SenseICs earns $140,000 Navy Contract to Develop Cost-Efficient Infrared Sensors

Posted: November 16, 2021

SenseICs Corporation, a small business engineering advanced integrated circuits, was awarded a small business innovation research (SBIR) contract worth up to $240,000 with the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

The company was launched by Ohio State Electrical and Computer Engineering alumnus Ramy Tantawy when he was still a graduate student. He and ECE Research Scientist Shane Smith co-founded the business.

The contract, which includes a base award of $140,000 with a one-year, $100,000 option, will enable SenseICs to develop low-cost infrared imaging sensors for Department of Defense applications. As part of the award, SenseICs will collaborate with Ohio State and QDIR, INC., a small business based in Chicago.

“SenseICs is committed to serving customers in the Department of Defense, and we are thrilled to receive our first award with the Navy,” Tantawy said. “Further, our new contract will allow us to expand internal capabilities in advanced imaging for applications that require low cost and smaller size while maintaining superior image quality.”

With this new contract, SenseICs is poised to extend infrared imaging possibilities. Currently, sensors that use this technology are highly expensive to manufacture, which limits their widespread use in defense and commercial applications. By reducing production costs, SenseICs will help advance imaging for a variety of critical missions in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. SenseICs is one of the few firms in Ohio with the capabilities required to do this advanced work.

“We understand the importance of collaborating with our government and other businesses to accomplish the overall goal of creating innovative technology domestically,” Smith said. “We have an excellent team, and we are eager to begin working with Ohio State and QDIR on this technology to yield an exciting new product to introduce to the market.”

SenseICs is a small business committed to designing and developing the world’s most advanced integrated circuit (IC) technology for the defense, energy, automotive, and medical industries. Founded in 2017, SenseICs is based in Columbus, Ohio. For more information, visit

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