US Pat. No. 9,293,156

SUBSTRATES FOR THIN-FILM MAGNETIC HEADS, MAGNETIC HEAD SLIDERS, AND HARD DISK DRIVE DEVICES

NIPPON TUNGSTEN CO., LTD....

1. An Al2O3—TiC based substrate for a thin-film magnetic head including an Al2O3 phase and a TiC phase, wherein a c-axis lattice constant of the Al2O3 phase is 12.992 Å or more and 12.998 Å or less, and a lattice constant of the TiC phase is 4.317 Å or more and 4.325 Å or
less.

US Pat. No. 9,412,585

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A SIOCN FILM, SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, comprising forming a thin film containing a predetermined element, oxygen,
carbon, and nitrogen on a substrate by performing a cycle a predetermined number of times, the cycle comprising performing
the following under a non-plasma atmosphere in the following order:
(a) supplying a carbon-containing gas to the substrate;
(b) supplying a predetermined element-containing gas to the substrate;
(c) supplying a carbon-containing gas to the substrate;
(d) supplying an oxidizing gas to the substrate; and
(e) supplying a nitriding gas to the substrate,
wherein in the (a), a first carbon-containing layer is formed directly on a portion of an uppermost surface of the substrate,
wherein in the (b), a predetermined element-containing layer is formed directly on the uppermost surface of the substrate,
which has the first carbon-containing layer formed on the portion thereof,

wherein in the (c), a second carbon-containing layer is formed directly on a portion of a surface of the predetermined element-containing
layer.

US Pat. No. 9,181,822

VARIABLY OPERATED VALVE SYSTEM FOR MULTI-CYLINDER INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VARIABLY OPERATED VALVE SYSTEM

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A variably operated valve system for a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine, the internal combustion engine having
a plurality of cylinders, comprising:
a pair of intake valves and a pair of or a single exhaust valve disposed for each of the cylinders;
a first valve stop mechanism configured to switch between a valve operation state in which one of the pair of intake valves
from among the pair of intake valves of a part of the cylinders is operated to be open or closed and a valve stopped state
in which a valve open-or-closure operation of the one of the pair of intake valves is stopped; and

a second valve stop mechanism configured to switch between a valve operation state in which the other of the pair of intake
valves from among the pair of intake valves of the part of the cylinders is operated to be open or closed and the valve stopped
state in which the valve open-or-closure operation is stopped,

wherein the first valve stop mechanism is configured to be in the valve operation state when a switching energy is supplied
and to be in the valve stopped state when a supply of the switching energy is stopped and the second valve stop mechanism
is configured to be in the valve stopped state when the switching energy is supplied and to be in the valve operation state
when the supply of the switching energy is stopped,

wherein, during a start of the engine, the supply of the switching energy to the first valve stop mechanism and the second
valve stop mechanism is stopped.

US Pat. No. 9,258,730

WIRELESS SURVEILLANCE CAMERA SYSTEM AND WIRELESS SURVEILLANCE CAMERA DEVICE

Hitachi Kokusai Electric ...

1. A wireless surveillance camera system comprising:
(1) a wireless base station that receives a wireless signal transmitted from at least one wireless surveillance camera device,
the wireless base station comprising:

a transmission unit that wirelessly transmits a generated polling packet to each wireless surveillance camera device in a
polling system; and

a scheduling controller that controls transmission timing of the polling packet; and
(2) at least one wireless surveillance camera device comprising a camera device and a wireless device, the wireless surveillance
camera device comprising:

a signal processing unit that applies signal processing to video and/or voice data from the camera device;
an identification information categorization unit that adds identification information to the video data and/or voice data
after the signal processing;

a configuration unit that acquires configuration information data related to video parameters and/or wireless parameters inside
of the device;

a protocol processing unit that applies protocol processing to the video and/or voice data and the configuration information
data to generate a communication frame;

at least one first transmission queue associated with the polling system;
at least one second transmission queue associated with a carrier sense access system;
a selection unit that refers to the identification information added to the communication frame to forward the video and/or
voice data to the first transmission queue associated with the polling system and to forward the configuration information
data to the second transmission queue associated with the carrier access system;

an interface controller that forwards the communication frames stored in the first and second transmission queues to the wireless
device; and

the wireless device comprising: a first access controller that acquires a transmission right in the polling system; a second
access controller that acquires a transmission right in the carrier sense system; and a transmission unit that wirelessly
transmits the communication frames received from the first and second transmission queues at timings that the corresponding
transmission rights are obtained.

US Pat. No. 9,175,593

PISTON FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A piston for an internal combustion engine, comprising:
a crown portion that defines a combustion chamber;
a ring-shaped cooling channel formed in the crown portion, through which a cooling oil flows; and
a plurality of concave portions formed on at least one side of the cooling channel in an axial direction of the piston, each
of the plurality of concave portions having a curved surface;

wherein each of the plurality of concave portions has a radial width smaller than a width of the cooling channel; and
wherein each of the plurality of concave portions is positioned at a position apart from a radial center of the cooling channel
in a radial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,431,879

GENERATOR MOTOR AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE USING SAME

HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACH...

1. A generator motor comprising: a stator which is fixed to an inner diameter side of a housing; a rotor which is disposed
to be opposed to an inner circumferential side of the stator and which is supported by bearings rotatably; and armature windings
which are wound around teeth of a stator core, which teeth are adjacent to slots; wherein:
a passage through which a cooling medium flows and injection holes which communicate with the passage and which inject the
cooling medium at positions opposite to winding ends of the armature windings are provided in each of brackets provided on
a shaft of the rotor through the bearings;

the cooling medium is injected from the injection holes of the brackets disposed on axially opposite sides of the shaft toward
the winding ends of the armature windings; and

the flow rate distribution of the cooling medium from the plurality of injection holes is set so that the flow rate of the
cooling medium from any of the injection holes is higher as the position of the injection hole is higher above the level of
the shaft and wherein:

the number of injection holes provided at positions opposite to the winding ends of the armature windings is large in a vertically
upper portion of each of the brackets and gradually smaller in a portion thereof closer to the level of the shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,305,820

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A substrate processing apparatus comprising:
a processing chamber configured to process a substrate;
a substrate support disposed in the processing chamber;
a first heater and a second heater accommodated in the substrate support and configured to heat the substrate, the first heater
being disposed closer to an outer periphery of the substrate support than the second heater;

a shaft supporting the substrate support;
a first wire inserted through the shaft, the first wire comprising a first input-side heater power supply line, a first output-side
heater power supply line, a first input-side connection mechanism, a first output-side connection mechanism, a first input-side
heater wire having a first end connected to an input terminal of the first heater and a second end connected to the first
input-side heater power supply line via the first input-side connection mechanism and a first output-side heater wire having
a first end connected to an output terminal of the first heater and a second end connected to the first output-side heater
power supply line via the first output-side connection mechanism;

a second wire inserted through the shaft, the second wire comprising a second input-side heater power supply line, a second
output-side heater power supply line, a second input-side connection mechanism, a second output-side connection mechanism,
a second input-side heater wire having a first end connected to an input terminal of the second heater and a second end connected
to the second input-side heater power supply line via the second connection mechanism and a second output-side heater wire
having a first end connected to an output terminal of the second heater and a second end connected to the second output-side
heater power supply line via the second output-side connection mechanism;

a supporting unit holding the first input-side connection mechanism, the first output-side connection mechanism, the second
input-side connection mechanism, and the second output-side connection mechanism,

the supporting unit comprising:
a plate-shaped first partition disposed between the first input-side heater power supply line and the second input-side heater
power supply line and between the first output-side heater power supply line and the second output-side heater power supply
line, wherein the first partition is spaced apart from an inner wall of the shaft to have a gap between the first partition
and the inner wall of the shaft; and

a plate-shaped second partition crossing the plate-shaped first partition, the plate-shaped second partition disposed between
the first input-side heater power supply line and the first output-side heater power supply line and between the second input-side
heater power supply line and the second output-side heater power supply line, wherein the second partition is spaced apart
from the inner wall of the shaft to have a gap between the second partition and the inner wall of the shaft;

a gas supply mechanism installed between the inner wall of the shaft and the plate-shaped first partition wherein a distance
between the gas supply mechanism and the both of the first input-side connection mechanism and the first output-side connection
mechanism is shorter than a distance between the gas supply mechanism and the both of the second input-side connection mechanism
and the second output-side connection mechanism, wherein a gas supplied from the gas supply mechanism flows through the gap
between the first partition and the inner wall of the shaft and the gap between the second partition and the inner wall of
the shaft; and

a temperature detector connected to the supporting unit and configured to detect a temperature of the supporting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,295,175

SEAL STRUCTURE FOR ELECTRONIC CONTROL DEVICE

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A seal structure for an electronic control device, the electronic control device comprising: a housing having a base member
and a cover member fitted on an upper side of the base member; a circuit board accommodated in an inner space of the housing;
and a connector attached to a front end of the circuit board and exposed through a front opening window between front end
portions of the base and cover members of the housing, the seal structure comprising:
a connector seal surface formed on an upper surface of the front end portion of the base member;
a connector seal material arranged between the connector seal surface of the base member and a lower surface of the front
end portion of the connector;

a seal groove formed in an upper surface of an outer peripheral portion other than the front end portion of the base member;
a seal protrusion formed on a lower surface of an outer peripheral portion of the cover member and engaged in the seal groove;
and

a sealant filled in a clearance between the seal groove and the seal protrusion,
wherein longitudinal end regions of the connector seal surface are extended in a width direction of the connector and formed
as extended surface regions; and

wherein longitudinal end regions of the seal groove extend perpendicular to the respective extended surface regions of the
connector seal surface.

US Pat. No. 9,433,134

POWER SEMICONDUCTOR MODULE AND POWER CONVERTER USING THE SAME

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A power semiconductor module comprising:
a first package having an upper arm circuit section constituting an inverter circuit;
a second package having a lower arm circuit section constituting an inverter circuit;
a metal case having a storage space to store the first package and the second package and an opening connecting with the storage
space; and

an intermediate connecting conductor to couple the upper arm circuit section with the lower arm circuit section, wherein:
the metal case includes a first radiating section and a second radiating section facing the first radiating section through
the storage space,

the first package includes a first semiconductor chip, a first conductor plate and a second conductor plate to interpose the
first semiconductor chip, a first collector-side terminal coupled with the first conductor plate, a first emitter-side terminal
coupled with the second conductor plate, and a first sealant to seal parts of the first conductor plate and the second conductor
plate and the first semiconductor chip,

the second package includes a second semiconductor chip, a third conductor plate and a fourth conductor plate to interpose
the second semiconductor chip, a second collector-side terminal coupled with the third conductor plate, a second emitter-side
terminal coupled with the fourth conductor plate, and a second sealant to seal parts of the third conductor plate and the
fourth conductor plate and the second semiconductor chip,

further, the first package is arranged so that the arrangement direction of the first package and the second package are parallel
to the respective surfaces facing the first radiating section and the second radiating section,

the first collector-side terminal and the second emitter-side terminal protrude outside the metal case from the opening of
the metal case,

the intermediate connecting conductor couples the first emitter-side terminal with the second collector-side terminal in the
storage space of the metal case, and

the first sealant and the second sealant are provided separately from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,242,626

BRAKE DEVICE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

17. A brake device in which a master cylinder generating a brake liquid pressure in response to an operation of a brake operation
member by a driver is equipped, the master cylinder comprising:
a bottomed cylindrical cylinder main body having a first liquid chamber, in which a drain port connected to a wheel cylinder
is equipped, generating a liquid pressure in response to the brake operation by the driver, and a second liquid chamber in
which a suction port connected to a suction section of the pump and an auxiliary supply port communicated with a reservoir
are equipped;

a piston slidably inserted through an inner peripheral surface of the cylinder main body and interlinked with the brake operation
member;

a first piston seal sealing between an inner peripheral surface of the cylinder main body and an outer peripheral surface
of the piston to define the first liquid chamber;

a second piston seal to define the second liquid chamber together with the first piston seal; and
a third piston seal interposed between the first piston seal and the second piston seal, sealing between the inner peripheral
surface of the cylinder main body and the outer peripheral surface of the piston, interrupting the auxiliary supply port and
the suction port when the piston strokes by a distance equal to or longer than a predetermined stroke, and communicating the
auxiliary supply port and the suction port when the piston strokes by a distance shorter than the predetermined stroke.

US Pat. No. 9,165,761

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, METHOD FOR PROCESSING SUBSTRATE, SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MEDIUM

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A method for manufacturing a semiconductor device, comprising:
forming a thin film containing a specific element and having a prescribed composition on a substrate by performing a cycle
of alternately performing n times, where n is an integer of one or more:

forming a first layer containing the specific element, nitrogen, and carbon on the substrate by performing a set of alternately
or simultaneously performing m times, where m is an integer of one or more:

supplying a first source gas containing the specific element and a halogen-group to the substrate, and
supplying a second source gas containing the specific element and an amino-group to the substrate; and
forming a second layer by modifying the first layer by supplying a reactive gas different from each of the source gases, to
the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,257,275

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, comprising forming a thin film containing a predetermined element, boron,
carbon, and nitrogen on a substrate by performing a cycle a first predetermined number of times, the cycle comprising:
forming a first layer containing boron and a halogen group by supplying a first precursor gas containing boron and the halogen
group to the substrate;

forming a second layer containing the predetermined element, boron, carbon, and nitrogen by supplying a second precursor gas
containing the predetermined element and an amino group to the substrate and modifying the first layer; and
supplying a reaction gas to the substrate, the reaction gas being different from the first precursor gas and the second precursor
gas.

US Pat. No. 9,058,746

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE ASSOCIATED WITH VEHICLE TRAVELING

Hitachi Automotive System...

5. The information processing device according to claim 4, wherein the obstacle detected by the first version includes a pedestrian.

US Pat. No. 9,258,933

WIRE HARNESS

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A wire harness, comprising:
an electric wire;
an annular electromagnetic wave absorption component that comprises a through-hole for inserting electric wire and absorbs
electromagnetic waves emitted from the electric wire;

a braided shield covering the electric wire and an outer periphery of the electromagnetic wave absorption component; and
an accommodating member accommodating a portion of the electric wire and a portion of the braided shield;
a movement-restricting member for restricting the electromagnetic wave absorption component from moving in a direction of
inserting the electric wire in the through-hole,

wherein the electromagnetic wave absorption component is covered with the braided shield and exposed from the accommodating
member,

wherein the movement-restricting member comprises a tape member wound around and in contact with the braided shield on an
outer periphery of the electric wire on both sides of the electromagnetic wave absorption component exposed from the accommodating
member and on the outer periphery of the electromagnetic wave absorption component.

US Pat. No. 9,257,125

AUDIO FRAME TIMING CORRECTION METHOD AND WIRELESS DEVICE

Hitachi Kokusai Electric ...

1. An audio frame timing correction method for correcting an audio frame timing based on a wireless frame timing, comprising:
determining an adjustment timing at which correction for synchronizing an audio data counting timing of an audio frame with
a symbol counting timing of a wireless frame is performed;

making a reference clock for encoding or decoding audio data to run fast and be moved forward within an audio data counting
interval to form a remaining time within the audio data counting interval as timing correctable margin of the time interval;

decoding or encoding the audio data with the reference clock moved forward to form the margin of the time interval; and
synchronizing the audio data counting timing of the audio frame with the symbol counting timing of the wireless frame when
the adjustment timing arrives.

US Pat. No. 9,196,476

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Hitachi Kokusai Electric ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, comprising performing a cycle a predetermined number of times, the cycle
comprising:
(a) supplying a source gas containing a predetermined element, carbon and a halogen element and having a chemical bond between
the predetermined element and carbon to a substrate; and

(b) supplying a reactive gas including a borazine compound to the substrate,
wherein the cycle is performed under a condition where a borazine ring structure in the borazine compound and at least a portion
of the chemical bond between the predetermined element and carbon in the source gas are preserved to form a thin film including
the borazine ring structure and the chemical bond between the predetermined element and carbon on the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,172,331

POWER SUPPLY CIRCUIT

Hitachi Kokusai Electric ...

1. A power supply circuit used for power amplification, comprising:
a push-pull amplifier unit for amplifying an input signal by push-pull amplification schemes;
a variable power supply unit for varying by a control signal a voltage level of a power supply voltage to be supplied to said
push-pull amplifier unit in response;

a timing adjustment unit for delaying an input signal inputted to said push-pull amplifier unit; and
a control unit for outputting a control signal which controls the voltage level of the power supply voltage based on said
input signal,

characterized in that said control unit causes, in a case of rise-up of the control signal, said control signal to rise at
an early timing adapted for a transition time of voltage level changeover with respect to a delay time in said timing adjustment
unit and, in a case of fall-down of the control signal, causes said control signal to fall at a timing of said delay time.

US Pat. No. 9,297,347

ENGINE STARTING APPARATUS

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. An engine starting apparatus comprising:
a pinion configured to be brought into meshing engagement with a ring gear linked to an engine;
a starter motor supplied with current from a battery to rotate the pinion;
a solenoid coil supplied with current from the battery to move the pinion in a direction of the ring gear;
a control module configured to control the starter motor; and
a first housing storing the starter motor and the solenoid coil, wherein
the control module comprises a first semiconductor switch configured to control current supply to the starter motor and a
second semiconductor switch configured to control current supply to the solenoid coil,

the control module is stored in a second housing, and
the first housing and the second housing are connected to each other by way of a bus bar.

US Pat. No. 9,284,929

ELECTROMAGNETIC FUEL INJECTION VALVE

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. An electromagnetic fuel injection valve comprising:
a valve element which closes a fuel passage by coming into contact with a valve seat and opens the fuel passage by going away
from the valve seat;

an electromagnet which includes a coil and a magnetic core formed as a drive portion for driving the valve element;
a movable element which is held by the valve element in a state where the movable element is displaceable in the direction
of a drive force of the valve element relative to the valve element;

a first biasing portion for biasing the valve element in the direction opposite to the direction of a drive force generated
by the drive portion;

a second biasing portion for biasing the movable element in the direction of the drive force with a biasing force smaller
than the biasing force generated by the first biasing portion; and

a restricting portion for restricting the displacement of the movable element in the direction of the drive force relative
to the valve element,

wherein the biasing force (N) of the second biasing portion is set smaller than a sum of: i) a value which is obtained by
multiplying a product of a valve closing speed (m/s) of the valve element and a mass (kg) of the movable element by ?7.5×103 (l/s), and ii) a value which is obtained by multiplying a sum of the mass of the movable element and a mass of the valve element
by 2.6×103 (m/s2).

US Pat. No. 9,247,675

POWER CONVERTER

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A power conveter comprising:
an inverter housed in an inverter case and provided with a plurality of power semiconductor modules configured to output alternate
current; and

a DC/DC converter housed in a converter case detachably fixed to the inverter case, and provided with a down converter circuit
and/or a boost converter circuit,

wherein the inverter case includes:
a first path forming member in which a first coolant path is formed, the power semiconductor module being inserted into the
first coolant path, and the first path forming member thermally contacting the converter case; and

a second path forming member in which a second coolant path is formed parallel to the first coolant path, the power semiconductor
module being inserted into the second coolant path, and the second path forming member thermally contacting the converter
case,

the DC/DC converter includes:
an inductance device for voltage conversion; and
a switching device board on which a switching device that controls current flowing in the inductance device is mounted, and
the inductance device and the switching device board are arranged in an area of the converter case thermally contacting the
first path forming member and the second path forming member.

