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A Low-Power Energy-Harvesting Logarithmic CMOS Image Sensor With Reconfigurable Resolution Using Two-Level Quantization Scheme

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3 Author(s)
M. K. Law ; Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology , Kowloon, Hong Kong ; A. Bermak ; C. Shi

In this brief, a CMOS image sensor that exploits the possibility of reconfiguring pixel photodiodes for energy harvesting for wireless image sensor applications is proposed. Based on the logarithmic sensor architecture, each pixel photodiode of the proposed sensor array can be configured into either photosensing or energy-harvesting element to accomplish image-capturing or energy-harvesting purpose, respectively. An addressing scheme for reduced resolution readout and improved energy-harvesting efficiency, and a two-level quantization scheme for reduced readout dynamic power consumption are also proposed.

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IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs  (Volume:58 ,  Issue: 2 )