Sony, Olympus, and their medical joint venture - Sony Olympus Medical Solutions Inc. - announce that their jointly developed 4K surgical endoscopy system will be commercialized since early October 2015. Sony Olympus Medical Solutions has brought together the core technologies and expertise of Sony (image sensors, image and signal processing, optical transmission, 4K imaging) and Olympus (medical products R&D, deep understanding of the needs of the medical community) and combined them to create a powerful technological base and image processing system for medical devices.
Sony contributed its technology and expertise in 4K and digital imaging. For the 4K camera head, Sony provided its 4K Exmor R CMOS image sensor, image and signal processing technologies, and miniaturization technologies, which - taken together - make for very high image clarity and advanced functionality. In addition, Sony's 4K image transmission technologies made possible the nearly latent-free delivery of 4K visuals from the endoscope to the monitor.