Patents by Inventor Ryoji Eki

Ryoji Eki 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: 20210385403
    Abstract: A stacked light receiving sensor according to one embodiment includes a first substrate in a first layer, a second substrate joined with the first substrate and formed in a second layer, and a third substrate joined with the second substrate and formed in a third layer. An analog circuit reads a pixel signal from a pixel array. A logic circuit is connected to the analog circuit and outputs the pixel signal. A processing section executes processing based on a neural network computing model, on data based on the pixel signal. The pixel array is disposed on the first layer. The analog circuit is disposed on any one or more of the first to third layers. The logic circuit, the processing section, and a memory are disposed on any one or more of the second and third layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Publication date: December 9, 2021
    Inventor: Ryoji Eki
  • Publication number: 20210329164
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: an imaging unit that has a pixel region in which a plurality of pixels is arranged and that reads and outputs a pixel signal from the pixels included in the pixel region; a unit-of-readout controller that controls a unit of readout set as a part of the pixel region: a recognition unit that has learned training data for each of units of readout; a first output unit that outputs a recognition result of recognition performed by the recognition unit for each of the units of readout; a second output unit that outputs the pixel signal to a subsequent stage; and a trigger generator that generates a trigger signal for controlling a first timing at which the first output unit outputs the recognition result and a second timing at which the second output unit outputs the pixel signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2019
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ryuta SATOH, Suguru AOKI, Keitaro YAMAMOTO, Ryoji EKI
  • Publication number: 20210329163
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: an imaging unit that has a pixel region in which a plurality of pixels is arranged and reads and outputs a pixel signal from the pixels included in the pixel region; a unit-of-readout controller that controls a unit of readout set as a part of the pixel region; a first unit-of-readout setting unit that sets a first unit of readout that is used for reading out the pixel signal from the pixel region for a recognition process that has learned training data for each of the units of readout; a second unit-of-readout setting unit that sets a second unit of readout that is used for reading out the pixel signal from the pixel region so as to output the pixel signal to a subsequent stage; and a mediation unit that performs mediation between the first unit of readout and the second unit of readout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2019
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ryuta SATOH, Suguru AOKI, Keitaro YAMAMOTO, Ryoji EKI
  • Publication number: 20210321054
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus according to an embodiment includes: an imaging unit (10) having a pixel region in which a plurality of pixels is arranged; a readout controller (11) that controls readout of pixel signals from pixels included in the pixel region; a unit-of-readout controller (123) that controls a unit of readout that is set as a part of the pixel region and for which the readout controller performs the readout; and a recognition unit (14) that has learned training data for each of the units of readout. The recognition unit performs a recognition process on the pixel signal for each of the units of readout, and outputs a recognition result which is a result of the recognition process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2019
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Suguru AOKI, Ryuta SATOH, Keitaro YAMAMOTO, Ryoji EKI
  • Publication number: 20210306586
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus according to an embodiment includes: an imaging unit having a pixel region in which a plurality of pixels is arranged; a readout controller that controls readout of pixel signals from pixels included in the pixel region; a first unit-of-readout setting unit that sets a unit of readout as a part of the pixel region, for which the readout controller performs readout of the pixel signal; an image output unit that outputs a first image based on the pixel signal read out from the unit of readout to a subsequent stage; a second unit-of-readout controller that controls the unit of readout in which the readout controller performs readout of the pixel signal; and a recognition unit that learns training data for each of the units of readout, performs a recognition process on the pixel signal for each of the units of readout, and outputs a recognition result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2019
    Publication date: September 30, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Keitaro YAMAMOTO, Suguru AOKI, Ryuta SATOH, Ryoji EKI
  • Publication number: 20210297585
    Abstract: The present invention suppresses an increase in processing time and power consumption that is associated with function implementation. An electronic device according to an embodiment comprises: an imaging unit (11) that generates image data; a processing unit (14) that executes neural network calculation model-based processing with respect to image data-based data that is read out from the imaging unit; a function execution unit (12) that performs a predetermined function on the basis of the results of the processing; and a detection unit (32) that detects displacement, wherein the processing unit executes the processing when the detection unit detects displacement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Applicants: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation, Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ryoji EKI, Suguru AOKI, Ryuta SATOH
  • Publication number: 20210289151
