Patents by Inventor Toru Hirano

Toru Hirano 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: 10535807
    Abstract: Light emitting device includes structure protruding from a side of a surface of second conductive semiconductor layer of LED chip toward a side of a surface of second conductor portion of mounting substrate to contact the surface of second conductor portion, and is positioned to extend around an outer periphery of second electrode. First electrode and a first conductor portion are joined to each other by first joint portion, and second joint portion joining second electrode and second conductor portion to each other fills a space surrounded by second electrode, protruding structure, and second conductor portion. Protruding structure is disposed to extend around the outer periphery of second electrode to surround second joint portion in planar view. A part of mounting substrate overlapping protruding structure in planar view is either identical in height to or lower than a part of second conductor portion joined to second joint portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takanori Aketa, Mitsuhiko Ueda, Toru Hirano
  • Publication number: 20190294032
    Abstract: A color conversion element includes: a substrate, a phosphor layer disposed above one principal surface of the substrate, and a joining portion interposed between the substrate and the phosphor layer for joining the substrate and the phosphor layer using metal. The phosphor layer includes individual pieces that are sheet-shaped and planarly arranged. The individual pieces each include at least one type of phosphor. Also, the joining portion has a porous structure obtained by sintering metal nanoparticles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Toru HIRANO, Takanori AKETA, Koki OISHI
  • Patent number: 10226229
    Abstract: To provide an ultrasound diagnosis apparatus capable of appropriately assigning a transmission delay time of a group to a transducer without complicated wires. The ultrasound diagnosis apparatus of the embodiment comprises a plurality of transducers, a timing pulse generator, a switch part, and a switch controller. Ultrasound waves are transmitted to the transducers. The timing pulse generator has output terminals for outputting timing pulses based on a delay time to a channel corresponding to each of the transducers, in which a plurality of output terminals are divided into groups and each group has the output terminals of a specific number greater than two. The timing pulse generator then generates the transmission delay time within a predetermined time range for the each group. The switch part selectively connects the channels with the output terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Hironobu Hongou, Yasuo Miyajima, Nobuyuki Iwama, Isao Uchiumi, Masaaki Ishitsuka, Toru Hirano
  • Publication number: 20190069880
    Abstract: An ultrasound probe includes: a plurality of transducer elements each configured to perform at least one selected from between transmission of an ultrasound wave and reception of an ultrasound wave; first circuitry that is arranged on a rear face side of the transducer elements, is provided with electronic circuitry corresponding to two or more of the transducer elements organized in a first group, and is provided with a through silicon via corresponding to two or more of the transducer elements organized in a second group; and second circuitry that is arranged on a rear face side of the first circuitry, is provided with a through silicon via corresponding to the two or more of the transducer elements organized in the first group, and is provided with electronic circuitry corresponding to the two or more of the transducer elements organized in the second group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Applicant: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiyuki NAGASE, Masaaki ISHITSUKA, Toru HIRANO
  • Patent number: 10130336
    Abstract: An ultrasound probe and ultrasonic diagnosis apparatus that can maintain surface temperature of an ultrasound probe within a safe range, without reduction in performance. The ultrasound probe includes a casing, a transducer, an electronic circuit, and a heat-transfer construction. Elements of the transducer are aligned at one end of the casing and send out ultrasound waves in accordance with their respective delay times. The electronic circuit, disposed in the casing, includes a delay circuit setting delay times and pulsers for generating pulses in accordance with the delay times, the pulses being sent to the transducer. While the electronic circuit is being energized, the heat-transfer construction disposes a member having a low heat conductivity at least either between the electronic circuit and the casing or between the electronic circuit and the transducer. Thereby, heat from the electronic circuit is conducted to the other end of the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuo Miyajima, Hironobu Hongou, Toru Hirano, Isao Uchiumi, Nobuyuki Iwama, Masaaki Ishitsuka
  • Patent number: 10123765
    Abstract: The present embodiment relates to an ultrasound probe having a first ultrasound vibrator group and a second ultrasound vibrator group, comprising a plurality of matrix switches and an adder. The ultrasound probe has a mode to send ultrasound to a predetermined observation point within a subject by the first ultrasound vibrator group, and to receive ultrasound echoes reflected within the subject by the second ultrasound vibrator group. The plurality of matrix switches extract, based on the distance between the second ultrasound vibrator group and the observation point, a plurality of ultrasound echoes having substantially the same phase from a plurality of ultrasound echoes output by the second ultrasound vibrator group. The adder adds the plurality of ultrasound echoes extracted by the plurality of matrix switches for each of the matrix switches and outputs them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hironobu Hongou, Toru Hirano, Isao Uchiumi, Masaaki Ishitsuka, Takayuki Shiina
  • Publication number: 20180254398
    Abstract: Light emitting device includes structure protruding from a side of a surface of second conductive semiconductor layer of LED chip toward a side of a surface of second conductor portion of mounting substrate to contact the surface of second conductor portion, and is positioned to extend around an outer periphery of second electrode. First electrode and a first conductor portion are joined to each other by first joint portion, and second joint portion joining second electrode and second conductor portion to each other fills a space surrounded by second electrode, protruding structure, and second conductor portion. Protruding structure is disposed to extend around the outer periphery of second electrode to surround second joint portion in planar view. A part of mounting substrate overlapping protruding structure in planar view is either identical in height to or lower than a part of second conductor portion joined to second joint portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takanori AKETA, Mitsuhiko UEDA, Toru HIRANO
  • Patent number: 10062820
