Apple acquires Israeli camera tech firm LinX for about $20 Million

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Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) has reportedly bought Israel-based camera technology firm LinX Computational Imaging Ltd,  The Wall Street Journal reports. According to the report, the acquisition may have been for an estimated $20 million.

The company was founded in 2011 by CEO Ziv Attar and VP software Andrey Tovchigrechko.

LinX specializes in creating multi-aperture camera equipment for mobile devices and it’s possible that Apple will use the company’s technology in upcoming iOS devices.

Last year, LinX announced in a press release the launch of the multi-lens system. LinX described the problems their sensor overcomes:

The engineers at LinX have solved all problems associated with combining multiple images captured from different points in space such as registration errors and occlusion related artifacts which are seen on competing technologies.

“Mobile cameras with the ability to create stunning color images and high accuracy depth maps” for SLR image quality without the bulk of an SLR camera.

 

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The LinX cameras are artifact-free, even when objects appear at very short range.

This is while the image quality of mobile cameras has reached a dead end. Mobile makers are striving to differentiate, but the pixel size race has ended and next generation cameras do not reveal any news.

LinX have solved all problems associated with combining multiple images captured from different points in space such as registration errors and occlusion related artifacts which are seen on competing technologies.

Its technology creates a depth map for each pixel, and can also be used for 3D image reconstruction. Linx’s technology was downscaled enough to be ready for use in mobile devices.

Apple could can take advantage of multiple sensors for a smaller size, better sensitivity to light, and greatly improved image quality in low light.

Camera improvements and iPhone photography have always been important to Apple, and its iOS devices routinely offer highly competitive picture taking capabilities that often outclass devices from competing companies.
Apple confirmed the purchase of LinX Imaging with its standard acquisition statement, given to The Wall Street Journal: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

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