Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Philip M. Shaw, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5325446
    Abstract: In an apparatus for position transformation of input image data according to a transformation function to thereby generate image data at the position of each pixel of an output image, it is detected whether or not each position is located inside the boundary of the input image and, if so, the input image data for that position is function, but if not, stored background image data is transformed according to the transformation function instead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1994
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuro Kato, Yoshiyuki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 5323373
    Abstract: An optical pickup device includes an optical isolator provided in a beam path of an optical system for modulating the laser beam radiated from an end face of a semiconductor laser device and returning it to an end face of the semiconductor laser device, and a detector for detecting changes in an output of the return beam from the other face of the semiconductor laser device. The optical isolator transmits a beam component having the same plane of polarization as that of the laser beam. The magneto-optical recording medium may be reproduced by an optical system without employing a differential optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1994
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hideyoshi Horimai
  • Patent number: 5323381
    Abstract: A disc for recording information signals includes a disc substrate of a synthetic resin having a center hole and an information signal recording layer formed on one major surface and a magnetic plate arranged on the major surface for closing the center hole. A recess for accommodating the magnetic plate is formed on the major surface of the disc substrate for surrounding the center hole. At least a part of the rim of the recess is thermally deformed for forming one or more lugs for holding the magnetic plate disposed in the recess with respect to the disc substrate by the lug(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1994
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Takahashi, Sachiya Chiba, Daiki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 5323382
    Abstract: A disc cartridge for an optical disc having a magnetic member attached to a central portion of one of two major surfaces of a disc substrate, wherein the cartridge includes a cartridge main body rotatably accommodating the optical disc, a recessed, inner surface portion for keeping a clearance between an inner surface of the cartridge main body and a protuberance produced by attaching the magnetic member to the one of the two major surfaces of the disc substrate, a first lug formed at a first position on the inner surface of the cartridge main body facing the magnetic member and a second lug formed at a second position on the inner surface of the cartridge main body facing the one of the major surfaces of the optical disc, wherein the height of the first lug is less than the height of the second lug, such that the first lug is contacted by the magnetic member when the disc substrate is loaded onto a disc table inserted into the disc cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1994
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kenji Takahashi
  • Patent number: 5320876
    Abstract: According to the present, invention, when transferring a pattern of projections and valleys of a stamper to a UV curable resin coated on a disc base plate, the disc base plate is pressed against the stamper while the stamper is maintained at a constant temperature to set the viscosity of the UV curable resin to a value suitable for transferring the pattern of projections and valleys to the UV curable resin from the stamper to realize high fidelity duplication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1994
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Anezaki, Koji Sasaki, Hidetoshi Watanabe, Hirotsugu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 5317553
    Abstract: A disc-shaped recording medium and a recording/reproducing apparatus employing the disc-shaped recording medium as a recording medium, are disclosed. The recording medium has a diameter of not more than 80 mm, and a recording track is formed on the recording medium with a track pitch of approximately 1.6 .mu.m. Information in excess of 130 Mbytes is recorded in a data compressed state on the recording track and the recording medium is rotationally driven at a constant linear velocity for recording and optically reproducing the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Norio Ohga, Katsuaki Tsurushima, Tadao Yoshida
  • Patent number: 5315470
    Abstract: A disk cartridge includes a plate made of a metallic substance held on a counter chucking side of a flange formed in a center portion of a disk. The magnetic plate is housed inside a disk cartridge and has a height set at a dimension greater than the shortest axial dimension between a portion of the cartridge casing opposite the counter chucking surface of the flange and the facing surface of the disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Toyomi Fujino, Hajime Yano
  • Patent number: 5315570
