Photocell Controlled Circuit Patents (Class 250/206)
  • Patent number: 11199448
    Abstract: To implement a configuration for enabling independent adjustment of a spatial resolution and a wavelength resolution of a spectroscopic measurement device. A spatial resolution adjustment unit configured to adjust a spatial resolution of the spectroscopic measurement device, and a wavelength resolution adjustment unit configured to adjust a wavelength resolution of the spectroscopic measurement device are included, and the spatial resolution adjustment unit maintains output light from a condensing unit to a spectroscopic imaging unit of the spectroscopic measurement device as parallel light, adjusts a parameter of a constituent element of the condensing unit, and changes the spatial resolution without changing the wavelength resolution of the spectroscopic measurement device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tuo Zhuang
  • Patent number: 11159752
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a photoelectric converter that converts light into signal charge, a charge accumulation region that accumulates the signal charge, a first transistor having a gate connected to the charge accumulation region, and a common gate amplifier circuit that amplifies an output of the first transistor to output to the charge accumulation region. The common gate amplifier circuit includes a second transistor. One of a source and a drain of the second transistor is connected to one of a source and a drain of the first transistor, and the other of the source and the drain of the second transistor is connected to the charge accumulation region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yutaka Abe, Kazuko Nishimura, Masashi Murakami
  • Patent number: 11158663
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system comprising: an avalanche photodiode (APD); a bias source configured to supply a reverse bias to the APD; a current meter configured to measure electric current through the APD; a controller configured to reduce the reverse bias to a value below a breakdown voltage of the APD from a value above the breakdown voltage when an intensity of light incident on the APD is above a threshold, and configured to determine the intensity of the light above the threshold based on the electric current through the APD when the reverse bias is below the breakdown voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Shenzhen Genorivision Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Peiyan Cao, Yurun Liu
  • Patent number: 11101312
    Abstract: A semiconductor apparatus comprising: a first semiconductor component including a first semiconductor layer and a first insulation film; and a second semiconductor component including a second semiconductor layer and a second insulation film, wherein the first semiconductor component and the second semiconductor component are bonded to each other by each of a plurality of first electric conductor portions provided in the first insulation film and each of a plurality of second electric conductor portions provided in the second insulation film, each of the plurality of first electric conductor portions is constituted by one pad surrounded by the first insulation film and N vias bonded to the one pad so as to be positioned between the one pad and the first semiconductor layer, and a volume VTR of the one pad and a total volume VTH of the N vias satisfy VTR/VTH?N.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takumi Ogino, Hiroaki Kobayashi, Tsutomu Tange, Akihiro Shimizu
  • Patent number: 11092742
    Abstract: The invention relates to a photonic sensor chip comprising a semiconductor substrate with a cavity extending from a back side through an entire depth of the semiconductor substrate, a photonic plane located on the front side of the semiconductor substrate. The chip includes a photonic particle sensor element with an active-surface element having an exposed active surface facing towards the back side of the semiconductor substrate, for capturing selected particles from at least one fluid or gas to which the active surface is exposable. The cavity provides access to the active surface from the back side. The photonic particle sensor element receives an optical input wave via the photonic plane, to expose captured particles on the active-surface element to interaction with the optical input wave and to provide a resulting optical output wave having a spectral component indicative of the interaction between the optical input wave and captured particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: Patrick Steglich, Andreas Mai, Christian Mai
  • Patent number: 11018181
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes a first semiconductor layer of a first conductivity type; a second semiconductor layer of a second conductivity type on the first semiconductor layer; and first and second detectors positioned inside the second semiconductor layer. The first and second detectors are arranged in a first direction along a boundary between the first semiconductor layer and the second semiconductor layer. The device further includes first and second semiconductor regions provided between the first semiconductor layer and the first and second detectors, respectively. The first and second semiconductor regions include second conductivity type impurities with a higher concentration than that in the second semiconductor layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation
