Sony has acquired an image sensor company in a move which highlights the firm's focus on its rapidly-growing semiconductor unit, and has denied plans to sell its struggling mobile business.
The Japanese electronics giant said Thursday it had bought Softkinetic Systems for an undisclosed sum. The company makes so-called "time-of-flight" range image sensor technology which Sony said will be used to create a "next generation" range of image sensors for cameras.
The technology detects the time it takes for light to leave a light source, reflect off an object, and return to the image sensor. Sony expects it to be used in other applications too, such as medical devices.