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Microsoft acquires 3D sensing firm

Posted: 03 Nov 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:3D sensor? Canesta? acquisition?

Microsoft Corp. is acquiring Canesta Inc., a developer of 3D sensing technology for user interfaces and other applications.

No details of the agreement have been disclosed. The acquisition is expected to be completed before the end of this year.

Canesta makes a single-chip 3D sensing technology platform. The company describes it as "a family of tiny CMOS 3D 'camera' chips that can provide a real-time, 3D 'depth map' of the surrounding area to PCs, CE devices such as TVs, videogames, or smart phones. The technology enables revolutionary 3D user experiences that dramatically improve device functionality and convenience, and are just plain fun to use. "

Last year, Canesta raised $16 million in additional capitalization. Joining returning investors Carlyle Growth Partners, Hotung Venture Group, and Venrock were two new strategic investors, Quanta Computer Inc. and SMSC.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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