    Inventor: Shunsuke Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 11014693
    Abstract: An extendible membrane system may include: an extendible central column; one or more membranes; and/or one or more foldable membrane supports configured to support the one or more membranes. Each of the one or more foldable membrane supports may be configured to extend from the extendible central column. In some embodiments, one or more of the one or more foldable membrane supports includes two or more segments that may be configured to couple with each other. A method of deploying one or more membranes may include unfolding one or more foldable membrane supports from a folded configuration to a linear configuration. An extendible membrane device may include one or more membranes and one or more foldable membrane supports configured to support the one or more membranes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Roccor, LLC
    Inventors: William H. Francis, Mark S. Lake
  • Patent number: 11006502
    Abstract: A light sensor is provided that includes an exposed light transducer for accumulating charge in proportion to light incident thereon over an integration period; and a light-to-pulse circuit in communication with the exposed light transducer, the light-to-pulse circuit operative to output a pulse having a pulse width based on the charge accumulated by the exposed light transducer. The light-to-pulse circuit may include a one shot logic circuit that contributes to generation of the pulse. The light sensor may include an input/output pad, a capacitor provided at the input/output pad for blocking static electricity, an input low pass filter provided at the input/output pad for blocking electromagnetic interference, and/or a bandgap voltage reference circuit connected to a power source having a supply voltage level in a range of about 3.3V to about 5.0V, and for generating a set of stable reference voltages throughout the supply voltage level range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Barry K. Nelson, Jon H. Bechtel, Daniel G. McMillan, Spencer D. Reese
  • Patent number: 10923522
    Abstract: A backside illuminated image sensor includes pixel regions disposed in a substrate, an insulating layer disposed on a frontside surface of the substrate, a bonding pad disposed on a frontside surface of the insulating layer, and an anti-reflective layer disposed on a backside surface of the substrate. The substrate has a first opening for partially exposing a backside surface of the insulating layer, and the insulating layer has a third opening for partially exposing a backside surface of the bonding pad. The anti-reflective layer comprises a first portion disposed on an inner side surface of the first opening and a second portion disposed on a portion of the backside surface of the insulating layer exposed by the first opening and having a second opening connecting the first opening with the third opening, and a first spacer is disposed on inner side surfaces of the second opening and the third opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: DB HITEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chang Hun Han
  • Patent number: 10820814
    Abstract: An electronic fitness device comprises an optical transmitter, a first lens, an optical receiver, and a second lens. The optical transmitter is operable to transmit an optical signal. The first lens covers at least a portion of the optical transmitter and is operable to direct the optical signal into the skin of a user in a first direction outward from a center of the electronic fitness device. The optical receiver is operable to receive optical signals modulated by the skin of the user and to generate a photoplethysmogram (PPG) signal resulting from the optical signal. The second lens covers at least a portion of the optical receiver and is operable to receive a modulated optical signal from the skin of the user in a second direction inward toward the center of the electronic fitness device and to direct the modulated optical signal toward the optical receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Garmin Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Cheng-Yu Tsai, Dong-Yi Wu, Brandon J. Guttersohn
  • Patent number: 10825395
    Abstract: Disclosed are a circuit and a method for detecting a driving current of an organic light emitting diode display device, and an organic light emitting diode display device, the method includes: after detecting for a predetermined time period, obtaining an output voltage of the integrating circuit, and comparing the output voltage with at least one reference voltage; in the case that the output voltage and the reference voltage satisfy a predetermined condition, adjusting capacitance of a capacitor of the integrating circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., HEFEI XINSHENG OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lei Chen, Chen Song, Airong Liu, Tangxiang Wang, Xuelian Cheng
  • Patent number: 10796639
