Patents by Inventor Shinichi Komura

Shinichi Komura 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: 11221521
    Abstract: Provided is a display device including an array substrate, a pixel, a dimming element, and a counter substrate. The pixel is located over the array substrate and includes a first electrode, a second electrode, and a liquid crystal layer over the first electrode and the second electrode. The dimming element is located over the array substrate and includes a third electrode, the liquid crystal layer over the third electrode, and a fourth electrode over the liquid crystal layer. The counter substrate is located over the fourth electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Shigesumi Araki, Toshiharu Matsushima, Shinichi Komura
  • Patent number: 11194090
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a display device displays a color gamut defined by connecting a first defined color in first chromaticity coordinates, a second defined color in second chromaticity coordinates, and a third defined color in third chromaticity coordinates. An illumination device of the display device includes green, blue and red lasers. The green and blue lasers emit light of the second and third defined colors, and red laser emits light of a color in fourth chromaticity coordinates. Each of the pixels displays a color including the first defined color by mixing light in the fourth chromaticity coordinates and the second defined color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Youichi Asakawa, Ken Onoda, Hiroaki Kijima, Shinichi Komura
  • Publication number: 20210311357
    Abstract: A display device includes a first substrate including a first surface and a second surface on the opposite side with respect to the first surface, a second surface having a third surface opposite the first surface and a fourth surface on the opposite side with respect to the third surface, and a liquid crystal layer disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate, the display device includes a first region and a second region in a plan view, the first substrate includes a first polarizer provided on the second surface and a second polarizer being overlapped with the second region and being laminated with the first polarizer, and the second substrate includes a third polarizer provided on the fourth surface and a fourth polarizer being overlapped with the second region and being laminated with the third polarizer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Applicant: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Mitsutaka OKITA, Shinichi KOMURA
  • Publication number: 20210294023
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, the illumination device includes a first area, a second area, a first light guide, a plurality of first light sources, a second light guide, a plurality of second light sources, a first layer and a second layer. The first layer extends from the first area over a boundary between the first area and the second area, to between a second side surface of the first light guide and the boundary. The second layer extends from the second area over the boundary to between a third side surface of the second light guide and the boundary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2021
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Applicant: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroaki KIJIMA, Shinichi KOMURA, Yoichi ASAKAWA, Ken ONODA
  • Patent number: 11054569
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, the illumination device includes a first area, a second area, a first light guide, a plurality of first light sources, a second light guide, a plurality of second light sources, a first layer and a second layer. The first layer extends from the first area over a boundary between the first area and the second area, to between a second side surface of the first light guide and the boundary. The second layer extends from the second area over the boundary to between a third side surface of the second light guide and the boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kijima, Shinichi Komura, Yoichi Asakawa, Ken Onoda
  • Patent number: 11016356
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a display device comprises a color filter layer, an illumination device and a selection layer. The illumination device illuminates the color filter layer with mixed light including first and second components. The color filter layer includes first and second filters. The selection layer includes a phase element layer including first and second phase elements, and first and second polarizers. The first phase element changes a polarization state of the mixed color light such that the first component is transmitted through the second polarizer. The second phase element changes a polarization state of the mixed color light such that the second component is transmitted through the second polarizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Shinichi Komura, Youichi Asakawa
  • Publication number: 20210149243
    Abstract: A color display device comprises an array of a plurality of sub-pixels including a red sub-pixel, a blue sub-pixel, a first green sub-pixel and a second green sub-pixel. The first green sub-pixel and the second green sub-pixel are smaller than that of the red sub-pixel or the blue sub-pixel. The two adjacent first green sub-pixels are arranged in a first direction, the two adjacent second green sub-pixels are arranged in the first direction. The blue sub-pixel is directly adjacent to the red sub-pixel in a second direction; the blue sub-pixel is directly adjacent to the two first green sub-pixels and the two second green sub-pixels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2021
