Monday, June 15, 2015

Omnivision Announces 400 x 400 Pixel 1/18-inch Micro Sensor

PRNewswire: OmniVision 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 in an extremely compact 0.9 x 0.9 mm package, making it an ideal camera solution for minimally-invasive, reusable endoscopy.

Utilizing a 1.75um OmniBSI+ pixel, the OV6946 captures video at 30fps. The OV6946 enables endoscope modules 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.

The correct pixel size is 1.75um

PRNewswire: OmniVision partners with preferred solution providers Precision Optics Corporation, Inc. (POC) and Fujikura Ltd. to develop the 160K (400 x 400 pixel) camera module, a quick go-to-market camera solution for OEMs. POC is a leader in designing and manufacturing micro-optics and associated medical imaging devices, and Fujikura is a leading miniature CMOS imaging module manufacturer.

Based on OmniVision's new OV6946 sensor, POC's Microprecision lens technology, and Fujikura's flexible micro-coaxial cable technology and small packaging capability, the 160K CIS module provides high quality images and video with a distal end diameter of only 1.60 mm. Evaluation units of the 160K CIS module are currently available, and volume production is expected to begin in 2016.

POC shows a nice demo video with the previous generation OV6930 sensor:


  1. "Reusable endoscopy" - I don't understand. The whole point of making these tiny devices is to permit distal end endoscopy ("sensor on a stick") so that nothing has to be reused. This is supposed to be the solution to the cross-contamination problems. In any event, if these are reusable, the quantities required are too small for making them to be a viable business.

  2. Nice image quality, much better than that from Awaiba.

    1. But then Awaiba has been around with their equivalent sensor for about 6-7 years now. Seems like Omnivision is again trying to conquer yet another small market, just because it is easy for them now.

    2. And I just wonder waht lenses is attached, for sure much larger than the sensor itself. With Awaiba you get one-in-all, sensor and lens in the same footprint

  3. Agree... the base usin will be reusable but the camera disposable. This is not going to cost a lot.

  4. Obviously this product is not intended for the disposable market. The module with optics and cable is too expensive.

  5. That is not true about cost. There is some incredible integrators (check out Enable Inc.) that will make it available at low cost.


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