Optron’s technology stack consists of innovations at several different levels in support of its advanced optics and optical MEMS development program:

  • Infrared Video and Scene Projector

    Developed as a demand-based first proof-of-concept application of our underlying membrane-mirror-on-VLSI technology, Optron’s infrared scene projector (IRSP) supports hardware-in-the-loop testing of IR imaging and seeker systems and focal plane arrays. It is compatible with multi-spectral illumination including monochromatic, broadband black-body, and hyperspectral sources, is non-polarizing, and provides true flicker-free analog grayscale operation. With off-chip IR illumination, it generates minimal on-chip background waste heat, and can be actively cooled to -30°C. More…

    Downloadable IRSP/MMLM Tech Brief

  • Membrane Mirror Spatial Light Modulator

    Forming the core of the IRSP, our membrane mirror light modulator (MMLM) is a phase-only spatial light modulator, with resolutions currently in the 105—106 pixel range, capable of operating at video frame rates. Based on a highly deformable metal mirror, it is insensitive to polarization and operable across a wide wavelength range from UV to IR. More…

  • Programmable Digital Video MEMS Interface

    Our MEMS is controlled by a fully programmable FPGA-based digital video interface, enabling flexible digital video post-processing and timing. It incorporates a high-bandwidth 16-channel × 16-bit DAC/amplifier unit with adjustable high-voltage levels. Video can be generated by the internal FPGA circuitry, by an included single-board computer, or taken from an external source via HDMI. More…

  • HV VLSI MEMS driver chips

    Our MEMS devices are built atop a custom HV-CMOS actuator array chip, also available for separate sales. Available in two sizes (20 mm, 40 mm square), 20 V, rastered access in parallel banks of 16 analog columns. Large-format driver chips can be custom commissioned up to 140 mm diagonal. More…