Panasonic Patents

Panasonic Corporation manufactures and sells electronic and electric products. Its products include audiovisual equipment (such as flat-panel televisions, Blu-ray recorders, digital cameras, PCs projectors and in-flight entertainment systems), home appliances (such as cooking, beauty, cooling and heating equipment), systems and communications products (such as mobile phones and surveillance and security cameras). Panasonic also offers lighting, automotive systems (such as car navigation systems) and industrial devices (such as electronic components, electronic materials, semiconductors and optical devices).

Panasonic Patents by Type

  • Publication number: 20170054888
    Abstract: An information communication method is provided for obtaining information from a subject. The method includes setting an exposure time of an image sensor so that, in an image obtained by capturing the subject by the image sensor, a plurality of bright lines corresponding to a plurality of exposure lines included in the image sensor appears according to a change in luminance of the subject. The method also includes obtaining a bright line image, including the plurality of bright lines, by capturing the subject that changes in luminance by the image sensor with the set exposure time. The method further includes obtaining the information by demodulating data specified by a striped pattern of the plurality of bright lines included in the obtained bright line image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Mitsuaki OSHIMA, Koji NAKANISHI, Hideki AOYAMA, Ikuo FUCHIGAMI, Hidehiko SHIN, Tsutomu MUKAI, Yosuke MATSUSHITA, Shigehiro IIDA, Kazunori YAMADA
  • Publication number: 20170054973
    Abstract: This display device is provided with a display unit and a control unit. The display unit projects and reflects, onto a light-transmitting display medium, light expressing an image, to allow the image to be viewed, as a virtual image, by a user. The control unit performs first stereoscopic display processing for causing light respectively expressing a left-eye image and a right-eye image of an object to be displayed, to be projected in the display unit. As a result of this processing, the object to be displayed can be stereoscopically viewed in a three-dimensional image space by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: KENICHI KASAZUMI, TOSHIYA MORI
  • Publication number: 20170052550
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to provide a hot and cold water mixing device for reducing degradation in the measurement accuracy of a flowmeter. In the device according to the invention, the flowmeter is disposed in one of a hot water supply path and a cold water supply path, having a higher flow rate. At least first and second temperature sensors are individually disposed in at least two of the hot and cold water supply paths and a mixed water path. A hot and cold water adjustment unit adjusts a mixing volume of hot water and cold water based on measurement values of the flowmeter disposed in one of the flow paths having a higher flow rate, a mixed water path flowmeter and at least the first and second temperature sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohiro AKITA, Daiki MATSUSAKI, Tatsuya TAKAOKA, Yoshihiro ITOU, Naoki SHIBATA
  • Publication number: 20170053744
    Abstract: A film capacitor according to the present disclosure includes: a film capacitor element; a bus bar connected to the film capacitor element; and an exterior member which covers the film capacitor element and the bus bar; wherein the exterior member is formed of a metal laminate film, the metal laminate film having a first resin layer on a surface facing the film capacitor element, a part of the bus bar is exposed to an outside of the exterior member, and a second resin layer containing an acid-modified resin is formed between the first resin layer and the bus bar at an exposing port of the exterior member through which the part of the bus bar is exposed from the exterior member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi ICHINOSE, Hiromasa MATSUI, Hiroki TAKEOKA
  • Patent number: 9573485
    Abstract: A battery pack for use in an electric machine, includes a first receiving antenna including a first inductor for receiving electric power from a power supply source located outside the electric machine by coupling with a first resonant magnetic field generated by the power supply source; and a transferring antenna including a second inductor for generating a second resonant magnetic field by the radio-frequency power. A primary surface of the first inductor is located within the battery pack and is parallel to a first plane of the battery pack. A primary surface of the second inductor is located within the battery pack and is parallel to a second plane of the battery pack. The second plane facing the second inductor intersects with the first plane facing the first inductor at an angle of a range of between 45° and 90° including 45° and 90°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yamamoto, Hiroshi Kanno
  • Patent number: 9578793
    Abstract: A component supplying apparatus comprises an inclined straight path P2 which is for the carrier tape and which extends obliquely upward, a horizontal straight path P3 which is for the carrier tape and which extends in the horizontal direction from a front end of the inclined path P2 and runs through the component supply position Q, a first sprocket wheel engaging with the feed holes of the carrier tape within the inclined path P2, a guide member locating the carrier tape in the width direction within the horizontal path, a top tape removing device disposed above the inclined path P2 between the first sprocket wheel and the horizontal path P3 and partially removing the top tape from the base tape so as to expose the components, and a sprocket wheel drive device rotating the first sprocket wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Minoru Kitani, Motohiro Higuchi, Shigeru Matsukawa, Kazuo Kido
