Tessera Brings FotoNation Face Recognition Technology to Camera Phones

October 5, 2009 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones | 0 Comments |
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Tessera has announced its FotoNation Face Recognition technology, which performs automatic identification of specific human faces in camera equipped mobile devices. This new embedded imaging solution will enable manufacturers to quickly and cost-effectively integrate face recognition capabilities directly into devices such as cell phones, the company says. The FotoNation FaceRecognition technology is available for a number of platforms and requires only moderate computational and memory resources. The performance is claimed to be robust in the presence of various factors that make face recognition difficult such as changes in lighting conditions, facial expression and viewing angle/distance. The FotoNation FaceRecognition solution is available now for licensing from Tessera.

Tessera Press Release

New Tessera FotoNation Technology Enables Reliable, Robust Face Recognition for Mobile Devices

New FotoNation Solution Offers Easy to Use, Accurate Face Recognition for Cell Phones and Other Camera-Enabled Devices

SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Tessera Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:TSRA) today announced its FotoNation® FaceRecognition technology, which performs automatic identification of specific human faces in camera equipped mobile devices. This innovative new embedded imaging solution will enable manufacturers to quickly and cost-effectively integrate face recognition capabilities directly into devices such as cell phones, digital still cameras and other consumer electronic products.

This new technology, when used with the FotoNation FaceTracker solution, or other face tracking technology, enables a wide range of applications including meta-tagging for easier image management, sharing and retrieval; person-based image optimization, where the focus, exposure and image processing associated with an identified subject’s face is automatically optimized during image capture and processing; and automatic image uploading.

“We are seeing increased interest in facial recognition for consumer devices because of the ubiquity of cameras and the variety of benefits that come with knowledge of the identity of the person being captured by the camera,” said Michael Bereziuk, executive vice president, Imaging & Optics, Tessera. “With the FotoNation FaceRecognition solution, a cell phone camera can automatically tag a photograph containing a specific person’s face and email the image directly to a friend or upload it to a social networking site.”

The FotoNation FaceRecognition technology is available for a number of platforms, including COACH and ARM, and requires only moderate computational and memory resources. The performance is robust in the presence of various factors that make face recognition difficult such as changes in lighting conditions, facial expression and viewing angle/distance.

The FotoNation FaceRecognition solution is available now for licensing from Tessera.

About FotoNation Technology

The FotoNation FaceRecognition solution joins the FotoNation family of technologies from Tessera, which provides a full portfolio of in-camera image enhancement solutions for digital photos. The FotoNation Red solution automatically detects and removes red- and golden-eye defects. The FotoNation FaceTracker solution, which includes the SmileCheck, BlinkCheck and Face Beautification extension modules, detects the presence of human faces in pictures to ensure optimal focus, exposure, and color balance, while also reducing the appearance of wrinkles or other skin imperfections for optimal image quality.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ significantly from those projected, particularly with respect to the functionality, performance, availability and cost of Tessera’s FotoNation technologies, including the FotoNation FaceRecognition solution. Material factors that may cause results to differ from the statements made include delays, setbacks or losses relating to our intellectual property or intellectual property litigations, or any invalidation or limitation of our key patents; fluctuations in our operating results due to the timing of new license agreements and royalties, or due to legal costs; changes in patent laws, regulation or enforcement, or other factors that might affect our ability to protect our intellectual property; the risk of a decline in demand for semiconductor products; failure by the industry to adopt our technologies; competing technologies; the future expiration of our patents; the future expiration of our license agreements and the cessation of related royalty income; the failure or refusal of licensees to pay royalties; failure to achieve the growth prospects and synergies expected from acquisition transactions; and delays and challenges associated with integrating acquired companies with our existing businesses. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Tessera’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2009, include more information about factors that could affect the company’s financial results. Tessera assumes no obligation to update information contained in this press release. Although this release may remain available on Tessera’s website or elsewhere, its continued availability does not indicate that Tessera is reaffirming or confirming any of the information contained herein.

About Tessera

Tessera Technologies, Inc., invests in, licenses and delivers innovative miniaturization technologies for next-generation electronic devices. The company’s micro-electronics solutions enable smaller, higher-functionality devices through chip-scale, 3D and wafer-level packaging technology, as well as high-density substrate and silent air cooling technology. Tessera’s imaging and optics solutions provide low-cost, high-quality camera functionality in electronic products and include image sensor packaging, wafer-level optics and image enhancement intellectual property. The company also offers customized micro-optic lenses, from diffractive and refractive optical elements to integrated micro-optical subassemblies. Tessera licenses its technologies, as well as delivers products based on these technologies, to promote the development of the supply chain infrastructure. The company is headquartered in San Jose, California. For information call 1-408-321-6000 or go to http://www.tessera.com.



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