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21 March 2012

In response to customer demand, e2v increases production of its Ruby imaging sensors and ELiiXA+ line scan cameras using advanced CMOS imaging technology from TowerJazz

e2v, the global provider of high performance imaging solutions, and TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, today announced the increased production of e2v’s Ruby low light CMOS imaging sensors and the ELiiXA+ high speed, multi-line scan camera using TowerJazz’s advanced CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) technology.

e2v offers market leading systems and sensors integrating high end CMOS design for high performance imaging solutions. e2v’s imaging products allow for greater integration as well as significantly reduced system illumination costs and very low-light imaging in outdoor camera applications.

The Combination of e2v’s innovative solutions with the high performance manufacturing capabilities of TowerJazz has opened up new possibilities at system and sensor level, with the introduction of new System-on-Chip (SoC) and camera generations with innovative embedded features to address demanding applications.

Based on a strong relationship established over the last 6 years, e2v has been progressively increasing production, using TowerJazz’s advanced Fab2, to match demand for their advanced imaging sensor solutions. The ELiiXA+ line scan camera range and the Ruby family of imaging sensors were introduced in Nov 2011 and Sept 2011 respectively and demonstrate the successful relationship between e2v and TowerJazz.

Francois Thouret, divisional director for e2v’s high performance imaging solutions division said “We are pleased to have TowerJazz as our development and manufacturing partner as we increase production for high performance imaging markets.  Their leading CMOS imaging sensor technology is key to enabling excellent stitching performance and high yields, on which we have developed a rich IP portfolio. We are continuing to develop the next generation of CMOS imaging solutions by working closely with our customers in order to satisfy the need for more high performance and customised solutions. We value the capabilities and flexibility of a foundry partner like TowerJazz to meet our stringent requirements by offering superior process technology combined with outstanding customer support.”

Dr. Avi Strum, vice president and general manager of TowerJazz’s specialty business unit said “Our close R&D collaboration is key in making successful and high performing sensors. Our CIS process technology is a great enabler for companies like e2v making high end CIS products. In this case, high performing global shutter pixel knowhow was a key factor. We offer unique patented stitching solutions which are vital for some large scale industrial sensor applications. We are very proud of our collaboration with e2v, a company with an impressive track record of innovation and technological breakthroughs.”

TowerJazz is sponsoring and exhibiting at Image Sensors (IS) 2012 ( in London on March 20-22, 2012 and will showcase its CIS process offerings.


Jessica Broom, e2v Marketing Communication Manager           Tel: + 44 (0) 1 245 453 607

TowerJazz Company/Media Contact:

Lauri Julian

+1 949/435-8181

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About e2v

e2v is a leading global provider of specialist technology for high performance systems and equipment; delivering solutions, sub-systems and components for specialist applications within medical & science, aerospace & defence, and commercial & industrial markets. e2v has its headquarters in the UK, employs approximately 1500 people, has design and production facilities across Europe and North America, and has a global network of sales and technical support offices. For the year ended 31 March 2011, e2v reported sales of £229m and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information visit

About TowerJazz

Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ: TSEM, TASE: TSEM), its fully owned U.S. subsidiary Jazz Semiconductor Ltd., and its fully owned Japanese subsidiary TowerJazz Japan, Ltd., operate collectively under the brand name TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader. TowerJazz manufactures integrated circuits with geometries ranging from 1.0 to 0.13-micron, offering a broad range of customizable process technologies including: SiGe, BiCMOS, Mixed-Signal and RFCMOS, CMOS Image Sensor, Power Management (BCD), and Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) as well as CMOS and MEMS capabilities. TowerJazz also offers a world-class design enablement platform that complements its sophisticated technology and enables a quick and accurate design cycle. In addition, TowerJazz provides (TOPS) Technology Optimization Process Services to IDMs as well as fabless companies that need to expand capacity, or progress from an R&D line to a production line. To provide multi-fab sourcing, TowerJazz maintains two manufacturing facilities in Israel, one in the U.S., and one in Japan with additional capacity available in China through manufacturing partnerships. For more information, please visit