Patents by Inventor Junichi Matsuo

Junichi Matsuo 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: 11279239
    Abstract: A power generation amount of a power generator disposed on a vehicle is appropriately controlled by ordering the power generator a required power generation amount so as to control the power generator, driving a drive motor configured to drive a driving wheel of the vehicle using at least part of electric power generated by the power generator according to the required power generation amount, storing at least part of surplus power left in the electric power generated by the power generator in a storage device, detecting a slip of the driving wheel, and, executing reduction processing of a power generation amount for further reducing a required power generation amount that reflects a reduction amount of the electric power for driving the drive motor due to the slip of the driving wheel, if the detected extent of the slip is larger than a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takao Watanabe, Junichi Matsuo
  • Patent number: 11276719
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes: an imager including pixels arranged in rows and columns; vertical transfer portions in one-to-one correspondence with columns of the pixels, each of which includes a readout electrode that reads out signal charges generated in the pixels and a transfer electrode that transfers the read-out signal charges in the column direction; and a horizontal transfer portion which transfers, in the row direction, the signal charges transferred by the vertical transfer portions, and outputs the signal charges. The imager is formed by alternately disposing, in the column direction, a first row in which visible light pixels each including a first photoelectric converter that converts visible light into signal charges are arranged adjacent in the row direction and a second row in which infrared light pixels each including a second photoelectric converter that converts infrared light into signal charges are arranged adjacent in the row direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: NUVOTON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION JAPAN
    Inventors: Takashi Kuwahara, Junichi Matsuo, Mitsugu Yoshita
  • Publication number: 20220075069
    Abstract: A distance-measuring imaging device includes: a drive controller that outputs a light emission control signal for instructing emission of pulsed light and an exposure control signal for instructing exposure to reflected light; an image capturer that includes a plurality of pixels and outputs an exposure signal of each of the plurality of pixels that has been exposed at a timing of the exposure control signal; a pixel calculator that generates a composite signal with a pixel filter that combines exposure signals of adjacent pixels among the plurality of pixels using a weight coefficient for the exposure signal; and a time-of-flight (TOF) calculator that generates a distance image, based on the composite signal. The pixel calculator includes at least two pixel filters having different composite scale factors, and selects the pixel filter from the at least two pixel filters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2021
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    Inventors: Seiichiro WAKU, Junichi MATSUO, Haruka TAKANO, Taichi NAGATA, Keiichi MORI, Masayuki MASUYAMA
  • Patent number: 11233259
    Abstract: A fuel cell system includes a fuel cell, a plurality of power consuming devices, a secondary battery, a charge-discharge amount sensor, and a controller configured to control operations of the plurality of power consuming devices. An identification section of the controller is configured to execute a variation process of varying the operation command value of one of the plurality of power consuming devices and, in a second case where an absolute value of a difference between an amount of change in the actual amount of charge and discharge and an amount of change in the estimated amount of charge and discharge before and after execution of the variation process is greater than a second threshold, identify the power consuming device, for which the operation command value is varied, as the device to be identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tatsuya Fukami, Junichi Matsuo, Tomoya Ogawa
  • Patent number: 11194025
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes: pixels arranged in a matrix on a semiconductor substrate. Each of the pixels includes: a photoelectric converter that converts received light into a signal charge; at least one read gate that reads the signal charge from the photoelectric converter; charge accumulators that each accumulate the signal charge read by the at least one read gate; and a charge holder that receives, from one of the charge accumulators, transfer of the signal charge accumulated in the charge accumulator, holds the signal charge, and transfers, to one of the charge accumulators, the signal charge held, each of the charge accumulators includes a part of a transfer channel and a part of a transfer electrode overlapping with the part of the transfer channel in a planar view of the semiconductor substrate, and the transfer channel per one pixel comprises transfer channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: NUVOTON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION JAPAN
    Inventors: Sei Suzuki, Junichi Matsuo, Shinichi Kawai
  • Publication number: 20210377478
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a light emitter, a pixel section, and a signal processor which calculates distance information of a subject. The pixel section includes a photoelectric converter, first and second read-out gates, and a plurality of charge accumulators including a first charge accumulator and a second charge accumulator. The first read-out gate is activated in a first period and deactivated in a second period. The second read-out gate is activated in the first period and the second period. The signal processor calculates the distance information based on a total amount of signal charges accumulated in the charge accumulators in the first period and the second period and a difference between an amount of signal charges accumulated in the second charge accumulator in the first period and the second period and an amount of the signal charge accumulated in the first charge accumulator in the first period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2021
