Saturday, January 07, 2006

Motorola and Kodak forge mobile-imaging alliance Motorola and Kodak formed a 10-year global product, cross licensing and marketing alliance for mobile imaging.
Motorola agrees to combine Kodak's image science and system integration expertise with Motorola's mobile devices. "The collaboration covers licensing, sourcing, software integration and marketing, and also extends to co-development of devices with joint engineering teams. For example, Kodak expects to supply its CMOS sensors to Motorola for use in its camera phones, as well as in any future devices the companies co-develop.
During 2006, Motorola plans to launch handsets with integrated software to enrich the Kodak Easyshare experience."
Forbes: "The collaboration will simplify the process of making prints from camera phones, allowing consumers to directly print photographs from home printers, retail kiosks or upload the pictures to Kodak's photo-sharing EasyShare gallery Web site.
The Kodak-enabled camera phones are expected to hit the market in late 2006.

No doubt, this is a big success for Kodak image sensor group, so far lacking first tier customers.

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