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We present a CMOS image sensor capable of both voltage- and current-mode operations. Each pixel on the image has a single transistor acting as either source follower for voltage readout, or transconductor for current readout. The two modes share the same readout lines, but have their own correlated double sampling (CDS) units for noise suppression. We also propose a novel current-mode readout technique using a velocity saturated short-channel transistor, which achieves high linearity. The 300x200 image array is a mixture of 3 types of pixels with identical photodiodes and access switches; while the readout transistors are sized for their designated mode of operation. This ensures a fair comparison on the performance of the different modes.
CMOS imager, Image sensor, current-mode, voltage-mode image sensor
Zheng Yang, Viktor Gruev, and Jan Van der Spiegel, "A CMOS Linear Voltage/Current Dual-Mode Imager", . May 2006.
Date Posted: 27 June 2007
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