Socionext has announced in April they will be sampling a 4th generation version of their SC1810 Series graphics display controllers. The Fujitsu-Panasonic SoC jv will be incorporating the first hardware accelerator that is compatible and conforms with the KhronosTM Group’s computer vision API OpenVXTM. Low power, high performance has always been Socionext’s aim for image recognitiionsolutions for embedded home, industrial and automotive systems.


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Confirming rumors from October, Sony announced that it has acquired rival Toshiba’s image sensor unit for $155 million. Sony itself has recently reorganized its sensor business unit into a wholly-owned subsidiary dubbed the Sony Semiconductor Corporation. Under the agreement, Toshiba will transfer its Oita Operations semiconductor fabrication facilities, equipment, and related assets.


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In July 2015, Korea’s largest manufacturer Samsung announced their estimated operating profit at $6.9 trillion won (USD$6.1 billion), which is lower than the expected $7.2 trillion but higher than the $6 trillion won during January through March. Profits are down by about 4% from the same time last year and sales declines nearly 8% to $48 trillion won, which was below the $52.8 trillion won forecast.


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