Patents Examined by Kevin K Pyo
  • Patent number: 10957727
    Abstract: An image sensor may include phase detection pixels that gather phase detection data. The phase detection pixels may be formed in phase detection pixel groups with two or more phase detection pixels covered by a single microlens. Each phase detection pixel may have an asymmetric angular response to incident light. Phase detection pixels may be covered by diffractive lenses. A diffractive lens may cover a phase detection pixel pair to improve angular separation between the pixels. A diffractive lens may partially cover a phase detection pixel in a phase detection pixel pair to shift the angular response and account for an off-axis chief ray angle of the phase detection pixel pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Byounghee Lee, Ulrich Boettiger
  • Patent number: 10955265
    Abstract: An encoder scale includes a tabular base material and an optical pattern provided above one surface of the base material, a first region and a second region being disposed side by side above the optical pattern. The first region includes a resin layer disposed above the base material and including photosensitive resin and a metal film disposed above the resin layer and formed of a metal material. The surface of the first region is configured mainly by a first surface having a normal line in the thickness direction of the base material. The surface of the second region is configured mainly by a second surface inclined with respect to the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Akio Konishi
  • Patent number: 10958230
    Abstract: In optical receivers, extending the transimpedance amplifier's (TIA) dynamic range is a key to increasing the receiver's dynamic range, and therefore increase the channel capacity. Ideally, the TIA requires controllable gain, whereby the receiver can modify the characteristics of the TIA and/or the VGA to process high power incoming signals with a defined maximum distortion, and low power incoming signals with a defined maximum noise. A solution to the problem is to provide TIA's and VGA's with reconfigurable sizes, which are adjustable based on the level of power, e.g. current, generated by the photodetector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Elenion Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ariel Leonardo Vera Villarroel, Abdelrahman Ahmed, Alexander Rylyakov
  • Patent number: 10940788
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a vehicle which includes a one or more sets of light emitter devices and sensor devices included in a common element assembly of the vehicle which includes a common window element via which the light emitter devices and sensor devices can interact with an external environment in which the vehicle is located. The sensor devices and light emitter devices can be communicatively coupled, and operation of the light emitter devices and sensor devices can be adjustably controlled to mitigate interference by the light emitter devices with sensor data representations generated by the sensor devices. The window element can include a reflection-mitigating layer which mitigates reflection of light beams emitted by one or more light emitter devices in an assembly towards one or more sensor elements of one or more sensor devices included in the same assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmad Al-Dahle, Jean-Marie Bussat
  • Patent number: 10945326
    Abstract: A configurable light sensor comprising an array of photocells. The light sensor measures ambient light reflected from a surface in area to be monitored. A lens directs the light onto the array of photocells. A microcontroller reads each individual photocell and processes the signals from the photocells according to one or more of the methods disclosed herein. The light sensor is configurable in that the area that monitored by the light sensor is customized to match the area lit by an associated light source. The configuring process defines an active area to be monitored, by determining which subset of photocells in the array, referred to as the active set of photocells, corresponds to the area being illuminated by the light fixture. The light sensor is subsequently able to monitor the defined active area and to report sensor output values based on measurements made from the photocells monitoring the active area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Sway sp. z o.o.
