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: 20170141253
    Abstract: This solar module has: a base member that is curved in the vertical direction and the horizontal direction; strings each constituted from a plurality of solar cells and first wiring members connecting adjacent solar cells in the vertical direction, wherein a plurality of the strings are arranged side by side on the base member; and a string group constituted from a plurality of the strings and second wiring members, which are disposed at both sides in the vertical direction of the strings and connected to the first wiring members, thereby connecting adjacent strings to one another in the horizontal direction. The string group is divided into at least two blocks that are side by side in the vertical direction. Second wiring members are disposed adjacent in the horizontal direction, or second wiring members are disposed adjacent in the vertical direction between the blocks, and are secured to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yousuke Ishii, Isao Hasegawa
  • Publication number: 20170140364
    Abstract: A settlement terminal device according to the present invention includes: a first information processor that is placed in a housing which is gripped by an operator, and is provided with a first user interface (first touch panel) on one surface (operation display surface) of the housing; a secured second information processor that is placed in the housing, and is provided with a tamper-resistant second user interface (second touch panel), which can perform a securable operation, on one surface of the housing; and one light transmitting member (surface panel) that is disposed to cover a surface of the first user interface and a surface of the second user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuki SAITOH
  • Publication number: 20170139310
    Abstract: A camera cover includes a cover outer surface which is a convex curved surface of which a lowermost part in a vertical direction is downwardly projected in the vertical direction; a first region which is provided at a predetermined radius around a substantially lowermost point of the convex curved surface; and a second region which is provided on the cover outer surface other than at the first region. The second region includes a first hydrophilic region having hydrophilic properties, and the first region has lower hydrophilic properties than those of the second region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki YASUDA, Toyokazu YOSHINO
  • Publication number: 20170141076
    Abstract: A plurality of transmissive organic EL panels in a light emitting device each include: a first transparent substrate; a second transparent substrate; an organic EL element; a resin sealant; a group of first terminals; and a group of second terminals. The group of first terminals and the group of second terminals are alternately arranged in a direction along an outer perimeter of the first transparent substrate. The plurality of transmissive organic EL panels are arranged in a two-dimensional array. In adjacent transmissive organic EL panels, the group of first terminals and the group of second terminals are inversely arranged. A first terminal among the group of first terminals of one of the adjacent transmissive organic EL panels and an overlapping second terminal among the group of second terminals of the other of the adjacent transmissive organic EL panels are electrically connected via a connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Norihiro ITO
  • Publication number: 20170141370
    Abstract: A small cylindrical lithium-ion secondary battery provided with a safety mechanism that enables internal pressure to be released when an anomaly occurs. The battery includes an electrode group formed of a positive electrode and a negative electrode that are wound or stacked with a separator interposed therebetween, an electrolytic solution, a battery case that contains the electrode group and the electrolytic solution, and a sealing body. The battery case has an outer diameter of 10 mm or less. The sealing body includes a ring having a through-hole and includes a sheet-like or film-like valve member disposed such that the valve member covers the through-hole of the ring, and a safety mechanism that causes the valve member to cleave when the internal pressure reaches a predetermined pressure is disposed therein. The ring includes protrusions formed of linear ridge lines that protrude toward an inside of the through-hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MGMT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Noriyuki Uchida, Yasutaka Kogetsu, Koki Inoue, Tsutomu Nishioka
  • Publication number: 20170138120
    Abstract: An optical switching device includes: a plurality of optically variable units that are variable in a degree of optical transparency according to electric power; and a plurality of power supply terminals that supply electric power to any of the plurality of optically variable units. The plurality of optically variable units are arranged in a thickness direction. Each of the plurality of optically variable units has a pair of electrodes. Each of the pair of electrodes in at least one of the plurality of optically variable units is connected to the plurality of power supply terminals. The plurality of power supply terminals supply electric power in which at least one of current and voltage is controlled in a plurality of levels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuko SUZUKA