    Abstract: A display device includes a light emitting device, a photo sensing layer, a first electronic component and a second electronic component. The light emitting device emits light. The light emitting device has a plurality of light emitting units. The photo sensing layer receives the light and generates a first signal according to the received light. The first signal corresponds to a parameter of the light emitting units. The first electronic component controls the light emitting units. The second electronic component compares the first signal with data corresponding to a predetermined parameter of the light emitting units and identities which light emitting unit has a different parameter with respect to the predetermined parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: INT TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kuo-Cheng Hsu
  • Patent number: 10747310
    Abstract: A time of flight (ToF) eye tracker includes an illumination source configured to emit pulses of light toward a pupil of an eye, wherein the pulses of light are retroreflected by a retina of the eye. The ToF eye tracker also includes a camera assembly configured to detect the retroreflected pulses of light. The ToF eye tracker also includes a controller configured to determine ToF information for one or more of the retroreflected pulses of light, and determine eye tracking information for the user's eye using the determined ToF information and a virtual eye model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Dale Cavin, Alexander Jobe Fix, Andrew John Ouderkirk
  • Patent number: 10739266
    Abstract: A live biological specimen is imaged by generating a plurality of light sheets; directing the plurality of light sheets along an illumination axis through the biological specimen such that the light sheets spatially and temporally overlap within the biological specimen along an image plane, and optically interact with the biological specimen within the image plane; and recording, at each of a plurality of views, images of the fluorescence emitted along a detection axis from the biological specimen due to the optical interaction between the light sheets and the biological specimen. The temporal overlap is within a time shift that is less than a resolution time that corresponds to a spatial resolution limit of the microscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    Inventor: Philipp Johannes Keller
  • Patent number: 10613333
    Abstract: A head-mounted display device includes an image display section worn on the head of a user and configured to be capable of transmitting external light and display an image, a right electronic shade and a left electronic shade configured to adjust transmittance of the external light transmitted through the image display section, and a control section configured to determine a worn state of the image display section on the head of the user, control the right electronic shade and the left electronic shade on the basis of a result of the determination, and adjust the transmittance of the external light transmitted through the image display section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenro Yajima
  • Patent number: 10603561
    Abstract: A physical activity training system operative in conjunction with at least one physical target with which the trainee is expected to interact in trainee activity modes, the system comprising sensor module/s operative to execute real-time measurements of aspect/s of the trainee's interaction with the target, without imaging the trainee; and an output generator including indicator/s operative to enter selectable trainee-detectable states each for a respective time period, thereby to indicate to the trainee which of the trainee activity modes governs (e.g. is in effect) within each time period, and a processor operative to monitor at least one trainee's interaction with the target within the modes, at least by generating, for storage in computer memory, time-stamped records of the modes or states and associated with the records, trainee scores derivable from the measurements generated by the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: LUDUS MATERIALS LTD.
    Inventor: Nir Yachin
  • Patent number: 10573680
    Abstract: A solid-state image pickup device capable of suppressing the generation of dark current and/or leakage current is provided. The solid-state image pickup device has a first substrate provided with a photoelectric converter on its primary face, a first wiring structure having a first bonding portion which contains a conductive material, a second substrate provided with a part of a peripheral circuit on its primary face, and a second wiring structure having a second bonding portion which contains a conductive material. In addition, the first bonding portion and the second bonding portion are bonded so that the first substrate, the first wiring structure, the second wiring structure, and the second substrate are disposed in this order. Furthermore, the conductive material of the first bonding portion and the conductive material of the second bonding portion are surrounded with diffusion preventing films.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mineo Shimotsusa
  • Patent number: 10520358
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a spectrophotometer comprising a light source; and a light sensor for measuring the light emitted by the light source and passing through or reflected a sample; and being characterized by an offset generator for applying an offset value to an output of the light sensor. The invention further relates to a method for performing a related spectrophotometric measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Merck Patent GmbH
