US Pat. No. 10,251,295

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD., T...

1. An electronic device comprising:an electronic package; and
a support body that supports the electronic package,
wherein a main body having side surfaces that face each other and metal projections that project from the respective side surfaces are provided in the electronic package,
wherein a mount portion on which the main body is mounted and projection receiving portions that receive the respective metal projections are disposed in the support body,
wherein the metal projections and the support body are clamped by a clip member that comprises an elastic metal plate,
wherein the main body of the electronic package includes a first main body portion and a second main body portion,
wherein the side surfaces include side surfaces of the first main body portion that face each other and side surfaces of the second main body portion that face each other,
wherein the electronic package includes a wiring member that connects the first main body portion and the second main body portion to each other,
wherein the metal projections include metal projections provided in the first main body portion and metal projections provided in the second main body portion, the metal projections of the first main body portion project from the respective side surfaces of the first main body portion, and the metal projections of the second main body portion project from the respective side surfaces of the second main body portion,
wherein the mount portion of the support body includes a first mount region on which the first main body portion is mounted and a second mount region on which the second main body portion is mounted,
wherein the projection receiving portions include first projection receiving portions formed in the support body and second projection receiving portions formed in the support body,
wherein the first projection receiving portions receive the respective metal projections provided in the first main body portion, and the second projection receiving portions receive the respective metal projections provided in the second main body portion,
wherein first pressing portions, second pressing portions, and a connecting portion are provided in the clip member, and
wherein the first pressing portions press the respective metal projections of the first main body portion against the first projection receiving portions, the second pressing portions press the respective metal projections of the second main body portion against the second projection receiving portions, and the connecting portion connects the first pressing portions to each other and the second pressing portions to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,254,187

WATERPROOF PRESSURE SENSOR, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD AND SENSOR CONVEYANCE BODY FOR MANUFACTURING WATERPROOF PRESSURE

ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD., T...

1. A waterproof pressure sensor comprising:a pressure detection element;
a cavity package having a recess in which the pressure detection element is mounted, and an edge portion surrounding the recess;
a frame attached to the edge portion of the cavity package, the frame having an opening above the recess, and a surface which is more smoothed than a surface of the edge portion;
a contact prevention member attached to the frame, the contact prevention member having a pressure introducing hole provided above the opening, the pressure introducing hole having a diameter smaller than a diameter of the opening; and
a gel agent provided in the recess and the opening,
wherein the gel agent is separated from a lower edge of the pressure introducing hole on the frame side.

US Pat. No. 10,252,642

INPUT DEVICE HAVING AN OPERATION KNOB

ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD., T...

1. An input device comprising:an operation shaft, a tip of the operation shaft being projected to the outside through a shaft insertion hole formed through a case main body, the operation shaft being movable along the case main body; and
an operation knob movably attached to the tip of the operation shaft and driving the operation shaft,
wherein a bearing portion provided inside the operation knob is recess-projection fitted on the operation shaft,
wherein the case main body is provided with an elastic support piece deforming following the movement of the operation knob and elastically supporting the operation knob, and
wherein the elastic support piece is provided such that a proximal end portion is integrally attached to the underside of the case main body, a main body portion has a middle part bent such that the main body portion extends downward from the underside of the case main body and then extends upward toward the underside of the case main body, and a distal end portion projects to the outside through a piece insertion hole formed through the case main body and enters the operation knob.

US Pat. No. 10,301,860

OPENING/CLOSING CONTROL DEVICE

ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD., T...

