Arithmetic Operation Using Plural Photodetectors Patents (Class 369/44.41)
  • Patent number: 9330705
    Abstract: An optical recording and playback apparatus includes: a light source configured to emit a light beam; a tracking mirror configured to change a direction of the light beam; a collimator configured to form the light beam into a parallel light beam; an objective lens configured to collect the parallel light beam to the optical tape; a lens actuator configured to adjust a position of the objective lens in a focus direction of the optical tape and a position of the objective lens in a tracking direction of the optical tape; a polarization hologram plate configured to separate a reflected light beam of the light beam; a photodetector receiving elements configured to receive the plurality of light fluxes; and a control circuit configured to control the lens actuator and the tracking mirror. The tracking mirror is disposed near the light source, and movable in the tracking direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yohichi Saitoh, Hideki Hayashi, Jun-ichi Asada
  • Patent number: 8971162
    Abstract: Provided is an optical disc device including: an optical pickup which includes an objective lens and a receiver unit which receives light reflected off an optical disc; a signal processing unit which generates a main push-pull signal and sub push-pull signals from signals from the receiver unit, and obtains a signal obtained by subtracting the main push-pull signal from the sub push-pull signal multiplied K times, to generate a tracking-error signal; and a control unit which performs a midpoint servo process, an offset process of adding an offset value to a lens-error signal indicating displacement of the objective lens, a stabilization awaiting process of waiting for oscillation of the optical disc to stabilize, a measurement process of measuring the tracking-error signal, and a K value adjusting process of adjusting a value of K in response to a result of the measurement process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mamoru Kuwajima
  • Patent number: 8953424
    Abstract: An optical-recording-medium driving apparatus includes: a light irradiating/receiving section configured to irradiate light on a medium so as to form a first side spot, a main spot, and a second side spot, and to receive reflection light from the individual spots; a first delay section configured to delay a light reception signal on the first side spot in accordance with a disposition interval between the first and the second side spots; a second delay section configured to delay a light reception signal on the main spot in accordance with a disposition interval between the main and second side spots; and a tracking-error-signal generation section configured to generate a tracking error signal on the basis of a correlation between delayed light reception signals on the first side spot and the main spot, and a correlation between the light reception signals on the second side spot and the main spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: SonyCorporation
    Inventors: Kimihiro Saito, Noriaki Nishi
  • Patent number: 8923105
    Abstract: A ratio Xm of an information item recorded on an adjacent track relative to an information item recorded on a main track included in a first signal obtained from a first light flux having passed through a center region (6c) is different from ratios Xs1 and Xs2 of the information items recorded on the adjacent track relative to the information items recorded on the main track included in second and third signals obtained from second and third light fluxes having passed through first and second end regions (6r, 6l), and a ratio of respective gains of a first waveform equalizer (80c), a second waveform equalizer (80r), and a third waveform equalizer (80l) is determined so as to cancel the information item recorded on the adjacent track in each of frequency components of the first signal, the second signal, and the third signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kousei Sano, Yoshiaki Komma, Kanji Wakabayashi
  • Patent number: 8891342
    Abstract: An optical component, a hologram, and a photodetector are configured in an optical head device of an optical disc device such that a +1-order beam or a ?1-order beam of diffracted light generated from light reflected from an information track in the intended information recording layer strikes the interior of the light-receiving surfaces of the tracking error detection light-receiving sections, a +1-order beam or a ?1-order beam of diffracted light generated from light reflected from an information track in an information recording layer one layer deeper than the intended information recording layer strikes outside the light-receiving sections, and a +1-order beam or a ?1-order beam of diffracted light that is generated from light reflected from an information track in an information recording layer one layer shallower than the intended information recording layer strikes outside the light-receiving sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Hironori Nakahara, Toshiya Matozaki, Nobuo Takeshita
  • Patent number: 8867324
