US Pat. No. 9,288,785

SYSTEM FOR REMINDING USER TO REMOVE SMARTPHONE FROM VEHICLE WHEN EXITING

Denso International Ameri...

1. A system for detecting a smart device left in a vehicle comprising:
a capacitor configured to store energy generated by a voltage source configured to power vehicle accessories;
a first switch movable between an open position and a closed position, the first switch is configured to be in the open position
when the voltage source is on, the first switch is configured to be in the closed position when the voltage source is off;
and

a second switch movable between an open position and a closed position, the second switch configured to be in the open position
when the smart device is not on a charging pad, the second switch configured to be in the closed position when the smart device
is on the charging pad;

wherein the system generates a notification that the smart device has been left on the charging pad when both the first and
the second switches are in the closed position, the notification powered by the capacitor.

US Pat. No. 9,257,902

DEVICE FOR POWER CONVERSION USING SWITCHING ELEMENT

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A power conversion device comprising:
a switching circuit provided with a switching element that performs switching operations for power conversion on a basis of
a switching frequency of a switching signal provided to the switching element; and

a control circuit that controls the switching signal such that the switching frequency is repeatedly changed, in each repetition
time, in accordance with a predetermined pattern of changes in frequency, the predetermined pattern being set with an elapse
of time, the repetition time being set such that a repetition frequency, which is an inverse of the repetition time, is shifted
from, at least, a frequency band whose frequencies are demodulated as sound by a radio that receives radio broadcasting, and
the repetition time being a period of time during which a plurality of pulse signals having differing cycles are repeated
in a predetermined sequence.

US Pat. No. 9,276,517

CONTROL DEVICE OF AC MOTOR

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A control device of a three phase alternating current motor comprising:
an inverter for driving the motor;
a current sensor for sensing current flowing in a sensor phase of the motor, which is one of three phases of the motor; and
a controller for switching on and off a plurality of switching elements, which provide the inverter, so that the controller
controls the current flowing through the motor,

wherein the controller includes:
a revolution number calculation device for calculating the number of revolutions of the motor;
a three-phase voltage command operation device for operating three voltage commands for three phase voltages of the three
phases to be applied to the motor based on a current command and an electric angle; and

a current concentration determination device for determining whether a current concentration is caused based on the three
voltage commands when the number of revolutions acquired by the revolution number calculation device is not more than a predetermined
number of revolutions, and

wherein the current concentration is a state, in which current not less than a predetermined threshold value flows continuously
for a predetermined period in one or more phases of the inverter, and

wherein the controller further includes:
a transformation coefficient calculation device for calculating a transformation coefficient according to a ratio of a voltage
command of the sensor phase to a current sensed value of the sensor phase; and

an other-phase current estimation device for calculating two current estimated values of two phases other than the sensor
phase using the transformation coefficient based on two voltage commands of the two phases other than the voltage command
of the sensor phase, and

wherein, when a state, in which at least one of the current sensed value of the sensor phase and the two current estimated
values of the two phases is more than a predetermined current determination threshold value, continues for a predetermined
determination period, the current concentration determination device determines that the current concentration is caused.


US Pat. No. 9,277,385

911 ASSIST BY WIRELESS CHARGER WITH NFC IN THE VEHICLE

Denso International Ameri...

1. A method for requesting emergency assistance for a vehicle involved in an accident, the method comprising:
storing vehicle operating conditions in a plurality of data packets prior to the accident in a storage device;
detecting the accident;
after the accident, deactivating charging of a smartphone being charged on a wireless charging pad;
transmitting to the smartphone the vehicle operating conditions stored prior to the accident;
transmitting the vehicle operating conditions from the smartphone to emergency authorities;
calling the emergency authorities using the smartphone and initiating hands free communication with the emergency authorities;
transmitting to the emergency authorities a most recently stored data packet; and
transmitting to the emergency authorities a next most recently stored data packet with complete vehicle operating conditions
if the most recently stored data packet is incomplete.

US Pat. No. 9,266,534

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

DENSO Corporation, Kariy...

1. A vehicle control apparatus for implementing inter-vehicle distance control of a vehicle carrying the apparatus behind
a preceding vehicle based on reflected waves from a target that is a reflecting portion of the preceding vehicle, the vehicle
carrying the apparatus being referred to as a subject vehicle, the reflected waves being radar waves transmitted to a front
of the subject vehicle and then reflected from the target, the apparatus comprising:
a target information acquirer configured to acquire target information about the target from the reflected waves, the target
information including a detected distance from the subject vehicle to the target of the preceding vehicle;

a target-pair distance recognizer configured to, in the presence of a target pair that is a pair of the target and a non-target
reflection point that is closer to the subject vehicle than the target and belongs to the same preceding vehicle as the target,
calculate and recognize a separation distance between the target and the non-target reflection point of the target pair as
a target-pair distance;

an offset setter configured to, when the target-pair distance is recognized by the target-pair distance recognizer for a predetermined
period of time or more, set the target-pair distance as an offset;

a corrected distance calculator configured to, when the target-pair distance is recognized by the target-pair distance recognizer
for the predetermined period of time or more, calculate a first corrected distance as an inter-vehicle distance between a
rear end of the preceding vehicle and the subject vehicle by subtracting the target-pair distance from the detected distance,
and when the target-pair distance is recognized by the target-pair distance recognizer for less than the predetermined period
of time, calculate a second corrected distance as an inter-vehicle distance between the rear end of the preceding vehicle
and the subject vehicle by subtracting the offset set by the offset setter from the detected distance; and

a controller configured to, when the target-pair distance is recognized by the target-pair distance recognizer for the predetermined
period of time or more, implement the inter-vehicle distance control based on the first corrected distance calculated by the
corrected distance calculator, and when the target-pair distance is recognized by the target-pair distance recognizer for
less than the predetermined period of time, implement the inter-vehicle distance control based on the second corrected distance
calculated by the corrected distance calculator.

US Pat. No. 9,246,577

VEHICULAR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicular communication apparatus comprising:
a communication device exchanging a signal with an external communication device disposed external to a vehicle having the
communication device therein; and

an adjuster adjusting a transmission output of the communication device based on an operation mode of a vehicular device influencing
the communication device by generating a noise, wherein

the adjuster outputs an operation mode change request to the vehicular device when an adjustment of the transmission output
is performed to prevent deterioration of a communication quality of the communication device.

US Pat. No. 9,257,930

CONTROLLER FOR MULTIPLE-PHASE ROTATING MACHINE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A controller for driving a multiple-phase rotating machine having a plurality of winding sets magnetically coupled together,
each winding set including a plurality of phase windings, the controller comprising:
a plurality of electrical power converters capable of supplying alternating current to the plurality of winding sets, each
electrical power converter including a plurality of legs, each leg being constructed with switching devices and provided to
a corresponding one of the plurality of phase windings, a pair of each electrical power converter and a corresponding winding
set being defined as a system;

a failure detector capable of detecting a failure in the electrical power converter or the winding set in each system; and
a control section capable of controlling an output of the electrical power converter by setting a d-axis current and a q-axis
current to drive the electrical power converter, wherein

when the failure detector detects the failure in any one of the systems, the control section stops the electrical power converter
in the one of the systems and controls the output of the electrical power converter in each of the others of the systems by
setting the d-axis current in such a manner that an electric current, which is generated by a counter-electromotive force
in the plurality of phase windings in the one of the systems during rotation of the multiple-phase rotating machine, is reduced
by reducing a voltage of the counter-electromotive force with a corresponding voltage that substantially cancels the voltage
of the counter-electromotive force and is generated in the plurality of phase windings in the one of the systems through mutual
inductance between the plurality of phase windings in the one of the systems and the plurality of phase windings in each of
the others of the systems when the d-axis current, which is set by the control section, is supplied to the plurality of phase
windings in each of the others of the systems.

US Pat. No. 9,276,075

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE HAVING VERTICAL MOSFET STRUCTURE THAT UTILIZES A TRENCH-TYPE GATE ELECTRODE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

6. A method of producing a semiconductor device having a semiconductor substrate in which a body region of a first conductivity
type is laminated on or above a surface of a drift region of a second conductivity type, and a trench is formed in a range
of the semiconductor substrate which is exposed to a surface thereof, a source region of a second conductivity type that is
located adjacent to the trench and is electrically connected to a source electrode, a drain electrode formed on a rear surface
of the semiconductor substrate, and a gate electrode formed within the trench, comprising:
a trench forming step of forming at least one trench as said trench which extends from the surface of the semiconductor substrate,
into the drift region, through the body region;

a specific layer forming step of forming a specific layer on a bottom of the trench, the specific layer having a characteristic
of forming a depletion layer at a junction between the specific layer and the drift region;

a conductive portion forming step of forming a conductive portion on a part of a side wall of the trench, the conductive portion
being joined to the specific layer;

a first insulating layer forming step of forming a first insulating layer on inner walls of the trench;
a first etching step of etching the first insulating layer formed in the first insulating layer forming step, so that the
lowest point of an upper surface of the first insulating layer formed in the first insulating layer forming step, within the
trench, is located at a lower level than an interface between the drift region and the body region; and

a second insulating layer forming step of forming a second insulating layer on the side wall of the trench,
wherein:
the trench is formed in a rectangular shape having long sides and short sides, when observed from the surface of the semiconductor
substrate, in the trench forming step; the conductive portion forming step is the same step as the specific layer forming
step;

a metal layer that provides the specific layer and the conductive portion is formed on the inner walls of the trench in the
specific layer forming step; and

a second etching step is further provided for removing portions of the metal layer which cover side walls of the long sides
of the trench, such that portions of the metal layer which cover side walls of the short sides of the trench remain.

US Pat. No. 9,281,364

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device comprising:
a semiconductor substrate preparation step of preparing a semiconductor substrate which is made of SiC and in which a first
semiconductor region of a first conductivity type is formed on a surface of the semiconductor substrate; and

a second semiconductor region forming step of forming a second semiconductor region by implanting an impurity of a second
conductivity type into the first semiconductor region through multiple ion implantation steps from the surface of the semiconductor
substrate while varying implantation depths of the respective multiple ion implantation steps, wherein

in the second semiconductor region forming step, an implantation depth in a first ion implantation step of the multiple ion
implantation steps is the deepest among the multiple ion implantation steps,

in the second semiconductor region forming step, an implantation depth in a second ion implantation step of the multiple ion
implantation steps is less deep than the implantation depth in the first ion implantation step,

in the second semiconductor region forming step, an implantation depth in a third ion implantation step of the multiple ion
implantation steps is less deep than the implantation depth in the second ion implantation step,

in the second semiconductor region forming step, a dose amount of the impurity in the first ion implantation step is smaller
than a dose amount of the impurity in the second ion implantation step,

and
in the second semiconductor region forming step, a dose amount of the impurity in the third ion implantation step is nearly
equal to the dose amount of the impurity in the second ion implantation step.

US Pat. No. 9,260,114

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

DENSO Corporation, Kariy...

1. A vehicle control apparatus for implementing inter-vehicle distance control of a vehicle carrying the apparatus behind
a preceding vehicle based on reflected waves from at least one target that is a reflecting portion of the preceding vehicle,
the vehicle carrying the apparatus being referred to as a subject vehicle, the reflected waves being radar waves transmitted
to a front of the subject vehicle and then reflected from the at least one target, the apparatus comprising:
a target information acquirer configured to acquire target information about each of the at least one target from the reflected
waves, the target information including a detected distance from the subject vehicle to the target of the preceding vehicle;

an offset storage configured to, in the presence of first and second targets forward of the subject vehicle, the first target
being forward of the second target, the second target being a target recognized as a rear end of the preceding vehicle, calculate
and store an offset associated with the first target, the offset being a difference between the detected distance to the first
target and the detected distance to the second target;

a controller configured to implement the inter-vehicle distance control to follow the second target based on the detected
distance to the second target, and when the second target fails to be detected, implement the inter-vehicle distance control
based on a distance calculated by subtracting the offset associated with the first target stored by the offset storage from
the detected distance to the first target; and

an offset eraser configured to, based on the presence or absence of relative displacement between the first and second targets,
determine whether or not the first and second targets belong to different vehicles, and when it is determined that the first
and second targets belong to different vehicles, erase the offset associated with the first target stored by the offset storage.

US Pat. No. 9,243,846

HEAT EXHANGING APPARATUS

DENSO Marston Ltd., Ship...

1. A heat exchanging apparatus, comprising;
a first heat exchanger arranged to allow ambient air to pass therethrough;
a second heat exchanger adjacent the first heat exchanger and arranged to allow air exiting the first heat exchanger to pass
therethrough;

a third heat exchanger comprising two or more interconnected heat exchanging cores wherein each core is arranged to allow
ambient air to pass therethrough; and

a cowl arranged to direct the flow through the heat exchangers; wherein
the cowl is arranged to isolate the cores of the third heat exchanger so that only ambient air passes therethrough.

US Pat. No. 9,115,679

MOUNTING POINT INJECTOR CLIP

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A fuel injector mounting assembly including a mounting clip, the mounting clip comprising:
a frame including a first side, a second side, and a generally planar surface extending between the first side and the second
side;

a first leg extending from the first side of the frame generally perpendicular to the planar surface;
a second leg extending from the second side of the frame generally perpendicular to the planar surface;
a first arm extending from the first side of the frame, the first arm separate and spaced apart from the first leg, the first
arm including:

a first curved portion extending from the frame that curves away from both the frame and the first leg;
a fuel cup support portion aligned with the first leg and extending in generally the same direction as the first leg;
a raised surface of the fuel cup support portion configured to cooperate with a fuel cup; and
a flange at an end of the fuel cup support portion, the flange extending away from the first leg, the flange configured to
cooperate with a second indentation at a base of the fuel cup to retain the mounting clip in cooperation with the fuel cup
and a fuel injector;

a second arm extending from the second side of the frame, the second arm separate and spaced apart from the second leg, the
second arm is at least substantially similar to the first arm, the second arm includes a second curved portion similar to
the first curved portion;

a neck portion extending from the frame between the first arm and the second arm; and
a head portion extending from the neck portion, the head portion configured to cooperate with a first indentation at the base
of the fuel cup to retain the mounting clip in cooperation with the fuel cup and the fuel injector;

wherein the first and the second arms are configured to flex at the first and the second curved portions respectively to exert
upward pressure on the fuel cup when in cooperation with the fuel cup to provide a press-fit across the fuel injection mounting
assembly and reduce movement of the fuel cup.

US Pat. No. 9,290,172

COLLISION MITIGATION DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A collision mitigation device that is mounted in an own vehicle and mitigates collision damage when the own vehicle is
in a collision, the collision mitigation device comprising:
actuation condition setting means that sets an actuation condition indicating a condition for actuating a collision mitigating
section configured to mitigate collision damage when the own vehicle is in a collision;

actuation control means that detects a target object that is positioned near the own vehicle, and actuates the collision mitigating
section when a positional relationship between the own vehicle and the target object meets the actuation condition;

traveling segment recognizing means that recognizes an own vehicle traveling segment that indicates a traveling segment of
a road on which the own vehicle is traveling; and

in-segment presence recognizing means that recognizes whether or not the target object is present within the own vehicle traveling
segment,

the actuation condition setting means relaxing the actuation condition in such a manner that the collision mitigating section
is more easily actuated when the target object is present within the own vehicle traveling segment, compared to when the target
object is not present within the own vehicle traveling segment, wherein:

the actuation control means determines whether to actuate the collision mitigating section based on a result of a comparison
between a collision time and an actuation reference time, the collision time indicating an amount of time until the own vehicle
and the target object collide, the actuation reference time being set in advance as a timing when control is performed to
enable the own vehicle to avoid a collision with the target object; and

the actuation condition setting means sets an amount of actuation reference time to a longer amount of time when the target
object is present within the own vehicle traveling segment, compared to when the target object is not present within the own
vehicle traveling segment.

US Pat. No. 9,278,670

ON-BOARD OPTICAL SENSOR COVER AND ON-BOARD OPTICAL SENSOR APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An on-board optical sensor cover comprising:
a holder for holding an optical sensor having a lens;
a washer nozzle for performing a washing operation to wash a lens surface of the lens of the optical sensor held in the holder
or a glass surface of a cover glass located facing the lens by spraying a washer fluid, supplied from a washer fluid tank,
onto the lens surface or the glass surface, and

an air spraying device for performing a spraying operation to spray air onto the lens surface of the lens of the optical sensor
or the glass surface of the cover glass,

wherein
the washer nozzle performs the washing operation,
the air spraying device performs the spraying operation to spray the air onto the lens surface of the lens of the optical
sensor or the glass surface of the cover glass while the washer nozzle performs the washing operation,

the washer fluid and the air are sprayed from the same direction onto the lens surface or the glass surface, and
the washer nozzle is located closer to the lens surface than an air nozzle of the air spraying device.

US Pat. No. 9,267,530

CAP STRUCTURE FOR PULLEY-FIXING NUT OF VEHICLE-USE ELECTRIC ROTATING MACHINE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A cap structure for a pulley-fixing nut of a vehicle-use electric rotating machine having a pulley driven by a belt, the
cap structure comprising:
a nut configured to be engaged with a bolt end portion formed in an end of a rotating shaft of the electric rotating machine
to fix the pulley, the nut having a polygonal outer periphery including a step portion projecting radially outward at an axial
position closer to a seating surface of the nut than an axial center of the nut; and

a cap for covering the nut and the bolt end portion protruding from the nut when the nut is engaged with the bolt, the cap
being made of casting resin and having a polygonal inner periphery and an annular claw portion, a number of sides of the polygonal
inner periphery being equal to a natural number-multiple of a number of sides of the outer periphery of the nut, an inner
diameter of an axial end of the annular claw portion being smaller than an outer diameter of the step portion of the nut,

wherein the cap includes a guide portion provided at a boundary between each adjacent two of the sides of the polygonal inner
periphery, the guide portion being formed of a dent in each adjacent two of the sides of the polygonal inner periphery and
having a shape of a triangular sidewall which widens toward the axial end of the annular claw portion.

US Pat. No. 9,267,610

HYDRAULIC PRESSURE CONTROL DEVICE

ADVICS CO., LTD., Aichi-...

8. A hydraulic pressure control device comprising:
a hydraulic pressure unit, in which a solenoid valve for hydraulic pressure control is assembled with a hydraulic pressure
block; and

an electronic control unit, which includes a circuit board having a drive control circuit of the solenoid valve and stored
inside a resin case,

wherein a solenoid coil is fit onto the main body of the solenoid valve fixed to the hydraulic pressure block of hydraulic
pressure unit,

wherein the solenoid coil is elastically pressed against and fixed to the hydraulic pressure block by a coil pressing arm
integrally formed with the resin case, and

wherein the coil pressing arm is substantially bent along a part of an outer circumference of the coil in a view taken in
an axial direction of the coil.

US Pat. No. 9,224,563

ELECTRONIC PART AND ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An electronic part mounted to a printed board comprising:
a main body of a pillared shape, the main body having at least one electronic element;
multiple electrodes respectively formed at outer surfaces of the main body, each of the electrodes being electrically connected
to the electronic element; and

at least one fuse terminal electrically connected to one of the electrodes,
wherein the electrodes are composed of a first electrode formed at a first axial end surface of the main body and a second
electrode formed at a second axial end surface of the main body, the first and second axial end surfaces are opposing to each
other in an axial direction of the main body,

wherein the main body is arranged on the printed board in such a way that the first axial end surface is opposed to a board
surface of the printed board,

wherein the first electrode is electrically connected to a first wiring pattern formed in the printed board,
wherein the second electrode is electrically connected to a second wiring portion via the fuse terminal,
wherein the fuse terminal is composed of;
an electrode-connected portion electrically and mechanically connected to the second electrode;
a wire-connected portion electrically and mechanically connected to the second wiring portion; and
a connecting portion extending from the electrode-connected portion in a direction away from the main body and further extending
in the axial direction of the main body in order to electrically connect the electrode-connected portion to the wire-connected
portion,

wherein the connecting portion has a cut-off portion, which has a cross sectional area smaller than that of other portions
of the fuse terminal and which is melted down by heat generated by excess current flowing through the cut-off portion.

US Pat. No. 9,332,645

ELECTRONIC PART AND ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An electronic part mounted to a printed board comprising:
a main body arranged at a position above and separated from a board surface of the printed board, the main body having at
least one electronic element and multiple electrodes for the electronic element; and

multiple terminals, each of which is connected at its one end to each of the electrodes and electrically and mechanically
connected at its other end to a land formed in the printed board, each of the terminals extending from the main body toward
the printed board so as to hold the main body at the position above and separated from the board surface in a condition that
each of the terminals is electrically and mechanically connected to the respective electrodes and the respective lands;

wherein each of the terminals has an electrode-connected portion electrically and mechanically connected to the corresponding
electrode, a land-connected portion electrically and mechanically connected to the corresponding land, and an intermediate
portion for connecting the electrode-connected portion and the land-connected portion with each other,

wherein the terminals include at least one fuse terminal,
wherein the fuse terminal has a first connecting portion at least as a part of the intermediate portion, the first connecting
portion extending in a direction parallel to the board surface or in a direction inclined with respect to the board surface
by an angle smaller than 90 degrees,

wherein the fuse terminal further has a cut-off portion formed in the first connecting portion,
wherein the cut-off portion, which has a width smaller than that of other portions of the fuse terminal, is melted down due
to heat generation by excess current, and

wherein the fuse terminal has tapered portions at both sides of the cut-off portion, so that the cut-off portion is respectively
connected to the electrode-connected portion and the land-connected portion via the respective tapered portions.

US Pat. No. 9,260,013

AWARENESS LEVEL IMPROVEMENT DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An awareness level improvement device for improving an awareness level of a driver, comprising:
an input portion into which data related to the awareness level of the driver is input;
a determination portion that determines whether the driver is driving in an absentminded state, in which the awareness level
of the driver is higher than that of a drowsy driving state and lower than that of a normal driving state, based on the data
input into the input portion; and

a controller that controls an execution portion to execute one of a plurality of applications improving the awareness level
of the driver when the determination portion determines that the driver is driving in the absentminded state, wherein

the plurality of applications include a body motion application that prompts the driver to perform a body motion,
the plurality of applications are classified into a low-stimulus group where stimulus to the driver is low and a high-stimulus
group where stimulus to the driver is high,

the controller executes one of the plurality of applications from the high-stimulus group when an elapsed time of the absentminded
state exceeds a reference time, and

the controller executes one of the plurality of applications from the low-stimulus group when the elapsed time of the absentminded
state is below the reference time.

US Pat. No. 9,236,680

CONNECTOR AND VEHICLE INCLUDING CONNECTOR

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A connector for connecting an inverter unit and an electric rotational device with each other, comprising:
a first connector terminal to which a first electric cable is to be connected;
a second connector terminal to which a second electric cable is to be connected, and which is disposed so as to be spaced
apart from the first connector terminal;

a third connector terminal which is disposed so as to be spaced apart from the second connector terminal, and to which a third
electric cable is to be connected, wherein:

a current sensor is connected to the second connector terminal and the third connector terminal,
a first predetermined interval between the first connector terminal and the second connector terminal is larger than a second
predetermined interval between the second connector terminal and the third connector terminal, and

the first connector terminal is a U-phase terminal, the second connector terminal is a V-phase terminal, and the third connector
terminal is a W-phase terminal;

a sidewall that surrounds the first connector terminal, the second connector terminal, and the third connector terminal;
a protection cover that is attached to the sidewall so as to cover the first connector terminal, the second connector terminal,
and the third connector terminal, and is detachable from the sidewall; and

an interlock mechanism that interrupts currents flowing to the first connector terminal, the second connector terminal, and
the third connector terminal when the protection cover is detached from the sidewall, wherein

the interlock mechanism includes an interlock connector and an interlock pin, and the currents are allowed to flow to the
first connector terminal, the second connector terminal, and the third connector terminal, by inserting the interlock pin
into the interlock connector; and

the interlock connector is disposed between the first connector terminal and the second connector terminal, and the interlock
pin is provided at the protection cover and is positioned such that the interlock pin is inserted into the interlock connector
when the protection cover is attached to the sidewall.

US Pat. No. 9,274,833

TASK SCHEDULER, MICROPROCESSOR, AND TASK SCHEDULING METHOD

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A task scheduler scheduling one or more running units to execute a plurality of tasks, a total number of the plurality
of tasks being greater than a total number of the one or more running units, the task scheduler comprising:
a processor, the processor is configured to
have, in a time control portion, a common time to control a state of the plurality of tasks;
calculate, by a task calculator, a slack disappearance time for each of the plurality of tasks; and
select, by a running task selector, a running task having a latest slack disappearance time from among the plurality of tasks,
the plurality of tasks including (i) a new task occurring when a running request newly occurs, (ii) the running task being
in a running state, and (iii) a waiting task being in a waiting state, wherein

an arrival time of one of the plurality of tasks is defined as T,
a deadline time representing when the one of the plurality of tasks is required to be completed is defined as D,
a worst case execution time predicted to be required for a completion of the one of the plurality of tasks is defined as W,
a current elapsed time is defined as C,
the slack disappearance time is expressed by S=T+D?W+C,
a task having an earliest slack disappearance time from among the plurality of tasks is scheduled to be preferentially executed,
when the slack disappearance time of the new task is earlier than the latest slack disappearance time of the running task,
the new task is executed and the running task having the latest slack disappearance time switches from the running state to
the waiting state,

when the slack disappearance time of the new task is later than the latest slack disappearance time of the running task, the
new task is in the waiting state, and

the current elapsed time of the one of the plurality of tasks increases when the one of the plurality of tasks is executed.

US Pat. No. 9,237,669

POWER CONVERTER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A power converter, comprising:
a plurality of power converter circuits, each of which includes at least one semiconductor module, wherein the semiconductor
modules are stacked,

bus bars in common with the semiconductor modules that connect the stacked semiconductor modules with a capacitor, and
connecting members that are arranged along an edge of each of the bus bars and connect the edge of the bus bar with terminals
of the semiconductor modules,

wherein each of the bus bars includes converter circuit corresponding regions that are defined for each of the power converter
circuits that include the semiconductor modules that are connected to the bus bar by the connecting members, and

wherein at least one of the bus bars includes a slit that extends from the edge of the bus bar along at least one of the boundaries
between the converter circuit corresponding regions,

wherein the plurality of power converter circuits include a first power converter circuit that includes a first inverter that
is provided corresponding to a first rotating electric machine, and a second power converter circuit that includes a second
inverter that is provided corresponding to a second rotating electric machine, and

wherein the converter circuit corresponding regions of each of the bus bars include a first inverter corresponding region
that corresponds to the first inverter and a second inverter corresponding region that corresponds to the second inverter,
and the slit is provided between the first inverter corresponding region and the second inverter corresponding region.

US Pat. No. 9,271,422

DRIVE APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A drive apparatus comprising:
a semiconductor module including switching elements;
a connector provided for electrical connection with an external part and including a peripheral wall and a first fitting part
formed on the peripheral wall; and

a holding member including a module holding part and a connector holding part, the module holding part holding the semiconductor
module, and the connector holding part being provided with a second fitting part for fitting with the first fitting part and
holding the connector, wherein:

the first fitting part is formed on a first surface of the peripheral wall, which faces an accommodation bottom part of the
connector holding part, and side walls, which are formed on both sides of the first surface; and

the drive apparatus further comprises a frame member provided on the second surface side, which is opposite to the first surface.

US Pat. No. 9,273,412

FILM-FORMING APPARATUS AND FILM-FORMING METHOD

NuFlare Technology, Inc.,...

