Spectricity Announces Collaboration with Qualcomm to Bring Spectral Imaging to Next Generation Smartphones, Unlocking Accurate Color and Seeing Beyond What’s Visible.

Both companies agree on the development of a native reference design for use with premium Snapdragon® mobile platforms.

Barcelona, Spain, February 26, 2024 — Spectricity announces a collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. for Spectricity to develop native reference design support for use with premium Snapdragon® mobile platforms and Spectricity’s spectral image sensor products.

The collaboration will allow for a faster, more efficient implementation for OEMs to integrate spectral imaging in their mobile devices. This in turn can bring significant improvements for camera AWB (automatic white balancing) performance, resulting in more accurate and more pleasing photography, including portraits with accurate skin tone. New applications including e-commerce cosmetics, color picking, as well as skin health analysis are also enabled.

“Qualcomm Technologies is committed to delivering revolutionary image capabilities in our premium mobile platforms to consumers”, said Judd Heape, VP of Product Management at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “By collaborating with Spectricity, we can enable these cutting-edge technologies to offer advanced spectral image sensor integrations for extraordinary camera experiences.”

Glenn Vandevoorde, CEO of Spectricity: “We are committed to bringing spectral imaging to smartphones. Our collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies., is a critical step in enabling OEMs to build better cameras for their mobile products, and new, differentiated applications that will improve our daily life, including health. We’re excited to enable this for use on the world's most popular mobile SoC platform.”

About spectral imaging

Spectricity’s unique and patented CMOS multispectral imaging technology extends the paradigm of RGB 3-color filters to 16 or more filters. It allows the measurement of spectral signatures of light for each pixel, to extract properties about the light source or objects in the scene. This in turn enables better white point measurement, or extraction of skin biomarkers such as blood volume of melanin.

Spectricity’s S1 is the world's first truly-miniature spectral camera module for mobile devices, leveraging Spectricity’s CMOS high-volume supply chain, as well as its spectral imaging software IP. The technology and the products powered by it are the fruit of more than 15 years of research and development.

Availability

An evaluation and software development kit featuring compatibility with Spectricity’s S1 spectral image sensor is expected to be available from Spectricity this year.

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About Spectricity

Spectricity, a Belgium-based fabless company founded in 2018, stands at the forefront of spectral sensing solutions crafted with advanced CMOS technologies. Fueled by venture capital and an exclusively-licensed patent portfolio from imec, a global leader in nano-electronics and digital technologies, Spectricity pioneers innovations designed for high-volume production and integration into consumer and mobile devices.

With a commitment to sensing beyond the visible, Spectricity's vision is to enhance life through unparalleled spectral information, anytime, anywhere. Its mission revolves around enabling the widespread adoption of spectral imaging by seamlessly integrating miniaturized sensing solutions. Spectricity's disruptive innovations, protected by a comprehensive collection of patents, strive for accessibility and affordability, opening doors to new possibilities in various consumer markets.


MWC 2024

MWC 2024: Spectricity and the Future of Mobile Camera Imaging

We are excited to be part of MWC Barcelona, 2024, where we will be showcasing our cutting-edge multispectral imaging technology. Join us at the Belgian Pavilion (Hall 7, Stand 7G51) for a live demo of our S1 multispectral camera and discover firsthand the potential this technology has for applications even beyond the realm of mobile devices.


What is the S1?

After 15 years of research, Spectricity developed the revolutionary S1, a miniaturized multispectral camera module. Diverging from traditional cameras with 3-channel RGB filters, the S1 utilizes 16 filters per pixel. This allows capturing details across spectrum wavelengths imperceptible to the human eye. Enhanced automatic white balancing (AWB) capabilities further empower the S1, enabling it to record spectral signatures with unparalleled accuracy. The outcome is a series of breathtaking, true-to-life color images consistently achieved across various light sources.

Why it matters?

Spectral imaging's roots trace to Newton’s 19th Century experiments with prisms for light dispersal, followed by the development of filters to capture different wavelengths of light for color photography. In the mid-20th century, spectral imaging applied to aerospace, remote sensing, and medical diagnostics. Despite advancements, broader spectral imaging adoption faced challenges, such as bulky size, reliance on specialized equipment, and high costs. They were simply impractical for integration into the broad realm of consumer devices or applications where portability and cost-effectiveness are crucial.

Spectricity's S1 addresses these challenges, leveraging a miniature form factor, high-speed, and flexible CMOS technology. Low power consumption and high-efficiency output enhance efficiency for a wide array of applications. This ensures S1 integration is not only cost-efficient but also well-suited for high-volume mass production. With the flexibility that CMOS provides, Spectricity can tailor design to integrate seamlessly with devices across a myriad of applications.

