With an eye on the growing 3D image sensing market, Toppan Printing will acquire 89.1% of the outstanding stock of Brookman Technology, Inc. Brookman Technology is scheduled to be made a subsidiary of Toppan by the end of March this year.
Toppan entered into a capital and business tie-up with Brookman Technology in 2017, and the two companies have subsequently collaborated on R&D in the field of 3D image sensing. By making Brookman Technology a subsidiary, Toppan aims to bolster joint efforts and enable a full-scale entry into the growing 3D image sensing market.
Targeting prompt commercialization, the two companies will accelerate current joint research on 3D image sensing for autonomous robots and the game and augmented reality fields.
Brookman Technology is a venture company originating from Shizuoka University and engaged in the development and sales of CMOS image sensors. It brings together Brookman Technology’s track record in image sensor development and ToF sensor design technology with Toppan’s semiconductor circuit design capabilities.
The increasingly advanced functions of smartphones and game devices and the growth in the use of autonomous robots for the industry are expected to drive the expansion of the market for 3D sensors, which gather peripheral information in three dimensions.