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Pixim  Acquired by SONY (2012  amount undisclosed )

1395 Charlston Road
Mountain View, CA 94043
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Outside board: (May no longer be on the board) David J. Ladd (Mayfield Fund General Partner) Ronald Yara (Tallwood Venture Capital General Partner) Elton B. Sherwin (Ridgewood Capital Sr. Managing Partner) Thomas E. Laux (strategic advisor) Abbas El Gamal (Stanford University Professor)
Advisory board: Oscar Pieper (Identicator Technology Founder) Robert Martin (New York City Police Department Former Deputy Inspector) Francis Ford Coppola (film producer) Bernd Girod (Stanford University Professor of Electrical Engineering) Christopher Kaufman (Latham & Watkins Partner) Brian Wandell (Stanford University Faculty)

Business description: Pixim Inc. has developed an imaging platform that produces substantially higher-quality moving and still images than those available through any other existing technology. Called the Digital Pixel System® (DPS) platform, Pixim's imaging system delivers unmatched flexibility and functionality by combining image capture and processing within a single optimized system. Pixim provides a complete digital imaging system, consisting of an image sensor, image processor, camera reference design kit, and key software and algorithms that allow camera developers to easily design and build high quality, advanced-featured cameras. The core DPS technology was conceived in the mid-1990s at Stanford University and licensed to Pixim in 1999. Since inception, Pixim has filed for 56 patents (with 43 issued) for the concepts and specific technologies that comprise the DPS platform. The core technology starts with the inclusion of an analog-to-digital converter in each pixel, which allows the sensor to provide optimal, independent exposure times for each pixel. That enables accurate image reproduction and low noise even in high dynamic range scenes under extreme lighting conditions.
Customers include: Calypto Design Systems ;  Baxall;  Genie CCTV ;  inMotion ;  Interlogix ;  JVC;  Pelco;  Sunell Group
Partners include: ARMIn-Q-Tel Stretch SynopsysTSMC;  Dallmeier Electronic

Rounds: 7
Recent Fundings: Sep 2011   Dec 2008
Capital raised: 103.2M
Last Round: 5.2M
Ownership: Acquired by SONY (2012  amount undisclosed )
Corporate investors: Honda Motor CompanyChina Development Industrial Bank;  Synopsys Venture Fund

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Record updated: Sep 2011
Sector: Communications
Year Founded: 1999
Headcount: 51-75 as of Mar 2008
Rounds: 7
Recent Fundings: Sep 2011   Dec 2008
Capital Raised: 103.2M
Last Round: 5.2M
Ownership: Acquired by SONY (2012  amount undisclosed )