Specifically For Guiding Light In A Front-lit Device Patents (Class 349/63)
  • Patent number: 8462293
    Abstract: A tandem type backlight comprises plural light-emitting units (11) including at least one point light source (5) and a light guide plate (7) for causing light from the at least one point light source to be diffused and surface-emitted. In each of the light-emitting units (11), a length X of a light guide area (9) is set so that an area, on a boundary surface between a light-emitting area (10) and the light guide area (9), of a cross-section of a light beam that is emitted from the at least one point light source (5) and is diffused in the light guide plate (7) is equal to or larger than an area of the boundary surface (interface). Moreover, a length X, in a length direction D1, of the light guide area is smaller than a length Y, in the length direction D1, of the light-emitting area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuhsaku Ajichi, Takeshi Masuda
  • Patent number: 8456588
    Abstract: An LCD backlight has a light source that emits a laser light, a lens, a mirror, a rotary polygon mirror, a scanning lens and a return mirror constituting a transforming optical system that transforms the laser light from the light source to a linear light. A light guiding plate allows the linear light to enter and emits two-dimensional light in the horizontal direction. An emission end face of the light source is disposed in a rear face side of the light guiding plate so that a surface normal line thereof is in the horizontal direction or is inclined downward from the horizontal direction. The lens, mirror and scanning lens are disposed in the rear face side of the light guiding plate, so that surface normal lines of the light transmission surface and light reflection surface thereof are all in the horizontal direction or are inclined downward from the horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Shikii, Shinichi Kadowaki, Tatsuo Itoh, Takayuki Nagata, Kazuhisa Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8456589
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a display device which comprises a display device, a mechanical light and optionally a luminance enhancement structure. This type of display device assembly is particularly useful for e-books comprising a luminance enhancement structure designed to direct a significant amount of light towards the reader of the e-books.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: SiPix Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Sprague, Bryan Hans Chan, Craig Lin, Tin Pham, Manasa Peri
  • Patent number: 8456592
    Abstract: A backlight unit and a liquid crystal display including the same are provided. The backlight includes a light guiding plate, a reflector, and at least one LED assembly including an LED light source, a substrate, and a support plate. A plurality of protrusions formed on a cover of the liquid crystal display are configured to mate to a plurality of concave portions formed on the light guiding plate, the reflector, and the LED assembly to mount the various components of the liquid crystal display onto the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Wangseop Go, Sangho Seo
  • Patent number: 8451400
    Abstract: A light guide panel (LGP) for use in a liquid crystal display (LCD) apparatus includes a light-emitting pattern surface on which light-emitting patterns are formed, an opposite surface opposite to the light-emitting pattern surface, and four edge surfaces. Lenticular patterns are formed on one of the light-emitting pattern surface and the opposite surface. The light-emitting pattern surface includes a light-emitting part in which the light-emitting patterns are formed; and an edge part which extends along the four edge surfaces to enclose the light-emitting part and in which at least one fixing groove is formed to fix the LGP. The light-emitting part includes a pattern reducing region which faces the fixing groove and has a lower light-emitting pattern density than an other region of the light-emitting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sin-wook Hyung, Dae-hee Lee, Myung-ryul Jung, Do-hyeon Baek, Kil-hong Lee, Hyeong-sik Choi
  • Patent number: 8436876
    Abstract: Provided are a backlight unit and a display device having the same. The backlight unit includes a case having an opening, at least one lamp assembly disposed on a side surface of the case and including a light source, an optical transreflective unit on the case, the optical transreflective unit transmitting a portion of first light passing through the opening and reflecting a portion of second light generated from the light source, and an optical sheet including a first diffusion unit on the optical transreflective unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ho Young Jeong, Deuk Su Lee, Jun Hyeok Yu, Jae Jung Han, Mi Young Do, Tae Han Kim
  • Patent number: 8421954
    Abstract: An auxiliary light source device for a reflective liquid crystal display device includes a light source; a light directing member for directing incident light from the light source toward the reflective liquid crystal display device, the directing member having upper and lower surfaces, the lower surface having a plurality of convex portions protruding from the lower surface of the display device, each of the convex portions having a substantially planar surface at its end, the planar surface of the convex portion being substantially parallel to the lower surface; and a light reflecting member which guides light from the light source into the light directing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeongmin Moon
