Patents Examined by Chriss S. Yoder, III
  • Patent number: 11363222
    Abstract: An image sensing device includes a first sub-pixel array including a plurality of unit pixels having a first color arranged adjacent to each other, a second sub-pixel array including a plurality of unit pixels having a second color arranged adjacent to the first sub-pixel array in a first direction, a third sub-pixel array including a plurality of unit pixels having a third color arranged adjacent to the second sub-pixel array in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, and a fourth sub-pixel array including a plurality of unit pixels having the second color arranged adjacent to the first sub-pixel array and the second sub-pixel array in the second direction. The fourth sub-pixel array includes a plurality of phase detection pixels for detecting a phase difference in at least the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: SK HYNIX INC.
    Inventor: Kyoung In Lee
  • Patent number: 11363229
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes: a substrate, a plurality of pixels, a plurality of data lines, an amplifier and a current source. The pixels and data lines are disposed on the substrate. The amplifier and the current source are coupled to one of the data lines, wherein at least a portion of the one of data lines forms a conduction path. One of the pixels is coupled to the one of the data lines at a first node, and the first node is on the first conduction path. A first current that flows from the first node to the first source terminal is different from a second current that flows from the first node to the first output terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: INNOLUX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuko Furui, Akihiro Iwatsu, Shuji Hagino
  • Patent number: 11363231
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a pixel array including a plurality of pixels connected to row lines extending in a first direction and to column lines extending in a second direction intersecting the first direction, a ramp voltage generator configured to output a ramp voltage, a plurality of comparators, each of the plurality of comparators including a first input terminal to which the ramp voltage is input, and a second input terminal connected to one of the column lines, and a replica circuit having a same structure as a structure of a portion of the comparators. Each of the comparators includes a plurality of transistors, a first auto-zero transistor connected to the first input terminal, a second auto-zero transistor connected to the second input terminal, and wirings connected to the plurality of transistors, the first auto-zero transistor, and the second auto-zero transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sunyool Kang, Yunhwan Jung, Seokyong Hong
  • Patent number: 11355539
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a solid-state imaging apparatus and electronic equipment capable of coping with fluctuations in characteristics depending on the direction of current flow. There is provided a solid-state imaging apparatus including: a pixel array unit that includes pixels having a photoelectric conversion unit and arranged in a two-dimensional form, in which a transistor of the pixel has a structure in which an amount of overlap to an underside of a gate by a source-side LDD region differs from an amount of overlap to the underside of the gate by a drain-side LDD region, and a junction depth of the source-side LDD region differs from a junction depth of the drain-side LDD region. The present technology may be applied, for example, to a CMOS image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Naoki Saka
  • Patent number: 11330120
    Abstract: A display control apparatus includes: a determination unit configured to determine whether each of a plurality of images is an image having a high dynamic range (HDR) or an image having a standard dynamic range (SDR); and a control unit configured to display a list of the plurality of images in a display unit and display an image selected from the list of the plurality of images in the display unit, wherein the control unit is further configured: to display a selected image in the plurality of images using the HDR, in a case where the image having the HDR is selected, and to display the plurality of images in the list uniformly using the HDR or the SDR, in a case where the plurality of images in the list includes both the image having the HDR and the image having the SDR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshitaka Aiba
  • Patent number: 11322534
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a solid-state imaging device and an electronic apparatus which allow reduction of optical crosstalk. In an example of FIG. 5B, a charge storage unit is formed by a method in which a hole is bored in a substrate, a diffusion layer is formed in a surface of the hole, and an insulating film and an upper electrode are formed so as to fill the hole. In an example of FIG. 5C, a charge storage unit is formed by a method in which a hole is bored in a substrate, a diffusion layer is formed in a half (one side) of a surface of the hole, and an insulating film and an upper electrode are formed so as to fill the hole. The present disclosure can be applied to a CMOS solid-state imaging device used for an imaging apparatus such as a camera, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaaki Takizawa, Yasushi Tateshita, Takahiro Toyoshima, Takuya Toyofuku, Yorito Sakano, Motonobu Torii
  • Patent number: 11323646
