Global-Tech Appliances Inc. (NYSE: GAI) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Global Optics Limited ("Global Optics"), has developed a new CMOS camera module (CCM) incorporating an innovative automatic focus function.
The automatic focus CCM will incorporate a 1/4-inch 1.3-mega-pixel sensor. By adopting the "voice coil motor" technology, in addition to the automatic focus function, Global Optics was able to enhance the CCM's focus range from 10 centimeters to infinity and improve its response time to about 0.7 seconds. This sleek module is a sensor capable of outputting 1,280 x 1,024 active pixels with improved image stabilization for taking still pictures while at the same time supporting full-motion video capture at 30 frames per second for recording picture clips. We believe that these features will make the automatic focus CCM ideal for use in cellular phones, web cameras, personal and laptop computers, and other video imaging devices.
John C.K. Sham, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, said: "We started to sell and ship standard CCMs in mid-2005, while continuing our R&D programs to achieve some form of technical advantage. With the development and introduction of the automatic focus CCM, we believe that we will be able to differentiate our products and begin to attract new customers for our CCM business."
Mr. Sham continued, "The initial expressions of interest received for our automatic focus CCM have exceeded our expectations. We expect to begin commercial production and shipment of the 1.3-mega-pixel automatic focus CCMs in late November 2006, followed by the 2.0- and 3.0-mega-pixel versions shortly thereafter."
Mr. Sham concluded, "As the digital imaging industry continues to evolve, we are committed to keeping pace with the latest technology incorporating digital optics and have concurrently redirected some of our R&D effort and emphasis on electronics products so that we can take advantage of business opportunities in other market segments. We continue to believe it's essential for us to reinvent and reposition ourselves so that we can grow our business and enhance long-term shareholder value."
Global-Tech Appliances Inc. is a holding company, owning subsidiaries that manufacture and market a wide range of consumer electrical products worldwide, including floor care products and small household appliances. These products are marketed by customers under brand names such as Black & Decker(R), DeLonghi(R), Dirt Devil(R), Eureka(R), Hamilton Beach(R), Kenwood(R), Pentax(R), Presto(R), Proctor-Silex(R), Sanyo(R), Sharper Image(R), Sunbeam(R), and West Bend(R).
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