Plural Photosensitive Image Detecting Element Arrays Patents (Class 250/208.1)
  • Patent number: 10999456
    Abstract: An image reading device includes light guides (5, 6) that emit light to an object to be read, a lens body (8) that condenses reflected light, a light receiver (13) that receives the reflected light, a sensor board (24) on which is mounted the light receiver (13), a lens holder (11), and a housing (9) that houses or holds these components. The lens holder (11) includes a holder bottom (11g), light guide positioners (11a, 11b) and lens body holders (11e, 11f). In the lens holder (11), the lens body (8) is attached between the lens body holders (11e, 11f), the sensor board (24) is attached to the holder bottom (11g) such that the light receiver (13) aligns with an optical axis of the lens body (8), and the light guides (5, 6) are attached to the light guide positioners (11a, 11b). A surface of each light guide positioner (11a, 11b) that faces the corresponding light guide (5, 6) to be attached has at least a portion having a same shape a s a shape of a surface of the light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Ohama, Hideki Kunishio, Masaaki Okada, Yuki Okuhigashi, Masahiko Takashina, Masaki Wakisaka
  • Patent number: 10997411
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to systems and methods for acquiring IR light and visible light images. A lens may be configured to operate in at least a first configuration and a second configuration. The lens may have a first filter over a first portion of the lens and a second filter over a second portion of the lens. In the first configuration, a third filter may operate with the lens and the second filter to allow visible light from a first object located beyond a predetermined distance from the lens to pass and be focused on a sensor for image acquisition. In the second configuration, a fourth filter may operate with the lens and the first filter to allow IR light from a second object located within the predetermined distance to pass and be focused on the sensor for image acquisition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Eyelock LLC
    Inventor: Keith J. Hanna
  • Patent number: 10996350
    Abstract: A method for photon counting for pixels in a pixelated detector is disclosed, wherein for each of the pixels, one or more neighbouring pixels are defined. The method comprises receiving a charge in one or more of the pixels and comparing for each of the pixels the charge with a trigger threshold. If the charge in a pixel is above the trigger threshold, the charge is registered in the pixel after a registration delay, wherein the registration delay is dependent on the level of the charge received in the pixel in such a way that a registration delay decreases with increasing charge. A counter for a pixel is incremented when the charge is registered and an increment of a counter of the neighbouring pixels is inhibited. Pixelated semiconductor detectors are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: INSTITUT DE FÍSICA D'ALTES ENERGIES
    Inventors: Mokhtar Chmeissani Raad, Machiel Kolstein, José Gabriel Macías Montero
  • Patent number: 10998380
    Abstract: An imaging device includes at least one unit pixel cell including a photoelectric converter and a voltage application circuit. The photoelectric converter includes a first electrode, a light-transmitting second electrode, a first photoelectric conversion layer containing a first material and a second photoelectric conversion layer containing a second material. The impedance of the first photoelectric conversion layer is larger than the impedance of the second photoelectric conversion layer. The voltage application circuit applies a first voltage or a second voltage having a larger absolute value than the first voltage selectively between the first electrode and the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Manabu Nakata, Masumi Izuchi, Shinichi Machida, Yasunori Inoue
  • Patent number: 10999545
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a solid-state image sensor, an imaging device, and an electronic device capable of switching FD conversion efficiency in all pixels of a solid-state image sensor. A photodiode performs photoelectric conversion on incident light. A floating diffusion (FD) stores charge obtained by the photodiode. FD2, which is a second FD to which the capacity of an additional capacitor MIM is added, adds the capacity to the FD. The additional capacitor MIM is constituted by a first electrode formed by a wiring layer and a second electrode formed by a metallic light blocking film provided on a surface of a substrate on which the photodiode is formed. Switching between the FD and FD+FD2 allows switching of the FD conversion efficiency. The present technology is applicable to a CMOS image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Machida, Kazuyoshi Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10998357
    Abstract: Provided is a solid-state imaging device and an electronic device that can expand a dynamic range in a pixel having a high-sensitivity pixel and a low-sensitivity pixel. The solid-state imaging device includes a pixel array unit in which a plurality of pixels is arranged in a two-dimensional manner, in which the pixel includes a first photoelectric conversion unit and a second photoelectric conversion unit having lower sensitivity than the first photoelectric conversion unit, and a size of the second photoelectric conversion unit in an optical axis direction in which light enters is smaller than a size of the first photoelectric conversion unit in the optical axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideo Kido, Masahiro Tada, Takahiro Toyoshima, Yasushi Tateshita, Hikaru Iwata
