Patents by Inventor Yoshiaki Kato

Yoshiaki Kato 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: 10566042
    Abstract: Magnetic tunnel junction devices are provided. A magnetic tunnel junction device includes a pinned layer. The magnetic tunnel junction device includes a free layer on the pinned layer. The free layer includes a first layer, a second layer that is on the first layer, and a third layer that is between the first layer and the second layer. A Curie temperature of the third layer is lower than a Curie temperature of the first layer and lower than a Curie temperature of the second layer. Moreover, the magnetic tunnel junction device includes an insulating layer that is between the pinned layer and the free layer. Related magnetoresistive memory devices are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken Machida, Yoshiaki Sonobe, Takeshi Kato
  • Publication number: 20200011711
    Abstract: There is provided a signal processing method, for a photoelectric encoder, capable of correctly determining a bright part and a dark part of a bright/dark pattern having distorted light intensity distribution by setting an appropriate threshold. A detector unit includes a light source, a light-receiving detector that receives transmitted light from a scale to acquire a bright/dark image, and a lens arranged between the light source and the light-receiving detector. The detector unit classifies the bright/dark image acquired by the light-receiving detector into an image-forming region corresponding to a center region of the lens and a non-image-forming region corresponding to a region except for the center region of the lens, calculates a representative value reflecting a light intensity of the image-forming region, and obtains a pre-processed bright/dark image in which the light intensity of the non-image-forming region is replaced with the representative value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Kato
  • Publication number: 20200003581
    Abstract: An inductive type position encoder includes a scale, a detector portion and a signal processor. The scale includes a periodic pattern of signal modulating elements (SME) arranged along a measuring axis, with a spatial wavelength W1. One type of SME in the pattern comprises similar conductive plates or loops. The detector portion comprises sensing elements and a field generating coil that generates a changing magnetic flux. The sensing elements may comprise conductive loop portions arranged along the measuring axis and configured to provide detector signals which respond to a local effect on the changing magnetic flux provided by adjacent SME's. In various implementations, the first type of SMEs have an average dimension DSME along the measuring axis direction that is greater than DSEN and at least .55*W1 and at most 0.8*W1, which provides advantageous detector signal characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Ted Staton Cook, James Allen Hitchman, Yoshiaki Kato
  • Patent number: 10490736
    Abstract: A magnetic memory according to an embodiment includes: first to third terminals; a nonmagnetic conductive layer including first to third regions, the second region being disposed between the first and third regions, the first region being electrically connected to the first terminal, and the third region being electrically connected to the second terminal; and a magnetoresistive element disposed to correspond to the second region, including a first magnetic layer electrically connected to the third terminal, a second magnetic layer disposed between the first magnetic layer and the second region, and a nonmagnetic layer disposed between the first and second magnetic layers, the conductive layer including at least one of an alloy including Ir and Ta, an alloy including Ir and V, an alloy including Au and V, an alloy including Au and Nb, or an alloy including Pt and V, each of the alloys having an fcc structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Saito, Tomoaki Inokuchi, Yushi Kato, Soichi Oikawa, Mizue Ishikawa, Hiroaki Yoda
  • Publication number: 20190355403
    Abstract: A magnetoresistive memory device includes a memory cell including a magnetic tunnel junction element, a detector to detect a current value writable in units of the memory cell, a current value storage area, and a current controller. The current value storage area stores at least one of a maximum value and a minimum value of the writable current value detected by the detector. The current controller performs at least one control operation of an operation of controlling a write current value of the memory cell based on the maximum value and an operation of controlling a read current value of the memory cell based on the minimum value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Masatoshi SONODA, Yoshiaki SONOBE, Takeshi KATO
  • Publication number: 20190346293
    Abstract: There is provided an electromagnetic inductive encoder that allows reduction in the number of tracks on a scale for reduction in the size of the scale. The electromagnetic inductive encoder includes a scale having a scale pattern, a head, and computation unit. The head includes transmission unit, which includes transmission coils, and reception unit, which includes reception coils. The scale pattern has a first pattern, which causes the reception coils to receive positive current, and a second pattern, which causes the reception coils to receive negative current.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Kato
  • Patent number: 10466078
