About IST

Imaging Systems Technology

Founded in 1997, IST designs and manufactures electronic systems. Our team includes scientists, engineers, and technicians from various backgrounds with various degrees including doctorates, masters, and bachelors of science.  IST is proud to be located in Toledo, Ohio.

Capabilities include high speed analog, digital design, sensors, flat panel displays, image processing and display peripherals, layout and packaging, reverse engineering. We provide military and industrial markets with contract research, electronic design services, and niche products.

Services

Contract R&D

Imaging Systems Technology is dedication to providing outstanding research to military and industrial customers. Our success is fueled by an unrivaled commitment to quality. We share the same level of involvement, commitment, and passion as our clients—a dedication to collaboration that delivers success.

Our distinct combination of expertise and insight delivers results in every phase of a research project. IST specializes in advanced technology. Our strength lies in the complementary nature of our research staff’s capabilities which include plasma-physics, glass, ceramic, metal, electronics, and mechanics.

IST has created a strong presence in the federal military market through our direct and indirect support of projects for ARL, AFRL, NRL, DOE, DARPA, NSF, and NIST. IST has also successfully staged a number of industrially sponsored research projects with clients all over the world including Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Canada and the United States.

Contact IST for all your research needs

Electrical Design

There was a time when electronic products were developed and fabricated in-house using dedicated teams of engineers and technicians. A company’s engineering team designed the circuits, developed the board using off-the-shelf components, developed the micro-code, and packaged the system. With today’s new hyper competitive global economy this model is increasingly becoming outdated. As external competitive pressure increases, companies are recognizing that outsourcing electronic engineering services gives them advantages in quicker design cycle times, quicker time to market, access to specialized skill, and reduced overhead.

 

IST offers a talented team of electrical engineers to meet the electronic industries outsourcing needs from small jobs of simple layout to a complete turnkey system.  IST can assist with:

  • Prototype / feasibility study / proof-of-concept design services
  • Product development from concept to full production
  • Board Design
  • Printed Circuit Board (PCB) layout
  • Ongoing consultation
  • Documentation

 

Technical capabilities include:

  • FPGA – ASIC
  • RF
  • Wireless
  • Analog
  • Power
  • Signal Integrity
  • DSP, MCU • NPU • Firmware
  • Device Drivers
  • Software including C++, Visual C, Java, Java Script, Visual Basic
Reverse Engineering

Reverse engineering is the general process of analyzing a technology specifically to determine how it was designed or how it operates. Reverse engineering is a valid method of benchmarking against competition, identifying patent infringement, understanding new technology, improving on prior art technology, developing interoperable systems, or developing alternatives to obsolete or unavailable systems.

In the analysis of an electronic system IST primarily used “black box” reverse engineering techniques. In “black box” reverse engineering, systems are observed without examining internal structure, while in “white box” reverse engineering the inner workings of the system are inspected.

Black box reverse engineering requires meticulous analysis of system which ultimately informs the functionality of a new or improved system. IST follows this process.

  • The first step is to determine client requirements. Some clients are interested in complete understanding of the system in questions while other clients may only have interest in a single aspect.
  • The second step is an indirect study of how the system works. This process often begins with a literature search which includes available specification, journal articles, product reviews, and/or patents. This provides a meta-theory from which to proceed in the analysis.
  • The third step is direct observation of how the electronic system works. What and how observations are made is informed by the meta-theory. In complex system this requires developing electronics to stimulate inputs and capture outputs. This is done on a system, board, and/or component level.
  • From the captured data a model is developed to explain the theory of operation.
  • To verify the theory of operation, a functional prototype system is designed and benchmarked against the original system. This often forms the basis for the development of a new or improved product.

 

Typically a reference design is provided to the client, which can include:

  • Schematics
  • Part lists
  • Micro code
  • Layout
  • Theory of operation
  • Functional prototype

IST has successfully reverse engineered a number of flat panel display systems to determine complex image enhancement techniques including dynamic gamma correction, motion artifact reduction, and automatic power level correction.

 

Key Personnel

Carol Wedding

President and Co-Founder of IST

An electrical engineer with over 25 years experience in displays electronics.  Ms. Wedding manages business development for IST, oversees IP development, and assists with project management.

Victoria W. Kurtz

Vice-President and Co-Founder of IST

She has an MBA with a specialization in Decision Sciences, and a BS in Computer Science Engineering. Ms. Kurtz oversees the Touch System product line and is the Quality Representative for the ISO program at IST. She assists Ms. Wedding in business development and marketing for IST.

Adeline Miermont

PhD is a Research Scientist and coordinates several on-going projects at IST. Her main research focus is optimizing IST’s proprietary Plasma-shell performance for color display applications. She has extensive knowledge in organic chemistry. Dr. Miermont received her MS in Chemical Engineering from the National Graduate School of Engineering Chemistry of Lille in France and her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Toledo.

Publications

The Following Papers Have Been Published By IST Employees

For copies of the papers or more information, please contact info@teamist.com

M. J. Almalkawi, L. W. Cross, K. A. Alshamaileh, “A Transmission Line Circuit-Oriented Approach for Miniaturization of a Log-Periodic Dipole Array (LPDA) Antenna”, IEEE MWSCAS paper to present in the 2014 conference in College Station – Texas.

L. W. Cross, M. J. Almalkawi, V. K. Devabhaktuni, “Half mode substrate integrated waveguide (HMSIW) loaded evanescent-mode bandpass filter”, Int. J. RF Microw. Comput.-Aided Eng., vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 172-177, Mar. 2013.

L. W. Cross, M. J. Almalkawi, V. K. Devabhaktuni, “Theory and demonstration of narrowband bent hairpin filters integrated with ac-coupled plasma limiter elements”, IEEE Trans. Electromagn, Compat., vol. PP, no. 99, pp. 1-7, Mar. 2013.

