Developer of the world’s smallest laser microprojection solutions based on MEMS scanning mirror technology
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Founded in 2008
€2-5mn in revenues
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From last funding transaction in Oct-2012.
Founded in 2008 in Lausanne, Switzerland Lemoptix is a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). Lemoptix’s core product is a laser-based microprojection engine (MVIEW) based on its MEMS scanning mirror (LSCAN) technology. LSCAN uses a magnetic field to induce mechanical displacement to control laser beam deflection. This enables MVIEW to display images pixel-by-pixel which are always in focus. MVIEW offers scalability while maintaining high image quality thanks to a proprietary solution to avoid speckling which usually occurs in laser-based displays as a result of wave interference and reduces the perceived image resolution. MVIEW is both cost and energy efficient and at 1.5cm3 is the smallest optical engine in the world.
MVIEW is used by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and their suppliers in four application areas:
- Head-Up Displays and light-based radar anti-collision solutions for automotive applications
- Overlay information capabilities for wearable displays (such as binoculars, helmets and smartglasses)
- 3D gesture capture for user interfaces
- Picoprojectors for mobile devices (such as cameras, notebooks and smartphones)
The optical MEMS market is projected to grow from c.€0.7bn to c.€7.6bn between 2011 and 2016, with a CAGR of 60%, according to semiconductor research company Semico (April, 2012). In 2011 Lemoptix signed a long-term agreement to develop and commercialise MVIEW and LSCAN through Hamamatsu Photonics, a Japanese optical device manufacturer. In fall 2013 Lemoptix further announced that it had received purchase orders from two undisclosed Fortune 100 consumer electronics manufacturers and two undisclosed major Tier 1 automotive suppliers.
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