Patent Number: 7,087,900

Title: Solid-state infrared imager

Abstract: A solid-state infrared imager comprises a matrix array of infrared sensing pixels which are formed as an imaging area on a semiconductor substrate and each of which contains a pn-junction thermoelectric converter element to sense incident infrared radiation, row selection lines each connected to the pixels of a corresponding row, signal lines each connected to the pixels of a corresponding column, a row selection circuit which selects and drives one of the row selection lines, and a signal readout circuit which reads out signal currents output to the signal lines from the pixels corresponding to the row selection line driven by the row selection circuit. Particularly, the signal readout circuit includes a signal line potential stabilizer which stabilizes the potential of the signal line to a constant level, and a current-voltage converter which converts the signal current flowing in a signal line to a signal voltage.

Inventors: Iida; Yoshinori (Tokyo, JP), Shigenaka; Keitaro (Hachioji, JP), Mashio; Naoya (Yokohama, JP)

Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

International Classification: G01J 5/20 (20060101); H01L 27/14 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/08/02018