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Oppo phone, not Nexus 5, will be first to nab DigitalOptics' speedy MEMS camera

Steve Dent, @stevetdent
October 9, 2013
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DigitalOptics has just announced that its MEMS multi-focus camera unit will arrive first on an Oppo handset, calling reports that it might first come to a rumored LG Nexus 5 "inaccurate." It added that Oppo is an "exclusive launch partner" for now, saying the modules will arrive in its premium models at some point in the future. The Lite-on-built 8-megapixel camera module has drawn buzz thanks to its high speed focusing compared to a typical voice coil-equipped smartphone camera, enabling possibilities that are somewhat similar to Lytro image capture. If you're interested in seeing whether the reality can live up to that, however, it appears you'll have to scratch Google's next handset off your list.

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SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--October 08, 2013--

DigitalOptics Corporation (DOC(TM)), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tessera Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSRA) announced today that Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd (OPPO), a leading Chinese smartphone OEM, has placed the first mems|cam(TM) volume production purchase order.

The mems|cam module provides speed, power, and precision advantages compared to VCM (voice coil motor) camera modules and enables highly differentiated features when coupled with DOC's world-class software.

"We are proud to announce that OPPO and DOC are exclusive launch partners. OPPO will be the first smartphone OEM to incorporate mems|cam products in volume," stated John Thode, president of DigitalOptics Corporation. "OPPO has an excellent premium brand in China as demonstrated by the September 23 launch of the innovative N1 Smartphone platform. Integrating mems|cam modules into OPPO's best-in-class smartphones will bring an exciting computational imaging user experience that further delivers on OPPO's brand promise."

There has been speculation on who would be the first to bring the significant benefits of mems|cam to the mobile imaging market. Last week, several technology news blogs reported that mems|cam was first being brought to market in another smartphone platform. Those reports were inaccurate.

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