Patents Examined by Tuan Ho
  • Patent number: 9749555
    Abstract: An image sensor may include an array of image pixels arranged in rows and columns. Each group of adjacent pixel columns may be coupled to a respective arithmetic memory circuit via corresponding analog-to-digital converter circuitry. The arithmetic memory circuit may include at least first, second, third, and fourth arithmetic units coupled in a chain. In some arrangements, only a subset of columns in each group of adjacent pixel columns is actively coupled to the arithmetic memory circuit. In other arrangements, all of columns in each group of adjacent pixel columns are actively coupled to the arithmetic memory circuit. The columns may be directly coupled to different arithmetic units in the arithmetic memory circuit to implement weighted horizontal binning or to the same arithmetic unit in the arithmetic memory circuit to implement flat horizontal binning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: Shusuke Iwata
  • Patent number: 9742969
    Abstract: An attachment optical system detachably mounted between a lens system and an image pickup apparatus, includes: a receiver receiving first information for correcting lateral chromatic aberrations caused by the lens system; a computer deriving, based on the first information and optical characteristics of the attachment optical system, second information for correcting lateral chromatic aberrations; and a transmitter transmitting the second information to the image pickup apparatus, in which the first and second information include information for obtaining lateral chromatic aberration amounts under conditions of zoom, focus and f-number, based on ratio of image height to maximum image height, in which the first and second information indicate shift amounts of blue/red relative to green radially about optical axis, and in which the shift amounts of blue/red in the first information and in the second information are properly set as functions of ratio of image height to maximum image height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinichiro Yakita
  • Patent number: 9740371
    Abstract: In one general sense, a user may be presented with a multimedia experience corresponding to an entertainment event or venue by managing a sensor array having at least two sensors that are made configured to provide a stream of data units, associating location information with sensors in the sensor array, enabling the user to perceive a map related to an entertainment event or venue, relating the perceived map to one or more sensors within the sensor array, receiving a user request identifying a selected position within the map, identifying one or more sensors within the sensor array corresponding to the selection, and presenting to the user a multimedia experience based on one or more streams of data units associated with the selected sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven M. Blumenfeld
  • Patent number: 9742986
    Abstract: An image acquisition apparatus includes: an image acquisition device that includes normal image-acquisition pixels and a phase-difference detection pixel; a shift unit that shifts the image acquisition device; a phase-difference-pixel correcting unit that corrects a pixel value obtained by the phase-difference detection pixel to a value equivalent to values obtained by the normal image-acquisition pixels; a pixel storage unit that arranges and stores the pixel values after the correction at storage areas; and a high-resolution-image compositing unit that composites the stored pixel values to generate a high-resolution image. The shift unit shifts the image acquisition device such that pixel values that correspond to a specific color and that include the pixel value of a normal image-acquisition pixel exist at the same pixel position as the phase-difference detection pixel in the high-resolution image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuhito Nemoto
  • Patent number: 9742972
    Abstract: A camera module includes a lens assembly, a power device with a first circuit board, a second circuit board and a welding element. The first circuit board is partially bent, and thus an electrical contact of the first circuit board is exposed to a lateral side of the power device. The second circuit board includes a conductive hole corresponding to the electrical contact. The conductive hole is exposed to a lateral side of the second circuit board. The welding element is installed on the lateral side of the power device and the lateral side of the second circuit board. The welding element is contacted with the electrical contact and the conductive hole, so that the first circuit board and the second circuit board are electrically connected with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Chin-Ding Lai, Ta-Sheng Yu, Han-Kai Wang
  • Patent number: 9736381
    Abstract: Particular embodiments described herein provide for an electronic device that can include a main camera, at least one array of cameras, and a display to display an image captured by the main camera, wherein the image includes more than one region of interest and each region of interest is displayed in a separate picture in picture image on the display. A stream synchronization process module can capture the image and each separate picture in picture image as a separate video stream or as a single video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Sreenidhi A. Koti, Manoj Gopalakrishnan, Rohit K. Choraria, Prasanna Krishnaswamy
  • Patent number: 9736409
