ams extends its NanEye family of image sensor modules with two additions for single-use endoscopes

By Alex Pluemer, contributing writer

ams recently
introduced the two newest additions to its NanEye family of miniature image sensor modules for endoscopes,
the NanEyeM and NanEyeXS. The company anticipates the new image sensors to be
implemented in high-performance, single-use endoscopes, typically used in minimally
invasive surgeries such as arthroscopy, bronchoscopy, ureteroscopy, cystoscopy,
laryngoscopy, hysteroscopy, and neuroscopy.

Endoscopes that
implement the new NanEye sensors will be cost-effective enough to manufacture
in volume to support the growing market for single-use devices, said ams.
Single-use endoscopes eliminate any potential cross-contamination that could
result from ineffective sterilization while reducing maintenance costs and minimizing
operating room delays caused by the unavailability of re-usable endoscopes, it

In addition, “chip-on-tip”
endoscopes based on the new NanEye modules provide sharper images, better
contrast, and smoother video output than conventional fiber-optic-based
endoscopes typically found in operating rooms, according to ams.


Key features of
the NanEyeM include:

  • High-resolution 100-kpixel readout
    over an LVDA digital interface at a maximum rate of 49 frames per second (fps)
    at 62 MHz
  • 1-mm2 footprint
  • Supplied as a micro camera module
    (MCM) including a cable up to 2 meters in length
  • Custom multi-element lens for
    enhancing effective resolution of the sensor and reducing distortion
  • Provides better modulation transfer
    function (MTF) in the corners (>50%), lower distortion (
  • Also available in surface-mount chip

Key features of
the NanEyeXS include:

  • 0.46-mm2 footprint, one of the
    smallest on the market
  • 40-kpixel resolution at a maximum rate of 55 fps
    at 28 MHz
  • Supplied as an MCM
  • Smaller size enables the development of
    surgical devices with extremely small diameters or freeing up more space for
    working channels for larger devices

of the NanEyeM and NanEyeXS will be available in January 2019.