Patents Examined by Lin Ye
  • Patent number: 10701283
    Abstract: The electronic apparatus includes: a plurality of image sensors including a first image sensor and a second image sensor; and a processor electrically connected to the plurality of image sensors and configured to output a read control signal and a synchronization signal to the plurality of image sensors, wherein the processor is further configured to: output a first read control signal to the first image sensor and receive first data read from the first image sensor; output a second read control signal to the second image sensor and store second data read from the second image sensor in a temporary memory; and output the second data stored in the temporary memory based on an output control signal generated between the first read control signal and a next first read control signal and generate merged data in which the first data and the second data are merged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Il-Kwon Park, Hyeong-chan Seo, Sung-ki Jin
  • Patent number: 10692922
    Abstract: A photoelectric conversion device includes photoelectric converter arranged in semiconductor substrate made of silicon and is and transistor arranged on surface of the substrate. The photoelectric converter includes first region of a first conductivity type, configured to accumulate charges, and second region of second conductivity type. The first region is arranged between the surface and the second region. The substrate includes third region as source and/or drain of the transistor. The substrate includes, in position which is below the third region and is apart from the third region, impurity region containing group 14 element other than silicon. Depth from the surface of peak position in density distribution of the group 14 element in the impurity region is smaller than depth from the surface of peak position in density distribution of majority carrier in the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tasuku Kaneda, Toshihiro Shoyama
  • Patent number: 10694125
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a solid-state imaging element, a method of operating the solid-state imaging element, an imaging apparatus, and an electronic device. The solid-state imaging element enables appropriate measurement of fluctuation of power supply voltage, and removal of noise caused by the fluctuation of the power supply voltage by using the measured fluctuation of the power supply voltage. In a case where analog/digital conversions of pixel signals are performed at different timings being not overlapped on a line basis, during a period, on the line basis, in which reading and analog/digital conversions are sequentially performed on the line basis, voltage of power supply to be supplied to associated pixels is sampled. The disclosure is applicable to solid-state imaging elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuusuke Nishida
  • Patent number: 10694104
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus cuts out a plurality of background images and foreground images from a plurality of images, and stores a plurality of cutout foreground images and an alignment coefficient calculated from an image prior to cutout of each foreground image, the plurality of foreground images being stored in association with the alignment coefficient. Moreover, the image processing apparatus generates a background combined image by combining cutout background images, and selects any of the stored foreground images based on designation of a position in the background combined image. Then, image processing apparatus determines an alignment coefficient of the selected foreground image by using the alignment coefficient associated with the selected foreground image, and combines the selected foreground image and the background combined image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yusuke Kawai
  • Patent number: 10687037
    Abstract: A photographing apparatus is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyung-Ju Chun, Sung-Oh Kim, Hyun-Hee Park, Yong-Man Lee, Jae-Moon Kim, Seul-Ki Jang, Jong-Bum Choi, Jung-Jun Lee, Sung-Jun Lim, Kwang-Tai Kim, Soo-Hyung Kim, Dong-Hyun Yeom, Ki-Huk Lee
  • Patent number: 10686993
    Abstract: A correction method for an optical mechanism having an optical member and a fixed portion is provided, including: an external apparatus measures the angle between the optical axis of the optical member and a reference surface of the fixed portion; the result of measuring the angle between the optical axis and the reference surface is compiled into data; the data is input into a control module; the control module transmits a signal to a driving module according to the data; and the driving module drives the optical member to rotate or move relative to the fixed portion upon receiving the signal. The optical mechanism does not include a sensor to detect the angle between the optical axis and the reference surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Chao-Chang Hu, Shun-Chieh Tang, Shu-Shan Chen, Chih-Wei Weng, Shao-Kuang Huang
  • Patent number: 10678123
    Abstract: A system for capturing a panoramic image of a shoe sole includes a processor and a panoramic image capturing device that is disposed apart from an attachment surface of the shoe sole. The panoramic image capturing device captures a panoramic image of the attachment surface and an inner surface of a sidewall of the shoe sole. The panoramic image capturing device outputs the panoramic image. The processor obtains the panoramic image outputted by the panoramic image capturing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Pou Chen Corporation
    Inventors: Chien-Yu Hsu, Ying-Chih Chen, Ting-Hsueh Chuang
  • Patent number: 10681253
    Abstract: A modular camera apparatus with a discontinuous snap joint is provided for snap-fitting a lens ring to a camera module enclosed in a main case of the camera apparatus, thereby improving the manufacture and assembly efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: HUDDLY AS
    Inventors: Kjartan Vaaland, Niklas Schmidt, Sofie Karoline Trovik
  • Patent number: 10674066
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to an apparatus and a method for processing an image in an electronic device. In this case, the method for processing an image comprises: a step for obtaining a first image using at least one image sensor; a step of detecting at least one sub-image from the first image; a step for estimating a relative distance between the at least one sub-image using at least one phase difference information obtained by the image sensor; and a step for capturing at least one second image focused on each sub-image using the relative distance between the at least one sub-image. Various embodiments may be possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-Kwon Yoon, Jin-Hee Na, Hwa-Yong Kang, Moon-Soo Kim, Tae-Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 10674102
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes a second image sensor having an organic photoelectric conversion film transmitting a specific light, and a first image sensor which is stacked in layers on a same semiconductor substrate as that of the second image sensor and which receives the specific light having transmitted the second image sensor, in which a pixel for focus detection is provided in the second image sensor or the first image sensor. Therefore, an AF method can be realized independently of a pixel for imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hironobu Murata
  • Patent number: 10674072
    Abstract: Media user interfaces are described, including user interfaces for capturing media (e.g., capturing a photo, recording a video), displaying media (e.g., displaying a photo, playing a video), editing media (e.g., modifying a photo, modifying a video), accessing media controls or settings (e.g., accessing controls or settings to capture photos or videos to capture videos), and automatically adjusting media (e.g., automatically modifying a photo, automatically modifying a video).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Behkish J. Manzari, Lukas Robert Tom Girling, Grant Paul, William A. Sorrentino, III, Andre Souza Dos Santos
  • Patent number: 10661725
    Abstract: A camera module, which is mounted on an inside of a front windshield of a vehicle and configured to image an external environment of the vehicle, includes multiple lens units on which an optical image of the external environment is incident, individually, and an imaging system to generate an outside image of the external environment by imaging through each of the lens units, individually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sho Okuda, Takeshi Kazama, Yasuki Furutake, Nobuhisa Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10666882
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device 10 includes a signal processing part 710 which, when combining specific read-out signals among the plurality of read-out signals, selects at least one signal which becomes necessary for a combinational operation in accordance with a result of a comparison between at least one read-out signal among the plurality of read-out signals and a threshold value, applies the selected signal to the combinational processing, and generates a combined signal extended in dynamic range, and wherein the signal processing part, when combining read-out signals from one specific pixel, determines the combinational information concerning the combinational operation of these read-out signals with reference to the combinational information concerning the combinational operation of the surrounding pixels of the one specific pixel. By this configuration, it is possible to smoothly switch a plurality of signals, possible to realize a higher dynamic range and a higher quality of image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Brillnics Japan Inc.
