Norikatsu Chiba 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).
Abstract: According to one embodiment, a signal processing apparatus, includes: an output module configured to output a sound source signal to an external environment; a receiver configured to receive a response signal responding to the sound source signal output by the output module; an extracting module configured to extract a noise component signal from the response signal received by the receiver using an inverse filtering process of a frequency characteristic, the frequency characteristic being set in advance by dividing a measurement response signal responding to a measurement sound source signal used to measure the external environment from the measurement source signal, the measurement source signal being one of the sound source signal output by the output module; and a removing module configured to remove the noise component signal from the sound source signal output by the output module after the extraction of the noise component signal.
Abstract: According to one embodiment, an infrared signal decode circuit includes: a comparator; a correlation signal generator generating a sum of a first detection signal and a second detection signal as a correlation signal, the first detection signal being obtained by performing an absolute value calculation on a first correlation signal, the second detection signal being obtained by performing an absolute value calculation on a second correlation signal, the first correlation signal corresponding to a correlation between a binary signal and a first reference signal with a frequency substantially identical to a base frequency of a subcarrier of an infrared signal, the second correlation signal corresponding to a correlation between the binary signal and a second reference signal with a phase that differ from a phase of the first reference signal by 90 degrees; and a decoder binarizing the correlation signal generated by the correlation signal generator.
Abstract: According to one embodiment, a sound corrector includes a signal outputter, a response signal, a frequency specifier, a coefficient specifier, a filter, and an outputter. The signal outputter outputs a measurement signal to measure acoustical properties of an object to be measured. The response signal receiver receives a response signal from the object in response to the measurement signal. The frequency specifier specifies a resonant frequency at a resonance peak from the response signal. The coefficient specifier specifies a correction coefficient of a correction filter for reducing the resonant frequency based on the specified resonant frequency. The filter performs filtering on a signal to be output to the object using the correction filter with the correction coefficient. The outputter outputs the signal having undergone the filtering to the object.
Abstract: According to one embodiment, a sound processor includes a creating module, a filter, and a combining module. The creating module creates a plurality of first acoustic models based on a frequency characteristic that represents an acoustic property of an object to be measured. The first acoustic models are modeled with respect to resonance properties that vary depending on frequency bands. The filter extracts frequency components in the frequency bands from the respective first acoustic models. The combining module combines the frequency components extracted from the first acoustic models to create a second acoustic model.
Abstract: According to one embodiment, an acoustic apparatus comprises a measuring signal generator, a transducer configured to convert a measuring signal to a measuring sound and to convert a characteristic vibration of the transducer due to the measuring sound, to a characteristic vibration signal, an analysis module configured to analyze the characteristic vibration signal in order to output a physical quality of a characteristic vibration of the transducer, a controller configured to set a first state in which the transducer converts an electric signal to an acoustic signal or a second state in which the transducer converts an acoustic signal to an electric signal. The measuring signal generator is connected to the transducer in the first state and the analysis module is connected to the transducer in the second state.
Abstract: According to one embodiment, an acoustic apparatus comprises an electro-acoustic transducer with a first function of converting an electric signal to an acoustic signal and a second function of converting an acoustic signal to an electric signal, the electro-acoustic transducer configured to convert a measuring electric signal to a measuring acoustic signal using the first function, and to convert an acoustic response signal responding to the measuring acoustic signal from an object to an electric response signal using the second function, a switch configured to switch the first function to the second function, or vice versa, and a switch controller configured to control a function switching of the switch in accordance with a sound source signal.
Abstract: According to one embodiment, a maximum likelihood decoder includes a branch metric calculator, a processor configured to perform addition, comparison, and selection of an output from the branch metric calculator and a path metric memory, and outputs a selection signal for identifying a selection result, a path memory configured to store a time variation of the selection signal, and a path detection module configured to detect a decoding signal based on the time variation of the stored selection signal. A decoding method includes selecting operation modes of at least one of the branch metric calculator, the processor, and the path memory between a first operation mode in which an operation is performed at a channel rate frequency and a second operation mode in which an operation is performed at a specific frequency lower than the channel rate frequency.
