The South Korean semiconductor manufacturer has announced an image sensor for pill-size cameras that doctors can use to obtain accurate information about a patient’s digestive tract. The image sensor can take up to 50,000 photographs in an eight-hour tour of the patient’s insides by taking two pictures a second, according to the company.
Mass production will begin in the second half of 2005.
The MagnaChip sensor is particularly tuned to work in low-light conditions “as required, for example, in small-bowel analysis,” the company said. The chip is made using standard silicon processes, which is becoming more common in the image sensor market because it cuts costs.