OmniVision Introduces World's Smallest NTSC Camera

SUNNYVALE, Calif. /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a leading independent supplier of CMOS CameraChip image sensor solutions for high-volume imaging applications, introduced its smallest CameraChip product to date. The new, cost-efficient OV6920 is the only 1/18-inch sensor available, offering low-power operation for use in disposable cameras for medical applications, such as intubation and diagnostic systems.

The 2.1 mm by 2.3 mm CSP packaged chip will enable a 3.2 mm diameter microscopic camera module, making many medical procedures even less invasive for the patient. It also allows certain medical devices, such as intubation systems and endoscopes, to be made even smaller to allow for use on infants and small children.

"We consider it a major accomplishment by our excellent engineering team to enable such a significant reduction in size over our previous smallest 1/7-inch camera chip. The closest thing in the market today is a 1/12 inch CCD," said Hasan Gadjali, OmniVision's vice president for advanced products. "We are encouraged by the initial response to the OV6920. Several customers are already evaluating samples and are very excited about the possibilities this small camera can offer."

The OV6920 is an ideal solution for low-cost applications requiring both excellent color video performance and a small footprint. The ultra small OV6920 is a single-chip OmniPixel2 CameraChip system, which needs only clock and power to get the NTSC composite signal out for direct interface with a VCR/TV/monitor. The OV6920 is designed for very low power consumption, requiring only a single 3.3 VDC supply.

Engineering samples of the OV6920 are currently available.

About OmniVision Technology, Inc.
OmniVision Technologies designs and markets high-performance semiconductor image sensors. Its OmniPixel and CameraChip products are highly integrated single-chip CMOS image sensors for mass-market consumer and commercial applications, such as mobile phones, digital still cameras, security and surveillance systems, interactive video games, PCs, and automotive imaging systems. Additional information is available at the company's Web site.

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