Combining OMNIVISION’s Image Sensors with HSI's Micro-Coaxial Cable Expertise Enables High-Performance, Cost-Effective Single-Use Imaging Systems
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — JUNE 12, 2017 — OMNIVISION Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced a strategic collaboration with High Speed Interconnects, LLC. (HSI), a leading extruder and manufacturer of custom micro-coaxial and coaxial cable assemblies. The collaboration aims to solve a myriad of image-capture and transmission challenges across a broad range of endoscope and catheter-based applications. By working together, OMNIVISION and HSI developed a turnkey imaging solution based on OMNIVISION’s OV6946 and OV6948 image sensors, wafer-level lens, cabling and back-end image signal processor.
Industry analysts are reporting that the demand for minimally invasive medical procedures enabled by endoscopy is growing rapidly, driven by multiple socioeconomic factors such as increasing health care expenses, hospital-acquired infections (HAI), an aging population and the rise of the middle class in the developing world. Consequently, hospitals are actively investing in endoscopic technologies. Additionally, growing concerns about cross-contamination and HAIs caused by reusable endoscopes are driving the need for cost-effective, single-use endoscope- and catheter-based solutions, according to industry reports.
Ensuring an endoscope delivers top quality images requires capturing the images with a best-in-class sensor, then transmitting the image signal via high quality wiring from the endoscope’s distal tip to its proximal end. The wiring technology must be able to transmit images over both analog and MIPI interfaces, and to meet the tight pad tolerances of ultra-compact image sensors such as the OV6946 and OV6948. The solution must also be resistant to noise pickup and cross-talk, be small enough to fit inside small outer diameter endoscopes, and be sufficiently cost- effective to be feasible for single-use applications.
“The engineering expertise of top-tier innovators is essential in meeting the key requirements for high performance, small diameter disposable endoscopes,” said Tehzeeb Gunja, senior product marketing and business development manager at OMNIVISION. “HSI has considerable expertise with its unique extrusion, applied materials, and termination technology platforms to deliver such a wiring subsystem, which couples perfectly with OMNIVISION’s OV6946 and OV6948 image sensors. Together, we believe we can offer high volume, cost-effective solutions that can meet medical device manufacturers’ stringent imaging and cabling expectations.”
“Leveraging our highly-engineered extrusion and manufacturing capabilities in Portland, Oregon, and a low-cost country assembly operation in Hermosillo, Mexico, enables us to address customer expectations from inception to mass production,” said Antonio De La Rosa, Founder, CEO and Manager of HSI. “We are delighted to be strategically engaged with OMNIVISION to deliver cost-effective, high-performance image-capture assembly solutions that allow medical device manufacturers to develop single-use devices for a growing medical market.”
OMNIVISION will be showcasing this collaboration at booth 2162 during MD&M East, June 13-15, 2017.