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3D-LEAP Report Summary

Project ID: 682804

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - 3D-LEAP (3 Dimensional Light sEnsing for Advanced Portable Devices)

Reporting period: 2015-07-01 to 2016-06-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

We aim to develop very low cost and high quality miniaturized cameras for mobile phones, tablets and laptop computers; more specifically embedded camera modules integrating image-sensing electronics and add-hoc optics in a single lens Wafer Level Camera (WLC).

This disruptive device is aiming towards significant market-shares in imaging modules, accelerating our growth and Europe´s Competitive position in Smart Mini Cameras for imaging. We introduced a paradigm changer in one of the highest growth areas addressable in consumer technologies. Our most disruptive competitive advantage is based on our algorithms, exploiting a novel hardware structure that allows greatly simplified optics, greatly reduced dimensions and hence much lower manufacturing costs.

We extend the well-known FSV-model to FSOV (Fabless Semiconductor and Optical Vendor).

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

The tasks we have performed and the results achieved include:

• We closed the design of the CIS (CMOS Image Sensor) we will use in our camera.

• We finalised the design of the optical layers and defined the manufacturing steps: optical wafers, assemble optics and electronics, dicing, packaging and testing the final devices.

• We agreed technical and business details with suppliers.

• We prepared a detailed Product Roadmap, including our priorities and Project Plans.

As a summary conclusion we can state that the preliminary concepts that started our project are technologically and economically viable to develop a product that can give us a competitive advantage in one of the largest markets a start-up (or even an established company) can address.

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 Work plan we put together minimizes the time from prototypes to volume production, aiming to reach the market as soon as feasible. A disruptive device as the one we are aiming at has never been produced by anybody else in the world, both from the advanced hardware and the algorithmic points of view.

Competitive advantages beyond state of the art will allow us to aim for a leading position in a high-growth niche of a market approaching 2 billion units per year.

We believe it is feasible to acquire a 1% share of the market 2-3 years after starting commercialization of the product (that is more than 20 million units by 2020); our disrupting idea will make feasible to capture 5% of the world market 5 years after we start sales (that is more than 90 million units by 2022).
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