1. A film-forming apparatus comprising:
a film-forming chamber;
a cylindrical shaped liner provided between an inner wall of the film-forming chamber and a space for performing a film-forming
process;

a main-heater configured to heat a substrate placed inside the liner, from the bottom side;
a sub-heater cluster provided between the liner and the inner wall, configure to heat the substrate from the top side;
wherein the main-heater and the sub-heater cluster are resistive heaters;
wherein the sub-heater cluster has a first sub-heater provided at the closest position to the substrate, and a second sub-heater
provided above the first sub-heater;

wherein the first sub-heater heats the substrate in combination with the main-heater, the second sub-heater heats the liner
at a lower output than the first sub-heater;

wherein each temperature of the main-heater, the first sub-heater, and the second sub-heater is individually controlled; and
wherein an output of the main-heater is controlled depending on a temperature of the substrate, and an output of the first
sub-heater is controlled depending on the output of the main-heater.

US Pat. No. 9,147,294

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INTELLIGENT CHANNEL SWITCHING TO SUPPORT V2X COMMUNICATION

DENSO International Ameri...

1. An onboard communication apparatus disposed in a subject vehicle communicating with other vehicles and non-vehicles, the
apparatus comprising:
a navigation module monitoring a vehicle speed of the subject vehicle;
a radio performing dual way communication with the other vehicles and the non-vehicles, wherein the radio communicates with
the other vehicles via a first channel, and with the non-vehicles via a second channel; and

a communication module controlling the radio based on the vehicle speed monitored by the navigation module, wherein
the communication module controls the radio in a first mode to perform communication via the first channel when the vehicle
speed is greater than or equal to a vehicular speed threshold, and

the communication module controls the radio in a second mode to perform communication via the first channel and the second
channel when the vehicle speed is less than the vehicular speed threshold, and, in the second mode, the communication module
switches the radio between the first channel and the second channel at a preset interval.

US Pat. No. 9,281,837

A/D CONVERTER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An A/D converter comprising:
a delta-sigma processing circuit for receiving an analog input signal for A/D conversion of the analog input signal by delta-sigma
processing of delta-sigma modulation;

a cyclic processing circuit for A/D converting, by cyclic processing, a difference between an amplified residue of quantization
generated in the A/D conversion and a reference voltage;

a quantization circuit for outputting a quantized value of a quantized output of the delta-sigma circuit and a quantized output
of the cyclic processing circuit; and

a control circuit for generating an A/D conversion result of the analog input signal based on the quantized value and outputting
a control signal for switching over the reference voltage, wherein

the delta-sigma processing circuit and the cyclic processing circuit include an operational amplifier forming an operation
circuit, sampling capacitors, a capacitive D/A converter having a DAC capacitor for adding and subtracting the residue of
quantization based on the reference voltage corresponding to the control signal,

the delta-sigma processing circuit includes an integration capacitor used for the delta-sigma processing and the cyclic processing,
and

the sampling capacitors, the DAC capacitor and the integration capacitor are provided to be electrically separated.

US Pat. No. 9,261,061

HIGH-PRESSURE PUMP

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A high-pressure pump comprising:
a plunger performing a reciprocating movement;
a cylinder receiving the plunger to define a pressurization chamber therein;
a lower housing supporting the cylinder;
an upper housing connected to an outer surface of the cylinder, the upper housing having a suction passage through which a
fuel is suctioned into the pressurization chamber, the upper housing having a discharge passage through which the fuel pressurized
in the pressurization chamber is discharged, the upper housing being formed independently from the lower housing;

a suction valve including a suction valve member which closes and opens the suction passage, and a suction valve body forming
a valve seat against which the suction valve member abuts;

a discharge valve including a discharge valve member and a discharge valve body against which the discharge valve member abuts;
and

a cup-shaped cover formed independently from the lower housing and the upper housing, the cup-shaped cover accommodating the
upper housing therein, the cup-shaped cover having a first through-hole and a second through-hole through which the suction
valve body and the discharge valve body are respectively inserted, wherein

the cup-shaped cover is configured so that a fuel gallery, which communicates with the suction passage, is defined between
an inner wall surface of the cup-shaped cover and an outer housing.

US Pat. No. 9,194,044

DEPOSITION APPARATUS AND METHOD

NuFlare Technology, Inc.,...

1. A deposition apparatus comprising:
a chamber for depositing a SiC film on a SiC substrate;
a gas inlet for supplying a deposition gas into the chamber;
a gas outlet located at a bottom section of the chamber;
a susceptor, located inside the chamber, on which to place the SiC substrate;
a liner for covering inner walls of the chamber, wherein the liner includes a head section located above the susceptor and
a barrel section inside which the susceptor is placed, an inner diameter of the head section being smaller than an inner diameter
of the barrel section;

a heater located inside the chamber so as to be positioned below the SiC substrate placed on the susceptor; and
an upper electric resistance heater cluster configured to heat the SiC substrate, and located above the susceptor and between
the inner walls of the chamber and the head section of the liner so as to surround the liner,

wherein the upper electric resistance heater cluster is divided vertically into a plurality of electric resistance heaters,
and

wherein the plurality of electric resistance heaters are independently temperature-controlled to maintain the SiC substrate
at a predetermined temperature, and

wherein a lower section of the upper electric resistance heater cluster is shaped to extend along and conform to a corner
section between the head section of the liner and the barrel section of the liner.

US Pat. No. 9,157,362

PRESSURE RELEASE SLOT FOR FAN NOISE IMPROVEMENT

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A fan shroud comprising:
a body portion and a barrel portion, the barrel portion is integral with the body portion at an outer periphery of the barrel
portion;

wherein the body portion and the barrel portion have a first side and a second side,
wherein the barrel portion defines a cylindrical opening for a fan; and
the barrel portion and the body portion defining a slot in the fan shroud releasing excess air pressure from the shroud,
wherein the slot extends from the first side through the second side of the body portion and the barrel portion;
wherein the slot is of a generally tapered shape with a small end being of a generally semicircular shape; and
wherein the slot is located where the barrel portion mates with the body portion.

US Pat. No. 9,267,738

RIGID AND ELASTIC MOUNTING FOR VEHICLE HEAT EXCHANGER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An air conditioning system for a vehicle, comprising:
a heat exchanger having an upper tank part disposed at an upper end of the heat exchanger, a lower tank part disposed at a
lower end of the heat exchanger and a plurality of tubes extending between the upper tank part and the lower tank part;

a case that clamps and holds an outer peripheral part of the lower end of the heat exchanger at least in a thickness direction
of the heat exchanger; and

a lower elastic body that is disposed at the lower end of the heat exchanger at a part of the outer peripheral part of the
lower end of the heat exchanger between the case and the lower end of the heat exchanger on a first side of the heat exchanger
in the thickness direction of the heat exchanger, wherein:

a second side of the heat exchanger in the thickness direction of the heat exchanger opposite to the first side at the lower
end of the heat exchanger is held directly by the case such that the second side of the lower end of the heat exchanger is
in direct contact with the case;

the lower elastic body is compressively deformed by stress, with which the case clamps the outer peripheral part of the lower
end of the heat exchanger;

a region of the outer peripheral part of the lower end of the heat exchanger includes a planar portion at least on the first
side of the heat exchanger;

the case includes a proximity portion at a position of the case opposed to the planar portion in the thickness direction of
the heat exchanger; and

the proximity portion is located adjacent to the planar portion to limit an air leak.

US Pat. No. 9,180,862

VEHICLE DYNAMIC CONTROL APPARATUS AND VEHICLE DYNAMIC CONTROL SYSTEM USING THE SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle dynamic control apparatus comprising:
a control requester outputting a request value of a motion parameter associated with a motion of a vehicle in a first direction;
a controller controlling a plurality of controlled objects based on control parameters of the controlled objects associated
with the motion of the vehicle in the first direction to fulfill the request value of the motion parameter;

a controllable range obtainer obtaining a limited controllable range of each of the control parameters of the controlled objects,
and outputting the limited controllable range of each of the control parameters of the controlled objects to the control requester,

each of the control parameters of the controlled objects including a controlled variable and a change in the controlled variable,
the controllable range obtainer:
(i) obtaining, as a first controllable range, the limited controllable range of the controlled variable of each of the controlled
objects,

(ii) obtaining, as a second controllable range, the limited controllable range of the change in the controlled variable of
each of the controlled objects, and

(iii) outputting the first controllable range of the controlled variable of each of the controlled objects and the second
controllable range of the change in the controlled variable of each of the controlled objects to the control requester;

a determiner determining a sequential order of the plurality of controlled objects to be controlled using a relationship between
the first controllable range of the controlled variable of each of the controlled objects and the second controllable range
of the change in the controlled variable of each of the controlled objects; and

a selector selecting one of the plurality of controlled objects to be controlled in accordance with the sequential order determined
by the determiner,

wherein the control requester generates the request value of the motion parameter based on the limited controllable range
of each of the control parameters of the controlled objects outputted to the control requester from the controllable range
obtainer, and

wherein the control requester includes at least one application outputting, in addition to the motion parameter, a request
mode, the request mode of the at least one application representing what the at least one application places a higher priority
on, and the determiner determines the sequential order of the plurality of controlled objects to be controlled using the relationship
between the first controllable range of the controlled variable of each of the controlled objects and the second controllable
range of the change in the controlled variable of each of the controlled objects such that the determined sequential order
meets the request mode.

US Pat. No. 9,285,171

HEAT EXCHANGE SYSTEM AND VEHICLE REFRIGERATION CYCLE SYSTEM

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A heat exchange system comprising:
a unified heat exchanger that includes:
a first heat exchanging arrangement that exchanges heat between first fluid and subject heat exchanging fluid; and
a second heat exchanging arrangement that exchanges heat between second fluid and the subject heat exchanging fluid, wherein:
a temperature of the first fluid, which is supplied to the first heat exchanging arrangement is different from a temperature
of the second fluid, which is supplied to the second heat exchanging arrangement;

the first heat exchanging arrangement and the second heat exchanging arrangement are integrated together and are arranged
to enable heat exchange of the subject heat exchanging fluid with both of the first fluid and the second fluid;

a temperature of the subject heat exchanging fluid at the unified heat exchanger is adjustable by adjusting at least one of
an amount of heat exchange between the first fluid and the subject heat exchanging fluid at the first heat exchanging arrangement
and an amount of heat exchange between the second fluid and the subject heat exchanging fluid at the second heat exchanging
arrangement;

the heat exchange system further comprises a heat exchange amount adjusting mechanism, which adjusts at least one of the amount
of heat exchange between the first fluid and the subject heat exchanging fluid at the first heat exchanging arrangement, and
the amount of heat exchange between the second fluid and the subject heat exchanging fluid at the second heat exchanging arrangement;

the first heat exchanging arrangement includes a plurality of first fluid side tubes, which conduct the first fluid;
the second heat exchanging arrangement includes a plurality of second fluid side tubes, which conduct the second fluid;
the plurality of first fluid side tubes and the plurality of second fluid side tubes each have a first row and a second row
arranged in a flow direction of the subject heat exchanging fluid;

the plurality of first fluid side tubes and the plurality of second fluid side tubes are held between a first header tank
and a second header tank, the first header tank having a first distributing space that conducts the first fluid from a first
inflow conduit to the first row of the plurality of first fluid side tubes and a first collecting space that conducts the
first fluid from the second row of the plurality of first fluid side tubes to a first outflow conduit, and the second header
tank having a second distributing space that conducts the second fluid from a second inflow conduit to the first row of the
plurality of second fluid side tubes and a second collecting space that conducts the second fluid from the second row of the
plurality of second fluid side tubes to a second outflow conduit;

a subject heat exchanging fluid passage is formed between an outer surface of a corresponding one of the plurality of first
fluid side tubes and an outer surface of a corresponding one of the plurality of second fluid side tubes to conduct the subject
heat exchanging fluid;

at least one tube selected from one of the plurality of first fluid side tubes and the plurality of second fluid side tubes
is interposed between and is spaced from adjacent two tubes selected from the other one of the plurality of first fluid side
tubes and the plurality of second fluid side tubes to form the subject heat exchanging fluid passage between the at least
one tube selected from the one of the plurality of first fluid side tubes and the plurality of second fluid side tubes and
each of the adjacent two tubes selected from the other one of the plurality of first fluid side tubes and the plurality of
second fluid side tubes;

an outer fin is placed in the subject heat exchanging fluid passage to promote heat exchange at each of the first heat exchanging
arrangement and the second heat exchanging arrangement;

the first heat exchanging arrangement is a heating heat exchanging arrangement that heats the subject heat exchanging fluid
by exchanging the heat between the first fluid, which flows through the plurality of first fluid side tubes, and the subject
heat exchanging fluid, which flows around the plurality of first fluid side tubes; and

the second heat exchanging arrangement is a cooling heat exchanging arrangement that cools the subject heat exchanging fluid
by exchanging the heat between the second fluid, which flows through the plurality of second fluid side tubes, and the subject
heat exchanging fluid, which flows around the plurality of second fluid side tubes.

US Pat. No. 9,267,459

FUEL-INJECTOR-REPLACEMENT DETERMINING DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A fuel-injector-replacement determining device which is applied to a fuel injection system including a fuel-injector for
injecting a fuel into an internal combustion engine, an electronic control unit controlling an operation of the fuel-injector
based on characteristic data of the fuel-injector, an injector-memory means provided to the fuel-injector, and a controller-memory
means provided to the electronic control unit, and a data-update means updating the characteristic data stored in the controller-memory
means into the characteristic data stored in the injector-memory means in a case that the fuel-injector is replaced, the fuel-injector-replacement
determining device comprising;
a learning means for obtaining a learning value of the characteristic data and for updating the characteristic data stored
in the controller-memory means into the learning value while the internal combustion engine is running;

an updating means for updating the characteristic data stored in the injector-memory means into the characteristic data stored
in the controller-memory means when an ignition switch is turned off to stop the internal combustion engine;

a collation means for determining whether the characteristic data stored in the controller-memory means are consistent with
the characteristic data stored in the injector-memory means when the ignition switch is turned on to start the internal combustion
engine; and

a replacement determination means for determining that the fuel-injector is replaced without updating the characteristic data
stored in the controller-memory means into the characteristic data stored in the injector-memory means when the collation
means determines that characteristic data stored in the controller-memory means are not consistent with the characteristic
data stored in the injector-memory means.

US Pat. No. 9,184,670

POWER CONVERSION DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A power conversion device comprising:
a main circuit section that has a semiconductor module incorporating a switching element and including a main electrode terminal;
a capacitor that incorporates a capacitor element and includes a capacitor terminal; and
a bus bar that connects between the main electrode terminal and the capacitor terminal, wherein:
the capacitor terminal is extended toward the main circuit section from a capacitor body incorporating the capacitor element;
at least one of the bus bar and the capacitor terminal includes a bending portion on a base end side of a connecting section
between the both;

the bus bar and the capacitor terminal are overlapped with each other in a state where each other's tip directions are coincided;
the bending portion is formed in the bus bar;
a tip direction of the connecting section is parallel to a lining direction of the main circuit section and the capacitor;
the main circuit section includes a plurality of the semiconductor modules;
the bus bar includes a positive bus bar and a negative bus bar;
the bus bar includes a bus bar terminal configuring the connecting section, a main circuit connecting portion connected to
the main electrode terminals of the plurality of semiconductor modules, and a connecting portion connecting between the main
circuit connecting portion and the bus bar terminal;

the main circuit connecting portion of the positive bus bar and the main circuit connecting portion of the negative bus bar
are arranged so as to be opposite to each other;

the bus bar terminal is folded back from the connecting portion toward the main circuit section via the bending portion; and
the connecting portion of the positive bus bar and the connecting portion of the negative bus bar are arranged between the
capacitor and the main circuit section in a lining direction of the capacitor and the main circuit section, while being arranged
so as to be opposed to each other in the lining direction.

US Pat. No. 9,146,061

FASTENER-LESS RETAINED HEAT EXCHANGER MOUNTING BRACKET FOR LOW INSTALLATION FORCE

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A mounting bracket for a heat exchanger comprising:
a heat exchanger engagement portion including: a first sidewall; a second sidewall spaced apart from and opposite to the first
sidewall; and a retention member, each of the first sidewall and the second sidewall define a window with only a single slit
extending from each window between opposite sides of each window; and

a mounting portion extending from the heat exchanger engagement portion and configured for fixedly mounting the mounting bracket;
wherein cooperation between the retention member and the heat exchanger secures the heat exchanger to the mounting bracket.

US Pat. No. 9,392,732

ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT AND ROTATING ELECTRIC MACHINE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An electronic control unit comprising:
a substrate;
a first circuit pattern and a second circuit pattern disposed on the substrate;
a semiconductor chip electrically connected to the first circuit pattern and the second circuit pattern;
a resin body wrapped around a portion of the semiconductor chip and having a board shape with a first face facing the substrate
and a second face facing away from the substrate;

a first metal plate having a side connected to the semiconductor chip and having an other side connected to the first circuit
pattern;

a radiator having a base portion and a first shaped portion, the base portion having a board shape with a predetermined thickness,
the base portion disposed on an opposite side of the resin body relative to the substrate, the first shaped portion projecting
from the base portion toward the first circuit pattern and forming a first gap that is defined between the first shaped portion
and the first circuit pattern;

a first heat conductor disposed in the first gap and transmitting heat from the first circuit pattern to the radiator;
a second metal plate disposed on an opposite side of the semiconductor chip relative to the first metal plate to sandwich
the semiconductor chip between the first metal plate and the second metal plate, the second metal plate having a side connected
to the semiconductor chip and an other side facing away from the second face of the resin body;

a second shaped portion of the radiator projecting from the base portion toward the second metal plate to form a second gap
that is defined between the second shaped portion and the second metal plate; and

a second heat conductor disposed in the second gap to transmit heat of the second metal plate to the radiator,
wherein the radiator further comprises a boss and a support projecting from the base portion of the radiator as one body,
the boss and the support abutting at least one of the substrate, the first circuit pattern and the second circuit pattern,
and

the second shaped portion has a surface that faces the resin body, the surface has an area that is equal to or greater than
an area of the second face of the resin body, and the second shaped portion is unitary with and projects directly from the
base portion toward the second metal plate.

US Pat. No. 9,273,660

STARTER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A starter for starting an engine, the starter comprising:
a motor having a rotating shaft;
an output shaft coaxially disposed with the rotating shaft of the motor, the output shaft having male splines formed on an
outer surface thereof;

a clutch configured to transmit torque generated by the motor to the output shaft;
a pinion tube having a cylindrical bore formed therein, the pinion tube also having female splines formed on an inner surface
of the cylindrical bore, the pinion tube being fitted on the output shaft with the female splines in mesh with the male splines
of the output shaft;

a pinion provided on a non-motor-side end portion of the pinion tube so as to rotate with the pinion tube;
a shift lever that is configured to shift both the pinion tube and the pinion relative to the output shaft in a direction
away from the motor and thereby bring the pinion into mesh with a ring gear of the engine; and

an electromagnetic solenoid configured to drive the shift lever,
wherein
the clutch is a one-way clutch which includes an outer, an inner and a plurality of intermediate members,
the outer is arranged so as to be rotated by the torque generated by the motor,
the inner is disposed radially inside of the outer so as to be rotatable relative to the outer,
the inner is integrally formed with a motor-side end portion of the output shaft so as to rotate with the output shaft, and
the intermediate members are arranged between the outer and the inner so as to allow torque transmission from the outer to
the inner and inhibit torque transmission from the inner to the outer, and

the pinion is separately formed from the pinion tube and mounted on the pinion tube so as to be axially movable relative to
the pinion tube.

US Pat. No. 9,266,406

AIR-CONDITIONER FOR VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An air-conditioner for a vehicle comprising:
an air conditioning case having an air intake port on a first side and a plurality of air outlets on a second side, air passing
through the plurality of air outlets toward a passenger compartment, the plurality of air outlets being opened to correspond
to a plurality of seats including a predetermined seat, which contains at least a driver seat, and the other seat, the air
conditioning case having an air passage between the air intake port and the plurality of air outlets, blow-off air passing
through the air passage;

an air conditioning blower sending air to the air passage of the air conditioning case;
an air conditioning part which heats or cools to air-condition the air sent from the air conditioning blower and sends conditioned-air
to the plurality of air outlets;

an opening-and-closing part which changes opening-and-closing state of the plurality of air outlets between an allowed state
and an intercepted state, conditioned-air being allowed to pass an air outlet of the plurality of air outlets which air-conditions
the other seat except the predetermined seat in the allowed state and being intercepted in the intercepted state, conditioned-air
being allowed to pass an air outlet of the plurality of air outlets which air-conditions the predetermined seat in the intercepted
state; and

a control part which conducts an air conditioning for the passenger compartment by controlling the air conditioning blower,
the air conditioning part and the opening-and-closing part, wherein

the control part controls the opening-and-closing part into the intercepted state as a control of a predetermined seat state,
when a predetermined seat air conditioning command is provided to air-condition the predetermined seat,

when a stop command which requires to stop the air conditioning blower is provided in the predetermined seat state, the control
part controls the air conditioning blower to stop sending air, and

after the air conditioning blower is stopped, the control part controls the opening-and-closing part to open at least one
air outlet of the plurality of air outlets which air-conditions the other seat in a manner that a total open area of the air
outlets becomes larger than or equal to a total open area of the air outlets in the predetermined seat state.

US Pat. No. 9,223,135

HEAD-UP DISPLAY AND METHOD WITH LIGHT INTENSITY OUTPUT MONITORING

Denso International Ameri...

1. A method of limiting a light intensity output of a head-up display for a vehicle comprising:
configuring a sensor to monitor an intensity output of a light source of the head-up display and provide a measured actual
light intensity value to a controller;

configuring the controller to store a target light source intensity value in a computer-readable memory;
configuring the controller to compare the measured actual light intensity value to the target light intensity value; and
configuring the controller to reduce the light intensity output provided at a vehicle operator viewable display surface in
a situation where the measured actual light intensity value exceeds the target light intensity value.

US Pat. No. 9,297,388

SHAFT SEAL DEVICE AND PUMP APPARATUS USING THE SAME

ADVICS CO., LTD., Kariya...

1. A shaft seal device comprising:
a rotary shaft;
a seal member arranged on an outer periphery of the rotary shaft;
a liquid chamber filled with oil; and
a seal member accommodation chamber that accommodates the seal member therein,
wherein the liquid chamber and the seal member accommodation chamber are separated by a partition wall,
wherein the rotary shaft passes through a shaft hole formed in the partition wall,
wherein the seal member includes an annular piece which seals a gap between the outer periphery of the rotary shaft and the
partition wall,

wherein the annular piece has a recess, in the axial direction, at a part of a circumferential portion,
wherein the partition wall includes a through-hole, a hollow member having a circumference smaller than a circumference of
the rotary shaft is positioned in the through-hole while being spaced apart from the rotary shaft, and the hollow member includes
a protruding portion that protrudes toward the seal member accommodation chamber and is engaged into the recess, and

wherein the liquid chamber and the seal member accommodation chamber communicate with each other through the hollow member.

US Pat. No. 9,260,985

VALVE TIMING CONTROL APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A valve timing control apparatus which controls opening-and-closing timing of an intake valve or an exhaust valve driven
by a driven shaft by changing a rotation phase of the driven shaft to a driving shaft of an internal combustion engine, the
valve timing control apparatus comprising:
a shoe housing which rotates with one of the driving shaft and the driven shaft, the shoe housing having a pipe part and a
plurality of shoe parts projected inward in a radial direction from an inner wall of the pipe part, wherein the shoe housing
has a shoe front surface which is a first axial end surface of the shoe housing and a shoe rear surface which is a second
axial end surface of the shoe housing;

a vane rotor which rotates with the other of the driving shaft and the driven shaft, the vane rotor having a boss part which
is coaxial with the pipe part of the shoe housing and a plurality of vane parts projected radially from the boss part, wherein
the vane part is accommodated between the shoe parts in the shoe housing so that the vane part is able to rotate relative
to the shoe part;

a front plate fixed to the shoe housing in a state where the front plate is in contact with the shoe front surface, the front
plate having a seat surface with a concave taper shape at a position corresponding to the shoe part;

a rear plate fixed to the shoe housing in a state where the rear plate is in contact with the shoe rear surface; and
a flat head bolt having a head and a seat surface which is seated on the seat surface of the front plate, the seat surface
of the flat head bolt having a convex taper shape, wherein

the flat head bolt passes through a through hole defined in the shoe part of the shoe housing such that the front plate and
the rear plate are tightened with each other, or the flat head bolt is engaged with a female thread hole defined in the shoe
part such that the front plate and the shoe housing are directly tightened with each other,

the seat surface of the flat head bolt and the seat surface of the front plate are in contact with each other at an axial
tension action point to which a tightening axial tension is applied in an axial cross-section,

a normal vector which is perpendicular to the seat surface of the front plate and passes through the axial tension action
point in the axial cross-section intersects the shoe front surface at an axial tension reach point, which is included in a
range of the shoe part, wherein

the seat surface of the flat head bolt has
a first outer wall adjacent to a screw part, and
a second outer wall adjacent to a head end surface,
the axial tension action point at which the seat surface of the flat head bolt is in contact with the seat surface of the
front plate is located between the first outer wall and the second outer wall,

the first outer wall has a convex taper angle which is larger than a concave taper angle of the seat surface of the front
plate,

the second outer wall has a convex taper angle which is smaller than the concave taper angle of the seat surface of the front
plate, and

a clearance is defined between the first outer wall of the seat surface of the flat head bolt and the seat surface of the
front plate.

US Pat. No. 9,123,244

VEHICLE TRACKING OF PERSONAL DEVICES WITH RESPONSE SYSTEM

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A method for tracking an object through a system onboard a motor vehicle comprising:
detecting a first wireless device and a second wireless device, the first wireless device possessed by a user and the second
wireless device coupled to the object to be tracked;

determining positions of the first and the second wireless devices;
recognizing the positions of the first and the second wireless devices relative to the vehicle;
analyzing the positions of the first and the second wireless devices with respect to a predefined conditional statement; and
activating a response according to the satisfying of the predefined conditional statement.

US Pat. No. 9,068,865

METER WITH POINTER

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A meter with a pointer comprising:
a dial board defining an opening having an opening diameter;
a pointer which rotates to point to an indicator on the dial board showing a value, the pointer rotates about a rotational
center axis extending through the opening of the dial board;

a light source which rotates with the pointer and illuminates the pointer;
a primary module which transmits electric power in a wireless manner, the primary module has an annular shape with a primary
outer diameter and a primary inner diameter; and

a secondary module which rotates with the pointer and supplies electric power to the light source by receiving electric power
from the primary module, the secondary module has an annular shape with a secondary outer diameter and a secondary inner diameter,
the secondary module is positioned such that the secondary outer diameter and the secondary inner diameter both surround the
rotational center axis;

wherein the primary inner diameter and the secondary inner diameter are each smaller than the opening diameter; and
wherein secondary outer diameter is smaller than the opening diameter such that the secondary outer diameter opposes the primary
module through the opening of the dial board.

