Wafer cameras are especially scrumptious for mobiles

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Wafer cameraJust when you thought DALSA might be doing some business with RIM, Tessera Technologies comes up with some pretty teeny cameras. Now that the Curve’s out, and the Pearl 2 en route, camera technology is of prime interest to RIM, and anything that saves as much room as Tessera’s OptiML WLC chip will raise a few eyebrows. On top of sheer size, manufacturing costs are cut significantly as well.

Using OptiML WLC technology, thousands of lenses are manufactured simultaneously on a wafer, and then bonded at the wafer level to create the optical element of the camera. The result is simplified assembly and up to 30% cost savings for the optical component of the camera module. OptiML WLC technology also reduces the size of the camera to a minimum, delivering up to 50% size reductions over conventional camera modules in camera phones today.