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Camera-on-a-Chip

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory's research on a second generation, solid-state image sensor technology has resulted in the Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor Active Pixel Sensor (CMOS), establishing an alternative to the Charged Coupled Device (CCD). Photobit Corporation, the leading supplier of CMOS image sensors, has commercialized two products of their own based on this technology: the PB-100 and PB-300. These devices are cameras on a chip, combining all camera functions. CMOS active-pixel" digital image sensors offer several advantages over CCDs a technology used in video and still-camera applications for 30 years. The CMOS sensors draw less energy they use the same manufacturing platform as most microprocessors and memory chips and they allow on-chip programming of frame size exposure and other parameters."
Internal Laboratory Ref #: 
JPL-SO-4
Patent Status: 
Agency
NASA
Region
Far West
State: 
California
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