    Abstract: A reproducing device includes a light generation and emission unit that obtains signal light as reflection light, which reflects recording signals of a land and a groove, by irradiating an optical recording medium with light and generates reference light so as to emit the signal light and the reference light in a superposed manner, a detection optical system that generates a first combination of signal light and reference light, a second combination of signal light and reference light, a third combination of signal light and reference light, and a fourth combination of signal light and reference light respectively, a light receiving unit in which the first to fourth combinations of signal light and reference light are respectively received by first to fourth light receiving elements, and a reproduction unit that reproduces the recording signals of the land and the groove on the basis of first to fourth light receiving signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Sekiguchi, Takahiro Miura, Kimihiro Saito
  • Patent number: 8867325
    Abstract: There is provided an optical pickup apparatus. In an optical pickup apparatus, a focus diffraction region includes focus regions of which a number of types is equal to a number of types of light that can be emitted by a light source. The types of the focus regions correspond to the respective types of light, the respective focus regions diffract the corresponding types of light toward same positions of focus light-receiving regions. The focus regions include a plurality of focus segmented regions. The plurality of focus segmented regions of the respective types of focus regions are periodically distributed in the focus diffraction region, and at least some of the focus segmented regions are disposed to be adjacent to focus segmented regions for different types of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinzoh Murakami
  • Patent number: 8838033
    Abstract: Methods and systems for processing a signal with a corresponding noise profile are disclosed. Aspects of the method may comprise analyzing spectral content of the noise profile. At least one noise harmonic within the signal may be filtered based on said analyzed spectral content. The filtered signal may be amplified. The noise profile may comprise a phase noise profile. The signal may comprise at least one of a sinusoidal signal and a noise signal. At least one filter coefficient that is used to filter the at least one noise harmonic may be determined. The filtering may comprise low pass filtering. The signal may be modulated prior to filtering. The amplifying may comprise buffering. A non-linearity characteristic of the signal may be determined and a noise harmonic may be low-pass filtered within the signal based on the determined non-linearity characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Shervin Moloudi
  • Patent number: 8811131
    Abstract: In an optical tape drive having optical heads for writing data in tracks on an optical tape, each track having an off-track threshold, a system and method are disclosed for off-track write prevention. The system includes multiple actuators, each actuator configured to control a position of an associated optical heads. The system also includes a controller configured to determine a position of each of the optical heads relative to an associated track on the optical tape and to prevent, in response to an event causing an optical heads to have a position outside the off-track threshold of the associated track, only that optical head from writing data to the optical tape and to buffer a stream of data for that optical head for later processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventor: Faramarz Mahnad
  • Patent number: 8750083
    Abstract: An optical pickup apparatus includes at least: a light emitting element capable of emitting at least first wavelength light and second wavelength light; and a diffraction grating configured to split the first wavelength light into at least a first main beam and a first sub-beam and to split the second wavelength light into at least a second main beam and a second sub-beam, a following expression (1) being satisfied: 1.05 < Yp ? ? 1 Yp ? ? 2 < 2.50 ( 1 ) where: Yp1 is an interval between the first main beam and the first sub-beam when a first media corresponding to the first wavelength light is irradiated with the first main beam and the first sub-beam, and Yp2 is an interval between the second main beam and the second sub-beam when a second media corresponding to the second wavelength light is irradiated with the second main beam and the second sub-beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Minoru Sato, Kiyotaka Eizumi, Shuichi Ichiura
  • Patent number: 8718563
    Abstract: A method for processing a signal with a corresponding noise profile includes analyzing spectral content of the noise profile, filtering at least one noise harmonic within the signal based on the analyzed spectral content, and limiting the filtered signal. The noise profile may include a phase noise profile. The signal may include a sinusoidal signal and/or a noise signal. At least one filter coefficient that is used to filter the at least one noise harmonic may be determined. The filtering may include low pass filtering. The limiting may include hard-limiting of the filtered signal. A phase difference between the limited signal and a reference signal may be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Shervin Moloudi
  • Patent number: 8675460
