US Pat. No. 9,603,245

LITHIUM-ION SECONDARY BATTERY, ELECTRODE FOR THE SECONDARY BATTERY, AND ELECTROLYTIC COPPER FOIL FOR ELECTRODE FOR THE SECONDARY BATTERY

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An electrolytic copper foil for a negative electrode current collector of a lithium-ion secondary battery constituting
the negative electrode current collector for the lithium-ion secondary battery,
the electrolytic copper foil having a surface roughness Rz of from 0.8 to 2.8 ?m on both a first surface and a second surface
thereof,

the electrolytic copper foil having a 0.2% proof stress after heat treatment under a temperature between 200 and 400° C. of
250 N/mm2 or more and an elongation of 2.5% or more, and

at least one of the first surface and the second surface of the electrolytic copper foil on which an active material layer
is provided being rust-proofed.

US Pat. No. 9,159,898

OXIDE SUPERCONDUCTOR THIN FILM AND SUPERCONDUCTING FAULT CURRENT LIMITER

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An oxide superconducting thin film, comprising a substrate, an intermediate layer provided on the substrate, and a superconducting
layer provided on the intermediate layer, wherein
the intermediate layer comprises an average thickness from 10 nm to 20 nm and a surface roughness Ra of 0.5 nm or less,
the intermediate layer includes MgO with an NaCl-type crystal structure or CeO2,

an average value of a valence of the Ce element in the CeO2 as weighed by abundance is from 3.7 to 3.95,

an average value of a valence of the Mg element in the MgO as weighed by abundance is from 1.85 to 1.95, and
the superconducting layer is formed on a surface of the intermediate layer and includes an oxide superconductor as a main
component.

US Pat. No. 9,116,309

OPTICAL CONNECTOR

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. An optical connector comprising:
an optical fiber; and
a ferrule configured to hold the optical fiber,
wherein the ferrule has a front part, a rear part, a deformable mechanism to connect between the front part and the rear part,
and an opening to allow the optical fiber to bend along with displacement of the deformable mechanism, and

wherein the deformable mechanism has a restrictor to restrict the displacement or deformation of the deformable mechanism,
the restrictor being provided at least between the deformable mechanism and the front or between the deformable mechanism
and the rear part.

US Pat. No. 9,105,794

OXIDE SUPERCONDUCTOR THIN FILM, SUPERCONDUCTING FAULT CURRENT LIMITER, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OXIDE SUPERCONDUCTOR THIN FILM

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An oxide superconducting thin film, comprising:
a substrate having a single crystal structure, a main face of the substrate and a crystal face of the single crystal structure
forming an angle therebetween, wherein the angle formed between the main face of the substrate and the crystal face of the
single crystal structure is from 2° to 15°;

an intermediate layer formed on the main face of the substrate, the intermediate layer having an axis oriented in a direction
perpendicular to the crystal face; and

a superconducting layer formed on the intermediate layer, the superconducting layer containing, as a main component, an oxide
superconductor having a c-axis oriented in a direction perpendicular to a surface of the intermediate layer.

US Pat. No. 9,153,988

FULL CHARGE SENSING APPARATUS AND FULL CHARGE SENSING METHOD

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

10. A full charge sensing method of sensing a fully charged state of a secondary battery based on an equivalent circuit model
of the secondary battery, the method comprising:
measuring a voltage and a current during charging of the secondary battery;
performing a learning process on a plurality of parameter in the equivalent circuit model using a result of said measuring
of a voltage and a current during charging of the secondary battery; and

performing a determination in which the secondary battery is determined to be in a fully charged state in a case where a parameter
corresponding to a reaction resistance of the secondary battery is greater than a predetermined threshold, the parameter corresponding
to the reaction resistance of the secondary battery being one of the parameters on which the learning process has been performed.

US Pat. No. 9,116,213

SECONDARY BATTERY STATE DETECTING DEVICE AND SECONDARY BATTERY STATE DETECTING METHOD

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A secondary battery state detecting device detecting a state of a secondary battery mounted on a vehicle, comprising:
a current detecting unit detecting a current value of a current flowing in the secondary battery;
an extreme value detecting unit detecting a first extreme value of a current flowing in a starter motor after an inrush current
flows from the secondary battery to the starter motor after electricity to the starter motor starting an engine is turned
on based on the current value;

an inflection point detecting unit detecting a first inflection point of the current flowing in the starter motor after the
inrush current flows based on a minimum value of a variation of the current value per a predetermined time; and

a calculation unit selecting the inflection point when timings when the extreme value and the inflection point are detected
are separated for a predetermined time or more, and selecting either one of the extreme value or the inflection point in the
other cases to set as a starting current, and calculating a starting voltage being a voltage necessary for starting the engine
from the starting current, an internal resistance of the secondary battery, and a voltage before starting being a voltage
of the secondary battery before the electricity to the starter motor is turned on.

US Pat. No. 9,070,967

ANTENNA AND COMBINATION ANTENNA

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An antenna comprising:
a dielectric substrate;
a plurality of antenna elements provided on the dielectric substrate and having magnetic current as a main radiating source,
the plurality of antenna elements arranged such that an E? component as main polarized waves is placed in a horizontal direction;
and

rims made of metal plates or EBGs (Electromagnetic band Gap) with a predetermined periodic structure provided at respective
sides on the dielectric substrate in such a manner as to sandwich the at least one antenna element in the horizontal direction,
wherein

the plurality of at least one antenna elements comprise two or more groups of antenna elements arranged in a vertical direction,
each of the groups of the antenna elements having two antenna elements arranged in a horizontal direction, and each of the
antenna elements being formed as a ¼ wavelength rectangular patch, and

when a distance between the rims or EBGs arranged at the respective sides of the two or more groups of the antenna elements
is Asub, free space wavelength of radiation wave of the antenna elements is ?0, a relative effective permittivity of the dielectric
substrate is ?eff, and a length a of each of the antenna elements in the horizontal direction meets


the Asub is determined to meet
0.95?2a/?0

US Pat. No. 9,124,082

POWER CABLE TERMINATION FOR AERIAL CONNECTION AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING POWER CABLE TERMINATION FOR AERIAL CONNECTION

VISCAS CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A power cable termination for aerial connection to house an end of a power cable and a conductor extension rod connected
to an end of a conductor of the cable in a bushing, comprising:
an insulating filler to fill the bushing, wherein
the insulating filler is comprised of a gel cured in the bushing, and
the gel is a cured product of any one of:
(1) a mixture of a silicone oil having no polymerization reactivity and a liquid-form raw material of a silicone rubber, wherein
a mass ratio of the silicone oil to the raw material of silicone rubber ranges from 9:1 to 20:1;

(2) a mixture of a silicone oil having no polymerization reactivity and a liquid-form raw material of a silicone gel, wherein
a mass ratio of the silicone oil to the raw material of the silicone gel ranges from 2:8 to 7:3; and

(3) a mixture of silicone oil having no polymerization reactivity, a liquid-form raw material of a silicone rubber, and a
liquid-form raw material of a silicone gel

wherein at least one of
a mass ratio of the silicone oil to the raw material of silicone rubber ranges from 9:1 to 20:1 and
a mass ratio of the silicone oil to the raw material of the silicone gel ranges from 2:8 to 7:3.

US Pat. No. 9,105,795

COMPOSITE SUPERCONDUCTOR

INTER-UNIVERSITY RESEARCH...

1. A composite superconductor comprising:
Superconductor;
a friction stir welding (FSW) layer: and
a metal body which comprises two or more metal members joined to each other in such a manner that each of the metal members
directly covers the superconductor, at least one of the metal members being aluminum or aluminum alloy wherein

each of the metal members joined to each other has a groove formed on a joint surface of the metal member, the joint surface
being uniform in a longitudinal direction, and

the superconductor is placed in the groove so as to contact the respective metal members via at least one of a gap and a heat
transfer member which enable to control heat, mechanical or electrical contact conditions between the superconductor and the
metal members, said friction stir welding (FSW) layer joining the gap and the heat transfer member and the metal members.

US Pat. No. 9,065,261

CONNECTING STRUCTURE, CONNECTING DEVICE AND CONNECTING METHOD FOR ELECTRIC WIRE AND TERMINAL, AND WIRE HARNESS

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A connecting structure for an electric wire and a terminal, in which a terminal to be inserted into a terminal insertion
hole of a connector housing is crimped to a conductor exposed by stripping off a coated insulator at an end portion of an
electric wire, and
a coating resin coated on a connecting portion formed of a conductor exposed portion of the conductor exposed at the end portion
of the electric wire, an insulator coated portion which is adjacent to the conductor exposed portion and is coated with the
insulator, and a conductor crimping portion of the terminal, to which the conductor is connected, is formed into a thickness
which allows it to be inserted into the terminal insertion hole of the connector housing, wherein

a diameter of a portion, which is adjacent to the conductor exposed portion and covered by the coating resin, is smaller than
that of the insulator coated portion which is away from the conductor exposed portion;

the terminal separates from the insulator coated portion; and
the coating resin covers from the conductor crimping portion of the terminal to the insulator coated portion.

US Pat. No. 9,148,002

ELECTRICAL JUNCTION BOX

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An electrical junction box comprising:
a terminal reception part that receives a connection terminal; and
a casing that houses the terminal reception part,
the terminal reception part being configured as a member separate from the casing,
the terminal reception part including a terminal reception space that penetrates the terminal reception part and communicates
with a terminal insertion surface,

the terminal reception part being configured such that a bus bar is inserted into the terminal reception part and an end portion
of the bus bar protrudes from the terminal reception part,

the casing including a protector that is configured to cover the end portion of the bus bar protruding from the terminal reception
part without exposing the end portion of the bus bar to an outside portion of the casing,

making the terminal reception part housed in the casing causes the end portion of the bus bar to be covered with the protector.

US Pat. No. 9,070,496

ROTATABLE CONNECTOR DEVICE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A rotatable connector device, comprising:
a rotator including a ring-shaped rotatable-side ring plate and an inner cylindrical section having a cylindrical shape and
formed along an inner circumferential edge of the rotatable-side ring plate, and a stator including a ring-shaped fixed-side
ring plate and an outer cylindrical section having a cylindrical shape and formed along an outer circumferential edge of the
fixed-side ring plate, the rotator and the stator being engaged with each other so as to be rotatable with respect to each
other in a clockwise direction and a counterclockwise direction;

wherein:
an accommodation section is defined by the rotatable-side ring plate and the inner cylindrical section of the rotator and
the fixed-side ring plate and the outer cylindrical section of the stator;

a ring-shaped retainer for axially supporting a plurality of rotatable rollers is located on a bottom surface of the accommodation
section;

in a part of the accommodation section above the retainer, flat cables for electrically connecting the rotator and the stator
to each other are accommodated along the rotatable rollers, such that the flat cables are wound and rewound;

bearings provided in a circumferential direction of the retainer axially support, respectively, rotation shafts included in
the rotatable rollers such that the rotation shafts are rotatable;

each of the rotation shafts includes a plurality of legs located in a circumferential direction thereof and each having a
sliding part slidable against a circumferential surface of the bearing, and an engaging part formed at a tip of each leg and
engageable with a circumferential edge of the bearing; and

at least the sliding part of each leg is formed to have a radial-direction cross-sectional shape which is point-contactable
with the bearing, or line-contactable with the bearing over a contact width smaller than a circumferential-direction width
of the leg.

US Pat. No. 9,196,399

COMPOSITE SUPERCONDUCTOR, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING COMPOSITE SUPERCONDUCTOR

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A method for producing a composite superconductor, comprising:
a structure forming process of forming a structure including a metal covering member including at least one to-be-joined portion,
a superconductor arranged inside the metal covering member, and a reinforcing member arranged between the superconductor and
the at least one to-be-joined portion; and

a joining process of joining thereafter the at least one to-be-joined portion,
wherein the structure forming process is a process of forming the structure such that the reinforcing member and the superconductor
exist on a line extended from the to-be-joined portion in a direction in which a stress is applied in the joining process,
and such that both end portions of the reinforcing member are positioned at reinforcing member fixing sections formed on the
metal covering member.

US Pat. No. 9,203,253

CHARGE ACCEPTANCE LIMIT DETERMINATION APPARATUS AND CHARGE ACCEPTANCE LIMIT DETERMINATION METHOD

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

18. A charge acceptance limit determination method comprising:
measuring a voltage of a secondary battery to obtain a voltage value;
measuring an electric current flowing through the secondary battery to obtain a current value;
determining whether or not the secondary battery has reached a charge acceptance limit in accordance with a position on a
current-voltage plane of the voltage value and the current value

wherein said determining whether or not the secondary battery has reached a charge acceptance limit is based on a distance
of a position corresponding to the voltage value and the current value from a predetermined base point on the current-voltage
plane.

US Pat. No. 9,048,302

FIELD EFFECT TRANSISTOR HAVING SEMICONDUCTOR OPERATING LAYER FORMED WITH AN INCLINED SIDE WALL

THE FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO....

1. A field effect transistor, comprising:
a substrate;
a lower semiconductor layer of nitride-based compound semiconductor formed on the substrate;
a semiconductor operating layer of nitride-based compound semiconductor formed on the lower semiconductor layer and having
a recess, the semiconductor operating layer comprising a carrier drifting layer formed on the lower semiconductor layer and
a carrier supplying layer formed on the carrier drifting layer, the carrier supplying layer having a band gap energy greater
than that of the carrier drifting layer;

an insulating layer formed on the semiconductor operating layer and contacting the lower semiconductor layer at a bottom of
the recess;

a gate electrode formed on the insulating layer at the recess; and
a source electrode and a drain electrode formed on the same surface of the semiconductor operating layer and electrically
connected to the semiconductor operating layer with the recess in between the source electrode and the drain electrode, wherein

a side wall of the recess at a side of the drain electrode ascends at an angle of ?1 from a top surface of the lower semiconductor
layer,

a side wall of the recess at a side of the source electrode ascends vertically or at an angle of ?2 from the top surface of
the lower semiconductor layer, and

the angle ?1 is different from the angle ?2.

US Pat. No. 9,300,100

ROTATABLE CONNECTOR DEVICE HAVING A SIGNAL FLAT CABLE AND A DUMMY FLAT CABLE STACKED OVER AND SLIDABLE WITH RESPECT TO EACH OTHER

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A rotatable connector device, comprising:
a fixed-side member;
a rotatable-side member rotatably attached to the fixed-side member; and
a flat cable accommodated in an annular accommodation space defined by the fixed-side member and the rotatable-side member;
wherein:
the flat cable includes
a signal flat cable including a pair of signal conductors and a band-like resin covering the pair of signal conductors, and
a dummy flat cable that is provided on at least one of a front surface and a rear surface of the signal flat cable and is
formed of a band-like resin not including a conductor; and

the flat cable further includes adhering means that causes the signal flat cable and the dummy flat cable stacked on each
other to adhere to each other, and to slide with respect to each other in a longitudinal direction of the flat cable.

US Pat. No. 9,232,629

METAL CORE BOARD FOR VEHICLE-MOUNTABLE JUNCTION BOX

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A metal core board for a vehicle-mountable junction box, which is mountable on the vehicle-mountable junction box, comprising:
a core plate forming an intermediate layer of the metal core board comprising an island, a plurality of slits that surround
an entirety of the island, and separating connection parts present between the slits;

wherein the core plate is a first thickness;
wherein the separating connection parts are a second thickness;
wherein the plurality of slits are a third thickness that is more than twice the first thickness;
wherein the second thickness and the third thickness are substantially the same;
wherein the plurality of slits have shapes of bent and/or straight thready-lines; and
wherein, in the state where the island is held between insulating layers stacked on both of two surfaces of the core plate,
the separating connection parts are removed and the island is made electrically independent from a remaining part of the core
plate while being held between the insulating layers.

US Pat. No. 9,203,212

SEMICONDUCTOR LASER MODULE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A semiconductor laser module comprising:
a semiconductor laser element having at least one semiconductor laser;
a first support member on which the semiconductor laser element is mounted;
a first temperature-adjusting element configured to adjust a temperature of the first support member;
a semiconductor optical element having a semiconductor optical amplifier configured to amplify a laser light outputted from
the semiconductor laser element;

a second support member on which the semiconductor optical element is mounted;
a second temperature-adjusting element configured to adjust a temperature of the second support member; and
an optical isolator disposed between the semiconductor laser element and the semiconductor optical element and mounted on
the second support member, wherein

the semiconductor laser element comprises a plurality of the semiconductor lasers configured to output laser lights of which
wavelengths are different from each other within a predetermined wavelength range and an optical coupler configured to couple
the laser lights outputted from the plurality of the semiconductor lasers, and

a wavelength of the laser light outputted from the semiconductor laser element is changed by switch of the semiconductor laser
to be operated from among the plurality of semiconductor lasers and change of a temperature of the semiconductor laser element
by the first temperature-adjusting element.

US Pat. No. 9,128,237

OPTICAL FIBER AND OPTICAL TRANSMISSION SYSTEM

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An optical fiber, comprising:
a core portion; and
a cladding portion that is formed on an outer periphery of the core portion and has a refractive index lower than a maximum
refractive index of the core portion, wherein

the core portion comprises a center core portion having the maximum refractive index, and an outer core portion that is formed
on an outer periphery of the center core portion and has a refractive index lower than the refractive index of the cladding
portion,

a relative refractive-index difference ?1 of the center core portion with respect to the cladding portion is 0.20% to 0.50%,
a relative refractive-index difference ?2 of the outer core portion with respect to the cladding portion is equal to or larger
than ?0.50% and smaller than 0%, a diameter of the center core portion is 14.00 ?m to 19.00 ?m, and a ratio of an outer diameter
of the outer core portion to the diameter of the center portion is larger than 1.0 and equal to or smaller than 4.0, and

characteristics at a wavelength of 1550 nm are an effective core area of a fundamental propagation mode of equal to or larger
than 120 ?m2, an effective core area of a first higher-order propagation mode of equal to or larger than 170 ?m2, and an effective refractive index of the first higher-order propagation mode of larger than a refractive index of the cladding
portion by equal to or larger than 0.0005.

US Pat. No. 9,099,383

SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATE AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A semiconductor substrate, comprising:
a silicon substrate; and
a nitride semiconductor layer that is epitaxially grown on a Si (150) surface of the silicon substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,385,439

METAL MEMBER, A TERMINAL, A WIRE CONNECTING STRUCTURE AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A TERMINAL

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A metal member comprising:
a base material composed of one of copper and a copper alloy;
a white metal layer provided on the base material at a part or an entirety thereof; and
an oil film provided on the white metal layer,
the white metal layer having a thickness in a range of 0.01 ?m to 0.80 ?m,
a surface of the white metal layer having an arithmetic mean roughness in a range of 0.6 ?m to 1.2 ?m,
the oil film having an electric double-layer capacitance in a range of 1.5 ?F/cm2 to 7.0 ?F/cm2.

US Pat. No. 9,251,932

TERMINAL CONNECTING PART OF SUPERCONDUCTING CABLE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A terminal connecting part of a superconducting cable in which a cable core comprising a former and a superconductive conductor
layer is housed in a thermal insulation tube, the terminal connecting part comprising:
a low temperature container which is filled with a cooling medium;
a conductor current lead, one end of the current lead is immersed in the cooling medium and an other end is led to a normal
temperature part; and

a conductor movable connecting terminal which electrically connects the superconductive conductor layer and the conductor
current lead, wherein

the superconductive conductor layer is connected to the conductor current lead through the conductor movable connecting terminal,
the cable core is movable in a longitudinal direction and is rotatable in a circumferential direction while maintaining electrical
connection between the superconductive conductor layer and the conductor current lead,

the conductor movable connecting terminal is connected to the conductor current lead provided to hang down from above the
low temperature container, and

the cable core is supported by a connecting part with the conductor movable connecting terminal and a connecting part between
the thermal insulation tube and the low temperature container.

US Pat. No. 9,240,635

CRIMP TERMINAL, CONNECTION STRUCTURAL BODY, CONNECTOR AND PRESSURE-BONDING METHOD OF CRIMP TERMINAL

Furukawa Electric Co., Lt...

1. A crimp terminal comprising:
a pressure-bonding section which allows pressure-bonding and connection of at least a conductor tip in an insulated wire obtained
by coating a conductor with an insulating cover and having the conductor tip in which the conductor is exposed by peeling
off the insulating cover in a tip side,

wherein the pressure-bonding section is constructed by arranging a conductor pressure-bonding section, a diameter reduction
portion and a cover pressure-bonding section from a tip side to a base end side in a long length direction in this order,
the conductor pressure-bonding section pressure-bonding the conductor tip, and the cover pressure-bonding section pressure-bonding
a conductor tip portion in the tip side of the insulating cover,

wherein the cover pressure-bonding section is formed into a hollow shape which can surround the conductor tip portion,
wherein the conductor pressure-bonding section is formed to have a smaller diameter than the cover pressure-bonding section,
and is formed into a hollow shape which can surround the conductor tip, and

wherein the pressure-bonding section is formed into a tubular shape by rounding a barrel piece in which the conductor pressure-bonding
section and the cover pressure-bonding section are integrally formed via the diameter reduction portion and welding confronting
end portions obtained by confronting both end portions in a width direction of the barrel piece, and is formed so that a barrel
width is wider in the cover pressure-bonding section than in the conductor pressure-bonding section.

US Pat. No. 9,136,046

SUPERCONDUCTING WIRE ROD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUPERCONDUCTING WIRE ROD

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A superconducting wire rod comprising:
a substrate;
an intermediate layer formed on the substrate;
a reaction suppressing layer formed on the intermediate layer and mainly containing polycrystalline SrLaFeO4+?1 or CaLaFeO4+?2, in which the ?1 and the ?2 each represent an amount of non-stoichiometric oxygen; and

an oxide superconducting layer formed on the reaction suppressing layer and mainly containing an oxide superconductor,
wherein the oxide superconducting layer is formed by pulsed laser deposition (PLD), chemical vapor deposition (CVD), metal
organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) or sputtering,

an outermost layer of the intermediate layer is a cap layer that mainly contains at least one selected from CeO2 or PrO2, and

the reaction suppressing layer is sandwiched between and is directly in contact with the cap layer and the oxide superconducting
layer.

US Pat. No. 9,394,588

TERMINAL, WIRE CONNECTING STRUCTURE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A TERMINAL

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A terminal comprising:
a connector portion electrically connectable to an external terminal;
a tubular crimp portion extending from the connector portion, the tubular crimp portion being integral with the connector
portion or coupled to the connector portion distinct therefrom, the tubular crimp portion being adapted to be crimped onto
an electric wire, the tubular crimp portion having a longitudinal direction and a circumferential direction; and

a transition portion that couples the connector portion and the tubular crimp portion,
wherein the tubular crimp portion comprises one of a metal base material and a metal member having the metal base material,
the metal base material being composed of one of copper and a copper alloy,

the tubular crimp portion is a tubular member having a closed transition portion and an electric wire insertion opening side,
the electric wire insertion opening side being adapted to receive and encompass a conductor end portion of an electric wire,
the electric wire insertion opening side having a first width and the transition portion having a second width, the second
width being less than the first width,

the tubular crimp portion has a belt-shaped weld portion formed along a direction that is substantially the same as the longitudinal
direction of the tubular crimp portion,

a RD-direction of the metal base material being substantially aligned with the circumferential direction of the tubular crimp
portion, and

a sum of area ratios R1, R2 and R3 is greater than or equal to 15%, where R1, R2 and R3 are area ratios of crystal grains
in the metal base material oriented substantially in Cube orientation, RDW orientation, and Goss orientation, respectively,
facing a (100) plane of a face centered cubic lattice with respect to the RD-direction.

