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: 20170213942
    Abstract: A light-emitting device includes a plurality of light-emitting elements, a phosphorescent phosphor layer including a green phosphorescent phosphor that emits green light and has an afterglow property, and a sealing resin that disperses the green phosphorescent phosphor. The light-emitting device includes a red phosphor that emits red light, a sealing resin that disperses the red phosphor, and a red phosphor layer that contains only a red phosphor as a phosphor. The phosphorescent phosphor layer and the red phosphor layer are disposed apart from each other, and the light-emitting device emits white light while electric current is supplied to the plurality of light-emitting elements, and emits green light after ending the supply of the electric current to the light-emitting elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kosuke TAKEHARA
  • Publication number: 20170212173
    Abstract: A voltage measuring apparatus is configured to measure voltages of respective battery cells of a battery cell array including a plurality of battery cell groups each including a predetermined number of battery cells connected in series. The voltage measuring apparatus includes a plurality of measuring units each provided for each of the battery cell groups. The adjacent measuring units are connected through a communication channel so as to perform current communication therebetween. A bidirectional diode circuit element is connected to the communication channel extending between the adjacent measuring units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira KAWABE, Gorou MORI
  • Publication number: 20170208759
    Abstract: A hydroponic apparatus includes: a cultivation tank that encloses an underground space with a ground surface portion that separates the underground space and an aboveground space; a light applying unit that is controlled to go into either of a light period in which light is applied to the plant and a dark period in which light is not applied to the plant; an aboveground temperature detection unit that detects a temperature of the aboveground space; an aboveground temperature adjustment unit that adjusts the temperature of the aboveground space and a control unit that controls the aboveground temperature adjustment unit based on information on the temperature of the aboveground space detected by the aboveground temperature detection unit. The control unit controls the aboveground temperature adjustment unit such that the temperature of the aboveground space in the dark period is lower than the temperature of the aboveground space in the light period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi YANO, WooHyeun JEONG
  • Publication number: 20170212172
    Abstract: A voltage measuring apparatus is configured to measure voltages of respective battery cells of a battery cell array including a plurality of battery cell groups each including a predetermined number of battery cells connected in series. The voltage measuring apparatus includes a plurality of measuring units each provided for each of the battery cell groups. The adjacent measuring units are connected through a communication channel so as to perform current communication therebetween. A bidirectional diode circuit element is connected to the communication channel extending between the adjacent measuring units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira KAWABE, Gorou MORI
  • Publication number: 20170211758
    Abstract: A light source and corresponding method of manufacturing are provided. The light source includes a base. A first light-emitting element is disposed on the base and emits first emission light having a first spectrum. A second light-emitting element is disposed on the base adjacent to the first light-emitting element. The second light-emitting element emits second emission light having a second spectrum different from the first spectrum. A reflector is disposed between the first light-emitting element and the second light-emitting element. The reflector reflects, among components of the first emission light, a component of the first emission light that travels toward the second light-emitting element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ikko KUZUHARA, Kenichiro TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20170212294
    Abstract: A light guide includes a front surface. A back surface is opposite the front surface and includes a depression. A light incident surface introduces light. The light reflects off the depression and is emitted through the front surface. The depression includes an inclined side surface that faces the light incident surface. The inclined side surface includes a reflective curved surface that includes at least 50% of a surface area of the inclined side surface. In a cross section view of the depression in a plane substantially orthogonal to the front surface, a first tangent that touches a curved line defining the reflective curved surface of the inclined side surface and a second tangent that touches the curved line in a different location than the first tangent form a first angle that is greater than or equal to 0° and less than or equal to 30°.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu TANAHASHI, Hiroyuki SEKII
  • Patent number: 9714165
