Are we all clients of Sony ?

Started Jun 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
bobn2
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Re: Good point; clarification
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MarkInSF wrote:

I know that Nikon essentially designs its own sensors, though I was under the mistaken belief that there was a bit of Sony in their, too.

The truth is much stranger and more interesting. What there is in Nikon sensors is more than a bit of Mtsubishi. If you track the names on the patents, then you find that the core team came from Mitsubishi, and Renesas that does the fab is a successor to Mitsubishi Semiconductor. Now if you go back to the origins of canon sensors, and look at the papers they publish you find that Canon collaborated with Mitsubishi Semiconductor to get their sensor operation off the ground (Canon had no semiconductor design expertise at the time), and indeed one individual was in both teams. So the truth is that Nikon sensors have a bit of Canon in them.

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