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Tessera licenses image-enhancement tech to Samsung

Posted: 04 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Tessera Technologies Inc. has licensed its OptiML Focus image-enhancement solution to Samsung Electronics. The technology enables high image quality for camera modules used in next-generation mobile devices including mobile phones, PDAs and webcams.

The OptiML Focus solution enables all objects in an image to be in focus simultaneously, from 20cm to infinity, with no mechanical parts. This provides an alternative to current autofocus solutions that require moving parts, which are larger, slower, more expensive and less reliable. The technology, which provides improved image quality when compared to current fixed focus solutions, also enables barcode and full document capture for low-cost, fixed lens cameras.

The solution also integrates lens design with compact digital algorithms that when combined, results in an image which is always in focus. Today's digital cameras typically have either depth of field focus capability or low-light performance capability. However, with the OptiML Focus technology, camera modules can have both capabilities at the same time, providing deep field focus as well as high-quality low-light performance.

"As the industry's leading imager supplier, we feel it is crucial to use leading-edge technologies that will provide us a competitive advantage in the market," said YT Lee, senior VP product planning, Samsung Electronics system LSI division. "Our relationship with Tessera will enable us to expand upon our broad product portfolio to better serve our customers' needs."

"By integrating our OptiML Focus solution into their next-generation image sensor devices, Samsung will be able to provide its customers with non-mechanical autofocus and high-quality low-light performanceat lower cost and with higher reliability," said Mike Bereziuk, chief operating officer, Tessera.

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