  • Patent number: 9649060
    Abstract: A puncture needle cartridge (1) includes: a lancet body (5) mounted with a puncture needle (3) on a front end side and having a mount (4) on a rear end side; and a plate-like first case (6) and second case (7) covering the lancet body (5) from above and below and arranged slidably back and forth along each other. The puncture needle cartridge (1) is configured such that the first case (6) is slid forward of the second case (7), and in this slid state, the first case (6) and the second case (7) are secured to each other when ejected from the puncture instrument (10). This can make the puncture needle cartridge (1) impossible to mount again on the puncture instrument (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Healthcare Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akio Nagao
  • Patent number: 9649401
    Abstract: An ultraviolet irradiation apparatus includes: a first substrate; a second substrate; electrodes disposed directly or indirectly on the first substrate; a dielectric layer covering the electrodes; a sealant joining together the first and second substrates; a light-emitting layer that is disposed directly or indirectly on the dielectric layer and/or a surface of the second substrate; and a reaction vessel disposed directly or indirectly on a surface of the second substrate. The reaction vessel includes a tubular structure, an inlet channel and an outlet channel. The tubular structure has a ratio ha/hc of 5 to 10, where ha is a diameter of a circle inscribed in an inner bottom surface of the tubular structure, and hc is an inner height of the tubular structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuaki Nagao, Takehiro Zukawa, Yoshiki Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9649234
    Abstract: A separable bed includes a bed portion and a wheelchair portion that is combined with the bed portion to compose the separable bed. The wheelchair portion includes a second seat portion, and a second guide portion that supports the second seat portion, the bed portion includes a first bed bottom portion, a first guide portion that supports the second seat portion and the first bed bottom portion, a lifter that performs lifting operation of the first bed bottom portion, and a controller, and the controller lowers the first guide portion to a second lower limit position in a case where separation operation is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yohei Kume, Shohei Tsukada, Hideo Kawakami
  • Patent number: 9649016
    Abstract: Provided is an endoscopic camera capable of expanding its visual field up to an oblique back side. An endoscopic camera includes: a rigid case having a cylindrical shape with a top end portion being obliquely cut off; a camera head provided at the top end portion of the rigid case; a semispherical cover mounted on the top end portion of the rigid case to cover at least a part of the camera head; and a tilt motor adapted to rotate the camera head around a tilt shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jyouji Wada, Yuuichi Takenaga
  • Patent number: 9649960
    Abstract: An in-vehicle heating device according to the present invention is provided on a lower part of a front side of a seat cushion (31) serving as a seating unit of a vehicle seat (30). The in-vehicle heating device includes: an air feeder (11) including a suction opening (11a) through which external air is sucked into the air feeder (11); a warm air generator (12) including a heater (22) therein, the warm air generator (12) being configured to heat air fed from the air feeder (11) to generate warm air; and a blow-out unit configured to blow out the warm air from the warm air generator (12), such that the warm air is blown out forward of the seat cushion (31). At least a part of the blow-out unit is positioned at a front of the seat cushion (31), and doubles as a front shield, which serves as a decorative member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ogino, Takashi Sugio, Masaki Hanada, Takaaki Hyoudou, Koji Yoshimoto
  • Patent number: 9651223
    Abstract: A light-emitting apparatus includes a pedestal, a substrate, an LED, an optical component, and a fastener. The LED is mounted on the substrate, and the substrate includes a first through-hole. The substrate is disposed on the pedestal. The optical component is disposed in the emission direction of light from the LED. The fastener passes through the first through-hole and fastens the optical component to the pedestal. A portion of the pedestal or a portion of the optical component is inserted in the first through-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryouji Yokotani, Yasuharu Ueno, Masashi Sakata, Yoshinori Kakuno, Yoshio Manabe
  • Patent number: 9651045
    Abstract: A scroll compressor of the present invention includes a partition plate 20, a fixed scroll 30, an orbiting scroll 40, a rotation-restraining member 90 and a main bearing 60. An inner wall of a fixed spiral lap 32 of the fixed scroll 30 is formed up to a location close to an ending-end of an orbiting spiral lap 42 of the orbiting scroll 40, thereby differentiating, from each other, a containment capacity of one (50A) of compression chambers and a containment capacity of the other compression chamber 50B, the fixed scroll 30 can move in an axial direction of the fixed scroll between the partition plate 20 and a main bearing 60, and high pressure is applied to a discharge space 30H formed between the partition plate 20 and the fixed scroll 30. According to this, the fixed scroll 30 can be pressed against the orbiting scroll 40.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Ogata, Yusuke Imai, Sadayuki Yamada, Hidenobu Shintaku, Atsushi Sakuda, Takashi Morimoto
