Patents by Inventor Masahito Sonehara

Masahito Sonehara 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: 10202041
    Abstract: A battery monitoring system, comprises a battery state detection circuit that detects battery states of a plurality of battery cells that are connected in series, based on respective cell voltages of the plurality of battery cells, and a control circuit that monitors state of a battery cell, based on each cell voltage of the plurality of battery cells. The control circuit inputs pseudo voltage information to the battery state detection circuit, and thereby diagnoses whether or not the battery state detection circuit is operating normally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiko Kudo, Mutsumi Kikuchi, Gosuke Shibahara, Akihiko Emori, Yasuo Uemura, Tatsumi Yamauchi, Kenji Kubo, Masahito Sonehara, Masahiko Amano, Yoshinori Aoshima
  • Publication number: 20180141566
    Abstract: Provided is a semiconductor integrated circuit which can continuously and stably generate an output value even after shipment and a vehicle-mounted control device using the semiconductor integrated circuit. The present invention includes a reference signal generation unit for outputting a reference signal, and detects the operation state of a semiconductor circuit on the basis of a difference between output values from the semiconductor circuit corresponding to the reference signals output at two different time points by the reference signal generation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: Youichirou KOBAYASHI, Masahito SONEHARA
  • Patent number: 9906215
    Abstract: A load-driving circuit for receiving a supply of power from a power source and driving a load, wherein the load-driving circuit is provided with: a high-side switching element; a low-side switching element; a high-side current detection circuit connected in parallel to the high-side switching element, the high-side current detection circuit detecting a high-side driving current; and a fault detection circuit for detecting the fault state of the load-driving circuit from the output result of the high-side current detection circuit. The high-side current detection circuit is provided with a high-side sense switching circuit operating in response to a gate signal that is different from the high-side switching element, the high-side sense switching circuit comprising a device of the same type as the high-side switching element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahito Sonehara, Youichirou Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9780773
    Abstract: Provided is a load drive slope control device that can reduce EMI noise, and power loss and heat generation when a drive transistor is turned on and off, and can prevent excessive high temperature-induced damage to the drive transistor at an excessive high temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Kawata, Ryoichi Oura, Masahito Sonehara, Yoshitaka Abe, Takeo Yamashita
  • Publication number: 20170179939
    Abstract: A load-driving circuit for receiving a supply of power from a power source and driving a load, wherein the load-driving circuit is provided with: a high-side switching element; a low-side switching element; a high-side current detection circuit connected in parallel to the high-side switching element, the high-side current detection circuit detecting a high-side driving current; and a fault detection circuit for detecting the fault state of the load-driving circuit from the output result of the high-side current detection circuit. The high-side current detection circuit is provided with a high-side sense switching circuit operating in response to a gate signal that is different from the high-side switching element, the high-side sense switching circuit comprising a device of the same type as the high-side switching element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Masahito SONEHARA, Youichirou KOBAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20160303977
    Abstract: A battery monitoring system, comprises a battery state detection circuit that detects battery states of a plurality of battery cells that are connected in series, based on respective cell voltages of the plurality of battery cells, and a control circuit that monitors state of a battery cell, based on each cell voltage of the plurality of battery cells. The control circuit inputs pseudo voltage information to the battery state detection circuit, and thereby diagnoses whether or not the battery state detection circuit is operating normally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Publication date: October 20, 2016
    Inventors: Akihiko KUDO, Mutsumi KIKUCHI, Gosuke SHIBAHARA, Akihiko EMORI, Yasuo UEMURA, Tatsumi YAMAUCHI, Kenji KUBO, Masahito SONEHARA, Masahiko AMANO, Yoshinori AOSHIMA
  • Patent number: 9404975
    Abstract: A battery monitoring system, comprises a battery state detection circuit that detects battery states of a plurality of battery cells that are connected in series, based on respective cell voltages of the plurality of battery cells, and a control circuit that monitors state of a battery cell, based on each cell voltage of the plurality of battery cells. The control circuit inputs pseudo voltage information to the battery state detection circuit, and thereby diagnoses whether or not the battery state detection circuit is operating normally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiko Kudo, Mutsumi Kikuchi, Gosuke Shibahara, Akihiko Emori, Yasuo Uemura, Tatsumi Yamauchi, Kenji Kubo, Masahito Sonehara, Masahiko Amano, Yoshinori Aoshima
  • Publication number: 20150381159
    Abstract: Provided is a load drive slope control device that can reduce EMI noise, and power loss and heat generation when a drive transistor is turned on and off, and can prevent excessive high temperature-induced damage to the drive transistor at an excessive high temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Applicant: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro KAWATA, Ryoichi OURA, Masahito SONEHARA, Yoshitaka ABE, Takeo YAMASHITA
  • Publication number: 20140159739
    Abstract: A battery monitoring system, comprises a battery state detection circuit that detects battery states of a plurality of battery cells that are connected in series, based on respective cell voltages of the plurality of battery cells, and a control circuit that monitors state of a battery cell, based on each cell voltage of the plurality of battery cells. The control circuit inputs pseudo voltage information to the battery state detection circuit, and thereby diagnoses whether or not the battery state detection circuit is operating normally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicants: Hitachi Vehicle Energy, Ltd., Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiko KUDO, Mutsumi KIKUCHI, Gosuke SHIBAHARA, Akihiko EMORI, Yasuo UEMURA, Tatsumi YAMAUCHI, Kenji KUBO, Masahito SONEHARA, Masahiko AMANO, Yoshinori AOSHIMA
