Varioptic, Maxim ready auto-focus liquid lens solutions

PARIS — Varioptic SA, French provider of electrically-controlled liquid lens technology solutions, and Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. have joined forces to develop reduced voltage 42V auto-focus driver IC and liquid lens solutions.

Varioptic (Lyon, France) specified that Maxim (Sunnyvale, Calif.) has launched the Max14515 driver IC for its series of low-voltage, low-cost auto-focus ARCTIC 314 liquid lenses.

By coupling Maxim's low power driver IC, capable of 42V output, with Varioptic's low voltage ARTIC liquid lenses, partners claimed they can help camera module makers and system integrators design high-end, low-power imaging solutions on 1/4”,1/3’’ and 1/2” formats, and up to 8 Megapixel resolution.

“The partnership with Maxim has enabled us to further reduce the size and cost of our liquid lens auto-focus solutions,” stated John Barber, vice president marketing of Varioptic. “This reinforces the benefits of liquid lens auto-focus for camera module and camera phone companies. Maxim’s know-how in analog and mixed signal engineering has been key in optimizing our low voltage solution.”

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