Akio Noguchi has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Abstract: A driver IC for driving a light source comprises means for generating a constant current, switching means for switching the constant current supplied to the light source, first input terminal for inputting a first signal to modulate a light emitted by the light source, said switching means performing a switching operation in accordance with the first signal, and second input terminal for inputting a second signal so as to supply the constant current to the light source, irrespective of the first signal.
Abstract: A communication system includes a main control unit controlling a plurality of units, a transmitter for transmitting information between the main control unit and the plurality of units, and an error detector. The error detector can include a modulator and demodulator for modulating or demodulating the transmitted information on the basis of a predetermined rule. The error detector detects a communication error in the transmitted information in accordance with the predetermined rule. Alternatively, the error detector can include a transmitted data creator/analyzer for creating data based on the transmitted information in a state in which the information contains positive data and negative data of the same bit in one frame and analyzes data when the data is received. This error detector detects a communication error in the transmitted information on the basis of the comparison between the positive and negative data.
Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a feeder means and a recorder. The feeder feeds a sheet of recording paper to a predetermined position in response to a spare paper feed signal instructing the feeding as the sheet of recording paper to the predetermined position preliminarily, and then feeds the sheet of recording paper being stopped at the predetermined position again in response to a record request signal. The recorder records an image on the sheet of recording paper fed by the feeder means through an electrophotographic process. The recorder means starts preparation to execute the electrophotographic process upon receiving the spare paper feed signal. As a results, throughput is increased without causing other problems.
Abstract: An image forming apparatus which has an image signal generator for generating an image signal, an image forming unit for forming an image on a recording medium based on the generated image signal, a feeding unit for feeding the medium to the image forming unit, and a controller for outputting different commands to the image forming unit to control the image forming unit. The feeding unit performs spare paper feeding of the medium to a predetermined position before the generator is set in an image signal output enable state and feeds the medium from the predetermined position to the image forming unit after the generator is set in the image signal output enable state. The image forming unit validates a specific command of the different commands when the specific command is received during at least a spare paper feed period from start of spare paper feeding of the recording medium to start of paper feeding from the predetermined position, thereby maximizing the function of the image forming apparatus.
Abstract: There is disclosed an electronic apparatus in which signal transmission, for example a command signal from a control unit or a detection signal from a detector, is conducted by light from an emitting unit to a receiving unit. This eliminates signal transmission by cables, thus avoiding complicated wiring operations, preventing noises and reducing the volume of the apparatus.
Abstract: In a control method for a both-surface recording apparatus provided with a memory for memorizing and reading record information sequent on each page, recording apparatus for recording the record information of a plurality of pages, out of the record information, discretely on a first surface and a second surface of a recording medium, and control apparatus for controlling the memory and the recording apparatus, recording is continuedly effected on a first surface of a new recording medium until the first recording medium on a first surface of which recording has been effected again arrives at the entrance to the recording apparatus, and thereafter, recording is effected on a second surface of the first recording medium, whereafter recording of a first surface of another new recording medium and recording on a second surface of the recording medium on the first surface of which recording has been effected are alternately effected.
Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a motor driver for driving a motor which is rotated at constant revolutions for image formation, a rotation detector unit for detecting revolutions of the motor driven by the motor driver, and a control unit for outputting a control signal for image formation. The rotation detector unit detects the revolutions of the motor when a drive operation of the motor driver is started. The control unit changes an output timing of the control signal for starting the image formation in accordance with the detected revolutions.
Abstract: A color image processing device in which color signals representing a color of individual picture elements are input as addresses to a first semiconductor device so that correction data for correcting an target picture element are successively outputted for every separated color. A second semiconductor device is used to hold correction data for a particular color so that it can be simultaneously outputted to a logic circuit with additional correction data from the first semiconductor device for another color. The logic circuit combines the correction data from the first and second semiconductor devices with signals from the target picture element and outputs a corrected signal representing a corrected color for the target picture element.
