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OMNIVISION Launches Ultra-Compact, Cost-Effective CameraChip™ Sensor for Advanced Medical Imaging
Jun 15, 2015
OV6946 400 x 400 Cost-Effective, Ultra-Compact Camera Solution for Medical and Industrial Endoscopes


SANTA CLARA, Calif. — June 15, 2015 — OMNIVISION Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OVTI), a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced 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 with excellent color fidelity in an extremely compact 0.9 x 0.9 mm package that consumes low power, making it an ideal camera solution for minimally-invasive, reusable endoscopy.

“To reduce patient trauma and shorten recovery time, doctors are turning to smaller, reusable endoscopes to deliver the images and video required during a medical procedure,” said Tehzeeb Gunja, senior marketing and business development manager at OMNIVISION. “Currently, there are no other image sensors available that offer the level of high performance and image quality in such a compact and power efficient form factor.”

“Our research group has developed numerous endoscope prototypes based on OMNIVISION’s OV6946 sensor, and we are encouraged by the initial evaluations,” said Mr. Dahong Qian, professor at the Institute of Translational Medicine, Zhejiang University. “This prototype is the smallest endoscope system at this resolution to date, with many potential applications such as hysteroscopes, cystoscopes, falloposcopes, oledochoscopes, and bronchoscopes, among others.”

Utilizing an advanced 1.75-micron OmniBSI+™ pixel, the OV6946 captures high quality 400 x 400 resolution images and video at 30 frames per second (FPS). The OV6946 enables minimally invasive endoscope module designs 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.

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Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding the expected benefits, performance, capabilities, and potential market appeal, as well as anticipated timing of mass production, of the OV6946 are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties, which could cause the forward-looking statements and OMNIVISION’s results to differ materially, include, without limitation: potential errors, design flaws or other problems with OV6946, customer acceptance, demand, and other risks detailed from time to time in OMNIVISION’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, OMNIVISION’s annual report filed on Form 10-K and quarterly reports filed on Form 10-Q. OMNIVISION expressly disclaims any obligation to update information contained in any forward-looking statement.


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