US 11,659,298 B2
Seamless readout mode transitions in image sensors
Andrew Kenneth John McMahon, San Carlos, CA (US)
Assigned to Apple Inc., Cupertino, CA (US)
Filed by Apple Inc., Cupertino, CA (US)
Filed on May 24, 2021, as Appl. No. 17/329,010.
Application 17/329,010 is a continuation of application No. 16/226,491, filed on Dec. 19, 2018, granted, now 11,019,294.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/700,113, filed on Jul. 18, 2018.
Prior Publication US 2021/0281789 A1, Sep. 9, 2021
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. H04N 5/378 (2011.01); H04N 25/75 (2023.01)
CPC H04N 25/75 (2023.01) 17 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method of operating an image sensor comprising an array of photosites, the method comprising:
reading the array of photosites at a first scan rate during a readout time for a binned mode of operation of the array of photosites; and
resetting the array of photosites at a second scan rate for a full-resolution readout mode of the array of photosites;
wherein,
the resetting commences during, and after a commencement of, the readout time; and
the second scan rate is different than the first scan rate.