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Tessera, Alps ink wafer level-optics license deal

Posted: 18 Jul 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wafer-level optics? license agreement? image sensor?

Tessera Technologies Inc. and Alps Electric Co. Ltd have signed a new license agreement enabling Alps to mass-produce and sell wafer-level optics based on Tessera's OptiML wafer level camera (WLC) technology.

The wafer-level optics, called OptiML WaferStack, make it possible for thousands of lenses to be built at the same time. Tessera's approach is designed to enable smaller size, lower cost cameras for integration in camera phones and other high volume electronics.

OptiML WaferStack technology is a critical component of Tessera's WLC solution. As a result of this agreement, image sensor manufacturers, camera module manufacturers and others can purchase singulated lens stacks produced in high volume from Alps. In addition, Tessera's SHELLCASE wafer level image sensor packaging technology can be combined with Tessera's OptiML WaferStack technology to form the key elements of a WLC.

"Tessera's vision is to accelerate the future of consumer electronics with what we believe represents a revolutionary approach to developing cameras," said Michael Bereziuk, executive VP, Product Division, Tessera. "Alps Electrica technology innovator for nearly 60 yearsshares this vision. Our agreement with Alps reflects our commitment to enable the supply chain required to support our technologies."

"Tessera's wafer-level approach to building cameras is innovative," said Motohiro Shimaoka, director and general manager, communication devices division, Alps. "We are pleased to work with Tessera to help realize a wafer-level approach to camera assembly. Our passion is to create products, with a focus on manufacturing. We call this core value Monozukuri, and we look forward to applying our optics expertise in bringing OptiML WaferStack technology to market."

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