US Pat. No. 9,239,014

AUTOMOTIVE CONTROL DEVICE AND PERIOD MEASUREMENT METHOD FOR THE SAME

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. An automotive control device comprising:
a digital filter which processes a pulse signal output in synchronization with rotation of a rotating body which is rotated
by an engine of a vehicle;

an analog filter which processes the pulse signal;
a period measurement unit which receives an output signal of the digital filter and an output signal of the analog filter,
and outputs a measured value of a period of the pulse signal,

a conversion unit which converts a predetermined angle of the rotating body to time on the basis of the measured value of
the period output by the period measurement unit;

a correction unit which corrects the time on the basis of a phase difference between the output signal of the analog filter
and the output signal of the digital filter;

an angle detection unit which measures the time corrected by the correction unit based on the output signal of the digital
filter serving as a reference, and outputs a detection signal of an angle of the rotating body; and

a control unit which performs a control process in the vehicle on the basis of the angle detected by the angle detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,307,666

ELECTRIC CIRCUIT DEVICE, ELECTRIC CIRCUIT MODULE, AND POWER CONVERTER

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A power convertor comprising:
a first semiconductor chip constituting an upper arm;
a second semiconductor chip constituting a lower arm;
a capacitor device supplying DC power to the first semiconductor chip and the second semiconductor chip;
a P-electrode comprising a first lead wire connected to the first semiconductor chip and a first lead terminal connected to
a positive-polarity capacitor terminal of the capacitor device;

a N-electrode comprising a second lead wire connected to the second semiconductor chip and a second lead terminal connected
to a negative-polarity capacitor terminal of the capacitor device; and

a M-electrode connecting the first semiconductor chip with the second semiconductor chip;
wherein the first semiconductor chip, the second semiconductor chip, the capacitor device, the P-electrode, the N-electrode,
and the M-electrode constitute a closed circuit,

the first lead terminal and the second lead terminal are laminated and disposed with a connection member sandwiched between
the first lead terminal and the second lead terminal, and

the P-electrode, the first semiconductor chip, the M-electrode, the second semiconductor chip, and the N-electrode are laminated
and disposed so that adjacent currents flow through the first lead wire, the M-electrode, and the second lead wire respectively
in opposite directions to each other if a closed current flows through the closed circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,180,852

ELECTRIC BOOSTER

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. An electric booster configured to control an electric motor by a controller based on an operation of a brake pedal of a
vehicle to thrust a piston of a master cylinder, the electric booster comprising:
the electric motor;
a conversion mechanism configured to convert a driving force of the electric motor into a thrust force of the piston;
the controller; and
a housing having one end including a coupling surface where the housing is coupled to the master cylinder, and the other end
including an attachment surface where the housing is attached to the vehicle,

wherein the controller includes a flat plate-like control board, and the control board is disposed so as to be positioned
between a first plane including the attachment surface of the housing where the housing is attached to the vehicle, and a
second plane including the coupling surface of the housing where the housing is coupled to the master cylinder, and

wherein the control board is disposed in parallel with the first plane or the second plane.

US Pat. No. 9,287,845

BANDPASS FILTER, HIGH-FREQUENCY DEVICE AND COMMUNICATIONS APPARATUS

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A bandpass filter comprising:
three resonators arranged between two input/output terminals in a laminate substrate comprising a plurality of dielectric
layers;

each of the three resonators being constituted by a resonance line and a resonance capacitance connected in series to one
end of said resonance line, and both ends of said each of the three resonators being grounded;

wherein capacitance electrodes forming said resonance capacitances and said resonance lines are arranged on different dielectric
layers among the plurality of dielectric layers,

wherein the resonance lines and the capacitance electrodes are separated by a planar ground electrode covering the resonance
lines and the capacitance electrodes when viewed in a lamination direction; and

wherein each of said input/output terminals is connected to respective a via-conductor path between the resonance line and
the capacitance electrode of each of two of the three resonators via a corresponding connecting line, and a junction of each
of said input/output terminals connecting to said respective via-conductor path is formed in said laminate substrate so that
each of said junctions is positioned closer to said respective capacitance electrode than said respective resonance line in
the lamination direction.

US Pat. No. 9,258,934

IN-VEHICLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND VEHICLE HAVING THE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. An in-vehicle electronic device comprising: a resin housing; a control board that is covered with the housing, and accommodated
within the housing; a power wiring that supplies power to the control board; an input/output signal wiring that transmits
an input/output signal to the control board; and a metal bracket which fixes the resin housing to a vehicle main body,
wherein a distance between the metal bracket and the power wiring is set to be shorter than a distance between the metal bracket
and the input/output signal wiring to form a discharge gap.

US Pat. No. 9,301,434

POWER CONVERSION APPARATUS

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A power conversion apparatus, comprising:
a power semiconductor module that has a power semiconductor element to convert a direct current into an alternating current;
a smoothing capacitor module that smoothes the direct current;
an alternating-current bus bar that transmits an alternating-current output of the power semiconductor element;
a control circuit unit that controls the power semiconductor element; and
a flow channel formation body that forms a flow channel through which a cooling medium flows,
wherein the power semiconductor module has a first heat dissipation portion and a second heat dissipation portion facing the
first heat dissipation portion with the power semiconductor element therebetween,

a flow channel formation body external portion of the flow channel formation body has a first surface wall that faces the
first heat dissipation portion of the power semiconductor module with the flow channel therebetween, a second surface wall
that faces the second heat dissipation portion of the power semiconductor module with the flow channel therebetween, at the
opposite side of the first surface wall with the power semiconductor module therebetween, and a sidewall that connects the
first surface wall and the second surface wall,

the sidewall has an opening to insert the power semiconductor module into the flow channel,
the smoothing capacitor module is arranged at a position facing the second surface wall of the flow channel formation body
external portion,

the alternating-current bus bar is arranged at a position facing the first surface wall of the flow channel formation body
external portion, and

the control circuit unit is arranged at a position facing the alternating-current bus bar, at the opposite side of the first
surface wall of the flow channel formation body external portion with the alternating-current bus bar therebetween.

US Pat. No. 9,243,632

VARIABLE DISPLACEMENT OIL PUMP

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A variable displacement oil pump comprising:
a rotor configured to be rotationally driven;
a plurality of vanes movable out from and into an outer circumferential portion of the rotor;
a cam ring separately forming a plurality of working-oil rooms by receiving the rotor and the plurality of vanes in an inner
circumferential space of the cam ring, wherein the cam ring is configured to move to vary an eccentricity between a rotation
center of the rotor and a center of an inner circumferential surface of the cam ring and thereby to vary a variation rate
of volume of each of the plurality of working-oil rooms which is produced when the rotor rotates;

a lateral wall provided on at least one of lateral portions of the cam ring, wherein the lateral wall includes a suction portion
open to the working-oil room whose volume is increasing when the rotor is rotating under a state where the cam ring is eccentric,
and a discharge portion open to the working-oil room whose volume is decreasing when the rotor is rotating under the state
where the cam ring is eccentric;

a first control oil chamber configured to apply a first biasing force to the cam ring in a direction that reduces the eccentricity
between the rotation center of the rotor and the center of the inner circumferential surface of the cam ring, by oil discharged
and introduced from the discharge portion into the first control oil chamber;

a second control oil chamber configured to apply a second biasing force to the cam ring in a direction that enlarges the eccentricity
between the rotation center of the rotor and the center of the inner circumferential surface of the cam ring, by oil discharged
and introduced from the discharge portion into the second control oil chamber, wherein the second biasing force is smaller
than the first biasing force;

a biasing mechanism configured to apply a third biasing force to the cam ring in the direction that enlarges the eccentricity
between the rotation center of the rotor and the center of the inner circumferential surface of the cam ring under a state
where the biasing mechanism is given a set load, wherein the biasing mechanism is configured to increase the third biasing
force discontinuously in a stepwise manner when the eccentricity between the rotation center of the rotor and the center of
the inner circumferential surface of the cam ring becomes lower than or equal to a predetermined amount; and

a changeover mechanism
including a valving element receiving a fourth biasing force in a direction toward a first position of the valving element
and configured to move against the fourth biasing force by a discharge pressure discharged from the discharge portion,

configured to connect the first control oil chamber with a drain portion when the valving element is in the first position,
configured to introduce the discharge pressure into the first control oil chamber and the second control oil chamber when
the valving element moves and reaches a second position thereof against the fourth biasing force, and

configured to drain a part of oil of the second control oil chamber to the drain portion and to continue to introduce the
discharge pressure into the first control oil chamber when the valving element moves from the second position and reaches
a third position thereof against the fourth biasing force,

wherein the changeover mechanism changes from the first position of the valving element to the second position of the valving
element, when the discharge pressure becomes higher than or equal to a pressure level at which the cam ring can move against
the set load of the biasing mechanism, and is lower than or equal to a pressure level at which the third biasing force of
the biasing mechanism is increased in the stepwise manner.

US Pat. No. 9,236,242

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A manufacturing method of a semiconductor device comprising:
generating hydrogen plasma by plasma excitation of hydrogen gas and processing a surface of a substrate on which a silicon
film and a metal film are exposed with the hydrogen plasma; and

generating mixed plasma by plasma excitation of a mixed gas of hydrogen gas and oxygen-containing gas and oxidizing the silicon
film by exposing the silicon film and the metal film to the mixed plasma to obtain the substrate on which the metal film and
the oxidized silicon film are formed.

US Pat. No. 9,293,937

ELECTRIC STORAGE DEVICE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. An electric storage device, comprising:
an assembled battery having a plurality of electric cells connected in series;
a battery state quantity estimator estimating battery state quantities of the plurality of electric cells;
a discharge quantity calculator calculating such a discharge quantity that state of charges (SOCs) of the respective electric
cells that have been discharged have a given magnitude relationship corresponding to the battery state quantities, for each
of the electric cells; and

a discharging circuit that discharges the plurality of electric cells on the basis of the discharge quantity calculated by
the discharge quantity calculator;

wherein the battery state quantity estimator estimates a magnitude relationship of internal resistances of the plurality of
electric cells, and

wherein the discharge quantity calculator calculates such a discharge quantity that SOCs of the electric cells which are estimated
to be larger in the magnitude relationship of internal resistances by the battery state quantity estimator become low.

US Pat. No. 9,241,429

POWER MODULE AND POWER CONVERSION APPARATUS USING SAME

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A power module comprising:
a plurality of semiconductor devices constituting upper/lower arms of an inverter circuit;
a plurality of conductive plates arranged to face electrode surfaces of the semiconductor devices; and
a module case configured to accommodate the semiconductor devices and the conductive plates,
wherein the module case includes,
a heat radiation member made of plate-like metal and facing a surface of the conductive plate, and
a metallic frame body having an opening portion that is closed by the heat radiation member,
wherein a heat radiation fin unit having a plurality of heat radiation fins vertically arranged thereon is provided at a center
of the heat radiation member, and a joint portion with the frame body is provided at an external peripheral edge of the heat
radiation member, and

the heat radiation member has a thermal conductivity higher than that of the frame body, and the frame body is of a higher
rigidity than that of the heat radiation member.

US Pat. No. 9,169,553

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE PRODUCING METHOD

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A semiconductor device producing method comprising:
transferring a substrate into a processing chamber;
thereafter forming a silicon nitride film on the substrate by repeating the following a plurality of times in the following
order:

supplying a gas including silicon into the processing chamber,
exhausting the processing chamber,
supplying a plasma-activated ammonia gas into the processing chamber, and
exhausting the processing chamber;
thereafter transferring the substrate out of the processing chamber;
thereafter removing accretion that has been adhered to an inside of the processing chamber by supplying a cleaning gas including
fluorine into the processing chamber; and

thereafter removing fluorine included in the cleaning gas remaining in the processing chamber and forming a silicon nitride
film inside the processing chamber by repeating the following a plurality of times:

supplying the gas including silicon into the processing chamber,
exhausting the processing chamber,
supplying the plasma-activated ammonia gas into the processing chamber, and
exhausting the processing chamber, wherein
the gas including silicon and the plasma-activated ammonia gas are respectively supplied from first and second nozzles, the
first and second nozzles being independently and exclusively connected to the processing chamber,

the cleaning gas is supplied from the first nozzle and is not supplied from the second nozzle,
an inert gas is supplied from the second nozzle while supplying the cleaning gas, and wherein
a temperature in the processing chamber when removing fluorine included in the cleaning as remaining in the processing chamber
and forming the silicon nitride film inside the processing chamber is lower than a temperature in the processing chamber when
supplying the cleaning gas into the process chamber,

the temperature in the processing chamber when removing fluorine included in the cleaning as remaining in the processing chamber
and forming the silicon nitride film inside the processing chamber is the same as a temperature in the processing chamber
when forming the silicon nitride film on the substrate, and

a time for removing fluorine included in the cleaning as remaining in the processing chamber and forming the silicon nitride
film inside the processing chamber is shorter than a time for forming the silicon nitride film on the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,086,269

STEERING ANGLE SENSOR AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING DEVICE EMPLOYING THE SAME

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A steering angle sensor comprising:
a steering shaft rotating together with a steering wheel;
a sensor housing arranged to enclose the steering shaft;
a first gear rotatably received in the sensor housing, the first gear including an annular body portion, disposed about a
given part of the steering shaft leaving a given annular clearance therebetween, and an annular toothed portion formed on
an outer periphery of the annular body portion;

a second gear rotatably received in the sensor housing, the second gear having a magnetic member at a center portion thereof
and an annular toothed portion meshed with the annular toothed portion of the first gear;

a third gear rotatably received in the sensor housing, the third gear having another magnetic member at a center portion thereof
and an annular toothed portion meshed with the annular toothed portion of the second gear, the second gear and the third gear
being meshed to each other to form a speed reduction unit of the second and third gears that has a predetermined speed reduction
rate;

a first magnetoresistive element detecting a change of a magnetic field produced by the magnetic member of the second gear
for obtaining a first rotation angle of the second gear;

a second magnetoresistive element detecting a change of a magnetic field produced by the magnetic member of the third gear
for obtaining a second rotation angle of the third gear;

an elastic member compressed in the given annular clearance between the steering shaft and the first gear, a thickness of
the elastic member in a non-compressed condition being larger than a thickness of the given annular clearance; and

a control unit that obtains an absolute steering angle of the steering wheel based on the first and second rotation angles
of the second and third gears.

US Pat. No. 9,074,866

ROTATIONAL ANGLE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, CONTROL APPARATUS, AND ROTATION-MACHINE SYSTEM

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A rotational angle measurement apparatus comprising:
a magnetic sensor operable to respond to a magnetic-field angle; and
a detection unit operable to input an output of the magnetic sensor,
wherein the rotational angle measurement apparatus is employed with a rotatable body provided with a magnetic flux generator,
wherein the output of the magnetic sensor is a raw-angle signal set corresponding to the magnetic-field angle, and
wherein the detection unit outputs a corrected angle after the influence of a non-magnetic conductor arranged in the vicinity
of the magnetic sensor is corrected, with the use of a correction value outputted by a correction function with rotational
velocity of the rotatable body as an argument.

US Pat. No. 9,265,010

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, TRANSMISSION POWER CONTROL METHOD, AND NETWORK CONTROL APPARATUS

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A wireless communication system comprising:
a primary system that includes a wireless station and is able to primarily use a certain frequency;
one or a plurality of wireless communication systems, having a base station (BS), which are a secondary system that secondarily
use the same frequency as that of the primary system; and

a network control apparatus that controls the one or the plurality of wireless communication systems, wherein
the network control apparatus includes:
a secondary system communication quality information set unit that stores a communication quality information set including
identification information regarding the BS of the secondary system, identification information regarding a wireless terminal,
used frequency channel information, and received power, and

a control unit,
wherein,
when the network control apparatus receives a frequency channel sharing trigger indicating that a frequency channel operated
so that a frequency does not overlap with that of an adjacent cell is insufficient from each BS of the secondary system, the
control unit generates a received power classification table which classifies signal power and interference power between
each wireless terminal, and the wireless station of the primary system and each BS of the secondary system, with reference
to the secondary system communication quality information set unit and based on the identification information regarding the
BS, the identification information regarding the wireless terminal, and the received power,

the control unit calculates a transmission power amplification rate or transmission power of each secondary system using the
received power classification table, and

the control unit transmits a transmission power change instruction packet storing the calculated transmission power amplification
rate or transmission power to each BS sharing the frequency channel of the one or the plurality of secondary systems.

US Pat. No. 9,178,294

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A printed circuit board in which three or more layers of circuit boards are laminated and a large number of through holes
for insertion of terminal pins of electronic parts are formed,
wherein lands of a conductor material are formed around a first through hole and a second through hole of the large number
of through holes on surfaces of a top layer circuit board and a bottom circuit board, and the first land around the first
through hole and the second land around the second through hole formed on the side of the top layer circuit board are electrically
connected to the land around the first through hole and the land around the second through hole formed on the side of the
bottom layer circuit board via a conductor member formed on an inner wall surface of the first through hole or a conductor
member formed on an inner wall surface of the second through hole,

wherein, in a circuit board held between the top layer circuit board and the bottom layer circuit board, a first conductor
film connected to the conductor member formed on the inner wall surface of the first through hole and a second conductor film
connected to the conductor member formed on the inner wall surface of the second through hole, and a third conductor film,
held between the first conductor film and the second conductor film, not electrically connected to the first conductor film
and the second conductor film, are formed, and

wherein, when the printed circuit board is viewed from an upper surface, in a region from the first through hole to the second
through hole, any one of the first land and the second land, the first conductor film and the second conductor film, and the
third conductor film, exists in a width equal to or wider than a diameter of the first through hole and the second through
hole.

US Pat. No. 9,117,572

FOAMED COAXIAL CABLE AND MULTICORE CABLE

Hitachi Metals, LTD., To...

1. A foamed axial cable, comprising:
a pair of signal conductors;
an insulation covering a periphery of the signal conductor and formed of a foamed material;
a skin layer covering a periphery of the insulation and formed of a non-foamed material; and
a shield conductor on a periphery of the skin layer,
wherein an outer surface of the skin layer or an inner surface of the shield conductor comprises a fine groove formed thereon
so as to have a void between the skin layer and the shield conductor.

US Pat. No. 9,142,436

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS METHOD AND SUBSTRATE PROCESS SYSTEM

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A statistical analysis method for performing an analysis process on monitor data stored in a database, the monitor data
received from a substrate processing apparatus configured to process a substrate, the method comprising:
receiving monitor data from the substrate processing apparatus;
producing representative value data based on the monitor data;
associating the representative value data with apparatus condition information indicating a condition of the substrate processing
apparatus at a time of production of the monitor data;

storing the representative value data and the apparatus condition information associated with the representative value data
in the database;

retrieving the representative value data and the apparatus condition information associated with the representative value
data from the database;

comparing an exclusion parameter with the retrieved apparatus condition information, the exclusion parameter including information
indicating whether the representative value data associated with the apparatus condition information should be included in
statistical analysis targets; and

determining whether the retrieved representative value data are included in the statistical analysis targets, based on a comparison
result produced by comparing the exclusion parameter with the apparatus condition information;

wherein when the information included in the exclusion parameter is changed, determining whether to include additional representative
value data in the statistical analysis targets.

