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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

OmniVision Camera Chips Embedded in New FDA-Approved Medical Intubation System From ETView

via PRNewswire

SUNNYVALE , Calif., June 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: OVTI), a world leading supplier of CMOS image sensors, today announced that its widely adopted CameraChip(TM) products are enabling an important breakthrough in intubation technology. The OmniVision CameraChip has been designed into an innovative Tracheoscopic Ventilation Tube(TVT), developed by ETView, which for the first time allows doctors to view the point of insertion for intubation, greatly enhancing their ability to successfully place the tube in the patient's windpipe. The new product marksthe first time that a single-use sensor is being used for real-time internal monitoring of internal organs.

The TVT from ETView operates with a tiny disposable video camera at its tip for a continuous view of the upper airway and trachea during intubation via a portable screen or monitor. The product has received FDA approval andbegan shipping to customers earlier this month.

"The introduction of the TVT product is a milestone for OmniVision becauseit represents the first FDA approved medical imaging device that uses an OmniVision sensor," said Hasan Gadjali, OmniVision's Vice President of Advanced Products. "We are proud that ETView chose our camera chip for this revolutionary new product that will help save lives and reduce intubation-related injuries and we look forward to supporting them in the development of their future products."

The TVT tube retains the same dimensions that have been used by the medical industry for decades. Enabling its small size is the embedded 1/7-inchCMOS image sensor camera created by OmniVision, which is part of the tube's interior, yet does not impede the flow of air. The CIF resolution camera chipis a single-chip video/imaging camera device that delivers high functionalityin a single, small-footprint package. The image array used in the ETView device operates at up to 30 frames per second.

The underlying sensor technology is based on advanced algorithms that cancel fixed-pattern noise, eliminate smearing and dramatically reduce blooming-issues that consistently prevent high-quality images.

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