Physical Structure Of Circuit Element Patents (Class 348/76)
  • Patent number: 10381393
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus is an image pickup apparatus including: an image pickup device including a plurality of electrode pads provided in a row on an outer peripheral portion of a light-receiving surface on which a light-receiving section is formed, the plurality of electrode pads being connected to the light-receiving section; and a wiring board including a plurality of inner leads connected to respective electrode pads, wherein each of the inner leads includes a distal end portion, a bent portion and a rear end portion, the distal end portion is connected to the corresponding electrode pad, the bent portion includes a first bent portion having a recess shape relative to the light-receiving surface and a second bent portion having a protruding shape relative to the light-receiving surface, and the rear end portion is disposed in parallel with a side face of the image pickup device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuro Suyama, Takahiro Shimohata
  • Patent number: 10359619
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a single lens that has a square exterior shape in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis, an image sensor that has an square exterior shape which is same as the exterior shape of the single lens, in the direction perpendicular to the optical axis, a sensor cover that has an exterior shape which is same as the exterior shape of the single lens, in the direction perpendicular to the optical axis; and a bonding resin portion that fixes the sensor cover to the single lens, The single lens is a lens which is formed in a prismatic shape. The single lens has first surface on an imaging subject side that has a plane, and has second surface on an imaging side that has a convex surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoyuki Haraguchi, Takafumi Sanada, Yasuyuki Hanada, Yuichi Hatase
  • Patent number: 10277863
    Abstract: A camera unit includes: an image sensor; a circuit board in which a signal processor circuit to process an output signal of the image sensor is formed; a cable including at least a signal conductor element and a ground conductor element and connected at one end to the circuit board; a metal housing component to accommodate the image sensor and the circuit board therein; and a metal component disposed at the end of the cable and connected to the ground conductor element. The ground conductor element is connected to both a ground terminal of the circuit board and the metal housing component in a vicinity of the end of the cable where the cable is connected to the circuit board. The ground conductor element is connected to the metal housing component through the metal component in the vicinity of the end of the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Maekawa, Norihiko Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10249676
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes: an image pickup device including a light receiving surface, an opposite surface, and an inclined surface, and provided with light receiving surface electrodes formed on the light receiving surface; cover glass joined so as to cover the light receiving surface; and a wiring board including second bond electrodes, wherein back surfaces of the light receiving surface electrodes being exposed to an opposite surface side, extended wiring patterns extended from the respective back surfaces of the light receiving surface electrodes through the inclined surface to the opposite surface, each of the extended wiring patterns including a first bond electrode, and the first bond electrode and the second bond electrode being bonded through a bump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Nakayama
  • Patent number: 10231602
    Abstract: A video processor distributes hardware resources and software resources related to video signal processing performed by a video signal processing unit to a first partition and a second partition, assigns minimal processing from among the video signal processing to the resources distributed to the first partition, assigns processing from among the video signal processing that is other than the minimal processing to the resources distributed to the second partition, monitors anomalies in the resources distributed to the first partition and the second partition, and only resets resources distributed to a partition in which an anomaly has been detected by the monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroki Tago
  • Patent number: 10228553
    Abstract: A microscope device 100 includes: a sample container holder 7 that is capable of housing a plurality of sample containers 9 and that is supported so as to be attachable, each of the sample containers 9 housing a sample S and a first immersion medium and including a transparent section that transmits light; an illumination optical system 1 that emits illumination light to the sample S via the transparent section; a detection optical system 2 that detects light from the sample S via the transparent section; and a movement mechanism 16 that relatively moves the sample container holder 7, the detection optical system 2, and the illumination optical system 1 in a gravity direction. The sample container holder 7 houses the plurality of sample containers S in the gravity direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Shimada
  • Patent number: 10199419
