Metalenz and STMicroelectronics deliver the world premiere

Metalenz and STMicroelectronics deliver the world’s first optical metasurface technology for consumer electronics devices

Metalenz metasurfaces are now on the market through its partnership with STMicroelectronics, marking the introduction of this revolutionary optical technology into real-world devices

Boston, MA and Geneva, Switzerland June 92022Metalenzthe first company to commercialize meta-optics, and STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the full spectrum of electronics applications, today announced that ST’s currently commercialized VL53L8 direct time-of-flight (dToF) sensor is the launch highly anticipated in the meta-optical device market developed by their partnership, which was disclosed in June 2021.

Metalenz’s meta-optics technology, born at Harvard, can replace existing complex, multi-element lenses and provide additional functionality with a single meta-optics integrated into time-of-flight (ToF) modules from ST, the leading company in the supply of 3D detection modules. The introduction of Metalenz technology in these modules brings performance, power, size and cost benefits to a multitude of consumer, automotive and industrial applications. This is the first time that metasurface technology has been commercially available and used in consumer devices.

Unlike traditional molded and curved lenses, Metalenz’s new optics are completely flat. Planar metasurface optics are now being fabricated on silicon wafers alongside electronics at ST’s semiconductor front-end factories for the first time. Meta-optics collect more light, provide multiple functions in a single layer, and enable new forms of sensing in smartphones and other devices, while taking up less space. Metalenz flat lens technology replaces some existing optics in ST’s FlightSense™ ToF modules, which serve applications such as smartphones, drones, robots and vehicles. Of these, ST has sold over 1.7 billion units to date.

“More than a decade of fundamental research has brought us to this point. The deployment on the market of our meta-optics makes it the first metasurface technology to become commercially available”, said Rob Devlin, co-founder and CEO of Metalenz. “ST’s technology, manufacturing our expertise and global reach allow us to impact millions of consumers. We have several wins that mark the first application of our platform technology and we are now designing entire systems around its unique functionality. Our meta-optics enable exciting new markets and new sensing capabilities in mobile form factors and at a competitive price.

ST is a leading leader and innovator in ToF sensing technology that uses the speed of light to accurately calculate proximity. The sensor accurately measures the time a photon, traveling at 299,792,458 meters/sec, takes to travel and reflect off a surface. Since its first ToF sensor, ST and its technology have helped revolutionize autofocus in smartphone cameras and, with presence detection and gesture recognition, improve the security and energy efficiency of mobile and computing applications.

Perfectly complementing ST’s advanced manufacturing capabilities and ToF technology, the introduction of products integrating by Metalenz game-changing metasurface optics now enable significant power efficiency, optical performance and module size optimization that all benefit the consumer, industrial and automotive markets,” said Eric Aussedat, executive vice president and general manager of ST’s imaging subgroup. “Originally targeting applications using near-infrared wavelengths, particularly for 3D sensing, the products we are launching with Metalenz are ideal for applications such as facial authentication, camera assistance, consumer LIDAR and AR/VR, where depth mapping is required. »

Metalenz IP’s partnership with ST Manufacturing Technology brings the incredible accuracy and precision of the microchip industry to create highly accurate and repeatable meta-optics that open up this whole new way of manufacturing lenses that combine extremely high quality and cost-effective large-scale manufacturing. .

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About Metalenz
Metalenz, founded in 2016, is the first company to commercialize meta-optics. With an exclusive worldwide license to the foundational metasurface intellectual property portfolio developed in Harvard University’s Capasso Lab, Metalenz holds more than 20 patents on innovations that simplify and improve optical devices in multiple markets. The company’s meta-surface technology delivers complex, multi-functional optical performance in a single semiconductor layer, shifting large-scale production of optics to semiconductor foundries, printing lenses like computer chips. Metalenz launched stealthily in 2021 with funding from top-tier investors including 3M Ventures, Applied Ventures LLC, Intel Capital, M Ventures, TDK Ventures, and Foothill Ventures. Now on the market, Metalenz optics will feature in millions of consumer devices this year. To partner with Metalenz and learn more about how they are revolutionizing optical sensing in consumer electronics and beyond, visit: metalenz.com.

About STMicroelectronics
At ST, we are 48,000 creators and manufacturers of semiconductor technologies mastering the semiconductor supply chain with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. As a manufacturer of embedded devices, we work with more than 200,000 customers and thousands of partners to design and create products, solutions and ecosystems that meet their challenges and opportunities, and the need to support a world more sustainable. Our technologies enable smarter mobility, more efficient power and energy management, and the large-scale deployment of the Internet of Things and connectivity. ST is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2027. More information is available at www.st.com.

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