Patents Examined by Abdelaaziz Tissire
  • Patent number: 10775596
    Abstract: A camera system including a telephoto lens module is provided. The telephoto lens module includes a first image sensor, a first assembly, and a second assembly. The first assembly includes a first driving mechanism and a reflecting member connected to the first driving mechanism. The first driving mechanism is configured to drive the reflecting member to rotate around a first axis and a second axis. The second assembly is disposed between the first assembly and the first image sensor, including a second driving mechanism and a first lens. The second driving mechanism is configured to drive the first lens to move along a third axis. The first, second, and third axes are not parallel to each other. When light enters the telephoto lens along the first axis, light is reflected by the reflecting member and through the first lens along the third axis to the first image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Chao-Chang Hu, Chen-Hsien Fan, Cheng-Kai Yu, Chih-Wei Weng, Shu-Shan Chen
  • Patent number: 10778880
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: an imaging element as defined herein; a drive control unit as defined herein; an image processing unit as defined herein; a display-image data generation unit as defined herein; and a display control unit as defined herein, and the drive control unit reads out imaging signals from a plurality of pairs including the first photoelectric conversion units and the second photoelectric conversion units and a plurality of the third photoelectric conversion units in the first field period and reads out imaging signals from a plurality of the third photoelectric conversion units in the next field period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Kawai
  • Patent number: 10778924
    Abstract: An image sensing device includes a pixel array; a plurality of lines coupled to the pixel array; a readout circuit coupled to the plurality of lines and structured to output a readout reset signal and a readout data; first readout lines coupled to the readout circuit and structured to transfer readout reset signals and readout data signals; a global counter coupled to count the readout reset signals and the readout data signals; a first storing circuit coupled to the first readout lines to receive the readout reset signals and the readout data signals; a line control circuit coupled to the first storing circuit; second readout lines coupled to the line control circuit and structured to transfer the readout control signals received from the line control circuit; and a second storing circuit coupled to the second readout lines to receive the readout control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: SK hynix Inc.
    Inventor: Won-Seok Hwang
  • Patent number: 10764505
    Abstract: A projection image pickup device includes a pulsed-light emitter, an optical sensor, a reference timing generator that generates a signal indicating an operation reference timing, a controller, and a signal processor. The signal processor sets a differential signal between an output signal from the optical sensor in the second exposure period and an output signal from the optical sensor in the first exposure period as a first differential signal, sets a differential signal between an output signal from the optical sensor in the third exposure period and the output signal from the optical sensor in the first exposure period as a second differential signal, and outputs the sum total of at least two differential signals including the first differential signal and the second differential signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masato Takemoto, Shinzo Koyama, Shigeru Saitou, Motonori Ishii, Hiroshi Koshida
  • Patent number: 10764475
    Abstract: A driving mechanism is provided, including a housing, a hollow frame, a holder, and a driving assembly. The frame is fixed to the housing and has a stop surface. The holder is movably disposed in the housing for holding the optical element. The driving assembly is disposed in the housing to drive the holder and the optical element moving along the optical axis of the optical element relative to the frame. Specifically, the stop surface is parallel to the optical axis to contact the holder and restrict the holder in a limit position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Chao-Chang Hu, Bing-Ru Song, Yi-Ho Chen, Chia-Pin Hsu, Chih-Wei Weng, Shin-Hua Chen, Chien-Lun Huang, Chao-Chun Chang, Shou-Jen Liu, Kun-Shih Lin, Nai-Wen Hsu, Yu-Cheng Lin, Shang-Yu Hsu, Yu-Huai Liao, Yi-Hsin Nieh, Shih-Ting Huang, Kuo-Chun Kao, Fu-Yuan Wu
  • Patent number: 10757355
    Abstract: A system that may include (a) a radiation source that is constructed and arranged to illuminate an object with radiation during consecutive time frames of microsecond-scale duration, wherein radiation emitted during one time frame differs by energy from radiation transmitted during an adjacent time frame; and (b) a CMOS sensor that may include a readout circuit and CMOS pixels. Each CMOS pixel may include a radiation sensing element and in-pixel memory elements. Different in-pixel memory elements are constructed and arranged to sample a state of the radiation sensing element during different time frames of the consecutive time frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOWER SEMICONDUCTORS LTD.