    Abstract: A semiconductor manufacturing process enables a complex multi-layer, silicon based MEMS devices, such as a gyroscope or accelerometer to be formed without using Silicon On Insulator (SOI) substrates and obviates the need to purchase and use SOI wafers as starting materials. The disclosed techniques further allows the etching of the sacrificial oxide to be “head started” prior to fusion bonding, thereby reducing the amount of release etching required at the end of the MEMS wafer processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Peter Charles Philip Hrudey
  • Patent number: 9714581
    Abstract: A Rankine cycle apparatus (1A) of the present disclosure includes a main circuit (10), a heat exchange portion (HX), a bypass flow path (20), a flow rate-adjusting mechanism (3), and a pair of temperature sensors (7A). The main circuit (10) is formed by an expander (11), a condenser (13), a pump (14), and an evaporator (15) that are circularly connected in this order. The heat exchange portion (HX) is located in the main circuit (10) at a position between an outlet of the expander (11) and an inlet of the pump (14). The bypass flow path (20) branches from the main circuit (10) at a position between an outlet of the evaporator (15) and an inlet of the expander (11), and joins to the main circuit (10) at a position between the outlet of the expander (11) and an inlet of the heat exchange portion (HX). The flow rate-adjusting mechanism (3) adjusts the flow rate of the working fluid in the bypass flow path (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsuo Okaichi, Osao Kido, Takumi Hikichi, Osamu Kosuda, Masaya Honma, Masanobu Wada
  • Patent number: 9714586
    Abstract: A CHP system includes a combustor (heat source), a Rankine cycle apparatus, and a second heat exchanger. The Rankine cycle apparatus includes, as an evaporator, a first heat exchanger that absorbs thermal energy produced in the combustor. The second heat exchanger is located farther from the combustor than is the evaporator, is in direct contact with the evaporator or in indirect contact with the evaporator via a thermally-conductive member, absorbs thermal energy produced in the combustor, and transfers the thermal energy to a heat medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takumi Hikichi, Osao Kido, Atsuo Okaichi, Masaya Honma, Osamu Kosuda, Masanobu Wada
  • Patent number: 9716417
    Abstract: Recesses and projections that extend in an axial direction are formed on an outer-circumferential surface of a molded resin body. The recesses are provided on portions where are extended outward from teeth having the winding and are on the outer circumferential surface. In addition, further recesses and projections that extend in a radial direction are formed on an axial-direction end surface of the molded resin body. The further recesses are provided on portions of the axial-direction end surface that are aligned in the axial direction with the winding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideharu Hiwaki, Yuichiro Tashiro
  • Patent number: 9715132
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid crystal display (LCD) device that prevents light leaks near spacers. The LCD device controls the optical transmissivity of a liquid crystal layer interposed between substrates disposed opposite each other, by means of an electric field generated in the layer-thickness direction of the liquid crystal layer. The LCD device includes spacers on a liquid-crystal-side surface of one substrate, signal lines formed on a liquid-crystal-side surface of the other substrate, an insulating film formed to cover the signal lines, and electrodes on the insulating film's upper surface. Each electrode contributes to controlling the optical transmissivity of the liquid crystal layer. Each spacer has a vertex surface disposed opposite to the signal lines. A portion of each electrode extends to the upper surface of a corresponding signal line. The extended portion is opposite to a part of a spacer's vertex surface disposed opposite to the corresponding signal line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignees: Japan Display Inc., Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Yanagawa, Yasushi Iwakabe, Yoshiaki Nakayoshi, Masatoshi Wakagi
  • Patent number: 9715146
    Abstract: An IPS system liquid crystal display device is provided to prevent reliability for a seal portion from lowering, which is caused by the fact that an overcoat film at a portion where an alignment film is not present is deteriorated by ultraviolet light during optical alignment process. An alignment film 113 subjected to optical alignment is formed above each surface of a TFT substrate 100 and of a counter substrate 200, the alignment film 113 on the side of the TFT substrate 100 is not formed in the seal portion, and a sealant 150 is bonded to an inorganic insulating film 109. On the side of the counter substrate 200, the alignment film 113 is formed on an overcoat film 203 and the sealant 150 is bonded to the alignment film 113.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignees: Japan Display Inc., Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., LTD
    Inventors: Hidehiro Sonoda, Noboru Kunimatsu, Chikae Matsui, Takashi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9715631
    Abstract: A birds-eye-view image generation device includes a captured image acquisition unit, an image conversion unit, a birds-eye-view image combining unit, and a joint setting unit. The joint setting unit sets any position of a rim of a vehicle image corresponding to a vehicle included in the birds-eye-view image as an end point in an overlapping imaging range in two birds-eye-view images corresponding to two imaging devices of which imaging ranges overlap each other, and sets a line which extends in any direction on an opposite side to the vehicle image from the end point between two radial directions directed to the end point from the two imaging devices, as a joint which joins two birds-eye-view images which are combined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Takahashi, Tadao Ichinose
