Patents Examined by Kim-Kwok Chu
  • Patent number: 8064323
    Abstract: An electro-optical device includes: a substrate; first films each of which is formed on the substrate and has an edge formed in at least a part thereof; a first insulating film that is laminated on the first films; second films that are laminated on the first insulating film; a second insulating film that is laminated on the second films; and contact holes each of which is formed in the second insulating film above the edge to pass through the second insulating film. In the electro-optical device, the contact hole is formed at a position apart from the edge by a distance equal to or larger than the thickness of the first insulating film in plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takehiro Ono
  • Patent number: 8040777
    Abstract: An information recording method using a recording medium includes forming a plurality of recording pulses in accordance with both a reference waveform having been stored in the recording medium and data regarding a shifting value relying on material of the recording medium also having been stored in the recording medium in a table manner, and recording information included in the plurality of recording pulses to the recording medium. The recording information is arranged to be stored according to the material of the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Maeda, Hirofumi Sukeda, Hiroyuki Minemura, Hidehiko Kando, Makoto Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 8036071
    Abstract: An optical disk and a method for identifying the optical disk making it possible to identify a recording system of the optical disk easily in a short time by a recording and reproduction apparatus when a groove-recording system and a land-recording system are both employed in one kind of optical disk, such as, for example, a BD-R. Specifically, a polarity upon reproducing wobble information is made to be the same in both an optical disk of groove-recording system and the optical disk of a land-recording system. The recording system of the optical disk that shows the same wobble polarity irrespective of the recording system can be easily detected by finding a tracking polarity that can recognize the wobble information by changing the tracking polarity, whereby the start-up time of the recording and reproduction apparatus can be shortened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Abe, Takashi Ishida
  • Patent number: 8036089
    Abstract: An optical pick-up to perform recording or reproducing for an optical recording medium is disclosed, which includes a light source configured to emit a light beam, an objective lens configured to focus the light beam onto the optical recording medium, and an aberration generation device provided between the light source and the objective lens, configured to generate coma aberration for the beam focused by the objective lens, based on a detected value from a device configured to detect a degree of tilt of the optical recording medium, wherein the tilt is compensated for by the coma aberration generated by the aberration generation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideaki Hirai
  • Patent number: 8027228
    Abstract: An optical disk device executes a seek operation to move an irradiation position of light beam on an optical disk to a track of a target address. During execution of a seek operation through a one-track jump operation in which the irradiation position of the light beam is moved along the radial direction of the optical disk by one track, it is determined whether or not off-track of the irradiation position of the light beam has occurred. When it is determined that the off-track has occurred, a seek operation through a multiple track jump operation is executed in which the irradiation position of the light beam is moved along the radial direction of the optical disk by an amount corresponding to a plurality of tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: TEAC Corporation
    Inventors: Masashi Tanaka, Hideki Kubo
  • Patent number: 8027238
    Abstract: The invention relates to a data support (1) with a core layer (15) and at least one adjacent layer (14a), laminated to the core layer and a corresponding production method, said core layer being embodied from a holographic data store in the form of a volume hologram (5). The surface (141) facing the core layer, on the layer directly adjacent to the core layer, has a roughness (19), before lamination to the core layer, which affects the wavelength shift of the image reconstructed by the volume hologram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Bundesdruckerei GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Ehreke, Michael Knebel, Tomas Loeer, Oliver Muth, Rainer Seidel
  • Patent number: 8018800
    Abstract: A magnetic circuit and an optical recording and/or reproducing apparatus employing the magnetic circuit, having: a magnet with first and second magnetic portions adjacent to each other and opposite in polarity, and third and fourth magnetic portions surrounding the first and second magnetic portions, respectively, and have opposite polarities to the first and second magnetic portions, respectively; and at least one of a tracking coil unit or a focus coil unit. The tracking coil unit has first through third tracking coils arranged in a tracking direction so that each tracking coil interacts with two of the first through fourth magnetic portions. The focus coil unit has first through fourth focus coils, two of which are disposed in a focus direction to interact with the first and third magnetic portions, and the remaining two of which are disposed in the focus direction to interact with second and fourth magnetic portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dae-jong Jang, Byung-youn Song, Pyong-yong Seong
  • Patent number: 8009530