  • Patent number: 8405798
    Abstract: Disclosed are a backlight unit capable of reducing heat and noise and a liquid crystal display using the same. The backlight unit comprises a light source unit comprising light sources for irradiating light; a cover bottom disposed under the light source unit; a vibration-absorbing member attached on the other surface of the cover bottom; and an inverter coupled to the cover bottom via the vibration absorbing member interposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Minso Jo, Hakmo Hwang
  • Patent number: 8400585
    Abstract: A surface light source device includes a point source of light and a light guide plate causing light from the point source of light introduced from a light incident end face and emitted from a light emission surface to outside. The light guide plate is formed of a light introducing portion provided at an end of a light guide plate body. The point source of light is placed facing the light incident end face positioned at an end face of the light introducing portion. Along a region of the light introducing portion adjacent to the light guide plate body, a directivity converting portion is provided. The directivity converting portion is configured by arranging V-grooved directivity conversion patterns in an arc shape. A region of the light introducing portion has a thickness equal to that of the light guide plate body and has a surface positioned in the same plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Masayuki Shinohara, Yasuhiro Tanoue, Takako Ishikawa, Yoshihiro Ueno
  • Patent number: 8395723
    Abstract: A display device includes: a panel; a light source provided on a surface disposed with facing at an interval of a predetermined distance from the back of the panel of said panel; and at least one optical sheet placed in front of said light source; wherein said optical sheet is placed with predetermined inclination angle to the above back of the panel so that it becomes closer from the top end to the bottom end of the back of the panel of said panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Norimasa Furukawa
  • Patent number: 8390762
    Abstract: A game machine including: a liquid crystal display including a liquid crystal panel and a back light unit; and at least one reel which is disposed behind the back light unit. The back light unit for a liquid crystal display includes: a pair of light guide plates which are disposed to face each other, transparent electrodes being formed on corresponding predetermined areas of surfaces facing each other of the light guide plates; a polymer dispersed liquid crystal layer which is formed in a space between the light guide plates and is formed by polymer dispersed liquid crystal; and a plurality of light sources respectively disposed at edges of the light guide plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Tovis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yong-beom Kim
  • Patent number: 8368839
    Abstract: An optical adjusting member according to the invention includes a base member having optical transparency and a plurality of linear members provided on the base member and having optical transparency. A section of the linear member orthogonal to the lengthwise direction of the linear member includes a triangular first sectional part defined by first to third sides and an approximately triangular second sectional part. The second sectional part has a smaller area than that of the first sectional part and defined by fourth to sixth sides. The first side of the first sectional part is in contact with the surface of the base member. The second sectional part is formed on the second side of the first sectional part, and the fourth side of the second sectional part is in contact with the second side of the first sectional part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsusuke Shimazaki, Yoichi Ogawa, Masataka Sato, Eiji Koyama
  • Patent number: 8363180
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device performs suitable overshoot drive, even if a panel temperature is changed due to a change of the backlight emission luminance. The liquid crystal display device includes: a temperature sensor which detects the temperature in the device; an emphasis conversion section, which obtains, after the elapse of one vertical display period, an emphasis conversion parameter for making the transmissivity of the liquid crystal panel reach the transmissivity specified by input image signals, and which outputs applying voltage signals for the liquid crystal panel on the basis of the emphasis conversion parameter; and a main microcomputer which corrects the panel temperature of the liquid crystal panel on the basis of the changed light emission luminance when the light emission luminance of the backlight is changed. The emphasis conversion section variably controls the emphasis conversion parameter on the basis of the panel temperature corrected via the main microcomputer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Matsui, Yoshiyuki Kawagoe
  • Patent number: 8339539
