Control circuit for image array sensors

  • US 6,469,739 B1
  • Filed: 11/23/1999
  • Issued: 10/22/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/02/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An imaging system comprising:

  • an image sensor comprised of an array of pixel sensors;

    a controller operative to generate instructions for the imaging system;

    a serial bus coupled to the controller; and

    a control system in communication with the sensor and coupled to the controller through the serial bus, the control system comprising;

    a bi-directional interface for providing a bi-directional serial communication interface with the controller through the serial bus for sending and receiving data from the controller, means for controlling the sensor, and means for receiving serial instruction words from the controller for controlling the sensor, wherein the controller is a microprocessor that is coupled to a headlamp control unit to control headlamps of a vehicle in response to information obtained from the image sensor.

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