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Delivering a new, key enabling technology that will drive the development of far-reaching advances in photonics, nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing

Project description

Towards smaller, more efficient light sensors

Advances in sensors and the rising use of consumer electronics, automotive, information technology and telecommunications products are expected to fuel the growth of the sensor market. With this in mind, the EU-funded ActLight project aspires to fundamentally change the approach to light sensing. By developing cutting-edge photonics sensor technology, it aims to significantly enhance the efficiency and accuracy of light sensing applications. Through the technological advances it has planned, the project will be able to meet customer and end user needs for high-performance, low-energy consumption sensors in next-generation applications.


ActLight specializes in the developing cutting-edge photonics sensor technology and licensing the intellectual property (IP), as well as providing supporting services like design and technology advice to customers.
Our team consists of experts in the fields of devices, materials, integration process, characterization techniques, circuits design, marketing and business development. IP protection and sales are performed by top experts located in US, Japan, and Switzerland. Our advisory board includes leading industrial and scientific experts.
ActLight’s Dynamic Photodiode technology represents a paradigm shift in light sensing. Its deployment will substantially improve the efficiency and accuracy of various light sensing applications such as Time-Of-Flight-based distance measuring and gesture control, heart-rate monitoring, 3D cameras and much more. ActLight operates in diverse markets-smartphones and wearable devices, healthcare, autonomous cars, drones and robotics, and more.
We are in initial negotiations to conduct pilot programs with leading semiconductor companies, for the next-generation light sensing components required by their OEM customers.
The sensors market is very fragmented. In this phase 1 project, we aim to identify the market verticals which can be reached first, and where we will have a significant advantage with respect to competitors. We need to understand which new applications will be still relevant in 3 years, when we will launch our new technology. We are implementing a product-feedback development loop with target customers currently at the vanguard of their market segments.
The advances we are developing on our existing technology will allow it to more easily move into target market verticals that require increasingly smaller and more powerful light sensors. Our largest potential customers and end users require high-performance, low energy consumption sensors for next-generation applications.

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Net EU contribution
€ 50 000,00

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Région lémanique Vaud
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 71 429,00