    Abstract: A backlight (illumination device) 2 is disclosed including: light sources (5); light guide plates (7) for causing surface emission of light from the light sources (5); and a diffusing plate (8) for diffusing light from the light guide plates (7), the diffusing plate (8) facing a light-emitting surface (7a) of each of the light guide plates (7) at a predetermined distance. The illumination device further includes at least one maintaining section between the light-emitting surface (7a) of the light guide plate (7) and the diffusing plate (8), the maintaining section (10) maintaining the predetermined distance. The maintaining section (10) is provided on either of first and second end sections of the light-emitting surface (7a) of a light guide plate (7), the first end section being closer to a corresponding light source (5), the second end section being farther from the corresponding light source (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuhsaku Ajichi, Takeshi Masuda
  • Patent number: 8334943
    Abstract: A backlight unit 12 includes LEDs 16, a first light guide plate 18A, a second light guide plate 18B and a fitting structure. Each of the first light guide plate 18A and the second light guide plate 18B has a light entrance surface 34 and a light exit surface 36. The light entrance surface 34 faces the corresponding LED 16 and light from the LED 16 enters through the light entrance surface 34. The light exit surface 36 through which light exits is arranged along an arrangement direction in which the LED 16 and the light entrance surface 34 are arranged. The light guide plates 18 are arranged in a parallel layout in the arrangement direction and partially overlap in a direction perpendicular to the light exit surface 36. A light exit portion 31 is an overlapping area OA that is provided on the first light guide plate 18A on a relatively light output side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shiyoshi Cho
  • Patent number: 8305516
    Abstract: Disclosed is a liquid crystal display (LCD) device capable of improving a use efficiency of light emitting diode (LED) printed circuit boards (PCBs) by configuring the existing plate type LED PCBs in a bar type so as to reduce an area used, the LCD device including, an LCD panel configured to display images, a backlight unit disposed at a lower portion of the LCD panel for providing light to the LCD panel, and provided with a plurality of light emitting diode (LED) printed circuit boards (PCBs) formed in a bar type, and a plurality of LEDs disposed on each of the LED PCBs to be spaced apart from each other, and casing components including a mold frame for receiving and fixing the LCD panel and the backlight unit, an upper cover and a bottom cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-Su Cho, Jae-Ho Lee, Sang-Dae Lee
  • Patent number: 8305515
    Abstract: Provided are a backlight unit and a display device having the same. The backlight unit includes a case having an opening, at least one lamp assembly disposed on a side surface of the case and including a light source, an optical transreflective unit on the case, the optical transreflective unit transmitting a portion of first light passing through the opening and reflecting a portion of second light generated from the light source, and an optical sheet including a first diffusion unit on the optical transreflective unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ho Young Jeong, Deuk Su Lee, Jun Hyeok Yu, Jae Jung Han, Mi Young Do, Tae Han Kim
  • Patent number: 8300173
    Abstract: A system for displaying images is provided. The system includes a reflective liquid crystal display device including a first substrate having a pixel unit array thereon. A second substrate is disposed above the first substrate and a liquid crystal layer is disposed therebetween. A plurality of first electrodes is disposed between the second substrate and the liquid crystal layer and corresponds to each pixel unit including a reflective electrode. A second electrode is disposed between the plurality of first electrodes and the liquid crystal layer to serve as a common electrode that controls the liquid crystal layer. An organic light-emissive layer is disposed between the plurality of first electrodes and the second electrode. A light-emitting device is constituted by the plurality of first electrodes, the second electrode, and the organic light-emissive layer to provide light onto the reflective electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Chimei Innolux Corporation
    Inventors: Du-Zen Peng, Ryuji Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 8290318
    Abstract: A light trapping optical cover employing an optically transparent layer with a plurality of light deflecting elements. The transparent layer is configured for an unimpeded light passage through its body and has a broad light input surface and an opposing broad light output surface. The light deflecting elements deflect light incident into the transparent layer at a sufficiently high bend angle with respect to a surface normal and direct the deflected light toward a light harvesting device adjacent to the light output surface. The deflected light is retained by means of at least TIR in the system formed by the optical cover and the light harvesting device which allows for longer light propagation paths through the photoabsorptive layer of the device and for an improved light absorption. The optical cover may further employ a focusing array of light collectors being pairwise associated with the respective light deflecting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: SVV Technology Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Sergiy Victorovich Vasylyev