  • Patent number: 10999551
    Abstract: A solid-state image capture device includes a first semiconductor substrate and a second semiconductor substrate. The first semiconductor substrate includes a first connection and a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix. The second semiconductor substrate includes a second connection and a pad area including a plurality of pad electrodes for electrical connection with external equipment. The second semiconductor substrate controls the pixel array. The first and second semiconductor substrates are stacked and joined together, with the first and second connections electrically connected to each other. The first and second semiconductor substrates are substantially equal in size, and the pad electrodes are included in only the second semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuusuke Shimizu, Kazutoshi Onozawa
  • Patent number: 10998455
    Abstract: A light sensor includes first and second neighboring photodiodes that are separated from each other by a space. A light-absorbing material is positioned at a location which is vertically above the space between the neighboring photodiodes. A first multilayer interference filter includes a central portion located vertically above the first photodiode and a peripheral portion that at least partly extends to rest on top of and in contact with the light-absorbing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (Grenoble 2) SAS
    Inventors: Olivier Le-Briz, Laurent Mouche
  • Patent number: 10999548
    Abstract: A pixel sensing circuit and driving method therefor, an image sensor, and an electronic device are provided. The pixel sensing circuit includes a photoelectric conversion element configured to generate electric charges in response to incident light, a transmission element configured to output the electric charges generated by the photoelectric conversion element, and a source follower circuit configured to compensate an output current of the transmission element. The source follower circuit includes a first source follower transistor, a second source follower transistor, and a first storage capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shengji Yang, Xue Dong, Jing Lv, Xiaochuan Chen, Dongni Liu, Lei Wang, Pengcheng Lu, Jie Fu, Han Yue, Li Xiao
  • Patent number: 10999521
    Abstract: An imaging device controls a light emission unit to perform pre-light emission and decides an amount of light emitted in imaging. In a plurality of pixel units included in an image sensor, a switch that connects or does not connect an additional capacitor to a floating diffusion (FD) unit is provided. An amplification unit for a pixel signal can set a plurality of gains. A CPU controls the switch such that the FD unit is connected to the additional capacitor or the FD unit is not connected to the additional capacitor in accordance with an imaging condition. When image data for light modulation is acquired or when image data used for live-view display or recording is acquired, the CPU performs control such that the switch and the amplification unit amplify the pixel signal in different gain settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinichi Maeta
  • Patent number: 10987421
    Abstract: A ramp signal generator is provided, and includes a sampling capacitor, a current cell circuit, a current to voltage converter, and a tuning circuit. The sampling capacitor is connected between a power supply voltage and a sampling node. The current cell circuit provides a first output node with a first ramping current during a ramping period, in response to a sampled bias voltage of the sampling node and switching code pairs. The current to voltage converter includes a first load resistor connected between the first output node and a ground voltage, and converts the first ramping current to a first ramp signal. The tuning circuit is connected between the first output node and the sampling node, and includes a capacitor to couple the sampling node and the first output node. The tuning circuit adjusts a degree of nonlinearity of the first ramp signal in response to a tuning signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kyu-Ik Cho
  • Patent number: 10989814
    Abstract: A method for managing a dynamic range of an optical detection device illuminated by a modulated optical radiation, the method including: generating a detection signal from the modulated optical radiation; generating, based on the detection signal, a histogram including a plurality of histogram classes; comparing a chosen maximum value and a value of each histogram class of the plurality of histogram classes; and stopping a generation of the histogram in response to a determination that the value of any one of the plurality of histogram classes is equal to the maximum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (Grenoble 2) SAS
    Inventor: Pascal Mellot
  • Patent number: 10991241
