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OmniVision buys wafer-level lens fab

Posted: 04 Jul 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:acquisition? wafer-level lens? sensors?

OmniVision Technologies Inc. has entered into a $45 million agreement with VisEra Technologies Co. Ltd to acquire VisEra's wafer-level lens production operations. OmniVision, who currently outsources the wafer-level lens production and assembly processes related to its CameraCube technology to VisEra, hopes that the transaction would be finalized by Q2 of its fiscal year 2012.

"We believe that our CameraCube technology represents one area where we can extend our market leadership while increasing the content that we sell into each consumer device," said Shaw Hong, CEO of OmniVision. "Historically, sensor and lens manufacturing have been separate endeavors in which the components come together at the modular assembly stage. Our CameraCube technology enables us to design our sensors and accompanying lens elements as an integrated unit that creates a reflowable, monolithic image sensor device. This transaction will enable us to further streamline the production process, consolidate the supply chain, expand production capacity, and reduce the cost to meet customers' growing demand for our CameraCube products."

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