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  • Driven by smart lighting, smart buildings, and mobile devices, the infrared (IR) detector market will reach about US$500 million by 2020.
  • The next growth opportunities will be outside traditional markets, in smart buildings and mobile phones.
  • Technological developments to succeed in driving cost down in arrays: US$10 is the target.
  • In a chaing supply chain, there are still opportunities for new entrants.
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As the market for virtual reality technology continues to grow, Apple has made an interesting acquisition that could further its role in the space. TechCrunch has confirmed that Apple has snapped up Faceshift, a startup based in Zurich that has developed technology to create animated avatars and other figures that capture a person’s facial expressions in real time.

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Acquisition expands ams’ optical sensor portfolio and market leadership with high-value solutions for machine vision, medical, photographic and scientific imaging at expected 2015 revenues of approx. EUR 60m Unterpremstaetten, Austria.

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Exactly two years ago the private equity firm TA Associates invested in CMOSIS, the startup founded by former employees of image sensor company Fillfactory. This proved to be an inspired decision, and probably a very profitable one.

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IP camera chips from Realtek Semiconductor reportedly have entered the supply chain of BMW's fisheye reversing camera systems, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News report.
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Samsung Investors Forum held on Nov. 16, 2015 gives interesting details on its image sensor business from Kyushik Hong, VP of Marketing, Samsung System LSI.

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