Patents by Inventor Hirotoshi Ichikawa

Hirotoshi Ichikawa 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).

  • Publication number: 20190195362
    Abstract: In order to achieve a simple and miniaturized structure, there is provided an interlock mechanism including a shaft disposed to be movable in an axial direction and rotatable in a rotation direction, an interlock member disposed coaxially with an outer peripheral side of the shaft so as to be rotatable integrally with the shaft in the rotation direction and immovable in the axial direction, and configured to include a first main body portion, a second main body portion, and a connection pin, a first fork from which a fork head protrudes, and a second fork from which a fork head protrudes. A first engagement target portion engaging with the fork head is cut out in the first main body portion of the interlock member. A second engagement target portion engaging with the fork head is cut out in the second main body portion of the interlock member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Applicant: AISIN Al CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaya ICHIKAWA, Hideya OSAWA, Hirotoshi TANAKA
  • Patent number: 8858811
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a device comprising an elastic member on a substrate includes steps of: forming a sacrificial layer by forming a plurality of sacrificial sub-layers on the substrate; forming a plate member in or on the sacrificial layers connected to the substrate and substantially parallel to a top surface of the substrate; and removing the sacrificial sub-layers after forming the plate member by removing the sacrificial sub-layers in an order different from the reverse order of forming the sacrificial sub-layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Maeda, Fusao Ishii, Kazuhiro Watanabe, Hirotoshi Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 8643681
    Abstract: A color display device including: at least one spatial light modulation element forming a display picture by modulated light obtained by modulating illumination light, a color sequential light generation device changing in a time series the illumination light or the modulated light into multiple groups of different color lights in one frame of a display period of the display picture, a control device controlling the spatial light modulator, and a color sequential light generation device based on the input picture data. The control device controls the spatial light modulator and the color sequential light generation device to change the ratio of the display time of each color of the reflected light time-shared in the display period of the frame depending on the character and/or the set value of the input picture data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignees: Silicon Quest Kabushiki-Kaisha, Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Taro Endo, Fusao Ishii, Yoshihiro Maeda, Hirotoshi Ichikawa, Hirokazu Nishino
  • Patent number: 8619352
    Abstract: The present invention provides a projection apparatus that includes a mirror element and a drive circuit for driving a laser light source for projecting an illumination light. The projection apparatus further includes mirror device for modulating the illumination light and a projection lens for projecting the modulated light from the mirror element. The mirror device is disposed on a device substrate and packaged in a package substrate made of a transparent silicon material with a metallic thermal transfer path connected to the device substrate and a cover glass covering the package substrate. The distance between the mirror and the bottom surface of the cover glass is larger than the focal length of the projection lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Silicon Quest Kabushiki-Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Maeda, Hirokazu Nishino, Akira Shirai, Hirotoshi Ichikawa, Fusao Ishii
  • Patent number: 8350790
    Abstract: A video display system includes a plurality of primary color light sources; and a spatial light modulator (SLM) for modulating an illumination light emitted from at least one of the plurality of primary light sources. The video display system further includes a display controller for controlling a process to display a sequence of video images within a period of one frame comprising each of a plurality of primary colors and each of a plurality of complementary colors to minimize a number of emissions of each of the plurality of primary color light sources and also displaying the video images of the colors of the plurality of primary colors and the plurality of complementary colors in sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: Silicon Quest Kabushiki-Kaisha, Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Taro Endo, Yoshihiro Maeda, Hirotoshi Ichikawa, Fusao Ishii
  • Patent number: 8238013
    Abstract: A projection apparatus comprising a micromirror device for reflecting and modulating a light emitted from a light source to project a display an image on a display screen. The projection apparatus further includes a projection optical system comprises an adjustable aperture for adjusting an aperture ratio to control an amount of output light reflected from the micromirror device to the image display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignees: Silicon Quest Kabushiki-Kaisha, Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Hirotoshi Ichikawa, Fusao Ishii
  • Patent number: 8238019
