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Title: A Low-Noise High-Frame-Rate 1D-Decoding Readout Architecture for Stacked Image Sensors
Authors: Xhakoni, Adi ×
Le, Thai Ha
Gielen, Georges #
Issue Date: 24-Feb-2014
Publisher: IEEE Sensors Council
Series Title: IEEE Sensors Journal vol:14 issue:6 pages:1966-1973
Abstract: The continuously increasing array resolution of CMOS imagers poses a great challenge in combining high-frame-rate and low light detection in the same sensor. To cope with this, parallel readout architectures are needed. This paper proposes a readout architecture for 8K stacked image sensors, which uses a novel 1D decoding readout based on block-of-pixels and incremental-sigma-delta ADCs. The proposed 1D decoding system reduces the control lines of the pixels and allows a simpler decoding, an increased parallelism, and an improved robustness over process yield. The experimental results from a test chip implemented in a standard CIS technology show that at 10 μm pixel pitch, the proposed readout architecture can achieve a high-frame-rate of 730 frames/s and a low read noise of 1.4 e-. In a real stacked implementation, the frame rate can further increase to about 960 frames/s at 8K resolution, at the cost of a slight increase in thermal noise by 14 μV.
ISSN: 1530-437X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:ESAT - MICAS, Microelectronics and Sensors
× corresponding author
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