  • Patent number: 8284351
    Abstract: A backlight unit and a video display apparatus having a plural number of sets of one or more of light sources. A light guidance plate for guiding lights from the light sources to a side of a liquid crystal panel, to be emitted. The light sources are disposed on one end side of the light guidance plate. Assuming that width of the gap or groove is “d”, distance between a light incident surface of the liquid crystal panel and a light emission surface of the light guidance plate, or distance between a light incident surface of an optical member disposed between the liquid crystal panel and the light guidance plate and a light emission surface of the light guidance plate is “h”, and further 2.0 mm>d?0.1 mm and 10.0 mm>h?0.4 mm, then the following condition is satisfied: 4?h/d?100.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Ouchi, Koichi Sakita, Hajime Inoue, Yoshiharu Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8277068
    Abstract: It is an object to manufacture a highly reliable backlight device with less color unevenness and less luminance unevenness, and a high-performance and highly reliable display device including the backlight device, which can display a high quality image. A light emitting diode (LED) is used as a light source of a backlight device and thermoelectric elements are provided in a chassis for holding the light emitting diode so as to surround the light emitting diode (the thermoelectric elements are provided under the light emitting diode and on the four sides thereof). A temperature in the backlight device is adjusted by cooling and heating by the thermoelectric elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Moriya, Takeshi Nishi
  • Patent number: 8274626
    Abstract: A diffuser prism sheet, an LCD back light unit including the same, and an LCD device including the same, the diffuser prism sheet including a base film made of a transparent material, and a light refracting part on a surface of the base film, the light refracting part including a plurality of unit prisms arranged in one direction, having a predetermined cross-sectional shape and valley regions between adjacent unit prisms, and light diffusing elements in the valley regions between the adjacent unit prisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Cheil Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jun Hyeak Choi, Man Suk Kim, Ju Yeol Choi, Seok Hoon Jang
  • Patent number: 8248555
    Abstract: The present application provides a display apparatus including: a display panel having a plurality of pixels disposed in a matrix; a first polarizer; a second polarizer; a surface emitting light source; a third polarizer; and a polarization control element whose orientation of a transmission axis changes according to a control signal. A control section outputs a control signal that controls orientation of the transmission axis of the polarization control element so that a polarization axis of transmission light of the polarization control element is oriented in a direction crossing the transmission axis of the first polarizer in a part corresponding to a pixel position of black display and is oriented in a direction parallel to the transmission axis of the first polarizer in a part corresponding to a pixel position of white display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masaharu Senoue, Kentaro Okuyama
  • Patent number: 8243044
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting a position of an object in a sensing region are disclosed. One system includes a position sensor having an opaque capacitive proximity sensor, a light source, and a light conductor coupled to the light source and at least partially disposed over the opaque sensor, the light conductor configured to transmit at least a portion of the light from the light source to generate driven light effects in the sensing region. The system further includes a processor configured to control production of the light, and a display configured to illustrate a digital representation based on the position. A method includes the steps of sensing a position of an object in the sensing region based on a conductive property of the object, controlling light produced by a light source, and generating driven light effects in the sensing region using at least a portion of the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: Bob Lee Mackey, Shawn P. Day, Alfred Woo, Mark Jennings
  • Patent number: 8243230
    Abstract: An image display apparatus including a display device for displaying an image by emission of display light in a first direction; a scattering layer disposed in front of the display device, for scattering at least a portion of ambient light; a transparent plate-shaped light source, arranged parallel to the scattering layer and being optically coupled to the scattering layer. The plate-shaped light source may be a passive light source, in which case at least one light source is arranged along an edge of the plate-shaped light source. When the display device is ON, the scattering layer and the plate-shaped light source are transparent. When the display device is OFF, the scattering layer is scattering and the plate-shaped light source is ON.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: TP Vision Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Gerrit Oversluizen, Hendrik De Koning, Ronald Van Rijswijk, Eefje Janet Hornix, Cornelis Teunissen