US Pat. No. 9,363,933

ELECTRICAL DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An electrical device comprising:
at least one electrical component;
a housing that receives the at least one electrical component therein, the housing including a main body and a lid both of
which are electrically conductive, the main body having a bottom wall and a sidewall that is formed along a circumferential
periphery of the bottom wall so as to stand upward from the bottom wall, the lid being fastened to a top surface of the sidewall
of the main body so as to cover the main body; and

means for fastening the lid to the top surface of the sidewall of the main body of the housing,
wherein
on at least one of a bottom surface of the lid and the top surface of the sidewall of the main body of the housing, there
are formed a plurality of protrusions at predetermined positions, each of the protrusions abutting against that one of the
bottom surface of the lid and the top surface of the sidewall which is opposed to the protrusion, and

except at those predetermined positions where the protrusions are formed, there is formed a gap between the bottom surface
of the lid and the top surface of the sidewall of the main body, thereby allowing internal and external spaces of the housing
which are separated by the sidewall of the main body to communicate with each other via the gap,

wherein
a direction of contact between the main body and the lid at the protrusions coincides with a direction of fastening the lid
to the main body, wherein the means for fastening contacts the top surface of the sidewall of the main body of the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,184,736

CURRENT MODE CONTROLLED POWER CONVERTER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A current mode controlled power converter comprising:
a switching unit configured to convert an input voltage into a desired output voltage through a switching operation;
a current detection unit configured to detect a current flowing through the switching unit;
an input voltage detection unit configured to detect the input voltage;
an output voltage detection unit configured to detect the output voltage;
an error signal generation unit configured to generate an error signal on the basis of the output voltage detected by the
output voltage detection unit and a voltage instruction value;

a slope compensation unit configured to calculate and output a slope compensation signal on the basis of the current detection
signal, the input voltage, and the output voltage;

a reset signal generation unit configured to generate a reset signal on the basis of the current detection signal, the error
signal, and the slope compensation signal;

a reference signal generation unit configured to generate a reference signal having a predetermined period; and
a drive unit configured to generate a drive signal on the basis of the reset signal and the reference signal to drive the
switching unit,

wherein each control period based on the reference signal includes a slope calculation period in which the slope compensation
signal for the control period is calculated, and

during each slope calculation period, the slope compensation unit negates the slope compensation signal calculated previous
to the control period including the slope calculation period, and the reset signal generation unit compares the current detection
signal with a current instruction set to the error signal to generate the reset signal.

US Pat. No. 9,193,245

VEHICULAR AIR CONDITIONING CONTROL DEVICE, VEHICULAR AIR CONDITIONING CONTROL METHOD, VEHICULAR AIR CONDITIONING CONTROL PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

8. A vehicular air conditioning control method comprising:
an acquisition step of acquiring a detection result of a detecting component that detects an outside air temperature;
a calculation step of calculating, from the acquisition result of the acquisition step, a predetermined time corresponding
to the outside air temperature which becomes longer as the outside air temperature becomes higher, a blower fan operating
time lasting from engine shutdown until a blower fan is shutdown when a cabin interior is being air-conditioned by an air
conditioning component equipped with an evaporator, the blower fan, and a compressor, that operates using an engine as a drive
source and compresses refrigerant, wherein the blower fan blows air toward the evaporator; and

a control step of controlling the blower fan in such a way that the blower fan shuts down when the blower fan operating time
calculated by the calculation step has elapsed after the engine has been shut down by an engine control component that controls
engine startup and shutdown in accordance with the driving state of the vehicle when the cabin interior is being air-conditioned
by the air conditioning component, the control step further comprising controlling the blower fan in such a way that the blower
fan operates until a time when a sensing result of a sensing component that senses a temperature of the evaporator becomes
a dew point temperature corresponding to the outside air temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,120,379

ADAPTIVE INSTRUMENT DISPLAY USING EYE TRACKING

DENSO International Ameri...

1. An adaptive instrument display comprising:
an instrument cluster displaying a plurality of gauges on the display;
a steering wheel having at least one sensor, at least a portion of the display is visible through the steering wheel;
at least one camera; and
a processor collecting data from the at least one camera and steering wheel sensor and determining a steering wheel position
and an occupant's line of sight, determining an obstructed portion of the instrument cluster based on the steering wheel position
and the occupant's line of sight, and altering the gauges on the instrument cluster based on the obstructed portion;

wherein:
the processor determines at least one critical gauge; and
the processor at least one of resizes, removes, reconfigures, and relocates the at least one critical gauge on the display
if the obstructed portion includes part of the at least one critical gauge, the display is a single display.

US Pat. No. 9,109,563

CRADLED FUEL INJECTOR MOUNT ASSEMBLY

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A fuel injector cradle mount assembly for a vehicle having an engine, the fuel injector cradle mount assembly comprising:
a fuel injector rail;
a connective inlet assembly coupled to the fuel injector rail, the connective inlet assembly including a fuel cup and an alignment
ring separate from the fuel cup, wherein the fuel cup includes a collar that defines an indentation, the collar radially extends
from one end of the fuel cup that is opposite to the other end of the fuel cup that is coupled to the fuel injector rail,
and the alignment ring is disposed around the fuel cup and directly abuts with the collar of the fuel cup;

a fuel injector includes a torso and a nozzle, the torso having a first end and a second end, wherein the torso includes a
base portion on the first end, and the torso defines an inlet on the second end opposite the first end;

a cradle having a top end and a bottom end, wherein the top end extends to the connective inlet assembly to form a panel,
the bottom end bends to form a shoulder having an “L” shaped cross-section; and

a clip including a neck disposed at the indentation of the fuel cup, wherein
the fuel injector is arranged and secured between the connective inlet assembly and the cradle, the inlet of the fuel injector
is coupled to the connective assembly, the base portion of the fuel injector rests on the shoulder, the panel is coupled to
the alignment ring of the connective inlet assembly, and the fuel injector is supported by the cradle and the fuel injector
rail,

the alignment ring of the connective inlet assembly is positioned between the cradle and the fuel cup such that the alignment
ring isolates the cradle from the fuel cup;

the panel is directly coupled to the connective inlet assembly;
the fuel cup has a column, one end of the column is coupled to the fuel injector rail and the other end has the collar that
is integral with the column, and the collar defines a cavity, and

the alignment ring has a rim, an upper perimeter, a bottom perimeter below the upper perimeter, and a flush surface,
the rim is located at a bottom portion of the alignment ring,
the flush surface extends from the upper perimeter to the bottom perimeter along a portion of the alignment ring,
the upper perimeter has an upper ledge on either side of the flush surface, the bottom perimeter has a bottom ledge below
the upper ledge on either side of the flush surface,

the upper ledge and the bottom ledge extend radially outwards from the upper perimeter and the bottom perimeter, respectively,
and the upper ledge and the bottom ledge define a retention groove on either side of the flush surface, and

the alignment ring sits around the column, the rim is disposed in the cavity of the fuel cup, and the bottom portion of the
alignment ring rests on the collar.

US Pat. No. 9,145,166

MOMENTUM CONTROL APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A momentum control apparatus for feedback-controlling the momentum of a controlled object by using a plurality of actuators,
comprising:
a target momentum obtaining part that obtains a target momentum of the controlled object;
an optimal feedback gain obtaining part that obtains a plurality of optimal feedback gains used when each of the plurality
of actuators is independently actuated to feedback-control the momentum of the controlled object, with respect to each of
actuators;

a feedback gain setting part that extracts a minimum feedback gain out of the plurality of optimal feedback gains obtained
by the optimal feedback gain obtaining part, and sets the minimum feedback gain as a feedback gain;

a control amount calculation part that calculates a feedback control amount on the basis of the minimum feedback gain extracted
and set as the feedback gain by the feedback gain setting part and a deviation between the target momentum and the current
momentum of the controlled object; and

an actuator control part that controls the actuation of the plurality of actuators on the basis of the feedback control amount.

US Pat. No. 9,167,708

POWER CONVERSION APPARATUS WITH GROMMET INSERTED INTO CASING

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A power conversion apparatus comprising:
electronic components constituting a power conversion circuit;
a cooler which is equipped with a coolant inlet tube and a coolant outlet tube and works to cool the electronic components;
a casing in which the electronic components and the cooler are disposed, the casing having an opening and a wall with an end;
cut-outs which are formed in the end of the wall of the casing and extend through a thickness of the wall so that the cut-outs
are exposed to the opening of the casing and through which the coolant inlet tube and the coolant outlet tube pass; and

grommets which are disposed one in each of the cut-outs formed in the wall of the casing, respectively, each of the grommets
having a body, each of the bodies including a hole through which a corresponding one of the coolant inlet tube and the coolant
outlet tube hermetically passes and a protrusion pressed against an inner wall surface of a corresponding one of the cut-outs
to create a hermetical seal between the body and the corresponding one of the cut-outs, each of the bodies also including
an outer portion and an inner portion which are aligned to each other in a thickness-wise direction of the wall, the outer
portion being located on an outward side of the wall of the casing, while the inner portion is located on an inward side of
the wall of the casing, the outer portion being equipped with a positioner which serves to fix a location of a corresponding
one of the grommets when the corresponding one of the grommets is inserted into the corresponding one of the cut-outs in a
direction from outside to inside the casing, the inner portion protruding inwardly from the wall when the corresponding one
of the grommets is fixed in location in the corresponding one of the cut-outs by the positioner, wherein

the protrusion is pressed against the inner wall surface of the corresponding one of the cut-outs to create the hermetical
seal between the corresponding one of the grommets and the inner wall surface, and

when the corresponding one of the grommets is fixed in location by the positioner, the inner portion of the body of the corresponding
one of the grommets has, between an end of the inner portion and the protrusion, at least a portion which protrudes from the
wall of the casing.

US Pat. No. 9,109,529

FUEL SUPPLYING CONTROLLER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A fuel supplying controller comprising:
a fuel tank accommodating a fuel;
a supply pump supplying the fuel from the fuel tank to an internal combustion engine of a vehicle;
a fuel filter provided in a passage between the fuel tank and the supply pump, the fuel filter filtering the fuel;
a clogging detection portion detecting a clogging of the fuel filter;
a period setting portion setting a non-detection period where a clogging detection according to the clogging detection portion
is prohibited;

a timer count portion measuring a period from a start of the internal combustion engine to a time point that a timer counter
exceeds the non-detection period;

an ambient-temperature detection portion detecting an ambient temperature of an exterior of the vehicle; and
a residual-fuel detection portion detecting a residual-fuel quantity in the fuel tank, wherein
the period setting portion sets the non-detection period, based on the ambient temperature detected by the ambient-temperature
detection portion and the residual-fuel quantity detected by the residual-fuel detection portion.

US Pat. No. 9,250,005

AIR CONDITIONER FOR VEHICLE WITH HEAT PUMP CYCLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An air conditioner for a vehicle, comprising:
a vapor compression refrigeration cycle including an outdoor heat exchanger configured to perform heat exchange between refrigerant
and air outside of a vehicle compartment, and an indoor heat exchanger configured to perform heat exchange between the refrigerant
and air to be blown into the vehicle compartment, the vapor compression refrigerant cycle being configured to be switchable
between a heat pump cycle in which a heat amount absorbed from the outdoor heat exchanger is radiated to the indoor heat exchanger
to heat air to be blown into the vehicle compartment, and a cooler cycle in which a heat amount absorbed from the indoor heat
exchanger is radiated to the outdoor heat exchanger; and

a controller configured to control the vapor compression refrigeration cycle, wherein
the controller causes the vapor compression refrigeration cycle to be operated as the cooler cycle so as to perform a defrosting
control of the outdoor heat exchanger when the controller determines that the outdoor heat exchanger is frosted,

the controller is configured to perform a pre-air conditioning control that starts air conditioning in the vehicle compartment
when a passenger turns on a predetermined switch before riding in the vehicle, and

in a case where the controller determines that the outdoor heat exchanger is frosted, the controller prohibits the defrosting
control when performing the pre-air conditioning control, and performs the defrosting control when the pre-air conditioning
control is not performed.

US Pat. No. 9,284,900

FUEL INJECTION CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A fuel injection control device applied to a fuel injection system for an internal combustion engine, wherein:
the fuel injection system includes:
a pressure accumulation chamber capable of accumulating pressure of fuel in a high-pressure state;
a fuel injection valve injecting fuel, which is supplied by the pressure accumulation chamber, directly into a combustion
chamber of the engine;

a fuel pump highly-pressurizing fuel, which is supplied from a low-pressure side of the system, and supplying the highly-pressurized
fuel to the pressure accumulation chamber; and

a fuel pressure detecting means for detecting fuel pressure in the pressure accumulation chamber; and
alcohol-containing fuel including alcohol is employable for fuel in the engine, the fuel injection control device comprising:
a fuel injection control means for controlling a fuel injection amount of the fuel injection valve; and
a pump control means for calculating a pump control amount based on a feedforward term and a feedback term and for controlling
the fuel pump based on the pump control amount, wherein:

the feedforward term is calculated based on the fuel injection amount of the fuel injection valve;
the feedback term is calculated based on a difference between a target fuel pressure and an actual fuel pressure, which is
detected by the fuel pressure detecting means;

the fuel injection control means includes a first injection control means for performing the injection of fuel by the fuel
injection valve at a starting injection amount in a starting period after commencement of starting of the engine by its starting
means until a predetermined rotation increase of the engine is produced in association with fuel combustion;

the starting injection amount is set based on an alcohol concentration of fuel and a temperature of the engine; and
the pump control means includes a starting control means for calculating the feedforward term based on the starting injection
amount in the starting period and for calculating the pump control amount by use of the feedforward term calculated by the
starting control means.

US Pat. No. 9,094,233

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A communication system comprising:
a transmission path;
a plurality of nodes coupled to the transmission path in a bus topology, the plurality of nodes communicating with each other
via the transmission path using communication signals having a predetermined communication frequency; and

a power supplying portion supplying a power supply signal having a predetermined power supply frequency to the transmission
path,

wherein each of the plurality of nodes includes a coupling portion, a synchronizing signal generation portion, a bus state
determination portion, a transmission portion, a collision determination portion, and a transmission stopping portion,

wherein the coupling portion transmits and receives the power supply signal and a communication signal using electromagnetic
induction in non-contact with the transmission path,

wherein the synchronizing signal generation portion generates a synchronizing signal that has the communication frequency
and is synchronized with the power supply signal based on the power supply signal received via the coupling portion,

wherein the bus state determination portion determines whether the transmission path is in an idle state in which the communication
signal does not exist on the transmission path based on a voltage level of a signal that has the communication frequency and
is induced at the coupling portion,

wherein the transmission portion transmits the communication signal via the coupling portion when the bus state determination
portion determines that the transmission path is in the idle state, the communication signal includes a header part and a
data part, the header part includes the synchronizing signal without modulation, the data part includes a signal obtained
by modulating the synchronizing signal with a transmission data to another node in the plurality of nodes,

wherein the collision determination portion determines whether a collision of the communication signals occurs on the transmission
path based on the voltage level of the signal that has the communication frequency and is induced at the coupling portion,
and

the transmission stopping portion stops transmission of the data part by the transmission portion when the collision determination
portion determines that the collision occurs during transmission of the header part.

US Pat. No. 9,115,934

HEAT EXCHANGER FLOW LIMITING BAFFLE

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A heat exchange system comprising:
a single-phase fluid heated by a device, wherein the fluid is a liquid coolant flowing through the heat exchanger that does
not undergo a phase change during operation of the heat exchanger;

a first header tank having a single inlet allowing the fluid into the first header tank from the device;
a second header tank having a single outlet allowing the fluid into the device from the second header tank;
a core section including:
a first plurality of tubes fluidly joining the first header tank and the second header tank, the fluid in the first plurality
of tubes flowing from the first header tank to the second header tank; and

a second plurality of tubes fluidly joining the first header tank and the second header tank, the fluid in the second plurality
of tubes flowing from the first header tank to the second header tank; and

a baffle within the first header tank, the baffle extending across an entire width and an entire depth of the first header
tank to divide the first header tank into a first chamber in direct communication with the first plurality of tubes and a
second chamber in direct communication with the second plurality of tubes, and a communication portion which communicates
the first chamber and the second chamber, is provided in the baffle; wherein

the baffle is disposed upstream of the fluid flow in the first and second plurality of tubes;
a first portion of the fluid introduced into the first header tank through the first inlet flows from the first chamber to
the second header tank through the first plurality of tubes, and out from within the second header tank through the outlet;
and

a second portion of the fluid introduced into the first header tank through the inlet flows from the first chamber directly
to the second chamber through the communication portion of the baffle, from the second chamber to the second header tank through
the second plurality of tubes, and out from within the second header tank through the outlet.

US Pat. No. 9,211,885

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle control apparatus for controlling a vehicle equipped with a plurality of driving sources including an engine
and a rotating electrical machine, the vehicle control apparatus comprising:
a driver request torque command value calculating device that calculates a driver request torque command value based on driver
operation information;

a driving-source command value calculating device that calculates a plurality of driving-source command values used to separately
control the plurality of driving sources by dividing the driver request torque command value among the plurality of driving
sources;

a monitor value calculating device that calculates a driver request torque monitor value and a plurality of driving-source
monitor values, the driver request torque monitor value being used to monitor an abnormality in the driver request torque
command value, the plurality of driving-source monitor values being used to monitor an abnormality in the plurality of driving-source
command values;

a driver request torque monitor margin setting device that sets a driver request torque monitor margin, the driver request
torque monitor margin being used to determine the abnormality in the driver request torque command value based a driver request
torque excess amount which is a difference between the driver request torque command value and the driver request torque monitor
value;

a driving-source monitor margin calculating device that calculates a plurality of driving-source monitor margins based on
the driver request torque monitor margin, the plurality of driving-source monitor margins being used to determine the abnormality
in the plurality of driving-source command values based on a plurality of driving-source excess amounts which is a difference
between the plurality of driving-source command values and the plurality of driving-source monitor values; and

an abnormality determining device that determines the abnormality in the plurality of driving-source command values based
on the plurality of driving-source monitor margins before the driving-source command values are outputted to the driving sources
without using control results obtained by actually controlling the driving sources with the driving-source command values.

US Pat. No. 9,124,207

ROTARY ELECTRIC MACHINE CONTROL APPARATUS AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A rotary electric machine control apparatus for controlling a rotary electric machine, which has two winding sets formed
of coils corresponding to plural phases, the rotary electric machine control apparatus comprising:
two inverter units provided in correspondence to the two winding sets for converting electric power from a power source to
the rotary electric machine by turning on and off plural switching elements, which include high-potential side switching elements
provided at a high-potential side of the power source and low-potential side switching elements provided at a low-potential
side, the high-potential side switching element and the low-potential side switching element forming a switching element pair
corresponding to a phase of the winding in each of the winding set;

a current detection device for detecting a phase current flowing in each of the two inverter units; and
a control unit for controlling driving of the rotary electric machine by controlling on/off operations of the switching elements
of the two inverter units,

wherein the control unit includes an abnormality detection device for detecting, before starting of drive control for the
rotary electric machine, a short-circuit abnormality between the two winding sets or the two inverter units based on a current
detection value of the current detection device by turning on only at least one of the high-potential side switching elements
of one of the two inverter units and at least one of the low-potential side switching elements of the other of the two inverter
units.

US Pat. No. 9,521,758

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising: a semiconductor module that has an electrode terminal projecting externally; a substrate
that has a through hole or a cut-out for inserting the electrode terminal; and a guide member that is provided between the
semiconductor module and the substrate and guides the electrode terminal in such a manner that the electrode terminal is inserted
into the through hole or the cut-out, wherein the guide member is not in contact with the electrode terminal after insertion
of the electrode terminal is inserted into the through hole or the cut-out, wherein the guide member includes a plurality
of members movable with respect to the substrate, before the electrode terminal is inserted into the through hole or the cut-out,
the respective ones of the plurality of members move in predetermined directions and form the guiding part as a result of
joining together, and after the electrode terminal is inserted into the through hole or the cut-out, the respective ones of
the plurality of members move in directions opposite to the predetermined directions and move away from each other so that
the guiding part becomes out of contact with the electrode terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,115,628

FEED TUBE RESTRICTION FOR ON BOARD DIAGNOSTIC COMPLIANCE IN SECONDARY AIR INJECTION APPLICATIONS ON V-ENGINES

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A flow restrictor for a secondary air injection system of a multiple cylinder internal combustion engine including a supply
conduit with an intake end configured to supply air from outside the engine to first and second injecting ends configured
to inject the air into an exhaust of first and second cylinder heads of the engine, and a conveying section between the intake
end and the first and second injecting ends, the flow restrictor comprising:
a main body including a first connecting portion, a second connecting portion, and a restricting member located within one
of the first and second connecting portions and defining a restricting orifice configured to reduce propagation of pressure
fluctuations between the first injecting end the second injecting end when the flow restrictor is connected to the secondary
air injection system;

wherein the main body is configured to be located between the intake end and the first injecting end;
wherein the first connecting portion is configured to connect to, and form a seal with, the supply conduit proximal to the
intake end and the second connecting portion is configured to connect to, and form a seal with, the supply conduit proximal
to the first injecting end; and

wherein the flow restrictor is configured to be located between the intake end of the supply conduit and a pressure sensing
device located in the conveying section.

US Pat. No. 9,750,166

ELECTRIC POWER CONVERTER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An electric power converter comprising:
a semiconductor stacked unit formed by stacking alternately a plurality of semiconductor modules with built-in semiconductor
element therein and a plurality of cooling pipes for cooling the plurality of semiconductor module;

auxiliary electronic components that form a power conversion circuit together with the semiconductor modules;
a pressing member that presses the semiconductor stacked unit in a stacking direction; and
a case that accommodates the semiconductor stacked unit, the auxiliary electronic components and the pressing member; wherein,
the case has a front wall disposed on a front side in the stacking direction and a rear wall disposed on a rear side in the
stacking direction, a pair of side walls that connect both ends of the case in a lateral direction, which is normal to the
stacking direction, of the front wall and the rear wall, and inner walls disposed inside the front wall, the rear wall, and
the pair of side walls;

the inner walls include a partition wall that is disposed opposing the front wall, and a support wall that is formed so as
to extend toward the rear wall from a rear end surface of the partition wall; wherein,

a unit accommodation space for accommodating the semiconductor stacked unit and the pressing member is formed between the
partition wall and the front wall;

auxiliary accommodation spaces for accommodating the auxiliary electronic components are formed between the partition wall
and the rear wall; and

the support wall extends toward the rear wall from the rear end surface of the partition wall at an intermediate position
of the partition wall that is between the one end of the partition wall and the other end of the partition wall.

US Pat. No. 9,046,178

SELF-RETAINING GASKET AND FASTENER RETAINER

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A gasket comprising:
a main body defining a first aperture;
a first retention tab extending from the main body at the first aperture, a first portion of the first retention tab extending
directly from the main body in a direction away from the first aperture at an acute angle as measured between an inner surface
of the first portion facing the first aperture and a plane extending parallel to the main body, the first portion of the first
retention tab extending at an obtuse angle as measured between the plane and an outer surface of the first portion opposite
to the inner surface;

a second retention tab extending from the main body at the first aperture, a first portion of the second retention tab extending
directly from the main body in a direction away from the first aperture at an acute angle as measured between an inner surface
of the first portion facing the first aperture and the plane extending parallel to the main body, the first portion of the
second retention tab extending at an obtuse angle as measured between the plane and an outer surface of the first portion
opposite to the inner surface;

a third retention tab extending from the main body at the first aperture, a first portion of the third retention tab extending
directly from the main body in a direction away from the first aperture at an acute angle as measured between an inner surface
of the first portion facing the first aperture and the plane extending parallel to the main body, the first portion of the
third retention tab extending at an obtuse angle as measured between the plane and an outer surface of the first portion opposite
to the inner surface;

a second aperture defined by the main body;
fourth, fifth, and sixth retention tabs extending from the main body at the second aperture, the fourth, fifth, and sixth
retention tabs are at least substantially similar to the first, second, and third retention tabs respectively; and

a third aperture defined by the main body between the first and second apertures.

US Pat. No. 9,521,775

DRIVE APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A drive apparatus comprising:
a semiconductor module including switching elements;
a connector provided for electrical connection with an external part and including a peripheral wall and a first fitting part
formed on the peripheral wall;

a holding member including a module holding part and a connector holding part, the module holding part holding the semiconductor
module, and the connector holding part being provided with a second fitting part for fitting with the first fitting part and
holding the connector, wherein the first fitting part is formed on a first surface of the peripheral wall, which faces an
accommodation bottom part of the connector holding part, and side walls, which are formed on both sides of the first surface;

a buffer chamber formed at a fitting position, at which the first fitting part and the second fitting part are fitted each
other; and

a cover member for accommodating the semiconductor module and the holding member therein; wherein:
the second fitting part is formed at a top end of the connector holding part; and
the buffer chamber is defined by the connector, the connecter holding part and the cover member.

US Pat. No. 9,287,685

SPARK PLUG FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A spark plug for an internal combustion engine comprising:
a cylindrical housing having an axial direction;
a cylindrical insulator that is held inside the housing;
a center electrode that is held inside the insulator so that a tip portion projects outwards;
a ground electrode that projects from a tip portion of the housing towards a tip side of the housing along the axial direction
and forms a spark discharge gap between the ground electrode and the center electrode; and

a tip projecting portion that projects from the tip portion of the housing towards the tip side, at a position differing from
that of the ground electrode, wherein

the tip projecting portion has a flat air guiding surface that faces the ground electrode side in a plug circumferential direction,
and

when viewed from a plug axial direction, when a straight line that connects the center, in the plug circumferential direction,
of the erect portion of the ground electrode standing erect from the housing and a center point of the center electrode is
a straight line, an extension line of the air guiding surface is a straight line, a distance between an intersection, between
the straight line L and the straight line, and the center point of the center electrode is a, an angle formed by the straight
line and the straight line M is b, a diameter of the housing is D, and the distance a is positive towards the side receding
from the erect portion of the ground electrode and negative towards the side approaching the erect portion, all of expression
to expression below are satisfied:

b??67.8×(a/D)+27.4  (1)

b??123.7×(a/D)+64.5  (2)

?0.4?(a/D)?0.4  (3)


US Pat. No. 9,074,565

DAMPED FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A fuel delivery system comprising:
a fuel line extending to a fuel injector, the fuel line defining a fuel path;
a damper along the fuel path, the damper including a first flexible member and a stop, a first side of the first flexible
member faces the fuel path and a second side of the first flexible member faces the stop;

a second flexible member disposed between the first flexible member and the stop, the second flexible member including a center
portion, an angular portion extending from the center portion to define a conical surface and a peripheral portion extending
from the angular portion in a direction parallel with the center portion, the peripheral portion being spaced from and parallel
to the center portion; wherein

the center portion of the second flexible member abuts the first flexible member to define a first chamber between the first
flexible member and the angled and peripheral portions of the second flexible member; and

the peripheral portion of the second flexible member is seated on the stop to define a second chamber between the center portion
of the second flexible member and the stop.

US Pat. No. 9,292,984

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM BETWEEN A VEHICLE AND A PORTABLE DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A wireless communication system comprising:
a plurality of transmitting antennas being disposed at different positions of a vehicle, each of the transmitting antennas
transmitting a primary signal to a communication area according to a driving voltage thereof;

a portable device receiving the primary signal when the portable device is inside of any of the communication areas;
a transmission control section being integrated to the vehicle and controlling the driving voltage of each of the transmitting
antennas; and

an approach determination section being integrated to the vehicle and determining whether the portable device is inside of
a nearby area of one of the transmitting antennas transmitting the primary signal, wherein

when the approach determination section determines that the portable device is inside of the nearby area, the transmission
control section changes the driving voltage of another one of the transmitting antennas disposed outside of the nearby area
of the one of the transmitting antennas such that the communication area of the another one of the transmitting antennas is
increased to encompass the nearby area of the one of the transmitting antennas and the primary signal is retransmitted from
the another one of the transmitting antennas.

