ams: Micro Camera Modules for medical imaging applications and minimally invasive surgery

first_imgams announced the introduction of the latest products in its NanEye family. The NanEyeM and NanEyeXS will enable the production of high-performance, single-use endoscopes for use in minimally invasive surgery.The new 1mm2 NanEyeM offers a high-resolution 100kpixel readout over an LVDS digital interface at a maximum rate of 49 frames/s at 62MHz. The NanEyeM, which is supplied as a Micro Camera Module (MCM) including a cable up to 2m long, features a custom multi-element lens which greatly improves the effective resolution of the sensor and reduces distortion. Compared to the earlier NanEye 2D sensor, which has a single-element lens, the new NanEyeM offers improved MTF (Modulation Transfer Function) of >50% in the corners, lower distortion of <15%, and lower color aberration of <1Px.The new NanEyeXS from ams has a 0.46mm2 footprint, making it one of the world´s smallest image sensors. It produces a digital output in 40kpixel resolution at a maximum rate of 55 frames/s at 28MHz. The sensor’s very small size offers significant advantages when developing ultra-small instruments for minimally invasive procedures, enabling the design of surgical devices with a very small diameter, or freeing more space for working channels in larger devices. Like the NanEyeM, the NanEyeXS is supplied as an MCM. The NanEyeM is also available in surface-mount chip form.In volume, endoscopes based on the new NanEye sensors will have a low enough unit cost to support the emerging single-use market. This has numerous benefits, including eliminating the risk of cross-contamination resulting from ineffective sterilization, avoiding high maintenance costs, and minimizing the risk of disruption of operating theater schedules when re-usable endoscopes are unavailable for use. Chip-on-tip endoscopes based on the NanEyeM or NanEyeXS also offer much higher image quality than is available from the conventional optical fibre-based endoscopes which are widely used in operating theaters. The NanEye image sensors produce sharper pictures, better contrast and a smoother video output to enable practitioners to more accurately and precisely guide surgical equipment inside the patient’s body.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules, Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous ERNI and Amphenol sign second-source agreement on MicroSpeed connector systemNext Winbond announces 64Mbit addition to 1.2V SpiFlash memory familylast_img read more

Kane Williamson thrilled after New Zealand use potent weapon perfectly vs India

first_imgBrief Scores: New Zealand (93/2) beat India (92) by 8 wickets. Taylor (37*), Nicholls (30*), Bhuvneshwar (2/25) (SCORECARD) New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said he had no idea the Hamilton pitch would afford as much swing as it did in the fourth ODI against India. Trent Boult picked his fifth five-wicket haul as India were bowled out for 92, their seventh lowest total in one-day internationals.New Zealand chased down the paltry target of 93 with 8 wickets and 212 balls or 35.3 overs to spare. This was India’s heaviest defeat in terms of balls left. Without Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni in the line-up, the Indian batting line-up was completely exposed after openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were dismissed early.After New Zealand had lost the third ODI on Monday, Williamson had said India were teaching his men a lesson. Three days later, the Black Caps bouned back to show they had learnt their lesson well. The series is lost but aided by swing, New Zealand played for pride and delivered.”We didn’t expect the surface to behave like this. Nice to restrict them to a 90-odd total. It stood up a little bit and nipped a bit. It spun as well. One of those days, things went well,” Willimason said at the post-match presentation.”Credit to the areas the guys bowled. We always wanted early wickets, to be able to that was a real step at the right direction. It was swinging, that was a weapon we wanted to use.It was just one of those days where things went our way and we were able to exploit the conditions with the ball. – Kane Williamson #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/8eaFlr4pYEadvertisementBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 31, 2019″Because we were able to put India under pressure, we were able to pick regular wickets. We exploited the conditions really well and chased down nicely as well. We always play to win and today was an outstanding performance,” Williamson said.India and New Zealand now travel to Wellington for the fifth and final ODI on Sunday. The Black Caps will hope for another win to end the series with a respectable margin of 3-2.”We’ll be on a different surface at Wellington. Cricket will be different. Great to have a win today… Against a team like India, it’s going to be a strong challenge. He (Henry Nicholls) played beautifully, it was challenging. Guptill whacked it around and other guys chipped in well. This is an opportunity to play against best team in the world – great opportunity to improve,” he said.Trent Boult was named man-of-the-match for his figures of 5 for 21. He said it was pleasing to exploit the conditions as well as he did. “It was nice to see the bowling swinging…. To make the most of the conditions was very pleasing. Colin de Grandhomme from the other end bowled ten overs on-the-trot as well. It was Nice to bowl them out cheaply. It’s pretty simple on a wicket like this. Pitch it up and target the stumps. We will put on a similar performance hopefully in the next game and make it 3-2.”last_img read more

Alberta adds twoyear sunset clause to bill that would regulate oil shipments

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta is putting an expiry date on proposed legislation that would allow the province to regulate oil and gas shipments.The government has said it might use such a law against British Columbia if that province continues to block an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.Parties on both sides of the house voted on Wednesday to accept an Alberta Party amendment to put a two-year limit on the bill.It proposes that Alberta have the power to restrict and redirect flows of oil, gasoline and natural gas to maximize profits, given the bottlenecks in pipelines.The amendment gives the government the option to extend the bill after the two-year limit, but it would need to go back to the legislature for approval.Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd told the house that two years is a reasonable time and the amendment doesn’t tie the government’s hands.Premier Rachel Notley has threatened consequences to B.C. for opposing and delaying Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain project.The bill has the potential to cause gasoline and other fuel-related prices to spike in B.C.The dispute is heading for a showdown on May 31. That’s the date Kinder Morgan Canada has set for a decision on whether it might cancel the $7.4-billion project.(Companies in the story: TSX:KML)last_img read more