    Abstract: There is provided a semiconductor device including: a plurality of bumps (13) on a first semiconductor substrate (11); and a lens material (57) in a region other than the plurality of bumps on the first semiconductor substrate, wherein a distance between a side of a bump closest to the lens material and a side of the lens material closest to the bump is greater than twice a diameter of the bump closest to the lens material, and wherein the distance between the side of the bump closest to the lens material and the side of the lens material closest to the bump is greater a minimum pitch of the bumps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Ogi, Junichiro Fujimagari, Susumu Inoue, Atsushi Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 10188266
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: an imaging element that generates an image signal of a subject; an observation method determining unit that determines, based on identification information indicating types of a control device connected to the imaging device, whether the control device adopts a first observation method for processing an image signal indicating a plurality of images of the subject per one frame period or a second observation method for processing an image signal indicating a single image of the subject per one frame period; and a data reducing unit. If the control device adopts the second observation method, the data reducing unit reduces a data amount of the image signal to be transmitted to the control device per unit time such that a transmission rate indicating the data amount of the image signal per unit time is acceptable to the control device that adopts the second observation method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidenori Hashimoto, Wataru Ono
  • Patent number: 10191270
    Abstract: An imaging unit includes: a solid state image sensor configured to receive light and perform photoelectric conversion on the light to generate an electric signal; a substrate extending from the solid state image sensor in an optical axis direction of the solid state image sensor; and a multi-layer substrate formed on a surface of the substrate, the multi-layer substrate having a plurality of electronic components mounted thereon and having a plurality of conductor layers and a plurality of via holes formed therein. At least one of the plurality of electronic components is embedded inside the multi-layer substrate. The plurality of via holes is formed on an outer side of the at least one of the plurality of electronic components embedded inside the multi-layer substrate along an optical axis direction of the multi-layer substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takatoshi Igarashi
  • Patent number: 10016116
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: an imaging unit; a drive signal generation unit configured to generate and output a plurality of drive signals for driving the imaging unit; a differential converter configured to convert one of the plurality of drive signals into a differential signal; a pair of signal lines configured to transmit the differential signal and configured such that impedance matching does not occur at a terminal of one of the pair of signal lines; and an adjustment unit configured to send a detecting signal to the one of the pair of signal lines, and to adjust characteristics of at least one of the plurality of drive signals based on a time period from when the detecting signal is sent until the detecting signal is reflected and returned from the terminal of the one of the pair of signal lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koichiro Tabuchi
  • Patent number: 9993135
    Abstract: An endoscopic system can include an endoscope shaft having a proximal end and a distal end. The endoscopic system can have a sensor system that includes an electrically active sensor mounted proximate the distal end and positioned to sense at least one characteristic of an environment in which the distal end is located, a data signal transmission line connected to the sensor to transmit data signals between the sensor and a signal processor, and an electrical power transmission line connected to the sensor to transmit power to the sensor. The endoscopic system also can include a floating ground element arranged to provide an electrical reference for the sensor system. Voltage induced by an electromagnetic interference external to the endoscopic system on at least one of the data signal transmission line or electrical power line is substantially similar to the voltage induced by the electromagnetic interference on the floating ground element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Dominique Brichard, David D. Scott, Klaus Zietlow
  • Patent number: 9998641
    Abstract: An optical unit includes: a lens holding frame configured to hold an objective optical system; an image pickup device holding frame configured to hold an image pickup device including a light receiving section that detects an object image formed by the objective optical system, to which a first holding frame is interpolated and fitted; a welding section provided on a fitting section of the lens holding frame and the image pickup device holding frame, configured to fix the lens holding frame and the image pickup device holding frame at a fitting position at which an image forming surface of the object image by the objective optical system and the light receiving section are made to coincide; and a bonding material configured to fill a gap formed between the lens holding frame and the image pickup device holding frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Teruyuki Nishihara
  • Patent number: 9839346