    Inventor: Bernhard Guennewig
  • Patent number: 10520190
    Abstract: A device for igniting/re-igniting the flame for a gas burner, for example for a cooktop, is capable of receiving a supply voltage from a supply source. The device is furthermore configured for receiving a signal representing the presence of the flame. The flame ignition/re-ignition device is configured for activating a spark activation circuit (70) configured for generating sparks for igniting the flame when the signal representing the presence of the flame indicates absence of flame, and interrupting the generation of sparks when the signal indicates presence of flame. Furthermore, the flame ignition/re-ignition device comprises an anti-inversion circuit (40) configured for uncoupling the flame ignition/re-ignition device from the direction of insertion of a supply plug for the device into a domestic power outlet, making the device insensitive to the polarity adopted in the connection between the plug and the power outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Nicola Maino, Daniele Pianezze, Gianluca Gaudio, Daniele Turetta, Bruno Luca
  • Patent number: 10459070
    Abstract: A method for the coherent integration of Fill Pulses in Pulse Doppler Radar sensors is disclosed. The present invention uses a pre- and a post-coherent waveform transmission and reception period to collect transient signals from reflections of Fill Pulses throughout the range extent. It then reassembles these signals to produce additional coherently integrable pulses of interval returns that are input to the filter and coherently integrated along with normally coherently integrated pulses. The result is an improved Signal To Noise Ratio (SNR) and Signal To Clutter Ratio (SCR) which is related to the total number of pulses emitted, including the Fill Pulses. This improvement can be obtained almost solely by signal processing in a digitally controlled Radar, and requires few if any hardware modifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Herbert U Fluhler
  • Patent number: 10424963
    Abstract: An electrical circuit can include a power supply that provides primary power, and an electrical load coupled to the power supply. The electrical circuit can also include an energy storage unit coupled to the power supply and the electrical load. The energy storage unit can include at least one energy storage device that stores reserve power using the primary power, and a first switch disposed between the power supply and the at least one energy storage device. The energy storage unit can also include a controller that operates the first switch from a closed position to an open position after a first amount of time. The at least one energy storage device can receive the primary power when the first switch is in the closed position. The at least one energy storage device can fail to receive the primary power when the first switch is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Yash Sanjay Rajwade, Kevin O. Porter, James Christopher Andrews
  • Patent number: 10421395
    Abstract: A retrofit trailer board system for vehicles is disclosed, including a trailer board carrying a plurality of signalling lights on a surface thereof, and a relaying control unit which is connected between the trailer board and a plurality of optical sensors. Each optical sensor is arranged for removable connection to the exterior surface of respective vehicle lights, each sensor being configured to issue a signal responsive to operation of a vehicle light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Ben Snell
  • Patent number: 10410575
    Abstract: Devices and methods for underrun compensation are provided. By way of example, a technique for underrun compensation includes determining a particular one of a plurality of pixel configurations for a display. When an underrun condition is detected during processing of first image data via an image processing pipeline, at least a portion of requested image data for downstream processing has not yet been provided by an upstream processing component. Accordingly, upon detecting an underrun condition, underrun pixel data for the at least portion of the requested image data is generated, based upon the particular one of the plurality of pixel configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Peter F. Holland, Mahesh B. Chappalli, Hari Ganesh R. Thirunageswaram
  • Patent number: 10401219
    Abstract: An optical parameter measurement device and a corresponding method are provided. A light beam from a to-be-tested display panel is split by a beam-splitting assembly into at least two testing light beams. A voltage value corresponding to a first testing light beam is measured by a trans-impedance amplification circuit corresponding to a first optical sensor. Next, an integration time period is determined by a control circuit according to voltage values from the trans-impedance amplification circuit and a predetermined relational model between voltage values corresponding to the light intensities and integration time periods. A voltage value corresponding to a second testing light beam is finely measured by the integration circuit corresponding to a second optical sensor within the integration time period. Finally, the display brightness value of the to-be-tested display panel is determined by the control circuit according to a voltage value from the integration circuit within the integration time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BOE (HEBEI) MOBILE DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yingying Liu, Zhen Wu, Yongjun Liao, Xing Li, Huijun Ma
