OmniVision Receives Buyout Offer from Chinese Investors
OmniVision today indicated it has received an acquisition offer from China-based venture capitalists. Hua Capital Management offered $29 per share for OmniVision, which values the company at about $1.67 billion. OmniVision makes camera sensors for smartphones and tablets. Its chips are found in devices such as the Apple iPhone. OmniVision's products compete with those from Sony, Samsung, and others. OmniVision, which is based in California, said it is evaluating the offer.
Memoji Lets iPhone Users Make their Own, Self-Styled Animoji
iOS 12 will make iMessage more fun, says Apple, thanks to the addition of Memoji. Similar to the way Samsung's AR Emoji work, the iOS 12 Memoji will let people customize an animated emoji sticker that resembles their face.
Unicode 11 with Dozens of New Emoji Arrives June 5
New emoji are coming to a phone near you, eventually. Unicode 11.0, which was finalized in February, will be released on June 5, according to Emojipedia.
OmniVision Trots Out 8MP Selfie Cam for Phones
OmniVision hopes to make mainstream handsets better at capturing high-quality selfies. The company today announced a new camera module for volume smartphones that takes 8-megapixel images and is compact enough to use on either the front or back.
OmniVision's Latest Sensor Captures Standard and Infrared
OmniVision today announced a new imaging sensor that can be used for facial recognition as well as standard imaging. The OVT2744 is a 1.4-micron PureCel sensor that uses OmniVision's RGB-Ir technology to capture 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second, 720p video at 90 frames per second, or 2-megapixel still images.
OmniVision Sensor Captures HD Video at 240 FPS
OmniVision today announced the OV13870, a camera sensor for mid-range and high-end smartphones that records full HD resolution video at 240 frames per second for the ultimate in slow motion playback. It can also capture 4K/2K video at 60 fps or 720p HD video at 300 fps.