Micron creates Aptina for imagers business

Micron Technology has put its CMOS imager operation into its own division, a move that may presage a selloff of the business unit. Micron said operating Aptina as an independent division within Micron would help the new division focus better on its market.

“Micron has undertaken a series of strategic initiatives to demonstrate our focus on being an innovative and cost-effective memory supplier, and the formation of Aptina is a positive development that allows our image sensor business to find the best path to the marketplace and strengthen its global customer relationships,” said Steve Appleton, chairman and CEO of Micron. “Micron has consistently developed industry-leading technology with our image sensor business, and launching Aptina as an independent division allows the image sensor business to build on that successful heritage.”

Operating as an independent division, Micron said Aptina will have more control over where it manufactures imagers.

“As Aptina, we remain dedicated to developing the most innovative CMOS image sensors in the world, and we are leveraging that expertise to expand our imaging portfolio to encompass the complete camera pipeline. With the world going visual, we're continuing to see new imaging applications and markets come alive and this new structure enables us to better capitalise on these opportunities,” said Bob Gove, president of Aptina.

Aptina said it is working on a prototype 1.2µm pixel for future sensors, shrinking it down from 1.4µm. The company also said it has a new approach to designing cameras for mobile handsets by incorporating the image sensor, optics and processing in a single package.

Image: A 9Mpixel imager made by Aptina

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