Aptina today announced that it has signed a patent cross-license
agreement with Sony, which provides each company with access to the
other’s patent portfolio.
Aptina and Sony have built industry leading patent portfolios that
include seminal image sensor patents covering image capture and
processing methods. These technologies are fundamental to the world’s
growing image sensor industry, with sales of over two billion units
annually, and found in almost every consumer electronics device
including smart phones, automobiles, tablets, televisions, gaming
platforms, medical equipment and digital cameras.
This cross-license agreement enables these two innovation leaders to
operate freely and use each other's patented inventions to advance the
pace of development for cameras and other imaging applications. The
cooperation fostered by the cross-license reinforces the ability of both
companies to provide compelling imaging solutions to their customers.
“Patents and innovation are a critical component of Aptina’s strategy,
and Aptina’s patent portfolio is the largest and strongest in the image
sensor industry,” said Bob Gove, President and CTO of Aptina. “We
believe that this powerful blend will advance technology to realize our
goal of enabling consumers to capture beautiful images and visual
Aptina, the foundational CMOS imaging company, began within Micron
Technology in 2001 with acquisitions of early CMOS imaging companies
Photobit and then Avago Technologies’ image sensor business. Aptina
became an independent company in 2009. Aptina delivers advanced CMOS
imaging solutions to all major imaging markets and is the leading
supplier in many markets including the rapidly growing automotive market.
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