Patents Examined by Abdelaaziz Tissire
  • Patent number: 11792548
    Abstract: A photoelectric conversion device includes a photoelectric conversion region, a readout circuit, and a counting circuit. The photoelectric conversion region is configured to generate a signal charge. The readout circuit is configured to, when reading out a signal that is based on the signal charge generated at the photoelectric conversion region, selectively perform first readout for reading out the signal using avalanche multiplication that is based on the signal charge and second readout for reading out the signal without causing avalanche multiplication to occur with respect to at least a part of the signal charge. The counting circuit is configured to count a number of occurrences of avalanche current which is caused to occur by avalanche multiplication in the first readout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2023
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mahito Shinohara
  • Patent number: 11791360
    Abstract: A photoelectric conversion apparatus includes an element isolating portion that is disposed on a side of a front surface of a semiconductor layer and constituted by an insulator, and a pixel isolating portion. The pixel isolating portion includes a part that overlaps an isolating region in a normal direction. The semiconductor layer is continuous across semiconductor regions in an intermediate plane. The part is located between a semiconductor region and another semiconductor region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nobutaka Ukigaya, Hideshi Kuwabara
  • Patent number: 11792551
    Abstract: A stacked light receiving sensor according to one embodiment includes a first substrate in a first layer, a second substrate joined with the first substrate and formed in a second layer, and a third substrate joined with the second substrate and formed in a third layer. An analog circuit reads a pixel signal from a pixel array. A logic circuit is connected to the analog circuit and outputs the pixel signal. A processing section executes processing based on a neural network computing model, on data based on the pixel signal. The pixel array is disposed on the first layer. The analog circuit is disposed on any one or more of the first to third layers. The logic circuit, the processing section, and a memory are disposed on any one or more of the second and third layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Ryoji Eki
  • Patent number: 11778349
    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: June 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Yanagita, Masaaki Takizawa, Yuuji Nishimura, Shinichi Arakawa, Yuugo Nakamura, Yohei Chiba
  • Patent number: 11765299
    Abstract: An information processing method comprises: transmitting first image data to an external image processing apparatus and receiving second image data processed by the external image processing apparatus; extracting a feature amount according to a content of image processing performed by the external image processing apparatus from the first image data; and converting the extracted feature amount to displayable information and displaying the information on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Makoto Oota, Shuichi Ohkawa
  • Patent number: 11747533
    Abstract: An optical sensor system includes a plurality of sets of optical sensors implemented on a substrate, with a plurality of sets of optical filters, wherein a set of optical filters of the plurality of sets of optical filters is associated with a set of optical sensors and a set of optical filters of the plurality of sets of optical filters includes a plurality of optical filters that are arranged in a pattern, with each optical filter of the plurality of optical filters configured to pass light in a different wavelength range of a predefined spectral range. Each set of optical filters operates to provide a bandpass response corresponding to the predefined spectral range and a set of optical filters is located atop an associated set of optical sensors, where at least two sets of optical filters of the plurality of sets of optical filters are configured to provide different bandpass responses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Spectricity
    Inventors: Jonathan Borremans, Ruben Lieten, Ward van der Tempel, Maarten De Bock, Jakub Raczkowski
  • Patent number: 11750783
    Abstract: A demosaic operation circuit includes a white pixel value estimation circuit suitable for acquiring an RGB channel average value and a directional gradient value of a white pixel for each direction using source pixel data provided from a pixel array, and estimating a white pixel value based on the RGB channel average value and the directional gradient value of the white pixel; a fine adjustment circuit suitable for finely adjusting an estimated white pixel value by removing noise through a different filter based on weight values which are differently allocated according to a gradient of a center pixel and a neighboring white pixel; a chroma estimation circuit suitable for estimating a chroma by calculating a chroma array based on the source pixel data and an adjusted white pixel value; and a color correction circuit suitable for correcting a color based on a finely adjusted white pixel value and the chroma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: SK hynix Inc.
