PRESS RELEASE: New Tessera Technology Brings Video Image Stabilization to the Mobile Market
Innovative Image Enhancement Technology Enables High-Quality Video Recording in Mobile Devices
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Tessera Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSRA) today announced its new FotoNation® Video Tools solution, which provides video image stabilization and video face beautification capabilities for mobile devices such as camera phones, pocket camcorders and digital still cameras. This innovative technology enables the capture and recording of clear, high-quality videos.
As demand for video capabilities in handheld cameras increases, OEMs are dealing with new challenges such as hand movement, which can result in low quality videos. The FotoNation Video Tools’ Video Image Stabilization application significantly improves video quality by removing or reducing the effect of jerks and frame jumps, at a much lower cost when compared to alternative solutions.
The high resolution of high-definition (HD) video can also present a challenge for OEMs because it exaggerates skin flaws and imperfections. The FotoNation Video Tools’ Video Face Beautification application softens skin tones and removes or reduces blemishes, automatically beautifying faces.
The FotoNation Video Tools technology combines image processing hardware and software in a single solution to improve recorded video quality while reducing demands on system resources. The hardware acceleration is used for computationally intensive tasks, with the remainder of the image processing carried out by the software. The hardware acceleration also can be used to improve the performance of other Tessera embedded image enhancement technologies, such as the FotoNation Panorama solution.
“One of the challenges for both still photography and video capture is image stabilization. Our hardware-accelerated FotoNation Video Tools technology addresses this challenge, providing a cost-effective, power-efficient solution that enables high quality – and stable – video capture capabilities,” said Michael Bereziuk, executive vice president, Imaging & Optics, Tessera. “Our new Video Tools technology, which comprises video image stabilization and video face beautification, enables OEMs to differentiate their products while offering the full range of features consumers have come to expect.”
The FotoNation Video Tools technology for video recording is available for licensing now. Tessera also offers its FotoNation Face Tools technology for real-time video preview.
About FotoNation Technology
Tessera’s FotoNation family of technologies provides a portfolio of in-camera image enhancement solutions for digital photos and video. The FotoNation Video Tools technology enables the capture and recording of clear, high-quality videos with capabilities including Video Image Stabilization and Video Face Beautification. The FotoNation Face Tools technology includes the FotoNation FaceTracker solution, plus the SmileCheck, BlinkCheck and Beautification extension modules. The Face Tools technology detects the presence of human faces in preview video to help ensure optimal focus, exposure and color balance. It also reduces the appearance of wrinkles or other skin imperfections for enhanced still image quality. The FotoNation Red solution automatically detects and removes red- and golden-eye defects, while the FotoNation FaceRecognition technology automatically identifies specific human faces for easier image management, sharing and retrieval.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ significantly from those projected, particularly with respect to market trends and challenges in the mobile video market, as well as the functionality, performance and cost of the FotoNation Video Tools solution. Material factors that may cause results to differ from the statements made include delays, setbacks or losses relating to our intellectual property or intellectual property litigations, or any invalidation or limitation of our key patents; fluctuations in our operating results due to the timing of new license agreements and royalties, or due to legal costs; changes in patent laws, regulation or enforcement, or other factors that might affect our ability to protect our intellectual property; the risk of a decline in demand for semiconductor products; failure by the industry to adopt our technologies; competing technologies; the future expiration of our patents; the future expiration of our license agreements and the cessation of related royalty income; the failure or refusal of licensees to pay royalties; failure to achieve the growth prospects and synergies expected from acquisition transactions; and delays and challenges associated with integrating acquired companies with our existing businesses. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Tessera's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2010, include more information about factors that could affect the company's financial results. Tessera assumes no obligation to update information contained in this press release. Although this release may remain available on Tessera's website or elsewhere, its continued availability does not indicate that Tessera is reaffirming or confirming any of the information contained herein.
Tessera Technologies, Inc. invests in, licenses and delivers innovative miniaturization technologies for next-generation electronic devices. The company's micro-electronics solutions enable smaller, higher-functionality devices through chip-scale, 3D and wafer-level packaging technology, as well as high-density substrate and silent air cooling technology. Tessera's imaging and optics solutions provide low-cost, high-quality camera functionality in electronic products and include image sensor packaging, wafer-level optics and image enhancement intellectual property. The company also offers customized micro-optic lenses, from diffractive and refractive optical elements to integrated micro-optical subassemblies. Tessera licenses its technologies, as well as delivers products based on these technologies, to promote the development of the supply chain infrastructure. The company is headquartered in San Jose, California. For information call 1.408.321.6000 or go to www.tessera.com.
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(First posted on Monday, July 12, 2010 at 11:05 EDT)