Patents Assigned to Novatek Microelectronics Corp.
  • Publication number: 20220247998
    Abstract: A method for a video encoder includes steps of: receiving a series of input frames; performing at least one of intra-prediction and inter-prediction on the series of input frames for generating at least one of an intra frame (I-frame), a predictive frame (P-frame), and a key predictive frame (key P-frame); generating an encoded bitstream with respect to a first input frame determined as the I-frame among the series of input frames; and performing inter-prediction on a second input frame determined as a key P-frame among the series of input frames according to a first reference frame which is derived from the encoded bitstream with respect to the first input frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2022
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Applicant: NOVATEK Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventor: Yu-Min Wang
  • Publication number: 20220246077
    Abstract: A layout arrangement of a driver integrated circuit includes multiple output pads, a plurality of switching circuits, and multiple data channel circuits. The output pads include a first output pad and a second output pad and are configurable to be coupled to a plurality of data lines. The switching circuits include a first switching circuit. A first selection terminal of the first switching circuit is coupled to the first output pad via a first connecting wire. A second selection terminal of the first switching circuit is coupled to the second output pad via a second connecting wire. The data channel circuits include a first data channel circuit. An output terminal of the first data channel circuit is coupled to a common terminal of the first switching circuit via a third connecting wire. The third connecting wire is longer than the first connecting wire and the second connecting wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2022
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Applicant: Novatek Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Hsiu-Hui Yang, Yu-Shao Liu
  • Publication number: 20220247402
    Abstract: A termination circuit, including a termination resistor, a first switch circuit, a second switch circuit, and a control circuit, is provided. A first end of the termination resistor is coupled to a signal pad. A first end of the first switch circuit is coupled to a second end of the termination resistor. A first end of the second switch circuit is coupled to a second end of the first switch circuit. A second end of the second switch circuit is coupled to a reference voltage line. During a period when the second switch circuit is turned on, the control circuit turns on the first switch circuit with a bias voltage. During a period when the second switch circuit is turned off, the control circuit turns off the first switch circuit with a voltage of the first end of the first switch circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2021
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Applicant: Novatek Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Liang-Ting Kuo, Chih-Yuan Kung, Kuan-Ting Lin, Chu-Wei Hsia
  • Patent number: 11404499
    Abstract: An OLED touch and display driver integration chip is provided, including: at least one group of display driving pads for providing display driving signals to the OLED touch display panel; at least one group of touch pads for providing touch driving signals to touch electrodes on the OLED touch display panel, and alternately arranged in groups with the at least one group of display driving pads; at least one group of isolation pads, each group of isolation pads includes at least one isolation pad and is arranged between a group of display driving pads and a group of touch pads that are adjacent, an isolation pad is configured to apply a specific signal to isolate signal interference between adjacent groups of display driving pads and touch pads, or configured to apply a specific signal or be in a floating state, to reduce load of data lines or the touch electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: NOVATEK MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chang-Hung Chen, Kun-Zheng Lin, Wei-Chieh Lin, Po-Sheng Liao, Yu-Huang Chen
  • Patent number: 11397554
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of transmitting parameters for controlling a display screen of a screen control system. The method is used in a first serial unit of the screen control system, and includes steps of: receiving a first parameter; performing parameter setting on the first serial unit according to the first parameter; calculating a second parameter according to the first parameter, wherein the second parameter is different from the first parameter; and transmitting the second parameter to a second serial unit of the screen control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: NOVATEK Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Chun-Tang Yang, Yung-Chieh Sun
  • Patent number: 11397493
    Abstract: A method for touch sensing enhancement implemented in a single chip, a single chip capable of achieving touch sensing enhancement, and a computing apparatus are introduced. The single chip is used to be coupled to a display panel with a touch sensor and a fingerprint sensor. The computing apparatus may include the display panel, the single chip, and a processing unit, wherein the single chip is coupled between the display panel and processing unit. The method includes obtaining touch sensing data by a touch sensing module disposed within the single chip and coupled to the touch sensor; obtaining fingerprint sensing data by a fingerprint sensing module disposed within the single chip and coupled to the fingerprint sensor; and generating output touch data based on the touch sensing data and the fingerprint sensing data. With the contribution of the fingerprint sensing data, touch sensing enhancement can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: NOVATEK MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Jyun-Sian Li, Yun-Hsiang Yeh, Yen-Heng Chen
  • Patent number: 11392246