    Abstract: A surgical instrument having: a wall; an electrically insulating substrate; an electrical connection, wherein at least a portion of the electrical connection is applied on an exterior surface of the electrically insulating substrate; an insulating layer applied on the portion of the electrical connection; and a hermetic connection layer applied to the insulating layer, wherein the hermetic connection layer is hermetically connected to the wall to separate a hermetic chamber from an outer area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Wieters, Uwe Schoeler
  • Patent number: 9827340
    Abstract: A mobile sterilization assembly, a mobile sterilization device, and method for sterilization using a mobile sterilization device are described for providing a low-cost and compact sterilization system using an ultraviolet light-emitting diode for sterilization. In an implementation, a mobile sterilization assembly includes a sterilization assembly couplable to a mobile device with a controller, the sterilization assembly including at least one light dispersive element; and an optical coupler configured to couple the at least one light dispersive element to a mobile device; where the at least one light dispersive element at least one of transmits and disperses light from at least one light-emitting diode or transmits light to a photodiode, where the at least one light-emitting diode or the photodiode are configured to be communicatively coupled to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Chih-Min Cheng, Cheng-Wei Pei
  • Patent number: 9795338
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for observing a sentinel lymph node (SLN) in a human body. More particularly, the present invention relates to a device for observing an SLN by detecting near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence caused by a fluorescent material such as indocyanine green (ICG) at the SLN and a method for detecting NIR fluorescence at an SLN. Particularly, in the implementation of a composite image obtained by reproducing a fluorescent material such as ICG and NIR fluorescence emitted by excitation light together with a visible light image, it is possible to detect an SLN with high accuracy through a color contrast method and/or a temporal modulation method using an NIR fluorescence image signal and a visible reflection light image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: INTHESMART CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Uk Kang, Garry V. Papayan
  • Patent number: 9793221
    Abstract: A first insulating film is applied onto a joining face of a semiconductor device including a connection terminal on a joining face, and the connection terminal is embedded inside the first insulating film. The second insulating film is formed on a joining target face of a joining target, which includes a connection target terminal on the joining target face, and the connection target terminal is embedded inside the second insulating film. The semiconductor device and the joining target are joined together by applying pressure and causing the semiconductor device and the joining target to make contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Hidehiko Kira, Norio Kainuma, Takashi Kubota, Takumi Masuyama
  • Patent number: 9723270
    Abstract: A device for acquiring first and subsequent images of a suspect area on a patient and methods for monitoring or detecting changes of the suspect area over time and providing notification when the changes exceed a threshold. The device may be an imaging device, such as a digital camera, possibly augmented with physical or optical devices for arranging the orientation and/or distance of the imaging device with respect to the suspect area. In addition, methods for identifying, relocating, acquiring a first and/or subsequent image of the suspect area, and performing a comparative analysis of respective images are also described. Results of the comparative analysis can be used to notify and/or assist a medical professional in treating or counseling the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Dermaspect LLC
    Inventors: William T. Christiansen, II, Eric R. Steinmetzer, James E. Torelli
  • Patent number: 9636020
    Abstract: Analysis of live beings is facilitated. According to an example embodiment of the present invention, a light-directing arrangement such as an endoscope is mounted to a live being. Optics in the light-directing arrangement are implemented to pass source light (e.g., laser excitation light) into the live being, and to pass light from the live being for detection thereof. The light from the live being may include, for example, photons emitted in response to the laser excitation light (i.e., fluoresced). The detected light is then used to detect a characteristic of the live being.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Flusberg, Eric David Cocker, Juergen Claus Jung, Mark Jacob Schnitzer
  • Patent number: 9456737
    Abstract: An in-vivo imaging device and method for performing spectral analysis include inserting the in-vivo device into a patient's lumen, illuminating the tissue lumen and collecting the light scattered and reflected from the tissue. The device may comprise at least six illumination sources for illuminating the tissue. At least two of the six illumination sources illuminate at a different wavelength in the blue spectral region, at least two illuminate at a different wavelength in the green spectral region, and at least two illuminate at a different wavelength in the red spectral region. The illumination sources are adapted to illuminate in groups of three, wherein each group of three illumination sources comprises one illumination source that illuminates in the blue spectral region, one in the green spectral region, and one in the red spectral region. Each group of three illumination sources illuminates simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: GIVEN IMAGING LTD.
