Patents by Inventor Shoji Nagumo

Shoji Nagumo 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: 10886951
    Abstract: A front-end module that uses a carrier aggregation scheme in which Band, which is selected from a low-frequency band group, and Band, which is selected from a high-frequency band group, are used simultaneously for communication includes a plurality of signal paths that connect a power amplifier module to an antenna element, and an antenna switch module that switches connection between the antenna element and the plurality of signal paths. Harmonics of Band have frequencies that are included in Band. The front-end module further includes a switch element disposed in a TDD transmission path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoji Nagumo, Kanta Motoki, Keiji Hiejima
  • Publication number: 20200177214
    Abstract: A front-end module includes: a first front-end circuit that transmits signals in a first band in a CA mode; and a second front-end circuit that transmits signals in a second band in the CA mode. The second front-end circuit includes a second quadplexer for the first and second bands. The first front-end circuit includes: a first quadplexer for the first and second bands; and an impedance variable circuit that is connected to a transmission terminal that is included in the first quadplexer and corresponds to the second band. In the CA mode, the impedance variable circuit serves as a reflection circuit that causes reflection of transmission waves in the second band. In a non-CA mode, the impedance variable circuit serves as a matching circuit that transmits or absorbs transmission waves in the second band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Shoji NAGUMO, Kanta MOTOKI, Shiyunsuke OOTOMO
  • Publication number: 20190222253
    Abstract: A high-frequency front-end circuit includes a diplexer, a duplexer, and a low-band-side multiple reflection prevention unit. The diplexer includes an antenna connection terminal, a low-band-side terminal, and a high-band-side terminal, and separates a low-band communication signal and a high-band communication signal. The duplexer separates a transmission signal and a reception signal of the low-band communication signal. The multiple reflection prevention unit is disposed between the low-band-side terminal and the duplexer and reduces or prevents multiple reflections of a leakage signal of the high-band communication signal which leaks to the low band side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Shoji NAGUMO, Kanta MOTOKI, Yusaku MUROYA
  • Publication number: 20190198230
    Abstract: An electronic component includes a multilayer body including dielectric layers, a circuit pattern, and band-shaped conductor patterns. The circuit pattern includes a conductor pattern that is disposed inside the multilayer body and defines an inductor. The band-shaped conductor patterns are grounded and cover a portion of a shield surface. An internal surface is located between the circuit pattern and an upper surface. On a shield surface, a non-shielded area is provided which is not covered with any of the band-shaped conductor patterns, and through which magnetic flux generated from the inductor is able to pass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Kunihiro MIYAHARA, Yutaka MASUDA, Kanta MOTOKI, Shoji NAGUMO
  • Patent number: 10084229
    Abstract: This disclosure provides an antenna apparatus in which stable antenna characteristics are maintained by detecting surrounding conditions that affect the antenna characteristics and appropriately compensating the antenna characteristics. More specifically, when surrounding condition such as a human body (e.g., a palm or fingers) approaches and enters an electric field of a pseudo dipole formed by an antenna element electrode, a stray capacitance is sensed and stable antenna characteristics are maintained by appropriately controlling an antenna matching circuit to compensate for a change in the antenna characteristics due to the approach of the surrounding condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Nagumo, Masaaki Takata, Noriyuki Ueki, Hiromasa Koyama
  • Publication number: 20180138927
    Abstract: A front-end module that uses a carrier aggregation scheme in which Band, which is selected from a low-frequency band group, and Band, which is selected from a high-frequency band group, are used simultaneously for communication includes a plurality of signal paths that connect a power amplifier module to an antenna element, and an antenna switch module that switches connection between the antenna element and the plurality of signal paths. Harmonics of Band have frequencies that are included in Band. The front-end module further includes a switch element disposed in a TDD transmission path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Shoji NAGUMO, Kanta MOTOKI, Keiji HIEJIMA
  • Patent number: 9866195
    Abstract: A stray capacitance is generated between an antenna element and a ground electrode. A capacitance detection circuit detects the stray capacitance. An antenna matching circuit, is provided along a wireless communication signal path, which is a transmission path between the antenna element and a feeder circuit. A feedback control circuit transmits a control signal to the variable matching circuit on the basis of a detection result of the capacitance detection circuit in accordance with the stray capacitance. The capacitance detection circuit includes a constant current source and a timing circuit to measure the time taken to charge the antenna from the constant current source and for the voltage to reach a predetermined voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Nagumo, Masashi Nakazato, Motoyasu Nakao, Yuji Shintomi
  • Publication number: 20170310298