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a method for driving an OLED touch-and-display device, a driving circuit, and the OLED touch-and-display device. The method includes: dividing each display frame into at least one display period and at least one touch detection period which are alternated; during each display period, generating sequentially-shifted gate driving signals and sequentially-shifted light-emission control signals, and sequentially applying them to at least a part of gate driving lines of the plurality and corresponding light-emission control lines; during each touch detection period: suspending the generation of gate driving signals or also suspending the generation of light-emission control signals; adjusting the average display luminance of a plurality of rows of pixels within a predetermined time period, so that the display luminance is uniform, and the gate driving signal for each row of pixels and the light-emission control signal of the light-emission control line maintain a preset timing relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: NOVATEK MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chun-Hung Chen, Kai-Wen Shao, Feng-Lin Chan, Shuo-Wen Jang
  • Patent number: 11386863
    Abstract: An output circuit of a driver includes a plurality of output nodes, a first output buffer group and a multiplexer. The first output buffer group is configured to output data to the plurality of output nodes, wherein each output buffer in the first output buffer group is configured to output data to at least two output nodes among the plurality of output nodes. The multiplexer, coupled between the plurality of output nodes and the first output buffer group, is configured to select to couple each output buffer in the first output buffer group to one of the plurality of output nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: NOVATEK Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Hsiu-Hui Yang, Yen-Cheng Cheng, Chin-Hung Hsu
  • Patent number: 11386836
    Abstract: An amplifier for driving a display panel includes an input stage, a gain stage and an output stage. The gain stage is coupled to the input stage. The output stage, coupled to the gain stage, includes a first output driving circuit and a second output driving circuit. The first output driving circuit is operated in a first voltage domain. The second output driving circuit is operated in a second voltage domain different from the first voltage domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: NOVATEK Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Jhih-Siou Cheng, Ju-Lin Huang
  • Patent number: 11386689
    Abstract: A method for fingerprint sensing of an electronic module capable of fingerprint sensing, the electronic module for being coupled to a plurality of fingerprint sensing pixels, the electronic module including an analog front-end stage for being coupled to the fingerprint sensing pixels, the method comprising the following steps. A first scanning operation is performed on at least a first portion of the fingerprint sensing pixels by using a first reference signal being applied to a reference terminal of the analog front-end stage to obtain a level of a second reference signal which is based on a sensing result of the first scanning operation and is different from the first reference signal. A second scanning operation is performed on at least a second portion of the fingerprint sensing pixels by using the second reference signal being applied to the reference terminal of the analog front-end stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: NOVATEK MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Jung-Chen Chung, Chi-Ting Chen
  • Publication number: 20220215207
    Abstract: A training method for video stabilization and an image processing device using the same are proposed. The method includes the following steps. An input video including low dynamic range (LDR) images is received. The LDR images are converted to high dynamic range (HDR) images by using a first neural network. A feature extraction process is performed to obtain features based on the LDR images and the HDR images. A second neural network for video stabilization is trained according to the LDR images and the HDR images based on a loss function by minimizing a loss value of the loss function to generate stabilized HDR images in a time-dependent manner, where the loss value of the loss function depends upon the features. An HDR classifier is constructed according to the LDR images and the HDR images. The stabilized HDR images are classified by using the HDR classifier to generate a reward value, where the loss value of the loss function further depends upon the reward value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2022
    Publication date: July 7, 2022
    Applicant: Novatek Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Jen-Huan Hu, Wei-Ting Chen, Yu-Che Hsiao, Shih-Hsiang Lin, Po-Chin Hu, Yu-Tsung Hu, Pei-Yin Chen
  • Patent number: 11373060
    Abstract: A training method for video stabilization and an image processing device using the same are proposed. The method includes the following steps. An input video including low dynamic range (LDR) images is received. The LDR images are converted to high dynamic range (HDR) images by using a first neural network. A second neural network for video stabilization is trained to generate stabilized HDR images in a time-dependent manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Novatek Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Jen-Huan Hu, Wei-Ting Chen, Yu-Che Hsiao, Shih-Hsiang Lin, Po-Chin Hu, Yu-Tsung Hu, Pei-Yin Chen
  • Patent number: 11372501
    Abstract: A control method for fingerprint sensing includes following steps. First fingerprint brightness codes detected in reference with a ramp-counting variable varying in a full range are received during a pre-scanning phase. An initial code is generated according to a distribution of the first fingerprint brightness codes. The initial code is applied to the ramp-counting variable during a normal scanning phase for detecting second fingerprint brightness codes in reference with the ramp-counting variable varying in a partial range. A boundary of the partial range is determined according to the initial code. A control circuit is also disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: NOVATEK Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventor: Min Huang
  • Patent number: 11373391
    Abstract: An image processing device determining image adjustment parameters in real time so as to facilitate modifying the image adjustment parameters includes an image input device acquiring an original image signal and output a first image signal; a parameter adjustment device modifying image adjustment parameters; an image processing circuit receiving the first image signal and the image adjustment parameters and adjusting the first image signal according to the image adjustment parameters to output a second image signal; an information label circuit coupling to the image processing circuit and receiving the second image signal and internal information of the image processing circuit and labeling at least one part of the second image signal according to the internal information to generate a labeled output image; and an image output device coupling to the information label circuit and outputting the labeled output image having at least one label indicating the internal information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Novatek Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Hung-Chang Chuang, Chaohsu Hsu
