Global shutter CMOS image sensor with wide dynamic range

Alexander Belenky, Alexander Fish, Arthur Spivak, Orly Yadid-Pecht

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A novel concept for global shutter CMOS image sensors with wide dynamic range (WDR) implementation is presented. The proposed imager is based on the multisampling WDR approach and it allows an efficient global shutter pixel implementation achieving small pixel size and high fill factor. The proposed imager provides wide DR by applying adaptive exposure time to each pixel, according to the local illumination intensity level. Two pixel configurations, employing different kinds of a 1-bit in-pixel memory were implemented. An imager, including two different pixels was designed and simulated in 0.18-μm CMOS technology. System architecture and operation are discussed and simulation results are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1032-1036
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Manuscript received March 15, 2007; revised June 25, 2007. This work was supported by the Israeli Ministry of Science. This paper was recommended by Associate Editor M. Delgado-Restituto. A. Belenky, A. Spivak, and O. Yadid-Pecht are with the VLSI Systems Center, Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel (e-mail:; A. Fish is with with Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Calgary, AB T2N1N4, Canada (e-mail: Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/TCSII.2007.908902


  • Active pixel sensor (APS)
  • Global shutter imager
  • Wide dynamic range (WDR)


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