  • Patent number: 10381314
    Abstract: The method of the invention includes: placing a base member and a frame member having a thermal expansion coefficient different from a thermal expansion coefficient of the base member in a state in which the base member is stacked with the frame member and a thermosetting adhesive agent is interposed between the base member and the frame member; adhering the base member and the frame member by heating the base member, the frame member, and the adhesive agent from the state to a temperature equal to or higher than a curing temperature of the adhesive agent; and cooling the base member and the frame member from the curing temperature. The frame member in the state is warped so that a flatness error of the frame member after having been cooled becomes smaller than that in a case where the frame member is flat in the state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takanori Suzuki, Kazuya Notsu, Ryuji Oyama
  • Patent number: 10365162
    Abstract: A laser wavelength detector includes first and second sensors having a common field of view. A filter having two or more monochromatic attenuation coefficients optically couples the second sensor to the field of view. The filter attenuates incident monochromatic laser illumination detected by the second sensor more heavily than incident monochromatic laser illumination detected by the first sensor such that wavelength of incident laser illumination can be identified according to a ratio of first and second sensor intensities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Peter C. McNulty, Charles Alte
  • Patent number: 10289007
    Abstract: A scanning lithography tool that includes a reticle stage for clamping and imparting a bending moment onto a reticle by applying a force along a plane surface of the reticle to bend the reticle in a deterministic manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alton Phillips, Yuichi Shibazaki
  • Patent number: 10237942
    Abstract: An ornament designed for both indoor and outdoor use incorporates a method for automatically detecting if the ornament is being used indoors or outdoors and for thereby activating the ornament at the appropriate desired time for a desired period of time. The method monitors ambient light levels throughout the day to determine if the monitored values match the characteristics expected from either indoor or outdoor operation. When used indoors, the ornament is activated at the same time each day for a predetermined number of hours. When used outdoors, the ornament is activated each day at sunset for a predetermined number of hours. In addition, when used outdoors, the method measures night lengths and adjusts its activation time to run longer when nights are long, as in winter, or shorter when nights are short, as in summer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Jenesis International Inc.
    Inventors: Kim Irwin McCavit, Bradford Brian Jensen, Roger Donn Bentley
  • Patent number: 10235973
    Abstract: An optical sensing method capable of changing a sensing direction of an optical sensing module is applied to a portable device, which includes a housing, an optical sensing module and an optical diverting mechanism. The optical sensing module is disposed inside the housing. The optical sensing module includes an optical emitter adapted to emit an optical sensing signal out of the housing and an optical receiver adapted to receive an optical modulated signal reflected from an external object. The optical diverting mechanism is adjacent by the optical sensing module. The optical sensing signal is directly projected while the optical sensing signal is not diverted by the optical diverting mechanism, and the optical sensing signal is transmitted to a second direction different from the first direction while the optical sensing signal is diverted by the optical diverting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Kui-Chang Tseng, Tsu-Ming Liu
  • Patent number: 10203282
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mineral wool product comprising mineral fibers that is marked with an UV or IR active substance and can therefore be identified under exposure to suitable radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: KNAUF INSULATION
    Inventors: Markus Mente, Stefan Kossler
  • Patent number: 10176785
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method of adjusting an electronic device display based on eyewear properties. Eyewear properties such as tint level, tint shade, and polarization are obtained from eyewear, a database, or manual entry. The device display is then adjusted based on the eyewear properties to facilitate viewability of the electronic display for the user while wearing the eyewear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michal Broz, Steven D. Clay, Richard S. Schwerdtfeger, Shunguo Yan
  • Patent number: 10139285
