Omnivision Technologies Patent Grants

Lens-free imaging system and method for detecting particles in sample deposited on image sensor

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9574989
A lens-free imaging system for detecting particles in a sample deposited on image sensor includes a fluidic chamber for holding a sample and an image sensor for imaging the sample, wherein the image sensor has a light receiving surface and a plurality of photosensitive pixels disposed underneath the light receiving surface, and wherein the fluidic chamber formed at least in part by the light receiving surface. A method for detecting particles of interest in a sample deposited on an image…

High-throughput fluorescence imaging system and device with sample heating capability, and associated methods

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9574991
A high-throughput fluorescence imaging system with sample heating capability includes an image sensor wafer with a plurality of image sensors for fluorescence imaging a plurality of samples disposed in a respective plurality of fluidic channels on the image sensor wafer. The high-throughput fluorescence imaging system further includes a heating module, thermally coupled with the image sensor wafer, for heating the samples. A method for high-throughput assay processing includes modulating…

Panel carrier for a liquid crystal on silicon panel and method for electrically interconnecting same

Granted: February 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9568789
A liquid-crystal-on-silicon (LCOS) panel includes a wafer having bond pads thereon, a liquid crystal layer, and a conductive layer. The panel carrier for the LCOS panel includes a conductive-layer electrode for electrically connecting the conductive layer to a printed circuit assembly (PCA), address electrodes for electrically connecting the bond pads to the PCA, and a cavity for holding the LCOS panel. The cavity includes a conductive pad for electrically connecting the conductive layer…

Dual-mode image sensor with a signal-separating color filter array, and method for same

Granted: February 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9570491
A dual-mode image sensor with a signal-separating CFA includes a substrate including a plurality of photodiode regions and a plurality of tall spectral filters having a uniform first height and for transmitting a first electromagnetic wavelength range. Each of the tall spectral filters is disposed on the substrate and aligned with a respective photodiode region. The image sensor also includes a plurality of short spectral filters for transmitting one or more spectral bands within a…

Entrenched transfer gate

Granted: February 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9570507
An image sensor pixel includes a semiconductor layer, a photosensitive region to accumulate photo-generated charge, a floating node, a trench, and an entrenched transfer gate. The photosensitive region and the trench are disposed within the semiconductor layer. The trench extends into the semiconductor layer between the photosensitive region and the floating node and the entrenched transfer gate is disposed within the trench to control transfer of the photo-generated charge from the…

Split pixel high dynamic range sensor

Granted: February 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9571763
A method of reading out a pixel includes photogenerating charge carriers during a single integration time in photodetectors of each one of a plurality of sub-pixels included in the pixel. Each one of the plurality of sub-pixels of the pixel has a same color filter. A floating diffusion node of the pixel is reset. The floating diffusion node is sampled to generate a reset output sample signal. Charge carriers that were photogenerated in a first portion of the plurality of sub-pixels are…

Image sensor power supply rejection ratio improvement through ramp generator in continuous time readout circuitry

Granted: February 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9571775
A ramp generator for use in readout circuitry includes an integrator coupled to receive a ramp generator input reference signal to generate a reference ramp signal coupled to be received by an analog to digital converter. A power supply compensation circuit that is coupled to generate the ramp generator input reference signal includes a delay circuit including a variable resistor and a filter capacitor coupled to receive a power supply signal. The variable resistor is tuned to match a…

Hard mask as contact etch stop layer in image sensors

Granted: February 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9564470
A method of image sensor fabrication includes forming a layer of dielectric material, a layer of gate material, and a layer of hard mask material. The layer of dielectric material is disposed between the layer of gate material and a semiconductor material, and the layer of gate material is disposed between the layer of hard mask material and the layer of dielectric material. The method also includes etching the layer of hard mask material and layer of gate material, and etching forms a…

Image sensor with enhanced quantum efficiency

Granted: February 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9565405
A back side illuminated image sensor includes a pixel array including semiconductor material, and image sensor circuitry disposed on a front side of the semiconductor material to control operation of the pixel array. A first pixel includes a first doped region disposed proximate to a back side of the semiconductor material and extends into the semiconductor material a first depth to reach the image sensor circuitry. A second pixel with a second doped region is disposed proximate to the…

Ball grid array and land grid array having modified footprint

Granted: January 31, 2017
Patent Number: 9560771
An apparatus includes a substrate having a surface and a plurality of solder balls arranged on the surface to form a ball grid array. A portion of the plurality of solder balls is arranged to have a pitch between adjacent solder balls. The adjacent solder balls having the pitch have a shape of a truncated sphere. At least one solder ball of the plurality of solder balls is included in a solder island on the surface having a shape that is different than the shape of the truncated sphere.

