Sofradir and its subsidiary ULIS announce their merger and new company name: Lynred. Lynred was created to respond to a need for an all-inclusive infrared (IR) product offering to the global aerospace, defense, industrial and consumer markets. In response to increasing market requirements, the company has attained a critical mass geared to shortening the time-to-market process of new products. Its US entity remains a subsidiary and has been renamed Lynred USA. Equipment integration support Lynred gives us more punching weight in R&D and increased visibility within the IR ecosystem" Lynred is the new identity under which its 1,000 staff will provide the widest range of advanced IR technologies to global markets, assure a long-term and reliable product supply and accompany client projects with the best possible IR design and equipment integration support. “Lynred will enter the market with a new vision for the future in an increasingly competitive market, which has seen the number of players double over the last five years,” said Jean-François Delepau, chairman of Lynred. “We are the established European leader in infrared technologies. Now, Lynred gives us more punching weight in R&D and increased visibility within the IR ecosystem. Thanks to the commitment of our employees in forming Lynred and increased support from our partners, we will be able to offer new attractive solutions to our customers.” Infrared imaging systems Lynred is actively pursuing growth in this market. The world military infrared imaging systems market was estimated at $8.5 billion (approx. €7.6bn) in 2018 and is expected to grow to $14 billion (approx. €12.5bn) in 2023. This translates to a global potential annual market growth rate of around 10% at camera and system level Extrapolated market data also indicates that the market for cameras for industrial and consumer applications has the potential to increase from $2.9 (approx. €2.6bn) to $4.1 billion (€3.7bn) in the same period. This translates to a global potential annual market growth rate of around 10% at camera and system level. Lynred will advance developments of next generation IR detectors with the €150 million ($167.4M) financial investment it is making in the Nano2022 project over the next five years. Smart buildings These IR devices will be designed to address trends in autonomous systems for smart buildings (workspace management, energy savings), road safety and in-cabin comfort of vehicles. Developments also include the very large dimension IR detectors needed for space and astronomy observations as well as compact and light IR detectors that can be used in portable devices and on drones. Lynred will continue enlarging its product catalog, strengthening its R&D investments and hiring in support of activities.
Sofradir Group shareholders, Thales and Safran announced the appointment of Jean-François Delepau as its new chairman, with immediate effect. Previously managing director of ULIS, a Sofradir Group company, Mr. Delepau will oversee all the defense, aerospace and commercial market operations of the three companies within the Group: Sofradir, ULIS and US-based Sofradir-EC. “Jean-François’ vision, dedication to excellence and the wealth of his experience and career-long achievements fully equip him to take over the reins of the Sofradir Group. He has the board’s complete confidence in continuing to create growth opportunities." "His objectives are to reinforce the high quality and price competitiveness of the Group’s products and improve their time-to-market, whilst accelerating innovation within each company,” said the board representative.Jean-François has worked in different companies specialized in electronics and components in various positions Technology And Management Expertise “I am honoured to serve as chairman of the Sofradir Group. I’m confident that I can bring immediate value based on my past experience, determination and drive,” said Mr. Delepau. “I will help build upon the Group’s outstanding technologies, staff expertise and commitment as it embarks upon a new era of development.” Mr. Delepau (53) joined ULIS as deputy director in 2007. Previously he worked in different companies specialized in electronics and components in various positions (marketing, production). He also has eight years of experience as a technology and management consultant. Mr. Delepau graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1986 and Telecom Paris in 1988. He earned an MBA from Insead in 1994.
