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Light responsive or combined with light responsive device

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20080272413Light-Sensitive Component - In order to detect light with in particular a high blue component, the inversion zone and the space charge zone of a CMOS-like structure are used. In conjunction with an at least partly transparent gate electrode, in particular a transparent conductive oxide or a patterned gate electrode, it becomes possible to absorb the short-wave component of incident light within the inversion zone and to reliably conduct away the generated charge carrier pairs to first and second contacts. During operation, a control voltage is applied to the gate electrode with a magnitude that generates a continuous inversion zone below the optionally patterned gate electrode.11-06-2008
20100109059SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE USING THE SAME - Disclosed herein is a semiconductor device, including: a gate electrode formed on a semiconductor substrate through a gate insulating film; an extension region formed in the semiconductor substrate on a source side of the gate electrode; a source region formed in the semiconductor substrate on the source side of the gate electrode through the extension region; an LDD region formed in the semiconductor substrate on a drain side of the gate electrode; and a drain region formed in the semiconductor substrate on the drain side of the gate electrode through the LDD region; wherein the extension region is formed at a higher concentration than that of the LDD region so as to be shallower than the LDD region.05-06-2010
20120181588PIXEL SENSOR CELLS WITH A SPLIT-DIELECTRIC TRANSFER GATE - Pixel sensor cells, methods of fabricating pixel sensor cells, and design structures for a pixel sensor cell. A transistor in the pixel sensor cell has a gate structure that includes a gate dielectric with a thick region and a thin region. A gate electrode of the gate structure is formed on the thick region of the gate dielectric and the thin region of the gate dielectric. The thick region of the gate dielectric and the thin region of the gate dielectric provide the transistor with an asymmetric threshold voltage.07-19-2012
20130056807PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERTING APPARATUS - A photoelectric converting apparatus has first and third semiconductor layers of a first conductivity type which respectively output signals obtained by photoelectric conversion, and second and fourth semiconductor layers of a second conductivity type supplied with potentials from a potential supplying unit. In the photoelectric converting apparatus, the first, second, third and fourth semiconductor layers are arranged in sequence, the second and fourth semiconductor layers are electrically separated from each other, and the potential to be supplied to the second semiconductor layer and the potential to be supplied to the fourth semiconductor layer are controlled independently from each other.03-07-2013
20130056806UNIT PIXEL OF COLOR IMAGE SENSOR AND PHOTO DETECTOR THEREOF - A unit pixel of an image sensor and a photo detector are disclosed. The photo detector of the present invention can include: a light-absorbing part configured to absorb light by being formed in a floated structure; an oxide film having one surface thereof being in contact with the light-absorbing part; a source being in contact with one side of the other surface of the oxide film and separated from the light-absorbing part with the oxide film therebetween; a drain facing the source so as to be in contact with the other side of the other surface of the oxide film and separated from the light-absorbing part with the oxide film therebetween; and a channel formed between the source and the drain and configured to form flow of an electric current between the source and drain.03-07-2013
20130207168PHOTODIODE EMPLOYING SURFACE GRATING TO ENHANCE SENSITIVITY - A semiconductor device contains a photodiode formed in a substrate of the semiconductor device. At a top surface of the substrate, over the photodiode, a surface grating of periodic field oxide in a periodic configuration and/or gate structures in a periodic configuration is formed. The field oxide may be formed using an STI process or a LOCOS process. A semiconductor device with a surface grating including both field oxide and gate structures has the gate structures over the semiconductor substrate, between the field oxide. The surface grating has a pitch length up to 3 microns. The surface grating covers at least half of the photodiode.08-15-2013
20120119270DRIVING METHOD OF A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A horizontal scanning period is divided into n parts (n is a natural number), so that horizontal scanning can be performed (n×y) times in one frame period. That is, n signals can be outputted from each pixel, and storage times of the n signals are different from one another. Then, since a signal suited to the intensity of light irradiated to each pixel can be selected, information of an object can be accurately read.05-17-2012