US Pat. No. 9,439,291

PHOTOSENSITIVE ELEMENT, METHOD FOR FORMING RESIST PATTERN, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. A method for forming a resist pattern, the method comprising the steps of:
(a) providing a combination of a photosensitive element and a circuit-forming board, the combination comprising
a circuit-forming board with a surface roughness (Ra) of less than 300 nm;
a support film, wherein a support film haze is 0.01-1.5% and a total number of particles with diameters of 5 ?m and larger
and aggregates with diameters of 5 ?m or larger in the support film is no greater than 5/mm2; and

a photosensitive layer derived from a photosensitive resin composition formed on the support film that comprises,
a binder polymer,
a photopolymerizable compound with an ethylenically unsaturated bond, and
a photopolymerization initiator that contains
a 2,4,5-triarylimidazole dimer, and
a pyrazoline compound represented by the following general formulas (XI) or (XII),

wherein, in the formulas (XI) or (XII), R each independently represents a C1-12 straight-chain or branched alkyl group, a
C1-10 straight-chain or branched alkoxy group or a halogen atom, a, b and c each independently represent an integer of 0 to
5, the total of a, b and c being between 1 and 6, and when the total of a, b and c is 2 or greater the multiple R groups may
be the same or different,

wherein the pyrazoline compound is 0.5 to 5.0 wt % based on a total amount of the 2,4,5-triarylimidazole dimer and the pyrazoline
compound,

and wherein the thickness T of the photosensitive layer and the absorbance A of the photosensitive layer at 365 nm satisfies
the relationship represented by the following inequality (I):

0.001?A/T?0.020  (I)

(b) laminating the photosensitive element on the circuit-forming board in the order of (1) the photosensitive layer, and then
(2) the support film,

wherein a surface of the circuit-forming board that is in contact with the photosensitive element has the surface roughness
(Ra) of less than 300 nm;

(c) exposing prescribed sections of the photosensitive layer to irradiation with active light rays through the support film
and thereby photocuring the prescribed sections on the photosensitive layer; and

(d) removing by developing the non-photocured sections of the photosensitive layer.

US Pat. No. 9,291,310

TANK-INTEGRATED PUMP UNIT AND RESERVOIR TANK

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A tank-integrated pump unit comprising:
a pump body including:
a portion defining an accommodating space;
a portion defining a suction passage;
an outside portion defining a suction hole hydraulically connected to the suction passage; and
a portion defining a discharge passage;
a pumping part arranged in the accommodating space, and configured to perform a pumping action by being driven by rotation
of a drive shaft, and discharge working fluid to an external hydraulic device through the discharge passage; and

a reservoir tank fixed to the pump body, and configured to store working fluid, wherein the reservoir tank includes:
a body configured to store working fluid, wherein the body includes a wall including a portion defining an introduction opening
configured to introduce working fluid from the external hydraulic device into the body;

a fixing device configured to fix the body to the pump body;
a filter member arranged in the body, and configured to filter working fluid introduced through the introduction opening;
a suction passage connection portion connected to the suction hole of the pump body, wherein the suction passage connection
portion includes a body-side opening through the wall of the body, wherein the body-side opening is located below a predetermined
level of working fluid and above a lowermost position in the body in a vertical direction; and

a pressure chamber defined in the body, and located below the body-side opening of the suction passage connection portion
in the vertical direction, wherein the introduction opening faces the pressure chamber, and wherein the filter member is arranged
at an upper side of the pressure chamber,

wherein an entire part of the pressure chamber is located below the body-side opening of the suction passage connection portion
in the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,266,071

HYDROGEN SEPARATION ALLOY AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A hydrogen separation alloy being represented by a compositional formula: Nb100?(?+?) M1?M2?,
wherein M1 is at least one element selected from the group consisting of Ti, Zr and Hf,

M2 is at least one element selected from the group consisting of Ni, Co, Cr, Fe, Cu and Zn,

? and ? satisfy following conditions: 10???60, 10???50, and ?+??80, and
containing inevitable impurities; and
having a metallographic structure being biphasically separated into an Nb-enriched phase serving as a hydrogen-permeable phases;
and a transition metal phase serving as a hydrogen-embrittlement-resistant phases,

wherein the hydrogen-permeable phases and the hydrogen-embrittlement-resistant phases each are to have an elongated structure
when a cold rolling is performed on the hydrogen separation alloy, and

the hydrogen-permeable phase occupying 35% to 70% of an arbitrary 10 ?m×10 ?m square region in a 50 ?m×50 ?m square observation
plane of a cross section of the alloy under observation with an electron microscope, the cross section being taken in a direction
of the thickness of the alloy and in a direction of the length of the alloy,

wherein the hydrogen-permeable phase is an Nb-M1 phase,

wherein the hydrogen-embrittlement-resistant phase is a M2-M1 phase, and

wherein at least a portion of the hydrogen-permeable phase are connected in the thickness direction.

US Pat. No. 9,267,400

VARIABLE VALVE DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A variable valve device for an internal combustion engine, comprising:
a drive rotating member configured to receive a rotational force from a crankshaft, the drive rotating member including an
annular internal-teeth constituting portion having an inner circumferential portion formed with internal teeth;

an electric motor including a motor output shaft configured to rotate relative to the drive rotating member on request;
an eccentric shaft portion provided on the motor output shaft and formed in a cylindrical shape such that an outer circumferential
surface of the eccentric shaft portion is eccentric relative to a rotational center of the eccentric shaft portion;

a plurality of rollers provided between the internal teeth and the eccentric shaft portion and having total number smaller
than total number of the internal teeth; and

a driven rotating member configured to
rotate integrally with a cam shaft,
permit the rollers to move in a radial direction of the driven rotating member according to the eccentric shaft portion, and
restrict a movement of the rollers in a circumferential direction of the driven rotating member,
wherein a hardness of a tooth bottom surface of the internal teeth of the internal-teeth constituting portion is lower than
a hardness of a tooth top and a tooth surface of the internal teeth.

US Pat. No. 9,257,271

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD, SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY RECORDING MEDIUM

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, the method comprising:
loading a first substrate having an oxide film formed on the first substrate into a processing chamber, the first substrate
supported by a susceptor;

supplying a process gas containing nitrogen atoms to the first substrate;
performing a preprocessing in which the process gas is excited in a state that a pressure within the processing chamber is
at a first pressure and an electric potential of the first substrate is kept at a first electric potential by controlling
a bias voltage of the susceptor;

loading a second substrate having an oxide film formed on the second substrate into the processing chamber, the second substrate
supported by the susceptor;

supplying the processing gas to the second substrate; and
performing a main processing in which the process gas is excited in a state that the pressure within the processing chamber
is at a second pressure and an electric potential of the second substrate is kept at a second electric potential by controlling
the bias voltage of the susceptor,

wherein the first pressure is lower than the second pressure and the first electric potential is greater than the second electric
potential to facilitate oxygen adhering to one or more processing chamber surfaces, and

wherein the first substrate is a dummy substrate and the second substrate is a processing substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,197,145

MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS AND POWER STEERING APPARATUS

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A motor control apparatus configured to drive and control a three-phase brushless motor configured to rotationally drive
a driving shaft of an apparatus installed on a vehicle, the motor control apparatus comprising:
an instruction current calculator configured to calculate an instruction current value to the three-phase brushless motor
based on a driving state of the vehicle;

a PWM controller configured to output a PWM duty signal to each phase of the three-phase brushless motor according to the
instruction current value;

a bridge circuit including a switching circuit configured to be driven and controlled by the PWM duty signal, and configured
to drive and control the three-phase brushless motor;

a current sensor provided at a direct-current bus connected to the bridge circuit, and configured to detect a direct-current
bus current passing through the direct-current bus;

a phase current calculator configured to estimate current values of respective phases based on the direct-current bus current
when the PWM duty signal of a maximum phase corresponding to a longest power supply time is turned on and the duty signals
of a minimum phase corresponding to a shortest power supply time and a middle phase are turned off among the PWM duty signals
to the respective phases of the three-phase brushless motor, and the direct-current bus current when the PWM duty signal of
the maximum phase is turned on and the PWM duty signal of the middle phase is turned on;

a current feedback circuit configured to perform a feedback correction on the instruction current value based on the current
values of the respective phases estimated by the phase current calculator;

a pulse shift control circuit that estimates current values of respective phases based on the direct-current bus current and
is configured to perform pulse shift control of correcting a phase of the PWM duty signal of the maximum or the middle phase
corresponding to a timing when the PWM duty signal of the maximum or the middle phase is turned on in such a manner that a
difference between the timing when the PWM duty signal of the maximum phase is turned on and the timing when the PWM duty
signal of the middle phase is turned on can reach or exceed a second predetermined value larger than a first predetermined
value when the difference between the timing when the PWM duty signal of the maximum phase is turned on and the timing when
the PWM duty signal of the middle phase is turned on falls below the first predetermined value, and correcting a phase of
the PWM duty signal of the middle or minimum phase in such a manner that a difference between the timing when the PWM duty
signal of the middle phase is turned on and a timing when the PWM duty signal of the minimum phase is turned on can reach
or exceed the second predetermined value when the difference between the timing when the PWM duty signal of the middle phase
is turned on and the timing when the PWM duty signal of the minimum phase is turned on falls below the first predetermined
value;

a pulse shift phase switching controller provided at the pulse shift control circuit, and configured to perform pulse shift
phase switching control of switching a control target phase on which the pulse shift control is performed, when the middle
phase or the minimum phase is changed into the maximum phase, or the maximum phase or the middle phase is changed into the
minimum phase according to a change in the instruction current value; and

a phase switching subsequent correction amount calculator provided at the pulse shift control circuit, and configured to perform
phase switching subsequent correction amount adjustment control of determining a correction amount for the phase by the pulse
shift control in such a manner that a correction amount after the switching becomes smaller than a correction amount before
the switching of the phase for which the pulse shift control is performed in the pulse shift switching control.

US Pat. No. 9,191,589

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE

Hitachi Kokusai Electric ...

9. A method of correcting fluctuation of heat haze on a moving object in an image processing device for processing an image
captured by an image pickup device for capturing an image of a target area, the method comprising:
estimating a reference image of a background object with no motion based on input images inputted sequentially from the image
pickup device;

calculating an optical flow of the background object by calculating local fluctuations of the input images based on the input
images and the reference image of the background object;

estimating a reference image of a moving object with motion based on input images inputted sequentially from the image pickup
device;

calculating a fluctuation due to heat haze on the moving object in the input images based on the input images and the reference
image of the moving object; and

correcting the input images by using the calculated optical flow and the calculated fluctuation due to heat haze on the moving
object to remove the local fluctuations in the input images.

US Pat. No. 9,180,841

DISK BRAKE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A disk brake comprising:
a mount member configured to be attached to a non-rotational portion of a vehicle over a disk, the mount member including
a pair of pin insertion portions extending in a disk axial direction of the disk;

a caliper supported by the mount member via slide pins so as to be slidably movable in the disk axial direction, the slide
pins being fitted in the pair of pin insertion portions of the mount member; and

at least a pair of frictional pads positioned at respective surface sides of the disk and attached so as to be movable relative
to the mount member in the disk axial direction, the at least pair of frictional pads being configured to be pressed against
the respective surfaces of the disk by the caliper,

the mount member including:
an inner-side torque receiving portion configured to receive a braking torque of the inner-side frictional pad, which is one
of the pair of frictional pads at an inner side corresponding to a non-rotational portion side of the vehicle;

an outer-side torque receiving portion configured to receive a braking torque of the outer-side frictional pad, which is the
other of the pair of frictional pads at an outer side corresponding to an opposite side of the disk from the inner side; and

a connection portion arranged to connect the outer-side torque receiving portion and the inner-side torque receiving portion,
wherein the pin insertion portions are provided so as to outwardly protrude from an outer surface of the connection portion
in a disk radial direction of the disk, wherein each of the pair of pin insertion portions includes a pin insertion hole and
each of the pin insertion holes has a bottom of the pin insertion hole, which is internally formed as a bottomed hole,

wherein the bottom of each of the pin insertion holes is positioned closer to the inner-side torque receiving portion than
the outer-side torque receiving portion is to the inner-side torque receiving portion, and

wherein each of the pin insertion portions is disposed on the mount member such that a line connecting the axes of the pin
insertion portions is located outwardly of the periphery of the disk in the radial direction of the disk.

US Pat. No. 9,145,682

COLUMN STRUCTURE

Hitachi Metals Techno, Lt...

1. A column structure placed on a foundation, the column structure comprising:
a column member having a web and flanges that are integrally provided at both sides, in a width direction, of the web;
a base member having an upper side that is joined to the column member;
an anchor member having a lower end side that is fixed to the foundation, and an upper end side to which the base member is
fixed;

a fixing member that is disposed between the foundation and the base member; and
a shear resistance member that is disposed at a lower portion of the web, that extends past the base member at least into
the fixing member, and that increases the shear resistance of the column member at least with respect to the fixing member.

US Pat. No. 9,129,898

SEMICONDUCTOR ENCAPSULATION ADHESIVE COMPOSITION, SEMICONDUCTOR ENCAPSULATION FILM-LIKE ADHESIVE, METHOD FOR PRODUCING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Hitachi Chemical Company,...

6. A method for producing a semiconductor device, the method comprising the steps of:
(1) connecting semiconductor chips to a board using a semiconductor encapsulation adhesive composition; and
(2) underfilling the gaps between the semiconductor chips and the board using the semiconductor encapsulation adhesive composition,
wherein the semiconductor encapsulation adhesive composition comprises (a) an epoxy resin, (b) a curing agent, (c) an antioxidant,
wherein the antioxidant is a hindered phenol, and (d) a high molecular component with a weight-average molecular weight of
10,000 or greater.

US Pat. No. 9,297,677

GAS FLOW RATE MEASURING APPARATUS FOR MINIMIZING TEMPERATURE DEPENDENT ERRORS

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A gas flow rate measuring apparatus including
a gas flow rate detection circuit configured to output a first analog signal of a gas flow rate of a gas flowing in a gas
flow path;

a gas temperature detection element configured to output a second analog signal of a temperature of the gas in the gas flow
path or a temperature of an integrated circuit;

a first analog-to-digital (AD) converter for converting the first analog signal from the gas flow rate detection circuit into
a first digital signal;

a second AD converter for converting the second analog signal from the gas temperature detection element into a second digital
signal;

a digital signal correction device comprising a map table and configured to correct a characteristic bend of the first digital
signal based on the map table and the second digital signal, resulting in a gas flow rate measurement,

wherein the map table comprises correction constants arranged in a lattice pattern of lattice points;
a first number of lattice points in a first region of the characteristic bend of the gas flow rate signal is larger than a
second number of lattice points of a second region outside the first region of the characteristic bend, wherein the first
region and the second region are equal in size;

the gas flow rate is represented by Q and a value obtained by zero-span operation of an output characteristic of the gas flow
rate detection signal which is a target after correction and an output of the gas flow rate detection signal is represented
by ?Y;

a minimum value of a search region for the characteristic bend is represented by a, a maximum value of the search region for
the characteristic bend is represented by b, and a division number between a and b is represented by n; and

a product of a value obtained by dividing a sum of ?Y and a gradient of Q for individual intervals obtained by the division
between a and b and a value ?Ymax when ?Y is highest between a and b or a value ?Ymin when ?Y is lowest between a and b is
represented by S,

the digital signal correction device configured to search for a location of the characteristic bend in accordance with a and
b, calculate a magnitude of the characteristic bend on the basis of the magnitude of S, and correct, when the value of an
absolute value |S| of S is equal to or higher than 0.005, the gas flow rate detection signal such that the value of |S| is
equal to or lower than 0.055 in accordance with the values of a, b, and S.

US Pat. No. 9,281,181

FILM FORMING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING THE METHOD

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, comprising forming a laminated film on a substrate by performing a manufacturing
cycle of a first predetermined number of times, the manufacturing cycle comprising:
forming a first film which contains a predetermined element, boron, and nitrogen and which does not contain a borazine ring
skeleton; and

forming a second film which contains the predetermined element and a borazine ring skeleton,
wherein the first film and the second film are laminated to form the laminated film;
wherein forming the first film includes performing a first set, a second predetermined number of times, the first set comprising:
supplying a first precursor gas containing the predetermined element to the substrate;
supplying a boron-containing gas which does not contain a borazine ring skeleton to the substrate; and
supplying a nitrogen-containing gas or a nitrogen- and carbon-containing gas to the substrate;
wherein forming the second film includes performing a second set, a third predetermined number of times, the second set comprising:
supplying a second precursor gas containing the predetermined element to the substrate; and
supplying a borazine-ring-skeleton-containing gas to the substrate, and
wherein the second set is performed under a condition in which a borazine ring skeleton in the borazine-ring-skeleton-containing
gas is maintained.

US Pat. No. 9,273,557

MOTOR DEVICE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A motor device, comprising:
a dual axis motor having a rotating shaft projecting from both sides;
a rotational direction converter that is connected to one end side of the rotating shaft and has an input shaft to which a
torque of the dual axis motor is inputted and an output shaft which outputs the torque by rotating in a direction opposite
to the direction of rotation of the input shaft; and

a flywheel that is provided at the other end side of the rotating shaft or at the output shaft of the rotational direction
converter and balances out a reaction torque acting on the input shaft and the output shaft of the rotational direction converter
when the dual axis motor rotates.

US Pat. No. 9,268,740

EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT RECOGNIZING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE AND LIGHT DISTRIBUTION CONTROL SYSTEM USING THE SAME

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. An external environment recognizing device for vehicle comprising:
an image acquiring unit comprising a camera configured to acquire an image obtained by picking up an image of an area ahead
of an own vehicle;

one or more computers configured with:
a light-source extracting unit configured to extract a light source from the acquired image to determine a position of the
light source;

an own-vehicle-speed acquiring unit configured to acquire own vehicle speed;
an oncoming-vehicle-presence-possible-region setting unit configured to estimate an oncoming vehicle presence possible region
on the basis of the own vehicle speed; and

an oncoming-vehicle detecting unit configured to detect an oncoming vehicle on the basis of the oncoming vehicle presence
possible region estimated by the oncoming-vehicle-presence-possible-region setting unit and the light source extracted by
the light-source extracting unit, wherein

the oncoming-vehicle-presence-possible-region setting unit is configured to estimate a minimum turning radius of a traveling
road on the basis of the own vehicle speed, a minimum curvature radius of the traveling road corresponding to a speed limit
determined in advance, and traffic information indicating whether driving on the traveling road is driving on a right side
or driving on a left side and estimate the oncoming vehicle presence possible region on the basis of the estimated minimum
turning radius such that certain areas are excluded from the presence possible region based upon whether driving on the traveling
road is driving on a right side or driving on a left side and which direction the vehicle is turning.

US Pat. No. 9,225,217

ELECTRIC POWER COLLECTION AND DISTRIBUTION RING, ELECTRIC MOTOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ELECTRIC MOTOR

HITACHI METALS LTD., Tok...

