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US2020058694A1
IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGE SENSOR
Publication/Patent Number: US2020058694A1 Publication Date: 2020-02-20 Application Number: 16/476,437 Filing Date: 2018-03-27 Inventor: Nakanishi, Sota   Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION   IPC: H01L27/146 Abstract: An imaging device, includes: an imaging unit in which are disposed a plurality of pixels, each including a filter that is capable of changing a wavelength of light passing therethrough to a first wavelength and to a second wavelength and a light reception unit that receives light that has passed through the filter, and that captures an image via an optical system; an analysis unit that analyzes the image captured by the imaging unit; and a control unit that controls the wavelength of the light to be transmitted, by the filter based upon a result of analysis by the analysis unit.
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EP3280132B1
IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, PROGRAM, AND COMPUTER STORAGE MEDIUM
Publication/Patent Number: EP3280132B1 Publication Date: 2020-03-11 Application Number: 16772954.0 Filing Date: 2016-03-30 Inventor: Funamizu, Wataru   Ohki, Hiroshi   Aoki, Shigeru   Ohkouchi, Naoki   Takagi, Toru   Tezuka, Yojiro   Nakanishi, Sota   Assignee: Nikon Corporation   IPC: H04N5/238
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US201934748A1
FEATURE EXTRACTION ELEMENT, FEATURE EXTRACTION SYSTEM, AND DETERMINATION APPARATUS
Publication/Patent Number: US201934748A1 Publication Date: 2019-01-31 Application Number: 20/181,614 Filing Date: 2018-09-28 Inventor: Uchikawa, Kiyoshi   Ishida, Tomohisa   Nakanishi, Sota   Matsumoto, Shigeru   Miyamoto, Atsushi   Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION   IPC: H04N5/378 Abstract: A feature extracting element including: a light-receiving substrate where a plurality of light-receiving elements for photoelectrically converting received light are two-dimensionally arrayed; and one or more other substrates that are laminated on the light-receiving substrate, wherein the other substrate has: a convolution processor which has a plurality of multiplying circuits that are correspondingly provided per the light-receiving element or per a block that is configured of a plurality of the light-receiving elements, and performs convolution operation on signals that are output from the plurality of light-receiving elements using the plurality of multiplying circuits; a pooling processing unit to sample a signal that is output from the convolution processor, based on a predetermined condition; and a connection wiring to pass the sampled signal to the plurality of multiplying circuits.
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US2019034748A1
FEATURE EXTRACTION ELEMENT, FEATURE EXTRACTION SYSTEM, AND DETERMINATION APPARATUS
Publication/Patent Number: US2019034748A1 Publication Date: 2019-01-31 Application Number: 16/145,875 Filing Date: 2018-09-28 Inventor: Matsumoto, Shigeru   Nakanishi, Sota   Ishida, Tomohisa   Miyamoto, Atsushi   Uchikawa, Kiyoshi   Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION   IPC: G06K9/20 Abstract: A feature extracting element including: a light-receiving substrate where a plurality of light-receiving elements for photoelectrically converting received light are two-dimensionally arrayed; and one or more other substrates that are laminated on the light-receiving substrate, wherein the other substrate has: a convolution processor which has a plurality of multiplying circuits that are correspondingly provided per the light-receiving element or per a block that is configured of a plurality of the light-receiving elements, and performs convolution operation on signals that are output from the plurality of light-receiving elements using the plurality of multiplying circuits; a pooling processing unit to sample a signal that is output from the convolution processor, based on a predetermined condition; and a connection wiring to pass the sampled signal to the plurality of multiplying circuits.
