The reviewer does not know MU no longer owns Aptina?
I think they do. I'm not sure of the closing date, I know in March it was Micron.
Micron 1/4.5 inch HD CMOS MT9M002 with 12-bit on-chip ADC that was announced in March 2009
Boise, Idaho and San Jose, CA, June 1, 2009 —
Micron Technology, Inc. (NYSE: MU) today announced that it has signed an agreement to sell a majority interest in its imaging solutions business, Aptina Imaging Corporation, to Riverwood Capital and TPG Capital. As part of the agreement, Micron will retain a 35 percent minority stake in the independent, privately held company. Riverwood and TPG will also contribute significant primary capital to Aptina’s balance sheet, and Micron will continue to manufacture products and provide services for Aptina at its worldwide facilities.
Who cares who owns it unless you live in freakin idiot village and think that Omnivision wins something by a change in ownership of a competitor. If that was true OVTI market share would not be falling having lost ALL TIER ONE OEM's and selling 80% of its parts as sub $1 vga parts to China.
Aptina is winnig as many sockets as ever. This HD chip in the Flip is a nice addition to its wins.
BTW: you do know Aptina is still in Apple iPhone 3g and macbooks right? So tell me what have they lost except a price war with Omnivision and STM for a price driven ccommodity sensor. I would not be surprised if iPhone comes with a Donbu/Seti 3mp next when the lowest bid is the primary consideration from Apple. Aptina must have known there was bidding competition when Apple presented it order specs and might very well have passed on going any lower than Hongs desperate bid to unload some of it's 270 day inventory.