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1. US20160182842 - Imaging device and electronic apparatus with upper and lower substrates

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Claims

1. An imaging device comprising:
an upper substrate, including:
a pixel that receives incident light and that generates a signal in response to the received incident light;
a transistor, wherein a gate of the transistor is configured to receive the signal generated by the pixel, wherein a source of the transistor is configured to receive a ramp voltage, and wherein a drain of the transistor is connected to a buffer; and
a lower substrate, including:
a latch circuit, wherein the latch circuit stores a signal based on an output of the transistor.
2. The imaging device according to claim 1, wherein a power-supply voltage for the upper substrate is higher than a power-supply voltage of a circuit of a later stage.
3. The imaging device according to claim 2, wherein a power-supply voltage of the latch circuit is lower than the power-supply voltage of the circuit of the later stage.
4. The imaging device according to claim 1, wherein a power-supply voltage of the upper substrate is higher than a power-supply voltage of the lower substrate.
5. The imaging device according to claim 1, wherein an analog circuit is provided on the upper substrate, and a digital circuit is provided on the lower substrate.
6. The imaging device according to claim 1, wherein
a comparator and a storage unit are formed with Negative channel Metal Oxide Semiconductors (NMOSs), and
the comparator and the storage unit have the same high voltage power supply, and have different low voltage power supplies.
7. The imaging device according to claim 1, wherein
a comparator and a storage unit are formed with Positive channel Metal Oxide Semiconductors (PMOSs), and
the comparator and the storage unit have the same low voltage power supply, and have different high voltage power supplies.
8. The imaging device according to claim 1, wherein, of transistors included in a storage unit, a transistor configured to receive a signal from a comparator is made to have a high withstand voltage.
9. An electronic apparatus comprising:
an imaging device including:
an upper substrate, including:
a pixel that receives incident light and that generates a signal in response to the received incident light;
a transistor, wherein a gate of the transistor is configured to receive the signal generated by the pixel, wherein a source of the transistor is configured to receive a ramp voltage, and wherein a drain of the transistor is connected to a buffer; and
a lower substrate, including:
a latch circuit, wherein the latch circuit stores a signal based on an output of the transistor;
and
a signal processing unit configured to perform signal processing on a signal output from the imaging device.
10. An imaging device comprising:
an upper substrate, including:
a photoelectric conversion element that is operable to convert incident light into a signal;
a transfer transistor coupled to the photoelectric conversion element;
a floating diffusion region coupled to the transfer transistor;
a reset transistor coupled to the floating diffusion region;
a comparing transistor, wherein a gate of the comparing transistor is coupled to the floating diffusion region, wherein a first one of a drain and a source of the comparing transistor is coupled to a ramp voltage, and wherein a second one of the drain and the source of the comparing transistor is connected to a buffer; and
a lower substrate, including:
a latch circuit coupled to the second one of the drain and the source of the comparing transistor via the buffer.
11. The imaging device according to claim 10, further comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements.
12. The imaging device according to claim 11, further comprising:
a plurality of transfer transistors, wherein each photoelectric conversion element of the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements is connected to a respective one of the transfer transistors.
13. The imaging device according to claim 12, wherein the floating diffusion is shared by the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements.
14. The imaging device according to claim 13, wherein each of the photoelectric conversion elements in the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements is selectively connected to the floating diffusion by the respective one of the transfer transistors.
15. The imaging device according to claim 13, wherein the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements includes four photoelectric conversion elements.
16. The imaging device according to claim 15, wherein the four photoelectric conversion elements are arranged as a block of 2×2 pixels.
17. The imaging device according to claim 10, wherein the upper substrate includes the buffer.
18. The imaging device according to claim 10, wherein the latch circuit is formed using Positive channel Metal Oxide Semiconductors.