  • Patent number: 8233113
    Abstract: A surface illumination apparatus has: a plurality of light sources (12a, 12b) which emit lights; a light guiding plate (15) which allows the lights emitted from the light sources to enter through one of the side faces and emits the lights through one principal plane; a polarizing filter (19) which transmits lights in a predetermined polarizing direction and reflects lights in a polarizing direction perpendicular to the predetermined polarizing direction; a polarizing modulation plate (18) which performs predetermined modulation on the polarizing characteristics of the incident lights; and a reflection sheet (17) which regularly reflects the incident light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Shikii, Tatsuo Itoh, Hiroyuki Furuya, Shinichi Kadowaki
  • Patent number: 8228465
    Abstract: A white phosphor including: 40 to 50 parts by weight of a blue phosphor selected from the group consisting of ZnS:(Ag,Cl), ZnS:(Ag,Al), ZnS:(Ag,Al,Cl), and a combination thereof; 20 to 30 parts by weight of a green phosphor (Sr1-xCax)Ga2S4:Eu (0?x<0.2); and 20 to 30 parts by weight of a red phosphor selected from the group consisting of Y2O3:Eu, Y2O3:(Eu,Tb), Y2O2S:Eu, Y2O2S:(Eu,Tb), and combinations thereof. The white phosphor can be included in a light emission device. The light emission device can be included in a liquid crystal display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong-Chan You, Jae-Woo Bae, Gyeong-Jae Heo, Kyu-Chan Park, Sang-Hyuk Lee, Sun-Hwa Kwon, Ji-Hyun Kim, Ui-Song Do, Young-Suk Cho, Byung-Kyun Kim, Hui-Young Ku, Yoo-Jung Lee
  • Patent number: 8226256
    Abstract: A display unit which the view angle is limited and the front luminance is improved is provided. The display unit includes a display device, and a light guiding part which is provided to face the display device, has an incident face on the side opposing to the display device, an emitting face on the opposite side of the display device, and a reflective face on the side face, and has a cross section expanding from the incident face to the emitting face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuo Urabe, Yuichi Iwase, Koichi Tsukihara, Yoichi Tomo, Toshihiro Fukuda
  • Patent number: 8228448
    Abstract: A backlight module including a beam splitting film, a light guide plate, and two light emitting elements is provided. The beam splitting film includes a light transmissive plate and multiple strip-shaped protrusion structures. Each of the strip-shaped protrusion structures has a first inclined surface group and a second inclined surface group. The first inclined surface group includes a first inclined surface and a second inclined surface with different slopes. The second inclined surface group includes a third inclined surface and a fourth inclined surface with different slopes. The light guide plate is disposed beside the beam splitting film. The two light emitting elements are respectively disposed at two opposite sides of the light guide plate and capable of flickering alternately. A stereo display apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Coretronic Corporation
    Inventors: Tzeng-Ke Shiau, Ching-Shiang Li, Wei-Chung Chao, Chao-Hung Weng
  • Patent number: 8218105
    Abstract: To sophisticate a portable electronic appliance without hindering reduction of the weight and the size, more specifically, to sophisticate a liquid crystal display apparatus installed in a portable electronic appliance without hindering the mechanical strength, a liquid crystal display apparatus includes a first plastic substrate, a light-emitting device which is disposed over the first plastic substrate, resin which covers the light-emitting device, an insulating film which is in contact with the resin, a semiconductor device which is in contact with the insulating film, a liquid crystal cell which is electrically connected to the semiconductor device, and a second plastic substrate, wherein the semiconductor device and the liquid crystal cell are disposed between the first plastic substrate and the second plastic substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Toru Takayama, Junya Maruyama, Yuugo Goto, Yumiko Ohno, Akio Endo, Yasuyuki Arai
  • Patent number: 8194206
    Abstract: A planar light-emitting device allowing for high luminance uniformity has a plurality of light-emitting units (4), each including a lightguide plate (3) having a light-exiting surface, an opposite surface opposite to the light-exiting surface, a peripheral side surface extending between the respective peripheral edges of the light-exiting surface and the opposite surface, and a light-entrance surface (3a) defined by a part of the peripheral side surface. Each light-emitting unit further includes a light source (2) adjacently disposed to face the light-entrance surface to emit light into the lightguide plate through the light-entrance surface. The light-emitting units are arranged in a plurality of mutually adjacent rows with the light-exiting surfaces (3a) of their respective lightguide plates being substantially flush with each other. Adjacent rows of the light-emitting units are displaced relative to each other in the direction of the rows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Citizen Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Shimura, Taku Kumasaka