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a layer application generates navigation-related data based on observations associated with vehicles. In operation, the layer application generates an attribute based on a first observation associated with a vehicle and an observation type. The layer application then compares the attribute to an existing road database to generate a dynamic layer. Subsequently, the layer application causes the dynamic layer to be transmitted to a navigation subsystem. After receiving the dynamic layer, the navigation subsystem performs navigation operation(s) based on the road database and the dynamic layer. Because the layer application may receive and operate on real-time observations, providers of road databases may produce dynamic layers at a frequency that enables navigation applications to continually provide accurate navigation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: HARMAN BECKER AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Volodymyr Ivanov, Alexey Pryakhin, Ievgenii Borshch
  • Patent number: 10991735
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an optical detection pixel unit, an optical detection pixel circuit, an optical detection method and a display device. The optical detection pixel unit comprise a photosensitive element and a detection transistor, wherein the photosensitive element has a first electrode connected with a photovoltage terminal, and a second electrode connected with a gate of the detection transistor; the photosensitive element is configured to detect an optical signal under the control of the photovoltage terminal; and the detection transistor has a first electrode connected with a detection voltage line, and a second electrode connected with a reading line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaoliang Ding, Xue Dong, Haisheng Wang, Yingming Liu, Chihjen Cheng, Pengpeng Wang, Yanling Han, Wei Liu
  • Patent number: 10992891
    Abstract: An imaging device with low power consumption is provided. The pixel of the imaging device includes first and second photoelectric conversion elements, and first to fifth transistors. A cathode of the first photoelectric conversion element is electrically connected to the first transistor. An anode of a second photoelectric conversion element is electrically connected to the second transistor. Imaging data of a reference frame is obtained using the first photoelectric conversion element, and then imaging data of a difference detection frame is obtained using the second photoelectric conversion element. After the imaging data of the difference detection frame is obtained, a first potential that is a potential of a signal output from the pixel and a second potential that is a reference potential are compared. Whether or not there is a difference between the imaging data of the reference frame and the imaging data of the difference detection frame is determined using the first potential and the second potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuro Ohmaru, Naoto Kusumoto, Kentaro Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10986267
    Abstract: A method for generating time delay integration color images at increased resolution includes (a) capturing sequential digital two-dimensional color images of a scene using an area scan color image sensor including lines of color sensor pixels, wherein each color sensor pixel including a Bayer-type array of photosites, and (b) processing the sequential digital two-dimensional color images to generate a time delay integration color image of an object moving in the scene, wherein the processing includes increasing resolution of the time delay integration color image by including crossover pixels formed by combining photosites from sequentially captured two-dimensional color images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: LYNX SYSTEM DEVELOPERS, INC.
    Inventors: Jeremy W. Aldridge, Kirk Sigel, Douglas DeAngelis, Mike E. Ciholas
  • Patent number: 10985198
    Abstract: Light trapping pixels, devices incorporating such pixels, and various associated methods are provided. In one aspect, for example, a light trapping pixel device can include a light sensitive pixel having a light incident surface, a backside surface opposite the light incident surface, and a peripheral sidewall disposed into at least a portion of the pixel and extending at least substantially around the pixel periphery. The pixel can also include a backside light trapping material substantially covering the backside surface and a peripheral light trapping material substantially covering the peripheral sidewall. The light contacting the backside light trapping material or the peripheral light trapping material is thus reflected back toward the pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: SiOnyx, LLC
    Inventors: Martin U. Pralle, Jeffrey McKee, Jason Sickler
  • Patent number: 10985203
    Abstract: A sensor includes a sensor array. The sensor array includes a plurality of passive imaging pixels and a plurality of time of flight (TOF) imaging pixels. A method of imaging includes collecting passive imaging data from a sensor array and collecting time of flight (TOF) imaging data from the sensor array. Collecting passive imaging data and collecting TOF imaging data can be performed at least partially at the same time and along a single optical axis without parallax.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Sensors Unlimited, Inc.
