Patents Examined by Marly Camargo
  • Patent number: 9912891
    Abstract: The present technique relates to a solid-state imaging device, a solid-state imaging device manufacturing method, and an electronic apparatus that are capable of providing a solid-state imaging device that can prevent generation of RTS noise due to miniaturization of amplifying transistors, and can achieve a smaller size and a higher degree of integration accordingly. A solid-state imaging device (1-1) includes: a photodiode (PD) as a photoelectric conversion unit; a transfer gate (TG) that reads out charges from the photodiode (PD); a floating diffusion (FD) from which the charges of the photodiode (PD) are read by an operation of the transfer gate (TG); and an amplifying transistor (Tr3) connected to the floating diffusion (FD). More particularly, the amplifying transistor (Tr3) is of a fully-depleted type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroaki Ammo
  • Patent number: 9910341
    Abstract: In certain aspects, receiving at least one motivating event at least partially at a processing shared image device. At least one designated attribute is transmitted at least partially from the processing shared image device, wherein the at least one designated attribute can be effected at least partially in response to the receiving the at least one motivating event at least partially at the processing shared image device. An obtained shared image is obtained at the processing shared image device that is obtained in accordance with the at least one motivating event, and is obtained at least partially in response to the transmitting the at least one designated attribute. The obtained shared image is processed to derive an at least one processed shared image at least partially at the processing shared image device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9906724
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to auto focus algorithms for setting a focus of a camera. More specifically, the present invention relates to a method (600) and device for setting a focus of a camera wherein a camera motion level of the camera is continuously measured (S604) during the read-out of pixel data by a rolling shutter image sensor and wherein the auto focus algorithm uses weighted focus measures which are calculated (S612) using the continuously measured camera motion levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Axis AB
    Inventors: Dennis Nilsson, Johan Nystrom, Bjorn Benderius
  • Patent number: 9897776
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and computer program wherein the apparatus includes an image sensor, an optical arrangement including at least one adjustable focusing element; wherein the adjustable focusing element is configured to alternate between a first focus distance and a second focus distance as an image is captured by the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Hannu Kakkori
  • Patent number: 9900523
    Abstract: First, the position and the size of a target photographic subject such as the face of a person in an original image acquired by image capturing is acquired, and then mask information indicating a relation between a position to be subjected to predetermined image processing in the original image and the strength of the predetermined image processing is generated based on the acquired position and size. Subsequently, a new image is generated by predetermined image processing of a different strength being performed on each position in the original image by use of the generated mask information. In the generation of the new image, for example, one of the original image and a processed image acquired by the predetermined image processing being performed on the original image is combined with the other image by use of transmissivity indicated by the mask information for each pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi Sato
  • Patent number: 9894253
    Abstract: A portable device includes: a first communication unit configured to communicatively connect with an external communication device by using one of communication channels; a communication state determination unit configured to determine a communication state for each communication channel; a mode switching unit configured to switch a communication mode of the portable device between: a stable communication mode for establishing communication connection with the communication device by using a communication channel in a preferable communication state in the communication channels in accordance with a determination result obtained by the communication state determination unit; and a connection priority communication mode for establishing communication connection with the communication device by using a predetermined communication channel in the communication channels without determination by the communication state determination unit; and a communication controller configured to start communication connection wi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Ogata, Keito Fukushima
  • Patent number: 9888200
    Abstract: There is provided an operating method of an image sensor including: storing a first charge from an optoelectronic circuit to a pixel buffer circuit within a first exposure period; storing a second charge from the optoelectronic circuit to the pixel buffer circuit within a second exposure period; transferring the first charge from the pixel buffer circuit to a first storage circuit outside of pixel circuits; transferring the second charge from the pixel buffer circuit to a second storage circuit outside of pixel circuits; and comparing the first charge with the second charge to output an analog image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventor: En-Feng Hsu