20080237666Solid-state imaging element and method for producing the same - There is provided a solid-state imaging element having a light receiving part generating charges by light irradiation, and a source/drain region of a transistor, both formed in a semiconductor layer. The solid-state imaging element includes a non-silicided region including the light receiving part, in which surfaces of the source/drain region and a gate electrode of the transistor are not silicided; and a silicided region in which the surfaces of the source/drain region and the gate electrode of the transistor are silicided. The non-silicided region has a sidewall formed on a side surface of the gate electrode of the transistor, a hydrogen supply film formed to cover the semiconductor layer, the gate electrode, and the sidewall, and a salicide block film formed on the hydrogen supply film to prevent silicidation. The silicided region has a sidewall formed on the side surface of the gate electrode of the transistor.10-02-2008
20080237665Semiconductor device and electronic device - The present invention relates to a semiconductor device which includes a photoelectric conversion layer; an amplifier circuit amplifying an output current of the photoelectric conversion layer and including two thin film transistors; a first terminal supplying a high-potential power supply voltage; a second terminal supplying a low-potential power supply voltage; an electrode electrically connecting the two thin film transistors and the photoelectric conversion layer; a first wiring electrically connecting the first terminal and a first thin film transistor which is one of the two thin film transistors; and a second wiring electrically connecting the second terminal and a second thin film transistor which is the other of the two thin film transistors. In the semiconductor device, the value of voltage drop of the first wiring and the second wiring are increased by bending the first wiring and the second wiring.10-02-2008
20080237664SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME - Provided are a semiconductor device and a method of driving the semiconductor device. The semiconductor device includes an optical reaction transistor. The optical reaction transistor includes a semiconductor substrate, a tunnel insulation layer formed on the semiconductor substrate, an optical reaction layer formed on the tunnel insulation layer, a blocking insulation layer formed on the optical reaction layer, and a gate electrode formed on the blocking insulation layer.10-02-2008
20120193689PIXEL OF A MULTI-STACKED CMOS IMAGE SENSOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - Provided is a pixel of a multi-stacked complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor and a method of manufacturing the image sensor including a light-receiving unit that may include first through third photodiode layers that are sequentially stacked, an integrated circuit (IC) that is formed below the light-receiving unit, electrode layers that are formed on and below each of the first through third photodiode layers, and a contact plug that connects the electrode layer formed below each of the first through third photodiode layers with a transistor of the IC.08-02-2012
20090278180CMOS IMAGE SENSOR WITH ASYMMETRIC WELL STRUCTURE OF SOURCE FOLLOWER - Provided is a CMOS image sensor with an asymmetric well structure of a source follower. The CMOS image sensor includes: a well disposed in an active region of a substrate; a drive transistor having one terminal connected to a power voltage and a first gate electrode disposed to cross the well; and a select transistor having a drain-source junction between another terminal of the drive transistor and an output node, and a second gate electrode disposed in parallel to the drive transistor. A drain region of the drive transistor and a source region of the select transistor are asymmetrically arranged.11-12-2009
20090261392SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A solid-state imaging device is provided. The solid-state imaging device includes a pixel section, a peripheral circuit section, a silicide blocking layer formed in the pixel section except for part or whole of an area above an isolation portion in the pixel section, and a metal-silicided transistor formed in the peripheral circuit section.10-22-2009
20080246063PHOTODIODE WITH MULTI-EPI FILMS FOR IMAGE SENSOR - The present disclosure provides an image sensor semiconductor device. The semiconductor device includes a semiconductor substrate; a first epitaxy semiconductor layer disposed on the semiconductor substrate and having a first type of dopant and a first doping concentration; a second epitaxy semiconductor layer disposed over the first epitaxy semiconductor layer and having the first type of dopant and a second doping concentration less than the first doping concentration; and an image sensor on the second epitaxy semiconductor layer.10-09-2008
