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An imaging device formed as a monolithic complementary metal oxide semiconductor integrated circuit in an industry standard complementary metal oxide semiconductor process, the integrated circuit including a focal plane array of pixel cells, each one of the cells including a photogate overlying the substrate for accumulating photo-generated charge in an underlying portion of the substrate and a charge coupled device section formed on the substrate adjacent the photogate having a sensing node and at least one charge coupled device stage for transferring charge from the underlying portion of the substrate to the sensing node. There is also a readout circuit, part of which can be disposed at the bottom of each column of cells and be common to all the cells in the column. The imaging device can also include an electronic shutter formed on the substrate adjacent the photogate, and/or a storage section to allow for simultaneous integration. In addition, the imaging device can include a multiresolution imaging circuit to provide images of varying resolution. The multiresolution circuit could also be employed in an array where the photosensitive portion of each pixel cell is a photodiode. This latter embodiment could further be modified to facilitate low light imaging.

Title
Active pixel sensor array with multiresolution readout
Application Number
188032
Publication Number
5949483
Application Date
January 22, 1997
Publication Date
September 7, 1999
Inventor
Bedabrata Pain
Los Angeles
CA, US
Sabrina E Kemeny
La Crescenta
CA, US
Eric R Fossum
La Crescenta
CA, US
Agent
Fish & Richardson P C
Assignee
California Institute of Technology
CA, US
IPC
H04N 5/335
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