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TSMC, Kodak team on CMOS image sensors

Posted: 12 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cmos image sensor? eastman kodak?

Semiconductor foundry company Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg Co. Ltd and imaging products supplier Eastman Kodak Co. have signed a technology licensing agreement that enables the manufacture of a new generation of high-quality CMOS image sensor (CIS) devices.

The agreement is part of Kodak's strategy to leverage its core IP into mass-market consumer imaging applications, and enhances TSMC's position as the largest foundry to support fast-growing consumer markets such as digital still cameras and mobile phones.

Under the agreement, TSMC will license key proprietary CIS technologies from Kodak, including four-transistor (4T) pixel and pinned photo-diode pixel architectures, The CIS manufacturing process will be utilized by Kodak as well as other sensor design firms under the terms of the agreement.

"As the leading foundry for CMOS image sensors, TSMC is committed to providing the most advanced CIS technology for our customers," said Ken Chen, Director of Mainstream Technology Marketing at TSMC, in a statement.

"This agreement with Kodak will allow TSMC to continue our leadership position in CIS by supporting manufacture of the most advanced, state-of-the-art CIS designs, and to provide a licensed manufacturing platform to all CIS design companies to meet the growing industry demands for image sensors used in digital camera and mobile imaging applications."

- EE Times

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