Aptina Enters into Patent License Agreement with Sony

  Aptina Enters into Patent License Agreement with Sony

World-leading electronic imaging companies cross-license intellectual property

Business Wire

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- February 28, 2013

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 information.”

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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Contact:

Aptina
Mark Wilson, 408-660-2298
markwilson@aptina.com
 
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