    Inventors: Amos Fenigstein, Tomer Leitner
  • Patent number: 10757322
    Abstract: In one aspect of the present invention, when reset of a camera is received, a pan motor and a tilt motor of a pan and tilt mechanism are rotated in a first preset rotation direction, and the pan and tilt mechanism is first moved to a pan reference position and a tilt reference position. Thereafter, the pan motor and the tilt motor are rotated in a second rotation direction opposite to the first rotation direction, and the pan and tilt mechanism is moved to an initial pan position and an initial tilt position. Using a movement of the pan and tilt mechanism to initial pan and tilt positions, detection of a subject for automatic tracking is performed, and if the subject is detected, then transition to an automatic tracking state is caused to occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Oshima, Mikio Watanabe, Takeshi Misawa, Masaya Tamaru, Daisuke Hayashi, Fuminori Irie
  • Patent number: 10754129
    Abstract: A camera system including a telephoto lens module is provided. The telephoto lens module includes a first image sensor, a first assembly, and a second assembly. The first assembly includes a first driving mechanism and a reflecting member connected to the first driving mechanism. The first driving mechanism is configured to drive the reflecting member to rotate around a first axis and a second axis. The second assembly is disposed between the first assembly and the first image sensor, including a second driving mechanism and a first lens. The second driving mechanism is configured to drive the first lens to move along a third axis. The first, second, and third axes are not parallel to each other. When light enters the telephoto lens along the first axis, light is reflected by the reflecting member and through the first lens along the third axis to the first image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Chao-Chang Hu, Chen-Hsien Fan, Cheng-Kai Yu, Chih-Wei Weng, Shu-Shan Chen
  • Patent number: 10757306
    Abstract: An optical imaging module including a circuit assembly and a lens assembly is provided. The circuit assembly includes a base, a circuit substrate, image sensor elements, electric conductors, and a multi-lens frame. The image sensor elements are disposed in an accommodation space of the base. The conductors are disposed between the circuit contacts of the circuit substrate and a plurality of image contacts of the image sensor elements. The multi-lens frame can be integrally formed and disposed on the circuit substrate and each image sensor element. The lens assembly includes lens bases, auto lens assemblies, and drive assemblies. The lens bases can be disposed on the multi-lens frame. The auto lens assembly may have at least two lenses having refractive power. The driving assembly can drive the auto lens assembly to move in the direction of the normal line of the sensing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: ABILITY OPTO-ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Yeong-Ming Chang, Chien-Hsun Lai, Yao-Wei Liu
  • Patent number: 10750060
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a camera module capable of achieving a smaller height, a method of manufacturing a camera module, an imaging apparatus, and an electronic apparatus. An imaging device having its imaging surface bonded to a provisional substrate is attached, and the imaging device in that state is joined to a substrate via an electrode having a TSV structure. After the provisional substrate is detached, an IR cut filter (IRCF) on which a light blocking film is printed or jet-dispensed in a region other than the effective pixel region is bonded to the imaging surface via a transparent resin. Because of this, there is no need to provide any sealing glass in the stage before the imaging surface, and the optical length of the lens can be shortened. Thus, a smaller height can be achieved. The present disclosure can be applied to camera modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiaki Iwafuchi
  • Patent number: 10750099
    Abstract: An image sensing method, comprising: (a) controlling an image sensor to apply a first frame rate to sense a first frame during a first frame period; (b) determining exposure variation in the first frame period; and (c) during one of the first frame period and a second frame period following the first frame period, switching the image sensor to apply a second frame rate different from the first frame rate to sense at least one third frame, when the step (b) determines the exposure variation exceeds a threshold level. A related image sensing system is also disclosed. Via such image sensing method, the frame switch delay of a conventional frame switch can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: PRIMESENSOR TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Wen-Han Yao, Chih-Huan Wu
  • Patent number: 10750112
    Abstract: A substrate structure for an image sensor module includes a module substrate including a sensor mounting hole, a reinforcing plate on a lower surface of the module substrate, an image sensor chip on the reinforcing plate within the sensor mounting hole, and a reinforcing pattern in the module substrate. The reinforcing plate covers the sensor mounting hole. An upper surface of the image sensor chip may be exposed by the module substrate. The reinforcing pattern is adjacent to the sensor mounting hole and extends in at least one direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ji-Hwang Kim, Hyo-Eun Kim, Jong-Bo Shim, Cha-Jea Jo, Sang-Uk Han
  • Patent number: 10732376
    Abstract: A camera lens module includes a lens assembly. The lens assembly may comprise a first optical lens module comprising a first carrier and at least one first optical lens received in the first carrier; and a second optical lens module comprising a second carrier, at least one second optical lens received in the second carrier, and a bearing portion connected to the second carrier. When the first optical lens module and the second optical lens module are assembled together, an adjustable clearance exists between the first carrier and the bearing portion, and between bottom surfaces of the first carrier and a lowermost lens of the first optical lenses and a top surface of an uppermost lens of the second optical lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: NINGBO SUNNY OPOTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mingzhu Wang, Chunmei Liu, Hailong Liao, Yiqi Wang, Liang Ding, Nan Guo, Heng Jiang, Feifan Chen, Bojie Zhao
