Solid-state Multicolor Image Sensor Patents (Class 348/272)
  • Patent number: 11558565
    Abstract: Time deviation between event detection and gradation acquisition is reduced. A solid-state imaging apparatus according to an embodiment includes: a pixel array unit (300) including a plurality of pixel blocks (310) arrayed in a matrix; and a drive circuit (211) that generates a pixel signal in a first pixel block in which firing of an address event has been detected among the plurality of pixel blocks, each of the plurality of pixel blocks including a first photoelectric conversion element (331) that generates an electric charge according to an amount of incident light, a detection unit (400) that detects the firing of the address event based on the electric charge generated in the first photoelectric conversion element, a second photoelectric conversion element (321) that generates an electric charge according to an amount of incident light, and a pixel circuit (322, 323, 324, 325, 326) that generates a pixel signal based on the electric charge generated in the second photoelectric conversion element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsumi Niwa, Motonari Honda
  • Patent number: 11557117
    Abstract: Methods and systems estimate crop coefficients of a crop. At least one image sensor system captures a plurality of multispectral images of the crop and image data is derived from the multispectral images. At least one vegetation index of the crop is determined based on image data in at least a first spectral band. The reflectance of the crop monotonically increases and reaches a reflectance of at least 20% for at least one wavelength in the first spectral band. A crop coefficient of the crop is estimated based on the determined at least one vegetation index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: THE STATE OF ISRAEL, MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE & RURAL DEVELOPMENT AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH ORGANIZATION
    Inventors: Offer Rozenstein, Josef Tanny
  • Patent number: 11490045
    Abstract: A mounting area in a solid-state imaging device that detects an address event. The solid-state imaging device includes a light receiving chip and a detection chip. In the solid-state imaging device including the light receiving chip and the detection chip, the light receiving chip includes a photodiode that photoelectrically converts incident light and generates a photocurrent. In addition, the solid-state imaging device, the detection chip quantizes a voltage signal corresponding to the photocurrent generated by the photodiode in the light receiving chip and outputs the voltage signal as a detection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Atsumi Niwa
  • Patent number: 11469264
    Abstract: A flare-blocking image sensor includes large pixels and small pixels, a microlens, and an opaque element. The large pixels and small pixels form a first and second pixel array respectively, each having a pixel pitch Px and Py. The second pixel array is offset from the first pixel array by ½Px and ½Py. A first large pixel of the large pixels is between and collinear with a first and a second small pixel separated by ?{square root over (Px2+Py2 )} in a first direction and each having a width W less than both pixel pitch Px and Py. The microlens is aligned with the first large pixel. The opaque element is between the first large pixel and the microlens and extends, in the first direction, less than ½(?{square root over (Px2+Py2)}?W) from the first small pixel toward the second small pixel. The opaque element has a width perpendicular to the first direction not exceeding width W.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alireza Bonakdar, Shinn-Jhy Lian, Badrinath Padmanabhan
  • Patent number: 11450188
    Abstract: A mesh network-based environmental data capture system and method for providing communication between a base system having at least one wireless input capture device ICD(s) and other ICD(s), wherein the ICD(s) are capable of smart cross-communication with each other and remote access to their inputs via a server computer, including the steps of providing this base system; at least one user accessing the ICDs and inputs remotely via a user interface through a remote server computer and/or electronic device communicating with it, for providing a secure surveillance system with extended inputs range and wireless smart cross-communication for monitoring a target environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS TYCO IP HOLDINGS LLP
    Inventor: Martin Renkis
  • Patent number: 11399147
    Abstract: To extend drive time in an imaging apparatus driven by a battery. The imaging apparatus includes a remaining battery level detection unit, a solid-state imaging element, and a control unit. In the imaging apparatus, the remaining battery level detection unit detects a remaining battery level of the battery. Furthermore, in the imaging apparatus, the solid-state imaging element captures image data. Moreover, in the imaging apparatus, the control unit controls the solid-state imaging element to capture image data so that the lower the remaining battery level measured by a remaining battery level measurement unit, the smaller the data amount of the image data to be captured in synchronization with a predetermined synchronization signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Koizumi
  • Patent number: 11393861
    Abstract: A flare-suppressing image sensor includes a first pixel formed in a substrate and a refractive element located above the first pixel. The refractive element has, with respect to a top surface of the substrate, a height profile having at least two one-dimensional local maxima in each of a first cross-sectional plane and a second cross-sectional plane perpendicular to the first cross-sectional plane. Each of the first and second cross-sectional planes is perpendicular to the top surface and intersects the first pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alireza Bonakdar, Zhiqiang Lin, Chen-Wei Lu
  • Patent number: 11297294
