OmniVision and Ambu Collaborate

April 11, 2012

The joint effort integrates OmniVision’s ultra-compact image sensor into Ambu's aScope 2, enabling a single-use intubation scope for minimally invasive and accurate medical imaging.

SANTA CLARA, CA /PRNewswire/ -- OmniVision Technologies, a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, announced that its OV6922 CMOS image sensor has been designed into Ambu's aScope 2, a single-use intubation scope intended for medical procedures such as difficult intubation and percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy. Ambu's disposable aScope 2 flexible videoscope can reduce the risk of cross-contamination when used to secure the airways of fully anesthetized patients. The aScope 2 is powered by OmniVision's ultra-compact 2.1 mm by 2.3 mm OV6922 CameraChip image sensor, which delivers crisp, clear imaging for minimally invasive and sterile medical procedures.

"The most critical benefit of the aScope 2 is its ability to reduce the risk for patients, while increasing overall efficiency for medical personnel," said Matthew Whitcombe, Senior Marketing Manager, Europe, OmniVision. "The OV6922 brings an extremely high level of performance in an affordable, ultra-compact package, helping physicians to perform these medical procedures quickly and with greater accuracy."

"OmniVision's support and expertise in medical imaging has been critical to the successful and timely development of the aScope 2," said Jens Frimann, Vice President of Commercial Innovation at Ambu. "Thanks to the cooperation of health care professionals around the world and the OV6922's excellent low-light, low-power performance, we were able to develop a single-use medical device that can improve patient comfort and reduce the cost of medical procedures."

Built on OmniVision's proprietary OmniPixel technology, the OV6922 combines a 1/18 inch optical format, with extremely low power consumption to provide the high-quality images required for medical applications like the Ambu aScope 2. The sensor's impressive 1000 mV/lux-sec sensitivity allows the camera to deliver clear NTSC video at 60 fields per second in challenging conditions often encountered in the human respiratory system.

About OmniVision
OmniVision Technologies is a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions. Its award-winning CMOS imaging technology enables superior image quality in many of today's consumer and commercial applications, including mobile phones, notebooks, tablets and webcams, digital still and video cameras, security and surveillance, entertainment devices, automotive and medical imaging systems. Find out more at

About Ambu
Ambu develops, produces, and markets diagnostic and life-supporting devices for hospitals and rescue services. Ambu has three business areas: airway management, patient monitoring and diagnostics, and emergency care. The primary products are ventilation products for artificial respiration, electrodes for ECG tests and neurophysiological tests, and manikins for first aid training. Ambu's products are sold worldwide.

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