Want to witness it yourself?

Live demonstrations of our technology and S1 camera will be featured at the Belgian Pavilion of MWC 2024 from 26 to 29 February (Hall 7, Stand 7G51). Please join us to experience this remarkable camera first-hand.

Don’t miss our exclusive workshop on 28 February, where experts, including Axel Clouet from Yole, Pierre-Yves Maitre from DXOMARK, Troels Marstrand from Revea, Jonathan Borremans from Spectricity and others will provide insights into the intricacies of multispectral imaging, its applications, and the future it holds for various industries. It is an opportunity to understand how the technology and our S1 can revolutionize your specific field. Seats are limited, so, register early to secure your attendance: register here. To schedule a meeting with us at MWC, please reach out to us at [email protected].

Stay connected!

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See you in Barcelona!


Glenn Vandevoorde Appointed as CEO of Spectricity, Pioneering Multispectral Imaging Technology

Mechelen, Belgium, January 26, 2024 — Spectricity, an innovator in multispectral imaging technology, has appointed Glenn Vandevoorde as its new Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Glenn will spearhead the company's strategic vision, innovation, and global growth.

As a seasoned tech industry leader, Glenn brings with him a wealth of experience and a track record of transformative success. Glenn’s tenure of various CEO roles in start-ups marks his ability to drive technological advancements in the semiconductor industry. In joining Spectricity, Glenn embarks on a new chapter, poised to lead the company's charge in revolutionizing color imaging through its ground-breaking S1 multispectral camera.

“Leading this visionary team, our mission is to reshape the future of imaging technology. Spectricity is primed to redefine industry standards, and I am honored to guide us towards a future where each pixel narrates a richer and more compelling story.”

- Glenn Vandevoorde, Chief Executive Officer, Spectricity

Glenn's appointment underscores a strategic move as Spectricity enters an exciting new phase of scaling innovation into the market across diverse industries and applications.

“As we enter a new phase of scaling innovation, Glenn’s leadership will play a pivotal role in unlocking the full potential of our multispectral imaging technology across diverse industries and applications. This marks an exciting chapter for Spectricity, and we are confident Glenn will lead us to unprecedented success.” 

- Pieter Vorenkamp, Chairman of the Board, Spectricity

Spectricity thanks outgoing CEO Vincent Mouret for his outstanding leadership, directing the company’s research and product development towards this pivotal point of scaling, and releasing its first product into the market.

About Spectricity

Spectricity, a Belgium-based fabless company founded in 2018, stands at the forefront of spectral sensing solutions crafted with advanced CMOS technologies. Fueled by venture capital and an exclusively-licensed patent portfolio from imec, a global leader in nano-electronics and digital technologies, Spectricity pioneers innovations designed for high-volume production and integration into consumer and mobile devices.

With a commitment to sensing beyond the visible, Spectricity's vision is to enhance life through unparalleled spectral information, anytime, anywhere. Its mission revolves around enabling the widespread adoption of spectral imaging by seamlessly integrating miniaturized sensing solutions. Spectricity's disruptive innovations, protected by a comprehensive collection of patents, strive for accessibility and affordability, opening doors to new possibilities in various consumer markets.


See the world in true colors: the first smartphone with multispectral imaging camera makes its global debut at CES

Setting a new benchmark: Spectricity showcases ground-breaking smartphone camera color-matching technology in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, 08-January-2024 - Spectricity, the multispectral imaging solution provider for high-volume and mobile devices, is showcasing its ground-breaking color-matching technology by integrating the first multispectral camera in a smartphone enabling ‘true colors’ on smartphone photos.

  • Spectricity has integrated the first multispectral camera in a smartphone

Most of us have been disappointed for some time with our smartphone’s inability to replicate the colors we see, whether in a less-than-perfect picture of an amazing sunset, a poor skin tone, or a mismatched paint sample in the DIY store. This is because smartphones are, in essence, color-blind. They are unable to measure color accurately, due to faulty automatic white balancing that wrongly estimates the white point. These hopelessly random colors will be a thing of the past thanks to Spectricity's multispectral camera.

  • True colors all the time, more accurate than the naked eye

Spectricity’s crucial breakthrough has been in its revolutionary “S1” multispectral camera which provides the information necessary for accurate color reproduction. It measures the spectrum of light at 16 wavelengths, in every pixel of the camera. This results in a better white point assessment, which in turn delivers true consistent colors. The camera can also assess colors more accurately than the naked eye giving a true color representation of everything from paint to skin tone. This spectral camera ends all guesswork: colors on smartphone photos will now be true to reality.