    Inventor: Yasuo Takane
  • Patent number: 10659710
    Abstract: An A/D conversion device includes a phase-difference clock generation unit configured to use a plurality of phase interpolators to generate multi-phase clock signals, of which phases are shifted with respect to an input clock signal, from the input clock signal and a signal obtained by delaying the input clock signal; and an A/D conversion unit configured to perform A/D conversion on an input analog signal using the multi-phase clock signals generated by the phase-difference clock generation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takanori Saeki, Tomohiro Takahashi, Yuiti Takeda, Atsushi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10659663
    Abstract: A double-camera drive device, including: cover bodies, including a first cover body and a second cover body, and each of the cover bodies being provided with a lens accommodating cavity; photographing components, including a first photographing component and a second photographing component, and each of the photographing components including an upper spring, an upper cover, a lens support winded with a drive coil at a outer periphery, driving magnets and a lower spring, wherein the driving magnets includes a left driving magnet, a right driving magnet and a middle driving magnet; and Hall detection components, each of the Hall detection components including a Hall gasket and a Hall magnet provided on each of lens supports, and a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) component. According to the double-camera drive device, beneficial effects of clearer opposite angles and wider framing range and better quality of photographed images are implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Shanghai Billu Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jianhua Wang, Gaofeng Gong
  • Patent number: 10649312
    Abstract: A lens device includes: a movable lens that is movable in a direction of an optical axis; an operation signal acquisition section that acquires an operation signal corresponding to an amount of movement of an operation member which is movable; a smoothing processing section that smooths the operation signal; and a movable lens driving section that drives the movable lens based on the smoothed operation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hitoshi Sakurabu
  • Patent number: 10652493
    Abstract: A sequence of control voltage levels are applied to a control signal line capacitively coupled to a floating diffusion node of a pixel to sequentially adjust a voltage level of the floating diffusion node. A pixel output signal representative of the voltage level of the floating diffusion node is compared with a reference voltage to identify a first control voltage level of the sequence of control voltage levels for which the voltage level of the floating diffusion node exceeds the reference voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Rambus Inc.
    Inventors: John Ladd, Michael Guidash, Craig M. Smith, Thomas Vogelsang, Jay Endsley, Michael T. Ching, James E. Harris
  • Patent number: 10652483
    Abstract: The present technique relates to an imaging element, a driving method of the imaging element, and an electronic device that can improve image quality of an image in a case where two or more read scans of pixel signals are performed in parallel. The imaging element includes a pixel area including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix, a vertical drive circuit that drives the pixels in the pixel area row-by-row, and a column signal processing circuit that can read pixel signals of a plurality of rows in the pixel area in one horizontal period. The vertical drive circuit performs two or more read scans of the pixel signals in the pixel area in parallel and controls a timing of moving a read row of each read scan by equal to or more than a predetermined amount of movement on the basis of a position of a read row of another read scan. The present technique can be applied to, for example, a CMOS image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Norihiro Nikai
  • Patent number: 10652495
    Abstract: An imaging sensor comprising: an imaging chip in which a plurality of pixel are arranged in a matrix; and a signal processing chip that is each provided for one or more pixel columns or one or more pixel rows, has a device that performs signal processing on a pixel signal output from a pixel, and is stacked with the imaging chip is provided. For example, the device that performs signal processing is an A/D converter that converts a pixel signal output from the pixel into a digital signal, and when a pixel signal output from the pixel is converted into a digital signal, at least two or more A/D converters among the A/D converters are controlled in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hironobu Murata
  • Patent number: 10649118
    Abstract: This imaging device comprises: an image sensor which converts an optical image, captured by pixels arranged in an array on an imaging surface, into an image signal and outputs the image signal; a modulation unit which is provided to a light-receiving surface of the image sensor and modulates the intensity of light; and an image processing unit which carries out image processing on an output image output by the image sensor. The modulation unit has a grating substrate and a first grating pattern formed on a first surface of the grating substrate facing a surface of the image sensor near the light-receiving surface. The grating pattern is configured from a plurality of concentric circles having pitches which are inversely proportional to the distance from the origin point of at least one reference coordinate, the concentric circles do not overlap with each other within the grating pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Tajima, Takeshi Shimano, Takeru Utsugi