Upcoming Events

RS2016-Banner-for-WebPyxalis will present its work on HDPYX in the frame of Space imaging at the next SPIE Remote Sensing Conference, 26 to 29 september 2016 in Edinburgh. If you are interested in Pyxalis activities in space imaging, ant to meet there, feel free to contact us!

 

logoPyxalis will present its custom design activities at the Framos Image Sensor Tech Days 2016, May 31st to June 1st. Full event agenda can be downloaded Framos Tech Days Agenda. If you want to meet there, feel free to contact us!

 

Products and Services

A Flexible Business Model

 

In the spectrum of Image Sensor companies, Pyxalis occupies a unique position, offering Custom Design, Semi-Custom Sensors, Design services as well as standard pixel evaluation platform. Pyxalis has a flexible business model and will act as your partner. If you want a turn key sensor, Pyxalis can for instance take care of low to medium production, working with proven, high quality partners in europe for assembly and volume testing. If you want to have full control of your supply chain, which is typically the case for high volume production, Pyxalis will set-up for a you a turn key supply chain, and deliver this supply chain to you. In any aspect of its interaction, being technical or business, Pyxalis will remain an open-card player, a quality proven many times and valued by our customers.

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Custom Design Image Sensors

Competences and applications

 

Pyxalis is a Company specialized in designing and producing High Performance custom image sensors. The company offers more than 180 Man-Years of experience in the field of image sensor development with competences in:

  • • Pixel designs
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  • • Analog and Digital designs
  • • Product characterization 
  • • Product industrialization and Qualifications

 

You will find Pyxalis designed Sensors in the following application domains:

  • • Medical imaginglab_250
  • • Security
  • • Machine vision
  • • Science
  • • Air and space
  • • Digital photography

 

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Pyxalis custom offer

 

Through dedicated IP portfolio and know how, Pyxalis can offer its partners a key technology differentiation to enable success :

_DSF3009-W250Very High dynamic range

Pyxalis can offer an innovative dynamic range (patented) that allows in a single frame readout to get a programmable wide dynamic range up to 120dB. Furthermore, this approach allows a linear response well suited for color applications (true color) and a minimum of processing off chip (no calibration)

 

 

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Pre-processing is important in many markets to ease application or reduce system processing overheads. Pyxalis ‘s experience allows to integrate on-chip a wide range of interesting functions such as a highly programmable multi-Regions Of Interest (ROI) including single or multiple integrations features , frame statistics, or a host of other digital functions. Pyxalis has the know-how to embed image processing through a compact & high performing 32bits microprocessor core.

 

_DSF5279-W250Global shutter pixel and High Speed Imaging

The Global shutter is an important feature for fast moving object imaging for application particularly in the industrial markets. A unique high performing global shutter is part of Pyxalis technology portfolio. Through optimized architecture combined with a column AD converter (up to 14 bits), a very high frame rate can be achieved with high image quality.

 

_DSF3002-W250Low light Imaging

Pyxalis experience covers the design of sensors to optimize the image capture in darkness or in the NIR.

 

 

 

_DSF3032-W250Large sensors : Up to one die per 12″ wafer

Specific applications for example in medical or non destructive testing require very large area image arrays. The Pyxalis team has worked on several technologies using 1D or 2D stitching techniques including post process. Dedicated optimization has been implemented to make the sensor robust in terms of yield and reliability (ESD & latch up).

Semi-Custom Sensors

On top of its Full Custom Sensors and Design Services, Pyxalis offers now semi-custom Sensors. Pyxalis is developping  his own platform products for specific application domains and those plateform sensors can be customized on demand. Pyxalis is particulary proud to announce the release of his first platform: HDPYX.

The HDPYX sensor is a 3MP, 120dB linear Dynamic range sensor, dedicated to metrolog,  Scientific imaging, high end security… . it features a flexible shutter operation (Rolling, Global, Global low noise) using an HDR 10um pixel and dedicated patented sensor architecture. The Sensor embeds two High Dynamic range methods to reach 120dB Dynamic range. The sensor is also capable of acquiring low light levels with a noise floor measured at 2,6e- RMS.

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It can be extensively customized depending on your application:

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  • • Back Side Illumination
  • • UV enhancement
  • • Specific custom color filters
  • • Custom Color Filters
  • • Custom packaging
  • • …

…Or it can be used as is for many different applications.

If you need more information on this sensor, you will find a sensor description here. For all business and technical inquiries, feel free to Contact Us!

CreaPYX: a unique Pixel Evaluation platform

CreaPYX concept

creapyx_logoIn image sensor business, the pixel is the key component that can make the difference between the success and the failure of a particular product. Design house tend to prototype pixels on test runs, or shuttle runs, prior to developing a complete product. The idea behind CreaPYX platform is to shorten the prototyping cycle time as much as possible so design house can focus on what matters: make the best pixel possible and test it as fast as possible!

Pyxalis offers to Design houses a complete solution for prototyping pixels comprising:

  • A customized, fully silicon proven Pixel-frame layout, to the required dimensions, in the target technology:

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  • A test system fully compatible with the Pixel frame.

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A flexible platform

Different market require different pixels and CreaPYX platform can serve most of the needs you may have in terms of pixels designs:

• 3T, 4T, 5T, NT architecturescore
• Pixel pitch from 1um to 500 um
• Shared or non-shared pixels 
• Time-gating pixels
• Anti-blooming pixels
• Negative pixel biasing
• TDI operation
• NMOS/PMOS pixel types
• Local CCD
• HDR
• Front Side Illumination / Back Side Illumination
• Tunable multiple voltage, Rise and fall time of pixel control lines.

