Patents Examined by Kevin Pyo
  • Patent number: 10180401
    Abstract: A surface defect detecting method of optically detecting a surface defect of a steel material includes: an irradiation step of irradiating an examination target part with illumination light beams from different directions by using two or more distinguishable light sources; and a detection step of obtaining images by reflected light beams of the respective illumination light beams and detecting a surface defect in the examination target part by executing subtraction processing between the obtained images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Ono, Toshifumi Kodama, Takahiro Koshihara, Akihiro Ogawa, Yukinori Iizuka
  • Patent number: 10175105
    Abstract: A laser scanning microscope for laser scanning a sample is provided. The laser scanning microscope includes a scanner that is operated at a predefined scanning speed and that is configured to change a direction of illumination light generated to illuminate the sample. A detector is configured to detect light that is returned from the sample and an amplifier assembly is connected to the detector and is configured to amplify a detection signal that is generated by the detector. The amplifier assembly includes an adjustable capacitor and a capacitance of the adjustable capacitor is adjusted depending on the scanning speed of the scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH
    Inventors: Nico Presser, Martin Mueller
  • Patent number: 10165208
    Abstract: Among other things, techniques and systems are provided for identifying when a pixel of an image sensor is in an idle period. A flag is utilized to differentiate when the pixel is in an idle period and when the pixel is in an integration period. When the flag indicates that the pixel is in an idle period, a blooming operation is performed on the pixel to reduce an amount of electrical charge that has accumulated at the pixel or to mitigate electrical charge from accumulating at the pixel. In this way, the blooming operation reduces a probability that the photosensitive sensor becomes saturated during an idle period of the pixel, and thus reduces the likelihood of electrical charge from a pixel that is not intended contribute to an image from spilling over and potentially contaminating a pixel that is intended to contribute to the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: Kuo-Yu Chou, Calvin Yi-Ping Chao, Fu-Lung Hsueh, Honyih Tu, Jhy-Jyi Sze
  • Patent number: 10161788
    Abstract: A sensing device projects near-field spatial modulations onto a closely spaced photodetector array. Due to physical properties of the grating, the point-spread response distributes spatial modulations over a relatively large area on the array. The spatial modulations are captured by the array, and photographs and other image information can be extracted from the resultant data. An image-change detector incorporating such a sensing device uses very little power because only a small number of active pixels are required to cover a visual field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Rambus Inc.
    Inventors: David Geoffrey Stork, Evan Lawrence Erickson, Patrick R. Gill, James Tringali
  • Patent number: 10156459
    Abstract: An optical encoder unit includes: a light source having a predetermined light distribution; an optical scale having a polarizer whose polarization direction on a plane is along a predetermined direction, and whose polarization direction is changed according to rotation; and an optical sensor unit including a first photoreceiver, a second photoreceiver, a third photoreceiver, and a fourth photoreceiver for receiving incident light that is light source light from the light source made incident on the respective photoreceivers by passing through or being reflected by the optical scale. An emitting surface of the light source and the optical sensor unit are arranged at positions so as to receive a light intensity that is predetermined times greater or more than that corresponding to dark current of the optical sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventor: Toshiaki Oguchi
  • Patent number: 10147754
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a semiconductor material having a front side and a back side opposite the front side. The image sensor also includes a shallow trench isolation (STI) structure, an interlayer dielectric, an intermetal dielectric, and a contact area. The STI structure extends from the front side of the semiconductor material into the semiconductor material. The interlayer dielectric is disposed between the front side of the semiconductor material and the intermetal dielectric. The contact area is disposed proximate to a lateral edge of the semiconductor material. The contact area includes a metal interconnect disposed within the intermetal dielectric and a plurality of contact plugs at least partially disposed within the interlayer dielectric. The contact area also includes a contact pad. The plurality of contact plugs is coupled between the contact pad and the metal interconnect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dyson H. Tai, Cunyu Yang, Gang Chen, Jing Ye, Xi-Feng Gao, Jiaming Xing
  • Patent number: 10145795
