Wafer-level camera module measures only 0.65 x 0.65 x 1.158mm

Wafer-level camera module measures only 0.65 x 0.65 x 1.158mm

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OmniVision Technologies has released a fully packaged, wafer-level camera module measuring just 0.65×0.65mm and 1.158mm tall.

Built around the company’s Guinness World Record breaking image sensor, only 0.575mm by 0.575mm, the OVM6948 CameraCubeChip was developed as a disposable medical imager, preventing cross-contamination risks while providing deeper anatomical access without being too invasive.

OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced from MD&M Minneapolis that its OV6948 is the winner of the Guinness World Record for “The Smallest Image Sensor Commercially Available” with its size of 0.575 mm x 0.575 mm. Derived from this ultra small imager, the company also announced its OVM6948 CameraCubeChip™—a fully packaged, wafer-level camera module measuring 0.65 mm x 0.65 mm, with a z-height of just 1.158 mm.

Using a highly effective and economical wafer-level packaging technology, the OVM6948 is making the mass production of disposable medical imaging equipment possible. This complete module can be integrated into a catheter or endoscope with a diameter as small as 1.0mm. With this camera’s small size and high 200×200, or 40 KPixel backside-illuminated resolution, high quality images can be captured from within the body’s narrowest blood vessels for neuro, ophthalmic, ENT, cardiac, spinal, urology, gynecology and arthroscopy procedures. Many space constrained dental, veterinarian and industrial applications will also benefit from the OVM6948’s advanced design.

The color analog camera with OmniBSI+ technology enables easy calibration in production and is reflowable with a 4-pin interface for simplified integration. The unit has a wide 120-degree field of view and an extended focus range of 3mm to 30mm. Its image array is capable of capturing 200×200 resolution images and video at up to 30 frames per second, and its analog output that can transmit over 4 meters with minimal noise. Power consumption is as low as 25mW, generating less heat for better patient comfort and flexible procedure durations.

“At Yole Développement (Yole), we expect disposable endoscope shipments to grow at a 35.9% CAGR over the next five years (1),” asserted Marjorie Villien, PhD., technology and market analyst, medical and industrial imaging. “This industry is today driven by the recent recommendation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) related to the cross-contamination issues due to improper cleaning of the endoscopes. In this context, all major endoscope OEMs are developing cost-effective, small-diameter disposable endoscopes with high image quality.”

The OVM6948:

  • is a “chip on tip” camera with backside illumination, offering better image quality and low-light performance to help lessen LED heat
  • includes a wide 120-degree field of view and an extended focus range of 3mm to 30mm
  • can capture 200×200 resolution images and video at up to 30 frames per second
  • its analog output can transmit over 4 meters with minimal noise
  • consumes only 25 mW, generating less heat for better patient comfort and flexible procedure durations

OmniVision will be appearing at the MD&M Minneapolis trade show from October 23-24 in booth #1248 to showcase its new camera module.

For more information, visit www.ovt.com.

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