    Abstract: Provided is an optical disc device including: an objective lens; a plurality of light-receiving elements each for outputting an output signal corresponding to a light amount of reflected light from the optical disc medium; a plurality of amplifiers each for amplifying the output signal from a corresponding one of the light-receiving elements; and a signal output circuit for outputting a focus error signal based on amplified signals from the amplifiers. The optical disc device executes focus servo control of controlling, based on the focus error signal, a position of the objective lens so as to keep constant a distance between the objective lens and a signal surface; moves the objective lens to a position at which accuracy of reading information from the optical disc medium becomes high; and thereafter adjusts a gain of each amplifier so that levels of the amplified signals become close to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Yasunori Kitaichi, Shinichi Nakao
  • Patent number: 8659982
    Abstract: In a system of detecting an interference light with a light not irradiated onto an optical disc to increase the S/N ratio, it is difficult to stably acquire a reproduced signal with a simple configuration. Since the recording density is not improved, an improvement in transfer rate is difficult. In an optical information recording/reproducing apparatus where two optical beams face each other and are focused at the same place of a recording medium to record a standing wave developed by interference of the two optical beams, a phase difference of the two optical beams is modulated in a multiple stage and recorded. During reproduction, an interference light of a reproduced light from the recording medium and another reproduction reference light is detected as a reproduced signal, and a phase servo control stabilizing the phase of interference during reproduction by using a low frequency component of the reproduced signal is conducted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideharu Mikami, Harukazu Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 8634284
    Abstract: A differential phase detector for an optical storage system is set forth. The differential phase detector includes a photodetector circuit arranged to detect light deviations associated with radial errors in the optical storage system. A non-linear equalizer is in communication with the photodetector circuit. The output of the non-linear equalizer is in communication with signal processing circuitry. The signal processing circuitry uses the equalized signals to generate one or more radial error signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher Painter, Jin Xie
  • Patent number: 8611200
    Abstract: Provided is a photo detecting element that has a simplified structure and that is easily manufactured and assembled, and an optical pick-up device including the photo detecting element. The photo detecting element includes an optical sensor, an amplifier for amplifying a signal from the optical sensor, and a non-linear multi-step variable resistor to adjust a gain of the amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Korea Corporation
    Inventors: Jung-bae Oh, Jin-ho Jung, Jong-hwa Yu
  • Patent number: 8605563
    Abstract: An optical disc device comprising: a controller for reading data from an optical disc having a plurality of recording layers, wherein: the controller, in shifting a focus of the laser light from a first layer to a second layer, performs a first change that changes a setting on the high frequency signal to a predetermined value at which the high frequency signal is superimposed to suppress peak power of the drive signal if a light density of the second layer is higher than a light density of the first layer; the controller shifts the focus from the first layer to the second layer; and the controller, after the focus has been shifted, performs a second change that changes the setting on the high frequency signal to a predetermined value at which the high frequency signal is superimposed to increase the peak power of the drive signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi—LG Data Storage, Inc.
    Inventors: Shuichi Minamiguchi, Hiroharu Sakai, Hajime Nishimura
  • Patent number: 8605559
    Abstract: In a small-sized optical pickup device for enabling to obtain a stable servo-signal, as well as, a focus error signal and a tracking error signal, without receiving ill influences of stray lights from other layers, when recording/reproducing a multi-layer optical disc, a reflection light from the multi-layer optical disc is divided into plural numbers of regions by a diffraction grating. And, it is divided into at least four (4) regions, by a division line in the tangential direction of the optical disc and a division line in the radial direction thereof. Light receiving parts, for detecting either one of grating diffraction lights, i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Media Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Yamazaki, Daisuke Tomita
  • Patent number: 8599663
    Abstract: An approach is described that allows an optical disc drive to accurately verify the power level of irradiation beam power levels associated a write strategy used in high speed, high density optical disc media formats using a front monitor diode with a relatively slow rise time and/or relative slow fall time compared to the clock cycle speed of the write strategy signal. A portion of encoded data to be written to an optical disc media may be overwritten to include a predetermined data pattern. During write strategy processing of the data, the predetermined data pattern is replaced with a constant write strategy power level. The constant write strategy output placed within the write strategy signal may control the optical disc drive laser to emit a constant irradiation beam for a duration sufficiently long to allow the front monitor diode to obtain an accurate measure of the irradiation beam power level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.