ULIS’ volume sales increased close to a 20%, climbing toto 94,286 in 2015 from 79,350 in 2014 ULIS, a leading manufacturer of thermal image sensors for commercial and military applications, announces that the company experienced strong growth in 2015, with close to a 20% increase in volume sales over 2014. New customers in outdoor leisure equipment, continued sustainable growth in traditional markets such as surveillance, thermography and defense, and several key contract wins drove the bulk of ULIS’ €48M ($52.3M) activity in 2015. ULIS’ volume sales climbed to 94,286 in 2015, up from 79,350 the previous year. Growth In The Uncooled Infrared Camera Market “The pattern of ULIS’ volume sales performance appears to reflect market analyst forecasts of rapid growth within the uncooled infrared camera market, indicating +22% CAGR in units between 2015 – 2020,” said Dr Eric Mounier, Senior Technology and Market Analyst, MEMS & Sensors at Yole Développement. ULIS is also upbeat about further growth opportunities in emerging markets, such as smart building and automotive applications, where it has developed strong leads. “We exceeded our objectives for 2015; gearing ULIS towards even higher prospects in 2016. I am very happy with my team and their dedication. I thank them for their drive and support,” said Jean-François Delepau, Managing Director of ULIS. “Our customer base also grew in 2015. The price/performance of our complete portfolio of Pico Gen2 products made a significant impact; they struck the right chord with camera makers and system developers across many market applications. In 2016, we will aim even higher to bring even greater product and service satisfaction to our customers.” Thermal Imaging Applications For Smart Building Applications & Road Safety ULIS is the second largest producer of thermal image sensors (microbolometers). These enable all-weather and night vision, intrusion detection and temperature measurement, among others. Since its creation in 2002, the company has delivered 500,000 thermal sensors to equipment makers, helping them produce low weight, low power consumption and cost-effective thermal imaging gear. ULIS is active in traditional infrared (IR) sensor markets. It is increasingly addressing new trends in thermal imaging for energy efficiency in smart building applications, people counting and road safety. Delepau is confident that the company’s growth rate will maintain the same pace for the next two years, then accelerate due to further penetration into new markets, such as smart buildings and automotive. “As early as January 2015, we saw initial signs that we would secure a high percentage of sales. This year, we have already begun seeing other positive indicators.” Currently, ULIS is close to going to market with its Pixel Level Packaging (PLP), which is at the industrial process stage. As the pioneer of the 17-micron pixel pitch thermal image sensor, the current industry standard, ULIS is pursuing development of its 12-micron pixel pitch thermal image sensors, which is nearing completion. Pixel pitch is very important for cameras as it contributes to better SWaP (Size Weight and Power) reductions.
Pico640 Gen2 is a thermal imaging sensor suitable for portable military systems ULIS, a leading manufacturer of thermal image sensors, announces recently its selection of Pico640 Gen2 in Thermoteknix System’s MicroCAM 3, a new micro-weight thermal imaging core. Pico640 Gen2 is a thermal imaging sensor offering important advantages to portable military systems. Pico640 Gen2 and MicroCAM 3 take the size, weight, power and performance of thermal imaging to new levels, making the technologies highly suitable for handheld, battery-powered head-mounted and weapons-mounted systems. SPIE Defense & Security: ULIS will display its range of Pico brand products at SPIE Defense & Security in Baltimore (US), at booth #811, April 21 – 23, 2015. MicroCAM 3 with Pico640 Gen2 will be demonstrated at Thermoteknix’s booth #308. SPIE DSS gathers 6,000 scientists, researchers, program managers and company representatives to discover new technological developments and conduct business within the electro-optical and imaging communities. Pico640 In Thermoteknix Thermal Imaging Sensor “Thermoteknix has always been at the forefront of SWaP efficient thermal imaging sensor technologies. ULIS’ new Pico640 Gen2 sensor is a key factor in our ability to develop the new MicroCAM 3 platform for cost-competitive customer needs,” said Dr. Richard Salisbury, managing director of Thermoteknix Systems Ltd. “By combining recent advantages in FPGA technology with the Pico640 Gen2 detector we have been able to make substantial improvements in both power consumption and imaging performance; while minimizing the size, weight and form factor of the new MicroCAM 3 which are ideally suited to Thermoteknix shutterless patented XTi imaging.” Pico640 Gen2’s low power consumption at 130mW with a 60Hz frame rate appealed to Thermokteknix in addressing SWaP (Size, Weight and Power) reduction needs in head mounted applications. "The Pico640 Gen2 is available in standard and military-grade formats. It optimizes thermal imaging for military applications while simplifying thermal imaging for professional security and surveillance cameras", says Jean-François Delepau, managing director of ULIS “ULIS has an ever growing track record of providing customers with trusted military-grade thermal imaging performance. Our Pico brand products are already deployed in European and North American airborne and vehicle applications, and in anti-surface missile programs,” said Jean-François Delepau, managing director of ULIS. “The Pico640 Gen2 is available in standard and military-grade formats. It optimizes thermal imaging for military applications while simplifying thermal imaging for professional security and surveillance cameras. Themoteknix’ demonstration of MicroCAM 3 at SPIE DSS enables attendees to see excellent ULIS thermal image quality with remarkable SWaP performance.” Thermoteknix Systems Ltd is a long established developer of high-end thermal imaging modules and cameras. Suitable For Military Operations: Pico640 Gen2, a VGA/17µm thermal image sensor, targets military applications where SWaP is critical, such as thermal weapon sights and handheld thermal imagers. This has been achieved by upgrading the uniformity of the pixel technology to heighten image quality. Overall performance is enhanced through NETD (Noise Equivalent Temperature Difference) below 40mK and frame rates up to 120Hz. The reliability and robustness of Pico640 Gen2 to withstand harsh environments and operate for the full duration of a military program have been assured with a 10-year guarantee against vacuum loss.
