Patents Examined by Lin Ye
  • Patent number: 11375134
    Abstract: A vehicle monitoring system includes a lamp unit that includes a first light source configured to emit light that forms a first light distribution area on a virtual vertical screen disposed at a predetermined distance from a vehicle, and a second light source configured to emit light that forms a second light distribution area having a luminance higher than that of the first light distribution area on the virtual vertical screen, and forms a predetermined light distribution pattern on the virtual vertical screen by the first light distribution area and the second light distribution area; a visible light camera that captures a periphery of the vehicle; and a controller configured to control at least one of an emission timing of the second light source or an image capturing timing of the visible light camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Misako Kamiya
  • Patent number: 11375104
    Abstract: A system for producing a continuous image from separate image sources. The system may include an image-capture unit including two or more image-capture devices arranged in an outward-facing arrangement. The image-capture devices may have overlapping fields-of-view, and a processing device may combine images captured by the individual image-capture devices into a single, continuous image. The system may also include a control device that may control each of the individual image-capture devices. The control device may also synchronize image-capture of the individual image-capture devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ameya A. Mhatre, John P. Agnew, Matthew T. Fargo, David M. Foster
  • Patent number: 11375149
    Abstract: In a solid-state image sensor that detects presence or absence of an address event, power consumption when capturing an image is reduced. The solid-state image sensor includes a plurality of pixels and an analog-digital conversion unit. In the solid-state image sensor, each of the plurality of pixels generates an analog signal by photoelectric conversion. Moreover, in the solid-state image sensor, the analog-digital conversion unit converts the analog signal of a pixel into a digital signal, the pixel having an amount of change in incident light amount that falls outside a predetermined range, of the plurality of pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Atsumi Niwa
  • Patent number: 11367743
    Abstract: An image sensor pixel includes a plurality of photodiodes, a shared microlens, and a plurality of microlenses. The plurality of photodiodes are arranged as a photodiode array with each of the plurality of photodiodes disposed within a semiconductor material. The shared microlens is optically aligned with a group of neighboring photodiodes included in the plurality of photodiodes. Each of the plurality of microlenses are optically aligned with an individual one of the plurality of photodiodes other than the group of neighboring photodiodes. The plurality of microlenses laterally surrounds the shared microlens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: OMNIVISION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Xiaodong Yang, Guansong Liu, Peng Lin, Chin Poh Pang, Da Meng
  • Patent number: 11368609
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an electronic instrument capable of downsizing an electronic instrument having a function of imaging surroundings of a user. In an electronic instrument worn or used by a user, the electronic instrument includes an imaging unit arranged at a position where surroundings of the user wearing or using the electronic instrument is capturable, the imaging unit including a plurality of pixel output units that each receive incident light from a subject incident not via either an imaging lens or a pinhole and output one detection signal indicating an output pixel value modulated depending on an incident angle of the incident light. The present disclosure can be applied to, for example, a wearable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Tokuse, Yoshitaka Miyatani, Noriaki Kozuka
  • 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: 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: 11355536
    Abstract: [Object] To execute online calibration without using a light source. [Solution] An image sensor includes: a pixel array portion in which a plurality of pixels are disposed and which generates a pixel signal; a reference signal generation unit configured to generate a reference signal for calibration; an analog digital (AD) conversion unit configured to execute AD conversion on the pixel signal and the reference signal to generate pixel data and reference data; and a correction processing unit configured to correct the pixel data on a basis of the reference data. The present technology can be applied to, for example, an image sensor performing online calibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Bostamam Anas, Katsuhiko Hanzawa, Shinichiro Futami
  • 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: 11350027
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an imaging apparatus, an imaging method, and a program that enable operation in which a display unit is brought into a turn-off state when a predetermined time elapses after start of capturing a moving image, a command from a remote commander is accepted and executed, and the captured moving image is output to an external apparatus. In a case where a manipulation unit that outputs a command depending on content of a user manipulation is manipulated and a command causing a moving image to be recorded on a recording medium is output, recording of the moving image is started and the display unit is controlled to a turn-off state in which an image is not displayed. The present disclosure can be applied to an imaging apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shutaro Yorozu
  • Patent number: 11336843
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a time delay integration (TDI) sensor using a rolling shutter. The TDI sensor includes multiple pixel columns. Each pixel column includes multiple pixels arranged in an along-track direction, wherein two adjacent pixels or two adjacent pixel groups in every pixel column have a separation space therebetween. The separation space is equal to a pixel height multiplied by a time ratio of a line time difference of the rolling shutter and a frame period, or equal to a summation of at least one pixel height and a multiplication of the pixel height by a time ratio of the line time difference and the frame period. The line time difference of the TDI sensor is changeable without changing the separation space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventors: Ren-Chieh Liu, Chao-Chi Lee, Wen-Cheng Yen
  • Patent number: 11336846
    Abstract: An image sensor array and circuit design employs a method of black level compensation to address vertical image shading related to global exposure image capture and rolling row by row readout schemes. An image sensor having the invented black level compensation pixel array and method may be incorporated within a digital camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: SmartSens Technology (HK) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xuanping Zhou, Yaowu Mo, Xiaoyong Wang, Guanjing Ren
  • Patent number: 11336807
    Abstract: An integrated image sensor and lens assembly comprises an image sensor substrate, an image sensor assembly mounted on the image sensor substrate and housing an image sensor, the image sensor assembly having one or more side walls, a lens barrel including one or more lenses, and an adhesive formed between a region of the lens barrel and the one or more side walls, the region being directly adhered to the one or more side walls via the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Patrick Campbell, Thomas Czepowicz
  • Patent number: 11330188
    Abstract: There is provided a camera of which operability is good regardless of the brightness of the surrounding environment. The brightness of the surrounding environment is detected by a brightness detection unit provided in a camera. The contents of settings of the camera are displayed on a sub-display 18 in a situation in which the surrounding environment is bright. The contents of settings of the camera and an image representing the set state of a shutter speed dial 33 are displayed on the sub-display 18 in a case in which the surrounding environment is dark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Takao, Kentaro Tokiwa, Hirofumi Horii, Yuichi Fujimura, Takeshi Misawa, Atsushi Misawa
  • 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: 11330204
    Abstract: Examples are described of automatic exposure timing synchronization. An imaging system includes a first image sensor configured to capture a first image according to a first exposure timing, including by exposing first region of interest (ROI) image data at the first image sensor for a first ROI exposure time period. Based on the first exposure timing, the imaging system sets a second exposure timing for a second image sensor to capture a second image. Capture of the second image according to the second exposure timing includes exposure of second ROI image data at the second image sensor for a second ROI exposure time period. The second exposure timing may be set so that the start of the second ROI exposure time period aligns with the start of the first ROI exposure time period, and/or so that the first and second ROI exposure time periods overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeyaprakash Soundrapandian, Ramesh Ramaswamy, Sureshnaidu Laveti, Rajakumar Govindaram
  • Patent number: 11323616
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a display unit, a recording unit, and a control unit. The control unit controls the recording unit to record predetermined settings corresponding to a predetermined position of an operation member. In a case where the operation member is at the predetermined position in a state where the control unit operates to suppress generation of sound or light, the control unit controls the display unit to display a user interface (UI) for selecting whether to apply a setting included in the predetermined settings and related to an operation involving generation of sound or light. In a case where settings for suppressing generation of sound or light are selected in a state where the predetermined settings are applied, the control unit applies the settings for suppressing generation of sound or light, without displaying a UI for selecting whether to apply the settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Taro Matsuno
  • 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