    Inventor: Tom Geukens
  • Patent number: 8588044
    Abstract: Circuitry for controlling mode selection of a CD/DVD reader is described. In one embodiment, the CD/DVD reader has a first device having at least one analog output, a second device having at least one digital input and at least one analog input, and an interface circuit coupling the analog output of the first device to the digital input and the analog input in the second device. The interface circuit includes a circuitry to use a single control signal from the analog output of the first device to control the digital input and the analog input in the second device. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: CSR Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Yan Zhu, BoWen Chen, ZengLian Liu, YaHui Dong
  • Patent number: 8576684
    Abstract: An optical pickup and an information storage medium system using the same. The optical pickup includes a light source that emits light having a plurality of different wavelengths. The optical pickup includes a diffraction device having a plurality of diffraction patterns corresponding to the plurality of different wavelengths to divide the light incident from the light source unit into main light and sub light. The optical pickup further includes a photo-detector having a first main light reception unit that receives the main light and a first sub light reception unit that receives the sub light so as to detect an information signal and/or an error signal by receiving reflected light. The first sub light reception unit of the photo-detector is shaped so as to reduce reception of noise sub light due to diffraction based on an undesired diffraction pattern of sub light generated the diffraction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Korea Corporation
    Inventors: Ui-yol Kim, Yong-jae Lee
  • Patent number: 8576677
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to achieve both low noise and fast response in an optical signal detecting circuit capable of providing all of three signals—a focus error signal, a tracking error signal, and an RF signal—with only a single detection system. A single current-to-voltage converter converts a current signal obtained by adding currents flowing through two photodiodes, into a voltage signal. Not only currents flowing into the photodiodes, but also currents flowing out from the photodiodes are taken out as the voltage signals. Moreover, by applying two different reference voltages to the current-to-voltage converters, a reverse bias voltage is applied between the terminals of each photodiode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Kurokawa, Hideharu Mikami
  • Patent number: 8565059
    Abstract: An optical pickup device includes a laser diode for emitting a laser beam, an objective lens for collecting the light beam emitted from the laser diode and irradiating an optical disc with the collected light beam, a diffraction element for making the light beam reflected from the optical disc diverge, and a detector having a plurality of detection parts for receiving the diverging light beams caused by the diffraction element. The diffraction element has first, second, and third divided areas, wherein a 0th-order diffracted light from the first divided area, the second divided area, and the third divided area is detected by at least four divided detection parts; and at least two detection parts for detecting the light beam diffracted at the first divided area into first or higher diffraction order are aligned in a direction generally perpendicular to the track of the optical disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Media Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8565056
    Abstract: A method of generating a 1-beam tracking error signal (TES), an optical pickup device, and an optical disc drive device adopting the method. A light-receiving element receives a single reflection beam and detects an alternating current (AC) component and a direct current (DC) component from each of areas formed on two sides of a data track. A servo unit generates a TES by adding and subtracting the AC component and the DC component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Korea Corporation
    Inventors: Ui-yol Kim, Yong-jae Lee
  • Patent number: 8547815
    Abstract: Optical pickup device including: semiconductor laser diode emitting optical flux; objective lens converging flux emitted from the diode and radiating flux to an optical disc; diffraction grating branching an optical flux reflected from the disc; and a photodetector receiving flux branched by the grating and has a plurality of light receiving parts, wherein: the grating has areas A, B and C; among diffracted beams diffracted by a track of the optical disc, only a 0-th order diffracted beam becomes incident upon area A, and 0-th and ±1-st order diffracted beams become incident upon area B; the photodetector detects a reproduction signal from optical fluxes diffracted in areas A, B and C; the plurality of light receiving parts which detect the +1-st order diffracted beam or the ?1-st diffracted beam diffracted in area A are aligned in a direction substantially perpendicular or parallel to a track direction of the disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Media Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8531930
    Abstract: For obtaining stable servo-signals without receiving ill influences of stray lights from other layers, on both a focus error signal and a tracking error signal, when recording/reproducing a multi-layer optical disc having small gap between layers thereof, a light beam is divided with using a first and a second diffraction gratings. The first diffraction grating is a polarization diffraction grating, and is mounted on an actuator. The second diffraction grating is disposed on a fixed portion. The first diffraction grating has a first region having a center of a light beam and other(s), and among signal lights reflecting from the disc, the light beam entering into the first region is diffracted, and the light beam entering into the second region transmits therethrough. The second diffraction grating transmits the light beam diffracting on the first region of the polarization diffraction grating therethrough, while diffracting the light beam diffracting on the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Media Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8526289
