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1 CN110876027A
图像传感器和包括其的电子设备、以及图像缩放处理方法
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Title (English): Image sensors and electronic devices including them, and image scaling methods
Publication/Patent Number: CN110876027A Publication Date: 2020-03-10 Application Number: 201910486359.7 Filing Date: 2019-06-05 Inventor: 郑溢允   李济硕   Assignee: 三星电子株式会社   IPC: H04N5/345 Abstract: 图像传感器可以包括:具有以拜耳模式排列的N×M合并像素阵列的像素阵列,每个合并像素包括相同颜色的单位像素的k*l矩阵,其中k和l是大于2的整数;以及图像信号处理器,用于根据普通模式或放大模式处理由像素阵列输出的信号。在放大模式中,可以重新拼接来自像素阵列的信号,使得对应于单位像素的信号排列在相同颜色的单位像素的p*q矩阵中,其中p是小于k的非负整数,q是小于l的非负整数,p*q矩阵以拜耳模式排列。
2 CN111630841A
从基于事件的传感器输出信号的方法和使用此方法的基于事件的传感器
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Publication/Patent Number: CN111630841A Publication Date: 2020-09-04 Application Number: 201880083798.7 Filing Date: 2018-12-26 Inventor: 斯泰凡·拉沃   克斯阿维埃·拉戈斯   Assignee: 普罗费塞公司   IPC: H04N5/345 Abstract: 基于事件的传感器,其具有异步地产生事件的传感部分(12)。输出信号包含与产生的事件中的至少一些相关的信息。方法包括:估计所述传感部分(12)的事件产生速率;当估计速率小于阈值时,传输具有可变速率的信号;以及当所述估计速率高于所述阈值时,传输包含与所述产生的事件中的仅一些相关的信息的信号,使得信号中包含信息的事件的速率保持在所述阈值内。
3 EP3692711A1
ADJUSTABLE VERTICAL FIELD OF VIEW
Publication/Patent Number: EP3692711A1 Publication Date: 2020-08-12 Application Number: 18893874.0 Filing Date: 2018-12-12 Inventor: Wendel, Andreas   Dittmer, Jeremy   Assignee: Waymo LLC   IPC: H04N5/345
4 US2020059613A1
Camera Device and Method for Detecting a Surrounding Area of a Driver's Own Vehicle
Publication/Patent Number: US2020059613A1 Publication Date: 2020-02-20 Application Number: 16/319,666 Filing Date: 2017-07-04 Inventor: Dreier, Florian   Kroekel, Dieter   Breuer, Karsten   Werthessen, Boris   Assignee: Conti Temic microelectronic GmbH   IPC: H04N5/345 Abstract: The invention relates to a camera device (2) for detecting a surrounding area of a driver's own vehicle (1), with optoelectronics comprising a high-resolution image capturing sensor and a wide-angle optical system, wherein the optoelectronics are designed to output an image sequence (8) of the surrounding area with a periodic exchange of high-resolution and resolution-reduced images (3, 4).
5 EP3661191A1
METHOD FOR READING OUT AN AREA SENSOR
Publication/Patent Number: EP3661191A1 Publication Date: 2020-06-03 Application Number: 18208542.3 Filing Date: 2018-11-27 Inventor: Walkner, Walter   Beinhundner, Gerhard   Waldl, Andreas   Assignee: B&R Industrial Automation GmbH   IPC: H04N5/345 Abstract: Bildaufnahmeeinheit (2) und Verfahren zum Auslesen eines Flächensensors (1) in der Bildaufnahmeeinheit (2). Die Bildaufnahmeeinheit (2) weist eine Optik (3) auf, mit welcher die Bildaufnahmeeinheit (2) auf Objekte (4) fokussierbar ist. Der Flächensensor (1) weist eine Vielzahl an Sensorzeilen (5) auf, wobei jede Sensorzeile (5) eine Vielzahl an vorzugsweise linear angeordneten, vorzugsweise einzeln auslesbaren Pixelelementen (6) umfasst. Es wird ein Pixelbereich (7) definiert, wobei der Pixelbereich (7) zumindest einen Teilabschnitt einer Sensorzeile (5) umfasst. Das Auslesen des Flächensensors (1) ist auf die Pixelelemente (6) in dem Pixelbereich (7) eingeschränkt.
