Patents by Inventor Shuichi Kozaki

Shuichi Kozaki 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: 9195104
    Abstract: A liquid crystal panel (2) is a vertical alignment type liquid crystal panel using a horizontal electric field driving system which performs display by driving a liquid crystal layer (50) interposed between substrates (10, 20) in a horizontal electric field, each pixel includes three sub-pixels (6R, 6G, and 6B), which are of red, green, and blue, comb-shaped electrodes (14, 15) include a function as a diffraction grating with the comb-shaped electrodes (14, 15) and spaces between the comb-shaped electrodes (14, 15), and pitch distances (D) between electrodes are set such that an optical diffraction efficiency for red wavelength and an optical diffraction efficiency for green wavelength are greater than an optical diffraction efficiency for blue wavelength. Thus, it is possible to provide a liquid crystal panel and a liquid crystal display apparatus having a wide viewing angle with less color change with a simple configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Murata, Shuichi Kozaki, Takehisa Sakurai, Yosuke Iwata
  • Patent number: 9122097
    Abstract: A backlight system (30) includes a light emitting section (31) and an imaging optical system. The imaging optical system includes a first microlens array (MLA1) and a second microlens array (MLA2). The lenses (1A) separates the beams of light emitted from the light emitting section (31) by RGB, and causes them to be converged at a pitch same as a pitch at which the picture elements are arrayed. The lenses (2A) are provided in one-to-one correspondence to the picture elements such that the lenses (2A) have their respective focal points at positions onto which beams of light having passed through the lenses (1A) are converged. The lenses (2A) thus deflect the beams of light which have passed through the lenses (1A) in a substantially vertical direction with respect to the display surface of the liquid crystal panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignees: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, Tohoku University
    Inventors: Tatsuo Uchida, Yoshito Suzuki, Tohru Kawakami, Kazuo Sekiya, Masahiro Nishizawa, Takahiro Ishinabe, Baku Katagiri, Katsunori Ehara, Yoshihiro Hashimoto, Shoichi Ishihara, Shuichi Kozaki, Yutaka Ishii
  • Patent number: 9007284
    Abstract: Picture element electrodes (30) and common electrodes (36) are provided in one of two substrates facing each other. Each picture element (20) has a plurality of sub picture elements (22). In a range in which a signal voltage of an image signal is low, a display is carried out only in a first sub picture element (22a) having narrower electrode spacing, whereas in a range in which the signal voltage of the image signal is high, a display is carried out in both of the first sub picture element (22a) and a second sub picture element (22b) having wider electrode spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takehisa Sakurai, Shuichi Kozaki, Shoichi Ishihara, Masako Nakamura, Mitsuhiro Murata, Tadashi Ohtake
  • Patent number: 8958037
    Abstract: An vertical alignment type liquid crystal display element (10) which controls an orientation of liquid crystal molecules (52) in a liquid crystal layer (50) by use of a transverse electric field so as to carry out display. A CF-side first insulating layer (42a) and a CF-side second insulting layer (42b) which have respective different dielectric constants are provided, within a pixel in a planar view, on or above a CF substrate (24) so that a first electric field region (60) and a second electric field region (62) which differ in shapes of equipotential lines are formed in the pixel due to generation of a transverse electric field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Murata, Shoichi Ishihara, Takehisa Sakurai, Shuichi Kozaki, Tadashi Ohtake
  • Patent number: 8947624
    Abstract: A vertical alignment liquid crystal panel based on a transverse electric field drive system is provided which shows few changes in color when looked squarely at. A liquid crystal panel (2) is a vertical alignment liquid crystal panel based on a transverse electric field drive system, which carries out a display by driving, with a transverse electric field, a liquid crystal layer (50) sandwiched between substrates (10, 20), and the substrate (10) is provided with an insulating layer (25) having at least two regions that are different in relative permittivity from each other in a pixel (6) composed of a red subpixel (6R), a green subpixel (6G), and a blue subpixel (6B). Those regions of the insulating layer (25) which correspond to the blue, green, and red subpixel (6B, 6G, 6R) in the liquid crystal panel (2) have relative permittivities of 3, 3 to 7, and 4 to 7, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Murata, Shuichi Kozaki, Shoichi Ishihara, Takehisa Sakurai, Tadashi Ohtake
  • Patent number: 8934075
    Abstract: The present invention provides a liquid crystal display device that can suppress a display defect due to collapse of liquid crystal alignment. The present invention provides a liquid crystal display device comprising a liquid crystal display element including a pair of substrates and a liquid crystal layer hermetically interposed between the pair of substrates, wherein the liquid crystal layer includes a p-type liquid crystal material that is homeotropically aligned with respect to surfaces of the pair of substrates when no voltage is applied; one of the pair of substrates comprises a comb-shaped electrode and a first alignment layer configured to control alignment of the p-type liquid crystal material; the other of the pair of substrates comprises a second alignment layer configured to control alignment of the p-type liquid crystal material; and the first alignment layer has an anchoring energy of not greater than 1.5×10?4 J/m2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shoichi Ishihara, Takehisa Sakurai, Mitsuhiro Murata, Shuichi Kozaki, Tadashi Ohtake