US Pat. No. 9,223,016

PULSE RADAR APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A control method for a pulse radar apparatus providing information by detecting information about a target in a predetermined
discovery distance with an update period which is set in advance, the control method comprising:
a transmission signal processing step of gating a carrier wave of a predetermined frequency into a pulse-shape in accordance
with two or more transmission control signals, and generating a transmission signal when the two or more transmission control
signals are output;

a transmission step of radiating the transmission signal as a radio wave to space;
a reception step of receiving a reflected wave generated when the radio wave is reflected by the target;
a unit sampling processing step of repeating the transmission signal processing step, the transmission step, and the reception
step at a plurality of times with a predetermined repetition period, and obtaining distance data by sampling the reception
signals for each measurement distance in accordance with a reception control signal;

a unit noise processing step of obtaining a noise signal included in each of the distance data;
a replica signal generation step of updating a replica signal using the noise signal obtained in the unit noise processing
step; and

a target information detection step of performing the unit sampling processing step for a first set number of times while
the measurement distance is changed, so as to obtain all the distance data within the discovery distance, and detecting the
information about the target by subtracting the replica signal from all of the distance data,

wherein in a first period in the update period, the target information detection step is performed,
in a second period which is the remaining period except the first period in the update period, the unit noise processing step
is performed a predetermined number of times while an output condition and/or the measurement distance of the transmission
control signal used in the transmission signal processing step are changed, and

the unit noise processing step is repeatedly performed until all the noise signals for all the distance data are obtained,
and further, processing for obtaining all the noise signals for all the distance data is repeatedly performed.

US Pat. No. 9,312,443

SEMICONDUCTOR LIGHT DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR THE SAME

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A semiconductor light device, comprising:
a semiconductor substrate having a first conduction type;
a first cladding layer having the first conduction type and deposited above the semiconductor substrate;
an active layer deposited above the first cladding layer;
a second cladding layer having a second conduction type and deposited above the active layer; and
a contact layer deposited on the second cladding layer,
wherein
the active layer includes
a window portion that is disordered via diffusion of vacancies, and
a non-window portion having less disordering than the window portion,
the contact layer includes
a first region, and
a second region that is below the first region and has greater affinity for hydrogen than the first region,
the second region has
a first hydrogen concentration in a region corresponding to the non-window portion, and
a second hydrogen concentration in a region corresponding to the window portion,
the first hydrogen concentration is higher than the second hydrogen concentration, and
the first hydrogen concentration in the region corresponding to the non-window portion is greater than 8.0E+16 atoms/cm3.

US Pat. No. 9,075,185

HOLE-ASSISTED OPTICAL FIBER

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A hole-assisted optical fiber comprising:
a core portion; and
a cladding portion that includes an inner cladding layer formed around an outer periphery of the core portion and having a
refractive index lower than that of the core portion, an outer cladding layer formed around an outer periphery of the inner
cladding layer and having a refractive index higher than that of the inner cladding layer and lower than that of the core
portion, and a plurality of holes formed around the core portion, wherein

a diameter of the core portion is in a range of 3 ?m to 9.8 ?m, a relative refractive index difference of the core portion
relative to the outer cladding layer is in a range of 0.11% to 0.45%, an outside diameter of the inner cladding layer is equal
to or less than 53 ?m, a relative refractive index difference of the inner cladding layer relative to the outer cladding layer
is a negative value equal to or more than ?0.30%, a diameter of each of the plurality of holes is in a range of 2.4 ?m to
4.0 ?m, a hole occupancy rate is in a range of 17% to 48%, a bending loss at a wavelength of 1625 nm when bent at a radius
of 5 mm is equal to or less than 1 dB/turn, and a cut-off wavelength is equal to or less than 1550 nm, and

the hole occupancy rate S (%) is defined by the following expression (1):
S=N?(d/2)2/[?(R+d)2??R2]  (1)

where N is the number of the plurality of holes, d (?m) is the diameter of each of the plurality of holes, and R (?m) is a
radius of an inscribed circle which is brought into internal contact with each of the plurality of holes.

US Pat. No. 9,071,035

OPTICAL AMPLIFIER AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING OPTICAL AMPLIFIER

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An optical amplifier comprising:
a pumping light source supplying a pumping light to an optical fiber as an amplification medium;
an ASE light power detector detecting an ASE light power including an external ASE power flowing from an upstream side outside
an amplification signal band; and

a control unit setting a gain within the amplification signal band by using the ASE light power detected by the ASE light
power detector outside the amplification signal band, wherein

the control unit controls the pumping light source by compensating for an influence of the external ASE power, obtained by
measuring a relationship between the gain within the amplification signal band and the ASE light power outside the amplification
signal band, to set initially the gain within the amplification signal band.

US Pat. No. 9,054,486

OPTICAL AMPLIFIER DEVICE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An optical amplifier device comprising:
an input/output section that inputs incident light and outputs emission light;
a polarized light splitting section that causes a polarized light component of the incident light input from the input/output
section to branch, and outputs first polarization mode light having a first polarization and second polarization mode light
having a second polarization that is different from the first polarization;

a polarization converting section into which is input the first polarization mode light, the polarization section converting
the first polarization to the second polarization and outputting first polarization converted light; and

an optical amplifying section that amplifies the first polarization converted light input to one end of a waveguide, outputs
the resulting amplified first polarization converted light from another end of the waveguide, amplifies the second polarization
mode light input to the other end of the waveguide, and outputs the resulting amplified second polarization mode light from
the one end of the waveguide, wherein

an absolute value of a change in gain per unit intensity of the light input to the optical amplifying section is no greater
than 0.16 dB/dBm,

the optical amplifying section includes:
an active layer that propagates the first polarization converted light and the second polarization mode light; and
an electrode that injects carriers into the active layer, and
with ? representing a confinement coefficient that is a ratio between light confined in the active layer and light in the
optical amplifying section and L representing length of the electrode in micrometers, the expression ?×L<1500% ?m is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,371,046

ROTARY CONNECTOR WITH A STEERING ANGLE SENSOR

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A rotary connector with sensor assembled thereto, comprising a rotary connector, a sleeve, and a steering angle sensor,
the rotary connector comprising:
a stator and a rotator that are rotatable relative to each other; and
a flat cable arranged in a first storage space that is enclosed by the stator and the rotator,
the sleeve being configured to be coupled to the rotator and rotated integrally with the rotator,
the steering angle sensor comprising:
a sensor housing that is fixable to the stator;
a rotatable member configured to be engaged with the sleeve and rotated integrally with the sleeve;
a detector configured to detect rotation of the rotatable member; and
a holder configured to hold the detector,
the sensor housing being opened at the stator side thereof,
a second storage space being formed that is enclosed by the sensor housing and the stator, the rotatable member being stored
in the second storage space,

the holder being configured to hold the detector even in a state where the second storage space is opened, and
a rotation guide for guiding rotation of the rotatable member is provided on a surface of the stator facing the sensor housing
side.

US Pat. No. 9,287,634

CRIMP TERMINAL, CONNECTION STRUCTURAL BODY AND CONNECTOR

Furukawa Electric Co., Lt...

1. A crimp terminal, comprising:
a connection section connectable with a connection section of another terminal; and
a pressure-bonding section, adjacent to the connection section, that allows at least a conductor tip of a conductor of an
insulated wire extending in a longitudinal direction to be connected thereto by pressure-bonding, the conductor being covered
with an insulating cover, and the conductor tip being exposed as a result of removing the insulating cover, wherein:

the pressure-bonding section includes an annular cross-section and includes an inner space that allows at least the conductor
tip to be inserted thereinto,

a distal end of the pressure-bonding section adjacent to the connection section is deformed such that inner surfaces of the
distal end are in close contact with each other to seal the pressure-bonding section at a sealing portion, and the distal
end includes a concaved-shaped cross-section,

the distal end is deformed such that a center area of the distal end in a width direction with respect to the longitudinal
direction when the inner surfaces of the distal end are in close contact with each other is shifted to either upward or downward
to form an arc shape when viewed from the longitudinal direction, so that the sealing portion is curved in the arc shape along
the width direction,

a welded portion that extends in the width direction is formed in the sealing portion along the arc shape,
the distal end is provided between the conductor tip and the connection section, and
a plurality of serrations are provided on an inner surface of the pressure-bonding section.

US Pat. No. 9,121,993

MULTI-CORE OPTICAL FIBER AND METHOD OF OPTICAL TRANSMISSION

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A method of optical transmission, comprising:
performing mode division multiplexing transmission using a supermode of a multi-core optical fiber, the multi-core optical
fiber comprising:

a plurality of core portions; and
a cladding portion that is positioned around each of the plurality of core portions and has a refractive index lower than
that of each of the plurality of core portions, wherein

the multi-core optical fiber is configured so that
a separation distance between adjacent ones of the plurality of core portions is 25 ?m to 56 ?m,
crosstalk of light between the adjacent core portions over an entire length in use in performing the mode division multiplexing
transmission using a supermode of the multi-core optical fiber selected from equal to or greater than 100 m to equal to or
less than 100 km becomes ?15 dB or greater and less than 0 dB at a wavelength of 1550 nm,

a core diameter of each of the plurality of core portions is equal to or greater than 5 ?m and less than 13 ?m,
a relative refractive-index difference of each of the plurality of core portions relative to the cladding portion is greater
than 0.16% and equal to or less than 0.93%,

a cable cut-off wavelength becomes 1530 nm or less, and,
the mode division multiplexing transmission is performed by using the supermode so that a field of light input to any one
of the plurality of core portions of the multi-core optical fiber propagates while being localized in that core portion.

US Pat. No. 9,423,559

MULTI-CORE AMPLIFICATION OPTICAL FIBER

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A multi-core amplification optical fiber comprising:
a plurality of core portions doped with a rare-earth element; and
a cladding portion positioned at a periphery of the plurality of core portions, the cladding portion having a refractive index
lower than a refractive index of the plurality of core portions, wherein

a distance between adjacent core portions included in the plurality of core portions is set to such a core-to-core distance
that crosstalk of light between cores does not have an effect on the optical characteristics of the adjacent core portions
to each other,

the number of the core portions included in the plurality of core portions is three or more, and
a difference between the core-to-core distances of the at least one set of the adjacent core portions and the core-to-core
distances of the other core portions is 0.5 ?m to 10 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,337,600

ROTATABLE CONNECTOR DEVICE WITH TWO PARTS ENGAGED WITH EACH OTHER AT TWO OPPOSITE POSITIONS

FURUKAWA AUTOMOTIVE SYSTE...

1. A rotatable connector device, comprising:
a fixed-side member fixed to a fixed body;
a rotatable-side member attached to the fixed-side member so as to be rotatable with respect to the fixed-side member both
leftward and rightward,

wherein the rotatable-side member comprises a fitting hole at a center of the rotatable-side member capable of receiving a
rotatable operation tool,

wherein the rotatable-side member is capable of rotating along with a rotation of the rotatable operation tool when fit to
the fitting hole; and

a provisional fixing mechanism for provisionally fixing the rotatable-side member at a neutral position on the fixed-side
member;

wherein the provisional fixing mechanism comprises:
a center hole for receiving a rotation shaft rotatable by the rotatable operation tool; and
a spring member built in the provisional fixing mechanism in a state of surrounding the center hole;
wherein the provisional fixing mechanism is fixed to a bottom part of the rotatable-side member so as to be non-rotatable
with respect to the rotatable-side member,

wherein the provisional fixing mechanism puts engaging parts, of an engaging member moved upward by an urging force of the
spring member, into engagement with engageable parts of the fixed-side member to provide provisional fixation,

wherein the engageable parts are formed along part of outer periphery of the fitting hole of the fixed-side member,
wherein the engaging parts and the engageable parts are located at a first position and a second position,
wherein the first position is located where the rotatable-side member is at the neutral position,
wherein the second position is located opposite to the first position with respect to a center point of the center hole,
wherein the engaging parts and the engageable parts are engaged with each other in a state where the rotatable-side member
is located at the neutral position, and

wherein the engaging parts and the engageable parts are not engaged with each other in a state where the rotatable-side member
is located eccentric leftward or rightward or at a position opposite to the neutral position.

US Pat. No. 9,276,374

LASER APPARATUS

Furukawa Electric Co., Lt...

1. A laser apparatus comprising:
a semiconductor laser element;
a wavelength selecting element that performs laser oscillation by forming a resonator between itself and a reflective surface
of the semiconductor laser element to output oscillated laser light; and

an optical system that is optically coupled to an emission surface of the semiconductor laser element with a coupling efficiency
? and inputs to the wavelength selecting element light output from the emission surface, the optical system being arranged
such that a coupling distance L between the semiconductor laser element and the optical system has a value that is greater
than a first value of the coupling distance L that results in a maximum coupling efficiency ? and greater than a second value
of the coupling distance L that results in a value of A equal to the value of A when the coupling distance L has the first
value, thereby avoiding a peak in the value of A between the first and second values of the coupling distance L, wherein

A={IthS2·S.E.M·?·(M+1)?1·(N?1)2}/2,

M=S.E.M/S.E.S,

N=IthM/IthS,

IthS represents a single mode oscillation threshold value,

IthM represents a multimode oscillation threshold value,

S.E.S represents single mode efficiency, and

S.E.M represents multimode efficiency.

US Pat. No. 9,070,494

FIXATION STRUCTURE OF SUPERCONDUCTING CABLE AND FIXATION STRUCTURE OF SUPERCONDUCTING CABLE LINE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A fixation structure of a superconducting cable comprising a cable core which comprises a former and a superconductor layer,
and a thermal insulation tube housing the cable core and having a thermal insulation structure configured of an internal tube
and an external tube, the fixation structure comprising:
a fixation box connected to the thermal insulation tube, having a thermal insulation structure configured of an inner wall
and an outer wall, through which the cable core penetrates;

a fixation body for fixing the cable core on the inner wall of the fixation box; and
a diameter-expanded reinforcement layer, the diameter-expanded reinforcement layer being electrically insulating, being formed
on the cable core and having a diameter decreasing toward both ends, wherein an entire length of the diameter-expanded reinforcement
layer is formed on the cable core;

wherein a refrigerant can flow through an inside of the inner wall of the fixation box, and
the cable core is fixed on the inner wall with a fixation body through the diameter-expanded reinforcement layer.

US Pat. No. 9,424,960

AGGREGATED THREAD STRUCTURE, PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF, AND ELECTRIC WIRE USING THE SAME

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A method for producing an aggregated thread structure, the method comprising:
(a) dispersing carbon nanotubes to a first solvent, which is water or a mixed solvent containing organic solvent and water,
with a surfactant, to create a dispersion; and

(b) injecting said dispersion of carbon nanotubes into a condensing liquid, which is a second solvent differing from the first
solvent, to thereby aggregate and spin the carbon nanotubes;

wherein said condensing liquid is a solution consisting essentially of one of N-methyl pyrrolidone, N,N-dimethyl acetamide,
propylene carbonate, formamide, N-methyl formamide, methanol, ethanol, or propanol, and said condensing liquid and said first
solvent differ in their affinity to said surfactant, and

the pH of said condensing liquid is 3 to 11.

US Pat. No. 9,214,251

ALUMINUM ALLOY CONDUCTOR

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An aluminum alloy conductor, consisting essentially of: 0.01to 0.4 mass % of Fe, 0.1 to 0.3 mass % of Mg, 0.04 to 0.3 mass
% of Si, and 0.1 to 0.5 mass % of Cu, and 0.001 to 0.01 mass % of Ti and V in total, with the balance being Al and inevitable
impurities,
wherein the conductor contains three kinds of intermetallic compounds A, B, and C, in which
the intermetallic compound A has a particle size within the range of 0.1 ?m or more but 2 ?m or less and is selected from
the group consisting of Al—Fe, Al—Fe—Si, Al—Fe—Si—Cu, and Al—Zr,

the intermetallic compound B has a particle size within the range of 0.03 ?m or more but less than 0.1 ?m and is selected
from the group consisting of Al—Fe—Si, Al—Fe—Si—Cu, and Al—Zr,

the intermetallic compound C has a particle size within the range of 0.001 ?m or more but less than 0.03 ?m, and
an area ratio a of the intermetallic compound A, an area ratio b of the intermetallic compound B, and an area ratio c of the
intermetallic compound C, in an arbitrary region in the conductor, satisfy the relationships of 0.1%?a ?2.5%, 0.1% ?b ?3%,
and 1%?c?10%, respectively,

wherein the aluminum alloy conductor has a recrystallized microstructure.

US Pat. No. 9,064,620

SUPERCONDUCTING THIN FILM AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SUPERCONDUCTING THIN FILM

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A superconducting thin film comprising:
a metallic substrate,
a metallic layer formed on a main surface of the metallic substrate, wherein the metallic layer comprises a metal element,
a metal oxide layer formed on the metallic layer, wherein the metal oxide layer comprises the metal element in passivated
form, and

a superconducting layer formed on the metal oxide layer directly or through an intermediate layer, wherein the superconducting
layer comprises an oxide superconductor.

US Pat. No. 9,391,376

CRIMP TERMINAL, CONNECTION STRUCTURAL BODY AND CONNECTOR

Furukawa Electric Co., Lt...

1. A crimp terminal including at least a pressure-bonding section for permitting pressure-bonding and connection to a conductor
portion of an insulated wire,
wherein the pressure-bonding section is configured from a plate material having a hollow sectional shape, and has a first
welding bead formed from one end side to the other end side in a long length direction of the pressure-bonding section, the
first welding bead penetrating the plate material from a surface side to a back face side,

a sealing portion for carrying out sealing to superpose the plate material and is provided on the one end side in the long
length direction of the pressure-bonding section in the hollow sectional shape,

an opening portion into which the insulated wire can be inserted is provided on the other end side in the long direction of
the pressure-bonding section in the hollow sectional shape, and

a second welding bead is formed in a direction intersecting with the first welding bead formed in the long length direction
between both ends in the long length direction of the sealing portion in a region where the plate material s superposed like
a plane.

US Pat. No. 9,324,471

ALUMINUM ALLOY WIRE ROD, ALUMINUM ALLOY STRANDED WIRE, COATED WIRE, WIRE HARNESS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF ALUMINUM ALLOY WIRE ROD

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

10. A wire harness comprising:
a coated wire including a coating layer at an outer periphery of one of an aluminum alloy wire rod and an aluminum alloy stranded
wire, the aluminum alloy stranded wire comprising a plurality of the aluminum alloy wire rods which are stranded together;
and

a terminal fitted at an end portion of the coated wire, the coating layer being removed from the end portion,
the aluminum alloy wire rod having a composition consisting of 0.1 mass % to 1.0 mass % Mg, 0.1 mass % to 1.0 mass % Si; 0.01
mass % to 1.40 mass % Fe; 0.000 mass % to 0.100 mass % Ti; 0.000 mass % to 0.030 mass % B; 0.00 mass % to 1.00 mass % Cu;
0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass % Ag; 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass % Au; 0.00 mass % to 1.00 mass % Mn; 0.00 mass % to 1.00 mass % Cr;
0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass % Zr; 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass % Hf; 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass % V; 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass % Sc;
0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass % Co; 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass % Ni; and the balance being Al and incidental impurities,

wherein at least one of Ti, B, Cu, Ag, Au, Mn, Cr, Zr, Hf, V, Sc, Co and Ni is contained in the composition or none of Ti,
B, Cu, Ag, Au, Mn, Cr, Zr, Hf, V, Sc, Co and Ni is contained in the composition,

a dispersion density of an Mg2Si compound having a particle size of 0.5 ?m to 5.0 ?m is less than or equal to 3.0×10?3 particles/?m2,

each of Si and Mg at a grain boundary between crystal grains of a parent phase has a concentration of less than or equal to
2.00 mass %.

US Pat. No. 9,354,395

OPTICAL WAVEGUIDE ELEMENT AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An optical waveguide element comprising:
a cladding portion made of a silica-based glass;
a multi-mode interference portion; and
a plurality of optical waveguides positioned in the cladding portion and made of a silica-based glass in which crystalline
ZrO2 particles are dispersed,

wherein the optical waveguide element is a Planar Lightwave Circuit (PLC), and
wherein the multi-mode interference portion is formed between a plurality of input and output optical waveguides.

US Pat. No. 9,291,769

COLORED OPTICAL FIBER, OPTICAL FIBER RIBBON AND OPTICAL FIBER CABLE, USING COLORED OPTICAL FIBER

Furukawa Electric Co., Lt...

1. An optical fiber cable, comprising:
an optical fiber ribbon including a plurality of colored optical fibers that are arranged parallel to each other and are collected
using a ribbon resin, the colored optical fibers each including:

a glass optical fiber, and
a coating layer, the coating layer including:
a primary coating layer that covers the glass optical fiber,
a secondary coating layer that covers the primary coating layer, and
a colored layer that coats the secondary coating layer, and wherein
the coating layers that are composed of the primary coating layer, the secondary coating layer, and the colored layer included
a relaxation modulus after 24 hours at 60° C. of 140 MPa or less, wherein

an increase of transmission loss of the optical fiber ribbon after being immersed in hot water at 60° C. for 90 days is less
than 0.1 dB/km, and

each of the colored optical fibers accommodated in the optical fiber cable includes a polarization-mode dispersion of 0.1
ps/?{square root over ( )} km or less.

US Pat. No. 9,165,699

ELECTROMAGNETIC SHIELDING TUBE AND STRUCTURE OF SHIELDED CABLE, METHOD FOR BENDING ELECTROMAGNETIC SHIELDING TUBE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTROMAGNETIC SHIELDING TUBE, AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING TERMINAL OF SHIELDED CABLE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An electromagnetic shielding tube that enables an electric wire to be inserted therein, comprising:
an inner layer made of plastic;
a metal layer formed on an outer periphery of the inner layer;
an outer layer made of plastic and formed on an outer periphery of the metal layer, wherein
the electromagnetic shielding tube is a multiple-unit tube in which the inner layer, the metal layer, and the outer layer
are integrally formed,

the electromagnetic shielding tube has shape retaining property that keeps a bending shape by rigidity after plastic deformation
of the metal layer, which is larger than restoring force accompanied with elastic deformation of the inner layer and the outer
layer after the electromagnetic shielding tube is bended,

both ends of a metal sheet member are overlapped with each other in a wrapping portion to form the metal layer, and
the wrapping portion is formed in a shape of a roll such that facing surfaces of both the ends of the metal sheet member contact
with each other without being joined.

US Pat. No. 9,324,592

WAFER PROCESSING TAPE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A wafer processing tape comprising:
a release film;
an adhesive layer formed on a first surface of the release film and having a predetermined planar shape;
a pressure-sensitive adhesive film having a label portion and a surrounding portion surrounding outside the label portion,
said label portion having a predetermined planar shape and covering the adhesive layer so that the label portion contacts
with the release film around the adhesive layer; and

a support member formed on a second surface of the release film opposite to the first surface on which the adhesive layer
and the pressure-sensitive adhesive film are formed, said support member being disposed at both end portions of the release
film in a short side direction of the release film, said support member having a coefficient of linear expansion of 300 ppm/°
C. or less,

wherein said support member is formed on an area on the second surface of the release film corresponding to an area on the
first surface of the release film between an end portion of the release film and an outside of the adhesive layer, and an
outer edge of said support member is offset from the end portion of the release film,

wherein said support member has the coefficient of linear expansion different from that of the release film by a difference
of 250 ppm/° C. or less,

said support member has a thickness larger than that of the adhesive layer,
said pressure-sensitive adhesive film includes a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer and a base film,
said base film has a coefficient of static friction different from that of said support member by a difference of 0.2 to 2.0,
and

said base film is formed of at least one of an ?-olefin homopolymer or copolymer or a mixture thereof, polyurethane, a styrene-ethylene-butene
and pentane-based copolymer, and a thermoplastic elastomer.

US Pat. No. 9,188,396

FLATTENED HEAT PIPE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A flattened heat pipe, comprising:
a flat and tubular closed container;
at least one wick structure; and
a working fluid sealed into the container, wherein
the wick structure consists of a sintered metal formed of sintered globular or deformed powder,
a cross-sectional shape of the wick structure in the container is formed into a semi-elliptical shape having a curved portion
and a flat portion, the semi-elliptical shape being one half of an ellipse,

the flat portion of the wick structure is in contact with an inner wall of the container,
the curved portion of the wick structure is in contact with the inner wall of the container,
a capillary force is generated between the curved portion and the inner wall, while a capillary force is also generated in
voids formed in the sintered metal,

vapor flowing passages are formed at least in curved areas of both sides of the container,
the inner wall of the container includes a first flat portion and a second flat portion which face each other,
the flat portion of the wick structure is in contact with the first flat portion of the inner wall,
the curved portion of the wick structure is in contact with the second flat portion of the inner wall, such that the cross-sectional
shape of the wick structure has one point contact with the second flat portion of the inner wall of the container,

the one point contact is plastically deformed by the second flat portion of the inner wall, wherein the one point contact
is plastically deformed by at most 0.4 mm;

the one point contact is an end point of a central axis of the semi-elliptical shape, and
a gap between the second flat portion of the inner wall and the curved portion of the wick structure narrows toward the end
point.