    Inventor: Amit Pascal
  • Patent number: 9417689
    Abstract: Systems and approaches are provided for robustly determining the motion of a computing device. Multiple cameras on the device can each capture a sequence of images, and the images can be analyzed to determine motion of the device with respect to a user, an object, or scenery captured in the images. The estimated motion may be complemented with measurements from an inertial sensor such as a gyroscope or an accelerometer to provide more accurate estimations of device motion than can be provided by image data or inertial sensor data alone. A computing device can then be configured to detect device motion as user input such as to navigate a user interface or to remotely control movement of another electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sharadh Ramaswamy
  • Patent number: 9411150
    Abstract: In an endoscope image pickup unit including an image pickup device having connecting terminal portions on a back surface, and a flexible printed wiring board having a first region on which the image pickup device is mounted, a second region in which an external connection portion for connecting an electric cable is formed, a bent portion provided between the first region and the second region, and two conductive layers, input and output pads for performing input of a voltage to and input and output of signals to and from the image pickup device are disposed at a position closer to the bent portion than ground pads for connecting the image pickup device to a ground, and input and output wirings to be connected to the input and output pads are formed from a same conductive layer as the input and output pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masatoshi Nagase
  • Patent number: 9369613
    Abstract: A camera unit includes an image sensor, a circuit board in which a signal processor circuit to process an output signal of the image sensor is formed, a cable including a signal conductor element and a ground conductor element and connected at one end to the circuit board, and a shielding component formed to enclose the circuit board therewith. The ground conductor element is connected to both a ground terminal of the circuit board and the shielding component in a vicinity of the end of the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Maekawa, Norihiko Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9186052
    Abstract: A reduced area imaging device is provided for use in medical or dental instruments such as an endoscope. The imaging device is provided in various configurations, and connections between the imaging device elements and a video display may be achieved by wired or wireless connections. A connector assembly located near the imaging device interconnects the imaging device to an image/power cable extending through the endoscope. The connector provides strain relief and stabilization for electrically interconnecting the imager to the cable. The connector also serves as the structure for anchoring the distal ends of steering wires extending through the body of the endoscopic device. The connector includes a strain relief member mounted over a body of the connector. The connector allows a steering wire capability without enlarging the profile of the distal tip of the endoscopic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Micro-Imagaing Solutions
    Inventor: John Gregory Adair
  • Patent number: 9179052
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a camera module including a lens barrel part in which a plurality of lenses are stacked, a housing having the lens barrel part disposed therein, and an infrared (IR)-cut filter provided in the housing and disposed at a lower portion of the lens barrel part. According to at least one embodiment, the camera module further includes a circuit board having a window formed therein so as to penetrate through a central region thereof and supporting a bottom surface of the housing; an image sensor accommodated in the window of the circuit board and converting an external image into an electrical signal, and a plate coupled to a lower portion of the circuit board to radiate heat generated from the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang Jin Lee, Ick Chan Shim, Hong Sik Yang, Kum Sung Jang
  • Patent number: 9164271
    Abstract: An endoscope system according to the invention includes a display device including a first connector, plural apparatuses having different functions in which placing sections, on which the display device can be detachably set from a common direction, are respectively provided, and a second connector disposed in common in each of the placing sections and electrically connected to the first connector of the display device to form a pair in a state in which the display device is set on the placing sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sadao Ebata, Katsunori Sakiyama
  • Patent number: 9149172
    Abstract: In-vivo medical devices, systems and methods of operating such devices include a permanent magnetic assembly interacting with external magnetic fields for magnetically maneuvering said device to a desired location along a patient's GI tract, and anchoring said devices to the desired location for a period of time. The in-vivo medical device includes illumination sources, an optical system, and an image sensor for imaging the GI tract and thus assisting in locating the desired location. Some in-vivo medical devices include a concave window, which enables better imaging of small areas along the tissue. Furthermore, in-vivo devices with a concave window enable carrying operating tools without damaging the tissue of the GI tract, since prior to operation, the tools protrude from the concave window but remain behind the ends of the edges of the concave window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: GIVEN IMAGING LTD.