    Inventor: John Angelo Wieners
  • Patent number: 10986296
    Abstract: An image sensor controls the gain of a pixel signal on a pixel-by-pixel basis and extends a dynamic range while maintaining a S/N ratio at a favorable level. A column unit in an image sensor is independently detects a level of each pixel signal and independently sets a gain for level of the signal. A photoelectric converting region unit has pixels arranged two-dimensionally with a vertical signal line for each pixel column to output each pixel signal. The column unit is on an output side of the vertical signal line. The column unit for each pixel column has a pixel signal level detecting circuit, a programmable gain control, a sample and hold (S/H) circuit. Gain correction is performed according to a result of a detected level of the pixel signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuo Nakamura, Shoji Kawahito, Hiroki Sato, Mizuho Higashi
  • Patent number: 10976535
    Abstract: An array of more than one digital micro-camera, along with the use of patterned illumination and a digital post-processing operation, jointly create a multi-camera patterned illumination (MCPI) microscope. Each micro-camera includes its own unique lens system and detector. The field-over-view of each micro-camera unit at least partially overlaps with the field-of-view of one or more other micro-camera units within the array. The entire field-of-view of a sample of interest is imaged by the entire array of micro-cameras in a single snapshot. In addition, the MCPI system uses patterned optical illumination to improve its effective resolution. The MCPI system captures one or more images as the patterned optical illumination changes its distribution across space and/or angle at the sample. Then, the MCPI system digitally combines the acquired image sequence using a unique post-processing algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Optical Wavefront Laboratories
    Inventors: Roarke Horstmeyer, Robert Horstmeyer, Mark Harfouche
  • Patent number: 10979607
    Abstract: A camera apparatus, e.g., a stereoscopic camera apparatus, includes a dual element mounting plate, a pair of individual lens mounts, and a pair of sensor holders, each sensor holder holding an image sensor. The lens mounts and sensor holders are secured to the dual element mounting plate. Multiple dual element mounting plates corresponding to camera pairs may be secured to a base plate. Various features facilitate achieving and maintaining alignment between a lens and a corresponding image sensor, as well as between camera pairs and between sets of camera pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan Michael Sheridan
  • Patent number: 10979659
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a unit pixel, a first compensation circuit generating a first compensation voltage signal to compensate for horizontal noise corresponding to a variation in an input signal of a horizontal line coupled to the column line, a second compensation circuit generating a second compensation voltage signal to compensate for power noise corresponding to a variation in a power supply voltage, and a readout circuit including a first transistor, having a gate connected to an output terminal of the first compensation circuit, and a second transistor, connected to the first transistor in parallel, having a gate connected to an output terminal of the second compensation circuit, the readout circuit being configured to calibrate at least one of an output signal of the unit pixel and a ramp voltage signal, output by a ramp generator, using the first compensation voltage signal and the second compensation voltage signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Han Yang
  • Patent number: 10978505
    Abstract: A hybrid-bonding-type solid-state imaging device is provided that prevents moisture from entering through the bonded interface and other areas. The solid-state imaging device includes a first interconnect structure over a sensor substrate and a second interconnect structure over a logic substrate, and the first and second interconnect structures are bonded together. At the bonded surface between the first and second interconnect structures, bonding pads formed in the first interconnect structure are bonded to bonding pads formed in the second interconnect structure. Eighth layer portions of a first seal ring formed in the first interconnect structure are bonded to eighth layer portions of a second seal ring formed in the second interconnect structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidenori Sato, Koji Iizuka, Takeshi Kamino
  • Patent number: 10976449
    Abstract: A photodetecting device is provided. The photodetecting device includes an array substrate. The first scan line extends in a first direction. The first data line extends in a second direction, wherein first data line is crossed with the first scan line. The first electronic unit is electrically connected to the first scan line and the first data line. The second electronic unit is adjacent to the first electronic unit and is disposed along the first direction. The third electronic unit is adjacent to the first electronic unit and is disposed along the second direction. The common line transmits a signal to the first electronic unit, the second electronic unit and the third electronic unit. The common line is disposed between the first electronic unit and the second electronic unit, or between the first electronic unit and the third electronic unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: INNOLUX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chih-Hao Wu