    Abstract: There are provided an information providing system, a reproduction device and method, an information providing device and method, a recording medium, and a program capable of comparatively freely utilizing the content recorded on a disc according to the user preference. When download of an audio file of Japanese language is instructed, the update file of the content recorded on the optical disc (11) is downloaded. The Audio stream file as an audio file of Japanese language, the Clip Information file accompanying it, the Play List file controlling the reproduction of the Audio stream file, and the navigation program file which has been updated are recorded as the update file in a local storage (12). By the navigation program which has been updated, for example, the Audio stream file of Clip 3 as the Japanese language audio is reproduced. The present invention can be applied to a player to which a recording medium where the content has been recorded is detachably attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Motoki Kato, Toshiya Hamada, Yoshiyuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8000195
    Abstract: A signal processing system applicable to an electronic system having a storage unit, an indicator light, and a driving circuit includes a first signal processing unit, a second signal processing unit, and a signal computing unit. The indicator light will light up, if the electronic system does not access the storage unit for data. The first signal processing unit is electrically connected to the driving circuit and configured to receive a first pulse signal while the electronic system is accessing the storage unit for data, charge/discharge and transform the first pulse signal, to output a second pulse signal. The second signal processing unit receives the second pulse signal, charges/discharges and transforms the second pulse signal, to output a third pulse signal. The signal computing unit receives and computes the second and third pulse signals to generate a fourth pulse signal for driving the indicator light to perceivably glitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Inventec Corporation
    Inventor: Chao-Huang Chang
  • Patent number: 8000218
    Abstract: Payload 0 as a header is recorded to a head of a UDI area. In the case of recording payload 0 and other payloads, each of them is quintuple-recorded in order to take a countermeasure against errors. Other payloads such as payload 1 and the like are recorded after payload 0. In the case of quintuple-recording, the payloads of the same payload number are collectively quintuple-recorded. AUDI is recorded from a position after one second from start time S. The payloads are arranged in positions at 12-frame intervals. Thus, the five data which is multiple-written are not arranged in the radial direction of a disc but widely distributed onto tracks. Error resistance is improved. An interval of data is set to an optimum value in accordance with the number of multiple-writing times, a linear velocity, a recording position on the disc, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sako, Tatsuya Inokuchi
  • Patent number: 7990822
    Abstract: Recording/reproducing apparatus records attribute information on sound data of a music piece onto a recording medium, and creates a rule table associating the attribute information and DSP program parameters. The recording/reproducing apparatus acquires, from the table, any of DSP program parameters that corresponds to the attribute information, and sets the DSP program parameter in the amplifier apparatus. The recording/reproducing apparatus also detects a recorded level of each succession of sound data to be recorded onto the medium, and then records the detected recorded level onto the medium in association with the sound data. Also, the recording/reproducing apparatus acquires a recorded level corresponding to a succession of the sound data to be reproduced, and adjusts, on the basis of the acquired recorded level, an output level of the succession of the sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuaki Tanaka, Sadayuki Narusawa
  • Patent number: 7983118
    Abstract: An optical record carrier (1) includes an area (2) for storing user information and an area (3) for storing control information. The control information is arranged in a block of frames of equal length. The block includes an identification of the total number of frames in the block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Jakob Gerrit Nijboer, Aalbert Stek, Cornelis Marinus Schep
  • Patent number: 7978574
    Abstract: A laser drive circuit is utilized to record data with a good signal quality over a wide range of linear velocities to an optical information recording medium. Specifically, the laser drive circuit of an optical information recording apparatus sets a ratio of a recording power to a power at which a reproduction signal quality reaches a threshold value to be relatively low at low velocities, and relatively high at high velocities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Kenji Narumi
  • Patent number: 7974174
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for detecting a number of variation in resistance within a material stack in response to a scanning and injection of a non-contacting electron stream into a material stack, the material stack having a first conductive contact layer, a variable resistive layer, a fixed resistive layer, and a second conductive contact layer, and the variations in resistance within the material stack being based on one of a plurality of resistive states of the variable resistive layer. The method also includes generating two magnetic fields within a transformer, the transformer being operatively coupled to the first and second conductive contact layers and generating a differential output signal within the transformer based on the two magnetic fields, the differential output signal being associated with one of the plurality of resistive states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Brown, Luke A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7969839