    Abstract: An interposer includes element mounting sections and terminal sections directly and partly formed on a surface of an aluminum film having the predetermined pattern. Each of the element mounting sections and the terminal sections has a laminated structure of an Ni film, an Pd film and an Au film. The interposer is formed with an AuSn layer on a predetermined region of a surface of each Au film in the element mounting sections. The interposer includes a protective film having optical permeability that directly covers a region of the surface of the aluminum film, which is out of contact with the element mounting sections and the terminal sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mituhiko Ueda, Makoto Saito, Takanori Aketa, Toru Hirano
  • Publication number: 20180166617
    Abstract: An interposer includes element mounting sections and terminal sections directly and partly formed on a surface of an aluminum film having the predetermined pattern. Each of the element mounting sections and the terminal sections has a laminated structure of an Ni film, an Pd film and an Au film. The interposer is formed with an AuSn layer on a predetermined region of a surface of each Au film in the element mounting sections. The interposer includes a protective film having optical permeability that directly covers a region of the surface of the aluminum film, which is out of contact with the element mounting sections and the terminal sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventors: Mituhiko UEDA, Makoto SAITO, Takanori AKETA, Toru HIRANO
  • Patent number: 9997685
    Abstract: Light emitting device includes structure protruding from a side of a surface of second conductive semiconductor layer of LED chip toward a side of a surface of second conductor portion of mounting substrate to contact the surface of second conductor portion, and is positioned to extend around an outer periphery of second electrode. First electrode and a first conductor portion are joined to each other by first joint portion, and second joint portion joining second electrode and second conductor portion to each other fills a space surrounded by second electrode, protruding structure, and second conductor portion. Protruding structure is disposed to extend around the outer periphery of second electrode to surround second joint portion in planar view. A part of mounting substrate overlapping protruding structure in planar view is either identical in height to or lower than a part of second conductor portion joined to second joint portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takanori Aketa, Mitsuhiko Ueda, Toru Hirano
  • Patent number: 9685594
    Abstract: An LED module includes a submount having a face in a thickness direction thereof, an LED chip bonded to the face of the submount with a first bond, and a patterned wiring circuit electrically connected to the LED chip. The first bond transmits light emitted from the LED chip. The submount is a light-transmissive member having light diffusing properties, and a planar size larger than a planar size of the LED chip. The patterned wiring circuit is provided on the face of the submount so as not to overlap the LED chip. The submount is constituted by a plurality of light-transmissive layers which are stacked in the thickness direction and have different optical properties so that a light-transmissive layer of the plurality of light-transmissive layers which is farther from the LED chip is higher in reflectance in a wavelength range of the light emitted from the LED chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoji Urano, Kenichiro Tanaka, Akifumi Nakamura, Toru Hirano, Hideaki Hyuga, Masanori Suzuki, Teruhisa Yokota
  • Patent number: 9680075
    Abstract: A light-emitting device in accordance with the present invention includes a mounting substrate; an LED chip bonded to a surface of the mounting substrate with a bond; and an encapsulating portion covering the LED chip. The bond transmits light from the LED chip. The mounting substrate includes: a light-transmissive member having a planar size larger than that of the LED chip; and first and second penetrating wirings which penetrate the light-transmissive member in the thickness direction thereof and are electrically connected to first and second electrodes of the LED chip via first and second wires, respectively. The light-transmissive member includes at least two light-transmissive layers with different optical properties which are stacked in the thickness direction. A light-transmissive layer of the light-transmissive layers which is farther from the LED chip is higher in reflectance to the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoji Urano, Akifumi Nakamura, Hayato Ioka, Toru Hirano, Masanori Suzuki, Hideaki Hyuga, Ryoji Imai, Jun Goda
  • Patent number: 9598659
    Abstract: The present invention provides a hydraulic oil composition comprising: a lubricating base oil having a kinematic viscosity at 40° C. of 15 to 50 mm2/s; and 1 to 40% by mass, based on a total amount of the hydraulic oil composition, of a polymethacrylate having a number-average molecular weight of 48000 or lower, the hydraulic oil composition having a viscosity index of 150 or higher, and a ratio (A/B) at 60 to 80° C. of (A) a kinematic viscosity (unit: mm2/s) to (B) a shear viscosity (unit: mPa·s, shear condition: 106/s) of 1.3 or lower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: JX NIPPON OIL & ENERGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Yagishita, Toru Hirano, Tadashi Oshio
  • Patent number: 9437581
    Abstract: The LED module includes: a light diffusing substrate having light transmissive properties; an LED chip bonded to a first surface of the light diffusing substrate with a transparent first bond in between; a color converter facing the first surface to cover the LED chip; and a mounting substrate. The color converter is made of transparent material containing phosphor which, when excited by light emitted from the LED chip, emits light having a different color from the LED chip. The mounting substrate includes a diffuse reflection layer diffusely reflecting light emitted from the LED chip and light emitted from the phosphor. The diffuse reflection layer is placed facing a second surface of the light diffusing substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoji Urano, Akifumi Nakamura, Hayato Ioka, Ryoji Imai, Jun Goda, Toru Hirano, Masanori Suzuki, Hideaki Hyuga
  • Publication number: 20160218262
    Abstract: Light emitting device includes structure protruding from a side of a surface of second conductive semiconductor layer of LED chip toward a side of a surface of second conductor portion of mounting substrate to contact the surface of second conductor portion, and is positioned to extend around an outer periphery of second electrode. First electrode and a first conductor portion are joined to each other by first joint portion, and second joint portion joining second electrode and second conductor portion to each other fills a space surrounded by second electrode, protruding structure, and second conductor portion. Protruding structure is disposed to extend around the outer periphery of second electrode to surround second joint portion in planar view. A part of mounting substrate overlapping protruding structure in planar view is either identical in height to or lower than a part of second conductor portion joined to second joint portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LT D.
