Flat-Panel Imager Utilizing a-Si TFT Array Technology

Osamu TERANUMA
Yoshihiro IZUMI
Masayuki TAKAHASHI
Tamotsu SATO
Kazuhiro UEHARA
Hisao OKADA
Yasukuni YAMANE

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E87-C    No.11    pp.1948-1953
Publication Date: 2004/11/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section INVITED PAPER (Special Section on Electronic Displays)
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TFT,  imager,  flat-panel,  real time imaging,  color imaging,  

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Summary: 
We have developed a two-dimensional flat-panel imager (FPI) utilizing conventional amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin film transistor (TFT) technology for AM-LCDs, and we have made a prototype. We can experimentally manufacture the FPI basically by utilizing conventional production lines of AM-LCDs, because the imager is based on the TFT array for AM-LCDs. The TFT performs both switching and photo-detecting functions itself. Using the FPI, we can capture monochrome images in real time, and can also achieve full-color images by introducing time-sequential driving based on a color backlight system with RGB-LEDs. The reliability of the TFT under bias and irradiation stress caused by capturing images is maintained by introducing an original driving method and processing the captured image. By making use of advantages the FPI has over conventional imaging systems, we hope that the FPI will be a useful compact imaging device for documents, pictures, fingerprints, and the like.