20120292675PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICE WITH LATERAL P-I-N LIGHT-SENSITIVE DIODES - A photovoltaic device includes lateral P-I-N light-sensitive diodes respectively formed in portions of a planar semiconductor material (e.g., polycrystalline or crystalline silicon) layer that is entirely disposed on an insulating material (e.g., SiO2) layer utilizing, e.g., STI or SOI techniques. Each light-sensitive diode includes parallel elongated doped regions respectively formed by P+ and N+ dopant extending entirely through the semiconductor layer material and separated by an intervening elongated intrinsic (native) region. The light-sensitive diodes are connected in series by patterned conductive (e.g., metal film) structures. Optional bypass diodes are formed next to each lateral P-I-N light-sensitive diodes. Optional trenches are defined between adjacent light-sensitive diodes. The photovoltaic devices are either utilized to form low-cost embedded low power photovoltaic arrays on CMOS IC devices, or produced on low-cost SOI substrates to provide, for example, low-cost, high voltage solar arrays for solar energy concentrators.11-22-2012
20120292676Novel Very Fast Optic Nonvolatile Memory with Alternative Carrier Lifetimes and Bandgap Energies, Optic Random Access, and Mirrored "Fly-back" Configurations - The present invention is for a fast optic nonvolatile memory cell (FONM) that operates with a speed >1000000 times faster than the commercially available FLASH memory. The information (or charges) can be entered into the FONM cell by switching on a built-in laser or LED (Light Emitting Diode). Excited by the lights, and driven by electric fields, the regions of low carrier lifetimes thermally generate excess electrons or positive charges to fill the storage gaps or interfaces. To detect the stored information, two BJTs (Bipolar Junction Transistors) are arranged in a mirrored configuration—with alternative regions of high or low carrier lifetimes and bandgap energies. By comparing the BJT “fly-back” characteristics a voltage difference can be detected as a signal of whether the information is stored or not stored.11-22-2012
20090166687Image Sensor and Method for Manufacturing the Same - An image sensor and a method for manufacturing the same may include a gate on a semiconductor substrate, a photodiode on the semiconductor substrate at a first side of the gate, a floating diffusion region on the semiconductor substrate at a second side of the gate, in which the second side is opposite to the first side, a channel under the gate, the channel connecting the photodiode with the floating diffusion region, and a barrier region under the photodiode.07-02-2009
20080308851Photoelectric conversion element having a semiconductor and semiconductor device using the same - A semiconductor device, particularly, a photoelectric conversion element having a semiconductor layer is demonstrated. The photoelectric conversion element of the present invention comprises, over a substrate, a photoelectric conversion layer and first and second electrodes which are electrically connected to the photoelectric conversion layer. The photoelectric conversion element further comprises a wiring board over which a third and fourth electrodes are provided. The characteristic point of the present invention is that a bonding layer, which readily forms an alloy with a conductive material, is formed over the first and second electrodes. This bonding layer improves the bonding strength between the first and third electrodes and the second and fourth electrode, which contributes to the prevention of the connection defect between the substrate and the wiring board and consequentially to high reliability of the photoelectric conversion element.12-18-2008
20130119447NON-UNIFORM GATE DIELECTRIC CHARGE FOR PIXEL SENSOR CELLS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING - A non-uniform gate dielectric charge for pixel sensor cells, e.g., CMOS optical imagers, and methods of manufacturing are provided. The method includes forming a gate dielectric on a substrate. The substrate includes a source/drain region and a photo cell collector region. The method further includes forming a non-uniform fixed charge distribution in the gate dielectric. The method further includes forming a gate structure on the gate dielectric.05-16-2013
20090179237CMOS image sensor and method for fabricating the same - CMOS image sensor and method for fabricating the same, the CMOS image sensor including a second conductive type semiconductor substrate having an active region and a device isolation region defined therein, wherein the active region has a photodiode region and a transistor region defined therein, a device isolating film in the semiconductor substrate of the device isolation region, a first conductive type impurity region in the semiconductor substrate of the photodiode region, the first conductive type impurity region being spaced a distance from the device isolation film, and a second conductive type first impurity region in the semiconductor substrate between the first conductive type impurity region and the device isolation film, thereby reducing generation of a darkcurrent at an interface between the photodiode region and a field region.07-16-2009