  • Ready for global breakthrough: this camera can be in any smartphone within 2 years

The delivery of consistent color is an issue recognized and acknowledged in the industry. With photography and camera capability being major drivers for smartphone upgrades, Spectricity’s innovation, which could be in every smartphone within two years, has created a great deal of interest. Currently being tested by almost every major smartphone manufacturer, it is set to have a significant commercial impact on the consumer devices industry.

Its application extends beyond mere aesthetics and far into e-commerce, as the development will allow more accurate assessment of the color of online purchases as well as true skin tone and foundation matching, virtual make-up try-on, accurate lipstick, hair dye matching, and expert advice from your phone.

Furthermore, the application of Spectricity's camera offers far-reaching possibilities in the medical field: for example, online tracking of diseases and providing advice in the area of health and well-being can be improved with it.

Vincent Mouret, CEO of Spectricity, comments: “This camera brings unprecedented color accuracy from laboratory instruments to phones. In most cases, the detected color cannot be distinguished from the true color with the naked eye. Finally, your pictures can be color-consistent, and you can measure and save the true color of objects or skin with your phone. This opens the door to e-commerce for remote personalized cosmetic and retail use cases.

Jonathan Borremans, CTO of Spectricity adds: “Every smartphone vendor confirms the problem and is struggling to solve the issue. Spectricity is in pole position to deliver the technology to solve the issue. By 2026 these spectral cameras are expected to become mainstream in every phone, as predicted by Yole Development."

Yole Development is a leading market research, technology, and strategy analysis company.

About Spectricity

Spectricity was incorporated in 2018 and is backed by international VCs to bring spectral imaging to mobile devices. With 35 employees, Spectricity has offices in Belgium, the USA, Taipei, Shanghai and Malaysia.

The S1 is currently under evaluation by major smartphone makers. EVKs are available for device manufacturers driving large volumes.


Meet us at CES 2024

Meet us at CES 2024 where we will unveil new premieres in smartphone photography. Book a demo and stay tuned!

Book an appointment at ces2024 @ spectricity.com.


Spectricity introduces true colors with the S1-M camera module for mobile devices

Barcelona, ESP, 27-02-2023 – After introducing the S1, the first sensor to deliver true color through a smartphone camera, Spectricity is now launching a miniature camera module using this cutting-edge technology. This first miniature, mobile device-ready multispectral image sensor, was introduced as a groundbreaking new technology at CES last month. The technology is expected to be adopted in all smartphones coming years.
The new camera module, announced at MWC in Barcelona, integrates the S1 image sensor with an optimized custom miniature lens for spectral imaging in a compact module. The camera module is compatible with mobile devices and smartphone integration thanks to its truly miniature form factor.

Spectricity also announces a partnership with high-volume camera module manufacturer Namuga. Tae Youn Won, the CEO of Namuga says: “We are very excited to work with Spectricity to develop and manufacture the next-level camera module with the S1 sensor. One can’t imagine modern personal life today without sharing daily content. Now, this can be taken to a next level with Spectricity’s improvement in color fidelity combined with Namuga’s experience in manufacturing and module development.”

Spectricity is delighted to partner with Namuga says Vincent Mouret, CEO of Spectricity: “We are excited to work with Namuga’s experienced team for this high-volume product. A high-volume camera module is essential for mobile device integration. We expect the first smartphone models with the S1 to be released as soon as in 2024 and all smartphones to include our technology within the coming years.”

The smartphone camera will no longer be colorblind

The S1 spectral image sensor solves color fidelity issues of smartphone cameras and can measure true color through the spectral signature of an object.

The S1 was recognized as a technology breakthrough at the recent edition of CES: it’s the first truly miniaturized, mass-manufacturable mobile spectral image sensor. At the same time, it captures the full visible and near-infrared range at video rates, required for mobile applications. It’s suited as a companion sensor to the main cameras in a smartphone.

Jonathan Borremans, CTO: “The S1-M camera module marks another phenomenal advance over any multispectral camera on the market. No one to date has managed to fit these specs into a miniature module. The S1-M can be integrated into any mobile device.”

Spectral imaging will fix the poor camera color fidelity of smartphones and consumer devices. Despite all advances in image sensor and camera technology, smartphones still cannot capture true color as they are limited by 3 color channels: red, green, and blue.

Jonathan Borremans: “Essentially, even your high-end smartphone camera is color blind. The S1 uses richer spectral signature data, resulting in much higher color fidelity in your pictures. We’re confident that spectral imaging will become essential in all devices including a camera.”

As part of the smartphone camera of the future, the S1 spectral camera sensor will drive innovation in consumer devices in personalized cosmetics, health and wellness, e-commerce, smart gardening, and authentication.