  • Patent number: 9651207
    Abstract: An oxychloride phosphor of the present disclosure includes divalent Eu arranged as an augmenting agent, at part of locations. The locations correspond to site of at least two kinds of predetermined substances included in a host crystal. A rate of the number of the divalent Eu with respect to the sum of the number of moles of the predetermined substance and the number of moles of the divalent Eu is less than 2%. When the predetermined substance is represented by A, the oxychloride phosphor is represented by a general formula of xAO.yEuO.SiO2.zCl. In this formula, A represents Sr and Ca, or Sr, Ca, and Mg, y indicates a value of not less than 0.002 and not more than 0.02, x+y indicates a value of more than 1.00 and not more than 1.30, and z indicates a value of not less than 0.20 and not more than 0.70.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kojiro Okuyama, Mitsuru Nitta, Osamu Inoue, Seigo Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 9650142
    Abstract: The monitor device in the disclosure includes a base element furnished with a first face and a second face, a first member, a switch, a second member, and a link member. The first member is disposed on a side of the first face of the base element, enabled to approach toward and separate from the first face. The switch detects whether the first member has approached toward the first face up to a first distance therefrom. The second member is disposed on a side of the second face of the base element, enabled to approach toward and separate from the second face. The link member is connected to the first member such as to cause the first member to approach the first face up to the first distance therefrom, in association with the second member approaching the second face up to a second distance therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kota Hama
  • Patent number: 9651475
    Abstract: An optical sensor apparatus includes a light receiving element configured to produce an output according to a light receiving state, and an optical element including a reflecting layer including a metal film, and being arranged such that at least some of incident light on the light receiving element is light that is reflected by the reflecting layer. The optical element further includes a corrosion resistant layer for suppressing corrosion of the reflecting layer, and the reflecting layer includes a surface covered by the corrosion resistant layer formed by vapor plating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiko Hirai, Kazuki Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9651930
    Abstract: A mobile device is provided with a communication unit which performs communication via wireless communication, a display unit, and a display control unit which controls the display unit to display a setting input screen for allowing the user to input setting of a household electrical device. The communication unit transmits a request signal for checking whether there is a person in the vicinity of the household electrical device before the setting input screen is displayed by the display control unit. The display control unit controls the display unit to display a setting input disable screen indicating that setting of the household electrical device is not received without causing the display unit to display the setting input screen when there is a person in the vicinity of the household electrical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naofumi Nakatani, Satoshi Tsujimura, Kazunori Kurimoto, Hiromi Toyota
  • Patent number: 9651792
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an image display apparatus having excellent light converging characteristics. The image display apparatus includes: a liquid crystal prism element including a prism array in which a plurality of prisms are arranged, a liquid crystal layer laminated on the prism array, and electrodes provided at position corresponding to the respective prisms which form the prism array; a control section configured to control a voltage to be applied to each electrode; and a position detection section configured to detect a viewing position of a user. The control section is able to apply the same or different voltages to the respective electrodes provided at the positions corresponding to the respective prisms, on the basis of a result of the detection of the viewing position by the position detection section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Hayashi, Shuji Inoue
  • Patent number: 9651836
    Abstract: A first substrate of a display device includes a plurality of signal lines which are arranged in an image display area and a plurality of driving circuits which drive the plurality of signal lines, the driving circuit is electrically connected to a metal line which is formed in the first substrate in an area of the first substrate overlapping the driving circuit in planar view, the metal line is electrically connected via a contact hole, in the area, to a lead-out line which is formed in a layer different from that of the metal line in the first substrate, the lead-out line is extended to the outside of the area and electrically connected to the signal line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Kita, Ryutaro Oke, Genshiro Kawachi
