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Varioptic Arctic 320 Liquid Lens for camera phones
Ilse Jurriën : February 25th 2006 - 17:40 CET
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VariopticVarioptic Arctic 320 Liquid Lens for camera phones : Varioptic, the liquid lens company, today announced the general availability of the Arctic 320 liquid lens, which is the industry’s first and only multi mega-pixel, auto-focus, liquid lens for camera phones. Varioptic will showcase the Arctic 320 Camera phone liquid lens during 3GSM Congress, Barcelona. Varioptic’s Arctic 320 liquid lens changes shape automatically without mechanical aid. Acting much like the human eye, it uses electricity to change the focus of the lens by altering the border between two drops of liquid. Varioptic’s patented “electrowetting” technology provides several advantages over traditional lenses, in terms of size, cost, speed and quality.
Varioptic Arctic 320 Liquid Lens for camera phonesVarioptic Liquid Lens - Enhancements
Since introducing its first patented liquid lenses last year, Varioptic has been working closely with Samsung Electro-Mechanics to provide auto focus lenses for camera phones. Over this time, Varioptic has made continuous improve-ments to its liquid lenses, expanding the storage temperature range to minus 40°/plus 85°C, while expanding the operating temperature range to minus 20°/plus 60°C. Additional enhancements in durability, low power consumption and miniaturization enable the Arctic 320 lens to fit within existing “x-y” camera module footprints, making it ideal for the mobile phone market.

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The enhancements announced today also apply to other Varioptic liquid lenses that are designed for less demanding environments, such as:
• Communications: web cams, video conferencing, integrated PC/laptop cameras
• Healthcare: medical and dental imaging
• Industry: barcode imagers and industrial endoscopes
• Security: indoor video surveillance and biometry
• Entertainment: digital still cameras, camcorders and gaming applications.

Varioptic Arctic 320 Liquid Lens
“The delivery of the Arctic 320 liquid lens is a watershed event that will usher in the mass production of camera-phones using liquid lenses,” said John Barber, vice president of business development for Varioptic. “Because of the unique advantages – in terms of size, cost, quality, and durability - we expect that liquid lenses will rapidly become the dominant system for auto-focus or zooming capabilities in the camera-phone market.”

About Varioptic
Varioptic pioneers in designing and manufacturing electrically controlled optical liquid lenses for optical designers. Our unique technology enables manufacturers and module manufacturers to deliver a new generation of products including miniature autofocus lenses and zooms with potent advantages such as: speed, ruggedness, low cost, performance and low power. In order to maintain its technology leadership, Varioptic heavily invests in Research and Development to further develop its know-how and develop innovative products for various applications.

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