NETANYA, Israel Pure-play foundry Tower Semiconductor, Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel), and CMT Medical Technologies Ltd. (Yoqneam, Israel), a provider of advanced X-ray imaging systems for medical diagnosis, are partnering to develop X-ray detectors for medical applications.
The detectors are targeted at 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.
The companies say CMOS image sensor technology for these X-ray detectors is superior to the currently existing technologies.
"The partnership with CMT is an opportunity for Tower to transfer its technology innovation into strategic end product opportunities," said Dr. Avi Strum, general manager of CMOS image sensors and non-volatile memories at Tower Semiconductor Ltd. "CMT is a perfect partner that fits to Tower's technology with their vast experience and well recognized technology of digital systems in the X-ray medical market."
Russell Ellwanger, CEO, Tower Semiconductor, added, in a statement: "CMT has proven its capability as a leading digital imaging system provider to one of the largest OEMs in the X-ray medical systems area. In combining their market knowledge and integration strength with Tower's device and wafer level technical know how and IP portfolio, we expect to gain a leading share of this $500 million plus market by 2010".