Patents by Inventor Shuji Nakamura

Shuji Nakamura 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: 20200100653
    Abstract: A flexible tube insertion device includes a flexible tube section, at least one variable stiffness unit, at least one state detector, and a stiffness controller. The flexible tube section is segmented along an axial direction into segments and configured to be inserted into an insertion target. The variable stiffness unit is configured to vary bending stiffness of the flexible tube section in units at least one segment. The state detector is configured to detect information relating to shape information of the flexible tube section. The stiffness controller is configured to cause the variable stiffness unit to reduce bending stiffness of a portion of the flexible tube section including a place where the flexible tube section is easy to bend in units of at least one segment based on the shape information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shuji NAKAMURA
  • Patent number: 10593854
    Abstract: A transparent light emitting diode (LED) includes a plurality of III-nitride layers, including an active region that emits light, wherein all of the layers except for the active region are transparent for an emission wavelength of the light, such that the light is extracted effectively through all of the layers and in multiple directions through the layers. Moreover, the surface of one or more of the III-nitride layers may be roughened, textured, patterned or shaped to enhance light extraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Shuji Nakamura, Steven P. DenBaars, Hirokuni Asamizu
  • Publication number: 20200047805
    Abstract: A steering angle detection device includes plural control units and plural steering angle sensors. Each control unit is configured to transmit steering angle information related to a steering angle of a vehicle to an external device and transmit and receive information mutually therebetween. Each steering angle sensor is provided in correspondence to each control unit and configured to output a sensor signal corresponding to a detection value of a change in the steering angle to the corresponding control unit. One of the control units transmits, as a transmission control unit, the steering angle information to the external device at one transmission timing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Atsuko OKA, Shuji KURAMITSU, Koichi NAKAMURA, Yuki WATANABE, Toshihiro FUJITA, Takaharu KOZAWA, Shuhei MIYACHI, Katsuhiko HAYASHI, Masaya TAKI, Toshimitsu SAKAI
  • Publication number: 20200047806
    Abstract: A steering angle detection device is provided with a plurality of rotation angle sensors and a plurality of control units. The rotation angle sensors are capable of at least continuously calculating a rotation speed while an ignition switch of a vehicle is turned off, and are provided so as to correspond to steering angle calculation units which calculate steering angle based on the rotation speed and a rotation angle acquired from the rotation angle sensors and midpoint information related to the neutral position of a steering member. Power supplies are provided on a per-system basis. The rotation angle sensors or the control units are capable of holding the midpoint information while the ignition switch is turned off. If a power supply abnormality resulting in power supply failure occurs in some of the systems, the control unit of the abnormal system acquires the midpoint information and the rotation speed from the control unit of a normal system when the ignition switch is turned on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Takaharu KOZAWA, Shuji KURAMITSU, Koichi NAKAMURA, Yuki WATANABE, Atsuko OKA, Toshihiro FUJITA, Shuhei MIYACHI, Masaya TAKI, Toshimitsu SAKAI, Katsuhiko HAYASHI
  • Patent number: 10538265
    Abstract: A rotary electric device control device for controlling driving of a rotary electric device including a plurality of winding sets, includes: a plurality of drive circuits; and a plurality of control units that include signal output units for outputting control signals to the drive circuits corresponding to the control units, respectively. The one of the control units generates a control signal according to a command value calculated by each system, a host system detection value relating to a detection value of a host system, and another system detection value relating to another detection value of another system. An electric power steering device includes: the rotary electric device control device; the rotary electric device that outputs an assist torque for assisting a steering operation of a steering wheel by a driver; and a power transmission unit that transmits a driving force of the rotary electric device to a drive target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuji Kuramitsu, Koichi Nakamura, Atsuko Oka, Masaya Taki, Hideki Kabune
  • Patent number: 10529892
    Abstract: A method for growth and fabrication of semipolar (Ga,Al,In,B)N thin films, heterostructures, and devices, comprising identifying desired material properties for a particular device application, selecting a semipolar growth orientation based on the desired material properties, selecting a suitable substrate for growth of the selected semipolar growth orientation, growing a planar semipolar (Ga,Al,In,B)N template or nucleation layer on the substrate, and growing the semipolar (Ga,Al,In,B)N thin films, heterostructures or devices on the planar semipolar (Ga,Al,In,B)N template or nucleation layer. The method results in a large area of the semipolar (Ga,Al,In,B)N thin films, heterostructures, and devices being parallel to the substrate surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignees: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, Japan Science and Technology Agency
    Inventors: Robert M. Farrell, Jr., Troy J. Baker, Arpan Chakraborty, Benjamin A. Haskell, P. Morgan Pattison, Rajat Sharma, Umesh K. Mishra, Steven P. DenBaars, James S. Speck, Shuji Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20200000315