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Inventors: Keiichi MORI, Junichi MATSUO, Mitsuhiko OTANI, Mayu OGAWA
  • Publication number: 20210376353
    Abstract: During performance of low efficiency power generation, a control device controls the flow rate of feed of the oxidizing agent gas so that the amount of heat generation of the fuel cell accompanying power generation loss becomes a first amount of heat generation when the state of a mount on which the fuel cell system is mounted is a first mode and controls the flow rate of feed of the oxidizing agent gas so that the amount of heat generation becomes a second amount of heat generation smaller than the first amount of heat generation when the state of the mount is a second mode where the generated electric power of the fuel cell fluctuates more easily compared with the first mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2021
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Inventors: Ryouichi NAMBA, Junichi MATSUO, Hiroyuki TSUNEKAWA
  • Publication number: 20210367253
    Abstract: A fuel cell system comprising: the fuel cell, the secondary cell and a controller, wherein, when a power generation pretreatment of the fuel cell is carried out, and when there is a request from the fuel cell to run the vehicle by output power of the secondary cell, the controller calculates discharge permission energy of the secondary cell, calculates a running permission delay request time from the discharge permission energy, which is a time necessary from the request to run the vehicle to the permission to run the vehicle, and measures a running permission delay time, which is a time that elapsed from the request to run the vehicle, and wherein, when the running permission delay request time value is smaller than the running permission delay time value, the controller permits the vehicle to run.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Publication date: November 25, 2021
    Inventor: Junichi MATSUO
  • Publication number: 20210362620
    Abstract: A fuel cell system installed in a vehicle, the system comprising: a fuel cell, a secondary cell, a temperature acquirer for acquiring a temperature of the fuel cell, a state-of-charge value acquirer for acquiring a state-of-charge-value of the secondary cell, an outside temperature acquirer for acquiring an outside temperature, an outside pressure acquirer for acquiring an outside pressure, and a controller for controlling power of the secondary cell, wherein, when the temperature of the fuel cell exceeds a predetermined temperature, when the state-of-charge value of the secondary cell is a predetermined threshold value or more, when the outside temperature is a predetermined temperature or more, and when the outside pressure is a predetermined pressure or less, the controller increases the power of the secondary cell larger than power required of the secondary cell for normal running of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Publication date: November 25, 2021
    Inventor: Junichi MATSUO
  • Publication number: 20210367282
    Abstract: A fuel cell system installed in a vehicle, the system comprising: a fuel cell, a secondary cell, a system temperature acquirer for acquiring a temperature of an inside of the fuel cell system, and a controller, wherein, when the system temperature is a predetermined first temperature or less, the controller charges the secondary cell until a state-of-charge value of the secondary cell reaches a predetermined first threshold value, and the controller carries out a first pattern purge on the fuel cell, and wherein, when the system temperature exceeds the predetermined first temperature, the controller charges the secondary cell until the state-of-charge value of the secondary cell reaches a predetermined second threshold value that is larger than the predetermined first threshold value, and the controller carries out a second pattern purge having a shorter purge time than the first pattern purge on the fuel cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Publication date: November 25, 2021
    Inventor: Junichi MATSUO
  • Patent number: 11184567
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: a light source emitting light based on a first pulse; a solid-state imaging element including pixel units and exposing the light based on a second pulse; and a signal processor. Each pixel unit includes a photoelectric converter and charge accumulating units, and generates first to third signal charges by first to third exposure processes in this order to be accumulated in the charge accumulating units. Each of the first and third exposure processes is based on the second pulse delayed from the first pulse by a first period, and the second exposure process is based on the second pulse delayed from the first pulse by a second period. A total period of the first and third exposure processes is equal to that of the second exposure process. The signal processor calculates a distance signal for each pixel unit by using the first to third signal charges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: NUVOTON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION JAPAN
    Inventors: Mitsuhiko Otani, Junichi Matsuo
  • Patent number: 11181475
    Abstract: A gas analysis device includes a light source configured to emit laser beam to a target gas, a reflection body which reflects the laser beam, a light reception device that receives the laser beam reflected by the reflection body, a container which contains the light source and the light reception device, and an alignment mechanism that includes an insertion member inserted from outside of the container to inside of the container to move, along a plane intersecting with the irradiation direction of the laser beam, at least any one of the light source and the light reception device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: YOKOGAWA ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Junichi Matsuo, Toshiki Miyasaka, Takuya Kawashima, Mamoru Hirono
  • Patent number: 11171349
