Patents Assigned to SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
  • Patent number: 10615786
    Abstract: A comparator circuit according to the present disclosure includes a first switch section that selectively takes in a signal voltage, a second switch section that selectively takes in a control waveform, a differential amplifier including a non-inverted input end connected to each of output ends of the first switch section and the second switch section, a capacity section including one end connected to an inverted input end of the differential amplifier and the other end supplied with a reference voltage, and a third switch section that selectively short-circuits the inverted input end and an output end of the differential amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takaaki Sugiyama, Masaki Yoshioka, Ken Kikuchi, Masaru Chibashi, Ken Kitamura
  • Patent number: 10616515
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a solid-state imaging device, a method for driving the solid-state imaging device, and an electronic device capable of improving auto-focusing accuracy by using a phase difference signal obtained by using a photoelectric conversion film. The solid-state imaging device includes a pixel including a photoelectric conversion portion having a structure where a photoelectric conversion film is interposed by an upper electrode on the photoelectric conversion film and a lower electrode under the photoelectric conversion film. The upper electrode is divided into a first upper electrode and a second upper electrode. The present disclosure can be applied to, for example, a solid-state imaging device or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keisuke Hatano, Fumihiko Koga, Tetsuji Yamaguchi, Shinichiro Izawa
  • Patent number: 10616514
    Abstract: An image sensor and signal processing circuit therefor include a readout circuit, calibration circuitry that calculates a correction coefficient for an effective pixel circuit based on a calibration signal, adjustment circuitry that updates the correction coefficient based on an optical black pixel signal, and correction circuitry that applies the updated correction coefficient to the effective pixel signal and generates an output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Sekiguchi, Ping Wah Wong
  • Patent number: 10615215
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes a pixel having a photoelectric conversion element which generates a charge in response to incident light, a first transfer gate which transfers the charge from the photoelectric conversion element to a charge holding section, and a second transfer gate which transfers the charge from the charge holding section to a floating diffusion. The first transfer gate includes a trench gate structure having at least two trench gate sections embedded in a depth direction of a semiconductor substrate, and the charge holding section includes a semiconductor region positioned between adjacent trench gate sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Takahiro Kawamura
  • Patent number: 10615951
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a transmission apparatus, a reception apparatus, and a data processing method capable of efficiently transmitting time information with high accuracy. The transmission apparatus generates a physical layer frame including the time information and transmits the physical layer frame. The reception apparatus receives the physical layer frame from the transmission apparatus and performs predetermined processing on the basis of the time information included in the physical layer frame. Time information indicating a certain time is included at a head of the physical layer frame. The present technology can be applied to digital television broadcasting using the IP system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Okada, Kazuyuki Takahashi, Lachlan Bruce Michael
  • Patent number: 10615895
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a transmitting apparatus, a transmitting method, a receiving apparatus, and a receiving method that facilitate tuning setting. A transmitting apparatus generates and transmits transmission data including an index in data of a physical layer, the index being associated with predetermined processing-related information in a relation table in which processing-related information related to setting processing of tuning on a receiving side is registered in association with an index representing a region to be subjected to the setting processing corresponding to the processing-related information and provided as being included in data of an upper layer higher than the physical layer. A receiving apparatus acquires the relation table, while receiving the transmission data, and acquires the index included in the data of the physical layer from the transmission data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Takahashi, Lachlan Bruce Michael
  • Publication number: 20200105808
    Abstract: An imaging device is provided includes a plurality of pixels (200-1). A pixel (200-1) of the plurality of pixels includes: a first wiring coupled to a floating diffusion (221); a second wiring opposed to the first wiring such that a wiring capacitance (Cfd-vsl) is formed; a pixel amplifier (214) with a feedback capacitance that is based on the wiring capacitance; and a vertical signal line (22) arranged to output a signal from the floating diffusion. The wiring capacitance is formed between the floating diffusion and the vertical signal line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Yukio Tagawa, Koji Yoshikawa, Yuhi Yorikado, Koichi Baba
  • Publication number: 20200105814
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device including: a first substrate having a pixel unit, and a first semiconductor substrate and a first wiring layer; a second substrate with a circuit, and a second semiconductor substrate and a second wiring layer; and a third substrate with a circuit, and a third semiconductor substrate and a third wiring layer. The first and second substrates are bonded together such that the first wiring layer and the second semiconductor substrate are opposed to each other. The device includes a first coupling structure for electrically coupling a circuit of the first substrate and the circuit of the second substrate. The first coupling structure includes a via in which electrically-conductive materials are embedded in a first through hole that exposes a wiring line in the first wiring layer and in a second through hole that exposes a wiring line in the second wiring layer or a film-formed structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideto HASHIGUCHI, Reijiroh SHOHJI, Hiroshi HORIKOSHI, Ikue MITSUHASHI, Tadashi IIJIMA, Takatoshi KAMESHIMA, Minoru ISHIDA, Masaki HANEDA
  • Publication number: 20200106975
    Abstract: There is provided an imaging device, comprising differential amplifier circuitry comprising a first amplification transistor and a second amplification transistor; and a plurality of pixels including a first pixel and a second pixel, wherein the first pixel includes a first photoelectric converter, a first reset transistor, and the first amplification transistor, and wherein the second pixel includes a second photoelectric converter, a second reset transistor, and the second amplification transistor, wherein the first reset transistor is coupled to a first reset voltage, and wherein the second reset transistor is coupled to a second reset voltage different than the first reset voltage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Oike, Mamoru Sato, Yukio Tagawa
  • Patent number: 10608681
    Abstract: A transmission device according to an embodiment of the present disclosure includes three output terminals that are arranged in one line and three sets of inductor elements and ESD protection elements that are provided for the respective output terminals. The three output terminals are respectively coupled to three transmission paths. The three sets of the inductor elements and the ESD protection elements are arranged in a non-orthogonal direction with respect to a direction in which the three output terminals are arranged. The transmission device further includes a driver circuit that outputs three actuation signals to the respective three output terminals through the respective three sets of the inductor elements and the ESD protection elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsuya Sugioka