Back-illuminated sensor chips

Granted: January 24, 2017
Patent Number: 9553123
A back-illuminated sensor chip is disclosed, which includes one or more pixel areas each including a plurality of pixels located in a plane and arranged in a matrix. Each pixel area includes: a central portion consisting of a plurality of first pixels located in vicinity of a center of the pixel area; and a peripheral portion surrounding the central portion and consisting of the other pixels in the pixel area than the first pixels. The plurality of first pixels have a first height in a…

Wafer-level bonding method for camera fabrication

Granted: January 24, 2017
Patent Number: 9553126
A wafer-level method for fabricating a plurality of cameras includes modifying an image sensor wafer to reduce risk of the image sensor wafer warping, and bonding the image sensor wafer to a lens wafer to form a composite wafer that includes the plurality of cameras. A wafer-level method for fabricating a plurality of cameras includes bonding an image sensor wafer to a lens wafer, using a pressure sensitive adhesive, to form a composite wafer that includes the plurality of cameras.

Ramp generator for low noise image sensor

Granted: January 24, 2017
Patent Number: 9554074
A readout circuit for use in an image sensor includes a sense amplifier circuit coupled to a bitline to sense analog image data from a pixel cell of the image sensor. An analog to digital converter is coupled to the sense amplifier circuit to convert the analog image data to digital image data. A ramp generator circuit is coupled to generate a first ramp signal. The analog to digital converter is coupled to generate the digital image data in response to the analog image data and the…

Self-illuminating CMOS imaging package

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9538909
A microelectronics chip contains an integrated CMOS imaging sensor integrated with a LED die. Circuitry is established on the chip for a shared power arrangement.

Projector for adaptor-less smartphone eye imaging and associated methods

Granted: December 27, 2016
Patent Number: 9526417
A projector and associated method allows adaptor-less smartphone eye imaging. The projector includes at least two line generators for projecting a pattern onto a face of a subject, and a structure for positioning the line generators relative to a camera of the smartphone. The pattern facilitates positioning of the smartphone relative to the subject's eye such that an image of the eye captured by the camera is optimal for evaluation.

Imaging systems and methods using square image sensor for flexible image orientation

Granted: December 27, 2016
Patent Number: 9531970
An imaging system for generating flexibly oriented electronic images includes an image sensor having a square pixel array, imaging optics for forming an optical image on at least a portion of the square pixel array, wherein the portion is within an image circle of the imaging optics and includes at least two rectangular sub-portions differing from each other in aspect ratio and/or orientation, and a processing module capable of generating an electronic image from each of the at least two…

Pixel-level oversampling for a time of flight 3D image sensor with dual range measurements

Granted: December 20, 2016
Patent Number: 9523765
A time of flight pixel cell includes a photosensor to sense photons reflected from an object. Pixel support circuitry including charging control logic is coupled to the photosensor to detect when the photosensor senses the photons reflected from the object, and coupled to receive timing signals representative of when light pulses are emitted from a light source. A controllable current source is coupled to receive a time of flight signal form the charging control logic to provide a charge…

Self-aligned isolation structures and light filters

Granted: December 13, 2016
Patent Number: 9520431
An image sensor includes a semiconductor layer with a plurality of photodiodes. A plurality of isolation structures is disposed in the back side of the semiconductor layer between individual photodiodes in the plurality of photodiodes. The plurality of isolation structures extend into the back side of the semiconductor layer a first depth and extend out of the back side of the semiconductor layer a first length. A plurality of light filters is disposed proximate to the back side of the…

X-ray and optical image sensor

Granted: December 13, 2016
Patent Number: 9520439
An image sensor for capturing X-ray image data and optical image data includes an X-ray absorption layer and a plurality of photodiodes disposed in a semiconductor layer. The X-ray absorption layer is configured to emit photons in response to receiving X-ray radiation. The plurality of photodiodes disposed in the semiconductor layer is optically coupled to receive image light to generate the optical image data, and is optically coupled to receive photons from the X-ray absorption layer…

Image sensor apparatus and method for embedding recoverable data on image sensor pixel arrays

Granted: December 13, 2016
Patent Number: 9521292
An image sensor apparatus is disclosed. The image sensor apparatus includes an image sensor for generating image data in a pixel array corresponding to an optical image. A processor alters the image data to embed a feature-dependent code associated with a feature of the image data in a feature-dependent location in the pixel array and generate a digital image from the altered image data.