    Abstract: A stray capacitance is generated between an antenna element and a ground electrode. A capacitance detection circuit detects the stray capacitance. An antenna matching circuit, is provided along a wireless communication signal path, which is a transmission path between the antenna element and a feeder circuit. A feedback control circuit transmits a control signal to the variable matching circuit on the basis of a detection result of the capacitance detection circuit in accordance with the stray capacitance. The capacitance detection circuit includes a constant current source and a timing circuit to measure the time taken to charge the antenna from the constant current source and for the voltage to reach a predetermined voltage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoji NAGUMO, Masashi NAKAZATO, Motoyasu NAKAO, Yuji SHINTOMI
  • Patent number: 9748917
    Abstract: A stray capacitance is generated between an antenna element and a ground electrode. A capacitance detection circuit detects the stray capacitance. An antenna matching circuit, is provided along a wireless communication signal path, which is a transmission path between the antenna element and a feeder circuit. A feedback control circuit transmits a control signal to the variable matching circuit on the basis of a detection result of the capacitance detection circuit in accordance with the stray capacitance. The capacitance detection circuit includes a constant current source and a timing circuit to measure the time taken to charge the antenna from the constant current source and for the voltage to reach a predetermined voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Nagumo, Masashi Nakazato, Motoyasu Nakao, Yuji Shintomi
  • Patent number: 9571145
    Abstract: A high frequency circuit module includes a variable inductance circuit portion and a reactance circuit portion. The variable inductance circuit portion is connected between an antenna port and ground. The variable reactance circuit is connected between the antenna port and a front-end port. The variable inductance circuit portion includes a first inductor, a second inductor, and a switch. The first inductor is connected between the antenna port and the ground. The second inductor and the switch are connected in series, and this series circuit is connected in parallel to the first inductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Nagumo, Tetsuro Harada, Minoru Iwanaga, Tomohiro Nagai
  • Patent number: 9236657
    Abstract: A low-frequency radiating element and a high-frequency radiating element are configured so as to respectively operate in a relatively low frequency band and a relatively high frequency band that are non-contiguous with each other. A matching circuit is inserted between a transmission/reception circuit and a branching point. A high-frequency variable reactance circuit is inserted between the branching point and the high-frequency radiating element. A low-frequency variable reactance circuit is inserted between the branching point and the low-frequency radiating element. The high-frequency variable reactance circuit and the low-frequency variable reactance circuit are configured such that their reactances can be adjusted independently of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoji Nagumo, Minoru Iwanaga, Masahi Nakazato, Tomohiro Nagai
  • Patent number: 9188616
    Abstract: A capacitance detecting circuit includes a constant current source supplying a constant current to a voltage detection point, a time measuring unit measuring time of charge until the voltage of the voltage detection point reaches a prescribed voltage, a storage unit and an operation unit. The storage unit stores first data obtained in advance concerning the time of charge of a capacitance element having a known capacitance value, and second data obtained in advance concerning the time of charge of a capacitance component. The operation unit generates third data representing the time of charge of an object of detection from a difference between the first measurement value of the time measuring unit when the capacitance component is connected to the voltage detection point and the second data, and based on the ratio between the third data and the first data and the known capacitance value, calculates the capacitance value of the object of detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoji Nagumo, Masashi Nakazato, Yujie Dai, Xiaoxing Zhang, Yingjie Lu
  • Publication number: 20150311881
    Abstract: A stray capacitance is generated between an antenna element and a ground electrode. A capacitance detection circuit detects the stray capacitance. An antenna matching circuit, is provided along a wireless communication signal path, which is a transmission path between the antenna element and a feeder circuit. A feedback control circuit transmits a control signal to the variable matching circuit on the basis of a detection result of the capacitance detection circuit in accordance with the stray capacitance. The capacitance detection circuit includes a constant current source and a timing circuit to measure the time taken to charge the antenna from the constant current source and for the voltage to reach a predetermined voltage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Applicant: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoji NAGUMO, Masashi NAKAZATO, Motoyasu NAKAO, Yuji SHINTOMI
  • Publication number: 20150118984
    Abstract: A high frequency circuit module includes a variable inductance circuit portion and a reactance circuit portion. The variable inductance circuit portion is connected between an antenna port and ground. The variable reactance circuit is connected between the antenna port and a front-end port. The variable inductance circuit portion includes a first inductor, a second inductor, and a switch. The first inductor is connected between the antenna port and the ground. The second inductor and the switch are connected in series, and this series circuit is connected in parallel to the first inductor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Shoji NAGUMO, Tetsuro HARADA, Minoru IWANAGA, Tomohiro NAGAI