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems, methods, and apparatus for improving the signal-to-noise ratio, increasing sampling speed, and increasing the dynamic range of a pyrometer via improvements to the amplification section. In particular, single-stage non-differentiated amplifiers can be replaced with a differential amplifier circuit that increases gain without a proportional increase in noise. The differential amplifier circuit can comprise a pair of transimpedance amplifier circuits arranged in parallel that receive a differential current from a photo detector and generate a differential voltage output in response having a transconductance gain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald F. Murray
  • Patent number: 10137837
    Abstract: A rearview mirror, including a first substrate (100), a second substrate (200) cell-assembled to the first substrate (100), and a crystal material (300) filled between the first substrate (100) and the second substrate (200), a plurality of strip electrodes (11) are disposed on a side of the first substrate (100) that faces to the second substrate (200), an interval is formed between two adjacent strip electrodes (110), the strip electrodes (110) are made of a transparent electrode material, a planar electrode (210) capable of at least partially reflecting light is disposed on a side of the second substrate (200) that faces to the first substrate (100). In the present application, the refractive indices of the liquid crystal material (300) in the rearview mirror are changed by changing the voltage signal provided to the rearview mirror, such that an anti-glare operation mode of the rearview mirror is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., CHENGDU BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shenglin Sun, Feng Bai, Yun Qiu, Zhidong Wang, Junguo Liu, Zhiguo Chen, Lihua Liu
  • Patent number: 10136090
    Abstract: An image sensor architecture with multi-bit sampling is implemented within an image sensor system. A pixel signal produced in response to light incident upon a photosensitive element is converted to a multiple-bit digital value representative of the pixel signal. If the pixel signal exceeds a sampling threshold, the photosensitive element is reset. During an image capture period, digital values associated with pixel signals that exceed a sampling threshold are accumulated into image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Rambus Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Vogelsang, Michael Guidash, Song Xue, Maxim Smirnov, Craig M. Smith, Jay Endsley, James E. Harris
  • Patent number: 10126414
    Abstract: A proximity sensor for detecting proximity of an object, by sensing reflected light coming from an object on which a light emission pulse is reflected, the proximity sensor includes: a converter circuit configured to convert a current output from a photodetector sensing the reflected light into a voltage, and to output the voltage, magnitude of the current depending on a degree of the proximity of the object; a differential converter circuit configured to convert the voltage output by the converter circuit into a differential voltage, and to output the differential voltage; and a correlated double sampling circuit having a differential configuration, and configured to subtract a value of the differential voltage output by the differential converter circuit, sampled at falling of the light emission pulse, from a value of the differential voltage sampled at rising of the light emission pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuya Kawasaki, Naosumi Waki
  • Patent number: 10126166
    Abstract: Provided is a solid-state light-receiving device for ultraviolet light, which is capable of measuring an irradiation amount of UV-rays, which are harmful to a human body, accurately and appropriately with a simple structure, and of being formed easily and integrally with sensors of peripheral circuits, and which is small, lightweight, low cost, and suitable for mobile or wearable applications. The solid-state light-receiving device for ultraviolet light includes a first photodiode, a second photodiode, and a differential circuit to which signals based on outputs of those photodiodes are input. The solid-state light-receiving device for ultraviolet light also includes semiconductor layer regions, which are formed in and on the above-mentioned photodiodes, and each of which includes a highest concentration position of semiconductor impurities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Tohoku University
    Inventors: Shigetoshi Sugawa, Rihito Kuroda
  • Patent number: 10115980
    Abstract: A cooling module (2) for a fuel cell (1) including a cooling circuit (3) for conducting a coolant, and a treatment unit (10) for the coolant, which is situated in the cooling circuit (3) in such a way that the coolant flowing in the cooling circuit (3) flows through it. The treatment unit (10) includes a filter medium (11) for removing metal ions from the coolant which includes a polymer having amidoxime and/or hydroxamic acid groups and is in contact with the coolant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Reiner Nico Behrendt, Benno Andreas-Schott
  • Patent number: 10078008
    Abstract: A light assembly, comprising: a base; at least one electromagnetic radiation source mounted on the base; a cover located over the base, the cover being transparent to the electromagnetic radiation produced by the electromagnetic radiation source; and at least one photo detector, optically Isolated from the at least one electromagnetic radiation source, the at least one photo detector being configured to receive electromagnetic radiation conveyed by the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Oxley Developments Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark Jordan, Tom Ward, Daniel Foster, Timothy Lysons, Andrzej Pelczar, Mark Reynolds
