More Than Two Electrodes Per Element Patents (Class 345/67)
  • Patent number: 8947450
    Abstract: The invention relates to method and system for viewing and enhancing images on the display of a mobile device, which includes the display, memory and a processing means for bit images, and an input device for receiving bit images. A bit image is received and processed to a smaller scale in two stages, using pre-selected scaling algorithms, in which the first scaling produces a bit image of an intermediate size and the second scaling produces a second bit image of the size to be displayed. The bit image to be displayed is enhanced. The second bit image is enhanced using an enhancing chain comprising at least two enhancing algorithms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Petri Nenonen, Jaana Parkkinen, Ossi Kalevo
  • Publication number: 20140300590
    Abstract: A method is provided for driving a plasma display panel having parallel first and second electrodes, third electrodes crossing the first and second electrodes, and discharge cells with electrodes crossing mutually in the form of a matrix. The method includes a reset period during which distribution of wall charges in the discharge cells is uniformed, an addressing period during which wall charges are produced in the discharge cells according to display data, and a sustain discharge period during which sustain discharge is induced in discharge cells in which wall charges are produced during the addressing period. The driving method includes during the reset period, in lines defined by the first and second electrodes, applying a first pulse, in which an applied voltage varies with time to induce first discharge, and applying a second pulse in which an applied voltage varies with time to induce second discharge as an erase discharge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: HITACHI MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Noriaki Setoguchi, Shigeharu Asao, Yoshikazu Kanazawa
  • Patent number: 8749557
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed that relate to interacting with a user interface via feedback provided by an avatar. One embodiment provides a method comprising receiving depth data, locating a person in the depth data, and mapping a physical space in front of the person to a screen space of a display device. The method further comprises forming an image of an avatar representing the person, outputting to a display an image of a user interface comprising an interactive user interface control, and outputting to the display device the image of the avatar such that the avatar faces the user interface control. The method further comprises detecting a motion of the person via the depth data, forming an animated representation of the avatar interacting with the user interface control based upon the motion of the person, and outputting the animated representation of the avatar interacting with the control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Evertt, Joel Deaguero, Darren Bennett, Dylan Vance, David Galloway, Relja Markovic, Stephen Latta, Oscar Omar Garza Santos, Kevin Geisner
  • Patent number: 8681076
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a plasma display panel including a front substrate, a plurality of electrodes arranged on the front substrate, an upper dielectric layer covering the plurality of electrodes on the front substrate, and a rear substrate arranged opposite to the front substrate, wherein the upper dielectric layer comprises a convex portion thicker than a surrounding portion thereof and a concave portion thinner than a surrounding portion thereof, and the thickness of the portion of the upper dielectric layer corresponding to the concave portion is equal to or more than 0.04 times and equal to or less than 0.9 times of the thickness of the portion of the upper dielectric layer corresponding to the convex portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Euntae Lee, Byunghwa Seo
  • Patent number: 8669973
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display element, a liquid crystal display device, and a method for displaying with a liquid crystal display element, wherein picture element electrodes (30) and a common electrode (36) are provided, each of a plurality of sub-picture elements (22) is provided with the common electrode (36) and a corresponding one of the picture element electrodes (30) in such a manner that the sub-picture elements (22) have different distances (a first distance d1 and a second distance d2) between the common electrode (36) and their corresponding ones of the picture element electrodes (30), display in a low gray scale region is carried out by means of a first sub-picture element (22a) that is a sub-picture element (22) in which the distance is short, display in a middle gray scale region is carried out by means of a second sub-picture element (22b) that is a sub-picture element (22) in which the distance is long, and display in a high gray scale region is carried out by means of the first sub-picture element
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takehisa Sakurai, Shuichi Kozaki, Shoichi Ishihara, Masako Nakamura, Mitsuhiro Murata, Tadashi Ohtake
  • Patent number: 8665181
