Omnivision Technologies Patent Grants

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.

Readout circuitry for image sensor

Granted: December 13, 2016
Patent Number: 9521348
Readout circuitry to readout an array of image sensor pixels includes readout units that include a plurality of analog-to-digital converters (“ADCs”), a plurality of blocks of Static Random-Access Memory (“SRAM”), and a plurality of blocks of Dynamic Random-Access Memory (“DRAM”). The plurality ADCs is coupled to readout analog image signals two-dimensional blocks of the array of image sensor pixels. The plurality of blocks of SRAM is coupled to receive digital image signals…

RGBC color filter array patterns to minimize color aliasing

Granted: December 13, 2016
Patent Number: 9521381
Implementations of a color filter array comprising a plurality of tiled minimal repeating units. Each minimal repeating unit includes at least a first set of filters comprising three or more color filters, the first set including at least one color filter with a first spectral photoresponse, at least one color filter with a second spectral photoresponse, and at least one color filter with a third spectral photoresponse; and a second set of filters comprising one or more broadband filters…

Interface circuit with variable output swing and open termination mode for transmitting signals

Granted: December 6, 2016
Patent Number: 9513655
An interface circuit includes a pre-driver coupled convert a single-ended signal to an intermediate differential signal. An output driver is coupled to convert the intermediate differential signal to an output differential signal having a variable output swing responsive to a mode select signal and a second supply voltage. A replica bias circuit is coupled to receive a first supply voltage, the mode select signal, and an open termination enable signal to generate a bias signal. An…

Pixel control signal driver

Granted: December 6, 2016
Patent Number: 9516249
A pixel control circuit includes a first supply rail coupled to provide a first supply voltage. A second supply rail is coupled to provide a second supply voltage. A variable resistance circuit is coupled to the second power supply rail. A plurality of driver circuits is coupled between the first supply rail and the variable resistance circuit. Each one of the plurality of driver circuits is coupled to provide a control signal coupled to control a pixel circuit. The variable resistance…

Methods of fabricating camera module and spacer of a lens structure in the camera module

Granted: November 22, 2016
Patent Number: 9502461
A camera module and a fabrication method thereof are provided. The camera module includes a lens structure and an image sensor device chip disposed under the lens structure. The lens structure includes a transparent substrate and a lens disposed on the transparent substrate. A spacer is disposed on the transparent substrate to surround the lens, wherein the spacer contains a base pattern and a dry film photoresist. The method includes forming a base pattern on a carrier and attaching a…

Image sensor testing probe card

Granted: November 15, 2016
Patent Number: 9494617
A probe card for use in testing a wafer and a method of making the probe card include a printed circuit board (PCB) formed with a conductor pattern and a probe head in proximity to the PCB, the probe head defining at least one hole through the probe head, and the probe head being made of an electrically insulating material. At least one conductive pogo pin is disposed respectively in the at least one hole, the pogo pin having a first end electrically connected to the conductor pattern on…

Image sensor pixel cell with switched deep trench isolation structure

Granted: November 15, 2016
Patent Number: 9496304
A pixel cell includes a photodiode disposed in an epitaxial layer in a first region of semiconductor material to accumulate image charge. A floating diffusion is disposed in a well region disposed in the epitaxial layer in the first region. A transfer transistor is coupled to selectively transfer the image charge from the photodiode to the floating diffusion. A deep trench isolation (DTI) structure disposed in the semiconductor material. The DTI structure isolates the first region of the…

Photosensitive capacitor pixel for image sensor

Granted: November 8, 2016
Patent Number: 9490282
An image sensor pixel, and image sensor, and a method of fabricating the same is disclosed. The image pixel includes a photosensitive capacitor and a transistor network. The photosensitive capacitor includes an electrode, a conductive layer, a dielectric layer, and a photosensitive semiconductor material. The conductive layer is disposed around the electrode and the dielectric layer is formed between the conductive layer and the electrode. The photosensitive semiconductor material is for…

Floating diffusion reset level boost in pixel cell

Granted: November 8, 2016
Patent Number: 9491386
A reset level in a pixel cell is boosted by switching ON a reset transistor of the pixel cell to charge the floating diffusion to a first reset level during a reset operation. A select transistor is switched from OFF to ON during the floating diffusion reset operation to discharge an output terminal of an amplifier transistor. The reset transistor is switched OFF after the output terminal of the amplifier transistor has been discharged in response to the switching ON of the select…

Method and system for implementing correlated multi-sampling with improved analog-to-digital converter linearity

Granted: November 8, 2016
Patent Number: 9491390
A method of implementing Correlated Multi-Sampling (CMS) in an image sensor with improved analog-to-digital converter (ADC) linearity starts with an ADC circuitry included in a readout circuitry that generates a plurality of uncorrelated random numbers used as a plurality of ADC pedestals for sampling image data. A Successive Approximation Register (SAR) included in the ADC circuitry stores a different one of the ADC pedestals before each sampling of the image data. The ADC circuitry…

Isolated global shutter pixel storage structure

Granted: November 1, 2016
Patent Number: 9484370
A pixel cell includes a photodiode disposed in a semiconductor material to accumulate image charge in response to incident light directed to the photodiode. A global shutter gate transistor disposed in the semiconductor material and is coupled to the photodiode to selectively deplete the image charge from the photodiode. A storage transistor is disposed in the semiconductor material to store the image charge. An optical isolation structure is disposed in the semiconductor material…

Hard mask as contact etch stop layer in image sensors

Granted: November 1, 2016
Patent Number: 9484373
An image sensor includes a semiconductor material with a photodiode disposed in the semiconductor material, and a transfer gate disposed adjacent to an edge of the photodiode. A dielectric layer is also disposed between the semiconductor material and the transfer gate. A hard mask is disposed in an encapsulation layer and lateral bounds of the hard mask are coextensive with lateral bounds of the transfer gate. A first contact trench extends through the encapsulation layer and through the…

Image processing system and method using serially coupled cameras for providing extended view

Granted: November 1, 2016
Patent Number: 9485424
A system and method for generating an image includes a plurality of imaging units coupled together and a system controller coupled to the plurality of imaging units for providing at least one signal to each of the plurality of imaging units. Each of the imaging units comprises: an image sensing unit for generating an in-situ image, each in-situ image being a portion of the image; an input for receiving the in-situ image; a composition unit for receiving a first composite image and…