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device (10) includes an imager (11) configured to acquire image data, a processing unit (14) configured to perform a process based on a neural network calculation model for data based on the image data acquired from the imager, and a control unit (12) configured to switch between a first process mode of performing a first process at a first frame rate and, based on a result of the first process, a second process mode of performing a second process at a second frame rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Inventor: RYOJI EKI
  • Publication number: 20210266488
    Abstract: Advanced processing is performed in a chip. A stacked light-receiving sensor according to an embodiment includes a first substrate (100, 200, 300) and a second substrate (120, 320) bonded to the first substrate. The first substrate includes a pixel array (101) in which a plurality of unit pixels are arranged in a two-dimensional matrix. The second substrate includes a converter (17) configured to convert an analog pixel signal output from the pixel array to digital image data and a processing unit (15) configured to perform a process based on a neural network calculation model for data based on the image data. At least a part of the converter is arranged on a first side in the second substrate. The processing unit is arranged on a second side opposite to the first side in the second substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Inventor: Ryoji Eki
  • Publication number: 20210264192
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes: an imager (11) configured to acquire image data; a processing unit (14) configured to execute, on the image data or data based on the image data, processing of extracting a specific region based on a neural network calculation model; and an output unit (16) configured to output image data fabricated based on the specific region or the image data read from the imager based on the specific region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Inventor: Ryoji Eki
  • Publication number: 20210168318
    Abstract: Advanced processing is performed in a chip. A stacked light-receiving sensor according to an embodiment includes a first substrate (100, 200, 300), a second substrate (120, 320) bonded to the first substrate, and connection wiring (402) bonded to the second substrate. The first substrate includes a pixel array (101) in which a plurality of unit pixels are arranged in a two-dimensional matrix. The second substrate includes a converter (17A) configured to convert an analog pixel signal output from the pixel array to digital image data and a processing unit (14) configured to perform a process for data based on the image data. At least a part of the converter is disposed on a first side in the second substrate. The processing unit is disposed on a second side opposite to the first side in the second substrate. The connection wiring is attached to a side other than the second side in the second substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Ryoji Eki
  • Publication number: 20210152732
    Abstract: Fabrication processing is executed in a chip of an image sensor. An image capturing device includes an image capturing unit (11) mounted on a vehicle and configured to generate image data by performing image capturing of a peripheral region of the vehicle, a scene recognition unit (214) configured to recognize a scene of the peripheral region based on the image data, and a drive control unit (12) configured to control drive of the image capturing unit based on the scene recognized by the scene recognition unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Ryoji Eki
  • Publication number: 20200363534
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an imaging device and an electronic device that enable construction of an imaging device that outputs information required by a user with a small size. A single-chip imaging device includes: an imaging unit in which a plurality of pixels is arranged two-dimensionally and that captures an image; a signal processing unit that performs signal processing using a captured image output from the imaging unit; an output I/F that outputs a signal processing result of the signal processing and the captured image to an outside; and an output control unit that performs output control of selectively outputting the signal processing result of the signal processing and the captured image from the output I/F to the outside. The present technology can be applied to, for example, an imaging device that captures an image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicant: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryoji EKI
  • Patent number: 10795024
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an imaging device and an electronic device that enable construction of an imaging device that outputs information required by a user with a small size. A single-chip imaging device includes: an imaging unit in which a plurality of pixels is arranged two-dimensionally and that captures an image; a signal processing unit that performs signal processing using a captured image output from the imaging unit; an output I/F that outputs a signal processing result of the signal processing and the captured image to an outside; and an output control unit that performs output control of selectively outputting the signal processing result of the signal processing and the captured image from the output I/F to the outside. The present technology can be applied to, for example, an imaging device that captures an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Ryoji Eki
  • Publication number: 20190204448
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an imaging device and an electronic device that enable construction of an imaging device that outputs information required by a user with a small size. A single-chip imaging device includes: an imaging unit in which a plurality of pixels is arranged two-dimensionally and that captures an image; a signal processing unit that performs signal processing using a captured image output from the imaging unit; an output I/F that outputs a signal processing result of the signal processing and the captured image to an outside; and an output control unit that performs output control of selectively outputting the signal processing result of the signal processing and the captured image from the output I/F to the outside. The present technology can be applied to, for example, an imaging device that captures an image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryoji EKI