  • Patent number: 9578707
    Abstract: A lighting system includes: a demand controller which outputs a demand signal; a control panel which suspends supply of power from a power line for a first predetermined time period by controlling switches based on the demand signal; and a light fixture which includes a light emitter, a detector, an occupancy sensor, and a controller which, if the detector detects that the power being supplied to the light fixture emitting light in a first illumination state is suspended for the first predetermined time period: causes the light fixture to emit light in a second illumination state dimmer than the first illumination state if the occupancy sensor has sensed a person; and causes the light emitter to emit light in a third illumination state dimmer than the second illumination state if the occupancy sensor has sensed no one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shigemi Fushimi
  • Patent number: 9578734
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a prepreg formed by drying a fabric substrate impregnated with a resin composition by means of heating until the resin composition is in a semi-cured state. The resin composition contains (A) at least one of an epoxy resin having naphthalene skeleton and a phenolic curing agent; and (B) a polymer having structures represented by the following formulae (I) and (II), no unsaturated bond between carbon atoms, an epoxy value ranging from 0.2 to 0.8 ep/kg, and an weight-average molecular weight ranging from 200,000 to 850,000: wherein X:Y=0:1 to 0.35:0.65, R1 represents H or CH3, and R2 represents H or an alkyl group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroharu Inoue, Koji Kishino
  • Patent number: 9573274
    Abstract: An insertion method for a flexible elongate member is used to insert the flexible elongate member into a tube while causing first and second holding units to perform an opening-and-closing operation for holding and releasing the flexible elongate member. The method includes acquiring information of a distance by which the second holding unit moves with respect to the first holding unit and information of an operation type used to distinguish between insertion of the flexible elongate member into the tube, stoppage of the flexible elongate member, and extraction of the flexible elongate member from the tube; generating operation information regarding an opened/closed state of the first holding portion and an opened/closed state of the second holding portion on the basis of the distance and the operation type; and controlling the insertion, stoppage, or extraction of the flexible elongate member on the basis of the operation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuko Tsusaka, Yudai Fudaba
  • Patent number: 9575378
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device with a pair of substrates which are arranged to face each other with liquid crystal therebetween, columnar spacers having the substantially equal height formed on a liquid-crystal-side surface of one substrate, and the columnar spacers include the columnar spacer which is contact with a liquid-crystal-side surface of another substrate and the columnar spacer which is not contact with the liquid-crystal-side surface of another substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignees: Japan Display Inc., Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiichiro Ashizawa, Mitsuo Nakatani, Hiroaki Miwa, Takao Tanaka, Sadafumi Hirai, Shinichi Kawabe, Makoto Sasaki, Kazuyuki Ito, Masahiro Ieda
  • Patent number: 9574571
    Abstract: A pump device (1A) includes: an impeller (2) that rotates about an axis of rotation (A); an inlet passage (10a) that extends along the axis of rotation (A) of the impeller (2); a volute chamber (10b) provided around the impeller (2); a high-pressure chamber (4) provided around the inlet passage (10a); a circumferential wall (5) that separates the inlet passage (10a) and the high-pressure chamber (4); and a bypass passage (6) that communicates the volute chamber (10b) and the high-pressure chamber (4). The circumferential wall (5) has a plurality of through holes (51) provided in a circumferential direction. The central axis (B) of each of the through holes (51) is included in a plane substantially perpendicular to the axis of rotation (A). The central axis (B) is inclined with respect to a reference line (L).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bunki Kawano, Kou Komori, Tomoichiro Tamura
  • Patent number: 9575327
    Abstract: Stereoscopic image viewing eyewear includes a left-eye shutter that controls a visual field of a viewer's left eye, a right-eye shutter that controls a visual field of a viewer's right eye, a distance determiner that detects a distance between the display device and the eyewear and determines whether the detected distance is smaller than a predetermined value, and a shutter controller that controls open and close of the left-eye shutter and the right-eye shutter based on the determined result of the distance determiner to cause the viewer to view the stereoscopic image when the detected distance is larger than a predetermined value, and to cause the viewer to view a non-stereoscopic image when the detected distance is smaller than the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuo Saigo, Kazuo Okamoto
  • Patent number: 9575397
