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Aptina, Sony ink patent license deal for image sensors

Posted: 10 May 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Aptina? Sony? cross-license agreement? sensor industry? image sensor industry?

Aptina has recently signed a patent cross-license agreement with Sony. The agreement provides each company with access to each other's patent portfolio.

"Patents and innovation are a critical component of Aptina's strategy, and Aptina's patent portfolio is the largest and strongest in the image sensor industry," said Bob Gove, President and CTO of Aptina. "We believe that this powerful blend will advance technology to realise our goal of enabling consumers to capture beautiful images and visual information."

The two companies have built industry leading patent portfolios that include seminal image sensor patents covering image capture and processing methods. This cross-license agreement enables these two innovation leaders to operate freely and use each other's patented inventions to advance the pace of development for cameras and other imaging applications. The cooperation fostered by the cross-license reinforces the ability of both companies to provide compelling imaging solutions to their customers.

Aptina, the foundational CMOS imaging company, began within Micron Technology in 2001 with acquisitions of early CMOS imaging companies Photobit and then Avago Technologies' image sensor business. Aptina became an independent company in 2009. Aptina delivers advanced CMOS imaging solutions to all major imaging markets and is the leading supplier in many markets including the rapidly growing automotive market.





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