Friday, November 21, 2008

Omnivision Announces 1/10-inch Medical Sensor

Yahoo: Sony is rumored to sell low resolution CCDs for medical applications for hundreds of dollars each. Many other companies dream to penetrate to this market too.

Omnivision announces its second generation medical sensor. The OV6930 square sensor has a resolution of 400 x 400. The new sensor is based on 3um 4T pixels, has optical format of 1/10 inch and a packaged footprint of 1.8 mm x 1.8 mm. The sensor's size and high low-light performance enable its use in a broad scope of medical endoscopy applications including colonoscopy, gastroscopy, OB/GYN, urology and bronchoscopy.

OV6930 uses a new, patent pending serial I/O, which allows for two-wire cabling up to 14 feet and contributes to its very low power consumption of 80mW with and 10mW without IO usage. It's capable of operating at 30 fps in full 400 x 400 resolution, and 60 fps at 400 x 200 resolution. The pixel sensitivity is said to be 3300 mV/Lux-second.

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