  • Patent number: 9716562
    Abstract: A radio communication device capable of randomizing both inter-cell interference and intra-cell interference. In this device, a spreading section primarily spreads a response signal in a ZAC sequence set by a control unit. A spreading section secondarily spreads the primarily spread response signal in a block-wise spreading code sequence set by the control unit. The control unit controls the cyclic shift amount of the ZAC sequence used for the primary spreading in the spreading section and the block-wise spreading code sequence used for the secondary spreading in the spreading section according to a set hopping pattern. The hopping pattern set by the control unit is made up of two hierarchies. An LB-based hopping pattern different for each cell is defined in the first hierarchy in order to randomize the inter-cell interference. A hopping pattern different for each mobile station is defined in the second hierarchy to randomize the intra-cell interference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Seigo Nakao, Daichi Imamura, Katsuhiko Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 9716816
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a dome cover whose inside is a housing space for housing a lens module, an apparatus main body that is attached with the dome cover, a first support member that is supported at the apparatus main body in a free pan rotation manner inside the dome cover, a second support member that is supported at the first support member in a free tilt rotation manner and supports the lens module, an illumination mount that is provided with an illumination member and is supported at the second support member, and a ring-shaped light shielding cover that is provided on the illumination mount, surrounds the illumination member, and comes into close contact with an inner surface of the dome cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seiji Urano, Hirokazu Tasaka, Akito Omata
  • Patent number: 9716292
    Abstract: An exemplary electrochemical energy storage device includes: a positive electrode including a positive electrode active material; a negative electrode including a negative electrode active material; and a non-aqueous electrolytic solution including LiCl, at least one of Li(XSO2NSO2Y) (where X and Y are any of F, CnF2n+1 and (CF2)m, and (CF2)m forms a cyclic imide anion) and LiBF4, and at least one of tetrahydrofuran and a polyethylene glycol of which both terminals are alkyl groups, the non-aqueous electrolytic solution being in contact with the positive electrode and the negative electrode, wherein the positive electrode active material includes a chloride of Cu, Bi or Ag, or the negative electrode active material includes magnesium chloride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignees: PANASONIC CORPORATION, KYOTO UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Toru Matsui, Toshiro Hirai, Jun-ichi Yamaki, Zempachi Ogumi
  • Patent number: 9716496
    Abstract: The present disclosure aims to provide a high-durability switch device. The switch device includes: a switch key top and a switch key bottom that are freely displaceable relative to each other, the switch key top including key top reception and transmitting coils that are connected to each other, and the switch key bottom including: a key bottom transmitting coil having a relative positional relationship with the key top receiving coil that changes according to a relative displacement operation with respect to the switch key top; a key bottom receiving coil having a relative positional relationship with the key top transmitting coil that changes according to the relative displacement operation with respect to the switch key top; a current supplier supplying current to the key bottom transmitting coil; and a determiner determining relative displacement with respect to the switch key top from induced current in the key bottom receiving coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Watanabe, Kouichi Ishino, Takeshi Nakayama, Masahiro Ishii
  • Patent number: 9717080
    Abstract: The invention relates to a universal mapping of resource elements (REs) to enhanced resource element groups (eREG) that applies to both the PDCCH and PDSCH regions; the mapping is universal since it is not user or cell-specific but applies to the resource block pairs irrespective of the actual reference signals used. The mapping is such that all REs of the resource block pair are assigned to one out of a plurality of eREGs. According to the mapping, the REs are sequentially assigned to the eREGs, in predetermined orders. Within an OFDM symbol a pair of REs is assigned to the same eREG, wherein the two REs are spaced apart from each other by 3 or 6 subcarriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America
    Inventors: Alexander Golitschek Edler von Elbwart, Ayako Horiuchi
  • Patent number: 9716820
    Abstract: A remote-camera control method includes: obtaining first remote image data and terminal image data acquired by photography performed by a remote camera and a terminal camera in a same time segment; authenticating the user terminal by comparing the two pieces of image data with each other and by determining that the user terminal is in a photography spot of the remote camera when an identical subject is found in both the pieces of image data; and providing second remote image data acquired by the remote camera to the user terminal after the user terminal is authenticated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Yamashita
