Patents by Inventor Shoichi Hirota

Shoichi Hirota 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20170178577
    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: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Shoichi HIROTA, Shinichi KOMURA, Yoshifumi SEKIGUCHI, Tsunenori YAMAMOTO, Masaya ADACHI
  • Patent number: 9626918
    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: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignees: Japan Display Inc., Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoichi Hirota, Shinichi Komura, Yoshifumi Sekiguchi, Tsunenori Yamamoto, Masaya Adachi
  • Publication number: 20160233560
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a technology with which the time of stopping operations of storage battery groups in performing preventive maintenance and maintenance works of storage batteries in a power storage system can be reduced. In the power storage system of the present invention, a storage battery panel 3 transmits a first signal (F1) based on monitoring of states of storage battery packs 4 to a superordinate relay panel 2, and the relay panel 2 transmits a second signal (F2) based on the first signal to a superordinate power control device 1. A maintenance device 5 transmits, based on an operation of designating a storage battery panel 3 to be maintained by a maintenance person, a third signal (M) to the superordinate relay panel 2 of the storage battery panel 3 to be maintained, and the relay panel 2 masks and invalidates the first signal from the storage battery panel 3 to be maintained or the second signal based on the first signal in accordance with the third signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Applicant: Hitachi Chemical Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi KANOH, Takashi HARA, Shoichi HIROTA, Akihiko EMORI
  • Publication number: 20150035738
    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: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Shoichi HIROTA, Shinichi KOMURA, Yoshifumi SEKIGUCHI, Tsunenori YAMAMOTO, Masaya ADACHI
  • Patent number: 8891044
    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: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignees: Japan Display Inc., Panasonic Liquid Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoichi Hirota, Shinichi Komura, Yoshifumi Sekiguchi, Tsunenori Yamamoto, Masaya Adachi
  • Patent number: 8345182
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device including lenticular lenses and color separation filters, associated with a subpixel row direction, on the backlight side with respect to lenticular lenses. In a RGW row, a color separation filter reflecting B wavelengths is arranged, and in a GBW row, a color separation filter reflecting R wavelengths is arranged. Together with collecting light in transmissive aperture parts with lenticular lenses and improving the transmitted quantity of light, the light reflected by color separation filters is returned to the backlight and re-utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignees: Hitachi Displays, Ltd., Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Sugita, Masaya Adachi, Shoichi Hirota
  • Patent number: 8199282
    Abstract: A wire grid polarizer includes fine metal wires arranged parallel to one another and thus transmitting TM-polarized light. A light absorbing layer for absorbing TE-polarized light is provided on at least one of the surfaces of the wire grid polarizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignees: Hitachi Displays, Ltd., Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Sugita, Shoichi Hirota
  • Patent number: 8149345
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device includes a first substrate, a second substrate, a liquid crystal layer formed between the first substrate and the second substrate, and a transistor formed in a pixel. A first insulating layer is formed over the transistor, a first electrode is formed on the first insulating layer, a second insulating layer is formed on the first electrode, a second electrode is formed on the second insulating layer, and the first electrode has a bumpy plane shape and the second electrode has a line shape portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignees: Hitachi Displays, Ltd., Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirotaka Imayama, Tetsuya Nagata, Osamu Itou, Shoichi Hirota
  • Publication number: 20110285949
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device includes a first substrate, a second substrate, a liquid crystal layer formed between the first substrate and the second substrate, and a transistor formed in a pixel. A first insulating layer is formed over the transistor, a first electrode is formed on the first insulating layer, a second insulating layer is formed on the first electrode, a second electrode is formed on the second insulating layer, and the first electrode has a bumpy plane shape and the second electrode has a line shape portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventors: Hirotaka Imayama, Tetsuya Nagata, Osamu Itou, Shoichi Hirota
  • Patent number: 8049841
    Abstract: An image is displayed by modulating TM-polarized light between the polarizer 2 and the wire grid polarizer 18 through the variation of the optical characteristic of the liquid crystal layer 12 interposed between the transparent plate 4 and the transparent plate 26. Degradation of contrast in the bright ambience is avoided by providing an absorption layer for absorbing TE-polarized light on that surface of the wire grid polarizer 18 which faces the liquid crystal layer 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi Displays, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Sugita, Shoichi Hirota
  • Publication number: 20110261455
