A CMOS-microsystem, integrating image sensor and electronics in a single chip, allows a consistent size reduction and achieves a cost saving of 24%.
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Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    334 Optical Instruments and Photographic Equipment
Datalogic is an European leader in the design, manufacture, sales, distribution and service of CCD and laser-based Hand Held and Fixed Position Bar Code Readers, Portable Data Capture, Automated Data Collection in manufacturing, transportation, distribution, retail, airports, food and health care industries and all levels of government. In 1998 Datalogic produced a turnover exceeding 55 million EUROs The employees are about 520 world wide. Datalogic products are sold through original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), value-added resellers (VARs), distributors, retailers and system integrators worldwide. Products that Datalogic sells in the largest volume are hand held bar-code reader actually based on a CCD sensor of 2048 pixels and the IHHC, an ASIC using mixed Analog\Digital BiCMOS technology. Main applications are retail, office automation, and logistics in light industrial environments. The purpose of the Application Experiment has been to develop a microsystem integrating both the optical sensor and the electronic circuit necessary for signal processing using CMOS technology. Recent advances have led to the CMOS active pixel sensor (APS, having a buffer/amplifier into the pixel) that is performance competitive with CCDs but with vastly increased functionality. CMOS-based image sensor, thanks to its full compatibility with CMOS technologies, offers the potential opportunity to integrate a significant amount of VLSI electronics on-chip and to reduce component and packaging costs. The main purpose of this project was to take advantage in competitiveness on the market by a cost reduction passing through the technology innovation of the products. In addition to cost reduction, this new technology gave additional interesting features as size reduction, configurability, and reliability of the readers, as well as high performance. The duration of the AE was 20 months, its cost was of about 150 KEURO The pay back period is about 24 months. The return of the investment sustained to develop the prototype of the new product is anticipated in 567%. Additional 114 KEURO will be required to carry out the industrialisation phase of the developed prototype. ROI will be of 326% if considering these costs also. The AE is in the interest of companies that work in the automatic identification area using image sensor along with signal processing circuits for low cost applications.
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