    Abstract: An imaging device according to the present disclosure includes: an imaging unit; a connector; and a converter. The imaging unit includes a first signal line, a first pixel, a second signal line, and a second pixel. The first pixel is configured to output a first pixel voltage to the first signal line. The first pixel voltage corresponds to an amount of received light. The second pixel is configured to output a second pixel voltage to the second signal line. The second pixel voltage corresponds to the amount of received light. The connector includes a connection line, a first connection switch, a first control circuit, a second connection switch, and a second control circuit. The first connection switch is configured to couple the first signal line to the connection line by being turned on. The first control circuit is configured to control an operation of the first connection switch on the basis of a voltage in the first signal line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keita Ito
  • Patent number: 11323638
    Abstract: A method of correcting dynamic vision sensor (DVS) events is described. The method generates event data including events representing motion information of an object included in an image. Additionally, the method generates image data capturing an image and generates edge data representing edge information of the image based on the image data. The method also generates omitted events of the event data based on the edge data. Accuracy of the event data and performance of machine vision devices and systems operating based on the event data are enhanced by supplementing the omitted events of the event data provided from the DVS, using the edge information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jongseok Seo, Junseok Kim
  • Patent number: 11316705
    Abstract: An image sensor may use a physical unclonable function (PUF) to generate a unique identifier that may be used for security. Physical unclonable functions utilize variations that occur during manufacturing to generate a unique identifier that may be used to generate a secure encryption key. In an image sensor, analog-to-digital converters may provide the foundation for the physical unclonable function. An image sensor may include an array of imaging pixels having rows and columns, a plurality of analog-to-digital converters, and processing circuitry that is configured to generate a unique identifier based on outputs from the plurality of analog-to-digital converters. The processing circuitry may concatenate one or more bits from test outputs from the analog-to-digital converters to generate the unique identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: Peter Spiessens
  • Patent number: 11309440
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a plurality of pixels each including a plurality of avalanche photodiodes, a setting unit configured to set the plurality of avalanche photodiodes to an active state or an inactive state separately, and a counter circuit that counts and outputs number of photons determined by the avalanche photodiode(s) set to the active state out of the plurality of avalanche photodiodes, wherein the imaging device is configured to change the number of avalanche photodiodes set to the active state out of the plurality of avalanche photodiodes in accordance with brightness of an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Keisuke Ota
  • Patent number: 11310425
    Abstract: A video may be captured by an image capture device in motion. A stabilized view of the video may be generated by providing a punchout of the video. The punchout of the video may compensate for rotation of the image capture device during capture of the video. The size of the punchout of the video may be changed based on different rotational positions of to provide a view that includes different extents of the captured visual content. The changes in the size of the punchout may simulate changes in zoom of the visual content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Daryl Stimm, Kyler William Schwartz, Peter Tran
  • Patent number: 11303796
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus to which an accessory apparatus is attachable includes a camera controller configured to communicate with the accessory apparatus. The camera controller receives first information on a data size receivable by the accessory apparatus, performs a setting for a data size to be transmitted to the accessory apparatus based on the first information, and communicate with the accessory apparatus based on the setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Atsushi Sugita, Kazumichi Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 11297266
    Abstract: An electronic device according to various embodiments comprises a first image sensor and a second image sensor which is electrically connected to the first image sensor by means of one designated interface. The second image sensor can be configured so as to: receive a first signal, for shifting from a first state to a second state, from the first image sensor; while the first image sensor detects light outside the electronic device by means of a plurality of first pixels, detect the light by means of a plurality of second pixels on the basis of the first signal; receive a second signal, for shifting from the second state to the first state, from the first image sensor; and, while the first image sensor obtains first data corresponding to the light detected by means of the plurality of first pixels, obtain second data corresponding to the light detected by means of the plurality of second pixels on the basis of the second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Minyoung Park, Hwayong Kang, Dongsoo Kim, Sangmin Lee, Hyeoncheol Jo, Youngkwon Yoon, Jonghoon Won, Kihuk Lee
