OmniVision Creates World’s Smallest Commercial Image Sensor

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OmniVision OV6948 Image Sensor

 

In recent times, companies like Xiaomi and Nubank have joined the Guinness Book for technology records. Now it’s OmniVision’s turn to write its name in the record book as well. The company has created the smallest commercially available image sensor in the world. Measuring 0.575 mm x 0.575 mm, the OmniVision OV6948 sensor is an ultra-compact piece with 1/36 inch backlight.

The OmniVision device is designed for medical applications with 200 x 200-pixel resolution, 120-degree field of view, 30 fps frame rate and 1.75 µm pixels. The sensor works in conjunction with OmniVision’s CameraCubeChip OVM6948 to provide new medical imaging capabilities. The component features OmniBSI technology, aimed at low light functions.

According to OmniVision Chief Marketing Officer Aaron Chiang, backlighting and enhanced sensitivity allow hospitals to improve cost-effectiveness and patient comfort with reduced recovery time.

“Previously, procedures in the body’s smallest anatomy were performed either blind or using low-quality images from fiberscopes, as existing cameras were too big and reusable endoscopes were not cost-effective,” says Aaron Chiang, marketing director at OmniVision, in the company’s press release. “The OVM6948 wafer-level camera module offers a compact, high-quality solution for disposable guidewires, catheters, and endoscopes.”

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