US Pat. No. 9,460,625

PROXY DSRC BASIC SAFETY MESSAGE FOR UNEQUIPPED VEHICLES

Denso International Ameri...

1. A method for generating a message including vehicle operating parameters comprising:
measuring operating parameters of an unequipped vehicle relative to an equipped vehicle that is proximate to the unequipped
vehicle using monitoring equipment present on the equipped vehicle while the unequipped vehicle and the equipped vehicle are
both in motion;

detecting a position of the unequipped vehicle by a detection device of the equipped vehicle;
generating at the equipped vehicle a message including the measured operating parameters of the unequipped vehicle; and
transmitting from the equipped vehicle to surrounding vehicles the message including the measured operating parameters of
the unequipped vehicle to inform surrounding vehicles of the operating parameters of the unequipped vehicle;

wherein:
the message is a basic safety message (BSM);
the equipped vehicle and the surrounding vehicles are equipped with dedicated short range communications (DSRC) operable to
send and receive BSMs;

the unequipped vehicle is not equipped with functioning DSRC; and
the equipped vehicle compares, with a comparator of the equipped vehicle, position of the unequipped vehicle as detected by
the equipped vehicle with positions set forth in BSMs received by the equipped vehicle, whereby the equipped vehicle determines
the unequipped vehicle to be unequipped with functioning DSRC if position of the unequipped vehicle as determined by the equipped
vehicle does not match any vehicle position set forth in the BSMs received by the equipped vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,310,142

COMPLEMENTARY RIBS FOR ADDED STRUCTURAL STRENGTH

Denso International Ameri...

1. A radiator tank for a radiator comprising:
a plurality of first reinforcement members spaced apart along a first sidewall;
a plurality of second reinforcement members spaced apart along a second sidewall;
a plurality of third reinforcement members spaced apart along an upper portion that extends from the first sidewall to the
second sidewall;

wherein:
both the first and the second reinforcement members are on an inner sidewall surface of the radiator tank opposite to an outer
sidewall surface of the radiator tank that is smooth, and the third reinforcement members are on an upper outer surface of
the radiator tank that is opposite to an upper inner surface of the radiator tank that is smooth;

the first and the second reinforcement members terminate prior to reaching the upper portion, and the third reinforcement
members terminate prior to reaching both the first sidewall and the second sidewall;

the plurality of first reinforcement members do not directly contact the plurality of second reinforcement members;
the third reinforcement members extend from a first area opposite to where the first reinforcement members terminate prior
to reaching the upper portion, and the third reinforcement members extend to a second area opposite to where the second reinforcement
members terminate prior to reaching the upper portion such that the third reinforcement members do not generally overlap with
either the first reinforcement members or the second reinforcement members; and

the radiator tank is formed from a single die without additional die slides.

US Pat. No. 9,430,046

GESTURE BASED IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

Denso International Ameri...

1. An image capturing system for a vehicle for capturing an image of a target area based on a predefined gesture performed
by an occupant of the vehicle, the image capturing system comprising:
an on-board camera disposed on a body of the vehicle and capturing an image of the target area, wherein the on-board camera
has an image field-of-view within which the image is captured and the image field-of-view overlaps with the target area;

a gesture capture device determining a gesture position in a three-dimensional space of a gesture performed by the occupant
with respect to a reference point, wherein the gesture is the predefined gesture;

an eye tracking device determining an eye position of the occupant;
a processor operating as a target area determination module, wherein the target area determination module determines a target
vector extending from the eye position toward the gesture position and aligns the on-board camera in accordance with the target
vector, such that a first target object in the target area pointed by the target vector appears in the image taken by the
on-board camera; and

a memory unit storing the image captured by the on-board camera when the predefined gesture is detected, wherein the memory
unit is a computer-readable medium.

US Pat. No. 9,297,378

ROTARY MACHINE AND PUMP DRIVING APPARATUS

ADVICS CO., LTD., Kariya...

1. A pump driving apparatus comprising:
a motor;
a rotary shaft connected to the motor;
a first pump driving part of a first pump, the first pump driving part arranged on the rotary shaft;
a second pump driving part of a second pump, the second pump driving part arranged on the rotary shaft;
the first and second pump driving parts being spaced in an axial direction relative to one another and having different rotation
phases;

a first bearing and a second bearing, the first and second bearings rotatably supporting the rotary shaft;
a cylinder member having a pair of opposed end faces in sealing contact with the first pump and the second pump, respectively;
suction ports provided in the cylinder member in communication with void portions at discharge sides of the first pump and
the second pump;

wherein the rotary shaft is rotated at a state where the rotary shaft is supported by the first bearing and the second bearing
to drive driving targets via the first pump driving part and the second pump driving part;

wherein the first bearing, the first pump driving part, the second bearing and the second pump driving part are arranged along
the rotary shaft in that order from a first side of the rotary shaft connected to the motor to a second side of the rotary
shaft;

wherein a discharge amount of the first pump is larger than a discharge amount of the second pump;
wherein the first and second pumps are rotary pumps;
wherein a seal member is arranged between the first and second pump driving parts in contact with the rotary shaft, the seal
member providing a seal between the first and second rotary pumps; and

wherein the seal member and the second bearing are arranged in a space between the cylinder member and the rotary shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,323,054

DISPLAY ASSEMBLY HOOKS FOR INSTALLATION IMPROVEMENT

Denso International Ameri...

1. A heads-up-display assembly comprising:
a display module configured to display an image on a display surface remote to the display module, the display module including
a housing, a visual display housed within the housing, and one or more retention hooks coupled to the housing; and

a circuit board configured to control the visual display and coupled to the display module by a first wire, the circuit board
defining one or more apertures; wherein

the circuit board is movable between a first configuration in which the circuit board is free to hang from the display module
by the first wire such that the circuit board does not obstruct viewing of the visual display, and a second configuration
in which the one or more apertures cooperate with the one or more retention hooks to removably retain the circuit board thereto
and exterior to the housing such that the circuit board obstructs viewing of the visual display through a housing aperture
defined by the housing;

the housing comprises a first housing portion and a second housing portion, the first housing portion defining a first housing
cavity, a light source is located within the first housing cavity, the second housing portion is coupled to the first housing
portion to cap the first housing cavity, the second housing portion defining the housing aperture;

the one or more retention hooks are integrally formed onto the second housing portion; and
the visual display is illuminated by the light source and is visible from the exterior of the housing through the housing
aperture.

US Pat. No. 9,516,890

RIB MAZE THAT PREVENTS FLOW ALONG A WALL

Denso International Ameri...

1. An airflow deflector comprising:
a plurality of spaced apart ribs each extending in a longitudinal direction between a first end and a second end thereof that
is generally perpendicular to an airflow stream to be deflected by the airflow deflector such that the plurality of spaced
apart ribs induce recirculations of the airflow stream between neighboring ones of the plurality of spaced apart ribs to increase
air pressure at an entrance to areas defined between neighboring ribs and restrict the airflow from flowing past the plurality
of spaced apart ribs;

wherein a first one of the plurality of spaced apart ribs includes a transverse portion extending transverse to the longitudinal
direction; and

wherein the plurality of ribs are included with an HVAC system, the first one of the plurality of ribs is furthest from a
base of the HVAC system.

US Pat. No. 9,399,976

FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM CONTAINING HIGH PRESSURE PUMP WITH ISOLATION VALVES

Denso International Ameri...

1. A fuel delivery system including a high pressure fuel pump assembly comprising:
first and second output fuel paths each in communication with a fuel pump chamber;
a first check valve along the first output fuel path;
a second check valve along the second output fuel path;
a main pressure relief fuel path in communication with the fuel pump chamber and including a pressure relief valve;
a first relief fuel path in communication with both the first output fuel path and the main pressure relief fuel path;
a first relief valve along the first relief fuel path, the first relief valve configured to be closed to restrict fuel flow
along the first relief fuel path;

a second relief fuel path in communication with both the second output fuel path and the main pressure relief fuel path; and
a second relief valve along the second relief fuel path, the second relief valve configured to be closed to restrict fuel
flow along the second relief fuel path;

wherein:
the first and the second relief fuel paths are configured to restrict fuel flow therethrough between the first and the second
output fuel paths;

closing the first relief valve restricts fuel flow through the first relief fuel path; and
closing the second relief valve restricts fuel flow through the second relief fuel path.

US Pat. No. 9,139,933

SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATE MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

NUFLARE TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

1. A semiconductor substrate manufacturing apparatus including a film-forming chamber in which an SiC epitaxial film is formed
on an SiC wafer, the apparatus comprising:
a cleaning chamber in which a susceptor having an SiC film formed thereon in the film-forming chamber is introduced, the cleaning
chamber comprising:

a first inlet port introducing a cleaning gas into the cleaning chamber, the cleaning gas removing the SiC film,
a first outlet port discharging a gas from the cleaning chamber,
a first rotating unit on which the susceptor is placed, and
a first heater heating the susceptor;
a regeneration chamber in which the susceptor from which the SiC film is removed in the cleaning chamber is introduced, the
regeneration chamber comprising:

a second inlet port introducing a reacting gas into the regeneration chamber, the reacting gas containing an SiC source gas,
a second outlet port discharging a gas from the regeneration chamber,
a second rotating unit on which the susceptor is placed, and
a second heater heating the susceptor; and
a transport chamber connected to the film-forming chamber, the cleaning chamber, and the regeneration chamber to transport
the susceptor from the film-forming chamber to the cleaning chamber and from the cleaning chamber to the regeneration chamber,

wherein the cleaning chamber includes a heater for heating the susceptor at a temperature of 400° C. or higher, and an etching
gas supply system for supplying an etching gas from above the susceptor to remove the SiC film, and

wherein the cleaning chamber includes a detection unit that detects a gas produced by a reaction between the SiC film and
the etching gas.

US Pat. No. 9,073,154

FLUX FOR LEAD-FREE SOLDER AND SOLDERING METHOD

Senju Metal Industry Co.,...

1. A non-water soluble resin-based flux for a lead-free solder having Sn as a main component, the flux comprising a resin
selected from rosin, modified rosins, hydrogenated rosins, polymerized rosins, and disproportionated rosins as a base component,
an activator, 0.2-4 mass % of at least one compound selected from acid phosphate esters, and a remainder of a polar organic
solvent.

US Pat. No. 9,260,100

PRESSURE CONTROL RESERVOIR WITH CHECK VALVE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A pressure control reservoir for a vehicle equipped with a brake system which includes a brake actuating member, a brake
fluid pressure generator, and a braking force generator, the brake fluid pressure generator working to elevate pressure of
brake fluid in response to an operation of the brake actuating member, the brake force generator being coupled to the brake
fluid pressure generator through a main hydraulic line and working to produce a braking force to be exerted on a wheel in
response to the elevated pressure of brake fluid, as provided by the brake fluid pressure generator, the pressure control
reservoir comprising:
a housing;
a first reservoir port which is formed in the housing and to which the brake fluid is inputted from the brake fluid pressure
generator through a fluid inlet line;

a second reservoir port which is formed in the housing and leads to an inlet of a pump through a fluid outlet line;
a reservoir chamber which is formed in the housing and is to communicate with the fluid inlet line and the fluid outlet line,
the reservoir chamber working to store the brake fluid and selectively establishing fluid communication with the inlet of
the pump through the second reservoir port, the pump serving to suck the brake fluid from the reservoir chamber and discharge
the brake fluid to the brake force generator;

a housing chamber which is formed in the housing and into which the first reservoir port and the second reservoir port open,
the first reservoir port selectively establishing fluid communication of the reservoir chamber with the fluid inlet line,
the second reservoir port selectively establishing fluid communication of the reservoir chamber with the fluid outlet line;

a hydraulic path through which the brake fluid flows from the fluid inlet line to the reservoir chamber;
a valve assembly which is disposed in the housing chamber and works as a check valve, the valve assembly including a valve
and a valve seat with a seat surface to selectively block the hydraulic path; and

a reservoir piston which includes a piston body which is movable to change a volume of the reservoir chamber and a spring
which is located farther away from the reservoir chamber than the piston body is and urges the piston body so as to decrease
the volume of the reservoir chamber,

wherein when the brake fluid pressure generator produces no pressure of the brake fluid, the valve seat is located away from
the valve to open the check valve, thereby opening the hydraulic path,

wherein when the brake fluid pressure generator elevates the pressure of the brake fluid, and the pump is at rest, the valve
seat is moved in response to the elevated pressure of the brake fluid to close the check valve, thereby blocking the hydraulic
path;

wherein the housing chamber includes a first chamber which leads to the first reservoir port and in which the valve assembly
is disposed and a second chamber in which the reservoir piston is disposed,

wherein the valve assembly includes a pressure control piston which is movable in the first chamber and in which a portion
of the hydraulic path is formed, the valve seat which is secured to a portion of the pressure control piston which faces the
reservoir piston, in which a portion of the hydraulic path is formed, and has the seat surface formed thereon, and the valve
which is disposed inside the portion of the hydraulic path in the pressure control piston and selectively rests on the seat
surface of the valve seat to block the hydraulic path, the valve and the valve seat serving as the check valve, further including
a pin disposed in the hydraulic path, and

wherein when the brake fluid pressure generator produces no pressure of the brake fluid, the pin retains the valve away from
the seat surface of the valve seat to open the check valve, thereby opening the hydraulic path, when the brake fluid pressure
generator elevates the pressure of the brake fluid, and the pump is at rest, the pressure control piston being moved along
with the valve seat toward the valve, so that the valve rests on the seat surface of the valve seat in response to the pressure
of the brake fluid to close the check valve, thereby blocking the hydraulic path; and

the pressure control piston defines a back chamber and the hydraulic path within the housing chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,381,898

ACTUATOR FOR BRAKE FLUID PRESSURE CONTROL

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An actuator for brake fluid pressure control comprising:
a block formed with a brake pipe;
an electric component provided on a surface of the block;
a circuit board formed with an electric circuit for driving the electric component; and
a case that houses the circuit board and includes a first open part in which the electric component is accommodated, the case
having a top surface opposite the surface of the block across the circuit board and being fixed to the block at the side opposite
to the top surface, characterized in that

an insertion hole is formed in a side surface of the case at a position corresponding to a plane position of the circuit board,
the side surface being constituted by a wall surface extending from an outer edge of the top surface toward the block, the
insertion hole being closed by a lid part, and

the insertion hole is sized to enable inserting the circuit board into the case therethrough to be fixed to the case.

US Pat. No. 9,194,905

PROCESSING CIRCUIT HAVING SELF-DIAGNOSIS FUNCTION

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A processing circuit having an input terminal to which an input signal generated by an input signal generator is inputted
via an input line between the input signal generator and the input terminal, the processing circuit being configured to perform
a predetermined process for the input signal, wherein an external capacitor is connected to the input line in parallel with
the processing circuit,
the processing circuit comprising:
a pulse circuit configured to generate a pulsed voltage having at least one pulse;
at least one switch provided between the pulse circuit and the input line;
a controller that controls the at least one switch so as to apply the pulsed voltage generated by the pulse circuit to the
input line via a resistor;

a detector configured to detect a change in a voltage of the input line caused by application of the pulsed voltage to the
input line;

a determiner that determines whether the processing circuit is in a normal condition or in an abnormal condition based on
the change detected by the detector.

US Pat. No. 9,435,286

METHOD TO REDUCE FUEL SYSTEM POWER CONSUMPTION

Denso International Ameri...

1. A system for delivering fuel to an engine comprising:
a fuel reservoir pump configured to pump fuel from a fuel tank to a fuel pump reservoir;
a low pressure fuel pump configured to pump fuel out from within the fuel pump reservoir and to the fuel reservoir pump;
a high pressure fuel pump configured to pump fuel to the engine, the low pressure fuel pump is configured to pump fuel to
the high pressure fuel pump; and

a controller operable to configure the low pressure fuel pump in a high mode at a first pump rate when the high pressure fuel
pump is in a first configuration, and operable to configure the low pressure fuel pump in a low mode at a second pump rate
when the high pressure fuel pump is in a second configuration different from the first configuration, the first pump rate
is different from the second pump rate;

wherein the controller is configured to operate the low pressure fuel pump in the low mode when the high pressure fuel pump
is performing a pumping stroke.

US Pat. No. 9,795,053

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

2. An electronic device comprising:
a substrate that has a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface;
an electronic component that is mounted on the first surface of the substrate; and
a molding resin that is disposed on the first surface of the substrate and seals the electronic component, wherein
the substrate has an air vent at a position covered with the molding resin, the air vent passing through the substrate from
the first surface to the second surface,

the second surface of the substrate is covered with a solder resist that has an opening portion at a position corresponding
to the air vent, and

the solder resist surrounds a periphery of the air vent, wherein
the solder resist has a groove portion that connects to the opening portion.

US Pat. No. 9,205,775

PRISM FOR LIGHT REFLECTING/DIFFUSION BETWEEN LED'S

DENSO International Ameri...

1. An instrument cluster assembly comprising:
a first light-emitting element and a second light-emitting element spaced apart from the first light-emitting element; and
an optical element opposite to and between the first and the second light-emitting elements, the optical element is configured
to at least one of reflect or diffuse light emitted by the first and the second light-emitting elements; wherein

the optical element defines a hollow cavity.

US Pat. No. 9,723,731

ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicular electronic device comprising:
a semiconductor package having a plurality of power supply terminals and a signal terminal, wherein a power supply input function
is assigned to each of the plural power supply terminals, and at least one of a signal input function and a signal output
function is assigned to the signal terminal; and

a multilayer wiring board having a first electrode pad through which each of the power supply terminals of the semiconductor
package is mounted on and soldered to a mounting surface of the multilayer wiring board, and a second electrode pad through
which the signal terminal is mounted on and soldered to the mounting surface, wherein

the multilayer wiring board has a first wiring pattern in a layer above the mounting surface of the multilayer wiring board
on which the first electrode pad is disposed, the first wiring pattern connecting to the first electrode pad, and a solder
resist being disposed on the mounting surface of the multilayer wiring board,

the second electrode pad has a second wiring pattern in a layer different from the layer above the mounting surface, the second
electrode pad being disposed in an opening of the solder resist and apart from the solder resist, and

the signal terminal of the semiconductor package is soldered to the second electrode pad of the multilayer wiring board so
that a solder ball of the signal terminal covers and is in contact with an entire upper surface and an upper end of a side
surface of the second electrode pad, and so that the solder ball of the signal terminal does not cover the solder resist disposed
on the mounting surface of the multilayer wiring board.

US Pat. No. 9,096,947

SIC SINGLE CRYSTAL, PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR, SIC WAFER AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA C...

1. A method for producing an SiC single crystal, having the following constitution:
(a) the method for producing an SiC single crystal repeats an a-plane growth step n (n?2) times;
(b) a first a-plane growth step is a step for carrying out the a-plane growth of an SiC single crystal on a first growth plane
by using a first seed crystal having the first growth plane with an offset angle from the {0001} plane of 80° to 100°;

(c) a k-th a-plane growth step (2?k?n) is a step for cutting out a k-th seed crystal having a k-th growth plane with a growth
direction 45° to 135° different from the growth direction of a (k?1)-th a-plane growth step and an offset angle from the {0001}
plane of 80° to 100° from a (k?1)-th grown crystal obtained in the (k?1)-th a-plane growth step, and carrying out the a-plane
growth of an SiC single crystal on the k-th growth plane; and

(d) the k-th a-plane growth step (1?k?n) is a step for carrying out the a-plane growth of an SiC single crystal on the k-th
growth plane so that an area ratio Sfacet of a Si-plane side facet region represented by the equation (A) is maintained at 20% or less:

Sfacet(%)=S1×100/S2  (A)

where S1 is the sum of the total area of areas obtained by projecting polar plane steps of Si-plane side on the k-th growth plane and
the total area of areas obtained by projecting {1-100} plane facets sandwiched between the polar plane steps of Si-plane side
on the k-th growth plane, and S2 is the total area of the k-th growth plane.

US Pat. No. 9,735,342

PIEZOELECTRIC THIN FILM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A piezoelectric thin film that is formed through sputtering and consists essentially of scandium aluminum nitride, wherein
the piezoelectric thin film has a carbon atomic content between 0.1 at % and 2.5 at %.

US Pat. No. 9,163,627

ROTATING PUMP AND BRAKE SYSTEM USING SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A rotating pump comprising:
a rotating assembly which includes an outer rotor with inner teeth and an inner rotor with outer teeth meshing with the inner
teeth of the outer rotor, the inner rotor being rotated by a drive shaft to create between the outer and inner teeth a plurality
of cavities whose volumes change according to rotation of the inner rotor to pump out fluid, each of the rotating assembly,
the outer rotor, and the inner rotor having a first and a second end surface opposed to each other in an axial direction of
the drive shaft;

a casing in which the rotating assembly is disposed, the casing including a first side plate, a second side plate, and a center
plate which is so disposed between the first and second side plates as to surround an outer periphery of the outer rotor,
the first side plate facing the first end surface of the rotating assembly, the second side plate facing the second end surface
of the rotating assembly and being disposed substantially in contact with at least a portion of the second end surface of
each of the outer rotor and the inner rotor through a mechanical seal;

an inlet port which is formed in the casing and through which the fluid is sucked into the rotating assembly;
an outlet port which is formed in the casing and through which the fluid is pumped out of the rotating assembly;
a sealing unit which hermetically isolates a low-pressure region in fluid communication with the inlet port and a high-pressure
region in fluid communication with the outlet port from each other, the low-pressure region being a region where pressure
of the fluid is in a lower level between the first side plate and the rotating assembly, the high-pressure region being a
region where the pressure of the fluid is in a higher level between the first side plate and the rotating assembly;

a first surface which is formed on at least one of the first end surface of the second side plate and the second end surface
of one of the outer and inner rotors, the first surface being inclined at a first angle to a center axis of the drive shaft
to create a gap between the first end surface of the second side plate and the second end surface of the one of the outer
and inner rotors, the gap being so formed as to have between the first end surface of the second side plate and the second
end surface of the one of the outer and inner rotors in the axial direction of the drive shaft an interval which increases
in a direction away from the drive shaft; and

a second surface which is formed on at least one of the first end surface of the second side plate and the second end surface
of one of the outer and inner rotors, the second surface being inclined at a second angle to the center axis of the drive
shaft, the second surface extending more parallel to a direction perpendicular to the center axis of the drive shaft than
the first surface does, so that the second angle is smaller than the first angle.

US Pat. No. 9,358,967

ROTARY PUMP AND BRAKING SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A rotary pump comprising:
a rotating unit having an outer rotor provided with internal teeth on an inner periphery thereof, an inner rotor provided
with external teeth on an outer periphery thereof meshed with the internal teeth and which rotates around a drive shaft on
an axis, and a plurality of gaps formed between the meshed internal teeth and the external teeth;

a casing, formed to cover the rotating unit, the casing having a first side plate disposed on one axial end surface side of
the rotating unit, a second side plate disposed on another axial end surface side of the rotating unit which has a contacting
surface to axial end surfaces of the inner rotor and the outer rotor that forms a mechanical seal, and a central plate disposed
so as to surround an outer periphery of the outer rotor;

an inlet port for sucking fluid into the rotating unit and a discharge port for discharging the fluid from the rotating unit,
both provided in the casing;

a first sealing member that divides spaces between the rotating unit and the first side plate into a low-pressure part connected
to the inlet port and a high-pressure part connected to the discharge port;

a second sealing member that divides a gap formed between the outer periphery of the outer rotor and the central plate into
the low-pressure part connected to the inlet port and the high-pressure part connected to the discharge port; and

a linear groove having a communication portion formed on a surface where the mechanical seal is performed among surfaces of
the second side plate and connected to the high-pressure part of the gap, and a linear portion connected to the communication
portion and which extends between the internal teeth and the outer periphery of the outer rotor; wherein

a center line is defined as a line passing through a rotation axis of the outer rotor and a rotation axis of the inner rotor,
the linear groove is provided on an inlet port side of the center line; and

the entire portion of the linear groove is disposed on an end surface of the second side plate on the inlet port side of the
center line and in a position radially outside of the plurality of gaps.

US Pat. No. 9,523,593

TFT DISPLAY TRIM LIGHTING STRUCTURE

Denso International Ameri...

1. A light guide for a vehicle dashboard display having a first display panel, said light guide comprising:
a guide structure configured to be secured to the vehicle dashboard display proximate to the first display panel and configured
to transmit light from the first display panel through said light guide to a surface of said guide structure spaced apart
from the first display panel;

the guide structure includes a base and a light distribution element, the base extends away from the first display panel to
the light distribution element, the light distribution element extends from the base in a direction outward and away from
the first display panel, a first location of the base is at the first display panel and receives light from the first display
panel into the guide structure; and

an inner surface of the base of the guide structure extends away from the first display panel to the light distribution element
at an angle configured to reflect light that has entered the base at the first location, the inner surface is configured to
prevent light from escaping out of the base through the inner surface so that the light can be visible to the operator at
the light distribution element, but not through the inner surface;

wherein the guide structure is disposed about a periphery of the first display panel such that the inner surface provides
a frame of the first display panel; and

wherein the light distribution element extends outward from the base to a second location that is outside of an outer periphery
of the first display panel.

US Pat. No. 9,435,335

DIRECT INJECTION PUMP CONTROL STRATEGY FOR NOISE REDUCTION

Denso International Ameri...

1. A method of controlling a pump, comprising:
providing the pump with a casing that defines a first chamber, a second chamber, a third chamber and a fourth chamber;
providing a fluid inlet in the first chamber and a fluid outlet in the fourth chamber;
providing a first movable valve member in the first chamber and a second movable valve member in the second chamber;
providing a third movable valve member in the fourth chamber;
providing a solenoid coil;
during a suction stroke of the pump, moving a plunger in the third chamber away from the third chamber so that a volume of
the third chamber increases to move the second valve member toward a stop and to cause the second valve member to collide
against the stop;

moving the third valve member against a valve seat to prevent fuel from exiting through the fluid outlet;
during a pumping stroke of the pump, energizing the solenoid coil a first time to attract the first movable valve member toward
the solenoid coil; moving the second movable valve member against a second valve seat;

de-energizing the solenoid coil prior to a top dead center position of the plunger; and
energizing the solenoid coil a second time, which is after the top dead center position and during the suction stroke.

US Pat. No. 9,133,883

COUPLING DEVICE FOR CONNECTING ROTARY MEMBERS

ADVICS CO., LTD., Kariya...

1. A coupling device, which includes a first rotary member and a second rotary member opposed and connected to each other
on the same axial line, and in which a fitting recess provided to the first rotary member and a fitting protrusion provided
to the second rotary member corresponding to the fitting recess are fitted each other to connect both of the rotary members
so that torque is to be transferred,
wherein a cap to cover a connection part is a cylindrical shape having a bottom wall and a protrusion insertion hole, through
which the fitting protrusion of the second rotary member passes, formed on the bottom wall and covers the first rotary member
from a connection end-side of the first rotary member,

wherein the cap is axially urged by an elastic member to bring at least one of an opening-side end face and the bottom wall
of the cap into contact with an annular end face formed on the first rotary member,

wherein an accommodation chamber of the connection part is formed in the cap to reserve lubricant, and an exit of the accommodation
chamber of the connection part is blocked or narrowed by a force of the elastic member,

wherein the elastic member is configured by a lancing piece integrally formed with the cap,
wherein a slanted face bearing a reaction force is formed on an outer periphery of at least one of the first rotary member
and second rotary member, and the elastic member is elastically pressed to the slanted face, so that the cap is pressed to
the annular end face and is fixed to at least one of the rotary members by an axial component force generated at the elastic
pressing part,

wherein the fitting recess is a clevis recess opened toward the outer periphery of the first rotary member, the lancing piece
being provided at a portion different from an opening of the clevis recess, and the fitting protrusion is configured by a
clevis protrusion, and

wherein the clevis recess and the clevis protrusion are fitted to connect the first rotary member and the second rotary member
with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,522,676

SITUATION AWARENESS ASSISTANT FOR VEHICLE CONTROL

Denso International Ameri...