Abstract: An image reproducing apparatus wherein a halftone of an image is reproduced by repeating a picture element pattern composed of a plurality of dots as a unit and each dot display density of which is gradually controlled. The repetition of the same picture element patterns is avoided to improve tone reproducing performance.The image display unit includes a means for determining a disposition of dots composing a specific picture element pattern, i.e., display density of each dot in response to tone density of the original image, a means for comparing the disposition of dots of the specific picture element pattern determined by said means with a dot disposition or dispositions of one or plural surrounding picture element pattern or patterns, and a means for changing the dot disposition of said specific picture element pattern in the case when it is identical with dot dispositions of a predetermined number or more of surrounding picture element patterns.
Abstract: A color image data processing device in which the color for a target picture element is corrected in accordance with the combination of colors obtained for peripheral picture elements. The peripheral picture elements are arranged around the target picture element in a predetermined relationship. A memory outputs a signal which represents a color for the target picture elements with the signal being determined by the combination of colors obtained for the peripheral picture elements. A logic circuit receives the signal from the memory and logically combines the signal with a second signal obtained from the target picture element which represents a color for the target picture element. The logic circuit then outputs a corrected color signal determined by the logical operations on its two input signals.
Abstract: A thermal head drive circuit is provided in which the thermal energy applied during printing is corrected due to the black-white ratio, the thermal head's heat accumulation and the heat history data. The circuit includes a heat accumulation state operator, a pulse width calculator, a pulse width memory and a pulse width determining circuit. The circuit also includes a fundamental pulse width determining circuit and an auxiliary pulse width determining circuit for determining the additional pulse width to be applied with the output from the fundamental pulse width determining circuit.
Abstract: A thermal head driving/control apparatus used to correct temperature conditions individually for heating elements constituting a thermal head employed according to a thermal-sensitive recording system in facsimile equipment. The device provides a correction signal for each printing signal provided to a heating element of a thermal head. The thermal head selectively prints dots in recording, bit by bit, to form an image made up of lines of bits. The correction signal is formed by counting the number of dots printed within the vicinity of a reference bit. The correction signal follows the primary printing signal for each bit of a line to additionally heat an element or not to achieve ideal printing of dot to maintain an associated substrate portion at a desired operating temperature resulting in a uniform printing concentration. The device of the invention can be employed in facsimile equipment to provide a temperature correction device which reduces uneven printing concentration.
Abstract: A record material utilizing the color forming reaction between a substantially colorless chromogenic material and an electron accepting reactant material is disclosed. The colorless chromogenic material used comprises a mixture of the first component consisting of at least one specified phthalide compound having two vinyl linkages and the second component of another kind of chromogenic material which is different from said first component. The first component of the chromogenic material is used in an amount of 5 to 80%, preferably 7 to 50%, by weight with respect to the amount of the second component and in such an amount that the reflectance at any wavelength within the range of 580 nm to 880 nm, preferably within the range of 500 to 880 nm of color images developed by said color forming reaction is less by at least 55% than that of said record material before color developing.
Abstract: A thermo-sensitive recording apparatus individually controls the energization level of each of a plurality of heater elements formed on a substrate and constituting a thermal print head. In generating each energization level, the present and previous status of an individual heater element and selected neighboring elements are taken into consideration. Other factors combined in a selectively weighted manner include the latent heat of the individual heater element and its neighboring heater elements, the resistance of the heater element, the percentage of heater elements to be activated during the printing of a line, and the temperature of the substrate.
Abstract: In a heat-sensitive recording material in which a resin layer is formed on a recording layer containing at least a color forming material and a color developing material which forms a color when reacted with the color forming material by contact, a heat-sensitive recording material which is characterized in that the resin is essentially composed of an acetoacetylated polyvinyl alcohol and/or a copolymer of vinyl alcohol, acrylonitrile and optionally an other copolymerizable monomer.
December 7, 1983
Date of Patent:
April 23, 1985
Kanzaki Paper Manufacturing Company Limited