Patents Examined by Chriss S. Yoder, III
  • Patent number: 10593717
    Abstract: An imaging device that includes a first color filter, a second color filer and an image sensor. The first color filter includes a first plurality of color filter regions that transmit a color of a first set of colors. The second color filter includes that transmit a color of a second set of colors. The second set of colors is different from the first set of colors. The image sensor detects light that passes through both the first color filter and the second color filter and generates an image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Ryuichi Tadano
  • Patent number: 10582120
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and media for providing interactive refocusing are provided, the systems comprising: a lens; an image sensor; and a processor that: causes the image sensor to capture a plurality of images over a predetermined period of time, wherein each of the plurality of images represents a scene at a different point in time; changes a depth of field between at least a pair of the plurality of images; concatenates the plurality of images to create a duration focal volume in the order in which the images were captured; computes a space-time in-focus image that represents in-focus portions from each of the plurality of images based on the duration focal volume; and computes a space-time index map that identifies an in-focus image for each location of the scene from among the plurality of images based on the duration focal volume and the space-time in-focus image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
    Inventors: Shree K. Nayar, Daniel Miau, Changyin Zhou
  • Patent number: 10574926
    Abstract: An analog-to-digital converter includes a comparator having paired differential input ends, and a first capacitor and a second capacitor each provided at respective differential input ends. The first capacitor includes a plurality of first sub-capacitors that are coupled side by side with one another, and the second capacitor includes a plurality of second sub-capacitors that are coupled side by side with one another. The plurality of first sub-capacitors and the plurality of second sub-capacitors are mixedly arranged in each column of a plurality of columns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masaaki Bairo
  • Patent number: 10574930
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a first semiconductor layer provided with a pixel, including a photoelectric conversion unit that photoelectrically converts incident light to generate an electric charge, an accumulation unit that accumulates the electric charge generated by the photoelectric conversion unit, and a transfer unit that transfers the electric charge generated by the photoelectric conversion unit to the accumulation unit, a second semiconductor layer provided with a supply unit that supplies the transfer unit with a transfer signal for transferring the electric charge from the photoelectric conversion unit to the accumulation unit, and a third semiconductor layer into which a signal is inputted, the signal being based on the electric charge that has been transferred to the accumulation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Kamashita, Atsushi Komai, Toru Takagi, Tomohisa Ishida
  • Patent number: 10567692
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus including a pixel region in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix, an A/D converter configured to convert a plurality of signals output from the plurality of pixels into a plurality of corresponding digital data, and a signal processing unit configured to generate an error-correcting code for the plurality of digital data, wherein, in the generating the error-correcting code, the signal processing unit performs grouping the plurality of digital data output from the A/D converter into a plurality of groups, and wherein the signal processing unit performs the grouping so that, in each of the plurality of groups, a total data length of the digital data forming corresponding one of the plurality of groups is not shorter than a length of the error-correcting code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Eiki Aoyama
  • Patent number: 10560636
    Abstract: Crop synchronized auto focus and exposure may be provided. First, a command corresponding to a new crop region of a sensor of a camera may be received. Then new capture settings corresponding to the new crop region may be obtained. Next, a frame may be captured from the sensor of the camera according to the obtained new capture settings. The captured frame may then be cropped according to the new crop region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Hellerud, Frode TjĂžntveit, Anh Duc Dao
  • Patent number: 10560638
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an imaging apparatus, an imaging method, and a program capable of obtaining a color image even in a case where photographing is performed in a dark place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirosuke Nagano, Yasushi Sato
  • Patent number: 10554916
    Abstract: An image sensor includes: a readout circuit that reads out a signal to a signal line, the signal being generated by an electric charge resulting from a photoelectric conversion; a holding circuit that holds a voltage based on an electric current from a power supply circuit; and an electric current source including a transistor having a drain part connected to the signal line and a gate part connected to the holding circuit and the drain part, the electric current source supplying the signal line with an electric current generated by the voltage held in the holding circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wataru Funamizu, Masahiro Juen, Atsushi Komai
  • Patent number: 10547779
    Abstract: An apparatus is described. The apparatus includes a smart image sensor having a memory and a processor that are locally integrated with an image sensor. The memory is to store first program code to be executed by the processor. The memory is coupled to the image sensor and the processor. The memory is to store second program code to be executed by the processor. The first program code is to cause the smart image sensor to perform an analysis on one or more images captured by the image sensor. The analysis identifies a region of interest within the one or more images with machine learning from previously captured images. The second program code is to cause the smart image sensor to change an image sensing and/or optical parameter in response to the analysis of the one or more images performed by the execution of the first program code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Chung Chun Wan, Choon Ping Chng, Suk Hwan Lim, Szepo Robert Hung, Blaise Aguera-Arcas
  • Patent number: 10542224
    Abstract: There is provided an imaging device including: an image processing unit; a face recognition processing unit; a storage unit; and a composition processing unit for generating composite data by a composition process so that persons photographed in each of a plurality of image data are included in one image data. The face recognition processing unit recognizes a first person by performing a face recognition process on first image data. When second image data obtained by photographing a second person at the different photographing timing of the first image data, with the same background as the first image data, is recorded in the storage unit, the composition processing unit generates composite data in which the first person and the second person are superimposed on the same background.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Hirabayashi, Yasunobu Hashimoto, Hiroshi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10534194