  • Patent number: 9651928
    Abstract: The present disclosure is a method for controlling an information apparatus having a third display and being used in an information management system, the method causing a computer of the information apparatus to: display a display screen representing at least one floor plan of a building on the third display; display device icons representing target devices including a first target device and a second target device on the display screen, the device icons being movable by dragging the device icons; and when it is sensed that a device icon representing the second target device is dropped on a device icon representing the first target device, output to the information management system a first control command for displaying a confirmation screen on a first display of the first target device, the confirmation screen being for confirmation of a state of the second target device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Takamitsu Sasaki, Eiichi Naito
  • Patent number: 9651406
    Abstract: A battery history information management device for managing history information of a secondary battery includes: a connection determination unit which determines whether a charge/discharge device connected to the secondary battery is (i) a first charge/discharge device connected via a communication network to a server which manages the history information or (ii) a second charge/discharge device not connected to the server; a battery history recording unit which records, when it is determined that the charge/discharge device is the second charge/discharge device, charge/discharge history for second charge/discharge device into battery history data; and a history upload control unit which transmits, when it is determined that the charge/discharge device is the first charge/discharge device, the battery history data to the server via the first charge/discharge device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Unagami, Natsume Matsuzaki, Motoji Ohmori, Hideki Matsushima, Yuichi Futa, Tomoyuki Haga
  • Patent number: 9652662
    Abstract: An image processing device includes: a face detector which detects a face region including a face of a person from an input image signal; a determination portion which determines, in the input image signal of the face region, an addition amount of a pixel value to be added to the input image signal of the face region based on a size of a difference in a pixel value between adjacent pixels; and a signal corrector which adds the addition amount to the pixel value of the input image signal of the face region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Hirashima, Tatsumi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9652881
    Abstract: An image processing device includes: a data obtainment unit which obtains an input image captured from a first viewpoint, and depth information indicating a depth of a subject in the input image; a viewpoint transformation unit which generates, using the depth information, a plurality of first transformed images each of which is an image of the input image seen from a corresponding one of second viewpoints different from the first viewpoint; and a blank area analysis unit that analyzes a blank area which is included in each of the first transformed images and includes a pixel which does not have a corresponding pixel in the input image, and generate blank information which indicates, for each of the second viewpoints, a size of the blank area in the first transformed image corresponding to the second viewpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hitoshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 9653161
    Abstract: A non-volatile memory device includes a memory cell array including memory cells, each having a resistance value reversibly transitioning among resistance value ranges, a read circuit that, in operation, obtains pieces of resistance value information each relating to the resistance value of one of the memory cells, an arithmetic circuit that, in operation, calculates a binary reference value based on at least a part of the pieces of resistance value information, and a write circuit. In operation, the read circuit selectively assigns, based on the binary reference value, one of two values to each of the pieces of resistance value information. In operation, the write circuit performs a first write operation on a memory cell corresponding to one of the two values among the memory cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuhei Yoshimoto, Yoshikazu Katoh
  • Patent number: 9653215
    Abstract: A solid electrolytic capacitor comprises a positive electrode, a dielectric layer, a silane coupling layer, a conductive polymer layer, and a negative electrode layer. The dielectric layer is provided on the positive electrode. The silane coupling layer is provided on the dielectric layer. The conductive polymer layer is provided on the silane coupling layer. The negative electrode layer is provided on the conductive polymer layer. The silane coupling layer comprises a first silane coupling layer and a second silane coupling layer. The first silane coupling layer covers a part of a surface of the dielectric layer facing the conductive polymer layer. The second silane coupling layer covers at least a part of a portion exposed from the first silane coupling layer on the surface of the dielectric layer facing the conductive polymer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Keiko Kosuge
