Asteroid Objectives

The main objective of the ASTEROID project is thus to extend the dimension of high performance infrared FPA that can be manufactured in Europe to dimensions equivalent to that of the US detector, overturning all constraints mentioned above. This will allow Europe to become independent for the procurement of this type of detectors. The targeted format is 2k² 15µm pitch FPA (2048x2048 pixels).

To reach this goal, three steps are required:

However, three years’ project duration and 5 million Euros project budget cannot allow to go through the three steps described above. Considering the EU constraints in the COMPET01 U18, ASTEROID project Objectives are thus to acquire the technology necessary to manufacture 2k² IR FPA with preparing the strategy to create an industrial manufacturing line.

The technology required for manufacturing 2k² FPA is composed of 3 essential building blocks. One objective is associated to each of these building blocks as described below:

GENERAL OBJECTIVES
  • Acquire the technology necessary to manufacture 2k² IR FPA (Step 1)
  • Prepare the next steps:
    • Define the types of products to design (preparation of Step 2)
    • Define the strategy to create an industrial manufacturing line (preparation of Step 3)

The technology required for manufacturing 2k² FPA is composed of 3 essential building blocks. One objective is associated to each of these building blocks as described below:

ASTEROID OBJECTIVE 1

ROIC development

  • Validate a CMOS foundry capable of manufacturing very large Read Out Integrated Circuits with the industrial manufacturing line capable of post-processing large ROIC wafers
ASTEROID OBJECTIVE 2

MCT development

  • Develop and validate 4" HgCdTe material compatible with the manufacturing of large infrared detectors (>2K²) with appropriate volume.
ASTEROID OBJECTIVE 3

Hybridization technology

  • Develop and validate the hybridization technique for manufacturing 2k² FPA with 15 µm pitch

Finally, to address Step 2 and define the strategy to implement an industrial manufacturing line, project ASTEROID also considers a fourth objective which is a commercial and industrial strategy definition for the 2k² IR detector. This crucial objective is described below:

ASTEROID OBJECTIVE 4

Commercial and industrial strategy definition

  • Define the different types of 2k² products to develop and define strategy business plan plan and related commercial evaluations