Electronic Shuttering Patents (Class 348/296)
  • Patent number: 10694121
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device, in which a signal holding part can hold a signal with respect to a voltage signal corresponding to an accumulated charge in a photoelectric conversion element of a photodiode PD1 which is transferred to an output node of a floating diffusion FD1 in a transfer period after an integration period and a signal with respect to a voltage signal corresponding to an overflow charge overflowing to the output node of the floating diffusion FD1 from at least the photodiode PD1 in any period among the photoelectric conversion element of the photodiode PD1 and the storage capacity element of the storage capacitor. Due to this, substantially, it becomes possible to realize a broader dynamic range and higher frame rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: BRILLNICS INC.
    Inventors: Kazuya Mori, Toshinori Otaka, Isao Takayanagi
  • Patent number: 10680027
    Abstract: A semiconductor device structure is provided. The semiconductor device structure includes a first semiconductor die, and a second semiconductor die bonded on the first semiconductor die. A through-substrate via penetrates through a semiconductor substrate of the second semiconductor die. A passivation layer is disposed between the first semiconductor die and the second semiconductor die, wherein the passivation layer is directly bonded to the semiconductor substrate of the second semiconductor die. A conductive feature passes through the passivation layer, wherein the conductive feature is bonded to the through-substrate via. A barrier layer is disposed between the conductive feature and the passivation layer. The barrier layer covers sidewalls of the conductive feature and separates the surface of the conductive feature from a nearest neighboring surface of the first or second semiconductor die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Hsun-Ying Huang
  • Patent number: 10666929
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to a hardware system for inverse graphics capture. An inverse graphics capture system (IGCS) captures data regarding a physical space that can be used to generate a photorealistic graphical model of that physical space. In certain approaches, the system includes hardware and accompanying software used to create a photorealistic six degree of freedom (6DOF) graphical model of the physical space. In certain approaches, the system includes hardware and accompanying software used for projection mapping onto the physical space. In certain approaches, the model produced by the IGCS is built using data regarding the geometry, lighting, surfaces, and environment of the physical space. In certain approaches, the model produced by the IGCS is both photorealistic and fully modifiable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Matterport, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Bradski, Moshe Benezra, Daniel A. Aden, Ethan Rublee
  • Patent number: 10666875
    Abstract: A plurality of pixels of a solid-state imaging device include: a photoelectric converter which receives light from an object and converts the light into charge; a plurality of readers which read the charge from the photoelectric converter; a plurality of charge accumulators each of which accumulates the charge of the photoelectric converter read from the plurality of readers; and a transfer controller which performs a transfer control including controlling whether the charge accumulated in one of the plurality of charge accumulators is transferred or blocked from being transferred to another one of the plurality of charge accumulators. The transfer controller is disposed between the plurality of charge accumulators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sei Suzuki, Tohru Yamada, Yasuyuki Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10650213
    Abstract: A fingerprint sensing device includes: a fingerprint sensor including scan lines and initialization lines extending in a first direction and arranged in a second direction, sensing lines extending in the second direction and arranged in the first direction, and sensing pixels connected to the scan lines, the initialization lines, and the sensing lines and disposed in a matrix configuration; a scan driver configured to apply an enable-level initialization signal to a-numbered sensing pixel rows while applying a disable-level initialization signal to b-numbered sensing pixel rows, and applying an enable-level scan signal to one sensing pixel row in the b-numbered sensing pixel rows; and a sensing driver configured to receive a sensing signal from the sensing pixel row to which the scan signal is applied through the sensing lines, wherein the a and b are positive numbers that are greater than 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keum Dong Jung, Ki Seo Kim, Il Nam Kim, Jae-Kyoung Kim, Kyung Tea Park, Jong In Baek
  • Patent number: 10628983
    Abstract: A system captures and combines image data from a plurality of image sensors to generate combined images. A plurality of individual rolling-shutter image sensors comprise a pair of adjacent image sensors. A controller combines image data captured by the plurality of individual rolling-shutter image sensors to generate a combined image, the combined image comprising first pixels captured by a first one of the adjacent image sensors, second pixels captured by a second one of the adjacent image sensors and a first boundary between the first pixels and the second pixels. A first one of the adjacent image sensors is configured to have a first integration and readout scanning direction along a first scanning axis and the second one of the adjacent image sensors is configured to have a second integration and readout scanning direction along the first scanning axis. Both of the first and second integration and readout scanning directions are oriented toward (or away from) the first boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Digital Domain 3.0, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Aaron Barger