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Inventors: Shoichi HIROTA, Shinichi KOMURA, Yoshifumi SEKIGUCHI, Tsunenori YAMAMOTO, Masaya ADACHI
  • Patent number: 10935834
    Abstract: A color display device comprises an array of a plurality of sub-pixels including a red sub-pixel, a blue sub-pixel, a first green sub-pixel and a second green sub-pixel. The first green sub-pixel and the second green sub-pixel are smaller than that of the red sub-pixel or the blue sub-pixel. The two adjacent first green sub-pixels are arranged in a first direction, the two adjacent second green sub-pixels are arranged in the first direction. The blue sub-pixel is directly adjacent to the red sub-pixel in a second direction; the blue sub-pixel is directly adjacent to the two first green sub-pixels and the two second green sub-pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignees: Japan Display Inc., Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoichi Hirota, Shinichi Komura, Yoshifumi Sekiguchi, Tsunenori Yamamoto, Masaya Adachi
  • Publication number: 20210041620
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, the illumination device includes a first area, a second area, a first light guide, a plurality of first light sources, a second light guide, a plurality of second light sources, a first layer and a second layer. The first layer extends from the first area over a boundary between the first area and the second area, to between a second side surface of the first light guide and the boundary. The second layer extends from the second area over the boundary to between a third side surface of the second light guide and the boundary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Applicant: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroaki KIJIMA, Shinichi KOMURA, Yoichi ASAKAWA, Ken ONODA
  • Publication number: 20200400871
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a display device displays a color gamut defined by connecting a first defined color in first chromaticity coordinates, a second defined color in second chromaticity coordinates, and a third defined color in third chromaticity coordinates. An illumination device of the display device includes green, blue and red lasers. The green and blue lasers emit light of the second and third defined colors, and red laser emits light of a color in fourth chromaticity coordinates. Each of the pixels displays a color including the first defined color by mixing light in the fourth chromaticity coordinates and the second defined color.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Applicant: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Youichi ASAKAWA, Ken ONODA, Hiroaki KIJIMA, Shinichi KOMURA
  • Publication number: 20200400983
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a display device comprises a color filter layer, an illumination device and a selection layer. The illumination device illuminates the color filter layer with mixed light including first and second components. The color filter layer includes first and second filters. The selection layer includes a phase element layer including first and second phase elements, and first and second polarizers. The first phase element changes a polarization state of the mixed color light such that the first component is transmitted through the second polarizer. The second phase element changes a polarization state of the mixed color light such that the second component is transmitted through the second polarizer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Applicant: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Shinichi KOMURA, Youichi ASAKAWA
  • Publication number: 20200301188
    Abstract: Provided is a display device including an array substrate, a pixel, a dimming element, and a counter substrate. The pixel is located over the array substrate and includes a first electrode, a second electrode, and a liquid crystal layer over the first electrode and the second electrode. The dimming element is located over the array substrate and includes a third electrode, the liquid crystal layer over the third electrode, and a fourth electrode over the liquid crystal layer. The counter substrate is located over the fourth electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Shigesumi Araki, Toshiharu Matsushima, Shinichi Komura
  • Publication number: 20200133055
    Abstract: A color display device comprises an array of a plurality of sub-pixels including a red sub-pixel, a blue sub-pixel, a first green sub-pixel and a second green sub-pixel. The first green sub-pixel and the second green sub-pixel are smaller than that of the red sub-pixel or the blue sub-pixel. The two adjacent first green sub-pixels are arranged in a first direction, the two adjacent second green sub-pixels are arranged in the first direction. The blue sub-pixel is directly adjacent to the red sub-pixel in a second direction; the blue sub-pixel is directly adjacent to the two first green sub-pixels and the two second green sub-pixels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Shoichi HIROTA, Shinichi KOMURA, Yoshifumi SEKIGUCHI, Tsunenori YAMAMOTO, Masaya ADACHI
  • Patent number: 10551664