  • Patent number: 10979610
    Abstract: The present invention provides a camera module, a molding photosensitive assembly thereof, a manufacturing method, and an electronic device, the molding photosensitive assembly comprises a lens, a photosensitive element, a circuit board, a molding base, and a supporting element, the photosensitive element being arranged on the circuit board, the molding base being formed into an integral structure with the lens, the supporting element, the photosensitive element, and the circuit board by means of a molding process, and the camera module and the molding photosensitive assembly thereof being capable of reducing stain sensitivity and shortening the distance of the lens plane above a light through hole of the lens to the photosensitive plane of the photosensitive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: NINGBO SUNNY OPOTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mingzhu Wang, Zhongyu Luan, Liefeng Chen, Duanliang Cheng, Bojie Zhao, Takehiko Tanaka, Zhen Huang
  • Patent number: 10979658
    Abstract: An imaging device according to the present disclosure includes a photoelectric converter that converts light into an electric charge; a transfer transistor; a charge accumulation node coupled to the photoelectric converter via the transfer transistor; a first signal detection transistor having a gate coupled to the charge accumulation node; a first reset transistor one of a source and a drain of which is coupled to the charge accumulation node; and a second reset transistor one of a source and a drain of which is coupled to the photoelectric converter, wherein one of a source and a drain of the first signal detection transistor is coupled to the other of the source and the drain of the first reset transistor and the other of the source and drain of the second reset transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Yamada, Yasuo Miyake, Masashi Murakami
  • Patent number: 10972671
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus capable of making a user confirm effect of HDR reliably. An acquirer acquires a luminance component of an input image. A converter converts the luminance component acquired by the acquirer into a predetermined luminance value for each pixel. A generator generates a graph waveform image that shows a graph showing a distribution of the luminance values obtained through the conversion by the converter. A display controller displays the graph waveform image generated by the generator on a display unit. When the input image is recorded in a first mode, an axis representing the luminance values in the graph is a logarithmic axis, and the generator generates a logarithmic graph waveform image showing the distribution of the luminance values based on the logarithmic axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koichi Gunji
  • Patent number: 10970976
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for data entry device security are provided. Aspects include receiving an indication of a user presence at a data entry device, wherein the data entry device includes a surface with apertures, and wherein the apertures include a material with a reflection coefficient. A presence of a fraud device is determined by emitting, from beneath the surface, security light from a set of one or more emitters, wherein the security light has a security light luminous power. A reflection of the security light off the material is collected by a first set of one or more sensors, wherein the reflection has a reflection luminous power. A luminous power range is determined based on the security light luminous power and the reflection coefficient and based on the reflection luminous power being outside the luminous power range, security measures are engaged at the data entry device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tara Astigarraga, Christopher V. DeRobertis, Louie A. Dickens, Donald G. Grice, Jose R. Mosqueda Mejia, Daniel J. Winarski
  • Patent number: 10969275
    Abstract: An array of sensor pixels is formed on a substrate, and a signal processing unit is connected to the array of sensor pixels. The signal processing unit includes multiple spectral channels that are defined by a respective transmission curve of each optical filter of at least one associated sensor pixel. Each of the sensor pixels includes a stack of a respective photodetector and a respective optical filter. Each spectral channel receives an output signal from one or more sensor pixels including an optical filter having the same transmission curve. At least one spectral channel has a greater number of sensor pixels than another spectral channel among the multiple spectral channels. The different number of pixels for the spectral channels can be employed to compensate for variations of sensor efficiency as a function of wavelength. Adjustment to sensor gain can be minimized through use of different number of pixels for different spectral channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: NanoLamda Korea
    Inventor: Byung Il Choi
  • Patent number: 10972678
    Abstract: An image acquisition device for a driver assistance system of a vehicle includes at least one light entry element and at least one image acquisition sensor. Image information in the form of light rays from the light entry element impinge on the image acquisition sensor along a ray path. The image acquisition device includes at least one darkening element having a variable translucency in at least a first frequency range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Motherson Innovations Company Limited