  • Patent number: 9716863
    Abstract: A load control system includes: an imaging sensor to capture an image of a target space and detect whether or not a human exists in a detection area in the space; and a display terminal including a display unit to display detection area information corresponding to the detection area thereon. The imaging sensor transmits a transmission signal containing area data indicative of the detection area to the transmission control device, and the transmission control device transmits a transmission signal containing the area data and an address of the display terminal to the display terminal, and the display terminal displays the detection area information on the display unit based on the area data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Taku Haraguchi, Koichiro Kui, Toshiharu Takenouchi, Koichiro Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9716834
    Abstract: An image display device includes: an eyeball angular velocity calculation unit that calculates an eyeball angular velocity of a viewer viewing an object by an equation: eyeball angular velocity=(2 arctan(s/2d))/t, using a movement distance moved by the object included in a moving image between two sequential frames on a screen, a time interval between the two sequential frames, and a viewing distance, a distance between the viewer and the screen; a determination unit that determines whether the calculated eyeball angular velocity is not less than a lower limit of an eyeball angular velocity in a saccadic eye movement; an image processor that (a) stops the moving image or replaces the moving image with a single color image when it is determined that the calculated eyeball angular velocity is not less than the lower limit, (b) does not stop the moving image and does not replace the moving image with the single color image when it is determined that the eyeball angular velocity is less than the lower limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yumiko Kato, Jun Ozawa
  • Patent number: 9716950
    Abstract: The diaphragm has a paper base layer and a papermaking layer. The papermaking layer is formed on a surface of the paper base layer. The paper base layer contains natural fibers and thermoplastic resin, and is formed by a papermaking process with a mixture of the natural fibers and the resin. The papermaking layer, contains fibers each having a tensile elastic modulus of 150 GPa or greater, and is formed by a papermaking process with the fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshimichi Kajihara, Yohei Jin
  • Publication number: 20170203608
    Abstract: A film for in-molding is configured with a transfer film which is transferred to a surface of an injection molding resin, and a carrier film which is not transferred. The transfer film includes a coloring layer which includes ink which is an organic material formed of a thermoplastic resin and applies a design to an in-mold molded product, and inorganic polymer layers formed of a thermosetting resin, and the coloring layer comes into contact with the inorganic polymer layers and is interposed between the inorganic polymer layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: GAKUEI SHIBATA, KAZUHIKO KANEUCHI
  • Publication number: 20170203290
    Abstract: A pipette tip includes a main body section; and a straight pipe section disposed at the leading end of the main body section, in which the inner diameter of the straight pipe section is 0.8 mm to 1.5 mm inclusive, and the length of the straight pipe section is 5 mm to 15 mm inclusive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: TAKESHI ANDO, TOSHINORI HIROSE, TOSHIAKI YAMAUCHI, NORIHIRO SHIBATA
  • Publication number: 20170203366
    Abstract: There is provided a method for manufacturing a three-dimensional shaped object by alternate repetition of a powder-layer forming and a solidified-layer forming by an irradiation with a light beam in order to provide a selective laser sintering method capable of reducing a warp of the three-dimensional shaped object, the warp being due to a stress around an upper surface of the three-dimensional shaped object. Especially, in the present invention, a part of a region for the formation of the solidified layer is not irradiated with the light beam to form a non-irradiated portion, thereby providing at least one slit-groove at an upper surface of the three-dimensional shaped object, the slit-groove being for reducing a stress of the three-dimensional shaped object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masataka TAKENAMI, Satoshi ABE, Mikio MORI
  • Publication number: 20170205562
    Abstract: A light guide member includes a reflective surface with a diffusion groove array. The diffusion groove array includes diffusion grooves arranged in the reflective surface in a length direction of the light guide member. The diffusion groove array includes, as the diffusion grooves, at least two inspection grooves and a non-inspection diffusion groove. The two inspection grooves are spaced in the length direction of the light guide member. The non-inspection diffusion groove is between the two inspection grooves. An intermediate part, in a length direction, of each of the two inspection grooves is divided by an ungrooved portion with no groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LT D.