20090321798CMOS Image Sensor and Method of Manufacturing the Same - Disclosed are a CMOS sensor and a method of fabricating the CMOS sensor. The method includes the steps of: forming a first USG layer on an entire surface of a semiconductor substrate including a cell area and a scribe area; masking the cell area, and then removing the first USG layer formed on the scribe area; forming a SiN layer on the entire surface of the semiconductor substrate; masking the cell area, and then removing the SiN layer formed on the scribe area; forming a second USG layer on the entire surface of the semiconductor substrate; and masking the scribe area, and then removing the second USG layer formed on the cell area. The USG layer is only formed on the scribe layer without the SiN layer, so that SiN particles do not drop onto the USG layer during the sintering process.12-31-2009
20090101946CMOS IMAGE SENSOR AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A CIS and a method for manufacturing the same are provided. The CIS includes an interlayer insulation layer formed on a substrate having a photodiode and a transistor formed thereon; a plurality of color filters formed on the interlayer insulation layer and spaced a predetermined interval apart from each other; a metal sidewall formed to fill the predetermined interval between the plurality of the color filters; and a microlens formed on each of the plurality of color filters.04-23-2009
20110227137SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND DRIVING METHOD OF THE SAME - The present invention provides a semiconductor device including a memory that has a memory cell array including a plurality of memory cells, a control circuit that controls the memory, and an antenna, where the memory cell array has a plurality of bit lines extending in a first direction and a plurality of word lines extending in a second direction different from the first direction, and each of the plurality of memory cells has an organic compound layer provided between the bit line and the word line. Data is written by applying optical or electric action to the organic compound layer.09-22-2011
20090256179IMAGE SENSOR - Embodiments relate to and image sensor. In embodiments, the image sensor may include a semiconductor substrate, a photodiode region, a gate electrode, a dummy gate, and an interlayer dielectric layer. The semiconductor substrate includes a field oxide layer. The photodiode region may be formed on the semiconductor substrate. The gate electrode may be formed on the semiconductor substrate. The dummy gate may be formed on the field oxide layer. The interlayer dielectric layer may be formed on one side of the dummy gate and includes an opening exposing the photodiode region.10-15-2009
20100148230TRENCH ISOLATION REGIONS IN IMAGE SENSORS - Trenches are formed in a substrate or layer and a solid source doped with one or more dopants is deposited over the image sensor such that the solid source fills the one or more trenches and is disposed on the surface of the substrate. The surface of the image sensor is then planarized so that the solid source remains only in the trenches. A thermal drive operation is performed to cause at least a portion of the one or more dopants in the solid source to diffuse into the portions of the substrate or layer that are immediately adjacent to and surround the sidewall and bottom surfaces of the trenches. The diffused dopant or dopants form passivation regions that passivate the interface between the substrate or layer and the sidewall and bottom surfaces of the trenches.06-17-2010
20090078972SENSOR THIN FILM TRANSISTOR, THIN FILM TRANSISTOR SUBSTRATE HAVING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A sensor thin film transistor includes a gate electrode, a gate insulation layer formed on the gate electrode, a semiconductor layer having a portion positioned above the gate electrode and on a side of the gate insulation layer opposite the gate electrode, and a source electrode and drain electrode having spaced apart ends positioned on the semiconductor layer, wherein the sensor thin film transistor is operative such that a signal-to-noise ratio is equal to or greater than about 200 when the gate-off voltage applied to the gate electrode is equal to or less than about 0V.03-26-2009