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US2019191111A1
IMAGE-CAPTURING DEVICE AND IMAGE-CAPTURING SYSTEM
Publication/Patent Number: US2019191111A1 Publication Date: 2019-06-20 Application Number: 16/283,058 Filing Date: 2019-02-22 Inventor: Juen, Masahiro   Takagi, Toru   Saruwatari, Osamu   Funamizu, Wataru   Nakanishi, Sota   Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION   IPC: H04N5/351 Abstract: An image-capturing device allowing skew reduction, and an image-capturing system allowing skew reduction are provided. An image-capturing device is provided, including a plurality of photoelectric converting units; and a plurality of light-receiving units that are arranged corresponding to a plurality of blocks each constituted by one or more photoelectric converting units, and receive drive light instructing driving of the photoelectric converting units to output a drive signal to a corresponding photoelectric converting unit among the photoelectric converting units. In addition, an image-capturing system is provided, including the image-capturing device; and a light-emitting unit that is spaced apart from the plurality of light-receiving units, and emits the drive light to the plurality of light-receiving units.
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EP3439288A1
FEATURE EXTRACTION ELEMENT, FEATURE EXTRACTION SYSTEM, AND DETERMINATION APPARATUS
Publication/Patent Number: EP3439288A1 Publication Date: 2019-02-06 Application Number: 16896883.2 Filing Date: 2016-03-30 Inventor: Matsumoto, Shigeru   Nakanishi, Sota   Ishida, Tomohisa   Miyamoto, Atsushi   Uchikawa, Kiyoshi   Assignee: Nikon Corporation   IPC: H04N5/3745 Abstract: A feature extracting element including: a light-receiving substrate where a plurality of light-receiving elements for photoelectrically converting received light are two-dimensionally arrayed; and one or more other substrates that are laminated on the light-receiving substrate, wherein the other substrate has: a convolution processing unit which has a plurality of multiplying circuits that are correspondingly provided per the light-receiving element or per a block that is configured of a plurality of the light-receiving elements, and performs convolution operation on signals that are output from the plurality of light-receiving elements using the plurality of multiplying circuits; a pooling processing unit to sample a signal that is output from the convolution processing unit, based on a predetermined condition; and a connection wiring to pass the sampled signal to the plurality of multiplying circuits.
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JP2019161665A
FEATURE EXTRACTION ELEMENT, FEATURE EXTRACTION SYSTEM, AND DETERMINATION APPARATUS
Publication/Patent Number: JP2019161665A Publication Date: 2019-09-19 Application Number: 2019110274 Filing Date: 2019-06-13 Inventor: Matsumoto, Shigeru   Nakanishi, Sota   Miyamoto, Atsushi   Ishida, Tomohisa   Uchikawa, Kiyoshi   Assignee: NIKON CORP   IPC: H04N5/369 Abstract: To improve throughput of an entire feature extraction apparatus.SOLUTION: A feature extracting element including: a light-receiving substrate where a plurality of light-receiving elements for photoelectrically converting received light are two-dimensionally arrayed; and one or more other substrates that are laminated on the light-receiving substrate, where the other substrate has: a convolution processing unit which has a plurality of multiplying circuits that are correspondingly provided per the light-receiving element or per a block that is configured of a plurality of the light-receiving elements, and performs convolution operation on signals that are output from the plurality of light-receiving elements by using the plurality of multiplying circuits; a pooling processing unit to sample a signal that is output from the convolution processing unit, on the basis of a predetermined condition; and connection wiring to pass the sampled signal to the plurality of multiplying circuits.SELECTED DRAWING: Figure 1
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EP3490248A1
IMAGE CAPTURING ELEMENT AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM
Publication/Patent Number: EP3490248A1 Publication Date: 2019-05-29 Application Number: 17843348.8 Filing Date: 2017-08-02 Inventor: Juen, Masahiro   Takagi, Toru   Saruwatari, Osamu   Funamizu, Wataru   Nakanishi, Sota   Assignee: Nikon Corporation   IPC: H04N5/376 Abstract: An image-capturing device allowing skew reduction, and an image-capturing system allowing skew reduction are provided. An image-capturing device is provided, including a plurality of photoelectric converting units; and a plurality of light-receiving units that are arranged corresponding to a plurality of blocks each constituted by one or more photoelectric converting units, and receive drive light instructing driving of the photoelectric converting units to output a drive signal to a corresponding photoelectric converting unit among the photoelectric converting units. In addition, an image-capturing system is provided, including the image-capturing device; and a light-emitting unit that is spaced apart from the plurality of light-receiving units, and emits the drive light to the plurality of light-receiving units.
