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J. Low Power Electron. Appl. 2011, 1(1), 77-96; doi:10.3390/jlpea1010077

A Compact Digital Pixel Sensor (DPS) Using 2T-DRAM

Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
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Received: 7 December 2010 / Revised: 14 March 2011 / Accepted: 21 March 2011 / Published: 28 March 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Topics in Low Power Design - From Circuits to Applications)


In digital pixel sensors (DPS), memory elements typically occupy large silicon area of the pixel, which significantly reduces the pixel’s fill factor while increases its size, power and cost. In this work, we propose to reduce DPS memory’s area and power overhead by reducing the memory requirements with a multi-reset integration scheme, and meanwhile employing a dynamic memory instead of traditionally exploited large 6T-SRAM cell. The operation of the DPS takes advantage from the chronological change of the code, which results in reduced memory needs without affecting the light resolution. In the proposed implementation, a 4-bit in-pixel memory is used to reduce the pixel size, and an 8-bit resolution is achieved with multi-reset scheme. In addition, full complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) 2T DRAM and selective refresh scheme are adoptedto implement the memory elements and further increase the area savings. This paper presents the proposed multi-reset integration methodology and its implementation with dedicated memory circuits. Proposed architecture is validated by a prototype chip fabricated using AMS 0.35 μm CMOS technology. Reported experimental results are compared with relative works.
Keywords: image sensors; digital pixel sensors; pulse width modulation pixel; 2T-DRAM image sensors; digital pixel sensors; pulse width modulation pixel; 2T-DRAM
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Zhang, X.; Leomant, S.; Lau, K.L.; Bermak, A. A Compact Digital Pixel Sensor (DPS) Using 2T-DRAM. J. Low Power Electron. Appl. 2011, 1, 77-96.

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