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a method for driving an AC type plasma display panel. According to this disclosure, an elapse time period between an end time point of ramp-down and a time when a first scan pulse is applied is maintained to be uniform even when a ramp-down slope is different in such a manner that a comparator of a scan electrode driving circuit compares an output voltage with a reference voltage and a logic control circuit outputs a control signal to a logic control circuit when the output voltage is equal to the reference voltage. Accordingly, the method for driving the AC type plasma display panel is capable of improving an address characteristic and a driving margin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Orion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hwan Woo Lee, Gap Sik Park
  • Patent number: 8558761
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for driving a plasma display panel in which a plurality of first electrodes and second electrodes are arranged parallel to each other, a plurality of third electrodes are arranged to cross the first and second electrodes, and discharge cells defined with areas in which the electrodes cross mutually are arranged in the form of a matrix. According to the driving method, a reset period is a period during which the distribution of wall charges in the plurality of discharge cells is uniformed. An addressing period is a period during which wall charges are produced in the discharge cells according to display data. A sustain discharge period is a period during which sustain discharge is induced in the discharge cells in which wall charges are produced during the addressing period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noriaki Setoguchi, Shigeharu Asao, Yoshikazu Kanazawa
  • Patent number: 8542493
    Abstract: A flat display apparatus has a flat display panel; a frame that is installed on a rear face side of the display panel; a cover that covers at least a rear face side of the frame; and a high-voltage power supply that applies high voltage to the display panel. The high-voltage power supply has a plurality of cases, each of which encloses one or more transformers and rectifier circuits, and obtains high voltage by connecting the plurality of cases in series, and the plurality of cases are arranged in a space created between the frame and the cover so as to be disposed on a plane in parallel with a screen of the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoto Abe, Eisaku Tatsumi, Tatsuya Nakajima
  • Patent number: 8466853
    Abstract: A driving method of a plasma display device according to an exemplary embodiment groups a plurality of address electrodes extending in a first direction into a plurality of groups, and logically divides each of the groups into a plurality of sub-groups. During a first period, a first pulse is sequentially applied to the plurality of groups, and a second pulse is sequentially applied to the plurality of sub-groups included in at least one of the plurality of groups during a second period following the first period. The first and second periods are address periods for sensing in a second direction crossing the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae-Yong Song, Suk-Jae Park, Woo-Joon Chung
  • Patent number: 8462082
    Abstract: Disclosed are a new Mercury-free flat light source structure capable of enhancing and adjusting brightness, maintaining stable and uniform discharge, and improving luminous efficiency, and a large flat light source apparatus using the same Mercury-free flat light source structure as a unit cell capable of adjusting the brightness and causing local discharges in selected areas, and a driving method thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: SNU R&DB Foundation
    Inventors: Ki-Woong Whang, Ju-Kwang Lee
  • Patent number: 8446399
    Abstract: In a two-phase driving operation that is performed in at least a sub-field having a largest luminance weight, a first ramp waveform that drops from a first potential to a second potential is applied to a plurality of first scan electrodes, a second ramp waveform that drops from a third potential that is higher than the first potential to a fourth potential that is higher than the second potential is applied to a plurality of second scan electrodes in a setup period, and a scan pulse is sequentially applied to the plurality of first scan electrodes, and then a scan pulse is sequentially applied to the plurality of second scan electrodes in a write period. The two-phase driving operation is employed to prevent a discharge failure during a write discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiko Origuchi, Hidehiko Shoji, Hideki Nakata
  • Patent number: 8421713
    Abstract: It is an object to provide a driving method of a plasma display panel, whereby a dark contrast can be improved while suppressing an erroneous discharge. In a resetting step in a first unit display period, while a first reset pulse having a predetermined peak electric potential is applied to one of first row electrodes of row electrode pairs formed in the PDP, a second reset pulse having a peak electric potential smaller than that of the first reset pulse is applied to the other of the first row electrodes. In the resetting step in a second unit display period subsequent to the first unit display period, a second reset pulse is applied to each of the one and the other of the first row electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuo Yahagi, Mitsuhiro Ishizuka, Yuya Shiozaki, Shunsuke Itakura, Kazuhiro Kanai, Hajime Homma, Yoshichika Sato, Hikaru Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8416155