  • Patent number: 10608051
    Abstract: Provided is a solid-state image pickup device that makes it possible to enhance image quality, and a manufacturing method thereof, and an electronic apparatus. A solid-state image pickup device includes a pixel section that includes a plurality of pixels, the pixels each including one or more organic photoelectric conversion sections, wherein the pixel section includes an effective pixel region and an optical black region, and the organic photoelectric conversion sections of the optical black region include a light-shielding film and a buffer film on a light-incidence side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro Joei
  • Patent number: 10608050
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes a first electrode, a second electrode, and a photoelectric conversion film that is formed between the first electrode and the second electrode and includes an organic semiconductor and an inorganic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Norikazu Nakayama, Hideki Ono, Yoshiaki Obana, Nobuyuki Matsuzawa
  • Publication number: 20200096636
    Abstract: There is provided a distance measurement system for a vehicle. The system comprises a plurality of light sources including a first light source and a second light source, wherein the first light source is configured to irradiate a first irradiation range within the vehicle and the second light source is configured to irradiate a second irradiation range within the vehicle different from the first irradiation range, and at least one time-of-flight sensor arranged to sense light reflected from objects in the first irradiation range and the second irradiation range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Keiichi Kuroda, Kazuhide Namba
  • Publication number: 20200096614
    Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to a time-of-flight device having a photo-detection layer and a nanostructure layer arranged on the photo-detection layer. The nanostructure layer has a wavelength filtering function and a focusing function, such that the wavelength range of light incident on the nanostructure layer is reduced to a predefined wavelength range and light emitted from the nanostructure is focused on the photo-detection layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Manuel Amaya-Benitez
  • Publication number: 20200098810
    Abstract: A camera module includes an imaging device. The imaging device has a solid-state image sensor and a glass substrate bonded to a light-incident side of the solid-state image sensor. The solid-state image sensor and the glass substrate together form an integral body. A circuit substrate is electrically coupled to the solid-state image sensor. A spacer fixes a position of the imaging device relative to the circuit substrate. The spacer has a fixing structure. The fixing structure has a plurality of first surfaces positioned closer to the imaging device than at least one second surface of the spacer. The at least one second surface of the spacer is separated from the imaging device by adhesive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuji Kimura, Hirokazu Seki
  • Publication number: 20200098818
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an imaging element and an imaging apparatus that can suppress color mixture. An imaging element includes a pixel array section including a plurality of pixels that photoelectrically converts incident light, the pixel including a first signal extraction section including an application electrode connected to a first drive line for application of voltage, and a suction electrode for detecting a signal carrier generated by the photoelectric conversion, and a second signal extraction section including an application electrode connected to a second drive line for application of voltage and a suction electrode, in which a distance from the first signal extraction section to the second signal extraction section shorter than a distance from the first signal extraction section of the predetermined pixel to the second signal extraction section of another pixel adjacent to the predetermined pixel. The present technology can be applied to an imaging apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Applicant: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiki Ebiko
  • Patent number: 10601524
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a transmission/reception device, a transmission/reception method, and a program that enable transmission and reception in either a two-pole configuration or a three-pole configuration by switching with the same circuit configuration in human body communication. A first switch that switches, by on or off, connection to a human body side electrode connected to one of transmission drivers each transmitting a signal by a differential output, and a second switch that switches, by on or off, connection to a space side electrode connected to the other are provided, and in the case of the two-pole configuration, the switch to which the electrode is not connected is used by being fixed to off, the switch to which the electrode is connected is turned on at the time of transmission and turned off at the time of reception, and a terminal is grounded to which the electrode is not connected among terminals connected to a reception unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinichi Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10598966
    Abstract: A light control device 10 includes a pair of electrodes 611 and 612 and a stacked structure body 613? of a plurality of light control layers 613 sandwiched by the pair of electrodes 611 and 612; and each light control layer 613 has a stacked structure of a first insulating layer 614, a first nanocarbon film 615 doped with an n-type impurity or not doped with an impurity, a second insulating layer 617, and a second nanocarbon film 616 doped with a p-type impurity or not doped with an impurity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kouichi Harada, Kyoko Izuha, Koji Kadono
  • Publication number: 20200088854
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a distance measuring device and a distance measuring method that can improve the accuracy of distance measurement. A control unit controls a light emitting operation by supplying a light emitting unit with a light emission timing signal for controlling the light emitting operation for emitting irradiation light and controls the light receiving operation by supplying a light receiving unit with a light reception timing signal for controlling the light receiving operation for receiving reflected light. A measuring unit measures a deviation time between the light emission timing at which the light emitting unit emits the irradiation light and the light reception timing at which the light receiving unit receives the reflected light, using the light emission timing signal and the light reception timing signal. The present technology can be applied, for example, to a case where distance measurement is performed by using the ToF method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Keitarou Amagawa, Yusuke Moriyama
  • Publication number: 20200091208
    Abstract: A sensor includes a first substrate including at least a first pixel. The first pixel includes an avalanche photodiode to convert incident light into electric charge and includes an anode and a cathode. The cathode is in a well region of the first substrate. The first pixel includes an isolation region that isolates the well region from at least a second pixel that is adjacent to the first pixel. The first pixel includes a hole accumulation region between the isolation region and the well region. The hole accumulation region is electrically connected to the anode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusuke OTAKE, Akira MATSUMOTO, Junpei YAMAMOTO, Ryusei NAITO, Masahiko NAKAMIZO, Toshifumi WAKANO