    Abstract: A flexible tube insertion apparatus includes: a flexible tube to be inserted into an insertion target body; a state detector to detect state information of the flexible tube relating to a shape of the flexible tube; and a bent formation determining section to determine whether first and second bent portions bent in different directions are formed on the flexible tube based on the state information. The flexible tube insertion apparatus further includes a shape changing section, arranged in the flexible tube, to actively change the shape of the flexible tube so that an angle at which a first virtual flat plane on which the first bent portion is formed and a second virtual flat plane on which the second bent portion is formed intersect becomes smaller, when the bent formation determining section determines that the first and second bent portions are formed on the flexible tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Takahashi, Ryo Tezuka, Shuji Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10517461
    Abstract: A flexible tube insertion apparatus includes an insertion section including a plurality of segments, a plurality of stiffness variable portions provided in the respective segments and configured to vary stiffness of the respective segments, and a state detector configured to detect a shape of the insertion section. The apparatus includes a state calculator configured to acquire a shape of a tube at a time when the insertion section advances into the tube, and configured to calculate a relative position of the segment to the tube, and a control device configured to control, based on the shape of the tube, the stiffness variable portion provided in the segment which is calculated the relative position to the tube by the state calculator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuji Nakamura, Takeshi Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20190374089
    Abstract: A The flexible tube insertion apparatus includes: a flexible tube section divided into one or more segments; one or more variable stiffness sections to change bending stiffness of the flexible tube section in a segment unit; a state detector to detect information on a bending state of the flexible tube section; a bend determination section to determine whether the flexible tube section bends based on the detected bending state; and a stiffness controller to control the bending stiffness of the flexible tube section in at least one segment unit by changing a bending stiffness value of the variable stiffness section based on information acquired from the bend determination section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shuji NAKAMURA
  • Patent number: 10495268
    Abstract: A white light emitting device includes an edge-emitting laser diode, such as a III-nitride laser diode, emitting light in a first wavelength range that is converted to light at a longer wavelength by a single crystal, ceramic or polycrystalline phosphor, such as a Ce:YAG single crystal phosphor, wherein the phosphor absorbs only some of the light emitted from the laser diode, such that a combination of remaining light emitted from the laser diode with the light at the longer wavelength emitted from the phosphor results in emission of high-intensity white light from the device. Reflectors on either side of the edge-emitting III-nitride laser diode reflect the light from both ends of the edge-emitting laser diode towards the phosphor. One or more sides of the phosphor may roughened, or a scattering layer may be added, to promote uniform color mixing of the emissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Michael Cantore, Shuji Nakamura, Steven P. DenBaars
  • Publication number: 20190359253
    Abstract: A rotary electric machine control device includes multiple drive circuits provided for respective winding sets in a rotary electric machine, and multiple control units. When combinations of the winding sets and configurations provided correspondingly to the respective winding sets are defined as systems, the control units are provided for the respective systems. Each of the control units controls energization of the winding set provided correspondingly, and monitors an abnormality of a monitoring target. Each of the control units performs an abnormality detection time backup control during a period from detection of the abnormality of the monitoring target to confirmation of the abnormality, and performs an abnormality confirmation time backup control when the abnormality is confirmed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Shuji KURAMITSU, Hideki KABUNE, Koichi NAKAMURA, Atsuko OKA, Masaya TAKI
  • Patent number: 10485410
    Abstract: An flexible tube insertion apparatus includes a tubular insertion section including a bending portion and a flexible tube portion, variable stiffness sections to cause a change in a level of a bending stiffness of the flexible tube portion, a variable stiffness control section that controls the change in the bending stiffness by the variable stiffness sections; and a time setting section that sets a time period. The variable stiffness control section causes the bending stiffness of the variable stiffness sections to change in such a manner that the relationship of levels between the bending stiffness of adjacent variable stiffness sections is switched at the set time period when the variable stiffness control section determines that the flexible tube portion is passing through a flexure of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Takahashi, Yuichi Ikeda, Shuji Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10486735