    Inventors: Hideki KOIZUMI, Takeshi ITO, Tatsuji ONO, Yoshio OBATA, Mamoru ISHIZUKA
  • Publication number: 20170206417
    Abstract: A display method is for a display apparatus to display an image, and includes: obtaining a captured display image and a decode target image by an image sensor capturing an image of a subject; obtaining a light ID by decoding the decode target image; transmitting the light ID to a server; obtaining, from the server, an AR image and recognition information which are associated with the light ID; recognizing a region according to the recognition information as a target region from the captured display image; and displaying the captured display image in which the AR image is superimposed on the target region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Hideki AOYAMA, Mitsuaki OSHIMA, Koji NAKANISHI, Toshiyuki MAEDA, Akihiro UEKI, Kengo MIYOSHI, Tsutomu MUKAI
  • Publication number: 20170206932
    Abstract: This technology is a video processing method and a video processing device, in which a processor performs processing on video data of video obtained by capturing a sports game. A processor receives video data, calculates a motion amount of a player for each frame, from the received video data, and estimates at least one of a start frame of a play in the game, and an end frame at which an immediately preceding play, that is a one-previous play of the play, is ended, based on the calculated motion amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyoko KAWAGUCHI, Masamoto TANABIKI
  • Publication number: 20170206844
    Abstract: A display method is provided that includes displaying an image included in a video signal on a per frame basis, and representing a tone level of luminance of the image by controlling a light emission period in a frame. The method also includes specifying a light emission period in which light emission is performed for greater than or equal to a time required for transmitting a visible light communication signal, and transmitting the visible light communication signal by superimposing the visible light communication signal onto a portion of the video signal corresponding to the specified light emission period. The method further includes in a case where the specified light emission period is greater than or equal to a time required for transmitting the visible light communication signal, the visible light communication signal is transmitted by luminance changing of the light source in the specified light emission period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Mitsuaki OSHIMA, Koji NAKANISHI, Hideki AOYAMA, Koji AOTO, Akira SHIOKAWA, Toshiyuki MAEDA, Akihiro UEKI, Takashi SUZUKI
  • Publication number: 20170207353
    Abstract: A solar cell module includes: solar cells each having a first main surface and a second main surface; a front-side transparent protective member disposed on a first main surface-side of the solar cells; a front-side transparent encapsulant layer disposed between the front-side transparent protective member and the solar cells; a back-side protective member disposed on a second main surface-side of the solar cells; a back-side white encapsulant layer disposed between the back-side protective member and the solar cells; and a back-side transparent encapsulant layer disposed between the back-side white encapsulant layer and the solar cells, wherein a thickness of the back-side transparent encapsulant layer in a vicinity of an edge portion of the second main surface of the solar cells is less than a thickness of the back-side transparent encapsulant layer in a region between the solar cells that are neighboring to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akimichi MAEKAWA, Tasuku ISHIGURO, Yukako SAKURAGI, Atsushi SAITA
  • Publication number: 20170207027
    Abstract: A film capacitor includes: a capacitor element in which a metallikon electrode is formed at an end; a bus bar connected to the metallikon electrode; and a holding member having a slit into which the bus bar is inserted, the slit being formed with protrusions. The bus bar inserted into the slit is press-contacted with the protrusions, and as a result, the bus bar is held by the holding member. With this configuration, relative mounting accuracy (positioning accuracy) of positive and negative electrode bus bars is improved, and further, the bus bars can be easily connected to the capacitor elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: SHINYA SATO, HIDEKAZU MATSUOKA, TOSHIHISA MIURA
  • Publication number: 20170207421
    Abstract: An organic electroluminescent element includes at least one light emitting layer, a high refractive index layer (first layer), and a low refractive index layer (second layer). An uneven structure including a plurality of protrusions each having two or more steps is provided at an interface between the high refractive index layer and the low refractive index layer. The organic electroluminescent element includes a protective layer. The protective layer is a layer disposed between the second layer (low refractive index layer) and a light-exiting surface of the organic electroluminescent element or is the second layer (low refractive index layer). Relationships expressed as n0<n1 and n2?n1 are satisfied, where n0 is a refractive index of an atmosphere, n1 is a refractive index of the protective layer, and n2 is a refractive index of the low refractive index layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jumpei MATSUZAKI, Kazuyuki YAMAE
