Spectral Engines Oy is VTT's newest
start-up company which just recently raised almost €900,000 in venture capital
funding for commercializing optical MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical System)
technology. Spectral Engines will bring to the market revolutionary small and
high-performance MEMS-based sensors which are utilized in many industrial
sensing applications. The first markets for Spectral Engines are in process
automation, gas sensors and portable instruments.
Spectral Engines’ technology is based
on a MEMS tuneable Fabry-Perot Interferometer (in effect a tuneable bandpass
filter), and it offers an opportunity to make small and robust sensing modules
in Near Infrared and Mid Infrared spectral ranges. MEMS filters are
mass-producible, so the technology itself is very scalable from medium to high
volumes. The benefits of Spectral Engines’ technology are size, high
performance, price, robustness, low power consumption and versatility. In
practice, the technology can be combined with all kinds of IR detectors,
illumination sources and process probes. This enables one to utilize the
technology across several applications, including solid, gas and liquid samples.
The resulting MEMS sensors help customers to bring their laboratory analysis to
the sample in a cost-efficient way.
Spectral Engines partners leading-edge
industrial companies who want to increase productivity, quality or security in
demanding industrial measurements or portable instrumentation. “We are already
collaborating with system integrators who have shown great interest in our
solutions. Our mature technology and rapid development cycle enable us to
introduce the first full products within just a few months from the company
launch”, says CEO Jarkko Antila.
Spectral Engines Oy raised their first
seed funding from three VCs; VTT Ventures, Inventure and Finnvera. “We saw a
great potential in this scalable technology. Of course the experienced team also
made an impression on us. We are convinced that Spectral Engines’ technology
offers really unique opportunities, and it was good to see that team has been
able to create first customer cases already in this early phase“, Timo
Tirkkonen, Partner at Inventure, justified their investment decision regarding
Spectral Engines will start to deliver
the first NIR systems by September. MIR development KITs are also going to be in
delivery later this year, with further wavelength ranges rapidly following.
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