    Inventors: Robert Mieczyslaw Lubas, Szymon Slupik, Maciej Witalinski
  • Patent number: 10937818
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes a first semiconductor substrate including a pixel array unit, a second semiconductor substrate stacked on a surface of a side opposite to a side on which light is incident in the first semiconductor substrate and on which a pixel control circuit and a reading circuit are arranged, and a plurality of connection electrodes configured to electrically connect pixel control signal lines between the first semiconductor substrate and the second semiconductor substrate, wherein the connection electrodes electrically connect pixel control signal lines within a pixel immediate region which overlaps a region where the pixel array unit is arranged in the first semiconductor substrate, and the pixel control circuit is arranged along an edge of the pixels in either one of a row direction and a column direction arranged in the pixel array unit in the pixel immediate region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toru Kondo
  • Patent number: 10935420
    Abstract: A data transmitter includes a keyboard with keys, a digital micromirror device (DMD) having an array of micromirrors, and a light source directed towards the array of micromirrors. The keys are connected to the DMD such that each key corresponds to a separate micromirror of the array of micromirrors in order to generate a unique light pattern associated with each depressed key. An optical transmission channel is configured to receive the unique light pattern and transfer the unique light pattern to a light sensor of a computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Oleg Belogolov
  • Patent number: 10939063
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and a circuit for signal collection of an image sensor. The image sensor includes a plurality of pixels arranged in an array, and each of the plurality of pixels include a photodiode. The method for signal collection includes: performing signal collection row by row on the plurality of pixels in each signal collection period, wherein the signal collection period comprises at least one reset frame and at least one clear frame; applying a forward bias voltage to the photodiode of each of the plurality of pixels being collected in each reset frame; and applying a reverse bias voltage to the photodiode of each of the plurality of pixels being collected in each clear frame. The solution provided by the present disclosure can ensure a better clearing effect and eliminate the impact of ambient light on imaging, while shortening the signal collection period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SHANGHAI OXI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yan Ling, Hong Zhu
  • Patent number: 10921483
    Abstract: An optoelectronic sensor (10) is provided for detecting transparent objects (30) in a monitored zone (22) that has a light transmitter (12) for transmitting a light signal (14), a light receiver (26) for generating a received signal from the received light signal, an evaluation unit (28) that is configured to evaluate the received signal and to generate an object determination signal that indicates whether a transparent object (30) has been detected in the monitored zone (22), and an output (32) for outputting the object determination signal. The evaluation unit (28) is further configured to recognize with respect to the received signal and to a piece of reference information whether a detected transparent object (30) has an additional feature (34) and to output a corresponding piece of additional feature information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: SICK AG
    Inventor: Patrick Erlewein
  • Patent number: 10921503
    Abstract: A wavelength variable interference filter includes: a first substrate on which a first reflection film is formed; and a second substrate that includes a movable portion on which a second reflection film facing the first reflection film is formed and a holding portion surrounding an outer circumference of the movable portion and holding the movable portion so that the movable portion is displaceable in a thickness direction of the second reflection film. The movable portion has long and short sides in a plan view. The holding portion includes a long-side holding portion formed along the long side and a short-side holding portion formed along the short side. The rigidity of the short-side holding portion is lower than the rigidity of the long-side holding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Akira Sano
  • Patent number: 10914428
    Abstract: A LED light apparatus includes a substrate, LED modules, a driver circuit, a fluorescent layer, a connector and a light passing shell. The LED modules are mounted on the substrate. The fluorescent layer covers the driver circuit and the LED modules. The connector has a first end electrically connecting to the driver circuit. The light passing shell encapsulates the substrate, the plurality of first LED modules, the driver circuit, the first fluorescent layer and at least a part of the connector. The connector has a second end connecting to an external power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: XIAMEN ECO LIGHTING CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Qiyuan Wang, Liangliang Cao, Hongkui Jiang, Huiwu Chen, Wei Liu, Feihua He, Yanzeng Gao
  • Patent number: 10908017
    Abstract: In accordance with one implementation, a method for multiple source light output smoothing includes measuring a light distribution generated by multiple light sources arranged within an electronic device and determining at least one brightness adjustment based on the measured light distribution that is sufficient to locally reduce light output within a discrete region of a surface of the electronic device to satisfy predefined luminosity criteria. The method further includes applying an optical filter between the multiple light sources and the surface, the optical filter configured to reduce light output within the discrete region according to the determined at least one brightness adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: David M. Lane, Andrew W. Hill
  • Patent number: 10893226
    Abstract: A digital focal plane array includes an all-digital readout integrated circuit in combination with a detector array. The readout circuit includes unit cell electronics, orthogonal transfer structures, and data handling structures. The unit cell electronics include an analog to digital converter. Orthogonal transfer structures enable the orthogonal transfer of data among the unit cells. Data handling structures may be configured to operate the digital focal plane array as a data encryptor/decipherer. Data encrypted and deciphered by the digital focal plane array need not be image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Michael W. Kelly, Brian Tyrrell, Curtis Colonero, Robert Berger, Kenneth Schultz, James Wey, Daniel Mooney, Lawrence M Candell
  • Patent number: 10892703
    Abstract: A solar tracker system including a tracker apparatus including a plurality of solar modules, each of the solar modules being spatially configured to face in a normal manner in an on sun position in an incident direction of electromagnetic radiation derived from the sun, wherein the solar modules include a plurality of PV strings, and a tracker controller. The tracker controller includes a processor, a memory, a power supply configured to provide power to the tracker controller, a plurality of power inputs configured to receive a plurality of currents from the plurality of PV strings, a current sensing unit configured to individually monitor the plurality of currents, a DC-DC power converter configured to receive the plurality of power inputs powered from the plurality of PV strings to supply power to the power supply, and a motor controller, wherein the tracker controller is configured to track the sun position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: NEXTRACKER INC.