    Inventors: Takanori AKETA, Mitsuhiko UEDA, Toru HIRANO
  • Publication number: 20160151039
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an ultrasound diagnosis apparatus includes a transmitter, a receiver, a needle tip position acquisition unit, a ROI setting unit, an image generator, and a display controller. The transmitter transmits ultrasound beams to a subject into which a puncture needle is inserted while scanning the subject. The receiver receives signals reflected from the subject. The needle tip position acquisition unit successively acquires the position of the needle tip of the puncture needle. The ROI setting unit sets a region of interest at least in a direction in which the puncture needle is inserted. The image generator generates an image of the region of interest according to the position of the needle tip based on the signals. The display controller displays the image of the region of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Applicants: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Koichi MORIKAWA, Isao Uchiumi, Nobuyuki Iwama, Toru Hirano, Hironobu Hongou, Yuhei Fukuo
  • Publication number: 20150376542
    Abstract: The present invention provides a hydraulic oil composition comprising: a lubricating base oil; and 0.2 to 40% by mass, based on a total amount of the hydraulic oil composition, of at least one copolymer selected from olefin copolymers having a number-average molecular weight of 18000 or lower and copolymers of an ?-olefin and a dicarboxylic ester, having a number-average molecular weight of 20000 or lower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Applicant: JX NIPPON OIL & ENERGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro YAGISHITA, Toru HIRANO, Tadashi OSHIO
  • Publication number: 20150376541
    Abstract: The present invention provides a hydraulic oil composition comprising: a lubricating base oil having a kinematic viscosity at 40° C. of 15 to 50 mm2/s; and 1 to 40% by mass, based on a total amount of the hydraulic oil composition, of a polymethacrylate having a number-average molecular weight of 48000 or lower, the hydraulic oil composition having a viscosity index of 150 or higher, and a ratio (A/B) at 60 to 80° C. of (A) a kinematic viscosity (unit: mm2/s) to (B) a shear viscosity (unit: mPa·s, shear condition: 106/s) of 1.3 or lower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Applicant: JX NIPPON OIL & ENERGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro YAGISHITA, Toru HIRANO, Tadashi OSHIO
  • Publication number: 20150137149
    Abstract: An LED module includes a submount having a face in a thickness direction thereof, an LED chip bonded to the face of the submount with a first bond, and a patterned wiring circuit electrically connected to the LED chip. The first bond transmits light emitted from the LED chip. The submount is a light-transmissive member having light diffusing properties, and a planar size larger than a planar size of the LED chip. The patterned wiring circuit is provided on the face of the submount so as not to overlap the LED chip. The submount is constituted by a plurality of light-transmissive layers which are stacked in the thickness direction and have different optical properties so that a light-transmissive layer of the plurality of light-transmissive layers which is farther from the LED chip is higher in reflectance in a wavelength range of the light emitted from the LED chip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoji Urano, Kenichiro Tanaka, Akifumi Nakamura, Toru Hirano, Hideaki Hyuga, Masanori Suzuki, Teruhisa Yokota
  • Publication number: 20150108510
    Abstract: The LED module includes: a light diffusing substrate having light transmissive properties; an LED chip bonded to a first surface of the light diffusing substrate with a transparent first bond in between; a color converter facing the first surface to cover the LED chip; and a mounting substrate. The color converter is made of transparent material containing phosphor which, when excited by light emitted from the LED chip, emits light having a different color from the LED chip. The mounting substrate includes a diffuse reflection layer diffusely reflecting light emitted from the LED chip and light emitted from the phosphor. The diffuse reflection layer is placed facing a second surface of the light diffusing substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoji Urano, Akifumi Nakamura, Hayato Ioka, Ryoji Imai, Jun Goda, Toru Hirano, Masanori Suzuki, Hideaki Hyuga