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1. US20130215286 - Photoelectric conversion apparatus and image pickup system

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Claims

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a pixel array including a plurality of pixels arranged in a plurality of columns, each of the plurality of pixels including a photoelectric conversion unit, and each of the plurality of pixels further including a digital-signal output unit configured to output a digital signal based on an output of the photoelectric conversion unit;
bus lines each arranged in correspondence with one of the plurality of columns, and each configured to output the digital signal from the digital-signal output unit in a pixel of the plurality of pixels; and
a control unit configured to control the digital-signal output unit to switch number of bits of the digital signal.
2. The photoelectric conversion apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the digital-signal output unit includes an analog-to-digital conversion unit.
3. The photoelectric conversion apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the control unit controls the digital-signal output unit to output the digital signal with a first number of bits, and switches the digital-signal output unit to output the digital signal with a second number of bits larger than the first number, in accordance with a detection of an event.
4. The photoelectric conversion apparatus according to claim 3, wherein the event is any one of a moving object, a human body, and a face, and a combination thereof.
5. The photoelectric conversion apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the control unit controls, in a first mode, the digital-signal output unit to output the digital signal of 1-bit.
6. The photoelectric conversion apparatus according to claim 5, wherein an edge detection is performed based on the digital signal of 1-bit.
7. The photoelectric conversion apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the digital signal unit includes a counter driven by a clock signal, wherein
the control unit switches a frequency of the clock signal to switch the number of bits of the digital signal.
8. The photoelectric conversion apparatus according to claim 1, wherein
the digital-signal output unit includes a digital memory for storing the digital signal, wherein
the control unit switches the number of bits of the digital signal output from the digital memory so as to switch the number of bits of the digital signal output from the digital-signal output unit.
9. The photoelectric conversion apparatus according to claim 8, wherein the digital-signal output unit performs a difference operation between adjacent pixels.
10. The photoelectric conversion apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising:
an optical system for forming an image on the plurality of pixels; and
a video-signal processing unit configured to perform processing on a signal output from the photoelectric conversion apparatus and to generate an image data.
11. The photoelectric conversion apparatus according to claim 1,
wherein, when a moving object is not detected in an image-capturing scene, the control unit controls the digital-signal output unit to output the digital signal with a first number of bits, and
wherein, when the moving object is detected in the image-capturing scene, the control unit controls the digital-signal output unit to output the digital signal with a second number of bits larger than the first number.
12. The photoelectric conversion apparatus according to claim 1,
wherein, when a face is not detected in an image-capturing scene, the control unit controls the digital-signal output unit to output the digital signal with a first number of bits, and
wherein, when the face is detected in the image-capturing scene, the control unit controls the digital-signal output unit to output the digital signal with a second number of bits larger than the first number.
13. The photoelectric conversion apparatus according to claim 1,
wherein, when a human body is not detected in an image-capturing scene, the control unit controls the digital-signal output unit to output the digital signal with a first number of bits, and
wherein, when the human body is detected in the image-capturing scene, the control unit controls the digital-signal output unit to output the digital signal with a second number of bits larger than the first number.