About Spectricity
Spectricity was incorporated in 2018 and is backed by international VCs to bring spectral imaging to mobile devices. Spectricity has offices in Belgium, the USA, Taipei, and Malaysia.

The S1 is currently under evaluation by major smartphone makers. EVKs are available for device manufacturers driving large volumes.


Meet us at MWC 2023 in Barcelona

Meet us at MWC 2023 in Barcelona. Book a meeting at mwc-2023 @ spectricity.com.


World premiere at CES: Spectricity spectral camera brings true colors to smartphone photos

S1 spectral image sensor sets new quality standard in smartphone photography, enables new use cases in e-commerce, cosmetics, authentication...

Las Vegas, 05-January-2023 - At CES 2023, Spectricity introduces the S1, the first miniature, mobile device-ready multispectral image sensor. The first smartphones using the sensor are expected by 2024. Within two years, this technology is expected to be in all smartphones.

The S1 spectral image sensor solves color fidelity issues of smartphone cameras, and can measure true color through the spectral signature of an object.

The S1 is a technology breakthrough: it’s the first truly miniaturized, mass-manufacturable mobile spectral image sensor. At the same time, it captures the full visible and near-infrared range at video rates, required for mobile applications. It’s well suited as a companion sensor to the main cameras in a smartphone.

Jonathan Borremans, CTO Spectricity: "The S1 marks a phenomenal advance over any multispectral imager on the market. No one to date has managed to fit these specs into a miniature chip. The S1 can be integrated into any mobile device."

Currently, Spectricity is sampling the S1 to several smartphone manufacturers to be included in upcoming models.

Vincent Mouret, CEO: "’We are excited to announce this breakthrough; the first ever affordable mobile spectral imager. The release is a key milestone for Spectricity in its ambition to serve smartphone markets, and to pursue our mission to enable mass adoption of spectral sensing in mobile devices. We expect the first smartphone models with the S1 to be released in 2024, and we expect all smartphones to include our technology within the coming years."

"RGB": how spectral imaging brings true colors to smartphones

Spectral imaging will fix poor camera color fidelity of smartphones and consumer devices, a root cause for inaccurate photo colors but also poorly rendered skin colors. This will make camera technology more reliable and more inclusive.

Despite all advances in image sensor and camera technology, smartphones still cannot capture true color. Limited by 3 color channels ("RGB" or red, green, blue), the automatic white balancing (AWB) algorithms often struggle to accurately resolve the white point of a scene correctly. Consequently, they can fail to get the colors right.

Jonathan Borremans, CTO: “Essentially, even your high-end smartphone camera is color blind. The S1 uses richer spectral signature data, resulting in much higher color fidelity in your pictures. We're confident that spectral imaging will become an essential component in all devices that include a camera."

The smartphone camera of the future: The S1 will drive innovation in consumer devices

The S1 will have a significant commercial impact in the consumer devices industry:

  • Research shows that photography and camera capability are major drivers for smartphone upgrades
  • Personalized cosmetics are already a 40 billion dollar market. Spectral imaging will drive a transition from retail to home, and expert advice from your mobile device, adoption and customer satisfaction in this category.
  • Medical applications and use cases will be unlocked with spectral imaging
  • E-commerce: better color rendering will support online commerce
  • New applications and use cases become possible for authentication (face ID) and even smart gardening

About Spectricity

Spectricity was incorporated in 2018 and is backed by international VCs to bring spectral imaging to mobile devices. With 35 employees, Spectricity has offices in Belgium, the USA, Taipei and Malaysia.

The S1 is currently under evaluation by major smartphone makers. As of January 2023, EVKs are available for device manufacturers driving large volumes.


Meet us at CES 2023

Meet us at CES 2023 where we will unveil a world premiere in smartphone photography. Book a demo and stay tuned how we will cure color blindness in smartphone cameras.

Book an appointment at ces2023 @ spectricity.com.


Spectricity receives €3 million grant from Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen - VLAIO)

We are pleased to announce that Spectricity has been awarded a €3 million grant by Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen - VLAIO) to help prepare Spectricity’s spectral sensor R&D for mobile devices. VLAIO stimulates innovation in Flanders and finances R&D driven by entrepreneurial Flemish companies.

Our CEO, Vincent Mouret, said:

Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship has supported Spectricity since the beginning and has been instrumental in our research and development trajectory. With the new grant, VLAIO will help us accelerate our research on advanced consumer camera modules and AI to enable smartphone market areas. This takes us closer to achieving our objective of supporting mass adoption of spectral sensing in mobile devices.