US Pat. No. 9,123,455

CONNECTION STRUCTURE FOR SUPERCONDUCTING CABLES

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A connection structure for superconducting cables comprising:
superconducting cables that are connected to each other and include cable cores containing formers and superconducting conductor
layers, respectively, and each of the cable cores is housed in a thermal insulation tube with a cooling medium, wherein

the cable cores include electric insulating layers obtained by winding insulating sheets around the superconducting conductor
layers, respectively,

the electric insulating layers on both sides of a conductor connecting part, in which the formers and the superconducting
conductor layers are connected to each other, include taper shape portions each having a diameter reducing towards the conductor
connecting part,

each of the taper shape portions is formed so as to have an inclination angle changing in a stepwise fashion by a plurality
of tapered portions among which a tapered portion nearer the conductor connecting part has smaller inclination angle, and

a reinforcing insulating layer is provided between the taper shape portions, wherein when a tapered portion nearest the conductor
connecting part among the tapered portions of the taper shape portion is defined as a first one, inclination angles ?1 to ?n of the tapered portions from first one to nth one fulfill a condition of the following formula,


wherein R is a radius of an outer periphery of the electric insulating layer, r is a radius of an outer periphery of the superconducting
conductor layer, Rj is a radius of the outer periphery of the reinforcing insulating layer, ? is an inclination angle obtained from target withstand
voltage V of the superconducting conductor layer, destruction strength gx of a taper surface in the stratabound-direction, and values of above R, Rj and r when assuming that the taper shape portion is made of a single tapered portion, x is a variable indicating a position
on a line along a cable longitudinal direction with a tip portion of the taper shape portion as an origin, y is a variable
indicating a position on a line towards outside in a radius direction with a cable centerline as an origin, and X1 to n and Y1 to n are positional coordinates of maximum diameters of the tapered portions from the first one to nth one on a plane with x-y coordinate system.

US Pat. No. 9,312,052

SUPERCONDUCTING WIRE MATERIAL, SUPERCONDUCTING WIRE MATERIAL CONNECTION STRUCTURE, SUPERCONDUCTING WIRE MATERIAL CONNECTION METHOD, AND TREATMENT METHOD OF SUPERCONDUCTING WIRE MATERIAL END

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A superconducting wire material connection structure which connects superconducting wire material to each other, the superconducting
wire material including a superconducting layer on a substrate, the superconducting wire material connection structure comprising:
a first superconducting wire material and a second superconducting wire material each including an end provided with:
a concave section in which at least the superconducting layer is removed; and
a filling section in which filling material is filled in the concave section, wherein the first superconducting wire material
and the second superconducting wire material are positioned so that the respective ends oppose to each other; and

a third superconducting wire material which is connected to both the first superconducting wire material and the second superconducting
wire material.

US Pat. No. 9,263,168

ALUMINUM ALLOY WIRE ROD, ALUMINUM ALLOY STRANDED WIRE, COATED WIRE, WIRE HARNESS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF ALUMINUM ALLOY WIRE ROD

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An aluminum alloy wire rod having a composition consisting of 0.10 mass % to 1.00 mass % Mg; 0.10 mass % to 1.00 mass %
Si; 0.01 mass % to 1.40 mass % Fe; 0.000 mass % to 0.100 mass % Ti; 0.000 mass % to 0.030 mass % B; 0.00 mass % to 1.00 mass
% Cu; 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass % Ag; 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass % Au; 0.00 mass % to 1.00 mass % Mn; 0.00 mass % to 1.00 mass
% Cr; 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass % Zr; 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass % Hf; 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass % V; 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass
% Sc; 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass % Co; 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass % Ni; and the balance being Al and incidental impurities,
wherein at least one of Ti, B, Cu, Ag, Au, Mn, Cr, Zr, Hf, V, Sc, Co and Ni is contained in the composition or none of Ti,
B, Cu, Ag, Au, Mn, Cr, Zr, Hf, V, Sc, Co and Ni is contained in the composition,

a precipitate free zone exists inside a crystal grain, and the precipitate free zone has a width of less than or equal to
100 nm.

US Pat. No. 9,209,563

POWER SUPPLY CONNECTOR AND METHOD FOR UNLOCKING POWER SUPPLY CONNECTOR

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A power supply connector for electric automobiles, which comprises:
a connector body;
a case for accommodating the connector body;
a grasping member that is attached to the case;
a lock lever that limits the movement of the case with respect to the grasping member;
a link member that is linked to the lock lever; and
an electromagnetic solenoid that is fixed to the grasping member; wherein
a plunger of the electromagnetic solenoid is connected to the link member, and
when the lock lever is in a released state, the connector body and the grasping member are slidable in a direction of nearly
the same axis line with respect to the case, and

by sliding the grasping member with respect to the case and operating the electromagnetic solenoid while the lock lever is
locked to the case, a state in which the lock lever is locked to the case by the link member is maintained, and further,

a cover is provided on the grasping member, and a pin that penetrates the lock lever can be extracted by opening the cover.

US Pat. No. 9,324,593

WAFER PROCESSING TAPE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A wafer processing tape comprising:
a release film;
an adhesive layer formed on a first surface of the release film and having a predetermined planar shape;
a pressure-sensitive adhesive film having a label portion and a surrounding portion surrounding outside the label portion,
said label portion having a predetermined planar shape and covering the adhesive layer so that the label portion contacts
with the release film around the adhesive layer; and

a colored support member formed at both end portions of the release film in a short side direction of the release film,
wherein said colored support member is formed on an area on the second surface of the release film corresponding to an area
on the first surface of the release film between an end portion of the release film and an outside of the adhesive layer,
and an outer edge of said colored support member is offset from the end portion of the release film,

wherein said colored support member has a coefficient of linear expansion different from that of the release film by a difference
of 250 ppm/° C. or less,

said colored support member has a thickness larger than that of the adhesive layer,
said pressure-sensitive adhesive film includes a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer and a base film,
said base film has a coefficient of static friction different from that of said colored support member by a difference of
0.2 to 2.0, and

said base film is formed of at least one of an ?-olefin homopolymer or copolymer or a mixture thereof, polyurethane, a styrene-ethylene-butene
and pentane-based copolymer, and a thermoplastic elastomer.

US Pat. No. 9,078,358

ASSEMBLY STRUCTURE FOR INJECTION MOLDED SUBSTRATE AND FOR MOUNTING COMPONENT

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A mounting structure comprising:
an injection molded substrate including a resin portion and conductive portions exposed at portions of a surface of the substrate;
a surface-mount component positioned on the substrate, and opposite side portions of the surface-mount component are connected
to a pair of the respective conductive portions of the substrate at respective connection portions by solder; and

a stress relaxation mechanism provided at least under the surface-mount component and being configured to relax stress applied
to the solder in response to thermal expansion of the resin portion, the stress relaxation mechanism including: (i) a first
hole provided between the connection portions under the surface-mount component, and (ii) a second hole formed in the corresponding
conductive portion at a position located laterally of at least one of the connection portions, wherein the first hole and/or
the second hole is a through-hole extending through the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,274,043

SAMPLE IDENTIFICATION SORTING APPARATUS AND SAMPLE IDENTIFICATION SORTING METHOD

Furukawa Electric Co., Lt...

1. A sample identification sorting apparatus that identifies a sample dispersed in a liquid, the sample being an object to
be measured, and sorts a target sample based on a result of identification, the sample identification sorting apparatus comprising:
an identifying unit having a sample storage section configured to store a sample dispersed in a liquid, a pressure controlling
section that delivers the liquid to a flow channel, a light irradiating section that irradiates light on a sample, an optical
information measuring section that measures optical information of the sample, and a determining section that determines whether
the sample is a target sample or a non-target sample;

a sorting unit having a sorting nozzle configured to sort a sorting solution containing a target sample into a collecting
container, the sorting nozzle having a flow path in communication with the flow path of the identifying unit, a liquid waste
collecting section that is configured to perform collection by suction of one of a liquid waste discharged from a tip of the
sorting nozzle and a liquid waste containing a non-target sample or a sample determined as being not possible to be sorted,
and a collecting container that is configured to collect a sorting solution containing a target sample;

a moving unit that moves at least one of the sorting nozzle and the collecting container; and
a control unit that causes at least one of the sorting nozzle and the collecting container to move relative to each other
based on the optical information measured in the optical information measuring section,

the liquid waste collecting section having a suction nozzle that is configured to suck one of a liquid waste containing a
non-target sample discharged from the tip of the sorting nozzle and a liquid waste containing a non-target sample or a sample
determined as being not possible to be sorted.

US Pat. No. 9,260,656

FLUORESCENT SILICA NANO-PARTICLE, FLUORESCENT NANO-MATERIAL, AND BIOCHIP AND ASSAY USING THE SAME

THE FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO....

10. A method of detecting or quantifying a biomolecule using a double antibody sandwich system, comprising
binding an antibody to a surface of colloidal silica particles containing a fluorescent dye compound composed of a silica
particle comprising a silica component and a fluorescent dye compound, wherein the colloidal silica particles containing a
fluorescent dye compound have an average diameter of 30 nm or less, wherein the fluorescent dye compound is dispersed inside
of the whole silica particle including inside and in a region close to a surface of the silica particle, and wherein the antibody
recognizes an antibody recognition site of a target biomolecule,

exposing an antigen with affinity for the antibody to the antibody bound to the surface of the colloidal silica particles,
and

detecting or quantifying fluorescence from the colloidal silica particles that are bound to the antigen and the antibody,
wherein the fluorescent dye compound is represented by any one of the following Formulae (1) to (3):

wherein each X independently represents CR3R4; each Y independently represents an atom or group selected from a hydrogen atom, hydrocarbon groups, and heteroatom-containing
functional groups; either of R1 or R2 represents a group binding the silica component covalently or a hydrocarbon group containing the group, and the other represents
a hydrocarbon group that may have a functional group; each of R3 and R4 is a hydrogen atom or a hydrocarbon group, and at least one of them is a hydrocarbon group; and n is 1 or 2; and


wherein, R11 and R21 each represent a group covalently binding throughout the silica component.

US Pat. No. 9,269,577

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING NITRIDE SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A method for manufacturing a nitride semiconductor device having a substrate and a group III nitride semiconductor layer
having p-type conductivity on at least one layer or more formed on the substrate,
the method comprising forming the group III nitride semiconductor layer having the p-type conductivity by simultaneously doping
magnesium of a p-type dopant and a metal element having a formation energy of a group III element substitute higher than that
of the magnesium and introducing the metal element to an interstitial site in the group III nitride semiconductor layer,

wherein the metal element is at least one type of element selected from Zn, Au, Ag, Cu, Pt, and Pd.

US Pat. No. 9,417,388

SPOT-SIZE CONVERSION OPTICAL WAVEGUIDE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A spot-size-converting optical waveguide comprising:
a cladding portion; and
a core portion disposed in the cladding portion, a refractive index of the core portion being higher than a refractive index
of the cladding portion, wherein

the core portion includes a first core portion and a second core portion,
the first core portion has a first straight portion and a first tapered portion,
the first straight portion extends in a predetermined direction and has width and height that are approximately constant in
the extension direction, and the first tapered portion is formed to be continuous with the first straight portion and decreases
in width and height toward a termination portion,

the second core portion has a straight-portion-coating portion, a tapered-portion-coating portion, and a second tapered portion,
the straight-portion-coating portion is formed to cover the first straight portion of the first core portion, the tapered-portion-coating
portion is formed to cover the first tapered portion of the first core portion continuously with the straight-portion-coating
portion and decreases in width and height along a shape of the first tapered portion, and the second tapered portion increases
in width and height toward the extension direction,

a light-outputting surface is formed at an end portion of the second core portion, and a refractive index of the second core
portion is lower than a refractive index of the first core portion.

US Pat. No. 9,236,706

SURFACE-EMITTING LASER APPARATUS, OPTICAL MODULE, AND METHOD OF DRIVING SURFACE-EMITTING LASER ELEMENT

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A surface-emitting laser apparatus comprising:
a surface-emitting laser element; and
circuitry configured to supply a modulation-driving current to the surface-emitting laser element, the modulation-driving
current being intensity-modulated to vary across a value of a bias current, wherein

a number of lateral modes of laser oscillation of the surface-emitting laser element changes from one to three at maximum
in accordance with a value of the modulation-driving current, and

among one or more changing currents at which the number of the lateral modes of the laser oscillation of the surface-emitting
laser element changes, said one or more changing currents comprising a first changing current at which the number of the lateral
modes of the laser oscillation changes from one to two, the circuitry is configured to restrain the modulation-driving current
so that a value of the first changing current is not between the bias current and a maximum value of the modulation-driving
current and to supply the modulation-driving current, of which a minimum value is greater than the first changing current,
to the surface-emitting laser element.

US Pat. No. 9,136,535

CATHODE ACTIVE MATERIAL, CATHODE, SECONDARY BATTERY AND MANUFACTURING METHODS FOR THE SAME

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A method for producing a lithium transition metal silicate cathode active material, characterized in that the method comprises:
supplying a lithium source, a transition metal source, a silicon source, and pure water to a reactor;
treating the mixture at 150 to 400° C. in the sealed pressure reactor, to thereby synthesize a cathode active material;
heating the cathode active material at 300 to 900° C. for 0.5 to 10 hours, to thereby produce an aggregated active material;
and

pulverizing the aggregated active material, to thereby produce a lithium transition metal silicate cathode active material,
wherein the lithium transition metal silicate cathode active material exhibits diffraction peaks having half widths of 0.175
to 0.6°, the peaks being observed through powder X-ray diffractometry within a 2? range of 5 to 50°, or has a crystallite
size of 5 to 50 nm, the crystallite size being determined through powder X-ray diffractometry within a 2? range of 5 to 50°.

US Pat. No. 9,541,707

METHOD FOR CONNECTING MULTI-CORE FIBER, MULTI-CORE FIBER, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MULTI-CORE FIBER

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A method for fusion splicing a multicore fiber in which at least one of objects to be spliced together is a multicore fiber
including a plurality of core portions, a cladding portion surrounding the plurality of core portions, and a marker portion
disposed apart from the plurality of core portions, the method comprising:
disposing the multicore fiber to face an object to be spliced that includes a marker corresponding to the marker portion;
determining a position of each of the core portions of the multicore fiber by use of the marker portion, and conducting rotation
core alignment of the position with a position of a desired core portion of the object to be spliced; and

fusing the multicore fiber with the object to be spliced,
wherein
the multicore fiber and the object to be spliced are fused together by discharges of three electrodes disposed in three directions
on a cross-sectional surface of the multicore fiber, and

the three electrodes are disposed at equal distances in a circumferential direction on three line-symmetric axes with respect
to a disposition of the plurality of core portions on the cross-sectional surface of the multicore fiber, the three line-symmetric
axes passing through only the core portion disposed at the center.

US Pat. No. 9,158,064

METHOD FOR PRODUCING BUNDLE STRUCTURE INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF OPTICAL FIBERS, METHOD FOR CONNECTING OPTICAL FIBERS, BUNDLE TERMINAL STRUCTURE COMPRISING CAPILLARY AND OPTICAL FIBERS, AND FIBER CONNECTION STRUCTURE COMPRISING BUND

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A method for producing a bundle structure including a plurality of optical fibers connectable to a multicore fiber having
a plurality of cores, the method comprising:
inserting a plurality of optical fibers arranged substantially in a close-packed arrangement into a capillary such that distal
ends of the plurality of optical fibers stick out from an end surface of the capillary by an identical length;

bringing only the distal ends of the plurality of optical fibers into contact with a first adhesive so that the first adhesive
is drawn up to a space between the optical fibers and the plurality of optical fibers are tightly attached and bonded together
by surface tension of the first adhesive drawn up to the space between the optical fibers; and

after the first adhesive is cured, fixing the capillary and the plurality of optical fibers to each other and polishing the
end surface of the capillary to obtain the plurality of optical fibers arranged in a close-packed arrangement.

US Pat. No. 9,968,017

ELECTROMAGNETIC SHIELDING TUBE

FURUKAWA AUTOMOTIVE SYSTE...

1. An electromagnetic shielding tube for an electric car through which an electric wire can be inserted comprising;an inner layer made of resin,
a metal layer formed on the periphery of the inner layer, and
an outer layer made of resin formed on the periphery of the metal layer, wherein
the electromagnetic shielding tube is a composite tube, with laminated layers of the inner layer, the metal layer and the outer layer, wherein each layer comprises a straightforward tube,
the bonding strength between the inner layer and the metal layer is stronger than the bonding strength between the metal layer and the outer layer,
the thickness of the inner layer is thicker than the thickness of the outer layer, and
the metal layer is made by forming a strip-shaped member into a cylinder, butting both ends of the strip-shaped member without forming a lapped part, and bonding the butted part by welding, and
the resin of the inner layer has a higher adhesion property with the metal layer than the resin of the outer layer.

US Pat. No. 9,314,788

SPECIMEN IDENTIFICATION AND DISPENSATION DEVICE AND SPECIMEN IDENTIFICATION AND DISPENSATION METHOD

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A specimen identification and dispensation apparatus that dispenses a target specimen as an aliquot target from specimens,
which are measurement targets, dispersed in as sample liquid flowing in a flow passage, comprising:
an optical measurement device that measures light information of the specimen by irradiating exciting light onto the specimen
and identifies the specimen as a target specimen based on the light information of the measured specimen;

a dispensation target container that receives, from a nozzle, a dispensed aliquot solution in which one or a plurality of
target specimens identified by the optical measurement device is dispersed;

a supply container from which the specimens dispersed in the sample liquid are provided to the optical measurement device;
and

a controller that controls a resupply path that supplies a liquid containing the target specimens from the dispensation target
container to the supply container as the sample liquid to adjust the number of the target specimens as an aliquot object and
the number of non-target specimens contained in the aliquot solution to a desired number, based on a sample liquid concentration
that is a concentration of the number of specimens contained in the sample liquid in which the specimens are dispersed and
an amount of the aliquot solution, wherein

the supply container, the optical measurement device, and the nozzle are serially connected such that fluid flowing from the
supply container first passes through the optical measurement device before exiting the nozzle.

US Pat. No. 9,281,574

CRIMP TERMINAL, CONNECTION STRUCTURAL BODY, CONNECTOR, WIRE HARNESS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING CRIMP TERMINAL, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING CONNECTION STRUCTURAL BODY

Furukawa Electric Co., Lt...

1. A crimp terminal comprising:
a pressure-bonding section with which at least a conductor tip of an insulated wire is connected by pressure bonding, the
insulated wire in which a conductor is covered with an insulating cover and the insulating cover on a tip side is peeled to
expose the conductor to obtain the conductor tip; and

a terminal connection section to which another connection terminal is allowed to be connected, wherein
the pressure-bonding section is configured such that
a plate material forms a sectional hollow shape, and the plate material in the sectional hollow shape is welded in a longitudinal
direction,

on a one-end side of the pressure-bonding section in the longitudinal direction in the sectional hollow shape, a sealing portion
that seals the sectional hollow shape to planarly superpose the plate material is arranged, and

welding is performed in a width direction between both ends of the sealing portion in the longitudinal direction,
the terminal connection section and the pressure-bonding section are configured as different parts, and
a welding connection section in which the terminal connection section and the pressure-bonding section are connected by welding
in series in the order named from the tip side to a rear side in the longitudinal direction is configured.

US Pat. No. 9,300,114

LASER DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, LASER DEVICE ARRAY, LIGHT SOURCE AND LIGHT MODULE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A laser device configured to output laser light, the laser device comprising:
a substrate; and
a mesa post on the substrate, the mesa post comprising:
an active layer formed above the substrate; and
a current confinement layer configured to confine current flowing through the active layer, wherein
the current confinement layer includes
a first layer,
a second layer,
a third layer, and
an oxide layer that is formed in the first, second and third layers,
in a thickness direction of the substrate, the first layer is arranged below the second layer and above the third layer,
Al contents of the second layer and the third layer are smaller than an Al content of the first layer,
the Al content of the first layer is a maximum Al content of the current confinement layer,
thicknesses of the second layer and the third layer in the thickness direction of the substrate are greater than a thickness
of the first layer in the thickness direction of the substrate,

the oxide layer extends from a side surface of the mesa post to a tip portion,
between the side surface of the mesa post and the tip portion,
the entire thickness of the first layer is occupied by the oxide layer,
the entire thickness of the second layer is not occupied by the oxide layer, and
the entire thickness of the third layer is not occupied by the oxide layer,
at least one of
(a) in the second layer, the oxide layer has a triangular shape with sides formed by the side surface of the mesa post and
a bottom surface of the second layer, respectively, and

(b) in the third layer, the oxide layer has a triangular shape with sides formed by the side surface of the mesa post and
an upper surface of the third layer, respectively, and

at least one of
(i) in the thickness direction of the substrate, a maximum thickness of the oxide layer in the second layer is greater than
the thickness of the first layer, and

(ii) in the thickness direction of the substrate, a maximum thickness of the oxide layer in the third layer is greater than
the thickness of the first layer.

US Pat. No. 9,502,159

SUPERCONDUCTING WIRE CONNECTION STRUCTURE, SUPERCONDUCTING WIRE CONNECTION METHOD, AND CONNECTION SUPERCONDUCTING WIRE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A superconducting wire connection structure, comprising:
a first superconducting wire and a second superconducting wire, ends of which are arranged across from each other; and
a third superconducting wire which is put on top surfaces of the first superconducting wire and the second superconducting
wire such that the third superconducting wire spans and connects the first superconducting wire and the second superconducting
wire along a longitudinal direction of the first superconducting wire and the second superconducting wire,

wherein each of the first superconducting wire, the second superconducting wire and the third superconducting wire is a tape-shaped
superconducting wire which includes a substrate laminated with at least a superconductive layer in an up-and-down direction
which is perpendicular to the longitudinal direction,

wherein a surface of the third superconducting wire on a side where the substrate is laminated with the superconductive layer
faces surfaces of the first superconducting wire and the second superconducting wire on a side where the substrates are laminated
with the superconductive layers,

wherein the third superconducting wire, as seen from above, tapers toward both ends thereof such that each of the both ends
is arranged within both edges of the first superconducting wire and the second superconducting wire.

US Pat. No. 9,225,141

MULTI-CORE AMPLIFICATION OPTICAL FIBER AND MULTI-CORE OPTICAL FIBER AMPLIFIER

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A multi-core amplification optical fiber comprising:
a plurality of core portions doped with a rare-earth element; and
a cladding portion positioned at an outer periphery of each of the core portions and including refractive index lower than
refractive index of each of the core portions, wherein

when a concentration of the rare-earth element doped to each of the core portions is 250 ppm to 2000 ppm, a relative refractive
index difference ? of each of the core portions relative to the cladding portion is 0.5% to 2% at a wavelength of 1550 nm,
and a core diameter of each of the core portions is 1 ?m to 5 ?m, a separation distance between each of the core portions
and adjacent one of the core portions is set at equal to or larger than 30 ?m and at equal to or smaller than 60 ?m so that
a crosstalk of light between the adjacent core portions is equal to or lower than ?30 dB, and

among the core portions being adjacent to each other, the concentration of the doped rare-earth element is differentiated
by 300 ppm to 1750 ppm.

US Pat. No. 9,509,534

PULSE GENERATION DEVICE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A pulse generation device, comprising:
baseband pulse generating circuitry including a pulse generator that generates a pulse train including two or more monopulses
and a low pass filter that receives the pulse train output from the pulse generator and outputs a baseband pulse signal, wherein

the pulse generator generates the pulse train based on a certain control signal adjusted so that the baseband pulse signal
has a certain pulse waveform which does not exceed a certain limited range,

the pulse train includes a main pulse including a main monopulse having a first pulse width and one or more monopulses having
a pulse width smaller than the first pulse width, the one or more monopulses being generated ahead of or behind the main monopulse
on a time axis, and

the one or more monopulses having the smaller pulse width have a frequency component of a cut-off frequency of the low pass
filter or higher.

