Patents by Inventor Kazushi Sato

Kazushi Sato 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: 20220242128
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes: a head that ejects a liquid; a curing portion that cures the liquid by emitting energy to the liquid; and a waste-liquid collecting portion that collects the liquid as waste liquid, in which the waste-liquid collecting portion includes an absorber that absorbs the liquid from the head, a first rotational shaft that holds an unused portion of the absorber, and a second rotational shaft that holds a used portion of the absorber, and the curing portion emits the energy to the liquid absorbed by the absorber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2022
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Inventors: Hisashi SATO, Kazushi ARAFUKA, Yuichi URABE
  • Patent number: 11399197
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an encoding device and an encoding method capable of reducing the amount of information relating to information that specifies a reference image. An encoding unit generates a predicted image using a reference image. A transmission unit transmits inter_ref_pic_set_prediction_flag representing whether reference image specifying information specifying the reference image of a prior image that is an image prior to a current coding image in coding order is used as the reference image specifying information of the current coding image in a case where the current coding image is an image other than a first image of a GOP (Group of Picture). The present technology, for example, can be applied to an encoding device of an HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Velos Media, LLC
    Inventors: Shuo Lu, Kazushi Sato
  • Patent number: 11328452
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an image processing device and method enabling noise removal to be performed according to images and bit rates. A low-pass filter setting unit 93 sets, from filter coefficients stored in a built-in filter coefficient memory 94, a filter coefficient corresponding to intra prediction mode information and a quantization parameter. A neighboring image setting unit 81 uses the filter coefficient set by the low-pass filter setting unit 93 to subject neighboring pixel values of a current block from frame memory 72 to filtering processing. A prediction image generating unit 82 performs intra prediction using the neighboring pixel values subjected to filtering processing, from the neighboring image setting unit 81, and generates a prediction image. The present invention can be applied to an image encoding device which encodes with the H.264/AVC format, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Velos Media, LLC
    Inventor: Kazushi Sato
  • Publication number: 20220124369
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an image processing apparatus and an image processing method capable of suppressing a deterioration in image quality. The image processing apparatus includes a threshold value setting unit which sets a threshold value for identifying a feature of neighboring pixels of a current block in an intra prediction process in encoding of image data according to a bit depth of the image data and a filtering processing unit which performs a filtering process on the neighboring pixels by using a filter according to the feature of the neighboring pixels identified by using the threshold value set by the threshold value setting unit. The present disclosure may be applied to, for example, an image processing apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2021
    Publication date: April 21, 2022
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazushi SATO
  • Patent number: 11245925
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an image processing apparatus and an image processing method capable of suppressing a deterioration in image quality. The image processing apparatus includes a threshold value setting unit which sets a threshold value for identifying a feature of neighboring pixels of a current block in an intra prediction process in encoding of image data according to a bit depth of the image data and a filtering processing unit which performs a filtering process on the neighboring pixels by using a filter according to the feature of the neighboring pixels identified by using the threshold value set by the threshold value setting unit. The present disclosure may be applied to, for example, an image processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazushi Sato
  • Patent number: 11196995
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a buffer for receiving encoded image data, and a processor to execute instructions that cause the processor to: decode the encoded image data from the buffer to generate quantized transform coefficient data; inversely quantize the quantized transform coefficient data using a 16×16 quantization matrix to generate predicted error data, the 16×16 quantization matrix includes a duplicate of at least one of two elements adjacent to each other from an 8×8 quantization matrix; and combine the predicted error data with a predicted image to generate decoded image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Velos Media, LLC
    Inventor: Kazushi Sato
  • Publication number: 20210306674
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image processing apparatus and method that are capable of enhancing encoding efficiency while suppressing a decrease in the efficiency of encoding processing. The image processing apparatus includes an encoding mode setter that sets, in units of coding units having a hierarchical structure, whether a non-compression mode is to be selected as an encoding mode for encoding image data, the non-compression mode being an encoding mode in which the image data is output as encoded data, and an encoder that encodes the image data in units of the coding units in accordance with a mode set by the encoding mode setter. The present disclosure can be applied to, for example, an image processing apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2021
    Publication date: September 30, 2021
    Inventor: Kazushi Sato
  • Patent number: 11107251
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an image processing device and method which enable encoding efficiency in intra prediction to be improved. In the event that the optimal intra prediction mode is mode 0, adjacent pixels to be used for prediction of the current block are pixels A0, A1, A2, and A3. According to these pixels and a 6-tap FIR filter, pixels a?0.5, a+0.5, and so on with ½ pixel precision are generated, and further, pixels a?0.75, a?0.25, a+0.25, and a+0.75 with ¼ pixel precision are generated by linear interpolation. Subsequently, the optimal shift amount is determined with a value of ?0.75 through +0.75 that is phase difference between an integer pixel and generated fractional pixel precision serving as a candidate of the shift amount in the horizontal direction. The present invention may be applied to an image encoding device which performs encoding using the H.264/AVC system, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazushi Sato
  • Publication number: 20210250585
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a decoding device including circuitry configured to decode a bit stream and generate a quantized value; and inversely quantize the generated quantized value by using a flat scaling list, in a case where a block size of a transform block to which a transform skip is applied is larger than a 4 by 4 block size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2021
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazushi SATO
  • Publication number: 20210243439
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an image encoding device and method and an image decoding device and method, which are capable of suppressing an increase in encoding or decoding workload. A current layer of image data including a plurality of layers is encoded and/or decoded with reference to encoding-related information of some areas, of another layer encoded for each of a plurality of certain areas obtained by dividing a picture, according to control of control information used to control the certain area in which the encoding-related information of the other layer is referred to regarding the current layer of the image data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2021
