PMAI Announcement Regarding Kodak

Discussion in 'Kodak' started by Walt Hanks, Jul 12, 2005.

  1. Walt Hanks

    Walt Hanks Guest

    FYI, the following was posted this morning on the PMAI website:

    "Kodak accelerates move into image sensor market for consumer devices

    Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, N.Y., USA, announced new image sensors for
    mass-market products such as cameraphones and digital still cameras. The
    company also announced new alliances that will extend its reach in the
    market for image sensors. Kodak announced availability of the first CMOS
    image sensor (CIS) devices to arise from its manufacturing alliance with IBM
    Corp., White Plains, N.Y., USA, as well as development of a reference design
    that incorporates these new image sensors with multimedia processors from
    Texas Instruments Inc. (TI), Dallas, Texas, USA.

    The company also announced an agreement to license key CIS manufacturing
    technologies to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), the
    world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry. A critical component in any
    digital imaging device, image sensors act as the "eye" of a digital camera
    by converting light into electric charges to begin the capture process.

    "We are very excited that our manufacturing alliance with IBM is now
    yielding its first products, and that we now are expanding our participation
    in this industry through new alliances with other leaders, such as TI and
    TSMC," said Mary Jane Hellyar, president, Display & Components, and senior
    vice president, Eastman Kodak Co. "The market for image sensors used in
    consumer devices is very exciting, and we will continue to move quickly to
    deploy our core competencies in image science and sensor research to
    participate strongly in these high-volume consumer applications."

    Kodak's new 3- and 5-megapixel CIS devices - the Kodak KAC-3100 and
    KAC-5000 Image Sensors - are targeted to cameraphone and consumer DSC and
    DVC applications. Both sensors incorporate Kodak Pixelux technology, a
    proprietary design that offers manufacturers of consumer digital imaging
    devices improved image quality, higher performance, and more features than
    other CMOS-based image sensors on the market, says the company. The new
    products are manufactured at IBM's Burlington, Vt., plant as part of the
    manufacturing collaboration announced last year between Kodak and IBM.

    To help facilitate the design of next-generation mobile imaging devices,
    Kodak has worked with Texas Instruments to develop a reference design that
    incorporates these new image sensors with OMAP 2 application processors from
    TI, a platform which delivers a foundation for mobile device manufacturers
    to provide the latest in mobile entertainment, productivity, and imaging
    applications on "All-in-One" mobile entertainment devices. This combination
    will allow manufacturers to leverage TI's high-performance, power-efficient
    OMAP 2 platform with Kodak's pixel technology to bring new multimedia-rich
    devices to market.

    Kodak also announced an agreement with TSMC that licenses key Kodak
    technologies used in the manufacture of high-quality CIS devices. Under the
    agreement, TSMC will be licensed to manufacture CIS devices using a variety
    of Kodak manufacturing technologies that are fundamental to improving image
    quality, performance and resolution. The manufacturing process licensed
    under this agreement will be utilized by Kodak as well as other sensor
    design firms under the terms of the agreement. Other terms of the agreement
    are not being disclosed. "
    Walt Hanks, Jul 12, 2005
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  2. Walt Hanks

    RichA Guest

    Pretty much a sure thing Kodak has deserted the upper end of the
    market in a big way.
    RichA, Jul 12, 2005
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