US-based startup Light, that is rumored to be HMD Global’s camera partner in the development of Nokia 9 PureView, announced that they entered in partnership Sony Semiconductors Solutions Corporation, a part of Sony that produces camera sensors. With the agreement, Light will now be able to recommend Sony image sensors in their computational imaging solutions to their partners. This means, that Light’s multi-camera system will come with Sony’s sensors.
“Sony is the recognized quality and market share leader in image sensors and we are thrilled to partner with them,” said Dave Grannan, CEO and co-founder, Light. “We are entering an entirely new era of intelligent imaging applications that will transform smartphones, autonomous vehicles, and security systems. With Sony’s world-class image sensors, we can introduce new innovations in the multi-camera imaging space.”
“We are excited to be working with Light and driving multi-sensor-based products and solutions into the market,” said Hank Ochi, president of Component Solutions Business Division, Sony Electronics Inc. “Light and its technology are transforming how devices see the world. This new partnership will allow us to work together to evolve and speed up the design of today’s multi-image sensor enabled connected devices. Starting today, our jointly developed reference designs will help our smartphone OEMs to quickly and easily enhance the imaging capability of multi-camera enabled smartphones.”
This is great for Light, because after Softbank, Foxconn and Leica investing in them, partnering up with Sony, probably the best image sensor maker for smartphones is a guarantee for a bright future. Light is interesting to us because Light’s co-founder worked at Nokia and Light is rumored to be HMD’s partner. The penta-camera Nokia 9 PureView is rumored to be the result of co-operation between Light, HMD, FIH and ZEISS. We will see the device on Sunday, 24th February.