1. An electric power collection and distribution ring, comprising:
a plurality of annular bus rings for collecting and distributing power to windings of a stator, the windings being covered
with an insulation cover and the stator being formed by winding the windings around a plurality of teeth arranged in a circular
pattern,

wherein the bus ring is formed by annularly coupling a plurality of arc-shaped conductive members each comprising terminal
portions at both circumferential end portions, the terminal portions being welded to each other together with an end portion
of the winding,

wherein the terminal portion comprises a first contact surface coming into contact with the end portion of the winding at
the time of the welding and a second contact surface to be a contact point between the terminal portions, and

wherein the second contact surfaces are provided at two positions sandwiching the first contact surface.

US Pat. No. 9,182,452

POWER SUPPLY VOLTAGE MONITORING CIRCUIT, SENSOR CIRCUIT FOR VEHICLE, AND POWER STEERING APPARATUS

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

17. A power steering apparatus comprising:
a steering mechanism configured to steer a steered wheel in accordance with steering operation of a steering wheel;
an electric motor configured to apply a steering force to the steering mechanism;
a sensor configured to sense a state of steering of the steering mechanism;
a motor control circuit configured to control drive of the electric motor based on the sensed state of steering of the steering
mechanism;

a first microcomputer including a first microprocessor and a first interface, wherein the first microcomputer is connected
to a ground, and configured to control the sensor;

a second microcomputer including a second microprocessor and a second interface, wherein the second microcomputer is connected
to the ground, and configured to control the sensor;

a first power supply configured to supply electric power to the first microcomputer;
a second power supply configured to supply electric power to the second microcomputer;
a first reference voltage generation circuit connected between the first power supply and the first microcomputer, and configured
to supply a first reference voltage to the first microcomputer in response to a condition that voltage of the first power
supply is higher than the first reference voltage; and

a first monitoring circuit connected between the second power supply and the first microcomputer, and configured to supply
a first monitoring voltage to the first microcomputer, wherein the first microcomputer is configured to monitor voltage of
the second power supply based on the supplied first monitoring voltage;

wherein the first microcomputer includes a first voltage abnormality determination part configured to perform a first operation
based on the supplied first reference voltage and the supplied first monitoring voltage, wherein the first operation includes
detecting abnormality in the voltage of the first power supply and the voltage of the second power supply, and determining
which one of the voltage of the first power supply and the voltage of the second power supply is abnormal.

US Pat. No. 9,146,563

MASS FLOW CONTROLLER AND METHOD FOR IMPROVED PERFORMANCE ACROSS FLUID TYPES

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A method for controlling mass flow of a process gas with a mass flow controller, the method comprising:
selecting a process gas type for the process gas that will be controlled;
obtaining molecular mass information for the selected processed gas type;
receiving a set point signal corresponding to a desired mass flow rate;
receiving a pressure measurement of the process gas generated by a pressure sensor;
disengaging, responsive to a rate of pressure change of the fluid satisfying a threshold condition, a feedback control loop
that controls a valve of the mass flow controller based upon a difference between a measured flow rate and the desired mass
flow rate;

determining a process control signal value for the desired flow value and pressure using a modified-flow-value that is equal
to Fpr*(Mpr/Mcal)k, where Fpr is the desired process gas flow value, Mpr is the molecular mass for the selected process gas type, and Mcal is a molecular mass for the calibration gas; and

applying the process control signal to the valve at the process control signal value to provide the process gas at the desired
flow rate.

US Pat. No. 9,115,420

THERMOELECTRIC MATERIAL FORMED OF MG2SI-BASED COMPOUND AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. A thermoelectric material essentially formed of an Mg2Si-based compound represented by the chemical formula Mg2-x-y-zAlxZnyMnzSi (x?0, y?0, z?0) wherein the total amount of Al, Zn, and Mn is 0.3 at % to 5 at %.

US Pat. No. 9,116,314

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A photoelectric conversion device, comprising:
an optical fiber comprising an optical fiber strand having a cladding formed around a core and an outer peripheral resin-made
cover layer formed around the entire circumferential surface of the optical fiber strand;

a solid uniform monolithic end cap configured to conform to a shape complementary the shape of an end of the optical fiber
along the entire circumference of the optical fiber along a portion of the longitudinal surface extending from an end face
and the end face of the optical fiber, the solid uniform monolithic end cap comprising a transparent resin transparent to
light inputted and outputted through the optical fiber and a light input/output surface perpendicular to an optical axis of
the optical fiber, a distance from the end face of the optical fiber to the light input/output surface being not less than
10 ?m and not more than 200 ?m, the resin-made cover layer being formed around the optical fiber strand at least along an
entire length of the solid uniform monolithic end cap-covered area in a longitudinal direction of the optical fiber strand;

electric wirings oppositely formed on the light input/output surface of the solid uniform monolithic end cap so as to sandwich
a light input/output portion through which the light inputted and outputted through the optical fiber passes; and

an optical device mounted on the electric wirings so as to stride over the light input/output portion, the optical device
comprising a surface light-emitting element or a surface light-receiving element optically coupled to the optical fiber through
the solid uniform monolithic end cap.

US Pat. No. 9,286,929

MULTILAYERED OPTICAL DISK AND ITS RECORDING METHOD

HITACHI CONSUMER ELECTRON...

1. A method of performing test recording on an optical disk which has three or more recordable or rewritable information recording
layers, comprising the steps of:
performing a test recording in an arbitrary segment in a second test area in a second recording layer that is closer to a
light incident surface than a first recording layer;

identifying a segment in a first test area in the first recording layer which has a radial distance that is less than a predetermined
radial distance L, which is based, in part, on predetermined parameters of the optical disk, from the recorded test area in
the second test area; and

setting the identified segment as a segment in which test recording is not performed,
wherein the radial distance L is determined based on a manufacturing error of the optical disk.

US Pat. No. 9,188,078

CONTROL APPARATUS OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A control apparatus of an internal combustion engine operable upon switching a combustion mode, comprising:
a detection timing setting means for setting a detection time and a detection duration to detect a sensor signal of a crank
angle sensor in accordance with the combustion mode;

a combustion change determination means for determining whether or not there is a combustion change based on the sensor signal
detected by the crank angle sensor at the detection time and for the detection duration set by the detection timing setting
means; and

a combustion change suppression control means for controlling to suppress the combustion change of the internal combustion
engine in a case where the combustion change determination means determines that there is the combustion change, wherein

the combustion mode includes compression ignited combustion and spark ignited combustion,
the detection timing setting means, in a case where the combustion mode is the compression ignited combustion, shortens the
detection duration and advances the detection time in comparison to the spark ignited combustion,

the combustion change suppression control means, in a case where determination of the combustion change determination means
is altered from the combustion change to non-combustion change as a result of suppression control of the combustion change,
maintains a combustion change suppression control state at a time point when the determination is altered, and

the combustion change suppression control means controls to suppress the combustion change of the internal combustion engine
based on a rotation angle and an angular velocity of a crankshaft obtained from the sensor signal of the crank angle sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,184,690

ELECTRICALLY DRIVEN POWER STEERING SYSTEM AND CONTROL APPARATUS FOR THE SAME

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. An electrically driven power steering system comprising:
a steering mechanism that steers steerable wheels of a vehicle along with a steering operation of a steering wheel;
a three-phase brushless motor that provides a steering assistance force for the steering mechanism;
a control apparatus that drivingly controls the three-phase brushless motor on a basis of a driving situation of the vehicle;
a current control section disposed in the control apparatus to calculate control command values for the three-phase brushless
motor in accordance with the driving situation of the vehicle;

a PWM control section disposed in the control apparatus to output a PWM duty signal for each phase of u, v, and w of the three-phase
brushless motor in accordance with the control command values;

a bridge circuit disposed in the control apparatus to drivingly control the three phase brushless motor and constituted by
a switching circuit drivingly controlled by the PWM duty signal;

a current sensor disposed in a direct current bus bar connected to the bridge circuit and that detects a direct current bus
bar current flowing through the direct current bus bar;

a phase current calculation section disposed in the control apparatus to estimate a current value of each phase of u, v, and
w of the three phase brushless motor on a basis of the direct current bus bar current when one of the PWM duty signals of
a maximum phase whose power supply turning-on time duration is longest is on and the remaining two PWM duty signals of a minimum
phase whose power supply turning-on time duration is shortest and of a middle phase whose power supply turning-on time duration
is intermediate between the maximum phase and the minimum phase are off, and on a basis of the direct current bus bar current
when the PWM duty signal of the maximum phase is on and the PWM duty signal of the middle phase is on, from among the PWM
duty signals to respective phases u, v, and w of the three-phase brushless motor;

a pulse shift control circuit disposed in the control apparatus to perform a pulse shift control such that a phase of an on
timing of the PWM duty signal of the maximum phase or the middle phase is corrected such that a difference in the on timings
between the PWM duty signals of the maximum phase and of the middle phase becomes equal to or larger than a second predetermined
value which is larger than a first predetermined value, when the difference in the on timing of the PWM duty signal of the
maximum phase and the on timing of the PWM duty signal of the middle phase is smaller than the first predetermined value,
and the phase of the on timing of the PWM duty signal of the middle phase or the minimum phase is corrected such that the
difference in the on timings of the PWM duty signals of the middle phase and of the minimum phase becomes equal to or larger
than the second predetermined value, when the difference in the on timings of the PWM duty signals of the middle phase and
of the minimum phase is smaller than the first predetermined value; and

a phase switching control circuit disposed in the pulse shift control circuit to stop a phase correction by means of the pulse
shift control circuit, when a pre-correction on interval which is a power supply turning-on duration time of the PWM duty
signal of the maximum phase before the correction by means of the pulse shift control is shorter than the pre-correction on
interval of the middle phase and a difference between the pre-correction on intervals of the maximum phase and of the middle
phase becomes equal to or larger than a third predetermined value, to switch one of the u, v, w phases that has been the maximum
phase to the middle phase and to switch one of the remaining two phases that has been the middle phase to the maximum phase
and to stop the phase correction by means of the pulse shift control, when the pre-correction on interval of the middle phase
is shorter than the pre-correction on interval of the minimum phase and the difference between the pre-correction on intervals
of the middle phase and of the minimum phase is equal to or larger than the third predetermined value, to switch one of the
u, v, w phases that has been the middle phase to the minimum phase and to switch one of the remaining two phases that has
been the minimum phase to the middle phase.

US Pat. No. 9,516,769

ELECTRONIC CONTROL DEVICE

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. An electronic control device, comprising:
a circuit board on which an electronic component having a heat generating characteristic is mounted;
a resin made cabinet housing the circuit board; and
a ventilation passage whose one end is opened to an inside of the cabinet and whose other end is opened to an outside of the
cabinet to communicate between the inside of the cabinet and the outside of the cabinet, wherein the one end of the ventilation
passage is opened to the electronic component having the heat generating characteristic, a standing wall stands up from a
bottom wall having a one end opening along an outer peripheral edge of the one end opening, and a tip of the standing wall
is closer to the circuit board than the one end opening.

US Pat. No. 9,429,171

HYDRAULIC CONTROL DEVICE OF WHEELED INDUSTRIAL VEHICLE

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. A hydraulic control system for a wheeled working vehicle provided with an engine, a starter for starting up the engine,
a hydraulic pump drivable by the engine, an accumulator for storing pressure oil therein by being fed with hydraulic oil delivered
from the hydraulic pump, a brake system for applying braking to wheels by the pressure oil stored in the accumulator, and
a brake valve for controlling the pressure oil to be fed to the brake system, wherein:
the hydraulic control system is provided with:
a first accumulator connected, as the accumulator, to a first line connecting the hydraulic pump and the brake valve to each
other,

a second accumulator connected, as the accumulator, to a second line branching from the first line at a point between the
hydraulic pump and the first accumulator,

an operation detection device for detecting whether or not the starter is in an operation state,
a rotational frequency detection device for detecting a rotational frequency of the engine,
an on/off valve arranged in the second line and switchable in valve position to an open position, where the first line and
the second accumulator are communicated to each other, or a closed position, where the first line and the second accumulator
are cut off from each other, and

a valve control device for controlling the on/off valve based on the operation state of the starter as detected by the operation
detection device and the rotational frequency of the engine as detected by the rotational frequency detection device; and

upon detection of the operation state of the starter by the operation detection device, the valve control device controls
the valve position of the on/off valve at the closed position until the rotational frequency of the engine as detected by
the rotational frequency detection device reaches a preset rotational frequency set beforehand, but controls the valve position
of the on/off valve at the open position after the rotational frequency of the engine has reached the preset rotational frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,296,374

MOTION CONTROLLING APPARATUS FOR A VEHICLE

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A motion controlling apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:
a control unit for controlling independently driving forces or a driving torques and/or braking forces or braking torques
of wheels of a vehicle;

a vehicle acceleration/deceleration instruction calculator for calculating a vehicle acceleration/deceleration instruction
value on the basis of a lateral jerk of the vehicle;

a first vehicle yaw moment instruction calculator for calculating a first vehicle yaw moment instruction value on the basis
of the lateral jerk of the vehicle; and

a second vehicle yaw moment instruction calculator for calculating a second vehicle yaw moment instruction value on the basis
of lateral slip information of the vehicle,

wherein the motion controlling apparatus further includes:
a first mode under which acceleration/deceleration of the vehicle is controlled on the basis of the vehicle acceleration/deceleration
instruction value that generates driving forces or driving torques and/or braking forces or braking torques of four wheels
of the vehicle, the driving forces or driving torques for left wheels and that for right wheels being substantially equal
to each other;

a second mode under which yaw moment of the vehicle is controlled on the basis of the first vehicle yaw moment instruction
value that generates driving forces or driving torques and/or braking forces or braking torques of four wheels of the vehicle,
the driving forces or driving torques for left wheels and that for right wheels being different from each other; and

a third mode under which yaw moment of the vehicle is controlled on the basis of the second vehicle yaw moment instruction
value that generates driving forces or driving torques and/or braking forces or braking torques of four wheels of the vehicle,
the driving forces or driving torques for left wheels and that for right wheels being different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,252,453

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A rechargeable battery comprising:
a lump of flat electrodes formed by winding an electrode;
a battery pack configured to accommodate the lump of the flat electrodes;
a battery lid configured to seal the battery pack;
an external terminal provided on the battery lid;
an electricity collector configured to connect the electrode and the external terminal; and
laminated portions of the electrode at both end portions of the lump of the flat electrodes in a direction of a wound center
axis are separated into two bundle electrode connecting portions from a center side of the thickness direction of the lump
of the flat electrodes outward of the battery pack,

the electricity collector includes:
a pair of joint plates each including a main plate having an electricity collector joint surface to be joined to each of electrode
joint surfaces provided on the separated two bundle electrode connecting portions and a rib plate bent from the main plate
and extending outward of the battery pack;

a mounting plate extending along an inner surface of the battery lid;
a pair of connecting plates bent from side portions of the mounting plate and extending toward a bottom surface of the battery
pack; and

a pair of coupling plates configured to couple the pair of connecting plates and the pair of joint plates, respectively, wherein
the each one of the pair of coupling plates inclines from one end of the each of the connecting plates toward a center of
the lump of the flat electrodes in the thickness direction, simultaneously extends toward the bottom surface of the battery
pack, and is coupled to the one end of each of the pair of joint plates.

US Pat. No. 9,132,819

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A vehicle control apparatus comprising:
a first braking force generating section configured to actuate, by hydraulic pressure, wheel cylinders which are mounted on
a vehicle, which are connected through hydraulic pipes with a master cylinder, and which are provided, respectively, to a
plurality of wheels, and thereby to generate a braking force to the wheels;

a second braking force generating section which is provided to one of the plurality of the wheels, and which is configured
to be mechanically regulated to provide the braking force to the one of the plurality of wheels;

a braking force control switching section configured to automatically switch the second braking force generating section from
a non-actuation state to an actuation state when a predetermined condition is satisfied in an actuation state of the first
braking force generating section and in the non-actuation state of the second braking force generating section, to decrease
the hydraulic pressure of the first braking force generating section, and thereby to switch the first braking force generating
section to the non-actuation state; and

a braking force characteristic control section configured to control a braking force characteristic which is generated by
the first braking force generating section, and is associated with switching of the braking force control switching section,

wherein the braking force characteristic control section is configured to limit decrease gradients of hydraulic pressures
of wheel cylinders provided to others of the plurality of the wheels to a value equal to or smaller than a predetermined gradient.

US Pat. No. 9,119,004

WIRELESS DEVICE

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A wireless device for detecting a tone squelch signal contained in received baseband signals, comprising:
a frequency shifting unit which shifts a frequency of the received baseband signal in a negative frequency direction by a
preset frequency of the tone squelch signal;

a LPF which removes unnecessary frequency components from an output of the frequency shifting unit;
an assessment unit which assesses a presence or absence of the tone squelch signal based on an output of the LPF;
a frequency detection unit which detects a frequency based on the output of the LPF; and
a power detection unit which detects a power of the output of the LPF,
wherein the assessment unit assesses that the tone squelch signal is present if the detected frequency is within a predetermined
frequency range, and the detected power is equal to or greater than a predetermined power.

US Pat. No. 9,115,254

RESIN COMPOSITION, FOAMED RESIN USING SAME, AND ELECTRIC WIRE INSULATED WITH FOAMED RESIN

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A foamed resin made of a resin composition having fine bubbles uniformly dispersed therein, wherein
the resin composition comprises a blend of a polyolefin base resin and a polymer material other than the polyolefin base resin,
the polymer material being dispersed in the polyolefin base resin;

the bubbles are generated at boundary regions between the base resin and the dispersed polymer material by infusing a foaming
gas into the resin composition at a predetermined processing temperature;

the melting point or glass transition temperature of the polymer material is greater than the melting point of the polyolefin
base resin and less than the processing temperature; and

the foamed resin is produced by a process comprising blending the polyolefin base resin and the polymer material to provide
the resin composition, kneading the resin composition, providing the resin composition in a molding machine, heating the resin
composition in the molding machine to provide a molten resin composition, infusing a foaming gas into the molten resin composition
in the molding machine at the predetermined processing temperature, molding the resin composition, and foaming the resin composition
due to a pressure difference between an inside and outside of the molding machine by generating bubbles at boundary regions
between the polyolefin base resin and the dispersed polymer material due to a difference between the melting point or glass
transition temperature of the polymer material and the melting point of the polyolefin base resin.

US Pat. No. 9,510,438

ELECTRONIC CONTROL DEVICE

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. An electronic control device housing a circuit board having an electronic component thereon in a housing of the device,
wherein a wall surface of the housing facing a mounting position of the electronic component on the circuit board is partially
open and a convex-shaped heat dissipating metal part having a flange on its bottom side is attached to the opening from outside,
and

wherein a top section of the metal part comes into contact with a position on the circuit board corresponding to the mounting
position of the electronic component with a heat dissipating filler material placed therebetween when the metal part is attached
from the opening of the housing and the flange and a wall section near the opening are brought into contact with each other
with a sealing filler material placed therebetween.

