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Updated: January 12th, 2011 09:49 AM CDT

Seiko Instruments Inc. to Manufacture Varioptic Liquid Lenses for Cell Phones

SII to build liquid lens production capacity of 0.5 Million Units per month by 3Q of 2008

Varioptic ARCTIC 312
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Seiko Press Release

Commenting on this agreement, Christian Dupont, CEO of Varioptic said: "We are delighted to have signed this agreement with SII. SII's unique position as the number one Backup button battery and Capacitor supplier to the leaders in the cellular phone market meets perfectly Varioptic's objective to become the leading supplier of high quality image solutions for mobile devices. SII's proven expertise in the production of low cost miniature mechanical assemblies make them an ideal partner of Varioptic."

Takeshi Sasaki, General Manager of Micro Energy Division of Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII), added: "We look forward to working with Varioptic. Varioptic's Liquid Lenses present significant advantages for the miniature camera phone industry and other large volume end equipment applications, resulting in higher yields and reduced production costs in line with our strategy to provide quality and innovative products.''

About Seiko Instruments

Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII) was established in 1937 as a key watch manufacturing company for the Seiko Group. Based on its sophisticated micromechatronics and nanotechnology techniques developed through decades of experience in precision machinery manufacturing and low-power consumption technologies, the company provides micromechatronic products and services including watch and HDD components; semiconductors, FPD and electronic devices; network solutions systems; nanotechnology equipment; scientific instruments; and large-format inkjet printers. http://www.sii.co.jp.

About Varioptic

Varioptic develops and manufactures auto focus liquid lenses for the camera phone industry. Liquid lenses feature a number of advantages over competing technologies critical for camera-phone applications such as video auto-focus and bar-code reading. These include fast and close response, very low power consumption, low cost and size, good for millions of cycles, and with no moving parts liquid lenses are extremely robust. Varioptic is located in France with a subsidiary in Taiwan and representation in China, Japan, Korea, and USA. For more information, visit www.varioptic.com.

Press contacts

Seiko Instruments Inc.
Corporate Communications Dept
pr@sii.co.jp
Tel.: +81(0)43-211-1185

Varioptic
Nathalie Combrousse
Marketing Communications Manager
nathalie.combrousse@varioptic.com
Tel.: +33 (0)6 29 98 28 70


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