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1. WO2010033127 - RESPONSE-ENHANCED MONOLITHIC-HYBRID PIXEL

Publication Number WO/2010/033127
Publication Date 25.03.2010
International Application No. PCT/US2008/077209
International Filing Date 22.09.2008
IPC
H01L 27/146 2006.1
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
27Devices consisting of a plurality of semiconductor or other solid-state components formed in or on a common substrate
14including semiconductor components sensitive to infra-red radiation, light, electromagnetic radiation of shorter wavelength or corpuscular radiation and specially adapted either for the conversion of the energy of such radiation into electrical energy or for the control of electrical energy by such radiation
144Devices controlled by radiation
146Imager structures
CPC
H01L 27/14609
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
27Devices consisting of a plurality of semiconductor or other solid-state components formed in or on a common substrate
14including semiconductor components sensitive to infra-red radiation, light, electromagnetic radiation of shorter wavelength or corpuscular radiation and specially adapted either for the conversion of the energy of such radiation into electrical energy or for the control of electrical energy by such radiation
144Devices controlled by radiation
146Imager structures
14601Structural or functional details thereof
14609Pixel-elements with integrated switching, control, storage or amplification elements
H04N 2209/047
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
2209Details of colour television systems
04Picture signal generators
041using solid-state devices
042having a single pick-up sensor
047using multispectral pick-up elements
H04N 5/332
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
5Details of television systems
30Transforming light or analogous information into electric information
33Transforming infra-red radiation
332Multispectral imaging comprising at least a part of the infrared region
H04N 5/369
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
5Details of television systems
30Transforming light or analogous information into electric information
335using solid-state image sensors [SSIS]
369SSIS architecture; Circuitry associated therewith
H04N 5/3745
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
5Details of television systems
30Transforming light or analogous information into electric information
335using solid-state image sensors [SSIS]
369SSIS architecture; Circuitry associated therewith
374Addressed sensors, e.g. MOS or CMOS sensors
3745having additional components embedded within a pixel or connected to a group of pixels within a sensor matrix, e.g. memories, A/D converters, pixel amplifiers, shared circuits or shared components
H04N 9/0451
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
9Details of colour television systems
04Picture signal generators
045using solid-state devices
0451characterized by colour imaging operations
Applicants
  • SIONYX, INC. [US]/[US] (AllExceptUS)
  • VEEDER, Kenton [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
Inventors
  • VEEDER, Kenton
Agents
  • HALLAJ, Ibrahim
Priority Data
Publication Language English (en)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) RESPONSE-ENHANCED MONOLITHIC-HYBRID PIXEL
(FR) PIXEL HYBRIDE MONOLITHIQUE À RÉPONSE AMÉLIORÉE
Abstract
(EN) A light-sensing pixel is described that includes more than one detector element, each of which is sensitive to a range of wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum. The detectors are arranged in a readout circuit that can be constructed on a monolithic semiconductor product such that one or more of the detectors can be switched on or off to include or exclude an output contribution from said detectors and enhance the response of the pixel. Also, the detectors can included a laser-treated semiconductor sensor for efficient sensing of radiation in one or more regions of the spectrum. Arrays and imaging products using such pixels are disclosed.
(FR) L'invention concerne un pixel détectant la lumière comprenant plusieurs éléments de détecteur, chacun étant sensible à une plage de longueurs d'ondes du spectre électromagnétique. Les détecteurs sont agencés dans un circuit de lecture qui peut être construit sur un produit semi-conducteur monolithique, de telle sorte qu'un ou plusieurs des détecteurs puissent être activés ou désactivés pour inclure ou exclure une contribution de sortie desdits détecteurs et améliorer la réponse du pixel. De plus, les détecteurs peuvent comprendre un capteur à semi-conducteurs traité au laser pour une détection efficace du rayonnement dans une ou plusieurs régions du spectre. Des matrices et des produits d'imagerie utilisant ces pixels sont décrits.
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