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US20080291311 IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, FOCUS DETECTION DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING FOCUS DETECTION DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS  
An image pickup device includes a pixel unit which has first pixels and second pixels. A first photoelectric conversion unit is configured to generate charges corresponding to light incident upon...
US20080284888 Image Pickup Device and Image Pickup Result Outputting Method  
The present invention is applied to an image pickup device with a CMOS solid-state image pickup element, in which an analog-to-digital conversion circuit is disposed in a surface on an opposite...
US20110199518 IMAGE SENSOR WITH IMPROVED BLACK LEVEL CALIBRATION  
An imaging system capable of black level calibration includes an imaging pixel array, at least one black reference pixel, and peripheral circuitry. The imaging pixel array includes a plurality of...
US20080111906 Pixel circuit of CMOS image sensor for dual capture and structure thereof  
Provided is a pixel circuit in a CMOS image sensor, a structure thereof, and a method of operating the same. The pixel includes: a photodiode; a floating diffusion node connected to the photodiode...
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A system which operates to determine temperature of an image sensor using the same signal chain that is used to detect the image sensor actual outputs. A correlated double sampling circuit is used...
US20150042853 SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND CAMERA SYSTEM  
A solid-state imaging device includes: a pixel unit in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix pattern; and a pixel signal read-out unit including an AD conversion unit performing AD...
US20100177213 Integrator, delta-sigma modulator, analog-to-digital converter and applications thereof  
In one embodiment, the modulator in an analog-to-digital converter includes a first reset switch and second reset switch, each controlled by a reset signal. The first reset switch is connected in...
US20100073539 SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE  
The solid-state imaging device which includes unit pixels arranged in a matrix pattern, and adds signals from the unit pixels, includes: column signal lines which transmit the signals from the...
US20090225210 IMAGING DEVICE  
A solid-state imaging device, a line sensor and an optical sensor for enhancing a wide dynamic range while keeping high sensitivity with a high S/N ratio, and a method of operating a solid-state...
US20150229861 SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING DEVICE, AND SIGNAL READING METHOD  
A solid-state imaging device includes: first electrode pads formed on a first substrate on which photoelectric conversion elements included in pixels are arranged; second electrode pads formed on...
US20090021625 Solid-State Imaging Device  
According to the present invention, as a structure of a pixel section (10), in each of columns from a first to a m-th column, a plurality of pixel signals outputted from a plurality of pixels...
US20150049226 SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSING DEVICE AND CAMERA SYSTEM WITH DIVIDED PIXELS  
A solid-state image sensing device includes: a pixel part in which pixels are arranged in a matrix; and a pixel signal readout part including an AD conversion part that analog-digital...
US20080303932 ISOLATION STRUCTURE FOR IMAGE SENSOR DEVICE  
Provided is an image sensor device including a substrate with a pixel region and a peripheral region. A first isolation structure is formed on the substrate in the pixel region. The first...
US20090059048 IMAGE SENSOR WITH HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE IN DOWN-SAMPLING MODE  
An image sensor has an array of photo-sensitive pixels and supports a line-by-line read out of rows. In a normal resolution each row has the same nominal gain and exposure time. In a down-sampling...
US20050104986 Low energy consumption imager through operation technique  
A CMOS image sensor includes a plurality of pixels each having a photo-sensitive element that receives light that is converted into charge and conversion circuitry that converts the charge into a...
US20090303367 SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS  
A solid-state imaging apparatus including: a pixel section having two-dimensionally arranged pixels each containing a photoelectric conversion device for converting a light signal into a signal...
US20080158402 SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE  
A solid-state imaging device includes a sharing pixel block having k (where k is a natural number other than 1) pixel transistors corresponding to n (where n is a natural number other than 1)...
US20090251579 Image Sensor Circuit  
An image sensor circuit includes a CMOS image sensor with light sensitive pixels arranged in rows and columns and a readout circuitry. The readout circuitry includes storage means with a CDS stage...
US20070120993 SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME  
In realizing an entire-screen simultaneous shutter function using a solid-state imaging device having a device structure as a CMOS solid-state imaging device, the restriction undergone by exposure...
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A transistor of a pixel cell for use in a CMOS imager with a low threshold voltage of less than about 0.4 V is disclosed. The transistor is provided with high dosage source and drain regions...
US20120050595 INCREASING READOUT SPEED IN CMOS APS SENSORS THROUGH GROUP READOUT  
A method and associated architecture for dividing column readout circuitry in an active pixel sensor in a manner which reduces the parasitic capacitance on the readout line. In a preferred...
US20080278615 Solid-state image pickup device and camera system  
A solid-state image pickup device, including: a pixel section including at least one pixel circuit including a mechanism for converting an optical signal into an electric signal and accumulating...
US20100066882 SOLID-STATE IMAGE CAPTURING ELEMENT AND ELECTRONIC INFORMATION DEVICE  
A solid-state image capturing element according to the present invention includes a pixel array section, in which a well layer is disposed above a semiconductor substrate or a semiconductor region...
US20100060766 Solid-state imaging device and camera  
A solid-state imaging device includes a pixel array unit in which pixels having photoelectric converting elements configured to accumulate electric signals in accordance with the quantity of...
US20080278614 SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE HAVING A PLURALITY OF LINES FORMED IN AT LEAST TWO LAYERS ON SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATE  
In a MOS-type solid-state imaging device 1, in pixels 101 to 104 in which lines in an upper layer (charge transfer lines 1018 to 1048) are formed in shifted positions located toward a center L1 of...
US20120075514 Hybrid Camera Sensor for Night Vision and Day Color Vision  
A hybrid imaging array and method for using the same is disclosed. The image array includes a low-light imaging array and a color imaging array. The two imaging arrays can be utilized separately...