  • Patent number: 10609312
    Abstract: An imaging pixel may have a fully depleted charge transfer path between a pinned photodiode and a floating diffusion region. A pinned transfer diode may be coupled between the pinned photodiode and the floating diffusion region. The imaging pixel may be formed in upper and lower substrates with an interconnect layer coupling the upper substrate to the lower substrate. The imaging pixel may include one or more storage diodes coupled between the transfer diode and the floating diffusion region. The imaging pixel may be used to capture high dynamic range images with flicker mitigation, images synchronized with light sources, or for high frame rate operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Sergey Velichko, Vladimir Korobov
  • Patent number: 10602111
    Abstract: Techniques for auto white balancing of captured images based on detection of flicker in ambient light is described. When flicker is detected in ambient light during an image capture event, and the flicker is unchanging during the image capture event, a white point of image data may be estimated according to a first technique. When flicker is detected in ambient light during an image capture event, and the flicker is changing during the image capture event, a white point of image data may be estimated according to a second technique. When flicker is not detected, a white point of image data may be estimated according to a third technique. Image data may be color corrected based on the estimated white point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yonghui Zhao, Xuemei Zhang, Yingjun Bai, Gregory Guyomarc'h, Kosta Dabov
  • Patent number: 10567689
    Abstract: An image sensor pixel may include a photodiode, one or more storage diodes, one or more potential barrier structures, one or more capacitors, and a floating diffusion region. The photodiode may be coupled to a storage diode and a first capacitor, and a first potential barrier structure may be interposed between the storage diode and the first capacitor. The photodiode may also be coupled to additional storage diodes and additional capacitors in a similar manner. Additionally, the photodiode may be directly separated from a given capacitor via a corresponding potential barrier structure. Each capacitor may store overflow charge from one or more storage diodes and/or the photodiode and may be connected to the floating diffusion via respective transistors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: Sergey Velichko
  • Patent number: 10560648
    Abstract: Image captured with an image capture device with a rolling shutter may be deformed due to changes in imaging sensor orientation during image capture. Image deformities may occur due to rolling shutter that exposes rows of pixels to light at slightly different times during image capture. Deformities such as wobble, for example, and/or other deformities may be corrected by constructing an output image. The output image may be constructed by determining corresponding pixels within the input image. The location of the input pixel may be determined by performing one or more fixed point iterations to identify one or more input pixels within the input image. A value of the output pixel within the output image may be determined based on a value of a corresponding pixel within the input image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrien Fontvielle, Sophana Kok
  • Patent number: 10557948
    Abstract: A radiation imaging system for generating a moving image includes pixels each including a signal generation unit configured to convert radiation into charges; a reading circuit configured to read, from each pixel, an accumulation signal output from the signal generation unit in accordance with accumulated charges and a reset signal output from the signal generation unit in a reset state; a storage unit; and a signal processing unit stores, in the storage unit, a correction image generated based on the reset signal and the accumulation signal read from each pixel before initial irradiation, and generates a frame image in each frame period based on a radiation image generated based on the accumulation signal read from each pixel, a reset image generated based on the reset signal read from each pixel, and the correction image stored in the storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazumasa Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10518034
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising an optical sensor having a plurality of photosensitive cells arranged in a grid, wherein the optical sensor is configured to capture a first image using a first subset of the photosensitive cells and to capture a second image using a second subset of the photosensitive cells, the second subset not including any of the photosensitive cells in the first subset, wherein the apparatus is configured to process the first and second images using at least one optical character recognition algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GMBH
    Inventor: Stephan Muller-Pathle
  • Patent number: 10462402
    Abstract: A vertically stacked image sensor having a photodiode chip and a transistor array chip. The photodiode chip includes at least one photodiode and a transfer gate extends vertically from a top surface of the photodiode chip. The image sensor further includes a transistor array chip stacked on top of the photodiode chip. The transistor array chip includes the control circuitry and storage nodes. The image sensor further includes a logic chip vertically stacked on the transistor array chip. The transfer gate communicates data from the at least one photodiode to the transistor array chip and the logic chip selectively activates the vertical transfer gate, the reset gate, the source follower gate, and the row select gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Xiaofeng Fan