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a projection apparatus comprising: a light source for emitting illumination light; a mirror device comprising a plurality of mirrors for generating an image by reflecting the illumination light toward a projecting direction by means of a deflecting operation; and a projection optical system which is placed in the optical axis of reflection light in the projecting direction of the illumination light incident to the mirror device and which projects the reflection light, wherein the optical axis of the illumination light incident to the mirror device and the optical axis of the reflection light in the projecting direction forms an angle that is larger than the expansion angle ? of the flux of the illumination light that satisfies NA=n*sin ?, where NA is the numerical aperture of the flux of the illumination light, and n is the reflectance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignees: Silicon Quest Kabushiki-Kaisha, Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Taro Endo, Yoshihiro Maeda, Hirotoshi Ichikawa, Yoshiaki Horikawa, Fusao Ishii
  • Patent number: 8199394
    Abstract: A mirror device comprises: a plurality of electrodes disposed on a substrate; a hinge connected to at least one of the electrodes; a mirror connected to the hinge and corresponding to at least one of the electrodes, wherein a barrier layer is comprised between the hinge and mirror, and/or between the hinge and electrode. Also noted is a mirror device production method for producing such-configured mirror device. Further noted is a projection apparatus comprising such-configured mirror device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignees: Silicon Quest Kabushiki-Kaisha, Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Fusao Ishii, Yoshihiro Maeda, Hirotoshi Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 8194305
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a mirror device that includes a mirror element which further comprising an elastic hinge and a mirror and which modulates incident light emitted from a light source, a device substrate on which a drive circuit for driving the mirror element is placed, a package substrate which is made of transparent glass or a silicon material and on which the device substrate is placed, a metallic thermal transfer path connected to the device substrate, and a cover glass connected to the package substrate so that the device substrate is covered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignees: Silicon Quest Kabushiki-Kaisha, Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Maeda, Hirokazu Nishino, Akira Shirai, Hirotoshi Ichikawa, Fusao Ishii
  • Patent number: 8134772
    Abstract: A micromirror device includes an elastic hinge for supporting a mirror on a substrate, and an address electrode for deflecting the mirror. The device further includes a protective layer and an oriented monolayer laid to cover a stopper also functioning as an address electrode provided below the mirror and between the mirror and the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignees: Silicon Quest Kabushiki-Kaisha, Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Maeda, Fusao Ishii, Kazuhiro Watanabe, Hirotoshi Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 8134767
    Abstract: A mirror device comprises: an electrode which is covered with a protective film made of a material containing a semiconductor material and is placed on a substrate; a mirror placed above the electrode; and an electrically conductive hinge placed between the mirror and the electrode, wherein an opening part is formed in a part of the protective film, and the hinge penetrates the protective film in the opening part thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignees: Silicon Quest Kabushiki-Kaisha, Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Maeda, Hirotoshi Ichikawa, Fusao Ishii
  • Patent number: 8115986
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mirror device, comprising: a plurality of deflectable mirrors; an elastic member for supporting the mirror and to deflect the mirror to a range of deflecting angles; a drive electrode for driving the mirror; a control circuit for giving electric charge to the drive electrode and controlling the deflecting direction of the mirror; and a substrate on which the drive electrode and the elastic member, wherein the drive electrode is placed within an area on the substrate the mirror is projected on, has an outer form constituted by sides approximately in parallel to the outer peripheral lines of the present mirror and by sides approximately parallel to the deflection axis of the present mirror, or a form obtained by dividing the aforementioned outer form into a plurality thereof, and also fills the role of a stopper for regulating the deflection angle of the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignees: Silicon Quest Kabushiki-Kaisha, Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Hirotoshi Ichikawa, Yoshihiro Maeda, Fusao Ishii
  • Patent number: 8064118
    Abstract: This invention provides a display system that receives an image signal containing a binary data of N bits, wherein N is a positive integer, for displaying an image with a grayscale corresponding to the binary data. The display system further includes a data converter for converting M-bit of the N bits of the binary data into a non-binary data, wherein M is a positive integer and N?M, for applying the non-binary data as a sub-frame in controlling the gray scale in displaying the image. In an exemplary embodiment, the data converter converts consecutive M-bit of the N bits of the binary data into the non-binary data. The display system further includes a spatial light modulator (SLM) having a plurality of pixel elements and the SLM receiving the non-binary data of M bits for controlling the pixel elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignees: Silicon Quest Kabushiki-Kaisha, Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Fusao Ishii, Yoshihiro Maeda, Hirotoshi Ichikawa, Kazuma Arai