 

A proven test environment

CreaPYX testing platform provides a simple, fast and proven testing environment to evaluate pixels designed in the CreaPYX frame. Based on USB 3, it makes it possible to the the impact of timing modification, supply voltage variation and biasing condition in real time! If you do not wish to use the provided environnement, Pyxalis provides DLLs to integrate the CreaPYX platform in Matlab or Labview environment.

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Availability

 

creapyx_logo You will find documentation here and for all business and technical inquiry, in particular if you want to verify availability in a given technology node, feel free to contact us!

Publications

_DSF5183_250_sq« A dual-core highly programmable 120dB image sensor »

B. Dupont et al., Electronic Imaging, San Francisco, 2016.

Presentation is available for download here.

Paper is available for download here.

 

 

 

CNES_HDR« High Dynamic Range Technics at Pyxalis »

J. Caranana et al., CNES Workshop on CMOS image sensors for high performance applications. 2015, Toulouse.

Presentation is a vailable for download here.

 

 

 

 

core« Creapyx: An Innovative Pixel Evaluation Platform »

J. Michelot et al., CNES Workshop on CMOS image sensors for high performance applications. 2015, Toulouse

Presentation is available for download here.

 

 

 

 

SEMICON« Digital integration: a path to lower system cost in imaging systems »

B. Dupont, 2015, SemiCon Europa. 2015, Dresden

Presentation is available for download here.

 

Who we are

Pyxalis

Pyxalis specializes in design services and custom solutions development for advanced CMOS image sensors serving a wide range of applications from niche to high volume markets. Funded in August 2010, the company is located in Moirans, in the Grenoble ‘’Imaging valley’’ – French Alps. Specialization in advanced image sensors design makes Pyxalis unique in France. 

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We are a group of experts with an equivalent experience of more than 180 men years in various domains of CMOS Imaging.

With a strong emphasis on innovation (more than 30 filed patents), the team has a nice track record of right-first-time advanced image sensor products in the field of medical, industrial, machine vision, surveillance & consumer markets. Our key strengths issuing from this industrial experience are : aggressive time to product/market, profound customer & application knowledge, extensive IP toolbox, advanced on-chip image control and processing integration.

 


Management Team

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Philippe Rommeveaux, President & CEO

20 years experience in semicondutors and image sensors. Former Imaging business Unit General Manager at e2v (80 people, 50 M€ revenue),

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Sophie Caranhac, Chief Operating Officer

23 years experience in image sensors. Product development team manager at e2v (40 people including project management, design, characterization and industrialization). Started the CMOS imaging activity at e2v/Atmel in 2000 & contributed to the success and growth of business.

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Francis Geay, Site Director

30 years experience in semiconductor engineering and 15 years in team management in the areas of product & test engineering, quality assurance, customer support and EDA tools, design flows & physical design.

Mission & values

Image sensors are more and more everywhere in various range of format, performances that standard CMOS can not cover.

CMOS image sensors are complex to develop and require large investment (people, experience, design tools …) that explains a trend to externalize the development.

Pyxalis sustains the image sensors pervasion offering industrial, innovative developments fitted to customer specific need resulting in a very aggressive time to product without any customer internal investment.

 

We strongly believe in:

Long term partnerships :

Value of listening, proactivity, honesty, confidence and ethics.

Integrity and total professionalism

Innovation :

Make the difference thanks to specialized expertise

Create a culture of innovation and differentiation

Commitment :

Respect our commitment through methodology, efficiency, flexibility and agility

Ecosystem

“Grenoble imaging The Valley” enables Pyxalis to thrive from their proximity to:

Applied research centers :

  • CEA LETI (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique)
  • INRIA (Institut National de Recherche Informatique et en Automatique
  • Universities
  • ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility)

A competitive R&D cluster with Minalogic

Highly skilled Imaging SMEsin Imaging systems which can collaborate with us to provide a complete vision solution

Industries operating as the leaders of their imaging market segment
Semiconductors technology providers (STm, …)

In this context, Pyxalis is a unique industrial and independent company specialized in Imaging in the region

Careers

We’re hiring !

Characterization engineer

To support its growth, Pyxalis is looking for an electro-optical characterization engineer to join the engineering team and to increase Pyxalis capacity at developing and evaluating new sensors and imaging technologies. You have 3 to 5 years experience in the field of IC characterization and like the challenges of working on new imaging technologies, please send us your Resumé and letter at Pyxalis and/or Optimhommes.

Please find here a more detailed Job Description in French or in English.

Design Leader Engineer

Pyxalis is also looking for an Design leader to join the engineering team with an appeal for innovation and technological challenges in the field of Image Sensor Design! You more than 8 years experience in the field of IC Design, please send us your Resumé and letter at Pyxalis and/or Optimhommes.

Please find here a more detailed Job Description in French or in English.

Also, Pyxalis is always on the lookout for talented people in the field of IC analog, digital, pixel design, if you are motivated to join our dynamic Team and you share Pyxalis values, do not hesitate, please contact us!

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Where we are

Zone d'activité Centr’Alp, 170 Rue de Chatagnon 38430 Moirans France Tel : +33 4 26 78 48 41

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170 Rue de Chatagnon
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38346 Moirans Cedex
33.4.26.78.48.41