1. A system for informing a driver of a vehicle of a surrounding hazard and road position of the vehicle comprising:
at least one sensor configured to identify location of the hazard relative to the vehicle; and
a controller configured to:
receive inputs from the at least one sensor regarding location of the hazard;
determine a threat potential of the hazard based on at least one of location of the hazard relative to the vehicle, speed
of the vehicle, and heading of the vehicle;

send commands to a display for visually displaying the hazard to the driver based on the determined threat potential of the
hazard;

determine position of the hazard relative to a first zone defined about the vehicle by the controller and a second zone defined
about the vehicle by the controller, the second zone is between the first zone and the vehicle;

display the second zone as surrounding the first zone;
display the hazard on the display relative to at least one of the first zone and the second zone; and
illuminate a portion of the first zone corresponding to location of the hazard relative to the vehicle, and vary at least
one of the intensity and color of the illumination relative to a determined threat potential of the hazard.

US Pat. No. 9,273,783

DIAPHRAGM DEVICE AND PRESSURE REGULATING RESERVOIR USING THE SAME

ADVICS CO., LTD., Kariya...

1. A diaphragm device comprising:
a supporting member;
a flexible membrane that is supported at a first side thereof by a membrane supporting portion of the supporting member; and
a housing that accommodates the flexible membrane and the supporting member, and
wherein the flexible membrane air-tightly separates a first chamber and a second chamber connected to the outside through
a through-hole formed in the membrane supporting portion of the supporting member, inside the housing,

wherein an avoidance recessed portion to avoid interference with an opening edge of the through-hole is formed at a position
of the flexible membrane corresponding to the through-hole,

wherein the avoidance recessed portion is provided at a thick portion thicker than the other portion of the flexible membrane,
and the thick portion protrudes from the other portion of the flexible membrane toward the first chamber,

wherein a movable plate is provided at a second side of the flexible membrane opposite the first side, the movable plate being
pressed by the flexible membrane, wherein the supporting member is slidably accommodated in a cylinder provided in the housing,

wherein a spring is provided on the membrane supporting portion at a side opposite to the flexible membrane, and
wherein the flexible membrane and the supporting member are biased by the spring toward the first chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,435,334

DIRECT INJECTION PUMP CONTROL STRATEGY FOR NOISE REDUCTION

Denso International Ameri...

1. A method of controlling a pump, comprising:
providing the pump with a casing that defines a first chamber, a second chamber, a third chamber and a fourth chamber;
providing a fluid inlet in the first chamber and a fluid outlet in the fourth chamber;
providing a first movable valve member in the first chamber and a second movable valve member in the second chamber;
providing a third movable valve member in the fourth chamber;
providing a solenoid coil;
during a suction stroke of the pump, moving a plunger in the third chamber away from the third chamber so that a volume of
the third chamber increases to move the second valve member towards a stop and to cause the second valve member to collide
against the stop;

moving the third valve member against a valve seat to prevent fuel from exiting through the fluid outlet;
during a pumping stroke of the pump, energizing the solenoid coil attracting the first movable valve member toward the solenoid
coil, and moving the second movable valve member against a second valve seat;

maintaining energizing of the solenoid coil before and after a top dead center position of the plunger; and
decreasing an energy for energizing of the solenoid coil linearly prior to the top dead center position.

US Pat. No. 9,327,696

HYDRAULIC BRAKING SYSTEM

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A hydraulic braking system comprising:
a master cylinder that operates based on an operation of a brake operating member;
a reaction force generating section connected to the master cylinder that provides a reaction force to the brake operating
member in accordance with an operated amount thereof by generating a reaction force hydraulic pressure in the master cylinder
in response to the operated amount of the brake operating member;

a reservoir that stores a brake fluid therein;
a wheel cylinder that generates a braking force based on a brake fluid pressure;
a brake actuator that includes a hydraulic pump which generates the brake fluid pressure to the wheel cylinder by sucking
the brake fluid from the reservoir and supplying the brake fluid to the wheel cylinder, and sucks the brake fluid discharged
from the wheel cylinder side for decompressing the brake fluid pressure from the wheel cylinder during anti-lock braking;

a self-priming control section provided for the hydraulic pump having an open-when-self-priming valve for controlling a communication
and cut-off of a first piping that self-sucks the brake fluid from the reservoir to the hydraulic pump;

an accumulator for storing the brake fluid pressure in a predetermined pressure range, to which the brake fluid is supplied
from the reservoir by the hydraulic pump, connected to a second piping that connects between the hydraulic pump and the wheel
cylinder; and

a high-pressure generating section having a lower limit indicating valve for controlling communication and cutoff between
the second piping and the accumulator; wherein

the master cylinder and the wheel cylinder are connected via a third piping;
the brake actuator is provided with a differential pressure control valve, which is disposed in the third pipe, for controlling
a differential pressure between a master cylinder side and a wheel cylinder side; and

a suction side of the hydraulic pump is connected to the third piping between the master cylinder and the differential pressure
control valve and a discharge side of the hydraulic pump is connected to the third piping between the wheel cylinder and the
differential pressure control valve.

US Pat. No. 9,324,996

CARBON NANOSTRUCTURE, METAL-SUPPORTED CARBON NANOSTRUCTURE, LITHIUM-ION SECONDARY BATTERY, METHOD FOR PRODUCING CARBON NANOSTRUCTURE, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING METAL-SUPPORTED CARBON NANOSTRUCTURE

INTER-UNIVERSITY RESEARCH...

1. A metal-supported carbon nanostructure comprising:
a carbon nanostructure including carbon containing rod-shaped materials and/or carbon containing sheet-shaped materials which
are bound three-dimensionally, and graphene multilayer membrane walls which are formed in the rod-shaped materials and/or
the sheet-shaped materials, wherein air-sac-like pores, which are defined by the graphene multilayer membrane walls and made
of adjacent pores communicated with one another and defined by three to ten-layered graphene multilayer membrane walls, are
formed in the rod-shaped materials and/or the sheet-shaped materials; and

a metallic material supported in the air-sac-like pores,
wherein the air-sac-like pores include first pores, each having a pore diameter within a range of 1 to 20 nm and second pores,
each having a pore diameter within a range of 10 to 80 nm.

US Pat. No. 9,297,287

EXHAUST GAS CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR EXHAUST GAS CONTROL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An exhaust gas control apparatus comprising:
an exhaust gas control member that is provided in an exhaust system of an internal combustion engine in order to control an
exhaust gas by removing a predetermined component contained in the exhaust gas, the exhaust gas control member being divided
up into segments;

a purifying agent supply device configured to supply a purifying agent to an upstream side of the exhaust gas control member
in the exhaust system so that the purifying agent is adsorbed to the exhaust gas control member and the purifying agent is
caused to react with the predetermined component in the exhaust gas that passes through the exhaust gas control member;

a control device configured to obtain a purifying agent adsorption amount distribution through the exhaust gas control member
and to control a purifying agent supply supplied by the purifying agent supply device on the basis of the obtained purifying
agent adsorption amount distribution;

a plurality of component amount acquisition devices, the plurality of component amount acquisition devices being located at
the inlet and outlet of each segment of the exhaust gas control member, each of the plurality of component acquisition devices
being configured to obtain a purifying agent adsorption amount distribution of each segment; and

a temperature acquisition device configured to obtain a temperature of the exhaust gas control member, wherein the control
device is configured to obtain the purifying agent adsorption amount distribution through the exhaust gas control member on
the basis of the purifying agent adsorption amount distribution of each segment of the exhaust gas control member obtained
by the plurality of component amount acquisition devices, and the temperature obtained by the temperature acquisition device.

US Pat. No. 9,165,927

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

JTEKT Corporation, Osaka...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a first line layer having a first line;
a first interlayer film formed on the first line layer;
a second line layer that is formed on the first interlayer film, and that has a second line;
a first semiconductor element provided inside the first interlayer film, wherein the first interlayer film includes an insulating
film and thickness of the insulating film in the first interlayer film in a stacking direction is equal to a thickness of
the first semiconductor element;

a second interlayer film formed on the second line layer;
a second semiconductor element that is provided inside the second interlayer film, and that is disposed to face the first
semiconductor element, wherein the second interlayer film includes an insulating film and a thickness of the insulating film
in the second interlayer film in stacking direction is equal to a thickness of the second semiconductor element;

a third line layer that is formed on the second interlayer film, and that has a third line;
a first connection metal member that electrically connects the first line to a main electrode formed on a lower surface of
the first semiconductor element;

a second connection metal member that electrically connects the second line to a main electrode formed on an upper surface
of the first semiconductor element;

a third connection metal member that electrically connects the second line to a main electrode formed on a lower surface of
the second semiconductor element;

a fourth connection metal member that electrically connects the third line to a main electrode formed on an upper surface
of the second semiconductor element; and

a fifth connection metal member that is disposed at a region located outside regions of the first and second semiconductor
elements in a plan view, the fifth connection metal member connecting the first line to the second line or connecting the
second line to the third line,

wherein a cross-sectional area of each of the first connection metal member, the second connection metal member, the third
connection metal member and the fourth connection metal member is larger than a cross-sectional area of the fifth connection
metal member.

US Pat. No. 9,279,512

CHECK VALVE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A check valve comprising:
a case member having an entrance-side fluid passage where fluid flows in, an exit-side fluid passage where fluid flows out,
and a valve seat disposed in a downstream end of the entrance-side fluid passage;

a valve member that opens and closes a passage between the entrance-side fluid passage and the exit-side fluid passages by
touching and separating from the valve seat, the valve member being energized in a valve opening direction by a fluid force
of the fluid from the entrance-side fluid passage; and

a spring that energizes the valve member in a valve closing direction; wherein,
the check valve opens when the energization force in the valve opening direction by the fluid force exceeds the energization
force in the valve closing direction by the spring;

the valve member has a piston part that reciprocates, and a valve part that touches and separates from the valve seat;
the case member has a piston accommodation cylinder part that accommodates the piston part reciprocatably;
the piston part has a valve part accommodating recess that accommodates a part of the valve part;
the valve part is disposed in the valve part accommodating recess movably relative to the piston part, and is urged against
a wall surface of the valve part accommodating recess by a pressure of the fluid from the entrance-side fluid passage;

there is provided a damper chamber that is formed by the valve member and the case member in a side of the valve member opposite
to the valve seat, fluid pressure in the damper chamber generates a damping force;

the fluid that flows through the exit-side fluid passage flows without flowing into the damper chamber;
the case member is disposed in a pipeline formed in a housing;
the case member is provided with a flange part projected outwardly from a perimeter surface of the case member in a radial
direction;

the pipeline is separated into a downstream side pipeline of the check valve and an upstream side pipeline of the check valve
by the flange part;

the pipeline in the upstream side of the check valve is formed with a diameter smaller than a diameter of the flange part;
the pipeline in the downstream side of the check valve is formed with a diameter larger than the diameter of the flange part;
and

a step portion where the flange part is press fit is formed in the pipeline between the upstream side of the check valve and
the downstream side of the check valve.

US Pat. No. 9,178,239

PROTON CONDUCTOR, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PROTON CONDUCTOR, AND FUEL CELL

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A proton conductor comprising:
a coordination polymer that is provided as a crystal structure having defined lattice parameters, the crystal structure having
stoichiometrically:

a plurality of metal ions;
a plurality of oxoanions; and
a plurality of molecules capable of undergoing protonation or deprotonation,
the coordination polymer including a plurality of coordination entities that are repeatedly coordinated to bond the coordination
entities with one another,

wherein each coordination entity of the plurality of coordination entities is either a first coordinate entity or a second
coordination entity,

the first coordination entity being one metal ion of the plurality of metal ions coordinated with either (i) at least one
oxoanion of the plurality of oxoanions or (ii) at least one molecule capable of undergoing protonation or deprotonation of
the plurality of molecules capable of undergoing protonation ro deprotonation, and

the second coordination entity being the metal ion coordinated with each of (i) at least one oxoanion of the plurality of
oxoanions and (ii) at least one molecule capable of undergoing protonation or deprotonation of the plurality of molecules
capable of undergoing protonation or deprotonation.

US Pat. No. 9,046,102

GEAR PUMP DEVICE WITH SEAL MECHANISM

ADVICS CO., LTD., Kariya...

1. A gear pump device, comprising:
a gear pump, which includes a first gear and a second gear configured to engage with the first gear so that a suction and
discharge operation of fluid is performed by the first gear and the second gear being rotated based on a rotation of a shaft;

a casing, which configures a receiving portion in which the first gear and the second gear are accommodated; and
a seal mechanism, which is provided between an outer shell of the casing and the gear pump, the seal mechanism defining a
low-pressure side including a suction side of the gear pump that sucks the fluid and a periphery of the shaft and a high-pressure
side including a discharge chamber that discharges the fluid,

wherein the seal mechanism includes:
an annular rubber member, which surrounds the low-pressure side and seals between the low-pressure side and the high pressure
side;

an outer member, which is arranged at an outer side of the annular rubber member to contact an end face of the first gear
and the second gear in the axial direction; and

an inner member, which has an outer peripheral wall on which the annular rubber member is mounted, the inner member fitted
into an inner side of the outer member and contacting on an inner wall face of the outer shell of the casing at an opposite
side of the gear pump,

wherein the outer peripheral wall of the inner member is provided with a collar portion that generates a propulsive force
towards the inner wall face of the outer shell of the casing by a contact pressure of the annular rubber member based on a
discharge pressure of the gear pump, and the collar portion forms a pressure receiving face to increase the propulsive force
as the contact pressure of the annular rubber member increases according to an increase of the discharge pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,227,614

CHECK VALVE AND BRAKING SYSTEM USING THE SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A check valve comprising:
a case member having an entrance-side fluid passage where fluid flows in, an exit-side fluid passage where fluid flows out,
and a valve seat disposed in a downstream end of the entrance-side fluid passage;

a pipeline disposed in a housing, the pipeline being separated into a downstream side pipeline of the check valve and an upstream
side pipeline of the check valve by the case member;

a valve member that opens and closes a passage between the entrance-side fluid passage and the exit-side fluid passages by
touching and separating from the valve seat, and is energized in a valve opening direction by a pressure of the fluid from
the entrance-side fluid passage; and

a spring that energizes the valve member in a valve closing direction; wherein,
the check valve opens when the energization force in the valve opening direction due to the pressure exceeds the energization
force in the valve closing direction due to the spring; wherein,

the valve member has a piston part that reciprocates, and a valve part that is disposed in the valve seat side and touches
and separates to the valve seat;

the case member has a piston accommodation cylinder part that accommodates the piston part reciprocatably;
the piston part has a valve part accommodating recess that accommodates a part of the valve part;
the valve part is disposed in the valve part accommodating recess movably relative to the piston part, and is urged against
a wall surface of the valve part accommodating recess by a pressure of the fluid from the entrance-side fluid passage;

among the valve part accommodating recess, an anti-valve seat side accommodation space formed between a surface in an anti-valve
seat side of the valve part and a wall surface of the valve part accommodating recess communicates to the exit side fluid
passage.

a damper chamber is formed by the valve member and the case member in an anti-valve seat side of the valve member, the damper
chamber generates damping force;

the anti-valve seat side accommodation space communicates with the exit side fluid passage through a piston part communicating
slot formed in the wall surface of the valve part accommodating recess;

the valve part accommodating recess has a tapered surface, and the valve part is contactable to the tapered surface,
the anti-valve seat side accommodation space is formed between the piston part and the valve part; and
the piston accommodation cylinder part is formed coaxially with the entrance-side fluid passage, and only a single through
hole extending in a radial direction is formed in the piston accommodation cylinder part.

US Pat. No. 9,246,461

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF PIEZOELECTRIC-BODY FILM, AND PIEZOELECTRIC-BODY FILM MANUFACTURED BY THE MANUFACTURING METHOD

DENSO CORPORATION, Aichi...

1. A method for manufacturing a piezoelectric thin film including a substrate on which an aluminum nitride thin film containing
scandium is provided, the method comprising:
an aluminum nitride sputtering step for sputtering aluminum and scandium so as to form, directly on the substrate, the aluminum
nitride thin film containing scandium, under an atmosphere containing at least a nitrogen gas, a scandium content rate falls
within the range from more than 35% by atom to less than 40% by atom when the number of atoms of scandium and the number of
atoms of aluminum of the aluminum nitride thin film are 100% by atom in total,

the substrate having a temperature within the range from 200° C. to 400° C. during the sputtering step, and
wherein the substrate consists of a silicon monocrystal or a silicon monocrystal having a polycrystalline film thereon.

US Pat. No. 9,426,922

IN-VEHICLE ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An in-vehicle electronic control unit comprising:
a circuit board having a front surface and a rear surface opposite to the front surface and equipped with a power supply circuit
that performs voltage conversion, wherein a coil constituting the power supply circuit is mounted on the front surface of
the circuit board;

a resin member covering the circuit board to protect the circuit board, wherein an outer surface of the resin member has an
upper surface and a lower surface opposite to the upper surface, wherein the upper surface of the resin member is located
on a front surface side of the circuit board and the lower surface of the resin member is located on a rear surface side of
the circuit board, wherein the outer surface of the resin member further has a side surface that connects the upper surface
and the lower surface; and

a metal bracket for attaching the circuit board to a vehicle, wherein the metal bracket is fixed to the resin member,
wherein the metal bracket includes:
a first shield portion arranged to only a part of the upper surface of the resin member so that when projected in a winding
axis direction of the coil, the first shield portion overlaps at least a part of the coil; and

a second shield portion extending from the first shield portion in the winding axis direction of the coil and arranged to
only a part of the side surface of the resin member,

wherein the metal bracket is to be electrically connected to a body of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,276,600

OUTPUT CHANGING METHOD FOR AN A/D CONVERSION APPARATUS AND A/D CONVERSION APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An A/D conversion apparatus, comprising:
a pulse delay circuit in which a plurality of delay units, which delay a pulse signal by delay time depending on power supply
voltage, are connected in series; and

an encoding circuit which detects the number of stages of the delay units through which the pulse signal passes in the pulse
delay circuit during predetermined measurement time, and outputs numeric data corresponding to the number of stages, wherein

the A/D conversion apparatus receives an analog input signal as the power supply voltage of the pulse delay circuit to perform
A/D conversion for the analog input signal, and further comprises;

a level determination circuit which determines whether or not the analog input signal is within an allowable voltage range
in which the A/D conversion apparatus operates normally;

an output changing circuit which outputs the numeric data generated by the encoding circuit as an A/D conversion value if
the analog input signal is within the allowable voltage range, and outputs numeric data formed of a predetermined specified
value as the A/D conversion value if the analog input signal is not within the allowable voltage range;

the level determination circuit performs level determination at intervals shorter than the measurement time of the encoding
circuit,

the output changing circuit outputs the numeric data generated by the encoding circuit as the A/D conversion value if the
determination by the level determination circuit that the analog input signal is within the allowable voltage range is continued
within the measurement time of the encoding circuit, and outputs the numeric data formed of the specified value as the A/D
conversion value if it is determined by the level determination circuit that the analog input signal is not within the allowable
voltage range within the measurement time of the encoding circuit;

the level determination circuit comprises two latch circuits which input the pulse signal outputted from the pulse delay circuit
to two buffer circuits whose threshold voltages are different from each other, and latch two signals passed through the buffer
circuits by the pulse signal outputted from the pulse delay circuit, and

the level determination circuit outputs the two signals latched by the latch circuits as determination signals indicating
whether or not the analog input signal is within the allowable voltage range.

US Pat. No. 9,262,997

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a display portion which displays a plurality of screen-sized images corresponding to a plurality of visual recognition directions
in a screen,

the screen-sized images being visible from the respective visual recognition directions, the visual recognition directions
including a first visual recognition direction and a second visual recognition direction,

each of the screen-sized images containing (i) a manipulation image and (ii) a manipulated image to be manipulated via the
manipulation image;

a manipulation reception portion which receives a manipulation via one of the manipulation images that are included in the
screen-sized images displayed by the display portion, the manipulation images being visible from the respective visual recognition
directions,

the manipulation images including a first manipulation image corresponding to the first visual recognition direction and a
second manipulation image corresponding to the second visual recognition direction,

the manipulated images including a first manipulated image that is manipulated via the first manipulation image and a second
manipulated image that is manipulated via the second manipulation image;

an action detection portion that detects whether a manipulator, who is located in one of the visual recognition directions,
takes an action to perform a manipulation to the manipulation reception portion;

a control circuit that which executes a control corresponding to a manipulation performed by the manipulator to the manipulation
reception portion via one of the manipulation images in the display portion; and

an erroneous recognition prevention section, wherein:
a subject manipulation is performed by a subject manipulator via the first manipulation image displayed in the first visual
recognition direction, the subject manipulator being located in the first visual recognition direction and detected by the
action detection portion as taking the action to perform the subject manipulation to the manipulation reception portion; and

when the subject manipulation is received by the manipulation reception portion, the erroneous recognition prevention section
controls the display portion to display the second manipulated image and the first manipulation image in the second visual
recognition direction by replacing the second manipulation image, having been displayed in the second visual recognition direction
before the subject manipulation is received, with an image identical to the first manipulation image currently displayed in
the first visual recognition direction.

US Pat. No. 9,267,474

IGNITION DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An ignition device mountable to an internal combustion engine having a combustion chamber in which fuel gas flow is generated,
comprising:
a central electrode having an elongated shape;
a central dielectric body having a cylindrical shape with a base section which covers the central electrode;
a housing casing having a cylindrical shape which covers the central dielectric body;
a ground electrode having a ring shape formed at a front section of the housing casing, the ground electrode being electrically
insulated from the central electrode by the central dielectric body, and the ground electrode being projected into an inside
of the combustion chamber of the internal combustion engine by a predetermined height H120, and a front end section of the central dielectric body being projected into the inside of the combustion chamber of the
internal combustion engine by a predetermined height H110 which is equal or greater than the predetermined height H120 of the ground electrode;

a high frequency power source configured to supply for a predetermined period of time a high voltage having a predetermined
frequency between the central electrode and the front end section of the ground electrode; and

a discharge chamber having approximately a cylindrical shape formed between the central dielectric body and the ground electrode,
the discharge chamber having a base section formed by at least a part of the central dielectric body, and a streamer discharge
being executed in the discharge chamber in order to generate non-equilibrium plasma, react the generated non-equilibrium plasma
with fuel mixture gas in the in the discharge chamber, and to ignite the fuel gas in the combustion chamber of the internal
combustion engine.

US Pat. No. 9,534,544

ELECTRIC HYBRID POWERTRAIN REGENERATION EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENT

Denso International Ameri...

1. A method for increasing regenerative energy available during deceleration by reducing engine pumping losses, the method
comprising:
reducing fuel delivery to an engine during deceleration;
closing an engine throttle during deceleration;
opening an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve during deceleration to reduce a vacuum in an engine intake manifold during
deceleration, thus minimizing engine pumping losses and increasing regenerative energy available during deceleration;

identifying an intake pressure at the engine intake manifold during deceleration after the EGR valve opens to determine if
the intake pressure is above a determined manifold pressure target during deceleration;

identifying a catalyst temperature during deceleration after the EGR valve opens to determine if the catalyst temperature
is above a catalyst temperature threshold during deceleration; and

opening the engine throttle and the EGR valve during deceleration to reduce the intake pressure below the manifold pressure
target during deceleration if the intake pressure exceeds the manifold pressure target and the catalyst temperature is above
the catalyst temperature threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,191,765

IN-VEHICLE AUDIO DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An in-vehicle audio device comprising:
an audio signal supplying device which supplies an audio signal;
an audio signal processing device which performs a signal process of supplying a sound image corresponding to the audio signal
transmitted from the audio signal supplying device, the audio signal processing device comprising:

a space transfer characteristic compensation device which applies an inverse function of a transfer function to the audio
signal transmitted from the audio signal supplying device, the transfer function expressing space transfer characteristics
in a passenger compartment of a host vehicle to which the in-vehicle audio device is mounted; and

a vehicle height characteristic compensation device which performs a filtering process of the audio signal supplied from the
space transfer characteristic compensation device on a basis of the transfer function according to a vehicle height of the
host vehicle, and

an audio output device which outputs a sound to generate the sound image on the basis of the audio signal output from the
audio signal processing device.

US Pat. No. 9,620,019

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR FACILITATING VEHICLE LANE CHANGE

Denso International Ameri...

1. A method for informing a driver of a subject vehicle that the subject vehicle and a secondary vehicle may be entering a
target lane between the subject vehicle and the secondary vehicle from opposite sides of the target lane, the method comprising:
identifying a location of the subject vehicle relative to the secondary vehicle using a sensor when the subject vehicle and
the secondary vehicle are on opposite sides of the target lane, and when at least one of the subject vehicle and the secondary
vehicle is moving into the target lane;

alerting the driver of the subject vehicle of the secondary vehicle using a controller when the subject vehicle and the secondary
vehicle are on opposite sides of the target lane, and when a gap between the subject vehicle and the secondary vehicle is
decreasing; and

alerting the driver of the subject vehicle that a turn signal of the secondary vehicle has been activated, the turn signal
indicating an intent of the secondary vehicle to enter the target lane.

US Pat. No. 9,541,035

EGR DEVICE HAVING SLIDABLE VALVE

DENSO International Ameri...

1. An EGR device comprising:
a housing having an outer pipe and an inner structure, the inner structure located inside the outer pipe to define an annular
passage externally with the outer pipe, the inner structure defining an inner passage internally, the inner structure having
a plurality of apertures; and

a valve in a tubular shape and located inside the inner structure, wherein
the valve is slidable in an axial direction to communicate the annular passage with the inner passage through the apertures
and to block the inner passage from the annular passage.

US Pat. No. 9,353,825

VIBRATION ABSORBING APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vibration absorbing apparatus comprising:
a first member that is a vibration source;
a second member; and
a vibration absorbing mechanism which works to absorb vibration, as transmitted from the first member to the second member,
the vibration absorbing mechanism including a spring mechanism and an elastic member, the spring mechanism including a tapered
spring body and a cylindrical protrusion, the spring body having a central hole formed therein and being elastically deformable
in an axial direction thereof, the cylindrical protrusion extending in the axial direction of the spring body from at least
one of an inner periphery and an outer periphery of the spring body, the elastic member being made of a non-metallic material
and of a cylindrical shape, the elastic member being arranged coaxially with the spring mechanism, the elastic member having
a spring constant in a radial direction thereof which is lower than that in an axial direction thereof; wherein

the vibration absorbing mechanism also includes a bar-shaped fastener which joints the second member, the spring mechanism,
and the elastic member together, the spring mechanism consisting of a first spring and a second spring, at least the first
spring having the tapered spring body and the cylindrical protrusion, the second member having formed therein a hole through
which the fastener passes, the elastic member having formed therein a hole into which the fastener is inserted, wherein the
first spring is retained between the second member and the elastic member, the second member being held between the first
spring and the second spring, and wherein the fastener passes through the hole of the second member and the central hole of
the spring body and is disposed in the hole of the elastic member to make a joint of the second member, the first spring,
and the second spring, and wherein the elastic member is secured to the first member.

