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Correlating PIN-photodetector with novel difference-integrator concept for range-finding applications

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3 Author(s)
Nemecek, A. ; Inst. of Electr. Measurements & Circuit Design, Vienna Univ. of Technol., Austria ; Oberhauser, K. ; Zimmermann, H.

Exploiting the benefits of PIN photodiodes, a correlating detector and a novel difference integrator concept were realized in a single-chip range-finder solution. The PIN photodetector performing already internal modulation has a responsivity of R=0.30A/W at 660nm. A bandwidth of f3dB=250MHz with correlation gates on thin oxide, respectively 500MHz on field oxide were achieved. Both challenges of the distance measurement - high sensitivity for signals in the order of nW and accuracies of 1.6% (1.7%) for 10m (15m) - could be reached. The measurement range goes from 20cm to 15m. The chip was realized in a modified 0.6nm BiCMOS process. Effective pixel size is ∼250 ×170μm2 including the photoreceiver of ∼100 × 100 μm2 resulting in a fill factor of ∼24%.

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Solid-State Circuits Conference, 2005. ESSCIRC 2005. Proceedings of the 31st European

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12-16 Sept. 2005