    Abstract: The invention provides an image color enhancement system, method, storage medium and endoscope. Based on that the human skin color and the basic tone of endoscopic image are similar, utilizing a standard data set of Macbeth color card, a color correction matrix for skin color enhancement is generated, which is used by an endoscope for real time image capture, resulting in a vivid expression of the basic tone of an endoscopic image without introducing artifacts in other tonal image parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Shenzhen Jifu Technology Co, Ltd
    Inventor: Xiaoning Huai
  • Patent number: 11282882
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a focus detecting device and an electronic device that can adjust the maximum value and the minimum value of sensitivity in phase detection pixels. The focus detecting device and an electronic device each include a microlens, a photoreceptor configured to receive light entering through the microlens, a light shield film provided between the microlens and the photoreceptor and configured to limit an amount of light on the photoreceptor, and a light shield wall provided vertical to the light shield film. The light shield wall or the light shield walls having a predetermined height are provided on any one or both of surfaces of the light shield film facing the photoreceptor and the microlens. The present technology can be applied to an imaging device configured to detect a focus by detection of phase difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hironari Otsuji
  • Patent number: 11284045
    Abstract: An imaging device includes groupings of photodiodes having four photodiodes. A transfer transistor is between each photodiode and a floating diffusion. Each floating diffusion is coupled to up to two photodiodes per grouping at a time through transfer transistors. A buffer transistor is coupled to each floating diffusion. The buffer transistors may be in a first or second grouping of buffer transistors. A first bit line is coupled to up to two buffer transistors of the first grouping and a second bit line is coupled to up to two buffer transistors of the second grouping of buffer transistors at a time. A color filter array including a plurality of groupings of color filters is disposed over respective photodiodes of the photodiode array, wherein each grouping of color filters includes four color filters having a same color, wherein each grouping of color filters overlaps two groupings of photodiodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies. Inc.
    Inventors: Qingfei Chen, Rui Wang, Wei Wei Wang, Zhiyong Zhan, Xin Wang, Qingwei Shan, Kenny Geng
  • Patent number: 11284027
    Abstract: A pixel circuit wherein a pixel arrangement comprises a pixel comprising a photodetector, an integrator for accumulating a signal from the photodetector, a source following output transistor for amplifying the integrated signal, and a current source for applying a readout current through the output transistor, a voltage regulating circuit comprising an amplifier, a replica transistor dimensioned substantially the same as the output transistor, and a replica current source for providing substantially the readout current through each replica transistor, a gate of the replica transistor is connected with an output node of the amplifier connected with the pixel arrangement, and a source of the replica transistor is connected with a negative input of the amplifier, and with the replica current source, a predefined reference voltage is applicable to a positive input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: MELEXIS TECHNOLOGIES NV
    Inventors: Andreas Bonin, Darrell Livezey, Jeannette Zarbock, Liqun Wu, Volodymyr Seliuchenko
  • Patent number: 11257425
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a display panel and a method for manufacturing the same, a pixel light emitting compensation method, and a display apparatus. The display panel comprises a plurality of pixel units arranged in an array, wherein each of the pixel units comprises: an array substrate comprising a pixel driving circuit; a pixel defining layer disposed on a first surface of the array substrate and having a via hole wherein the first surface is far away from a substrate of the array substrate; a light emitting unit disposed in the via hole, wherein the light emitting unit is electrically connected to an output terminal of the pixel driving circuit, so that driving current output by the pixel driving circuit drives the light emitting unit to emit light; and a photoelectric converter configured to receive the light emitted by the light emitting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Huajie Yan, Qingyu Huang, Xiaohu Li, Tun Liu, Liangliang Kang, Juan Zhang, Zhiqiang Jiao
  • Patent number: 11250257
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and a device for iris recognition. By providing a sensing unit under the iris recognition region of the display unit, the invention can capture the iris information of the user's eyeball in time, and then compare with the presetting iris information, and execute the operation instruction corresponding to the iris information, thereby effectively improving the precision of the iris recognition. In addition, the sensing unit is disposed under the display unit, and the overall thickness of the mobile device can be effectively reduced compared with the structure in which the camera is protruded and disposed independently outside the region of the display screen, so that the wearable device or the mobile device is thinner and more suitable for flexible wearable devices or mobile devices, to meet the needs of the market.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventor: Jiandong Huang
  • Patent number: 11233210