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US10182190B2
Light detecting apparatus, image capturing apparatus and image sensor
Publication/Patent Number: US10182190B2 Publication Date: 2019-01-15 Application Number: 15/590,732 Filing Date: 2017-05-09 Inventor: Nakanishi, Sota   Funamizu, Wataru   Okamoto, Kazuya   Tsunai, Shiro   Sugaya, Isao   Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION   IPC: H04N5/243 Abstract: Provided is a light detecting apparatus including: a first photoelectric converting element which outputs a first electrical signal in accordance with an incident light including a modulated light component and a background light component; a filter which outputs a second electrical signal resulting from the modulated light component being reduced in the incident light; and a signal processor which subtracts the second electrical signal from the first electrical signal to reduce a component corresponding to the background light component in the first electrical signal.
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US10291831B2
Image processing apparatus, imaging apparatus, and machine-readable medium storing a program
Publication/Patent Number: US10291831B2 Publication Date: 2019-05-14 Application Number: 15/717,048 Filing Date: 2017-09-27 Inventor: Funamizu, Wataru   Ohki, Hiroshi   Aoki, Shigeru   Ohkouchi, Naoki   Takagi, Toru   Tezuka, Yojiro   Nakanishi, Sota   Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION   IPC: H04N5/225 Abstract: Provided is an image processing apparatus including as image acquiring section that acquires a plurality of images obtained by imaging, at different times, a subject irradiated with lights intensity-modulated with a plurality of modulation frequencies or modulation frequency bands; and a demodulating section that demodulates pixel values of the plurality of images with a plurality of demodulation frequencies or demodulation frequency bands based on the plurality of modulation frequencies or modulation frequency bands, for each pixel, thereby generating a plurality of pieces of pixel information indicating subject light amounts from the subject caused by each of the lights intensity-modulated with the plurality of modulation frequencies or modulation frequency bands, for each pixel.
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JP2018117391A
IMAGE PICK-UP DEVICE
Publication/Patent Number: JP2018117391A Publication Date: 2018-07-26 Application Number: 2018088669 Filing Date: 2018-05-02 Inventor: Nakanishi, Sota   Assignee: NIKON CORP   IPC: H04N5/3745 Abstract: PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To shorten AD conversion time in a solid state imaging device.SOLUTION: When an array of targets reading a photoelectric conversion signal and an array of targets not reading the photoelectric conversion signal exist in multiple photoelectric conversion parts of a solid state image pick-up device 3, reference signal generation units 26, 36 generate first reference signals used in first comparison parts 24(n), 34(n) provided in the array of targets to be read out of the comparison parts 24, 34, and second reference signals used in second comparison parts 24(n+2), 34(n+2) provided in the array of targets not to be read out of the comparison parts 24, 34, and change the first and second reference signals discretely at a prescribed timing. The comparison parts 26, 36 perform analog-digital conversion of the photoelectric conversion signals from the photoelectric conversion parts of the array of targets to be read, in parallel in the first comparison parts 24(n), 34(n) and the second comparison parts 24(n+2), 34(n+2).SELECTED DRAWING: Figure 5
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WO2018181358A1
IMAGING DEVICE, AND IMAGING ELEMENT
Publication/Patent Number: WO2018181358A1 Publication Date: 2018-10-04 Application Number: 2018012506 Filing Date: 2018-03-27 Inventor: Nakanishi, Sota   Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION   IPC: H04N9/07 Abstract: An imaging device provided with: an imaging unit for capturing an image coming from an optical system, in which are arranged a plurality of pixels having a filter capable of changing the wavelength of light to be passed through between a first wavelength and a second wavelength and an optical receiver for receiving light having passed through the filter; an analysis unit for analyzing the image captured by the imaging unit; and a control unit for controlling the wavelength of light to be passed through by the filter on the basis of the result of analysis by the analysis unit.