    Abstract: Provided is a technique of a PDP device capable of preventing error display arising from changes in discharge characteristics in a reset period particularly due to a long-period operation. In the PDP device, a slope of a slope waveform in the reset period is changed corresponding to operation time of the PDP device. And, the slope waveform is made to have a configuration having a stepwise plurality of slopes in a predetermined reset period. For example, when the operation time becomes long, rising and falling slope waveforms of a reset waveform are configured by two steps, and a first slope thereof is made steeper than a slope before the change, and a second slope is made gentle than the slope before the change. When the operation become longer, the first slope is made further steeper and the subsequent second slope is made further gentler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Kaminaka, Takashi Shiizaki, Takashi Sasaki, Hirohito Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 8400443
    Abstract: A plasma display device is provided. The plasma display device can prevent the generation of complementary bright spots or the occurrence of voltage peaking by adjusting the time to apply a bias voltage during a reset period. Thus, it is possible to improve the discharge properties and picture quality of a PDP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hak Kyoo Yoo, Suk Ha Woo
  • Patent number: 8368682
    Abstract: An address driving circuit includes a driving device unit and an energy recovery circuit. The driving device unit drives an address electrode to an address voltage or a reference voltage in response to driving control signals during an address period. The energy recovery circuit recovers a voltage charged to the address electrode in response to switching control signals such that a voltage of the address electrode transitions to the address voltage or the reference voltage via at least two intermediate voltages including first and second intermediate voltages during the address period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joung-Ho Kim, Hyo-Sang Youn, Tae-Ho Kwon
  • Patent number: 8358255
    Abstract: A plasma display device has a plasma display panel, an accumulative adding circuit for accumulatively adding predetermined values every predetermined unit time while current is applied to the plasma display panel, and a judging circuit for judging the property of an image to be displayed on the plasma display panel. The accumulative adding circuit varies the predetermined values in response to the judgment result of the judging circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yutaka Yoshihama, Shigeo Kigo
  • Patent number: 8345028
    Abstract: A driving circuit applied in an electronic display apparatus is provided. The driving circuit includes a first exchange circuit and a first buffer. The first buffer includes first and second input stages, a second exchange circuit and first and second output stages. The first exchange circuit selectively couples a first input signal and a first output signal outputted from the first output stage to one of the first and the second input stages; and selectively couples a second input signal and a second output signal outputted from the second output stage to the other of the first and the second input stages. The second exchange circuit selectively couples the first input stage to one of the first and the second output stages and selectively couples the second input stage to the other of the first and the second output stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Raydium Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Chih-Chuan Huang, Yu-Lung Lo, Hsin-Yeh Wu
  • Patent number: 8319705
    Abstract: The plasma display device has a display panel having first and second display electrodes and address electrodes, an electrode drive circuit, and a drive control circuit for controlling the electrode drive circuit. The drive control circuit performs a reset drive control, address drive control and sustain drive control in each subfield. The drive control circuit performs an all cell reset drive control which resets all cells in a first subfield out of the plurality of subfields, and an ON cell reset drive control which resets ON cells in a second subfield. At a first temperature T1, an ultimate potential of an slope pulse of the first display electrode is controlled to be a first potential in the ON cell reset drive control, and at a second temperature T2>T1, the ultimate potential is controlled to be a second potential higher than the first potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Junichi Kumagai, Katsumi Ito
  • Patent number: 8305300
    Abstract: The method for driving a plasma display panel effects control of the sub-fields in a manner that at least one sub-filed carries out, in its initializing period, an all-cell initializing operation on the discharge cells and the plurality of sub-fields other than the aforementioned sub-field selectively carry out an addressing operation in each discharge cell; at the same time, two or more predetermined sub-fields carry out an addressing operation only when at least one sub-field had an addressing operation after the all-cells initializing operation; and an unusual-charge erase period, where scan electrodes SC-SCn undergo application of voltage with a rectangular waveform, is provided after the initializing period of at least one sub-field of the predetermined sub-fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kunihiro Mima, Kosuke Makino, Tooru Kawase
