- With its on-chip photodiodes, ams OSRAM’s AS5951 offers a cost-effective solution for 32-slice detectors of Computed Tomography scanners in the price-sensitive market segment
- Thanks to the monolithic integration of the A/D converter, the photodiode array and the voltage reference into one single component, the AS5951 facilitates system development and reduces the cost of materials
- Low noise performance and low photodiode leakage current ensure high image quality and low dose performance
With its on-chip photodiodes, ams OSRAM’s AS5951 offers a cost-effective solution for 32-slice detectors of Computed Tomography scanners in the price-sensitive market segment
Next generation sensor chip
The AS5951 has two modes of operation: high-resolution mode and low dose mode. In the high-resolution mode, a maximum noise of 0.30 fC is achieved for an input current range of 200 nA. In low dose mode, two pixels are binned to a larger pixel at a noise level of 0.43 fC, which improves signal-to-noise performance and allows a dose level reduction. The high linearity of ±600 ppm, including photodiode, also ensures artefact-free images.The minimum integration time of 200 µs allows fast CT detector rotations. The digital data readout can be accessed via the SPI interface.
The AS5951 as a cost-optimized solution for 32-slice CT detectors
The patented product design of ams OSRAM allows the 128-channel ADC to be monolithically integrated into one single device and not placed as a discrete component next to the array of photodiodes. This reduces complexity and manufacturing costs for CT detector vendors. To assemble the large pixel array of the CT detector, the AS5951 is mounted on its three adjacent edges. Two AS5951 ICs can be placed in the Z-direction (axial), enabling the development of 32-slice detectors for price-sensitive CT detectors. The internal reference voltage reduces material costs by eliminating the need for an additional external component. An integrated temperature sensor monitors the temperature at the chip. With the AS5951, customers receive a ready-to-use sensor chip solution that simplifies system integration with the detector.
In addition, self-heating is reduced with a maximum power dissipation of 67.2 mW per sensor in low dose mode, which decreases cooling costs. To produce a CT module, the AS5951 can be mounted directly on a substrate using a wire bonding process. In combination with low cost substrate materials, the AS5951 provides a cost effective module solution for CT detectors. This is key to increasing access to diagnostic CT imaging around the globe.
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