Pico640 Gen2 is a VGA format 17-micron thermal image sensor for 24/7 security night vision ULIS, a leading manufacturer of thermal image sensors for commercial and military applications, recently announces the availability of Pico640 Gen2. Pico640 Gen2 for 24/7 security night vision Pico640 Gen2 is a VGA format 17-micron thermal image sensor for 24/7 security night vision, a market where makers of surveillance cameras are demanding significantly improved thermal imaging capabilities with seamless integration. For decades, the complexity and cost of thermal imaging technologies originally designed for military applications precluded them from commercial use. Newer thermal technologies based on microbolometers, a MEMS (microelectromechnical systems) technology that ULIS develops, have changed the landscape by making thermal imaging more accessible. In addition to security and surveillance systems, ULIS’s new sensor can also be used in cameras for outdoor leisure, such as nature observation or hunting. “ULIS has designed Pico640 Gen2 to match increasing requirements from fixed and portable camera makers for high standard thermal imaging technologies that are easier to install,” said Jean-François Delepau. “We have stripped away the complexity by closely aligning our thermal image sensor with all-important commercial standards. Customers can now have easier access to top-notch thermal image resolution at longer detection ranges with enduring performance at an affordable cost. We are eager to show security and surveillance professionals the benefits of our Pico brand products.” Pico640 Gen2 uses Hync/VSync clocking Pico640 Gen2 is quick and easy to install because it uses Hync/VSync clocking and an I2C standard communication protocol that are compatible with commercial camera standards. In addition, Pico640 Gen2 is easy to calibrate, even in "We are eager to show security and surveillance professionals the benefits of our Pico brand products" shutterless mode, due to the predictability of the sensor’s behavioral patterns over varying operating temperatures. Other significant improvements include better image quality through higher image resolution (>300kpixels). This means that users can capture the most minute details up to a distance of several hundred meters. The product offers faster frame rates from 30Hz to 120Hz that provide more fluid images. No matter how fast an object is moving, captured images remain unblurred. Another parameter, the NEDT (Noise Equivalent Differential Temperature), has also been upgraded. NEDT enables a longer detection range and crisper images; the lower the NEDT, the sharper the image. Dipping far below 50mK means that this model has achieved a more than 15% improvement over earlier generations, without any trade-off in power consumption. It operates at less than 130mW with a 60Hz frame rate. This is in contrast to other thermal imaging sensors in this category, which tend to consume more power, typically >200 to 350mW at an equivalent frame rate. Display at SECON All Pico640 Gen2 features are housed in ceramic packaging, a cost-saving production technique ULIS first introduced to the market ten years ago. It has shown its value and vacuum integrity in the 500,000 ULIS thermal image sensors already in the field. ULIS’ Gen2 products will be displayed at SECON, an international security conference and exhibition taking place March 18 – 20, 2015 in South Korea, at booth #E39. SECON draws close to 38,000 visitors annually.
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