  • Patent number: 10447889
    Abstract: An image sensor module includes a first image reading chip and a second image reading chip. A first output circuit of the first image reading chip performs driving with multiple drive capabilities. A first output selection unit selects a first drive capability from the multiple drive capabilities and supplies a selection signal to the first output circuit. A second output circuit of the second image reading chip performs driving with one of the multiple drive capabilities. A second output selection unit selects a second drive capability from the multiple drive capabilities and supplies a selection signal to the second output circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takafumi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10412328
    Abstract: Image captured with an image capture device with a rolling shutter may be deformed due to changes in imaging sensor orientation during image capture. Image deformities may occur due to rolling shutter that exposes rows of pixels to light at slightly different times during image capture. Deformities such as wobble, for example, and/or other deformities may be corrected by constructing an output image. The output image may be constructed by determining corresponding pixels within the input image. The location of the input pixel may be determined by performing one or more fixed point iterations to identify one or more input pixels within the input image. A value of the output pixel within the output image may be determined based on a value of a corresponding pixel within the input image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrien Fontvielle, Sophana Kok
  • Patent number: 10389964
    Abstract: Provided is a solid state imaging device including: a pixel unit; row drive circuits respectively corresponding to rows of the pixel unit, each including a first and a second signal generation units; drive signal generation unit configured to generate a readout scan signal and a shutter scan signal, as drive signals for driving pixels, based on signals output from the first and the second signal generation units; and a switching unit configured to switch the row drive circuit between: a first state in which the first signal generation unit generates the readout scan signal and the second signal generation unit generates the shutter scan signal and a second state in which the first signal generation unit generates the shutter scan signal and the second signal generation unit generates the readout scan signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroaki Taniguchi, Noriyuki Shikina
  • Patent number: 10284908
    Abstract: Methods and systems related to processing multiple data transmissions are disclosed. For example, a computing device may receive a data stream corresponding to a content item, and generate additional data streams by sampling the data stream, for example, using different sampling regions. Another data stream at a higher resolution than each of the additional data streams may then be generated by combining elements (e.g., pixels) of the additional data streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Yasser F. Syed
  • Patent number: 10284784
    Abstract: A shutter apparatus of an electronic front curtain system includes a motor configured to rotate in a first rotating direction and a second rotating direction opposite to the first rotating direction, a first light shield movable between a close state for closing an aperture and an open state for opening the aperture, a second light shield movable between the close state for closing the aperture and the open state for opening the aperture, and a first cam member configured to interlock and move the first light shield and the second light shield in accordance with a rotation in each of the first rotating direction and the second rotating direction of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuya Karibe, Masahiro Takayama
  • Patent number: 10281799
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus is provided, including a blade-driving device and a driving control unit which drives the front curtain actuator and the rear curtain actuator. The front curtain and the rear curtain are positioned at the open position at a time of start and termination of imaging, in which the front curtain moves from the closing position to the open position, and the rear curtain moves from the open position to the closing position, thereby performing an exposure operation. During consecutive photographing, the front curtain positioned at the closing position is moved once in a direction of the open position and is then returned to the closing position after the rear curtain is moved to the open position after termination of the exposure operation, and before a subsequent exposure operation is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO PRECISION INC.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Takahashi, Yoichi Nakano
  • Patent number: 10276619
    Abstract: A semiconductor device structure is provided. The semiconductor device structure includes a first semiconductor die, and a second semiconductor die bonded on the first semiconductor die. A through-substrate via penetrates through a semiconductor substrate of the second semiconductor die. A passivation layer is disposed between the first semiconductor die and the second semiconductor die, wherein the passivation layer is directly bonded to the semiconductor substrate of the second semiconductor die. A conductive feature passes through the passivation layer, wherein the conductive feature is bonded to the through-substrate via. A barrier layer is disposed between the conductive feature and the passivation layer. The barrier layer covers sidewalls of the conductive feature and separates the surface of the conductive feature from a nearest neighboring surface of the first or second semiconductor die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Hsun-Ying Huang
