Patents by Inventor Young-gu Jin

Young-gu Jin has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10991748
    Abstract: A three-dimensional (3D) image sensor includes a first substrate having an upper pixel. The upper pixel includes a photoelectric element and first and second photogates connected to the photoelectric element. A second substrate includes a lower pixel, which corresponds to the upper pixel, that is spaced apart from the first substrate in a vertical direction. The lower pixel includes a first transfer transistor that transmits a first signal provided by the first photogate. A first source follower generates a first output signal in accordance with the first signal. A second transfer transistor transmits a second signal provided by the second photogate. A second source follower generates a second output signal in accordance with the second signal. First and second bonding conductors are disposed between the first and second substrates and electrically connect the upper and lower pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-Sun Keel, Doo Won Kwon, Hyun Surk Ryu, Young Chan Kim, Young Gu Jin
  • Patent number: 10950640
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a plurality of pixels, at least one of the pixels comprising: a photodiode configured to generate charges in response to light; and a pixel circuit disposed on the substrate, and including a storage transistor configured to store the charges generated by the photodiode, and a transfer transistor connected between the storage transistor and a floating diffusion node, wherein a potential of a boundary region between the storage transistor and the transfer transistor has a first potential when the transfer transistor is in a turned-off state, and has a second potential, lower than the first potential, when the transfer transistor is in a turned-on state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Gu Jin, Yong Hun Kwon, Young Chan Kim, Sae Young Kim, Sung Young Seo, Moo Sup Lim, Tae Sub Jung, Sung Ho Choi
  • Publication number: 20210066367
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a semiconductor substrate including a first surface and a second surface and further includes a well region and a first floating diffusion region that are each adjacent to the first surface. The image sensor includes a first vertical transmission gate and a second vertical transmission gate isolated from direct contact with each other and each extend from the first surface of the semiconductor substrate and in a thickness direction of the semiconductor substrate through at least a portion of the well region. The image sensor includes a first storage gate between the first vertical transmission gate and the first floating diffusion region and on the first surface of the semiconductor substrate. The image sensor includes a first tap transmission gate between the first storage gate and the first floating diffusion region and on the first surface of the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-gu JIN, Young-chan KIM
  • Patent number: 10931905
    Abstract: A pixel array in a three-dimensional image sensor includes depth pixels and an ambient light cancellation (ALC) circuit. The depth pixels operate in response to photo control signals having different phases, and generate distance information of an object based on light reflected by the object. The ALC circuit removes an ambient light component from the reflected light, and is shared by the depth pixels. Each depth pixel includes a photoelectric conversion region, a floating diffusion region, a photo gate, and a drain gate. The photoelectric conversion region collects photo charges based on the reflected light. The floating diffusion region accumulates the photo charges. The photo gate is activated in response to one of the photo control signals. The photoelectric conversion region accumulates the photo charges when the photo gate is activated, and the photo charges in the photoelectric conversion region are released when the drain gate is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young-Gu Jin, Min-Sun Keel, Young-Chan Kim
  • Patent number: 10868059
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a semiconductor substrate including a first surface and a second surface and further includes a well region and a first floating diffusion region that are each adjacent to the first surface. The image sensor includes a first vertical transmission gate and a second vertical transmission gate isolated from direct contact with each other and each extend from the first surface of the semiconductor substrate and in a thickness direction of the semiconductor substrate through at least a portion of the well region. The image sensor includes a first storage gate between the first vertical transmission gate and the first floating diffusion region and on the first surface of the semiconductor substrate. The image sensor includes a first tap transmission gate between the first storage gate and the first floating diffusion region and on the first surface of the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-gu Jin, Young-chan Kim
  • Patent number: 10868070
    Abstract: Image sensors are provided. An image sensor includes a substrate that includes a pixel region, a first surface, and a second surface that is opposite the first surface. The image sensor includes first and second photogates that are on the first surface and are configured to generate electric charge responsive to incident light in the pixel region. Moreover, the image sensor includes first and second lenses that are on the second surface and are configured to pass the incident light toward the first and second photogates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventors: Young Gu Jin, Young Chan Kim, Min-Sun Keel
  • Patent number: 10861886
