June 22, 2010 -- TowerJazz today announced that Canesta, Inc. is using TowerJazz’s CMOS image sensor (CIS) technology to manufacture its CanestaVision 3-D image sensors. CanestaVision chips are the first single-chip CMOS 3-D image sensor SOCs for use in consumer desktop computing, TV and entertainment applications.
Next-generation consumer 3-D image sensors designed to enable a device to understand and interact with its environment will fuel the image sensor market. According to iSuppli, the CMOS image sensor market was $7.3 Billion in 2007. It is expected to grow to $9.7 Billion in 2012.
3-D image sensors enable consumers to interact with devices in natural ways and are expected to be widely deployed in a variety of markets including PC, consumer electronics and entertainment as well as many industry applications, among others. New mechanisms in which a user's actions or gestures drive the functions of a device have been proven by the success of recent video game and mobile phone products.
"We are seeing early versions of this in the form of waving at systems to control them," said Jim Spare, President and CEO of Canesta. "Our chips will enable systems to do this as well as the fine-grained, close-up control that goes beyond multi-touch and is key to future applications. Over the next decade, we are likely to see new, innovative applications that require an integrated 3-D image sensor with advanced characteristics."
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