US Pat. No. 9,184,046

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE MANUFACTURING AND PROCESSING METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR FORMING A FILM

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device comprising:
accommodating a substrate in a processing chamber; and
forming a film including silicon and carbon on the substrate by supplying a silicon-based gas and an amine-based gas into
the processing chamber that is heated, wherein

the forming of the film including silicon and carbon includes:
supplying the silicon-based gas and the amine-based gas into the processing chamber and exhausting the silicon-based gas and
the amine-based gas from the processing chamber, while a state in which an exhaust rate of the silicon-based gas and the amine-based
gas from the processing chamber is lower than a supply rate of the silicon-based gas and the amine-based gas into the processing
chamber is maintained; and

stopping supplying the silicon-based gas and the amine-based gas into the processing chamber, and exhausting an inside of
the processing chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,291,229

SHOCK ABSORBER

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A shock absorber comprising:
an outer tube;
an annular cylinder in which hydraulic fluid is sealingly contained and that is disposed in the outer tube;
a reservoir chamber in which hydraulic fluid and gas are sealingly contained;
a piston slidably and fittedly inserted in the cylinder and dividing an interior of the cylinder into a rod-side chamber and
an opposite rod-side chamber;

a piston rod extending from one end of the cylinder to an outside; and
a rod guide disposed at one end side of the cylinder and configured to slidably support the piston rod,
wherein the cylinder includes a piston sliding portion on which the piston slides, and a large-diameter portion provided integrally
with the piston sliding portion at one end side of the piston sliding portion so as to have a diameter increased radially
outwardly,

the piston sliding portion has an inner diameter and an outer diameter,
the large-diameter portion has an inner diameter and an outer diameter,
the inner diameter of the large-diameter portion is larger than the inner diameter of the piston sliding portion,
the outer diameter of the large-diameter portion is larger than the outer diameter of the piston sliding portion,
the large-diameter portion being supported by the rod guide by being fitted to the rod guide so that the one end side of the
cylinder is positioned relative to the outer tube,

a passage is provided at the rod guide so as to establish communication between the rod-side chamber and the reservoir chamber,
and

a valve mechanism is disposed at the passage.

US Pat. No. 9,239,306

ABNORMALITY DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS FOR ELECTRIC PUMP

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. An abnormality diagnosis apparatus for an electric pump which supplies a working fluid based on a command from an external
device, the abnormality diagnosis apparatus comprising:
a rotation count detecting unit that detects a number of rotations of a motor which drives the electric pump; and
a processing unit which decides in a first series of steps that there is a probability of occurrence of an abnormality in
the electric pump when detecting a state in which the motor is driven by a current equal to or greater than an upper limit
current used upon a normal operation and the number of rotations of the motor is less than a lower limit number of rotations
which is set based on a working fluid temperature condition, and which decides in a second series of steps that there is the
probability of occurrence of the abnormality when detecting a state in which the motor is driven with a current limited by
a current limit value less than the upper limit current and the number of rotations of the motor is less than a predetermined
number of rotations which is set lower than the lower limit number of rotations according to limitation of the current limit
value indicating that the motor is stopped or close to being stopped,

wherein the motor is stopped by the external device when it is decided that there is the probability of occurrence of the
abnormality in the electric pump.

US Pat. No. 9,212,298

ADHESIVE SHEET AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. An adhesive sheet comprising a resin composition containing: (A) a high-molecular-weight component; (B1) a thermosetting
component having a softening point of below 50° C.; (B2) a thermosetting component having a softening point of between 50°
C. and 100° C.; and (C) a phenol resin having a softening point of no higher than 100° C., the composition containing 11 to
22 mass % of the (A) high-molecular-weight component, 10 to 20 mass % of the (B1) thermosetting component having a softening
point of below 50° C., 10 to 20 mass % of the (B2) thermosetting component having a softening point of between 50° C. and
100° C. and 15 to 30 mass % of the phenol resin having a softening point of no higher than 100° C., based on 100 mass % of
the resin composition.

US Pat. No. 9,199,639

MOTION CONTROL SYSTEM OF VEHICLE

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A motion control system of a vehicle, comprising:
a controller that independently controls driving force and/or braking force of each of four wheels; and
a turning direction sensor that senses a turning direction, wherein:
the controller is provided with an acceleration/deceleration command generator that generates an acceleration/deceleration
command based upon a sensed steering angle and sensed vehicle speed and a driving force/braking force distributor that determines
the distribution of the driving force or more driving torque and/or the braking force or braking torque of each wheel;

the driving force/braking force distributor is configured to determine that it distributes more driving force or more driving
torque and/or more braking force or more braking torque to the inside wheel in turning than the outside wheel in turning as
to the front wheels and distributes more driving force or more driving torque and/or more braking force or more braking torque
to the outside wheel in turning than the inside wheel in turning as to the rear wheels respectively based upon the acceleration/deceleration
command and the turning direction; and

the acceleration/deceleration command generator is configured to turn the acceleration/deceleration command to zero based
on external information including any of obstacle information, preceding vehicle information and following vehicle information
sensed by an external information sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,177,850

SUBSTRATE CARRYING MECHANISM, SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A substrate carrying mechanism used in a carrying mechanism for carrying a substrate to a processing chamber that processes
the substrate, the substrate carrying mechanism comprising:
a plate-like body that becomes a support base body of a substrate that is carried;
first support portions comprising plural projecting portions that are disposed bilaterally symmetric on a surface of the plate-like
body and that support a region at an inner side with respect to an outer peripheral edge of the substrate, the first support
portions being arc-shaped when seen in a perspective view and having top surfaces that are higher than the surface of the
plate-like body when seen in a cross-sectional view;

second support portions comprising plural projecting portions that are disposed at positions so as to support the substrate
at an inner region with respect to positions of the first support portions on the surface, the second support portions being
arc-shaped when seen in a perspective view and having top surfaces that are higher than the surface of the plate-like body
when seen in a cross-sectional view,

the first support portions and the second support portions being a same height and extending between the surface of the plate-like
body and the substrate,

the first support portions being spaced apart from each other on a circumference of a first circle that is concentric with
the outer peripheral edge of the substrate, at positions that are closer, by a predetermined distance, to the center of the
substrate than the outer peripheral edge of the substrate, and

the second support portions being spaced apart from each other on a circumference of a second circle that is concentric with,
and has a smaller diameter than that of, the first circle; and

on the surface of the plate-like body, arc-shaped side walls that are formed higher than the first support portions and the
second support portions, and that are disposed on the outer side of the first support portions with respect to a center of
a surface of the substrate, so as to correspond to the first support portions, a recessed portion that extends lower than
the top surfaces of the first support portions being disposed between each side wall and a corresponding one of the first
support portions.

US Pat. No. 9,133,308

RESIN COMPOSITION, AND PRINTED WIRING BOARD, LAMINATED SHEET, AND PREPREG USING SAME

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. A resin composition comprising: (a) a maleimide compound with at least two N-substituted maleimide groups per molecular
structure; (b) a silicone compound with at least one amino group per molecular structure; and (c) a compound with an amino
group and a phenolic hydroxyl group per molecular structure.

US Pat. No. 9,121,524

SHOCK ABSORBER

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A shock absorber comprising:
a cylinder in which a working fluid is sealed;
a piston slidably inserted into the cylinder and configured to partition the inside of the cylinder into two chambers;
a piston rod connected to the piston and extending to the outside of the cylinder;
a plurality of paths through which the working fluid flows due to sliding movement of the piston; and
a damping force generating mechanism installed at a portion of the path and configured to suppress a flow of the working fluid
to generate a damping force,

wherein the damping force generating mechanism comprises:
a valve main body through which the path passes;
an annular outer seat protruding to the valve main body;
an inner seat protruding into the outer seat of the valve main body;
an annular intermediate seat protruding to surround an opening section of the path between the outer seat and the inner seat
of the valve main body;

a disk support section protruding between the intermediate seat and the inner seat, having a tip height position in a protruding
direction higher than that of the inner seat and lower than that of the intermediate seat, and continuously or discontinuously
disposed in an annular shape; and

a first disk placed to be capable of sitting on the outer seat, the inner seat, the intermediate seat and the disk support
section, and

wherein, in a state in which the first disk is pressed against the inner seat and placed on the outer seat, the intermediate
seat and the disk support section, in the first disk, a first bending section bent in a convex shape toward the valve main
body side is formed between the inner seat and the disk support section, a second bending section bent in a convex shape toward
a side spaced apart from the valve main body is formed between the disk support section and the outer seat, and the shock
absorber sits on the intermediate seat and the outer seat.

US Pat. No. 9,413,201

ROTATING ELECTRICAL MACHINE AND VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH ROTATING ELECTRICAL MACHINE

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A rotating electrical machine, comprising:
a stator core having a plurality of slots formed therein;
a stator winding assuming a plurality of phases, which includes a plurality of round windings wound with a wave winding pattern,
each having slot conductors each inserted at one of the slots at the stator core to form one of a plurality of layers and
cross conductors each connecting same-side ends of slot conductors inserted at different slots so as to form a coil end; and

a rotor rotatably supported with an air gap so as to be allowed to rotate relative to the stator core, wherein:
the cross conductors connect the slot conductors so as to run astride slots with the slot pitch Np set to N+1 at coil ends
on one side and run astride slots with the slot pitch Np set to N?1 at coil ends on another side, with N representing a number
of slots per pole;

the stator winding includes a plurality of stator winding groups, wherein no phase difference manifests between voltages induced
at each of the stator winding groups of the same phase,

wherein each of the stator winding groups includes a plurality of the round windings of the same phase, and
the stator winding includes a plurality of slot conductor groups each having a plurality of slot conductors corresponding
to a single phase;

the plurality of slot conductors in each slot conductor group are inserted at a predetermined number Ns of successive slots
forming a continuous range along a circumference of the stator core so that the slot conductors in the slot conductor group
take successive slot positions and successive layer positions; and

the predetermined number Ns is set so that Ns=NSPP+NL when NSPP represents a number of slots per phase per pole and NL represents
a number that is equal to a number of layers divided by 2.

US Pat. No. 9,372,136

AGENT FOR IMPROVING CANCER CELL ADHESIVENESS

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. A cancer cell enrichment filter comprising:
a substrate having a plurality of through holes, wherein at least a part of the substrate is coated with an agent for improving
cancer cell adhesiveness, the agent for improving cancer cell adhesiveness consisting of a polymer comprising a constitutional
unit represented by the following formula (1);


wherein (i) R1 is a hydrogen atom, R2 is an ethyl group, and m is 2 or (ii) R1 is a methyl group, R2 is a methyl group and m is 2.

US Pat. No. 9,325,213

MOTOR CONNECTING MEMBER AND MOTOR DEVICE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A motor connecting member, which connects a motor winding wound around an annular stator core and a terminal block, comprising:
a terminal to be connected to the terminal block;
a winding connecting portion to be connected to the motor winding; and
an extended portion extending between the terminal and the winding connecting portion,
wherein the extended portion is made by plastically deforming a single wire having a circular cross section, and is curved
in a circular arc shape in at least one portion between the terminal and the winding connecting portion,

wherein the extended portion integrally includes a curved portion curved in an arc shape, a first straight portion extending
linearly on a terminal-side of the curved portion, and a second straight portion extending linearly on a winding connecting
portion-side of the curved portion, the second straight portion and the first straight portion being arranged transversely
with respect to a radial direction of the stator core,

wherein the curved portion comprises a narrower conductor width in a radial direction than a diameter of the single wire before
the plastic deformation,

wherein the curved portion comprises a narrower conductor width when viewed in an axial direction of the stator core than
a diameter of the first straight portion and a diameter of the second straight portion.

US Pat. No. 9,187,826

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, comprising:
(a) forming a first film containing a metal element on a substrate by performing a cycle a predetermined number of times,
the cycle including: (a-1) supplying a first precursor gas being a fluorine-free inorganic gas containing the metal element
to the substrate; and (a-2) supplying a first reactant gas having reducibility to the substrate;

(b) forming a second film containing the metal element on the first film by performing a cycle a predetermined number of times,
the cycle including: (b-1) supplying a second precursor gas containing the metal element and fluorine to the substrate; and
(b-2) supplying a second reactant gas having reducibility to the substrate; and

(c) forming a film containing the metal element and obtained by the first film and the second film being laminated on the
substrate by performing the (a) and (b).

US Pat. No. 9,184,069

HEATING APPARATUS, SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS EMPLOYING THE SAME, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES, AND INSULATOR

Hitachi Kokusai Electric ...

1. A heating apparatus comprising:
a heating element;
an inner shell that supports the heating element;
an outer shell disposed along the outer boundary of the inner shell;
a gas passage that provides a cooling gas to a heating space, the gas passage is formed by the inner shell and the outer shell
between the inner shell and the outer shell;

a first opening provided in the inner shell;
a second opening provided in the outer shell;
a partition that defines a box extending from the first opening to the second opening to form a separated space between the
inner shell and the outer shell, the separated space being separated from the gas passage by the partition; and an insulator
that shuts up a gap provided between the box and the second opening,

wherein at least a part of a temperature detector is disposed in the separated space, the temperature detector comprises a
thermocouple contact that detects the temperature of the heating element, the thermocouple contact is installed between the
heating element and the inner shell.

US Pat. No. 9,139,221

METHOD OF PRODUCING RACK OF ELECTRIC POWER STEERING DEVICE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A method of producing a rack for use in an electric power steering device of a vehicle, comprising:
preparing a first bar piece that has first rack teeth adapted to be meshed with a first pinion directly driven by a steering
wheel, a second bar piece that has second rack teeth adapted to be meshed with a second pinion driven by a steering assist
electric motor and an intermediate piece that has one end to be welded to the first bar piece and the other end to be welded
to the second bar piece;

aligning the first bar piece, the intermediate piece and the second bar piece in order along a common axis;
carrying out a first process in which the first and second bar pieces are stationarily held while having a predetermined intersection
angle between the first rack teeth on the first bar piece and the second rack teeth on the second bar piece; and

carrying out a second process in which each of the first and second bar pieces and the intermediate piece are brought into
contact with each other at mutually facing ends and subjected to a relative rotation therebetween for friction welding, to
thereby join the first bar piece, the intermediate piece and the second bar piece together by the friction welding,

wherein the first process includes a step for fixing the first and second bar pieces to first and second pressing devices
in such a manner as to have a relative angular displacement therebetween, and

wherein the second process includes a step for rotating the intermediate piece at a given high speed about the common axis
relative to the fixed first and second bar pieces.

US Pat. No. 9,111,748

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Hitachi Kokusai Electric ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device comprising forming thin films on a plurality of substrates by performing
a cycle a predetermined number of times, the cycle comprising:
(a) supplying a process gas into a process container and confining the process gas in the process container with the plurality
of substrates arranged and supported by a support being accommodated in the process container, the process container comprising
an outer reaction tube and an inner reaction tube disposed in the outer reaction tube, the outer reaction tube having at least
a flat top inner surface at an upper end portion thereof, and the inner reaction tube having a flat top inner surface at an
upper end portion thereof covering at least a portion of a top surface of the support arranging and supporting the plurality
of substrates in the inner reaction tube and including a communication section connecting an inside of the inner reaction
tube to an inside of the outer reaction tube, wherein the communication section is disposed at a region other than a region
horizontally encompassing a substrate arrangement region where the plurality of substrates are arranged;

(b) maintaining a state where the process gas is confined in the process container; and
(c) exhausting the process gas from the process container via the communication section and a space between the inner reaction
tube and the outer reaction tube.

US Pat. No. 9,082,694

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUBSTRATE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A substrate processing apparatus comprising:
a processing chamber that accommodates a substrate;
a heating portion that is provided so as to surround an accommodating region of the substrate within the processing chamber;
a gas nozzle that is provided inside the heating portion and that supplies a processing gas to the accommodating region of
the substrate; and

a gas heating mechanism that is provided inside the heating portion and that supplies the processing gas from an upstream
side of the gas nozzle into the gas nozzle, wherein

a ratio of a flow channel circumferential length to a flow channel cross-sectional area in a gas flow channel of the gas heating
mechanism is larger than a ratio of a flow channel circumferential length to a flow channel cross-sectional area in a gas
flow channel of the gas nozzle, and wherein

the gas flow channel of the gas heating mechanism includes plural holes.

US Pat. No. 9,051,246

COMPOUND HAVING TRIMETHYLENE STRUCTURE, POLYMER COMPOUND CONTAINING UNIT THAT HAS TRIMETHYLENE STRUCTURE, AND REACTIVE COMPOUND HAVING TRIMETHYLENE STRUCTURE

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. A polymer compound represented by a general formula 3 shown below:

wherein each of R1 and R2 independently represents a group selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, aliphatic substituents composed of
C and H, aromatic substituents composed of C and H, aliphatic substituents composed of C, H and X, wherein X represents a
hetero atom, and aromatic substituents composed of C, H and X, wherein X represents a hetero atom, Z5 represents a group selected from the group consisting of divalent aromatic rings composed of C and H, divalent aromatic rings
composed of C, H and X, wherein X represents a hetero atom, divalent groups containing an aromatic ring and a double-bonded
and/or triple-bonded conjugated structure composed of C and H, and divalent groups containing a double-bonded and/or triple-bonded
conjugated structure composed of C, H and X, wherein X represents a hetero atom,

each of Ar1 and Ar2 independently represents a group selected from the group consisting of divalent aromatic rings composed of C and H, and divalent
aromatic rings composed of C, H and X (wherein X represents a hetero atom),

n represents an integer of 2 or greater, and
R1 is a hydrogen atom, and R2 is a carbon atom having not more than 2 hydrogen atoms bonded thereto.

US Pat. No. 9,516,764

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MULTILAYER WIRING SUBSTRATE

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. A method for manufacturing a multilayer wiring substrate including:
step (1) of integrally laminating an inner layer material having an inner layer wiring formed thereon, an insulating layer,
and a metal foil for upper layer wiring, and providing, in the metal foil for upper layer wiring and the insulating layer,
a hole for via hole extending from the metal foil for upper layer wiring to reach the inner layer wiring;

step (2) of forming a base electroless plating layer in the hole for via hole and on the metal foil for upper layer wiring,
and then filling the hole for via hole by forming an electrolytic filled plating layers to form a via hole connecting the
metal foil for upper layer wiring and the inner layer wiring; and

step (3) of forming an upper layer wiring by forming, after forming the electrolytic filled plating layer, the metal foil
for upper layer wiring into a wiring,

wherein, in step (2), filling of the hole for via hole is completed by separately forming each of the electrolytic filled
plating layers and

by etching a previous electrolytic filled plating layer formed in the hole for via hole and on the metal foil for upper layer
wiring before a subsequent formation of a respective electrolytic filled plating layer.

US Pat. No. 9,425,120

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. A manufacturing method for a semiconductor device, wherein connection portions of a semiconductor chip are electrically
connected to connection portions of a wiring circuit substrate or connection portions of a plurality of semiconductor chips
are electrically connected to each other,
the method comprising:
a step of laminating a film-shaped adhesive for a semiconductor on the semiconductor chip, the adhesive for a semiconductor
comprising a compound having a group represented by the following formula (1):


wherein R1 represents an electron-donating group; and

a step of sealing at least part of the connection portions with a cured product of the adhesive for a semiconductor.