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging element including a phase difference detection pixel pair that includes first and second phase difference detection pixels is provided. In particular, each phase difference detection pixel of the first and second phase difference detection pixels includes a first photoelectric conversion unit arranged at an upper side of a semiconductor substrate and a second photoelectric conversion unit arranged within the semiconductor substrate. The first photoelectric conversion film may be an organic film. In addition, phase difference detection pixels may be realized without using a light shielding film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsuji Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 11223783
    Abstract: A multispectral imaging sensor includes at least one superpixel including a plurality of pixels. Each pixel includes an imaging element, and each imaging element includes at least one photodetector. Each pixel further includes a spectral filter associated with the imaging element. The spectral filter permits light to pass to its associated imaging element only within a plurality of passbands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Washington University
    Inventors: Viktor Gruev, Nimrod Missael Garcia Hernandez
  • Patent number: 11165049
    Abstract: A display panel includes a first display substrate including first to third pixel areas and a light blocking area that is adjacent to the first to third pixel areas and a second display substrate including first to third display elements respectively overlapping the first to third pixel areas. The first display substrate includes a base substrate, a first color filter overlapping the first pixel area and having a first color, a second color filter overlapping the second pixel area and having a second color different from the first color, a third color filter disposed on the base substrate, having a third color different from the first and second colors, and including a filter portion overlapping the third pixel area and a light blocking portion overlapping the light blocking area, and a light blocking member disposed on the light blocking portion and containing a black organic pigment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventors: Sun-kyu Joo, Keunchan Oh, Byungchul Kim, Inok Kim, Gakseok Lee, Jaemin Seong, Inseok Song, Jieun Jang
  • Patent number: 11165984
    Abstract: A camera system with a complementary pixlet structure and a method of operating the same are provided. The camera system includes an image sensor that includes at least one 2×2 pixel block including a first pixel, a second pixel, and two third pixels—the two third pixels are disposed at positions diagonal to each other in the 2×2 pixel block and include deflected small pixlets, which are deflected in opposite directions to be symmetrical to each other with respect to each pixel center, and large pixlets adjacent to the deflected small pixlets, respectively, and each pixlet includes an photodiode converting an optical signal to an electrical signal and a depth calculator that receives images acquired from the deflected small pixlets of the two third pixels and calculates a depth between the image sensor and an object using a parallax between the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Dexelion Inc.
    Inventors: Chong Min Kyung, Hyun Sang Park, Seung Hyuk Chang, Jong Ho Park, Sang Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 11138847
    Abstract: A mesh network environmental data capture system and method for providing communication between a base system having at least one wireless input capture device ICD(s) and other ICD(s), wherein the ICD(s) are capable of smart cross-communication with each other and remote access to their inputs via a server computer, including the steps of providing this base system; at least one user accessing the ICDs and inputs remotely via a user interface through a remote server computer and/or electronic device communicating with it, for providing a secure surveillance system with extended inputs range and wireless smart cross-communication for monitoring a target environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventor: Martin Renkis
  • Patent number: 11122227
    Abstract: There is provided an imaging device, an electronic apparatus including an imaging device, and an automotive vehicle including an electronic apparatus including an imaging device, including: a first substrate including a first set of photoelectric conversion units; a second substrate including a second set of photoelectric conversion units; and an insulating layer between the first substrate and the second substrate; where the insulating layer has a capability to reflect a first wavelength range of light and transmit a second wavelength range of light that is longer than the first wavelength range of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Atsushi Toda
  • Patent number: 11107439
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a first setting unit configured to set a target range of a luminance level, and a generation unit configured to generate a processed image by performing image processing on a first region of an image in such a manner that the first region is distinguished from a second region and a third region, the first region having a luminance level included in the target range and having a color not included in a target color gamut, the second region having a luminance level not included in the target range and having a color not included in the target color gamut, and the third region having a luminance level not included in the target range and having a color included in the target color gamut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koji Mito
  • Patent number: 11092491
    Abstract: An optical system, comprising a multi-spectral optical element, a switchable filter, a dual bandpass filter, and a sensor. The multi-spectral optical element receives light in at least a first spectral band and a second spectral band. The dual bandpass filter filters out wavelengths of light in a transition region of the switchable filter between the first spectral band and the second spectral band. The switchable filter filters light received from the dual bandpass filter in the first spectral band in a first mode where the switchable filter transmits light in the first spectral band and in a second mode where the switchable filter does not transmit light in the first spectral band. The sensor is disposed at an image plane, and the multi-spectral optical element is configured to produce a modulation transfer function value that is a above a predetermined threshold for each of the spectral bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Karlton David Powell, Vivek Pradeep
