Sony Corporation completed the acquisition of Softkinetic Systems S.A., a Brussels, Belgium-based developer of time-of-flight (ToF)* range image sensor technology, as well as related systems and software.
With this acquisition, of undisclosed amount, Softkinetic has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony.
The corporation will now focus on combining Softkinetic’s ToF range image sensor technology expertise with its own technologies with the aim of developing the next generation of range image sensors and solutions, not only in the field of imaging, but for broader sensing-related applications as well.
Based in Brussels and Sunnyvale, CA, USA, Softkinetic develops and licenses ToF range image sensors, range imaging software, such as for range image signal processing and gesture recognition, and image sensor modules and reference designs.
The company currently employs 77 people.
* ToF is a method for resolving the distance to an object. ToF distance measurement pixels, which are laid on top of the sensor in two dimensions, measure the flight time (delay) it takes for light to leave the light source, reflect off the object, and return to the image sensor.