    Abstract: An optical member driving device of the present disclosure includes an optical member for changing an optical path, the optical member having a parallel flat plate shape; a driving mechanism having a movable portion controlled to move in a direction orthogonal to a surface of the optical member by a drive signal, the driving mechanisms being disposed outside the optical member; a connecting member rotatably connecting an end of the optical member and the movable portion of the driving mechanism on two axes orthogonal to each other at a surface center of the optical member; a support portion disposed between the end of the optical member and the movable portion of the driving mechanism, the support portion rotatably pivoting the connecting member; and a controller configured to control the movable portion of the driving mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takaaki Gyoten
  • Patent number: 9575501
    Abstract: A method of controlling frequency of a power system by a frequency control system includes: obtaining a frequency control command to keep frequency fluctuation of the power system within a predetermined range; obtaining information on electric power to be received or supplied by m second apparatuses, and determining n first command values for controlling electric power to be received or supplied by n first apparatuses, based on the frequency control command obtained in the obtaining of a frequency control command and the obtained information on electric power to be received or supplied by the m second apparatuses; and transmitting each of the n first command values determined in the determining to a corresponding one of the first apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenichi Watanabe, Wei Zhang, Hoday Stearns
  • Patent number: 9575365
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a liquid crystal display device including a TFT substrate with display and peripheral regions. The display region has pixels each having a pixel electrode and a TFT. A counter substrate opposes the TFT substrate and has a color filter formed at a position corresponding to a position at which the pixel electrode is formed above the TFT substrate. The method includes coating, outside of the display region of the TFT substrate, a second alignment film in the shape of a frame, and coating, in the display region, a first alignment film that dries more slowly than the second alignment film. The first and second alignment films are in contact, and the second alignment film is thicker than the first alignment film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignees: Japan Display Inc., Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Shiromoto, Toshirou Iwata, Rai Yang, Shinichi Soto
  • Patent number: 9578413
    Abstract: An audio processing system, includes: an audio collector that collects audio in a non-directivity state using audio collection elements; an operator receives an input of one or more designation directions for audio emphasis for switching from the non-directivity state to a directivity state; an emphasis processor that generates audio data in the directivity state obtained by performing an emphasis process on the audio data in the designation direction from the audio collector using audio data collected by the audio collector according to the input of the designation direction; a volume adjustor that adjusts volume of the audio data in a directivity state; and an audio output that outputs the audio in a non-directivity state collected by the audio collector or the audio in a directivity state after the volume has been adjusted by the volume adjustor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirotaka Sawa, Toshimichi Tokuda, Shuichi Watanabe, Hiroyuki Matsumoto, Hisashi Tsuji, Shintaro Yoshikuni
  • Patent number: 9576047
    Abstract: A computer implemented method is for generating a media playlist including a plurality of tracks to be played on a listener's mobile or stationary client device with Internet radio capabilities, the client device intended to be connected to the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Philipp Brüll, Arthur Taylor, Chris Dawes, Marcelo Diniz
  • Patent number: 9576191
    Abstract: A candidate region extraction unit (110) extracts candidate regions from an image by using a common characteristic amount. A part region extraction unit (120) separates a part region, which has a high likelihood of being a part, from a second-part candidate region other than the part region. A characteristic amount calculation unit (130) calculates the intrinsic characteristic amount of each of the part region and the second-part candidate region. A characteristic amount correction unit (140) corrects the intrinsic characteristic amount of either one of the candidate regions on the basis of the length, the width, and the angle of the other candidate region. A determination unit (150) determines whether or not the part region and the second-part candidate region are parts that constitute a pair on the basis of the similarity between the corrected intrinsic characteristic amount and the intrinsic characteristic amount of the other candidate region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyoko Kawaguchi, Kazuhiko Iwai
  • Patent number: 9576402
    Abstract: An image processing device which compensates for a stereoscopic effect of a stereoscopic image, the image processing device including: an obtaining unit which obtains a left-eye image and a right-eye image which are included in the stereoscopic image; a recognition image generating unit which generates a recognition image corresponding to the stereoscopic image by applying a pattern to a virtual stereoscopic structure generated based on a depth represented in the stereoscopic image; a right/left recognition image generating unit which generates, from the recognition image, a right-eye recognition image and a left-eye recognition image according to a disparity of the stereoscopic image for stereoscopically viewing the recognition image; and an image combining unit which combines the right-eye recognition image with the right-eye image obtained by the obtaining unit and combines the left-eye recognition image with the left-eye image obtained by the obtaining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Keiichi Toiyama