20100224917Solid-state image pickup apparatus and method of manufacturing the same - Disclosed is a solid-state image pickup apparatus including a semiconductor substrate, a photoelectric converter, a transfer gate, an insulating layer, a first silicon layer, and a pixel transistor portion. The photoelectric converter converts light energy of incident light into electrical energy and obtains a signal charge. The photoelectric converter is formed on a surface side in the semiconductor substrate. The transfer gate reads the signal charge from the photoelectric converter, and the transfer gate is formed on the semiconductor substrate adjacent to the photoelectric converter. The insulating layer is formed on the photoelectric converter in the semiconductor substrate. The first silicon layer is formed on the insulating layer. The pixel transistor portion amplifies and outputs the signal charge read by the transfer gate. The pixel transistor portion is formed on the insulating layer with the first silicon layer being an active region.09-09-2010
20110057238CMOS PIXEL SENSOR WITH DEPLETED PHOTOCOLLECTORS AND A DEPLETED COMMON NODE - An active pixel sensor in a p-type semiconductor body includes an n-type common node formed below a pinning region. A plurality of n-type blue detectors more lightly doped than the common node are disposed below pinning regions and are spaced apart from the common node forming channels below blue color-select gates. A buried green photocollector is coupled to the surface through a first deep contact spaced apart from the common node forming a channel below a green color-select gate. A red photocollector buried deeper than the green photocollector is coupled to the surface through a second deep contact spaced apart from the common node forming a channel below a red color-select gate. A reset-transistor has a source disposed over and in contact with the common node. A source-follower transistor has gate coupled to the common node, a drain coupled to a power-supply node, and a source forming a pixel-sensor output.03-10-2011
20120193690PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS - There is provided a photoelectric conversion apparatus which is characterized by comprising a plurality of photoelectric conversion regions of a first conductivity type, and a plurality of semiconductor regions of a second conductivity type opposite to the first conductivity type; and in that the plurality of photoelectric conversion regions of the first conductivity type and the plurality of semiconductor regions are alternately arranged, and a voltage controlling unit is further provided to change a width of a depletion layer formed in a semiconductor substrate by controlling a voltage to be applied to the semiconductor region of the second conductivity type provided between the plurality of photoelectric conversion regions of the first conductivity type.08-02-2012
20090146195Noise reduction in active pixel sensor arrays - A system for detecting high speed noise in active pixel sensors includes a photodiode for receiving low levels of light, a reset transistor, an amplifier transistor, a row select transistor, and a high-speed analog-to-digital converter. The reset transistor gate receives a reset signal, and the reset transistor drain receives a reset voltage. The amplifier transistor gate is connected to the photodiode and the reset transistor's source. The amplifier transistor receives a supply voltage at the drain terminal. The row select transistor gate terminal receives a row select signal. The row select drain terminal is connected to the amplifier transistor source terminal. The high-speed analog-to-digital converter includes an analog input port connected to the row select transistor source and a digital output port capable of resolving high-speed excitation events received by the photodiode.06-11-2009
20100295107SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A solid-state imaging device is provided. The solid-state imaging device includes a pixel section, a peripheral circuit section, a silicide blocking layer formed in the pixel section except for part or whole of an area above an isolation portion in the pixel section, and a metal-silicided transistor formed in the peripheral circuit section.11-25-2010
20120199892Light Signal Transfer Device with Conductive Carbon Line - A light signal transfer device comprises a substrate having a gate dielectric layer; a source and drain doped regions formed in the substrate; a gate formed on the gate dielectric layer; a carbon nano-tube material formed under the gate dielectric layer to act a channel; and a photo-diode doped region formed adjacent to one of the source and drain doped regions, wherein the areas of the channel and the photo-diode doped region are fixed, the carbon nano-tube material reducing area of the channel and increase photo reception area for the photo-diode doped region to improve performance of the light signal transfer device.08-09-2012
20100237392DEPFET TRANSISTOR HAVING A LARGE DYNAMIC RANGE - The invention relates to a DEPFET transistor (09-23-2010
