Medigus Ltd. and Tower Semiconductor, Ltd. has announced the successful sampling of a novel CMOS imager. This is the smallest camera to be incorporated into disposable endoscopes or used in various diagnostic and surgical medical applications. The company has already shipped the first product samples to end customers and mass production of the camera is expected to commence in mid-2010. The camera sensor will be manufactured in Tower's Fab2 using its 0.18-micron CMOS image sensor process and will be integrated into the camera which will be produced in Medigus' manufacturing facilities. The imager was developed using Tower's advanced sensor design and production technologies, while the camera was developed using Medigus' electronic, optic and integration platform technologies.
The company’s CMOS imager is a high performance product at a low cost that combines superb sensitivity, resolution and dynamic versatility. This allows the customers a range of potential medical applications in growing markets such as Gastroenterology, Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopy Surgery, Bronchoscopy, Orthopedics and ENT. This novel camera encompasses tiny electronics and objective lenses developed by Medigus, along with Tower’s CMOS imager measuring only 700 x 700 microns.
Medigus’ CMOS imager camera features dedicated bio-compatible components suitable for medical device applications and will enable new medical diagnostic and therapeutic markets in which the use of current video cameras is not feasible due to their size. The miniature camera’s outer diameter size, which includes a special housing, is only 1.2 mm x 5 mm long. In addition, it is completely disposable, eliminating the very costly sterilization process commonly associated with endoscopic procedures.
We are proud to advance our visualization capabilities with Tower, the leading specialty semiconductor manufacturer and foremost CMOS image sensor provider, said Dr. Elazar Sonnenschein, CEO for Medigus Ltd. The new camera and its unique imager represent a dramatic breakthrough in the endoscopic medical field; it opens a wide hatch to new markets, medical applications and customers, and at the smallest size ever accessible, it will allow procedures not previously achievable. Medigus’ innovative cameras will support an important unmet market need, giving both physicians and patients the most cost-effective level of technology, without compromising the quality of treatment which they deserve.
We are very excited to work with a leader in the miniature diagnostic and surgery tools fields to jointly develop a breakthrough camera solution for the medical market, said Dr. Avi Strum, Vice President & General Manager, Specialty Business Unit at Tower. Our cutting-edge sensor and customized design technology combined with Medigus’ expertise in the miniaturization of diagnostic and surgical tools is key to enabling the industry’s lowest cost high performance camera. Our extraordinary sensor design capabilities, along with best in class pixel performance, have allowed us to get into this very high margin market which will be sustainable for many years.