  • Patent number: 9575576
    Abstract: A display control system disclosed herein includes a display device including a display surface for displaying an image, a plurality of first coding patterns representing positions on the display surface being provided to overlap on the display surface; an input unit including an input surface containing a plurality of second coding patterns different from the first coding patterns, the second coding patterns representing the positions on the display surface; and a reading device reading the first and second coding patterns. Each of the first coding patterns represents the position on the display surface where the corresponding first coding pattern is positioned, and each of the second coding patterns represents the position on the display surface associated with the corresponding second coding pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Yamada
  • Patent number: 9576034
    Abstract: A recipe presentation system which presents an integrated recipe for a plurality of dishes includes: a recipe storage unit storing recipes for dishes including preparation elements arranged in a hierarchy according to closeness to completion of preparation of the respective dishes; a recipe selection unit which allows a user to select a first recipe and a second recipe from among the recipes; an overlapping preparation element identification unit which identifies common preparation elements between the first recipe and the second recipe; a recipe integration unit which generates the integrated recipe by arranging, in order of preparation, the preparation elements included in the first recipe and the preparation elements included in the second recipe, in a manner such that the user recognizes, as a single preparation element, the common preparation elements; and a recipe output unit which outputs the integrated recipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Rinako Kamei, Norihiro Matsui, Takuya Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9577044
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes first and second second-conductivity-type region groups containing multiple second-conductivity-type regions that are disposed on a first silicon carbide semiconductor layer of a first conductivity type, arrayed in parallel following one direction with a space between each other, and first and second electrodes disposed on the first silicon carbide semiconductor layer and forming a Schottky junction with the first silicon carbide semiconductor layer. The first electrode covers a position where a distance from adjacent first and second second-conductivity-type regions included in a first second-conductivity-type region group, and a distance from a third second-conductivity-type region included in a second second-conductivity-type region group and adjacent to the first and second second-conductivity-type regions, are equal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masao Uchida, Masashi Hayashi, Koutarou Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9576985
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device includes a TFT substrate having a display region with first and second electrodes, TFTs, scanning signal lines connected to the TFTs, a counter substrate, a liquid crystal layer sandwiched between the TFT substrate and counter substrates, and sealed by a sealant, scanning line leads connected to the scanning signal lines and formed outside of the display region, video signal line leads connected to the video signal lines and formed outside of the display region and a shield electrode formed on the TFT substrate covering the scanning line leads but not the video signal line leads. The second electrode is connected to a TFT, and liquid crystal molecules of the liquid crystal layer are driven by an electric field, which is generated between the first and second electrodes. The shield electrode is electrically connected to the first electrode and overlapped with the sealant in plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignees: Japan Display Inc., Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Anjo, Takahiro Nagami, Kenichi Hatakeyama
  • Patent number: 9576760
    Abstract: An electromagnet device is configured to generate a magnetic attractive force between a stationary core and a movable core when electricity is applied to a coil, so that the movable core is moved in a direction for coming into contact with the stationary core, and a movable shaft is moved in a direction in which a first end face of the movable shaft separates from a movable terminal. After the movable contact comes in contact with the fixed contact, the movable core moves further in a direction for coming into contact with the stationary core. A yoke made of a magnetic body is disposed between the movable terminal and the first end of the movable shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hideki Enomoto
  • Patent number: 9576744
    Abstract: A solid electrolytic capacitor comprising a capacitor element including a positive electrode which contains tantalum as a principal component and is composed of a porous sintered body, a positive electrode lead which contains niobium as a principal component and has a first end part embedded in the positive electrode and a second end part extending from the positive electrode, a dielectric layer which is disposed on a surface of the positive electrode and a part of a surface of the positive electrode lead, and a negative electrode layer disposed on the dielectric layer; an positive electrode terminal electrically connected to the second end part of the positive electrode lead; a negative electrode terminal electrically connected to the negative electrode layer; and a resin outer body covering the surfaces of the capacitor element, a part of the positive electrode terminal and a part of the negative electrode terminal, wherein a linear expansion coefficient of the resin outer body is larger than all of linear