  • Patent number: 8064123
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image display system implemented with a micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) device formed and supported on a substrate functioning as a spatial light modulator wherein the MEMS device further comprises a drive circuit disposed on the substrate; a micromirror functioning as a movable electrode supported on a deflectable hinge extended from the substrate; a stationary electrode disposed on the substrate and connected to the drive circuit to receive signals therefrom, wherein the stationary electrode comprises a first electrode, a second electrode and an insulation layer, wherein the insulation layer is disposed between the first electrode and second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignees: Silicon Quest Kabushiki-Kaisha, Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Maeda, Hirotoshi Ichikawa, Naoya Sugimoto, Fusao Ishii
  • Patent number: 8045254
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an image display system implemented with a spatial light modulator (SLM) having a plurality of pixel elements wherein each of the pixel elements further comprises an electrode having a structural body comprising: a first electrically conductive layer; a second electrically conductive layer; and a semiconductor layer disposed adjacently to the first electric conductive layer and second electric conductive layer and the semiconductor layer further comprises a doped conductive area for electrically connecting the first electric conductive layer and second electric conductive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignees: Silicon Quest Kabushiki-Kaisha, Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Hirotoshi Ichikawa, Yoshihiro Maeda, Fusao Ishii
  • Patent number: 8023172
    Abstract: A mirror device, comprising: a mirror; an electrode which is placed on a substrate and on which surface a cavity is formed; and a hinge placed between the mirror and electrode, wherein the hinge is connected to the cavity of the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignees: Silicon Quest Kabushiki-Kaisha, Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Fusao Ishii, Yoshihiro Maeda, Hirotoshi Ichikawa, Naoya Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 7956319
    Abstract: A mirror device including: a mirror arranged on a substrate, supported by a hinge, and arranged substantially parallel to the substrate; a plurality of address electrodes for deflecting the mirror to an ON state, an OFF state, or an oscillating state; and a drive circuit for applying a voltage to the plurality of address electrodes. The mirror device is controlled such that a voltage can be applied to a corresponding address electrode to deflect the mirror, and oscillation in the oscillating state can be started from a state of the deflected mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignees: Silicon Quest Kabushiki-Kaisha, Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Maeda, Fusao Ishii, Hirotoshi Ichikawa, Kazuma Arai
  • Patent number: 7948505
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image signal processor, comprising: (a) an input circuit for receiving and/or holding an image signal of N-bit binary data word, where N is a positive integer; (b) a data converter converting at least M-bit data of binary data into non-binary data having multiple bits, where M is a positive integer and N?M?2, wherein (c) all bits of the non-binary data have a weight which is equal to, or less than, that of the least significant bit of the M-bit data of binary data; and (d) the data converter outputting the each bit of the non-binary data in sequence starting from an equal data value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignees: Silicon Quest Kabushiki-Kaisha, Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuma Arai, Fusao Ishii, Yoshihiro Maeda, Hirotoshi Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 7944600
    Abstract: A micromirror device includes an elastic hinge for supporting a mirror on a substrate, and an address electrode for deflecting the mirror. The device further includes a protective layer and an oriented monolayer laid to cover a stopper also functioning as an address electrode provided below the mirror and between the mirror and the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignees: Silicon Quest Kabushiki-Kaisha, Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Maeda, Fusao Ishii, Kazuhiro Watanabe, Hirotoshi Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 7933060
    Abstract: The present invention provides a spatial light modulator, comprising a mirror modulating a light emitted from a light source, wherein the mirror is further controlled to operate with at least three stationary states whereby an image is projected with a gray scale expression through a combination of modulation of the light operated in the three stationary states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignees: Silicon Quest Kabushiki-Kaisha, Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Fusao Ishii, Naoya Sugimoto, Hirotoshi Ichikawa, Yoshihiro Maeda