  • Patent number: 8164564
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display and control method thereof, having a liquid crystal display panel, a light emitting diode device which is disposed on the rear of the liquid crystal display panel and which is divided into a plurality of partitioned areas that are capable of being driven independently, a light guide part disposed for each of the partitioned areas, an image calculating part for dividing the liquid crystal display panel into a plurality of regions and calculating the brightness of each region by using image data, and an inverter and an inverter controller to provide differentiated power to the partitioned areas based on the calculated brightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Su-gun Kim, Tae-hee Cho, Ki-bum Seong, Il-yong Jung, Kye-hoon Lee, Jun-young Lee, Jung-hyeon Kim
  • Patent number: 8159632
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a surface light source element configured to enhance projection light from an opening boundary of a supporting frame (12), wherein the projection light is required as a surface light source element, so that the surface light source element makes it possible to clearly illuminate an observation direction even in the case where the surface light source element is made large in size or thin in thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Kuraray Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seiji Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 8154688
    Abstract: A planar light-emitting device has a plurality of light-emitting units each including a light source and a lightguide plate. The light-emitting units are arranged with the light-exiting surfaces of their respective lightguide plates being substantially flush with each other. Each lightguide plate has an upper surface as a light-exiting surface, a lower surface opposite to the light-exiting surface, and a peripheral side surface extending between the respective peripheral edges of the upper and lower surfaces. The lightguide plate emits light received from the light source from the light-exiting surface. At least a part of the peripheral side surface is an inclined surface inclined relative to the light-exiting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Citizen Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Shimura, Taku Kumasaka
  • Patent number: 8139179
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a display panel that displays an image, and a viewing angle restricting element that selectively irradiates light with directivity in a restricting direction at a predetermined angle with respect to a direction of normal to the display panel, toward an observation side of the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Daiku
  • Patent number: 8134661
    Abstract: To suppress a decrease in the contrast caused by the reflection on the interface to the air layer without decreasing the quality of display. A reflection-type liquid crystal display device includes a light guide plate having a polarizing element stuck or adhered thereto on the side facing a reflection-type liquid crystal display panel and arranged maintaining a predetermined gap relative to the reflection-type liquid crystal display panel. The display device further includes a source of light arranged on an end surface side of the light guide plate, and a member having a light-diffusing function and interposed between the polarizing element and the light guide plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuya Hamada, Kunihiro Tashiro, Mari Sugawara, Toshihiro Suzuki, Hidefumi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8132931
    Abstract: It is an object to manufacture a highly reliable backlight device with less color unevenness and less luminance unevenness, and a high-performance and highly reliable display device including the backlight device, which can display a high quality image. A light emitting diode (LED) is used as a light source of a backlight device and thermoelectric elements are provided in a chassis for holding the light emitting diode so as to surround the light emitting diode (the thermoelectric elements are provided under the light emitting diode and on the four sides thereof). A temperature in the backlight device is adjusted by cooling and heating by the thermoelectric elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Moriya, Takeshi Nishi
  • Patent number: 8115890
    Abstract: A backlight unit, being thin-sized, but having high definition and high uniformity of luminance, and a video display apparatus applying the same therein, has a plural number of sets of at least one or more of light source(s) (1) and a light guidance plate (2) for guiding lights from the light source(s) to a side of a liquid crystal panel, to be emitted therefrom, wherein the light source(s) is/are disposed on one end side of the light guidance plate, and other set of light source is disposed on a rear surface side of the other end of the light guidance plate opposite to the one end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Ouchi, Koichi Sakita, Hajime Inoue, Yoshiharu Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8111346