  • Patent number: 10212349
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus is provided that includes a correction unit configured to optically correct image shake by moving a lens or an imaging element; a first detector configured to detect an angular velocity of the imaging apparatus; a second detector configured to detect a motion vector from a captured image; a calculator configured to calculate an object angular velocity on the basis of the angular velocity of imaging apparatus and the motion vector; a third detection unit configured to detect a cycle of a motion of the object on the basis of the object angular velocity; and a processor configured to detect a cycle of a motion of the object on the basis of the object angular velocity and set an exposure timing at the time of panning on the basis of the cycle of the motion of the object and correct image shake of the object by driving the correction unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroaki Kuchiki
  • Patent number: 10187581
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus which satisfactorily compensates for a flash band appearing due to an external flash and prevents a row insensitive to the flash from appearing in a corrected image. The flash band appearing in a plurality of frames consecutive in terms of time is detected based on an image signal output from an image pickup device which sequentially starts exposure and sequentially reads out signals for each row of pixels. An image in at least one of those frames is corrected to a full-screen flash image. When a width of the flash band is smaller than the number of rows in one frame, a row in which the flash band does not appear is interpolated using a row in which the flash band appears and which immediately precedes or immediately succeeds the row in which the flash band does not appear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takenori Kobuse
  • Patent number: 10180620
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a power controller, a power control method, and a program which appropriately supply power to an actuator for driving a shutter and an actuator for camera shake correction. A power controller includes a shutter controller for controlling a shutter driving unit, a camera shake correction controller for controlling a camera shake correction driving unit, and a power amount setting unit for setting amounts of power to be allocated to the shutter driving unit and the camera shake correction driving unit according to a set shutter speed. The power amount setting unit allocates the amount of power to be supplied to the camera shake correction driving unit when the shutter speed is equal to or less than a predetermined speed to the shutter driving unit in a case where the shutter speed is faster than a predetermined speed. The present technology available for an image pickup device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuharu Murashima, Yuki Hara
  • Patent number: 10178331
    Abstract: A method for noise reduction in an imaging device comprises a 4T pixel in operation, whereby the 4T pixel comprises a pinned photodiode and a floating diffusion node. The method includes the steps of: detecting a signal impinging on the 4T pixel of the imaging device and integrating the charge of the detected signal simultaneously in the photodiode potential well and the potential well of the floating diffusion node; deriving a linear signal proportional to the detected signal from the charge in the photodiode potential well; deriving a compressed signal from the charge in the potential well of the floating diffusion node, while keeping the compressed signal separate from the linear signal, and the compressed signal being a non-linear function of the detected signal; and summing the linear signal and a linearized version of the compressed signal and performing a non-linear conversion on the summation signal to fit the imaging device's output range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: MELEXIS TECHNOLOGIES NV
    Inventor: Volodymyr Seliuchenko
  • Patent number: 10045009
    Abstract: A first imaging device and a second image device are connected with each other in a communicatable manner, and data of imaging timing and data of an exposure period of the first imaging device are transmitted to the second imaging device. In the second imaging device, the imaging timing and the exposure period can be set based on the data of the imaging timing and the data of the exposure period which are received. Therefore, an image is taken by the first imaging device and the second imaging device with the imaging timing and the exposure period of the first imaging device agreeing with those of the second imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuuji Ooba
  • Patent number: 10008526
    Abstract: An image sensor may include: a photoelectric conversion element suitable for generating a photo charge in response to incident light; and a transfer transistor suitable for transferring the photo charge generated by the photoelectric conversion element to a floating diffusion in response to a transfer signal, the transfer transistor comprising a first transfer gate formed over the photoelectric conversion element; an opening formed in the first transfer gate and exposing the photoelectric conversion element; a second transfer gate formed in the opening; and a channel layer interposed between the first and second transfer gates and between the photoelectric conversion element and the second transfer gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: SK Hynix Inc.
