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November 17, 2020 // By Nick Flaherty
SuperResolution added to world’s smallest camera module for medical imaging
OmniVision’s wafer-level CameraCubeChip adds Almalence’s SuperResolution algorithm for medical endoscopes

the optics are fabricated at the wafer level, they can be bonded to the image sensor to form a camera module that is 1.158mm high. This enables integration into an endoscope or catheter with a diameter of less than 2.0mm, allowing it to either reach deeper into the human anatomy or offer a larger array of endoscopic tools within its working channel.

“Until now, medical device designers were forced to make a tradeoff between size and resolution,” said Tehzeeb Gunja, director of medical marketing at OmniVision. “The dimensions of camera modules and their integrated image sensors are limited by the endoscope’s outer diameter. Additionally, to obtain a sufficiently bright image while limiting the heat dissipation of the LEDs at the distal tip, medical image sensors must have a relatively large pixel size. Almalence’s SuperResolution algorithm enhances the sensor’s resolution and image quality, enabling doctors and nurses to view its captured images on high-definition monitors and tablets.”

“The vast majority of high-end smartphones on the market today use our SuperResolution algorithm because we produce the greatest image quality within the limited space available, by reconstructing details beyond the physical limits of a sensor’s pixel count,” said Eugene Panich, CEO of Almalence Inc. “We have expanded our longstanding partnership with OmniVision in mobile imaging to bring our industry-leading algorithm to medical designers, enabling them to create small-diameter endoscopes with greater detail and better image quality than the image sensor would otherwise be capable of producing.”

OmniVision’s OVM6948 CameraCubeChip module is available now for sampling and mass production, and Almalence is currently licensing its SuperResolution algorithm, which is pre-tuned to perform optimally with the OVM6948. The Almalence license also includes expert tuning services for any OmniVision medical image sensor in combination with any lens available on the market—at every stage of development, from initial design to product launch. Almalence also provides a software development kit with its license, featuring numerous parameter APIs for additional

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