A Programmable Compact Control Mechanism for Ultra-Low Power Current-Mediated CMOS Imagers

Fang Tang and Amine Bermak


A novel ultra-low power control mechanism is presented for Mega-pixels current-mediated CMOS imagers. Within the proposed technique, the operating read-out pixel and reset pixel are located in the same column, controlled by only 2-bit lines/pixel compared with 4-bit in previous reported design. The number of transistors for each pixel is reduced from the standard 6 transistors to 4 in the current design. Minimum wiring overhead is required in the proposed pixel as two control lines are removed. Furthermore, a programmable electronic shutter is adopted to adjust the integration time.