Patents by Inventor Tokihiro Nishihara

Tokihiro Nishihara 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: 10469051
    Abstract: An acoustic wave filter includes series resonators and parallel resonators that have a piezoelectric film on an identical substrate and have a lower electrode and an upper electrode, wherein: one of the series resonators and the parallel resonators have a temperature compensation film on a face of the lower electrode or the upper electrode that is opposite to the piezoelectric film in a resonance region, the compensation film having an elastic constant of a temperature coefficient of which sign is opposite to a sign of a temperature coefficient of an elastic constant of the piezoelectric film; and the other have an added film on the same side as the temperature compensation film on the lower electrode side or the upper electrode side compared to the piezoelectric film in the resonance region in the one of the series resonators and the parallel resonators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tokihiro Nishihara, Shinji Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10469049
    Abstract: A piezoelectric thin film resonator includes: an acoustic reflection layer including an air gap or an acoustic mirror; lower and upper electrodes facing each other in a stacking direction, at least a part of each of the lower and upper electrodes being located on or above the acoustic reflection layer; a piezoelectric film sandwiched between the lower and upper electrodes and including lower and upper piezoelectric films, at least a part of an end face of the piezoelectric film in a film thickness direction being located between outer outlines of the resonance region and the acoustic reflection layer in at least a part of a region surrounding a resonance region; and an insertion film inserted between the lower and upper piezoelectric films, located in at least a part of an outer peripheral region within the resonance region, and not located in a center region of the resonance region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jiansong Liu, Tsuyoshi Yokoyama, Hiroomi Kaneko, Shinji Taniguchi, Tokihiro Nishihara
  • Patent number: 10432166
    Abstract: A piezoelectric thin film resonator includes: a substrate; a piezoelectric film located on the substrate; lower and upper electrodes facing each other across at least a part of the piezoelectric film; a first insertion layer located between the lower and upper electrodes and located in at least a part of an outer peripheral region within a resonance region in which the lower and upper electrodes face each other across the piezoelectric film, the first insertion layer being not located in a center region of the resonance region; and a second insertion layer located between the lower and upper electrodes and located in at least a part of the outer peripheral region, the second insertion layer being not located in the center region, a position of an edge of the second insertion layer being different from a position of an edge of the first insertion film in the resonance region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jiansong Liu, Tokihiro Nishihara, Shinji Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10404230
    Abstract: A piezoelectric thin film resonator includes: lower and upper electrodes located on a substrate and facing each other; a piezoelectric film sandwiched between the lower and upper electrodes and including lower and upper piezoelectric films, an outer outline of the upper piezoelectric film coinciding with or being located further out than an outer outline of a resonance region in a region surrounding the resonance region, the outer outline of the upper piezoelectric film being located further in than an outer outline of the lower piezoelectric film in the region; an insertion film interposed between the lower and upper piezoelectric films, located in an outer peripheral region within the resonance region, not located in a central region of the resonance region, and located on an upper surface of the lower piezoelectric film in the region; and a protective film located on the upper electrode in the resonance region, and located so as to cover an end face of the upper piezoelectric film and an upper surface of t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroomi Kaneko, Hiroshi Kawakami, Shinji Taniguchi, Tokihiro Nishihara, Tsuyoshi Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 10396759
    Abstract: A filter includes: a first substrate; first and second piezoelectric thin film resonators located on the first substrate, each of the resonators including first and second electrodes facing each other across a piezoelectric film, a crystal orientation from the first electrode to the second electrode of the piezoelectric film being the same between the resonators, the first electrodes of the resonators connecting to each other in a connection region between resonance regions where the first and second electrodes face each other across the piezoelectric film, the second electrodes of the resonators failing to connect to each other, and an area of the resonance region being approximately the same between the resonators, a second substrate mounting the first substrate across an air gap; and a ground pattern located on the second substrate and not overlapping with the first electrode located in the resonance regions and the connection region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taisei Irieda, Tokihiro Nishihara
  • Patent number: 10291206
    Abstract: An acoustic wave device includes: a piezoelectric thin film resonator that is connected between a first node and a second node; and a resonant circuit that is connected in parallel with the piezoelectric thin film resonator between the first node and the second node, and has a resonant frequency f0 that meets a condition of 2×fa×0.92?f0 where fa represents an antiresonant frequency of the piezoelectric thin film resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taisei Irieda, Yoshio Satoh, Tokihiro Nishihara, Shinji Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10250218