    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 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ta Kyoung Lee, Ah Hyeon Im
  • Patent number: 10523881
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and system are described providing a high dynamic range pixel. An integration period has multiple sub-integration periods during which charges are accumulated in a photosensor and repeatedly transferred to a storage node, where the charges are accumulated for later transfer to another storage node for output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Parker Altice
  • Patent number: 10516840
    Abstract: An image sensor includes: a readout circuit that reads out a signal to a signal line, the signal being generated by an electric charge resulting from a photoelectric conversion; a holding circuit that holds a voltage based on an electric current from a power supply circuit; and an electric current source including a transistor having a drain part connected to the signal line and a gate part connected to the holding circuit and the drain part, the electric current source supplying the signal line with an electric current generated by the voltage held in the holding circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wataru Funamizu, Masahiro Juen, Atsushi Komai
  • Patent number: 10511765
    Abstract: A method and an electronic device are provided for generating a still image from a video file. The electronic device includes an image sensor, a display, and a controller configured to generate a video file from an image signal input through the image sensor, assign frame characteristics to each frame included in the video file, selectively display at least one of the frames on the display, receive a selection of a frame among the displayed at least one of the frames, and generate a still image from the selected frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Goun-young Kim, Karthik Narayanan, Tapan Shah, Vamsee Kalyan Bandlamudi, Yun-mi Lee
  • Patent number: 10498961
    Abstract: Folded digital camera module comprising an optical path folding element (OPFE) for folding light from a first optical path with a first optical axis to a second optical path with a second optical axis perpendicular to the first optical axis, an image sensor, and a lens module carrying a lens with a symmetry axis parallel to the second optical axis. The camera module is adapted to perform optical image stabilization (OIS) involving at least one tilt motion of the OPFE tilt around an axis such that the OPFE tilt creates an image Roll movement and a shift movement, the OPFE tilt-created image Roll movement compensating for a folded camera module-induced Roll movement and the shift movement cancelable by a movement of the lens module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Corephotonics Ltd.
    Inventors: Ephraim Goldenberg, Gil Bachar, Itay Jerby, Gal Shabtay
  • Patent number: 10488535
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are described for capturing images in visible light as well as other radiation wavelengths. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises: a diffraction coded imaging system including a plurality of apertures arranged in a diffraction coded array pattern with opaque material blocking array elements not containing apertures; and a light- or radiation-sensitive sensor coupled to the diffraction coded imaging system array and positioned at a specified distance behind the diffraction coded imaging system array, the radiation-sensitive sensor configured to sense light or radiation transmitted and diffracted through the apertures in the diffraction coded imaging system array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: REARDEN, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen G. Perlman
  • Patent number: 10483304
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a light-sensing element that generates charge in response to incident light, a storage diode formed in a substrate, wherein the storage diode stores the charge generated by the light-sensing element, a floating diffusion region formed in a top surface of the substrate and spaced apart from the storage diode, and a transfer gate at least partially buried under the top surface of the substrate, wherein the transfer gate controls the transfer of the charge from the storage diode to the floating diffusion region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gwi-Deok Ryan Lee, Tae Yon Lee
  • Patent number: 10477123
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image sensor, an electronic apparatus, a signal transmission system, and a control method that are capable of easily reducing adverse effects of a parasitic capacitance. An assist signal line is adjacent to a VSL and placed along the VSL, a signal output from a pixel flowing through the VSL, and a signal control unit causes a similar signal to flow through the assist signal line, the similar signal having a similarity to a signal that flows through the VSL. The present technology is applicable to, for example, an image sensor including a VSL through which a signal output from a pixel flows, and a signal transmission system including a transmission path through which a signal flows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuaki Kaneko, Yoshinori Takagi, Nobutaka Shimamura
  • Patent number: 10460422
    Abstract: The polarization imaging unit generates a polarized image including pixels for each of a plurality of polarization components. The demosaicing unit calculates a pixel signal for each polarization component by using the pixel signal of the target pixel of the polarized image and the pixel signal of the pixel for each of the identical polarization components located near the target pixel. In one example, a low frequency component is calculated for each polarization component using the pixel signal of the pixel located near the target pixel for each of the identical polarization components. In addition, component information indicating relationship between the low frequency component of the polarization component of the polarized image and the pixel signal of the target pixel is acquired. Furthermore, the pixel signal for each polarization component in the target pixel is calculated based on the low frequency component and the component information for each polarization component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Teppei Kurita, Shun Kaizu, Yuhi Kondo, Yasutaka Hirasawa, Ying Lu
  • Patent number: 10461107
    Abstract: There is provided an image pickup element including a non-planar layer having a non-planar light incident surface in a light receiving region, and a microlens of an inorganic material which is provided on a side of the light incident surface of the non-planar layer, and collects incident light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichi Ootsuka, Atsushi Yamamoto, Kensaku Maeda