Hand-held computers incorporating reduced area imaging devices

  • US 6,424,369 B1
  • Filed: 08/15/2000
  • Issued: 07/23/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/06/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. In a PDA having capability to transmit data between a personal computer connected to a communications network, the improvement comprising:

  • a video system integral with said PDA for receiving and transmitting video images, and for viewing said video images, said video system comprising;

    a camera module housing an image sensor therein, said image sensor lying in a first plane and including an array of CMOS pixels for receiving images thereon, said image sensor further including circuitry means on said first plane and coupled to said array of CMOS pixels for timing and control of said array of CMOS pixels, said image sensor producing a pre-video signal, a first circuit board lying in a second plane and electrically coupled to said image sensor, said first circuit board including circuitry means for converting said pre-video signal to a desired video format;

    a video view screen attached to said PDA for viewing said video images, said video view screen communicating with said first circuit board, and displaying video images processed by said first circuit board.

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