    Abstract: An optical information reproducing apparatus includes: an irradiation section irradiating a light beam onto an optical information recording medium, in which holes are formed along a virtual track on a recording medium, along the virtual track; a light receiving section receiving a reflected light beam when the light beam is reflected by the optical information recording medium and sequentially generating a light receiving signal corresponding to the light intensity; a detection section detecting a variation pattern appearing when a signal level of the light receiving signal changes according to the hole; and a code string generating section, when generating a code string corresponding to the signal level, generating a code corresponding to the one hole from the variation pattern if the variation pattern falls within a range and generating a code string, which includes a plurality of codes, from the variation pattern if the variation pattern exceeds the range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Goro Fujita, Daisuke Ueda, Mitsuaki Oyamada, Takashi Iwamura, Kimihiro Saito, Jingcheng Yuan
  • Patent number: 8526287
    Abstract: Provided is an optical disk apparatus capable achieving stable focus control or tracking control. A first detector receives reflected light from an object lens optical system, a second detector receives reflected light from a prescribed information layer, a positional deviation determination unit determines positional deviation between a focal point of a light beam and a point where information on the prescribed information layer is recorded or reproduced, on the basis of a signal from the second detector, a stray light determination unit determines a surface stray light component which is reflected light from the surface of an optical disk and is included in the signal from the positional deviation determination unit, on the basis of the signal from the first detector, and a stray light correction unit corrects the signal output from the positional deviation determination unit on the basis of the surface stray light component thus determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Kondo, Kenji Fujiune, Takeharu Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8456971
    Abstract: An optical disk driving apparatus includes an optical head device having a laser light source, a converging optical system converging a light beam emitted by the laser light source onto an optical disk, a photo detector receiving reflected light reflected by the optical disk, and an aberration correcting optical system controlling aberration of the converging optical system; a motor rotating the optical disk; and a control section receiving a signal from the photo detector, wherein the converging optical system has an objective lens formed using resin as a main material, the aberration correcting optical system has a spherical aberration correcting element correcting spherical aberration, and the control section evaluates quality of a reproduction signal for information in the optical disk by using the reflected light received by the photo detector, and utilizes a result of the evaluation to perform closed loop control on the spherical aberration correcting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Komma, Fumitomo Yamasaki, Toshiyasu Tanaka, Kanji Wakabayashi
  • Patent number: 8437231
    Abstract: A servo control device includes a plurality of reproduction channels, a plurality of analog/digital (A/D) converters, a servo error detecting circuit that generates a servo error signal, a servo signal processing device that executes predetermined processing for the servo error signal to generate a control signal, and a sampling frequency converter that converts the sampling frequency between the servo error detecting circuit and the servo signal processing device. A first clock is included as a sampling clock of the A/D converters and a processing clock of the servo error detecting circuit. A second clock is included as a processing clock of the servo signal processing device. The sampling frequency converter converts the sampling frequency by processing the servo error signal by the servo error detecting circuit in synchronization with the first clock and processing the signal processed in synchronization with the first clock in synchronization with the second clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuyoshi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8427923
    Abstract: An optical pickup device includes an astigmatism element which imparts astigmatism to laser light reflected on a disc, a spectral element which changes propagating directions of four light fluxes obtained by dividing a light flux of the laser light reflected on the disc to disperse the four light fluxes from each other, and a photodetector having a sensor group which receives the four light fluxes. The optical pickup device is further provided with a memory which holds a correction value for suppressing a DC component in a tracking error signal resulting from a positional displacement of the spectral element. The tracking error signal is corrected by the correction value to thereby suppress the DC component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Kanai, Kenji Nagatomi
  • Patent number: 8427917
    Abstract: An optical-pickup apparatus includes: a first laser light source including a first laser diode to emit a laser beam having a first wavelength, and a back-monitor photodetector to receive the laser beam emitted in a backward direction, not being an optical-disc direction, and output a first monitor signal; a second laser-light source including a second laser diode to emit a laser beam having a second wavelength; a light-receiving circuit including a front-monitor photodetector to receive the laser beam emitted in a forward direction, being the optical-disc direction, and output a second monitor signal, and a switch circuit to be inputted with the first and second monitor signals, and output the first or second monitor signal according to a switch signal; and first and second drive circuits to drive the first and second laser diodes according to the first and second monitor signals outputted from the light-receiving circuit, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Hisayoshi Uchiyama, Masashi Arai, Hiroshi Kojima, Rui Kurihara
  • Patent number: 8427922