  • Patent number: 8922735
    Abstract: A backlight system includes: a light-emitting section (1) having a plurality of light sources that emit beams of light at different dominant wavelengths from one another; and an imaging optical system (3) including a plurality of microlenses (3a) that focus beams of light emitted from the light-emitting section (1), the backlight system irradiating a liquid crystal panel with beams of light having passed through the imaging optical system (3), the liquid crystal panel including a plurality of pixels arrayed at a predetermined pitch from each other, on the assumption that the pitch at which the pixels are arrayed is denoted as P and the imaging optical system (3) has an imaging magnification of (1/n), the light sources (1) being arrayed at a pitch (P1) given as P1=n×P, the microlenses (3a) being arrayed at a pitch (P2) given as P2=(n/(n+1))×P.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignees: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, Tohoku University
    Inventors: Tatsuo Uchida, Yoshito Suzuki, Tohru Kawakami, Kazuo Sekiya, Masahiro Nishizawa, Takahiro Ishinabe, Baku Katagiri, Yoshihiro Hashimoto, Shoichi Ishihara, Shuichi Kozaki, Yutaka Ishii
  • Patent number: 8860916
    Abstract: The present invention provides a liquid crystal display device capable of preventing occurrence of flickers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Murata, Shoichi Ishihara, Takehisa Sakurai, Shuichi Kozaki, Toshihiro Matsumoto, Yosuke Iwata
  • Patent number: 8810752
    Abstract: A thin backlight system includes: a light emitting section emitting lights that have different dominant wavelengths; and a plurality of light transmitting portions, the thin backlight system deflecting the lights and then converging the lights on the plurality of light transmitting portions. The thin backlight system further includes: an imaging optical system provided to face surfaces, of the plurality of light transmitting portions, on which the lights are converged. The imaging optical system including a plurality of identical lenses arranged in a vertical and/or a horizontal direction at a pitch determined by multiplying a pitch at which the plurality of light transmitting portions are arranged in a vertical and/or a horizontal direction by the number of types of the different dominant wavelengths and being configured to converge the lights from the light emitting section on light transmitting portions to which the different dominant wavelengths of the lights correspond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignees: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, Tohoku University
    Inventors: Tatsuo Uchida, Yoshito Suzuki, Tohru Kawakami, Kazuo Sekiya, Takahiro Ishinabe, Baku Katagiri, Yoshihiro Hashimoto, Shoichi Ishihara, Shuichi Kozaki, Yutaka Ishii
  • Patent number: 8669973
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display element, a liquid crystal display device, and a method for displaying with a liquid crystal display element, wherein picture element electrodes (30) and a common electrode (36) are provided, each of a plurality of sub-picture elements (22) is provided with the common electrode (36) and a corresponding one of the picture element electrodes (30) in such a manner that the sub-picture elements (22) have different distances (a first distance d1 and a second distance d2) between the common electrode (36) and their corresponding ones of the picture element electrodes (30), display in a low gray scale region is carried out by means of a first sub-picture element (22a) that is a sub-picture element (22) in which the distance is short, display in a middle gray scale region is carried out by means of a second sub-picture element (22b) that is a sub-picture element (22) in which the distance is long, and display in a high gray scale region is carried out by means of the first sub-picture element
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takehisa Sakurai, Shuichi Kozaki, Shoichi Ishihara, Masako Nakamura, Mitsuhiro Murata, Tadashi Ohtake
  • Publication number: 20130293818
    Abstract: A liquid crystal panel (2) is a vertical alignment type liquid crystal panel using a horizontal electric field driving system which performs display by driving a liquid crystal layer (50) interposed between substrates (10, 20) in a horizontal electric field, each pixel includes three sub-pixels (6R, 6G, and 6B), which are of red, green, and blue, comb-shaped electrodes (14, 15) include a function as a diffraction grating with the comb-shaped electrodes (14, 15) and spaces between the comb-shaped electrodes (14, 15), and pitch distances (D) between electrodes are set such that an optical diffraction efficiency for red wavelength and an optical diffraction efficiency for green wavelength are greater than an optical diffraction efficiency for blue wavelength. Thus, it is possible to provide a liquid crystal panel and a liquid crystal display apparatus having a wide viewing angle with less color change with a simple configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Murata, Shuichi Kozaki, Takehisa Sakurai, Yosuke Iwata
  • Publication number: 20130201434
    Abstract: The present invention provides a liquid crystal display device capable of preventing occurrence of flickers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Murata, Shoichi Ishihara, Takehisa Sakurai, Shuichi Kozaki, Toshihiro Matsumoto, Yosuki Iwata
  • Publication number: 20130201424