US Pat. No. 9,373,932

SEMICONDUCTOR LASER MODULE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A semiconductor laser module comprising:
a package, which is composed of a bottom part and a side wall erecting with respect to the bottom part;
a plurality of semiconductor lasers;
a plurality of reflecting mirrors, which each reflect laser lights emitted from the plurality of semiconductor lasers;
a condensing lens, which concentrates the laser lights reflected by the plurality of reflecting mirrors and couples them to
an optical fiber; wherein

semiconductor laser installation surfaces are formed in a step-like shape, such that those heights gradually increase with
respect to the bottom part;

each of the plurality of semiconductor lasers is arranged on each of the semiconductor laser installation surfaces of different
heights;

the thickness of each of the plurality of reflecting mirrors is the height of the cross sectional shape of the laser light
or larger and the height thereof plus 50 ?m or smaller;

each of the plurality of reflecting mirrors is joined at height corresponding to each of the semiconductor laser installation
surfaces on an erect surface, which is approximately perpendicular to the semiconductor laser installation surfaces, in such
a way that the laser light reflected by the reflecting mirrors of higher step passes over the reflecting mirrors of lower
steps;

each of the plurality of reflecting mirrors is joined at the erect surface that faces the emission surface of the semiconductor
laser; and

the reflecting mirrors include a grasping part for grasping the reflecting mirrors for installation, and
respective grasping parts comprise, respectively, two surfaces that are parallel to each other and approximately perpendicular
to the erect surface and the semiconductor laser installation surfaces, and

the reflective surface of the reflecting mirrors are formed at a given angle with respect to the grasping part.

US Pat. No. 9,128,234

MULTI-CORE OPTICAL FIBER AND OPTICAL TRANSMISSION SYSTEM

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A multi-core optical fiber comprising:
a plurality of core portions; and
a cladding portion positioned at outer peripheries of the plurality of core portions, the cladding portion having a refractive
index lower than a maximum refractive index of each of the core portions, wherein

each of the core portions propagates light only with predetermined number, which is equal to or greater than 2, of propagation
modes,

an effective core area at wavelength of 1550 nm of each of the propagation modes is equal to or greater than 120 ?m2,

the core portion comprises of a center core portion having the maximum refractive index, and an outer periphery core portion
formed at an outer periphery of the center core portion and having refractive index which is lower than the refractive index
of the cladding portion, and

a relative refractive index difference ?1 of the center core portion relative to the cladding portion is 0.2% to 0.5%, a relative refractive index difference ?2 of the outer periphery core portion relative to the cladding portion is equal to or greater than ?0.5% and lower than 0%,
a diameter of the center core portion is 14 ?m to 19 ?m, and a ratio of an outer diameter of the outer periphery core portion
relative to the diameter of the center core portion is greater than 1 and equal to or lower than 4.

US Pat. No. 9,485,123

PULSE GENERATION DEVICE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A pulse generation device, comprising:
baseband pulse generating circuitry including a pulse generator that generates a pulse train including two or more monopulses
and a low pass filter that receives the pulse train output from the pulse generator and outputs a baseband pulse signal, wherein

the pulse generator generates the pulse train based on a certain control signal adjusted so that the baseband pulse signal
has a certain pulse waveform which does not exceed a certain limited range,

the pulse train includes a main pulse including a main monopulse having a first pulse width and one or more monopulses having
a pulse width smaller than the first pulse width, the one or more monopulses being generated ahead of or behind the main monopulse
on a time axis, and

the one or more monopulses having the smaller pulse width have a frequency component of a cut-off frequency of the low pass
filter or higher.

US Pat. No. 9,184,613

SECONDARY BATTERY STATE DETECTING APPARATUS AND SECONDARY BATTERY STATE DETECTING METHOD

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A secondary battery state detecting apparatus for detecting a state of a secondary battery installed in a vehicle, comprising:
a current detecting unit that detects an electric current flowing to the secondary battery;
a voltage detecting unit that detects a voltage of the secondary battery; and
a determining unit that determines, in a case where an external device is directly connected to terminals of the secondary
battery and the secondary battery is charged or discharged without passing through the current detecting unit, whether or
not an irregular charging-discharging has occurred, in accordance with a change in a current value and a voltage value detected
by the current detecting unit and the voltage detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,112,286

ULTRASONIC WELDING METHOD FOR CONDUCTORS

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An ultrasonic welding method of connecting conductors of a plurality of wires to one another, the conductors being exposed
by partially removing insulating coatings from the plurality of wires, the method comprising:
a wire arranging step of arranging the plurality of wires in accordance with a predetermined arrangement;
a conductor moving step of pressing the conductors in a predetermined direction to thereby change relative positions of the
conductors;

a first ultrasonic welding step of performing ultrasonic welding on the conductors in a state of being pressed in the predetermined
direction;

a second conductor moving step of releasing the pressing of the conductors in the predetermined direction and then pressing
the conductors in a different direction to thereby change the relative positions of the conductors resulting in re-positioning
a first conductor between other conductors in such a manner that the first conductor and a second conductor that were not
touching during the first ultrasonic welding step are touching after the second conductor moving step; and

a second ultrasonic welding step of performing ultrasonic welding on the conductors in a state of being pressed in the different
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,118,123

CRIMP TERMINAL, CRIMP-CONNECTION STRUCTURAL BODY, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CRIMP-CONNECTION STRUCTURAL BODY

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A crimp terminal comprising a crimping portion crimp-connecting a conductor portion exposed from an insulated wire including
the conductor portion and a cover covering the conductor portion, wherein,
the crimping portion is formed in a hollow cylindrical shape in cross section and has a first end portion and a second end
portion opposite to the first end portion, the conductor portion is inserted into the first end portion in a longitudinal
direction, and the second end portion is sealed,

the second end portion at the opposite side is sealed by welding,
the crimping portion, in which the exposed conductor portion is crimped, further includes a locking section locking the exposed
conductor portion, and

a length between the first end portion into which the conductor portion is inserted and a portion, of the locking section,
that is the closest to the first end portion is larger than a length of the exposed conductor portion of the insulated wire.

US Pat. No. 9,484,642

TERMINAL, A WIRE CONNECTING STRUCTURE AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE TERMINAL

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A terminal comprising:
a connector portion adapted to mate with another terminal;
a tubular crimp portion adapted to crimp and join with an electric wire; and
a transition portion joining the connector portion and the tubular crimp portion,
the tubular crimp portion being composed of a metal member including a base material and a coating layer formed on the base
material,

the base material being composed of one of copper and a copper alloy and having a thickness in a range of 0.20 mm to 1.40
mm,

the coating layer being composed of one of tin, a tin alloy, nickel, a nickel alloy, silver and a silver alloy and having
a thickness in a range of 0.2 ?m to 3.0 ?m,

the tubular crimp portion having a weld portion formed by butt welding the metal member,
the weld portion having, in a cross section of the weld portion perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the terminal,
a phase existing therein of one of tin, a tin alloy, nickel, a nickel alloy, silver and a silver alloy, the phase being of
a size greater than 0.01 ?m2,

the tubular crimp portion being formed into a closed tubular body in which one end opposite to an electric wire insertion
opening is closed.

US Pat. No. 9,459,342

RADAR DEVICE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A radar device that radiates a transmission signal from a predetermined measure point, receives reflected waves that have
been reflected by targets to be measured to obtain detected data including at least position information, and detect the targets
by processing the detected data, the radar device comprising:
a tracking processing unit configured to:
group the detected data into one or more cluster areas using at least the position information, that defines each of the cluster
areas as one of clusters,

perform a clustering process, in which a central value of each of the clusters is calculated, and based on the position information
of the detected data, determine whether a detected datum is within a predetermined distance from an area of an already formed
one of the clusters, and when the detected datum is within the predetermined distance from the area of the already formed
one of the clusters, update at least one of a gravity center, a width, and a height of the already formed one of the clusters,
and

perform a tracking process, in which each of the targets is defined as one item, a distance between a position of each of
the items that have been detected and the central value of each of the clusters is calculated, when the distance for any of
the items is determined to have a predetermined value or less, a cluster is determined to correspond to an item, and when
the distances from all of the items that have been detected are more than the predetermined value, the cluster is determined
as a new item, an averaged position that is the position which has been averaged is calculated using the central value of
the cluster for each of the items, wherein

each of the cluster areas is a fan-shaped cluster area that has a center at the measure point and that is surrounded by:
two arcs having identical center angles and different radii; and
two line segments on the different radii.
US Pat. No. 9,650,706

ALUMINUM ALLOY WIRE ROD, ALUMINUM ALLOY STRANDED WIRE, COATED WIRE, WIRE HARNESS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF ALUMINUM ALLOY WIRE ROD

Furukawa Electric Co., Lt...

1. An aluminum alloy wire rod having a composition consisting of 0.1 mass % to 1.0 mass % Mg; 0.1 mass % to 1.0 mass % Si;
0.01 mass % to 1.40 mass % Fe; 0.000 mass % to 0.100 mass % Ti; 0.000 mass % to 0.030 mass % B; 0.00 mass % to 1.00 mass %
Cu; 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass % Ag; 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass % Au; 0.00 mass % to 1.00 mass % Mn; 0.00 mass % to 1.00 mass
% Cr; 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass % Zr; 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass % Hf; 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass % V; 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass
% Sc; 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass % Co; 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass % Ni; and the balance being Al and incidental impurities,
wherein a dispersion density of an Mg2Si compound having a particle size of 0.5 ?m to 5.0 ?m is less than or equal to 3.0×10?3 particles/?m2,

in a sectional structure, a concentration of each of Mg and Si other than a compound is less than or equal to 2.00 mass %,
and

in a sectional structure, a concentration of each of Fe, Ti, B, Cu, Ag, Au, Mn, Cr, Zr, Hf, V, Sc, Co and Ni other than a
compound is less than or equal to 1.00 mass %.

US Pat. No. 9,444,212

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ELECTRICAL WIRE CONNECTING STRUCTURE AND ELECTRICAL WIRE CONNECTING STRUCTURE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An electrical wire connecting structure in which a terminal having a tube-shaped portion and a conductor portion of a covered
electrical wire are crimped at the tube-shaped portion and the tube-shaped portion has a conductor crimping portion corresponding
to the conductor portion, and a cover crimping portion corresponding to a cover portion of the covered electrical wire, wherein
the terminal has a closed cylindrical body that is closed from an end portion side opposite to an electrical wire insertion
port of the tube-shaped portion except for the electrical wire insertion port by welding end faces of a terminal forming piece
to each other to form the tube-shaped portion and closing the end portion side opposite to the electrical wire insertion port
of the tube-shaped portion, the tube-shaped portion has an inner diameter ranging from 1.5 to 2.0 mm, the covered electric
wire has the conductor portion whose area in cross-section vertical to a longitudinal direction of the covered electrical
wire ranges from 0.72 to 1.37 mm2,
wherein the conductor crimping portion has a crimping mark in which a welded portion is crimped in one direction and which
is concaved into the conductor portion from the welded portion, and wherein the cover crimping portion has uniform elastic
repulsive force over a whole periphery of the cover portion by applying a same pressure to the whole periphery of the cover
portion,

wherein the tube-shaped portion is a stepped tube having plural tube aperture diameters, and
wherein the stepped tube has the plural aperture diameters each of which corresponds to a thickness of a cover portion of
the covered electrical wire.

US Pat. No. 9,343,865

LASER DEVICE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A laser device comprising:
an optical fiber laser unit including
an amplification optical fiber;
a plurality of pumping light sources configured to output pumping lights for optically pumping the amplification optical fiber;
and

controller circuitry configured to control the pumping light sources, wherein
when an instruction value for supplying a predetermined driving electric current to each of the pumping light sources is input
to the controller circuitry, the controller circuitry conducts a control of supplying a compensated electric current value
as a driving electric current obtained by multiplying an initial electric current value corresponding to the instruction value
by a compensation coefficient and supplying the compensated electric current value to each of the pumping light sources,

the compensation coefficient is set to restrain a decrease in a power with time of a laser light output from the optical fiber
laser unit,

the compensation coefficient is a function of an accumulated driving time of each of the pumping light sources,
the plurality of the pumping light sources is a plurality of semiconductor pump lasers, and
the compensation coefficient is a function set to compensate for a decrease in a sum of powers of the pumping lights, the
decrease depending on an accidental failure rate of chips of the plurality of the semiconductor pump lasers.

US Pat. No. 9,116,316

OPTICAL CONNECTOR, MALE CONNECTOR HOUSING FOR OPTICAL CONNECTOR, AND FEMALE CONNECTOR HOUSING FOR OPTICAL CONNECTOR

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An optical connector, comprising:
a male connector housing to which optical transmission path-related members forming an optical transmission path are assembled;
and

a female connector housing for allowing the male connector housing to be inserted thereinto;
wherein:
at least one of outer side surfaces of the male connector housing has a guided convexed and concaved part extending in a direction
in which the male connector housing is inserted;

an inner side surface of the female connector housing, corresponding to the at least one of outer side surfaces in a state
where the male connector housing is inserted into the female connector housing, has a guiding convexed and concaved part extending
in the direction in which the male connector housing is inserted, the guiding convexed and concaved part being engageable
with the guided convexed and concaved part to guide the male connector housing in the direction in which the male connector
housing is inserted;

the guiding convexed and concaved part has an inclining surface inclining with respect to a direction perpendicular to the
inner side surface; and

the guided convexed and concaved part has a counter inclining surface facing the inclining surface.

US Pat. No. 9,768,525

TERMINAL, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING TERMINAL, AND TERMINATION CONNECTION STRUCTURE OF ELECTRIC WIRE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A terminal comprising a tubular crimp portion that crimp connects with an electric wire,
the tubular crimp portion being composed of a metal member,
the tubular crimp portion including a non-weld portion and a weld portion, the weld portion being formed by laser welding,
wherein a metal base material constituting the metal member of the non-weld portion includes an annealed portion, and
an area of the annealed portion located on a cross section perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the tubular crimp
portion, the area of the annealed portion being 5 to 60% of an area of the weld portion and the non-weld portion.

US Pat. No. 9,519,106

FUSION-SPLICING DEVICE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A fusion-splicing device for fusion-splicing an exposed end of a built-in optical fiber affixed to a ferrule to an exposed
end of another optical fiber, the fusion-splicing device comprising:
a fusion-splicing operation unit that fuses the respective exposed ends of said another optical fiber and the built-in optical
fiber to form a spliced fiber, the fusion-splicing operation unit receiving and holding a ferrule holder in a prescribed position,
said ferrule holder receiving and holding said ferrule at one end that is opposite to an end having said exposed end of the
built-in optical fiber, and having a stem of a prescribed length at an opposite end, said fusion-splicing operation unit further
receiving said another optical fiber such that said respective exposed ends of the built-in optical fiber and said another
optical fiber face each other at prescribed positions; and

a fusion-spliced-portion reinforcement device that receives said spliced fiber having, on one end, said ferrule attached to
the ferrule holder,

wherein at least a portion of the stem of the ferrule holder extends, and is exposed to an exterior, from one end of the fusion-spliced-portion
reinforcement device to be manually accessible when said spliced fiber is received by the fusion-spliced-portion reinforcement
device.

US Pat. No. 9,484,652

CRIMP TERMINAL, CRIMP-CONNECTION STRUCTURAL BODY, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CRIMP-CONNECTION STRUCTURAL BODY

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A crimp terminal comprising:
a crimping portion crimp-connecting a conductor portion exposed from an insulated wire including the conductor portion; and
a cover covering the conductor portion, wherein,
the crimping portion is formed in a hollow cylindrical shape in cross sectio and has a first end portion and a second end
portion opposite to the first end portion, the conductor portion is inserted into the first end portion in a longitudinal
direction, and the second end portion is sealed,

the second end portion at the opposite side is sealed by welding,
the crimping portion has a guide section inside the crimping portion into which the exposed conductor portion is inserted,
an inner diameter of the guide section is smaller than an outer diameter of the cover of the insulated wire and larger than
an outer diameter of the conductor portion,

a length between the first end portion into which the conductor portion is inserted and the guide section is smaller than
a length of the exposed conductor portion of the insulated wire,

the crimping portion includes a cover crimping range and an electric wire crimping range, which is smaller than the cover
crimping range in diameter, the guide section being a border between the cover crimping range and the electric wire crimping
range, a plurality of electric-wire-locking grooves being formed inside the crimp terminal,

the cover crimping range includes a tapered section, the electric-wire-locking grooves are formed at the second end portion's
side relative to the tapered section, and an angle defined by the tapered section relative to longitudinal direction is equal
to or smaller than 45°, and

the crimping portion has a first welding portion, a second welding portion, and a sealing portion, the first welding portion
is welded along the longitudinal direction of the crimping portion being formed in the hollow cylindrical shape, the sealing
portion is formed, at one side and in the longitudinal direction, of the hollow cylindrical shape of the crimping portion
by compressing an upper-side sheet portion of the crimping portion to a bottom-side sheet portion of the crimping portion
so that the upper-side sheet portion and the bottom-side sheet portion overlap with each other and are deformed to and sealed,
the second welding portion is welded to cross the longitudinal direction at a point between two end portions of the sealing
portion sealed.

US Pat. No. 9,466,922

ELECTRIC COMPONENT CONNECTION UNIT AND ELECTRIC CONNECTION BOX

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An electric component connection unit, comprising:
a component mounting block to which an electric component is attachable; and
an insertion permission frame having provided therein an insertion permission section for allowing the component mounting
block to be inserted thereinto;

wherein:
side-surface facing parts are provided in each of which an outer side surface of the component mounting block and an inner
side surface of the insertion permission frame face each other in a crossing direction crossing an insertion direction in
which the component mounting block is inserted into the insertion permission section,

a first pair of side-surface facing parts which are generally parallel to each other in the crossing direction are provided
in the side-surface facing parts,

a second pair of side-surface facing parts which are generally parallel to each other and perpendicular to the first pair
of side-surface facing parts in the crossing direction are provided in the side-surface facing parts,

pull-out direction engagement means, for putting the component mounting block into engagement with the insertion permission
section in a pull-out direction which is opposite to the insertion direction and in which the component mounting block inserted
into the insertion permission section is pulled out from the insertion permission section, is provided at the first pair of
side-surface facing parts,

the pull-out direction engagement means includes first pull-out direction engagement means and second pull-out direction engagement
means, located at positions on a diagonal line, the positions being respectively at the first pair of side-surface facing
parts,

the first pull-out direction engagement means is located at one of the first pair of side-surface facing parts,
the second pull-out direction engagement means is located at the other of the first pair of side-surface facing parts,
block positioning means is provided at the insertion permission frame and the component mounting block, the block positioning
means being for positioning the component mounting block with respect to the insertion permission section in the crossing
direction,

the block positioning means includes first block positioning means and second block positioning means,
the first block positioning means is located at one of the first pair of side-surface facing parts, at one of two ends that
is opposite to the end at which the first pull-out direction engagement means is located, and includes:

a block-side engageable protrusion protruding from the component mounting block toward the insertion permission frame; and
a frame-side positioning recess located a the insertion permission frame so as to be engageable with the block-side engageable
protrusion, and

the second block positioning means is located at one of the second pair of side-surface facing parts, at one of two ends that
is on the same side as the end at which the second pull-out direction engagement means is located, and includes:

a frame-side engageable protrusion protruding from the insertion permission frame toward the component mounting; and
a block-side positioning recess located at the component mounting block so as to be engageable with the frame-side engageable
protrusion.

US Pat. No. 9,423,491

RADAR DEVICE

Furukawa Electric Co., Lt...

1. A radar device configured and adapted to detect an object, comprising:
a transmitting antenna configured and adapted to transmit a high frequency signal;
a receiving antenna configured and adapted to receive a high frequency signal transmitted by the transmitting antenna and
reflected by the object; and

a dummy antenna configured and adapted to attenuate a high frequency signal transmitted by the transmitting antenna and reflected
by a structural object, the structural object being constantly located within a transmission path of the high frequency signal,

the dummy antenna being further configured and adapted to be selectable to perform at least one function in addition to the
function of attenuating a high frequency signal.

US Pat. No. 9,378,869

SUPERCONDUCTIVE WIRE MATERIAL SUBSTRATE, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF AND SUPERCONDUCTIVE WIRE MATERIAL

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A superconductive wire material substrate, wherein:
a surface roughness Ra of one surface of the superconductive wire material substrate is 10 nm or less, and a surface roughness
Ra of an other surface of the superconductive wire material substrate is larger than the surface roughness Ra of the one surface
and is 10 nm or more and less than 15 nm,

wherein a difference between the surface roughnesses Ra of the one surface and the other surface is larger than 2 nm and smaller
than 10 nm.

US Pat. No. 9,304,172

BATTERY CONDITION ESTIMATING METHOD AND POWER SYSTEM

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A battery condition estimating method comprising steps of:
estimating impedance of a battery from a current value and a response voltage of said battery when said battery is discharged
with a predetermined discharge pattern multiple times during one time of said estimating of the impedance; and

estimating aging level or discharge ability of said battery by using the impedance,
wherein said predetermined discharge pattern is formed by making discharge current ranges and durations constant and by adjusting
a recovery time during which said discharge is stopped so that the response voltage during each discharge becomes substantially
constant.

US Pat. No. 9,124,022

ROTATABLE CONNECTOR DEVICE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A rotatable connector device, comprising:
a rotator including an annular rotatable-side ring plate and an inner circumferential cylindrical section having a cylindrical
shape and formed along an inner circumferential edge of the rotatable-side ring plate; and

a stator including an annular fixed-side ring plate and an outer circumferential cylindrical section having a cylindrical
shape and formed along an outer circumferential edge of the fixed-side ring plate;

wherein the stator and the rotator are in engagement with each other coaxially so as to be rotatable with respect to each
other in a clockwise direction and a counterclockwise direction; and the rotatable-side ring plate and the inner circumferential
cylindrical section of the rotator and the fixed-side ring plate and the outer circumferential cylindrical section of the
stator form an accommodation space;

the rotatable connector device further comprising:
an annular retainer, for supporting a plurality of rotatable rollers, placed in a bottom part of the accommodation space;
at least one flat cable for electrically connecting the side of the rotator and the side of the stator to each other and including
a reversed part at which a winding direction of the flat cable is reversed, the flat cable being accommodated on the retainer
in the accommodation space such that the flat cable can be wound and rewound;

a flexible and elastic dummy cable having one end in a longitudinal direction thereof connected and fixed to the side of the
rotator and the other end thereof connected and fixed to the side of the stator and including a reversed part directly wound
along one of the rotatable rollers to reverse a winding direction thereof, the dummy cable being accommodated on the retainer
in the accommodation space such that the dummy cable can be wound and rewound along the one of the rotatable rollers and being
stacked on the flat cable;

a press guide, for allowing the reversed part of the dummy cable to be directly pressed thereon, provided on the retainer;
and

diametrical direction restriction sections for restricting a movement in a diametrical direction of the dummy cable or the
flat cable, the restriction sections being provided on the retainer and between the plurality of rotatable rollers located
at an equal interval in a circumferential direction;

wherein:
the diametrical direction restriction sections include a first diametrical direction restriction section, a second diametrical
direction restriction section and a third diametrical direction restriction section which have different shapes from each
other;

the first diametrical direction restriction section stands close to a convex side of the reversed art of the dummy cable and
is integral with the press guide;

the second diametrical direction restriction section stands close to another one of the rotatable rollers which is adjacent
in the circumferential direction to the one of rotatable rollers along which the reversed part of the dummy cable is wound,
with the first diametrical direction restriction section being interposed between these two rotatable rollers the second diametrical
direction restriction section facing the first diametrical direction restriction section in the circumferential direction,
with the another one of the rotatable rollers being interposed between the second diametrical direction restriction section
and the first diametrical direction restriction section;

the third diametrical direction restriction section stands between the second diametrical direction restriction section and
still another one of the rotatable rollers which is adjacent to the another one of the rotatable rollers close to the second
diametrical direction restriction section, the still another one of the rotatable rollers being adjacent in the circumferential
direction directed from the another one of the rotatable rollers close to the second diametrical direction restriction section
toward the second diametrical direction restriction section, the third diametrical direction restriction section being close
to the still another one of the rotatable rollers;

the dummy cable has a length in the longitudinal direction which is shorter than that of the flat cable in the longitudinal
direction so as to allow the reversed part of the flat cable to be located at a substantially central position in the circumferential
direction between the second diametrical direction restriction section and the third diametrical direction restriction section
in the state where the reversed part of the dummy cable is wound along the one of the rotatable rollers; and

the second diametrical direction restriction section and the third diametrical direction restriction section are away from
each other by an interval which is larger than an interval between the one of the rotatable rollers along which the reversed
part of the dummy cable is wound and the press guide and which is larger than or equal to a moving range by which the reversed
part of the flat cable moves in the circumferential direction on the retainer in the vicinity of the one of the rotatable
rollers until the retainer starts rotating after the rotator starts rotating.

US Pat. No. 9,942,995

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A METAL CORE SUBSTRATE HAVING IMPROVED EDGE INSULATING PROPERTIES

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A method for producing a metal core substrate by stacking a core plate having holes therein and an insulating layer on each of two surfaces of the core plate to form an integral substrate and then performing outline shaping on the integral substrate to obtain a plurality of metal core substrates on a same surface being individually cut out, the method comprising:a punching step of forming the holes in the core plate, wherein separation portions and coupling portions are alternately formed on phantom outline shaping lines along which outline shaping is to be performed in an outline shaping step, a plurality of product portions to configure the metal core substrates are adjacently arranged in a matrix arrangement with the phantom outline shaping lines between each of the plurality of product portions, each of the separation portions separating adjacent portions of the core plate to be the metal core substrates from each other, or separating a portion of the core plate to be the metal core substrates from an outer peripheral portion of the core plate, along one of the phantom outline shaping lines, each of the separation portions in a plan view have a bending portion bent at a right angle at a middle position thereof, and one coupling portion is arranged on each side surrounding the respective product portions, each of the coupling portions have a size for accommodating a circular shape in the plan view to be formed to remove a part of each coupling portion so that the coupling portions can be separated along the phantom outline shaping lines, and each of the coupling portions are astride the phantom outline shaping lines to couple the adjacent portions of the core plate to be the metal core substrates to each other or to couple the portion of the core plate to be the metal core substrates to the outer peripheral portion;
a stacking step of performing the stacking, wherein the separation portions are filled with a resin used to form the insulating layers;
a separation step, performed after the stacking step, of removing the part of each of the coupling portions by punching using a drill or laser for forming the holes having the circular shape in the plan view, so that the adjacent portions of the integral substrate to be the metal core substrates are separated from each other, or the portion of the integral substrate to be the metal core substrates is separated from the outer peripheral portion of the integral substrate, along one of the phantom outline shaping lines, wherein the outline shaping step is to be performed in a state where the coupling portions are separated by the punching and the holes remain opened in the integral substrate; and
the outline shaping step of performing the outline shaping along outline shaping positions to obtain the metal core substrates as being individually cut out by forming V-shaped linear notches on upper and lower surfaces of the outline shaping positions from one end to an opposite end of the integral substrate, wherein
an insulating structural part including an insulating covering portion, which covers an end surface of the core plate in the metal core substrates that defined the separation portions before the outline shaping step and is formed of the resin used to form the insulating layers, and inclining faces configured of the surfaces defining the notches on upper and lower sides along a thickness direction of an end surface of the insulating structural part, are formed.

US Pat. No. 9,525,215

CRIMP TERMINAL, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING CRIMP TERMINAL, ELECTRICAL WIRE CONNECTION STRUCTURE, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ELECTRICAL WIRE CONNECTION STRUCTURE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A crimp terminal comprising:
a fitting portion at a tip of the crimp terminal; and
an electrical wire connection portion at a rear end of the crimp terminal,
wherein the electrical wire connection portion is configured in a tubular shape, a tip of the tube is crushed to be superimposed
and closed to form, a superimposed and closed portion, and at a position between the fitting portion and the electrical wire
connection portion, the superimposed and closed portion of superimposed two or more sheets of a plate material are bent to
form the crimp terminal, and the superimposed and closed portion is longitudinally welded at a seam between the superimposed
two or more sheets.

US Pat. No. 9,457,389

ROLLED COPPER FOIL

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A rolled copper foil comprising crystal particles of copper or a copper alloy, the rolled copper foil comprising:
an average particle size of the crystal particles composing the outermost surface of the rolled copper foil of not less than
0.2 ?m and not greater than 6 ?m;

a ratio of the average particle size of the crystal particles composing the outermost surface of the rolled copper foil to
a thickness of the rolled copper foil of not less than 1% and not greater than 6%;

and an intragranular distortion rate, found by the following formula (1) when a cross-section perpendicular to a length direction
of the rolled copper foil is analyzed by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), of not less than 0.5% and not greater than
10%:

Intragranular distortion rate (%) =(A)/(B)×100  Formula (1)

in the formula (1), (A) represents an area of a region identified through image analysis to have an orientation difference
of not less than 1 degree and not greater than 15 degrees, and (B) represents an area of a region identified through image
analysis to have an orientation difference of not less than 0 degrees and not greater than 15 degrees, wherein

the rolled copper foil is formed by rolling a round wire copper material into a foil shape, and
the rolled copper foil is formed by performing a heat treatment on the round wire copper material in the foil shape under
conditions from 300° C. to 500° C. and from 0.01 seconds to 100 seconds.

US Pat. No. 9,443,643

INSULATED WIRE, ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING AN INSULATED WIRE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An insulated wire, comprising:
a conductor;
a foamed insulating layer obtained by foaming a thermosetting resin; and
a non-foamed layer on an outer circumference of the foamed insulating layer,
wherein the non-foamed layer contains microparticles of a partial discharge resistant material in an amount of 30% by mass
or less relative to a resin, and

wherein the foamed insulating layer has a thickness of 30% or more of the sum of a thickness of the foamed insulating layer
and a thickness of the non-foamed layer.

US Pat. No. 9,180,826

IN-VEHICLE POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An in-vehicle power supply apparatus that provides power supply from a secondary battery installed in a vehicle to in-vehicle
devices, the in-vehicle devices being classified based on attributes of the in-vehicle devices, the in-vehicle power supply
apparatus comprising:
a voltage compensating unit that compensates for a power supply voltage supplied to a first set of at least one in-vehicle
device that is selected from the in-vehicle devices based on the attributes by increasing the power supply voltage in a case
where a voltage supplied to the in-vehicle devices has become less than or equal to a first predetermined value; and

an uninterruptible power supply unit that supplies electric power of a further secondary battery different from the secondary
battery to a second set of at least one in-vehicle device that is selected from the in-vehicle devices based on the attributes
in a case where a voltage supplied to the in-vehicle devices has become less than or equal to a second predetermined value
that is smaller than the first predetermined value,

the second set of at least one in-vehicle device being different from the first set of at least one in-vehicle device.

US Pat. No. 9,350,191

SECONDARY-BATTERY CHARGEABLE-LIMIT DETECTING METHOD AND DEVICE OF THE SAME

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A secondary-battery chargeable-limit detecting method of detecting a charge rate of a chargeable limit serving as an upper
limit of a chargeable charge rate of a secondary battery at every cycle operation time-point of a predetermined cycle, comprising:
when reaching the cycle operation time-point,
measuring a voltage, a current, and a temperature of the secondary battery;
calculating the charge rate of the secondary battery is calculated based on the current measurement value;
calculating an average current corresponding to an average value of the current measurement value in a predetermined period;
calculating a voltage excess rate representing a rate that the voltage measurement value becomes higher than a predetermined
voltage threshold in a predetermined period;

when all of conditions that: the temperature measurement value is higher than a predetermined temperature threshold, the voltage
measurement value is higher than the voltage threshold, the average current is within a predetermined current threshold range
including 0, and the voltage excess rate is larger than a predetermined voltage-excess-rate threshold are determined to be
satisfied, calculating a condition satisfied duration in which the conditions are continuously satisfied; and

when the condition satisfied duration is determined to be longer than a predetermined duration threshold, setting the charge
rate as the charge rate of the chargeable limit.

US Pat. No. 9,672,959

WIRE HARNESS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING WIRE HARNESS

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A wire harness comprising:
a plurality of electric wires;
a protector that defines at least either one of a bending shape and a branching shape of the plurality of electric wires;
and

a fixing member attached to the electric wires, the fixing member including a protector-attached portion to be attached to
the protector;

the protector including an engaging portion engageable with the protector-attached portion,
positions of the electric wires and the protector relative to each other being settled by engagement of the protector-attached
portion of the fixing member attached to the electric wires with the engaging portion, wherein

the protector has a U-like cross-sectional shape in a plane perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the electric wires,
the engaging portion is provided in a bottom surface of the U-like shape of the protector, and
the protector has a notch formed in at least either one of opposite side walls of the U-like shape, the notch being provided
near the engaging portion.

US Pat. No. 9,590,325

STRUCTURE FOR FIXING BATTERY POST TERMINAL

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A fixing structure of a battery post terminal, comprising:
a battery post terminal having left and right extended portions each having an inclined surface formed thereon, and an electrode
fitting part integrally formed with the left and right extended portions, and sandwiching, from both sides, side surfaces
of a battery post by performing pressing to narrow a space between the left and right extended portions;

a slope member having four leg parts each having a slope formed thereon whose inclination angle is the same as that of the
inclined surface, and pressing the left and fight extended portions by being moved in an up-and-down direction while making
the slopes to be brought into contact with the inclined surfaces; and

a bolt having a screw part inserted in the up-and-down direction between the left and right extended portions, and moving
said slope member in the up-and-down direction by being fastened,

wherein the four leg parts are disposed with a space provided therebetween along an outer periphery of the screw part, the
screw part being set as a center, when said battery post terminal is seen from a vertical direction,

the bolt is inserted from a bottom of a fixing part of the battery post and a nut is placed at a top of the fixing part, and
at least one of left and right folded-back portions connected to the left and right extended portions is folded inwardly from
the left and right extended portions,

wherein a boss portion projecting toward a place between the leg parts adjacent to each other is formed on the inclined surface,
wherein the boss portion has a curved shape that surrounds the screw part, and wherein the curved shape helps a user to insert
the bolt along with the boss portion.

US Pat. No. 9,855,854

CHARGE CONTROL DEVICE AND CHARGE CONTROL METHOD

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A charge control device for controlling a charge state of a secondary battery equipped in a vehicle, the device comprising:
calculation means for calculating a current charge state of the secondary battery based on charge and discharge currents and
a terminal voltage of the secondary battery;

detection means for detecting a traveling state of the vehicle; and
control means for, when the detection means detects that the vehicle is decelerating, setting a voltage generated by an alternator
higher than the terminal voltage of the secondary battery in order to charge the secondary battery with regeneratively generated
electric power, and when the detection means detects that the vehicle is not decelerating, setting the voltage generated by
the alternator lower than the terminal voltage of the secondary battery when a state of charge of the secondary battery calculated
by the calculation means is greater than a prescribed second threshold value, and setting the voltage generated by the alternator
higher than the terminal voltage of the secondary battery when the state of charge of the secondary battery calculated by
the calculation means is less than a prescribed first threshold value;

the second threshold value being greater than the first threshold value, and the first threshold value and the second threshold
value being set within a low SOC region.

US Pat. No. 9,722,338

ELECTRIC CABLE STRUCTURAL BODY, ELECTRIC CONNECTION STRUCTURE, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTRIC CABLE STRUCTURAL BODY

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An electric cable structural body, comprising:
a first direction exposed conductor group including a plurality of exposed conductor portions extending in a first direction
while being parallel to each other;

a second direction exposed conductor group including a plurality of exposed conductor portions extending in a second direction
while being parallel to each other,

wherein:
the plurality of exposed conductor portions are each obtained from a conductor covered with an insulating cover by removing
a predetermined length of the insulating cover in a longitudinal direction, and a plurality of the conductors are rectangular
conductors located with an interval provided in a width direction and are held between insulating films to form a flat cable,
and

the first direction exposed conductor group and the second direction exposed conductor group intersect and overlap each other
to form an intersection overlap portion;

the electric cable structural body further comprising:
the insulating cover that covers a side of the intersection overlap portion that is opposite to an overlap side; and
an insulating structure provided between the first direction exposed conductor group and the second direction exposed conductor
group at the intersection overlap portion, the insulating structure electrically insulating the exposed conductor portions
from each other,

wherein:
the insulating structure has windows at positions corresponding to conductor intersection portions at which the exposed conductor
portions are to be conductive to each other, among intersection portions at which the exposed conductor portions intersect
each other, the windows passing through the insulating structure such that the exposed conductor portions intersecting each
other face each other via the windows, and

the exposed conductor portions facing each other via the windows are connected to be conductive to each other; and
wherein:
a plurality of the first direction exposed conductor groups are provided in the longitudinal direction with an interval,
a plurality of the second direction exposed conductor groups are provided to respectively overlap the plurality of the first
direction exposed conductor groups extending in the longitudinal direction to provide a plurality of intersection overlap
portions in the longitudinal direction,

the insulating cover is provided between adjacent intersection overlap portions among the plurality of intersection overlap
portions, and

the electric cable structural body is folded such that the plurality of intersection overlap portions are stacked in a stacking
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,580,784

ALUMINUM ALLOY WIRE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

FURUKAWA AUTOMOTIVE SYSTE...

1. An aluminum alloy wire, having an alloy composition which consists essentially of: 0.01 to 1.2 mass % of Fe, 0.1 to 1.0
mass % of Mg, and 0.1 to 1.0 mass % of Si, optionally 0.01 to 0.5 mass % of Cu, and further optionally at least one of Ti
and B in a total amount of 0.001 to 0.03 mass %, with the balance being Al and inevitable impurities,
wherein a grain size is 1 to 30 ?m, and
wherein a dispersion density of Mg2Si needle precipitate in the aluminum alloy is 10 to 200/?m2.

US Pat. No. 9,564,691

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CRIMP TERMINAL, CRIMP TERMINAL, AND WIRE HARNESS

FURUKAWA AUTOMOTIVE SYSTE...

1. A method for manufacturing a crimp terminal having a crimp portion that allows crimp connection to a conductor part of
a coated wire, the method comprising:
forming a tubular body by bringing together side edges of a plate material made of metal composed of a copper alloy having
a copper content ratio of greater than or equal to 70%;

forming a sealing portion by pressing and squeezing an end of the tubular body;
irradiating a periphery of the sides edges, which are brought together, with laser light from a laser irradiation unit in
such a manner that the periphery of the side edges which are brought together is penetration welded;

irradiating the sealing portion with laser light from the laser irradiation unit to weld the sealing portion; and
setting a power density of the laser light and a sweep rate of the laser light in such a manner that a weld bead formed at
the side edge portion after the penetration welding has a width of 80 ?m to 390 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,431,391

GALLIUM NITRIDE HEMT DEVICE WITH A MOSFET IN SERIES COUPLED TO DIODES FOR PROTECTION OF HIGH-VOLTAGE

Furukawa Electric Co., Lt...

1. A semiconductor device, comprising:
a first element which is a normally-on type transistor made of nitride-based compound semiconductor, the first element being
a gallium nitride-high electron mobility transistor (GaN-HEMT) or a junction field effect transistor (FET);

a second element connected to the first element in series and being a transistor having withstand voltage between a source
and a drain which is lower than withstand voltage of the first element;

a first diode connected between a gate of the first element or a gate of the second element and a drain of the first element
so that a cathode of the first diode is connected at the drain's side, an anode of the first diode is directly connected to
the gate of the first element, and the first diode having predetermined avalanche withstand voltage;

a first resistance connected to the gate to which the first diode is connected, wherein the avalanche withstand voltage of
the first diode is lower than breakdown voltage of the first element, the first diode is connected to the gate of the first
element, and the first resistance is connected to the gate of the first element and the source of the second element; and

a protection diode, a cathode of the protection diode being connected to a source of the first element and the drain of the
second element, and an anode of the protection diode being connected to the first resistance and directly connected to the
anode of the first diode.

US Pat. No. 9,082,785

HIGH-FREQUENCY CIRCUIT BOARD

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A high-frequency circuit board, comprising:
a high-frequency circuit arranged on one outer layer of a multilayer substrate of three or more layers having two outer layers
and one or more internal layers;

a ground layer provided between the one outer layer and the internal layer;
a bias layer for forming a pattern of a bias line of the high-frequency circuit on a surface different from the surface provided
with the ground layer of the internal layer;

a transmission line including a penetrating through hole penetrating from the one outer layer to the other outer layer and
electrically connected to the bias line; and

a dielectric that is arranged around the penetrating through hole, permittivity of the dielectric being such that resonance
frequency fat a line including at least an end on the one outer layer side of the transmission line and the bias line satisfies
a criterion given by ffa×1.2, where fa denotes an operating frequency of the high-frequency circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,318,815

CRIMP TERMINAL, CONNECTION STRUCTURAL BODY AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A crimp terminal, which is formed of an aluminum substrate of an aluminum material and includes a connection section and
a pressure-bonding section including a wire barrel section and an insulating barrel section, the connection section, the wire
barrel section and the insulating barrel section being located in this order, wherein:
a plated part formed of a plating material containing a nobler metal material than the aluminum material is provided on a
contact part of a surface of the aluminum substrate where the aluminum substrate contacts another conductive member;

an insulating body is formed on a border between the aluminum substrate and the plated part along an outer periphery of the
plated part;

the insulating body is formed of an insulating resin cover which is formed of an insulating resin;
the insulating resin cover is formed on an area of the aluminum substrate that is exposed outside the outer periphery of the
plated part;

the insulating resin cover includes:
an aluminum substrate insulating resin cover located on the surface of the aluminum substrate; and
a plated part insulating resin cover located on a surface of the plated part; and
the aluminum substrate insulating resin cover and the plated part insulating resin cover are formed integrally as striding
over the border between the aluminum substrate and the plated part along the outer periphery of the plated part.

US Pat. No. 9,197,048

HIGH-VOLTAGE ELECTRICAL JUNCTION BOX

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A high-voltage electrical junction box comprising:
a box body having an insulating property;
a board having an insulating property, the board being accommodated in the box body;
a bus bar that is disposed on one surface of the board;
a first printed pattern and a second printed pattern that is disposed at a predetermined distance from the first printed pattern,
the first printed pattern and the second printed pattern being formed on another surface of the board;

a first through hole that is formed to penetrate through the bus bar, the board and the first printed pattern; and
a first connection piece that is inserted through the first through hole, the first connection piece being connected to the
bus bar, the board and the first printed pattern,

wherein the bus bar that is a high-voltage system circuit and the second printed pattern that is a low-voltage system circuit
is arranged across the board having the insulating property, and an occurrence of a leakage current between the bus bar and
the second printed pattern is prevented.

US Pat. No. 9,985,405

TERMINAL MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND WELDING APPARATUS

FURUKAWA AUTOMOTIVE SYSTE...

1. A terminal manufacturing apparatus comprising:a pressing device adapted to form a chained terminal including a crimp portion by bending a continuously supplied plate-shaped workpiece into a hollow shape, the crimp portion being crimpable with a conductor part of a coated conductor accommodated therein;
a welding device adapted to bring two edge portions of the crimp portion in proximity to each other and join the two edge portions by welding;
a conveying/positioning time calculating unit adapted to determine a conveying/positioning time of the welding device on the basis of a machining time required by the pressing device and the welding device; and
a conveying/positioning mechanism adapted to position the chained terminal in a welding machining position within the welding device in accordance with the conveying/positioning time.

US Pat. No. 9,263,167

ALUMINUM ALLOY WIRE ROD, ALUMINUM ALLOY STRANDED WIRE, COATED WIRE, WIRE HARNESS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF ALUMINUM ALLOY WIRE ROD

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An aluminum alloy wire rod having a composition consisting of Mg: 0.10 mass % to 1.00 mass %, Si: 0.10 mass % to 1.00 mass
%, Fe: 0.01 mass % to 2.50 mass %, Ti: 0.000 mass % to 0.100 mass %, B: 0.000 mass % to 0.030 mass %, Cu: 0.00 mass % to 1.00
mass %, Ag: 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass %, Au: 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass %, Mn: 0.00 mass % to 1.00 mass %, Cr: 0.00 mass % to
1.00 mass %, Zr: 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass %, Hf: 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass %, V: 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass %, Sc: 0.00 mass
% to 0.50 mass %, Co: 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass %, Ni: 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass %, and the balance: Al and incidental impurities,
wherein the aluminum alloy wire rod has an average grain size of 1 ?m to 35 ?m at an outer peripheral portion thereof, and
an average grain size at an inner portion thereof is greater than or equal to 1.1 times the average grain size at the outer
peripheral portion.

US Pat. No. 9,246,270

POWER SUPPLY CONNECTOR

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A power supply connector for electric automobiles, which comprises:
a connector body;
a case for accommodating the connector body;
a grasping member that is attached to the case;
a locking member, which is provided in the case, and locks the case and a locking part of a power reception connector that
is the object of connection;

a defect detection means for detecting defect of the locking part to which the locking member locks; and
a case lock mechanism that limits the movement of the case with respect to the grasping member; wherein
when a defect of the locking part is detected by the defect detection means, the sliding motion of the connector body and
the grasping member with respect to the case is locked by the case lock mechanism, and

when a defect of the locking part is not detected by the defect detection means, the case lock mechanism is released and the
connector body and the grasping member become slidable in a direction of nearly the same axis line with respect to the case,
and

the defect detection means comprises at least one pair of sliders, which are slidable in the insertion-removal direction of
the case, formed in the vicinity of both sides of the locking member; and

when the connector body is connected to the power reception connector, if both sliders in the pair of sliders comes in contact
with the locking part and is pushed toward the inside of the case, the case lock mechanism is released and the connector body
and the grasping member become slidable in a direction of nearly the same axis line with respect to the case, and

when the connector body is connected to the power reception connector, if at least one slider in the pair of sliders does
not come in contact with the locking part and is not pushed toward the inside of the case, the case lock mechanism is not
released, and

in a state where the case lock mechanism is released, when the grasping member is moved toward the front with respect to the
case, the connector body becomes movable toward the front with respect to the case, along with the movement of the grasping
member.

US Pat. No. 10,033,146

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ELECTRICAL WIRE CONNECTING STRUCTURE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A method of manufacturing an electrical wire connecting structure in which a terminal having a tube-shaped portion and a conductor portion of a covered electrical wire are crimped at the tube-shaped portion, and the tube-shaped portion has a conductor crimping portion corresponding to the conductor portion, and a cover crimping portion corresponding to a cover portion of the covered electrical wire, comprising:forming said terminal having a tube-shaped portion by welding end faces of a terminal forming piece to each other to form the tube-shaped portion, and closing an end portion side opposite to an electrical wire insertion port of the tube-shaped portion, wherein said terminal is a closed cylindrical body that is closed from the end portion side opposite to the electrical wire insertion port except for the electrical wire insertion port, and wherein the tube-shaped portion has an inner diameter of 1.5 to 2.0 mm;
inserting, into the electrical wire insertion port of the tube-shaped portion, the covered electrical wire, wherein an area of the conductor portion in a cross-section vertical to a longitudinal direction of the covered electrical wire ranges from 0.72 to 1.37 mm2;
crimping a welded portion of the conductor crimping portion in one direction; and
applying a same pressure to a whole periphery of the cover portion to compress the cover crimping portion,
wherein the conductor crimping portion has a crimping mark on which the welded portion is crimped in said one direction, and which is concaved into the conductor portion from the welded portion,
wherein the cover crimping portion has uniform elastic repulsive force over the whole periphery of the cover portion upon applying said same pressure to said whole periphery of the cover portion,
wherein the tube-shaped portion is a stepped tube having plural tube aperture diameters, and
wherein each of the plural aperture diameters corresponds to a thickness of a cover portion of the covered electrical wire.