    Inventors: Gavriel J. Iddan, Zvika Gilad
  • Patent number: 9125582
    Abstract: The current invention relates to a method for making a camera housing of an endoscope having a camera housing arranged at the distal end of the insertion portion, said camera housing being a molded component comprising an outer surface, a camera device embedded in the material of the camera housing, a light source embedded in the material of the camera housing, an opening at the distal end of the camera housing, and a channel in fluid communication with said opening. The endoscope further comprises a tube which provides fluid communication between the channel in the camera housing to the proximal end of the endoscope. The endoscope further comprises a bending portion arranged at the distal end of the insertion portion and at the proximal end of the camera housing and where the most distal portion of the bending portion is embedded in the material of the camera housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: AMBU A/S
    Inventor: Lasse Kjeld Gjoeske Petersen
  • Patent number: 9072442
    Abstract: A system and method may display an image stream, where an original image stream may be divided into two or more subset images streams, each subset image stream being displayed simultaneously or substantially simultaneously. The spatial position of the images displayed substantially simultaneously in each time slot may be variably adjusted based on a predetermined criterion. The images may be collected from an ingestible capsule traversing the GI tract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: GIVEN IMAGING LTD.
    Inventor: Hagai Krupnik
  • Patent number: 9041793
    Abstract: A method of using a scanning microscope to rapidly form a digital image of an area. The method includes performing an initial set of scans to form a guide pixel set for the area and using the guide pixel set to identify regions representing structures of interest in the area. Then, performing additional scans of the regions representing structures of interest, to gather further data to further evaluate pixels in the regions, and not scanning elsewhere in the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: FEI COMPANY
    Inventors: Cliff Bugge, Brandon van Leer
  • Patent number: 9007449
    Abstract: An image-capturing apparatus and a repair method thereof are provided. The image-capturing apparatus includes a lens frame to which one or more lenses are fixed; an image-capturing frame to which an image-capturing device is fixed; and a fixing member for fixing the lens frame and the image-capturing frame to each other without adhering a fitted portion between the lens frame and the image-capturing frame. The repair method for the image-capturing apparatus includes destructing a fixing member for fixing to each other a lens frame to which one or more lenses are fixed and an image-capturing frame to which an image-capturing device is fixed, and releasing fixing between the frames; replacing at least either of the lens frame and the image-capturing frame; and fixing to each other the lens frame and the image-capturing frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignees: Olympus Medical Systems Corp., Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiko Mitani, Kazuhiro Kumei, Kazuyoshi Akiba, Seiji Sakai, Hironobu Ichimura, Masahiro Kawauchi
  • Patent number: 8988519
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving an image of a user's eye at a device having a screen and a camera operable to input the image, processing the image to identify one or more characteristics of the user's eye for use in determining if the user is having difficulty viewing data displayed on the screen, and magnifying the data displayed on the screen if the user is having difficulty viewing the data. An apparatus and logic are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Murray B. Mar, Alan D. Gatzke, Ty Thorsen
  • Patent number: 8988600
    Abstract: A support according to an embodiment is a support that supports a wiring board including a mounting area for an image sensor, a first lead area extending from the mounting area and having a first connection terminal formed therein, and a second lead area extending from the mounting area and having a second connection terminal formed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Takatoshi Kamei
  • Publication number: 20150077531
