Saturday, May 20, 2017

Great Minds Think Alike

ST patent application US20170134683 "Global-shutter image sensor" by François Guyader and François Roy proposes a light screening layer to protect the charge storage note in an BSI GS pixel, fairly similar to TSMC proposal published two weeks ago:


General Electric patent application US20170135179 "Image sensor controlled lighting fixture" by Laszlo Balazs, Tamas Both, and Jean-marc Naud proposes integration of image sensor into a lightbulb: "The controller receives detection signal data from the image sensor and wide-angle lens component when a user is within a detection area associated with a view angle of the wide angle lens, and then determines the position of the user. The controller then controls the illuminance of the light source based on the position of the user." This is quite similar to the Cree proposal published a week ago:

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