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Rambus pays Rs.10 crore for Uni-Pixel backlighting IP

Posted: 01 Jun 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:backlighting  LCD  intellectual property 

Rambus Inc. has acquired a part of Uni-Pixel Inc.'s intellectual property (IP) portfolio that relates to dynamic backlighting, field sequential colour displays, and Time Multiplexed Optical Shutter (TMOS) display technology. Rambus will shell out Rs.10.39 crore ($2.25 million) for the patents. In addition, Rambus and Uni-Pixel have entered an engineering services agreement that allows potential for future collaboration and technology development.

TMOS display technology can provide LCD panel manufacturers with a better means of building displays by reducing material costs and delivering superior performance. The technology is targeted to leverage a subset of the current LCD manufacturing process, offering the potential of lowering BOM and manufacturing costs by as much as 40 to 60 per cent while improving display performance characteristics including lower power consumption. Furthermore, backlight technology based on TMOS display technology can be applied to current LCD display panels to create a more efficient and cost-effective device.

"The alignment with Rambus, specifically its lighting and display technology group, leverages strong business and technical synergies around the licensing, development and manufacturing of advanced micro-optics (MicroLens technology), edge illumination systems (backlights) and display technologies," noted Reed Killion, president and CEO of Uni-Pixel. "We see this agreement as a win-win for both companies, as it gives Uni-Pixel the ability to focus on our Clearly Superior Performance Engineered Films, while allowing Rambus to add innovative display and backlighting technology to its growing intellectual property portfolio."

"This acquisition recognises the significant contributions Uni-Pixel's innovative technology can make to our solutions for LCD displays for HDTVs, mobile devices and PCs," said Jeff Parker, senior VP of the lighting and display technology group at Rambus. "In combination with our design expertise and patented innovations, such as MicroLens optical technology, our goal is to greatly advance the performance and cost-effectiveness of displays incorporating dynamic backlighting, field sequential colour, and TMOS technology."





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