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WO2018181582A1
IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT, FOCUS ADJUSTING DEVICE, AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE
Publication/Patent Number: WO2018181582A1 Publication Date: 2018-10-04 Application Number: 2018012977 Filing Date: 2018-03-28 Inventor: Juen, Masahiro   Nakanishi, Sota   Funamizu, Wataru   Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION   IPC: H04N5/3745 Abstract: An image pickup element is provided with a plurality of pixels, each pixel including: a first photoelectric conversion unit that generates an electric charge by photoelectrically converting light transmitted through a microlens; a second photoelectric conversion unit that generates an electric charge by photoelectrically converting light transmitted through the microlens; a first storage unit that stores the electric charge generated by the first photoelectric conversion unit; a second storage unit that stores the electric charge generated by the second photoelectric conversion unit; a third storage unit that stores the electric charge generated by the first photoelectric conversion unit and the electric charge generated by the second photoelectric conversion unit; a first transfer unit that transfers the electric charge generated by the first photoelectric conversion unit to the first storage unit; a second transfer unit that transfers the electric charge generated by the second photoelectric conversion unit to the second storage unit; and a third transfer unit that transfers the electric charge generated by the first photoelectric conversion unit and the electric charge generated by the second photoelectric conversion unit to the third storage unit.
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WO2018037862A1
IMAGE CAPTURING ELEMENT AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM
Publication/Patent Number: WO2018037862A1 Publication Date: 2018-03-01 Application Number: 2017028031 Filing Date: 2017-08-02 Inventor: Takagi, Toru   Juen, Masahiro   Saruwatari, Osamu   Nakanishi, Sota   Funamizu, Wataru   Assignee: Nikon Corporation   IPC: H01L27/146 Abstract: Provided is an image capturing element with reduced skew, and an image capturing system with reduced skew. Provided is an image capturing element comprising: a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions; and a plurality of light receiving portions which are disposed corresponding to a plurality of blocks, each block configured from one or a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, and which receive driving light indicating that the photoelectric conversion portions are to be driven, and output a drive signal to the corresponding photoelectric conversion portions. Also provided is an image capturing system provided with said image capturing element and with light emitting portions which are disposed spaced apart from the plurality of light receiving portions and which emit the driving light onto the plurality of light receiving portions.
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TW201813062A
Image capturing element and image capturing system
Publication/Patent Number: TW201813062A Publication Date: 2018-04-01 Application Number: 106126507 Filing Date: 2017-08-07 Inventor: Takagi, Toru   Juen, Masahiro   Funamizu, Wataru   Saruwatari, Osamu   Nakanishi, Sota   Assignee: Nikon Corporation   IPC: H04N5/353 Abstract: Provided is an image capturing element with reduced skew, and an image capturing system with reduced skew. Provided is an image capturing element comprising: a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions; and a plurality of light receiving portions which are disposed corresponding to a plurality of blocks, each block configured from one or a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, and which receive driving light indicating that the photoelectric conversion portions are to be driven, and output a drive signal to the corresponding photoelectric conversion portions. Also provided is an image capturing system provided with said image capturing element and with light emitting portions which are disposed spaced apart from the plurality of light receiving portions and which emit the driving light onto the plurality of light receiving portions.
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EP3280132A1
IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE, AND PROGRAM
Publication/Patent Number: EP3280132A1 Publication Date: 2018-02-07 Application Number: 16772954.0 Filing Date: 2016-03-30 Inventor: Funamizu, Wataru   Ohki, Hiroshi   Aoki, Shigeru   Ohkouchi, Naoki   Takagi, Toru   Tezuka, Yojiro   Nakanishi, Sota   Assignee: Nikon Corporation   IPC: H04N5/238 Abstract: Provided is an image processing apparatus including an image acquiring section that acquires a plurality of images obtained by imaging, at different times, a subject irradiated with lights intensity-modulated with a plurality of modulation frequencies or modulation frequency bands; and a demodulating section that demodulates pixel values of the plurality of images with a plurality of demodulation frequencies or demodulation frequency bands based on the plurality of modulation frequencies or modulation frequency bands, for each pixel, thereby generating a plurality of pieces of pixel information indicating subject light amounts from the subject caused by each of the lights intensity-modulated with the plurality of modulation frequencies or modulation frequency bands, for each pixel.