    Inventors: Sung-Kun Park, Yun-Hui Yang, Pyong-Su Kwag, Dong-Hyun Woo, Young-Jun Kwon, Min-Ki Na, Cha-Young Lee, Ho-Ryeong Lee
  • Patent number: 9971440
    Abstract: To reduce power consumption. Included are a selection signal output circuit, a reset signal output circuit, and a plurality of photodetector circuits. After the selection signal output circuit outputs part of the selection signals, output of the other selection signals from the selection signal output circuit is stopped. After the reset signal output circuit outputs part of the reset signals, output of the other reset signals from the reset signal output circuit is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Kurokawa, Takayuki Ikeda, Hikaru Tamura, Masataka Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9967460
    Abstract: A photographing apparatus, comprising: an imaging optical system; an image sensor which receives a light flux passing through the imaging optical system, captures an image, and outputs an imaging signal; an aperture which is included in the imaging optical system and which includes an opening to restrict the light flux; a controller which performs a first exposure control to control the exposure of the image sensor by changing the opening of the aperture and calculates, based on an imaging signal output by the image sensor, a deviation between an optimal exposure amount and a currently set actual exposure amount; and an imaging control circuit which performs a second exposure control to control the exposure of the image sensor without changing the opening of the aperture, wherein the controller selects either the first exposure control or the second exposure control based on the deviation to control exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Masatoshi Noda
  • Patent number: 9936143
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for operating a camera. The method includes the steps of providing an array of image sensing pixels, disposing an electronic shutter in an optical path between the array of pixels and an image where the electronic shutter has a reflective state and a transmissive state and applying a predetermined sequence of electrical signals to the electronic shutter to expose the image sensing pixels to the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Fan He, Michael Frenzer
  • Patent number: 9924094
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus capable of changing a live view photographing drive mode without causing freezing of live view display is demonstrated. When a switch is operated in a state where image signals output from an image pickup device sent via a first path are used for live view and image signals output from the image pickup device sent via a second path are used for AF, a drive mode of the image pickup device is changed such that image signals from the second path can be used for live view, then an acquisition destination of the live view signals is changed from the first path to the second path, then the drive mode is changed such that high-definition live view image signals are output from the first path, and then the acquisition destination of the live view signals is changed from the second path to the first path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Kageyama
  • Patent number: 9923011
    Abstract: A semiconductor device structure is provided. The semiconductor device structure includes a first semiconductor die and a second semiconductor die. The semiconductor device structure also includes a passivation layer between the first semiconductor die and the second semiconductor die, and the passivation layer is directly bonded to a second interlayer dielectric layer of the second semiconductor die. The semiconductor device structure further includes a conductive feature in via hole and directly bonded to a second conductive line of the second semiconductor die. The semiconductor device structure further includes a second barrier layer between the conductive feature and the passivation layer. The second barrier layer covers sidewalls of the conductive feature and a surface of the conductive feature closer to the first semiconductor die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Hsun-Ying Huang
  • Patent number: 9912886
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus is provided. The apparatus comprises an image sensor comprising pixels and a controller. The pixels include a photoelectric converter, a holding unit, an output unit and a first and second transfer unit. The controller causes the sensor to repeatedly perform a holding operation that the first transfer unit transfer charge from the photoelectric conversion unit to the holding unit, and a transfer operation that the second transfer unit transfer the charge from the holding unit to the output unit. The controller causes the sensor to perform, as the holding operation, holding operations including a first holding operation for performing the first transfer unit transfer charge generated in a first exposure time and a second holding operation for performing the first transfer unit transfer charge generated in a second exposure time longer than the first exposure time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Shigeta, Noriyuki Kaifu, Hisashi Takado
  • Patent number: 9894303
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: a first unit pixel cell including a first electrode, a second electrode facing the first electrode, a first photoelectric conversion layer between the first electrode and the second electrode, the first photoelectric conversion layer generating first signal charge, and a first signal detection circuit connected to the first electrode, the first signal detection circuit detecting the first signal charge; and a voltage supply circuit. The voltage supply circuit supplies a first voltage to the second electrode during a first period when the first unit pixel cell accumulates the first signal charge. The voltage supply circuit supplies a second voltage to at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode during a second period other than the first period, the second period including a first moment at which a difference in potential between the first electrode and the second electrode is zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuo Miyake
  • Patent number: 9888201
