In 2000, Professor Arokia Nathan formed IGNIS Innovation Inc. to further develop and commercialize the pioneering pixel circuit research for Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting (AMOLED) backplanes begun at the University of Waterloo. The research group’s multi-disciplinary collaboration and materials knowledge was brought to IGNIS to solve the problems inherent in AMOLED backplanes using circuits and algorithms. The circuits and algorithms approach is a less expensive and more elegant solution to address the shortcomings of AMOLED backplanes compared to improving the materials themselves. The circuits and algorithms approach is also more easily transferred to industry where processes are closely guarded and difficult to modify.
In the early 2000s our engineers focused on improving compensation and drive schemes. In 2007 we obtained a significant investment from Miralta Capital to accelerate our growth. The capital injection allowed us to use our expertise to develop compensation technology that offers solutions for all types of TFT backplanes – not just amorphous silicon. The compensation technology, initially called AdMo and subsequently rebranded Intelligent | Pixel corrects uniformity and performance drift in AMOLED backplanes.
By 2010 we had developed Max | Life: a high-performance enhancement to our Intelligent | Pixel technology. Max | Life corrects problems in any AMOLED backplane including uniformity and aging arising from both OLED and TFT effects.
In 2016, IGNIS announced the execution of a Patent License agreement with LG Display Co., Ltd. (“LG Display”), the Seoul-based world-leading display manufacturer. Under the agreement, IGNIS provided LG Display under a non-exclusive license, access to its circuit technology to enhance the performance of OLED displays.
IGNIS is now a seventeen-year old company based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. We employ a multi-disciplinary team with technical, sales, and management expertise. A significant percentage of our scientists and engineers hail from the University of Waterloo, many with advanced degrees. We continue to be actively involved in collaborative research with the University of Waterloo through the Giga-to-Nanoelectronics (G2N) laboratory.
IGNIS will continue to DRIVE, MEASURE, COMPENSATE emissive displays.
We are proud to be a leading intellectual property and technology development company operating in the emerging and fast growing AMOLED display industry, part of the $100B world-wide flat panel display market.