August 6, 2012 -- STMicroelectronics today announced that it has taken an important additional step in its positioning in the emerging video-sharing market for smartphones and other portable consumer devices. Following a successful joint development effort with start-up bTendo, ST has acquired the intellectual property and has hired most of the staff of the Israeli company to accelerate the propagation of the technology.
The development effort, which has been aimed at combining bTendo's Scanning Laser Projection engine with ST's MEMS expertise, video-processing know-how and semiconductor-process technology, has produced evaluation samples ideally suited 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 virtually anywhere. The bTendo solution provides the smallest foot print available in the market with the best efficiency and meets the toughest mobile-makers' design requirements. In particular, in a module smaller than 1.7cm3 and less than 5mm high, the projection engine is ideally suited for integration in even the sleekest smartphones and other portable devices.