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Kato
  • Patent number: 9577206
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an organic electroluminescence element including: a substrate having a light transmissive property; a light diffusion layer; a light transmissive electrode; a light reflective electrode; and multiple light emitting layers spaced from each other. With regard to the m-th light emitting layer being the m-th closest light emitting layer to the light reflective electrode, relations defined by following expressions (2) and (3) are satisfied. In the following expressions, ?m represents the weighted average emission wavelength, Ø(?m) represents the phase shift, nm(?m) represents the average refractive index of a medium filling a space between the light reflective electrode and the m-th light emitting layer, and dm represents the distance from the light reflective electrode to the m-th light emitting layer. l is an integer equal to or more than 0. ? [ FORMULA ? ? 1 ] ? ? ( ? m ) × ? m 4 ? ? ? + l + 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Yamae, Nobuhiro Ide, Hitomichi Takano
  • Patent number: 9577390
    Abstract: An electronic device includes an accepting connection terminal to which a connection cable can be connected, and a rotation inhibiting member that inhibits the connection cable from rotating an amount equal to or greater than a predetermined amount around the accepting connection terminal in a state where the connection cable is connected to the accepting connection terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Fujita, Hideki Harada
  • Patent number: 9577238
    Abstract: Disclosed is a flat-shaped battery including: a power generation element including a positive electrode, a negative electrode, a separator, and an electrolyte; a cylindrical case formed of a conductor, housing the power generation element, and having a circular bottom and a circular opening; a sealing plate formed of a conductor and closing the opening; an insulating member interposed between the case and the sealing plate; and a plate-shaped current collector disposed between the case and the positive electrode. The current collector is welded to the case and is in contact with the positive electrode. A welding point where the current collector is welded to the bottom is set so as to allow contact between the positive electrode and a center portion of the current collector to be maintained when the case is deformed such that a center portion of the bottom is displaced outward of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Touta Mizuta, Daisuke Sumimoto, Yukihiro Gotanda, Shinichi Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 9577084
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a substrate, a semiconductor layer stacked body, and a source electrode and a drain electrode formed on the semiconductor layer stacked body. The semiconductor layer stacked body includes a first nitride semiconductor layer formed on the substrate, and a second nitride semiconductor layer formed on the first nitride semiconductor layer. The semiconductor device further includes a third nitride semiconductor layer formed on the second nitride semiconductor layer and disposed between the source electrode and the drain electrode, and a gate electrode formed on the third nitride semiconductor layer. The semiconductor device includes a first magnesium-containing region having a magnesium concentration of 1×1018 cm?3 or more that is provided right under the third nitride semiconductor layer, from an upper surface of the second nitride semiconductor layer to a position lower than an interface between the first nitride semiconductor layer and the second nitride semiconductor layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Hikita, Hideyuki Okita
  • Patent number: 9578344
    Abstract: An image capturing system includes a photoelectric conversion unit, a charge holding unit, a multiple sampling information setting unit, a multiple sampling unit, a conversion unit, and an image reconstruction unit. The photoelectric conversion unit converts optical signals received by a plurality of pixels to electric signals. The charge holding unit stores the electric signals and holds the electric signals as charge signals. The multiple sampling information setting unit sets multiple sampling information used for a multiple sampling process. The multiple sampling information includes first multiple sampling information and second multiple sampling information. The multiple sampling unit performs the multiple sampling process using the multiple sampling information and the charge signals so as to output signals. The conversion unit converts the output signals to digital signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Sato, Takeo Azuma, Jun Ozawa
  • Patent number: 9577609
    Abstract: A method of operating a single-tuner radio includes tuning into a first frequency. A pause in a first signal associated with the first frequency is detected. Tuning is switched from the first frequency to a second frequency. A signal quality metric for the second frequency is measured. Tuning is switched from the second frequency to the first frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Shree Jaisimha, Mohammad Kanji, Donald Thomas, Jason Hingerton
  • Patent number: 9578220
