Spin-out from UoT wins Wall Street Journal Innovation Award

A new technology invented by University of Toronto Professor Ted Sargent that allows digital cameras to better capture light has won the Wall Street Journal’s 2010 Technology Innovation Awards in the Semiconductor category.

The winning product is called QuantumFilm and was developed by InVisage Technologies, a Menlo Park-based company founded by Sargent in 2006.

QuantumFilm makes vast improvements in capturing light for digital cameras, and especially cell phone cameras. Using semiconductor quantum dots instead of weakly light-absorbing silicon, QuantumFilm image sensors capture more than 90% of available light instead of the 25% in silicon-based sensors.

Professor Sargent, of the Edward S. Rogers Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is also the Chief Technology Officer for InVisage, which is based in California but leverages research and technology from U of T.

“The WSJ award is great news for InVisage,” says Professor Sargent, who also holds the Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology. “It acknowledges the disruptive innovation this company brings to the image sensor market. This award also speaks to the vision and leadership of the individuals at UofT who enabled the highly successful transfer of technology to this dynamic start-up.”

InVisage will have the product available in consumer products as early as the end of next year.