  • Patent number: 8279142
    Abstract: A display device (1) including a surface discharge type plasma display panel (2) performs an addressing operation, a sustain operation and a reset operation. In the addressing operation, address discharge of an opposed discharge form with the second electrode (Y) used as a cathode is generated between the second electrode (Y) and a third electrode (A) in a cell to be energized or in a cell not to be energized. In the reset operation, an obtuse wave pulse (Pr1) having a negative polarity is applied to the second electrode (Y) so as to generate charge adjustment discharge starting from discharge of the opposed discharge form with the second electrode (Y) used as a cathode between the second electrode (Y) and the third electrode (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiho Seo, Koichi Sakita, Tadayoshi Kosaka, Hajime Inoue, Kazushige Takagi
  • Patent number: 8264848
    Abstract: An electrical assembly having controlled impedance signal traces and a portable electronic device comprising an electrical assembly having controlled impedance signal traces are provided. In accordance with one embodiment, there is provided an electrical assembly, comprising: a chassis for mounting electronic components, the chassis being made from a conductive material and forming a first ground plane; a first dielectric layer overlaying the chassis; a first signal trace overlaying the first dielectric layer; and a second dielectric layer overlaying the first signal trace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Eric Gary Malo, Cameron Russell Steeves, Hassan Daniel Hosseinpor
  • Patent number: 8253656
    Abstract: A plasma display apparatus and a method of driving the same are disclosed. The plasma display apparatus includes a plasma display panel including scan electrodes and sustain electrodes, a sensor unit for detecting a temperature or a peripheral temperature of the panel, and a scan driver for supplying reset signals to the scan electrodes in a reset period of at least one subfield among a plurality of subfields at a predetermined reference temperature so that a first period in which a lowest voltage of the reset signal is supplied is different from a supply period of a lowest voltage when the temperature or the peripheral temperature of the PDP deviates the predetermined reference temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kirack Park, Jongwoon Bae, Seonghwan Ryu
  • Patent number: 8253657
    Abstract: A driving apparatus of a plasma display is disclosed. The apparatus includes a first switch connected between a first power source for supplying a first voltage and a scan electrode, and a first diode and a second switch connected in series between a second power source for supplying a second voltage that is higher than the first voltage and the scan electrode. Further, the driving apparatus includes a third switch connected between a power recovery power source and a contact point between the first diode and the second switch, and a second diode connected in parallel the first diode and the third switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyong-Pil Jin, Yoo-Jin Song
  • Patent number: 8223092
    Abstract: A plasma display device driven during an address period and a sustain period includes a discharge cell defined by a scan electrode, a sustain electrode, and an address electrode, an addressing circuit for providing an address voltage to the address electrode, and an addressing compensation circuit for storing voltage corresponding to a displacement current generated during a sustain period to be utilized during the address period. The addressing compensation circuit includes a switch coupled with the address electrode through which the displacement current supplied from the scan electrode and the sustain electrode is received during the sustain period, and a capacitor coupled with the switch for storing the voltage corresponding to the displacement current received through the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang-Gu Lee
  • Patent number: 8217859
    Abstract: A method of driving a plasma display device having a first electrode and a second electrode adjacent to one another in a discharge cell, including applying a first waveform at least once to the first electrode, the first waveform including a gradual increase from a first voltage to a second voltage followed by a gradual decrease from a third voltage to a fourth voltage, and applying a second waveform at least once to the first electrode after the first waveform is applied to the first electrode, the second waveform including a gradual increase from a fifth voltage to a sixth voltage followed by a gradual decrease from a seventh voltage to an eighth voltage. The first and second waveforms may be applied to the first electrode after turning on the plasma display device and before a display operation is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung-Soo An, Suk-Ki Kim
  • Patent number: 8207911