  • Patent number: 9652961
    Abstract: A sound amplification apparatus includes one or more microphones that convert collected sound into an audio signal and transmit the audio signal by radio and a sound receiving apparatus that receives the audio signal transmitted from the microphone and amplifies and outputs the sound based on the audio signal. The sound receiving apparatus is configured to perform sound output control in an emergency mode upon receiving an emergency signal transmitted in response to operation of an emergency switch of the microphone. With this configuration, it is possible to perform appropriate sound control in a dangerous situation such as intrusion of a suspicious person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Kawasaki, Ryosuke Kitago, Hirotaka Fukutsuka, Keiji Yamahai
  • Patent number: 9650554
    Abstract: A latent heat storage material contains sodium acetate, water, and a supercooling stabilizer containing a group 11 metal-containing compound, and has a group 11 metal concentration of 2.0×105 ppm or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuaki Suito, Motohiro Suzuki, Hironobu Machida, Shinsuke Takeguchi, Kentaro Shii
  • Patent number: 9650599
    Abstract: An apparatus for culturing cells using a culture medium, including: a replacer that replaces the culture medium in a culture vessel held by a holder; a measurer that measures a pH of the culture medium in the culture vessel; and an instructor that instructs the replacer to replace the culture medium in the culture vessel, wherein the instructor gives an instruction when the pH measured by the measurer is less than a predetermined pH threshold at a first replacement of the culture medium, and gives an instruction when the pH measured by the measurer is less than the predetermined pH threshold and the interval is less than an interval of a previous replacement of the culture medium at second and subsequent replacements of the culture medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Ando, Toshinori Hirose, Soichiro Fujioka, Norihiro Shibata, Osamu Mizuno, Toshiaki Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 9650392
    Abstract: Disclosed are an electrode active material for a power storage device and a power storage device including the same. The electrode active material includes a polymer that includes: a tetravalent group derived from a compound selected from the group consisting of EBDT and derivatives thereof, TTF and derivatives thereof, a condensation product of EBDT and TTF and derivatives thereof, and a TTF dimer and derivatives thereof; and a divalent group —S-A-S— where A is a divalent aliphatic group or a divalent group represented by the formula -E-D-E- where D represents a divalent alicyclic group, a divalent aromatic group, or a carbonyl group, and two Es each independently represent a divalent aliphatic group. Adjacent two tetravalent groups mentioned above are linked by one or two divalent groups mentioned above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuhiko Hojo, Yu Ohtsuka, Takafumi Tsukagoshi, Yohji Misaki
  • Patent number: 9649836
    Abstract: A screen printing system includes a first substrate supply apparatus, a second substrate supply apparatus arranged in an upstream process side of the first substrate supply apparatus, and a screen printing apparatus that prints paste on a first substrate supplied from the first substrate supply apparatus and a second substrate supplied from the second substrate supply apparatus. In response to a request from the screen printing apparatus, the first substrate supply part supplies the first substrate and the second substrate supply part supplies the second substrate. The second substrate is carried in the screen printing apparatus by a conveyance mechanism included in the first substrate supply apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Mantani, Nobuo Komiya
  • Patent number: 9653495
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a display device includes: forming a gate electrode on a substrate; forming a gate insulating film on the substrate; forming an oxide semiconductor on the substrate; forming a source electrode and a drain electrode on the substrate; forming a passivation film on the substrate; forming a common electrode on the substrate; forming an interlayer insulating film on the substrate; forming a pixel electrode on the substrate; forming an alignment film on the substrate; radiating UV-rays onto the oxide semiconductor; and heat-treating the oxide semiconductor irradiated with the UV-rays. The radiating UV-rays is performed after the forming an oxide semiconductor, and the heat-treating is performed after the forming a passivation film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hironori Yasukawa, Genshiro Kawachi, Tomoya Kato, Kazuo Kita
  • Patent number: 9652988