US Pat. No. 9,877,347

VEHICULAR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND RESET GUARD FUNCTION CONTROL PROGRAM PRODUCT

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicular communication apparatus comprising:
a connector that establishes a connection with an external instrument;
a wireless communicator that performs wireless communication when a contract enabling the wireless communication is established;
and

an electronic control unit that is
capable of operating a failsafe function to execute a reset, when detecting an unestablished connection between the external
instrument and the connector after startup and

capable of operating a reset guard function, when detecting that the vehicular communication apparatus starts while the contract
enabling the wireless communication is unestablished,

wherein the electronic control unit
determines whether the vehicular communication apparatus is under a pre-factory-shipment state that is before being shipped
from a factory, when detecting that the vehicular communication apparatus starts in a period in which the contract enabling
the wireless communication is unestablished, and

prohibits operation of the reset guard function while determining that the vehicular communication apparatus is under the
pre-factory-shipment.

US Pat. No. 9,307,681

POWER CONVERTER INCLUDING SEMICONDUCTOR MODULE AND COOLER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A power converter comprising:
a semiconductor module;
a cooler that cools the semiconductor module, the cooler
having a pair of coolant pipes that charges/discharges a coolant;
a casing provided with a pair of openings, housing the semiconductor module and the cooler in an interior thereof while having
the pair of coolant pipes projected out of the pair of openings; and

a pair of grommets made of an elastic material, being fitted to the pair of openings where the pair of coolant pipes are inserted
into the pair of grommets; wherein

the casing includes a casing body and a casing cover which are assembled to each other, forming the pair of openings therebetween;
the casing body has a mating surface via which the casing body is assembled to the casing cover;
a pair of recesses are formed in the mating surface, each being cut into the shape of a U;
each of the grommets includes:
a grommet body having a through hole through which a corresponding coolant pipe is inserted and a sealing surface which is
configured to intimately contact an inner peripheral surface of a corresponding opening; and

a guide provided to one end of the grommet body, with respect to a direction of inserting the coolant pipe, so as to be projected
outward further than the sealing surface, wherein

each of the grommets is embedded with a reinforcement member made of a ferrous material, with at least a part of the reinforcement
member being located in the guide;

the reinforcement member is arranged, being extended over both of the guide and the grommet body and including a cylindrical
body located in the grommet body, and a flange projected outward from one end of the cylindrical body, and a part of the flange
is located in the guide;

the flange has a sole flat portion formed so as to be perpendicular to the radial direction of the cylindrical body; and
the sole flat portion and the casing cover are faced to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,221,459

POWER TRANSMISSION UNIT

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A power transmission unit having a plurality of power split rotors that rotate in conjunction with each other to split
power among a rotary electric apparatus, an internal combustion engine, and drive wheels,
the power split rotors including:
a start rotor that supplies a start rotational force to the internal combustion engine; and
a transmission rotor separate from the start rotor and mechanically coupled to the internal combustion engine,
the power transmission unit comprising:
a speed ratio varying device that makes variable a speed ratio, which is a ratio of a rotation speed of the drive wheels relative
to a rotation speed of the transmission rotor;

a start power transmission regulating device that switches transmission and interruption of power from the start rotor to
the internal combustion engine; and

a transmission power transmission regulating device that switches transmission and interruption of power from the internal
combustion engine to the transmission rotor,

wherein a high start setting is provided such that when a ratio of a rotation speed of the drive wheels relative to a rotation
speed of the transmission rotor is heightened by decreasing the rotation speed of the transmission rotor using the speed ratio
varying device, a rotation speed of the start rotor increases.

US Pat. No. 9,059,145

POWER MODULE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING POWER MODULE, AND MOLDING DIE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A power module comprising:
a semiconductor element;
a first cooling member and a second cooling member configured to sandwich the semiconductor element therebetween;
a frame member configured to support the semiconductor element between the first cooling member and the second cooling member;
and

a molded resin disposed between the first cooling member and the second cooling member,
wherein the frame member includes an adjusting member which adjusts a distance between the first cooling member and the second
cooling member,

wherein the adjusting member includes plural block pieces that are stacked between the first cooling member and the second
cooling member in a stack direction of the semiconductor element, the first cooling member and the second cooling member,
and wherein the block pieces are relatively slidable with each other in a direction orthogonal to the stack direction.

US Pat. No. 9,247,668

POWER CONVERTER DESIGNED TO MINIMIZE MECHANICAL VIBRATION OF CONVERTER COMPONENT

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A power converter comprising:
a converter casing which is made of an assembly of a first case body and a second case body and has a storage chamber defined
therein, the first case body including a bottom plate, the second case body including a top plate which faces the bottom plate,
at least one of the first case body and the second case body having side plates which extend from a corresponding one of the
bottom plate and the top plate to the other;

a capacitor which is secured to the bottom plate within the storage chamber of the converter casing, the capacitor including
a capacitor casing and a capacitor device which is disposed within the capacitor casing and sealed with potting resin so as
to have a potting surface through which the potting resin is exposed outside the capacitor casing, the capacitor being fixed
on the bottom plate with the potting surface oriented perpendicular to a normal direction of the bottom plate; and

a connector which mechanically connects the bottom plate of the first case body and the top plate of the second case body
and is located away from the side plates.

US Pat. No. 9,136,738

ELECTRIC ROTATING MACHINE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An electric rotating machine comprising:
a rotor having a plurality of pairs of magnetic poles that are arranged in a circumferential direction of the rotor; and
a stator including a stator core and a stator coil, the stator core having a plurality of slots, which are arranged in a circumferential
direction of the stator core, and being radially opposed to the rotor, the stator coil being comprised of a plurality of phase
windings each of which is wound on the stator core so as to be inserted in corresponding ones of the slots of the stator core,

wherein
the stator core has, for each of the phase windings of the stator coil, n circumferentially-consecutive single-phase slots,
in which only the phase winding is received, per magnetic pole of the rotor, where n is a natural number greater than or equal
to 2,

each of the phase windings of the stator coil is comprised of j sub-windings that are connected in parallel with each other
between opposite ends of the phase winding, where j is a natural number greater than or equal to 2,

each of the sub-windings includes k sections that are sequentially arranged from one end of the sub-winding to the other end
of the sub-winding, where k is a natural number greater than or equal to 2, and

the first to the (k/2)th sections are received in different ones of the single-phase slots for the phase winding from the
(k/2+1)th to the kth sections.

US Pat. No. 9,961,810

DISPLAY DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A display device comprising:a display panel unit including a noise generating source;
a metal frame to which the display panel unit is attached, wherein:
the display panel unit is fixed to an attachment part which is provided at the frame; and
the frame includes a contact part that brings the display panel unit into contact with the frame, in addition to the attachment part, and
a spring between the display panel unit and the frame as the contact part, wherein
the display panel unit includes a copper foil covering a portion of the noise generating source, which is less than an entire portion of the noise generating source,
the spring is disposed at a position located a predetermined distance from the copper foil,
the display device is attached to a device main body, and
the spring is disposed at a position located a predetermined distance from an upper side, which is an upper end portion of the display panel unit, with the display panel unit attached to the device main body.

US Pat. No. 9,509,239

ROTATING ELECTRIC MACHINE CONTROL SYSTEM

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A rotating electric machine control system disposed in a vehicle and controlling rotating electric machines, at least one
rotating electric machine used to power a travel of a vehicle, the rotating electric machine control system comprising:
a power control unit including
a voltage converter converting a direct current voltage from a direct current power source and outputting a converted three-phase
alternating current to the at least one rotating electric machine,

a current detector detecting an electric current, as a detected current value, that is output from the voltage converter to
the at least one rotating electric machine in each of three phases,

a voltage detector detecting the direct current voltage, as a detected voltage value, and
a communicator receiving plural values detected by at least one of the current detector or the voltage detector, generating
a communication frame that includes the plural values, and outputting the communication frame that includes the plural values;

a control section controlling the voltage converter to output the converted three-phase alternating current to the at least
one rotating electric machine which outputs a requested torque from the at least one rotating electric machine, the control
section being provided separately apart from the power control unit;

a multiplex communication line communicably connecting the power control unit and the control section for a transmission of
the communication frame from the communicator to the control section;

a rotation detector detecting a rotation position of the at least one rotating electric machine and outputting the rotation
position to the control section via a line other than the multiplex communication line; and

a trigger communication line communicably connecting the power control unit and the control section to transmit a trigger
signal from the control section to the communicator, wherein

the control section outputs the trigger signal via the trigger communication line to the communicator upon receiving the rotation
position from the rotation detector,

the communicator, upon receiving an input of the trigger signal, generates the communication frame by receiving at least one
of a plurality of detected current values or a plurality of detected voltage values from at least one of the current detector
or the voltage detector, and outputs the communication frame to the control section via the multiplex communication line,
and

the control section performs a preset process for a control of the voltage converter based on (i) the rotation position from
the rotation detector and (ii) the communication frame at a corresponding timing that corresponds to the rotation position
from the rotation detector.

US Pat. No. 9,293,142

VOICE RECOGNITION SYSTEM

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicular speech recognition system comprising:
a display control unit that is mounted to a vehicle and includes a speech recognition apparatus;
a navigation unit that is mounted to the vehicle, is connected to the display control unit, and includes a speech recognition
apparatus; and

a speech recognition controller that, when speech recognition of an inputted speech is performed individually by the speech
recognition apparatus of the display control unit and the speech recognition apparatus of the navigation unit, selects and
adopts one result of the speech recognition from among a result of the speech recognition of the display control unit and
a result of the speech recognition of the navigation unit based on contents of the result of the speech recognition of the
display control unit and contents of the result of the speech recognition of the navigation unit, wherein:

the plurality of speech recognition apparatuses have different recognition dictionaries for the speech recognition,
the recognition dictionaries have different command-recognition dictionaries for the speech recognition of commands, and
when the result of the speech recognition by the speech recognition apparatus of the display control unit represents only
a command, the speech recognition controller adopts the result of the speech recognition by the speech recognition apparatus
of the display control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,961,807

ELECTRIC POWER CONVERTOR

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An electric power converter comprising:a semiconductor module with a built-in switching element;
a cooler that cools the semiconductor module; and
a metallic case provided with an internal space that accommodates the semiconductor module and the cooler, wherein
the case is formed by combining a first case member and a second case member,
the case includes an outer fixing portion for connecting and fixing the first case member and the second case member on an outside of the internal space, an inner fixing portion for connecting and fixing the first case member and the second case member on an inside of the internal space, and a partition wall that is formed continuously from the inner fixing portion and partitions the internal space,
a heat-generating component disposed along a wall surface of the partition wall is accommodated in the internal space,
the cooler includes a plurality of cooling pipes,
the plurality of cooling pipes is stacked together with a plurality of semiconductor modules to form a stacked structure,
a pressing member that presses the stacked structure in a stacking direction is disposed at one end in the stacking direction of the stacked structure,
the pressing member is supported by the stacked structure and a supporting member from an opposite side in the stacking direction, and
at least a portion of the supporting member is constituted by at least a part of the inner fixing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,597,975

POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A power supply system for supplying a grid power, fed from a grid of a power supplier under a power supply contact, to
an electrical load connected to a wire wired in a building, the power supply system comprising:
a solar power generator configured to generate solar power from sunlight;
a power storing device connectable to the wire and configured to be charged to store the grid power and the solar power, the
power storing device configured to be discharged to supply the stored power to the wire; and

a power controller configured to control a consumption of the grid power and configured to control a consumption of the solar
power, the consumption of the solar power resulting from at least one of a charge of the power storing device, a consumption
in the load, and a discharge back to the grid, wherein

the power controller calculates predicted consumption data based on a usage history of the load, the predicted consumption
data indicating a change in a predicted amount of power consumed by the load for a predetermined predicted period,

the power controller calculates predicted generation data based on predicted weather data, the predicted generation data indicating
a change in a predicted amount of the solar power generated by the solar power generator for the predicted period, the predicted
weather data indicating a change in a weather for the predicted period,

the power controller calculates a charging-discharging schedule based on the predicted consumption data and the predicted
generation data by formulating the charging-discharging schedule as a mixed integer programming problem in such a manner that
an evaluation index for determining charging and discharging of the power storing device becomes a predetermined value, the
charging-discharging schedule indicating a change in the charging and discharging of the power storing device for the predicted
period,

the power controller controls the charging and discharging of the power storing device in accordance with the calculated charging-discharging
schedule,

the power storing device includes a vehicle battery mounted on a vehicle and connectable to the wire,
when the vehicle battery is connected to the wire, the vehicle battery is charged to store the grid power and discharged to
supply the stored power to the wire,

the power controller calculates the charging-discharging schedule based on the predicted consumption data, the predicted generation
data, and a usage schedule of the vehicle battery by formulating the charging-discharging schedule as the mixed integer programming
problem, and

the usage schedule of the vehicle battery is calculated based on a usage history of the vehicle and indicates a period of
time where the vehicle battery is electrically connected to the wire.

US Pat. No. 9,124,160

DRIVE UNIT

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A drive unit comprising:
a motor housed in a motor case that has a closed end, the motor including
a stator on which winding wires are wound to present multiple phases, the winding wires being electrically coupled to a motor
wire, the motor wire extending parallel to a rotational axis of the motor,

a rotor disposed inside of the stator, and
a shaft disposed in and coupled to the rotor, wherein the rotor and the shaft rotate relative to the stator;
a control unit disposed on one end of the motor case, the control unit including
a semiconductor module including a switching element for switching electricity supplied to the winding wires;
a connection terminal electrically coupled to the switching element; and
a control unit case housing the semiconductor module therein; and
a fastener having a receptacle and a receptacle holder that holds the receptacle, the receptacle and the receptacle holder
disposed between the motor case and the control unit case, wherein

the motor case has a control-unit-side wall, which serves as a bottom end of the motor case, with an opening formed thereon,
the control unit case has a cover part on a motor side of the control unit case, which serves as a bottom end of the control
unit, with a connector opening formed thereon,

the motor wire extending through the opening of the motor case and into the control unit case through the connector opening
of the cover part,

the fastener extends from within the control unit case and into the motor case via the opening of the control-unit-side wall
and is attached to an outer portion of the motor case, and

the receptacle and the receptacle holder extends through the cover part through the connector opening to mechanically couple
the motor and the control unit and to electrically couple the motor wire and the connection terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,918,387

ELECTRONIC UNIT

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An electronic unit, comprising:
a heat sink that includes a strut;
a substrate that is fixed to the strut of the heat sink;
a heating component that is mounted on the substrate to generate heat upon energization of the heating component;
a temperature sensor that is mounted on the substrate to detect temperature;
a first interconnection that is provided in a high-temperature region in which the heating component is mounted on the substrate
and that is connected to the strut of the heat sink; and

a second interconnection that is provided in a detection region in which the temperature sensor is mounted on the substrate
and that is provided separately from the first interconnection, wherein the second interconnection is connected to the strut
of the heat sink and the temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,591,786

ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An electronic device for a vehicle comprising:
a digital substrate on which electronic components are mounted to have a first semiconductor package with a CPU, a second
semiconductor package with a volatile memory readable and writable from the CPU, a third semiconductor package with a flash
memory storing a start-up program of the CPU, and a fourth semiconductor package with a power supply management integrated
circuit; and

a fan that takes in air along a surface of the digital substrate on which the first to fourth semiconductor packages are mounted,
wherein

the third semiconductor package is disposed to distance from the first semiconductor package by at least a first predetermined
distance and to distance from the fourth semiconductor package by at least a second predetermined distance exceeding the first
redetermined distance, and is disposed in a passage of the air taken in by the fan,

an interface substrate on which a fifth semiconductor package is mounted, the interface substrate being disposed such that
the digital substrate and a surface of the interface substrate on which the fifth semiconductor package is mounted are parallel,
wherein

the digital substrate has an air vent positioned on an outer side of a cut-out end edge formed by cutting out a part of a
side of the digital substrate to have a recessed shape, and air passes through the air vent in a thickness direction of the
digital substrate, and

the fan takes in air along an exposed surface of the fifth semiconductor package mounted on the interface substrate through
the air vent of the digital substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,391,190

FIELD EFFECT TRANSISTOR INCORPORATING A SCHOTTKY DIODE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A FET incorporating a Schottky diode, comprising:
a source region formed in a position facing a surface of a semiconductor substrate,
a body region disposed at a deep side of the source region,
a drain region disposed at a deep side of the body region, and
a trench passing from the surface of the semiconductor substrate through the source region and the body region and reaching
the drain region, wherein the trench extends linearly along the surface of the semiconductor substrate,

gate electrodes and Schottky electrodes being filled alternately within the trench when viewed along the length of the trench
with Schottky contacts being formed within the trench, and

insulating film formed between each of the gate electrodes and the Schottky electrodes, the gate electrodes and the source
region, the gate electrodes and the body region, and the gate electrodes and the drain region,

wherein an insulating film is not formed between the Schottky electrodes and the drain region.

US Pat. No. 9,281,774

MOTOR CONTROL SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A motor control system comprising:
a converter that is configured to be able to step up a direct-current voltage, supplied from a power supply, in accordance
with a system voltage command value;

an inverter that is configured to convert the direct-current voltage, which is a system voltage output from the converter,
to an alternating-current voltage;

a motor that is driven by the alternating-current voltage applied from the inverter; and
a control unit that is configured to drive the motor in any one of control methods of sinusoidal PWM control, overmodulation
control and rectangular wave control by executing operation control of the converter and the inverter, wherein

the control unit is configured to start step-up operation of the converter when a current vector of motor current of the motor
on a d-q coordinate plane becomes the current phase corresponding to motor torque, at which a system loss is equal between
before and after starting the step-up operation, while the control unit supplies the direct-current voltage, supplied from
the power supply, to the inverter without stepping up the direct-current voltage by the converter and performs the rectangular
wave control of the motor in a state where the current phase is an optimal current phase.

US Pat. No. 9,955,613

COOLER AND POWER ELECTRONIC MODULE HAVING THE SAME

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A power electronic module comprising:a first power device having a first switching element;
a second power device having a second switching element; and
a cooler having a coolant passage to cool the first and second power devices, the cooler including a first inner fin and a second inner fin in the coolant passage, wherein
the first power device and the second power device are disposed along a flow direction of the coolant passage so that the first power device is arranged on an upstream side of the coolant passage from the second power device,
the first and second inner fins are disposed along the flow direction corresponding to the first and second power devices so that the first inner fin is arranged on the upstream side from the second inner fin,
the first inner fin has a corrugated passage and a straight passage, and
the straight passage bypasses the corrugated passage along the flow direction, wherein
the corrugated passage is arranged on a central side of the coolant passage corresponding to the first switching element,
the straight passage is arranged on a peripheral side of the coolant passage, and
the straight passage has a downstream end, which is directed toward the central side from the peripheral side of the coolant passage.

US Pat. No. 9,279,354

CONTROL UNIT FOR UREA-WATER ADDING DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

5. A control unit controlling an urea-water adding device which adds a urea water to an exhaust gas flowing through an exhaust
passage of an internal combustion engine, the control unit comprising:
a urea-water temperature sensor detecting a temperature of the urea water in the urea-water adding device;
a urea-water heater heating the urea water in the urea-water adding device;
a voltage detector detecting a voltage of a battery which supplies an electric power to the urea-water heater;
an engine-state detector detecting whether the internal combustion engine runs; and
a heating-controller controlling an electric power supply from the battery to the urea-water heater based on the voltage of
the battery detected by the voltage detector and an engine-state of the internal combustion engine detected by the engine-state
detector, wherein

the heating-controller permits the electric power supply from the battery to the urea-water heater when the voltage of the
battery detected by the voltage detector is not less than a predetermined voltage and the engine-state detector detects a
stop of the internal combustion engine.

US Pat. No. 9,060,218

FAILURE DETECTION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE SPEAKER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A failure detection device for a speaker mounted on a vehicle, the failure detection device comprising:
a signal generator configured to generate a sound signal corresponding to a sound outputted from the speaker;
an amplifier configured to amplify the sound signal generated by the signal generator;
a coupling capacitor configured to supply the sound signal amplified by the amplifier to the speaker;
a detection circuit configured to directly or indirectly detect a terminal voltage on a terminal of the speaker; and
a determination section configured to determine whether an open-circuit occurs in the speaker based on a phase difference
between a phase of the sound signal and a phase of the terminal voltage, wherein

the terminal of the speaker is coupled to the coupling capacitor.

US Pat. No. 9,181,921

LASER IGNITION APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A laser ignition apparatus comprising:
an excitation light source configured to output an excitation light;
a regulating optical element configured to regulate the excitation light outputted from the excitation light source;
a laser resonator configured to generate, upon introduction of the regulated excitation light from the regulating optical
element thereinto, a pulsed laser light and output the generated pulsed laser light;

an enlarging optical element configured to enlarge the beam diameter of the pulsed laser light outputted from the laser resonator
and output the beam diameter-enlarged pulsed laser light;

a focusing optical element configured to focus the beam diameter-enlarged pulsed laser light outputted from the enlarging
optical element to a predetermined focal point in a combustion chamber of an engine, thereby igniting an air-fuel mixture
in the combustion chamber; and

an optical window member arranged on a combustion chamber side of the focusing optical element so as to separate the focusing
optical element from the combustion chamber, the optical window member having a combustion chamber-side end surface that faces
the combustion chamber and is thus directly exposed to the air-fuel mixture in the combustion chamber,

wherein
a catoptric-light focal point, at which a catoptric light is to be focused, is positioned on an anti-combustion chamber side
of the combustion chamber-side end surface of the optical window member, the catoptric light resulting from reflection of
the pulsed laser light outputted from the focusing optical element by a pseudo mirror that is formed by the optical window
member when the combustion chamber-side end surface of the optical window member is fouled with contaminants existing in the
combustion chamber, and

the catoptric-light focal point falls in a region where no solid material forming either the focusing optical element or the
optical window member exists.

US Pat. No. 9,112,925

INFORMATION COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, FACILITY-SIDE APPARATUS AND PROGRAM, USER-SIDE APPARATUS AND PROGRAM, STATUS DETECTING DEVICE AND PROGRAM, UPDATING DEVICE AND PROGRAM

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An information communication system comprising:
a user-side apparatus that is associated with a user;
a facility-side apparatus provided at a facility, which the user is capable of visiting; and
a management apparatus configured to store a plurality of history information items that indicates services provided in a
past at a plurality of facilities, wherein:

the user-side apparatus includes appearance information transmitting means for transmitting to the facility-side apparatus
a user identifying information item related to the user of the user-side apparatus, the user identifying information item
being used for identifying an appearance characteristic of the user;

the facility-side apparatus includes output means for outputting the appearance characteristic of the user identified based
on the user identifying information item received from the user-side apparatus;

the output means provides notification of the appearance characteristic of the user identified based on the user identifying
information item received from the user-side apparatus;

the facility-side apparatus includes service information generating means for generating service selection information item
used for selecting a service to be provided to the user based on the user identifying information item received from the user-side
apparatus, the user having the appearance characteristic identified based on the user identifying information item received
from the user-side apparatus;

the output means provides notification of the appearance characteristic of the user identified based on the user identifying
information item together with notification of the service selection information item generated by the service information
generating means;

the service information generating means of the facility-side apparatus detects whether the user-side apparatus exists in
a communication area of the facility-side apparatus, and when the user-side apparatus is detected in the communication area
of the facility-side apparatus,

transmits a wireless request to the user-side apparatus for the user identifying information item,
receives the user identifying information item, and
responsive to receipt of the user identifying information item,
determines, from the plurality of history information items, as a use-history-of-facility, whether the user identified by
the user identifying information has a history indicative of a use history of the facility where the facility-side-apparatus
is provided,

when the use-history-of-facility is determined to exist, then extracts at least one of the plurality of history information
items stored in the management apparatus which has the history indicative of use history of the facility where the facility-side-apparatus
is provided by the user identified by the user identifying information,

when the use-history-of-facility is determined to not exist, then
determines, from the plurality of history information items, as a use-history-of-same-kind-of-facility, whether the user identified
by the user identifying information has a history indicative of a use history of a facility of the same kind of industry as
the facility where the facility-side apparatus is provided,

when the use-history-of-same-kind-of-facility is determined to exist, then extracts at least one of the plurality of history
information items stored in the management apparatus which has the history indicative of the use history of the facility of
the same kind of industry as the facility where the facility-side-apparatus is provided by the user identified by the user
identifying information,

and generates the service selection information item based on the extracted one of the plurality of history information items,
the one of the plurality of history information items being related to and corresponding to both (a) the user having the appearance
characteristic that is identified based on the user identifying information item received from the user-side apparatus and
(b) the facility that has the facility-side apparatus;

the appearance information transmitting means of the user-side apparatus detects whether the request for the user identifying
information item is received, and in response to the request transmits the user identifying information item related to the
user of the user-side apparatus to the facility-side apparatus, when the wireless request for the user identifying information
item is received from the facility-side apparatus;

the facility-side apparatus is capable of performing radio communication with the user-side apparatus; and
the facility-side apparatus is configured to receive the user identifying information item from the user-side apparatus that
is in a state for being capable of communicating with the facility-side apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,105,536

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE FOR ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERSION

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:
a pixel unit that includes a plurality of pixels outputting pixel signals corresponding to an amount of incident light and
a plurality of correction pixels outputting correction pixel signals corresponding to a correction reference voltage and is
configured such that the plurality of pixels and the plurality of correction pixels are arranged in a matrix form and output
the pixel signals or the correction pixel signals to a plurality of pixel signal output lines arranged in correspondence with
columns of the matrix;

a vertical scanning unit that selects a row of the matrix and outputs the pixel signals or the correction pixel signals from
the pixels or the correction pixels of the selected row to the plurality of pixel signal output lines;

a reference voltage generation unit that outputs the correction reference voltage to the plurality of correction pixels;
an AD conversion unit that includes a delay circuit, which is connected to one of the plurality of pixel signal output lines
and to which a plurality of delay elements are connected, and outputs digital signals corresponding to the number of delay
elements through which a pulse signal passes when the pulse signal passes through the number of delay elements corresponding
to a level of the pixel signal or the correction pixel signal;

a control unit configured to control the vertical scanning unit and the AD conversion unit such that AD conversion is performed
on the correction pixel signals of one row followed by AD conversion on the pixel signals of each row of m rows (where m is
a natural number greater than or equal to 2) within one frame, the AD conversion on the one row and the m rows being performed
sequentially; and

a noise removing unit that removes noise from AD conversion results of the pixel signals using AD conversion results of the
correction pixel signals.

US Pat. No. 9,986,665

POWER CONVERSION APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A power conversion apparatus comprising:a first power converter that performs power conversion;
a second power converter that performs power conversion;
a case that houses the first power converter and the second power converter; and
a partitioning portion that partitions the first power converter and the second power converter housed in the case, the partitioning portion forming a coolant flow passage through which a coolant flows,
the first power converter including a first heat-generating component, the second power converter including a second heat-generating component, the first heat-generating component and the second heat-generating component being joined to the partitioning portion at a position at which the first heat-generating component and the second heat-generating component do not overlap each other in a perpendicular direction that is perpendicular to a coolant flow direction of the coolant flow passage, wherein:
the partitioning portion includes a first partition wall and a second partition wall that are disposed on both sides across the coolant flow passage in the perpendicular direction;
the first partition wall includes a first heat-releasing fin that extends towards the coolant flow passage from a position on a heat-releasing surface opposing the coolant flow passage that passes through the first heat-generating component in the perpendicular direction; and
the second partition wall includes a second heat-releasing fin that extends towards the coolant flow passage from a position on a heat-releasing surface opposing the coolant flow passage that passes through the second heat-generating component in the perpendicular direction.

