Patents by Inventor Atsushi Toda

Atsushi Toda 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).

  • Patent number: 10942470
    Abstract: A developing apparatus, includes: a developer bearing member that encloses a magnet roller having a plurality of magnetic poles and is rotatable; a wall that forms a developer storing chamber for storing a magnetic developer therein; a restricting member configured to restrict a layer thickness of the magnetic developer carried by the developer bearing member; and a moving member configured to move the magnetic developer carried by the developer bearing member before the magnetic developer is restricted by the restricting member, the moving member being brought into contact with a surface of the developer bearing member, the moved developer being on the developer veering member after the moving member moved the developer on the developer bearing member, wherein the moving member is disposed at a position opposed to any of the magnetic pole positions of the plurality of magnetic poles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hirokazu Fujino, Naoki Fukushima, Atsushi Toda, Daisuke Baba, Yosuke Kishi, Masahito Kato, Masaki Hirose
  • Publication number: 20210066373
    Abstract: A ripple is suppressed in a solid-state imaging element that obtains a spectral spectrum. The solid-state imaging element includes a surface layer, a filter layer, and a photoelectric conversion layer. In the solid-state imaging element, the surface layer has a thickness exceeding a half of a coherence length of incident light. Furthermore, in the solid-state imaging element, the filter layer transmits predetermined target light of the incident light transmitted through the surface layer and reflects a rest of the incident light transmitted through the surface layer to the surface layer. Furthermore, in the solid-state imaging element, the photoelectric conversion layer photoelectrically converts the predetermined target light transmitted through the filter layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventor: ATSUSHI TODA
  • Publication number: 20210043687
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging apparatus includes a pixel array part in which a plurality of pixels are two-dimensionally arranged, in which each pixel has a first photoelectric conversion region formed above a semiconductor layer, a second photoelectric conversion region formed in the semiconductor layer, a first filter configured to transmit a light in a predetermined wavelength region corresponding to a color component, and a second filter having different transmission characteristics from the first filter, one photoelectric conversion region out of the first photoelectric conversion region and the second photoelectric conversion region photoelectrically converts a light in a visible light region, the other photoelectric conversion region photoelectrically converts a light in an infrared region, the first filter is formed above the first photoelectric conversion region, and the second filter has transmission characteristics of making wavelengths of lights in an infrared region absorbed in the other photoelectric co
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuji YAMAGUCHI, Atsushi TODA, Itaru OSHIYAMA
  • Publication number: 20210033476
    Abstract: A strain gauge includes a strain detecting unit and a temperature detecting unit that are formed on or above a flexible substrate. The strain detecting unit includes a resistor formed of material including at least one from among chromium and nickel, on or above the substrate. The resistor includes a plurality of resistive patterns that are juxtaposed; and a folded portion connected to end portions of given resistive patterns that are next to each other. A first metallic layer formed of a material of which a gauge factor is less than that of the resistor is laminated on the folded portion, and a resistance value of the first metallic layer on the folded portion is less than a resistance value of the folded portion. The temperature detecting unit is a thermocouple including a second metallic layer formed of a same material as the resistor, on or above the substrate; and a third metallic layer formed of a same material as the first metallic layer, on the second metallic layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Shinya TODA, Atsushi KITAMURA, Akiyo YUGUCHI
  • Patent number: 10903257
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a solid-state imaging device, a driving method for the same, and an electronic appliance, and an object is to provide a solid-state imaging device that can achieve the pixel miniaturization and the global shutter function with higher sensitivity and saturated charge amount. Another object is to provide an electronic appliance including the solid-state imaging device. In a solid-state imaging device 1 having the global shutter function, a first charge accumulation unit 18 and a second charge accumulation unit 25 are stacked in the depth direction of a substrate 12, and the transfer of the signal charges from the first charge accumulation unit 12 to the second charge accumulation unit 25 is conducted by a vertical first transfer transistor Tr1. Thus, the pixel miniaturization can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Atsushi Toda
  • Publication number: 20200408598
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a sensor device and an electronic device capable of providing a better spectral characteristic. A sensor device is provided with a semiconductor substrate on which a photodiode is formed, a filter included in a multilayer structure stacked on a light-receiving surface side of the semiconductor substrate, and a moth-eye structure arranged on an outermost surface above the filter. Then, a surface plasmon resonance filter or a Fabry-Perot resonator filter is used as the filter. The present technology may be applied to, for example, a spectral device which performs multi-spectroscopy or hyperspectral spectroscopy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: ATSUSHI TODA, HYUNSUNG PARK
  • Publication number: 20200386620