    Abstract: A display control device includes a unit for determining whether an object recognized by a recognition unit is present in a specific region adjacent to a locus, and a control unit controlling a display source, upon determination that the object is present in the specific region, to generate a first virtual image at first timing and a second virtual image at second timing later than the first timing. The first virtual image is displayed in a first region midway in a locus approaching direction toward a locus on a display medium, which corresponds to the locus, from a position thereon corresponding to an object position. The second imaginary region is displayed in a second region, located midway in the locus approaching direction closer to the locus than the first region, in size not smaller than that of the first virtual image displayed in the first region at the second timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Koichi Emura
  • Patent number: 9655295
    Abstract: A feeder installing attachment includes: a main body portion including attachment side fitting parts provided on a lower surface thereof and having an installing compatibility with first feeder side fitting parts provided on a lower surface of a first tape feeder; and second feeder installing slots formed on an upper surface of the main body portion and engaging with second feeder side fitting parts provided on a lower surface of a second tape feeder having a standard width smaller than that of the first tape feeder. In a state where the attachment is mounted, an array pitch of the second feeder installing slots is smaller than an array pitch of the base side installing slots, and becomes an array pitch corresponding to the standard width of the second tape feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Kawaguchi, Shigekazu Yoneyama, Tatsuo Yamamura, Kazunori Kanai
  • Patent number: 9653510
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes: pixels arranged in a matrix; a vertical signal line provided for each column, conveying a pixel signal; a power line provided for each column, proving a power supply voltage; and a feedback signal line provided for each column, conveying a signal from a peripheral circuit to a pixel, in which each of the pixels includes: an N-type diffusion layer; a photoelectric conversion element above the N-type diffusion layer; and a charge accumulation node between the N-type diffusion layer and the photoelectric conversion element, accumulating signal charge generated in the photoelectric conversion element, the feedback signal line, a metal line which is a part of the charge accumulation node, the vertical signal line, and the power line are disposed in a second interconnect layer, and the vertical signal line and the power line are disposed between the feedback signal line and the metal line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tokuhiko Tamaki, Hirohisa Ohtsuki, Ryohei Miyagawa, Motonori Ishii
  • Patent number: 9654015
    Abstract: In a discharging operation of a vehicle storage battery, a controller switches between a full-wave rectification operation of full-wave rectify a voltage across a second winding while maintaining a second short circuit in an open state, and a full-wave voltage doubling rectification operation of full-wave voltage doubling rectify a voltage across second winding while maintaining second short circuit in a closed state, based on magnitude relationship between DC voltage across first terminals and DC voltage across second terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazunori Kidera, Jin Yoshizawa
  • Patent number: 9653334
    Abstract: A plasma processing apparatus includes a processing chamber, a plasma source that generates plasma within the processing chamber, a transfer carrier that has a holding sheet and a frame, the holding sheet holding a substrate, and the frame being attached to the holding sheet so as to surround the substrate, a stage that is provided within the processing chamber and has a gas supply hole formed in a mounting area of the stage for mounting the transfer carrier thereon, an electrostatic chucking part that is provided within the stage and electrostatically attracts the transfer carrier, and a gas supply part that supplies gas through the gas supply hole of the stage to assist separation of the transfer carrier from the stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Noriyuki Matsubara, Atsushi Harikai, Mitsuru Hiroshima
  • Patent number: 9653757
    Abstract: A nonaqueous electrolyte solution for a secondary battery includes: a nonaqueous solvent including a cyclic carbonate having at least one fluoro group on a side chain thereof, a chain carbonate, and trimethylacetonitrile; and a lithium salt dissolved in the nonaqueous solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Nakatsutsumi, Takashi Takeuchi, Takanobu Chiga, Miyuki Nakai
  • Patent number: 9653626
    Abstract: There is provided a photovoltaic device (100) having a substrate (10), i-type amorphous layers (16i, 18i) formed over a region of at least a part of a back surface of the substrate, and an i-type amorphous layer (12i) formed over a region of at least a part of a light-receiving surface of the substrate (10); and characterized in that electrodes (24n, 24p) are provided on the back surface and no electrode is provided on the light-receiving surface, and an electrical resistance per unit area of the back surface side i-type amorphous layers is lower than an electrical resistance per unit area of the light-receiving surface side i-type amorphous layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD
    Inventors: Isao Hasegawa, Toshio Asaumi, Hitoshi Sakata
  • Patent number: 9653854