  • Patent number: 11297223
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes: receiving, by a computer device, image data and distance data from a camera device; detecting, by the computer device, an object in the image data; determining, by the computer device, a condition based on the detected object, wherein the condition is one of a hazardous condition, a dangerous condition, and a spoil condition; and transmitting, by the computer device, an instruction to the camera device based on the determined condition, wherein the instruction causes the camera device to output an alert to a user of the camera device, the alert being based on the determined condition and the distance data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Martin G. Keen, James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11290664
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an imaging apparatus and method, and an image processing apparatus and method that make it possible to control the resolution of a detection image. A resolution is set, and a restoration matrix is set including coefficients used when a restored image is restored from output pixel values of a plurality of pixel output units, of an imaging element including the plurality of pixel output units that receives incident light entering without passing through either an imaging lens or a pinhole, and each outputs one detection signal indicating an output pixel value modulated by an incident angle of the incident light, depending on the resolution set. The present disclosure can be applied to, for example, an imaging apparatus, an image processing apparatus, an information processing apparatus, an electronic device, a computer, a program, a storage medium, a system, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Matsui, Yoshitaka Miyatani, Kouji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11290670
    Abstract: Output control is separately performed on pixels corresponding to a plurality of different regions (ROIs) in the entire region of an imaging element. An imaging element that captures an image of a subject includes first and second pixels. First and second analog-to-digital converters convert pixel signals from the first and second pixels from an analog value to a digital value. A first switch supplies a pixel signal from the first pixel to any one of the first and second analog-to-digital converters. A second switch supplies a pixel signal from the second pixel to any one of the first and second analog-to-digital converters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Yoda
  • Patent number: 11289527
    Abstract: A semiconductor device having a first semiconductor section including a first wiring layer at one side thereof; a second semiconductor section including a second wiring layer at one side thereof, the first and second semiconductor sections being secured together with the respective first and second wiring layer sides of the first and second semiconductor sections facing each other; a conductive material extending through the first semiconductor section to the second wiring layer of the second semiconductor section and by means of which the first and second wiring layers are in electrical communication; and an opening, other than the opening for the conductive material, which extends through the first semiconductor section to the second wiring layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Takahashi, Taku Umebayashi
  • Patent number: 11272105
    Abstract: An image stabilization control method for a photographing device includes obtaining attitude information of the photographing device and a device parameter of the photographing device, and adjusting an image stabilization strength of the photographing device based on the attitude information and the device parameter. The device parameter indicating a brightness of an environment in which the photographing device is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wen Zou, Bing Li, Xinchao Qu
  • Patent number: 11272133
    Abstract: Multi-stage auto-zeroing signal amplifiers are deployed within event-shuttering pixels of a quanta image sensor (QIS) pixel array to enable reliable per-pixel reporting of photonic events, down to resolution of a single photon strike, for each of a continuous sequence of sub-microsecond event-detection intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Gigajot Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Dexue Zhang, Saleh Masoodian, Jiaju Ma
  • Patent number: 11269194
    Abstract: A reflecting module for optical image stabilization (OIS) includes: a housing including an internal space; a driving holder including a reflecting member and supported by an inner wall of the housing in a state in which a driving plate is fitted between the driving holder and the housing so that the driving holder is provided in the internal space; and a driving part configured to provide driving force to the driving holder to move the driving holder. The driving plate is linearly movable along one axis approximately perpendicular to an optical axis or is rotatable around the one axis with respect to the housing. The driving holder is linearly movable along the one axis or is rotatable around the one axis with respect to the driving plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ta Kyoung Lee, Ah Hyeon Im