  • Patent number: 9883152
    Abstract: A plurality of adjacent pixels is provided adjacently in a plurality of directions to a first pixel. A direction with a highest correlation is derived from signals of the plurality of pixels, and the direction with the highest correlation is reflected to interpolation processing to be performed on the signal of first pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoya Onishi, Noriyuki Kaifu, Fujio Kawano, Hisashi Takado
  • Patent number: 9876957
    Abstract: A dual mode image sensor is provided. The image sensor includes an on-chip sensing array, on-chip analog-to-digital converters, and an on-chip processor. The sensor array has rows and columns of discrete sensor elements. The dual mode image sensor has a scene sensing mode and an image capture mode, which use the same set of imaging optics. The processor includes a dual context register; one being for the scene sensing mode and the other for image capture mode. The scene sensing mode is configured to output results of object sensing, motion detection, focus evaluation and illumination measurement to the analog-to-digital converters. The image capture mode is configured to output captured images to the analog-to-digital converters, which are configured to send the digital data to the processor. The processor is configured to switch from scene sensing mode to image capture mode based upon the scene sensing mode output results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Chen Feng, Tao Xian, Patrick Anthony Giordano, Edward C. Bremer, Sean Philip Kearney
  • Patent number: 9860970
    Abstract: A camera having a substantially cubic form factor comprises, among other components, an image sensor, a lens assembly, a printed circuit board, and a heat sink. A heat sink operates to provide a thermally conductive path to an external surface of the camera. The heat sink comprises an external portion structured around a perimeter of the lens window and at least one arm extending perpendicular from the external portion to the interior of the camera. The at least one arm is thermally coupled to the at least one electronic component on the printed circuit board so as to conduct heat away from the electronics to the exterior of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: William H. Tolbert, Evan L. Coons
  • Patent number: 9854161
    Abstract: A photographing device may include two or more lenses having different view angles, and a processor configured to detect a first subject using images acquired from the lenses and to generate a notification signal based on whether or not a second subject approaches the view angle of a first image including the first subject among the acquired images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin-gu Jeong, Hee-chul Han, Tae-hee Lee
  • Patent number: 9848141
    Abstract: An image sensor may include an array of image sensor pixels. Each image sensor pixel may have signal storage capabilities implemented through a write-back supply line and a control transistor for the supply line. Each image sensor pixel may output pixel values over column lines to switching circuitry. The switching circuitry may route the pixel values to signal processing circuitry. The signal processing circuitry may perform analog and/or digital processing operations utilizing analog circuits or pinned diode devices for image signal processing on the pixel values to output processed pixel values. The processing circuitry may send the processed pixel values back to the array. This allows the array to act as memory circuitry to support processing operations on processing circuitry in close proximity to the array. Configured this way, signal processing can be performed in close proximity to the array without having to move pixel signals to peripheral processing circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Roger Panicacci, Marko Mlinar
  • Patent number: 9848145
    Abstract: An imaging device includes. a first terminal to which a first voltage is applied; a second terminal to which a second voltage different from the first voltage is applied; a voltage generator generating a ramp voltage which is a voltage varying with time; a first switching circuit connected to the second terminal and the voltage generator; a second switching circuit connected to the first terminal and the first switching circuit, and pixels each including a photoelectric converter generating a signal, and a signal detection circuit detecting the signal, at least one of the pixels connected to the second switching circuit. The first switching circuit selectively connects one of the second terminal and the voltage generator with the second switching circuit. The second switching circuit selectively connects one of the first voltage terminal and the first switching circuit with the at least one of the pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hidenari Kanehara
  • Patent number: 9843710
    Abstract: A focusing adjustment apparatus includes a recording unit, a focusing adjustment unit, a calculation unit, and a calculation unit. The recording unit records a recording signal output from an image sensor. The focusing adjustment unit adjusts focusing on an object image entering the image sensor based on information about an image-forming position in a first evaluation band of the recording signal. The calculation unit calculates the image-forming position in the first evaluation band of the recording signal by correcting, using a correction value, an image-forming position in a second evaluation band of a focusing adjustment signal obtained from the image sensor. The calculation unit changes the correction value using information about the first evaluation band of the recording signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideyuki Hamano, Yumi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9843735