    Abstract: A power cord includes a plug. The plug includes plural blades to be respectively inserted into plural blade insertion holes of an electrical outlet for connection. The plug further includes plural thermal sensors provided so that each of the plural blades corresponds to a thermal sensor. The power cord further includes a communication circuit that is configured to notify a control circuit of a load, when a temperature detected by any one of the plural thermal sensors is higher than a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Kawamoto, Maki Kondou, Ryota Tomiyama
  • Patent number: 9654001
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a semiconductor layer laminate disposed on a semiconductor substrate, a first and a second low-side transistors, and a first and a second high-side transistors. Each of the transistors is disposed on the semiconductor layer laminate, and includes a gate electrode, a source electrode, and a drain electrode. The second low-side transistor is disposed between the first low-side transistor and the first high-side transistor, and the first high-side transistor is disposed between the second low-side transistor and the second high-side transistor. The source electrodes of the first and the second low-side transistors are combined into one source electrode, the drain electrodes of the first and the second high-side transistors are combined into one drain electrode, and the drain electrode of the second low-side transistor and the source electrode of the first high-side transistor are combined into one first electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Ujita, Tatsuo Morita
  • Patent number: 9653529
    Abstract: An organic display device includes a pixel driving circuit having a thin film transistor connected to a current supply line and a capacitor. A first insulation layer, with a first electrode thereon, covers a source electrode of the transistor. The first electrode is connected to the transistor through a contact hole in the insulation layer. A second insulation layer including an aperture is formed on the first insulation layer and electrode layers. An organic light emitting layer, with a second electrode thereon is formed in the aperture and connected to the first electrode. The second insulation layer includes an inner wall at the aperture, said inner wall having a surface of a convex plane on an edge of the recessed part of the first electrode. The convex plane is located between the organic light emitting layer and the edge of the first electrode, and the second electrode is formed over plurality of pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignees: Japan Display Inc., Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshihiro Sato
  • Patent number: 9654044
    Abstract: An impact rotation tool includes a motor, a switching element that performs a switching operation based on a PWM control signal, and a controller that performs PWM control on the motor with the switching operation of the switching element. The controller includes a PWM control unit that generates the PWM control signal, an impact detector that detects whether or not an impact has been generated, and a control frequency switch unit that selects a control frequency of the PWM control signal from a first control frequency, which is in an audible range, and a second control frequency, which is higher than the frequency in the audible range. The controller outputs a PWM control signal having the second frequency when detecting that an impact has not been generated and outputs a PWM control signal having the first frequency when detecting that an impact has been generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 9654063
    Abstract: A bias circuit comprises: a first circuit that comprises a first resistor and a decoupling capacitor; a bias voltage generation circuit that comprises a first transistor being connected to the first circuit; one or more switches; a first replica circuit comprising a second circuit and a second transistor, the second circuit comprising a second resistor and a capacitor, the second transistor being connected to the second circuit; a second replica circuit comprising a third transistor; a comparator that makes a comparison between a pseudo-bias voltage and a reference voltage; and a control circuit that controls the one or more switches on the basis of the comparison result to reduce the amount of the current flowing through the first transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yukio Okazaki, Masakatsu Maeda, Shigeki Nakamura, Akinori Daimo
  • Patent number: 9655216
    Abstract: A luminaire includes a light source; a wireless communication circuit for communicating with a dimming controller; a storage which stores an identifier of the dimming controller; and a control circuit for dimming light of the light source according to a dimming command transmitted from the dimming coat roller when the luminaire is in a paired state, i.e., a state in which the identifier of the dimming controller is stored in the storage of the luminaire. When the control circuit is in a communication check mode, i.e., a mode for checking whether or not the luminaire is able to communicate with the dimming controller, the control circuit, regardless of whether or not the luminaire is in the paired state with the dimming controller, brings the luminaire into a predetermined illumination state by dimming light of the light source when the wireless communication circuit receives a communication cheek command from the dimming controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinobu Murakami, Atsuo Nanahara
