Patents by Inventor Masayasu Ito

Masayasu Ito 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: 8110989
    Abstract: A lighting controller of a lighting device for a vehicle includes M (M is an integer of one or more) switching regulators for supplying driving currents to first to Nth (N is an integer of one or more) semiconductor light sources; first to Nth current driving portions; a temperature detector; and a control circuit. The first to Nth current driving portions include first to Nth current detecting portions connected to the semiconductor light sources and serving to detect the driving currents respectively; and first to Nth switching portions connected to the semiconductor light sources respectively. The first to Nth current driving portions operates the switching portions corresponding to magnitudes of the driving currents detected by the current detecting portions respectively. The temperature detector detects a temperature and sends a temperature detecting signal when the detected temperature is equal to or higher than a pre-specified temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Kitagawa, Noriyuki Nakamura, Masayasu Ito
  • Patent number: 8105169
    Abstract: A portable electronic device (100) has a long sideways housing (10) whose both ends are held by the hands of a user and an LCD fitted in the surface of the housing (10). Bulges (42L, 42R) projecting outward are formed on both end portions of the rear face of the housing (10), which both end portions being held by fingers of the user holding the housing. When the fingers and palms of user's hands are placed along the bulges (42L, 42R) with the fingers and palms bent naturally, the device fits the hands and operability is less likely to be impaired even the user violently moves in game play with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Shinichi Ogasawara, Masayasu Ito, Hajime Ishihara, Nobutoshi Hamada, Shuuichi Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 8097976
    Abstract: A lighting controller has current driving means which include a shunt resistor connected in series to each of multiple LEDs to detect an LED driving current, a PMOS transistor connected to the positive electrode side of each of the LEDs, and an amplifier for sending an output according to the result of comparison between the respectively detected driving current values and a reference value, and which subject each of the PMOS transistors to ON/OFF operation. Control means includes a Zener diode ZD1 and a Zener diode ZD2 for detecting an abnormality occurring in the current driving means and for sending the abnormality detection result. The control means controls the PMOS transistor to be turned OFF after elapse of a predetermined time upon receipt of the abnormality detection result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Kitagawa, Yasushi Noyori, Masayasu Ito
  • Patent number: 8018087
    Abstract: A vehicular lamp is arranged to save power by not driving a cooling fan when an LED is unlit. The vehicular lamp is capable of reducing cost and stopping a supply of current to the LED even in the case of open wiring in a supply of current to the cooling fan. The vehicular lamp includes LEDs connected in series, a cooling fan connected in series with the LEDs and arranged to cool the LEDs. A current supply circuit receives power supplied from a power source and supplies current to the LEDs and the cooling fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayasu Ito, Fuminori Shiotsu
  • Publication number: 20110198998
    Abstract: A step-up/step-down DC-DC converter includes a control section to compare an output value from voltage decrease or increase sections and a preset target value. A computation circuit provides a voltage value resulting from subtracting a difference between the voltage value of the comparison result and a first preset voltage value from a first voltage value. A drive pulse generation section generates a drive pulse for turning on and off a voltage decrease switch and a voltage increase switch in response to the result of a comparison between the computation output voltage and a ramp wave. When the voltage value of the computation output voltage exists between the first voltage value and the second voltage value, the drive pulse generation section provides control to selectively switch the on and off operation of the voltage decrease switch and the on and off operation of the voltage increase switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Kasaba, Masayasu Ito
  • Patent number: 7964988
    Abstract: A lighting controller of a lighting device for a vehicle includes a switching regulator for supplying a driving current to first to Nth (N is an integer of one or more) semiconductor light sources; first to Nth current driving portions; and a control portion. The first to Nth current driving portions include first to Nth current detecting portions connected in series to the semiconductor light sources and serving to detect the driving current respectively, first to Nth switching portions connected to positive electrode sides of the semiconductor light sources respectively, and first to Nth comparing portions for transmitting a comparing output corresponding to a result of a comparison, which is obtained by comparing values of the driving currents detected by the current detecting portions with a predetermined threshold respectively. The first to Nth current driving portions serve to carry out operations of the switching portions corresponding to the comparing output respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Kitagawa, Masayasu Ito, Yasushi Noyori
  • Patent number: 7919925
    Abstract: In a process in which a control signal having a low level is output from an ON/OFF control circuit to series regulators connected to LEDs serving as lighting targets to turn ON the LEDs in accordance with digital communication information, the ON/OFF control circuit calculates a specified current value to be supplied to the LEDs serving as the lighting targets and compares the specified current value with a detected current value which is detected by a current detecting circuit, and outputs a stop signal to a control circuit on the assumption that a current flows without the series regulators with grounding generated on a cathode side of any of LEDs when the detected current value is greater than the specified current value. When the control circuit turns OFF an NMOS transistor in response to the stop signal, an operation of a switching regulator is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayasu Ito, Takanori Namba
