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DALSA Receives Contracts to Develop Custom CCD Image Sensor Chips
DALSA Corporation (Waterloo, Ontario), an international high performance semiconductor and electronics company, announced that it has received two contracts totaling $2.3 million from customers in the professional imaging and life sciences end markets.
The first contract is for the development and delivery of a new high performance image sensor chip for use in professional imaging. The contract consists of both the development and follow-on production of the image sensor and has the potential for subsequent follow-on orders. The development is expected to be completed over the next nine months. The second contract is for the development of a unique image sensor chip used in life sciences imaging. The contract, which has the potential for follow-on production orders, is expected to be completed over the next 16 months. This is the third custom contract of its kind in the past seven months that DALSA has received from customers in the life sciences imaging end market.
Cognex Acts to Protect Customers from Abusive Patent Trolling
Cognex Corporation (Natick, Mass.), a leading supplier of machine vision systems, announced today that it has served a complaint against Acacia Research Corporation and Veritec, Inc. The complaint was filed in the United States District Court in Minnesota.
Cognex is seeking a declaration that U.S. Patent 5,612,524, which claims to cover a system for reading 2D symbology, is invalid, unenforceable and not infringed by either Cognex or by any users of Cognex products. The patent has not yet been asserted against Cognex, but the company is taking this action to protect its customers who have received demand letters.
This patent was originally assigned to Veritec, a Minnesota-based developer of symbology codes, and is now part of a patent licensing program being carried out by Acacia Technologies Group.