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Rambus buys Uni-Pixel backlighting IP for $2.25M

Posted: 01 Jun 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:backlighting? LCD? intellectual property?

Rambus Inc. has acquired a portion of Uni-Pixel Inc.'s intellectual property (IP) portfolio relating to dynamic backlighting, field sequential color displays, and Time Multiplexed Optical Shutter (TMOS) display technology. In addition, the Company has entered into an engineering services agreement with Rambus providing the ability for future collaboration and technology development. Rambus will pay Uni-Pixel $2.25 million for these display and backlighting patents.

TMOS display technology can provide LCD panel manufacturers with a better means of building displays by reducing material costs and delivering superior performance. The technology is targeted to leverage a subset of the current LCD manufacturing process, offering the potential of lowering BOM and manufacturing costs by as much as 40 to 60 percent while improving display performance characteristics including lower power consumption. Furthermore, backlight technology based on TMOS display technology can be applied to current LCD display panels to create a more efficient and cost-effective device.

"The alignment with Rambus, specifically its lighting and display technology group, leverages strong business and technical synergies around the licensing, development and manufacturing of advanced micro-optics (MicroLens technology), edge illumination systems (backlights) and display technologies," noted Reed Killion, president and CEO of Uni-Pixel. "We see this agreement as a win-win for both companies, as it gives Uni-Pixel the ability to focus on our Clearly Superior Performance Engineered Films, while allowing Rambus to add innovative display and backlighting technology to its growing intellectual property portfolio."

"This acquisition recognizes the significant contributions Uni-Pixel's innovative technology can make to our solutions for LCD displays for HDTVs, mobile devices and PCs," said Jeff Parker, senior VP of the lighting and display technology group at Rambus. "In combination with our design expertise and patented innovations, such as MicroLens optical technology, our goal is to greatly advance the performance and cost-effectiveness of displays incorporating dynamic backlighting, field sequential color, and TMOS technology."

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