December 3, 2007 – Tessera Technologies says it has licensed its OptiML Focus image-enhancement technology to Toshiba, for use in camera modules for next-generation mobile phones and PDAs.
The technology integrates lens design with compact digital algorithms. It reduces the size and cost of camera modules and enables them to have both deep field focus and high-quality low-light performance. Also, objects can be in focus simultaneously (down to 20cms) with no mechanical parts, as an alternative to current autofocus methods that are larger, slower, and more expensive.
“Our ‘smart’ optics technology offers significant improvements in non-motorized camera modules, which we believe will enable a new level of functionality for feature-rich mobile devices,” said Tessera COO Michael Bereziuk, in a statement.
“Tessera and Toshiba have a long-term relationship of working together on advanced packaging technologies,” added Yoshio Ooida, EVP of Toshiba’s semiconductor company. “With the OptiML Focus technology, Toshiba will provide higher-value camera module products.”