Omnivision Technologies Patent Grants

Systems and methods for obtaining image depth information

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9633441
A system for obtaining image depth information for at least one object in a scene includes (a) an imaging objective having a first portion for forming a first optical image of the scene, and a second portion for forming a second optical image of the scene, the first portion being different from the second portion, (b) an image sensor for capturing the first and second optical images and generating respective first and second electronic images therefrom, and (c) a processing module for…

Optical assemblies including dry adhesive layers and associated methods

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9627559
An optical assembly includes an image sensor, a lens module disposed over the image sensor in a first direction, a transparent glue layer, and a transparent dry adhesive layer formed of a different material than the transparent glue layer. Each of the transparent glue layer and the transparent dry adhesive layer are disposed between the image sensor and the lens module in the first direction. Each of the transparent glue layer and the transparent dry adhesive layer are optically coupled…

Imaging systems with single-photon-avalanche-diodes and sensor translation, and associated methods

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9628735
An imaging system with single-photon-avalanche-diodes (SPADs) and sensor translation for capturing a plurality of first images to enable generation of an enhanced-resolution image includes (a) an image sensor with SPAD pixels for capturing the plurality of first images at a plurality of spatially shifted positions of the image sensor, respectively, and (b) an actuator for translating the image sensor, parallel to its light receiving surface, to place the image sensor at the plurality of…

Image sensor pixel for high dynamic range image sensor

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9608019
An image sensor pixel for use in a high dynamic range image sensor includes a first photodiode and a second photodiode. The first photodiode include a first doped region, a first lightly doped region, and a first highly doped region disposed between the first doped region and the first lightly doped region. The second photodiode disposed in has a second full well capacity substantially equal to a first full well capacity of the first photodiode. The second photodiode includes a second…

Edge reflection reduction

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9608023
An image sensor package includes an image sensor with a pixel array disposed in a semiconductor material, and a transparent shield adhered to the semiconductor material. The pixel array is disposed between the semiconductor material and the transparent shield. A light blocking layer is disposed in recessed regions of the transparent shield, and the recessed regions are disposed on an illuminated side of the transparent shield. The light blocking layer is disposed to prevent light from…

Stacked embedded SPAD image sensor for attached 3D information

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9608027
A pixel array includes a plurality of visible light pixels arranged in the pixel array. Each one of the plurality of visible light pixels includes a photosensitive element arranged in a first semiconductor die to detect visible light. Each one of the plurality of visible light pixels is coupled to provide color image data to visible light readout circuitry disposed in a second semiconductor die stacked with and coupled to the first semiconductor die in a stacked chip scheme. A plurality…

Interface circuit with configurable variable supply voltage for transmitting signals

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9608633
An interface circuit includes a pre-driver that converts the single-ended signal to an intermediate differential signal having a first voltage swing responsive to a first supply voltage supplied to the pre-driver. An output driver is coupled to receive the intermediate differential signal from the pre-driver to convert the intermediate differential signal to an output differential signal coupled to be received by a load coupled to the output driver. The output differential signal has a…

Method for combining images

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9600863
A method for combining images includes capturing a first image including a subject from a first camera. A second image is captured from a second camera and the second image includes the subject. First pre-processing functions are applied on the first image to produce a first processed image. The first pre-processing functions include applying a distortion component of a rotation matrix to the first image. The rotation matrix defines a corrected relationship between the first and the…

High dynamic range image sensor with reduced sensitivity to high intensity light

Granted: March 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9590005
An image sensor includes first and second pluralities of photodiodes interspersed among each other in a semiconductor substrate. Incident light is to be directed through a surface of the semiconductor substrate into the first and second pluralities of photodiodes. The first plurality of photodiodes has greater sensitivity to the incident light than the second plurality of photodiodes. A metal film layer is disposed over the surface of the semiconductor substrate over the second plurality…

Contact resistance reduction

Granted: February 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9583527
An image sensor includes a plurality of photodiodes disposed in a semiconductor material and a floating diffusion disposed in the semiconductor material adjacent to a photodiode in the plurality of photodiodes. A transfer gate is disposed to transfer image charge generated in the photodiode into the floating diffusion. A first electrical contact with a first cross sectional area is coupled to the transfer gate. A second electrical contact with a second cross sectional area is coupled to…

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.