Machine Vision

TowerJazz Powers Cypress' New Image Sensor

July 28, 2010

TowerJazz’s CMOS sensor process is being used to power Cypress’ new global shutter image sensor with industry-leading throughput, designed for the high-end machine vision market.

MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel & SAN JOSE, CA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TowerJazz (NASDAQ:TSEM)(TASE:TSEM), the global specialty foundry leader, and Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY), announced that TowerJazz's 0.18-micron CMOS image sensor (CIS) process is being used to power Cypress' new 25-megapixel industrial high-sensitivity, high-speed CMOS image sensor targeted for the high-end machine vision market. The VITA 25K sensor, sampling now, provides the market's highest throughput for a device with a unique pipelined and triggered global shutter architecture. According to a report by Roy Szweda, RNR Associates, the forecast for image sensors used in the industrial market is expected to reach close to $840 million by 2014.

The VITA 25K sensor has 32 10-bit digital Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) outputs that enable transfer of image data over a standard industry protocol at low power and low noise. Each channel runs at a 620 Mbps, which results in a high frame rate of 53 frames-per-second (fps) at full resolution for undistorted images and fast readout. Manufactured using TowerJazz's CIS process, the sensor is ideal for high-end machine vision applications, such as inspection machines; biometric inspection, such as next-generation palm print readers; and intelligent traffic systems.

"This product joins a series of successful projects we have collaborated on with TowerJazz using their leading CIS process technology," said Georges Hiltrop, General Manager, Image Sensor Business Unit, Cypress. "We are able to continue bringing to market faster and higher sensitivity CMOS image sensors due to our design expertise and patented IP in custom image sensors combined with TowerJazz's high performance CIS process capabilities."

"TowerJazz and Cypress have collaborated on CIS projects for more than ten years, enabling a wide portfolio of products for industrial imaging, high-end cameras, barcode, medical and dental imaging," said Dr. Avi Strum, Vice President and General Manager, Specialty Group, TowerJazz. "The long cooperation between our teams is becoming stronger as we continue to align on innovative and market changing projects and products with a clear advantage in the market."

Samples of the VITA 25K image sensor are currently available, with production devices expected in the first half of 2011.

About Cypress
Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the flagship PSoC programmable system-on-chip families and derivatives such as PowerPSoC solutions for high-voltage and LED lighting applications, CapSense touch sensing and TrueTouch solutions for touchscreens. Cypress is the world leader in USB controllers, including the high-performance West Bridge solution that enhances connectivity and performance in multimedia handsets. Cypress is also a leader in high-performance memories and programmable timing devices. Cypress serves numerous markets including consumer, mobile handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial and military. Cypress trades on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol CY.

About TowerJazz
Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ:TSEM)(TASE:TSEM), the global specialty foundry leader and its fully owned U.S. subsidiary Jazz Semiconductor, operate collectively under the brand name TowerJazz, manufacturing integrated circuits with geometries ranging from 1.0 to 0.13-micron. TowerJazz provides industry leading design enablement tools to allow complex designs to be achieved quickly and more accurately and offers a broad range of customizable process technologies including SiGe, BiCMOS, Mixed-Signal and RFCMOS, CMOS Image Sensor, Power Management (BCD), and Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) as well as MEMS capabilities. To provide world-class customer service, TowerJazz maintains two manufacturing facilities in Israel and one in the U.S. with additional capacity available in China through manufacturing partnerships.

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