    Abstract: A wire grid polarizer includes fine metal wires arranged parallel to one another and thus transmitting TM-polarized light. A light absorbing layer for absorbing TE-polarized light is provided on at least one of the surfaces of the wire grid polarizer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventors: Tatsuya Sugita, Shoichi Hirota
  • Patent number: 8040448
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device includes a first substrate, a second substrate, a liquid crystal layer formed between the first substrate and the second substrate, and a transistor formed in a pixel. A first insulating layer is formed over the transistor, a first electrode is formed on the first insulating layer, a second insulating layer is formed on the first electrode, a second electrode is formed on the second insulating layer, and the first electrode has a plane shape and the second electrode has a line shape portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi Displays, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirotaka Imayama, Tetsuya Nagata, Osamu Itou, Shoichi Hirota
  • Publication number: 20110211149
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device includes a first substrate, a second substrate, a liquid crystal layer formed between the first substrate and the second substrate, and a transistor formed in a pixel. A first insulating layer is formed over the transistor, a first electrode is formed on the first insulating layer, a second insulating layer is formed on the first electrode, a second electrode is formed on the second insulating layer, and the first electrode has a plane shape and the second electrode has a line shape portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Inventors: Hirotaka Imayama, Tetsuya Nagata, Osamu Itou, Shoichi Hirota
  • Patent number: 7990369
    Abstract: An image display apparatus configured by a display panel having an image memory element in a pixel, which achieves low power consumption. A nonvolatile image memory element 1, which can change the resistance value by phase change, is connected to a pixel electrode 25 of a liquid crystal element 5. The output of a thin-film transistor 17 driven by scanning and signal electrode lines 7, 9 is connected to the pixel electrode 25. When the scanning electrode line 7 is selected to have a high level voltage, the thin-film transistor 17 is turned on and a current signal flowing through the signal electrode 9 is sent through the image memory element 1 to a reference electrode line 15. Depending on the current value or pulse width passing through the image memory element 1, the resistance of the image memory element 1 is changed and is stored as a resistance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi Displays, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Sugita, Shinichi Komura, Shoichi Hirota, Tsunenori Yamamoto, Tetsuya Ooshima, Susumu Edo, Akitoyo Konno
  • Patent number: 7982832
    Abstract: The present invention enhances display efficiency and a contrast of a reflective part in an IPS-type transflective liquid crystal display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi Displays, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirotaka Imayama, Tetsuya Nagata, Osamu Itou, Shoichi Hirota
  • Patent number: 7952663
    Abstract: In a transflective liquid crystal display device having a first substrate, a second substrate, a liquid crystal layer disposed between the two substrates and a reflective region and a transmissive region in each pixel; the second substrate has a pixel electrode to drive the liquid crystal layer and a common electrode; the reflective region of the second substrate is formed with an in-cell polarizer between the pixel electrode and common electrode and the reflector. In this invention, the thickness of the liquid crystal layer is set greater in the reflective region than in the transmissive region. The difference in the liquid crystal layer thickness between the reflective region and the transmissive region is provided by forming a step in the first substrate or the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi Displays, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chieko Araki, Masaya Adachi, Osamu Itou, Shoichi Hirota, Shinichiro Oka, Jun Tanaka, Miharu Otani
  • Patent number: 7884908
    Abstract: Each pixel has a transmissive area and a reflective area. A first alignment process area and a second alignment process area are placed such that an overlapping region is created in part of the reflective area. A region where the liquid crystal alignment direction shifts continuously is created in a boundary between the transmissive are a and the reflective are a without exception. A first liquid crystal alignment region is formed wider than the transmissive area, and a second liquid crystal alignment region is formed narrower than the reflective area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi Displays, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoichi Hirota, Masaki Matsumori, Tetsuya Nagata, Shinichiro Oka
  • Patent number: 7859527
    Abstract: A reference voltage line is synchronously scanned with scanning of a scanning signal line, voltage of the reference voltage line is set to be the voltage of a common electrode, the second transistor is set to be OFF state during the reference voltage line is set in the common voltage for a pixel wherein a node between an image signal memory and said second transistor is set in a voltage so that said second transistor becomes OFF and the voltage of image signal line is set to be high voltage level when the voltage of the scanning signal line changes from low voltage level to high voltage level for the pixel wherein the node between the image signal memory and the second transistor is set in a voltage so that said second transistor becomes ON.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi Displays, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoichi Hirota, Susumu Edo, Hiroki Kaneko, Tetsuya Oshima, Tatsuya Sugita, Shinichi Komura, Katsuyuki Funahata