    Abstract: A reproducing apparatus for a disc in which data recorded on an optical disc are read out by an optical pickup and reproduced, is disclosed. Before start of reproduction, it is determined if the disc loaded into the apparatus is a data disc on which information data such as letter or character data or picture data are recorded, or an audio disc on which audio signals are recorded, and the playback mode is automatically selected as a function of the type of the optical disc loaded into the apparatus. At the start time of the reproducing operation from the disc, the type discriminating data recorded on the disc are read out and, as a function of the contents of the type discriminating data, switching is made automatically between the data reproducing operation and the audio signal reproducing operation, while the type of the optical disc is displayed on the display section on the basis of the type discriminating data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Miura, Koji Takagi
  • Patent number: 5314558
    Abstract: A cassette reel in use for a video tape cassette including a hub and an upper flange made of a transparent plate which is provided with an annular groove on one side surface of the upper flange and a foil deposited on the surface of the upper flange which is surrounded by the annular groove, so that the foil can be cut clearly and then deposited on the face of the upper flange which is surrounded by the annular groove by hot stamp with a clear outer profile, whereby decorative effects can be obtained by the foil covering the internal construction of the hub and when the cassette reel is used for a video tape cassette, the commercial value of the video tape cassette can be elevated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Urayama, Kazuo Ozawa
  • Patent number: 5313334
    Abstract: An objective lens moving actuator comprises a movable member for supporting an objective lens, a resilient supporting member for resiliently supporting the movable member together with the objective lens such that the movable member having the objective lens can be moved in a first direction parallel to the optical axis of the objective lens and in a second direction perpendicular to the optical axis of the objective lens, a fixing member to which the base end of the resilient supporting member is fixed, an electromagnetic drive device for moving the resilient supporting member in the first and second directions together with the objective lens, and an adjusting member for rotating the resilient supporting member such that the optical axis of the objective lens has a predetermined skew angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1994
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takamichi Tomiyama, Takatoshi Hirata
  • Patent number: 5311497
    Abstract: An optical pickup can be inverted accurately and smoothly regardless of the skew operation of the optical pickup. The present invention is directed to a disc player in which a single optical pickup (37) is inverted in an opposing relation to both surfaces of a disc (D) at the same time when it is elevated so that both surfaces of the disc (D) can be reproduced. As an inverting mechanism (79) of the optical pickup (37), an inverting gear (80) is attached to a supporting shaft (53) on which the optical pickup (37) is supported. On the other hand, an inverting rack (81) which is meshed with the inverting gear (80) so as to invert the optical pickup (37) is attached through a supporting frame (82) to a lower chassis (4) which is skewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1994
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Takizawa, Hideki Okii, Minoru Otsuka
  • Patent number: 5309249
    Abstract: An optical disc reproducing apparatus in which the type of the optical discs 2 is discriminated by a disc type discriminating device, the function of a pointing device 74 is displayed by a plurality of light emitting diodes 77 provided in the pointing device and in which a controller performs a switching control of the function display by the light emitting diodes 77 depending on the type of the optical disc 2 indicated by a discriminating output of the disc type discriminating device so that the operability of the CD-I player may be improved because the functions of the pointing device associated with the types of the optical discs to be reproduced are displayed by a display device provided in the pointing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1994
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Ishii
  • Patent number: 5309421
    Abstract: An optical disk recording and/or reproducing apparatus employing a disk cartridge having accommodated therein an optical disk not more than 80 mm in diameter as a recording medium, the apparatus including an outer casing having a length not larger than 112 mm, a width not more than 89 mm and a height not more than 31 mm which encompasses a cartridge loading section, a driving unit for rotationally driving the optical disk, an optical pickup unit and means for transporting the optical pickup unit across inner and outer peripheries of the optical disk driven rotationally by the disk driving unit for recording information signals on or reproducing information signals from a recording surface on the optical disk, a magnetic head unit for generating an external magnetic field based on information signals to be recorded, the magnetic head unit and the optical pickup unit being connected together for movement in unison therewith and arranged facing each other on opposite sides of the optical disk, controlling means
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1994
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hirotoshi Fujisawa
  • Patent number: 5307339
