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Foveon

foveon.com

Founded Year

1997

Stage

Acquired | Acquired

Total Raised

$21M

About Foveon

Foveon offers digital image capture systems for high-volume imaging applications

Headquarters Location

2880 Junction Avenue

San Jose, California, 95134,

United States

408-232-4300

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Foveon Patents

Foveon has filed 43 patents.

The 3 most popular patent topics include:

  • Image sensors
  • Sensors
  • Digital photography
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Application Date

Grant Date

Title

Related Topics

Status

6/2/2020

1/11/2022

Sensors, Image sensors, Digital photography, Capacitors, Computer memory

Grant

Application Date

6/2/2020

Grant Date

1/11/2022

Title

Related Topics

Sensors, Image sensors, Digital photography, Capacitors, Computer memory

Status

Grant

Latest Foveon News

Sigma’s Full-Frame Foveon Sensor Will Be Ready By the End of 2022

Jul 27, 2022

Jul 27, 2022 Sigma’s CEO Kazuto Yamaki has revealed that the company’s efforts in making a full-frame Foveon sensor are on track to be finished by the end of the year. In an interview published on Sigma’s YouTube Channel, spotted by Mirrorless Rumors , Yamaki was asked if there is any news on the progress of the sensor’s development since the update provided earlier this year. “We are still working on it, and now we are working on the prototype of the three-layer X3 sensor,” he responds. “This sensor should be available sometime this year.” Yamaki and Sigma have previously said that the process of making a full-frame Foveon sensor has been difficult, and he reiterates that here. “The Foveon X3 sensor is not a very versatile sensor,” Yamaki says. “There are some ‘cons’ like performance in low light, but if there is a good amount of light, that camera can create very beautiful and impressive photos.” Foveon’s Troubled Development History Sigma’s Foveon sensors use a proprietary three-layer structure in which red, green, and blue pixels each have their own full layer. In traditional sensors, the three pixels share a single layer in a mosaic arrangement and the camera “fills in” missing colors by examining neighboring pixels. Since each pixel of a photo is recorded in three colors, the resulting photo should be sharper with better color accuracy and fewer artifacts. But Sigma has been struggling to bring a full-frame Foveon sensor to market for years. Originally announced in September of 2018, the full-frame Foveon sensor has seen multiple delays. IN February of 2020, the company announced that the development had been sent “back to the drawing board” and delayed for an unspecified amount of time. A year later, Yamaki revealed that the sensor had been delayed again and could not go into mass production due to a critical flaw . In February of 2022, SIgma announced that it had reached the second of three stages in prototyping the sensor and said that if stage three went well, it could start to verify its mass producibility. “When we proceed to Stage 3, we will verify the mass-producibility of the sensor with research institutes and manufacturing vendors based on the evaluation results, and then make a final decision on whether or not to mass-produce the image sensor,” Yamaki said at the time. “Although we have not yet reached the stage where we can announce a specific schedule for the mass production of the image sensor, we are determined to do our best to realize a camera that will truly please our customers who are waiting for it, as soon as possible.” Yamaki’s new statements and 2022 timeline seem to indicate that the company has successfully completed that third stage, renewing hope that the full-frame Foveon sensor will see the light of day.

Foveon Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was Foveon founded?

    Foveon was founded in 1997.

  • Where is Foveon's headquarters?

    Foveon's headquarters is located at 2880 Junction Avenue, San Jose.

  • What is Foveon's latest funding round?

    Foveon's latest funding round is Acquired.

  • How much did Foveon raise?

    Foveon raised a total of $21M.

  • Who are the investors of Foveon?

    Investors of Foveon include Sigma Corporation, Glynn Capital Management and New Enterprise Associates.

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