1. A window control device that controls a window operation of a window by driving a motor, the device comprising:a processor and a memory having program code stored therein, wherein when the processor executes the program code, the processor is configured into:
a trap detecting unit configured to detect a trap of an object, the trap being caused by the window;
a rotation amount detecting unit configured to detect an amount of rotation of the motor;
a voltage detecting unit configured to detect a voltage to be supplied to the motor;
a position detecting unit configured to detect a position of the window with respect to the position of the window with the window in a most recent fully closed state, according to a change in a detected amount of rotation from a reference amount of rotation, the reference amount of rotation being the amount of rotation detected by the rotation amount detecting unit in the most recent fully closed state;
a motor control unit configured to perform trap prevention control when the trap detecting unit detects the trap, a rotation of the motor being reversed in the trap prevention control, when the position, detected by the position detecting unit, of the window is more distant from the position of the window in the most recent fully closed state than a preset boundary position is, and to disable the trap prevention control when the detected position of the window is closer to the position of the window in the most recent fully closed state than the boundary position is; and
a boundary position setting unit configured to set the boundary position; and
wherein the boundary position setting unit sets the boundary position according to a sum of a first amount of rotation having a value obtained by multiplying the change in the detected voltage from a reference voltage by a predetermined proportionality coefficient, and a second amount of rotation having a value of a predetermined linear function, the detected voltage being used as a variable in the predetermined linear function and the reference voltage is a detected voltage in the most recent fully closed state.

US Pat. No. 10,254,313

NONCONTACT VOLTAGE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD., T...

1. A noncontact voltage measurement apparatus for measuring, without being electrically directly connected to a conductive measurement target, an alternating voltage applied to the measurement target, the noncontact voltage measurement apparatus comprising:a sensing electrode to which a first voltage corresponding to the alternating voltage is applied;
a feedback electrode to which a second voltage is applied, the second voltage being an alternating voltage;
a conductive movable body that is movably supported, the movable body being displaced in accordance with a first Coulomb force generated between the movable body and the sensing electrode and a second Coulomb force generated between the movable body and the feedback electrode, the movable body being subject to an elastic force that causes the movable body to return to a predetermined neutral position;
a displacement detection unit that detects a displacement of the movable body with respect to the predetermined neutral position and outputs a detection result corresponding to the displacement;
a voltage applying unit that applies the second voltage to the feedback electrode; and
a control unit that controls the second voltage output from the voltage applying unit such that the detection result approaches a predetermined reference value indicating the neutral position of the movable body.

US Pat. No. 10,241,137

CURRENT SENSOR HAVING ELECTROMAGNETIC SHIELD

Alps Alpine Co., Ltd., T...

1. A current sensor, comprising:a current path extending along a first direction and having a first surface extending in the first direction, a current to be measured flowing through the current path;
an electromagnetic shield surrounding the current path and having a width in the first direction between side ends, the electromagnetic shield having open ends in a direction perpendicular to the first direction so as to form an opening therebetween, the opening exposing the first surface of the current path;
a substrate disposed in the opening of the electromagnetic shield and extending along the first direction, the substrate having a lower surface facing the first surface of the current path and an upper surface opposite to the lower surface;
a first magnetic detection unit disposed at a first position on the upper surface of the substrate, the first position being apart from the first surface by a first distance;
a second magnetic detection unit disposed at a second position on the lower surface of the substrate so as to face the first surface of the current path, the second position being apart from the first surface by a second distance smaller than the first distance, wherein the second position is closer, along the first direction, to one of the side ends of the electromagnetic shield than the first position is.

US Pat. No. 10,310,654

INPUT DEVICE HAVING FLEXIBLE CIRCUIT BOARD

Alps Alpine Co., Ltd., T...

1. An input device comprising:a panel made of a light-transmissive material, the panel having a light-transmissive area and a light-shielding area;
an electrode layer formed of a light-transmissive material, the electrode layer being disposed on an inner surface of the panel in the light-transmissive area;
a decorative layer formed of a non-light-transmissive material, the decorative layer being disposed on the inner surface of the panel in the light-shielding area;
an inner resin layer disposed on a surface of the decorative layer;
a conductive connection pattern formed on the inner resin layer, the conductive connection pattern being in electrical communication with the electrode layer; and
a flexible printed circuit board overlapping and facing the inner resin layer, the flexible printed circuit board having a wiring pattern formed thereon, the wiring pattern facing and being connected to the conductive connection pattern,
wherein the inner resin layer is formed of a resin material having a softening temperature higher than that of a resin material of which the decorative layer is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,310,672

INPUT APPARATUS, INPUT DETECTION METHOD, AND IN-VEHICLE APPARATUS

Alps Alpine Co., Ltd., T...

