ADI snaps up Swiss vision specialist Snap Sensor

March 18, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Analog Devices has acquired Snap Sensor SA, a privately held company based in Switzerland that specialises in innovative vision sensing technologies. (images from Snap Sensor’s website)

Snap Sensor’s technology is directed at providing accurate image detection in challenging lighting conditions. It improves sensing reliability and accuracy in a range of detection, identification, and guidance uses. In addition, much of the image management is performed on the sensor, enabling the use of affordable and lower power processors. Snap describes its sensing technology as illumination-independent and information-extracting; its sensors identify features within bright light, dark shadow and reflective surface areas. First, and every, images are correctly exposed, even when light levels change suddenly.



“Snap Sensor’s cutting-edge optical technology and vision software and algorithm expertise allow us to continue unlocking new possibilities for our customers in a wide range of IoT applications such as building automation, building security, city management, transportation, and more,” said Michael Murray, general manager of Industrial Sensing, Analog Devices. “This acquisition further enhances our sensing portfolio and ensures that we’re helping customers realise the best possible outcomes from IoT solutions.”


The Snap Sensor team will remain in Switzerland to establish a new Analog Devices R&D centre and continue its close collaboration with the Swiss research and technology organization CSEM (from which Snap was originally spun-out).


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