    Inventors: Yang Liu, Chen Li
  • Patent number: 10878742
    Abstract: A direct view light emitting diode (DV LED) display (296), includes (i) one or more DV LED modules (200) each containing at least one circuit board (300) having an array of surface mount device LEDs (100) defining a display surface (304), and (ii) a protective transparent polymeric film (302, 390) covering at least a portion of the display surface. The transparent polymeric film includes a polymer material layer (400), and an adhesive layer (402) laminated to the polymer material layer and directly attached to the display surface of the DV LED module. The transparent polymeric film may facilitate the use of touch screen technology with a DV LED display, and may be removable to allow repair or disassembly/reassembly of the DV LED display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Planar Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick J. Green, Todd E. Loewy, Jennifer Davis, Samantha Phenix, Eric Schuettke
  • Patent number: 10876966
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes systems and methods for calibration of an optical sensor package, including setting an initial detection threshold of a detector, gradually increasing a power level of a signal generator that is in communication with a detector to cause a detected power at the detector to exceed the initial detection threshold, storing in a memory a first power level of the signal generator at which the detected power at the detector exceeds the initial detection threshold, and adjusting the initial detection threshold of the detector to an adjusted detection threshold to include a detection buffer amount within the adjusted detection threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: TT ELECTRONICS PLC
    Inventor: Troy Don Cook
  • Patent number: 10871637
    Abstract: A photographing optical lens assembly includes, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens element, a second lens element, a third lens element, a fourth lens element and a fifth lens element. The first lens element with positive refractive power has a convex object-side surface. The second lens element with negative refractive power has a convex object-side surface and a concave image-side surface. The third lens element has refractive power. The fourth lens element has refractive power, and an object-side surface and an image-side surface thereof are aspheric. The fifth lens element with negative refractive power has a concave image-side surface, wherein an object-side surface and the image-side surface thereof are aspheric, and at least one of the object-side surface and the image-side surface thereof has at least one inflection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lin-Yao Liao, Hsin-Hsuan Huang
  • Patent number: 10863894
    Abstract: Embodiments of a hybrid imaging sensor and methods for pixel sub-column data read from the within a pixel array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Laurent Blanquart
  • Patent number: 10868205
    Abstract: A light converting optical system employing a planar light trapping optical structure illuminated by a source of monochromatic light. The light trapping optical structure includes a photoresponsive layer including quantum dots. The photoresponsive layer is configured at a relatively low thickness and located between opposing broad-area reflective surfaces that confine and redistribute light within the light trapping structure, causing multiple transverse propagation of light through the photoresponsive layer and enhanced absorption and light conversion. The light trapping optical structure further incorporates optical elements located on a light path between the light source and the photoresponsive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: SW TECHNOLOGY INNOVATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Sergiy Vasylyev
  • Patent number: 10864056
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting deformation of an elongate body may comprise a light source configured to sequentially provide light of multiple frequencies, an optical receiver configured to receive light from the light source, and a filter disposed between the light source and the optical detector. The filter may comprise multiple segments, each of the segments configured to filter light at one of the frequencies so as to alter the amount of light incident on said optical receiver. A total amount of light detected by the optical receiver may change during the sequence so as to be indicative of deformation of the elongate body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventor: Gleb V. Klimovitch