Sigma Scraps Next Generation Foveon Sensor Design Due to a Critical Flaw and Restarts from Scratch

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ImagingResourceSigma publishes a statement about its full-frame Foveon X3 sensor development issues:

"In February 2020, we announced our decision to restart our plans for a full frame Foveon X3 sensor camera, beginning with the development of a new sensor technology. We have not been able to share any information regarding this project in the time since, and I would like to use this short message to provide an update about the situation.

As previously announced, we halted development of the project after the sensor we were working with could not go into mass production due to a critical flaw. As a result, we also terminated our contract with the sensor manufacturer with whom we had been collaborating. Further, we determined that the original sensor specifications would make it difficult to develop a product that will meet our and our customers’ high standards, and accordingly we decided to go back to the drawing board.

At present, we are fully engaged in research and development of the project, led by our head office, and are reviewing specifications to ensure that we will be able to satisfy the expectations placed on this project."

Sigma publishes a video with its CEO Kazuto Yamaki saying that due to the critical flaw in the design "we scrapped all the schematics and all the tooling and then re-started the project from the beginning":

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