Solid state imaging apparatus, method for driving the same and camera using the same

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  • US 8,106,431 B2
  • Filed: 07/23/2008
  • Issued: 01/31/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/13/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A solid state imaging apparatus comprising:

  • a plurality of photodiodes arranged in an array;

    a plurality of floating diffusion sections each being connected to ones of the photodiodes via each of a plurality of transfer transistors;

    a plurality of read-out lines each being selectively connected to at least two of the transfer transistors;

    a plurality of reset transistors each being connected to one of the plurality of floating diffusion sections;

    a plurality of reset pulse lines each being connected to at least one of the plurality of reset transistors; and

    a plurality of pixel amplifier transistors each detecting and outputting the potential of each said floating diffusion section,wherein the plurality of photodiodes includes a first photodiode, a second photodiode and a third photodiode,the first photodiode is in row n, where n is a positive integer,the second photodiode is in row n+1,the third photodiode is in row n+2,the plurality of read-out lines includes a first read-out line and a second read-out line,the first read-out line and the second read-out line are disposed between the row n and the row n+1,one of the plurality of reset pulse lines is disposed between the row n+1 and the row n+2,one of the plurality of pixel amplifier transistors is disposed between the row n+1 and the row n+2.

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