This agreement represents a further development in CML’s relationship with Billu, who already have a licence with CML to manufacture CML’s SMA AF and SMA OIS actuators.
The licence agreement for the 8-wire actuator is the sixth licensing agreement that CML has signed for the use of its SMA technologies in miniature camera modules.
Jianhua Wang, President of Billu said “We believe that SMA actuators – with their capability for miniaturisation, power efficiency and cost reduction – have an exciting future. The licence agreement for the 8-wire actuator expands our offering of SMA products and allows us to produce further innovative devices for our customers. In particular, we believe the 8-wire actuator will enable OIS to penetrate the mid-range smartphone segment, thereby increasing our market presence".
Billu designs and manufactures actuators, which are widely used in cameras for mobile phones, medical devices, industrial equipment and wearable smart devices. Billu's customer base includes Xiaomi, Sunny Optical, Meizu and TCL. Production capacity at its primary facility in Shanghai is currently twenty million units per month, placing Billu in the top three Chinese domestic smartphone actuator vendors.
Cambridge Mechatronics is a high technology design and engineering company based in Cambridge, UK. CML specialises in developing cutting edge shape memory alloy technology. Products are taken from concept to mass production through technology licensing or partnerships with global manufacturing corporations.