  • Patent number: 10024532
    Abstract: A combustion system includes a combustor having staging blocks and flashback detection units configured to detect flashbacks occurring in the staging blocks, and a combustion control device configured to stop a supply of a fuel for one of the staging blocks in which a flashback occurs based on a detection signal from one of the flashback detection units. The combustion control device includes a staging processing unit configured to instruct to supply the fuel or stop the supply of the fuel for each of the staging blocks based on a staging pattern in which an operating line is specified and a load adjustment unit configured to reduce an amount of load to a level at which the supply of the fuel for the one of the staging blocks is stopped when the detection signal is input from the one of the flashback detection units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichiro Kimura, Toshihiko Saito, Shinji Akamatsu
  • Patent number: 10014430
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for detecting incident X-ray radiation by way of a direct-converting X-ray radiation detector. A semi-conductor material used for detection purposes is irradiated with additional radiation with an energy level of at least 1.6 eV in order to produce additional charge carriers. A direct-converting X-ray radiation detector is disclosed for detecting X-ray radiation, at least including a semi-conductor material used for X-ray detection and at least one radiation source which irradiates the semi-conductor material with additional radiation, the radiation having an energy level of at least 1.6 eV. A CT system including an X-ray radiation detector is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Peter Hackenschmied, Edgar Göderer, Christian Schröter, Matthias Strassburg, Stefan Wirth
  • Patent number: 9977887
    Abstract: Method for validating a trusted user of an electronic device, which electronic device comprises an input surface, e.g. on a key, dedicated for application of a user finger; a user input data sensor system, including a fingerprint sensor connected to the input surface for detecting user input fingerprint data, and a tremor sensor for detecting user input tremor data; data access to stored user input data corresponding to a trusted user; and a main processor system configured to match detected user input data with stored input data for validation of a trusted user. A triggering algorithm may run in a sub-sensor system, for sensing device handling and comparing sensed device handling with stored data. If the comparison reveals that user input is likely to occur based on the, a command is sent to the main processing system to trigger activation of tremor sensing and matching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS INC.
    Inventors: Henrik Bengtsson, Philip Sandell, Olivier Moliner, Ola Thörn, Erik Westenius, Damjan Stamcar, Alexander Rodzevski
  • Patent number: 9960729
    Abstract: A solar tracker comprises: a measuring section which measures the quantity of electric power generated by a solar panel; a solar position getting section which gets information about the theoretical solar position; a driving section which changes the orientation of the solar panel; a dither control section which measures a solar position; a positional shift measuring section which measures a solar positional shift between the measured solar position and the theoretical solar position. The driving section corrects the theoretical solar position based on the estimated attitude error and controls the orientation of the solar panel based on the theoretical position corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryutaro Futakuchi, Masaki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9952089
    Abstract: An optical sensing module includes a substrate, a cover, a plurality of light-emitting chips, a light-receiving chip, and a plurality of encapsulants. The cover is disposed on the substrate. A plurality of first chambers and a second chamber are formed between the cover and the substrate. The cover has a plurality of light-emitting holes communicating with the first chambers, respectively, and a light-receiving hole communicating with the second chamber. The light-emitting chips are disposed on the substrate and in the first chambers, respectively. The light-receiving chip is disposed on the substrate and in the second chamber. The encapsulants fill the first and second chambers and enclose the light-emitting chips and the light-receiving chip, respectively. Hence, characterized in that: the light-emitting chips and the light-receiving chip are disposed on the substrate, and the light-emitting chips emit light beams in different colors to enhance light emission efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Lingsen Precision Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Te Tu, Yu-Chang Huang
  • Patent number: 9947654