6 WO2020027233A1
IMAGING DEVICE AND VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM
Publication/Patent Number: WO2020027233A1 Publication Date: 2020-02-06 Application Number: 2019030097 Filing Date: 2019-07-31 Inventor: Eki, Ryoji   Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION   IPC: H04N5/345 Abstract: In the present invention, processing is carried out in the chip of an image sensor. This imaging device comprises: an imaging unit (11) that is mounted on a vehicle and that images the surrounding region of the vehicle and generates image data; a scene recognition unit (214) that recognizes the scene of the surrounding region on the basis of the image data; and a drive control unit (12) that controls the driving of the imaging unit on the basis of the scene recognized by the scene recognition unit.
7 CN111327845A
图像传感器及其驱动方法
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Publication/Patent Number: CN111327845A Publication Date: 2020-06-23 Application Number: 201910930419.X Filing Date: 2019-09-29 Inventor: 沈喜成   金暻河   李美罗   周雄   Assignee: 三星电子株式会社   IPC: H04N5/345 Abstract: 图像传感器的像素驱动电路包括:第一晶体管,用于将光电二极管的输出信号发送到浮动扩散节点;第二晶体管,用于将浮动扩散节点的电压复位到像素电压;第三晶体管,用于输出浮动扩散节点中的电荷;第四晶体管,用于对第三晶体管的输出节点进行预充电;第五晶体管,用于将浮动扩散节点中的电荷发送到第一节点;第六晶体管,用于将像素电压发送到第二节点;第七晶体管,用于输出第二节点中的电荷;第八晶体管,用于将第七晶体管的输出信号输出到列线;以及第九晶体管,用于将第三晶体管的输出信号输出到列线。
8 CN111492647A
可调垂直视场
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Publication/Patent Number: CN111492647A Publication Date: 2020-08-04 Application Number: 201880081283.3 Filing Date: 2018-12-12 Inventor: A.温德尔   J.迪特默   Assignee: 伟摩有限责任公司   IPC: H04N5/345 Abstract: 所描述的示例可以涉及车辆使用的成像传感器,包括光传感器。光传感器包括排列成多个水平行和多个垂直列的多个单元。该装置还包括光学系统,该光学系统被配置为向光传感器提供该装置的外部环境的视场。附加地,该系统包括处理单元,该处理单元被配置为:将光传感器的多个水平行划分成一个或多个启用行和一个或多个禁用行;通过对一个或多个启用行中的一个或多个单元进行采样,从光传感器获得图像数据;以及将接收的图像数据存储在存储器中。
9 US10764516B2
Image sensor and electronic device
Publication/Patent Number: US10764516B2 Publication Date: 2020-09-01 Application Number: 15/578,430 Filing Date: 2016-06-17 Inventor: Enoki, Koji   Sumihiro, Hiroshi   Assignee: Sony Corporation   IPC: H04N5/345 Abstract: An image sensor and an electronic device are disclosed. They are configured to output, from the image sensor, a plurality of different pieces of image data based on a full-size original image. In one example, an image sensor includes: a pixel unit that generates a full-size original image corresponding to incident light with many photoelectric conversion elements; a holding unit that has a capacity capable of holding at least the full-size original image; an image processing unit that generates a full-size processed image by performing predetermined image processing with respect to the full-size original image; and a modification unit that generates a modified-size processed image by modifying a size of the full-size processed image. The full-size processed image and the modified-size processed image are output. Applications include a CMOS image sensor in which a DRAM is installed.