    Inventor: Su Ram Cha
  • Patent number: 11750934
    Abstract: A setting regarding a dynamic range is performed before image capturing, and in a case where a setting indicating a high dynamic range (HDR) is performed, RAW image data is recorded in association with development information corresponding to an HDR, and in a case where a setting indicating a standard dynamic range (SDR) is performed, RAW image data is recorded in association with development information corresponding to an SDR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroaki Nashizawa
  • Patent number: 11736810
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device according to an embodiment includes a photoelectric conversion unit, a charge transfer unit configured to transfer a charge accumulated in the photoelectric conversion unit, a first charge modulation unit to which the charge is transferred from the photoelectric conversion unit by the charge transfer unit, a second charge modulation unit, a charge accumulation unit configured to accumulate a charge overflowing from the photoelectric conversion unit during an accumulation period, a modulation switching unit configured to couple or divide the first charge modulation unit and the second charge modulation unit, and a capacitance connection unit configured to couple or divide the second charge modulation unit and the charge accumulation unit, in which, in a state of the first charge modulation unit alone and a state where the first charge modulation unit and the second charge modulation unit are coupled by the modulation switching unit, the charge accumulated in the photoelectric conve
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yorito Sakano
  • Patent number: 11736631
    Abstract: A printer-equipped digital camera and a displaying control method thereof capable of printing a high quality image and reducing a power load are provided. A printer-equipped digital camera 1 includes a film loading chamber 50 in which an instant film pack 100 is loaded, an exposure display 56, a louver plate 62 that is included on a displaying surface of the exposure display 56, an imaging lens 12, an image sensor 42, and an image displaying display 16, in which an image is recorded on the instant film 110 by displaying the image on the exposure display 56. Displaying of the image displaying display 16 is switched OFF while the image is displayed on the exposure display 56.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kurase, Tsuneo Sato
  • Patent number: 11728358
    Abstract: A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprises a semiconductor layer including a first surface and a second surface, a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type arranged in the semiconductor layer and configured to accumulate a signal charge generated by incident light, a second semiconductor region of the first conductivity type arranged in the semiconductor layer, a first transfer electrode configured to transfer the signal charge accumulated in the first semiconductor region to the second semiconductor region, a third semiconductor region of a second conductivity type arranged between the second semiconductor region and the second surface, and a fourth semiconductor region of the second conductivity type arranged between the third semiconductor region and the second surface. The third semiconductor region at least partially overlaps, in orthographic projection to the first surface, the second semiconductor region and the fourth semiconductor region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mahito Shinohara, Hiroshi Sekine
  • Patent number: 11729484
    Abstract: A lens main body includes an inner housing, a lens element mounted on the inner housing, an adjustable functional element mounted on the inner housing, and an electrical drive arranged on the inner housing to adjust the functional element, a controller arranged on the inner housing, a securing device configured to reversibly receive an outer housing extending around the inner housing in a tubular fashion, and a first signal interface to receive control signals for the controller, arranged on the inner housing, and configured to reversibly couple to a mating interface of the outer housing. An outer housing for the lens main body, and a lens formed from the lens main body and the outer housing have an altered functional scope vis-à-vis the lens main body. In addition, a lens assembly includes, besides the lens main body, two outer housings having a different functional scope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss AG
    Inventors: Jochen Franke, Christophe Casenave
  • Patent number: 11722760
    Abstract: An imaging lens assembly module includes an imaging lens assembly, a light path folding element, a first lens barrel, a second lens barrel, a base and a plurality of rolling bearings. The imaging lens assembly includes a plurality of plastic lens elements, and defines a first optical axis passing through the plastic lens elements. The first lens barrel contains one or more of the plastic lens elements. The second lens barrel contains another one or more of the plastic lens elements. The base includes a guiding groove structure, and the guiding groove structure extends continuously along a direction parallel to the first optical axis. The rolling bearings interposed between the first lens barrel and the base and the rolling bearings interposed between the second lens barrel and the base are interposed in the guiding groove structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: LARGAN DIGITAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Heng-Yi Su, Ming-Ta Chou, Te-Sheng Tseng
  • Patent number: 11711601