L. W. Cross, M. J. Almalkawi and V. K. Devabhaktuni, “Development of large-area switchable plasma device for X-band applications”, IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci., vol. 41, no.4, pp. 948-954, Apr. 2013.

L. W. Cross, “Design of microwave front-end narrowband filter and limiter components”</strong>, Ph.D. dissertation, Univ. of Toledo, Toledo, OH, 2013.

L. W. Cross and M. J. Almalkawi, “Scan angle stability of a second-order plasma-switched frequency selective surface”, in COMSOL Conf., Boston, MA, 2013.

L. W. Cross, “Study of X-band plasma devices for shielding applications”, IEEE Intern. Microw. Symp., Tampa, Florida, Jun. 2014.

M. J. Almalkawi, L. W. Cross, K. A. Alshamaileh, “A transmission line circuit-oriented approach for miniaturization of a log-period dipole array (LPDA) antenna”, in IEEE Midwest Symp. Circuits Systems, College Station, TX, Aug. 2014.

Oliver Strbik, Satyendra Kumar, Chris Smith, Todd Osborn, Joe Cochran, Thomas Sanders, Naresh Thadhani, Laura Cerully, Tammy McCoy, Liang Quan, Vincent Hammond, Kyu Cho, <strong>“Initial Characterization of an Aluminum Based Syntactic Foam”, 2011 TMS Annual Meeting and Exhibition, March 3, 2011, San Diego, CA.

Wedding, Carol Ann,  “Flexible Plasma Display” Exhibitors Forum, SID 2010.

Wedding, Carol Ann, “Progress in Flexible Plasma Displays”, Poster Paper, IDW 2009 (Awarded Outstanding Poster Paper)

Wedding, Carol Ann, “Large-Area Flexible Displays for Military Applications”, The International Society for Optical Engineering, Defense and Security Symposium 2005, March 29- April 1, 2005, Kissimmee, Florida.

Wedding, Carol Ann, “Large Area Flexible Displays Using Plasma-spheres Technology” United States Display Consortium 4th Annual Flexible Display and Microelectronics Conference, February 1-3, 2005, Phoenix, Arizona.

Wedding, Carol Ann, “Low Cost Flexible AC Plasma Displays”, Intertech’s Conference on Flexible Displays &amp; Electronics 2004, April 26-28, 2004, San Francisco, California,

Wedding, Carol Ann, “Plasma-sphere Displays – A Potentially Disruptive Large Area Display Technology”, Intertech’s Conference on Large Screen Display for Home Entertainment, July 26-28, 2004, San Diego, California.

Wedding, Carol Ann, et al, “Flexible AC Plasma Displays Using Plasma-spheres”, Society of Information Display 2004 International Symposium Digest of Technical Papers Volume XXXV, Book II, pages 815-817.

Wedding C. A., Guy J., Wedding D. K., Oct 21, 2004, “Large Area Flexible Plasma Displays”, Presented at the SID 11th Annual Symposium on Vehicle Displays.

Wedding, Carol, and Kurtz, Victoria, “Display Technology for Kiosk Applications”, Kiosk Magazine, March 2000.

Wedding, Carol , Velayudhan, Bala, Sweney, Jr. Robert, Amano, Yoshifumi, and Wedding, Donald, “Analysis of High Definition Television Display Technologies”, SID 5th Annual Strategic Technical Symposium, 1998

Wedding, Carol, et al, “Standardization of Flat Panel Display Interfaces”, SPIE Symposium on Electronic Imaging: Science and Technology 1994

Wedding, Carol, et al, “High Performance, Cost Effective Computer and Video Interface to Megapixel AC-PDP’s”, Photonics Systems, NIST Workshop, February, 1994

Wedding, Sr. Donald K., The University of Toledo, Stoller, Ray, Wedding, Carol Ann, Neisius, Leon J., Photonics Systems, Friedman, Peter S. , Rahman, Abdul, Photonics Imaging, “Large Area Displays with Video Interface and Gray Scale”, Electronic Imaging ’90 West.

Friedman, Peter, Rahman, Abdul, Peters, Edwin F., Photonics Technology; Wedding, Carol A. and Repetti ,Alexandra A.., Photonics Systems, “17-in AC Plasma RGB Video Monitor with Demonstrations of High Luminosity Capability”, SID Digest ’89.

Wedding, Sr. Donald K., Wedding, Carol Ann, Friedman, Peter S., and Rahman, Abdul, “Large Area AC Plasma Displays RGB Video Monitors”, Electronic Display Conference Proceedings, October 89.

Awards

IST Awards
Year Award
2009 Outstanding Poster Paper at IDW Japan – Flexible Plasma Display
2009 Invited Speaker for KAIST Annual Display Conference
2005 The State of Ohio Emerging Technology Award: Flexible Plasma Displays
2005 R&D 100 Award: Flexible Plasma Displays
2001 Garrett Morgan Commercialization Award
2001 Tibbett’s award for outstanding achievement on an SBIR project
2000 Garrett Morgan Commercialization Award for Dedication and Achievement
1999 Garrett Morgan Commercialization Award
1999 Kiosk Magazine Peripheral of the Year Award
1999 The State of Ohio Emerging Technology Award
1995 World’s first SXGA (1280 X 1024), AC-PDP, full color monitor
1993 World’s first XGA (1024 X 768), AC-PDP full color monitor
1992 World’s first 19” full color AC-PDP television
1991 World’s first 17” full color AC-PDP television
1986 World’s first 60 inch AC-PDP
1982 World’s first 40 inch AC-PDP
1979 World’s first 20 inch AC-PDP