Himax obtains nano 3D mastering tech assets and IP

Taiwan-based fabless IC firm Himax Technologies has announced the acquisition of certain advanced nano 3D masters manufacturing assets and related intellectual property and business from a US company. The transaction is expected to close in February.

Neither the seller nor the terms of the agreement were disclosed.

The acquired advanced nano 3D manufacturing masters are primarily used in imprinting or stamping replication process to fabricate devices such as diffractive optical element (DOE), diffuser, collimator lens and micro lens array. The acquisition brings Himax the very upstream master tooling capability to supplement the company's wafer level optics (WLO) technology, which is critical in its efforts to offer 3D sensing total solutions, said the Taiwan-based fabless firm.

In addition, certain IPs such as those related to true grey scale image and micro lens arrays will enable Himax to enter new markets such as biomedical, computational camera and niche displays, and develop more sophisticated DOE and diffuser for future generation 3D sensing solutions, Himax indicated.

It also disclosed a new wholly-owned subsidiary, Himax IGI Precision, has been established for the acquisition. Himax IGI, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, will continue to invest in the development of nano 3D mastering technology and solutions.

"The team that are joining us along with the acquisition are true experts in what they do and are arguably the best talents in the world in the small but very technically challenging field of nano 3D mastering," said Himax president and CEO Jordan Wu in a statement. "By adding mastering know-how into our family, we can surely enhance the overall WLO product quality and shorten our development cycle."