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1. (WO2017203839) SOLID-STATE IMAGING ELEMENT AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/203839    International Application No.:    PCT/JP2017/013914
Publication Date: Fri Dec 01 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Tue Apr 04 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: H04N 5/374
H01L 27/146
Applicants: SONY CORPORATION
ソニー株式会社
Inventors: ABE, Takashi
阿部 高志
YAMAMURA, Ikuhiro
山村 育弘
Title: SOLID-STATE IMAGING ELEMENT AND IMAGING APPARATUS
Abstract:
The present invention enables switching of pixel conversion efficiency while preventing an increase in pixel area. This solid-state imaging element is provided with: a plurality of pixels; a pixel connection unit; and a pixel reset unit. Each of the pixels is provided with: a photoelectric conversion unit that generates charges corresponding to light that has been received; a charge holding unit that holds the generated charges; and a signal generation unit that generates a signal corresponding to the held charges as an image signal. The pixel connection unit causes the charge holding unit in each of the plurality of pixels to hold the charges generated by the photoelectric conversion unit in one of the pixels, by forming electrical connections among the charge holding units in the plurality of pixels. The pixel reset unit discharges and resets the charges of the charge holding unit in each of the pixels when the pixel connection unit forms electrical connections among the charge holding units in the plurality of the pixels.