  • Patent number: 9707737
    Abstract: A composite material includes: a heat dissipation sheet; a heat insulation material that is placed on one surface of the heat dissipation sheet; and a support layer that is placed on at least one of the other surface of the heat dissipation sheet and the other surface of the heat insulation material, wherein silica aerogel is included between fibers in an inner region of the heat insulation material, an outer peripheral region of the heat insulation material includes the fibers, and the heat dissipation sheet and the heat insulation material are fixed onto each other through the fibers. Furthermore, provided is an electronic apparatus, including a heat generating component; and the above composite material, wherein the composite material is placed between the housing and the heat generating component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Taichi Nakamura, Shigeaki Sakatani
  • Patent number: 9707622
    Abstract: There is provided a selective laser sintering method capable of reducing the bulge of the peripheral portion corresponding to the periphery of the three-dimensional shaped object. The manufacturing method according to an embodiment of the present invention includes alternate repetition of a powder-layer forming and a solidified-layer forming, the repetition comprising: (i) forming a solidified layer by irradiating a predetermined portion of a powder layer with a light beam, thereby sintering the powder in the predetermined portion or a melting and subsequently solidifying the powder; and (ii) forming another solidified layer by newly forming a powder layer on the formed solidified layer, followed by irradiation of a predetermined portion of the newly formed powder layer with the light beam, wherein a scanning of the light irradiation is divided into light beam-scannings “A” and “B”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masataka Takenami, Satoshi Abe, Isamu Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9708201
    Abstract: A liquid treatment apparatus includes a dielectric tube through which water to be treated flows, a first electrode, at least one end of which is dispose in the dielectric tube, and a second electrode made of a conductive metallic material, at least one end of the second electrode being disposed in the dielectric tube and on an upstream side of a flow pass of the water relative to the first electrode. The conductive metallic material of the second electrode is adapted to be in direct contact with the water to be treated. The liquid treatment apparatus also includes a power supply for applying a voltage between the first electrode and the second electrode, and a heat-resistant member covering at least a portion of an inner wall face of the dielectric tube. The portion of the inner wall faces the first electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaki Fujikane, Mari Onodera, Shin-Ichi Imai
  • Patent number: 9709834
    Abstract: An image display apparatus includes: an image display panel; a backlight device; first and second liquid crystal prism elements each configured to change a deflection direction of emitted light according to a voltage applied thereto; a position detection section configured to detect a position of a user; and a control section configured to control the voltages applied to the liquid crystal prism elements, on the basis of information of the position of the user detected by the position detection section. Each liquid crystal prism element includes a pair of opposing substrates, a plurality of triangular prisms which have ridge lines extending in a first direction parallel to one side of the image display panel and are arranged between the pair of opposing substrates so as to be aligned along a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, and a liquid crystal sealed between the opposing substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kouki Ichihashi, Masahiro Kasano
  • Patent number: 9710049
    Abstract: In a display device, when a receiving section receives positional information representing a position of a pointer image in a display region in a first display mode, a data generating section generates display image data corresponding to a display image based on an image corresponding to internal image data stored in an internal image memory, the above-mentioned pointer image, and the above-mentioned positional information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Satoru Takashimizu
  • Patent number: 9709048
    Abstract: A sealed compressor of the present invention comprises an electric component (103); a compression component (105); a sealed container (101); and a suction pipe (115); wherein the compression component (105) includes a compression chamber (141), and a suction muffler (115) through which a refrigerant gas flows; wherein the suction muffler (157) includes a muffler body (165) in which a muffling space (163) is formed, a tail pipe (159) through which a refrigerant gas is introduced into the muffling space (163); and a muffler cover (169) provided to surround the muffler body (165) such that a first space (167) is formed between the muffler cover (169) and the muffler body (165); wherein the muffler cover (169) is provided with a refrigerant inlet (175) in a portion which faces an outlet (117) of the suction pipe (115) and is in the vicinity of a suction port (171) of a tail pipe (159), the refrigerant inlet communicating the interior of the sealed container (101) with the first space (167).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenji Kinjo