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for accomplishing an OPC (optimal power calibration) at a test area secured in data recording area of a writable optical recording medium and detecting an optimal writing power appropriate to the test area. The method searches for a marginal area adjacent to a data section recorded on an optical recording medium, records test data on the marginal area discovered in the searching step while changing a writing power; and reproduces the test data recorded on the marginal area and determining an optimal writing power based upon the characteristics of the reproduction signal. The method and system can reduce delay time required to move an optical pickup inward and outward to accomplish the OPC operation and enhances writing characteristics since an optimal writing power is obtained from a test area which is very close to data area to record input data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jeong Yeol Lee
  • Patent number: 7961583
    Abstract: An optical pickup apparatus for reproducing information from an optical information recording medium or for recording information onto an optical information recording medium, is provided with a first light source for emitting first light flux having a first wavelength; a second light source for emitting second light flux having a second wavelength, the first wavelength being different from the second wavelength; a converging optical system having an optical axis and a diffractive portion, and a photo detector; wherein in case that the first light flux passes through the diffractive portion to generate at least one diffracted ray, an amount of n-th ordered diffracted ray of the first light flux is greater than that of any other ordered diffracted ray of the first light flux, and in case that the second light flux passes through the diffractive portion to generate at least one diffracted ray, an amount of n-th ordered diffracted ray of the second light flux is greater than that of any other ordered diffracted
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventors: Norikazu Arai, Toshiyuki Kojima, Toshihiko Kiriki, Kohei Ota, Shinichiro Saito
  • Patent number: 7952970
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for accomplishing an OPC (optimal power calibration) at a test area secured in data recording area of a writable optical recording medium and detecting an optimal writing power appropriate to the test area, are discussed. According to an embodiment, the method searches for a marginal area adjacent to a data section recorded on an optical recording medium, records test data on the marginal area discovered in the searching step while changing a writing power; and reproduces the test data recorded on the marginal area and determining an optimal writing power based upon the characteristics of the reproduction signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jeong Yeol Lee
  • Patent number: 7936644
    Abstract: A highly reliable optical pickup which is not likely to collide with an optical disk is provided. Relative positions of two objective lenses 100 and 101 (along a focus direction) on a lens holder 102 are determined so that, while the objective lens 101 having a longer working distance is focused on an optical disk 200, the objective lens 100 having a shorter working distance and a protective member 103 are at positions which are more distant from the optical disk 200 than a height h of a protrusion which is present in an inner peripheral region of the optical disk optical disk 200.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kouretsu Boku, Kanji Wakabayashi, Yoshiaki Komma, Hideki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 7933180
    Abstract: The present invention provides an optical information reproducing method of detecting a record mark formed in an optical information recording medium and generating a reproduced signal, comprising the steps of: detecting a mark length of each record mark on basis of a reproduced signal, and correcting the reproduced signal by a correction amount corresponding to the detected mark length, and an optical information reproducing apparatus for detecting a record mark formed in an optical information recording medium and generating a reproduced signal, comprising: a detection circuit for detecting a mark length of each record mark on basis of a reproduced signal, and a correction circuit for correcting the reproduced signal by a correction amount corresponding to the detected mark length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tatsushi Katayama
  • Patent number: 7924681
    Abstract: An optical pickup apparatus for reproducing information from an optical information recording medium or for recording information onto an optical information recording medium, is provided with a first light source for emitting first light flux having a first wavelength; a second light source for emitting second light flux having a second wavelength, the first wavelength being different from the second wavelength; a converging optical system having an optical axis and a diffractive portion, and a photo detector; wherein in case that the first light flux passes through the diffractive portion to generate at least one diffracted ray, an amount of n-th ordered diffracted ray of the first light flux is greater than that of any other ordered diffracted ray of the first light flux, and in case that the second light flux passes through the diffractive portion to generate at least one diffracted ray, an amount of n-th ordered diffracted ray of the second light flux is greater than that of any other ordered diffracted
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventors: Norikazu Arai, Toshiyuki Kojima, Toshihiko Kiriki, Kohei Ota, Shinichiro Saito