20110001173Monolithically Integrated Antenna and Receiver Circuit for the Detection of Terahertz Waves - The present invention relates to a device for detecting millimeter waves, having at least one field effect transistor with a source, a drain, a gate, a gate-source contact, a source-drain channel, and a gate-drain contact. Compared to a similar such device, the problem addressed by the present invention, among others, is that of providing a device which enables the provision of a field effect transistor for detecting the power and/or phase of electromagnetic radiation in the Thz frequency range. In order to create such a device, it is suggested according to the invention, that a device be provided which has an antenna structure wherein the field effect transistor is connected to the antenna structure in such a manner that an electromagnetic signal received by the antenna structure in the THz range is fed into the field effect transistor via the gate-source contact, and wherein the field effect transistor and the antenna structure are arranged together on a single substrate.01-06-2011
20120032241IMAGE SENSOR - An image sensor includes: a substrate, at least a pixel, and at least a light shield is provided. Wherein the pixel includes a photodiode and at least a transistor, and the transistor is connected to a metal line via a contact. The light shield is positioned around at least one side of the pixel, wherein the light shield is made while forming the contact.02-09-2012
20080203450PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM USING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS - A photoelectric conversion apparatus includes: a first interlayer insulation film disposed on a semiconductor substrate; a first plug disposed in a first hole in the first interlayer insulation film, and serving to electrically connect between a plurality of active regions disposed in the semiconductor substrate, between gate electrodes of a plurality of MOS transistors, or between the active region and the gate electrode of the MOS transistor, not through the wiring of the wiring layer; and a second plug disposed in a second hole in the first interlayer insulation film, the second plug being electrically connected to the active region, wherein a wiring arranged over the second plug and closest to the second plug is electrically connected to the second plug, and the wiring electrically connected to the second plug forms a portion of dual damascene structure. By such a structure, incidence efficiency of light onto a photoelectric conversion element can be improved.08-28-2008
20080217666CMOS IMAGE SENSOR AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE SAME - A floating node structure of a CMOS image sensor disposed in a floating node region defined by an isolation structure of a substrate is described. The floating node structure comprises an n-doped region within the floating node region, a p-well surrounding the periphery and the bottom of the n-doped region in the substrate within the folating node region, a surface passivation layer disposed at least on the surface of the p-well, and a contact plug coupling the n-doped region to a source follower transistor of the CMOS image sensor.09-11-2008
20100019293PIN PHOTODIODE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SAME - The objective of this invention is to provide a semiconductor device containing a photodiode and having stable, high sensitivity with respect to short wavelength light near 405 nm, and a manufacturing method for said semiconductor device. PIN photodiode (01-28-2010
20110049588Semiconductor Device and Manufacturing Method Thereof - An object of an embodiment of the disclosed invention is to provide a semiconductor device including a photoelectric conversion element with excellent characteristics. An object of an embodiment of the disclosed invention is to provide a semiconductor device including a photoelectric conversion device with excellent characteristic through a simple process. A semiconductor device is provided, which includes a light-transmitting substrate; an insulating layer over the light-transmitting substrate; and a photoelectric conversion element over the insulating layer. The photoelectric conversion element includes a single crystal semiconductor layer including a semiconductor region having an effect of photoelectric conversion, a semiconductor region having a first conductivity type, and a semiconductor region having a second conductivity type; a first electrode electrically connected to the semiconductor region having the first conductivity type; and a second electrode electrically connected to the semiconductor region having the second conductivity type.03-03-2011
20100096674METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF THICK SEMICONDUCTOR DRIFT DETECTOR FABRICATION - Gray-tone lithography technology is used in combination with a reactive plasma etching operation in the fabrication method and system of a thick semiconductor drift detector. The thick semiconductor drift detector is based on a trench array, where the trenches in the trench array penetrate the bulk with different depths. These trenches form an electrode. By applying different electric potentials to the trenches in the trench array, the silicon between neighboring trenches fully depletes. Furthermore, the applied potentials cause a drifting field for generated charge carriers, which are directed towards a collecting electrode.04-22-2010
