Solid-state image pickup device and output method thereof

  • US 7,304,287 B2
  • Filed: 11/17/2006
  • Issued: 12/04/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/12/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A solid-state image pickup device comprising:

  • an image pickup pixel unit including a plurality of pixels;

    an analog-to-digital converting unit configured to subject a pixel signal outputted from said image pickup pixel unit to predetermined signal processing; and

    an output buffer unit for outputting the pixel signal processed by said analog-to-digital converting unit;

    wherein said output buffer unit outputs said pixel signal and an inverted pixel signal obtained by inverting said pixel signal, andwherein said pixel signal and inverted pixel signal outputs of said output buffer unit are configured for connection to a next stage that is separate from the image pickup device.

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