IGNIS was started to commercialize pixel circuit research


In 2000, Professor Arokia Nathan formed IGNIS Innovation Inc. to further develop and commercialize the pioneering pixel circuit research for AMOLED backplanes begun at the University of Waterloo. The University’s research group’s multi-disciplinary collaboration (especially the concept of understanding the materials) was brought to IGNIS, to solve the problems inherent in AMOLED backplanes 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, our engineers focused on improving compensation and drive schemes. In 2007, we obtained a significant investment from Miralta Capital to accelerate our growth. This capital allowed us to use our expertise to develop compensating technology that offers solutions for all types of TFT backplanes – not just amorphous silicon. Named Ad | Mo back then and rebranded Intelligent | Pixel today, this technology corrects for the shift in amorphous silicon backplanes and fixes uniformity issues in polysilicon backplanes.

By 2010, we had developed Max | Life, a high-performance enhancement to our Intelligent | Pixel technology. Max | Life can correct any problem in any backplane including TFT uniformity and aging, OLED uniformity and efficiency loss through aging, voltage shift and improves power consumption.

Our breakthrough development of device integration into system substrate enables us to develop new types of next generation emissive display systems that are not practical or affordable with current technology deployed in the industry.

In 2015 we introduced the True View Display, the only viable HDR display with high contrast ratio, high frame rate, wide colour gamut, high colour precision and bit-depth for smartphones. In addition, we engaged with partners to develop market ready products with True View Display technology for wearable, smartphone, automotive, tablet and TV applications. These products are expected to hit the market in 2016 and will define a new standard for displays and a new era for user experience.

IGNIS is now a fifteen-year old company with a Design Center in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and Regional sales/support offices in Taipei, Seoul, and Tokyo. We employ a multi-disciplinary team of 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. We are still actively involved in collaborative research with the University through their Giga-to-Nanoelectronics (G2N) laboratory.


We our proud to be a leading intellectual property creator and technology development company operating in the emerging and fast growing Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (AMOLED) display industry, part of the $100B world-wide flat panel display market.

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