In a move expected to create a “one-stop shop” for a full range of camera-imaging technologies, Tessera Technologies Inc. has agreed to acquire FotoNation, a provider of embedded imaging solutions for digital camera and mobile phone applications. Tessera will pay $29 million in net cash and up to $10 million additionally, contingent upon certain incentives over the first year. Tessera announced the sale on Jan. 31st and projects a swift conclusion—expecting a close by the end of February.
The privately owned FotoNation develops embedded solutions to improve image quality and enhance, extend, and simplify picture taking for digital cameras and mobile devices. Principal products include technologies for red-eye correction, face tracking, and smile and blink detection, as well as solutions for enhancing digital image quality.
“FotoNation's solutions are a perfect complement to Tessera’s image enhancement technologies and the combined strengths of our two companies will help drive the proliferation of digital still camera functionality in mobile camera devices, as well as open new channels such as digital still cameras for our product portfolio,” said Bruce McWilliams, Tessera’s CEO.
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