ST buys technology for MEMS pico projector
STMicroelectronics has is MEMS sensor product business by acquiring the intellectual property and taking on most of the staff of Israeli company bTendo.
ST has been working with the Israeli company to combine bTendo’s scanning laser projection engine with ST’s MEMS technology, video processing know-how and semiconductor process technology.
They have produced evaluation samples for integration into next-generation smartphones, digital cameras and laptops. These samples are now in the hands of potential customers.
The Scanning Laser Projection engine produces a focus-free high-resolution output that will allow users to display their video, pictures and presentations on external surtfaces.
The bTendo module is smaller than 1.7cm3 and less than 5mm high, and is suited for integration in even the sleekest smartphones and other portable devices.
“As a pioneer and the industry’s leading innovator in MEMS, we’re making pico-projectors small, power-friendly, and convenient enough to suit smart phones, digital cameras and laptops,” said Benedetto Vigna, Executive Vice President and General Manager of ST’s Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group.
”Combining ST’s IP and technical expertise with bTendo’s Scanning Laser Projection engine is enabling us to meet the demands of the emerging market of embedded projectors in next-generation portable consumer devices while preparing to simultaneously open up new markets.”