    Abstract: An optical pickup device is so configured as to change the propagating directions of light fluxes in four light flux areas defined in the periphery of an optical axis of laser light, out of the laser light reflected on a disc, to separate the four light fluxes one from the other. A signal light area where only signal light exists is defined on a detecting surface of a photodetector. Sensors for signal light is disposed at a position in the signal light area to be irradiated by the signal light, and a tracking error signal is generated based on a signal from the sensors. A direct-current component of the tracking error signal resulting from positional displacements of the sensors is cancelled by adjusting a gain of the signal from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noboru Mamiya, Katsutoshi Hibino, Kenji Nagatomi
  • Patent number: 8416672
    Abstract: An optical pickup, photodetector, and optical drive adopting the optical pickup are provided. The optical pickup may include a light emitting system having a plurality of light sources corresponding to a plurality of mediums a light receiving system including a photodetector for converting light reflected from a medium into an electrical signal. The photodetector may include first and second light receiving sensors corresponding to the plurality of mediums, each of the first and second light receiving sensors comprising a plurality of regions, each region comprising a plurality of sectors. The plurality of regions of the first and second light receiving sensors may include shared sectors that are shared by the first and second light receiving sensors and exclusive sectors that are exclusively used in the first light receiving sensor or the second light receiving sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Korea Corporation
    Inventors: Ui-yol Kim, Yong-jae Lee, Pyong-yong Seong, Hong-kuk Kim
  • Patent number: 8411548
    Abstract: An optical pickup includes a light source emitting a light beam, a diffraction element diffracting the light beam to separate it into a main beam and a sub beam, an objective lens focusing the main and sub beams onto a desired recording layer of an optical disc, a lens moving section moving the objective lens in focusing and tracking directions, a light-separating element separating a reflected light beam, formed by reflecting each of the main and sub beams at the recording layer, into multiple beam components and allowing the reflected light beam to travel without rotating an image thereof, and a light-receiving element having multiple light-receiving regions that optically receive the reflected light beam and generating a light reception signal based on the amount of received light to allow a signal processing section to generate a focus error signal and a tracking error signal based on the light reception signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Nemoto, Katsuhiro Seo, Tamotsu Ishii
  • Patent number: 8374066
    Abstract: An optical pickup having a one-plane, two-wavelength diffraction grating and a two-wavelength laser generator is provided in which crosstalk noise caused by leakage of a track error signal into a focus error signal is reduced to improve focus control performance. A main beam and sub-beams generated by the one-plane, two-wavelength diffraction grating and reflected from the surface of an optical disc are incident on corresponding light receiving elements among which the one to receive the main beam and those to receive the sub-beams are relatively shifted in a linear-speed direction of the optical disc. The distance of the shifting is determined based on the characteristic, relative to the relative positions of the light receiving elements, of the leakage of the tracking error signal into the focus error signal detected based on the main beam and sub-beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Media Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kotaro Oishi, Toshiteru Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8351311
    Abstract: The present invention achieves higher precision and lower power consumption by reducing semiconductor chip occupation area. A semiconductor integrated circuit which can be mounted on an optical disk device has: a wobble signal generating circuit capable of receiving first, second, third, and fourth light reception output signals A, B, C, and D of a light receiving element in an optical pickup and detecting a wobble in a recordable disk; a differential phase detection signal (DPD) generating circuit for tracking an unrecordable disk; and two A/D converters and an arithmetic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiya Matsuda, Hiroshi Ide
  • Patent number: 8339909
    Abstract: A first signal is detected from the central part of a light beam returning from a super-resolution optical disc; a second signal is detected from a peripheral part in a direction corresponding to a track on the super-resolution optical disc; a gain adjustment unit is provided to adjust the amplitude of the first signal; a subtraction unit is provided to generate a third signal by subtracting, from the second signal, the first signal with the amplitude adjusted by the gain adjustment unit; and an unit is provided to generate a reproduced signal by combining the first signal and a signal obtained by delaying the third signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kenya Nakai, Masayuki Ohmaki, Nobuo Takeshita
  • Patent number: 8331207
    Abstract: For use with a multi-layer optical disc, an optical pickup can eliminate a problem of causing a focus error signal and a tracking error signal to fluctuate due to interference of a signal light beam with a return light beam from another recording surface of a multi-layer optical disc during reproduction with an optical pickup that produces a tracking error signal and a focus error signal from a difference signal based on polarized reflected light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Media Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Izumi, Kazuyoshi Yamazaki, Tomoto Kawamura, Kunikazu Ohnishi
  • Patent number: 8320230
    Abstract: A processing circuit for optical data is provided. The processing circuit includes a signal-processing module and a radio frequency (RF) signal-summing module. The signal-processing module averages and filters the data signals to obtain a low-frequency signal. The RF signal-summing module receives the data signals and the low-frequency signal, sums the data signals to obtain a summed data signal, and subtracts the low-frequency signal from the summed data signal to obtain a RF summing signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Mediatek Inc.