    Abstract: A semiconductor apparatus, a solid-state image sensing apparatus, and a camera system capable of reducing interference between signals transmitted through adjacent via holes, preventing an increase in the number of the via holes, reducing the area of a chip having sensors thereon and the number of mounting steps thereof. First and second chips are bonded together to form a laminated structure, a wiring between the first chip and the second chip being connected through via holes, the first chip transmitting signals obtained by time-discretizing analog signals generated by respective sensors to the second chip through the corresponding via holes, the second chip sampling the signals transmitted from the first chip through the via holes at a timing different from a timing at which the signals are sampled by the first chip and quantizing the sampled signals to obtain digital signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiaki Nagai, Ken Koseki, Yosuke Ueno, Atsushi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9736408
    Abstract: A ramp signal generator and a CMOS image sensor using the same are disclosed. The ramp signal generator includes a reference voltage generation unit that generates a reference voltage, a gain adjustment unit that adjusts a gain in cooperation with the reference voltage generation unit, a ramp bias voltage sampling unit that samples a ramp bias voltage of the gain adjustment unit, and a ramp signal generation unit that generates a ramp signal according to the ramp bias voltage sampled in the ramp bias voltage sampling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: SK Hynix Inc.
    Inventor: Jin-Seon Kim
  • Patent number: 9729809
    Abstract: A driving method of a semiconductor device that takes three-dimensional images with short duration is provided. In a first step, a light source starts to emit light, and first potential corresponding to the total amount of light received by a first photoelectric conversion element and a second photoelectric conversion element is written to a first charge accumulation region. In a second step, the light source stops emitting light and second potential corresponding to the total amount of light received by the first photoelectric conversion element and the second photoelectric conversion element is written to a second charge accumulation region. In a third step, first data corresponding to the potential written to the first charge accumulation region is read. In a fourth step, second data corresponding to the potential written to the second charge accumulation region is read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 9723211
    Abstract: In a camera module having an image stabilization mechanism, both of miniaturization and thinning are achieved, while adopting a structure of driving an entire of a lens group in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis direction. An image stabilization portion (4) of a camera module (50) includes an OIS base (14), an OIS movable plate (12), and guide balls (15) which support the OIS movable plate (12) so as to be movable in a plane perpendicular to an optical axis direction with respect to the OIS base (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Sekimoto
  • Patent number: 9720206
    Abstract: A lens apparatus includes a magnification variator driven for zooming, a drive unit that drives the variator, a detector that detects the position of the variator, a deriving unit that derives a second drive signal to drive the drive unit based on: an information representing relationship between position of the variator and size of field of view; a position detected by the detector; and first drive signal, wherein field-of-view change rate obtained when the drive unit is driven based on the second drive signal is smaller than field-of-view change rate obtained when the drive unit is driven based on the first drive signal, and a corrector that outputs position data in which variation of speed of the variator is smaller than that of position data based on the second drive command, when the variator is driven based on the second drive command derived by the deriving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Noboru Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9710153
    Abstract: An electronic device and a method of controlling the same are provided. When the electronic device captures a predetermined number of images through a camera in a predetermined location, the captured images are grouped into a group and a title for the group is recommended. Accordingly, a group title is recommended depending on photographing situation when a user continuously captures images, and thus captured images can be managed more efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yoonseok Yang, Sungchae Na
  • Patent number: 9712740
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing apparatus for displaying a region in focus in a refocused image to be output in such a manner that a user can easily recognize this region compared to displaying the refocused image without any arrangement made thereto. The image processing apparatus includes a first generation unit configured to generate an image in which an image region corresponding to an in-focus position in the refocused image is emphasized as a display image, an input unit configured to input a user instruction, which is an image output instruction, input based on a display of the display image, and an output unit configured to output the refocused image according to the user instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shohei Tsutsumi
  • Patent number: 9712770
    Abstract: As a control signal used for resetting a photodiode, a control signal for selecting an adjacent pixel row is used. Accordingly, the number of kinds of used control signals decreases, and a decrease in the area of the photodiode is prevented. In addition, a period in which all of a plurality of control signals selecting an adjacent pixel row are active is provided by setting an active period of a control signal selecting a pixel row to a period longer than a period in which a signal of one pixel row is read. Therefore, a CDS operation is realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: NLT TECHNOLOGIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Sekine