US Pat. No. 9,302,700

TORQUE SENSOR AND POWER STEERING SYSTEM USING THE TORQUE SENSOR

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

13. A power steering system comprising:
a steering mechanism having;
a steering shaft formed by an input shaft which rotates according to a steering operation of a steering wheel and an output
shaft to which a rotation of the input shaft is transmitted by being connected to the input shaft through a torsion bar; and

a conversion mechanism which converts a rotation of the output shaft to a steering motion of steered road wheels,
a torque sensor that detects a steering torque generated in the steering shaft; and
an electric motor that provides a steering force to the steering mechanism on the basis of an output signal of the torque
sensor, and

the torque sensor having;
a magnetic member provided at the first shaft member so as to rotate integrally with the first shaft member and having different
magnetic poles that are alternately arranged in a circumferential direction concentrically with a rotation axis of the rotation
member;

a first yoke member formed by magnetic material and provided at the second shaft member so as to rotate integrally with the
second shaft member, the first yoke member having;

(a) a plurality of first nail portions that are arranged concentrically with the rotation axis so as to face the magnetic
member in a radial direction of the rotation axis; and

(b) a first ring portion that connects the first nail portions together,
a second yoke member formed by magnetic material and provided at the second shaft member so as to rotate integrally with the
second shaft member, the second yoke member having;

(c) a plurality of second nail portions that are arranged concentrically with the rotation axis in such a way that the first
nail portions and the second nail portions are alternately arranged in the circumferential direction and the second nail portions
face the magnetic member in the radial direction of the rotation axis; and

(d) a second ring portion that is arranged at an outer circumferential side of the first ring portion so as to be separated
from and face the first ring portion and connects the second nail portions together,

a first magnetic flux concentration ring formed by magnetic material and having a substantially arc-shape in a horizontally-cut
cross section, the first magnetic flux concentration ring provided between the first ring portion and the second ring portion
so that the first magnetic flux concentration ring and the first ring portion are arranged in layers each other in the radial
direction and generating thereinside magnetic field by magnetic field generated in the first ring portion;

a second magnetic flux concentration ring formed by magnetic material and having a substantially arc-shape in a horizontally-cut
cross section, the second magnetic flux concentration ring provided between the second ring portion and the first magnetic
flux concentration ring so that the second magnetic flux concentration ring and the second ring portion are arranged in layers
each other in the radial direction and generating thereinside magnetic field by magnetic field generated in the second ring
portion; and

a magnetic sensor arranged between the first and second magnetic flux concentration rings and having a Hall device that detects
a change of internal magnetic field between the first and second magnetic flux concentration rings which occurs by receiving
the magnetic field between the first and second ring portions which changes according to a change of a relative angle between
the first and second nail portions and the magnetic member in response to torsion deformation of the torsion bar.

US Pat. No. 9,046,518

DETECTOR AND DETECTION METHOD

Hitachi Chemical Company,...

1. A strip-shaped detector detecting an analyte in a liquid sample, the detector comprising:
a collecting member directly collecting the liquid sample from a living organism;
a holding member including a labeling reagent binding specifically to the analyte, the labeling reagent being held in a state
where the labeling reagent can move along with the movement of the liquid sample;

a detecting member including a detection reagent capturing a complex of the analyte and the labeling reagent by binding specifically
to the analyte, and the detection reagent being immobilized;

an absorbing member being capable of absorbing the liquid sample;
a liquid-impermeable supporting member, and
an adhesive member,
wherein the collecting member, the holding member, the detecting member, and the absorbing member are arranged in order on
the liquid-impermeable supporting member in a longitudinal direction of the detector so that the liquid sample moves through
the inside of these members in the above order of the members from an upstream side to a downstream side by capillarity,

the collecting member includes a protruding portion sticking out of the liquid-impermeable supporting member at the upstream
side in the movement direction of the liquid sample, and

the adhesive member has: an adhesive face adhering to and covering an end portion of the downstream side of the detecting
member, the absorbing member, and the end portion of the downstream side of the liquid-impermeable supporting member, a non-adhesive
face at the opposite side from the adhesive face adhering to the respective members, and a pick-up portion provided at the
end portion of the downstream side of the adhesive member configured to enable a user to hold the pick-up portion to pick
up the strip-shaped detector, the pick-up portion comprising folded portions of the adhesive member folded such that adhesive
faces in the folded portions adhere to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,116,622

STORAGE SYSTEM HAVING NONVOLATILE SEMICONDUCTOR STORAGE DEVICE WITH NONVOLATILE SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A storage system coupled to a host, comprising:
a nonvolatile semiconductor storage device, which includes a nonvolatile semiconductor memory configured by a plurality of
pages, a storage medium storing page management information indicating a state of each page, and a memory controller coupled
to the nonvolatile semiconductor memory and the storage medium; and

a storage controller, which is coupled to the nonvolatile semiconductor storage device and is configured to control access
to a logical volume that is based on the nonvolatile semiconductor memory, wherein

the state of each page includes valid, which means that the page is allocated to a region of the logical volume and has data
stored therein, and invalid, which means that the page is not allocated to the region of the logical volume but has data stored
therein, wherein

the storage system is configured to manage a plurality of snapshot volumes which are respectively paired with a primary volume,
wherein each snapshot volume is a virtual logical volume, and wherein

the storage controller is configured to send, in a case where one of the plurality of snapshot volumes is deleted, unnecessary
reduction requests to the semiconductor storage device, wherein each unnecessary reduction request is a write request for
writing fixed-pattern data or an unmap request, and wherein

in a case where the data stored in the plurality of pages become unnecessary to the host, with these plurality of pages being
a basis of a region of the logical volume, (A) and (B) described hereinafter are performed:

(A) the storage controller is configured to transmit an unnecessary reduction request for reducing a number of pages that
are the basis of the region having the unnecessary data stored therein; and

(B) the memory controller is configured to invalidate the plurality of pages that are the basis of the region having the unnecessary
data stored therein, based on the unnecessary reduction request, with regard to the page management information, and store
partial data of a fixed-pattern data into a single page of the plurality of pages, wherein fixed-pattern data size is that
of write data and partial data size is that of one page.

US Pat. No. 9,117,862

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROCESSING TUBE, SUBSTRATE HOLDER, FIXING PART OF THE SUBSTRATE HOLDER, SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD, AND SUBSTRATE MANUFACTURING METHOD

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A substrate processing apparatus, comprising:
a substrate holder that holds a plurality of substrates in a state of being arranged approximately in a horizontal direction
approximately in a vertical posture;

a processing tube that houses the substrate holder;
a sealing part that air-tightly closes an opening part of the processing tube; and
a fixing part that fixes the plurality of substrates to the substrate holder approximately in the vertical posture, wherein:
the fixing part has a pair of end plates and one or more struts erected between the end plates,
the fixing part fixes the plurality of substrates to the substrate holder approximately in the vertical posture by sandwiching,
with the struts, an upper side and a lower side of a side face of each substrate,

the end plates are respectively composed of an approximately semicircular shaped movable holding end part and an approximately
semicircular shaped fixture holding part so that the end plates are circular shape with a straight line portion of the movable
holding end part and a straight line portion of the fixture holding part aligned with each other, and

a rotation part for rotating the substrate holder is provided to the sealing part in a peripheral direction of the plurality
of substrates, with an arrangement direction of the plurality of substrates as a rotation axis, so that the substrate holder
is rotated by the rotation part, with the arrangement direction of the substrates as the rotation axis.

US Pat. No. 9,431,314

THERMOSETTING RESIN COMPOSITION FOR SEALING PACKING OF SEMICONDUCTOR, AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Hitachi Chemical Company,...

1. A thermosetting resin composition for an underfilling of a semiconductor comprising, as essential components, a thermosetting
resin, a curing agent, a flux agent and two or more inorganic fillers with different mean particle sizes, wherein the inorganic
fillers include an inorganic filler with a mean particle size of no greater than 100 nm and an inorganic filler with a mean
particle size of greater than 150 nm and no greater than 500 nm; wherein:
said thermosetting resin and said flux agent are separate ingredients,
said thermosetting resin composition is in the form of a film,
said thermosetting resin contains an epoxy resin which is solid at 25° C.
wherein the inorganic filler with a mean particle size of no greater than 100 nm is surface-treated, and
wherein the inorganic filler with a mean particle size of greater than 150 nm and no greater than 500 nm is non-surface-treated.

US Pat. No. 9,274,511

FAILSAFE OPERATION OF VEHICLE ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A vehicle control device that executes a function to control a motor vehicle, comprising:
a failure detection unit that receives operational state information indicating operational states of a plurality of hardware
components in the motor vehicle and determines whether one or more of the plurality of hardware components includes a failure
based on the received operational state information, the plurality of hardware components being in communication with and
separate from the vehicle control device;

a functional failure determination unit that receives failure information indicating the determined failure of the one or
more hardware components and determines, based on the received failure information, a functional failure level from a plurality
of functional failure levels, each indicating a degree of an impact on a behavior of a system comprising the plurality of
hardware components; and

a failsafe control unit that performs a failsafe operation corresponding to the determined functional failure level;
wherein the functional failure determination unit determines, without depending on a hardware component type and a number
of the plurality of hardware components, the functional failure level according to a combination of any number of hardware
components determined to include a failure and any number of hardware components determined to not include a failure, and

wherein the failsafe control unit specifies the failsafe operation corresponding to the functional failure level determined
by the functional failure determination unit, and performs the specified failsafe operation.

US Pat. No. 9,320,170

COMMUNICATION MODULE-COOLING STRUCTURE AND COMMUNICATION DEVICE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A communication module-cooling structure, comprising:
a heat sink including a pair of cooling receiving portions each comprising partition walls and slit-shaped receiving spaces
defined by the partition walls, and

a plate-shaped body coupling the pair of cooling receiving portions together, the cooling receiving portions and the body
being formed integrally with each other; and

a cooling mechanism to cool the body,
wherein the receiving spaces of the cooling receiving portions receive communication modules respectively, each of the communication
modules including a respective substrate mounted with a respective communication circuit component thereon and respective
one pair of sidewalls with the respective substrate located therebetween in a thickness direction of the respective substrate,

wherein the receiving spaces of the cooling receiving portions each include an inner surface, and respective at least one
sidewalls of the respective one pairs of sidewalls of the communication modules are in surface contact with the inner surfaces
of the receiving spaces, respectively,

wherein the heat sink includes a heat absorbing surface that absorbs heat from a processor located externally from the heat
sink and the communication modules and that is electrically connected to the communication modules.

US Pat. No. 9,278,503

FRICTION STIR WELDING STRUCTURE AND POWER SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A friction stir welding structure comprising:
first and second members formed into one piece by friction stir welding, wherein
a given section is formed along the friction stir weld section on at least one of the first and second members,
the first member and the second member are abutted together as a lap joint, and the abutted surface is friction stir welded,
the tensile strength S1 of the first member is set smaller than the tensile strength S2 of the second member, and

the relation between the thickness L1 of the given section of the first member and the weld depth D1 of the friction stir weld section is defined as: (2×S1)/(S1+S2)×L1

US Pat. No. 9,052,587

CONDUCTIVE PATTERN FORMATION METHOD, CONDUCTIVE PATTERN-BEARING SUBSTRATE, AND TOUCH PANEL SENSOR

Hitachi Chemical Company,...

1. A conductive pattern formation method comprising:
a first exposure step of radiating active light in a patterned manner to a photosensitive layer including a photosensitive
resin layer provided on a substrate and a conductive film provided on a surface of the photosensitive resin layer on a side
opposite to the substrate;

a second exposure step of radiating active light, in the presence of oxygen, to some or all of the portions of the photosensitive
layer not exposed at least in the first exposure step; and

a development step of developing the photosensitive layer to form a conductive pattern following the second exposure step.
US Pat. No. 9,457,334

HYDROGEN PRODUCTION PROCESS

Hitachi Zosen Corporation...

1. A process for producing hydrogen characterized by:
substituting hydrogen for free oxygen in mayenite (Ca24Al28O644+.2O2?) to obtain hydrogen-substituted mayenite (Ca24Al28O644+.4H?); and

reacting the resultant hydrogen-substituted mayenite (Ca24Al28O644+.4H?) with water to produce hydrogen.

US Pat. No. 9,050,780

LAMINATE BODY, LAMINATE PLATE, MULTILAYER LAMINATE PLATE, PRINTED WIRING BOARD, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURE OF LAMINATE PLATE

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. A laminate body containing one or more resin composition layers and two or more glass substrate layers, wherein:
at least one layer of those one or more resin composition layers is a fiber-containing resin composition layer of a fiber-containing
resin composition that contains a thermosetting resin and a fibrous base material, and

at least one layer of those resin composition layers exists between any two layers of the glass substrate layers.
US Pat. No. 9,450,246

CARBON PARTICLES FOR NEGATIVE ELECTRODE OF LITHIUM ION SECONDARY BATTERY, NEGATIVE ELECTRODE FOR LITHIUM ION SECONDARY BATTERY, AND LITHIUM ION SECONDARY BATTERY

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. Carbon particles for a negative electrode of a lithium ion secondary battery, the carbon particles having a pore volume
of pores having a size of 2×10 to 2×104 Å, of 0.07 ml/g or less with respect to the mass of the carbon particles; having an interlayer distance d(002) of a graphite
crystal as determined by an X-ray diffraction analysis, of 3.38 Å or less; having a crystallite size Lc in the C-axis direction
of 500 Å or more; and having a degree of circularity of the particle cross-section in the range of 0.6 to 0.9.

US Pat. No. 9,218,955

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, comprising forming a thin film containing a predetermined element, oxygen,
carbon, and nitrogen on a substrate by performing a cycle a predetermined number of times, the cycle comprising:
(a) supplying a predetermined element-containing gas to the substrate;
(b) supplying a carbon-containing gas and a plasma-excited inert gas to the substrate, wherein the carbon-containing gas is
supplied to the substrate from a first supply part in a first direction parallel to a surface of the substrate and the plasma-excited
inert gas is supplied to the substrate from a second supply part in a second direction parallel to the surface of the substrate;

(c) supplying an oxidizing gas to the substrate;
(d) supplying a nitriding gas to the substrate; and
(e) supplying a carbon-containing gas to the substrate,
wherein, the cycle includes performing in the order of the (e), the (a), the (b), the (c) and the (d).

US Pat. No. 9,190,264

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, METHOD OF PROCESSING SUBSTRATE AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, the method comprising:
(a) forming an oxide film on a substrate by performing a first cycle a predetermined number of times, the first cycle including
supplying a first source gas and supplying an oxidizing gas and a reducing gas to the substrate heated to a first temperature
in a process container under a pressure lower than an atmospheric pressure;

(b) forming a seed layer on a surface of the oxide film by supplying a nitriding gas to the substrate in the process container,
the substrate being heated to a temperature equal to or higher than the first temperature and equal to or lower than a second
temperature that is higher than the first temperature; and

(c) forming a nitride film directly on the seed layer formed on the surface of the oxide film by performing a second cycle
a predetermined number of times, the second cycle including supplying a second source gas and supplying the nitriding gas
to the substrate heated to the second temperature in the process container, wherein a material constituting the second source
gas is different from a material constituting the first source gas and the second source gas has a higher thermal decomposition
temperature and a lower reactivity than the first source gas.

US Pat. No. 9,452,777

POWER-STEERING DEVICE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A power steering device, comprising:
an input shaft rotated in response to a steering operation of a steering wheel;
an output shaft coupled to the input shaft through a torsion bar;
a power cylinder having a pair of hydraulic pressure chambers defined by a piston to generate a steering assist force based
on hydraulic pressures in the hydraulic pressure chambers;

a rotary valve that selectively supplies hydraulic fluid from an external hydraulic pressure source to the pair of hydraulic
pressure chambers in accordance with relative rotation of the input shaft and the output shaft;

a hollow motor arranged to surround at least an axial portion of the input shaft and control rotation of the input shaft based
on vehicle driving conditions; and

input-shaft-side and rotor-side engagement parts arranged between an outer circumference of the input shaft and an inner circumference
of the hollow motor so as to allow relative movement of the input shaft and a rotor of the hollow motor in an axis direction
but to restrict relative movement of the input shaft and the rotor of the hollow motor in a rotation direction.

US Pat. No. 9,330,798

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROCESSING IRRADIATION TARGETS THROUGH A NUCLEAR REACTOR

GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy...

1. A system for delivering and retrieving irradiation targets through a nuclear reactor, the system comprising:
a penetration pathway connecting an origin point outside an access barrier of the nuclear reactor and an instrumentation tube
extending into the nuclear reactor inside the access barrier, wherein the access barrier encloses a space around the nuclear
reactor and prevents direct human access to the instrumentation tube; and

a loading/offloading system including a first pathway, a second pathway, and a third pathway,
wherein, the first pathway connects an irradiation target source and the origin point, the second pathway connects the origin
point and an irradiation target harvesting point outside the access barrier, the first and the second pathways join only at
the origin point, the loading/offloading system is configured to provide one of the first and the second pathways based on
a destination of the at least one irradiation target, the penetration, first, and second pathways each include a surface on
which the irradiation targets directly move between connected points and an open space adjacent to the surface and between
connected points sized to fit the irradiation targets, and the third pathway includes a surface and an open space adjacent
to the surface that connects a drive system and the origin point, wherein the drive system includes a plunger and a cable
shaped to pass through the penetration pathway and drive at least one irradiation target into the instrumentation tube.

US Pat. No. 9,285,000

DISC BRAKE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A disc brake comprising:
a caliper main body configured to have a pad assembling space that is disposed across over a disc rotor and opens toward an
approximate middle thereof in a rotor radial direction and a connector part that is disposed to cross the pad assembling space
in a rotor axial direction;

a pair of brake pads configured to be disposed to be opposite to the disc rotor; and
a pad spring configured to be engaged with the connector part by a pair of claw portions facing each other, to be installed
on the caliper main body, and to bias the brake pads in a rotor rotational outlet direction and inward in the rotor radial
direction,

wherein the connector part is installed at a middle position of the pad assembling space in a rotor rotational direction,
and is provided with a hole portion formed to be offset in the rotor rotational direction with respect to a middle position
of the brake pads in the rotor rotational direction,

wherein the pad spring has a symmetrical shape with respect to the center in a longitudinal direction thereof, and
wherein the pad spring is configured such that at least one of the pair of claw portions is disposed in the hole portion,
the pair of claw portions are engaged with the connector part, and a position of the pad spring is defined relative to the
brake pads in a state in which the center of the pad spring in the longitudinal direction is offset in a rotor rotational
direction with respect to the center of the brake pads in the rotor rotational direction.

