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EXIST Report Summary

Project ID: 662222
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - EXIST (Extended Image Sensing Technologies)

Reporting period: 2015-05-01 to 2016-04-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The EXIST project addresses societal needs in the automotive, agriculture, security, professional broadcast and healthcare markets. These needs will be addressed by improving the performance of advanced image capturing systems at the different levels of an imaging system:
• Image sensors;
• Video processing inside camera systems;
• Lenses.
Improved image quality will allow for the extraction of more detailed information and a wider range of applicability. New technologies will be developed at the imager process technology level and the imaging and vision system design. Their relevance will be demonstrated in a number of applications.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

In this reporting period, the following work was performed in order to reach these objectives:
• The technical specifications for the different technology, design and camera system developments were gathered by matching the demonstrator and application needs with the status and plans for new technology developments.
• Afterwards both the imager design as well as the camera system design activities started.
• Finally, the new imager technology developments started.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The technologies and demonstrators developed within the EXIST project will enable a number of new vision systems answering the following societal needs
• broadcast cameras with improved image quality, image capture for the second generation of Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV), enhanced experience for TV viewers by unprecedented image quality (in spatial details, motion portrayal, and colour perception), enhanced interaction in the digital world;
• hyperspectral detection cameras allowing the extraction of more detailed information, e.g., enabling smart sorting in the food industry;
• citizens’ security through Ultra High Definition surveillance systems giving better detection rate;
• enhanced quality control in a smart production environment
• citizens’ security through intelligent security systems using 3D vision;
• citizens’ safety through more sensitive and versatile gas detection systems for industrial applications.
• citizens’ healthcare/medical applications like diabetic foot monitoring and laparoscopy

Strategically, it is important for Europe to remain at the forefront of image capture due to the diversity of applications that support many key industries in Europe (as shown with the plurality of demonstrators EXIST will deliver), which in turn have export markets beyond Europe. Similarly the industrial partners in the project all have significant export markets outside Europe with their respective image capture products. By launching new process technologies based on innovative materials, designs and concepts into image sensor process technology, the EXIST project will facilitate a strongly growing market share, increased employment and investments for innovative equipment, materials and for manufacturing of semiconductor devices and systems through European leadership positions in, Moore than Moore and System in Package. Furthermore it will strengthen the image capture, image processing ecosystem and optimally position its members at the forefront of these technologies in their respective markets

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