  • Patent number: 11081600
    Abstract: A light filter structure is provided. The light filter structure includes a substrate having a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements. The light filter structure also includes a dielectric-stacking layer disposed on the substrate. The light filter structure further includes a flattening layer disposed on the dielectric-stacking layer. The dielectric-stacking layer has a wedge portion and a flattening portion adjacent to the wedge portion, the wedge portion has a continuously or non-continuously varied thickness, and the flattening portion has a substantially constant thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: VISERA TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Yu-Jen Chen
  • Patent number: 11061215
    Abstract: Provided is a microscope system including: a stage on which a multi-dyed specimen is mounted; an objective lens for collecting light from the specimen mounted on the stage; a Z-axis movement section for relatively moving the stage and the objective lens in a direction along the optical axis L of the objective lens; an XY-axis movement section for moving the stage in a direction orthogonal to the optical axis L; an image acquisition unit for acquiring a color image by capturing the light collected by the objective lens; and a depth-extension processing unit for generating a depth-extended image by performing depth extension processing dye by dye on the basis of a plurality of the color images that are acquired by the image acquisition unit at different positions of the stage relative to the objective lens set with the Z-axis movement section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tatsuki Yamada
  • Patent number: 11037291
    Abstract: A system (100), method and computer program product for determining plant diseases. The system includes an interface module (110) configured to receive an image (10) of a plant, the image (10) including a visual representation (11) of at least one plant element (1). A color normalization module (120) is configured to apply a color constancy method to the received image (10) to generate a color-normalized image. An extractor module (130) is configured to extract one or more image portions (11e) from the color-normalized image wherein the extracted image portions (11e) correspond to the at least one plant element (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Alexander Johannes, Till Eggers, Artzai Picon, Aitor Alvarez-Gila, Amaya Maria Ortiz Barredo, Ana Maria Diez-Navajas
  • Patent number: 11032462
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a processor configured to obtain a first image of an external object, generate a first color image and a second color image by using the first image, identify a difference in first spread level between a display object of the first color image and the display object of the second color image, determine a first on-focus position of a lens w based on the difference in first spread level, move the lens in a direction corresponding to the first on-focus position, obtain a second image of the external object, determine a second on-focus position of the lens based on a difference in second spread level between the external object contained in the first image and the external object contained in the second image, and move the lens to the second on-focus position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Soonae Kim, Jaehyoung Park, Kyunghoon Yoon, Jeongwon Lee
  • Patent number: 10999523
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a sensor including a plurality of arranged pixels, having a first sensitivity for a first area of the plurality of arranged pixels and a second sensitivity lower than the first sensitivity for a second area of the plurality of arranged pixels during preliminary light emission of a flash, and a processing circuit configured to generate an image of a subject area to be imaged based on a signal obtained by performing correction corresponding to a difference between the first sensitivity and the second sensitivity on a signal acquired from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshifumi Osawa
  • Patent number: 10985201
    Abstract: An image sensor including a first image sensor element underlying a second image sensor element is provided. The first image sensor element is configured to generate electrical signals from an electromagnetic radiation within a first range of wavelengths. The second image sensor element is over the first image sensor and is configured to generate electrical signals from the electromagnetic radiation within a second range of wavelengths that is different than the first range of wavelengths. The first and second image sensor elements are within a substrate. The first image sensor element comprises a germanium layer between a bottom surface of the substrate and the second image sensor element. The second image sensor element comprises silicon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jhy-Jyi Sze
  • Patent number: 10986719
    Abstract: A security system for use with a wireless access point that is configured to transmit a first wireless signal within a predetermined transmission range includes an outdoor lighting fixture including a master wireless transceiver configured and located to receive the first wireless signal from the wireless access point and to re-transmit the first wireless signal beyond the predetermined transmission range; and a first peripheral device located and configured to receive the first wireless signal re-transmitted from the master wireless transceiver, and to transmit a second wireless signal to at least one of (a) the wireless access point via the master wireless transceiver, and (b) a second peripheral device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: HAMPTON PRODUCTS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: James Hartung, Jon Fong Quan, Hossein Molaie Shargh, Tim Regan, Allen Huotari