  • Patent number: 11373607
    Abstract: A driving method of display device for a display device capable of reducing flicker due to refresh rate variation includes: determining whether a processor of the display device is generating a vertical blank interval of an image signal, wherein said vertical blank interval is next to a last frame data period thereof, and the last frame data period is for a last frame to be displayed by a display panel; and activating a data line of the display panel with a balancing voltage related to data of a line of the last frame when the processor is generating the vertical blank interval, wherein a plurality of sub-pixels of the display panel connects to the data line, the data of the line of the last frame are sequentially transmitted to the plurality of sub-pixels in the last frame data period for displaying the last frame. Said display device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Novatek Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Yu-Hung Su, Vans Shih, Yen-Tao Liao
  • Publication number: 20220197466
    Abstract: A control method for an optical fingerprint sensor and a touch controller is provided, for canceling or reducing capacitive loading. The optical fingerprint sensor includes a plurality of pixels, and each of the pixels has a first control signal line and a second control signal line. Each of the pixels is further coupled to a first voltage source line, a second voltage source line and a sensing line. The control method includes the step of configuring at least one of the first control signal line, the second control signal line, the first voltage source line, the second voltage source line and the sensing line to be floating when the touch controller is in a touch operation period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2022
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Applicant: NOVATEK Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Tsen-Wei Chang, Chih-Peng Hsia, Wei-Lun Shih, Hong-Chu Chen, Su-Wei Lien, Sheng-Wen Hsiao, Liang-Chi Cheng
  • Publication number: 20220197469
    Abstract: A fingerprint sensing apparatus includes a plurality of fingerprint sensors and a fingerprint readout circuit. The fingerprint sensors may be configured to operate in a fingerprint sensing cycle. The fingerprint readout circuit may be coupled to the plurality of fingerprint sensors via a plurality of sensing lines. The fingerprint readout circuit may be configured to control the fingerprint sensors to operate in the fingerprint sensing cycle. The fingerprint sensing cycle includes an initialization period, an exposure period and a readout period. A voltage of a reset node in each fingerprint sensor among the plurality of fingerprint sensors is reset to a first voltage in a reset period after the fingerprint sensing cycle ends. The voltage of the reset node in each fingerprint sensor is initialized to an initial voltage in the initialization period. The initial voltage is different from the first voltage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2021
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Applicant: Novatek Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Yu-Hsien Lee, Ting-Hsuan Hung, Feng-Lin Chan, Wu Wei Lin
  • Patent number: 11366544
    Abstract: A driver chip including a receiving structure, a shielding structure, and a touch control circuit is provided. The receiving structure can receive a touch sensing signal. The shielding structure can be disposed aside the receiving structure. The shielding structure can shield at least one parasitic capacitor coupled to the receiving structure. The touch control circuit can be connected to the receiving structure and configured to receive the touch sensing signal. An electronic device including a driver chip is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Novatek Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventor: Yen-Cheng Cheng
  • Patent number: 11367390
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a method for noise reduction are introduced. The method comprises steps of sensing a first pixel signal being superimposed by noises from a first pixel through a first sensing line in a first phase of a sensing operation and sensing a first noise signal from the first sensing line in a second phase of the sensing operation. The method further comprises steps of sensing a second noise signal from a second sensing line in the first phase of the sensing operation, and sensing a third noise signal from the second sensing line in the second phase of the sensing operation. The method further removes the noises that are superimposed to the first pixel signal according to a difference between the first pixel signal and the first noise signal and a difference between the second noise signal and the third noise signal to generate a denoised sensing value of the first pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Novatek Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Keko-Chun Liang, Yu-Hsiang Wang, Jhih-Siou Cheng, Yi-Chuan Liu, Ju-Lin Huang
  • Patent number: 11367373
    Abstract: A driver integrated circuit, including multiple output pads, multiple switching circuits, and multiple data channel circuits, is provided. The output pads and the switching circuits are arranged in a pad area of the driver integrated circuit. The output pads include a first output pad and a second output pad, and the switching circuits include a first switching circuit. A first selection terminal of the first switching circuit is coupled to the first output pad. A second selection terminal of the first switching circuit is coupled to the second output pad. The data channel circuits are arranged in a function circuit area of the driver integrated circuit. The data channel circuits include a first data channel circuit. An output terminal of the first data channel circuit is coupled to a common terminal of the first switching circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Novatek Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Hsiu-Hui Yang, Yu-Shao Liu