    Abstract: A display device includes two or more plasma tube array units to provide a large sized screen. Each plasma tube array unit includes pairs of scan and sustain electrodes. The plasma tube array units are disposed adjacent to each other in a longitudinal direction of the scan and sustain electrodes. One scan driver which selectively applies a scan signal to the scan electrodes is coupled to the two adjacent plasma tube array units at a position between the two adjacent plasma tube array units. Two sustain voltage drivers which apply respective sustain voltage to the sustain electrodes are coupled to the sustain electrodes of the two respective adjacent plasma tube array units on two respective outermost sides of the two respective adjacent plasma tube array units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Shinoda Plasma Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Manabu Ishimoto, Hitoshi Hirakawa, Kenji Awamoto
  • Patent number: 8207912
    Abstract: Sustain pulses are alternately applied to a pair of display electrodes of discharge cells provided in a plasma display panel (PDP) to generate a sustain discharge to display an image on the PDP. The sustain pulses include two-crests discharge voltage waveforms having a first maximum and second maximum values, in which discharges are generated twice in a half cycle. After applying a sustain pulse having a one-crest discharge voltage waveform to a pair of display electrodes, a predetermined number of sustain pulses of two-crests discharge voltage waveforms are consecutively applied. A time, from applying a second sustain pulse of a two-crests discharge voltage waveform to clamping a voltage of the second sustain pulse to the second maximum value, is made longer than a time, from applying a first sustain pulse of a two-crests discharge voltage waveform to clamping a voltage of the first sustain pulse to the second maximum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Itokawa, Katsumi Ito, Masaki Kimura, Junichi Kumagai, Yasunobu Hashimoto, Tomokatsu Kishi
  • Publication number: 20120154357
    Abstract: A method for driving a plasma display panel having at least three electrodes. The method includes applying a first pulse having a voltage changing with time in a positive direction and a second pulse having a voltage changing with time in a negative direction to a second main electrode in an address preparation period. The method also includes applying a scan pulse to the second main electrode in an address period. The method also includes at least one of the first and second pulses in the address preparation period has a stepwise waveform whose voltage rise or fall stepwise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: HITACHI PATENT LICENSING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasunobu HASHIMOTO, Yasushi Yoneda, Kenji Awamoto, Seiichi Iwasa
  • Patent number: 8184073
    Abstract: A plasma display apparatus and a method of driving the same are disclosed. The plasma display apparatus includes a plasma display panel in which a plurality of scan electrodes, sustain electrodes, and address electrodes are formed on substrates to form a discharge cell and electrode driving parts for driving the scan electrodes, the sustain electrodes, and the address electrodes. The plurality of scan electrodes are divided into a plurality of scan electrode groups and the driving parts are controlled such that a voltage different from a scan bias voltage is applied for a predetermined time in the address period of one or more scan electrode groups among the plurality of scan electrode groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jeong Pil Choi
  • Patent number: 8159372
    Abstract: Keyboard apparatus and methods for processing keyboard depressions are disclosed. One disclosed keyboard apparatus includes a keyboard having a plurality of keys configured to be depressed in a concurrent depression state, and a plurality of key switch matrices. Each key switch of the plurality of key switch matrices may be configured to be actuated by a corresponding key of the keyboard. The keyboard apparatus may further include a keyboard controller configured to determine whether a sensed key depression in the concurrent depression state is a ghost key depression, based on sensed key switch states of respective key switches in each of the plurality of key switch matrices which correspond to the sensed key depression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Nathan C Sherman
  • Publication number: 20120086690
    Abstract: Forced initializing operation is omitted while address operation is performed stably, light emission related to no gradation display is eliminated, and the contrast is largely improved. In an erasing period, erasing discharge is selectively caused only in the discharge cell having undergone address discharge in the immediately preceding address period. It is assumed that first voltage is derived by subtracting voltage applied to a data electrode from low-side voltage of a sustain pulse, second voltage is derived by subtracting voltage applied to the data electrode from high-side voltage of the sustain pulse, and third voltage is derived by subtracting low-side voltage of an address pulse applied to the data electrode from low-side voltage of a scan pulse. The voltage derived by subtracting the third voltage from the first voltage is not lower than a discharge start voltage w here t he data electrode is used as the positive electrode and the scan electrode is used as the negative electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yutaka Yoshihama
  • Patent number: 8125413
