Application Specific AMS IC Design Platform for Integrated CCD Image Sensor Processing
20070103 - 20081102
Mr David Kwong
Develop and transfer to industry the design technology platform for CCD sensor image signal processing and conditioning which can be used in building integrated image signal processors with on-board timing logic or high voltage CCD clock drivers. The platform specific IPs will include the following key circuit technologies : 1) General purpose digital cells for logic (standard cell and gate array cell) in BiCMOS and CMOS processes. Libraries will consist of common primitives for logic implementation and include schematic, layout and Verilog models for simulations. 2) Analog Image Signal Processing (ISP) building IPs in Mixed Signal BiCMOS process: tape-out test chips to validate the functionalities and performance of these IPs. These circuits will be implemented in both 5V and 3.3V BiCMOS processes. 3) Develop 3.3 V-0.35u CMOS image signal processing AFE (Analog Front End) for colour CCD camera: include CMOS analog ISP building block IPs, high speed data converters ( ADC - Analog to Digital Converter and DAC - Digital to Analog Converter), tape-out and evaluate the AFE module to validate IPs functionalities and performance for commercial applications
MiniLogic Device Corporation MiniLogic Device Corporation Limited [Sponsor]
This project aims to develop application specific AMS(analog and mixed signal) IC design platform for CCD image sensor image signal processing, data conversion, timing generation and high voltage clocking peripheral circuit applications. Technologies targeted for commercialization include analog image signal processing circuits IPs, high speed-low power data converters (ADC, DAC), digital circuit standard cells for timing logic synthesis, precision oscillators and high voltage CCD clock drivers in BiCMOS and CMOS processes. These technologies will enable our users to develop high performance integrated solutions for CCD image signal processing sub-systems (B/W or color) at lower cost, lower power and in smaller foot-prints. Furthermore, technologies developed in this program not only make CCD image sensor processing circuits more competitive but the AMS IPs can also be applied to support more generic signal processing applications.