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Foxconn to use smart metal alloy for smartphone image stabilisation

Posted: 06 Aug 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Foxconn? Cambridge Mechatronics? optical image stabilisation? OIS? smart metal alloy?

Cambridge Mechatronics Ltd (CML), a design and engineering company, has signed up electronic manufacturing services company Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd (Taipei Taiwan), also known as Foxconn, as the first customer to use its smart metal alloy technology for optical image stabilisation (OIS).

The company, which was founded as 1 Ltd by Tony Hooley of Cavendish Laboratories at Cambridge University, has also signed up Warren East, formerly CEO of ARM Holdings plc, as adviser to the board.

Optical image stabilisation

This is a penetration that CML wishes to emulate.

CML and partner Hutchinson Technology Inc. (Hutchinson, Minnesota) have been developing OIS actuators in collaboration with Foxconn's camera division for over 18 months to deliver the first SMA OIS smartphone cameras into production and to define a roadmap of next generation products. Following design wins in May, smartphones with cameras built by Foxconn using SMA OIS actuators will reach the market in September of this year.

The pairing of Hutchinson's automated production facilities and the scale of Foxconn's manufacturing operations will allow OIS cameras using CML's smart metal technology to be produced in volumes of millions of units a month, with the ability to quickly ramp capacity according to customer demand. The three companies began collaborating to respond to the escalating demand for high resolution OIS smartphone cameras produced at a competitive cost.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times Europe

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