  • Patent number: 9363453
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes: a pixel section wherein pixels including photoelectric conversion devices are arranged in a matrix; and a pixel driving section including a row selection circuit which controls the pixels to perform an electronic shutter operation and readout of the pixel section. The row selection circuit has a function of selecting a readout row from which a signal is read out and a shutter row on which reset is performed by discharging charge accumulated in the photoelectric conversion devices, in accordance with address and control signals. The row selection circuit can set, in accordance with the address and control signals, in the pixels of the selected row, at least a readout state, a discharge state where a smaller amount of the charge accumulated in the photoelectric conversion devices than the reset is discharged, an electronic shutter state, and a charge state where the charge is accumulated in the photoelectric conversion devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiji Makino, Tetsuji Nakaseko, Ryoji Eki, Youji Sakioka
  • Publication number: 20150109502
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes: a pixel section wherein pixels including photoelectric conversion devices are arranged in a matrix; and a pixel driving section including a row selection circuit which controls the pixels to perform an electronic shutter operation and readout of the pixel section. The row selection circuit has a function of selecting a readout row from which a signal is read out and a shutter row on which reset is performed by discharging charge accumulated in the photoelectric conversion devices, in accordance with address and control signals. The row selection circuit can set, in accordance with the address and control signals, in the pixels of the selected row, at least a readout state, a discharge state where a smaller amount of the charge accumulated in the photoelectric conversion devices than the reset is discharged, an electronic shutter state, and a charge state where the charge is accumulated in the photoelectric conversion devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Eiji Makino, Tetsuji Nakaseko, Ryoji Eki, Youji Sakioka
  • Patent number: 8970753
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes: a pixel section wherein pixels including photoelectric conversion devices are arranged in a matrix; and a pixel driving section including a row selection circuit which controls the pixels to perform an electronic shutter operation and readout of the pixel section. The row selection circuit has a function of selecting a readout row from which a signal is read out and a shutter row on which reset is performed by discharging charge accumulated in the photoelectric conversion devices, in accordance with address and control signals. The row selection circuit can set, in accordance with the address and control signals, in the pixels of the selected row, at least a readout state, a discharge state where a smaller amount of the charge accumulated in the photoelectric conversion devices than the reset is discharged, an electronic shutter state, and a charge state where the charge is accumulated in the photoelectric conversion devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Eiji Makino, Tetsuji Nakaseko, Ryoji Eki, Youji Sakioka
  • Patent number: 8730355
    Abstract: An image signal processing device includes: a color mixture correction circuit correcting color mixture among pixels arranged in the row and column directions, having plural light receiving units which perform photoelectric conversion and including filters dividing light incident on respective plural light receiving units into plural color components, wherein the color mixture correction circuit performs correction processing to a signal value of a target pixel of color mixture correction by associating respective signal values of neighboring pixels adjacent to the target pixel of color mixture correction with correction parameters unique to an address of each signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ryoji Eki, Eiji Makino
  • Publication number: 20120008027
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes: a pixel section wherein pixels including photoelectric conversion devices are arranged in a matrix; and a pixel driving section including a row selection circuit which controls the pixels to perform an electronic shutter operation and readout of the pixel section. The row selection circuit has a function of selecting a readout row from which a signal is read out and a shutter row on which reset is performed by discharging charge accumulated in the photoelectric conversion devices, in accordance with address and control signals. The row selection circuit can set, in accordance with the address and control signals, in the pixels of the selected row, at least a readout state, a discharge state where a smaller amount of the charge accumulated in the photoelectric conversion devices than the reset is discharged, an electronic shutter state, and a charge state where the charge is accumulated in the photoelectric conversion devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Eiji Makino, Tetsuji Nakaseko, Ryoji Eki, Youji Sakioka
  • Publication number: 20110194001
    Abstract: An image signal processing device includes: a color mixture correction circuit correcting color mixture among pixels arranged in the row and column directions, having plural light receiving units which perform photoelectric conversion and including filters dividing light incident on respective plural light receiving units into plural color components, wherein the color mixture correction circuit performs correction processing to a signal value of a target pixel of color mixture correction by associating respective signal values of neighboring pixels adjacent to the target pixel of color mixture correction with correction parameters unique to an address of each signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: Sony Corporaion
    Inventors: Ryoji Eki, Eiji Makino