Patents by Inventor Ulrich Seger

Ulrich Seger 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: 20190253645
    Abstract: A sub-pixel unit for a light sensor. The sub-pixel unit includes a photodiode for converting a light signal (1202) into a photodiode signal, a modulator unit for producing a modulator signal using the photodiode signal, and a storage unit for storing a time-limited integral value of the modulator signal, and the system for reconstructing the spatial-temporal light signal from the sampled values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Marc GEESE, Ulrich SEGER
  • Patent number: 10321085
    Abstract: A pixel unit for an image sensor. The pixel unit includes a photodiode for converting alight signal into a processing signal, a multiplexer unit that is designed for using the processing signal to generate at least a first multiplexer signal and a second multiplexer signal that deviates therefrom, and a storage device having at least a first storage unit for buffer storing a time-limited integral value of the first multiplexer signal and a second storage unit for buffer storing a time-limited integral value of the second multiplexer signal. The pixel unit makes possible a time-overlapped sampling of the first multiplexer signal and of the second multiplexer signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Marc Geese, Ulrich Seger
  • Publication number: 20190124273
    Abstract: An environmental acquisition system for acquiring a surrounding environment of a vehicle includes a sensor with a light-sensitive sensor surface and an imaging device that is designed to produce a distorting image of the surrounding environment on the sensor surface, the image having at least two distortion zones each assigned to a different region of acquisition of the environmental acquisition system, in which zones the surrounding environment is imaged with respectively different imaging scales.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Peter Liebetraut, Marc Geese, Ulrich Seger
  • Patent number: 10106102
    Abstract: A camera assembly is provided for a vehicle, the camera assembly at least having: a camera having a camera optics and an image sensor, an optical coupling body including a contact face for engaging on an inner surface of a vehicle window pane; the optical coupling body being formed of an optically transparent material and being configured in an area of coverage by the camera; a fixing device being provided between the camera and the optical coupling body for positioning the coupling body relative to the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Hoellt, Nikolai Bauer, Ulrich Seger
  • Patent number: 10091481
    Abstract: A sensor module including at least one brightness sensor element for detecting a brightness of a wideband electromagnetic radiation and at least one color sensor field, which includes at least one color sensor element for detecting a color of the electromagnetic radiation. The brightness sensor element has a larger sensor surface than the color sensor field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Ulrich Seger
  • Patent number: 10009521
    Abstract: A camera, in particular for a vehicle, the camera having: an imager module which has a sensor carrier with a front side and a backside, an image sensor being fastened to the front side of the sensor carrier, an objective holder which is connected to the sensor carrier, and an objective which is accommodated in the objective holder, as well as a camera housing in which the imager module is accommodated. The camera housing has a front housing part including contact areas, at least one fixation means resting against the backside of the sensor carrier, and the imager module is fixated with respect to the contact areas and the fixation means is fastened to the front housing part by fastening means. In addition, a method for producing the camera is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Ulrich Seger, Nikolai Bauer, Uwe Apel
  • Patent number: 9973667
    Abstract: A housing for mounting a component that includes an image sensor, a fixed installation space being provided in the interior of the housing for accommodating at least one optical component. The housing has at least one outer receiving recess that is spatially separate from the interior of the housing. This outer receiving recess is provided for receiving at least one positioning element in a way that allows the positioning element to define a support plane relative to the housing, and the component including the image sensor to be placed on the positioning element, so that the component including the image sensor resides in the defined support plane. In this case, the component including the image sensor may be placed in the defined support plane in a way that does not allow any direct contact between the component that includes the image sensor, and the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Ulrich Seger, Nikolai Bauer, Dmitriy Aranovich, Peter Diesel
  • Patent number: 9973708
    Abstract: A sensor array including at least two image sensors situated one above the other in layers, including at least one organic semiconductor, and subdivided into pixels. The at least two image sensors are different in the size of their pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Ulrich Seger, Jan Sparbert
  • Patent number: 9883148
    Abstract: A color mask for an image sensor of a vehicle camera, the color mask having a matrix configuration of filter pixels having different spectral transmission behaviors, some filter pixels being transparent filter pixels, which are at least essentially uniformly transparent for optical light, and additional filter pixels being color pixels having a wavelength-selective transmission behavior, the color mask having a color pattern as a repeating configuration of filter pixels having a specific transmission behavior. The color mask has a central area having a first color pattern and a lower area and/or an upper area having a second color pattern, the first color pattern and the second color pattern being different, and the first color pattern containing transparent filter pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Ulrich Seger, Alexander Wuerz-Wessel, Paul Ruhnau
  • Publication number: 20180020178
    Abstract: A method for sampling an image sensor, the image sensor having a lattice structure having a plurality of triangular sensor elements. In the lattice structure, sensor elements situated adjacent to one another are configured to detect light having respectively different light properties. The method includes a step of reading out the image sensor by sampling a plurality of sensor elements of the lattice structure that are configured to detect light in a same first wavelength range, one sensor signal being read out per sensor element in the step of reading out. In addition, the method includes a step of buffering the read-out sensor signals and a step of producing an item of image information assigned to a point of acquisition of the image sensor, using the buffered sensor signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Inventors: Marc Geese, Ulrich Seger
  • Publication number: 20180020177