    Abstract: A backlight system (30) includes a light emitting section (31) and an imaging optical system. The imaging optical system includes a first microlens array (MLA1) and a second microlens array (MLA2). The lenses (1A) separates the beams of light emitted from the light emitting section (31) by RGB, and causes them to be converged at a pitch same as a pitch at which the picture elements are arrayed. The lenses (2A) are provided in one-to-one correspondence to the picture elements such that the lenses (2A) have their respective focal points at positions onto which beams of light having passed through the lenses (1A) are converged. The lenses (2A) thus deflect the beams of light which have passed through the lenses (1A) in a substantially vertical direction with respect to the display surface of the liquid crystal panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventors: Tatsuo Uchida, Yoshito Suzuki, Tohru Kawakami, Kazuo Sekiya, Masahiro Nishizawa, Takahiro Ishinabe, Baku Katagiri, Katsunori Ehara, Yoshihiro Hashimoto, Shoichi Ishihara, Shuichi Kozaki, Yutaka Ishii
  • Publication number: 20130088680
    Abstract: The present invention provides a liquid crystal display panel and a liquid crystal display device which have a high response speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventors: Takehisa Sakurai, Mitsuhiro Murata, Shoichi Ishihara, Shuichi Kozaki, Yosuke Iwata
  • Patent number: 8284359
    Abstract: A liquid crystal panel (2) includes a pair of substrates (10, 20) and a liquid crystal layer (30) sandwiched between the substrates (10, 20). At least one of the substrate (10, 20) is provided with combtooth electrodes (12, 13). The liquid crystal layer (30) is driven by a transverse electric field generated between the combtooth electrodes (12, 13). The liquid crystal layer (30) contains liquid crystal molecules (31) that align themselves perpendicularly to surfaces of the substrates when no electric field is applied. The liquid crystal panel 2 satisfies 0.33?S/(S+L)?0.64, where L is the width of each of the combtooth electrodes (12, 13) and S is the electrode interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Murata, Shoichi Ishihara, Shuichi Kozaki, Takehisa Sakurai, Tadashi Ohtake, Masako Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20120182512
    Abstract: This invention provides a liquid crystal display device in which response characteristics of liquid crystal molecules are improved. The liquid crystal display device includes a pair of substrates that are disposed facing each other, and a liquid crystal layer that is sandwiched between the pair of substrates. The liquid crystal layer contains liquid crystal molecules having positive dielectric anisotropy. The liquid crystal molecules align in a vertical direction relative to surfaces of the pair of substrates in a state in which a voltage is not applied thereto. The pair of substrates includes two or more sets of comb-shaped electrode pairs in which comb tooth portions of each comb-shaped electrode are alternately disposed with each other with a certain space therebetween. One substrate of the pair of substrates comprises a first polarizer. The other substrate of the pair of substrates comprises a second polarizer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventors: Takehisa Sakurai, Shoichi Ishihara, Shuichi Kozaki, Mitsuhiro Murata, Tadashi Ohtake
  • Publication number: 20120182503
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display element of the present invention is a vertical alignment type liquid crystal display element (10) comprising an array substrate (22), a counter substrate (24), and a liquid crystal layer (50), which carries out a display by controlling orientations of liquid crystal molecules (52) in the liquid crystal layer (50) by use of transverse electric fields (60). In the liquid crystal display element (10), projections (70) are provided in positions corresponding to boundaries (V1, V2, V3) of orientational regions in the liquid crystal layer (50), on a liquid crystal layer (50) side surface of the counter substrate (24). Each of the protrusions (70) has a taper shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Murata, Shuichi Kozaki, Shoichi Ishihara, Takehisa Sakurai, Tadashi Ohtake, Masako Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20120169981
    Abstract: A vertical alignment liquid crystal panel based on a transverse electric field drive system is provided which shows few changes in color when looked squarely at. A liquid crystal panel (2) is a vertical alignment liquid crystal panel based on a transverse electric field drive system, which carries out a display by driving, with a transverse electric field, a liquid crystal layer (50) sandwiched between substrates (10, 20), and the substrate (10) is provided with an insulating layer (25) having at least two regions that are different in relative permittivity from each other in a pixel (6) composed of a red subpixel (6R), a green subpixel (6G), and a blue subpixel (6B). Those regions of the insulating layer (25) which correspond to the blue, green, and red subpixel (6B, 6G, 6R) in the liquid crystal panel (2) have relative permittivities of 3, 3 to 7, and 4 to 7, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Murata, Shuichi Kozaki, Shoichi Ishihara, Takehisa Sakurai, Tadashi Ohtake
  • Publication number: 20120154368
    Abstract: Picture element electrodes (30) and common electrodes (36) are provided in one of two substrates facing each other. Each picture element (20) has a plurality of sub picture elements (22). In a range in which a signal voltage of an image signal is low, a display is carried out only in a first sub picture element (22a) having narrower electrode spacing, whereas in a range in which the signal voltage of the image signal is high, a display is carried out in both of the first sub picture element (22a) and a second sub picture element (22b) having wider electrode spacing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventors: Takehisa Sakurai, Shuichi Kozaki, Shoichi Ishihara, Masako Nakamura, Mitsuhiro Murata, Tadashi Ohtake
  • Publication number: 20120154730
    Abstract: The present invention provides a liquid crystal display device having an improved aperture ratio.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventors: Takehisa Sakurai, Mitsuhiro Murata, Tadashi Ohtake, Shoichi Ishihara, Shuichi Kozaki, Yuhko Hisada