Tessera unveils wafer-level camera technology for mobile phones

June 14, 2007
June 13, 2007, San Jose, CA--Tessera Technologies is introducng a new wafer-level camera technology designed to significantly advance the integration of miniaturized cameras in mobile phones, personal computers, security cameras, and other electronics.

June 13, 2007, San Jose, CA--Tessera Technologies is introducng a new wafer-level camera technology designed to significantly advance the integration of miniaturized cameras in mobile phones, personal computers, security cameras, and other electronics. Tessera's OptiML WLC technology makes it possible for cameras to be manufactured at the wafer level, drastically reducing the size and total bill of material cost of camera modules. It is inteded to help overcome the cost, size and manufacturing roadblocks facing the industry as cameras become pervasive in mobile phones and other electronics.

Using OptiML WLC technology, thousands of lenses can be manufactured simultaneously on a wafer, and then bonded at the wafer level to create the optical element of the camera. The result is simplified assembly and up to 30% cost savings for the optical component of the camera module. OptiML WLC technology also reduces the size of the camera to a minimum, delivering up to 50% size reductions over conventional camera modules in camera phones today. Tessera's recently acquired Eyesquad technology can be easily integrated into the OptiML WLC solution, providing advanced auto-focus and digital optical zoom without the use of moving parts, resulting in greatly enhanced camera functionally and reliability at lower costs and smaller form factors.

According to Bruce McWilliams, Tessera's Chairman, President and CEO, "We believe utilizing a wafer-level camera manufacturing technology is the most viable path to overcoming the challenges facing the industry today. With our acquisitions of Shellcase, Digital Optics and Eyesquad, we have assembled what we believe to be the strongest portfolio of camera optic technologies in the marketplace. For nearly two decades, Tessera has pioneered technologies that have resulted in smaller, better performing electronic products. We are continuing in that tradition with today's announcement, and we believe our OptiML wafer level camera technology represents a significant leap forward in the development of highly integrated, lower cost optics for consumer and other electronics."

For more information, contact Tessera Technologies.

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