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1. (WO2019050743) IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE, PIXEL, AND METHOD PROVIDING IMPROVED PHASE DETECTION AUTO-FOCUS PERFORMANCE
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Pub. No.: WO/2019/050743 International Application No.: PCT/US2018/048581
Publication Date: 14.03.2019 International Filing Date: 29.08.2018
IPC:
H04N 5/3745 (2011.01) ,H04N 5/232 (2006.01)
H ELECTRICITY
04
ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
N
PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
5
Details of television systems
30
Transforming light or analogous information into electric information
335
using solid-state image sensors [SSIS]
369
SSIS architecture; Circuitry associated therewith
374
Addressed sensors, e.g. MOS or CMOS sensors
3745
having 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
H ELECTRICITY
04
ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
N
PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
5
Details of television systems
222
Studio circuitry; Studio devices; Studio equipment
225
Television cameras
232
Devices for controlling television cameras, e.g. remote control
Applicants:
APPLE INC. [US/US]; One Apple Park Way Cupertino, California 95014, US
Inventors:
LI, Xiangli; US
PATEL, Manoj C.; US
Agent:
HEMENWAY, S. Craig; US
ASARO, Elissa; US
ATKINSON, David S.; US
SCHULTE, Timothy R.; US
GUGGENHEIMER, Benno M.; US
NAGLE, Peter J.; US
OSTERLOTH, Gregory W.; US
PRENDERGAST, Paul J.; US
JARVIS, Peter M.; US
JONAS, Tamala R.; US
TREECE, Randolph E.; US
Priority Data:
15/699,80608.09.2017US
Title (EN) IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE, PIXEL, AND METHOD PROVIDING IMPROVED PHASE DETECTION AUTO-FOCUS PERFORMANCE
(FR) DISPOSITIF DE CAPTURE D'IMAGE, PIXEL ET PROCÉDÉ PERMETTANT DE MEILLEURES PERFORMANCES DE MISE AU POINT AUTOMATIQUE DE DÉTECTION DE PHASE
Abstract:
(EN) An image capture device, pixel, and method of determining a focus setting for an image capture device are described. The image capture device includes an imaging area and a pixel readout circuit. The imaging area includes a plurality of pixels. The plurality of pixels includes multiple pixels in which each pixel of the multiple pixels includes a two-dimensional array of photodetectors and a microlens. Each photodetector in the array of photodetectors for a pixel is electrically isolated from each other photodetector in the array of photodetectors. A microlens is disposed over the array of photodetectors for the pixel. The pixel readout circuit includes, per pixel, a shared readout circuit associated with the array of photodetectors for the pixel and a set of charge transfer transistors. Each charge transfer transistor is operable to connect a photodetector in the array of photodetectors to the shared readout circuit.
(FR) L'invention concerne un dispositif de capture d'image, un pixel et un procédé de détermination d'un réglage de mise au point pour un dispositif de capture d'image. Le dispositif de capture d'image comprend une zone d'imagerie et un circuit de lecture de pixels. La zone d'imagerie contient une pluralité de pixels. La pluralité de pixels contient de multiples pixels. Chaque pixel parmi les multiples pixels comporte une matrice bidimensionnelle de photodétecteurs et une microlentille. Chaque photodétecteur de la matrice de photodétecteurs associée à un pixel est isolé électriquement de chaque autre photodétecteur de la matrice de photodétecteurs. Une microlentille est disposée sur la matrice de photodétecteurs associée au pixel. Le circuit de lecture de pixels comprend, par pixel, un circuit de lecture partagé associé à la matrice de photodétecteurs associée au pixel et un ensemble de transistors de transfert de charge. Chaque transistor de transfert de charge peut servir à raccorder un photodétecteur de la matrice de photodétecteurs au circuit de lecture partagé.
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African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) (BW, GH, GM, KE, LR, LS, MW, MZ, NA, RW, SD, SL, ST, SZ, TZ, UG, ZM, ZW)
Eurasian Patent Office (AM, AZ, BY, KG, KZ, RU, TJ, TM)
European Patent Office (EPO) (AL, AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LT, LU, LV, MC, MK, MT, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, RS, SE, SI, SK, SM, TR)
African Intellectual Property Organization (BF, BJ, CF, CG, CI, CM, GA, GN, GQ, GW, KM, ML, MR, NE, SN, TD, TG)
Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)