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US2017302859A1
LIGHT DETECTING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE SENSOR
Publication/Patent Number: US2017302859A1 Publication Date: 2017-10-19 Application Number: 15/590,732 Filing Date: 2017-05-09 Inventor: Nakanishi, Sota   Funamizu, Wataru   Okamoto, Kazuya   Tsunai, Shiro   Sugaya, Isao   Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION   IPC: H04N5/243 Abstract: Provided is a light detecting apparatus including: a first photoelectric converting element which outputs a first electrical signal in accordance with an incident light including a modulated light component and a background light component; a filter which outputs a second electrical signal resulting from the modulated light component being reduced in the incident light; and a signal processor which subtracts the second electrical signal from the first electrical signal to reduce a component corresponding to the background light component in the first electrical signal.
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WO2017168665A1
FEATURE EXTRACTION ELEMENT
Publication/Patent Number: WO2017168665A1 Publication Date: 2017-10-05 Application Number: 2016060574 Filing Date: 2016-03-30 Inventor: Miyamoto, Atsushi   Matsumoto, Shigeru   Ishida, Tomohisa   Uchikawa, Kiyoshi   Nakanishi, Sota   Assignee: Nikon Corporation   IPC: H04N5/345 Abstract: A feature extraction element is provided with: a light receiving substrate on which a plurality of light receiving elements for photoelectrically converting received light are two-dimensionally arranged; and one or a plurality of other substrates stacked on the light receiving substrate. The other substrates have: a convolution processing unit that has a plurality of multiplication circuits provided so as to correspond to each light receiving element or each block constituted by a plurality of light receiving elements and that performs
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WO2017168711A1
IMAGING ELEMENT
Publication/Patent Number: WO2017168711A1 Publication Date: 2017-10-05 Application Number: 2016060789 Filing Date: 2016-03-31 Inventor: Takagi, Toru   Yojiro, Tezuka   Nakanishi, Sota   Funamizu, Wataru   Odate, Satoru   Assignee: Nikon Corporation   IPC: G01J1/42 Abstract: Provided is an imaging element provided with: a light reception unit having a plurality of pixels for outputting a light reception signal corresponding to a light reception quantity of received light; and a detecting unit provided for each of pixel blocks comprising one or a plurality of pixels
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EP3220627A1
LIGHT DETECTION DEVICE, IMAGE-CAPTURING DEVICE, AND IMAGE-CAPTURING ELEMENT
Publication/Patent Number: EP3220627A1 Publication Date: 2017-09-20 Application Number: 15858779.0 Filing Date: 2015-11-10 Inventor: Tsunai, Shiro   Funamizu, Wataru   Okamoto, Kazuya   Sugaya, Isao   Nakanishi, Sota   Assignee: Nikon Corporation   IPC: H01L27/14 Abstract: Provided is a light detecting apparatus including: a first photoelectric converting unit which outputs a first electrical signal in accordance with an incident light including a modulated light component and a background light component; a filter unit which outputs a second electrical signal resulting from the modulated light component being reduced in the incident light; and a signal processing unit which subtracts the second electrical signal from the first electrical signal to reduce a component corresponding to the background light component in the first electrical signal. In the light detecting apparatus described above, the photoelectric converting unit may include a first photoelectric converting element and a second photoelectric converting element each of which outputs the first electrical signal, the filter unit may attenuate the signal corresponding to the modulated light component in the first electrical signal output from the second photoelectric converting element, and the signal processing unit may subtract the second electrical signal from the first electrical signal output from the first photoelectric converting element.