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display has a frame including a base and a reinforced portion extending from the base, the reinforced portion defining a partial edge of the frame. The liquid crystal display further includes an optical sheet on the base, the optical sheet including a backlight unit, a flexible printed circuit on the optical sheet, and a liquid crystal display panel comprising a large scale integrated circuit, the liquid crystal display panel substantially covering the optical sheet. A window is attached to and substantially covers the frame at least one support extends from the base for supporting the window and/or the backlight unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Mobile Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinseok Jang, Younbum Lee, Yeonshil Jung
  • Patent number: 8111354
    Abstract: A backlight unit having a LED light source includes a light guide plate partitioned in areas each having a tapered shape formed of a thick portion and a thin portion. The light guide plate is formed such that a thick portion and a thin portion are repeated at certain intervals, and the repeated thick portions and the repeated thin portions gradually decrease in thickness. The LED light source is attached to a lateral side of each thick portion. Grooves are formed in the light irradiation direction of the LED light source and in a direction perpendicularly intersecting the light irradiation direction. Each of the grooves is formed in an concave shape (V-shape or trapezoid-shape). There is a relation 0.2/30<=W/D<0.1 where D denotes the distance between the light guide plate and a light diffusion plate, and W denotes the width of each of the grooves. An inclination angle ? relative to the center of each of the grooves is between 9 and 15 degrees inclusive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Ouchi, Koichi Sakita, Hajime Inoue, Seiji Murata
  • Patent number: 8102484
    Abstract: A light emitting device includes a transparent conductive layer formed adjacent one of two semiconductor layers having an active layer therebetween. The transparent conductive layer includes first and second transparent conductive regions with different electrical conductivities. The difference in electrical conductivities controls an amount or flow rate of current into the semiconductor layer adjacent the transparent conductive layer, and an electrode is at least partial aligned with the second transparent conductive region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: LG Innotek Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang Youl Lee, So Jung Kim, June O Song, Kwang Ki Choi
  • Patent number: 8094260
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display (LCD) including an LCD panel and a back light module is provided. The back light module is disposed below the LCD panel. The back light module includes a planar light source, a reflective polarized light enhancement film, a first prism film and a ?/4 phase retardation film. The planar light source is disposed below the LCD panel, while the reflective polarized light enhancement film is disposed between the LCD panel and the planar light source. The first prism film is disposed between the reflective polarized light enhancement film and the planar light source. Besides, the ?/4 phase retardation film is disposed between the reflective polarized light enhancement film and the first prism film. The back light module has a relatively high light utilization rate, and the LCD has favorable display luminance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Wintek Corporation
    Inventors: Yi-Chun Wu, Chien-Chung Lee, Chun-Chi Chi, Chung-Hui Hu, Yu-Chen Liu, Tzung-Fu Lai, Ya-Ling Hsu, Zi-Chi Ye, Chong-Yang Fang, Ping-Yeng Chen, Kuo-Chang Su, Yu-Chen Ting
  • Patent number: 8085361
    Abstract: A liquid crystal module includes a rear frame, a light reflecting sheet, a plurality of U-shaped cold cathode tubes, an optical sheet and a liquid crystal panel. The light reflecting sheet is disposed on the rear frame. The U-shaped cold cathode tubes are disposed above the light reflecting sheet and arranged parallel to each other. Each of the U-shaped cold cathode tubes includes a U-shaped bent part and a pair of end portions extending from the U-shaped bent part. Widths of the U-shaped bent parts of the U-shaped cold cathode tubes are different from each other. Overall lengths of the U-shaped cold cathode tubes from one end portions to the other end portions along the U-shaped cold cathode tubes are equal to each other. The optical sheet is disposed above the U-shaped cold cathode tube. The liquid crystal panel is disposed above the optical sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuji Sudo
  • Publication number: 20110292320
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a backlight unit and a display device. The backlight unit includes a bottom cover, a light emitting device module disposed at the lower portion of the inside of the bottom cover, a light guide plate disposed adjacent to the light emitting device module and disposed in front of the bottom cover, at least one optical sheet and a reflective sheet disposed adjacent to the light guide plate, recesses, each of which is disposed with one opened side, disposed at the edges of at least one of the light guide plate, the reflective sheet and the at least one optical sheet, and protrusions disposed at one side of the bottom cover disposed with the light emitting device module so as to be inserted into the recesses of the at least one of the light guide plate, the reflective sheet and the at least one optical sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: Dong Kug YU, Sung Yong Park, Young Bae Jang