    Abstract: In a color display device, when using white (W) sub-pixels in addition to subpixels of red (R) and green (G) plus blue (B) without increasing a wiring line number, the per-color pixel number in a unit area decreases so that the image resolution is deteriorated. The area and number of subpixels are adjusted in accordance with the visual sensitivity or luminosity required. Practically, the area of red (R) and blue (B) subpixels which are relatively low in luminosity is set to be about two times greater than the area of green (G) and white (W) subpixels that are relatively high in luminosity while letting the number of green (G) and white (W) subpixels be twice the number of red (R) and blue (B) subpixels. A larger subpixel is configured from a plurality of unit subpixels. A smaller subpixel is formed of a one unit subpixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignees: Japan Display Inc., Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoichi Hirota, Shinichi Komura, Yoshifumi Sekiguchi, Tsunenori Yamamoto, Masaya Adachi
  • Patent number: 10551550
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an illumination device includes a light guide, a light source and prisms. The light guide has a side surface and first and second main surfaces. The light source emits light to the side surface in a first emission direction. The prisms are provided on the second main surface. The second main surface has first and second areas. The prisms include first prisms in the first area and second prisms in the second area. A first virtual line connecting apexes of the first prisms is inclined with respect to the first main surface. A distance between the second area and the first main surface is greater than a distance between the first area and the first main surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Toshihiko Fukuma, Shinichi Komura, Youichi Asakawa, Ken Onoda
  • Patent number: 10459303
    Abstract: A thin display device with a less bezel portion is provided. The display device includes: a first substrate with flexibility, the first substrate having a display section including a first pixel; a second substrate with flexibility; and a sealant which bonds the first substrate and the second substrate together. A curved part is provided inside the sealant in a planar view. When a surface of the first substrate opposing the second substrate is taken as a front surface and a surface opposite to the front surface is taken as a back surface, the back surface inside the curved part and the back surface outside the curved part are overlapped each other in a planar view. The display section is provided in the curved part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Shinichiro Oka, Shinichi Komura, Yosuke Hyodo, Lu Jin
  • Patent number: 10437104
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an illumination device includes a first member, a second member, a first light source. The first member includes a first prism array including first prisms aligned in a first direction. The second member includes a second prism array including second prisms aligned in a second direction. The second member disposed more closely to a first A side than to the first member. The first light source disposed more closely to a second A side than to the second member to apply a parallel light beam to a second B side. The parallel light beam from the first light source is made incident on the second prism array and incident on the first prism array without passing through a light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Ken Onoda, Shinichi Komura, Youichi Asakawa, Toshihiko Fukuma
  • Patent number: 10429664
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a semiconductor laser includes a semiconductor laser element. A drive current which is composed of a direct current and an alternating current superposed thereon is applied to the semiconductor laser element. A waveform of the alternating current is a non-square wave. A frequency of the alternating current is from 50 Hz to 500 kHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Youichi Asakawa, Ken Onoda, Toshihiko Fukuma, Shinichi Komura
  • Patent number: 10324335
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a display device includes a display panel including a first substrate, a second substrate, and an optical element layer provided between the substrates, a light directing unit facing the first substrate of the display panel, and including a first main surface disposed on a side facing the first substrate, and a second main surface disposed on a side reverse to the first main surface, and a light source unit disposed on the first substrate side with respect to the display panel, and emitting polarized light toward the first or second main surface. The polarized light is made incident on the first or second main surface, and directed perpendicularly to the optical element layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Youichi Asakawa, Toshihiko Fukuma, Ken Onoda, Shinichi Komura
  • Patent number: 10288947
    Abstract: The present invention provides an autostereoscopic display device including: a display device; and a liquid crystal lens cell arranged on the display device, the liquid crystal lens cell including: a first substrate; a second substrate; a liquid crystal layer sandwiched between the first substrate and the second substrate; a first electrode arranged on the first substrate on the side of the liquid crystal layer; and a second electrode arranged on the second substrate on the side of the liquid crystal layer, in which the liquid crystal lens cell has a water-absorption layer arranged on at least one of the first substrate and the second substrate on the side of the liquid crystal layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Shinichiro Oka, Tatsuya Sugita, Shinichi Komura