Thursday, October 13, 2011

Image Sensors at ESSCIRC and ESSDERC 2011

37th European Solid-State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC) held in Helsinki, Finland, on Sept 12 - 16, 2011 had a full session on image sensors. The papers are available on-line on University of Bologna, Italy site:

A 100m-Range 10-Frame/s 340x96-Pixel Time-of-Flight Depth Sensor in 0.18um CMOS
Cristiano Niclass, Mineki Soga, Hiroyuki Matsubara, Satoru Kato
Toyota Central R&D Labs, Inc., Japan

CMOS 3D Image Sensor Based on Pulse Modulated Time-of-Flight Principle and Intrinsic Lateral Drift-Field Photodiode Pixels
Andreas Spickermann(1), Daniel Durini(1), Andreas Süss(1), Wiebke Ulfig(1), Werner Brockherde(1), Bedrich J. Hosticka(1), Stefan Schwope(2), Anton Grabmaier(1)
(1)Fraunhofer IMS, Germany; (2) TriDiCam GmbH, Germany

A CMOS Imager with Digital Phase Readout for Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging
Jian Guo, Sameer Sonkusale
Tufts University, United States

A 128-Channel, 9ps Column-Parallel Two-Stage TDC Based on Time Difference Amplification for Time-Resolved Imaging
Shingo Mandai, Edoardo Charbon
TU Delft, Netherlands

The simultaneous 41st European Solid-State Device Research Conference (ESSDERC) also had an image sensor session:

X-Ray Radiation Effect on CMOS Imagers with In-Pixel Buried-Channel Source Follower
Yue Chen(a), Jiaming Tan(a), Xinyang Wang(b), Adri J. Mierop(c), and Albert J.P. Theuwissen(a),(d)
(a) Electronic Instrumentation Lab., Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands
(b) CMOSIS nv, Antwerpen, Belgium
(c) Teledyne DALSA B.V., Eindhoven, the Netherlands
(d) Harvest Imaging, Bree, Belgium

Low-Noise Single Photon Avalanche Diodes in 0.15 um CMOS Technology
Lucio Pancheri, David Stoppa
Fondazione Bruno Kessler

Characterization of Large-Scale Non-Uniformities in a 20k TDC/SPAD Array Integrated in a 130nm CMOS Process
C. Veerappan , J. Richardson†, R. Walker‡, D.U. Li‡, M.W. Fishburn , D. Stoppa§, F. Borghetti§, Y. Maruyama , M. Gersbach¶, R. K. Henderson‡, C. Bruschini¶ and E. Charbon
Delft University of Technology, Mekelweg 4, 2628 CD Delft, Netherlands
†Dialog Semiconductor, Edinburgh, Scotland
‡University of Edinburgh, The King’s Buildings, EH9 3JL Edinburgh , Scotland
§Fondazione Bruno Kessler, via Sommarive 18, 38123 Povo, Trento, Italy
¶Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland


  1. Is the image sensor research moving exclusively towards ToF and SPAD or this conference is just an exception?

  2. This was the most selective and famous conference on solid state circuits in Europe and also in the World. But it seems now it has lost a lot of notority. It's a pitty and who knows the reasons??

  3. I think it's like ADC research, Universities can't compete with industry on traditional consumer applications, they need to move into less commercialized fields like 3D and biochemical sensing.


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