  • Patent number: 10978613
    Abstract: A-light-emitting device which realizes a high aperture ratio and in which the quality of image is little affected by the variation in the characteristics of TFTs. The channel length of the driving TFTs is selected to be very larger than the channel width of the driving TFTs to improve current characteristics in the saturated region, and a high VGS is applied to the driving TFTs to obtain a desired drain current. Therefore, the drain currents of the driving TFTs are little affected by the variation in the threshold voltage. In laying out the pixels, further, wiring is arranged under the partitioning wall and the driving TFTs are arranged under the wiring in order to avoid a decrease in the aperture ratio despite of an increase in the size of the driving TFT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Osame, Aya Anzai, Jun Koyama, Makoto Udagawa, Masahiko Hayakawa, Shunpei Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 10964741
    Abstract: Backside illuminated sensor pixel structure. In one embodiment, an image sensor includes a plurality of photodiodes arranged in rows and columns of a pixel array that are disposed in a semiconductor substrate. Individual photodiodes of the pixel array are configured to receive incoming light through a backside of the semiconductor substrate. The individual photodiodes have a diffusion region formed in an epitaxial region and a plurality of storage nodes (SGs) that are disposed on the front side of the semiconductor substrate and formed in the epitaxial region. An opaque isolation layer having a plurality of opaque isolation elements is disposed proximate to the front side of the semiconductor substrate and proximate to the diffusion region of the plurality of photodiodes. The opaque isolation elements are configured to block a path of incoming light from the backside of the semiconductor substrate toward the storage nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gang Chen, Qin Wang
  • Patent number: 10924645
    Abstract: An imaging system comprises one or more optical sensor arrays with separate first and second sensor elements, an objective lens system, a polarization filter system, and associated logic. The objective lens system is configured to direct light received at a given angle onto the first sensor element and onto the second sensor element. The polarization filter system includes a first polarizer portion positioned to filter the light en route to the first sensor element and a second polarizer portion positioned to filter the light en route to the second sensor element, the first and second polarizer portions providing unequal relative attenuance of nonparallel polarization components of the light received at the given angle. The logic is configured to compare intensity of the light directed onto the first sensor element relative to the light directed onto the second sensor element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ishan Chatterjee, Christian Holz
  • Patent number: 10912451
    Abstract: There is provided a medical imaging apparatus including a solid-state image sensor that includes a photoelectric converter having at least two photoelectric conversion layers stacked with respect to a light-receiving surface and separating received light into light of different wavelength bands and circuitry configured to control a light source device that illuminates a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Seiji Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10911738
    Abstract: A compound-eye imaging device is a compound-eye imaging device having a plurality of facet optical systems, an imaging element, and a signal processing unit. The plurality of facet optical systems of the compound-eye imaging device are disposed to face a subject in a two dimensional shape. Also, the imaging element of the compound-eye imaging device includes, in units of facets, a plurality of pixels which receive light concentrated by facet optical systems and generate image signals. Also, the signal processing unit of the compound-eye imaging device generates an image corresponding to the subject based on image signals generated by the imaging element of the compound-eye imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Tadakuni Narabu
  • Patent number: 10910429
    Abstract: Examples of complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor are provided. One example CMOS image sensor includes a first plurality of pixel units that are arranged in lattice manner and that are obtained by rotating a rectangular area including four sets of photodiodes and transfer gates (TX) and one charge accumulation portion by 45 degrees. The example CMOS image sensor further includes a second plurality of pixel units that are arranged by shifted in a horizon direction by half of the distance between the centers of the adjacent pixel units in the horizon direction and shifted in a vertical direction by half of the distance between the centers of the adjacent pixel units in the vertical direction from the positions of the respective pixel units of the first plurality of pixel units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Makoto Monoi
  • Patent number: 10902566
    Abstract: A method for agronomic and agricultural monitoring includes designating an area for imaging, determining a flight path above the designated area, operating an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) along the flight path, acquiring images of the area using a camera system attached to the UAV, and processing the acquired images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: THE CLIMATE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Doug Sauder, Justin L. Koch, Troy L. Plattner, Phil Baurer
  • Patent number: 10903256
