field optical sensing module in early 2016. It has the distinction of being the thinnest sensor of only 350 microns and boasts low power consumption and reliable detection of skin in close proximity enabling new ways for people to interact with products in wearable applications such as augmented reality and virtual reality, mobile applications, or consumer electronics.

As Heptagon deftly performs the tasks of both original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and systems integrator, it is able to cater to diverse industry verticals such as consumer electronics, automotive, medical equipment, home automation, and security. It has underlined its research and development (R&D) expertise by applying its wafer-level manufacturing processes in the following three areas: wafer-level optics to create nanometer optical structures, wafer-level stacking for reflowable pads, and wafer-level integration for stacked optics and filters.

The near-field optical sensing module is only 350 microns thick and has a surface area of 2 mm2. Within this space, it accommodates a built-in illuminator, a light sensor and electronics, crosstalk prevention features, and a lens system. The ultra-thin design makes the module apt for integration with next-generation wearable devices, smartphones, ultra-thin notebooks, medical devices, and a host of other consumer device applications.

Heptagon has distinctly applied its cutting-edge system-in-a-package technology in its entire class of optical sensors including single and multipoint 3-D range sensors, camera modules, proximity sensors, and illuminators. Importantly, it is able to offer extremely competitive rates by achieving economies of scale; it recently crossed the production milestone of 2 billion unit shipped and last year expanded its manufacturing capacity to 1 billion units per year.

Heptagon makes the most of design simulation and manufacturing of prototypes to help strengthen its technology through effective tolerance and sensitivity analysis. It also presents cross-disciplinary expertise and design, as well as application services to complement customer product development.

Overall, for breaking new ground with the exceptional near-field optical sensing module and novel packaging technology for next-generation ultra-small sensors, Heptagon richly deserves the 2016 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation.

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