20120126298SELF-POWERED INTEGRATED CIRCUIT WITH PHOTOVOLTAIC CELL - A photovoltaic cell is provided as a composite unit together with elements of an integrated circuit on a common substrate. In a described embodiment, connections are established between a photovoltaic cell portion and a circuitry portion of an integrated structure to enable self-powering of the circuitry portion by the photovoltaic cell portion.05-24-2012
20120168835ANTI-REFLECTION STRUCTURES FOR CMOS IMAGE SENSORS - Optical structures having an array of protuberances between two layers having different refractive indices are provided. The array of protuberances has vertical and lateral dimensions less than the wavelength range of lights detectable by a photodiode of a CMOS image sensor. The array of protuberances provides high transmission of light with little reflection. The array of protuberances may be provided over a photodiode, in a back-end-of-line interconnect structure, over a lens for a photodiode, on a backside of a photodiode, or on a window of a chip package.07-05-2012
20120175690SI PHOTODIODE WITH SYMMETRY LAYOUT AND DEEP WELL BIAS IN CMOS TECHNOLOGY - A silicon photodiode with symmetry layout and deep well bias in CMOS technology is provided. The silicon photodiode includes a substrate, a deep well, and a PN diode structure. The deep well is disposed on the substrate, where an extra bias is applied to the deep well. The region surrounded by the deep well forms the main body of the silicon photodiode. The PN diode structure is located in the region surrounded by the deep well, where the silicon photodiode has a symmetry layout. The deep well is adopted when fabricating the silicon photodiode, and the extra bias is applied to the deep well to eliminate the interference and effect of the substrate absorbing light, and further greatly improve speed and bandwidth. Furthermore, the silicon photodiode has a symmetry layout, so that uniform electric field distribution is achieved, and the interference of the substrate noise is also reduced.07-12-2012
20120313155Photo Detector and Methods of Manufacturing and Operating Same - A photo detector comprising a first doped impurity region (adapted to receive a first voltage) disposed in or on a substrate; a body region, juxtaposed the first doped impurity region; a gate (adapted to receive a second voltage) spaced from a first portion of the body region; a light absorbing region, juxtaposed a second portion of the body region, includes a material which, in response to light incident thereon, generates carrier pairs including a first and second type carriers; a contact region (adapted to receive a third voltage) juxtaposed the light absorbing region; wherein, in response to incident light, the gate attracts first type carriers of the carrier pairs to the first portion of the body region which causes second carriers from the first doped impurity region to flow to the contact region, and the contact region attracts second type carriers.12-13-2012
20120187461SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENT WITH A WINDOW OPENING AS AN INTERFACE FOR AMBIENT COUPLING - A window opening in a semiconductor component is produced on the basis of a gate structure which serves as an efficient etch resist layer in order to reliably etch an insulation layer stack without exposing the photosensitive semiconductor area. The polysilicon in the gate structure is then removed on the basis of an established gate etching process, with the gate insulation layer preserving the integrity of the photosensitive semiconductor material.07-26-2012
20120228681IMAGE AND LIGHT SENSOR CHIP PACKAGES - An image or light sensor chip package includes an image or light sensor chip having a non-photosensitive area and a photosensitive area surrounded by the non-photosensitive area. In the photosensitive area, there are light sensors, a layer of optical or color filter array over the light sensors and microlenses over the layer of optical or color filter array. In the non-photosensitive area, there are an adhesive polymer layer and multiple metal structures having a portion in the adhesive polymer layer. A transparent substrate is formed on a top surface of the adhesive polymer layer and over the microlenses. The image or light sensor chip package also includes wirebonded wires or a flexible substrate bonded with the metal structures of the image or light sensor chip.09-13-2012
20120261729SHALLOW-TRENCH-ISOLATION (STI)-BOUNDED SINGLE-PHOTON AVALANCHE PHOTODETECTORS - Techniques and apparatus for using single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) devices in various applications.10-18-2012