US20110176023 UNIT PICTURE ELEMENTS, BACK-SIDE ILLUMINATION CMOS IMAGE SENSORS INCLUDING THE UNIT PICTURE ELEMENTS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THE UNIT PICTURE ELEMENTS  
Unit picture elements including photon-refracting microlenses. A unit picture element may include a photodiode, a metal layer, and a photo-refracting microlens. The photon-refracting microlens may...
US20090278969 SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND CAMERA SYSTEM  
A solid-state image pickup device and a camera system in which: (1) counters are organized into a counter group and a memory group on a column-by-column basis; (2) in each column, the individual...
US20120224090 SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, CAMERA, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE  
Disclosed is a solid-state imaging device which includes an imaging region including pixels arranged two-dimensionally, each of the pixels including a photoelectric conversion element and a...
US20120033121 SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE  
According to one embodiment, a pixel that outputs a photoelectrically-converted pixel signal, a column ADC circuit that converts the pixel signal output from the pixel into a digital value, a...
US20120146947 Optical Touch-Screen Imager  
Embodiments of an apparatus comprising a CMOS image sensor including a pixel array formed in a substrate and a light guide formed on the substrate to receive light traveling in a plane parallel to...
US20090213259 Correlation Double Sampling Circuit for Image Sensor  
A correlation double sampling (CDS) circuit for sampling a reset signal and a light-sensing signal outputted from a pixel column of an image sensor includes two sampling capacitors and four...
US20120099011 CMOS IMAGER WITH INTEGRATED CIRCUITRY  
A CMOS imager is integrated on a single substrate along with logic and support circuitry for decoding and processing optical information received by the CMOS imager. Integrating a CMOS imager and...
US20110228153 CMOS IMAGER WITH INTEGRATED CIRCUITRY  
A CMOS imager is integrated on a single substrate along with logic and support circuitry for decoding and processing optical information received by the CMOS imager. Integrating a CMOS imager and...
US20110199525 METHOD AND APPARATUS PROVIDING PIXEL STORAGE GATE CHARGE SENSING FOR ELECTRONIC STABILIZATION IN IMAGERS  
An imaging device that stores charge from a photosensor under at least one storage gate. A driver used to operate the at least one storage gate, senses how much charge was transferred to the...
US20080291310 Imager and system utilizing pixel with internal reset control and method of operating same  
A pixel having no dedicated reset control line. By using the voltage on the column line to control the gate of the reset transistor, there is no need to provide a dedicate reset control line.
US20110109781 SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME  
According to one embodiment, a solid state imaging device includes a first photodiode, a first transistor, a floating diffusion, a second transistor, a third transistor. The first photodiode...
US20140347537 IMAGING SENSOR CAPABLE OF PHASE DIFFERENCE FOCUS DETECTION  
An imaging device capable of phase difference focus detection is described. The imaging device includes a plurality of pixels that are 2-dimensionally arranged and which receive image light. At...
US20130088620 METHOD OF CONTROLLING A SYSTEM INCLUDING AN IMAGE SENSOR AND A LIGHT SOURCE  
A method for driving a sensor comprises, during a first time interval, generating a first type sensor value by repeatedly generating alternating periods of sensitivity and insensitivity of at...
US20140368704 IMAGING DEVICE AND CAMERA SYSTEM INCLUDING SENSE CIRCUITS TO MAKE BINARY DECISION  
An imaging device includes: a pixel array section having an array of pixels, each of which has a photoelectric converting device and outputs an electric signal according to an input photon; a...
US20140009653 IMAGING DEVICE AND CAMERA SYSTEM INCLUDING SENSE CIRCUITS TO MAKE BINARY DECISION  
An imaging device includes: a pixel array section having an array of pixels, each of which has a photoelectric converting device and outputs an electric signal according to an input photon; a...
US20080106627 IMAGING DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SOLID IMAGING ELEMENT  
An imaging device capable of suppressing the complexity of a constitution and reducing the dispersion of brightness sensitivities of individual solid imaging elements to the temperature includes a...
US20100073524 SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR CORRECTION OF DARK CURRENT ERROR IN SEMICONDUCTOR IMAGING DEVICES  
Detection cells configured to output signals for dark current error correction. Various embodiments of detection cells accumulate dark charge supplied by dark current sources, and output dark...
US20070035649 Image pixel reset through dual conversion gain gate  
An imager with pixels having dual conversion gain. Each pixel has a dual conversion gain element coupled between two floating diffusion regions. When activated, the dual conversion gain element...
US20090295966 SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND CAMERA  
A column amplifier includes: a load transistor having a gate for receiving a fixed potential; a drive unit configured to drive a current having a current value in accordance with a potential of...
US20110115958 Solid-State imaging device and load current source circuit  
Disclosed herein is a solid-state imaging device including: a plurality of pixel circuits each of which converts an optical signal into a pixel signal; a load current source circuit adapted to...
US20060044439 Image pickup device and image pickup system  
Unit cells each having a plurality of photodiodes 101a and 101b, a plurality of transfer MOSFETs 102a and 102b provided in correspondence to the plurality of photodiodes, respectively and a common...
US20090128659 IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS  
This invention provides an image pickup device comprising a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion unit, a semiconductor area to which a signal from the photoelectric...
US20130113969 METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING IMPROVED FULL WELL CAPACITY IN AN IMAGE SENSOR PIXEL  
Techniques and mechanisms for improving full well capacity for pixel structures in an image sensor. In an embodiment, a first pixel structure of the image sensor includes an implant region, where...
US20090153716 SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS  
A solid state imaging device is provided and includes: a semiconductor substrate a photoelectric conversion element including a pair of electrodes and a photoelectric conversion layer sandwiched...