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Tessera buys MEMS-based camera developer

Posted: 10 May 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MEMS? camera? mobile application?

Tessera Technologies Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Siimpel Corp., a leading developer and manufacturer of MEMS-based camera solutions for mobile imaging applications.

Under the terms of the agreement, Tessera will pay approximately $15 million in cash. This transaction is subject to various standard closing conditions. Tessera does not anticipate a revenue contribution in the second quarter of 2010 from this acquisition. The company expects to incur additional Q2 non-GAAP operating expense of between $1.8 million and $1.9 million as a result of this acquisition, assuming the transaction closes within the next several business days.

"Siimpel's MEMS-based auto focus and shutter solutions complement our EDOF technology and will enable us to expand our image enhancement portfolio to address camera modules with even higher megapixel resolutions, for which auto focus will be the solution of choice," said Henry R. Nothhaft, chairman and CEO, Tessera. "This acquisition will enable us to leverage the extensive customer relationships we have developed with the supply chain to offer a wider range of high-value IP-based imaging and optics solutions.

"Growing consumer demand for cellphones with video capabilities as well as digital still camera functionality is driving the need for smaller, lower-power, higher-performance camera modules. We believe that Siimpel's innovative MEMS technology addresses these next-generation camera module requirements, while keeping costs low by utilizing the existing supply chain and materials," added Nothhaft.

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