Dialog Semiconductor plc is getting into the image sensor business by taking a 40% stake in Dyna Image, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lite-On Semiconductor, and will form a sensor joint venture along with Foxconn subsidiary ShunSin Technology Holdings Limited and Lite-On.
As part of the joint venture, ShunSin Technology will also take an equity position in Dyna Image, a maker of optical, inertia and environmental sensors for consumer electronics applications. The deal includes Jalal Bagherli, CEO of Dialog, and Mark Tyndall, senior VP of corporate development at Dialog, joining Dyna Image’s five-member board of directors.
Bagherli says in a statement the inclusion of image sensors in its portfolio will complement “our power management, audio and Bluetooth” products in the smartphone, Internet of Things (IoT) and smart lighting applications. He adds that the equity stake is another step in Dialog’s strategy to “gain market share in the fast growing Greater China smartphone and IoT markets through innovative local business partnerships.”
Initially, Dialog will utilize the Dyna Image sensors for ambient light and proximity, as well as color and gesture analysis for smartphones and IoT applications such as wearables. However, it will also use the sensors in Bluetooth Smart technologies for consumer electronics, in solid-state lighting for smart and connected home devices and for power management applications.
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