    Abstract: A plasma display device and a method for driving the plasma display device capable of reducing noise. The plasma display device displays images using a plurality of discharge cells, and is constructed with a plurality of first electrodes, a plurality of second electrodes, and a plurality of third electrodes intersecting the first electrodes and second electrodes. The driving method of the plasma display device includes: initializing the plurality of discharge cells; selecting light-emission cells among the plurality of discharge cells; and discharging the light-emission cells by supplying the first electrodes of the light-emission cells with first sustain pulses whose periods are irregular and supplying the second electrodes with second sustain pulses whose periods are irregular and are alternative to the first sustain pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dong-Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8115702
    Abstract: A plasma display device and a method of driving the same, capable of reducing or preventing the deterioration of components such as a switching device, due to an overcurrent. In a reset period, in order to cause the voltage of a scan electrode to ramp down from a first voltage to a second voltage, a panel driver includes a falling ramp switch that repeats turn-on/turn-off operations, alternately coupling and de-coupling a low-level power supply to the scan electrode, resulting in a gradually falling ramp waveform. A switch controller generates a switching pulse to control the falling ramp switch. Each turn-on time of the switching pulse for the initial falling ramp waveform following a power-on of the plasma display device is controlled to be shorter than each turn-on time of the switching pulse for other falling ramp waveform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ito Kazuhiro, Yoo-jin Song, Tae-wook Kim
  • Patent number: 8098218
    Abstract: A plasma display device includes a first electrode from which sustain discharge occurs; a second electrode from which sustain discharge occur to the first electrode, a distance from the second electrode to the first electrode continuously varying in one discharge space; and a driving circuit which generates a sustain discharge pulse that rises in two stages, with an application time of a second-stage voltage being longer than an application time of a first-stage voltage, to apply the sustain discharge pulse between the first and second electrodes, thereby causing the sustain discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Fujitsu Hitachi Plasma Display Limited
    Inventors: Akihiro Takagi, Takashi Sasaki, Akira Otsuka
  • Publication number: 20120001836
    Abstract: An electrode drive circuit of a plasma display device includes a scan driver provided with plural drivers having first and second switching elements and first and second diodes, and a positive reset pulse generating circuit by which a first superposed voltage obtained by applying a predetermined first voltage to a low potential side terminal of the second switching element and superposing the first voltage and a voltage between a high potential side terminal of the first switching element and the low potential side terminal of the second switching element is generated to the high potential side terminal of the first switching element. The first superposed voltage is applied to the electrodes via the first switching element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventors: Yoshikazu KANAZAWA, Shigetoshi TOMIO, Takashi FUJISAKI
  • Patent number: 8085222
    Abstract: A plasma display device and a driving method thereof are provided. The plasma display device has a panel having a plurality of discharge cells including a display electrode pair that is formed of a scan electrode and a sustain electrode, and a temperature detecting circuit for detecting the ambient temperature of the panel and outputting the detected temperature. In the driving method, an unusual charge erasing period when a rectangular waveform voltage is applied to the scan electrode is disposed between the initializing period and address period of at least one of a plurality of subfields, and the number of subfields having the unusual charge erasing period is controlled based on the detected temperature detected by the temperature detecting circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Taku Okada, Minoru Takeda, Yohei Koshio, Shinichiro Hashimoto, Kenji Ogawa
  • Patent number: 8077121
    Abstract: The present invention sufficiently reduces unwanted radiation in a plasma display panel (PDP) display device. The display device includes a PDP having a pair of electrodes, a first, a second, and a third conductive member, and a pair of driving circuits used to apply a voltage to their respective electrodes. Each conductive member has substantially the same width and height as the PDP, and the first, second, third conductive members are disposed on the rear surface of the PDP, in this order on the rear side of the PDP. The PDP and the conductive members are connected electrically to one another in the end portions of these elements, either directly or via the driving circuits, so that the direction of the current flowing in the PDP during driving and discharge coincides with the direction of the current flowing in the third conductive member, and is opposite from the direction of the current flowing in the first conductive member and the second conductive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kei Ichikawa, Hirotsugu Fusayasu, Hiroshi Kunimoto, Seiji Hamada, Ryo Matsubara
  • Patent number: 8059064