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a focus detecting device and an electronic device that can adjust the maximum value and the minimum value of sensitivity in phase detection pixels. The focus detecting device and an electronic device each include a microlens, a photoreceptor configured to receive light entering through the microlens, a light shield film provided between the microlens and the photoreceptor and configured to limit an amount of light on the photoreceptor, and a light shield wall provided vertical to the light shield film. The light shield wall or the light shield walls having a predetermined height are provided on any one or both of surfaces of the light shield film facing the photoreceptor and the microlens. The present technology can be applied to an imaging device configured to detect a focus by detection of phase difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hironari Otsuji
  • Patent number: 10893255
    Abstract: A camera system is provided to increase a baseline. The camera system includes a single lens, and an image sensor includes at least one pixel array, each of the at least one pixel array including a plurality of pixels in a two-dimensional arrangement and a single microlens disposed on the plurality of pixels to be shared. Light shielding layers formed with Offset Pixel Apertures (OPAs) are disposed on at least two pixels of the plurality of pixels, and the OPAs are formed on the light shielding layers to maximize a spaced distance between the OPAs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Center For Integrated Smart Sensors Foundation
    Inventors: Chong Min Kyung, Seung Hyuk Chang
  • Patent number: 10886352
    Abstract: A pixel and a display device including the same are disclosed. In one aspect, the pixel includes an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) and a reflection layer facing the OLED and configured to reflect light emitted from the OLED. The pixel also includes a photosensor configured to measure luminance of the reflected light. The photosensor is placed on a rear side of the OLED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Jun Shin, Hee Kyung Kim, Dae Woo Lee, Yun-Mo Chung
  • Patent number: 10878254
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first circuit and a second circuit. The first circuit may be configured to calculate a feature descriptor for each pixel of an image. The feature descriptor generally comprises sixteen discriminative feature values. The feature values are generally computed based on arithmetic combinations of a number of neighboring pixels at predetermined locations around each pixel. The second circuit may be configured to implement a color classification process combining multiple weak depth-two decision trees in a cascade. The second circuit may generate a plurality of likelihood values expressing a likelihood of a specific color road marking at each pixel location of the image using the feature descriptor of each pixel of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Ambarella International LP
    Inventors: Yu Wang, Leslie D. Kohn
  • Patent number: 10872920
    Abstract: A sensor chip includes: a pixel array unit that has a rectangular-shaped area in which a plurality of sensor elements are arranged in an array pattern; and a global control circuit, in which driving elements simultaneously driving the sensor elements are arranged in one direction, and each of the driving elements is connected to a control line disposed for each one column of the sensor elements, that is arranged to have a longitudinal direction to be along a long side of the pixel array unit. For example, the present technology can be applied to ToF sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Yohtaro Yasu, Katsuhiko Hanzawa
  • Patent number: 10863146
    Abstract: Audio/video (A/V) recording and communication devices having a light source in accordance with various embodiments of the present disclosure are provided. In one embodiment, an A/V recording and communication device is provided, the A/V recording and communication device comprising: a processor, a camera, a communication module, a light source, and a non-transitory machine-readable memory storing a program executable by the processor, the program comprising sets of instructions for: receiving, using the communication module, from a client device associated with the A/V recording and communication device, an activation request to activate the light source; in response to receiving the activation request, activating the light source and recording, by the camera, image data in a field of view; receiving, using the communication module, from the client device, a deactivation request to deactivate the light source; and in response to receiving the deactivation request, deactivating the light source and the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James Siminoff
  • Patent number: 10810936
    Abstract: A pixel circuit and a drive method thereof and a display panel are provided. The pixel circuit includes a light-emitting element, a light-emitting control circuit and a photoelectric sense circuit. The light-emitting control circuit is configured to drive the light-emitting element to emit light and includes a first end, a second end and a third end; the first end is connected with a first power supply terminal, and the second end is connected with one end of the light-emitting element. Other end of the light-emitting element is connected with a second power supply terminal. The photoelectric sense circuit is configured to sense light incident thereon and includes a sense signal output end and a sense voltage input end, the sense voltage input end is connected with the second power supply terminal, and the sense signal output end is connected with the third end of the light-emitting control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Pengpeng Wang, Xue Dong, Haisheng Wang, Xiaoliang Ding, Yingming Liu
  • Patent number: 10777592