10 US2020213564A1
IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM
Publication/Patent Number: US2020213564A1 Publication Date: 2020-07-02 Application Number: 16/722,646 Filing Date: 2019-12-20 Inventor: Onishi, Tomoya   Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA   IPC: H04N9/04 Abstract: An imaging device includes pixels each including a holding portion, and an output unit, and a control unit that controls readout of pixel signals. The pixels include first to fourth pixels that output signals based on light of first to fourth wavelength ranges. A first unit pixel includes the first and second pixels but no third pixel, which share the holding portion. A second unit pixel includes the first and third pixels but no second pixel, which share the holding portion. A third unit pixel includes the first and fourth pixels but neither second nor third pixel, which share the holding portion. The control unit reads, from the first unit pixel, a signal in which signals of the first and second pixels are added in the holding portion, and reads, from the third unit pixel, a signal in which signals of the first pixels are added in the holding portion.
11 KR20200000269A
ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING TYPE OF LIGHT SOURCE OF IMAGES
Publication/Patent Number: KR20200000269A Publication Date: 2020-01-02 Application Number: 20180072361 Filing Date: 2018-06-22 Inventor: Lee, Jeong Won   Park, Ju Hee   Park, Kyong Tae   Shin, Hong Seob   Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.   IPC: H04N5/345 Abstract: 본 문서에 개시되는 일 실시 예에 따른 전자 장치는, 화소 배열(pixel array)을 포함하는 이미지 센서, 상기 화소 배열은 복수의 화소들을 포함하고, 상기 복수의 화소들 각각은 제1 수광 소자 및 제2 수광 소자를 포함함, 상기 이미지 센서와 전기적으로 연결된 적어도 하나의 프로세서, 및 색을 나타내는 기준색 성분들에 기반한 적어도 하나의 제1 파라미터의 값 및 상기 색을 구성하는 상기 제1 수광 소자로부터 출력되는 제1 화소 값 및 상기 제2 수광 소자로부터 출력되는 제2 화소 값에 기반한 제2 파라미터의 값의 상호연관관계에 관한 데이터를 저장하는 메모리를 포함하고, 상기 상호연관관계에 관한 데이터는 상기 이미지 센서를 통해 획득되는 이미지의 분할된 복수의 영역 각각 및 미리 정의된 광원의 타입에 대응되고, 상기 메모리는, 실행 시에 상기 프로세서가, 상기 이미지 센서를 통해 이미지를 획득하고, 상기 획득된 이미지를 복수의 영역들로 분할하고, 상기 복수의 영역들 각각의 대표색을 나타내는 기준색 성분들에 기반하여 상기 복수의 영역들 별로 적어도 하나의 제1 파라미터의 값들을 산출하고, 상기 복수의 영역들 각각에 포함된 상기 복수의 제1 수광 소자로부터 출력된 제1 화소 값들 및 상기 복수의 제2 수광 소자로부터 출력된 제2 화소 값들에 기반하여 상기 복수의 영역들 별로 제2 파라미터의 값들을 산출하고, 상기 각 영역 및 상기 각 영역 별로 산출된 제1 파라미터의 값에 대응하는 상기 상호연관관계에 관한 데이터에 포함된 상기 제2 파라미터의 값들 및 상기 각 영역 별로 산출된 상기 제2 파라미터의 값에 기반하여 상기 복수의 영역 각각에 대응하는 광원의 타입을 결정하고, 상기 결정된 영역 각각에 대응하는 광원의 타입들에 기반하여 상기 이미지의 광원의 타입을 결정하도록 하는 인스트럭션들을 저장할 수 있다.
