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Intel targets smartglasses with Swiss start-ups buyout

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:micromirror? start-up? displays? smartglass?

Intel Corp. is on a buying spree. The x86 giant has acquired two start-ups: Lemoptix SA, a provider of scanning micromirror technology, and Composyt Light Labs SA, known for developing a see-through display.

Both companies are spinoffs from from Ecole Polytechnique Fdrale de Lausanne (EPFL), and in both cases the purchase price has not been disclosed.

Lemoptix technology is suitable for use in printers, microprojectors and displays. The transaction was completed on March 17, 2015, according to a note on the company website. The company was formed in 2008 and applications of its technology range from head up displays to embedded projectors for smartphones and 3D sensing for 3D printing.

Lemoptix had been working with Composyt Light Labs SA when the latter was acquired by Intel at the end of 2014. Composyt was founded in 2014 to commercialise a see-through display architecture invented at EPFL. The display integrates with normal eyewear and a smartglass prototype developed by Composyt and Lemoptix includes direct retina projection and a patented holographic combiner.

Recently, reports came out that Intel was in advanced talks to acquire rival Altera Corp., with analysts saying that the move could bolster Intel's product line with a focus on Internet-connected devices.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times Europe

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