US Pat. No. 9,448,129

TORQUE SENSOR UNIT

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A torque sensor unit for detecting a torque applied to a rotating element, the rotating element having first and second
shaft members formed of a metal material and connected to each other through a torsion bar, the torque sensor unit comprising:
a sleeve formed of a metal material and including: an annular or arc-shaped sleeve body surrounding the first shaft member;
a fixing part provided on the sleeve body and fixing the sleeve body to the first shaft member; an axial position restricting
part provided on the sleeve body and having a flanged portion extending radially inwardly from the sleeve body, the flanged
portion having a support surface directed vertically upward during use of the torque sensor unit; and a radial position restricting
part provided on the sleeve body and extending in a direction of a rotation axis of the rotating element;

an annular magnet formed of a composite material of resin and magnetic materials, with different magnetic poles alternately
arranged in a circumferential direction, and surrounding the first shaft member, the magnet being placed on the support surface
and thereby restricted in position in the direction of the rotation axis of the rotating element while being restricted in
position in a radial direction by the radial position restricting part;

a filling material formed from a resin material having a smaller Young's modulus than that of the magnet and held in contact
with the magnet and the radial position restricting part;

a first yoke member formed of a magnetic material, fixed to the second shaft member so as to rotate together with the second
shaft member and including: a plurality of first claw portions facing the magnet; and a first annular portion connecting the
first claw portions;

a second yoke member formed of a magnetic material, fixed to the second shaft member so as to rotate together with the second
shaft member and including: a plurality of second claw portions circumferentially alternated with the first claw portions
and facing the magnet; and a second annular portion connecting the second claw portions; and

a magnetic sensor having a hall element to detect a change in magnetic field between the first and second yoke members and
generate an output signal such that the torque applied to the rotating element is detected based on the output signal from
the magnetic sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,336,974

GAS CIRCUIT BREAKER

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A gas circuit breaker comprising:
a pair of arcing contacts facing each other in a tank to perform opening and closing operation;
a puffer cylinder coaxially provided on the circumference of one of the arcing contacts;
a puffer chamber being composed of the puffer cylinder, a fixed piston, and a hollow rod;
an insulating nozzle forming a space communicating with the puffer chamber; and
an exhaust tube provided on the circumference of the other arcing contact to exhaust and cool hot gas, the hot gas being discharged
from an arc being produced in the insulating nozzle,

wherein the exhaust tube has a structure for temporarily reducing the flow path area, the structure being provided on the
inner circumferential surface at short of an end of the exhaust tube, the structure being located between an end of the other
arcing contact and the end of the exhaust tube.

US Pat. No. 9,281,732

SQUIRREL-CAGE ROTOR AND ROTATING ELECTRICAL MACHINE

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A squirrel-cage rotor comprising:
a rotor core including in its circumferential direction a plurality of slots extending in an axial direction;
a plurality of conductor bars which is stored in each slot of the rotor core and whose both ends are projected from an axial
direction end surface of the rotor core; and

a pair of end rings arranged at the both ends of the rotor core and each having a plurality of fitting portions into which
the respective both ends of the conductor bars projecting from the axial direction end surface of the rotor core are fitted,

wherein in the conductor bar, among the cross-sectional shape in a plane perpendicular to the axial direction, the shape on
the rotor central axis side is a circular arc shape,

in the plane perpendicular to the axial direction, a gap is provided on the rotor central axis side of the fitting portion
fitted with the conductor bar, a curved portion is provided on the rotor central axis side of the gap, and

the curved portion of the gap includes a circular arc having a radius larger than a radius of the circular arc on the rotor
central axis side of the conductor bar.

US Pat. No. 9,182,421

INERTIA SENSOR

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A vibration type inertial sensor comprising:
two dead weights;
two sets of driving electrodes applying driving signals to the two dead weights, the signals for displacing the two dead weights
in anti-phase with each other along a first direction;

two sets of first electrodes detecting displacements of the respective two dead weights as electrostatic capacitance changes;
and

a first C/V converting unit converting the capacitance changes of the first electrodes into electrical signals, wherein
the first electrodes in a set whose electrostatic capacitance changes in a third direction when the two dead weights are displaced
in anti-phase in the first direction are electrically connected with each other, the first electrodes of the other set whose
electrostatic capacitance changes in a fourth direction opposite to the third direction when the two dead weights are displaced
in anti-phase in the first direction are electrically connected with each other, and the respective sets of the first electrodes
are connected with the first C/V converting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,168,947

POWER STEERING SYSTEM

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A power steering system mounted in an engine room in a vehicle and providing a steering assist force to steered road wheels,
comprising:
a steering shaft to which a turning force from a steering wheel is transmitted;
a pinion shaft which is provided at the steering shaft and housed in a pinion shaft housing portion, the pinion shaft supported
by a pair of bearings in the pinion shaft housing portion;

a torque sensor which is provided at the steering shaft, has a coil in a sensor housing, and detects a steering torque generated
at the steering shaft;

a rack housing whose inside space communicates with an inside space of the sensor housing the rack housing forming a gear
housing part along with the pinion shaft housing portion;

a rack shaft which is provided movably in a shaft direction thereof in the rack housing and converts a turning motion of the
steering shaft to a shaft direction movement of the steered road wheels by engaging with the pinion shaft;

a motor housing whose inside space communicates with the inside space of the rack housing;
an electric motor which is provided in the motor housing, has a stator and a rotor and provides the steering assist force
to the pinion shaft or the rack shaft through a speed reducer;

an ECU housing which is formed integrally with the motor housing and whose inside space communicates with the inside space
of the motor housing, an inside space of the pinion shaft housing portion communicating with the sensor housing, the rack
housing, the motor housing, and the ECU housing;

a motor control unit which is housed in the ECU housing and has electronic elements that control drive of the electric motor
on the basis of the steering torque; and

a respiration valve which is provided at any of the sensor housing, the rack housing, and the motor housing and is located
at an upper side with respect to an upper end, in a vertical direction, of the ECU housing so as to open to space located
at an upper side with respect to the bearing that is the bearing positioned at an upper side, in the vertical direction, of
the pair of bearings in a state in which the power steering system is mounted in a vehicle body, the respiration valve having
a function by which air can pass through the housing at which it is provided and between an inside and an outside of the ECU
housing in a bidirectional direction so as to absorb change of expansion/contraction of the air in the ECU housing while suppressing
entry of water from the outside.

US Pat. No. 9,123,531

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

Hitachi Kokusai Electric ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, comprising forming a laminated film wherein a silicon-containing oxide
film and a metal-containing oxide film are alternately stacked on a substrate by alternately performing, a predetermined number
of times,
(a) performing a first cycle a predetermined number of times, the first cycle comprising:
supplying a silicon-containing source to the substrate; supplying an oxidizing source to the substrate; and supplying a catalyst
to the substrate to form the silicon-containing oxide film; and

(b) performing a second cycle a predetermined number of times, the second cycle comprising: supplying a metal-containing source
to the substrate; supplying an oxidizing source to the substrate; and supplying a catalyst to the substrate to form the metal-containing
oxide film.

US Pat. No. 9,431,240

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, the method comprising forming a thin film including a predetermined element
and a borazine ring skeleton on a substrate by performing a cycle a first predetermined number of times, the cycle comprising:
supplying a source gas including the predetermined element and a halogen group to the substrate; and
supplying a reaction gas including a borazine compound to the substrate,
wherein the cycle is performed under a condition where the borazine ring skeleton in the borazine compound is maintained.

US Pat. No. 9,334,573

LAYERED SILICATE SILVER SURFACE TREATMENT AGENT, SULFIDATION PREVENTION FILM AND LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE WITH TREATED SILVER LAYER

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. A light-emitting device comprising a substrate having a silver-plated layer; a light-emitting diode mounted on the substrate;
a film, provided on a surface of the silver-plated layer, containing a layered silicate compound; and a transparent sealing
resin sealing the light-emitting diode, the transparent sealing resin having a composition different than a composition of
the film.
US Pat. No. 9,249,293

COMPOSITE PARTICLE, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME, AND RESIN COMPOSITION

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. A composite particle comprising:
an aluminum nitride particle;
a first coating layer that contains a-alumina and coats at least a part of a region of a surface of the aluminum nitride particle;
and

a second coating layer that contains organic matter and coats a region other than the first coating layer of the surface of
the aluminum nitride particle.

US Pat. No. 9,240,502

ELEMENT AND PHOTOVOLTAIC CELL

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. An element comprising a semiconductor substrate and an electrode disposed on the semiconductor substrate, the electrode
being a sintered product of a composition for an electrode that comprises phosphorus-containing copper alloy particles, glass
particles and a dispersing medium, and the electrode comprising a line-shaped electrode having an aspect ratio, which is defined
as electrode short length:electrode height, of from 2:1 to 250:1, and wherein the content of phosphorus in the phosphorus-containing
copper alloy particles is from 6 mass % to 8 mass %.

US Pat. No. 9,150,706

PHOTO CURABLE RESIN COMPOSITION, IMAGING DISPLAY DEVICE AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. A liquid crystal display device having a laminate structure including
an image display unit having a liquid crystal display cell,
a transparent protective plate, and
a resin layer existent between the image display unit and the transparent protective plate, wherein
the resin layer is a cured material of a photocurable resin composition containing a compound (A) having a photopolymerizable
functional group and an oil gelling agent (B).

US Pat. No. 9,530,542

SHIELDED CABLE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A shielded cable, comprising: an insulated wire comprising a conductor wire and an insulation formed around the conductor
wire; and a shield layer formed around the insulated wire and comprising a shield wire, wherein the shield wire comprises
a tubular member comprising a conductive material including inner spaces, and a magnetic powder filled in each of the inner
spaces of the tubular member, wherein voids are present between particles of the magnetic powder, wherein each of the inner
spaces has a flat shape.

US Pat. No. 9,497,887

COOLING STRUCTURE FOR HEATING ELEMENT AND POWER CONVERTER

HITACHI, LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A cooling structure comprising;
a plurality of heating elements arranged in a vertical direction, each including cooling surfaces respectively disposed on
two confronting side surfaces extending in the vertical direction, and an electric terminal on a side surface extending in
the vertical direction and adjoining the two confronting side surfaces;

a plurality of heat receiving blocks pinching the heating elements arranged in the vertical direction on the two confronting
side surfaces;

first and second cooling devices, each including a heat pipe including a plurality of heat radiation fins; and
a pressure contacting part configured to contact the heating elements and the receiving blocks with a pressure force, wherein
a wind is applied to the heat radiation fins;
the heat radiation fins are disposed above the heating elements and extend in a horizontal direction;
the wind is applied to the heat radiation fins from a side of the electric terminal; and
the heat radiation fins of the first and second cooling devices extend in a horizontal direction, wherein heat radiation fins
of the first and second cooling devices are disposed at different heights in the vertical direction and interlockingly arranged.

US Pat. No. 9,215,823

ELECTRONIC CONTROL APPARATUS

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. An electronic control apparatus comprising:
a busbar member to be connected with a hydraulic unit, the busbar member including
a base portion,
a surrounding wall which defines a receiving portion formed between the hydraulic unit and the base portion and which is arranged
to receive a control section to control the hydraulic unit,

a connector supporting portion which is formed integrally with the base portion, which projects from the base portion in a
form of a cantilever and which is arranged to support a connector, and

a bulging portion which is arranged to receive a component of the control section, which projects from the connector supporting
portion and which is connected with the surrounding wall,

wherein, in an installed state in which the electronic control apparatus is installed in a vehicle, a positive connection
terminal is disposed in an upper portion of the connector, a noise reducing component is provided in the bulging portion,
and the bulging portion is located above the connector.

US Pat. No. 9,196,473

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AN OXYNITRIDE FILM FOR A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, comprising:
forming an oxynitride film having a specific film thickness on a substrate by alternately repeating:
forming a specific element-containing layer on the substrate by supplying a source gas containing a specific element to the
substrate heated in a processing vessel, under a condition that a thermal decomposition reaction of the source gas is caused;

changing the specific element-containing layer to a nitride layer by supplying a nitrogen-containing gas to the substrate
heated in the processing vessel under a pressure of less than atmospheric pressure; and

changing the nitride layer to an oxynitride layer by supplying an oxygen-containing gas to the substrate heated in the processing
vessel under a pressure of less than atmospheric pressure,

interposing into the above sequences, purging of an inside of the processing vessel by supplying an inert gas into the processing
vessel,

wherein in forming the specific element-containing layer, the source gas and an inert gas, or the source gas and a hydrogen-containing
gas are supplied to the substrate through a nozzle provided at a lateral side of the substrate, and at this time, the source
gas is sprayed in parallel to a surface of the substrate more strongly than a case of spraying the inert gas in parallel to
the surface of the substrate in purging the inside of the processing vessel, by setting a flow rate of the inert gas or the
hydrogen-containing gas to a flow rate larger than a flow rate of the inert gas supplied in purging the inside of the processing
vessel.

US Pat. No. 9,153,430

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND PROGRAM

Hitachi Kokusai Electric ...

1. A substrate processing apparatus comprising:
a process chamber configured to accommodate a substrate;
a substrate holding member configured to hold the substrate in the process chamber;
a first gas supply system including a first gas supply hole for supplying a first process gas into the process chamber;
a second gas supply system including a second gas supply hole for supplying a second process gas into the process chamber;
and

a catalyst supply system including a catalyst supply hole for supplying a catalyst into the process chamber,
wherein an angle between a first imaginary line connecting a center of the substrate holding member and the first gas supply
hole and a second imaginary line connecting the center of the substrate holding member and the catalyst supply hole ranges
from 63.5 degrees to 296.5 degrees.

US Pat. No. 9,123,188

ACCELERATION SENSOR FAULT DETECTION APPARATUS

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. An acceleration detection apparatus installed in a vehicle comprising:
a plurality of acceleration sensors;
a stoppage-time diagnosis unit; and
a running-time fault diagnosis unit, wherein
the stoppage-time diagnosis unit is configured to detect faults in the acceleration sensors when the vehicle is stopped, and
the running-time diagnosis unit is configured to detect faults in the acceleration sensors when the vehicle is running,
the stoppage-time diagnosis unit is also configured to detect faults in the running-time diagnosis unit when the vehicle is
running.

US Pat. No. 9,096,435

PROCESS FOR PRODUCTION OF CARBON NANOTUBE

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. A method for producing carbon nanotubes in which, using acetylene and a catalyst for producing carbon nanotubes from the
acetylene, the carbon nanotubes are synthesized on a support in a heated state, disposed in a reactor, the method comprising
a synthesis step of synthesizing the carbon nanotubes on the support on which the catalyst is supported by flowing a source
gas consisting of carbon dioxide, an inert gas and the acetylene over the support, wherein

in the source gas, a partial pressure of the acetylene is 1.33×101 to 1.33×104 Pa, a partial pressure of the carbon dioxide is 1.33×101 to 1.33×104 Pa, and a partial pressure ratio of the acetylene to the carbon dioxide (acetylene/carbon dioxide) is 0.1 or higher and less
than 0.5.

US Pat. No. 9,284,891

CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VARIABLE VALVE MECHANISM

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A control apparatus for a variable valve mechanism that varies a valve characteristic of an engine valve, comprising:
a feedforward manipulated variable calculating unit that calculates a feedforward manipulated variable according to a dynamic
characteristic of the variable valve mechanism;

an actual manipulated variable calculating unit that calculates an actual manipulated variable that can be output by the variable
valve mechanism;

a corrective manipulated variable calculating unit that calculates a corrective manipulated variable for correcting a difference
between the calculated feedforward manipulated variable and the actual manipulated variable while changing the valve characteristic
of the engine valve by controlling the variable valve mechanism; and

a feedforward manipulated variable correcting unit that corrects the feedforward manipulated variable according to the corrective
manipulated variable after the corrective manipulated variable is calculated;

wherein the corrective manipulated variable calculating unit calculates, as the corrective manipulated variable, an integrated
value of saturating amount obtained from the actual and feedforward manipulated variables when the feedforward manipulated
variable differs in a particular way from the actual manipulated variable.

US Pat. No. 9,281,549

ELECTRICITY STORAGE MODULE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. An electricity storage module, comprising:
an electric storage unit block that is constituted by arraying a plurality of prismatic electric storage units through a holding
member; and

a cooling channel that is formed between the electric storage unit and the holding member, through which a cooling medium
for cooling the electric storage unit flows, wherein:

a central part of a cooling medium inlet opening of the cooling channel is covered so that a flow speed of a cooling medium
after flowing into the cooling channel is higher than a flow speed of a cooling medium before flowing into the cooling channel,
and

a pair of guiding members that deflects a flow of the cooling medium to a direction to a center of the electric storage unit
is provided on a most upstream side of the cooling channel, the pair of guiding members being configured to slope toward a
center of the cooling channel and to concentrate the flow of the cooling medium to the center of the cooling channel.

US Pat. No. 9,443,995

SOLAR BATTERY CELL AND SOLAR BATTERY MODULE

Hitachi Chemical Company,...

1. A solar battery cell comprising:
a plurality of linear finger electrodes arranged on a light receiving surface on a substrate in parallel,
the finger electrodes including a plurality of straight first finger electrodes and a plurality of straight second finger
electrodes extending from opposite sides to reach a TAB area which crosses the finger electrodes and which has TAB wires connected
thereto,

wherein the first finger electrodes and the second finger electrodes overlap in the extending direction of the TAB area,
wherein the first finger electrodes and the second finger electrodes are alternately provided in an extending direction of
the TAB area in the TAB area, and

wherein a portion of the first finger electrode that overlaps a portion of the second finger electrodes is physically separated
from the portion of the second finger electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,185,686

MULTICHANNEL WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, BASE STATION, AND CHANNEL USING METHOD

Hitachi Kokusai Electric ...

1. A channel using method performed by a base station configuring a cell including wireless communication terminals by using
a plurality of channels of white space, comprising:
a judgment process judging whether or not there is an exclusively-available channel which is not an operating channel of adjacent
base stations within backup channels usable by the base station;

a fairness process which, when there is at least one exclusively-available channel in the judgment process, determines the
one exclusively-available channel as a new operating channel of the base station, wherein the fairness process comprises:

a first judging step judges whether there is at least one channel which is neither an operating channel nor backup channel
of the adjacent base stations among the backup channels of the base station;

when there is at least one channel which is neither an operating channel nor backup channel of the adjacent base stations,
a first selecting step selects the one channel of the first judging step as the new operating channel; and
when there is not at least one channel which is neither an operating channel nor backup channel of the adjacent base stations,
a second judging step judges whether the satisfaction degree of the base station is minimum among the adjacent base stations;
a third judging step judges whether there is a second cell that has a satisfaction degree that is the same as the satisfaction
degree of the cell having the base station when the second judging step determines that the satisfaction degree of the base
station is minimum among the adjacent base stations;

a fourth judging step judging whether the second cell has a greater number of back up channels than the cell of the base station
when the third judging step determines that there is the second cell that has the satisfaction degree that is the same as
the satisfaction degree of the cell having the base station; and

a second selecting step selects any one of the backup channels of the base station as the new operating channel for exclusive
use when the satisfaction degree of the base station has been judged minimum in the second judging step and the cell of the
base station has a fewer number of the backup channels in comparison with the second cell that has the satisfaction degree
that is the same as the cell having the base station as judged in the third and the fourth judging steps; and

a negotiation process which, when there is no channel which is not the operating channel of the adjacent base stations, determines
within the adjacent base stations using plural operating channels a certain base station to request a release of a certain
operating channel based on a comparison of satisfaction degrees between the base station and the certain base station and
causes the certain base station to completely release the certain operating channel,

wherein each of the satisfaction degree is defined as a same mathematical function of communication traffic within the cell,
a transmission rate depending on a propagation environment between the base station and the wireless communication terminals
and a number of actually allocated operating channels of white space,

wherein in the negotiation process, the base station and the certain base station exchange information of their satisfaction
degree with each other using a medium access control message or under control of a centralized server, and

wherein the negotiation process causes at least one of the adjacent base stations to completely release an operating channel
on condition that the satisfaction degree of the base station is minimum in comparison with the satisfaction degree of the
adjacent base station or the satisfaction degree of the adjacent base station is invariable while repeating the series of
processes after the judgment process, and the satisfaction degree of both of them are not reversed even when the adjacent
base station releases the operating channel.