  • Patent number: 8054414
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display (LCD) device including upper and lower substrates facing each other with a liquid crystal layer interposed therebetween, upper and lower polarization plates positioned on outer surfaces of the upper and lower substrates, respectively, and a beam steering film positioned on the upper polarization plate and including a plurality of curved-lenses formed on a surface of the beam steering film facing the upper polarization plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chi Hyuck Park, Seung Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 8049838
    Abstract: A direct light type backlight unit and a color filterless liquid crystal display (LCD) apparatus employing the same are provided. The direct light type backlight unit includes: a substrate; a plurality of light-emitting devices inclined with respect to the substrate; a diffraction grating which diffracts light emitted by the plurality of light-emitting devices at different angles according to wavelength and thereby separates the light into a plurality of color beams; and a plurality of reflectors, each reflector disposed at a side of one of the plurality of light-emitting devices, which reduces the range of angles of light incident on the diffraction grating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Il-yong Jung
  • Patent number: 8045092
    Abstract: A multifunctional optical sheet for a liquid crystal display device includes a substrate diffusing incident light; a light-concentrating layer on the substrate and including a plurality of patterns that arranged to form alternating peaks and valleys; and reflection patterns between the substrate and the light-concentrating layer corresponding to the valleys of the light concentrating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-Hun Jeong, Hyeuk-Chan Kwon, Man-Hoan Lee
  • Patent number: 8040456
    Abstract: To sophisticate a portable electronic appliance without hindering reduction of the weight and the size, more specifically, to sophisticate a liquid crystal display apparatus installed in a portable electronic appliance without hindering the mechanical strength, a liquid crystal display apparatus includes a first plastic substrate, a light-emitting device which is disposed over the first plastic substrate, resin which covers the light-emitting device, an insulating film which is in contact with the resin, a semiconductor device which is in contact with the insulating film, a liquid crystal cell which is electrically connected to the semiconductor device, and a second plastic substrate, wherein the semiconductor device and the liquid crystal cell are disposed between the first plastic substrate and the second plastic substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Toru Takayama, Junya Maruyama, Yuugo Goto, Yumiko Ohno, Akio Endo, Yasuyuki Arai
  • Patent number: 8040459
    Abstract: A backlight (illuminating device) of the present invention is a tandem type backlight including a plurality of light-emitting units (11) including at least one point light source (5) and a light guide plate (7) for causing light from the at least one point light source to be diffused and surface-emitted. In each of the light-emitting units (11), a length X of a light guide area (9) is set so that an area, on a boundary surface between a light-emitting area (10) and the light guide area (9), of a cross-section of a light beam that is emitted from the at least one point light source (5) and is diffused in the light guide plate (7) is equal to or larger than an area of the boundary surface (interface). Moreover, a length X, in a length direction D1, of the light guide area is smaller than a length Y, in the length direction D1, of the light-emitting area, the length direction being a direction pointing from the at least one point light source (5) toward the light-emitting area (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuhsaku Ajichi, Takeshi Masuda
  • Patent number: 8040461
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display, comprising: a liquid crystal display panel and a backlight module. The backlight module comprising: a reflection unit, a light emitting unit, and a compound diffusion plate structure. The light emitting unit has a plurality of light emitting components installed within the installation space of the reflection unit. The compound diffusion plate structure is placed on one side of the light emitting unit, comprising: a body unit and a printing micro diffusion unit. The body unit has a main layer, and a plurality of micro diffusion particles formed inside the body unit, allowing light to diffuse within the body unit. The printing micro diffusion unit has a plurality of convex lens units formed on a light entrance plane or a light exit plane of the body unit by means of printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Entire Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chao-Ying Lin, Ying Yuan Wu, Chun-Yu Lin, Jen-Huai Chang, Chung Yu Chen