    Abstract: First and second filter magazines in each of which plural filters having different transmission wavelengths from each other are arranged in a row are provided, and the first and second filter magazines are arranged next to each other in one direction. A light detection unit in which plural photomultipliers of first and second photomultipliers, each of which detects light that has passed through at least one of the filters included in the first and second filter magazines, are arranged in the arrangement direction of the filters is provided, and the light detection unit is placed in the one direction in such a manner to be parallel to the first and second filter magazines. The apparatus is configured in such a manner that the first and second filter magazines and the light detection unit are movable in the arrangement direction of the filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Masato Saitou
  • Patent number: 10139341
    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: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: TT ELECTRONICS PLC
    Inventor: Troy Don Cook
  • Patent number: 10134927
    Abstract: A photoconductive switch consisting of an optically actuated photoconductive material, e.g. a wide bandgap semiconductor such as SiC, situated between opposing electrodes. The electrodes are created using various methods in order to maximize reliability by reducing resistive heating, current concentrations and filamentation, and heating and ablation due to the light source. This is primarily accomplished by the configuration of the electrical contact geometry, choice of contacts metals, annealing, ion implantation, creation of recesses within the SiC, and the use of coatings to act as encapsulants and anti-reflective layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Lars Voss, Mihail Bora, George Caporaso, Adam Conway, Hoang T. Nguyen, Rebecca J. Nikolic, Stephen E. Sampayan, Sangtae Park
  • Patent number: 10128554
    Abstract: A printed circuit board includes a first signal line inside a first dielectric layer; a first ground conductor layer and a second ground conductor layer; a second signal line disposed on the first ground conductor layer; a signal via for connecting the first signal line and the second signal line; and ground vias formed surrounding the signal via. The ground vias include first ground vias formed at respective first points, second ground vias formed at respective second points. The first points are placed on the line of a first polygon, and the second points are placed on the line of a second polygon, and the distances between adjacent first points and those between adjacent second points are all equal to or shorter than a first distance, and at least one second point is placed within the first distance from each of the adjacent first points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Oclaro Japan, Inc.
    Inventors: Osamu Kagaya, Koyu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10126158
    Abstract: An example fuel quantity indicating system includes a fuel tank, optical sensors mounted inside the fuel tank that each include a sensor chip and a diaphragm that deflects when ambient pressure differs from a reference pressure of the sensor chip, an optical fiber bundle that has an optical fiber connected to each of the optical sensors for guiding light to each of the optical sensors, and a processor connected to the optical fiber bundle for receiving outputs of the optical sensors indicative of respective pressures, and for determining a fuel level measurement of the fuel tank based on the outputs of the optical sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael A. Carralero, Kawthar Kasim, Paul Scott Truzzi
  • Patent number: 10120459
    Abstract: An image processing method capable of detecting noise includes adjusting a lighting unit to acquire an over-exposure image, comparing each pixel of the over-exposure image with at least one threshold value, labeling a pixel of the over-exposure image as the noise while bright intensity of the pixel is lower than the threshold value, calculating a simulating value according to bright intensity of pixels around the noise and except the noise, and utilizing the simulating value and bright intensity of other pixels except the noise to execute a displacement detecting calculation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventors: Chun-Wei Chen, Ren-Hau Gu
  • Patent number: 10121930
    Abstract: A light receiving and emitting element module includes a substrate; a light emitting element and a light receiving element on an upper surface of the substrate; a frame-shaped outer wall that on the upper surface of the substrate; and a light shielding wall that is positioned inside the outer wall and partitions an internal space of the outer wall into spaces respectively corresponding to the light emitting element and the light receiving element. The light shielding wall includes a light emitting element-side shading surface on the light emitting element side, a light receiving element-side shading surface on the light receiving element side, and a lower surface that is connected to each of the light emitting element-side shading surface and the light receiving element-side shading surface, and that faces the substrate. The lower surface has an inclined surface inclined with respect to the upper surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Okushiba
