An optimized CMOS pseudo-active-pixel-sensor structure for low-dark-current imager applications

Yu Chuan Shih, Chung-Yu Wu

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Abstract

In this paper, a new pixel structure in CMOS imager called the shared-zero-buffer pseudo-active-pixel-sensor (SBPAPS) is proposed and analyzed. It has the advantages of low dark current and high signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) over the conventional active-pixel-sensor (APS) imager. It also has higher frame rate as compared with the pseudo-active-pixel-sensor (PAPS) imager. The shared-zero-buffer structure is proposed to suppress both dark current of photodiode and leakage current of pixel switches by keeping both biases of photodiode and parasitic pn junction in the pixel at zero or near zero voltage. The improved double delta sampling (DDS) circuits are also used to suppress fixed pattern noise, clock feedthrough noise, and channel charge injection. An experimental chip of the proposed SBPAPS CMOS imager with the format of 352 × 288 (CIF) has been fabricated by using 0.25 μm single-poly-five-level-metal (1P5M) N-well CMOS process. The proposed CMOS imager has fill factor of 42%, chip size of 3000 μm × 2800 μm, and dc power dissipation below 30 mW under the power supply of 3.3 V. It can be applied in the design of low-dark-current CMOS imager systems.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings - IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems
Volume1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2003
EventProceedings of the 2003 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems - Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 25 May 200328 May 2003

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