    Abstract: A pixel unit for an image sensor. The pixel unit includes a photodiode for converting alight signal into a processing signal, a multiplexer unit that is designed for using the processing signal to generate at least a first multiplexer signal and a second multiplexer signal that deviates therefrom, and a storage device having at least a first storage unit for buffer storing a time-limited integral value of the first multiplexer signal and a second storage unit for buffer storing a time-limited integral value of the second multiplexer signal. The pixel unit makes possible a time-overlapped sampling of the first multiplexer signal and of the second multiplexer signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Inventors: Marc Geese, Ulrich Seger
  • Patent number: 9832356
    Abstract: A camera module, in particular for a vehicle, the camera module having at least: an objective having a lens mount and at least one lens, an image sensor for acquiring and converting optical signals into electrical signals, a bearer device on which the image sensor is mounted and contacted, and a camera housing for accommodating the objective and the bearer device. The objective is connected to the camera housing, in particular to a first housing part, and is borne by the camera housing. The bearer device can in particular be fixed on the objective or on the first housing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Steffen Fritz, Uwe Apel, Ulrich Seger
  • Publication number: 20170339387
    Abstract: A sensor module including at least one brightness sensor element for detecting a brightness of a wideband electromagnetic radiation and at least one color sensor field, which includes at least one color sensor element for detecting a color of the electromagnetic radiation. The brightness sensor element has a larger sensor surface than the color sensor field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventor: Ulrich Seger
  • Publication number: 20170289420
    Abstract: An imager module for a vehicle camera, the imager module having at least: a lens holder, a lens accommodated in the lens holder, a flexible conductor device having leads, and an image sensor contacted by the leads of the flexible conductor device that has a front side having a sensitive surface; the image sensor being contacted by the leads using flip-chip technology via stud bumps provided at the front side thereof. The lens holder has a plastic part, in particular an injection-molded part, having a tubular region for accommodating the lens and a fastening region having a bottom side; and the flexible conductor device being integrally attached to the bottom side of the fastening region, and a non-conductive adhesive region being formed between the front side of the image sensor and the flexible conductor device around the stud bumps, preferably to produce a tensile stress. An insertion part is preferably received in the plastic body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: Martin Reiche, Thomas Braune, Ulrich Seger
  • Patent number: 9756229
    Abstract: A module device for a camera system having a housing device, which is provided with an inner opening and configured to allow an adjustment of an installation position of the module device in a motor vehicle; it also includes a sensor holder device which has an upper region and a base region, is coupled to the housing device via at least one support element and configured to accommodate an image sensor; a lens apparatus which is coupled to the sensor holder device in the upper region via at least one connection element and configured to generate an optical image on the image sensor; and a retaining spring device which is coupled to the housing device and the base region of the sensor holder device and is configured to press the image sensor against the sensor holder device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrich Seger, Nikolai Bauer
  • Patent number: 9742968
    Abstract: An image acquisition system, in particular for automotive applications, includes: a substrate; an image sensor mounted on the substrate and contacted via contact points; an optically transparent sealing compound that covers the image sensor, the contact points, and a portion of the upper substrate side; an optical device being arranged or secured in or on the sealing compound. The optical device can be placed into the sealing compound after shaping of the sealing compound or directly. Furthermore, the optical device can also be arranged directly by shaping the sealing compound. Manufacture of the image acquisition system can be incorporated into a board populating process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Ulrich Seger, Gerald Franz
  • Publication number: 20170180621
    Abstract: A sensor array including at least two image sensors situated one above the other in layers, including at least one organic semiconductor, and subdivided into pixels. The at least two image sensors are different in the size of their pixels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Ulrich Seger, Jan Sparbert
  • Publication number: 20170171439
    Abstract: A mount for an objective housing. The mount includes a hollow space that is circular-cylindrical about an axis and has at least three receptacle protrusions for holding the objective housing, between which the hollow space arises and that are designed to hold the objective housing through clearance-free contact. The receptacle protrusions include at least two ribs that each have at least two regions having different extensions in the radial direction, relative to the axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: Nikolai Bauer, Ulrich Seger, Uwe Apel
  • Patent number: 9681124
    Abstract: In a method for testing an image sensor having (i) regular pixels and test pixels, of which each is interconnected with one of two predefined voltage values, and (ii) a signal processing unit for providing digital signal values for output voltages of the pixels and test pixels, the following steps are performed: receiving digital signal values of the test pixels; and using the signal values of at least one proper or improper subset of the test pixels for testing the image sensor, all test pixels of the subset being interconnected with a first of the two voltage values. Using the test pixels for testing allows testing during ongoing operation, i.e., during reception of regular image signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Moesle, Hans-Georg Drotleff, Marc Geese, Ulrich Seger, Uwe Beutnagel-Buchner
  • Publication number: 20170155808
    Abstract: A camera, in particular for a vehicle, the camera having: an imager module which has a sensor carrier with a front side and a backside, an image sensor being fastened to the front side of the sensor carrier, an objective holder which is connected to the sensor carrier, and an objective which is accommodated in the objective holder, as well as a camera housing in which the imager module is accommodated. The camera housing has a front housing part including contact areas, at least one fixation means resting against the backside of the sensor carrier, and the imager module is fixated with respect to the contact areas and the fixation means is fastened to the front housing part by fastening means. In addition, a method for producing the camera is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Inventors: Ulrich SEGER, Nikolai BAUER, Uwe APEL