  • Patent number: 9654064
    Abstract: An audio amplifier apparatus includes an audio amplifier which receives a single audio signal and produces a plus phase audio signal and a minus phase audio signal, both dependent upon the single audio signal. The plus phase audio signal and minus phase audio signal are received by first and second inputs of a speaker, respectively. A current sensing circuit senses a level of current received by the first or second inputs of the speaker and outputs a current sensing signal dependent upon the sensed level of current. An amplifying circuit receives and amplifies the current sensing signal. A mixer circuit receives the amplified current sensing signal and an audio drive signal and produces the single audio signal dependent upon the amplified current sensing signal and the audio drive signal. The single audio signal is produced at a node in-between two resistors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventor: Richard Fay
  • Patent number: 9654097
    Abstract: A signal transmission circuit includes an input terminal to which an input signal is input, a high-frequency oscillation circuit that outputs a high-frequency wave, a switching mixing circuit that modulates the high-frequency wave according to the input signal to generate modulated signals including first to third modulated signals, a first output terminal from which the first modulated signal is output, a second output terminal from which the second modulated signal is output, and a third output terminal from which the third modulated signal is output. While the first modulated signal is output from the first output terminal, the second and third modulated signals are not output. While the second modulated signal is output from the second output terminal, the first and third modulated signals are not output. While the third modulated signal is output from the third output terminal, the first and second modulated signals are not output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shuichi Nagai
  • Patent number: 9654098
    Abstract: A signal reception circuit according to an aspect of the present disclosure includes: an input terminal; an input reference terminal; an output terminal; an output reference terminal; a normally-on type transistor that includes a first terminal connected to the output terminal, a second terminal connected to the output reference terminal, and a control terminal; a first detector circuit that detects an input signal applied between the input terminal and the input reference terminal, to apply an output signal between the output terminal and the output reference terminal; and a second detector circuit that detects the input signal, to apply a negative voltage pulse to the control terminal of the transistor with the output reference terminal as a reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shuichi Nagai
  • Patent number: 9654112
    Abstract: A signal inverting device generates an inverted signal of an input signal. The device includes a normally-on transistor, a negative-voltage generating unit that generates a negative voltage, and an output terminal. A first terminal of the normally-on transistor is connected to a current source. The output terminal is connected between the first terminal of the normally-on transistor and the current source. The normally-on transistor is turned on/off, by an input of a drive signal to a conduction control terminal of the normally-on transistor. The drive signal is a signal obtained by a synthesis of the input signal and the negative voltage. The inverted signal is output from the output terminal in accordance with the on/off operation of the normally-on transistor. The negative-voltage generating unit generates the negative voltage by rectifying a high-frequency power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Yasufumi Kawai
  • Patent number: 9654682
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus according to the present disclosure includes: a focus lens, a motor for driving the focus lens, an origin detection unit for detecting an arrival of the focus lens at a reference position, a drive amount detection unit for detecting an amount of drive of the focus lens driven by the motor, and a controller for recognizing a position of the focus lens based on an output from the drive amount detection unit and for controlling the position of the focus lens. The controller receives a detection signal from the origin detection unit during driving the focus lens, and determines an occurrence of step-out of the motor based on both the received detection signal and the position of the focus lens recognized by the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Ohtani
  • Patent number: 9654135
    Abstract: An AD converter converts an analogue input voltage into a digital value including a most significant bit to a least significant bit. The AD converter includes: a common node; a capacitive DAC; a comparator; a successive approximation controller; and an integrator. The integrator includes first to Xth integrating circuits connected in a cascade arrangement, where X is an integer greater than or equal to two, and at least one feedforward path that each samples a residual voltage and outputs the sampled residual voltage to one of the second to Xth integrating circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Takuji Miki, Kazuo Matsukawa