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus having a plurality of Bayer arrays each including 4 pixels sharing a common electrode connected to a vertical signal line wherein: each of the pixels has a pixel electrode connected to a horizontal signal line; and the location of each of the horizontal signal lines and the location of each of the pixel electrodes each connected to one of the horizontal signal lines are determined so that the locations in a neighboring Bayer array are a mirror image of counterpart locations in another Bayer array adjacent to the neighboring Bayer array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Kenichi Okumura
  • Patent number: 9871964
    Abstract: A photographing apparatus includes an image sensor configured to convert an object image formed by a photographing optical system, of the photographing apparatus, into electrical pixel signals, the photographing optical system including an optical element; and a photographing controller configured to control a photographing operation, in which a set of images for use in an image-synthesizing operation are photographed. During the photographing operation, the image sensor and the optical element are sequentially moved relative to each other from a reference position to relative positions in a direction different to a direction of the optical axis, wherein every time the photographing controller obtains a photographed image at each relative position, the photographing controller determines whether or not the photographed image satisfies usage testing-requirements for a constituent: image of the set of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Miyata, Teppei Okamoto
  • Patent number: 9871975
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, exposure control of an image sensor is performed based on a movement characteristic of a shutter configured to be movable to a position at which the image sensor is shielded from light and to a position at which the image sensor is not shielded from light. A moving speed of the shutter may change during movement, and a light amount change characteristic of light from an object may be calculated by a calculation unit. In one or more embodiments, the calculation unit calculates a timing when a light from an object satisfies a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoyuki Nakagawara, Atsushi Sugawara
  • Patent number: 9800806
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an intermediate image generating unit configured to input an image which has been shot with differing exposure times set by region, generates a plurality of exposure pattern images corresponding to differing exposure times based on the input image, and generates a plurality of timing images which are difference images of the plurality of exposure pattern images; and a distortion correction processing unit configured to generate a corrected image equivalent to an exposure processing image at a predetermined exposure time by synthesizing processing of the plurality of timing images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shun Kaizu, Tomoo Mitsunaga
  • Patent number: 9798940
    Abstract: There are provided an image capture portion, a luminance acquisition section, a luminance estimation section, and a capture mode setup section. The image capture portion cyclically captures a vehicle compartment. The luminance acquisition section acquires the luminance of a captured image captured by the image capture portion. The luminance estimation section estimates a cyclic change in the luminance of captured images to be captured subsequently. The capture mode setup section settles a capture mode for the image capture portion based on a result of estimating the cyclic change in the luminance of captured images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazumichi Hoshiya
  • Patent number: 9762819
    Abstract: A voltage generator includes a supply voltage conversion block suitable for converting a supply voltage into an internal voltage, and a supply voltage control block suitable for supplying the supply voltage to the supply voltage conversion block, wherein the supply voltage has different voltage levels that correspond to generation sections of the internal voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: SK Hynix Inc.
    Inventor: Min-Hee Jo
  • Patent number: 9712765
    Abstract: A solid-state image pickup device includes a pixel unit in which a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements having different sensitivities are arranged; and a pixel reading unit configured to read and add output signals from the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements in the pixel unit, and to obtain an output signal seemingly from one pixel. The pixel unit includes an absorbing unit configured to absorb overflowing electric charge from a photoelectric conversion element with a high sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiichi Funatsu, Hiroaki Ebihara, Yoshiharu Kudoh
  • Patent number: 9706150
    Abstract: Provided are an image pickup device and a camera system that are capable of detecting an extremely small signal from a pixel or one photon signal with low noise and high precision at high speed, and are capable of performing various kinds of high-performance shooting by increasing a frame rate with use of this. Each sense circuit includes a comparator configured to compare an output signal from a pixel with a reference signal, and when signal detection is performed, a charge allowing a first pixel signal output from a selected pixel to be cancelled out is held in one or both of input sections of the comparator, an independent offset bias for each comparator is applied to one of the input sections of the comparator to cancel out an offset of the comparator, and a digital decision on intensity of light incident on the pixel is performed by comparing a reference signal changing in steps with a second pixel signal output from the selected pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Nishihara, Hirofumi Sumi
  • Patent number: 9659984
    Abstract: A solid-state image sensor includes a semiconductor substrate having a photoelectric conversion element converting incident light into a charge and a charge retaining section temporarily retaining the charge photoelectrically converted by the photoelectric conversion element and a light shielding section having an embedded section extending in at least a region between the photoelectric conversion element and the charge retaining section of the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Ohkubo, Suzunori Endo
  • Patent number: 9654689
