Sigma will keep developing lenses for MFT….and no lenses for X-mount competition

In the non Full Frame system we now have mainly two big competitors: Micro Four Thirds and the Fuji X-mount.

It’s interesting to learn that Sigma CEO told this at Dpreview:

Fujifilm doesn’t really disclose the protocol between the lens and camera, so we need to do the reverse engineering by ourselves.
It’s a really time-consuming process so we need to prioritize support for Sony E mount, our L-mount system, existing DSLR mounts and Micro Four Thirds.

Good to hear MFT is high on their priority list!

Press text: TowerJazz Announces Signing Three-Year Agreement Extension with Panasonic Semiconductor Solutions

Press text:

TowerJazz Announces Signing Three-Year Agreement Extension with Panasonic Semiconductor Solutions

Panasonic will continue to utilize TPSCo three manufacturing facilities in Japan;
TowerJazz to further ramp its leading technology solutions and foundry business

MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel and TPSCo, Uozu, Japan, March 26, 2019 – TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, and TowerJazz Panasonic Semiconductor Company (TPSCo), today announced they have signed a three-year agreement, extending its previous business partnership with Panasonic Semiconductor Solutions (PSCS) through 2022. Under the agreement, PSCS will continue to utilize TPSCo three manufacturing facilities in Japan for its semiconductor business. Wafer loading level from PSCS to TPSCo fabs is expected to remain similar, with a new pricing structure, resulting in revenue reductions of approximately 20 million USD per quarter, with revenue and margins targeted to be compensated through presently implemented efficiencies and cost reduction activities, as well as third party revenue growth, including the present strong 300mm utilization ramp. L-rumors

Russell Ellwanger, TowerJazz CEO and TPSCo Chairman commented, “The TPSCo partnership has brought together two leaders – Panasonic, an acknowledged analog components and systems leader, and TowerJazz, a recognized analog foundry leader- having created a company that serves and continues to grow the analog foundry space as no other existing single foundry can. During the past five years, we have continued to grow in respect for the technical capability and appreciation for the business acumen and can-do attitude of our Panasonic partner. Our TPSCo employee base has strong technical expertise and pristine operational execution, with over 180 foundry customers have been introduced into TPSCo, which is presently realizing a strong ramp in 300mm state of the art RF, power management and CMOS imaging flows. This has been and continues to be a winning equation for all involved – TowerJazz, PSCS, TPSCo and our very important customers.”

Through TPSCo, TowerJazz offers its customers advanced 300mm analog technology manufacturing platforms such as state-of-the-art 65nm CMOS image sensor solutions, RF SOI 65nm, and 65nm Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS (BCD) power management platform.

TowerJazz to maintain its 51% holding of TPSCo shares, with PSCS as a 49% shareholder.

About TowerJazz
Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ: TSEM, TASE: TSEM) and its subsidiaries operate collectively under the brand name TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader. TowerJazz manufactures next-generation integrated circuits (ICs) in growing markets such as consumer, industrial, automotive, medical and aerospace and defense. TowerJazz’s advanced technology is comprised of a broad range of customizable process platforms such as: SiGe, BiCMOS, mixed-signal/CMOS, RF CMOS, CMOS image sensor, integrated power management (BCD and 700V), and MEMS. TowerJazz also provides world-class design enablement for a quick and accurate design cycle as well as Transfer Optimization and development Process Services (TOPS) to IDMs and fabless companies that need to expand capacity. To provide multi-fab sourcing and extended capacity for its customers, TowerJazz operates two manufacturing facilities in Israel (150mm and 200mm), two in the U.S. (200mm) and three facilities in Japan (two 200mm and one 300mm). For more information, please visit www.towerjazz.com.

About TPSCo
TPSCo is a company, 51% owned by Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ: TSEM, TASE: TSEM) and 49% owned by Panasonic Semiconductor Solutions. TPSCo has three manufacturing facilities in Hokuriku, Japan which have been producing large scale integrated circuits for over 35 years. More than 750 million ICs for automotive products (Grade 0, 1 & 2) have been produced by TPSCo fabs since inception. Areas of process technology focus include high dynamic range image sensors (CIS and CCD), integrated power devices (BCD, SOI, and LDMOS) and high-frequency silicon RFCMOS. With over 150 qualified silicon process flows on 200mm and 300mm wafers from super micron to 45nm as well as internal back end processing, assembly and test services, TPSCo provides both IDMs and fabless companies with unparalleled semiconductor manufacturing quality and technology, including in-house turnkey services.

Safe Harbor Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results may vary from those projected or implied by such forward-looking statements. A complete discussion of risks and uncertainties that may affect the accuracy of forward-looking statements included in this press release or which may otherwise affect TowerJazz’s business is included under the heading “Risk Factors” in Tower’s most recent filings on Forms 20-F, F-3, F-4 and 6-K, as were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the Israel Securities Authority and Jazz’s most recent filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, as were filed with the SEC, respectively. Tower and Jazz do not intend to update, and expressly disclaim any obligation to update, the information contained in this release.

via L-rumors.com

As far as I know all MFT cameras use Sony sensors. I wonder if we will ever see a TowerJazz sensor inside one of the future Panasonic G cameras…would be nice to get something new!

a bit of everything…

Olympus 17mm f1.2 Pro vs. Olympus 17mm f1.8

Today Gold Box deals at Amazon US, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 First Impressions (Imaging Resource).
Take a look Inside the Panasonic S1 (L-rumors).
5 of the best Photos Hotspots.
Smartphones with 64MP and 108MP sensors are coming in 2019-2020 (MirrorlessRumors).

Share your best pictures on our new Instagram MicroFourThirdsGallery.

Plenty of news on the facebook E-M1II group, Panasonic FF and the GH5 group.

CIPA report: The problem is not sensor format….the real problem is the market is dying rapidly!

Nikon, Canon and Panasonic launched new FF mirrorless cameras in the hope to revive their sales. And if you thought Full Frame mirrorless could be the one solution to save the market you were probably wrong.

The latest CIPA data shows that in February we had 35% less system camera shipments compared to last year. So the answer seems to be clear: The Nikon Z, Canon EOS-R and likely not the Panasonic S will have any meaningful impact on this market.

Eventually the market will bottom out but the question is…who will survive this?

a bit of everything…

Best Slow-Motion settings for GH5

Today Gold Box deals at Amazon US, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
First Panasonic S1-S1R tests with the firmware 1.0 (L-rumors).
Tamron financial report shows small good surprise: Lens sales increased (MirrorlessRumors).
Why are camera sales falling? Could it be that they are boring? (Soundimagesplus).
K Company, Inc. launched a camera body case for the GX7III and LX100II (Dc.watch).
5 of the best Photos Hotspots.

Share your best pictures on our new Instagram MicroFourThirdsGallery.

Plenty of news on the facebook E-M1II group, Panasonic FF and the GH5 group.