  • Publication number: 20150084652
    Abstract: A capacitance detecting circuit includes a constant current source supplying a constant current to a voltage detection point, a time measuring unit measuring time of charge until the voltage of the voltage detection point reaches a prescribed voltage, a storage unit and an operation unit. The storage unit stores first data obtained in advance concerning the time of charge of a capacitance element having a known capacitance value, and second data obtained in advance concerning the time of charge of a capacitance component. The operation unit generates third data representing the time of charge of an object of detection from a difference between the first measurement value of the time measuring unit when the capacitance component is connected to the voltage detection point and the second data, and based on the ratio between the third data and the first data and the known capacitance value, calculates the capacitance value of the object of detection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Shoji Nagumo, Masashi Nakazato, Yujie Dai, Xiaoxing Zhang, Yingjie Lu
  • Publication number: 20140198009
    Abstract: A low-frequency radiating element and a high-frequency radiating element are configured so as to respectively operate in a relatively low frequency band and a relatively high frequency band that are non-contiguous with each other. A matching circuit is inserted between a transmission/reception circuit and a branching point. A high-frequency variable reactance circuit is inserted between the branching point and the high-frequency radiating element. A low-frequency variable reactance circuit is inserted between the branching point and the low-frequency radiating element. The high-frequency variable reactance circuit and the low-frequency variable reactance circuit are configured such that their reactances can be adjusted independently of each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoji NAGUMO, Minoru IWANAGA, Masahi NAKAZATO, Tomohiro NAGAI
  • Publication number: 20130241796
    Abstract: An antenna device can detect the surrounding environment and appropriately corrected and maintain stable antenna characteristics. The antenna device includes at least first and second antenna element electrodes, an antenna matching circuit provided along a wireless communication signal path for the first antenna element electrode, a capacitance detection circuit connected to the second antenna element electrode and operable to detect stray capacitance of the antenna element electrode using a sensing signal. A matching control circuit controls the antenna matching circuit in accordance with an output signal of the capacitance detection circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shoji NAGUMO
  • Publication number: 20120154245
    Abstract: This disclosure provides an antenna apparatus in which stable antenna characteristics are maintained by detecting surrounding conditions that affect the antenna characteristics and appropriately compensating the antenna characteristics. More specifically, when surrounding condition such as a human body (e.g., a palm or fingers) approaches and enters an electric field of a pseudo dipole formed by an antenna element electrode, a stray capacitance is sensed and stable antenna characteristics are maintained by appropriately controlling an antenna matching circuit to compensate for a change in the antenna characteristics due to the approach of the surrounding condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoji NAGUMO, Masaaki TAKATA, Noriyuki UEKI, Hiromasa KOYAMA
  • Publication number: 20120056795
    Abstract: A switching function and multiband compatibility and a function handling deviation of matching caused by the influence of the human body are configured in a single matching circuit. An antenna matching circuit is formed by a reactance changing section and a matching section. The matching section is formed by a parallel circuit of an inductor and a capacitor, and the LC parallel circuit is shunt-connected between a feed section and the ground. The reactance changing section changes the resonant frequency to be compatible with a plurality of bands, and performs fine adjustment of the resonant frequency changed by the influence of the human body. The parallel inductor causes the locus of input impedance of the antenna matching circuit to draw a small circle locus in the first quadrant of a Smith chart. The parallel capacitor is adjustable to move the small circle locus to the center on the Smith chart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoji NAGUMO, Hiromasa KOYAMA, Noriyuki UEKI
  • Patent number: 7808435
    Abstract: In an antenna structure in which a base is mounted in a ground region on a circuit board, the base having formed thereon a driven radiating electrode and a parasitic radiating electrode, the parasitic radiating electrode causing multiple resonance at least in a harmonic resonant frequency band of the driven radiating electrode, capacitance loading means for loading a capacitance to a harmonic-mode zero voltage region of the driven radiating electrode is provided. The capacitance loading means is electrically connected to a ground electrode in the ground region on the circuit board via a grounding conduction path and switching means. By switching the switching means ON/OFF, capacitance loading by the capacitance loading means to the harmonic-mode zero voltage region of the driven radiating electrode is switched ON/OFF to switch a base resonant frequency in a base resonant frequency band of the driven radiating electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Nagumo, Kazuyuki Furuya, Mie Shimizu, Hirotaka Fujii