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Analog Devices acquires SNAP Sensor, enhances IoT sensing portfolio

Analog Devices has acquired SNAP Sensor SA, a Swiss vision sensing company. Analog Devices says the acquisition will help it to build upon platform-level Internet of Things (IoT) solutions such as its Blackfin Low Power Imaging Platform (BLiP), a low-cost, low- power embedded computer vision platform targeting real-time sensing applications.

SNAP Sensor’s technology is said to offer improvements to existing optical sensors by ensuring accurate image detection in challenging lighting conditions and improving 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.

Michael Murray, general manager of Industrial Sensing at Analog Devices, said: “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.”

The SNAP Sensor team will remain in Switzerland to establish a new Analog Devices R&D centre and continue its collaboration with CSEM, the Swiss research and technology organisation.

“Our team is very enthusiastic about joining Analog Devices,” said Pascal Dorster, CEO of SNAP Sensor. “This provides us access to the engineering, supply-chain, and commercialisation resources needed to accelerate our growth and continue advancing our technology vision.”

Tom Austin-Morgan

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