  • Patent number: 10121815
    Abstract: A photo detector can include: a light emitting device configured to emit light; a driving circuit configured to drive the light emitting device; a photo-electric conversion circuit configured to generate an optical current signal according to an optical signal; an isolation circuit configured to transmit the optical current signal in an isolated manner; an ambient light filter configured to filter a current component of the optical current signal corresponding to an ambient light, and to generate a clean optical current signal; a current amplification circuit configured to amplify the clean optical current signal, and to generate an amplified optical current signal; (vii) an analog-to-digital converter configured to convert the amplified optical current signal to a digital signal; and a control circuit configured to output an optical detection signal according to the digital signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Silergy Semiconductor Technology (Hangzhou) LTD
    Inventors: Lili Shao, Huisen He, Baoyu Zhang, Yanni Zhang
  • Patent number: 10117565
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include an apparatus including an enclosure configured to receive an endoscope having an electromagnetic radiation sensor. The apparatus also includes an electromagnetic radiation source having at least a portion disposed within the enclosure. The electromagnetic radiation source is configured to emit electromagnetic radiation based on a calibration instruction. The electromagnetic radiation sensor is configured to receive at least a portion of the electromagnetic radiation when at least a portion of the endoscope is coupled to the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathaniel McCaffrey, Jane Bareau, Laura Keith, James McNally, Jason Sproul
  • Patent number: 10113904
    Abstract: An optical sensor comprises a light transmitter; a light receiver; an evaluation unit; at least one mirror unit that comprises a plurality of micromirror elements having an at least regionally reflective surface and comprising an electrode arrangement connected to the micromirror elements; and a control device that is configured to adjust the mirror unit between at least two different functional states by controlling the electrode arrangement. The mirror unit comprises an at least substantially transparent substrate at which the micromirror elements are arranged. The control device is configured to temporarily set the mirror unit into a transmission state in which the micromirror elements are in an open position and light radiation incident onto the mirror unit moves past the micromirror elements through the transparent substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: SICK ENGINEERING GMBH
    Inventor: Kai Klinder
  • Patent number: 10107680
    Abstract: A quantum signal detection system includes a signal source configured to emit a transmit signal towards a target, and a photon adder that is configured to add at least one photon to a return signal that reflects from the target to form a combined signal. The combined signal increases a signal to noise ratio of the return signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Barbara A. Capron, Benjamin E. C. Koltenbah, Claudio Parazzoli
  • Patent number: 10101562
    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: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lin-Yao Liao, Hsin-Hsuan Huang
  • Patent number: 10094685
    Abstract: A detection head movable relative to a scale detects diffracted light and outputs a detection result. The diffracted light is diffracted by an incremental pattern. A signal processing unit calculates a relative displacement between the scale and the detection head. The detection head includes: a light source emitting the light to the scale; and a detection unit including a light-receiving unit in which a plurality of light-receiving elements that output a detection signal are arranged. The number of the plurality of light-receiving elements is an even number. A period of the arrangement of the plurality of light-receiving elements is an odd-number multiple of a fundamental period. The fundamental period is a period of interference fringes formed on the light-receiving unit by +1st and ?1st order diffracted lights. A width of the light-receiving element is not equal to an integral multiple of the fundamental period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihide Kimura, Joseph Daniel Tobiason
  • Patent number: 10086097
    Abstract: Provided is a decontamination apparatus including a base, and a source that emits UVC light at a suitable intensity to at least partially decontaminate a target object and render the target object pathogen reduced. An adjustable support is coupled to the base and includes an adjustment mechanism that can be manipulated to adjust a position of the source relative to the base. A controller is operatively connected to the source to control emission of the UVC light and establish at least one of a suitable duration of a decontamination process and a suitable intensity of UVC light to render the target object pathogen reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: DIVERSEY, INC.
    Inventor: Roderick M. Dayton