    Abstract: To provide a sensor that can improve reliability and image quality. Provided is a sensor including: at least one variable wavelength device including an optical element including at least two optical interference filters, the at least two optical interference filters arranged to face each other, the optical element having a gap between the at least two optical interference filters arranged to face each other, and a variable distance apparatus that changes a distance of the gap; and at least one photoelectric conversion element. The distance of the gap is changed to acquire continuous optical spectra.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Inventor: ATSUSHI TODA
  • Patent number: 10847581
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging apparatus includes a pixel array part having a plurality of pixels are two-dimensionally arranged, in which each pixel has a first photoelectric conversion region formed above a semiconductor layer, a second photoelectric conversion region formed in the semiconductor layer, a first filter configured to transmit a light in a predetermined wavelength region corresponding to a color component, and a second filter having different transmission characteristics from the first filter, one photoelectric conversion region out of the first photoelectric conversion region and the second photoelectric conversion region photoelectrically converts a light in a visible light region, the other photoelectric conversion region photoelectrically converts a light in an infrared region, the first filter is formed above the first photoelectric conversion region, and the second filter has transmission characteristics of making wavelengths of light in an infrared region absorbed in the other photoelectric conve
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuji Yamaguchi, Atsushi Toda, Itaru Oshiyama
  • Publication number: 20200341404
    Abstract: In a state that a first voltage is applied to a charging member so as to form a surface potential on a region of an image bearing member and a second voltage the same in polarity as the first voltage is applied to a transfer ember, a detection unit detects a transfer current in the region of the image bearing member during one rotation of the image hearing member after the region passes through a charging portion, when an absolute value of the surface potential formed on the region immediately before entry into the charging portion is larger than an absolute value of the surface potential formed on the region when it is positioned upstream of a transfer portion and downstream of the charging portion in a rotational direction of the image bearing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: Atsushi Toda, Naoki Fukushima
  • Patent number: 10818712
    Abstract: Provided is a solid-state image pickup device and a method of manufacture, and an electronic device capable of suppressing occurrence of a transmission wavelength shift with a simpler design. The solid-state image pickup device includes a multilayer film filter having a laminated structure in which a transmission wavelength adjustment layer is sandwiched between a first multilayer film layer and a second multilayer film layer. The transmission wavelength adjustment layer is formed such that at least two types of dielectrics having different refractive indexes mixedly exist, and an effective refractive index is determined according to a ratio of the mixture. The effective refractive index of the transmission wavelength adjustment layer gradually increases from a chip central portion in which an incident angle of light emitted onto the multilayer film filter is small toward a chip end portion in which the incident angle of light is large.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuji Yamaguchi, Atsushi Toda
  • Publication number: 20200332166
    Abstract: A refrigeration cycle apparatus (1) is capable of performing a refrigeration cycle using a small-GWP refrigerant. The refrigeration cycle apparatus (1) includes a refrigerant circuit (10) and a refrigerant enclosed in the refrigerant circuit (10). The refrigerant circuit includes a compressor (21), a condenser (23), a decompressing section (24), and an evaporator (31). The refrigerant contains at least 1,2-difluoroethylene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Applicant: DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Eiji KUMAKURA, Takuro YAMADA, Atsushi YOSHIMI, Ikuhiro IWATA, Mitsushi ITANO, Daisuke KARUBE, Yuuki YOTSUMOTO, Kazuhiro TAKAHASHI, Tatsuya TAKAKUWA, Yuzo KOMATSU, Shun OHKUBO, Keisuke OHTSUKA, Yoshinari ASANO, Keiji AOTA, Yuuichi YANAGI, Yoshikazu NAKAO, Takeo ABE, Yumi TODA, Tetsushi TSUDA
  • Patent number: 10802419
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a developer container including a frame configured to define a developer containing portion, a first electrode, and a second electrode arranged on a surface of the frame and having a surface opposed to the first electrode, a developer amount in the developer containing portion being detected based on a capacitance between the first electrode and the second electrode, the method including: holding a conductive resin member constituting the second electrode on a mold configured to mold the frame, a surface of the conductive resin member being in contact with a surface of the mold configured to mold a surface of the frame on a side of the developer containing portion; injecting a resin to be formed into the frame, into the mold on which the conductive resin member is held; and curing the resin to form the frame to which the second electrode is fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Taku Watanabe, Masahito Kato, Go Shindo, Atsushi Toda, Katsuichi Abe, Motonari Ito, Akira Suzuki, Junichi Matsumura, Naoki Matsumaru
  • Publication number: 20200287509
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an operational amplifier includes first and second input terminals, an output terminal, differential circuitry, and output circuitry. The differential circuitry including first and second nodes, and first and second transistors. The output circuitry including third through fifth nodes, and third through eighth transistors. The third transistor being coupled to the first node at a gate and coupled to the third node at one end. The fourth transistor being coupled to the second node at a gate and coupled to the fourth node at one end. The fifth transistor being coupled to the fourth node at a gate and coupled to the third node at one end. The sixth transistor being coupled to the fourth node at each of a gate and one end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventors: Shuji Toda, Atsushi Namai
  • Publication number: 20200279884