  • Patent number: 9706722
    Abstract: A plant growing device includes: a container configured to reserve a nutrient solution in a lower portion of the container; a holding unit configured to hold plants inside the container; spray units configured to spray the nutrient solution toward the inside of the container; and support units configured to support the holding unit, and to move the holding unit to a position depending on how the spray units are driving, in a range from a spray region where the nutrient solution sprayed by the spray units is supplied to roots of the plants to an immersion region where the nutrient solution reserved in the container is supplied to the roots of the plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ayumi Sakai, Hiroshi Yano, Sayaka Kato
  • Patent number: 9711558
    Abstract: An imaging device including a unit pixel cell comprising: a semiconductor substrate including a first conductivity type region of a first conductivity type, a first and second impurity regions of a second conductivity type provided in the first conductivity type region; a photoelectric converter located above the semiconductor substrate; and a first transistor including a gate electrode and at least a part of the second impurity region as a source or a drain. The first impurity region is at least partially located in a surface of the semiconductor substrate and electrically connected to the photoelectric converter. The second impurity region is electrically connected to the photoelectric converter via the first impurity region and has an impurity concentration lower than that of the first impurity region. The second impurity region at least partially overlaps the gate electrode in a plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Sato, Yoshinori Takami, Kosaku Saeki, Junji Hirase
  • Patent number: 9709066
    Abstract: A ventilating fan including a ventilating fan body provided with a motor, a frame having ventilating air outlets, and fan blades, an adapter and an electric element box. The ventilating air outlets include a top air outlet provided on a top face of the frame of the ventilating fan and a side air outlet provided on a side face of the frame of the ventilating fan which are communicated with each other. The adapter is provided with a raised structure adapted to the ventilating air outlet. With this structure, the height of the ventilating fan is reduced while air volume is ensured, so that the ventilating fan is adapted to be mounted onto various ceilings, and the cost can be saved while mounting of the adapter is simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignees: Panasonic Ecology Systems Guangdong Co., Ltd., Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hongjian Yuan, Guangmin Zeng, Liang Tian, Yasuhiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9709866
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display is provided that includes a first substrate on a back surface side, a second substrate on a display surface side and a liquid crystal layer provided between the first and second substrates. The display also includes a plurality of sub-pixels including one or more green sub-pixels and one or more non-green sub-pixels. The first substrate includes first and second wirings provided at the boundary between adjacent sub-pixels. When a green sub-pixel is adjacent to a non-green sub-pixel, the first wiring is provided at a shifted position that is closer to the non-green sub-pixel than the green sub-pixel. Accordingly, when a non-green image is to be displayed, the display can reduce the amount of color mixing of light passing through a green color filter with the light passing through a non-green color filter, particularly when the display is viewed at oblique angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuhito Sakakibara, Ryutaro Oke, Daisuke Kajita
  • Patent number: 9710219
    Abstract: The present disclosure is a speaker identification method in a speaker identification system. The system stores registered voice signals and speaker images, the registered voice signals being respectively generated based on voices of speakers, the speaker images being respectively associated with the registered voice signals and respectively representing the speakers. The method includes: acquiring voice of a speaker positioned around a display; generating a speaker voice signal from the voice of the speaker; identifying a registered voice signal corresponding to the speaker voice signal, from the stored registered voice signals; and displaying the speaker image, which is associated with the identified registered voice signal, on the display, at least while the voice of the speaker which forms a basis of generation of the speaker voice signal is being acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America