    Abstract: In an aspect, a cascode circuit can include a high-side transistor and a low-side transistor. The source of the high-side transistor can be coupled to the drain of the low-side transistor; and the gate of the high-side transistor can be coupled to each of the source and the gate of the low-side transistor. In another aspect, an electronic device can include a high-side transistor, a low-side transistor, and a field electrode. The low-side transistor can include a drain region coupled to the source electrode of the high-side transistor. The field electrode can overlie and be capacitively coupled to a channel layer of the high-side transistor, wherein the field electrode is configured to be at a voltage between the voltages of the high-side and low-side power supply terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Woochul Jeon, Ali Salih
  • Patent number: 9946168
    Abstract: A lithographic apparatus includes a patterning device support to support a patterning device to form a patterned radiation beam, the patterning device support including a moveable structure movably arranged with respect to an object, a patterning device holder movably arranged relative to the movable structure and holding the patterning device, an actuator to move the movable structure relative to the object, and an ultra short stroke actuator to move the patterning device holder relative to the movable structure; a substrate support to hold a substrate; and a projection system to project the patterned radiation beam onto the substrate, a position measurement system for measuring a substrate positional error which is a difference between a desired position and an actual position of the substrate relative to a reference object; and a controller to move the actuator and the ultra short stroke actuator based on the substrate positional error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventor: Hans Butler
  • Patent number: 9923016
    Abstract: A pixel including a photodiode having a first pole coupled through a transfer MOS transistor to a node for sensing charges of a first type stored in the photodiode, and having a second pole connected to a storage capacitor and to a circuit for reading charges of a second type sent to the storage capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (Crolles 2) SAS
    Inventors: Frédéric Lalanne, Pierre Emmanuel Marie Malinge
  • Patent number: 9884528
    Abstract: An autonomous driving device including: vehicle side surroundings information detecting sensors; a left-right pair of extensions provided to a towing device, the extensions extending further to a vehicle width direction outside than a vehicle width direction outside end portion of the towed vehicle; a left-right pair of device side surroundings information detecting sensors, the device side surroundings information detecting sensors being respectively provided to the left-right pair of extensions and detecting surroundings information; and a control device controlling travelling of the autonomous vehicle based on detection results of the vehicle side surroundings information detecting sensors, and, in cases in which the device side surroundings information detecting sensors are electrically connected to the control device, controlling travelling of the autonomous vehicle based on the surroundings information detected by the device side surroundings information detecting sensors in addition to surroundings inf
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Hara
  • Patent number: 9855940
    Abstract: A vehicle brake monitor assembly for an air disk brake includes a brake actuator having a pushrod projecting from inside a chamber of said brake actuator. The pushrod releasably actuates a lever arm of a caliper thereby moving the disk brake into a braking position when the pushrod is in an extended position and releasing the disk brake from the braking position when the pushrod is in a retracted position. The pushrod includes a pushrod shaft and a contact member biased in a telescoping relationship relative to the pushrod shaft and the lever arm of the caliper abuts the contact member counteracting the bias of the contact member. A sensor is integrated with the assembly proximate the contact member and detects movement of the pushrod relative to the lever arm and to the pushrod shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Indian Head Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Edward Wallace, Richard J. Rink, Glenn Singletary, Mark David Chandler, Andrew P. Schartner
  • Patent number: 9823750
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for capturing gesture-based inputs are disclosed herein. The concept employs infrared light emitting diodes (LEDs), infrared (IR) sensor, and processing of the information obtained by the interplay of the two. The processed information may be effectively translated to various gesture-based control systems, such as those employed to interact with electronic systems and displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Paul Russ, Matthew Mark Mikolajczak, James Joseph Kornacki
  • Patent number: 9824600
    Abstract: The device object of the present invention consists in two sets of photoelectric cells installed at front and rear of trucks and automobiles and in general moving vehicles. The photoelectric cells are attached to a Magnetic breaking system. In a separate preferred embodiment of the present invention the Photoelectric cells further controls the regular breaking system of the vehicle. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Mario Placido Portela