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Tessera Completes Digital Optics Acquisition

Photonics.com
Jul 2006
SAN JOSE, Calif., July 20, 2006 -- Tessera Technologies Inc. of San Jose, Calif., announced this week it has completed the acquisition of Digital Optics Corp. for $59.5 million in cash for all outstanding Digital Optics equity. Tessera announced the acquisition on July 10.

Tessera Technologies, through its subsidiaries Tessera Inc. and Tessera Israel, is a provider of miniaturization technologies for the electronics industry. Digital Optics was launched 15 years ago by a University of North Carolina (UNC) Charlotte team of experts in micro-optics led by UNC Charlotte faculty member Michael Feldman. It provides miniaturization technology for camera-phone manufacturers and others in the electronics industry,technology is used in semiconductor optics, communications and photonics. The company's work force includes 11 PhDs. Its 100,000-square-foot design, development and prototyping facility in University Research Park in Charlotte, N.C., will become Tessera's Micro-Optics Center of Excellence. Micro-optics, which use microscopic structures to shape and influence light, are used in bar code-scanning and semiconductor manufacturing.

The acquisition builds on the wafer-level image sensor packaging technology assets that Tessera acquired from Shellcase Ltd. in 2005. When the deal was announced this month, Tessera said Digital Optics' 83 employees and its technology would be components in the company's development of low-cost, miniaturized imaging products for use in camera phones, DVD players and automotive applications.

For more information, visit: www.tessera.com


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electronics
That branch of science involved in the study and utilization of the motion, emissions and behaviors of currents of electrical energy flowing through gases, vacuums, semiconductors and conductors, not to be confused with electrics, which deals primarily with the conduction of large currents of electricity through metals.
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