    Abstract: A reduced area imaging device is provided for use in medical or dental instruments such as an endoscope. The imaging device is provided in various configurations, and connections between the imaging device elements and a video display may be achieved by wired or wireless connections. A connector assembly located near the imaging device interconnects the imaging device to an image/power cable extending through the endoscope. The connector provides strain relief and stabilization for electrically interconnecting the imager to the cable. The connector also serves as the structure for anchoring the distal ends of steering wires extending through the body of the endoscopic device. The connector includes a strain relief member mounted over a body of the connector. The connector allows a steering wire capability without enlarging the profile of the distal tip of the endoscopic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Micro-Imaging Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Adair, Randall Adair
  • Patent number: 8957953
    Abstract: An imaging device and an endoscopic device can be further miniaturized. A vertical selection unit simultaneously resets charge accumulation units of a plurality of pixels, and then a horizontal selection unit sequentially selects a plurality of first pixel signals corresponding to voltages of the charge accumulation units of the plurality of pixels and inputs the first pixel signals to an output unit. Further, a vertical selection unit simultaneously transfers the signal charges generated by the charge generation units in the plurality of pixels to the charge accumulation units, and then a horizontal selection unit sequentially selects a plurality of second pixel signals corresponding to the voltages of the charge accumulation units of the plurality of pixels and inputs the second pixel signals to the output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshio Hagihara
  • Publication number: 20150035960
    Abstract: An imaging module includes: an imaging unit including a light receiving unit having a plurality of pixels arranged in a specified shape including a lattice shape and configured to receive light and to perform photoelectric conversion on the received light, the imaging unit being configured to capture an image of a subject and to output the image as a light quantity signal; a signal processing unit configured to perform signal processing on the light quantity signal; and a flexible substrate which includes a bendable insulating film and on which the imaging unit and the signal processing unit are mounted. The flexible substrate is bent to arrange the signal processing unit and the flexible substrate in a space extending from an outer edge of an incident surface of the imaging unit in a direction perpendicular to the incident surface while maintaining a shape of the outer edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mikio NAKAMURA, Nau SATAKE, Hiroyuki MOTOHARA, Takanori SEKIDO
  • Patent number: 8896681
    Abstract: According to this invention, there is provided an image pickup unit for an endoscope, including a lens barrel portion includes a movable lens holding barrel that holds the movable lens and is movable to advance and retract and a drive mechanism portion which is disposed at a side surface portion of the lens barrel portion and drives the movable lens holding barrel. The unit has a holding portion which is disposed at the side surface portion of the lens barrel portion and is configured to position and hold the drive mechanism portion, a gap between the lens barrel portion and the drive mechanism portion is filled with an adhesive which is made to have a difference in hardness such that hardness is lower on a proximal end side than on a distal end side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Yuya Ishida
  • Patent number: 8896680
    Abstract: An endoscope includes: an image pickup device mounted in a distal end portion of an insertion portion; wiring that transmits a power supply having a plurality of different power supply voltages for driving the image pickup device, a drive signal that drives the image pickup device, an image pickup signal that is outputted from the image pickup device, and a ground level; a substrate on which a connector that relays the wiring is provided; a first voltage comparing portion that compares the plurality of different power supply voltages; a power supply generation portion that generates a plurality of second power supply voltages; a second voltage comparing portion that compares the plurality of second power supply voltages; and a power supply control portion that controls a supply of power to the image pickup device based on comparison results of the first and second voltage comparing portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Fumiyuki Okawa, Jun Konishi, Hidenori Hashimoto, Yasuhiro Tanaka, Yasunori Matsui
  • Patent number: 8885034
