Applications, Design, and Testing of CMOS and CCD Sensors and Camera Systems

EC ENGR 840.20

This course benefits scientists, engineers, and hardware managers that are involved with the selection, specification, and design of CMOS/CCD camera systems for a variety of applications.

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This course benefits scientists, engineers, and hardware managers that are involved with the selection, specification, and design of CMOS/CCD camera systems for a variety of applications. In recent years CMOS sensors have been increasingly displacing CCD sensors as the preferred and more useful in many imaging applications (with “sensor” defined as the light-sensing focal plane chip). In this course the advantages and disadvantages of CCDs and CMOS sensor technologies and their fundamental engineering description are covered. The role of CMOS sensors in providing highly integrated and flexible digital camera systems is highlighted. The basics of visible sensor camera design and imaging performance are also described in detail, including metrics such as signal to noise ratio (SNR), modulation transfer function (MTF), and optical Q. The underlying principles are illustrated with design synthesis examples that span the range of multispectral satellite imaging to high-definition television (HDTV) color scanning. Requirements flow-down, camera and sensor specification, and corresponding verification by testing are also covered. Finally the future trends for CMOS sensor and camera technologies are discussed.

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