20120080730SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE WITH PHOTONICS - A semiconductor structure having a transistor region and an optical device region includes a transistor in a first semiconductor layer of the semiconductor structure, wherein the first semiconductor layer is over a first insulating layer, the first insulating layer is over a second semiconductor layer, and the second semiconductor layer is over a second insulating layer. A gate dielectric of the transistor is in physical contact with a top surface of the first semiconductor layer, and the transistor is formed in the transistor region of the semiconductor structure. A waveguide device in the optical device region and a third semiconductor layer over a portion of the second semiconductor layer.04-05-2012
20120241825SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A first thin film diode (09-27-2012
20110272749LIGHT RECEIVING CIRCUIT - Provided is a light receiving circuit for detecting a change in amount of light, in which an input circuit at a subsequent stage is compact and inexpensive and current consumption is low. The light receiving circuit includes: a photoelectric conversion element for supplying a current corresponding to an amount of incident light; an N-channel MOS transistor including a drain supplied with the current from the photoelectric conversion element; and a control circuit for controlling a gate voltage of the NMOS transistor via a low pass filter so that a drain voltage of the N-channel MOS transistor becomes a desired voltage. The control circuit outputs a control state output signal, which is a GND terminal voltage when a delay amount of control on the gate voltage of the NMOS transistor performed via the low pass filter is less than a desired delay amount, and is the drain voltage of the NMOS transistor when the delay amount of control on the gate voltage of the NMOS transistor performed via the low pass filter is the desired delay amount or more. The light receiving circuit outputs the control state output signal as an output signal.11-10-2011
20100276735SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE WITH PHOTONICS - A method for forming a semiconductor structure having a transistor region and an optical device region includes forming a transistor in and on a first semiconductor layer of the semiconductor structure, wherein the first semiconductor layer is over a first insulating layer, the first insulating layer is over a second semiconductor layer, and the second semiconductor layer is over a second insulating layer, wherein a gate dielectric of the transistor is in physical contact with a top surface of the first semiconductor layer, and wherein the transistor is formed in the transistor region of the semiconductor structure. The method also includes forming a waveguide device in the optical device region, wherein forming the waveguide device includes exposing a portion of the second semiconductor layer in the optical device region; and epitaxially growing a third semiconductor layer over the exposed portion of the second semiconductor layer.11-04-2010
20080197385INSULATED GATE FIELD EFFECT TRANSISTOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME, AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME - An insulated gate field effect transistor, a solid-state image pickup device using the same, and manufacturing methods thereof that suppress occurrence of a shutter step and suppress occurrence of punch-through and injection. An insulated gate field effect transistor having a gate electrode on a semiconductor substrate with a gate insulating film interposed between the semiconductor substrate and the gate electrode, and having a source region and a drain region formed in the semiconductor substrate on both sides of the gate electrode, the insulated gate field effect transistor including: a first diffusion layer of a P type formed in the semiconductor substrate at a position deeper than the source region and the drain region; and a second diffusion layer of the P type having a higher concentration than the first diffusion layer and formed in the semiconductor substrate at a position deeper than the first diffusion layer.08-21-2008
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20110291164CMOS three-dimensional image sensor detectors with assured non collection of late arriving charge, more rapid collection of other charge, and with improved modulation contrast - A CMOS-implementable TOF detector promptly collects charge whose creation time can be precisely known, while rejecting collection of potentially late arriving charge whose creation time may not be precisely known. Charges created in upper regions of the detector structure are ensured to be rapidly collected, while charges created in the lower regions of the detector structure, potentially late arriving charges, are inhibiting from being collected.12-01-2011

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