    Abstract: A reduced area imaging device is provided for use in medical or dental instruments such as an endoscope. The imaging device is provided in various configurations, and connections between the imaging device elements and a video display may be achieved by wired or wireless connections. A connector assembly located near the imaging device interconnects the imaging device to an image/power cable extending through the endoscope. The connector provides strain relief and stabilization for electrically interconnecting the imager to the cable. The connector also serves as the structure for anchoring the distal ends of steering wires extending through the body of the endoscopic device. The connector includes a strain relief member mounted over a body of the connector. The connector allows a steering wire capability without enlarging the profile of the distal tip of the endoscopic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Micro-Imaging Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Adair, Kevin Ewing Wiggins
  • Publication number: 20140320621
    Abstract: In a first aspect the invention is a video camera head comprising an objective lens assembly and a solid state imager (SSI) comprised of a solid state pick up device and integrated circuitry adapted to produce an output video signal. The SSI is configured to allow video signals to be sent from the SSI and power to be supplied to the SSI by means of four or less electrically connecting pads. In a second aspect the invention is a video camera head comprising a 0.7 mm×0.7 mm sensor and an integral 1.4 mm inner diameter light ring. In a third aspect the invention is a visualization probe comprising illumination means and a video camera head of the first aspect. The visualization probe has a maximum outer diameter of 2.8 mm or less. In a fourth aspect the invention is a medical device comprising a visualization probe of the third aspect. The medical device has a maximum outer diameter of 3.2 mm or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Elazar Sonnenschein, Ariel Smoliar, Yuval Malka
  • Patent number: 8854445
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes an image pickup section equipped with a color separation section that picks up an image of returning light from a subject illuminated by an illumination section, an emphasis processing section that performs emphasis processing on sharpness of an image signal generated from the output signal of the image pickup section and a storage section that stores information for modifying processing contents of the emphasis processing, wherein the storage section stores information for setting image signals to be subjected to emphasis processing in first and second observation modes in which images are picked up under illumination of white light and narrow band light respectively to a luminance signal and a color difference signal, and the emphasis processing section performs emphasis processing on the luminance signal with a greater emphasis characteristic than the color difference signal over an entire frequency domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Kenji Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8821382
    Abstract: An image pickup unit includes a board to which an image pickup device is electrically connected, the board is provided with a first terminal portion which includes a plurality of terminals and is used when a first endoscope is configured, and a second terminal portion which includes a plurality of terminals and is used when a second endoscope is configured, a folding portion is provided between the first terminal portion and the second terminal portion of the board, when the board is used as an image pickup unit of the second endoscope, the board is folded at the folding portion, and a signal transmission member is connected to the second terminal portion, and at least one of a terminal size and a space between terminals in the second terminal portion is set to be larger than at least one of a terminal size and a terminal space in the first terminal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Kagawa
  • Patent number: 8803960
    Abstract: In a first aspect the invention is a video camera head comprising an objective lens assembly and a solid state imager (SSI) comprised of a solid state pick up device and additional circuitry adapted to produce an output video signal. The video camera head has a maximum outer diameter of 1.1 mm or less and the length of the objective lens assembly is 2.5 mm or less. In a second aspect the invention is a visualization probe comprising illumination means, an objective lens assembly, and a solid state imager (SSI) comprised of a solid state pick up device and additional circuitry adapted to produce an output video signal. The visualization probe has a maximum outer diameter of 2.8 mm or less. In a third aspect the invention is a medical device comprising a visualization probe comprised of illumination means, an objective lens assembly, and a solid state imager (SSI) comprised of a solid state pick up device and additional circuitry adapted to produce an output video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Medigus Ltd.
