Standard Mobile Imaging Architecture

RFI Global Services selected as the first SMIA Approved Laboratory for camera module testing

19.09.2005

September 12, 2005 – Basingstoke, UK – RFI Global Services Ltd (RFI) announced today that the two founding members of the SMIA forum, Nokia and ST Microelectronics, have selected RFI as the first fully qualified SMIA Approved Laboratory to independently test compliance of camera modules.

Richard Jacklin, director and head of RFI’s cellular business, commented: “To become the first SMIA Approved Laboratory is an important milestone for RFI. Our target is to offer camera module manufacturers a quick route for independently tested and approved products that will comply with SMIA standard.

The Standard Mobile Imaging Architecture (SMIA) is an open standard available to all companies making, specifying or buying miniature integrated camera modules for use in mobile applications. The purpose of this initiative is to accelerate the development of camera modules with a common interface and performance specification. The SMIA forum, co-founded by Nokia and STMicroelectronics in July 2004, has today around 500 members. One year after official release of the SMIA specification, there are already numerous compliant products sampling or available on the market. More information about SMIA can be found at smia-forum.org.

Janne Haavisto, Director Audio Visual Systems, Nokia said: “To have the first SMIA Approved Laboratory is a significant step of speeding up the roll-out of SMIA approved camera modules and we look forward to RFI’s cooperation with the members of the SMIA forum. Setting up an independent test laboratory complements SMIA forum’s target of streamlining and accelerating the camera module development.

Jean-Yves Gomez, Vice President and General Manager of STMicrolectronics’ imaging division commented "There has been huge momentum behind SMIA despite the lack of a compliance test house. The selection of RFI as the first SMIA Approved Laboratory is yet another milestone in establishing SMIA as the standard for camera modules."


Notes to editors

RFI Global Services (RFI) supplies comprehensive environmental, regulatory and compliance services to the Wireless, Cellular, Smartcard, Electronics and related technology industries around the world. Specific areas of expertise include compliance management, regulatory investigations and applications, development and conformance testing – as well as site surveys.

The scope of RFI’s UKAS accreditation covers testing at both its permanent laboratories and off-site locations. RFI is a Notified Body for the R&TTE Directive, a Competent Body for the EMC Directive, a Telecommunications Certification Body (TCB) under the US-EU Mutual Recognition Agreement, is accredited as a Bluetooth Qualification Test Facility (BQTF) and has two Bluetooth Qualification Bodies (BQB).

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