US Pat. No. 9,888,596

POWER CONVERTER INCORPORATED IN CASE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A power converter comprising:
a case body provided with a device main body having a power conversion part accommodated therein and an aperture;
a lid member which covers the aperture of the case body;
a first substrate fixed to the case body;
a second substrate fixed to the lid member; and
a connection member detachably fixed on the first and second substrates so as to electrically connect the first substrate
and the second substrate, wherein

the lid member is provided with an opening window which is opened to an outside and an inside of the lid member such that
connection between the second substrate and the connection member is enabled from the outside of the case body through the
opening window, after the lid member is made to cover the aperture of the case body.

US Pat. No. 9,083,197

DC POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS

NIPPON SOKEN, INC., Nish...

1. A DC power supply apparatus for converting power supplied from a power source device including a commercial power line
system and supplying DC power to a load device, the DC power supply apparatus comprising:
a conversion circuit configured to supply the DC power and including an insulating transformer, the conversion circuit being
switchable to operate as a non-insulating converter circuit, in which an input and an output is not insulated by the insulating
transformer, or as an insulating converter circuit, in which the input and the output are insulated by the insulating transformer;
and

a breaker device for shutting off power supply from the commercial power line system to the non-insulating converter circuit,
when the conversion circuit supplies the DC power by the non-insulating converter circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,048,102

SIC SINGLE CRYSTAL, SIC WAFER, AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA C...

1. A silicon carbide (SiC) single crystal comprising a low dislocation density region (A) where the volume density of dislocations
each of which has a Burgers vector in a {0001} in-plane direction is not more than 3,700 cm/cm3.

US Pat. No. 9,326,368

ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An electronic control unit comprising:
a board having a first insulating layer and a first layer wiring pattern partially exposed outside the first insulating layer;
a heat-generating device mounted on the board and electrically connected to the first layer wiring pattern;
a connector located adjacent to the heat-generating device and having a connection terminal connected to the first layer wiring
pattern, and

a heatsink located opposite to the board across the heat-generating device and in contact with the heat-generating device
to dissipate heat of the heat-generating device, wherein

the first layer wiring pattern has a first land pattern including a mount portion and a connection portion,
the heat-generating device is mounted on the mount portion of the first land pattern, and
the connection terminal of the connector is connected to the connection portion of the first land pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,224,730

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A semiconductor device including a cell region and a peripheral region, the cell region having a freewheeling diode and
a vertical insulated gate bipolar transistor surrounded by the freewheeling diode, the peripheral region having a peripheral
dielectric-strength structure that surrounds the cell region, the semiconductor device comprising:
a first conductivity type drift layer;
a second conductivity type collector region located on a back side of the drift layer in the cell region and peripheral region;
a first conductivity type cathode region located on the back side of the drift layer in the cell region at a position where
the collector region is not located;

a second conductivity type base region located in a superficial part of a front side of the drift layer in the cell region
at positions where the insulated gate bipolar transistor and the freewheeling diode are located;

a first conductivity type emitter region located in a superficial part of the base region;
a gate insulating film located on a surface of the base region between the emitter region and the drift layer;
a gate electrode located on the gate insulating film;
a second conductivity type deep well layer located in the superficial part of the front side of the drift layer in the cell
region at the position where the freewheeling diode is located, the deep well layer located to surround a periphery of the
base region and connected to the base region, the deep well layer being deeper than the base region and having an impurity
concentration greater than that of the base region;

an upper electrode electrically connected to the emitter region, the base region, and the deep well layer; and
a lower electrode electrically connected to the collector region and the cathode region, wherein
the emitter region is not formed in at least one region between a plurality of gate structures to define a first region and
a second region,

the emitter region is formed in the first region so that the first region acts as the insulated gate bipolar transistor,
the emitter region is not formed in the second region so that the second region acts as the freewheeling diode,
a portion located to surround the insulated gate bipolar transistor is defined as a third region acting as the freewheeling
diode,

each of the first region and the second region has a longitudinal direction in a planar surface of the drift layer parallel
to the longitudinal direction in the planar surface of the drift layer of the plurality of gate structures and,

the first region is divided in the longitudinal direction into multiple regions,
the second region is located adjacent to the first region,
W?2×L1/K1/2, where K?2.5,

W denotes a distance between the multiple regions
L1 denotes a thickness of the drift layer,
k1 denotes a parameter that depends on structures of the insulated gate bipolar transistor and the freewheeling diode, and
K denotes a value calculated by multiplying the parameter k1 by a ratio of a snapback voltage to a built-in potential between
the deep well layer and the drift layer.

US Pat. No. 9,059,709

GATE DRIVE CIRCUIT FOR TRANSISTOR

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A gate drive circuit for a target transistor, comprising:
a drive voltage generation circuit that generates a drive voltage to drive the target transistor;
a gate on-drive circuit that turns on a voltage supply path from an output terminal of the drive voltage generation circuit
to a gate terminal of the target transistor according to an on command, and turns off the voltage supply path according to
an off command; and

a gate voltage limiting circuit that limits a gate voltage of the target transistor as equal to or lower than a first limiting
voltage, irrespective of a voltage applied to the target transistor, in a first period from a time the on command is generated
to a time determination whether a current flowing in the target transistor exceeds a fault determination reference value finishes,
and limits the gate voltage as equal to or lower than a second limiting voltage that is higher than the first limiting voltage,
irrespective of the voltage applied to the target transistor, in a second period after the first period, the first limiting
voltage being determined to a value so that a current flowing in the target transistor is kept equal to or lower than a maximum
allowable current,

wherein in the second period, the drive voltage generation circuit generates the drive voltage having a second set value that
is determined based on a gate withstand voltage of the target transistor and loss of the target transistor when the target
transistor is operated in a saturated region,

wherein the second limiting voltage is set to a value higher than the second set value of the drive voltage by a predetermined
value, and

wherein the gate voltage limiting circuit includes;
a voltage limiting transistor is connected between the gate terminal of the target transistor and a ground line;
a limiting voltage generation circuit includes a constant voltage circuit and generates the second limiting voltage based
on the drive voltage; and

a voltage limiting operation control circuit compares an output voltage of the limiting voltage generation circuit and the
gate voltage of the target transistor, and turns on the voltage limiting transistor when the gate voltage is equal to or higher
than the output voltage of the limiting voltage generation circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,999,102

INDUCTION HEATING APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An induction heating apparatus that heats a plate-like heating object having electrical conductivity and a thickness direction, using induction current generated inside the heating object, the apparatus comprising:a coil that is wound about a core and generates magnetic flux when alternating current is supplied thereto from a power source;
a core that is formed of a magnetic material capable of propagating the magnetic flux, and has one or more pairs of magnetic poles, with the magnetic poles in a pair having mutually opposite magnetic polarities, the one or more pairs of magnetic poles being arranged, on a pair basis, such that the magnetic poles in a pair sandwich therebetween both thickness-direction surfaces of the heating object, and the magnetic poles in a pair are located in a width-direction center portion of the respective both surfaces;
a first magnetic flux control element that shuts off or suppresses propagation of the magnetic flux in at least one of both surfaces of the heating object, the magnetic flux being generated from the magnetic poles, and flowing along the at least one surface toward both width-direction ends of the surface, while departing from the center portion; and
a second magnetic flux control element that is arranged near at least one end portion of the both width-direction ends of the heating object, and reduces an amount of the magnetic flux concentrated on the end portion.

US Pat. No. 9,445,535

HIGH-FREQUENCY MODULE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A high-frequency module wherein the module comprises:
a substrate;
an integrated circuit mounted to the substrate;
a cylindrical shield enclosing the integrated circuit to block radio waves;
a casing provided on an opposite side of the substrate relative to the shield to block radio waves; and
a choke portion provided in an inner wall of the casing that is opposed to the shield or provided in the substrate with a
predetermined gap relative to the shield to create an antiphase in radio waves having a predetermined frequency, the radio
waves being emitted from the integrated circuit into a space above the substrate, wherein

the choke portion is a groove that is recessed from an end face of the casing in a direction opposite to the shield, the end
face being opposed to the shield, and

the groove configuring the choke portion is formed of a cylindrical inner frame and a cylindrical outer frame projecting from
an inner wall of the casing toward the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,335,171

TRAVEL TRACE STORAGE APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A travel trace storage apparatus comprising:
a location detection device for chronologically detecting a vehicle location based on an electric wave received from a satellite;
a positioning trace generation device for generating a positioning trace, in which each of vehicle locations is chronologically
arranged, each of vehicle locations having been measured by the location detection device;

a movement distance detection device for chronologically detecting a vehicle movement distance;
a travel direction detection device for chronologically detecting a vehicle travel direction;
a dead reckoning trace generation device for generating a dead reckoning trace, in which each vector is chronologically arranged,
each vector being determined by a corresponding vehicle movement distance detected by the movement distance detection device,
and a respective vehicle travel direction being detected by the travel direction detection device;

a correction positioning trace generation device for generating a correction positioning trace, which is obtained by removing
a location that is distant from the dead reckoning trace by a predetermined distance or more from each of locations included
in the positioning trace under a condition that the positioning trace generated by the positioning trace generation device
is superposed on the dead reckoning trace generated by the dead reckoning trace generation device;

a correction dead reckoning trace generation device for generating a correction dead reckoning trace, which is obtained by
correcting the dead reckoning trace based on the correction positioning trace, the dead reckoning trace being generated by
the dead reckoning trace generation device, and the correction positioning trace being generated by the correction positioning
trace generation device;

an absolute trace generation device for generating an absolute trace, which is obtained by synthesizing the correction positioning
trace and the correction dead reckoning trace, the correction positioning trace being generated by the correction positioning
trace generation device, and the correction dead reckoning trace being generated by the correction dead reckoning trace generation
device; and

an absolute trace memory for storing the absolute trace, which is generated by the absolute trace generation device.

US Pat. No. 9,439,262

LED DRIVE DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An LED drive device that drives and lights on an LED having an anode connected to a power-supply line and a cathode connected
to a ground, the LED drive device comprising:
a power conversion device that converts a voltage of a first power supply (V10), and supplies the voltage to the LED;

a second power supply having a voltage lower than a threshold voltage, at which current starts flowing through the LED;
a current generation unit that generates current using the voltage of the second power supply, and supplies generated current
to an anode of the LED; and

a ground-fault detection unit that determines that a ground fault does not occur at the anode of the LED when current does
not flow from the current generation unit, and determines that the ground fault occurs at the anode of the LED when current
flows from the current generation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,355,505

VEHICLE DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle diagnosis apparatus, comprising:
an accumulation unit cumulatively adding a numerical value indicating a normal operation history of each normal operation
made to a vehicle to a cumulative total value, which is initialized and has a predetermined number of digits, during a time
period from an assembly of a vehicle component to an actual use of the vehicle, the accumulation unit further storing the
cumulative total value to which the numerical value indicating the normal operation history is added in a non-volatile storage
unit; and

a storage control unit, in response to an occurrence of an abnormality in the vehicle, storing a diagnosis code corresponding
to the occurrence of the abnormality in the non-volatile storage unit, wherein

the accumulation unit further cumulatively adds a numerical value indicating the occurrence of the abnormality to the cumulative
total value stored in the non-volatile storage unit, and

the storage control unit stores, in the non-volatile storage unit, the diagnosis code corresponding to the occurrence of the
abnormality in association with the cumulative total value to which the numerical value indicating the occurrence of the abnormality
is added.

US Pat. No. 9,261,528

IMPACT DETECTING DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An impact detecting device comprising:
a first impact detecting portion detecting an impact applied to an object equipped to a vehicle;
a determining portion determining that the object has received the impact when a detection result of the first impact detecting
portion is greater than a first impact determination threshold;

an informing portion informing that the object has received the impact, when the determining portion determines that the object
has received the impact; and

a second impact detecting portion detecting an impact applied to the vehicle, wherein
the determining portion determines that the object has received the impact, when the detection result of the first impact
detecting portion is equal to or smaller than the first impact determination threshold and when a first integrated time that
the detection result of the first impact detecting portion exceeds a second impact determination threshold is greater than
a first integrated time determination threshold, the second impact determination threshold being smaller than the first impact
determination threshold;

the determining portion determines that the object has received the impact, when the detection result of the first impact
detecting portion is equal to or smaller than the second impact determination threshold and when a second integrated time
that the detection result of the first impact detecting portion exceeds a third impact determination threshold is greater
than a second integrated time determination threshold, the third impact determination threshold being smaller than the second
impact determination threshold, and the second integrated time determination threshold being greater than the first integrated
time determination threshold; and

the determining portion determines whether the detection result of the first impact detecting portion is greater than the
first impact determination threshold, when a detection result of the second impact detecting portion is greater than a fourth
impact determination threshold that is smaller than the third impact determination threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,199,610

IN-VEHICLE DEVICE CONTROL SYSTEM

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An in-vehicle device control system comprising:
a portable device; and
a vehicle-side unit mounted on a vehicle for performing a checkup about the portable device by mutual communication using
radio waves, in which the vehicle-side unit transmits a request signal and the portable device returns a response signal in
response to the request signal of the vehicle-side unit, thereby to control an in-vehicle device based on a checkup result,
the vehicle-side unit switching a communication frequency to perform the mutual communication and the checkup again when the
checkup result indicates an unsuccessful checkup,

wherein the portable device includes:
a portable device communication section for receiving the request signal transmitted from the vehicle-side unit and returning
the response signal as the mutual communication with the vehicle-side unit, the response signal including an ID code and transmitted
at a communication frequency designated by the vehicle-side unit,

wherein the vehicle-side unit includes:
a detection section for detecting an operation of a user made by the user for controlling the in-vehicle device, by which
the checkup is started;

a frequency setting section for setting the communication frequency to be designated to the portable device;
a vehicle-side communication section for transmitting the request signal to the portable device and receiving the response
signal as the mutual communication with the portable device, the vehicle-side communication section transmitting to the portable
device frequency information indicating the communication frequency set by the frequency setting section;

a checkup section for checking the ID code and a registration code pre-registered, the ID code being included in the response
signal transmitted from the portable device and received by the vehicle-side communication section;

a storing section for storing the communication frequency, which is used when the checkup section indicates the check result
as a successful checkup; and

a reset section, wherein the checkup section is configured to perform, for each operation detected by the detection section,
a first checkup and a second checkup, the first checkup checks whether the portable device is outside a vehicle and a second
checkup checks whether the portable device is inside the vehicle;

the frequency setting section is configured to switchover the communication frequency to be designated to the portable device
when the check result of each of the first checkup and the second checkup is indicated the unsuccessful checkup by the checkup
section,

the frequency setting section is configured to store the communication frequency when the first checkup is indicated the successful
checkup by the checkup section,

the frequency setting section is configured to set the communication frequency, which is stored in the storing section, as
the communication frequency to be used in the second checkup performed subsequent to the successful first checkup, and

the reset section resets a stored content of the storing section each time the second checkup is successful in response to
a given operation detected by the detection section, the stored content corresponding to the communication frequency stored
as a result of the first checkup provided as the successful checkup and used for the second checkup.

US Pat. No. 9,106,505

DIGITAL FILTER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A digital filter for removing a PWM (pulse width modulation) noise from a sampling data comprising:
an averaging filter,
wherein the sampling data is obtained by sampling control amounts driving an electrical device at a sampling frequency,
wherein the control object is driven at a driving frequency in a pulse width modulation (PWM) control method,
wherein the PWM noise includes a fundamental wave component having the driving frequency and a harmonic wave component of
the fundamental wave component having a harmonic wave frequency,

wherein the sampling data is input into the averaging filter over a predetermined sampling time period, the averaging filter
calculates an average of the sampling data over the predetermined sampling time period, and the averaging filter outputs an
averaging number of the sampling data for the predetermined sampling time period,

wherein the sampling frequency and the averaging number are determined to satisfy a relationship that an absolute value of
a difference between the sampling frequency multiplied by a predetermined first integer and the harmonic wave frequency is
equal to the sampling frequency divided by the averaging number and multiplied by a predetermined second integer in a frequency
range between zero and a Nyquist frequency when the fundamental wave component and the harmonic wave component in the PWM
noise are removed from the sampling data, and

wherein the predetermined first integer is equal to or larger than zero, and the predetermined second integer is equal to
or larger than one.

US Pat. No. 9,894,814

ELECTRIC POWER CONVERTOR

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An electric power converter comprising:
a case having a housing space formed therein;
a first circuit section, which is a part of an electric power conversion circuit, disposed in an upper space of the housing
space, the first circuit section being formed by alternately stacking a plurality of semiconductor modules and a plurality
of cooling tubes, both ends of the plurality of cooling tubes being respectively connected by first connecting tubes and second
connecting tubes;

a second circuit section, which is another part of the electric power converter circuit, disposed in a lower space of the
housing space;

a first flow passage formed so that a fluid passes through while exchanging heat with the first circuit section, the first
flow passage comprised of the first connecting tubes, the second connecting tubes, and the plurality of cooling tubes;

a second flow passage formed so that the fluid passes through while exchanging heat with the second circuit section; and
a plate-like connecting plate attached in a state where a major surface thereof is disposed along a side wall of the case;
wherein,

connecting passages that communicate between the first flow passage and the second flow passage are formed in the connecting
plate.

US Pat. No. 9,479,021

STATOR OF ROTARY ELECTRIC MACHINE WITH REDUCED CURRENT DENSITY NEUTRAL WIRES

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A stator of a rotary electric machine comprising:
an annular stator core with a plurality of slots arranged in a circumferential direction;
a stator winding formed by three phases of phase windings wound around the slots; and
neutral wires for commonly connecting ends of the phase windings together in star-connection; wherein,
each of the phase windings has two partial windings that are electrically connected in parallel;
ends of at least two sets of the partial windings formed by combining two partial windings among the total of six partial
windings in different phases and the ends of the neutral wires are connected electrically; and

the partial windings connected to both ends of each neutral wire include all the phases.

US Pat. No. 9,377,001

SPARK PLUG FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A spark plug for an internal combustion engine, the spark plug comprising:
a tubular housing:
a tubular insulator retained in the housing;
a center electrode secured in the insulator with a distal end portion of the center electrode protruding outside the insulator;
a ground electrode configured to define a spark gap between the center and ground electrodes in an axial direction of the
spark plug, the ground electrode having a standing portion that stands distalward from a distal end of the housing;

a guide member configured to guide the flow of an air-fuel mixture in a combustion chamber of the internal combustion engine
to the spark gap, the guide member protruding distalward from the distal end of the housing at a different circumferential
position from the ground electrode; and

an oblique surface formed at the distal end of the housing so as to be positioned in a circumferential direction of the spark
plug between the guide member and the standing portion of the ground electrode, the oblique surface being oblique to the axial
direction of the spark plug so that the radial distance between the oblique surface and the center electrode decreases in
the distalward direction, and the oblique surface having a distal end positioned proximal ward from the distal end portion
of the center electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,352,310

CATALYTIC CONVERTER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A catalytic converter, comprising:
a cell structured first substrate having a uniform cell density; and
a cell structured second substrate, provided at a downstream side of the first substrate, the second substrate including a
center area with a first cell density and a surrounding area with a second cell density that is lower than the first cell
density,

wherein the first substrate and the second substrate are mounted in tandem, and
wherein in the second substrate, a ratio of the first cell density of the center area to the second cell density of the surrounding
area is in a range of larger than 1 and equal to or smaller than 2.

US Pat. No. 9,109,823

INTEGRATION VALVE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An integration valve used for a heat pump cycle, which is capable of working as a gas injection cycle and includes (i)
a compressor, which decompresses refrigerant drawn from a suction port, discharges high-pressure refrigerant from a discharge
port, and has an intermediate-pressure port drawing intermediate-pressure refrigerant in the cycle and mixing the intermediate-pressure
refrigerant with refrigerant being decompressed, (ii) a using-side heat exchanger, in which a heat-exchange fluid exchanges
heat with the high-pressure refrigerant discharged from the discharge port so as to be heated, (iii) a high-stage-side decompressor
decompressing high-pressure refrigerant flowing out of the using-side heat exchanger to be intermediate-pressure refrigerant,
and (iv) an evaporator evaporating low-pressure refrigerant in the cycle, and causing the evaporated low-pressure refrigerant
to flow to the suction port, the integration valve comprising:
a body having (i) a refrigerant inlet port through which the intermediate-pressure refrigerant decompressed at the high-stage-side
decompressor flows, (ii) a vapor-liquid separating space separating refrigerant flowing out of the refrigerant inlet port
into vapor-phase refrigerant and liquid-phase refrigerant, (iii) a vapor-phase refrigerant outlet port through which the vapor-phase
refrigerant separated in the vapor-liquid separating space flows to a side of the intermediate-pressure port, and (iv) a liquid-phase
refrigerant outlet port through which the liquid-phase refrigerant separated in the vapor-liquid separating space flows to
a side of the evaporator;

an integration valve member disposed in the body, and opening or closing (i) a liquid-phase refrigerant passage extending
from the vapor-liquid separating space to the liquid-phase refrigerant outlet port and (ii) a vapor-phase refrigerant passage
extending from the vapor-liquid separating space to the vapor-phase refrigerant outlet port; and

a drive device connected to the integration valve member via a drive mechanism and operating the integration valve member,
wherein

the drive device operates and moves the integration valve member to close the vapor-phase refrigerant passage when the liquid-phase
refrigerant passage is open so that liquid-phase refrigerant flows toward a side of the liquid-phase refrigerant outlet port;
and

the drive device operates and moves the integration valve member to be displaced so that liquid-phase refrigerant flowing
to the side of the liquid-phase refrigerant outlet port is decompressed when the vapor-phase refrigerant passage is open and
passes vapor-phase refrigerant so as to flow to a side of the vapor-phase refrigerant outlet port.

US Pat. No. 9,112,436

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING CONTROLLED VARIABLE OF ROTARY MACHINE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A system for controlling a controlled variable of a rotary machine having plural-phase input terminals of the rotary machine
in which plural-phase AC power is applied from an AC power applying module to the plural-phase input terminals, the system
comprising:
a command-voltage setting module configured to set, based on a request value for the controlled variable, plural-phase AC
command voltages for the plural-phase AC power as a feedforward manipulated variable;

a current obtaining module configured to obtain plural-phase AC currents flowing in the respective plural-phase input terminals
of the rotary machine; and

an amplitude correcting module configured to correct an amplitude of at least one of the plural-phase AC command voltages
based on magnitudes of the plural-phase AC currents obtained by the current obtaining module,

wherein the amplitude correcting module further comprises:
a command-current calculating module configured to calculate plural-phase AC command currents for the plural-phase input terminals
of the rotary machine as a function of the request value of the controlled variable; and

a correction value calculating module configured to calculate a correction value that corrects the amplitude of the at least
one of the plural-phase AC command voltages such that the magnitudes of the plural-phase AC currents match with those of the
respective plural-phase AC command currents;

wherein the correction value calculating module further comprises:
a manipulated-variable calculating module configured to calculate a manipulated variable for the at least one of the plural-phase
AC command voltages as a function of a deviation between a magnitude of each of the plural-phase AC currents and a magnitude
of a corresponding one of the plural-phase AC command currents; and

an adding module configured to add 1 to the manipulated variable for the at least one of the plural-phase AC command voltages,
the amplitude correcting module further comprising:
a multiplying module configured to multiply the at least one of the plural-phase AC command voltages by a result of the addition
by the adding module to thereby correct the amplitude of the at least one of the plural-phase AC command voltages.

US Pat. No. 9,057,446

PRESSURE CONTROL APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A pressure control apparatus comprising:
a body that forms a fluid passage, which conducts fluid, and a valve seat, which is located in the fluid passage;
a valve portion that is displaceable relative to the valve seat in both of a valve-opening direction, which is away from the
valve seat, and a valve-closing direction, which is toward the valve seat, to change a cross-sectional area of the fluid passage
at a location between the valve seat and the valve portion, wherein the valve portion is urged in the valve-opening direction
by the fluid located on an upstream side of the valve portion in the fluid passage;

a pulling force generating device that generates a magnetic pulling force to urge the valve portion in the valve-closing direction
through a rod that has one end portion, which is placed adjacent to the valve portion, and another end portion, which is opposite
from the one end portion and is held by an armature, wherein:

the pulling force generating device includes a coil that generates a magnetic field upon energization of the coil to exert
the magnetic pulling force from a portion of the body, which is located on one axial side of the armature where the valve
seat is placed, and thereby to pull the armature together with the rod toward the portion of the body; and

the magnetic pulling force of the pulling force generating device is adjustable to control a pressure of the fluid in the
fluid passage;

a first resilient member that generates a first resilient force to urge the valve portion in the valve-closing direction;
and

a second resilient member that generates a second resilient force against the first resilient force of the first resilient
member, wherein:

the first resilient force of the first resilient member and the second resilient force of the second resilient member are
set to be balanced with each other when the valve portion is placed in a lift position that is between a full-closing position
of the valve portion, in which the valve portion is seated against the valve seat to fully close the fluid passage, and a
full-opening position of the valve portion, in which the valve portion is fully lifted away from the valve seat to fully open
the fluid passage;

the magnetic pulling force, which is exerted from the portion of the body to the armature, is reduced in response to an increase
in a size of an air gap between the portion of the body and the armature when an amount of lift of the valve portion from
the valve seat is increased upon application of a fluid force of the fluid to the valve portion in the valve-opening direction;

the first resilient force of the first resilient member is increased when the amount of lift of the valve portion from the
valve seat is increased upon the application of the fluid force of the fluid to the valve portion; and

a sum of the magnetic pulling force of the pulling force generating device and a resultant force of the first resilient force
of the first resilient member and the second resilient force of the second resilient member is generally constant through
an entire lift range of the valve portion.

US Pat. No. 9,445,489

ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An electronic control unit comprising:
a board including a protection layer and a ground pattern covered with the protection layer, the ground pattern having an
exposed portion exposed outside the protection layer;

a first electronic device mounted on the board and having a first anode terminal, the first electronic device further having
a first cathode terminal;

a second electronic device mounted on the board and having a second anode terminal, the second electronic device further having
a second cathode terminal;

a heatsink supporting the board, and
a fastener inserted through an insertion hole of the exposed portion, the fastener electrically connecting the ground pattern
to the heatsink while fixing the board to the heatsink, wherein

the exposed portion is located on the cathode terminal sides of the first and second electronic devices, and
the first cathode terminal and the second cathode terminal are commonly connected to the ground pattern,
the fastener is used for the first electronic device and the second electronic device,
the first cathode terminal and the second cathode terminal are directed to the fastener, and
the fastener is located between a first imaginary line, which connects the first anode terminal and second the cathode terminal
and the first cathode terminal, and a second imaginary line, which connects the second anode terminal and the second cathode
terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,394,921

EJECTOR

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An ejector used for a vapor compression refrigeration cycle, comprising:
a body member including a refrigerant inflow port through which a refrigerant is introduced, a swirling space in which the
refrigerant introduced from the refrigerant inflow port swirls, a depressurizing space in which the refrigerant flowing out
of the swirling space is depressurized, a suction passage communicating with a downstream side of the depressurizing space
in a refrigerant flow and being a passage through which a refrigerant is drawn from an external, and a pressurizing space
in which the refrigerant jetted from the depressurizing space and the refrigerant drawn through the suction passage are mixed
and pressurized;

a passage formation member having at least a portion arranged in the depressurizing space and a portion arranged in the pressurizing
space;

a nozzle passage provided in a space between an inner peripheral surface of a portion of the body member which defines the
depressurizing space and an outer peripheral surface of the passage formation member, the nozzle passage functioning as a
nozzle part that depressurizes and jets the refrigerant flowing out of the swirling space; and

a diffuser passage provided in a space between an inner peripheral surface of a portion of the body member which defines the
pressurizing space and an outer peripheral surface of the passage formation member, the diffuser passage functioning as a
diffuser part that mixes the jetted refrigerant with the drawn refrigerant and pressurizes the mixed refrigerant, wherein

the passage formation member has a shape that increases in cross-sectional area with distance from the depressurizing space.