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus performs image processing on image data obtained by using an imaging element comprising a plurality of pixels which comprise a first pixel and a second pixel, wherein two different types of exposure times are applied between the first pixel and the second pixel. A blur amount estimation unit estimates an image blur amount. An exposure time difference calculation unit calculates an exposure time difference. A mixing ratio calculation unit determines a first ratio using a light amount detected by the first pixel to be a target and a second ratio using a light amount detected by the second pixel positioned around the first pixel based on the exposure time difference and the image blur amount. A correction unit corrects the image data based on the image blur amount, the exposure time difference, the first ratio, and the second ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Atsuro Okazawa
  • Patent number: 9832409
    Abstract: A high-accurate imaging increased in time resolution can be made. The camera device is provided with a plurality of pixels that include a light-receiving surface embedded region to convert incident light into charges, a charge accumulation region to accumulate the charges, and a gate electrode to control the charges to be transferred from the light-receiving surface embedded region to the charge accumulation region, and are one-dimensionally arranged in each of a plurality of columns, a timing generation circuit which generates a control pulse voltage to be applied to the gate electrode, and a correction circuit unit which is provided in accordance with each of a plurality of columns of the pixels, delays the control pulse voltage in a variable time, and applies the control pulse voltage to the gate electrodes of the plurality of pixels belonging to a column corresponding to the control pulse voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION SHIZUOKA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Shoji Kawahito, Keita Yasutomi
  • Patent number: 9819854
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and a method for controlling the same are disclosed. The mobile terminal and method for controlling same can recognize a first input, which is applied to a first area of the display unit on which a preview image obtained by driving a camera is displayed, as a triggering signal for entering a specific photographing mode and enter the specific photographing mode, upon reception of the first input. According to the present invention, grip of the mobile terminal can be improved by processing an operation of gripping the mobile terminal as a valid input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Daeduek Cho
  • Patent number: 9800843
    Abstract: An image sensor for reducing channel variation and an image processing system including the same. The image sensor includes first to mth pixels (m?2), each of which is connected to a corresponding column line from among first to mth column lines and is configured to output a respective pixel signal.’ The image sensor further includes first to mth bias circuits, each of which is connected to a corresponding column line from among the first to mth column lines and is configured to fix a voltage of the corresponding column line to a bias voltage when a column line-specific pixel is not selected to output the respective pixel signal. An analog-to-digital converter in the image sensor is configured to convert the pixel signals into digital signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung Hyun Lim, Jae Hong Kim, Han Kook Cho, Dong Hun Lee, Jin Uk Jeon, Seog Heon Ham
  • Patent number: 9794484
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a semiconductor device that can suppress the cost of a camera module from increasing. Provided is a semiconductor device which is coupled to a device that outputs positional information representing a position and includes a first external terminal to which the positional information is supplied, and a second external terminal. Sensitivity deviation information representing the deviation of the sensitivity of the device is received through the second external terminal, and a gain to amplify the positional information from the first external terminal is set on the basis of the sensitivity deviation information. Further, the first external terminal and the second external terminal are the same external terminals, and the positional information and the sensitivity deviation information are supplied in a time-division manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Toru Kitano
  • Patent number: 9787898
    Abstract: On an imaging apparatus according to the present invention, a first operating system (OS) is initially activated, and thereafter a second operating system (OS) is activated. When the second OS is activated, in an event that a first camera function of the first OS is performing imaging preparation, the imaging apparatus according to the present invention executes imaging processing using the first camera function. In an event that the first camera function is not performing imaging preparation, the imaging apparatus activates a second camera function of the second OS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yosuke Takagi