    Inventor: Alexander Slama
  • Patent number: 10972692
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a plurality of pixels. Each of the plurality of pixels includes a photodetector that includes a photoelectric conversion element that outputs a detection signal in response to light incident thereon, a comparator that compares the detection signal of the photodetector with a ramp signal and outputs a comparison signal in response thereto, a plurality of first memory cells that store a first counting value corresponding to a first voltage level of the detection signal using the comparison signal of the comparator and output the first counting value through a plurality of transmission lines, and a plurality of second memory cells that store a second counting value corresponding to a second voltage level of the detection signal using the comparison signal of the comparator and output the second counting value through the plurality of transmission lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-Woong Seo, Jaekyu Lee
  • Patent number: 10965825
    Abstract: Problem: To be able to reduce manufacturing cost and achieve downsizing of an apparatus. Solution: An image forming apparatus 10 includes a CPU (82), an image former (14), and a display panel 48. The display panel 48 serves as a display portion 48a which displays an image, an image reader 48b which reads a document placed on a display surface, and an operation portion 48c which receives an input operation by a user. The CPU (82) detects a document area where the document exists on the display surface of the display panel 48, and causes the operation portion 48c to be displayed at a position according to the detected document area on the display panel 48.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yukio Kanaoka, Masaaki Aida, Hidetoshi Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10964834
    Abstract: A photodetector includes: a silicon layer of a first conductivity type; a first semiconductor layer that is provided in the silicon layer, of a first conductivity type, and having an impurity concentration higher than a carrier concentration of the silicon layer; a second semiconductor layer provided on the first semiconductor layer, of a second conductivity type, and forming a pn boundary with the first semiconductor layer; a third semiconductor layer provided in the silicon layer, of a first conductivity type, having an impurity concentration higher than that of the silicon layer, and separated from the first semiconductor layer; a first electrode connected to the silicon layer; and a second electrode connected to the second semiconductor layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation
    Inventors: Koichi Kokubun, Nobu Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10964735
    Abstract: Provided is a solid-state imaging device and an electronic device that can expand a dynamic range in a pixel having a high-sensitivity pixel and a low-sensitivity pixel. The solid-state imaging device includes a pixel array unit in which a plurality of pixels is arranged in a two-dimensional manner, in which the pixel includes a first photoelectric conversion unit and a second photoelectric conversion unit having lower sensitivity than the first photoelectric conversion unit, and a size of the second photoelectric conversion unit in an optical axis direction in which light enters is smaller than a size of the first photoelectric conversion unit in the optical axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideo Kido, Masahiro Tada, Takahiro Toyoshima, Yasushi Tateshita, Hikaru Iwata
  • Patent number: 10955936
    Abstract: A detector (110) for determining a position of at least one object (118) is proposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: trinamiX GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Send, Ingmar Bruder, Sebastian Valouch
  • Patent number: 10957727
    Abstract: An image sensor may include phase detection pixels that gather phase detection data. The phase detection pixels may be formed in phase detection pixel groups with two or more phase detection pixels covered by a single microlens. Each phase detection pixel may have an asymmetric angular response to incident light. Phase detection pixels may be covered by diffractive lenses. A diffractive lens may cover a phase detection pixel pair to improve angular separation between the pixels. A diffractive lens may partially cover a phase detection pixel in a phase detection pixel pair to shift the angular response and account for an off-axis chief ray angle of the phase detection pixel pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Byounghee Lee, Ulrich Boettiger
  • Patent number: 10958862
    Abstract: An image sensor comprises: a pixel unit including a plurality of pixels, each of the pixels including a photoelectric converter that photoelectrically converts received light into a charge, a charge accumulation portion that holds the charge, and a transfer circuit provided between the photoelectric converter and the charge accumulation portion; AD converters that AD-convert electrical signals read out from the pixel unit, a first number of the AD converters being provided for each of columns of the pixel unit; and one or more processors and/or circuitry which functions as a controller that controls readout of the pixel unit. The first number is a plural number, and the controller controls the transfer circuits to transfer the charges from the photoelectric converters to the charge accumulation portions every number of rows that is lower than the first number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Katsuya Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 10952827