    Inventor: Tomomi Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 9710862
    Abstract: A terminal device sets a beneficial use time slot for regarding the electrical consumption in the beneficial use time slot as the beneficial, a waste use time slot for regarding the electrical consumption in the waste use time slot as the waste, and an efficiency improvement time slot for regarding the electrical consumption in the efficiency improvement time slot as the electrical consumption to be reduced. On the basis of the data of an amount of the electrical consumption of the device to be monitored, calculating an amount of the electrical consumption in each the time slot and displaying an amount of the electrical consumption in each time slot are preformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Misayo Kobayashi, Ryuichi Maeda, Tomoya Sogou, Yoshifumi Murakami, Hiroki Kazuno, Hisashi Takayama
  • Patent number: 9712568
    Abstract: A server apparatus accesses a terminal apparatus connected via an IP network to a router from an externally provided terminal apparatus in a simple and firm manner without previously performing a complex setting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Arima, Kazuo Imafuku, Yuji Mitsunaga
  • Patent number: 9711277
    Abstract: A non-contact power supply system includes a power supply device and a power reception device. The power supply device includes primary coils arranged on a power supply surface and configured to be excited at an operational frequency. The power reception device includes a secondary coil configured to induce current using resonance phenomenon based on alternating flux from the primary coils when arranged on the power supply surface. The operational frequency that excites the primary coil is set at or in the proximity of a resonance frequency of a resonance system formed when the secondary coil is located at an intermediate position between two of the primary coils that are adjacent to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Ogasawara, Kaoru Furukawa, Toshihiro Akiyama
  • Patent number: 9711105
    Abstract: A gate signal line driving circuit which suppresses noises in a gate signal and a display device which uses the gate signal line driving circuit are provided. A first basic circuit provided to a gate signal line driving circuit includes a HIGH voltage applying switching element which applies a HIGH voltage to gate signal lines in response to a signal HIGH period, and a LOW voltage applying switching circuit which applies a LOW voltage to the gate signal lines in response to a signal LOW period. In response to a signal HIGH period, a switch of the LOW voltage applying switching circuit of the first basic circuit is turned off based on a signal applied to a switch of the HIGH voltage applying switching element of a second basic circuit which assumes a signal HIGH period earlier than the first basic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignees: Japan Display Inc., Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Ochiai, Mitsuru Goto, Youzou Nakayasu, Yuki Okada, Naoki Takada
  • Patent number: 9711107
    Abstract: A flag memory is provided which stores a flag indicating whether or not a corresponding pixel is in the initial state. When writing has been performed on an image memory by a drawing unit, a value of the flag of a corresponding pixel is changed from a first value indicating that the pixel is in the initial state to a second value indicating that the pixel is not in the initial state. When a display unit reads a pixel value from the image memory, a flag corresponding to the pixel is read from the flag memory, and if the flag still has the first value, an initial pixel value is supplied to the display unit, and otherwise, a pixel value read from the image memory is supplied to the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yorihiko Wakayama
  • Patent number: 9711861
    Abstract: An antenna device includes a dielectric substrate, a conductor plate that is placed on one surface of the dielectric substrate, that includes a first slot element, a second slot element, and one or more slits, and a ground conductor that is placed at a specified distance from the conductor plate in a first direction. A center of the first slot element is placed between a center of the second slot element and a center of each of slits, in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuichi Kashino, Hiroyuki Uno, Maki Nakamura, Suguru Fujita
  • Patent number: RE46486
    Abstract: A semiconductor pressure sensor includes n-type semiconductor regions, which are formed in a diaphragm of a semiconductor substrate, piezoresistive elements, which are respectively formed in the n-type semiconductor regions, and conductive shielding thin film layers, which are respectively formed on the piezoresistive elements through an insulating thin film layer, and the piezoresistive elements form a Wheatstone bridge circuit. Further, the n-type semiconductor regions and the conductive shielding thin film layers are electrically connected to each other through contacts formed in the diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yuichi Niimura, Hideo Nishikawa, Fumihito Kato