OmniVision and FISBA develop sub-2-mm-diameter camera

Feb. 18, 2016

Santa Clara, CA. Today at Photonics West, OmniVision Technologies, a developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, and FISBA AG, a maker of customized optical components, systems, and microsystems, announced a new microcamera solution for life-science applications. FISBA’s FISCam is a customizable microcamera with integrated illumination that comes in a compact package measuring less than 2 mm in diameter. This new microcamera uses OmniVision’s OV6946 CameraChip sensor to deliver images and video in 400 x 400-pixel resolution.

“This innovative new module offers excellent image quality, compact size, and usability across a wide range of applications. The module’s utility is further enhanced by FISBA’s ability to customize use with either glass or polymer optics,” said Tehzeeb Gunja, senior marketing and business development manager at OmniVision. “We’re delighted to work alongside a company such as FISBA, with its rich history in optics and imaging technologies.”

“Working closely with OmniVision allowed us to produce a camera that is exceptionally small, yet still produces crystal-clear images for innovative applications, including online analyses, process monitoring, authenticity control, determination of germ count, particle detection and counting, and fast machine vision,” said Martin Forrer, CTO at FISBA. “We are constantly working with our customers to design components that meet their needs, not only in performance, but also in materials and in reliable and scalable production and assembly.”

Using an advanced 1.75-μm OmniBSI+ pixel, the OV6946 captures high-quality 400 x 400 resolution images and video at 30 frames per second (FPS) with excellent color fidelity. The sensor’s 0.9 x 0.9-mm package size makes it suited for ultracompact camera modules.

The FISBA FISCam platform offers excellent optical performance, 120° field of view (diagonal), and homogenous illumination characteristics (LED). The platform is scheduled to be sampling in the second quarter of 2016, and is expected to enter volume production in the fourth quarter of 2016.


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