    Abstract: An observation device (1) is provided with: a general observation unit (10) for observing sample cells by observing an entire container (C) containing the cells and a culture solution; and a magnification observation unit (20) for magnifying a region within the container (C) and observing the cells, the general observation unit (10) and the magnification observation unit (20) each individually having lighting for illuminating the cells with light, and an optical system for observing the cells. The general observation unit (10) and the magnification observation unit (20) are thereby each provided with an individual optical system and lighting, making it possible to configure an appropriate observation unit for use both when the cells are observed by observing the entire container (C) and when a part within the container (C) is magnified and the cells are observed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC HEALTHCARE HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mikio Houjou, Atsushi Oda
  • Patent number: 9578323
    Abstract: A moving picture coding apparatus for performing inter-picture predictive coding for pictures constituting a moving picture is provided with a coding unit for performing predictive error coding for image data; a decoding unit for performing predictive error decoding for an output from the coding unit; a reference picture memory for holding output data from the decoding unit; and a motion vector detection unit for detecting motion vectors on the basis of the decoded image data stored in the memory. When coding a B picture as a target picture, information indicating whether or not the target picture should be used as a reference picture when coding another picture is added as header information. Therefore, in a decoding apparatus for decoding a bit stream Bs outputted from the moving picture coding apparatus, management of a memory for holding the reference picture can be facilitated on the basis of the header information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Satoshi Kondo, Shinya Kadono, Makoto Hagai
  • Publication number: 20170047863
    Abstract: A first bidirectional switch is electrically connected between a first connection point which is a connection point of a first switching element and a second switching element and a second connection point which is a connection point of a seventh switching element and an eighth switching element. A second bidirectional switch is electrically connected between a third connection point which is a connection point of a third switching element and a fourth switching element and a fourth connection point which is a connection point of a fifth switching element and a sixth switching element. A power-converting device is configured to generate an output voltage between a first output point and a second output point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazunori KIDERA, Mitsuru TANABE, Mariko KIFUJI
  • Publication number: 20170046685
    Abstract: A transaction processing apparatus sends to a transaction communication terminal an obtaining request for a screen that includes the input settlement information and prompts input of the settlement information corresponding to the subsequent input process. The transaction communication terminal receives the screen corresponding to the obtaining request from a settlement-side apparatus and sends the screen to the transaction processing apparatus, which prompts input of the settlement information on the screen. The transaction processing apparatus sends to the transaction communication terminal a settlement process request that includes the settlement information input in the last input process. The transaction communication terminal sends the settlement process request to the settlement-side apparatus and sends to the transaction processing apparatus a settlement completion notification that is sent from the settlement-side apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiromasa TATARA, Yoshihide NAKASHIMA
  • Publication number: 20170048452
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus performs at least one exposure adjusting operation on the image captured by the camera. While the display is displaying the image which the camera is capturing, the touch panel has a first region with a width, in a peripheral portion of the display, and a second region which is disposed at an inner side of the first region in the display. While the display is displaying the image which the camera is capturing, when the touch panel detects a touch in the second region, at least an exposure adjusting operation starts to be performed. After the exposure adjusting operation has started, and while the display is displaying the image which the camera is capturing, when the touch panel detects a touch in the first region, any operation relating to the exposure adjusting operation is not performed, and the started exposure adjusting operation is maintained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi ISHIHARA, Kazutaka YAMAMOTO, Katsuyuki ITO
  • Publication number: 20170047575
    Abstract: A wound battery includes an electrode assembly in which a first electrode and a second electrode are wound together via a separator, the electrode assembly being accommodated in a battery case including a bottomed tube-shaped metallic can. The first electrode has a first uncoated region defined by an exposed portion of a first current collector sheet at an end of the first current collector sheet in the axial direction of winding. The first electrode includes a first current collector lead connected to the first uncoated region. The first uncoated region is disposed on the same side as the open end of the metallic can. The second electrode includes a second current collector lead connected thereto. The first and the second current collector leads extend toward the open end of the metallic can. At least a portion of the first uncoated region is covered with an insulating layer, and the insulating layer extends beyond an end face of the first uncoated region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoki TSUJI, Akira KAKINUMA, Tetsuya HAYASHI, Keisuke YONEDA