US Pat. No. 9,825,374

WIRE HARNESS, METHOD OF CONNECTING TERMINAL AND COATED WIRE, AND MOLD

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A wire harness comprising:
a coated wire and a terminal that are connected with each other, wherein
the terminal includes an approximately cylindrical crimping portion, in which the coated wire is crimped, and a terminal body;
the crimping portion is formed of a plate-like material rolled up into a substantially cylindrical shape with edges of the
plate-like material being welded together at a joining part;

except for a part through which the coated wire is inserted, other parts of the crimping portion are closed;
a protruding portion is formed along a longitudinal direction of the terminal on a periphery surface of the crimping portion
that corresponds to a covered portion of the coated wire; and

a protruding height of the protruding portion from a periphery surface of the crimping portion in a direction perpendicular
to a compression direction of the crimping portion on a cross section in a diameter direction of the crimping portion is equal
to or less than a body thickness of the crimping portion before crimping, wherein

a level difference is formed between the protruding portion and the periphery surface of the crimping portion on the cross
section in the diameter direction of the crimping portion;

a surface perpendicular to the compression direction at the protruding portion is formed to the periphery of the protruding
portion;

a tilted portion or a smoothly connecting tilted portion is formed at a boundary part between the surface perpendicular to
the compression direction of the crimping portion at a base part of the protruding portion and an arc surface of the periphery
of the crimping portion; and

the joining part and the protruding portion are formed at different positions in a circumferential direction on a periphery
surface of the crimping portion.

US Pat. No. 9,425,647

CHARGING-CONTROL APPARATUS AND CHARGING-CONTROL METHOD

Furukawa Electric Co., Lt...

1. A charging control apparatus that controls a state of charge of a secondary battery installed in a vehicle by a regulator
possessed by an alternator, the charging control apparatus comprising:
a processor configured to:
calculate an SOC indicating a state of charge of the secondary battery;
perform a determination of whether the calculated SOC is greater than a predetermined threshold; and
control the regulator in such a manner that, in a case where it is determined that the calculated SOC is greater than the
predetermined threshold, a power generation voltage of the alternator comes to a low state, and in a case where it is determined
that the calculated SOC is less than the predetermined threshold, a power generation voltage of the alternator comes to a
high state, wherein

the threshold has hysteresis, and the determination is based on a first threshold in a case where the SOC is decreasing and
the determination is based on a second threshold which has a value greater than that of the first threshold in a case where
the SOC is increasing; and

the processor being configured to control the regulator in such a manner that, in a case where it is determined that the SOC
increases and is greater than the second threshold, a power generation voltage of the alternator comes to a low state, in
a case where it is determined that the SOC decreases and is less than the first threshold, a power generation voltage of the
alternator comes to a high state, and in a case where it is determined that the SOC is between the first predetermined threshold
and the second predetermined threshold, the power generation voltage of the alternator is maintained.

US Pat. No. 9,488,783

SWITCH APPARATUS

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A switch unit for selecting a route for an inputted optical signal and outputting the optical signal, the switch unit comprising:
a substrate; and
first and second optical switch arrays each including an optical switch which includes one common port configured to input
and output the optical signal, a plurality of branch ports each configured to input and output the optical signal, a plurality
of waveguides connecting the common port and the branch ports, and a plurality of Mach-Zehnder interferometers (MZIs) provided
on the waveguides, and which extends along a surface of the substrate, wherein

each of the first and second optical switch arrays has a shape tapering from the branch ports side toward the common port
side, a number of the MZIs disposed in the branch ports side being larger than a number of the MZIs disposed in the common
port side in the tapering shape of each of the first and second optical switch arrays,

a first direction which is from the common port to the branch ports of the optical switch included in the first optical switch
array and a second direction which is from the common port to the branch ports of the optical switch included in the second
optical switch array are arranged to be opposite to each other and in parallel, and

the number of the MZIs disposed in the common port side in the tapering shape for each of the first and second optical switch
arrays is greater than 0.

US Pat. No. 9,435,728

SAMPLE IDENTIFICATION/SORTING APPARATUS AND SAMPLE IDENTIFICATION/SORTING METHOD

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A sample identification/sorting apparatus that irradiates light onto a sample, which is a measurement target dispersed
in a liquid flowing through a flow path, to measure optical information of the sample, determine whether the sample needs
to be sorted on the basis of the optical information, and sort out a target sample, which is a sorting target, to a collection
container on the basis of a determination result, comprising:
a sample storage portion storing the sample dispersed in the liquid;
a flow ell including a first flow path through which the liquid flows and an optical information measuring unit which measures
the optical information of the sample;

a sorting nozzle including a second flow path which communicates with the first flow path of the flow cell and dispenses a
sorting solution containing the target sample therein to the collection container;

a sealing liquid introduction portion which supplies sheath liquid to the first flow path of the flow cell such that the sheath
liquid surrounds the liquid in a tubular manner; and

an introduction nozzle including a third flow path which introduces the liquid from the sample storage portion to the first
flow path of the flow cell,

wherein the second flow path has one exit without branching,
wherein a difference between a flow direction of the liquid at an outlet of the sample storage portion and a flow direction
of the liquid at a leading end of the sorting nozzle is less than 90 degrees, and

wherein the liquid that is surrounded by the sheath liquid in the first and second flow paths from the flow cell to the sorting
nozzle flows along a straight line within a cylindrical space.

US Pat. No. 9,692,201

OPTICAL-FIBER-BUNDLE STRUCTURE, RARE-EARTH-DOPED MULTI-CORE FIBER, CONNECTION STRUCTURE THEREFOR, METHOD FOR EXCITING RARE-EARTH-DOPED MULTI-CORE FIBERS, AND MULTI-CORE-OPTICAL-FIBER AMPLIFIER

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A connection structure for an optical-fiber-bundle structure and a rare-earth-doped multi-core fiber, wherein
the optical-fiber-bundle structure comprises a pump light optical fiber that transmits pump light, which is arranged at the
center thereof, and peripheral optical fibers, which are in a close-packed arrangement on the outer circumference of the pump
light optical fiber, wherein the diameter of the pump light optical fiber is larger than the diameter of the peripheral optical
fiber, and there are at least seven or more of the peripheral optical fibers, and at least a part of the peripheral optical
fibers is a signal light optical fiber, and the equation

is satisfied with R as a radius of the pump light optical fiber that transmits pump light at the center and r as a radius
of each of the n peripheral optical fibers; and
the rare-earth-doped multi-core fiber comprises cores, which are optically connected with the signal light optical fiber at
a predetermined pitch on a same circumference, and a cladding, which has a refractive index lower than that of the cores,
covers the cores, and are optically connected with the pump light optical fiber, wherein the cladding includes a high-refractive-index
cladding having a relatively high refractive index and a low-refractive-index cladding having a relatively low refractive
index, and the high-refractive-index cladding is on at least the outer circumference of each of the cores.

US Pat. No. 9,160,135

OPTICAL AMPLIFYING APPARATUS AND OPTICAL TRANSMISSION SYSTEM

Furukawa Electric Co., Lt...

1. An optical amplifying apparatus that amplifies a wavelength-division multiplexed optical signal, comprising:
an input section whereto the wavelength-division multiplexed optical signal is inputted;
a laser light source that generates multimode laser light;
a double-clad optical fiber having a cladding portion whereto the multimode laser light is inputted and a core portion doped
with a rare-earth element whereto the wavelength-division multiplexed optical signal is inputted, the double-clad optical
fiber amplifying optical signals of a plurality of wavelengths in the wavelength-division multiplexed optical signal by a
stimulated emission by the multimode laser light;

a gain equalizer that flattens a gain characteristic of the wavelength-division multiplexed optical signal that has been amplified
by the double-clad optical fiber;

an output section that outputs the amplified wavelength-division multiplexed optical signal; and
a residual pump light attenuating section that attenuates a residual pump light outputted from the double-clad optical fiber,
the residual pump light attenuating section being disposed in such a manner that the residual pump light of the multimode
laser light which has propagated through the double-clad optical fiber is incident on the residual pump light attenuating
section before being incident on an isolator,

the residual pump light attenuating section including a residual pump light leakage portion that causes the residual pump
light which has propagated through the cladding portion to leak out of the cladding portion, and a thermal conversion portion
that converts a part of the leaked-out residual pump light into heat,

a part of the residual pump light being outputted from the residual pump light attenuating section to be incident on the isolator.

US Pat. No. 9,434,299

CANCEL CAM STRUCTURE AND ROTATABLE CONNECTOR DEVICE

Furukawa Electric Co., Lt...

1. A cancel cam structure which includes a cam section for allowing a ratchet to be put into contact therewith, is located
radially outer to an axial direction of a steering shaft, and is pivotable along with pivoting of a steering wheel connected
to the steering shaft; wherein:
the cam section includes:
an outer circumferential cam wall for allowing the ratchet to slide thereon;
an inner wall located radially inner to the outer circumferential cam wall; and
a coupling cam wall for coupling ends of the outer circumferential cam wall and the inner wall;
the outer circumferential cam wall, the inner wall, and the coupling cam wall are formed parallel to the axial direction;
and an enclosed space is formed by the outer circumferential cam wall, the inner wall, and the coupling cam wall;

at least one of the outer circumferential cam wall, the inner wall, and the coupling cam wall has a projection section projecting
toward the enclosed space;

the outer circumferential cam wall has an arc shape such that any cross-section thereof perpendicular to the axial direction
is centered around an intersection of a central axis of the steering shaft and the cross-section, the arc shape having a certain
diameter, and the outer circumferential cam wall extends uniformly in the axial direction;

the inner wall has an arc shape such that any cross-section thereof perpendicular to the axial direction is centered around
an intersection of the central axis and the cross-section, the arc shape having a certain diameter smaller than the diameter
of the outer circumferential cam wall, and the inner wall extends uniformly in the axial direction;

the projection section is formed of a plurality of flat plate-like partition walls standing upright in the axial direction
and being arranged at prescribed intervals, the partition walls dividing the enclosed space; and

distances between the coupling cam wall and the partition wall adjacent thereto and between the partition walls adjacent thereto
include at least two different distance values.

US Pat. No. 9,281,654

RAMAN AMPLIFIER, OPTICAL REPEATER, AND RAMAN AMPLIFICATION METHOD

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A Raman amplifier comprising:
a pump light source; and
an amplifying optical fiber configured to transmit a signal light and amplify the signal light by a pumping light supplied
from the pump light source, wherein the pump light source comprising:

a semiconductor laser,
an external resonator arranged to maintain a predetermined central wavelength of laser light emitted from said semiconductor
laser notwithstanding fluctuation of a driving current of said semiconductor laser,

a laser light intensity control unit configured to control a gain profile of the Raman amplifier by controlling the driving
current of said semiconductor laser, wherein the predetermined central wavelength of the laser light being maintained substantially
constant by the external resonator.

US Pat. No. 10,299,417

ELECTROMAGNETIC SHIELDING TUBE AND ELECTROMAGNETIC SHIELDING STRUCTURE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An electromagnetic shielding tube through which an electric wire can be inserted, the electromagnetic shielding tube comprising:an inner layer made of resin;
a metal layer formed on an outer periphery of the inner layer; and
an outer layer made of resin, formed on an outer periphery of the metal layer; wherein
the metal layer is exposed at an end portion or an end portion vicinity of the electromagnetic shielding tube;
a terminal processed portion configured to mitigate effects caused by differences in physical properties of the inner layer and the metal layer is provided on an exposed portion of the metal layer; wherein:
the terminal processed portion is a stress transmission suppressing structure configured to, in at least a portion of the inner layer, suppress radial forces of the inner layer generated due to changes in temperature from being transmitted to the metal layer,
the stress transmission suppressing structure is a separated portion formed in the inner layer, and
in a cross-section perpendicular to a length direction of the electromagnetic shielding tube, the inner layer is divided into a plurality of sections in the circumferential direction by the separated portion.

US Pat. No. 9,091,739

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING DETERIORATION OF SECONDARY BATTERY, AND POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM THEREWITH

THE FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO....

8. An apparatus for estimating a deterioration level or a discharge capability of a battery based on an impedance of the battery,
comprising:
a current sensor for measuring a current of the battery;
a voltage sensor for measuring a voltage of the battery; and
a control unit configured to: (i) receive the measured current and the measured voltage from the current sensor and the voltage
sensor, respectively; (ii) calculate an impedance Za of the battery from the measured current and the measured voltage and
calculate a superimposed DC component IDCa from the measured current; and (iii) estimate an impedance Zb of the battery in
a case when a reference direct current IDCb is superimposed, from the calculated impedance Za and the calculated superimposed
DC component IDCa, based on a predetermined relational expression between a superimposed direct current IDC and an impedance
Z so as to determine the deterioration level or the discharge capability of the battery.

US Pat. No. 9,979,099

TERMINAL, CRIMP TERMINAL, WIRE HARNESS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CRIMP TERMINAL

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A crimp terminal comprising: a crimp portion that includes a plate material bent into a hollow shape, the crimp portion having at one end thereof an opening capable of accommodating and crimping a conductor portion of a coated wire;a first weld portion obtained by bringing two edge portions of the crimp portion in close proximity to each other and joining by laser welding; and
a second weld portion obtained by forming a lapped portion by overlapping of a transition portion formed at an opposite end of the crimp portion to the opening, and closing the lapped portion by laser welding, the second weld portion extending between first and second widthwise end regions of the transition portion in such a manner that the first weld portion intersects or abuts the second weld portion,
a welding trajectory in the second weld portion being constituted by a curve, a plurality of straight lines, or a discontinuously formed line,
wherein a welding trajectory in the second weld portion is constituted by a plurality of lines, and lines of the plurality of lines cross each other at a position where the two edge portions of the crimp portion are brought in close proximity to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,653,762

BATTERY TEMPERATURE REGULATION SYSTEM AND BATTERY TEMPERATURE REGULATION UNIT

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A battery temperature regulation system for regulating a temperature of a battery, comprising:
a thermally conductive member enclosing a working fluid and thermally connected to the battery, wherein the thermally conductive
member is a sealed container; and

a heating device that heats the battery via the working fluid and/or a cooling device that cools the battery via the working
fluid.

US Pat. No. 9,628,306

PULSE GENERATION DEVICE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A pulse generation device, comprising:
baseband pulse generating circuitry including a pulse generator that generates a pulse train including two or more monopulses
and a low pass filter that receives the pulse train output from the pulse generator and outputs a baseband pulse signal, wherein

the pulse generator generates the pulse train based on a certain control signal adjusted so that the baseband pulse signal
has a certain pulse waveform which does not exceed a certain limited range,

the pulse train includes a main pulse including a main monopulse having a first pulse width and one or more monopulses having
a pulse width smaller than the first pulse width, the one or more monopulses being generated ahead of or behind the main monopulse
on a time axis, and

the one or more monopulses having the smaller pulse width have a frequency component of a cut-off frequency of the low pass
filter or higher.

US Pat. No. 9,172,182

POWER SUPPLY CONNECTOR

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A power supply connector for electric automobiles, comprising:
a connector body;
a case for accommodating the connector body;
a grasping member that is attached to the case and includes a handle, at least part of the handle being arranged on a line
extending from the central axis of the connector body; and

a locking portion for maintaining connection with a power reception-side connector; wherein
the connector body and the grasping member are slidable in a direction of nearly the same axis line with respect to the case,
by moving the grasping member forward with respect to the case, the connector body is movable toward a forward position with
respect to the case, along with the movement of the grasping member, and

the grasping member includes a release mechanism for releasing the locking portion.

US Pat. No. 9,768,526

CRIMP-CONNECTION STRUCTURAL BODY, WIRE HARNESS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING CRIMP-CONNECTION STRUCTURAL BODY, AND DEVICE OF MANUFACTURING CRIMP-CONNECTION STRUCTURAL BODY

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A crimp-connection structural body comprising:
an insulated wire formed by covering a conductive conductor by an insulating cover having insulation property; and
a crimp terminal having a crimp section which allows connection by crimp of a conductor exposed portion formed by exposing
the conductor by removing at least a portion of the insulating cover in a vicinity of a distal end of the insulating cover
to the crimp section, wherein the conductor exposed portion is connected to the crimp section by the crimp of the conductor
exposed portion by the crimp section, wherein

the conductor is an aluminum-based conductor including a conductor cross-sectional area of 0.75 mm2 or more and 2.5 mm2 or less,

the crimp section is formed of an approximately cylindrical closed-barrel-type crimp section which allows insertion of at
least the conductor exposed portion thereinto and extends in a long length direction of the insulated wire,

in a crimp state, a cross-sectional shape of the crimp section in a radial direction is formed into an approximately recessed
cross-sectional shape having a crimp recessed portion formed by indenting by two inclined portions inclined inward from positions
spaced-apart from each other by a predetermined distance in an approximately horizontal direction,

the predetermined distance is set to 68.8% or more and 73.7% or less of an entire width of the crimp section in the approximately
horizontal direction,

an opposedly facing angle made by the inclined portions which opposedly face each other in the radial direction is set to
a value which ranges from 30° to 90° inclusive, and

in a radial cross section, a sum of a cross-sectional area of the conductor exposed portion and a cross-sectional area of
the crimp section in the crimp state is 50% or more and 60% or less of the sum of the cross-sectional area of the conductor
exposed portion and the cross-sectional area of the crimp section in a pre-crimp state.

US Pat. No. 9,565,786

SHEET-LIKE HEAT PIPE, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE PROVIDED WITH SAME

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A sheet-like heat pipe, comprising:
a container in which peripheries of sheet-like members disposed facing each other are bonded at a bonded part to form a cavity
inside; and

a working liquid which is enclosed in the cavity of the container, wherein
at least one of the sheet-like members disposed facing each other is formed with protruding pieces which project outwards
from the bonded part with the other sheet-like member and include a spring structure which causes the container to elastically
abut a heat-generating element of an electronic device, so that the container directly contacts an entire surface of one side
of the heat-generating element without the spring structure and the protruding pieces directly contacting the heat-generating
element, the protruding pieces including the spring structure are formed at several locations so as to generate load in different
directions on a periphery of the container which abuts the heat-generating element, and the at least one of the sheet-like
members and the protruding pieces including the spring structure together form a single integral piece,

the protruding pieces project outwards from the container in a direction of extension of the container, and
the protruding pieces are abutted against and held at latching parts formed in the electronic device so that the container
closely contacts, by a restoring force of the spring structure of the protruding pieces, the heat-generating element with
a predetermined elastic force, and so that the container dissipates heat from the heat-generating element.

US Pat. No. 9,428,840

HIGH STRENGTH, HIGH HEAT RESISTANCE ELECTRODEPOSITED COPPER FOIL AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR SAME

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An electrodeposited copper alloy foil comprising a metal that exists as an oxide in a solution at pH4 or less or an oxide
of the metal, wherein said metal that exists as an oxide in a solution at pH4 or less or said oxide of the metal is contained
inside a copper matrix of said electrodeposited copper alloy.

US Pat. No. 10,031,395

OPTICAL MODULATOR

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An optical modulator comprising:a substrate;
an optical waveguide provided on the substrate and configured to guide light;
a modulation unit formed of part of the optical waveguide and configured to modulate the light; and
electric wiring provided on the substrate and configured to supply a high-frequency electric signal to the modulation unit, wherein
one end portion for optical input and another end portion for optical signal output of the optical waveguide are provided on a first end surface of the substrate,
one end portion of the electric wiring is provided along the first end surface,
another end portion of the electric wiring is provided along a second end surface of the substrate being different from the first end surface,
the optical waveguide includes
a first portion provided on a side of the optical input extending from the one end portion of the optical waveguide in a direction perpendicular to the first end surface,
a second portion provided on a side of the optical signal output extending from the another end portion of the optical waveguide in the direction perpendicular to the first end surface, and
a third portion extending between the first portion and the second portion in a direction parallel to the first end surface, and
the modulation unit is provided at the third portion.

US Pat. No. 9,746,627

SEMICONDUCTOR LASER MODULE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A semiconductor laser module comprising:
a semiconductor laser element configured to output a laser light;
an optical fiber comprising a core portion and a cladding portion formed at an outer periphery of the core portion, the laser
light being made incident into an end of the optical fiber, the optical fiber being configured to guide the laser light to
outside the semiconductor laser module;

an optical component being disposed at an outer periphery of the optical fiber and being configured to fix the optical fiber;
a first-fixing agent configured to fasten the optical component and the optical fiber;
a light-absorbing element being disposed at an outer periphery of the optical component and being configured to fix the optical
component;

a first light-blocking portion disposed between an end, into which the laser light is incident, of the optical fiber and the
optical component, the first light-blocking portion including an aperture through which the optical fiber passes; and

a housing configured to accommodate therein the semiconductor laser element, an end, at a side into which the laser light
is incident, of the optical fiber, and the first light-blocking portion,

wherein the optical component has an optical transmittance at a wavelength of the laser light, and the light-absorbing element
has an optical absorptivity at a wavelength of the laser light.

US Pat. No. 9,638,865

SWITCH DEVICE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A switch device for an optical signal, comprising:
a housing;
first and second splitter portions which are provided in the housing and which each include a plurality of optical splitters
each having a common port and a plurality of branch ports and configured to perform division and merging of the optical signal
between the common port and the plurality of branch ports;

first and second switch portions which are provided in the housing and which each include a plurality of optical switches
each having a common port and a plurality of branch ports and configured to perform route selection of the optical signal
between the plurality of branch ports and the common port; and

an extension splitter portion which is provided in the housing and which includes a plurality of optical splitters each having
a common port and a plurality of branch ports and configured to perform division and merging of the optical signal between
the common port and the plurality of branch ports, wherein

the plurality of branch ports of the first splitter portion are connected to the plurality of branch ports of the first switch
portion, and the plurality of branch ports of the second splitter portion are connected to the plurality of branch ports of
the second switch portion, and

the plurality of branch ports of the extension splitter portion and the common ports of the first and second splitter portions
are connectable to each other outside the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,142,334

FOAMED ELECTRICAL WIRE AND A METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A foamed electrical wire, comprising:
a conductor; and
a foamed insulating layer;
wherein the foamed insulating layer comprises a resin, which is only one resin selected from the group consisting of polyphenylene
sulfide, polyethylene naphthalate, polyether ether ketone and thermoplastic polyimide, and

wherein an average diameter of bubbles formed in the resin of the foamed insulating layer is 5 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 9,052,566

OPTICAL SWITCH

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An optical switch, comprising:
an optical input-output port that includes three or more ports to which light is input from outside or from which light is
output to the outside, the three or more ports being arranged along a predetermined arrangement direction;

a spatial optical modulator, that includes a light incident layer, a light reflective layer, and a spatial optical modulation
layer disposed between the light incident layer and the light reflective layer, spatially modulates light entering the light
incident layer from any port of the optical input-output port, and outputs the light spatially modulated toward any of other
ports of the optical input-output port;

a light dispersion element, that is disposed between the optical input-output port and the spatial optical modulator, disperses
the light input from the optical input-output port in a direction orthogonal to the predetermined arrangement direction; and

a condensing lens, that is disposed between the optical input-output port and the spatial optical modulator, optically couples
the optical input-output port and the spatial optical modulator, wherein

x2?2x1+x0 holds where:

a coordinate axis is set along the predetermined arrangement direction of the optical input-output port and a position of
an optical axis of the condensing lens is set as an origin of the coordinate axis;

x0, x1, and x2 respectively are coordinates, in the optical input-output port, of a first port to or from which light is input or output,
and a second port and a third port from or to which light input to or output from the first port is output or input; and

x1 and x2 are greater than zero.

US Pat. No. 9,994,945

ALUMINUM ALLOY WIRE ROD, ALUMINUM ALLOY STRANDED WIRE, COVERED WIRE, WIRE HARNESS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ALUMINUM ALLOY WIRE ROD

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An aluminum alloy wire rod comprising Mg: 0.1 mass % to 1.0 mass %, Si: 0.1 mass % to 1.2 mass %, Fe: 0.10 mass % to 1.40 mass %, Ti: 0 mass % to 0.100 mass %, B: 0 mass % to 0.030 mass %, Cu: 0 mass % to 1.00 mass %, Ag: 0 mass % to 0.50 mass %, Au: 0 mass % to 0.50 mass %, Mn: 0 mass % to 1.00 mass %, Cr: 0 mass % to 1.00 mass %, Zr: 0 mass % to 0.50 mass %, Hf: 0 mass % to 0.50 mass %, V: 0 mass % to 0.50 mass %, Sc: 0 mass % to 0.50 mass %, Co: 0 mass % to 0.50 mass %, Ni: 0 mass % to 0.50 mass %, and the balance: Al and inevitable impurities,wherein in a cross section parallel to a wire rod lengthwise direction and including a center line of the wire rod, no void having an area greater than 20 ?m2 is present, or even in a case where at least one void having an area greater than 20 ?m2 is present, a presence ratio of the at least one void per 1000 ?m2 is on average in a range of less than or equal to one void/1000 ?m2.

US Pat. No. 9,531,139

CONNECTOR AND CONNECTOR CONNECTION STRUCTURE

Furukawa Electric Co., Lt...

1. A connector for connecting an electric cable to an electric device having an insertion opening provided for electric cable
connection, the connector comprising:
a plurality of metal terminal parts, on each of the metal terminal parts having an insulating cover and conductive wires positioned
at an end of the electric cable that are pressure-contacted, the electric cable being formed by covering the conductive wires
by the insulating cover except for an end of the conductive wires, the end of the conductive wires being exposed; and

a housing for accommodating pressure-contact parts of the ends of the electric cables and the metal terminal parts,
wherein each of the pressure-contact parts is formed by pressure-contacting and caulking the insulating cover using an insulation
barrel of the metal terminal part, and by pressure-contacting and caulking an exposed area of the conductive wires using a
wire barrel of the metal terminal part,

the insulation barrel on the insulating cover is wider than the electric cable in a width direction, the electric cable extending
in a longitudinal direction perpendicular to the width direction,

the housing includes a plurality of electric cable insertion holes allowing a plurality of the electric cables to be inserted
thereinto,

the housing also includes a plurality of filling spaces separate from each other and in communication with each of the electric
cable insertion holes respectively,

each of the filling spaces receives the corresponding pressure-contact part therein and a connection part of the metal terminal
part being extended outwardly from the filling space,

each of the electric cable insertion holes has a width such that an outer circumferential surface of the insulating cover
of the electric cable contacts with an inner wall thereof,

each of the filling spaces has a width in the width direction larger than a width of each of the electric cable insertion
holes in the width direction, and substantially identical to a width of the insulation barrel in the width direction,

a plurality of steps are formed between each of the electric cable insertion holes and the filling spaces, each of the steps
corresponding to a difference between a width of the electric cable and the width of the insulation barrel, and

each of the filling spaces is filled with a filler such that the filler covers the pressure-contact part.

US Pat. No. 9,941,601

TERMINAL, WIRE HARNESS, AND WIRE-HARNESS STRUCTURE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A terminal that is crimped when connected with a coated conducting wire, the terminal comprising:a main terminal body and a cylindrical crimp portion integrally formed with a transition portion placed therebetween,
the crimp portion before being crimped to the coated conducting wiring is sealed except for a section thereof into which the coated conducting wire is inserted,
a surface being formed on at least a part of the transition portion, the surface extending continuously from a sealing portion provided on the transition portion side of the crimp portion toward side portions of the main terminal body, and
a bottom portion of the transition portion and the surface separating from each other as the bottom portion of the transition portion and the surface approach the side portions of the main terminal portion from the sealing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,853,367

WIRE HARNESS, METHOD OF CONNECTING TERMINAL AND COATED WIRE, AND MOLD

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A wire harness comprising:
a coated wire and a terminal that are connected with each other, wherein
the terminal includes an approximately cylindrical crimping portion, in which the coated wire is crimped, and a terminal body;
the crimping portion is formed of a plate-like material rolled up into a substantially cylindrical shape with edges of the
plate-like material being welded together at a joining part;

except for a part through which the coated wire is inserted, other parts of the crimping portion are closed;
a protruding portion is formed along a longitudinal direction of the terminal on a periphery surface of the crimping portion
that corresponds to a covered portion of the coated wire; and

a protruding height of the protruding portion from a periphery surface of the crimping portion in a direction perpendicular
to a compression direction of the crimping portion on a cross section in a diameter direction of the crimping portion is equal
to or less than a body thickness of the crimping portion before crimping, wherein

a level difference is formed between the protruding portion and the periphery surface of the crimping portion on the cross
section in the diameter direction of the crimping portion;

a surface perpendicular to the compression direction at the protruding portion is formed to the periphery of the protruding
portion;

a tilted portion or a smoothly connecting tilted portion is formed at a boundary part between the surface perpendicular to
the compression direction of the crimping portion at a base part of the protruding portion and an arc surface of the periphery
of the crimping portion; and

the joining part and the protruding portion are formed at different positions in a circumferential direction on a periphery
surface of the crimping portion.

US Pat. No. 9,831,647

RECEIVING SECTION AND ELECTRICAL JUNCTION BOX WITH SAME

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A receiving part allowing a reception object having a substantially rectangular parallelepiped shape to be inserted therein
in a first insertion direction and in a second insertion direction opposite to the first insertion direction,
the receiving part having an opening whose shape is substantially rectangular with short sides and long sides when seen in
the insertion direction, the receiving part including short-side inner surfaces defining the short sides of the rectangle
and long-side inner surfaces defining the long sides of the rectangle,

the short-side inner surface provided with a central latch claw in a substantially central region thereof with respect to
a short side direction that is a direction along the short side of the rectangle, the short-side inner surface provided with
side elastic latch portions arranged on both sides of the central latch claw with respect to the short side direction,

the side elastic latch portion including:
a receiving-part rib protruding from the short-side inner surface and extending in the insertion direction;
an elastic piece arranged between the receiving-part rib and the long-side inner surface, the elastic piece elastically deformable;
and

a side elastic latch claw formed on the elastic piece,
the side elastic latch claw having a latch surface that faces in the first insertion direction,
the central latch claw having a latch surface that faces in the second insertion direction,
the reception object fixed by the latch surface of the central latch claw, the latch surface of the side elastic latch claw,
and the receiving-part rib being in contact with the reception object.

US Pat. No. 9,812,233

SUPERCONDUCTING OXIDE THIN FILM

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A superconducting oxide thin film, comprising a superconducting layer formed on a supporting material, the superconducting
layer including an RE-based superconductor as a main component, and the RE-based superconductor including a CuO chain having
a Cu vacancy portion.

US Pat. No. 9,458,051

GRAPHITE HEATING FURNACE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

5. A method of producing an optical fiber preform, comprising:
forming a glass optical fiber preform;
elongating the glass optical fiber preform by using a graphite heating furnace of which at least a part of a furnace body
is formed with a graphite, wherein the graphite heating furnace includes a muffle tube and a furnace body which surrounds
the muffle tube and in which a heater is displaced;

setting, by a purifying equipment, a dew point temperature of the nitrogen gas supplied into the furnace body to be equal
to or lower then ?80° Celsius;

wherein in the elongating, the muffle tube accommodating the glass optical fiber preform therein, supplying, by a supplying
unit, the nitrogen gas into the furnace body, and exhausting a gas including a hydrogen-cyanide gas inside the furnace body
to outside of the furnace body,

wherein an interior of the muffle tube and an interior of the furnace body are separated by the muffle tube with a space provided
between an end of the furnace body and the muffle tube,

wherein the space couples the interior of the furnace body to an atmosphere surrounding the outside of the furnace body such
that gas can flow from the furnace body through the space directly to the atmosphere surrounding the outside of the furnace
body,

wherein the space is to discharge at least a part of the gas including the hydrogen-cyanide gas inside the furnace body directly
to the atmosphere surrounding the outside of the furnace body, and

wherein a pressure inside the furnace body is equal to or higher than 140 pascals with respect to an atmospheric pressure
of the atmosphere outside the furnace body.

US Pat. No. 9,170,304

METHOD FOR ESTIMATING A QUANTITY OF A STATE OF A BATTERY

THE FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO....

1. A battery state detecting method for estimating at least a quantity of a state of a battery, at least a state of charge
(SOC) and a state of health (SOH),
wherein
the method comprises the steps of:
generating reference data associated with a reference relaxation function Fref(t), wherein the reference relaxation function Fref(t) approximates a variation of voltage ?V(t) obtained by measuring values of an open circuit voltage (OCV) of the battery
in a standard state of the battery during a predetermined cycle, and wherein the predetermined cycle is associated with a
period from a time of completion of discharge or charge of the battery to a time when a measured value of the OCV substantially
becomes constant;

forming a relaxation function Fn(t) that approximates the variation voltage ?V(t) based on a sum of at least a first relaxation function for a first reaction
speed of the battery associated with an ion reaction and a second relaxation function for a second reaction speed of the battery
associated with an electrolytic reaction; and

estimating the quantity of the state of the battery after the completion of the charge or the discharge based on the relaxation
function Fn (t) and the reference data associated with the reference relaxation function Fref(t), wherein the first relaxation function and the second relaxation function are optimized by dividing the variation voltage
?V(t), which is approximated from the measured values of the OCV, into components corresponding to at least the first reaction
speed and the second reaction speed, and SOCref and SOHiref are the SOC and an i-th SOH per reaction speed in the standard state of the battery, respectively, SOCn and SOHin are the SOC and a different i-th SOH per reaction speed after the completion of an n-th charge or discharge, respectively,
g(T) is a function associated with dependency on temperature T, fin (t) is an i-th relaxation function per reaction speed fi(t) included in the relaxation function Fn(t), and firef(t) is an i-th reference relaxation function per reaction speed fi(t) included in the reference relaxation function Fref(t), and

wherein the relaxation function per reaction speed fin (t) after the completion of the n-th charge or discharge is expressed as:

fin(t)=fref(t)*(SOCn/SOCref)*(SOHin/SOHiref)*g(T).

US Pat. No. 9,875,822

ALUMINUM ALLOY CONDUCTOR WIRE, ALUMINUM ALLOY STRANDED WIRE, COATED WIRE, WIRE HARNESS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ALUMINUM ALLOY CONDUCTOR WIRE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An aluminum alloy conductor wire having a composition comprising Mg: 0.1 mass % to 1.0 mass %, Si: 0.1 mass % to 1.20 mass
%, Fe: 0.01 mass % to 1.40 mass %, Ti:
0 mass % to 0.100 mass %, B: 0 mass % to 0.030 mass %, Cu: 0 mass % to 1.00 mass %, Ag: 0 mass % to 0.50 mass %, Au: 0 mass
% to 0.50 mass %, Mn: 0 mass % to 1.00 mass %, Cr: 0 mass % to 1.00 mass %, Zr: 0 mass % to 0.50 mass %, Hf: 0 mass % to 0.50
mass %, V: 0 mass % to 0.50 mass %, Sc: 0 mass % to 0.50 mass %, Co: 0 mass % to 0.50 mass %, Ni: 0 mass % to 0.50 mass %,
and the balance: Al and inevitable impurities, where Ti, B, Cu, Ag, Au, Mn, Cr, Zr, Hf, V, Sc, Co and Ni are arbitrary additive
components of which at least one component may be contained or none of the components may be contained,

a density of a compound having a particle size of 0.5 to 5.0 ?m and containing Fe being 1 to 300 particles/10000 ?m2.

US Pat. No. 9,424,961

INSULATED WIRE, AND ELECTRIC/ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENTS, MOTOR AND TRANSFORMER USING THE SAME

Furukawa Electric Co., Lt...

1. An insulated wire having a rectangular shaped cross-section, comprising:
a conductor having a rectangular shaped cross-section; and
an insulating layer coated to the conductor,
wherein the insulating layer has a foamed layer composed of a thermosetting resin containing bubbles, the cross-section of
the insulating layer has a shape composed of a flat portion and a corner portion, and the insulating layer satisfies the relationship
represented by the following formula:

?1<3 and (T2/?2)>(T1/?1)

wherein T1 [?m] represents a thickness of the flat portion; ?1 represents a relative dielectric constant of the flat portion; T2 [?m] represents a thickness of the corner portion; and ?2 represents a relative dielectric constant of the corner portion.

US Pat. No. 9,257,671

RESIN COMPOSITION FOR SEALING ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT DEVICE; METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME; AND ADHESIVE FILM, GAS-BARRIER FILM, ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT DEVICE AND ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT PANEL USING THE RESIN COMPOSITION

Furukawa Electric Co., Lt...

12. A method of producing a resin composition for sealing an organic electroluminescent device, the resin composition comprising
a drying agent, a curable component and a binder resin, and a surface roughness Ra of a shear failure surface after curing
the resin composition being 0.5 ?m to 2.0 ?m, and the method comprising the steps of:
mixing the binder resin and the drying agent in a solvent and pulverizing the mixture using a bead mill so that a mean diameter
of the drying agent becomes 5 ?m or less to prepare a pre-varnish, and

mixing the curable component with the pre-varnish.

US Pat. No. 9,140,850

OPTICAL COUPLING STRUCTURE AND OPTICAL FIBER AMPLIFIER

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An optical coupling structure optically coupling a plurality of core portions and a plurality of core portions, the optical
coupling structure comprising:
a plurality of first core portions outputting a plurality of lights;
a first lens focusing or collimating the plurality of lights outputted from the plurality of first core portions;
a second lens focusing the plurality of lights focused or collimated by the first lens;
a plurality of second core portions, the plurality of lights focused by the second lens being inputted into the second core
portions respectively;

an optical functional component disposed between the first lens and the second lens, the plurality of lights being inputted
into the optical functional component; and

a pumping-light-introducing core portion outputting a pumping light for optically pumping a rare earth element, wherein
at least one of the first lens and the second lens is configured by a lens or a lens group focusing or collimating the plurality
of lights collectively,

one of the plurality of the first core portions and the plurality of the second core portions is doped with the rare earth
element and configures a multi-core optical fiber,

the multi-core optical fiber comprises an inner cladding portion formed at outer peripheries of the plurality of core portions
doped with the rare earth element and an outer cladding portion formed at an outer periphery of the inner cladding portion,

the optical functional component is an optical filter inputting the pumping light outputted from the pumping-light-introducing
core portion into the inner cladding portion,

the pumping-light-introducing core portion is a core portion of a multi-mode optical fiber,
the pumping-light-introducing core portion is disposed at an outer side of the multi-core optical fiber, so that respective
facets of the pumping-light-introducing core portion and the multi-core optical fiber are on a same surface, and

the optical functional component is an optical filter disposed between the plurality of first core portions and the plurality
of second core portions, the optical filter being tilted to an optical axis of the multi-core optical fiber.

US Pat. No. 9,773,580

ALUMINUM ALLOY WIRE ROD, ALUMINUM ALLOY STRANDED WIRE, COATED WIRE, WIRE HARNESS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF ALUMINUM ALLOY WIRE ROD

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An aluminum alloy wire rod having a composition consisting of Mg: 0.30 mass % to 0.70 mass %, Si: 0.30 mass % to 0.70 mass
%, Fe: 0.01 mass % to 1.40 mass %, Ti: 0.000 mass % to 0.100 mass %, B: 0.000 mass % to 0.030 mass %, Ag: 0.00 mass % to 0.50
mass %, Au: 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass %, Mn: 0.00 mass % to 1.00 mass %, Cr: 0.00 mass % to 1.00 mass %, Zr: 0.00 mass % to
0.50 mass %, Hf: 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass %, V: 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass %, Sc: 0.00 mass % to 0.50 mass %, Co: 0.00 mass
% to 0.50 mass %, Ni: 0.00 mass % to 0.50mass %, and the balance: Al and incidental impurities,
wherein a dispersion density of compound particles having a particle size of 20 nm to 1000 nm is greater than or equal to
1 particle/?m2 and

in a distribution of the compound particles in the aluminum alloy wire rod, a maximum dispersion density of the compound particles
is less than or equal to five times a minimum dispersion density of the compound particles.

US Pat. No. 9,514,863

INVERTER SURGE-RESISTANT INSULATED WIRE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An inverter surge-resistant insulated wire, having at least one baked enamel layer around the outer periphery of a conductor
having a rectangular cross-section, at least one extrusion-coated resin layer around the outer side thereof, and an adhesive
layer having a thickness of 2 to 20 ?m between the baked enamel layer and the extrusion-coated resin layer,
wherein each of the at least one extrusion-coated resin layer on the adhesive layer is formed by the same resin,
a cross-sectional shape of the baked enamel layer and the extrusion-coated resin layer in the cross-section of the inverter
surge-resistant insulated wire is rectangular, and in the cross-sectional shape formed by the baked enamel layer and the extrusion-coated
resin layer surrounding the conductor in a cross-sectional view, at least a pair of two sides of two pairs of two sides opposing
at the upper side and the downside or at the right side and the left side with respect to the conductor each meet the conditions
that a total thickness of the baked enamel layer and the extrusion-coated resin layer is 80 ?m or more, a thickness of the
baked enamel layer is 60 ?m or less, a thickness of the extrusion-coated resin layer is 200 ?m or less,

the resin of the extrusion-coated resin layer has a melting point of 300° C. or more and 370° C. or less,
the adhesive layer is a layer of a thermoplastic resin selected from the group consisting of polysulfone, polyether sulfone,
polyether imide, and polyphenyl sulfone,

a film crystallinity of the extrusion-coated resin layer, which can be measured using Differential Scanning calorimetry and
the following calculation formula, is 50% or more:

the film crystallinity (%)=[(the melting heat amount?the crystallization heat amount)/(the melting heat amount)]×100, and  Calculation
formula:

a peak voltage of the partial discharge inception voltage of the inverter surge-resistant insulated wire is 1200 Vp or more
and 3200 Vp or less.

US Pat. No. 9,466,942

OPTICAL ELEMENT MODULE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An optical element module comprising:
a casing having a bottom plate;
a temperature-adjusting unit being mounted on the bottom plate in the casing and having at least a lower layer portion and
an upper layer portion positioned above the lower layer portion;

a support member mounted on the temperature-adjusting unit in the casing; and
a semiconductor laser element being mounted on the support member and outputting a laser light to a front side, wherein
the upper layer portion of the temperature-adjusting unit projects at a rear side of the semiconductor laser element relative
to the lower layer portion.

US Pat. No. 9,083,150

OPTICAL SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, SEMICONDUCTOR LASER MODULE, AND OPTICAL FIBER AMPLIFIER

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An optical semiconductor device outputting a predetermined wavelength of laser light comprising:
a quantum well active layer positioned between a p-type cladding layer and an n-type cladding layer in thickness direction;
a separate confinement heterostructure layer positioned between the quantum well active layer and the n-type cladding layer;
and

an electric-field-distribution-control layer positioned between the separate confinement heterostructure layer and the n-type
cladding layer and configured by at least two semiconductor layers having band gap energy greater than band gap energy of
a barrier layer constituting the quantum well active layer.

US Pat. No. 9,508,469

PEELABLE SUPERCONDUCTIVE CONDUCTOR, PRODUCTION METHOD OF PEELABLE SUPERCONDUCTIVE CONDUCTOR, AND REPAIR METHOD FOR SUPERCONDUCTING WIRE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A peelable superconductive conductor comprising:
a superconductive conductor including a substrate and a superconducting layer which is formed on one principal surface of
the substrate; and

a peelable carrier body which is formed on a principal surface of the superconductive conductor on an opposite side of the
surface on which the superconducting layer is formed.

US Pat. No. 9,325,606

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION ROUTE CONTROL METHOD, AND COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Furukawa Electric Co., Lt...

1. A communication system adapted to perform communication route control in which a spontaneous update of a communication
route is carried out, the communication system comprising a center node and a plurality of nodes connected to the center node
via a communication line,
wherein the plurality of nodes include a first node that is located neighboring a communication line in which an error has
occurred or is located neighboring another node in which an error has occurred, and a second node that is connected to the
first node and different from the first node, the second node being a communication source,

the first node having:
an error detecting unit adapted to detect an error in the communication route;
a communication route deleting unit adapted to delete the communication route in which the error has occurred in response
to the detection of the error; and

a signal transmitting unit adapted to transmit an error detection signal to the second node in response to a communication
request of the second node to a target node from an upper layer,

the second node having:
a signal receiving unit adapted to receive the error detection signal transmitted from the first node;
a communication route deleting unit adapted to delete the communication route in which the error has occurred in response
to reception of the error detection signal;

a route request packet transmitting unit adapted to broadcast a route request packet in response to reception of the error
detection signal;

a route answer packet receiving unit adapted to receive a route answer packet transmitted from a node of the plurality of
nodes that is to be the target node or from the center node; and

a communication route updating unit adapted to update a communication route of the second node to another communication route
not including the communication route deleted based on the route answer packet,

wherein said node that is to be the target node or the center node is adapted to transmit the route answer packet to the second
node in response to the route request packet transmitted from the second node.

US Pat. No. 9,246,292

TERMINAL, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING TERMINAL, AND TERMINATION CONNECTION STRUCTURE OF ELECTRIC WIRE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A terminal comprising a tubular crimp portion that crimp connects with an electric wire,
the tubular crimp portion being composed of a metal member,
the tubular crimp portion including a non-weld portion and a weld portion, the weld portion being formed by laser welding,
wherein a metal base material constituting the metal member of the non-weld portion includes a normal portion and an annealed
portion, and the annealed portion has a hardness of 70 to 90% of a hardness of the normal portion.

US Pat. No. 9,196,401

INSULATED WIRE HAVING A LAYER CONTAINING BUBBLES, ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING INSULATED WIRE HAVING A LAYER CONTAINING BUBBLES

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An insulated wire, comprising:
an insulating film made from a thermosetting resin disposed on a conductor directly or via an insulating layer interposed
therebetween,

wherein the insulating film made from a thermosetting resin is a layer containing bubbles prepared by baking a varnish of
thermosetting resin, and

wherein a layer containing no bubbles is formed as an upper or lower layer of the layer containing bubbles, and
wherein the insulating layer containing bubbles made from a thermosetting resin has bubbles of an average size of 10 ?m or
less, an insulating layer containing no bubbles with a thickness of 1 ?m or greater is disposed as an upper layer and/or a
lower layer of the insulating layer containing bubbles, and the insulating layer containing bubbles made from a thermosetting
resin is laminated in one or more layers.

US Pat. No. 9,088,101

POWER SUPPLY CONNECTOR

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A power supply connector for automobiles, which comprises:
a connector body;
a case for accommodating the connector body;
a grasping member that is attached to the case;
a lock lever that limits the movement of the case with respect to the grasping member;
a link member that is connected to the lock lever and the grasping member; and
an electromagnetic solenoid that is fixed to the grasping member; wherein
a plunger of the electromagnetic solenoid is connected to the link member,
the connector body and the grasping member are slidable in a direction of nearly the same axis line with respect to the case,
when the lock lever is in a released state, and

by sliding the grasping member with respect to the case and locking the lock lever to the case, the link member operates along
with the operation of the lock lever, while the position of the plunger connected to the link member changes, and further,

by operating the electromagnetic solenoid, a locked state, in which the lock lever is locked to the case by the link member,
is maintained.

US Pat. No. 9,935,721

OPTICAL COMMUNICATION METHOD AND OPTICAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An optical communication system comprising:a photon pair generator which generates a correlated photon pair;
a polarizer which is provided on an optical path of one photon of the correlated photon pair and direction of which is changeable based on information to be transmitted;
a shutter which is provided between the photon pair generator and the polarizer on the optical path of the one photon of the correlated photon pair and which is capable of blocking the one photon of the correlated photon pair, the shutter being configured to block the one photon of the correlated photon pair after the correlated photon pair is generated and before the one photon of the correlated photon pair reaches the shutter; and
a photon detector which is provided on an optical path of another photon of the correlated photon pair.

US Pat. No. 9,741,498

CURRENT COLLECTOR, ELECTRODE, SECONDARY BATTERY AND CAPACITOR

Furukawa Electric Co., Lt...

1. A current collector comprising:
metal foil; and
a conductive layer with a film thickness of 0.1 ?m to 10 ?m formed on a surface of the metal foil,
wherein the conductive layer includes a conductive material and a binder material,
a melting point of the binder material is 80° C. to 150° C., and
the binder material includes crystalline particles with a number average particle diameter of 10 ?m or less, and shows, in
differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) in a range from room temperature to 200° C., one or more endothermic peaks in a heating-up
process and one or more exothermic peaks in a cooling-down process,

wherein in a case where two or more endothermic peaks are shown, each difference between the peaks is 15° C. or more,
in a case where only one exothermic peak is shown, the exothermic peak falls within a range of 50 to 120° C., and a width
at half maximum of the exothermic peak is 10° C. or less, in a case where two or more exothermic peaks are shown, a largest
exothermic peak among the exothermic peaks falls within the range of 50 to 120° C., and a width at half maximum of the exothermic
peak is 10° C. or less, and

the crystalline particles include one or more kinds of crystalline particles selected from the group consisting of acid-modified
polyethylene particles, acid-modified polypropylene particles, and ethylene-glycidyl methacrylate copolymer particles.