    Abstract: A method of driving a plasma display panel for avoiding an erroneous discharge. The plasma display panel has display cells formed at respective intersections of row electrode pairs and a column electrode, wherein one field of a video signal is comprised of a plurality of sub-fields, and a reset period is provided prior to an addressing period of a starting sub-field. The method has a light emission load state detection stage for detecting a light emission load state of the plasma display panel according to the video signal in the preceding field, and a first stage in the reset period for applying the first row electrodes with a pulse of a first polarity which has an applied voltage value increased over time to reach a predetermined target potential, wherein the first stage includes controlling the target potential of the first polarity pulse according to the light emission load state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Shunsuke Itakura
  • Patent number: 8054248
    Abstract: A driving method of a plasma display panel may be provided such that the plasma display panel may be driven stably under a high temperature environment. The method may include applying a scan pulse to the scan electrode during an address period, applying a first DC voltage to the sustain electrode during the set-down period, applying a second DC voltage to the sustain electrode during the first address period after applying the falling waveform to the scan electrode, and applying a third DC voltage to the sustain electrode during the second address period after applying the second DC voltage to the sustain electrode. A difference between the second DC voltage and a lowest voltage of the scan pulse applied during the first address period is lower than a difference between the third DC voltage and a lowest voltage of the scan pulse applied during the second address period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Moon Shick Chung, Jeong Pil Choi
  • Patent number: 8044886
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a plasma display apparatus and, more particularly, to a method of driving a plasma display panel. The plasma display apparatus includes a plasma display panel including a plurality of scan electrodes and sustain electrodes formed on an upper substrate, and a plurality of address electrodes formed on a lower substrate, and a driver for supplying driving signals to the plurality of electrodes. The plurality of scan electrodes are divided into first and second groups and then supplied with scan signals, and scan bias voltages supplied to the first and second groups in at least any one period of an address period are different from each other. In at least one of a plurality of subfields constituting one frame, a width of a first sustain signal of a plurality of sustain signals supplied during a sustain period is larger than a width of each of the remaining sustain signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yoon Chang Choi, Dong Soo Lee, Byoung Gun Kim, Seong Ho Kang, Kyung Ryeol Shim
  • Patent number: 8044889
    Abstract: There is provided a plasma display device. The plasma display device includes a plasma display panel (PDP) and drivers for supplying driving signals to the PDP. The driver includes a capacitor, a first switch turned on in order to supply a voltage of a first end of both ends of the capacitor to the PDP, a second switch turned on in order to supply a voltage of a second end of both ends of the capacitor to the PDP, a first voltage supplier connected to the first end of the capacitor to supply one of a sustain voltage and a reference voltage to the first end, and a second voltage supplier connected to the second end of the capacitor to supply the reference voltage to the second end. A voltage difference between the both ends of the capacitor is sustained as the sustain voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Eun Joo Hwang, Byung Ho Rhee, Byeong Uk Lee, Jae Won Shim, Mi Ok Kim, Yong Song, Takeshi Kuwahara
  • Patent number: 8044890
    Abstract: A method for driving a plasma display device including first electrodes and second electrodes. In one embodiment, the plurality of first electrodes are divided into a plurality of groups including first and second groups. During a first period of a sustain period, a second voltage is applied to the first and second groups of the first electrodes while a first voltage is applied to the second electrodes, the second voltage being higher than the first voltage. During a second period of the sustain period, while the second voltage is applied to the second electrodes, the first voltage is applied to the first group of the first electrodes, and the first voltage is applied to the second group of the first electrodes a period of time after when the first voltage is initially applied to the first group of the first electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Joo-Yul Lee
  • Patent number: 8044887
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of driving a plasma display panel and a plasma display apparatus employing the same. In the plasma display apparatus, a plurality of scan electrodes formed in a plasma display panel are divided into first and second groups and then supplied with scan signals. When a scan bias voltage supplied in a first subfield of first and second subfields is higher than that supplied in a second subfield of the first and second subfields, a lowest voltage of a reset signal supplied in the second subfield is higher than that supplied in the first subfield. In accordance with the plasma display apparatus of the present invention, the lowest voltage of the reset signal is controlled according to the scan bias voltage in dividing the plurality of scan electrodes into two or more groups and driving them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yoon Chang Choi, Won Jae Kim, Hyung Jae Kim, Seong Ho Kang, Kyung Ryeol Shim