12 CN210327777U
图像传感器和成像系统
Publication/Patent Number: CN210327777U Publication Date: 2020-04-14 Application Number: 201920687509.6 Filing Date: 2019-05-14 Inventor: 帕万·吉尔霍特拉   Assignee: 半导体元件工业有限责任公司   IPC: H04N5/341 Abstract: 本实用新型公开了图像传感器和成像系统,所述图像传感器包括图像传感器像素,所述图像传感器像素可以包括光电二极管、浮动扩散部和转移门。列读出电路经由列线耦接到所述图像传感器像素。所述列读出电路可以包括采样保持电路、比较电路、残余测量和求和电路、计数器电路、模拟到数字转换电路和数字求和电路。所述列读出电路被配置为对在一个或多个部分中在单个帧内生成的像素图像信号执行读出操作,从而扩展成像系统的动态范围而不修改像素结构以在单个帧内生成高动态范围图像。
13 CN111357279A
固态成像元件、成像设备、及控制固态成像元件的方法
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Publication/Patent Number: CN111357279A Publication Date: 2020-06-30 Application Number: 201880074844.7 Filing Date: 2018-09-18 Inventor: 榊原雅树   Assignee: 索尼半导体解决方案公司   IPC: H04N5/374 Abstract: 用于检测地址事件的固态成像元件抑制由闪烁引起的错误检测。该固态成像元件配备有多个像素、电流检测单元、及阈值控制单元。在固态成像元件的多个像素中的每一个中,将随光电流变化的电压变化量和预定阈值相互比较。电流检测单元检测像素中的每一个的光电流之和作为总电流。阈值控制单元将预定阈值控制为对应于电流检测单元检测到的总电流的值。
14 US2020077038A1
RADIATION IMAGE IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGE IMAGING SYSTEM
Publication/Patent Number: US2020077038A1 Publication Date: 2020-03-05 Application Number: 16/535,714 Filing Date: 2019-08-08 Inventor: Kanamori, Koutarou   Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.   IPC: H04N5/345 Abstract: A radiation image imaging apparatus includes the following. A switch is in an off state if off voltage is applied to the connected scanning line, is in an on state if charge generated in the radiation detecting element is accumulated in the radiation detecting element and the on voltage is applied to the connected scanning line. A hardware processor controls the scanning driver to apply the on voltage to a plurality of adjacent scanning lines at the same time to obtain an image in which a binning number in an extending direction of the signal line is larger than a binning number in an extending direction of the scanning line. The hardware processor performs an enlarged interpolation process on the obtained image to generate an image in which a pixel size in the extending direction of the signal line matches the extending direction of the scanning line.
15 US2020267342A1
IMAGE SENSOR AND ELECTRONIC CAMERA
Publication/Patent Number: US2020267342A1 Publication Date: 2020-08-20 Application Number: 16/498,484 Filing Date: 2018-03-29 Inventor: Matsumoto, Shigeru   Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION   IPC: H04N5/378 Abstract: An image sensor, includes: a plurality of pixels arranged along both of a first direction and a second direction different from the first direction, each having a photoelectric conversion unit that generates an electric charge through photoelectric conversion of light; a plurality of signal lines disposed along the second direction, each connected to a plurality of pixels arranged along the first direction; and a control unit that executes control so as to output signals, each generated based upon the electric charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit, to the signal lines different from one another.
16 EP3681145A1
SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD AND DRIVE METHOD THEREFOR, AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT
Publication/Patent Number: EP3681145A1 Publication Date: 2020-07-15 Application Number: 18853816.9 Filing Date: 2018-09-06 Inventor: Anas, Bostamam   Hanzawa, Katsuhiko   Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation   IPC: H04N5/345 Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a solid-state imaging apparatus for saving on power consumption, a method of controlling the solid-state imaging apparatus, a method of driving the solid-state imaging apparatus, and an electronic device. A column AD section is provided for each of columns in a pixel array section. A column enable control section programmably controls operations of the column AD sections in accordance with an imaging mode. This disclosure can be applied to CMOS image sensors, for example.
