In 2000, Prof. Arokia Nathan started IGNIS Innovation Inc. to further develop the pioneering pixel circuit research for AMOLED backplanes begun at the University of Waterloo. The research group’s multi-disciplinary collaboration was brought to IGNIS, especially the concept of understanding the materials, but solving the problems using circuits and algorithms. This approach is a less expensive and more elegant solution than fixing the materials themselves. It’s also more easily transferred to industry, where their processes are closely guarded and difficult to modify.
In the early part of the decade, IGNIS focused on improving its compensation and drive schemes. In 2007 IGNIS obtained a significant investment from Miralta Capital to accelerate its growth. IGNIS used its expertise in compensating technology to offer solutions for all types of TFT backplanes – not just amorphous silicon. AdMo™ corrects for the shift in amorphous silicon backplanes, AdMo-p™ fixes uniformity issues in polysilicon backplanes, and MaxLife™ is a high-performance solution that can correct any problem in any backplane, as well as correcting for OLED aging.
Today, IGNIS is an eleven-year old company with a Design Center in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and Regional sales/support offices in Taipei, Seoul, and Tokyo. The company employs over thirty people with technical, sales, and management backgrounds. Over 60% of our scientists and engineers hail from the University of Waterloo, many with advanced degrees, with experience ranging from 30 years to recent graduates. It is currently a leading intellectual property creator and technology development company in the emerging and fast growing Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (AMOLED) display industry, part of the $100B flat panel display market.
IGNIS is still involved in collaborative research with the same group at the University of Waterloo, now the G2N laboratory part of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology.