A 1280x1024-15 mu m CTIA ROIC for SWIR FPAs

Eminoglu S., Isikhan M., Bayhan N., Gulden M. A., Incedere O. S., Soyer S. T., ...More

41st Conference on Infrared Technology and Applications, Maryland, United States Of America, 20 - 23 April 2015, vol.9451 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 9451
  • Doi Number: 10.1117/12.2179537
  • City: Maryland
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Keywords: SWIR, ROIC, CTIA, 1280x1024, MT12815CA-3G, snapshot, low-noise, InGaAs, ASIC, MTAS1410X8
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This paper reports the development of a new SXGA format low-noise CTIA ROIC (MT12815CA-3G) suitable for mega-pixel SWIR InGaAs detector arrays for low-light imaging applications. MT12815CA-3G is the first mega-pixel standard ROIC product from Mikro-Tasarim, which is a fabless semiconductor company specialized in the development of ROICs and ASICs for visible and infrared hybrid imaging sensors. MT12815CA-3G is a low-noise snapshot mega-pixel CTIA ROIC, has a format of 1280 x 1024 (SXGA) and pixel pitch of 15 mu m. MT12815CA-3G has been developed with the system-on-chip architecture in mind, where all the timing and biasing for this ROIC are generated on-chip without requiring any special external inputs. MT12815CA-3G is a highly configurable ROIC with many features that can be programmed through a 3-wire serial interface allowing on-the-fly configuration the ROIC. It performs snapshot operation both using Integrate-Then-Read (ITR) and Integrate-While-Read (IWR) modes. The CTIA type pixel input circuitry has 3 gain modes with programmable full-well-capacity (FWC) values of 10K e-, 20K e-, and 350K e- in the very high gain (VHG), high-gain (HG), and low-gain (LG) modes, respectively. MT12815CA-3G has an input referred noise level of less than 5 e-in the very high gain (VHG) mode, suitable for very low-noise SWIR imaging applications. MT12815CA-3G has 8 analog video outputs that can be programmed in 8, 4, or 2-output modes with a selectable analog reference for pseudo-differential operation. The ROIC runs at 10 MHz and supports frame rate values up to 55 fps in the 8-output mode. The integration time of the ROIC can be programmed up to 1s in steps of 0.1 mu s. The ROIC uses 3.3 V and 1.8V supply voltages and dissipates less than 350 mW in the 4-output mode. MT12815CA-3G is fabricated using a modern mixed-signal CMOS process on 200 mm CMOS wafers, and there are 44 ROIC parts per wafer. The probe tests show that the die yield is higher than 70%, which corresponds to more than 30 working ROIC parts per wafer typically. MT12815CA-3G ROIC is available as tested wafers or dies, where a detailed test report and wafer map are provided for each wafer. A compact USB 3.0 based test camera and imaging software are also available for the customers to test and evaluate the imaging performance of SWIR sensors built using MT12815CA-3G ROICs. Mikro-Tasarim has also recently developed a programmable mixed-signal application specific integrated circuit (ASIC), called MTAS1410X8, which is designed to perform ROIC driving and digitization functions for ROICs with analog outputs, such as MT12815CA-3G and MT6415CA ROIC products of Mikro-Tasarim. MTAS1410X8 has 8 simultaneously working 14-bit analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) with integrated programmable gain amplifiers (PGAs), video input buffers, programmable controller, and high-speed digital video interface supporting various formats including Camera Link. MT12815CA-3G ROIC together with MTAS1410X8 ASIC can be used to develop low-noise high-resolution SWIR imaging sensors with low power dissipation and reduced board area for the camera electronics.