Tamron and New Scale sign license agreement

JULY 31--Tamron (Saitama, Japan) and New Scale Technologies (Victor, NY, USA) have signed a license agreement to use New Scale's SQUIGGLE motors in Tamron's optical imaging assemblies.

JULY 31--Tamron (Saitama, Japan; www.tamron.co.jp), manufacturer of high-precision optics, and New Scale Technologies (Victor, NY, USA; www.newscaletech.com), manufacturer of miniature ceramic motors, have signed a license agreement to use New Scale's patented SQUIGGLE motors in Tamron's optical imaging assemblies, which include digital still cameras, camcorders, and mobile phone cameras.

"We are excited about the opportunity to integrate SQUIGGLE piezoelectric motor technology into our optical systems," said Morio Ono, president and CEO of Tamron. "This strengthens the features of our products by creating possibilities for innovative form factors that would set us apart from competition."

The piezoelectric SQUIGGLE motor was commercialized in 2003. In contrast to conventional electromagnetic motors, SQUIGGLE motors use ultrasonic vibrations to create precise movement. Using this approach, New Scale has created a small linear motor with higher force, precision, and efficiency.

"This agreement is a milestone for New Scale and demonstrates the value of our SQUIGGLE motor technology for high-volume consumer electronics applications," said David Henderson, president and CEO of New Scale. "Working with Tamron, we expect to make inroads in the market for high-end imaging products of all kinds."

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