Tuesday, June 18, 2024

OMNIVISION Announces Smallest Camera Module for 3D Intraoral Dental Scanners

As we all know, intraoral scanners are gaining serious acceptance in dentistry.  A recent survey I saw (unfortunately can't remember where)  stated that digital impression scanners are now in over 30% of dental offices.  Personally, my gut tells me that percentage is probably a bit higher, but it goes without saying that if an office doesn't yet have a scanner, it is for sure on the 'want list', probably sooner as opposed to later.

Of course one of the part of intraoral scanners that doctors would like improvement in is the size of the wand.  Many units are still a bit too bulky for some users and/or some applications.  Every scanner that I am aware of works and works well yet, when working in the mouth, normally smaller is better.  Like any kind of tech, as things progress and improve the footprint gets smaller.  Units from around 2010 were considerably larger than today's devices, but they could certainly reduce in size for easier access in the mouth.

Progress is being made in that direction and the post for today is from a press release by OMNIVISION.  The company makes the chips that can be used in intraoral scanners and they are announcing the availability of a new device called the CamerCubeChip®.  This is good news because the chip inside the scanning wand determines how big that wand needs to be.  Smaller chips should lead to smaller scanning wands... and that is great news for the industry.  Here is all of the info and links:

New OCH2B30 CameraCubeChip® module is a compact wafer-level module with superior video quality


OMNIVISION, a leading global developer of semiconductor solutions, including advanced digital imaging, analog, and touch & display technology, today announced the new OCH2B30 camera module for three-dimensional (3D) intraoral dental scanners. The OCH2B30 features a compact CameraCubeChip® package in an ultra-small form factor (2.6 mm x 2.6 mm) with exceedingly high image quality and MIPI interface for cameras in benchtop, standalone and portable intraoral scanners.

 “Intraoral scanners are quickly replacing the use of traditional dental impression in dentistry today. We are leveraging our proven technology from the medical endoscopy market to help advance intraoral scanners for dentistry,” said Aaron Chiang, marketing director, OMNIVISION. “Our CameraCubeChip® technology enables the smallest camera modules for 3D intraoral dental scanners. Similar in size to the actual CMOS image sensor inside the camera, the CameraCubeChip® enables ultra-compact, high-resolution cameras, which is especially important when there are multiple cameras in each scanning device. We expect the new OCH2B30 camera module to play an important role in driving the growth of the intraoral dental scanner market and, ultimately, in improving patient care.”

 The global dental intraoral scanner market is growing with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.1% in the forecast period of 2023 to 2030 and is expected to reach USD 1,325.80 million by 2030 from USD 573.76 million in 2022.1 This growth is being driven by the increasing demand for cosmetic dentistry, the prevalence of dental diseases and new technological advancements in dentistry. Intraoral scanners are used primarily by orthodontists, endodontists, periodontists, prosthodontists and general dentists.

 The OCH2B30 camera module has a 2-megapixel (MP) resolution square-format CMOS image sensor with a 1.12-micron (µm) pixel built on OMNIVISION’s latest PureCel®Plus-S stacked-die technology, which enables its ultra-small size. At 1500 x 1500 resolution, the OCH2B30 achieves 60 frames per second (fps), and at 720p resolution, 120 fps.

 Medical Certifications Streamline FDA Approval Process

OMNIVISION is ISO13485-certified. The OCH2B30 is tested for EMC/EMI compliance and sterilization, and it is biocompatible and waterproof. Because it passes OMNIVISION’s rigorous production testing, it is guaranteed to be within the stated electrical, mechanical and optimal specifications, and hence does not require tuning or calibration.

 Samples of the OCH2B30 CameraCubeChip® are available now and in mass production. For more information, contact your OMNIVISION sales representative: www.ovt.com/contact-sales.


OMNIVISION is a global fabless semiconductor organization that develops advanced digital imaging, analog, and touch & display solutions for multiple applications and industries, including mobile phones, security and surveillance, automotive, computing, medical, machine vision and emerging applications. Its award-winning, innovative technologies enable a smoother human/machine interface in many of today’s commercial devices. Find out more at www.ovt.com.

 1Source: Data Bridge Market Research: Global Dental Intraoral Scanners Market – Industry Trends and Forecast to 2030. Published July 2023. https://www.databridgemarketresearch.com/reports/global-dental-intraoral-scanners-market

 PureCel®Plus-S, CameraCubeChip®, OMNIVISION® and the OMNIVISION logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of OMNIVISION. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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