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Tower, CMT Medical develop flat-panel X-ray detectors

Posted: 21 Dec 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:partnership? flat panel? CMOS? image sensor?

Tower Semiconductor Ltd and CMT Medical Technologies Ltd have partnered to develop and market X-ray detectors for medical applications.

The detectors will be use for radiography/fluoroscopy, cardiology, angiography, mammography and similar large-size X-ray modalities. Large size detectors require the manufacturing of up to one die per eight-inch wafer, at high yields. Delivery of the first flat panel detectors is expected to begin in 2009.

"This new partnership is well aligned with CMT's strategy of continuous innovation that will enhance its ability to provide excellent cutting edge technologies to its strategic customers and strengthen its current partnerships," said Yossi Katzav, president and CEO of CMT.

"The partnership with CMT is an opportunity for Tower to transfer its technology innovation into strategic end product opportunities," said Avi Strum, general manager of CMOS image sensors and non-volatile memories at Tower. "CMT is a perfect partner that fits to Tower's technology with their vast experience and excellent and well recognized technology of digital systems in the X-ray medical market. We believe that this combination will help us win the market successfully".

The CMOS image sensor technology for X-ray detectors offers improved results compared to existing technologies in all aspects providing significantly better performance (speed, resolution, power consumption and sensitivity) and a lower cost, due to higher yields and SoC capabilities.

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