Patents Examined by Nhan T. Tran
  • Patent number: 11146721
    Abstract: In a communication system comprising a first communication apparatus and a second communication apparatus, the first communication apparatus transmits a first notification for connection processing in short-range wireless communication during an operation in a first power mode, and transmits a second notification, different from the first notification, for the connection processing in the short-range wireless communication during an operation in a second power mode in which power is saved more than in the first power mode. The second communication apparatus starts, if the first notification is received, the connection processing at an arbitrary timing, and starts, if the second notification is received, the connection processing at a timing restricted as compared to the case in which the first notification is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kaori Ikeda, Toshiyuki Takagi
  • Patent number: 11140343
    Abstract: An image sensor may include an array of imaging pixels arranged in rows and columns. Each column of imaging pixels may be coupled to a respective column output line. Each column output line may be coupled to readout circuitry that includes an adjustable current source, sample and hold circuitry, and slew rate sensing and current source control circuitry. To decrease the settling time of the column output line, the slew rate sensing and current source control circuitry may increase the magnitude of a bias current provided by the adjustable current source when the slew rate of the output voltage is above a threshold. When the slew rate of the output voltage is below the threshold, the bias current may revert to a lower magnitude to conserve power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: Shankar Ramakrishnan
  • Patent number: 11134211
    Abstract: In image processing apparatus, a sample hold unit samples and holds an output signal of the image sensor. A timing signal generating circuit generates a sampling clock to specify a sampling timing of the sample hold unit. A controller sets a phase of the sampling clock to the timing signal generating circuit. In an adjustment process that adjusts the phase of the sampling clock, the controller (a) causes the image sensor to scan a reference board, (b) sets predetermined plural phases to the timing signal generating circuit in turn, (c) calculates average values of image data obtained correspondingly to the plural phases and calculates a value of a parameter that indicates a fluctuation width of the average values, and (d) sets the phase of the sampling clock as a phase corresponding to the smallest value of the parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventor: Akira Shimatani
  • Patent number: 11128824
    Abstract: A system has an array of pixels including a plurality of active pixels and a plurality of dark reference pixels and processing circuitry coupled to the array of pixels. The processing circuitry sequentially computes, for each of a plurality of pairs of sets of dark reference pixels of the plurality of dark reference pixels, absolute differences in dark signal levels of the pair of sets of dark reference pixels. The absolute differences in dark signal levels are accumulated and a noise level of the dark reference pixels of the array of pixels is estimated based on the accumulated absolute differences. The system may be employed in, for example, a back-up camera of an automobile or a mobile phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS SA
    Inventors: Arnaud Bourge, Antoine Drouot, Gwladys Hermant
  • Patent number: 11122204
    Abstract: There is provided an image capturing control apparatus. An image capturing control unit controls image capturing by an image capturing unit based on setting values of a plurality of setting items. A selection unit selects a setting item from among the plurality of setting items. A changing unit changes the setting value of the setting item selected by the selection unit to a setting value that is selected in accordance with a first operation from among a plurality of setting values that correspond to the selected setting item and a specific setting value to which one of the plurality of setting values that is automatically determined in accordance with predetermined processing is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuki Fukushima, Yuta Masuda, Yuko Izaki
  • Patent number: 11122232
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a pixel collection circuit and an optical flow sensor including the pixel collection circuit. The pixel collection circuit at least includes a light intensity detector, a first state storage module, a second state storage module, a light intensity signal collection and storage module, and a time information storage module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: OMNIVISION SENSOR SOLUTION (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD
    Inventor: Shoushun Chen
  • Patent number: 11122230
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus of the present disclosure includes: a first switch that couples a first light-receiving device and a first charge accumulation section to each other; a second switch that couples a predetermined node and the first charge accumulation section to each other; a third switch that applies a predetermined voltage to the predetermined node; a fourth switch that couples a second light-receiving device and a second charge accumulation section to each other; a fifth switch that couples the second charge accumulation section and the predetermined node to each other; an output section that outputs a pixel voltage; a driving section; and a processor that determines first to fourth values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryosuke Nakamura, Yorito Sakano, Atsushi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11108983
    Abstract: An imaging device supplies a first constant potential and a second constant potential to a photodiode through a first line and a second line to put the photodiode in a reverse-bias state. The imaging device reads a signal corresponding to the potential at the other end of the photodiode changed by light incident on the photodiode in the reverse-bias state. The imaging device supplies a potential that changes with time to a capacitive element through a control line so that a forward current flows through the photodiode disposed between the capacitive element and the first line after reading the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: TIANMA JAPAN, LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Sekine
  • Patent number: 11102407
    Abstract: A powered device receives power from at least one of a first power supply and a second power supply having a voltage higher than a voltage of the first power supply. The powered device includes a first load unit, a second load unit electrically separated from the first load unit, and a changing unit configured to supply power from the first power supply to the first load unit and the second load unit in a case where the first power supply is connected to the powered device and the second power supply is not connected to the powered device, and supply power from the second power supply to the first load unit and from the first power supply to the second load unit in a case where the first power supply and the second power supply are connected to the powered device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomohiro Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 11095809
    Abstract: An imaging system includes a body, a stage coupled to the body, and an actuator coupled to the body and the stage. The actuator is configured to move the stage in one or more directions relative to the body. The imaging system also includes a focal plane array including one or more detectors and coupled to the stage and a controller coupled to the actuator. The controller is configured to determine a velocity of the body and to cause the actuator to backscan the stage in the one or more directions at a drive velocity corresponding to the velocity of the body. Moreover, the controller is communicatively coupled to the one or more detectors and causes the one or more detectors to capture image data during the backscan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: DRS Network & Imaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Philip Ely, Mark Muzilla
