OmniVision Launches Ultra-Compact, Cost-Effective CameraChip™ Sensor for Advanced Medical Imaging

SANTA CLARA, CA -- OmniVision Technologies, Inc. announces a new ultra-compact CameraChip sensor for medical and industrial applications. The 1/18-inch OV6946 captures 400 x 400 pixel resolution images and video with excellent color fidelity in an extremely compact 0.9 x 0.9 mm package that consumes low power, making it an ideal camera solution for minimally-invasive, reusable endoscopy.

"To reduce patient trauma and shorten recovery time, doctors are turning to smaller, reusable endoscopes to deliver the images and video required during a medical procedure," said Tehzeeb Gunja, senior marketing and business development manager at OmniVision. "Currently, there are no other image sensors available that offer the level of high performance and image quality in such a compact and power efficient form factor."

"Our research group has developed numerous endoscope prototypes based on OmniVision's OV6946 sensor, and we are encouraged by the initial evaluations," said Mr. Dahong Qian, professor at the Institute of Translational Medicine, Zhejiang University. "This prototype is the smallest endoscope system at this resolution to date, with many potential applications such as hysteroscopes, cystoscopes, falloposcopes, oledochoscopes, and bronchoscopes, among others."

Utilizing an advanced 1.75-micron OmniBSI+™ pixel, the OV6946 captures high quality 400 x 400 resolution images and video at 30 frames per second (FPS). The OV6946 enables minimally invasive endoscope module designs with a width of 1.65 mm and height of 5 mm. Additionally, the sensor's reduced pinout and basic ISP functionality offer extremely easy integration.

The OV6946 is currently available for sampling and is expected to enter volume production in the third quarter of 2015.

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