Abstract: An optical disc reproducing device is provided which is capable of setting an optimum PR class for the comprehensive frequency characteristic of an optical disc including the recording characteristic and reproducing characteristic. An optical disc reproducing device according to the present invention relates to an optical disc reproducing device which performs reproduction from an optical disc using the PRML method. The optical disc reproducing device comprises a Viterbi decoding unit which generates binary data using maximum likelihood decoding processing based upon multi-value reproduced data obtained by sampling a reproduced signal from the optical disc. The Viterbi decoding unit generates the binary data based upon an optimum PR class determined based upon the multi-value reproduced data and the binary data in a predetermined determination period.
Abstract: According to one embodiment, An optical disc apparatus includes a decoder including branchmetric calculation section configured to calculate a branchmetric for the signal generated by executing a predetermined process on read signal obtained from a optical disc, pathmetric selection section configured to select a maximum likelihood pathmetric according to the branchmetric calculated by the branchmetric calculation section and a path memory having memory stages, each consisting of memory elements, configured to obtain a decoded signal by shifting the information to be stored in the memory to a memory of a subsequent stage according to the outcome of selection of the pathmetric selection section, and defect detection section configured to detect a defect of the optical disc according to the information possessed by the memory of the last stage or of a specific stage of the path memory.
Abstract: According to one embodiment, a digital data decoding apparatus has a path computing device adding branch metrics of all paths in an input data series from the path at a state of a current time to the path at a state of a next time to path metrics of the paths corresponding to the branch metrics to obtain the path metrics of all the paths up to the path at the state of the next time and selecting a maximum-likelihood path from among the paths based on the obtained path metrics, and a branch metric calculating device calculating the branch metrics based on a state transition diagram in which a minimum mark/space length is limited to “2” and an equalization characteristic of PR (s, t, 2s, t, s) is provided.
Abstract: According to one embodiment, a digital data decoding apparatus calculates branch metrics of all paths in an input data series from the path at a state of a current time to the path at a state of a next time, and obtains path metrics of all the paths up to the path at the state of the next time by adding the calculated branch metric to the path metric of the path corresponding to the branch metric. Further, the digital data decoding apparatus selects a maximum-likelihood path from among the paths based on the obtained path metrics and, when no input is performed, selects the maximum-likelihood path by utilizing the path metric of the selected maximum-likelihood path as it is without adding the branch metric thereto.
Abstract: An apparatus for reproducing digital data recorded on a recording medium by a Partial Response Maximum Likelihood method, the digital data being recorded in a code pattern in which the same code continuously appears at least two times, includes an analog-to-digital converting unit that samples an analog reproduction signal recorded on the recording medium and converts the sampled analog reproduction signal into a digital signal; a sampling rate switching unit that adaptively switches the sampling rate in the analog-to-digital converting unit from a higher rate to a lower rate; and a data demodulating unit that reproduces and demodulates the digital signal subjected to the analog-to-digital conversion in the analog-to-digital converting unit by the Partial Response Maximum Likelihood method in accordance with the switching between the higher rate and the lower rate.
Abstract: According to one embodiment, a data reproducing apparatus generates content display data to display a content table in which a media identification code specific to a recording medium and a content code identifiable a content recorded on the recording medium are associated. Besides, the data reproducing apparatus controls so that a communication device transmits transmission request data showing a transmission request relating to the media identification code and the content code to external, and controls so that content display data is to be generated based on received data received by the communication device with corresponding to the transmission request data transmitted by the communication device.
Abstract: An information table storage stores an information table. The information table includes information regarding contents of an optical disk, disk identification information, and specific information representing relationships between the optical disk and an apparatus. An identification information detector section detects identification information when the optical disk is loaded in the apparatus. A search section searches the information table to see whether the identification information detected by the identification detector section is included in the information table. A specific information processor section determines whether the specific information read out from the optical disk corresponds to a currently-used apparatus. A notification processor supplies relevant information to a user interface where the identification information is included in the information table and the readout specific information corresponds to the currently-used apparatus.
Abstract: A signal processing apparatus includes a determining unit which determines a kind of moving picture data of a recording object, an acquiring unit which acquires from outside an encoding parameter corresponding to the kind of the moving picture data of the recording object determined by the determining unit, an encoding unit which executes an encoding process of encoding the moving picture data of the recording object in accordance with the encoding parameter acquired by the acquiring unit, and a storing unit which stores in a storage medium the moving picture data encoded by the encoding unit.