  • Publication number: 20170048025
    Abstract: A communication control apparatus is provided for controlling recovery of data loss during data communication from a first communication device to a second communication device, which includes an obtaining section configured to obtain a temporal change in a communication load between the first communication device and the second communication device. The communication control apparatus also includes a change section configured to dynamically change a permitted time and an interval between transmissions on the basis of the temporal change in the communication load, the permitted time being a time that is permitted to be used by the second communication device for recovery of data loss and the interval between transmissions being an interval between transmissions of a retransmission request message. The communication control apparatus further includes a retransmission control section configured to control transmission of the retransmission request message in accordance with the interval between transmissions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Thilmee BADUGE
  • Patent number: 9568169
    Abstract: In an electronic circuit device, a circuit board (40) is disposed in an inner case (10), a light emitting element (50) is mounted on a surface on the reverse side of the surface having the circuit board (40) mounted thereon, and a light emitting element (50) is sealed by injecting a translucent resin (60) into the inner case (10). The inner case (10) is provided with a cylindrical section (12) that surrounds the light emitting element (50), and it is configured such that the height of the translucent resin (60) injected into the cylindrical section (12) is more than the height of the translucent resin (60) injected to the outside of the cylindrical section (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Koichi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9567481
    Abstract: The invention relates to a resin composition which is characterized by including: a reaction product that includes (A) a polyphenylene ether having an average of 1.5 to 2 hydroxyl groups per molecule and (B) an epoxy compound having an average of 2 to 2.3 epoxy groups per molecule, wherein the reaction product is obtained by pre-reacting at least a part of hydroxyl groups on the polyphenylene ether (A) with epoxy groups on the epoxy compound (B) so that the concentration of terminal hydroxyl groups on the polyphenylene ether (A) becomes 700 ?mol/g or less; (C) a cyanate ester compound; and (D) an organometallic salt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirosuke Saito, Hiroaki Fujiwara, Yuki Kitai
  • Patent number: 9568004
    Abstract: A rotary compressor (100) includes a closed casing (1), a cylinder (15), a piston (28), a lower bearing member (7), a vane (33), a suction port (20), a discharge port (41), and a partition member (10). The partition member (10) is attached to the lower bearing member (7) so as to form a refrigerant discharge space (52) serving as a flow path of a refrigerant discharged from a discharge chamber (26b) through the discharge port (41). The lower bearing member (7) is provided with a first recess (7t) on the same side as the suction port (20) with respect to a reference plane, the reference plane being a plane including a central axis of the cylinder (15) and a center of the vane (33) when the vane (33) protrudes maximally toward the central axis of the cylinder (15). A portion of oil stored in an oil reservoir (22) flows into the first recess (7t), and thereby an oil retaining portion (53) is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Ogata, Yu Shiotani, Takumi Hikichi, Kentaro Shii, Tadayoshi Shoyama, Masanobu Wada, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Hirofumi Yoshida, Hiroaki Nakai, Akira Hiwata, Daisuke Funakosi, Ryuichi Ohno, Tsuyoshi Karino
  • Patent number: 9569081
    Abstract: A control method according to the present disclosure causes a computer of an information apparatus to: display a display screen on the touch panel display, the display screen representing a floor plan of a building; display device icons representing target devices on the display screen representing the floor plan, the device icons including an icon representing an electric curtain device capable of opening and closing a curtain through a remote operation; display an operation screen including an image representing the curtain of the electric curtain device as overlapped on the display screen representing the floor plan, when selection of the icon representing the electric curtain device is sensed; and output a first open control command to the network when a pinch-out operation is sensed on the operation screen, the first open control command being for opening the curtain of the electric curtain device corresponding to the selected icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Takamitsu Sasaki, Eiichi Naito
  • Patent number: 9568506
    Abstract: The present application discloses electric field measurement device for measuring electric field of a target. Electric field measurement device includes optical waveguide which transmits transmission light, electrode portion, which gives optical characteristics of optical waveguide periodic variation, antenna for setting first state, in which electric field is coupled to optical waveguide, and second state, in which electric field is disconnected from optical waveguide, detector which detects light intensity of emission light emitted from optical waveguide, and applicator which applies voltage to electrode portion to give periodic variation. Applicator includes setting portion, which sets reference voltage in correspondence to light intensity under the second state, and output portion, which outputs voltage in correspondence to difference between reference voltage and induced voltage happening to electrode portion under first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Norihito Fujinoki
