ST acquires pico projector start-up bTendo following collaboration

August 6, 2012 – Marketwire — Semiconductor and MEMS maker STMicroelectronics (ST, NYSE:STM) acquired the intellectual property (IP) of start-up bTendo, following a joint development effort with the laser technology company. ST hired the majority of bTendo’s staff, and will use the new assets to enhance its video-sharing technology offerings for smartphones and other portable consumer devices.

ST collaborated with bTendo to create micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) based projectors using bTendo’s Scanning Laser Projection engine. The resulting prototypes boasted small form factor and low power consumption for smartphone-, digital camera-, and laptop-based projection. Evaluation samples are now with potential customers.

Also read: Is the smartphone pico projector finally getting its big break?

The Scanning Laser Projection engine produces a focus-free high-resolution output that will allow users to display their video, pictures and presentations virtually anywhere. The module is smaller than 1.7cm2 and <5mm high, targeting use in thin smartphones and other portable devices.

Embedded projectors are emerging as a feature for next-gen portable consumer devices, and will open up new markets, said Benedetto Vigna, EVP and GM, ST’s Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group.

ST is a global leader in the semiconductor market serving customers across the spectrum of sense and power technologies and multimedia convergence applications. Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com.

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