  • Patent number: 9706120
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes a shooting scene determining unit configured to determine a shooting scene, a selecting unit configured to select a bracket shooting from a plurality of bracket shootings which alter parameters in different ways from each other, based on the shooting scene determined by the shooting scene determining unit, and an image pickup unit configured to perform the bracket shooting selected by the selecting unit, and the selecting unit selects one type of bracket shooting even when the shooting scene determined by the shooting scene determining unit is suitable for at least two types of bracket shootings in the plurality of bracket shootings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Atsushi Fujita
  • Patent number: 9699397
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes a pixel array with unit pixels each having a photoelectric conversion device arranged in a matrix. Column signal lines are wired with respect to one column in the pixel arrangement and pixels are regularly connected to the column signal lines in accordance with rows in which pixels are positioned. A pixel signal reading unit has a column processing unit that reads pixel signals in units of plural pixels from the pixel array and performs column processing to read signals on a column basis, wherein the pixel signal reading unit includes a column input unit which can connect one or plural column signal lines arranged at a corresponding column to an input of one column processing unit through plural capacitors connected in parallel The column input unit has switches which can change a connection state between capacitors and column signal lines corresponding to the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masamichi Ito, Tsuyoshi Hara, Yoshiaki Inada
  • Patent number: 9692986
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a display device and a method for shooting and displaying an image. The display device includes a displayer and a camera installed in the displayer and configured to shoot images of an external object directly facing the displayer. The camera includes a plurality of lens components installed at intervals on a surface of the displayer, a plurality of photosensitive components matched with the plurality of lens components respectively, and a set of image processing chips configured to process the images generated by the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd.
    Inventor: Weizheng Zhang
  • Patent number: 9692961
    Abstract: A virtual image rotation method activates a camera to capture an image on a first side of an electronic device, analyzes the captured image to identify one or more facial images from the captured image, and identifies one of the one or more facial images from the captured image as a primary facial image. The method further calculates a directional value of the primary facial image in the captured image, and rotates a virtual image displayed on a display screen based on a preset rotational value associated with a preset directional value range in which the directional value of the primary facial image falls. A related electronic device and a related non-transitory storage medium are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: FIH (HONG KONG) LIMITED
    Inventor: San-Hsin Kuo
  • Patent number: 9692951
    Abstract: A mounting housing for a camera includes a surface contacting member and a sliding member that is slidable within an interior conduit within the surface contacting member. The surface contacting member has a back end that is located behind a mounting surface when the mounting housing is mounted and a front end, connected to the back end, that is located in front of the mounting surface when the mounting housing is mounted. A spring is pivotably coupled to and extends outwardly from the back end, and the spring is pivotable to apply force on to a back side of the mounting surface when the mounting housing is mounted. The sliding member is slidable along the interior conduit between mounted and un-mounted positions. The sliding member is lockable in the mounted position to bias the spring against the mounting surface when the mounting housing is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: AVIGILON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew J. Stark, Sudeep Mohan, Yat Shun Damien Yu
  • Patent number: 9686491
    Abstract: A control method for a photosensitive device comprises a matrix of photosensitive pixels distributed at the intersections of rows and columns of the matrix, each of the pixels comprising a photosensitive element able to generate an electrical signal under the effect of incident radiation and a switch controlled by a row conductor, the switch allowing the electrical signal to be transferred to a column conductor, the device further comprising a readout circuit connected to the column conductor to read out successively the various pixels connected to the column conductor, the method consisting, for each of the pixels, in activating the switch a first time by deactivating the associated readout circuit and in activating the switch a second time by activating the associated readout circuit, the duration separating the first activation and the second activation of the switch being equal to a predefined duration of integration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignees: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES, SAFRAN
    Inventor: Josep Segura Puchades