THine Releases Chip for Medical and Industrial Applications

March 31, 2020 Perry Cohen

THine announced the release of the THCV243, a high-volume availability of its new MIPI CSI-2 serializer IC.

According to the company, the chip allows engineers to extend MIPI CSI-2 transmission to greater than 15 meters with a tiny 2.1mm x 2.9mm package. It also allows the reduction of a significant number of cables between the camera and processor board by aggregating the GPIO-type bidirectional control signals.

To extend the distance of higher resolution or frame rate of cameras the THCV243 serializes up to 4 lanes of MIPI CSI-2 signals and converts it into a single lane of V-by-One HS. Without the chip, the same features only have a transmission of about one foot.

"The demand for medical camera devices to be smaller and have higher resolution is very strong and growing because it enables patients' fast recovery due to minimizing invasive procedures and allowing improved surgeon performance," said Chief Solution Architect of THine Tak Iizuka, in a press release. "The small size and low power consumption features of the THCV243 are a perfect fit for medical endoscope applications."

Per the release, THCV243's companion chip, THCV242, deserializes the V-by-One HS signal generated by the THCV243 back to the original MIPI CSI-2 signal.

For more information, visit http://www.thine.co.jp/en

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