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FotoNation Partners with Socionext to Provide Game-Changing Capabilities for the Surveillance, Robotics and Drone Markets

October 26, 2015 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time - SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FotoNation® Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tessera Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSRA) and the leading provider of computational imaging solutions for mobile devices and digital still cameras, and Socionext Inc., a new leader in advanced System-on-Chip design technology, are pleased to announce their close collaboration to bring next-generation computational imaging to the surveillance, robotics and drone markets.

With the newest evolution of Socionext’s Milbeaut™ image processors, the M8M (MB86S27), the strategic partnership of Socionext and FotoNation is enhanced through Socionext’s utilization of FotoNation’s latest generation Advanced Hardware for Image Processing (AHIP™) system, a unique approach to computer vision and image processing. The latest generation of AHIP achieves outstanding video image stabilization, smart geometric correction for large field of view lenses, face detection and recognition, and tracking results that go beyond previous performance levels, and these features align to optimize the system requirements for cameras. Significant advances include:

  • High-accuracy, high-speed face and eye detection
  • Next-generation facial recognition
  • Unparalleled ability to select multiple areas of interest and obtain simultaneous, high quality, undistorted images and videos
  • Increased distance-to-subject performance
  • Increased detection angle precision
  • Wide-angle lens support
  • Native motion detection

“Socionext’s image processing capabilities make them the perfect partner to integrate these ground breaking technologies for the growing surveillance, robotic and drone camera markets,” said Petronel Bigioi, senior vice president and general manager at FotoNation. “Working with Socionext to deploy our imaging technologies across various markets is one of our top priorities. We are confident that the unmatched performance of FotoNation’s AHIP, coupled with the outstanding performance and image quality of the Milbeaut architecture, will raise the bar for imaging solutions.”

“By offering the best combination of low power and high performance for imaging chipsets, we are providing significant technological advances for the surveillance, robotic and drone markets,” said Mitsugu Naito, corporate vice president at Socionext. “FotoNation’s passion, breakthroughs and proven track record of computer vision products were key ingredients in our decision to partner with them in these rapidly growing markets.”

About FotoNation

FotoNation is giving life to computational imaging by merging technology with emotion. With technology in more than 60 percent of global high-end 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 we’re still the unchallenged 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

About Socionext Inc.

Socionext is a new, innovative enterprise that designs, develops and delivers System-on-Chip products to customers worldwide. The company is focused on imaging, networking and other dynamic technologies that drive today’s leading-edge applications. Socionext combines world-class expertise, experience, and an extensive IP portfolio to provide exceptional solutions and ensure a better quality of experience for customers. Founded in 2015, Socionext Inc. is headquartered in Yokohama, and has offices in Japan, Asia, United States and Europe to lead its product development and sales activities. For more information, visit

About Tessera Technologies, Inc.

Tessera Technologies, Inc., including its Invensas and FotoNation subsidiaries, generates revenue from licensing our technologies and intellectual property to customers and others who implement it for use in areas such as mobile computing and communications, memory and data storage, and 3DIC technologies, among others. Our technologies include semiconductor packaging and interconnect solutions, and products and solutions for mobile and computational imaging, including our FaceToolsTM, FacePowerTM, FotoSavvyTM, DigitalApertureTM, LifeFocusTM, 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