Spy Tech: 10 CIA-Backed InvestmentsCheck out some of the latest technologies to win funding from In-Q-Tel, the venture investment arm of the CIA and other intelligence agencies. That's the first step toward use by agents and analysts.
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In August, In-Q-Tel announced an agreement with SiOnyx to accelerate the commercialization of advanced imaging systems based on the company's "black silicon" image sensors. SiOnyx has developed a semiconductor process that enhances the sensitivity of silicon-based photonics. Its black silicon can be used in applications from automobile collision-avoidance systems to night-vision goggles. In-Q-Tel said the partnership will result in low-cost complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology for visual imaging, near-infrared, and shortwave infrared systems.
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