    Abstract: A method of generating a three-dimensional virtual model of an intraoral object includes capturing, by an intraoral scanner for performing intraoral scans, surface scan data of the intraoral object while changing a position of at least one lens of focusing optics of the intraoral scanner, wherein the surface scan data comprises depth data for a plurality of points of the intraoral object. The method further includes adjusting the depth data for one or more of the plurality of points based at least in part on a value associated with a temperature of at least a portion of the imaging apparatus. The method further includes generating the three-dimensional virtual model of the intraoral object using the adjusted depth data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Tal Verker, Adi Levin, Ofer Saphier, Maayan Moshe
  • Patent number: 10957728
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a semiconductor substrate, a device layer over the semiconductor substrate, a first color filter in a top surface of the device layer and adjacent to an edge of the device layer, and a second color filter in the top surface of the device layer. The second color filter has substantially the same thickness and the same color as the first color filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hung-Chang Chang, Chun-Yuan Hsu, Szu-Hung Yang
  • Patent number: 10957732
    Abstract: A semiconductor device in which a first chip and a second chip are stacked including a first wiring line and a second wiring line by which the first chip and the second chip are electrically connected. The first wiring line and the second wiring line each include a bonding portion for bonding one of a plurality of conductive patterns placed in the first chip and one of a plurality of conductive patterns placed in the second chip. The number of bonding portions included in the first wiring line is larger than the number of bonding portions included in the second wiring line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tatsuya Ryoki, Hirofumi Totsuka, Masahiro Kobayashi, Hideaki Ishino, Hiroaki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10953850
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a capture device and a processor. The capture device may be configured to generate a plurality of video frames corresponding to an interior view of a vehicle. The processor may be configured to perform operations to detect objects in the video frames, detect (a) occupants of the vehicle and (b) seats of the vehicle based on the objects detected in the video frames, determine a status of a seatbelt for each of the occupants and select a reaction based on (a) a state of the seatbelt and (b) characteristics of the occupants. The reaction may be selected to encourage proper usage of the seatbelt based on the characteristics of the occupants. The characteristics may be determined by performing the operations on each of the occupants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ambarella International LP
    Inventors: Shimon Pertsel, Patrick Martin
  • Patent number: 10950637
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a semiconductor device, a manufacturing method, a solid state image sensor, and electronic equipment that can achieve further improvement in reliability. Connection pads are formed in interlayer films provided respectively in interconnection layers of a sensor substrate on which a sensor surface having pixels is formed and a signal processing substrate configured to perform signal processing on the sensor substrate to make an electrical connection between the sensor substrate and the signal processing substrate. Then, a metal oxide film is formed between the interlayer films of the sensor substrate and the signal processing substrate, between the connection pad formed on a side toward the sensor substrate and the interlayer film on a side toward the signal processing substrate, and between the connection pad formed on the side toward the signal processing substrate and the interlayer film on the side toward the sensor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masaki Haneda
  • Patent number: 10950007
    Abstract: A toy is identified by locating a marker within image data that includes data that represents a toy and data that represents the marker; obtaining one or more marker samples, each of the one or more marker samples including a measured value of a color metric of the marker; determining a color metric offset based on the one or more marker samples and a known value of the color metric of the marker; obtaining one or more toy samples, each of the one or more toy samples including a measured value of the color metric of the toy; applying the determined color metric offset to at least one of the toy samples to determine a corrected color metric of the toy; and identifying the toy as a particular toy based on the corrected color metric of the toy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Parry Taylor
  • Patent number: 10950056