17 CN111149351A
固态成像元件和固态成像装置
Under Examination
Publication/Patent Number: CN111149351A Publication Date: 2020-05-12 Application Number: 201880062822.9 Filing Date: 2018-07-17 Inventor: 苏拉娅·希里尼   上野贵久   半泽克彦   Assignee: 索尼半导体解决方案公司   IPC: H04N5/374 Abstract: 为了对捕捉的图像内的任意定义区域执行曝光控制,二维排列的像素阵列中的每个固态成像元件设置有选择信号端子、光电转换单元和电荷保持单元。选择信号端子接收由像素阵列中的像素地址指定的选择信号。光电转换单元根据选择信号产生对应于入射光的电荷,并存储电荷。电荷保持单元在预定时间保持存储在光电转换单元中的电荷。
18 US2020065572A1
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IMAGE BASED OCCUPANCY DETECTION
Publication/Patent Number: US2020065572A1 Publication Date: 2020-02-27 Application Number: 16/108,975 Filing Date: 2018-08-22 Inventor: Roberts, John   Bessems, Ronald W.   Bowser, Robert   Assignee: Cree, Inc.   IPC: G06K9/00 Abstract: An image sensor includes an active pixel array including a number of pixels and image sensor control circuitry configured to perform a read operation only on a subset of the pixels of the active pixel array such that pixels not in the subset remain inactive. By reading out only the subset of pixels in the active pixel array and keeping the remaining pixels inactive, the temperature of the active pixel array may be reduced compared to a conventional read out process, thereby reducing thermal noise in the resulting pixel data.
19 WO2020002562A1
IMAGE SENSOR WITH A PLURALITY OF SUPER-PIXELS
Publication/Patent Number: WO2020002562A1 Publication Date: 2020-01-02 Application Number: 2019067264 Filing Date: 2019-06-27 Inventor: Posch, Christoph   Matolin, Daniel   Finateu, Thomas   Assignee: PROPHESEE   IPC: H04N5/3745 Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to image sensors and methods for image sensing. More specifically, and without limitation, this disclosure relates to systems and methods for providing super-pixels, and implementing and using image sensors with super-pixels. In one implementation, an image sensor includes a plurality of super-pixels. Each super-pixel may include a first photosensitive element; a detector electrically connected to the first photosensitive element and configured to generate a trigger signal when an analog signal proportional to brightness of light impinging on the first photosensitive element matches a condition; a second photosensitive element; an exposure measurement circuit electrically connected to the second photosensitive element and configured to convert an analog signal proportional to brightness of light impinging on the second photosensitive element to a digital signal; and a logic circuit electrically connected to the detector and the exposure measurement circuit and configured to enable the exposure measurement circuit in response to the trigger signal and to disable the exposure measurement circuit when the digital signal is read out from the exposure measurement circuit.
20 US2020128201A1
TRACKER, SURVEYING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TRACKING A TARGET
Publication/Patent Number: US2020128201A1 Publication Date: 2020-04-23 Application Number: 16/595,158 Filing Date: 2019-10-07 Inventor: Glimm, Andreas   Assignee: Trimble Jena GmbH   IPC: H04N5/378 Abstract: The present invention relates to a tracker and a surveying apparatus comprising the tracker, which improve the reliability of tracking a target. The tracker comprises a an image sensor arrangement having an imaging region composed of a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix of columns and rows. The imaging region is arranged to take an image of a scene including the target. A controller receives or generates a timing signal indicating a time duration during which an illumination unit is switched on and off, controls the imaging region to take an image of the scene when the illumination unit is switched on, and reads out a subgroup of neighboring columns or rows constituting a stripe window of the imaging region so that an image section including the target is obtained, controls the imaging region to take another image of the scene when the illumination unit is switched off, and reads out another subgroup of neighboring columns or rows constituting another stripe window of the imaging region so that another image section including the target is obtained, and calculates a difference image section by determining a difference between the pixel values of the pixels of the image section and the other image section.