    Abstract: A piezoelectric thin film resonator includes: a substrate; a lower electrode and an upper electrode located on the substrate; a piezoelectric film, at least a part of the piezoelectric film being sandwiched between the upper electrode and the lower electrode, the piezoelectric film including a discontinuous portion in which the piezoelectric film discontinues in at least a part of a region surrounding a center region that includes a center of a resonance region where the upper electrode and the lower electrode face each other across the at least a part of the piezoelectric film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Yokoyama, Takeshi Sakashita, Shinji Taniguchi, Tokihiro Nishihara
  • Patent number: 10218335
    Abstract: A duplexer includes: a first filter connected between a common terminal and a first terminal and including first series and first parallel resonators; a second filter having a passband higher than that of the first filter, connected between the common terminal and a second terminal, and including second series and second parallel resonators; a first chip including the first series and second parallel resonators mounted thereon; a second chip including the first parallel and second series resonators mounted thereon, wherein when GA and HGB represent temperature coefficients of antiresonant frequencies of the first and second series resonators, and HGA and GB represent temperature coefficients of resonant frequencies of the first and second parallel resonators, a magnitude relationship among GA, GB, HGA, and HGB is none of a relationship in which GA (GB) differs from HGA (HGB), and GB (GA) and HGB (HGA) are located between GA (GB) and HGA (HGB).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Matsuda, Masumi Kida, Taisei Irieda, Tokihiro Nishihara, Shinji Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10187036
    Abstract: A piezoelectric thin film resonator includes: a substrate; a piezoelectric film located on the substrate, the piezoelectric film including an aluminum nitride film containing a II-group or XII-group element and a IV-group or V-group element, a concentration of the IV-group or V-group element being higher than a concentration of the II-group or XII-group element in a middle region in a thickness direction, the concentration of the II-group or XII-group element being higher than the concentration of the IV-group or V-group element in at least one of end regions in the thickness direction; and a lower electrode and an upper electrode facing each other across the piezoelectric film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Yokoyama, Tokihiro Nishihara
  • Publication number: 20190007021
    Abstract: A piezoelectric thin film resonator includes: a substrate; lower and upper electrodes located on the substrate; a piezoelectric film that has a lower piezoelectric film mainly composed of aluminum nitride and an upper piezoelectric film mainly composed of aluminum nitride, the lower piezoelectric film and the upper piezoelectric film being in contact with each other in at least a part of a resonance region where the lower electrode and the upper electrode face each other across at least a part of the piezoelectric film, and a fluorine concentration at a boundary face with which the lower piezoelectric film and the upper piezoelectric film are in contact being 0.03 atomic % or less; and an insulating film that is located between the lower piezoelectric film and the upper piezoelectric film in a region other than the at least a part of the resonance region and contains silicon oxide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Applicant: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji TANIGUCHI, Hiroomi KANEKO, Hiroshi KAWAKAMI, Tokihiro NISHIHARA
  • Publication number: 20180375489
    Abstract: An aluminum nitride film contains a Group IV element and a Group II or Group XII element, and an atomic composition ratio of the Group II or Group XII element to the Group IV element is less than 1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Applicant: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kuniaki TANAKA, Tokihiro NISHIHARA
  • Patent number: 10110199
    Abstract: An acoustic wave filter includes: series resonators connected in series; and one or more parallel resonators connected in parallel, wherein at least two series resonators and a parallel resonator therebetween are divided into a first divided resonator, which includes a piezoelectric substance sandwiched between a pair of electrodes in a c-axis orientation direction, and a second divided resonator, which includes another piezoelectric substance sandwiched between another pair of electrodes so that the another pair of electrodes in the c-axis orientation direction has an electric potential opposite to that of the electrodes of the first divided resonator in the c-axis orientation direction, a first group including the first divided resonators and a second group including the second divided resonators are interconnected in parallel between two nodes, and the first divided resonators and the second divided resonators of the at least two series resonators are not electrically interconnected at the two nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masumi Kida, Tokihiro Nishihara, Yoshio Sato, Shinji Taniguchi, Taisei Irieda
  • Publication number: 20180294794
    Abstract: A piezoelectric thin film resonator includes: a substrate; a piezoelectric film located on the substrate; lower and upper electrodes facing each other across the piezoelectric film; a mass load film that is located at least one of a first side, which is closer to the upper electrode, of the piezoelectric film and a second side, which is closer to the lower electrode, of the piezoelectric film, separated from the upper and lower electrodes, and surrounds in plan view a resonance region at least in part, the lower and upper electrodes facing each other across the piezoelectric film in the resonance region; and an acoustic reflection layer that includes the resonance region and the mass load film in plan view, is located in or on the substrate, and includes an air gap or an acoustic mirror in which at least two layers with different acoustic characteristics are stacked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jiansong LIU, Tokihiro NISHIHARA
  • Publication number: 20180219528
