ADI buys Swiss image sensor vendor

March 17, 2016 // By Peter Clarke
Big Money
Analog Devices Inc. (Norwood, Mass.) has acquired Snap Sensor SA (Neuchatel, Switzerland), a vendor of high dynamic range image and other specialized sensors.

The move, for an undisclosed some of money,is being made to strengthen ADI's position in sensing and signal processing and to build upon its platform-level approach to the Internet of Things, the company said. Snap image sensors are complementary to ADI's Blackfin Low Power Imaging Platform (BLiP). 

Snap Sensor was founded in 2011 as a spin-off from an 8-year research program at Swiss research and technology organization CSEM. The specialized CMOS-imager extracts information from an image to run highly compressed and low-processing power video analytics for use in a range of non-mainstream surveillance applications. The approach also allows accurate image detection in challenging lighting conditions and by performing image management on the sensor, it enables the use of lower performance and power consuming central processors.

The Snap Sensor team will remain in Switzerland as the basis of an ADI research center and to continue cooperation with CSEM.

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