  • Patent number: 11089270
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes pixels arranged in matrix form, each including a photoelectric converter and first transfer electrodes, and control lines connected to mutually-corresponding ones of the first transfer electrodes in pixels arranged in a specific row. The pixels include first pixels that receive visible light and second pixels that receive infrared light. Each of floating diffusion layer-including pixels, which are some of the plurality of pixels, further includes a floating diffusion layer and a readout circuit. Each floating diffusion layer-lacking pixel shares the floating diffusion layer with one of the first pixels arranged in a column direction. At least some of the control lines are further connected to the first transfer electrodes of pixels arranged adjacent in the column direction to respective ones of the pixels arranged in the specific row and that share at least one of the floating diffusion layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: NUVOTON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION JAPAN
    Inventors: Junichi Matsuo, Sei Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11082603
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a terminal, a focusing method and apparatus. The terminal includes a ranging radar configured to obtain a reference distance between a target object to be focused and a camera module, wherein an antenna radiation angle of the ranging radar covers a viewing angle of the camera module, and wherein the camera module is configured to adjust a photographing focus of the camera module to a position where the target object is located based on the reference distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOFTWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiankun Hu
  • Patent number: 11082644
    Abstract: An image sensor including: a pixel array including a plurality of pixels connected to a plurality of row lines and a plurality of column lines, each of the plurality of pixels including a photodiode for generating an electric charge in response to light, and a pixel circuit having a floating diffusion for storing the electric charge; and a controller configured to adjust a capacitance of the floating diffusion to a first value and obtain a first pixel signal from the pixel circuit during a first time period, adjust the capacitance of the floating diffusion to a second value greater than the first value and obtain a second pixel signal from the pixel circuit during a second time period subsequent to the first time period, and generate a result image using the first pixel signal and the second pixel signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Eun Sub Shim
  • Patent number: 11076099
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a camera and one or more sensors. The camera generally has a low power deactivated mode. The one or more sensors are generally remotely located with respect to the camera. The one or more sensors may be configured to communicate a signal to the camera in response to a trigger condition. The camera is generally configured to activate in response to receiving the signal from the one or more sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Ambarella International LP
    Inventor: Ruian Xu
  • Patent number: 11057549
    Abstract: In one aspect, a device includes at least one processor and storage accessible to the at least one processor. The storage includes instructions executable by the at least one processor to identify coordinates of a camera relative to a screen and to present on the screen a video stream next to the coordinates responsive to identifying the coordinates of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jonathan Jen-Wei Yu, Aaron M. Stewart, Lincoln Penn Hancock, Jeffrey Earle Skinner, Alden Rose
  • Patent number: 11032498
    Abstract: A quantitative pulse count (event detection) algorithm with linearity to high count rates is accomplished by combining a high-speed, high frame rate camera with simple logic code run on a massively parallel processor such as a GPU. The parallel processor elements examine frames from the camera pixel by pixel to find and tag events or count pulses. The tagged events are combined to form a combined quantitative event image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Colorado, a body
    Inventors: Justin Waugh, Daniel S. Dessau, Stephen P. Parham, Thomas Nummy, Justin Griffith, Xiaoqing Zhou, Haoxiang Li
  • Patent number: 11032474
    Abstract: An image capturing device includes an image capturing unit capturing an image at a timing based on a first frame rate and outputs data corresponding to the image after a first period, an image data generation unit generating image data based on the output data and outputting the image data after a second period, a display unit displaying a display image based on the image data after the second period and at a timing based on a second frame rate, and a mode selecting unit selecting a first or second mode. The first mode prioritizes reduction in a display delay time. The second mode prioritizes image quality of the display image over reduction in the display delay time. A total period of the first and second periods is less than or equal to a first vertical synchronization period based on the first frame rate when the first mode is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Ryuichi Shiohara
  • Patent number: 11030728
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with a display. A content generator such as a camera may capture images in high dynamic range mode or standard dynamic range mode. The images may have associated image metadata such as face detection information, camera settings, color and luminance histograms, and image classification information. Control circuitry in the electronic device may determine tone mapping parameters for the captured images based on the image metadata. The tone mapping parameters for a given image may be stored with the image in the metadata file. When it is desired to display the image, the control circuitry may apply a tone mapping process to the image according to the stored tone mapping parameters. The algorithm that is used to determine tone mapping parameters based on image metadata may be based on user preference data gathered from a population of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ramin Samadani, Gregory B. Abbas, Teun R. Baar, Nicolas P. Bonnier, Victor M. de Araujo Oliveira, Zuo Xia
  • Patent number: 11025857
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a camera system including, a camera apparatus having, an image sensor, a correction section, a first transmission processing section, and a synchronization processing section, and a video processing apparatus having a second transmission processing section and a conversion section, wherein the video processing apparatus outputs the video data obtained by the conversion by the conversion section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuo Endo
  • Patent number: 11012676
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for generating and rendering immersive video content are provided. In some embodiments, the method comprises: receiving information indicating positions of cameras in a plurality of cameras; generating a mesh on which video content is to be projected based on the positions of the cameras in the plurality of cameras, wherein the mesh is comprised of a portion of a faceted cylinder, and wherein the faceted cylinder has a plurality of facets each corresponding to a projection from a camera in the plurality of cameras; receiving video content corresponding to the plurality of cameras; and transmitting the video content and the generated mesh to a user device in response to receiving a request for the video content from the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Samuel Kvaalen