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Kodak Acquires Lumisys; Leica Geo Acquires Cyra

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Kodak Acquires Lumisys; Leica Geo Acquires Cyra

January 2001

      Eastman Kodak, adding to their recent string of imaging buy-ups, will acquire Lumisys, Inc., the well-known maker of x-ray film scanners and desktop computed radiography systems, via a stock buy of an estimated $39 million; the acquisition includes the "AuntMinnie.com" radiology web portal.
      The GIS-oriented Leica Geosystems AG (Heerbrugg, Switzerland) which went public last summer, has acquired Cyra Technologies (Oakland, CA), maker of the Cyrax 3D Laser Scanning System and related visualization software.
      Display and image processor hardware maker Pixelworks Inc. (Tualatin, OR) has acquired semiconductor designer Panstera Inc. for a reported $127.4 million in stock; synergies are expected tin the lower end desktop LCD display market. Pixelworks has also teamed with Analog Devices (Norwood, MA) to work on mixed-signal chips for television and multimedia projector systems.
      And in another chip deal aimed at emerghing video media, Broadcom has agreed to buy the innovative Israeli video hardware maker VisionTech Ltd. for some $677 million in stock; VisionTech, as we've reported, is the firm that's specialized in personalized digital video recording techs...And CMOS sensor maker Photon Vision Systems (Cortland, NY) has set up a new Imaging Solutions Group to marry image processors to sensors for imaging "systems on a set."
      Edmund Scientific (Barrington, NJ) has acquired optical component maker Plummer Precision Optics (Pennsburg, PA)...StockerYale (Salem, NH) has announced that they've changed the name of their Montreal-based subsidiary Lasiris to StockerYale Canada Inc.; "Lasiris" will remain a product line name since it's well-established in the machine vision market.

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