    Abstract: In a rotation detecting apparatus, while a switch is in an on state so that electrical power is supplied from a power source to a controller via the switch, the controller receives, as a first output signal, an output signal output from an output unit of a first rotation sensor, and receives, as a second output signal, an output signal output from an output unit of the second rotation sensor. The first output signal includes at least the first rotational information and the second rotational information based on the first rotation sensor, and the second output signal includes at least the first rotational information and the second rotational information based on the second rotation sensor. The controller determines whether there is a malfunction in each of the first and second rotation sensors as a function of the first output signal and the second output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshihiro Fujita, Takaharu Kozawa, Shuhei Miyachi, Katsuhiko Hayashi, Shuji Kuramitsu, Koichi Nakamura, Yuki Watanabe, Atsuko Oka, Masaya Taki, Toshimitsu Sakai
  • Publication number: 20190355828
    Abstract: A semiconductor device has an MIS structure that includes a semiconductor layer, a gate insulating film on the semiconductor layer, and a gate electrode on the gate insulating film. The gate insulating film has a layered structure that includes a base SiO2 layer and a high-k layer on the base SiO2 layer and containing Hf. The gate electrode has a portion made of a metal material having a work function of higher than 4.6 eV, the portion being in contact with at least the high-k layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: ROHM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji YAMAMOTO, Masatoshi AKETA, Hirokazu ASAHARA, Takashi NAKAMURA, Takuji HOSOI, Heiji WATANABE, Takayoshi SHIMURA, Shuji AZUMO, Yusaku KASHIWAGI
  • Publication number: 20190341206
    Abstract: A key switch device includes: an operation member to be depressed; a switch disposed below the operation member; a reaction force generating member that is provided between the operation member and the switch, performs elastic buckling deformation by depression of the operation member, gives a reaction force according to the elastic buckling deformation to the operation member; and a depression member that is provided between the operation member and the switch, and depresses the switch; wherein the reaction force generating member includes a supporter that supports the depression member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Takeshi NISHINO, Shuji NAKAMURA, Akihiko TAKEMAE, Tamotsu KOIKE
  • Patent number: 10454010
    Abstract: A transparent light emitting diode (LED) includes a plurality of III-nitride layers, including an active region that emits light, wherein all of the layers except for the active region are transparent for an emission wavelength of the light, such that the light is extracted effectively through all of the layers and in multiple directions through the layers. Moreover, the surface of one or more of the III-nitride layers may be roughened, textured, patterned or shaped to enhance light extraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Shuji Nakamura, Steven P. DenBaars, Hirokuni Asamizu
  • Patent number: 10446714
    Abstract: A gallium nitride (GaN) based light emitting diode (LED), wherein light is extracted through a nitrogen face (N-face) of the LED and a surface of the N-face is roughened into one or more hexagonal shaped cones. The roughened surface reduces light reflections occurring repeatedly inside the LED, and thus extracts more light out of the LED. The surface of the N-face is roughened by an anisotropic etching, which may comprise a dry etching or a photo-enhanced chemical (PEC) etching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignees: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY
    Inventors: Tetsuo Fujii, Yan Gao, Evelyn L. Hu, Shuji Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20190291775
    Abstract: An ECU, which is a signal control apparatus, has a plurality of control units, which control one same motor. Steering angle calculation units acquire sensor signals from the angle sensors provided corresponding to the steering angle calculation units, respectively, and calculate the steering angles in correspondence to the sensor signals. The angle FB units perform the angle FB control based on the angle differences, which are between the target angle and the steering angle and between the target angle and the steering angle, respectively. In the angular FB unit of at least one of the control units, the angular feedback control is performed using the angle difference, which is subjected to the correction processing to reduce the error between the detection angle of the own system and the detection angle of the other system calculated by the steering angle calculation unit of the other control unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Masaya TAKI, Toshihiro FUJITA, Shuji KURAMITSU, Koichi NAKAMURA, Toshimitsu SAKAI
  • Patent number: 10410806
    Abstract: A key switch device includes: an operation member to be depressed; a switch disposed below the operation member; a reaction force generating member that is provided between the operation member and the switch, performs elastic buckling deformation by depression of the operation member, gives a reaction force according to the elastic buckling deformation to the operation member; and a depression member that is provided between the operation member and the switch, and depresses the switch; wherein the reaction force generating member includes a supporter that supports the depression member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Takeshi Nishino, Shuji Nakamura, Akihiko Takemae, Tamotsu Koike
  • Publication number: 20190273194
    Abstract: A transparent light emitting diode (LED) includes a plurality of III-nitride layers, including an active region that emits light, wherein all of the layers except for the active region are transparent for an emission wavelength of the light, such that the light is extracted effectively through all of the layers and in multiple directions through the layers. Moreover, the surface of one or more of the III-nitride layers may be roughened, textured, patterned or shaped to enhance light extraction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Applicant: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Shuji Nakamura, Steven P. DenBaars, Hirokuni Asamizu