  • Patent number: 7902773
    Abstract: A light emitting device includes multiple light units each of which includes a semiconductor light source, and a current supply control means for controlling supply of current to the semiconductor light source. A control unit includes a control signal generation means for generating and providing a control signal. The light emitting device also includes switching means for controlling feeding from a DC power source to a corresponding one of the light units in response to the control signal. Each of the switching means is coupled to a corresponding one of the light units through a feed line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fuminori Shiotsu, Takanori Namba, Masayasu Ito
  • Publication number: 20110041393
    Abstract: The present invention provides an indirect heat-drying apparatus that is resistant to adhesion of the substance to be dried on heating pipes and gives a product having a desired and stabilized liquid content. The present invention relates to an indirect heat-drying apparatus, comprising two indirect-heating rotary dryers, i.e., the first and second indirect-heating rotary dryers that are arranged in series so that the dried substance from the first indirect-heating rotary dryer is supplied to and dried in the second indirect-heating rotary dryer as the substance to be dried; and a carrier gas-supplying means of supplying the carrier gas co-currently in the first indirect-heating rotary dryer and counter-currently in the second indirect-heating rotary dryer, with respect to the flow direction from the substance to be dried.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicants: Kabushiki Kaisha Kobe Seiko Sho (Kobe Steel, Ltd.), Tsukishima Kikai Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoru Sugita, Yuko Sugita, Tetsuya Deguchi, Takuo Shigehisa, Masayasu Ito, Zenji Kato
  • Patent number: 7880401
    Abstract: A lighting controlling device of vehicle lighting equipment includes switching regulators for supplying a current to a plurality of semiconductor light sources respectively; a plurality of current driving portions, having switching elements connected to the semiconductor light sources for controlling ON/OFF of the semiconductor light sources, for current-driving the semiconductor light sources at a maximum current value or a current value smaller than the maximum current value in response to respective operating states of the switching elements; current setting portion for setting a maximum current value applied in current-driving the current driving portion or a maximum current value of currents fed from the switching regulators to the semiconductor light sources separately in plural stages in response to respective assignments; and a controlling portion for controlling the current driving portion and the current setting portion in response to a plurality of lighting modes based on communication information
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Kitagawa, Masayasu Ito
  • Patent number: 7868563
    Abstract: A light emitting device drive circuit includes: a power conversion unit for receiving an input electric power and performing an electric power conversion on the input electric power in accordance with a control signal so as to generate the predetermined output current; a current detection unit for detecting an output current IL of the power conversion unit; a temperature detection unit for detecting a case internal temperature TD, which is an interior temperature of a case for accommodating the light emitting device drive circuit; a regulation unit being operable to a) detect whether a temperature TL of the light emitting device has reached a first predetermined temperature TLmax based on TD, IL, and a temperature rise coefficient ? relative to IL, the temperature rise coefficient ? being set in advance so that TL satisfies a relationship of TL=TD+?·IL, and b) generate a regulation signal for reducing a predetermined output current IL0 so that TL does not exceed TLmax in the event that a result of the detecti
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayasu Ito, Yoshihiro Uchiyama, Takanori Namba
  • Patent number: 7829903
    Abstract: A light emitting apparatus includes a semiconductor light emitting element mounted on a circuit board; a lighting circuit part mounted on the circuit board; and a cover which covers the semiconductor light emitting element and the lighting circuit part. The lighting circuit part converts a voltage inputted from a power source into electromagnetic energy and propagates the converted electromagnetic energy to the semiconductor light emitting element as light emitting energy, and the cover transmits light from the semiconductor light emitting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Takeda, Masayasu Ito, Tsukasa Tokida
  • Patent number: 7825599
    Abstract: A lighting control apparatus of a vehicle-purpose lighting device can contribute power saving effect, and prevention of a deterioration of a semiconductor light source, and also, can maintain driving safety characteristics. When an input terminal becomes a low level while a vehicle is stopped, a PNP transistor is turned ON, so that a source current I1 flows through a current detecting terminal; a switching regulator lights an LED under beam attenuating operation of 70% in accordance with a light emitting degree capable of satisfying a luminous intensity distribution defined in a law; when an upper beam is lighted, the input terminal becomes a low level; a PNP transistor is turned ON; a source current I2 flows through the current detecting terminal, so that the light emitting degree of the LED is further decreased, and thus, the switching regulator lights the LED under beam attenuating operation of 50%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seiichiro Yagi, Hiroyuki Ishida, Masayasu Ito, Yoshihiro Uchiyama
  • Publication number: 20100181914