    Abstract: An encoder includes a scale having graduations arranged in a measurement direction, a head including a light receiving unit configured to receive, via the scale, light emitted from a light source, and being configured to detect a relative movement amount with respect to the scale by relatively moving in the measurement direction of the scale, and a control unit configured to control the head. The control unit includes a light amount control unit configured to perform control so as to keep a predetermined light receiving amount by increasing or decreasing a light amount of the light source, an error determination unit configured to determine an error based on light received by the light receiving unit, and a light amount suppression unit configured to suppress a light amount of the light source by stopping control performed by the light amount control unit, when the error determination unit determines as an error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Kato
  • Patent number: 10453513
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a magnetic memory device includes a conductive layer, a first magnetic layer, a second magnetic layer, a first nonmagnetic layer, and a controller. The conductive layer includes first and second portions, and a third portion between the first and second portions. The conductive layer includes a first metal and boron. The first magnetic layer is separated from the third portion in a first direction crossing a second direction. The second magnetic layer is provided between the third portion and the first magnetic layer. The first nonmagnetic layer is provided between the first and second magnetic layers. The controller is electrically connected to the first and second portions. The controller supplies a current to the conductive layer. The first metal includes at least one selected from the group consisting of La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, and Lu.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yushi Kato, Yoshiaki Saito, Mizue Ishikawa, Soichi Oikawa, Hiroaki Yoda
  • Patent number: 10431279
    Abstract: A magnetoresistive memory device includes a memory cell including a magnetic tunnel junction element, a detector to detect a current value writable in units of the memory cell, a current value storage area, and a current controller. The current value storage area stores at least one of a maximum value and a minimum value of the writable current value detected by the detector. The current controller performs at least one control operation of an operation of controlling a write current value of the memory cell based on the maximum value and an operation of controlling a read current value of the memory cell based on the minimum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masatoshi Sonoda, Yoshiaki Sonobe, Takeshi Kato
  • Patent number: 10374150
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a magnetic memory device includes a conductive layer, first and second magnetic layers, a first nonmagnetic layer and a controller. The conductive layer includes first and second portions, and a third portion positioned between the first and second portions. The conductive layer includes a first metal. The first magnetic layer is separated from the third portion. The second magnetic layer is provided between the third portion and the first magnetic layer. The first nonmagnetic layer is provided between the first and second magnetic layers. The controller is electrically connected to the first and second portions. The second magnetic layer has first and second lattice lengths. The first lattice length is longer than the second lattice length. The controller implements a first operation of supplying a first current to the conductive layer, and a second operation of supplying a second current to the conductive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yushi Kato, Yoshiaki Saito, Soichi Oikawa, Mizue Ishikawa, Hiroaki Yoda
  • Patent number: 10360960
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a magnetic memory device includes a conductive layer, a first magnetic layer, a second magnetic layer, a first nonmagnetic layer, and a controller. The conductive layer includes a first portion, a second portion, and a third portion between the first and second portions. The first magnetic layer is separated from the third portion. The second magnetic layer is provided between the third portion and the first magnetic layer. The first nonmagnetic layer is provided between the first and second magnetic layers. The controller is electrically connected to the first and second portions. The third portion includes a first region and a second region. The second region is provided between the first region and the second magnetic layer. The controller implements a first operation of supplying a first current to the conductive layer, and a second operation of supplying a second current to the conductive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yushi Kato, Soichi Oikawa, Mizue Ishikawa, Yoshiaki Saito, Hiroaki Yoda
  • Publication number: 20190210149
    Abstract: The friction stir welding tool member according to the present invention is made of a ceramic member in which a shoulder portion and a probe portion are integrally formed, wherein a root portion of the probe portion and an end portion of the shoulder portion have a curved surface shape; and the friction stir welding tool member has a ratio (R1/D) of 0.02 or more and 0.20 or less when a curvature radius of the end portion of the shoulder portion is defined as R1 (mm) and an outer diameter of the shoulder portion is defined as D (mm). In addition, the ceramic member is preferably made of a silicon nitride sintered body having a Vickers hardness of 1400 HV1 or more. According to the above-described configuration, a friction stir welding tool member having excellent durability can be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicants: OSAKA UNIVERSITY, TOSHIBA MATERIALS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidetoshi FUJII, Yoshiaki MORISADA, Kai FUNAKI, Isao IKEDA, Yutaka ABE, Masahiro KATO
