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In the run-up to AUSA 2019 in Washington, DC, next week, Semi Conductor Devices (SCD) announced the receipt of new contracts valued at in excess of $15million (€13.7 million) for its InGaAs short-wave infrared (SWIR)-based solutions on 7 October.

SCD’s SWIR solutions enable target identification and tracking at both short and long ranges, operating in the most challenging environmental conditions. Deliveries under the contract, which are for customers in North America and western Europe, have already begun. The solutions are based on the company’s InGaAs SWIR sensors, including the 10 micron CARDINAL 1280 detector (currently in full-scale production), that enables long-range surveillance, even in severe weather conditions such as fog, haze, rain, etc. InGaAs technology also includes low-light level capability for night vision requirements, based on SCD’s advanced low-noise Read-Out Integrated Circuit (ROIC), as well as the Laser See Spot capability embedded at the pixel level.

"Over the past two years, we have seen increased demand for EO/IR systems based on the SWIR spectrum, which enables short- and long-range surveillance in difficult environmental conditions. We are proud to have developed the technology and product lines, including the advanced embedded ROIC functionality, to meet this growing operational need. Recent contracts for these applications indicate SCD's leadership in this important market,” commented SCD CEO, Dan Slasky.

The company is also boosting investment as it continues on its growth path. “As part of a strategic initiative at SCD, significant capital is being invested by SCD to support the continuous growth and demand for our products worldwide. Therefore, we have initiated a large 3-year programme, with investments in the tens of millions of dollars, aimed at expanding capacity and introducing new technology infrastructure into our [fabrication] facilities. The programme, termed ‘SCD FAB 2020,’ is intended to support the growth of SCD's product lines over the next decade by expanding both [fabrication] production and [research and development] infrastructure for SWIR, MWIR and LWIR product lines. We are also growing our US manufacturing capability at our Colorado Springs facility, expanding by more than 2,500 square feet.”


The company’s SWIR solutions range encompasses small, lightweight and flexible devices suited to a wide range of surveillance and other missions. (Photo: SCD)

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