    Inventors: Chih-Chien Huang, Chien Ming Chen, Kuo-Pin Lan
  • Patent number: 8310906
    Abstract: An optical disc apparatus includes an optical pickup including: a light source; an objective lens for converging a light flux emitted from the light source and forming an optical spot on an information recording plane of an optical disc; and an optical modulation unit divided into a plurality of areas for modulating an area containing a main beam of the light flux to change a shape of the optical spot, wherein data is reproduced by converting a reproduction signal read from the optical disc with the optical pickup into an NRZI signal of a predetermined modulation rule by a PRML method. An optical spot shape, laser power setting and PRML setting are changed with each optical disc and each drive operation state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignees: Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc., Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinji Fujita
  • Patent number: 8289826
    Abstract: Provided is an optical pickup including: a light-source emitting a light-beam; an objective lens collecting the light-beam on a desired recording layer among one or two recording layers or more installed in an optical disc and where spirally- or concentrically-shaped tracks are formed; a lens-moving unit moving the objective lens in a tracking direction toward at least an inner-circumference or outer-circumference side; a light splitting device splitting a reflected light-beam into reflected light-beams and propagating the light-beams; a light-detecting device generating central, inner-circumference-side, and outer-circumference-side light-detecting signals according to received light amounts thereof by central, inner-circumference-side, and outer-circumference-side light-detecting areas, receiving central, inner-circumference-side, and outer-circumference-side portions of an image of the reflected light-beam in the radial direction and allowing a signal processing unit to generate a tracking error signal by
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Nemoto, Midori Kanaya, Katsuhiro Seo, Tamotsu Ishii
  • Publication number: 20120243391
    Abstract: Provided is an optical disc device including: an objective lens; a plurality of light-receiving elements each for outputting an output signal corresponding to a light amount of reflected light from the optical disc medium; a plurality of amplifiers each for amplifying the output signal from a corresponding one of the light-receiving elements; and a signal output circuit for outputting a focus error signal based on amplified signals from the amplifiers. The optical disc device executes focus servo control of controlling, based on the focus error signal, a position of the objective lens so as to keep constant a distance between the objective lens and a signal surface; moves the objective lens to a position at which accuracy of reading information from the optical disc medium becomes high; and thereafter adjusts a gain of each amplifier so that levels of the amplified signals become close to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Yasunori KITAICHI, Shinichi NAKAO
  • Patent number: 8270273
    Abstract: A calibration circuit and a calibration method thereof for data recovery are provided. The calibration circuit includes an amplitude detector, a period detector, and a compensation circuit. The amplitude detector samples amplitudes of a data signal according to a zero-crossing signal and outputs an amplitude signal accordingly. The period detector counts a clock signal according to the zero-crossing signal and outputs a period signal accordingly. The compensation circuit receives the amplitude signal, the period signal, and the data signal. The compensation circuit adjusts a phase of the data signal by calculating differences between a reference signal and the amplitude signal and between the reference signal and the period signal and outputs a calibrated data signal accordingly. Accordingly, a better recognition performance on the data signal is achieved by calibrating the data signal in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Novatek Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventor: Sheng-Hung Wu
  • Patent number: 8270281
    Abstract: According to the present invention, of all beams of light reflected from the optical disc, only light in a peripheral region excluding a push-pull region is used to generate a DPD signal. In this method of signal generation that optimizes internal light-receiving surface interconnections in a photodetector, the lens error signal required for the generation of a tracking error signal in the DPP scheme is amplified at a lower amplification factor. In addition, the light reflected from the multilayered optical disc will be divided into a plurality of regions and the divided beam of light will be focused at different positions on the photodetector. When the beam is focused upon a desired layer, stray light from recording layers other than those to be subjected to information reproduction will not enter the photodetector light-receiving surfaces used for servo signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Media Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiteru Nakamura, Nobuo Nakai, Shigeharu Kimura
  • Patent number: 8254237