1. An input apparatus to be operated by an operation object, the input apparatus comprising:a plurality of electrodes disposed so as to be spaced apart from each other, each electrode having a capacitance which changes in accordance with proximity of the operation object to the electrode;
a signal processing unit configured to generate an input signal for each electrode based on a change in the capacitance of the electrode; and
a determination unit configured to receive the input signal of each electrode and determine whether the operation object has come into proximity of at least one of the plurality of electrodes based on a plurality of the input signals output from the signal processing unit,
wherein the determination unit determines that the operation object has come into the proximity of a first electrode among the plurality of electrodes if one of the plurality of input signals corresponding to the first electrode is greater than or equal to a first threshold value, and an integral value of remaining input signals corresponding to remaining electrodes of the plurality of electrodes for a predetermined integration period is greater than or equal to a second threshold value,
and wherein the determination unit includes a plurality of proximity determination units corresponding to the plurality of electrodes, each proximity determination unit including:
a first determination unit configured to determine whether the input signal of corresponding one of the electrodes is greater than or equal to the first threshold value;
an integral operation unit configured to generate the integral value by integrating remaining input signals corresponding to remaining electrodes other than the corresponding electrode for the predetermined integration period; and
a second determination unit configured to determine that the operation object has come in proximity of the corresponding electrode if the first determination unit determines that the input signal of the corresponding electrode is greater than or equal to the first threshold value, and if the integral value generated by the integral operation unit is greater than or equal to the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,298,231

INPUT DEVICE

ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD., T...

1. An input device comprising:a capacitive sensor; and
a piezoelectric sensor positioned on a front side of the capacitive sensor in a front-to-back direction from a front to a back of the input device, the piezoelectric sensor being configured to change an output thereof in response to a force applied to the piezoelectric sensor from a front side thereof,
wherein the piezoelectric sensor includes
a piezoelectric layer; and
a first electrode and a second electrode positioned across the piezoelectric layer from each other in the front-to-back direction,
wherein the capacitive sensor includes a capacitive sensing area where the capacitive sensor is configured to perform a sensing operation, and the first electrode and the second electrode of the piezoelectric sensor do not overlap the capacitive sensing area when viewed in the front-to-back direction,
wherein the capacitive sensor includes a plurality of drive electrodes and a plurality of sense electrodes that cross each other with an insulating layer being interposed between the plurality of drive electrodes and the plurality of sense electrodes,
wherein the plurality of sense electrodes are positioned within the capacitive sensing area,
wherein the first electrode and the second electrode are placed along one of the plurality of drive electrodes on a front side of the plurality of drive electrodes,
wherein the first electrode and the second electrode include respective wide portions where the first electrode and the second electrode increases in width, and
wherein the first electrode and the second electrode are over the one of the plurality of drive electrodes in the respective wide portions.

US Pat. No. 10,283,266

POWDER CORE, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF POWDER CORE, INDUCTOR INCLUDING POWDER CORE, AND ELECTRONIC/ELECTRIC DEVICE HAVING INDUCTOR MOUNTED THEREIN

Alps Alpine Co., Ltd., T...

1. A powder core comprising:an amorphous magnetic material powder having a first median diameter D50A equal to or less than 7 ?m; and
a crystalline magnetic material powder having a second median diameter D50C,
wherein the first median diameter D50A and the second median diameter D50C satisfy:
1?D50A/D50C?3.5,
and wherein a first mixing ratio which is a mass ratio of the crystalline magnetic material powder content of the powder core to a sum of the crystalline magnetic material powder content and the amorphous magnetic material powder content in the powder core is equal to or greater than 20 mass % and equal to or smaller than 40 mass %.