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazushi SATO
  • Patent number: 11051044
    Abstract: An image decoding apparatus that includes circuitry that performs filter processing on an image using both filter coefficients and a number of filter taps being set based on an orthogonal transform size, and decodes the image obtained through the filter processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazushi Sato
  • Patent number: 11051016
    Abstract: An image processing device and method capable of improving image quality of a decoded image and of an image to be referenced from now on with motion compensation. A mosquito noise filter is provided within a motion compensation loop including at least a computing unit, an orthogonal transform unit, a quantization unit, an inverse quantization unit, an inverse orthogonal transform unit, a computing unit, a frame memory, a switch, a motion prediction/compensation unit, and a prediction image selecting unit. The mosquito noise filter uses information from the orthogonal transform unit, quantization unit, and a lossless encoding unit to determine whether to perform filter processing for removing mosquito noise. The device and method may be applied to an image encoding device for performing encoding with H.264/AVC format, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazushi Sato
  • Publication number: 20210160534
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an encoding device and an encoding method capable of reducing the amount of information relating to information that specifies a reference image. An encoding unit generates a predicted image using a reference image. A transmission unit transmits inter_ref_pic_set_prediction_flag representing whether reference image specifying information specifying the reference image of a prior image that is an image prior to a current coding image in coding order is used as the reference image specifying information of the current coding image in a case where the current coding image is an image other than a first image of a GOP (Group of Picture). The present technology, for example, can be applied to an encoding device of an HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Inventors: Shuo LU, Kazushi SATO
  • Patent number: 10979739
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image processing apparatus and method that are capable of enhancing encoding efficiency while suppressing a decrease in the efficiency of encoding processing. The image processing apparatus includes an encoding mode setter that sets, in units of coding units having a hierarchical structure, whether a non-compression mode is to be selected as an encoding mode for encoding image data, the non-compression mode being an encoding mode in which the image data is output as encoded data, and an encoder that encodes the image data in units of the coding units in accordance with a mode set by the encoding mode setter. The present disclosure can be applied to, for example, an image processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Velos Media, LLC
    Inventor: Kazushi Sato
  • Patent number: 10972722
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing apparatus including a decoding section that decodes a luminance component and a color difference component of a block inside a coding unit in an order of the luminance component and the color difference component in each block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazushi Sato
  • Patent number: 10958930
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an encoding device and an encoding method capable of reducing the amount of information relating to information that specifies a reference image. An encoding unit generates a predicted image using a reference image. A transmission unit transmits inter_ref_pic_set_prediction_flag representing whether reference image specifying information specifying the reference image of a prior image that is an image prior to a current coding image in coding order is used as the reference image specifying information of the current coding image in a case where the current coding image is an image other than a first image of a GOP (Group of Picture). The present technology, for example, can be applied to an encoding device of an HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Velos Media, LLC
    Inventors: Shuo Lu, Kazushi Sato
  • Patent number: 10917649
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an image processing device and method whereby higher encoding efficiency can be achieved. A prediction motion vector generating unit 76 uses peripheral motion vector information supplied thereto to generate multiple types of prediction motion vector information, and supplies each prediction motion vector information and code numbers assigned to the prediction motion vector information by a code number assigning unit 77 to a motion prediction/compensation unit 75. The code number assigning unit 77 supplies code number assignation information indicating which code numbers have been assigned to which prediction motion vector information, to a lossless encoding unit 66. The present technology can be applied to an image encoding device which performs encoding based on the H.264/AVC format, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazushi Sato
  • Patent number: 10911772
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an image processing device and method, which realize improvement in encoding efficiency for color difference signals and reduction in address calculations for memory access. In a case where a block size of orthogonal transform is 4×4, and a macroblock of luminance signals is configured of four 4×4 pixel blocks appended with 0 through 1, the four luminance signal blocks are corresponded with one color difference signal 4×4 block appended with C. At this time, there exist four motion vector information of mv0, mv1, mv2, and mv3, as to the four luminance signal blocks. The motion vector information mvc of the one color difference signal 4×4 block is calculated by averaging processing using these four motion vector information. The present invention can be applied to an image encoding device which performed encoding based on the H.264/AVC format, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Velos Media, LLC
    Inventor: Kazushi Sato
  • Publication number: 20210014516
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to image processing device and method that can suppress the deterioration in encoding efficiency. An image processing device includes: a reception unit that receives encoded data in which an image with a plurality of main layers is encoded, and inter-layer prediction control information controlling whether to perform inter-layer prediction, which is prediction between the plurality of main layers, with the use of a sublayer; and a decoding unit that decodes each main layer of the encoded data received by the reception unit by performing the inter-layer prediction on only the sublayer specified by the inter-layer prediction control information received by the reception unit. The present disclosure can be applied to, for example, an image processing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kazushi SATO
  • Patent number: 10873751
    Abstract: The HEVC VPS Syntax Structure is modified by re-ordering of some syntax parameters for the future HEVC Extensions in scalable video coding, multi-view coding and 3D video coding areas. This re-ordering enables external network devices such as middle-boxes to easily access of some of the useful parameters in VPS and its extension data that are able to be used for session negotiation and/or capability exchanges for better communication and system integration purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Munsi Haque, Kazushi Sato