PALO ALTO, Calif.--Agilent Technologies Inc. here today acquired the intellectual property and certain assets of Pixel Devices International Inc., a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based developer of CMOS image sensor technology.
The deal expands Agilent's efforts in the CMOS image sensor business. PDI develops low-noise CMOS image sensors for industrial and biomedical systems. Its "active reset" technology can reduce noise by one or two orders of magnitude, as compared to traditional CMOS pixel technologies, according to the company.
Agilent plans to take advantage of PDI's technology for a wide range of applications. The Palo Alto-based company, one of the leaders in CMOS sensors, has shipped over 100 million devices for optical mice and PC cameras. Agilent is currently developing miniature camera modules to be embedded in wireless handsets.
Upon the close of the transaction, key employees of Pixel Devices will join Agilent's Semiconductor Products Group. This includes CMOS imaging pioneer Boyd Fowler, PDI's chief technical officer.
"The technological acumen that Boyd and his team bring to Agilent will enhance our position as the worldwide leader in CMOS imaging," said Jason Hartlove, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Sensor Solutions Division, in a statement. "We share the belief that CMOS image sensors can not only offer lower power consumption and easier integration, but can also produce superior image quality compared to charge-coupled devices," he said.
The transaction is expected to close by mid-February, subject to closing conditions. Financial details were not disclosed.