Thursday, July 16, 2009

Omnivision Technologies 10K

Customer concentration: "The one OEM customer that accounted for 10% or more of our revenues in fiscal 2009 was Foxconn Technology Group, or Foxconn, which accounted for approximately 10.4% of our revenues. The one distributor that accounted for 10.0% or more of our revenues in fiscal 2009 was World Peace Industrial Group or World Peace, which accounted for approximately 22.4% of our revenues."

Wafer foundries and geometries: "We outsource our wafer manufacturing for image sensors to TSMC and PSC. Our image sensor products are currently fabricated using a standard process at 0.11 µm, 0.13 µm, 0.18 µm, 0.25 µm, 0.50 µm and 0.60 µm. In addition, TSMC fabricates our companion DSP and interface chips."

Packaging and test:
"For a portion of our product lines, we rely on Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd. and ImPac Technology Co., Ltd., or ImPac, an investee company, for substantially all of our ceramic chip packaging. We rely on XinTec, and China Wafer Level Chip Scale Packaging, or WLCSP, two other investee companies, for our CSP products, which are generally designed for the smallest form factor applications. Wafers that are designated for chip-on-board, or COB, packaging are tested using a process called wafer probe testing. We outsource wafer probe testing to King Yuan Electronics Co., Ltd., STATS ChipPAC Taiwan Semiconductor Corp. and VisEra."

Employees: "As of April 30, 2009, we had a total of 416 full-time employees engaged in research and development."

Patent foundation: "As of April 30, 2009, we have been issued 98 United States patents which expire between October 2015 and August 2026. We have also received 150 foreign patents which expire between April 2016 and December 2027. As of April 30, 2009, we have 132 additional United States patent applications pending, of which two have been allowed, and we have 243 foreign patent applications pending, of which 19 have been allowed."

Recent litigation: "On March 6, 2009, Panavision Imaging, LLC, or Panavision, filed a complaint against us alleging patent infringement in the District Court for the Central District of California. The case is entitled Panavision Imaging, LLC v. OmniVision Technologies, Inc., Canon U.S.A., Inc., Micron Technology, Inc. and Aptina Imaging Corporation, Case No. CV09-1577. In its complaint, Panavision asserts that we make, have made, use, sell and/or import products that infringe U.S. Patent Nos. 6,818,877 ("Pre-charging a Wide Analog Bus for CMOS Image Sensors"), 6,663,029 ("Video Bus for High Speed Multi-resolution Imagers and Method Thereof") and 7,057,150 ("Solid State Imager with Reduced Number of Transistors per Pixel"). The complaint seeks unspecified monetary damages, fees and expenses and injunctive relief against us. We are in the initial stages of reviewing and investigating the complaint and expect to vigorously defend ourselves against Panavision's allegations. The Court has scheduled a claim construction hearing for December 10, 2009. At this time, we cannot estimate any possible loss or predict whether this matter will result in any material expense to us."