US Pat. No. 9,122,025

OPTICAL MODULE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An optical module, comprising:
a circuit board mounting an optical element array thereon;
a resin molded body disposed on the circuit board; and
a prism/lens array having lenses lined in its width direction, which can reflect light and is glass-made, wherein
the resin molded body has a prism-securing part which is provided on a part corresponding to the optical element array and
can fix the prism/lens array therein, an opening part provided in the prism-securing part and formed toward an optical connector
connected thereto, and a guiding part which conducts positioning of the optical connector,

a fitting structure for positioning the prism/lens array in its width direction is formed on a contact surface of the prism/lens
array and the prism-securing part, and a front-back direction and a height direction of the prism/lens array is positioned
by a contact of the prism/lens array and the prism-securing part, the fitting structure comprising a first fitting part formed
integrally in a surface of the prism/lens array in a direction perpendicular to the lined direction of the lenses, and a second
fitting part formed in a portion of prism-securing part corresponding to the first fitting part, and the second fitting part
is configured to fit together with the first fitting part.

US Pat. No. 9,088,364

OPTICAL TRANSMISSION SYSTEM AND MULTI-CORE OPTICAL FIBER

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An optical transmission system comprising:
an optical transmitting unit that outputs optical signals having a plurality of wavelengths included in an operation wavelength
band;

a multi-core optical fiber being connected to the optical transmitting unit and having a plurality of core portions;
an optical multiplexing unit that multiplexes the optical signals to the core portions;
an optical demultiplexing unit that demultiplexes the optical signals transmitted through the multi-core optical fiber; and
an optical receiving unit that receives the optical signals demultiplexed by the optical demultiplexing unit, wherein
the multi-core optical fiber includes the core portions and a cladding portion being positioned around the core portions and
including a plurality of holes disposed to form a triangular lattice shape around the core portions,

the multi-core optical fiber transmits the optical signals in a single mode, and
a confinement loss of the multi-core optical fiber is equal to or less than 0.001 dB/km at a wavelength included in the operation
wavelength band.

US Pat. No. 9,362,022

COMPOSITE ELECTRIC CABLE AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING SAME

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A composite electric cable comprising:
a plurality of element wires twisted together, wherein
the element wires include a carbon-nanotube-containing aluminum element wire which is a material wire formed of a composite
material comprising an aluminum material and carbon nanotubes dispersed in the aluminum material;

the carbon-nanotube-containing aluminum element wire has a cellulation structure including a wall portion containing the carbon
nanotubes and an inside portion of the wall which is surrounded by the wall portion and which comprises the aluminum material
and unavoidable impurities;

the carbon-nanotube-containing aluminum element wire has a ratio of carbon nanotube content to aluminum material content of
0.2 wt. % to 5 wt. %;

the carbon-nanotube-containing aluminum element wire has a tensile strength of 150 MPa or higher and a linear expansion coefficient
of 10×10?6/K or less as measured at 293 K; and

each of all the element wires forming the composite electric cable is the carbon-nanotube-containing aluminum element wire,
or the composite electric cable includes in a center portion thereof one or a plurality of steel wires.

US Pat. No. 9,190,802

OPTICAL FIBER LASER EQUIPMENT

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An optical fiber laser device comprising:
an amplification optical fiber;
a pumping light source outputting a pumping light making the amplification optical fiber be subjected to optical pumping;
optical reflectors being disposed at two sides of the amplification optical fiber and configuring an optical resonator making
laser oscillation of an invisible laser light from a light generated in the amplification optical fiber;

an output optical fiber guiding the laser light and outputting the laser light to outside;
a first visible light source outputting a visible light;
an introduction unit having at least first and second input terminals and a first output terminal, the introduction unit having
wavelength characteristics of outputting the laser light input to the first input terminal from the first output terminal
mainly and outputting the visible light input to the second input terminal from the first output terminal mainly, the introduction
unit making the visible light output by the first visible light source input from the second input terminal and introducing
the visible light to the amplification optical fiber or the output optical fiber via the first output terminal;

an optical multiplexer/demultiplexer connected to the first visible light source and connected to the second input terminal
of the introduction unit, the visible light output by the first visible light source being input to the optical multiplexer/demultiplexer,
the visible light being output to the introduction unit, the optical multiplexer/demultiplexer outputting a leaking return
light input from a side of the introduction unit; and

a controller driving the first visible light source to output the visible light from the output optical fiber in a case of
determining a position on a workpiece, at which the laser light will be irradiated.

US Pat. No. 9,088,096

POWER FEED CONNECTOR

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A power feed connector used for an automobile, comprising:
a connector body;
a case that accommodates the connector body therein;
a holding member that is attached to the case; and
a case-locking mechanism that restricts a movement of the case with respect to the holding member, wherein
the holding member has a handle at one of the end portion thereof,
the handle is formed such that at least a part of the handle is set on an extended line of a central axis of the connector
body,

the connector body and the holding member are slidable in a substantially same axial direction with respect to the case when
the case-locking mechanism is unlocked, and

the connector body is movable forward with respect to the case with a movement of the holding member when the holding member
moves forward with respect to the case in a state where the case-locking mechanism is unlocked.

US Pat. No. 9,658,410

OPTICAL CONNECTOR, METHOD FOR ALIGNING MULTI-CORE FIBER WITH BUNDLE STRUCTURE, AND FIBER ARRANGEMENT CONVERSION MEMBER

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An optical connector comprising:
a ferrule on an end surface of the optical connector, wherein:
the optical connector contains a fiber connection structure which optically connects a multi-core fiber having plural cores
at predetermined intervals with a bundle structure having plural optical fibers bundled,

the fiber connection structure is accommodated in the optical connector,
an end of the bundle structure is connected to the multi-core fiber, and
the end of the multi-core fiber is exposed on an end surface of the optical connector;
the ferrule comprises:
a first capillary on the front side of the ferrule; and
a second capillary on the rear side of the ferrule,
the multi-core fiber is inserted into the first capillary,
the bundle structure is inserted into the second capillary,
the second capillary is a cylindrical member which has a hole inside,
the plural optical fibers are inserted into the hole in a bundled state,
covers of ends of the plural optical fibers are removed, and
a boundary between the portion where the covers of the plural optical fibers are removed and a portion having the covers is
disposed inside the second capillary.

US Pat. No. 9,601,840

TERMINAL CONNECTION STRIP, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING CRIMP TERMINAL, WIRE CRIMPING DEVICE, AND METHOD OF CRIMPING WIRE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A terminal connection strip comprising:
a carrier formed in a strip shape; and
a plurality of terminal fittings which project from at least one edge side of the carrier in a width direction, wherein
each of the terminal fittings includes a crimping section which connects by crimping at least a conductor tip of an insulated
wire provided with the conductor tip where a conductor is exposed by peeling off an insulating cover on a distal end side
of the insulated wire to the terminal fitting,

the crimping section includes a wire crimping section and a sealing portion, and the wire crimping section is formed into
a hollow shape which allows the insertion of at least the conductor tip from a proximal end side of the crimping section and
allows the wire crimping section to surround the conductor tip,

the proximal end side of the crimping section and the carrier are connected to each other by way of a connection portion and
have bottom surfaces thereof formed in common,

the crimping section is formed such that a crimping base material which corresponds to the crimping section of the terminal
fitting is bent around an axis of the terminal fitting,

a first welded portion which is formed by welding opposedly-facing edge portions which face each other in an opposed manner
along a terminal long length direction,

at least a proximal end side of the first welded portion in the terminal long length direction is formed at a place which
is not disposed on the same plane as a carrier surface of the carrier in a circumferential direction of the crimping section,
and

the sealing portion of the crimping section is formed by depressing an end portion of the crimping section in front of the
wire crimping section such that predetermined portions of the terminal fitting overlap with each other in the circumferential
direction, and by welding the end portion of the crimping section in the width direction such that a second welded portion
is formed in the end portion of the crimping section.

US Pat. No. 9,570,214

SUPERCONDUCTING CABLE LINE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A superconducting cable line in which a superconducting cable, being formed by housing a cable core in a thermal insulation
tube, is laid and connected to a terminal connecting part or an intermediate connecting part, wherein:
the cable core comprises a superconducting conductor layer, and
the thermal insulation tube comprises an external tube and an internal tube,
the superconducting cable line comprsing:
an offset part in which the superconducting cable is laid in a curved-shape so as to absorb a thermal expansion and contraction
length of the cable core, the offset part being provided near the terminal connecting part or the intermediate connecting
part; and

a fixed part in which a part of the external tube in the offset part is immovably fixed by a fixing member which secures the
part of the external tube inside,

wherein the fixed part exists in a region selected from a group consisting of:
a region which includes a point on a curve of an arc apart farthest in a vertical direction with respect to a line connecting
inflection points of the curve forming ends of the arc forming the offset part, and

a region between the inflection points and the point on the curve, and
wherein the supercondcting cable deforms upon cooling, and after the cable core and the internal tube move to an inside of
a bend and abut on the external tube, the cable core and the internal tube are pressed against the external tube.

US Pat. No. 9,509,121

SEMICONDUCTOR LASER ELEMENT, INTEGRATED SEMICONDUCTOR LASER ELEMENT, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SEMICONDUCTOR LASER ELEMENT

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A semiconductor laser element comprising:
a semiconductor-layered structure including a waveguide core layer and having a distributed feedback laser portion and a distributed
Bragg reflection portion, the waveguide core layer having a length continuous in an optical cavity length direction and a
diffraction grating layer being disposed in vicinity of the waveguide core layer and along the waveguide core layer in the
distributed feedback laser portion, and the waveguide core layer being disposed discretely and periodically to form a diffraction
grating in the distributed Bragg reflection portion; and

an electrode for injecting a current to the distributed feedback laser portion, wherein
the distributed feedback laser portion oscillates a laser light at a wavelength corresponding to a period of the diffraction
grating layer, and the diffraction grating formed by the waveguide core layer in the distributed Bragg reflection portion
is set to have a stop band including the wavelength of the laser light.

US Pat. No. 9,293,771

ANODE FOR SECONDARY BATTERY, ANODE CURRENT COLLECTOR, PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF, AND SECONDARY BATTERY

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An anode for a secondary battery, the secondary battery comprising a non-aqueous electrolyte, the anode comprising:
a current collector made of copper foil or copper alloy foil;
at least one heat-resistant layer comprising at least a layer containing 0.01 to 0.2 g/m2 of nickel or a layer containing 0.003 to 0.05 g/ma of zinc on one or both sides of said current collector;

at least one layer selected from the group consisting of an anti-corrosion layer and a silane coupling treatment layer formed
on said at least one heat-resistant layer; and

a silicon-containing active material film formed on-the at least one layer selected from the group consisting of an anti-corrosion
layer and a silane coupling treatment layer;

wherein:
1 g/m2 to 14 g/m2 of said silicon-containing active material film is formed on said at least one layer selected from the group consisting of
an anti-corrosion layer and a silane coupling treatment layer;

said silicon-containing active material film has a surface, which is an anode surface;
the anode surface has a lightness Y value in a XYZ CIE 1931 standard colorimetric system from 15 to 50; and
the anode surface has a surface roughness Rz specified as a ten point average roughness by the Japanese Industrial Standards
JIS B0601-1994, and Rz is 1.0 ?m or more and 4.5 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 9,096,454

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR SHEET GLASS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR GLASS SUBSTRATE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A method of manufacturing a sheet glass, the method comprising a re-draw process forming a sheet glass by, heating and
softening a glass preform manufactured by float method, and extending the glass preform to a desirable plate thickness, wherein
an extension direction in which the glass preform is extended by the re-draw process is 90 degrees with respect to a direction
in which molten glass is fed in the float method.

US Pat. No. 9,856,164

OPTICAL FIBER PREFORM AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OPTICAL FIBER

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An optical fiber preform comprising:
a columnar portion having an approximately constant radius of r; and
a taper portion located adjacent to the columnar portion in a lengthwise direction and having a radius decreasing along the
lengthwise direction,

wherein the taper portion includes:
a first taper portion including a portion having a radius varying between 0.9r and 0.6r; and
a second taper portion including a portion having a radius varying between 0.4r and 0.15r,
a diameter of the first taper portion in the portion having the radius varying between 0.9r and 0.6r decreases so as to form
a maximum angle ?1 between 40 degrees and 60 degrees with respect to the columnar portion,

a diameter of the second taper portion in the portion having the radius varying between 0.4r and 0.15r decreases so as to
form an average angle ?2 between 5 degrees and 30 degrees with respect to a central axis in the lengthwise direction, and

a volume of the taper portion is smaller than or equal to 45% of a volume of a column having a same outer diameter as a maximum
outer diameter of the taper portion and having a same length as the taper portion.

US Pat. No. 9,653,589

SEMICONDUCTOR MULTI-LAYER SUBSTRATE, SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A semiconductor multi-layer substrate comprising:
a substrate made of Si; and
a multi-layer semiconductor layer, wherein
the multi-layer semiconductor layer includes:
an active layer made of a nitride semiconductor;
a first warp control layer being formed between the substrate and the active layer and giving a first predetermined warp to
the substrate; and

a second warp control layer made of a nitride semiconductor and giving a second predetermined warp to the substrate,
the second predetermined warp given to the substrate is less than the first predetermined warp given to the substrate,
a total thickness of the multi-layer semiconductor layer is equal to or larger than 4 ?m, and
the first warp control layer has a structure in which an AlxGa1-xN layer which is thick to a degree that a quantum size effect is not produced and an AlyGa1-yN layer (x>y) which is thick to a degree that a quantum size effect is not produced are layered repeatedly a plurality of
times, and an AlGaN layer is provided at interfaces between each of the AlxGa1-xN layers and each of the AlyGa1-yN layers, and Al compositions of the AlGaN layers vary gradedly and stepwise or continuously between x and y.

US Pat. No. 9,478,944

SEMICONDUCTOR LASER ELEMENT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR LASER ELEMENT

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A semiconductor laser element, comprising:
an active layer;
a window region including a disordered portion formed by diffusion of a group-III vacancy, the window region including an
impurity free disordered portion of the active layer;

a non-window region including a portion of the active layer having a quantum well structure;
a layer near the active layer, the layer being doped with a p-impurity an impurity that preferentially substitutes a group-V
site;

a layer including zinc and being formed above the layer near the active layer, and
a contact layer made of only GaAs and dopants and formed above the active layer to inject a carrier into the active layer,
wherein

the GaAs contact layer includes the layer including zinc, and
the GaAs contact layer includes a first GaAs contact layer doped with the p-impurity that preferentially substitutes the group-V
site and a second GaAs contact layer which is the layer including zinc and being formed above the first GaAs contact layer.

US Pat. No. 10,036,856

CONNECTOR WITH BUILT-IN BENT OPTICAL FIBERS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING BENT OPTICAL FIBERS

Furukawa Electric Co., Lt...

1. A method for producing a bent optical fiber obtained by performing a bending process on a silica optical fiber, the method comprising:bending the optical fiber along a contour of the heater by pressing the optical fiber against a heater having an arbitrary shape; and
removing a defect in an inner surface of a bent portion of the bent optical fiber,
wherein removing includes heating the inner surface using a non-contact heat source while adjusting a bending angle of the bent optical fiber to be a predetermined angle.

US Pat. No. 9,667,014

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A CONNECTION STRUCTURAL BODY

Furukawa Electric Co., Lt...

1. A method of manufacturing a connection structural body where an insulated wire formed by covering a conductor with an insulating
cover and provided with a wire tip formed by exposing the conductor on a distal end side by peeling off the insulating cover
on the distal end side and a crimp terminal provided with a closed-barrel-type pressure-bonding section which allows the pressure-bonding
connection between the pressure-bonding section and the wire tip are connected to each other by pressure-bonding the wire
tip by the pressure-bonding section, the method comprising:
a cover stripping step of peeling off the insulating cover on the distal end side of the insulated wire arranged at a predetermined
position to form the wire tip;

a wire insertion step of inserting at least the wire tip of the insulated wire into the pressure-bonding section whose end
is sealed of the crimp terminal; and

a pressure-bonding step of pressure-bonding and connecting the pressure-bonding section into which the wire tip is inserted,
the pressure-bonding section includes in order from a rear side of the pressure-bonding section to a front side of the pressure-bonding
section, a cover pressure-bonding section, a conductor pressure-bonding section, and a sealing portion, the sealing portion
being formed by deforming a front end portion of the sealing portion in front of the conductor pressure-bonding section in
such a manner that the front end portion is pressed down and closed,

the cover stripping step, the wire insertion step, and the pressure-bonding step being performed in the above order, wherein
an inspection step of inspecting at least one inspection object state out of a cover stripping state of the insulating cover
on the distal end side of the insulated wire, a wiring state of the conductor at the wire tip, an insertion state of the wire
tip inserted into the pressure-bonding section, and a pressure-bonded state of the pressure-bonding section to the wire tip
is performed after the pressure bonding step,

after the cover stripping step is finished, a marking step is performed using a laser where a marking is formed on a covered
tip end portion of the insulating cover at a predetermined distance from a conductor tip end surface at which the wire is
stripped and corresponding to an insertion length of the wire tip into the pressure-bonding section,

a first marking inspection step of inspecting at least the marking formed on the insulating cover is performed between the
marking step and the wire insertion step,

the pressure-bonded state of the pressure-bonding section to the wire tip is set as the inspection object state, and a second
marking inspection step of inspecting the pressure-bonded state of the pressure-bonding section to the wire tip using the
marking is set as the inspection step, the second marking inspection step further including determining whether or not an
insertion amount of the wire tip is appropriate by using the marking, and

the first marking inspection step and the second marking inspection step are performed using a same inspection means.

US Pat. No. 9,263,808

CONNECTION STRUCTURAL BODY, CONNECTOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING CONNECTION STRUCTURAL BODY

Furukawa Electric Co., Lt...

1. A connection structural body which is configured by connecting a crimp terminal and an insulated wire which is formed by
covering an outer periphery of a wire conductor with an insulating cover body to each other, the crimp terminal having a barrel
portion which is formed of: a cover pressure-bonding section which pressure-bonds by caulking the cover body in the vicinity
of a distal end of the cover body; and a conductor pressure-bonding section which pressure-bonds by caulking the wire conductor
which is exposed from the distal end of the cover body by a predetermined length in a longitudinal direction of the insulated
wire, wherein
the barrel portion is formed of:
the cover pressure-bonding section which is configured such that a cross-sectional shape of the cover pressure-bonding section
in a lateral direction of the insulated wire is formed into a closed cross-sectional shape which surrounds the cover body,
and the cover pressure-bonding section extends by a predetermined length in the longitudinal direction; and

the conductor pressure-bonding section which is configured such that the cover pressure-bonding section is formed by extending
the cover pressure-bonding section in the longitudinal direction, and a cross-sectional shape of the conductor pressure-bonding
section in the lateral direction is formed into a closed cross-sectional shape which surrounds the wire conductor, and

a compression portion which is formed into a projection shape and projects toward the center of the insulated wire in the
lateral direction from an inner surface of the cover pressure-bonding section at the time of pressure-bonding the cover body
by caulking the barrel portion is disposed on a boundary between the inner surface of the cover pressure-bonding section and
an outer surface of the cover body.

US Pat. No. 10,115,904

TRANSPARENT RESIN COMPOSITION FOR ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT ELEMENT SEALING, RESIN SHEET FOR ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT ELEMENT SEALING, AND IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A transparent resin composition for organic electroluminescent element sealing, comprising:a thermoplastic resin comprising a hydride of a styrene-based A-B-A triblock body;
a tackifying resin which is at least one selected from the group consisting of a hydride of a C5-based petroleum resin, a hydride of a C9-based petroleum resin, and a hydride of a petroleum resin obtained by copolymerizing a C5-based petroleum resin and a C9-based petroleum resin; and
an organometallic compound comprising an ester bond and represented by Formula (1),
where R1, R2, R4, and R6 each represents an organic group comprising an alkyl group, an aryl group, a cycloalkyl group, or an acyl group each having a carbon number of 1 or more and 8 or less; R3 and R5 each represents an organic group comprising an alkyl group, an aryl group, an alkoxy group, a cycloalkyl group, or an acyl group each having a carbon number of 1 or more and 8 or less; M represents a trivalent metal atom; and R1 to R6 are identical organic groups or different organic groups,wherein
the transparent resin composition has a light transmittance of 85% or higher for light having a wavelength of 550 nm at a thickness of 0.1 mm, and
the transparent resin composition satisfies a relationship: AM/Y<162, where A (mg CH3ONa/g) represents an acid value of the transparent resin composition excluding the organometallic compound, M represents a weight average molecular weight of the organometallic compound, and Y represents a weight ratio of the organometallic compound with respect to 100 parts by weight of the resin components.
US Pat. No. 9,221,130

MATERIAL FOR THERMAL BONDING, COATING MATERIAL FOR THERMAL BONDING, COATING, AND ELECTRONIC COMPONENT BONDING METHOD

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A material for thermal bonding for bonding between same members or different members selected from metal members, semiconductor
members, and ceramics members, in which copper fine particles (P) are dispersed in an organic compound dispersion medium (A),
melted or softened through heating at a temperature higher than 30 degrees C.,
wherein 60 mass % or more of the organic compound dispersion medium (A) comprises one, two or more types of a polyol (A1)
having a melting point or softening point of 30 degrees C. or higher and having two or more hydroxyl groups in the molecule,
and

the copper fine particles (P) have sinterability and comprise 80 mass % or more of copper fine particles (P1) that have a
mean particle diameter of primary particle within a range from 5 to 200 nm, and 20 to 5 mass % of copper fine particles (P2)
that have a mean particle diameter of primary particle within a range between 1 and 20 ?m (a total of mass % is 100 mass %).

US Pat. No. 9,170,372

FERRULE TRANSFER METHOD AND FERRULE HOLDER

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A method of making a fusion-spliced optical fiber, comprising:
holding a ferrule in one end of a holding element, said holding element having a stem extending from the other end thereof,
said ferrule disposed around a built-in optical fiber segment, said built-in optical fiber segment having an exposed end that
extends from said ferrule;

receiving said holding element in a ferrule holding element of a fusion-splicing device;
fusion-splicing said exposed end of said built-in optical fiber segment to an end of another optical fiber to form a spliced
portion; and

transferring said spliced portion by supporting at least said stem, wherein
the stem is disposed at the ferrule holding element so that the stem is protruded from one side, of the ferrule holding element,
opposite to the built-in optical fiber segment, and

the fusion-splicing device includes a fusion-splicing unit and a discharge electrode, the fusion-splicing unit including an
optical fiber holder and the ferrule holding element, the optical fiber holder causing the exposed end of the built-in optical
fiber segment and the end of the another optical fiber to face each other and disposing and fixing the facing ends, and the
discharge electrode causing an arc discharge for fusion-splicing the facing ends of the built-in optical fiber segment and
the another optical fiber.

US Pat. No. 9,608,191

SUBSTRATE FOR SUPERCONDUCTOR THIN FILM, SUPERCONDUCTOR THIN FILM, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SUBSTRATE FOR SUPERCONDUCTOR THIN FILM

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A superconducting thin film, comprising:
a substrate comprising a substrate body comprising a main surface in which a root mean square slope, R?q, of a roughness curve
is 0.12 or less, and wherein, in the substrate, an arithmetic mean roughness, Ra, of the roughness curve of the main surface
is 2 nm or less; and

a superconducting layer, on the main surface of the substrate, comprising an oxide superconductor.

US Pat. No. 9,411,115

OPTICAL FIBER RIBBON

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. An optical fiber ribbon comprising:
a plurality of coated optical fibers; and
a collective coating layer containing an ultraviolet curable resin containing amorphous polypropylene glycol in the form of
an oligomer, the collective coating layer formed around the coated optical fibers, wherein

the collective coating layer has an equilibrium elastic modulus of 12 MPa to 20 MPa, both inclusive, and a yield point elongation
of 5% to 9%, both inclusive, and

an adhesion between the collective coating layer and outermost layers of the coated optical fibers is 12 N/cm to 15 N/cm,
both inclusive.