  • Patent number: 8040296
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a plasma display device includes: a plasma display panel having a plurality of electrodes; a power supply including first and second power sources for respectively supplying first and second voltages, the second voltage being higher than the first voltage; a driving circuit for driving the electrodes; and a controller for generating a first signal to control the driving circuit. The driving circuit includes: a first switch for supplying a third voltage to the electrodes, the third voltage decreasing over a period of time; a switching controller for controlling the first switch in accordance with the first signal and a second signal; and a feedback signal generator for comparing fourth and fifth voltages respectively proportional to the third and second voltages, adjusting a level of the second signal according to a result of comparing the fourth and fifth voltages, and supplying the second signal to the switching controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang-Gu Lee
  • Patent number: RE43083
    Abstract: A gas discharge panel includes a first substrate and a second substrate. A plurality of display electrode pairs which are each made up of a sustain electrode and a scan electrode are formed on the first substrate, and the first substrate and the second substrate are set facing each other with a plurality of barrier ribs in between so as to form a plurality of cells. In this gas discharge panel, at least one of the sustain electrode and the scan electrode includes: a plurality of line parts; and a discharge developing part which makes a gap between adjacent line parts smaller in areas corresponding to channels between adjacent barrier ribs than in areas corresponding to the barrier ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Nishimura, Hidetaka Higashino, Ryuichi Murai, Yusuke Takata, Nobuaki Nagao, Toru Ando, Naoki Kosugi, Hiroyuki Tachibana
  • Patent number: RE43267
    Abstract: When performing the line-sequential addressing for setting the state of each of the cells arranged in rows and columns that constitute a display screen, discharge is generated that has intensity in accordance with display data corresponding to each of all cells belonging to the selected row for each selection of the row. Thus, the priming effect in the following discharge is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Plasma Patent Licensing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasunobu Hashimoto, Yasushi Yoneda, Kenji Awamoto, Seiichi Iwasa
  • Patent number: RE43268
    Abstract: When performing the line-sequential addressing for setting the state of each of the cells arranged in rows and columns that constitute a display screen, discharge is generated that has intensity in accordance with display data corresponding to each of all cells belonging to the selected row for each selection of the row. Thus, the priming effect in the following discharge is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Plasma Patent Licensing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasunobu Hashimoto, Yasushi Yoneda, Kenji Awamoto, Seiichi Iwasa
  • Patent number: RE43269
    Abstract: When performing the line-sequential addressing for setting the state of each of the cells arranged in rows and columns that constitute a display screen, discharge is generated that has intensity in accordance with display data corresponding to each of all cells belonging to the selected row for each selection of the row. Thus, the priming effect in the following discharge is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Plasma Patent Licensing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasunobu Hashimoto, Yasushi Yoneda, Kenji Awamoto, Seiichi Iwasa
  • Patent number: RE44003
    Abstract: When performing the line-sequential addressing for setting the state of each of the cells arranged in rows and columns that constitute a display screen, discharge is generated that has intensity in accordance with display data corresponding to each of all cells belonging to the selected row for each selection of the row. Thus, the priming effect in the following discharge is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Plasma Patent Licensing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasunobu Hashimoto, Yasushi Yoneda, Kenji Awamoto, Seiichi Iwasa
  • Patent number: RE44086
    Abstract: To provide an electro-optical device and an electronic apparatus capable of maintaining the display quality by preventing brightness unevenness without widening a frame in a mounting terminal portion connection portions connecting to a fourth power source bus line are provided in two places. Driving current is supplied from the connection portions to the fourth power source bus line. The width of the fourth power source bus line is smaller than that of the width of a power source bus line supplying driving current from one place of the mounting terminal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Hirayama