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a substrate, a photosensitive unit, a first grid and a color filter. The photosensitive unit is located within the substrate. The first grid is located above the substrate, and the first grid has a first portion and a second portion above the first portion, wherein the second portion has a rounded top surface extending from a sidewall of the first portion of the first grid. The color filter is located above the photosensitive unit and in contact with the rounded top surface of the second portion of the first grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yun-Wei Cheng, Chun-Hao Chou, Yin-Chieh Huang, Wan-Chen Huang, Zhe-Ju Liu, Kuo-Cheng Lee, Chi-Cherng Jeng
  • Patent number: 10728462
    Abstract: An image sensor, comprising: a first sensing region having a first size, configured to sense first kind of light having a first range of wavelengths; and a second sensing region having a second size, configured to sense second kind of light having a second range of wavelengths, wherein the first size and the second size are different, wherein at least portion of the first range of wavelengths and at least portion of the second range of wavelengths are different. The image sensor has a first light sensitivity level for sensing the first kind of light and has a second light sensitivity level for sensing the second kind of light, and a relation between the first size and the second size corresponds to a relation between the first light sensitivity level and the second light sensitivity level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventor: Guo-Zhen Wang
  • Patent number: 10714522
    Abstract: An image sensor and a method for fabricating the same are provided, in which the image sensor includes a substrate including a first sensing region having a photoelectric device therein, a boundary isolation film partitioning the first sensing region, an inner reflection pattern film within the substrate in the sensing region, an infrared filter on the substrate, and a micro lens on the infrared filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Soo Choi, Kyung Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 10700132
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a solid-state imaging device that can achieve a high S/N ratio at a high sensitivity level without any decrease in resolution, and to an electronic apparatus. In the upper layer, the respective pixels of a photoelectric conversion unit that absorbs light of a first wavelength are tilted at approximately 45 degrees with respect to a square pixel array, and are two-dimensionally arranged in horizontal directions and vertical directions in an oblique array. The respective pixels of a photoelectric conversion unit that is sensitive to light of a second or third wavelength are arranged under the first photoelectric conversion unit. That is, pixels that are ?2 times as large in size (twice as large in area) and are rotated 45 degrees are arranged in an oblique array. The present disclosure can be applied to solid-state imaging devices that are used in imaging apparatuses, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Atsushi Toda
  • Patent number: 10692904
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a solid-state image sensing device, a drive method, and an electronic apparatus that suppress the color mixture of a phase difference detection signal to an image sensing signal. The solid-state image sensing device has a pixel area arranged with a plurality of pixels in which a first photoelectrical conversion section for photoelectrically converting a visible light of a first wavelength range and a second photoelectrical conversion section for photoelectrically converting a visible light of a second wavelength range are formed in different depths as viewed from a cross-sectional direction. Further, in each of the above-mentioned plurality of pixels, at least one of the first photoelectrical conversion section and the second photoelectrical conversion section is divided when viewed from a planar direction. The present technology is applicable to a solid-state image sensing device capable of detecting an image plane phase difference, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Tashiro
  • Patent number: 10651219
    Abstract: An image sensor and a method for fabricating the same are provided, in which the image sensor includes a substrate including a first sensing region having a photoelectric device therein, a boundary isolation film partitioning the first sensing region, an inner reflection pattern film within the substrate in the sensing region, an infrared filter on the substrate, and a micro lens on the infrared filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Soo Choi, Kyung Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 10608032
    Abstract: Disclosed is a complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor. The image sensor comprises a first separation zone in a substrate, the first separation zone defining first and second pixel regions arranged in a first direction, the first separation zone including first parts substantially parallel extending in the first direction, and the substrate including a first active region vertically overlapping one of the first parts and a second active region vertically overlapping another of the first parts. The image sensor further comprises first and second photoelectric conversion devices arranged in the first direction on at least one of the first and second pixel regions in the substrate, and a source follower gate on the first active region of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung Bin Yun, Kyungho Lee, Sung-Ho Choi
  • Patent number: 10572743
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a memory and a circuit. The memory may be configured to store an input image having a plurality of color channels. The circuit may be configured to (i) calculate a plurality of average values of each of the color channels in a plurality of windows around each of a plurality of pixel locations in the input image, (ii) calculate a plurality of feature values based on the average values using a feature extraction process and (iii) generate a plurality of likelihood values of a specific color at each of the pixel locations using the feature values in a color classification process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ambarella, Inc.
    Inventors: Yu Wang, Leslie D. Kohn