FotoNation® Partners With Kyocera to Develop Intelligent Automotive Camera Technology
Jointly Developed Solutions to Enable Next Generation of Automotive Vision Systems
FotoNation Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tessera Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSRA) and the leading provider of computational imaging and computer vision solutions for consumer and enterprise applications, has partnered with Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO) (TOKYO: 6971) to develop advanced, intelligent, vision solutions for automotive applications. As part of the partnership and using FotoNation technology as a foundation, the two companies will jointly develop advanced computer vision solutions for the automotive market.
More stringent safety regulations and the promise of semi and fully autonomous vehicles are creating tremendous technology demands from automakers and automotive OEMs. By using the solutions that are being jointly developed by FotoNation and Kyocera, automakers and automotive OEMs will not only be able to enhance driver and pedestrian safety, but will also be able to accelerate the adoption of semi and fully autonomous vehicles.
Kyocera is a recognized provider of rear-view cameras systems to the automotive industry. This experience provides Kyocera with a deep understanding of the automotive industry’s future requirements for vision systems. Incorporating higher levels of intelligence into Kyocera’s camera systems will enable Kyocera to bring new, feature-rich products such as surround view cameras to market.
“These technologies will provide a safer driving environment for occupants and pedestrians in urban areas, by enabling cars to see and interact with drivers,” said Norio Okuda, Manager, Kyocera. “FotoNation is focused on delivering complex computational imaging solutions for automotive applications, and together we will develop technologies that will transform the future of driving.”
A pioneer in developing advanced computational imaging algorithms, FotoNation provides best-in-class hardware accelerated imaging solutions for a number of automotive applications including driver monitoring systems (DMS), driver identification, surround view, e-mirror, smart rearview cameras and 360 degree occupancy monitoring.
“Increasing interest from the automotive industry for vision systems to enhance vehicle safety represents an opportunity for significant growth for FotoNation, driven mainly by adoption of our advanced imaging systems by tier-one automotive suppliers and OEMs,” stated Sumat Mehra, senior vice president of marketing and business development at FotoNation. “Kyocera has a strong reputation as a leading technology innovator, and we are pleased to be working with them as a valued technology partner to bring these cutting-edge vision solutions to market.”
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as “advanced ceramics”). By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of electronic components, semiconductor packages, solar power generating systems, mobile phones, printers, copiers, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2015, the company’s net sales totaled 1.53 trillion yen (approx. USD12.7 billion). Kyocera appears on the 2014 and 2015 listings of the “Top 100 Global Innovators” by Thomson Reuters, and is ranked #552 on Forbes magazine’s 2015 “Global 2000” listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.
FotoNation is giving life to computational imaging by merging technology with emotion. With technology in more than 60% of global tier-one smartphones, FotoNation develops technologies that serve the computational imaging space for handsets and cameras, as well as the automotive, surveillance, security, and augmented reality markets. We create, innovate and deliver the next generation of computational imaging algorithms. We engineer new ways to reach the highest possible performance while keeping system requirements to a minimum. We have a long history of innovating and advancing the state of the art in image processing. More than a decade ago, we were the first to integrate a computational imaging solution in an embedded mobile device. Today, FotoNation remains the leader in computational photography and computer vision. Nearly 2 billion digital cameras and smart devices are powered by the imaging technologies designed by the sharp minds and passionate hearts of FotoNation engineers. For more information visit www.fotonation.com.
About Tessera Technologies, Inc.
Tessera Technologies, Inc., including its Invensas and FotoNation subsidiaries, licenses technologies and intellectual property to customers for use in areas such as mobile computing and communications, memory and data storage, and 3D-IC technologies, among others. Our technologies include semiconductor packaging and interconnect solutions, and products and solutions for mobile and computational imaging, including our LifeFocusTM, FaceToolsTM, FacePowerTM, FotoSavvyTM, DigitalApertureTM, face beautification, red-eye removal, High Dynamic Range, autofocus, panorama, and image stabilization intellectual property. For more information, call +1.408.321.6000 or visit www.tessera.com.