US Pat. No. 9,395,541

HEAD-UP DISPLAY APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A head-up display apparatus for displaying a virtual image of a display image by projecting the display image to a projection
plane in an interior of a vehicle, the head-up display apparatus comprising:
a projector projecting a light beam; and
a screen including a plurality of optical elements that are arranged in a grid pattern on an outside surface of the screen,
the screen diffusing the light beam projected from the projector toward the projection plane, wherein

each of the plurality of optical elements has a curved surface having a convex or a concave shape, the light beam being diffused
through the curved surface,

one of the plurality of optical elements has a thickness at a curvature center point of the curved surface that is different
from that of an other of the plurality of optical elements that is immediately adjacent to the one of the plurality of optical
elements,

the outside surface includes a receiving surface into which the light beam enters and an emitting surface from which the light
beam is emitted,

the curved surface is formed on at least one of the receiving surface and the emitting surface,
m is defined as an odd numerical value greater than or equal to 1,
? is defined as a wavelength of the light beam,
n is defined as a refractive index of the plurality of optical elements,
a difference between the thickness of the one of the plurality of optical elements and the thickness of the other of the plurality
of optical elements is defined as ?T, and


US Pat. No. 9,381,848

INFORMATION PROVISION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An information provision device for a vehicle, comprising:
an output device that reports notification information to a driver of the vehicle through an audible or visible message;
an information selection unit that selects the notification information from among a plurality of information items based
on content of a driving operation of the vehicle;

a preference determination unit that determines a reporting manner of the audible or visual message in the output device based
on preference of the driver; and

an output control unit that controls the output device in such a way that the notification information, which is selected
by the information selection unit, is reported in the reporting manner determined by the preference determination unit,

wherein the information selection unit selects the notification information from among the plurality of information items
based on (i) the preference of the driver and (ii) comparison between an operation index and an evaluation reference value,

the operation index being a quantified value of the content of driving operation,
the evaluation reference value being set based on the preference of the driver,
the information provision device further comprising
a reference value change unit that automatically changes the evaluation reference value based on a history of evaluations
on the content of the driving operation,

each evaluation being derived from the comparison between the operation index and the evaluation reference value,
wherein:
the reference value change unit automatically changes the evaluation reference value so that the higher the history of evaluations,
the more difficult to obtain high evaluation next time; and

the reference value change unit automatically changes the evaluation reference value so that the lower the history of evaluations
or the longer a time period of no evaluation, the easier to obtain high evaluation next time.

US Pat. No. 9,278,625

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS FOR VEHICLES THAT SELECTS BETWEEN CONDUCTIVE AND NON-CONDUCTIVE POWER TRANSFER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A power supply apparatus for vehicles, comprising:
a battery mounted on a vehicle;
first power transferring means comprising a connector for transferring power between the battery and a first power supply
section placed outside the vehicle when the battery is electrically connected to the first power supply section through the
connector and a charger-side connector is connected to the first power supply section,

the connector being disposed in an opening of the vehicle that is opened and closed with a charging lid;
second power transferring means for transferring power between the battery and a second power supply section placed outside
the vehicle when the battery is electromagnetically connected to the second power supply section;

a power conversion unit used commonly in both the first and second power transferring means and used for transferring the
power between the battery and the first power supply section and for transferring the power between the battery and the second
power supply section; and

a control section for controlling transferring of power through the first power transferring means and the second power transferring
means, the control section being configured to:

detect whether the connector connected to the first power transferring means is electrically connected to the charger-side
connector connected to the first power supply section,

stop power transfer through the second power transferring means in response to detecting the electrical connection between
the connector and the charger-side connector during the power transfer through the second power transferring means,

after stopping the power transfer through the second power transferring means, allow the power conversion unit and the first
power transferring means to transfer power from the first power supply section to the battery, and

stop the power transfer through the second power transferring means and instruct the first power transferring means to be
ready to transfer power from the first power supply section to the battery based on a detection that at least one of the charging
lid and a vehicle door is opened during the power transfer through the second power transferring means.

US Pat. No. 9,206,817

CENTRIFUGAL BLOWER

NIPPON SOKEN, INC., Nish...

1. A centrifugal blower comprising
a multi-blade fan comprised of a plurality of blades arranged in a circumferential direction at fixed intervals to form a
fan wheel and an air inlet provided upward in an axial direction of the fan wheel, the plurality of blades having an outlet
angle of the multi-blade fan in the range of an angle of 20° to 75° and having a fan wheel diameter in the range of 0.05 to
0.15D when an outside diameter of the multi-blade fan is D, and with

a scroll chamber surrounded, around the multi-blade fan, by a spiral shaped casing which has an expansion angle of the spiral
of an angular range of 2° to 6° from a spiral start part as a start point, the spiral shaped scroll chamber having a chamber
bottom part of the scroll chamber which gradually expands downward in the axial direction together with the expansion of the
spiral and having a flow area which gradually increases toward the air outlet from the spiral start part,

a backflow prevention rib being arranged in the scroll chamber at a top end of the fan outlet and with an angle formed from
the spiral start part to the circumferential direction centered at the axis of the fan wheel of 0° to 45° in range,

a maximum width of the backflow prevention rib being made 0.1h1 to 0.3h1 in range, where h1 is a fan outlet length measured from the to end of the fan outlet downward in the axial direction to an end of the multi-blade
fan,

the backflow prevention rib being spaced a predetermined distance from the fan outlet; and
a radially cut cross-section of the back flow prevention rib having a wider portion toward the to end of the fan outlet in
the axial direction; wherein

the backflow prevention rib has a triangular cross-section, a first side of the triangular cross-section being parallel to
a scroll chamber to part and a second side of the triangular cross-section extending perpendicular to the first side; and

the scroll chamber is defined by an inside wall and an outside wall of the spiral shaped casing, the outside wall is spaced
from the inside wall in a direction away from the multi-blade fan and the second side of the triangular cross-section directly
engages the inside wall.

US Pat. No. 9,160,316

DIGITAL CONTROLLED OSCILLATOR AND FREQUENCY VARIABLE OSCILLATOR

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A digital controlled oscillator, comprising:
a ring delay circuit which includes delay elements connected in ring shape, the number of the delay elements being m (m is
an integer of 2 or more), and which transmits a pulse signal with delay;

a timing signal generation section which generates a timing signal corresponding to timing selection data from passing signals
outputted from the delay elements, in accordance with the timing selection data specifying any of timings which are obtained
by dividing a circulation period of the pulse signal in the ring delay circuit by m×n (n is an integer of 2 or more); and

an output signal generation section which sets the timing selection data based on control data specifying a period of an output
pulse signal and the timing selection data every time when the output pulse signal is outputted, and generates the output
pulse signal in accordance with the timing selection data by using the timing signal outputted from the timing signal generation
section, wherein

the timing signal generation section generates the timings obtained by dividing the circulation period by m×n by using at
least one pulse edge shift circuit which generates shift signals, the number of which is n, and whose timings differ from
each other by a unit delay time from one input signal, the unit delay time being 1/n of delay time in the delay element.

US Pat. No. 9,129,173

DEVICE FOR OPTICALLY READING INFORMATION CODES

DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED, ...

1. A device for reading an information code from a subject, comprising:
configured to capture an optical image formed on a surface of the subject, by receiving light reflected from the surface;
a depth-of-field extending member configured to acquire, from the captured optical image, a focused image independently of
a distance to the subject, within a predetermined read-out range; and

an optical distorting member configured to distort the captured optical image such that i) the focused image at a minimum
distance in the read-out range includes an overall image of the code and ii) the focused image at a maximum distance in the
read-out range is provided so as to allow at least a predetermined number of pixels to be assigned to a unit image of the
code.

US Pat. No. 9,109,593

HIGH PRESSURE PUMP

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A high pressure pump comprising:
a plunger that is capable of reciprocating in its axial direction;
a cylinder part which includes a pressurizing chamber and receives the plunger in such a way that the plunger is capable of
reciprocating;

a pump body that includes a supply part which is configured to supply fuel into the pressurizing chamber, and a discharge
part which is configured to discharge fuel pressurized in the pressurizing chamber;

a cover member that covers the pump body and defines a fuel chamber communicating with the supply part;
a pulsation damper body that includes an upper diaphragm and a lower diaphragm with their peripheral edge portions joined
to each other, wherein gas having a predetermined pressure is sealed between the upper diaphragm and the lower diaphragm,
so that a pressure pulsation in the fuel chamber is reduced;

an upper support member that includes:
an upper ring-shaped part which is joined to the peripheral edge portion of the upper diaphragm;
an upper cover part which forms a radially central part of the upper support member and which extends from the upper ring-shaped
part in a planar shape along the upper diaphragm; and

an upper support body which extends outward in a radial direction and toward the cover member from the upper cover part and
is in contact with the cover member; and

a lower support member that includes:
a lower ring-shaped part which is joined to the peripheral edge portion of the lower diaphragm; and
a lower support body which extends from the lower ring-shaped part and is in contact with the pump body,
wherein the upper ring-shaped part, the peripheral edge portion of the upper diaphragm, the peripheral edge portion of the
lower diaphragm, and the lower ring-shaped part are formed parallel to each other and are all joined together continuously
in a circumferential direction of the pulsation damper body.

US Pat. No. 10,070,565

ELECTRIC POWER CONVERTER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An electric power converter comprising:a laminated body formed by laminating a plurality of semiconductor modules having built-in semiconductor elements and a plurality of cooling pipes for cooling the semiconductor modules disposed alternately;
a capacitor connected to the plurality of semiconductor modules, the capacitor being disposed at a position adjacent to the laminated body in a laminating direction of the laminated body, the capacitor having:
capacitor elements; and
a sealing member;
a pressing member that presses the laminated body in the laminating direction; and
a metal case that houses the laminated body, the capacitor, and the pressing member, the metal case having:
outer walls that form an outer shell, one of the outer walls being a supporting outer wall disposed in a position farther from the laminated body than the capacitor is in the laminating direction, the sealing member being in contact with the supporting outer wall;
partition walls formed in the metal case that are connected to the outer walls;
a space within the metal case that is partitioned by the partition walls into a capacitor housing space for housing the capacitor and a laminated body housing space for housing the laminated body, the capacitor housing space housing the capacitor elements, and the sealing member filling the capacitor housing space for sealing the capacitor elements; and
an interposing partition wall to which the pressing member applies pressing force, the interposing partition wall interposing between the laminated body and the capacitor among the partition walls in a thickness direction of the interposing partition wall, a thickness of the interposing partition wall being thinner than that of any of the outer walls.

US Pat. No. 9,327,578

AIR-CONDITIONER FOR VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An air-conditioner that conditions air inside of a passenger compartment of a vehicle using a heat pump refrigerating cycle,
the air-conditioner comprising:
a case having at least a first air passage and a second air passage independent from each other and extending in an air flowing
direction, wherein the case has an air inlet and a plurality of air outlets located opposite from the air inlet, the plurality
of air outlets respectively corresponding to a plurality of seats in the vehicle, the plurality of seats having a predetermined
seat including at least a driver seat, the plurality of seats having another seat;

a blower sending air into the first air passage and the second air passage of the case;
an indoor heat exchanger disposed in the case to cool air sent by the blower; and
a heating heat exchanger disposed downstream of the indoor heat exchanger in the air flowing direction in the case to heat
air passing through the indoor heat exchanger, the indoor heat exchanger and the heating heat exchanger being a part of the
heat pump refrigerating cycle, wherein

the first air passage introduces air from the air inlet to one of the air outlets corresponding to the predetermined seat,
and the second air passage introduces air from the air inlet to another of the air outlets corresponding to the another seat,

each of the first air passage and the second air passage has a warm passage through which warm air heated by the heating heat
exchanger passes and a cool passage through which cool air passes the indoor heat exchanger and bypasses the heating heat
exchanger,

the air-conditioner further comprising:
a first air mix door controlling a ratio between the warm air and the cool air in the first air passage and a second air mix
door controlling a ratio between the warm air and the cool air in the second air passage, the amount of the warm air being
increased by increasing an open degree of each of the first air mix door and the second air mix door;

a temperature setting portion through which a first temperature of conditioned air to be blown from the first air passage
and a second temperature of conditioned air to be blown from the second air passage are set; and

a controller controlling the amount of the warm air by controlling the open degree of each of the first air mix door and the
second air mix door,

inside space of the heating heat exchanger is divided into a first section corresponding to the first air passage and a second
section corresponding to the second air passage when the case is seen in the air flowing direction,

the heating heat exchanger has a refrigerant passage through which refrigerant flows in parallel and a border portion through
which the first section and the second section are located adjacent to each other, wherein a refrigerant flow rate is controlled
such that a pressure loss across the first section and the second section is equalized, and

the controller controls the open degree of the first air mix door to be larger than the open degree of the second air mix
door when the temperature setting portion sets the first temperature to be higher than the second temperature, while the heating
pump refrigerating cycle is conducting a heating operation, wherein

the controller compares the first temperature and the second temperature,
the controller controls the open degree of the first air mix door to be the maximum and controls the open degree of the second
air mix door to be the maximum when the controller determines that the first temperature is equal to the second temperature,

the controller controls the open degree of the first air mix door to be the maximum when the controller determines that the
first temperature is higher than the second temperature, and

the controller controls the open degree of the second air mix door to be the maximum when the controller determines that the
first temperature is lower than the second temperature, and

wherein the heating heat exchanger conditions air using only the heat pump refrigerating cycle without using coolant of an
internal combustion engine of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,070,564

ELECTRIC POWER CONVERTER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An electric power converter that performs power conversion comprising:a plurality of semiconductor modules with built-in semiconductor elements;
a plurality of cooling tubes stacked together with the plurality of semiconductor modules in a stacking direction; and
a metallic pressure member;
wherein the metallic pressure member includes:
a pressing surface that presses an outer cooling tube positioned at one of outer sides in the stacking direction among the plurality of cooling tubes in order to press-contact the plurality of cooling tubes and the plurality of semiconductor modules in the stacking direction; and
a heat-receiving surface that receives heat generated from an electronic component which is different from the plurality of semiconductor modules, by thermal conduction, and
wherein the heat-receiving surface of the pressure member superimposes a heat dissipating portion of the electronic component via an electrically insulating layer formed of an electrically insulating material.

US Pat. No. 10,064,297

ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An electronic control unit comprising:a substrate on which an electronic component is mounted;
a first cover that is disposed to be opposed to a first surface of the substrate, the first cover including:
a first sidewall part extending in a direction perpendicular to the substrate; and
at least one claw part projecting laterally from the first sidewall part; and
a second cover that is disposed to be opposed to a second surface of the substrate that is opposite to the first surface, the second cover including:
a second sidewall part facing the first sidewall part;
at least one groove part that is formed at the second sidewall part such that a shape of each of the at least one groove part when viewed from the direction perpendicular to the substrate is a recessed shape in conformity with a projecting shape of a corresponding one of the at least one claw part, wherein each of the at least one groove part is fitted to a corresponding one of the at least one claw part;
at least one convex part projecting from a bottom part of an outer edge portion of the second cover in a direction perpendicular to the first and second surfaces of the substrate, the second sidewall part disposed on the at least one convex part such that the second sidewall part faces the first sidewall part; and
each of the at least one groove part is formed at and recessed within each of the at least one convex part.

US Pat. No. 9,955,609

ELECTRONIC CONTROL DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An electronic control device, which has a housing of a water-proof structure, comprising;a through-hole formed in a wall of the housing so as to communicate an inside space formed in the housing to an outside of the housing; and
an air breathing filter assembled to the housing,
wherein the air breathing filter comprises;
(a) a filter supporting member having;
(a1) a cylindrical portion formed in a cylindrical shape and having an air passage formed inside of the cylindrical portion and extending in an axial direction of the cylindrical portion;
(a2) a fitting portion formed in an outer peripheral surface of the cylindrical portion at a position close to a first axial end of the cylindrical portion; and
(a3) a flanged portion formed at a second axial end of the cylindrical portion and extending in a radial-outward direction of the cylindrical portion from the outer peripheral surface of the cylindrical portion;
(b) a water-shedding film attached to the first axial end of the cylindrical portion so as to close an open end of the air passage;
(c) a filter cover member, which is fixed to the filter supporting member and composed of;
(c1) a cover plate portion covering the water-shedding film;
(c2) a leg portion extending from the cover plate portion in a direction to the filter supporting member; and
(c3) a fitting portion integrally formed with the leg portion and fitted to the fitting portion of the filter supporting member; and
(d) a water-proof sealing member formed in an annular shape,
wherein the filter supporting member is inserted into the trough-hole from the inside space of the housing, the filter cover member is assembled to the filter supporting member from the outside of the housing, a pushing portion is formed either in the filter cover member or in the filter supporting member, the pushing portion is supported by the outer peripheral surface of the cylindrical portion, the water-proof sealing member surrounds the outer peripheral surface of the cylindrical portion and is interposed between an inner wall surface of the housing and the flanged portion.

US Pat. No. 9,242,445

METHOD FOR PRODUCING BONDED BODY

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A method for producing a bonded body of a ceramic body made from a ceramic material and a metal body made from a metal
material, comprising the steps:
arranging the ceramic body, the metal body, a gap layer having a property preventing oxidation, a first intermediate layer
and a second intermediate layer such that, in an arranging direction the gap layer is between the ceramic body and the metal
body, the first inter mediate layer is between the ceramic body and the gap layer, and the second intermediate layer is between
the gap layer and the metal body, linear expansion coefficients of the first and second intermediate layers being between
those of the ceramic body and the metal body;

performing diffusion bonding between the ceramic body and the first intermediate layer in parallel with diffusion bonding
between the metal body and the second intermediate layer;

removing at least a part of the gap layer from between the first and second intermediate layers; and
bonding the first and second intermediate layers to each other,
wherein
in the step of performing the diffusion bonding, the gap layer prevents formation of an oxidized film on gap layer side surfaces
of the first and second intermediate layers, and heat conduction between the diffusion bonding portion of the ceramic body
and the first intermediate layer and the diffusion bonding portion of the metal body and the second intermediate layer.

US Pat. No. 9,387,770

CHARGING APPARATUS

DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED, ...

1. A charging apparatus for charging a storage battery, comprising:
a body connected to a power source;
a connector connected to the storage battery;
an electric cable connecting between the body and the connector, the electric cable including at least one held member at
a predetermined position in an intermediate portion of the electric cable;

a support member provided in the body, the support member supporting the connector; and
a holding member provided in the body, the holding member detachably holding the held member, wherein:
the held member is a plurality of held members at predetermined intervals; and
the holding member is a plurality of holding members each detachably holding each of the held members, the holding member
being provided in the body so as to be juxtaposed with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,309,949

VIBRATION INSULATING MEMBER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vibration insulating member configured to be equipped between one component and an other component, the vibration insulating
member comprising:
a through hole forming portion formed of an elastic material, the through hole forming portion having a through hole in which
a connection member is configured to be inserted to connect the one component with the other component;

at least one contact portion projected radially inward from an inner wall of the through hole forming portion, the at least
one contact portion having an inner wall on its radially inside; and

a collar formed of a material, which is higher in compressive strength than the elastic material of the at least one contact
portion, wherein

the collar includes a body and a seat portion,
the body is in a tubular shape and configured to be located between an outer wall of the connection member and the inner wall
of the through hole forming portion,

the connection member is configured to be inserted in the body,
the seat portion is equipped to one end of the body,
the seat portion is configured to be in contact with the connection member and an end surface of the at least one contact
portion, the end surface of the at least one contact portion being nonparallel to a center axis of the through hole,

the seat portion is configured to receive a connection force, which the connection member exerts to connect the one component
with the other component,

when the connection member is inserted in the through hole, the outer wall of the connection member forms at least one gap
with the inner wall of the through hole forming portion and is in contact with the inner wall of the at least one contact
portion via the body, and

a length of the body of the collar is shorter than a length of the through hole of the through hole forming portion in an
axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,293,760

BATTERY, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE SAME, AND MANUFACTURING APPARATUS OF THE SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A battery comprising:
a positive plate and a negative plate each having a collector and an electrode layer disposed on at least one surface of the
collector, the electrode layer containing an active material; and

an insulative separator disposed between the positive plate and the negative plate, wherein
at least one of the positive plate and the negative plate has a plurality of cracks generated by drying in a whole area of
the electrode layer thereof;

the plurality of cracks are disposed such that a maximum mutual distance between adjacent cracks is 2 to 10 times an average
particle diameter of the active material;

the plurality of cracks are disposed such that a total length of the plurality of cracks per unit area is 0.1 to 1.0 cm/cm2 in a planar direction of the at least one of the positive plate and the negative plate; and

all of the plurality of cracks do not extend to the collector.

US Pat. No. 9,110,114

DETECTION CIRCUIT FOR CAPACITIVE SENSOR

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A detection circuit for a capacitive sensor including a pair of sense capacitors with capacitances having a difference
responsive to a physical quantity, first ends of the sense capacitors being connected together to provide a common terminal,
second ends of the sense capacitors being configured to provide separate detection terminals, the detection circuit comprising:
a drive signal generation circuit capable of generating and applying a drive signal to the common terminal, the drive signal
varying between a first level and a second level;

a fully differential sense amplifier having inverting and non-inverting input terminals respectively connected to the detection
terminals, the sense amplifier being capable of outputting a differential voltage according to the difference between the
capacitances of the sense capacitors; and

a common-mode voltage control circuit capable of controlling an input common-mode voltage of the sense amplifier to a predetermined
voltage, wherein

the common-mode voltage control circuit includes a feedback amplifier, a pair of first feedback capacitors, a second feedback
capacitor, and a voltage switch circuit,

the feedback amplifier outputs a feedback voltage according to a difference between the input common-mode voltage and the
predetermined voltage,

the first feedback capacitors have first ends respectively connected to the detection terminals and have second ends connected
together,

the second feedback capacitor has a first end connected to the second ends of the first feedback capacitors,
the voltage switch circuit applies the predetermined voltage or a first preset voltage to the second ends of the first feedback
capacitors to charge the first feedback capacitors during the first level of the drive signal,

the first preset voltage has a voltage value existing in a voltage direction in which the second level exists relative to
the first level with respect to the predetermined voltage,

the voltage switch circuit applies a second preset voltage to the second ends of the first feedback capacitors and applies
the predetermined voltage to a second end of the second feedback capacitor to charge the second feedback capacitor during
the second level of the drive signal, and then applies the feedback voltage to the second end of the second feedback capacitor
instead of the application of the second preset voltage and the predetermined voltage, and

the second preset voltage has a voltage value existing in a voltage direction in which the first level exists relative to
the second level with respect to the predetermined voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,098,496

METHOD FOR CREATING MAP DATA AND MAP DATA UTILIZATION APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A method of creating map data for representing a map for use in a map data utilization apparatus, the map made up from
a plurality of map components and each of the plurality of map components having a plurality of attribute types defined in
the map data, each of the attribute types is associated with at least one other attribute type from among the plurality of
attribute types, the method comprising:
associating, by a processor, attribute data records of a subject attribute type with attribute data records of an other attribute
type by having each of the attribute data records of the other attribute type indicate a number of associated data records
from the subject attribute type that respectively correspond with the attribute data record of the other attribute type;

arranging, by the processor, a data list of the attribute data records for the subject attribute type based on (i) a sequential
order of the attribute data records of the other attribute type such that the data list for each of the attribute types are
aligned to have a same arrangement order as its associated at least one other attribute type for representing the map components
of the map data, and (ii) the number of associated data records identified per each of the attribute data records of the other
attribute type that respectively correspond with the attribute data record of the other attribute type such that a relationship
is established between one attribute data record of the other attribute type and the corresponding attribute data records
of the subject attribute type; and

storing, by the processor, as the map data for representing the map for use in the map data utilization apparatus, in a form
of the data list which is arranged, the attribute data records for each of the plurality of attribute types based on an association
between the plurality of attribute types, wherein

the attribute data records for representing each of the plurality of attribute types of each of the plurality of map components
are formed as one data list.

US Pat. No. 9,350,422

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION SLAVE AND COMMUNICATION MASTER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A communication system comprising:
a plurality of communication nodes including a master and a plurality of slaves; and
a communication line cascade-connecting the communication nodes and supplying electricity, the communication line corresponding
to a feeder line, wherein

each of the communication nodes is connected with the communication line through an inductor and is supplied with electricity,
the each of the communication nodes is AC coupled to the communication line to transmit and receive a communication signal,
the master and the slaves perform a bidirectional communication,
each of the communication nodes includes
a receiver receiving the communication signal transmitted from another communication node, and
a signal distortion correction circuit at an input side of the receiver,
the signal distortion correction circuit detects an amount of distortion of a signal waveform generated by a magnetic saturation
phenomenon in the communication line, and

the signal distortion correction circuit corrects the distortion of the signal waveform according to the amount of the distortion,
and

the signal distortion correction circuit includes
an A/D converter performing an A/D conversion of a reception signal,
a comparator comparing an A/D converted data and a threshold data and outputting a binary data as an output data according
to a comparison result of the A/D converted data and the threshold data,

a subtractor calculating a difference between the A/D converted data and the output data, and
a correction circuit correcting an output data of the A/D converter according to the difference.

US Pat. No. 9,318,880

SPARK PLUG FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A spark plug for an internal combustion engine, comprising:
a cylindrical housing;
a cylindrical insulator held inside the housing;
a center electrode held inside the insulator such that a distal end portion thereof projects from the insulator;
a terminal metal fitting held inside the insulator such that a proximal end portion thereof projects from the insulator;
a ground electrode disposed so as to form a spark discharge gap with the center electrode;
a resistor disposed inside the insulator so as to be located between the center electrode and the terminal metal fitting;
a first conductive sealing material filled in a space surrounded by the resistor, the terminal metal fitting and the insulator;
and

a second conductive insulating material filled in a space surrounded by the resistor, the center electrode and the insulator,
wherein

the terminal metal fitting includes an engaging portion engaged into an inner peripheral surface of the proximal end portion
of the insulator and a small-diameter portion extending from the engaging portion and having a diameter smaller than a diameter
of the engaging portion,

the small-diameter portion is formed with ribs extending in an axial direction of the small-diameter portion and projecting
outward from an outer peripheral surface of the small-diameter portion, and

the first conductive sealing member is located at least at part on a distal end side of a gap between an outer peripheral
surface of the terminal metal fitting and the inner peripheral surface of the insulator.