  • Patent number: 8723527
    Abstract: A battery monitoring system, comprises a battery state detection circuit that detects battery states of a plurality of battery cells that are connected in series, based on respective cell voltages of the plurality of battery cells, and a control circuit that monitors state of a battery cell, based on each cell voltage of the plurality of battery cells. The control circuit inputs pseudo voltage information to the battery state detection circuit, and thereby diagnoses whether or not the battery state detection circuit is operating normally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Vehicle Energy, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiko Kudo, Mutsumi Kikuchi, Gosuke Shibahara, Akihiko Emori, Yasuo Uemura, Tatsumi Yamauchi, Kenji Kubo, Masahito Sonehara, Masahiko Amano, Yoshinori Aoshima
  • Patent number: 8008963
    Abstract: An analog switch having a low capacitance is achieved. Potentials of input/output terminals of the analog switch and a well potential and a gate potential of an NMOS switching device are operated in synchronization via level shift buffers, thereby cancelling parasitic capacitances present between these elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahito Sonehara, Yoichiro Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20100244847
    Abstract: A battery monitoring system, comprises a battery state detection circuit that detects battery states of a plurality of battery cells that are connected in series, based on respective cell voltages of the plurality of battery cells, and a control circuit that monitors state of a battery cell, based on each cell voltage of the plurality of battery cells. The control circuit inputs pseudo voltage information to the battery state detection circuit, and thereby diagnoses whether or not the battery state detection circuit is operating normally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicants: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Vehicle Energy, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiko Kudo, Mutsumi Kikuchi, Gosuke Shibahara, Akihiko Emori, Yasuo Uemura, Tatsumi Yamauchi, Kenji Kubo, Masahito Sonehara, Masahiko Amano, Yoshinori Aoshima
  • Patent number: 7474720
    Abstract: A clock data recovery circuit has a good jitter tolerance characteristic and a broad data recovery range in the event of a wander, that is, a good wander-tracking characteristic of a recovered clock signal. The clock data recovery circuit executes control to compare the position of the edge of data with the position of the edge of a data recovery clock signal (a recovered clock signal) and keeps the clock edge away from the data edge if a gap between the edges becomes smaller than a reference value. A cycle of a reference clock signal is divided into N portions to generate N clock signals (pl ) with phases different from each other in composition circuits. By executing control to turn on 2 of the N selector control signals supplied to each 2 adjacent pins of the N?1 selectors at the same time, the N?1 selectors are capable of generating a middle phase between first and second phases and, hence, generating one of NĂ—2 phases from N input phases as the phase of the data recovery clock signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumio Yuuki, Hiroki Yamashita, Masahito Sonehara
  • Publication number: 20080296685
    Abstract: An analog switch having a low capacitance is achieved. Potentials of input/output terminals of the analog switch and a well potential and a gate potential of an NMOS switching device are operated in synchronization via level shift buffers, thereby cancelling parasitic capacitances present between these elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventors: Masahito Sonehara, Yoichiro Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 7034568
    Abstract: The power supply-voltage dependency of a current source current is reduced and the power supply voltage is lowered. The invention includes an emitter-coupled logic circuit 118 and a reference-voltage generating circuit 119 for generating a reference voltage VCSC for controlling a drain current (=current source current ICS) of a constant current-supplying n-type MOS transistor 110. The emitter-coupled logic circuit 118 comprises a current switch made up of a pair of emitter-coupled bipolar transistors 106 and 107, a constant current-supplying n-type MOS transistor 110 that is connected in series with the current switch, and resistor means 108 and 109 connected in series with the bipolar transistors 106 and 107 individually for obtaining an output voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Yamashita, Akio Koyama, Tatsuhiro Aida, Atsushi Itoh, Masahito Sonehara
  • Publication number: 20050068066
    Abstract: The power supply-voltage dependency of a current source current is reduced and the power supply voltage is lowered. The invention includes an emitter-coupled logic circuit 118 and a reference-voltage generating circuit 119 for generating a reference voltage VCSC for controlling a drain current (=current source current ICS) of a constant current-supplying n-type MOS transistor 110. The emitter-coupled logic circuit 118 comprises a current switch made up of a pair of emitter-coupled bipolar transistors 106 and 107, a constant current-supplying n-type MOS transistor 110 that is connected in series with the current switch, and resistor means 108 and 109 connected in series with the bipolar transistors 106 and 107 individually for obtaining an output voltage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2004
    Publication date: March 31, 2005
    Inventors: Hiroki Yamashita, Akio Koyama, Tatsuhiro Aida, Atsushi Itoh, Masahito Sonehara
  • Publication number: 20040114632
    Abstract: A clock data recovery circuit has a good jitter tolerance characteristic and a broad data recovery range in the event of a wander, that is, a good wander-tracking characteristic of a recovered clock signal. The clock data recovery circuit executes control to compare the position of the edge of data with the position of the edge of a data recovery clock signal (a recovered clock signal) and keeps the clock edge away from the data edge if a gap between the edges becomes smaller than a reference value. A cycle of a reference clock signal is divided into N portions to generate N clock signals (pl) with phases different from each other in composition circuits. By executing control to turn on 2 of the N selector control signals supplied to each 2 adjacent pins of the N−1 selectors at the same time, the N−1 selectors are capable of generating a middle phase between first and second phases and, hence, generating one of N×2 phases from N input phases as the phase of the data recovery clock signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2003
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Inventors: Fumio Yuuki, Hiroki Yamashita, Masahito Sonehara