Milpitas, CA, July 22, 2003, Fairchild Imaging and Agilent Technologies have reached an agreement concerning Agilent's ultra low noise CMOS image sensor technology for industrial, biomedical, research and government systems. Agilent's "active reset" technology, which can reduce noise by one or two orders of magnitude compared to traditional CMOS pixel technologies, enables low light imaging in high speed industrial or research applications.
The agreement exclusively licenses to Fairchild Imaging technology, designs, manufacturing rights, test equipment and residual inventory of devices and cameras that were developed by Pixel Devices International (PDI). Agilent acquired PDI in February 2003. Fairchild Imaging also agreed to support PDI's former customers and to continue PDI product lines.
Charles Arduini, President of Fairchild Imaging said, "The technology and products license that we acquired from Agilent will be complementary to Fairchild Imaging's existing line of large area, high performance charge coupled device (CCD) sensors and cameras. We will now offer our customers a yet broader array of technology choices for their specific market requirements and applications. The many performance advantages that the active reset technology brings to CMOS sensors fits well with the industrial, biomedical, research and government customers that we serve."
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