Communication devices incorporating reduced area imaging devices

  • US 7,002,621 B2
  • Filed: 08/21/2001
  • Issued: 02/21/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/06/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. In a wireless telephone for conducting wireless telephonic communications, the improvement comprising:

  • a video system integral with said telephone 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 including an array of pixels for receiving images thereon, said image sensor further including circuitry means on said first plane and coupled to said array of pixels for timing and control of said array of pixels, said image sensor producing a pre-video signal, a first circuit board mounted in said camera module adjacent said image sensor 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, said camera module further including a transceiver radio element mounted therein and electrically communicating with said first circuit board to transmit said converted pre-video signal;

    a transceiver radio module mounted in the wireless telephone for wirelessly communicating with said transceiver element in said camera module to receive said converted pre-video signal;

    a video monitor attached to said wireless phone for viewing said video images, said video monitor electrically coupled to said transceiver radio module for displaying video images processed by said first circuit board.

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