    Abstract: An image sensor including a light source configured to emit an optical signal to a target object, and a pixel array including a first pixel configured to generate pixel signals based on the optical signal reflected from the target object, the first pixel including a first photo gate group having at least two photo gates that are configured to receive first gate signals with a first phase difference from the optical signal in a time interval and a second photo gate group having at least two photo gates configured to receive second gate signals with a second phase difference from the optical signal in the time interval, may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-gu Jin, Tae-sub Jung, Young-chan Kim
  • Patent number: 10840292
    Abstract: A semiconductor device may include a first sensor configured to sense light having a wavelength within a first wavelength range from incident light and generates a first electrical signal based on the sensed light and a second sensor configured to sense light having a wavelength within a second, different wavelength range from the incident light and generates a second electrical signal based on the sensed light. The first and second sensors may be electrically connected to each other via an intermediate connector, and the first sensor and the second sensor may share a pixel circuit that is electrically connected thereto via the intermediate connector. The first and second wavelength ranges may include infra-red and visible wavelength ranges, respectively. The first and second wavelength ranges may include different visible wavelength ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Gu Jin, Doo Won Kwon
  • Patent number: 10784294
    Abstract: An image sensor includes unit pixels, and from among the unit pixels, a first unit pixel and a second unit pixel that are adjacent to each other each include a first tap having a first photo gate, to which a first signal having a first phase difference with respect to an optical signal is applied, and a second tap having a second photo gate, to which a second signal having a second phase difference with respect to the optical signal is applied. A location of the first tap in the first unit pixel and a location of the first tap in the second unit pixel, and a location of the second tap in the first unit pixel and a location of the second tap in the second unit pixel are symmetrical with each other based on one point between the first unit pixel and the second unit pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-gu Jin, Young-chan Kim, Tae-sub Jung
  • Publication number: 20200286942
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a semiconductor substrate including a plurality of pixel regions, a first surface, and a second surface opposing the first surface, a plurality of transistors adjacent to the first surface of the semiconductor substrate in each of the plurality of pixel regions, a microlens on the second surface of the semiconductor substrate, and a plurality of conductive patterns in contact with the semiconductor substrate and closer to the second surface of the semiconductor substrate than to the first surface of the semiconductor substrate in each of the plurality of pixel regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Gu JIN, Young Chan Kim, Yong Hun Kwon, Eung Kyu Lee, Chang Keun Lee, Moo Sup Lim, Tae Sub Jung
  • Publication number: 20200286938
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a plurality of pixels, at least one of the pixels comprising: a photodiode configured to generate charges in response to light; and a pixel circuit disposed on the substrate, and including a storage transistor configured to store the charges generated by the photodiode, and a transfer transistor connected between the storage transistor and a floating diffusion node, wherein a potential of a boundary region between the storage transistor and the transfer transistor has a first potential when the transfer transistor is in a turned-off state, and has a second potential, lower than the first potential, when the transfer transistor is in a turned-on state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Gu JIN, Yong Hun KWON, Young Chan KIM, Sae Young KIM, Sung Young SEO, Moo Sup LIM, Tae Sub JUNG, Sung Ho CHOI
  • Patent number: 10707261
    Abstract: A semiconductor device may include a first sensor configured to sense light having a wavelength within a first wavelength range from incident light and generates a first electrical signal based on the sensed light and a second sensor configured to sense light having a wavelength within a second, different wavelength range from the incident light and generates a second electrical signal based on the sensed light. The first and second sensors may be electrically connected to each other via an intermediate connector, and the first sensor and the second sensor may share a pixel circuit that is electrically connected thereto via the intermediate connector. The first and second wavelength ranges may include infra-red and visible wavelength ranges, respectively. The first and second wavelength ranges may include different visible wavelength ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Gu Jin, Doo Won Kwon
  • Publication number: 20200185439
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a semiconductor substrate including a first surface and a second surface and further includes a well region and a first floating diffusion region that are each adjacent to the first surface. The image sensor includes a first vertical transmission gate and a second vertical transmission gate isolated from direct contact with each other and each extend from the first surface of the semiconductor substrate and in a thickness direction of the semiconductor substrate through at least a portion of the well region. The image sensor includes a first storage gate between the first vertical transmission gate and the first floating diffusion region and on the first surface of the semiconductor substrate. The image sensor includes a first tap transmission gate between the first storage gate and the first floating diffusion region and on the first surface of the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-gu JIN, Young-chan Kim
  • Publication number: 20200174133