    Abstract: A lighting control device of a lighting device for a vehicle includes a switching regulator for supplying a driving current to a semiconductor light source. The lighting control device also includes control means having a current detecting portion for detecting the driving current and serving to control dimming of the semiconductor light source in order to reduce a mean current of the driving current by repeating driving and stopping operations of the switching regulator at a high speed upon receipt of a dimming control signal. The current detecting portion has a current holding portion for holding the driving current, detected for a driving period of the switching regulator, for a stopping period after a passage of the driving period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Kasaba, Masayasu Ito
  • Patent number: 7741788
    Abstract: In conduction of light emitting diodes LEDs 1 to 4, a switching signal 101 is converted into a voltage V2 or 0V through a signal converter 26 in accordance with a logic level thereof. The voltage obtained by the conversion is compared with a voltage V1 on both ends of a resistor R1 through an operational amplifier 20 to open/close an output loop by an NMOS transistor 22, a current If of the light emitting diodes LEDs 1 to 4 is limited to a current If1 so as not to exceed a maximum current, and a current defined with an ON duty of the switching signal 101 is caused to flow as a mean current to the light emitting diodes LEDs 1 to 4 to inhibit an overshoot current from flowing to the light emitting diodes LEDs 1 to 4 while the output loop is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayasu Ito, Takayoshi Kitagawa, Kentarou Murakami
  • Patent number: 7714516
    Abstract: When the level at an input terminal goes low upon the reception of a signal to dim an LED, a PNP transistor is rendered on and a voltage at the positive input terminal of an operational amplifier is raised, in accordance with a time constant that is defined by a resistor and a capacitor. In accordance with the increase in this voltage, a source current is supplied from the operational amplifier to a current detection terminal, and as the value of the source current is gradually increased, a current flowing across the shunt resistor of the switching regulator is gradually reduced. Further, the light emission level of the LED is gradually lowered from the fully lighted state to the 70% lighted state, and there is, for the LED, a light quantity change of about 30% in ten seconds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayasu Ito, Takanori Namba
  • Publication number: 20100109573
    Abstract: A discharge lamp lighting circuit facilitates carrying out re-ignition and addresses a problem than can arise due to an influence of a capacitor in an auxiliary lighting circuit. A driving voltage generating portion supplies an AC driving voltage to a discharge lamp to be a driving target. An auxiliary lighting circuit is provided on a terminal side of the discharge lamp. An auxiliary lighting capacitor, an auxiliary lighting resistor and a switch are provided in series between the terminal of the discharge lamp and a fixed voltage terminal. A control circuit controls a conducting state of the switch. The switch is brought into an ON state before the discharge lamp is turned ON, and is brought into an OFF state after the discharge lamp is turned ON.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Ichikawa, Kazuki Saito, Masayasu Ito
  • Publication number: 20100052537
    Abstract: A dimming control system 1 includes: light source units each having a respective LED; and a control unit connected to the light source units via power supply lines. The control unit is connected to each of the light source units in series. The control unit includes: switch portions that control dimming of the LEDs by repeating an ON/OFF operation in a predetermined cycle; current detection circuits and voltage detection circuits that detect a current or a voltage supplied via the power supply lines; and a CPU that determines there is an abnormality in the power supply lines or the light source units when a value of the detected current or voltage exceeds a predetermined range while the switch portions are ON.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kentarou Murakami, Masayasu Ito
  • Publication number: 20100020563
    Abstract: An automotive lamp is provided with: a lamp chamber formed so as to include a lamp body having a front end opening portion and a translucent cover provided on the lamp body so as to cover the front end opening portion; a lamp unit that is housed inside the lamp chamber and includes a semiconductor light emitting device as a light source; a bracket that includes a light source mounting portion having a mounting surface for the semiconductor light emitting device and a plurality of radiating fins, thermally in contact with the light source mounting portion and arranged such that ventilation passages extend from the lamp body side toward the translucent cover, are formed, and that supports the lamp unit; and a fan that blows air such that air flows through the ventilation passages from the lamp body side toward the translucent cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventors: Masayasu Ito, Tsukasa Tokida
  • Patent number: 7638947
    Abstract: Relative comparison is made between a voltage applied to the whole of the first through eighth LEDs and a voltage applied to the first LED by a comparator. When the voltage applied to the whole of the LEDs has relatively dropped with respect to the voltage applied to part of the LEDs, the comparator outputs a Low Level signal, assumes an abnormality that accompanies a short-circuit fault in any one of the LEDs and causes a ninth LED to illuminate. Meanwhile, relative comparison is made between a voltage applied to the whole of the first through eighth LEDs and a voltage applied to the first LED by another comparator. When the voltage applied to the whole of the LEDs has relatively dropped with respect to the voltage applied to part of the LEDs, the comparator outputs a Low Level signal, assumes an abnormality that accompanies a short-circuit fault in the first LED and causes a ninth LED to illuminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayasu Ito, Fuminori Shiotsu