MCM above: Tanner high-speed video
acquisition MCM (multi-chip module). It includes a custom
imager fabricated with affordable MOS technology.
Tanner Labs developed the world's fastest monolithic active
pixel imager (up to 1500 frames per second with a resolution
of 128 × 128). Moreover, this imager is fabricated with
affordable MOS technology, and it is monolithically integrated
with a 20 megasample per second, 10-bit flash ADC.
The die also contains all necessary image and ADC clock generation
circuitry, requiring only a single phase master clock be provided
off-chip. We included this imager as a component of a 37 ×
37 mm MCM that constitutes a comprehensive real-time video
data acquisition system. Other components on the MCM include
a system controller, a clock generator, and 16 megabytes of
This MCM is a prototype that we developed for DARPA, and
we are currently continuing its development.
This camcorder was developed for the U.S. Department of Defense
as part of the SBIR