Mar. 6, 2008 – Micron Technology has separated its CMOS image sensor business into an independent division, Aptina Imaging, to better focus on delivering the technology to customers while Micron focuses its efforts on the memory sector.
Aptina will still utilize Micron’s CMOS manufacturing and synergies therein between memory and CMOS image sensors, though operating as an independent division will allow more manufacturing flexibility and cost/operational control.
“As Aptina, we remain dedicated to developing the most innovative CMOS image sensors in the world, and we are leveraging that expertise to expand our imaging portfolio to encompass the complete camera pipeline,” said Bob Gove, President of Aptina, in a statement. “With the world going visual, we’re continuing to see new imaging applications and markets come alive and this new structure enables us to better capitalize on these exciting opportunities.”
Separately, Aptina announced it has developed an improved pixel technology incorporating a new 9MP image sensor, as well as a 1.4μm pixel (based on 95nm copper process) and prototype 1.2μm pixel, as well as a new camera design approach for mobile handsets that incorporates the image sensor, optics, and processing in one package.