  • Publication number: 20190177105
    Abstract: A processing system and a device manufacturing method that can perform manufacturing of an electronic device without stopping the entire manufacturing system, even when the processing state actually implemented on a sheet substrate by a processing device differs from the target processing state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiaki KITO, Masaki KATO, Kei NARA, Masakazu HORI
  • Patent number: 10317253
    Abstract: A scale includes a scale grating formed with a period P. A light source grating includes a grating formed with a period 2P, the light source grating being disposed between a light source and the scale. Interference fringe detection means is configured to be able to detect a bright part of an interference fringe with the period P, the interference fringe being generated by the light source grating and the scale. The interference fringe detection means detects a first interference fringe formed by light coming from the scale and a second interference fringe formed by light coming from the scale, a position of a bright part of the second interference fringe being shifted from a position of a bright part of the first interference fringe by a half of the period P (i.e., P/2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Kato
  • Publication number: 20190168337
    Abstract: The friction stir welding tool member according to the present invention is made of a silicon nitride sintered body, wherein the silicon nitride sintered body contains 15% by mass or less of additive components except silicon nitride in such a manner that the additive components include at least one element selected from lanthanoid elements and at least one element selected from Mg, Ti, Hf, and Mo. In addition, it is preferable that the additive components further include at least one element selected from Al, Si, and C. According to the above-described configuration, a friction stir welding tool member having an excellent durability can be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicants: OSAKA UNIVERSITY, TOSHIBA MATERIALS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidetoshi FUJII, Yoshiaki MORISADA, Kai FUNAKI, Isao IKEDA, Yutaka ABE, Masahiro KATO
  • Publication number: 20190164587
    Abstract: Magnetic tunnel junction devices are provided. A magnetic tunnel junction device includes a pinned layer. The magnetic tunnel junction device includes a free layer on the pinned layer. The free layer includes a first layer, a second layer that is on the first layer, and a third layer that is between the first layer and the second layer. A Curie temperature of the third layer is lower than a Curie temperature of the first layer and lower than a Curie temperature of the second layer. Moreover, the magnetic tunnel junction device includes an insulating layer that is between the pinned layer and the free layer. Related magnetoresistive memory devices are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: KEN MACHIDA, YOSHIAKI SONOBE, TAKESHI KATO
  • Patent number: 10207872
    Abstract: A workpiece conveyor system comprising: a conveyance apparatus which conveys workpieces in one direction, a stopper which is mounted on the conveyance apparatus so as to stop workpieces which are conveyed by the conveyance apparatus at a predetermined position, and a takeout apparatus which takes out workpieces which have been stopped by the stopper from the conveyance apparatus. An outer edge of the stopper in an opposite direction to a conveyance direction of workpieces extends in a curved shape in a transverse direction of the conveyance apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Kato, Masaru Oda
  • Publication number: 20190047898
    Abstract: Described herein are alkali-free, boroalumino silicate glasses exhibiting desirable physical and chemical properties for use as substrates in flat panel display devices, such as, active matrix liquid crystal displays (AMLCDs) and active matrix organic light emitting diode displays (AMOLEDs). In accordance with certain of its aspects, the glasses possess good dimensional stability as a function of temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Adam James Ellison, Sinue Gomez, Yoshiaki Kato
  • Publication number: 20190049347
    Abstract: A microchip is provided and configured to contain a sample solution for analysis. The microchip including a channel that is maintained at a pressure level less than atmospheric pressure so as to allow flow of the sample solution thru the channel; and a pressure indication section configured to detect a change in the pressure level. A microchip apparatus and a method of manufacturing a microchip are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: MASAHIRO MATSUMOTO, MICHIHIRO OHNISHI, YOSHIAKI KATO, TOSHIO WATANABE
  • Patent number: 10150217
    Abstract: A tool adapter configured to mount a tool on a robot wrist including a first rotary member rotatable about a first axis and a second rotary member rotatable about a second axis orthogonal to the first axis. The tool adapter includes a first section configured to be attached to the second rotary member at a first attaching portion; and a second section extending from the first section and configured to be attached to the tool at a second attaching portion. The first attaching portion and the second attaching portion are respectively disposed at positions where a direction of a reaction force applied to the second section through the tool from an object, during an operation performed to the object with use of the tool, is defined to intersect with both of the first axis and the second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Kato