    Inventors: Elazar Sonnenschein, Ariel Smoliar, Yuval Malka
  • Publication number: 20140210977
    Abstract: A system for wirelessly powering various devices positioned on an endoscope, including, for example, a light source, various electronics including an imager and/or a memory device. The endoscope is coupled to a camera where the endoscope may be rotated relative to the camera when coupled thereto. The system is further provided such that video signal processing parameters are automatically set for an endoscopic video camera system based upon characteristics of an attached endoscope, with reduced EMI and improved inventory tracking, maintenance and quality assurance, and reducing the necessity for adjustment and alignment of the endoscope and camera to achieve the data transfer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Marc R. Amling, Hans David Hoeg, David Chatenever, Charles E. Ankner
  • Publication number: 20140204189
    Abstract: Photo-detector device for electro-optical sensors, comprising at least a detection and conversion circuit, or pixel (20), having at least a photo-sensitive reception mean (26) and a reset control terminal (11), which is able to drive an element to control the charge dissipation (23) of the photo-sensitive reception mean (26). The pixel (20) is able to convert the current generated by the photo-sensitive reception mean (26) into a voltage signal on a read-out terminal (28). The photo-detector device also comprises a circuit for controlling the reset voltage (40), able to generate a suitable input signal to the reset control terminal (11) by connecting it alternatively to a reset terminal (42) or to an external reference terminal (47), the input signal to said external reference terminal (47) is the type that can be programmed from outside. Furthermore, the circuit for controlling the reset voltage (40) can be shared between a subset of detection and control circuits (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: EYE-TECH S.R.L.
    Inventor: Monica Vatteroni
  • Patent number: 8786691
    Abstract: An object is to provide a receiver system that allows a plurality of antennas to be easily attached onto a body surface without losing receiving functions of the antennas while improving freedom for a living body. A receiver system transmits in-vivo information including in-vivo images received from a capsule endoscope being the interior of a subject to an exterior receiving device via a plurality of wireless relay devices. Each of the wireless relay devices includes a receiving unit that receives the in-vivo information from the capsule endoscope at a first frequency, a transmitting unit that transmits the in-vivo information at a second frequency, a receiving unit that receives a control signal transmitted by the receiving device at the second frequency, and a control unit that controls transmissions and receptions performed by the receiving unit and the transmitting unit based on the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Naoto Koide
  • Patent number: 8767060
    Abstract: An inspection apparatus can include a handset and an elongated inspection tube extending from the handset. For reduction of heat energy radiating from one or more components of the apparatus, the apparatus can include a particularly designed heat sink assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: GE Inspection Technologies, LP
    Inventors: Joshua Lynn Scott, Marjorie L. Buerkle, James J. Delmonico, Thomas W. Karpen, Joseph V. Lopez
  • Patent number: 8698887
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus having an image pickup device chip, a wiring board placed within a projection plane of the image pickup device chip and a reinforcement member fixed in abutment with at least a part of the wiring board. An endoscope having the image pickup apparatus. A method for manufacturing the image pickup apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Yukiharu Makino, Takashi Nakayama, Fukashi Yoshizawa, Takatoshi Igarashi
  • Publication number: 20140098208
    Abstract: An image pickup device constituted by a bare chip is mounted to a flexible substrate including an opening portion and a wiring pattern, so that a light receiving area is positioned at the opening portion and so as to be electrically connected to the wiring pattern. A rigid substrate having a concave portion capable of housing the image pickup device is connected to the flexible substrate. A bottom face of the concave portion is set as a reference face for regulating the optical axis direction of the image pickup device, and a rear face of the image pickup device is firmly fixed to the bottom face. A wiring pattern is provided on the rigid substrate, and the wiring pattern of the rigid substrate and the wiring pattern of the flexible substrate are electrically connected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yukiharu MAKINO
  • Patent number: 8681208
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a special light image acquisition section that acquires an image including an object image that includes information in a specific wavelength band as a special light image, an attention area detection section that detects an attention area based on a feature quantity of each pixel of the special light image, a disappearance determination section that determines whether or not the attention area has disappeared from a display target area based on a detection result for the attention area, the display target area being an area displayed on an output section, a guide information generation section that generates guide information about the attention area that has disappeared based on a determination result of the disappearance determination section, and an output control section that controls output of information including the guide information generated by the guide information generation section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Koichiro Yoshino
  • Patent number: 8681209
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for obtaining in vivo images. The system contains an imaging system and a transmitter for transmitting signals from a camera to a receiving system located outside a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Given Imaging Ltd.
    Inventors: Gavriel J. Iddan, Dov Avni, Arkady Glukhovsky, Gavriel Meron