    Abstract: According to the disclosed embodiments, virtualized information of a three-dimensional position for a position selected by the user is provided so that the user can place virtual content at an accurate position when authoring AR content. According to an embodiment, an apparatus for generating point cloud data includes a hardware processor to implement a feature point extractor to extract feature points from images obtained by capturing a three-dimensional region, a point cloud data generator to generate point cloud data related to the three-dimensional region on the basis of the extracted feature points, an overlay image display to display the generated point cloud data by overlaying the point cloud data on a currently captured image, and a three-dimensional position determiner to determine a three-dimensional position for a position selected by a user in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: MAXST CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Wan Park, Gi Seok Kwon, Kyu Sung Cho, Seung Lee Kim
  • Patent number: 10946812
    Abstract: A method for assembling a vehicular camera module includes providing an imager circuit board and a lens holder. The lens holder includes a lens holding portion and an attaching portion, with the lens holding portion accommodating a lens. The attaching portion of the lens holder includes pins that, when the attaching portion is located at the imager circuit board, are received at least partially through apertures of the imager circuit board. With the pins received at least partially through the apertures, the lens holder is laterally adjusted relative to the imager circuit board and the pins are soldered at the imager circuit board so as to attach the lens holder at the imager circuit board to form an imager assembly. The imager assembly is attached at a camera housing, and a processing circuit board is accommodated at the camera housing and electrically connected to the imager circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Robert A. Devota, Garret Achenbach, David F. Olson, Matthew C. Sesti, John R. Garcia
  • Patent number: 10950674
    Abstract: Provided is a display panel, including a first display area and a second display area. A transparent collimator is provided in a gap between two adjacent sub-pixels in the first display area, and meanwhile, a substrate under the collimator is a thinner substrate or a transparent substrate. Thus, a certain display area of the display panel possesses good light transmittance and resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Wuhan China Star Optoelectronics Semiconductor Display Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Qi Ouyang, Mugyeom Kim, Yong Zhao
  • Patent number: 10951840
    Abstract: A photodiode array circuit includes a plurality of photodiode circuits, binning circuitry, and a plurality of output circuits. Each of the plurality of photodiode circuits is coupled to receive a different one of the plurality of transfer control signals as a proximate photodiode circuit, proximate in a first direction. The binning circuitry is coupled to electrically connect the plurality of photodiode circuits into groups of photodiode circuit sense nodes in response to a binning control signal. Each of the plurality of output circuits is coupled to one of the groups of photodiode circuit sense nodes. Each of the plurality of output circuits are coupled to receive the output charge from the photodiode circuits in the one of the groups of photodiode circuit sense nodes and output an output signal to a bitline in response to the output charge and an row select signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rui Wang, Hiroaki Ebihara, Eiichi Funatsu
  • Patent number: 10944884
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: an imaging unit that divides an object to be imaged into multiple areas, and captures multiple divided images; a correcting unit that corrects the multiple divided images captured by the imaging unit; and a generating unit that generates one composite image by compositing the multiple divided images after being corrected by the correcting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinya Miyamori
  • Patent number: 10944927
    Abstract: An image sensor semiconductor device includes a semiconductor substrate and a first photodiode disposed in the semiconductor substrate and configured to generate charges in response to radiation. The image sensor semiconductor device also includes a first transistor disposed adjacent to the first photodiode, and a second transistor disposed over the first photodiode, wherein the first transistor and the second transistor are configured to generate at least one electric field to move the charges generated by the first photodiode. The image sensor device further includes a floating diffusion region configured to store the moved charges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Seiji Takahashi, Jhy-Jyi Sze
  • Patent number: RE48518
    Abstract: A wireless charging apparatus provided in an electronic device is provided. The wireless charging apparatus includes a charging resonance unit for wireless charging; a driving circuit unit to which the charging resonance unit is connected and to which an internal circuitry is mounted; a shield member mounted to a rear surface of the charging resonance unit; and a heat dispersion member mounted to the driving circuit unit and the shield member to disperse heat generated by the driving circuit unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Ki-Hyun Kim, Kil-Soo Ko, Sung-Kweon Park