US Pat. No. 10,289,149

INPUT OPERATING APPARATUS

ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD., T...

1. An input operating apparatus comprising:an operating lever;
a holding body that holds a base of the operating lever such that the base is rotatable in one plane;
a support body that supports the holding body such that the holding body is rotatable in another plane which intersects the one plane; and
a cancel lever that is movable when the holding body is being rotated, wherein the cancel lever is rotatable about a second virtual rotational axis and the second virtual rotational axis is on a longitudinal path of a first virtual line along which the cancel lever is able to be advanced toward and retracted from a rotational path of a cancel projection which is rotated about a first virtual rotational axis together with a steering shaft,
wherein the first virtual rotational axis is at a position separated from a position of the first virtual line without intersecting the first virtual line.

US Pat. No. 10,290,442

PUSH SWITCH

ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD., T...

1. A push switch, comprising:a movable contact including a dome part that is shaped like a dome and configured to be inverted in shape when pressed; and
a fixed contact including a first fixed contact, the movable contact being configured to be brought into contact with and away from the first fixed contact, wherein
the movable contact includes a contact part that is configured to elastically contact the fixed contact at a pressing stroke position up to an inversion completion position at which the inversion of the dome part is completed;
the push switch is configured such that
an operating load necessary to press the movable contact gradually increases after the movable contact starts to be pressed, decreases thereafter when the dome part is inverted, and increases again when the movable contact is further pressed,
the contact part contacts the fixed contact and the movable contact is electrically connected to the first fixed contact before an inflection point at which the decreased operating load starts to increase again, and
the dome part contacts the first fixed contact after the inflection point;
the movable contact is disposed such that the dome part contacts the first fixed contact when the movable contact is pressed further to a predetermined pressing stroke position from the inversion completion position; and
the first fixed contact is placed in such a position that an amount of pressing stroke up to the predetermined pressing stroke position is 1.1 to 1.2 times greater than an amount of pressing stroke up to the inversion completion position at which the inversion of the dome part is completed.

US Pat. No. 10,281,736

LENS DRIVING DEVICE, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF LENS DRIVING DEVICE

ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD., T...

1. A lens driving device, comprising:a movable unit including:
a lens holding member configured to hold a lens member, and
a first driving mechanism configured to move the lens holding member in an optical axis direction;
a suspension wire configured to support the movable unit movably in a direction intersecting the optical axis direction;
a supporting member configured to support a lower end of the suspension wire; and
a second driving mechanism configured to move the movable unit in a direction intersecting the optical axis direction,
wherein the movable unit further includes:
an upper leaf spring and a lower leaf spring configured to support the lens holding member movably in the optical axis direction and
a fixing member disposed at an outer side of the lens holding member and configured to fix the upper leaf spring,
wherein the upper leaf spring includes
a first portion fixed to the lens holding member,
a second portion fixed to the fixing member,
an elastic arm portion disposed between the first portion and the second portion,
a wire fixing portion disposed at an outer side of the second portion and soldered to an upper end of the suspension wire, and
a linking portion configured to connect between the second portion and the wire fixing portion,
wherein the linking portion has two extending portions extending from two separate positions on the second portion toward the wire fixing portion side,
and wherein a plate-shaped protruding portion protruding inwards from the wire fixing portion is provided between the two extending portions.

US Pat. No. 10,267,660

SENSOR DEVICE

Alps Alpine Co., Ltd., T...

1. A sensor device comprising:a sensor portion including:
a movable thin film; and
a detection element configured to output a detection signal corresponding to an amount of displacement of the movable thin film;
a frame portion surrounding and supporting the sensor portion;
a circuit board including a circuit configured to process the detection signal from the detection element;
a lid portion attached onto the frame portion, the lid portion made of silicon and having at least one through-hole formed by an etching; and
a functional film formed on at least an inner surface of the at least one through-hole, the functional film being formed from a portion of the silicon reacted with an etching gas of the etching, the functional film having higher hydrophobicity than that of a surface of the lid portion.