CMT Medical, Tower Semiconductor to develop x-ray medical detectors

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Tower Semiconductor, a manufacturer of integrated circuits, and CMT Medical Technologies, a provider of digital x-ray imaging systems for medical diagnosis, have formed a partnership to develop and market x-ray detectors for medical applications.

The Israel-based companies said that the detectors’ intended use is for radiography, fluoroscopy, cardiology, angiography, mammography and other large-size x-ray modalities. Large-size detectors require the manufacturing of up to one die per eight-inch wafer, at high yields, according to the companies.

Tower and CMT expect to deliver their first flat-panel detectors in 2009.