    Abstract: A piezoelectric thin film resonator includes: a substrate; a piezoelectric film located on the substrate; a lower electrode and an upper electrode facing each other across at least a part of the piezoelectric film; and an insertion film that is inserted between the lower electrode and the upper electrode, is located in an outer peripheral region within a resonance region where the lower electrode and the upper electrode face each other across the piezoelectric film, is located in a region that is located outside the resonance region and surrounds the resonance region, is not located in a center region of the resonance region, and includes a first part, which is located in the resonance region and has a first film thickness, and a second part, which is located outside the resonance region and has a second film thickness, the first film thickness being less than the second film thickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jiansong LIU, Tokihiro NISHIHARA, Tsuyoshi YOKOYAMA, Shinji TANIGUCHI, Taisei IRIEDA
  • Publication number: 20180175275
    Abstract: A piezoelectric thin film resonator includes: a piezoelectric film located on a substrate; lower and upper electrodes facing each other across a part of the piezoelectric film; and an insertion film located between the lower and upper electrodes, located in a part of an outer peripheral region within a resonance region where the lower and upper electrodes face each other across the piezoelectric film, and not located in a center region of the resonance region, a first width in the resonance region of the insertion film in a first region, where the upper electrode is extracted from the resonance region, being greater than a third width in the resonance region in a third region other than a second region, where the lower electrode is extracted from the resonance region, and the first region, a second width in the resonance region in a second region being the third width or greater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tokihiro Nishihara, Jiansong Liu, Tsuyoshi Yokoyama, Shinji Taniguchi
  • Publication number: 20180159508
    Abstract: A filter includes: a first substrate; first and second piezoelectric thin film resonators located on the first substrate, each of the resonators including first and second electrodes facing each other across a piezoelectric film, a crystal orientation from the first electrode to the second electrode of the piezoelectric film being the same between the resonators, the first electrodes of the resonators connecting to each other in a connection region between resonance regions where the first and second electrodes face each other across the piezoelectric film, the second electrodes of the resonators failing to connect to each other, and an area of the resonance region being approximately the same between the resonators, a second substrate mounting the first substrate across an air gap; and a ground pattern located on the second substrate and not overlapping with the first electrode located in the resonance regions and the connection region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taisei IRIEDA, Tokihiro NISHIHARA
  • Patent number: 9929715
    Abstract: An acoustic wave device includes: a piezoelectric film located on a substrate; a lower electrode and an upper electrode facing each other across the piezoelectric film; a temperature compensation film located on a surface, which is opposite to the piezoelectric film, of at least one of the lower electrode and the upper electrode and having a temperature coefficient of elastic constant opposite in sign to a temperature coefficient of elastic constant of the piezoelectric film; and an additional film located on a surface of the temperature compensation film opposite to the piezoelectric film and having an acoustic impedance greater than an acoustic impedance of the temperature compensation film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Taniguchi, Tokihiro Nishihara
  • Publication number: 20180026604
    Abstract: A piezoelectric thin film resonator includes: a substrate; a piezoelectric film located on the substrate, the piezoelectric film including an aluminum nitride film containing a II-group or XII-group element and a IV-group or V-group element, a concentration of the IV-group or V-group element being higher than a concentration of the II-group or XII-group element in a middle region in a thickness direction, the concentration of the II-group or XII-group element being higher than the concentration of the IV-group or V-group element in at least one of end regions in the thickness direction; and a lower electrode and an upper electrode facing each other across the piezoelectric film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi YOKOYAMA, Tokihiro NISHIHARA
  • Publication number: 20180006631
    Abstract: An acoustic wave device includes: a substrate; an acoustic reflection layer located in or on the substrate and including an air gap, or an acoustic mirror; a piezoelectric film located on the acoustic reflection layer; lower and upper electrodes located on the acoustic reflection layer so as to sandwich the piezoelectric film so that resonance regions are located within the acoustic reflection layer and share the acoustic reflection layer, one of the lower and upper electrodes being divided, another one of the lower and upper electrodes being not divided, the lower and upper electrodes facing each other across the piezoelectric film in each of the resonance regions; and an insertion film located between the lower and upper electrodes, located in at least a part of an outer peripheral region of each of the resonance regions, and being not located in a center region of each of the resonance regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masumi KIDA, Tokihiro NISHIHARA, Yoshio SATOH, Shinji TANIGUCHI, Taisei IRIEDA
  • Publication number: 20170373668
    Abstract: A filter includes: one or more series resonators connected in series between an input terminal and an output terminal, the one or more series resonators including a series resonator located closest to the output terminal, the series resonator located closest to the output terminal having a resonant frequency that is 99.6% or less of or 102.2% or greater of a center frequency of a passband; one or more parallel resonators connected in parallel between the input terminal and the output terminal; and an inductor connected in parallel to the series resonator located closest to the output terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tokihiro NISHIHARA, Taisei IRIEDA