    Abstract: An optical pickup device includes a semiconductor laser which emits a light beam, first and second objective lenses which focus the light beam onto a first and second optical disc, respectively, a grating which branches a light beam reflected from the second optical disc, an optical detector having a plurality of light receiving parts, which receives light beams branched by the grating, and an actuator which displaces the first and second objective lenses in a radial direction of the first optical disc and the second optical disc. The grating has a first area on which a 0-order diffraction light beam and a +1-order diffraction light beam upon reflection at the second optical disc enter, and a second area on which a 0-order diffraction light beam and a ?1-order diffraction light beam upon diffraction through the second optical disc enter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Media Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8238220
    Abstract: A pickup device comprising an irradiation optical system including an objective lens to focus a ray bundle on a track of a recording surface of an optical recording medium to form a light spot, and a detection optical system including a photo detector to receive return light reflected from the light spot via the objective lens and perform photoelectric conversion and controls said objective lens in position according to electrical signals produced through operations on outputs of said photo detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Pioneer Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Sato, Masakazu Ogasawara, Takuma Yanagisawa
  • Patent number: 8223613
    Abstract: In an optical pickup device, an optical reflection beam from a multi-layer optical disc is divided into a plurality of areas, divided optical fluxes focus upon different positions on a photodetector, a focusing error signal is detected by using a plurality of divided optical fluxes by a knife edge method, and a tracking error signal is detected by using a plurality of divided optical fluxes. The optical flux divided areas and light receiving parts are disposed in such a manner that in an in-focus state of a target layer, stray light from another layer does not enter servo signal light receiving parts of the photodetector. It is therefore possible to obtain stable servo signals including both the focusing error signal and tracking error signal during recording/reproducing a multi-layer optical disc, without being influenced by stray light from another layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Media Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8213278
    Abstract: The optical disc comprises a substrate layer and a data layer disposed on the substrate layer, the data layer having a mark/space data structure arranged in tracks which are arranged in groups being separated each by a land section. The tracks of the groups are each arranged as a spiral, and the start of a track of a consecutive group begins at a position corresponding with the end of a track of a preceding group. A group comprises advantageously an inner track, a center track and an outer track. The optical disc comprises in a preferred embodiment a nonlinear layer with a super-resolution structure and the track pitch between neighboring tracks within a group is below the diffraction limit of a corresponding pickup for reading of data. Further, a tracking method is described which does not rely on tracking offsets to detect the inner and outer tracks of a group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Stephan Knappmann, Michael Krause, Stefan Kimmelmann
  • Patent number: 8203917
    Abstract: An optical pickup apparatus is provided with an optical system for guiding a laser light emitted from a laser light source to an objective lens and also for guiding the laser light reflected by a recording medium to a photodetecting section as a convergent light. The photodetecting section is provided with first and second photodetectors disposed at positions at which a first part of the target laser light and a second part different from the first part are respectively received, the positions being separated further from the optical system than a convergence position of a target laser light reflected by an irradiation-target recording layer, out of the laser light reflected by the recording medium, and a third photodetector disposed at a position closer to the optical system than the convergence position of the target laser light, the position being bridging more over the second part than the first part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Matsumura
  • Patent number: 8189435
    Abstract: A photoreceiver includes: a first light-receiving section divided into two regions by a border extending in a radial direction, and is disposed in a portion where it can receive a +1st order diffraction ray of the main beam from the polarization hologram, so as to detect a spherical aberration; a second light-receiving section is divided into two regions by a border extending in the radial direction, and is disposed in a portion where it can receive a +1st order diffraction ray of the first sub-beam from the polarization hologram, so as to detect a spherical aberration; and a third light-receiving section is divided into two regions by a border extending in the radial direction, and is disposed in a portion where it can receive a +1st order diffraction ray of the second sub-beam from the polarization hologram, so as to detect a spherical aberration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoshi Nagaoka