  • Patent number: 10728475
    Abstract: A pixel is included, the pixel including a photoelectric conversion portion configured to convert incident light to a charge by photoelectric conversion and accumulate the charge, a charge transfer unit configured to transfer the charge generated in the photoelectric conversion portion, a diffusion layer to which the charge is transferred through the charge transfer unit, the diffusion layer having a predetermined storage capacitance, a conversion unit configured to convert the charge transferred to the diffusion layer to a pixel signal, and connection wiring configured to connect the diffusion layer and the conversion unit. The connection wiring is connected to the diffusion layer and the conversion unit through contact wiring extending in a vertical direction with respect to a semiconductor substrate on which the diffusion layer is formed and is formed closer to the semiconductor substrate than other wiring provided in the pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Yanagita, Masaaki Takizawa, Yuuji Nishimura, Shinichi Arakawa, Yuugo Nakamura, Yohei Chiba
  • Patent number: 10721422
    Abstract: A pixel is included, the pixel including a photoelectric conversion portion configured to convert incident light to a charge by photoelectric conversion and accumulate the charge, a charge transfer unit configured to transfer the charge generated in the photoelectric conversion portion, a diffusion layer to which the charge is transferred through the charge transfer unit, the diffusion layer having a predetermined storage capacitance, a conversion unit configured to convert the charge transferred to the diffusion layer to a pixel signal, and connection wiring configured to connect the diffusion layer and the conversion unit. The connection wiring is connected to the diffusion layer and the conversion unit through contact wiring extending in a vertical direction with respect to a semiconductor substrate on which the diffusion layer is formed and is formed closer to the semiconductor substrate than other wiring provided in the pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Yanagita, Masaaki Takizawa, Yuuji Nishimura, Shinichi Arakawa, Yuugo Nakamura, Yohei Chiba
  • Patent number: 10708473
    Abstract: An apparatus for imaging an interior of an eye includes a light sensitive sensor, and a housing structure with an opening defining an imaging area to place the eye for imaging by the light sensitive sensor. One or more light emitters (LEs) are disposed in an image path between the light sensitive sensor and the eye during capture of a plurality of images. A controller is coupled to the plurality of LEs and the light sensitive sensor. The controller implements logic that when executed by the controller causes the apparatus to perform operations including: illuminating the imaging area with the one or more LEs; and capturing, with the light sensitive sensor, the plurality of images of the interior of the eye at the same time as the eye is illuminated with the light from the one or more LEs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Kramer, Eliezer Glik, Honglei Wu
  • Patent number: 10701250
    Abstract: Portable electronic devices having I/O assemblies that can include optical and audio components are described. An exemplary I/O assembly can include a first camera module and a second camera module that can be carried within a camera module housing. A flex connector can carry a strobe that can be positioned between the first camera module and the second camera module. A trim can enclose the first camera, the second camera and the strobe and optically isolates the optical components. An exemplary portable electronic device can include a side wall retainer that defines its perimeter, a front cover glass and a rear cover glass that cooperate to form an enclosure. The I/O assembly can be secured to the enclosure both from inside and outside of the rear cover glass. I/O assembly can also include an audio transducer that can record sound when the camera module are recording videos.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Daniel W. Jarvis, Michael D. Quinones
  • Patent number: 10701258
    Abstract: [Problem] To enable imaging to be performed with appropriate timing. [Solution] In a camera manipulation device 1 according to the present invention, a trigger signal T12 is issued and imaging is begun when a prescribed command is transmitted from a control circuit side to an imaging unit side (see S12). Because the issuance of such trigger signal T12 is not accepted before a character reception start command is issued, it is possible to perform imaging with appropriate timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KOWA COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Tomohisa Azegami
  • Patent number: 10694161
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus makes it possible to properly perform white balance (WB) processing that is image processing for WB correction on the premise of an illumination apparatus that uses a specific light source. The illumination apparatus includes a light source using a light-emitting diode (LED) and a transmitter configured to transmit color information relating to the LED, and the transmitter transmits, as the color information relating to the LED, color information that compensates a difference between spectral characteristics of the specific light source and spectral characteristics of the LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ginta Hirasawa
  • Patent number: 10692178
    Abstract: In an optical system, a color filter mosaic can determine first color pixel locations, second color pixel locations, and third color pixel locations in an array of sensor pixels. The optical system can capture overhead images, which can be subtracted to form a background-subtracted tri-color image of a reflection of sunlight from at least one ground-based curved mirror. A processor can scale color values at the first and second color pixel locations of the tri-color background-subtracted image. The processor can form a single-color background-subtracted image from the scaled color values at the first color pixel locations, the scaled color values at the second color pixel locations, and third color values at the third color pixel locations. The single-color background-subtracted image can correspond to a point spread function or a line spread function of the optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Stephen J. Schiller