    Abstract: A fuel cell vehicle comprises a fuel cell, a power storage device, a drive motor, a temperature sensor configured to measure a temperature of the fuel cell, a detector configured to detect an operation condition of the fuel cell, and a controller. At a start time of the fuel cell, in a case where the temperature of the fuel cell detected by the temperature sensor is below a freezing point, when an output condition of the fuel cell shown by the detected operation condition of the fuel cell continuously corresponds to a predetermined low output condition for a predetermined reference time period or longer, the controller sets a driving state of the fuel cell vehicle to a first driving state that stops power generation of the fuel cell, drives the drive motor by using only the power storage device as a power source and limits a motor output of the drive motor to be equal to or lower than a predetermined first upper limit output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomohiro Ogawa, Tomotaka Ishikawa, Shinji Asou, Tomio Yamanaka, Junichi Matsuo, Ryosuke Oya
  • Patent number: 11162828
    Abstract: A measurement apparatus includes a sensor probe and a circuit housing. The sensor probe is insertable through an opening provided in a flow path wall of a flow path through which a fluid to be measured flows and is used in a predetermined orientation relative to the flow direction of the fluid to be measured. The circuit housing includes a display, disposed outside of the flow path, and connects to the sensor probe. The circuit housing is fixable at a plurality of rotation positions relative to the sensor probe about an axis along the insertion direction of the sensor probe. The measurement apparatus allows the display direction of the display to be selected regardless of the orientation of the sensor probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Yokogawa Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takuya Kawashima, Toshiki Miyasaka, Junichi Matsuo
  • 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: 11069909
    Abstract: In a fuel cell vehicle, when temperature of a power storage device detected by a temperature sensor is a second temperature, which is lower than a predetermined first temperature, at least in a period when the power storage device is allowed to be charged with regenerative electric power, remaining charge is controlled by setting a lower limit to a value higher than a lower limit set at the first temperature. When a stop instruction for a fuel cell system is input, remaining charge raising processing for raising the remaining charge of the power storage device is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takao Watanabe, Tomoya Ogawa, Tatsuya Fukami, Junichi Matsuo
  • Publication number: 20210202967
    Abstract: A fuel cell system includes a fuel cell, a gas supply unit, an electric power storage device, a remaining capacity monitor, and a control unit. The control unit determines whether the temperature conditions are met, wherein the low temperature conditions include temperature related to a state of the fuel cell being equal to or lower than a predetermined threshold value set, when the control unit determines that the low temperature conditions are met, the control unit executes the purging process so as to discharge more of moisture stored in the fuel cell to an outside of the fuel cell, as compared with when the control unit determines that the low temperature conditions are not met, and the control unit executes the charging process with target remaining capacity of the electric power storage device set to a smaller value, as compared with when the control unit determines that the low temperature conditions are not met.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoya OGAWA, Junichi MATSUO, Tatsuya FUKAMI
  • Publication number: 20210160446
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: a light source emitting light based on a first pulse; a solid-state imaging element including pixel units and exposing the light based on a second pulse; and a signal processor. Each pixel unit includes a photoelectric converter and charge accumulating units, and generates first to third signal charges by first to third exposure processes in this order to be accumulated in the charge accumulating units. Each of the first and third exposure processes is based on the second pulse delayed from the first pulse by a first period, and the second exposure process is based on the second pulse delayed from the first pulse by a second period. A total period of the first and third exposure processes is equal to that of the second exposure process. The signal processor calculates a distance signal for each pixel unit by using the first to third signal charges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Inventors: Mitsuhiko OTANI, Junichi MATSUO
  • Publication number: 20210118926
    Abstract: A distance-measuring imaging device includes a light source that applies light according to timing of a light emission signal; a solid-state imager that performs, for an object, exposure according to timing of an exposure signal, and generates raw data corresponding to an exposure amount of the exposure; a signal amount comparator that determines a magnitude relationship in signal amount in the raw data; and a distance calculator that generates and outputs a distance signal based on a determination result. The solid-state imager accumulates, in each of different signal accumulation regions for accumulating signals detected in a same pixel, a signal by exposure in an exposure period that differs in exposure signal timing. The signal amount comparator determines the magnitude relationship between the signals accumulated in the signal accumulation regions. The distance calculator calculates the distance to the object using an arithmetic expression selected depending on the determination result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Inventors: Mitsuhiko Otani, Junichi Matsuo, Haruka Takano
  • Patent number: 10957924
    Abstract: A fuel cell system comprises a fuel cell, a gas-liquid separator, a drain flow path through which moisture is discharged from the gas-liquid separator, a valve configured to control discharge of the moisture from the gas-liquid separator, and a controller configured to control fuel cell operation and opening and closing of the valve, and determine whether the valve is frozen. Upon receipt of a stop request of the fuel cell during the fuel cell operation, the controller repeatedly determines whether the valve is frozen. If the controller determines that the valve is frozen, it continues the fuel cell operation until it determines that the valve is not frozen. If the controller determines that the valve is not frozen, it executes stop processing of the fuel cell including opening valve processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Junichi Matsuo, Tomotaka Ishikawa, Tomohiro Ogawa, Tomio Yamanaka