  • Patent number: 9568949
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus of the present invention has a bottom surface on which a first connection terminal is disposed, and a rear surface on which a second connection terminal is disposed. The first connection terminal and the second connection terminal are formed on a common substrate. An edge formed by the bottom surface and the rear surface is formed by the substrate. The electronic apparatus is to be connected to an expansion unit including a first connection-target terminal to which the first connection terminal is to be connected and a second connection-target terminal to which the second connection terminal is to be connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenichi Shindo, Jun Sato
  • Patent number: 9568673
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dry film for optical waveguides, obtained through sequential stacking of a carrier film, a plating adhesion layer, an uncured cladding layer and a cover film. Solid microparticles are dispersed in a resin composition that constitutes the plating adhesion layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junko Kurizoe, Naoyuki Kondo, Toru Nakashiba, Shingo Yoshioka, Shinji Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9570991
    Abstract: During a dead time, a resonance current generated by a load current that flows in a resonance inductor and a resonance current generated by an excitation current of a transformer flow in a resonance circuit constituted by the resonance inductor and capacitors that exist in parallel to respective switching elements. A controller performs a turning off operation on the switching elements at a timing that the resonance current generated by the load current and the resonance current generated by the excitation current are cancelled each other during the dead time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuichi Akutagawa, Hideki Tamura
  • Patent number: 9569084
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a display section that displays an object; a touch panel that detects a touch input manipulation; a touch determination section that determines a type and a direction of the touch input manipulation performed on the object; and a scroll control unit that performs a first inertial scroll of the object in a direction of flicking manipulation when the touch determination section determines that that flicking manipulation is performed on the object without performing slide manipulation on the object, and a second inertial scroll of the object that is longer in scroll distance and faster in scroll speed than the first inertial scroll when the touch determination section determines that slide manipulation is performed on the object and then the flicking manipulation is performed on the object in a direction opposite to the direction of the slide manipulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinji Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9569825
    Abstract: An image processing device for correcting atmospheric turbulence in a first input image included in a video includes: a determination unit which determines an atmospheric turbulence intensity which indicates an intensity of the atmospheric turbulence; and a correction unit which corrects the atmospheric turbulence in the first input image, according to the atmospheric turbulence intensity determined by the determination unit, wherein the atmospheric turbulence intensity determined by the determination unit has a value that increases with an increase in a ratio of a total number of pixels each having a difference in pixel value between the first input image and a frame temporally preceding the first input image to a total number of edge pixels included in the first input image or the frame temporally preceding, the difference being a predetermined threshold or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hitoshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 9570272
    Abstract: A plasma processing apparatus includes: a reaction chamber; a stage which is disposed inside the reaction chamber and on which a conveyance carrier is mountable; an electrostatic chuck mechanism including an electrode portion that is disposed inside the stage; a support portion which supports the conveyance carrier between a stage-mounted position on the stage and a transfer position that is distant from the stage upward; and an elevation mechanism which elevates and lowers the support portion relative to the stage. In a case in which the conveyance carrier is mounted on the stage by lowering the support portion, the electrostatic chuck mechanism starts applying a voltage to the electrode portion before contact of an outer circumferential portion of a holding sheet which holds the conveyance carrier to the stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shogo Okita, Atsushi Harikai, Noriyuki Matsubara
  • Patent number: 9570412
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a first metal wiring formed on a semiconductor substrate, a first organic insulating film formed on the first metal wiring, and a second metal wiring formed to cover the first organic insulating film and having a via connected to the first metal wiring. The semiconductor device further includes a second organic insulating film formed on the first organic insulating film and having an opening to expose the second metal wiring, a bump formed on an exposed portion of the second metal wiring in the opening, and a tunnel portion formed in contact with the second metal wiring or the first organic insulating film. The tunnel portion overlaps with the second metal wiring in planar view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshimasa Yoshioka