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a double barrels lens, a lens module, and an assembling method therefor. The double barrels lens includes a first barrel and a second barrel. The first barrel comprises a first end, a second end and a lens group. External screw threads are provided on an outer surface of the second end. The second barrel includes a first end surface, a second end surface and an inner surface with internal screw threads. The internal screw threads of the second barrel are engaged with the external screw threads of the first barrel. A distance H between an optical center of the lens group and the second end surface of the second barrel, a focal length f of the lens group, and a correction coefficient ? meet the expression: H=f+?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: JIANGXI LIANYI OPTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Binquan Deng, Xinyu Xiong
  • Patent number: 11709348
    Abstract: A lens module arranged on a light-sensing surface of a sensor module is disclosed. The lens module includes at least one lens stacked along an optical axis and the lens includes a lens fixing element and a plurality of lens elements. The lens fixing element is provided with a plurality of through holes each receiving a corresponding one of the lens elements, and an edge of the lens elements is secured to the lens fixing element. According to the present invention, each of the through holes has the same shape as a corresponding one of photosensitive regions of the light-sensing surface, as well as a side wall spaced from the photosensitive region in the direction perpendicular to the optical axis by a relatively uniform gap. In the present invention, there is also provided a camera comprising such a lens module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: OMINIVISION OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGIES (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hui Wang, Aigang Qiu, Shaozhi Li
  • Patent number: 11711600
    Abstract: Provided is a meta-optical device including a meta-lens including a plurality of nano-structures, a band pass filter configured to transmit light of predetermined wavelengths within an operation wavelength band of the meta-lens, and a spacer layer provided between the meta-lens and the band pass filter to support the plurality of nano-structures and to form a separation distance between the meta-lens and the band pass filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seunghoon Han, Hyunsung Park, Hyeonsoo Park, Bongyong Jang
  • Patent number: 11703654
    Abstract: Provided is a lens assembly, which comprises: 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. A lower end portion of the first carrier extends to the bearing portion, so as to constrain the relative positions of the first optical lens module and the second optical lens module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: NINGBO SUNNY OPOTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chunmei Liu, Yiqi Wang, Liang Ding, Mingzhu Wang, Hailong Liao, Nan Guo
  • Patent number: 11706513
    Abstract: A camera module includes first to third lens groups; a first mover configured to move the second lens group in the optical-axis direction; a second mover configured to move the third lens group in the optical-axis direction; a base accommodating the first mover and the second mover; a support ball disposed to be in rolling contact with the first mover, the second mover, and the base, the support ball supporting movement of the first mover and the second mover relative to the base; a driving magnet coupled to each of the first mover and the second mover; and a coil part coupled to the base, the coil part being disposed to face the driving magnet, and wherein an entirety of a surface of the driving magnet that faces the moving coil serves as a first pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jong Hyun Kang
  • Patent number: 11696043
    Abstract: A system for imaging a scene, includes a plurality of optical sensors arranged on an integrated circuit and a plurality of sets of interference filters, where each set of interference filters of the plurality of sets of interference filters includes a plurality of interference filters that are arranged in a pattern and each interference filter of the plurality of filters is configured to pass light in a different wavelength range, where each set of interference filters of the plurality of interference filters is associated with a spatial area of the scene. The system includes a plurality of rejection filters arranged in a pattern under each set of interference filters, where each rejection filter of the plurality of rejection filters is configured to substantially reject light of predetermined wavelengths. The system further includes one or more processors adapted to provide a spectral response for a spatial area of the scene associated with the set of interference filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: Spectricity
    Inventors: Jonathan Borremans, Ruben Lieten, Ward van der Tempel, Maarten De Bock, Jakub Raczkowski
  • Patent number: 11689813
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present disclosure, an imaging system includes: an image sensor including a plurality of subpixels grouped into a plurality of pixels; a polarization system including: a rotatable linear polarizer; and a polarizer mask including a plurality of polarizer filters, the polarizer filters being aligned with corresponding ones of the subpixels, the subpixels of a pixel of the plurality of pixels being located behind polarizer filters at different angles of linear polarization; and imaging optics configured to focus light from a scene onto the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: Intrinsic Innovation LLC
    Inventors: Vage Taamazyan, Achuta Kadambi, Kartik Venkataraman