    Abstract: To improve detection efficiency in a solid-state imaging element including a SPAD in which an electrode and wiring are placed in a central portion. A solid-state imaging element includes a photodiode and a light collecting section. The photodiode includes a light receiving surface and an electrode placed on the light receiving surface, and that outputs an electrical signal in accordance with light incident on the light receiving surface in a state where a voltage exceeding a breakdown voltage is applied to the electrode. The light collecting section causes light from a subject to be collected in the light receiving surface other than a region where the electrode is placed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Applicant: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuhi YORIKADO, Atsushi TODA, Susumu INOUE
  • Patent number: 10761451
    Abstract: A developing apparatus, includes: a developer bearing member that is rotatable; an moving member configured to move the magnetic developer carried on the developer bearing member before the magnetic developer is restricted by a restricting member, the moving member being rotatable and brought into contact with a surface of the developer bearing member; and a control portion, wherein, at a contact position between the developer bearing member and the moving member, assuming that a moving speed vector of a surface of the developer bearing member is taken as R and a moving speed vector of a surface of the moving member is taken as r, the control portion controls rotational operation of the developer bearing member and the moving member such that a direction of a vector R?r during image formation and a direction of a vector R?r during non-image formation be opposite to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahito Kato, Hirokazu Fujino, Naoki Fukushima, Atsushi Toda, Daisuke Baba, Yosuke Kishi, Masaki Hirose
  • Publication number: 20200244904
    Abstract: There is provided an imaging device, an electronic apparatus including an imaging device, and an automotive vehicle including an electronic apparatus including an imaging device, including: a first substrate including a first set of photoelectric conversion units; a second substrate including a second set of photoelectric conversion units; and an insulating layer between the first substrate and the second substrate; where the insulating layer has a capability to reflect a first wavelength range of light and transmit a second wavelength range of light that is longer than the first wavelength range of light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Atsushi TODA
  • Publication number: 20200235166
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a solid-state imaging device that can achieve a high S/N ratio at a high sensitivity level without any decrease in resolution, and to an electronic apparatus. In the upper layer, the respective pixels of a photoelectric conversion unit that absorbs light of a first wavelength are tilted at approximately 45 degrees with respect to a square pixel array, and are two-dimensionally arranged in horizontal directions and vertical directions in an oblique array. The respective pixels of a photoelectric conversion unit that is sensitive to light of a second or third wavelength are arranged under the first photoelectric conversion unit. That is, pixels that are ?2 times as large in size (twice as large in area) and are rotated 45 degrees are arranged in an oblique array. The present disclosure can be applied to solid-state imaging devices that are used in imaging apparatuses, for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Atsushi TODA
  • Publication number: 20200223452
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes: a driving controller configured to perform first driving control such that one or both of an acceleration or deceleration speed and steering of a vehicle is controlled to travel the vehicle; an occupant intention detector configured to detect an intention of the occupant to switch from manual driving to a state in which the driving controller performs the first driving control; and a one-way traffic determiner configured to determine whether a road on which the vehicle is predicted to be traveling or travel in future is a one-way traffic road. The driving controller determines whether to start the first driving control based on whether the one-way traffic determiner determines the road on which the vehicle is predicted to be traveling or travel in future is the one-way traffic road.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Akihiro Toda, Yugo Ueda, Katsuaki Sasaki, Atsushi Arai
  • Patent number: 10714521
    Abstract: To improve detection efficiency in a solid-state imaging element including a SPAD in which an electrode and wiring are placed in a central portion. A solid-state imaging element includes a photodiode and a light collecting section. The photodiode includes a light receiving surface and an electrode placed on the light receiving surface, and that outputs an electrical signal in accordance with light incident on the light receiving surface in a state where a voltage exceeding a breakdown voltage is applied to the electrode. The light collecting section causes light from a subject to be collected in the light receiving surface other than a region where the electrode is placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Yuhi Yorikado, Atsushi Toda, Susumu Inoue
  • Patent number: 10700132
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a solid-state imaging device that can achieve a high S/N ratio at a high sensitivity level without any decrease in resolution, and to an electronic apparatus. In the upper layer, the respective pixels of a photoelectric conversion unit that absorbs light of a first wavelength are tilted at approximately 45 degrees with respect to a square pixel array, and are two-dimensionally arranged in horizontal directions and vertical directions in an oblique array. The respective pixels of a photoelectric conversion unit that is sensitive to light of a second or third wavelength are arranged under the first photoelectric conversion unit. That is, pixels that are ?2 times as large in size (twice as large in area) and are rotated 45 degrees are arranged in an oblique array. The present disclosure can be applied to solid-state imaging devices that are used in imaging apparatuses, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Atsushi Toda