    Abstract: A translating apparatus for an optical pickup device comprises an optical pickup device for radiating an optical disc with a light beam, a rack member attached to the optical pickup device, a supporting device having a guide portion for guiding the optical pickup device along a diametrical direction of the optical disc, and a translating device including a gear attached to the supporting device and meshed with the rack member, a drive apparatus for rotating the gear and a releasing mechanism for releasing the gear and the rack from being meshed with each other when the optical pickup device is translated beyond a predetermined translating range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Tanaka
  • Patent number: 5305299
    Abstract: A support mechanism for an optical block provided with an optical head, wherein provision is made of a reference shaft and a support shaft attached in parallel to the reference shaft, the optical block being supported between the reference shaft and the support shaft in a movable manner by positioning rotational members which are provided at one side of the optical block and which are for positioning and guiding at two locations along the axial direction of the reference shaft and by supporting rotational members which are provided at the other side of the optical block and which are for supporting and guiding the optical block at two locations of the support shaft corresponding to the two locations along the axial direction of the reference shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Tamotsu Maeda
  • Patent number: 5305113
    Abstract: In a motion picture decoding system, forward and reverse reproduction is carried out smoothly at a high speed without increasing an operation speed for decoding. When high speed reproduction from a record medium containing motion picture coded data is selected, a rate of data input is controlled so that a speed for reading from the record medium to a buffer is increased. Motion picture coded data is fetched from the buffer to a demultiplexer. The fetched data is separated into picture data of frames to be decoded and picture data of frames to be abandoned at a constant frame interval. Only the picture data of the frames to be decoded is sent to a further stage where the picture data is decoded at a speed equal to that for an ordinary reproduction. Thereby, high speed reproduction in forward and reverse directions can be executed without increasing the speed of the decoding operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ryuichi Iwamura, Yoshiyuki Akiyama
  • Patent number: 5303099
    Abstract: A flying head slider of a hard disk driver is moved by an actuator between a loading and an unloading position, a motor for rotating a disk is driven at nominal velocity when data is recorded on the disk by a magnetic head supported by the flying head slider and the motor is driven at a velocity faster than the nominal velocity when the flying head slider is moved from the loading position to the unloading position or from the unloading position to the loading position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1994
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kazushige Kawazoe
  • Patent number: 5301176
    Abstract: A disk player for use of playback of both of the single body of a digital optical disk and another digital optical disk encased in a cartridge by a single player. The disk player comprises a disk tray which is mounted on a main chassis and adapted to make its reciprocating movement in the fore-and-aft direction of the player to carry the single body of the disk to a predetermined position in the player. A cartridge carrier is mounted on a sub-chassis connected to and located above the main chassis and makes its reciprocating movement in the fore-and-aft direction to carry the cartridge encasing therein the disk to another predetermined position in the player. A mechanical chassis is tiltably connected to and located below the main chassis and movable upwardly and downwardly. A turntable is rotatably mounted on the mechanical chassis and driven by a motor supported to the mechanical chassis. Either one of the disks carried at the predetermined position is mounted on the turntable to be played back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1994
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hideo Kawachi, Katsuichi Sakurai, Toshiyuki Arai
  • Patent number: 5297125
    Abstract: The present invention is concerned with a recording medium wherein, in a recording medium in which the information may be regenerated optically, a track is pre-recorded or pre-formatted by being deviated along the track width with a signal which the baseband signal of a read-only information signal freed of high-frequency components. The present invention is also concerned with a recording apparatus for forming a track of an optical recording medium from which an information can be reproduced optically, wherein the apparatus includes a deviating device for deviating a track-forming recording beam along the width of the track of the optical recording medium, a deviation control signal generating device for generating deviation control baseband signals for controlling the deviation device, and a low-pass filter for eliminating the high-frequency components of the deviation control baseband signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tamotsu Yamagami, Yoichiro Sako
  • Patent number: RE34650
    Abstract: A communication system for video information apparatus for carrying out a communication between a video information apparatus and a peripheral apparatus arranged so that a communication is repeatedly carried out at a period synchronized with a signal of a vertical period having a constant phase relation relative to a vertical synchronizing signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1994
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Keiichiro Shimada, Shinji Takada, Mitsugu Ishihara, Yukihiko Machida