    Abstract: A sequence of digital images are produced using an imaging sensor circuit, wherein each of the digital images was a result of light capture by the imaging sensor circuit during a respective pixel integration phase followed by analog to digital conversion during a respective readout phase. A camera actuator is driven while producing the sequence of images, wherein during a part of every respective readout phase for the sequence of digital images the actuator is driven using a linear drive circuit, and wherein during a part of every respective pixel integration phase the actuator is driven using a switch mode drive circuit. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey N. Gleason, Chiajen Lee, Ryan J. Dunn
  • Patent number: 9635295
    Abstract: The imaging device includes: a first display section that functions as an electronic view finder; a viewing angle setting section that sets a viewing angle of a live view image; a display image generation section that generates a display image which uses the live view image reduced in accordance the viewing angle; a display timing control section; and a blanking time period setting section. The display timing control section synchronizes the image sensor and the first display section in a delay time shorter than a single frame period. The blanking time period setting section sets a blanking time period at the end of the single frame period in accordance with a size of the live view image to be displayed. By completing reading of the imaging signal before start of the blanking time period, synchronization between the timing of driving the image sensor and the timing of performing display on the electronic view finder is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Fuminori Irie
  • Patent number: 9628729
    Abstract: An image sensor that has a pixel array section in which pixels are arrayed in a two-dimensional manner in vertical and horizontal directions and that controls an exposure time of each pixel in a rolling shutter method is disclosed. The sensor includes control means for determining an electronic shutter occurrence number within one horizontal scanning period, which is the number of rows where electronic shutters are simultaneously performed in one horizontal scanning period, by an operation based on an address addition amount (P1, P2, P3, . . . , PN) when a vertical address movement amount of the pixel array section for every one horizontal scanning period in an exposure regulation shutter, which is an electronic shutter for regulating exposure, executed corresponding to electric charge reading in each pixel is expressed as repetition of the address addition amount (P1, P2, P3, . . . , PN).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiji Makino, Takahiro Abiru, Ryoji Suzuki, Masahiro Itoh
  • Patent number: 9571750
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus includes a detection unit that detects brightness of light from an object, an XY addressing type of image sensor, a focal plane shutter having a mechanical second curtain shutter, an electronic first curtain shutter that resets the pixels in each line, and causes accumulation of charges in the pixels to start, a period detection unit that detects periodic variation in a light amount, a prediction unit that, based on the period of the variation in the light amount, predicts variation in the light amount in a predetermined exposure time, and a control unit that controls a reset time of the electronic first curtain shutter such that charge accumulation amounts of the pixels of each line fall within a predetermined range according to the variation in the light amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuichi Ariga
  • Patent number: 9542022
    Abstract: It is an object to suppress malfunction of a touch sensor, a touch panel, and a device using them by accurate determination whether inputting is performed or not. In addition, it is also an object to enhance the response speed of the determination. A touch panel including a plurality of pixels having photosensors and an image processing portion are included. The photosensor forms a contact image of a portion of an object which touches the touch panel. The image processing portion calculates the area of the contact portion from color data of the contact image and determines on the basis of the area whether inputting to the touch panel is performed or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Munehiro Kozuma
  • Patent number: 9485434
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus includes an image capturing unit which captures an image of an object and outputs an image, a switching unit which switches modes between a first mode in which the image capturing unit outputs a first image and then outputs a second image having an exposure value different from the first image, and a second mode in which the image capturing unit continuously outputs an image not used for compositing, an exposure control unit which controls an exposure value for capturing an image of an object, following change in object luminance, when a parameter related to change in object luminance exceeds a predetermined range in which an exposure value for capturing an image of the object is not controlled to follow the change in object luminance, and a setting unit which sets the predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Sugie
  • Patent number: 9432595
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an intermediate image generating unit configured to input an image which has been shot with differing exposure times set by region, generates a plurality of exposure pattern images corresponding to differing exposure times based on the input image, and generates a plurality of timing images which are difference images of the plurality of exposure pattern images; and a distortion correction processing unit configured to generate a corrected image equivalent to an exposure processing image at a predetermined exposure time by synthesizing processing of the plurality of timing images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Shun Kaizu, Tomoo Mitsunaga
  • Patent number: RE47523
    Abstract: An image sensor comprises a pixel array having a plurality of pixel regions, wherein the pixel array is adapted to generate at least one signal from each pixel region and a separate signal from a subset of pixels within each pixel region, both during a single exposure period. In one embodiment, the sensor is in communication with a shift register which accumulates the separate signal and transfers the separate signal to an amplifier. The shift register further accumulates the at least one signal from the pixel region after the separate signal has been transferred to the amplifier and transfers the at least one signal to the amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: PIXON IMAGING, INC.
    Inventors: Richard C. Puetter, Vesa Junkkarinen