    Abstract: An image sensor may include a first photo gate and a second photo gate each extending substantially in parallel in a first direction, the first photo gate and the second photo gate isolated from direct contact with each other in a second direction, the second direction substantially orthogonal to the first direction, a first overflow gate between the first photo gate and the second photo gate, the first overflow gate extending in the first direction, a first charge collection region on the first photo gate, a second charge collection region on the second photo gate and isolated from direct contact with the first charge collection region in the second direction, a first floating diffusion region that may receive first charge from the first charge collection region and output the first charge, and a second floating diffusion region that may receive second charge from the second charge collection region and output the second charge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Gu JIN, Young Chan Kim, Tae sub Jung, Young Hun Kwon, Sung Young Seo, Moo Sup Lim, Sung Ho Choi
  • Publication number: 20200111823
    Abstract: An image sensor including a light source configured to emit an optical signal to a target object, and a pixel array including a first pixel configured to generate pixel signals based on the optical signal reflected from the target object, the first pixel including a first photo gate group having at least two photo gates that are configured to receive first gate signals with a first phase difference from the optical signal in a time interval and a second photo gate group having at least two photo gates configured to receive second gate signals with a second phase difference from the optical signal in the time interval, may be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-gu JIN, Tae-sub JUNG, Young-chan KIM
  • Publication number: 20200103511
    Abstract: A 3D image sensor include a depth pixel and at least two polarization pixels adjacent to the depth pixel. The depth pixel includes a charge generation region in a substrate. The depth pixel is configured to generate depth information associated with a depth of an object from the 3D image sensor in a 3D scene based on detecting light reflected from the object. Each polarization pixel includes a photodiode in the substrate and a polarizer on the substrate in a light-incident direction. The polarization pixel is configured to generate shape information associated with a shape of a surface of the object in the 3D scene based on detecting light reflected from the object. The polarization pixels and the depth pixel collectively define a unit pixel. The respective polarizers are associated with different polarization directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-gu Jin, Young-chan Kim, Chang-rok Moon, Yong-hun Kwon, Tae-sub Jung
  • Publication number: 20200029047
    Abstract: A Time-of-Flight (ToF)-based three-dimensional (3D) image sensor includes at least two first photogates symmetrically arranged in a central portion of a pixel, at least two first gates configured to remove an overflow charge generated in the at least two first photogates, and a first gate group. The at least two first gates are arranged symmetrically in an outer portion of the pixel. The first gate group includes a plurality of gates configured to store and transmit charges generated in the at least two first photogates. The first gate group is arranged in the outer portion of the pixel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: YOUNG-GU JIN, YOUNG-CHAN KIM, SUNG-HO CHOI
  • Publication number: 20200013811
    Abstract: An image sensor includes unit pixels, and from among the unit pixels, a first unit pixel and a second unit pixel that are adjacent to each other each include a first tap having a first photo gate, to which a first signal having a first phase difference with respect to an optical signal is applied, and a second tap having a second photo gate, to which a second signal having a second phase difference with respect to the optical signal is applied. A location of the first tap in the first unit pixel and a location of the first tap in the second unit pixel, and a location of the second tap in the first unit pixel and a location of the second tap in the second unit pixel are symmetrical with each other based on one point between the first unit pixel and the second unit pixel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-gu JIN, Young-chan Kim, Tae-sub Jung
  • Patent number: 10529755
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a first photoelectric conversion layer that is configured to convert light to a first signal. The image sensor also includes a transfer transistor. The transfer transistor includes a storage node region which stores the first signal. The transfer transistor also includes a transfer gate which transfers the stored first signal, and a floating diffusion region that receives the first signal. The image sensor includes a reset transistor that resets the floating diffusion region, and a drive transistor which receives a pixel voltage. The drive transistor generates an output voltage. The image sensor also includes a selection transistor which outputs the output voltage. A reset drain voltage is applied to a drain electrode of the reset transistor, and is independent of the pixel voltage. The reset drain voltage ranges from about 0.1V to about 1.0V.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae Yon Lee, Gwi Deok Lee, Masaru Ishii, Young Gu Jin
  • Publication number: 20190296070
    Abstract: Image sensors are provided. An image sensor includes a substrate that includes a pixel region, a first surface, and a second surface that is opposite the first surface. The image sensor includes first and second photogates that are on the first surface and are configured to generate electric charge responsive to incident light in the pixel region. Moreover, the image sensor includes first and second lenses that are on the second surface and are configured to pass the incident light toward the first and second photogates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Young Gu JIN, Young Chan KIM, Min-Sun KEEL