US Pat. No. 9,173,302

CONDUCTIVE ADHESIVE FILM AND SOLAR CELL MODULE

Hitachi Chemical Company,...

1. A solar cell module comprising a plurality of photovoltaic cells connected via a plurality of wiring members, wherein each
photovoltaic cell comprises:
(a) a plurality of surface electrodes, wherein the plurality of surface electrodes are formed on a substrate comprising at
least one material selected from the group consisting of single crystalline silicon and polycrystalline silicon; and

(b) a conductive adhesive film with a thickness of t disposed to electrically connect each surface electrode to each wiring
member of the plurality of the wiring members, wherein the conductive adhesive film comprises

(i) an insulating adhesive; and
(ii) a plurality of conductive particles having a mean particle size r, wherein a ratio of t/r is in a range of 2.0-9.0 and
a content of the conductive particles is 1.7-15.6 vol % based on a total volume of the conductive adhesive film,

wherein the mean particle size r of the conductive particles is at least ten-point average surface roughness Rz of the surface
electrodes.

US Pat. No. 9,090,703

SILK FIBROIN POROUS MATERIAL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. A silk fibroin porous material containing silk fibroin and a monomeric L-amino acid as components of the silk fibroin porous
material.

US Pat. No. 9,415,453

RECIPROCATING TOOL

HITACHI KOKI CO., LTD., ...

1. A reciprocating tool comprising:
a rotary drive source; and
a reciprocating motion converter configured to convert a rotation of the rotary drive source into a reciprocation of a tip
tool, wherein:

the reciprocating motion converter comprises:
a cam configured to eccentrically rotate;
a balance weight, which is engaged with an elastic member, and which is configured to reciprocate; and
an intermediate member which is disposed between the cam and the balance weight, and which is engaged with the cam and the
balance weight,

wherein the elastic member is provided between the intermediate member and the balance weight and is engaged with the intermediate
member and the balance weight.

US Pat. No. 9,281,724

ROTATING ELECTRICAL MACHINE INCLUDING CONCENTRATED SINGLE-LAYER WINDING COIL

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A rotating electrical machine, comprising:
a stator that includes a plurality of core segments disposed in a circular formation, an insulating bobbin mounted at each
of the core segments and a concentrated winding coil formed by winding wire with a rectangular cross section at the insulating
bobbin; and

a rotor, rotatably disposed so as to rotate freely relative to the stator, wherein:
each core segment includes a yoke and a tooth, formed so as to project out from the yoke, at which the insulating bobbin is
mounted;

the concentrated winding coil includes a single-layer coil, corresponding to one layer, wound in a first turn advancing mode
with the wire forming sequential coil turns starting from one end of the insulating bobbin toward another end of the insulating
bobbin and another single-layer coil, corresponding to one layer, wound in a second turn advancing mode with the wire forming
turns starting from the other end of the insulating bobbin toward the one end of the insulating bobbin, with the single-layer
coil and the other single-layer coil layered alternately to each other;

the insulating bobbin includes a winding portion where the concentrated winding coil is formed, collars each formed at one
of two ends of the winding portion and at least one projecting portion configured to disallow misalignment at a turn changeover
start area in the first turn advancing mode and the second turn advancing mode;

the projecting portion is formed so that a front end of the projecting portion takes a position between an outer side surface
position of the single-layer coil constituting an outermost layer in the concentrated winding coil made up with a plurality
of layers and an inner side surface position of the single-layer coil constituting the outermost layer; and

the projecting portion is formed at a plurality of locations so that a plurality of projecting portions are present side-by-side
between the collars, and a stage with a height thereof smaller than a thickness of the wire measured along a layering direction
is formed between each collar and the projecting portion next to the collar and between the projecting portions present side-by-side.


US Pat. No. 9,267,079

PHOSPHORUS-FREE BASED HALOGEN-FREE FLAME-RETARDANT RESIN COMPOSITION, PHOSPHORUS-FREE BASED HALOGEN-FREE FLAME-RETARDANT INSULATED ELECTRIC WIRE AND PHOSPHORUS-FREE BASED HALOGEN-FREE FLAME-RETARDANT CABLE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

7. A phosphorus-free based halogen-free flame-retardant cable, comprising:
an electrically-insulated electric wire comprising a conductor and an insulation layer provided around a periphery of the
conductor; and

a sheath comprising a phosphorous-free based halogen-free flame-retardant composition coated around a periphery of the electrically-insulated
electric wire the phosphorus-free based halogen-free flame-retardant resin composition comprising:

a base polymer including a copolymer of ethylene and ?-olefin having 3 to 8 carbon atoms polymerized by a metallocene catalyst
as a main component, and not less than 5 weight % and not more than 30 weight % of an ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer having
a vinyl acetate content of not less than 40%;

a metal hydroxide mixed at 150 to 200 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of the base polymer; and
a mineral oil blended with the base polymer in a ratio of 1 to 20 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of the base polymer.

US Pat. No. 9,222,732

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A substrate processing apparatus comprising:
a process chamber configured to process a plurality of substrates vertically stacked at predetermined intervals;
a substrate retainer configured to hold the plurality of substrates in the process chamber; and
a first heat exchanger installed in the process chamber to support the substrate retainer from thereunder, and configured
to perform a heat exchange with a gas flowing in a downward direction from a side of the substrate retainer in the process
chamber,

wherein the first heat exchanger includes cylindrical members stacked in a vertical direction, each of the cylindrical members
having a side wall and a hollow interior with a closed top end and an open bottom end, the cylindrical members being spatially
connected to one another via through-holes disposed at the closed top end.

US Pat. No. 9,212,892

STEERING ANGLE SENSOR

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A steering angle sensor for a vehicle, the steering angle sensor comprising:
a steering angle sensor housing disposed on a steering shaft that is rotated in accordance with an operation of a steering
wheel;

a first gear rotatably disposed in the steering angle sensor housing, the first gear including an annular body portion formed
to surround the steering shaft, a plurality of teeth formed on an outer peripheral side of the body portion, and an engaging
portion formed in the body portion, the first gear having an inner peripheral surface configured to be spaced from the steering
shaft at a predetermined distance in a radial direction of the steering shaft;

a rotation transmitting portion disposed on the steering shaft so as to make a unitary rotation with the steering shaft, the
rotation transmitting portion having a counterpart engaging portion engaged with the engaging portion of the first gear to
rotationally drive the first gear in accordance with rotation of the steering shaft;

a second gear rotatably disposed in the steering angle sensor housing, the second gear including a magnetic member having
N pole and S pole disposed in a circumferential direction of the magnetic member at predetermined intervals, and a plurality
of teeth formed on an outer peripheral side of the second gear to mesh with the plurality of teeth of the first gear;

a third gear rotatably disposed in the steering angle sensor housing, the third gear including a magnetic member having N
pole and S pole disposed in a circumferential direction of the magnetic member at predetermined intervals, and a plurality
of teeth formed on an outer peripheral side of the third gear to mesh with the plurality of teeth of the first gear or the
plurality of teeth of the second gear in which a number of the plurality of teeth of the third gear is set to be indivisible
by a number of the plurality of teeth of the second gear to provide a desired speed reducing ratio between the second gear
and the third gear;

a first magnetoresistance effect element that detects a first rotation angle as a rotation angle of the second gear by detecting
a change of magnetic field generated by the magnetic member of the second gear to determine a change of resistance value of
a resistance element of the first magnetoresistance effect element;

a second magnetoresistance effect element that detects a second rotation angle as a rotation angle of the third gear by detecting
a change of magnetic field generated by the magnetic member of the third gear to determine a change of resistance value of
a resistance element of the second magnetoresistance effect element; and

a biasing member disposed in the steering angle sensor housing to bias the first gear toward the second gear so as to reduce
a backlash between the first gear and the second gear,

wherein the first rotation angle and the second rotation angle are combined to determine an absolute steering angle indicative
of an amount of rotation of the steering wheel when the steering wheel is rotated from a neutral position in which a steerable
road wheel is oriented to a straight ahead direction of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,446,576

ADHESIVE AGENT, ADHESIVE MATERIAL USING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

Hitachi Chemical Company,...

1. A method of using an adhesive agent comprising:
an application step of applying a second adherend to a first adherend via an adhesive layer containing the adhesive agent;
a heating step of heating the first adherend and the second adherend under a condition such that a temperature of the adhesive
layer is 200° C. or higher; and

a peeling step of peeling the adhesive layer and the second adherend from the first adherend subjected to the heating step;
wherein the adhesive agent comprises a condensation resin having a structural unit obtained by polycondensing a polymerizable
monomer containing a monomer (A) having 2 or more carboxyl groups and a monomer (B) having 2 or more amino groups, and meeting
the following (1), (2), and (3), or the following (2) and (3):

(1) at least one selected from the group consisting of the monomer (A), an anhydride of the monomer (A), and the monomer (B)
is liquid at 25° C.;

(2) the condensation resin has a polyoxyalkanediyl group; and
(3) the monomer (A) contains an isophthalic acid; and
wherein a structure derived from the monomer (B) in the structural unit has a polyoxyalkanediyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,076,644

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, SUBSTRATE SUPPORTER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A substrate processing apparatus, comprising:
a process chamber configured to process a substrate:
a gas supply unit configured to supply a processing gas into the process chamber;
a substrate placement stage installed in the process chamber, and configured to place the substrate on a substrate placement
surface, with a flange provided on its side face;

a heating element arranged in the substrate placement stage and configured to heat the substrate;
a plurality of struts configured to support the flange from below;
an exhaust unit configured to exhaust an atmosphere in the process chamber; and
a supporting member provided between the flange and the plurality of struts,
wherein insertion holds into which upper ends of the struts are inserted from below, are formed to penetrate the supporting
member in a vertical direction of the supporting member,

wherein a diameter of a lower portion below the upper end of each of the struts, is formed to be larger than a diameter of
the upper end of each of the struts, to thereby form an insertion part into each of the insertion holes, and a collar unit
which stops at the supporting member, in each of the struts, and

wherein the struts are configured to support the flange from below via the supporting member, by engaging the supporting member
with the collar unit.

US Pat. No. 9,294,928

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Hitachi Kokusai Electric ...

1. A wireless communication system comprising: a plurality of base stations; a mobile station moving within a communications
area of the base station; and a base station control unit controlling the base station, wherein
the base station and the mobile station perform continuous transmission wherein transmission of identical information is repeated
multiple times, wherein

the base station stores a hopping table for generating a hopping pattern into a storage unit, and performs channel access
by frequency hopping with respect to the mobile station using this hopping table, and wherein

the base station control unit provides sequential numbers to channels formed by dividing a specific frequency band, selects
the channels in a bit-reversed order of the numbers and divides the same into frequency groups, creates a small hopping table
for each frequency group, generates a hopping table using the plurality of small hopping tables, and transmits this hopping
table to the base station, wherein for the small hopping table for each frequency group, two channels are allocated to each
phase of each hopping pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,175,395

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A substrate processing apparatus comprising:
a processing chamber in which a substrate is processed;
a first processing gas supply system that includes a first gas supply hole opened to an inside of the processing chamber and
that supplies a first processing gas from the first gas supply hole to the inside of the processing chamber;

a first buffer chamber that is partitioned from the processing chamber and that includes a second gas supply hole opened to
the inside of the processing chamber;

a second buffer chamber that is partitioned from the processing chamber and that includes a third gas supply hole opened to
the inside of the processing chamber, the second gas supply hole and the third gas supply hole being disposed symmetrically
with respect to a line passing through a center of the substrate in the processing chamber and the gas supply hole of the
first processing gas supply system;

a second processing gas supply system that supplies a second processing gas to an inside of the first buffer chamber and an
inside of the second buffer chamber, the second processing gas being different from the first processing gas;

a first plasma-generating member that activates the second processing gas in the first buffer chamber via plasma;
a second plasma-generating member that activates the second processing gas in the second buffer chamber via plasma;
an exhaust system that exhausts the inside of the processing chamber from an exhaust hole; and
a controller that is configured to control the first processing gas supply system, the second processing gas supply system,
the first plasma-generating member, the second plasma-generating member and the exhaust system, so as to form a film on the
substrate by performing a cycle at one or more predetermined times, the cycle including a process of supplying the first processing
gas to the substrate in the processing chamber from the first gas supply hole of the first processing gas supply system and
exhausting the first processing gas from the exhaust hole, and a process of supplying the second processing gas activated
via plasma in the first and the second buffer chambers to the substrate in the processing chamber from the second gas supply
hole of the first buffer chamber and from the third gas supply hole of the second buffer chamber and exhausting the second
processing gas from the exhaust hole,

wherein the second gas supply hole and the third gas supply hole are disposed at positions that are 180 degrees from each
other with a center of the substrate in the processing chamber interposed therebetween, and

wherein the first gas supply hole is disposed between the third gas supply hole and the exhaust hole.

US Pat. No. 9,111,972

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A substrate processing apparatus comprising a load lock chamber, a transfer chamber and a maintenance passage provided
in order along a length direction from the rear side within a case having a maintenance opening for entry of maintenance personnel
into the maintenance passage from outside the case, and a processing chamber provided above the load lock chamber for processing
a substrate, wherein an opening section, arranged in a wall isolating the maintenance passage from the transfer chamber to
form an air-tight seal, for entry of maintenance personnel into the transfer chamber from the maintenance passage of the case,
and a door for opening and closing the opening section are provided in a location along the length direction at a front side
of the transfer chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,314,835

POWER STEERING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING POWER STEERING APPARATUS

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A power steering apparatus comprising:
a wheel turning shaft arranged to move in an axial direction in response to rotation of a steering wheel to steer a steered
wheel;

a housing including a wheel turning shaft housing portion accommodating the wheel turning shaft movably in the axial direction,
and a reduction mechanism housing portion disposed at an intermediate position in the axial direction of the wheel turning
shaft housing portion so as to surround the wheel turning shaft;

a wheel turning shaft-side ball screw groove provided on an outer periphery of the wheel turning shaft in a spiral groove
configuration;

a nut which is a rotary element provided in the reduction mechanism housing portion, the rotary element being formed annularly
so as to surround the wheel turning shaft by a die forging process in which, when an axis of rotation of the rotary element
is defined as a first reference axis, a die used for the die forging process is released in a direction along a direction
of the first reference axis;

a bearing provided between an inner wall of the reduction mechanism housing portion and the nut in a radial direction radial
to a central axis defined by the axis of rotation of the nut, the bearing configured to surround the nut to rotatably support
the nut relative to the housing;

a nut-side ball screw groove provided on an inner periphery of the nut in a spiral groove configuration to configure a ball
recirculation groove in combination with the wheel turning shaft-side ball screw groove;

a plurality of balls provided in the ball recirculation groove;
an output pulley abutting surface provided on the nut at a position closer to the ball recirculation groove than the bearing
in the direction of the first reference axis, the output pulley abutting surface being formed by a surface substantially perpendicular
to the first reference axis;

a circular cylindrical output pulley secured to the nut in a state where the output pulley is positioned relative to the nut
in the direction of the first reference axis by abutting against the output pulley abutting surface, the output pulley overlapping
a region of the ball recirculation groove where the plurality of balls recirculate but not overlapping the bearing in the
direction of the first reference axis;

a circular cylindrical input pulley disposed such that a second reference axis defined by an axis of rotation of the input
pulley is offset from the first reference axis in the radial direction;

a transmitting member provided to extend over the output pulley and the input pulley to transmit rotation of the input pulley
to the output pulley;

an electric motor arranged to rotationally drive the input pulley to rotationally drive the nut through the transmitting member
and the output pulley, so that rotation of the nut is converted into axial motion of the wheel turning shaft, thereby applying
steering force to the wheel turning shaft; and

a recirculation member provided to connect one end and other end of the ball recirculation groove so that the plurality of
balls are recirculatable in either direction between the one end and other end of the ball recirculation groove.

US Pat. No. 9,267,461

WIRE FOR I-SHAPE OIL RINGS AND PRODUCING METHOD OF THE SAME

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A wire for I-shape oil rings, comprising:
a left and a right rail sections, and a web section connecting the rail sections with each other and having oil holes as through
holes formed by melting, the wire having a diameter of not more than 10 mm which is defined by a circle circumscribing a contour
of a cross section of the wire,

a melted and solidified region formed on an inner side of each of the through holes so as to extend along a depth of the through
holes,

wherein an inlet of each of the through holes is located on an incident side of the web section on which a laser is incident
for forming the through holes,

a remelted and solidified portion formed by integrating the wire for an I-shape oil ring and solidified residues, wherein
the remelted and solidified portion does not exist on the incident side of the through holes and is formed at a peripheral
portion of an outlet of each of the through holes,

wherein the remelted and solidified portion extends past the melted and solidified region around the through hole but does
not extend more than 200 ?m from the periphery of the through hole, when viewing a cross section of the wire taken along the
axis of the through hole, and

wherein the remelted and solidified portion is formed so as not to exceed 100 ?m in the depth direction from the outlet of
the through hole, and

wherein a diameter of an outlet of the through hole is smaller than a diameter of an inlet of the through hole.
US Pat. No. 9,267,216

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ALUMINUM FOIL

HITACHI METALS LTD., Tok...

1. A method for producing an aluminum foil, comprising the steps of:
forming an aluminum film on a surface of a substrate by electrolysis using a plating solution containing at least (1) a dialkyl
sulfone, (2) an aluminum halide, and (3) a nitrogen-containing compound;

separating the film from the substrate to obtain an aluminum foil; and
subjecting the obtained foil to a heat treatment,
wherein the heat treatment is conducted in an ambient atmosphere, and wherein the ambient atmosphere is at a temperature of
80 to 550° C.

US Pat. No. 9,061,909

METHOD FOR SIMULTANEOUSLY PRODUCING CARBON NANOTUBES AND HYDROGEN, AND DEVICE FOR SIMULTANEOUSLY PRODUCING CARBON NANOTUBES AND HYDROGEN

The University of Tokyo, ...

1. A method for simultaneously producing carbon nanotubes and hydrogen, in which using a carbon source containing carbon atoms
and hydrogen atoms and being decomposed in a heated state, and a catalyst for producing carbon nonatubes and H2 from the carbon source, the carbon nanotubes are synthesized on a support in a heated state, placed in a reactor, and simultaneously,
the H2 is synthesized from the carbon source, the method comprising:
a synthesis step of flowing a source gas containing the carbon source over the support, on which the catalyst is supported,
to synthesize the carbon nanotubes on the support and simultaneously synthesize the H2 in a gas flow, wherein a feed amount of the source gas in the synthesis step is 0.01 to 100 m3/s per m3 of a reactor volume

a separation step of flowing a separation gas over the support, on which the carbon nanotubes are synthesized, to separate
the carbon nanotubes from the support into the separation gas;

a removal step of flowing an oxidizing gas over the support after the carbon nanotubes are separated, to oxidize and remove
carbon remaining on the support;

a catalyst resupport step of flowing a source gas of the catalyst over the support after the removal step; and
a catalyst carrier resupport step of a catalyst carrier of flowing a source gas of the catalyst carrier over the support after
the removal step and prior to the catalyst resupport step,

wherein the steps in the method for simultaneously producing carbon nanotubes and hydrogen are repeatedly performed by switching
the gases fed to the reactor, with the support kept in the heated state.

US Pat. No. 9,596,776

ELECTRICAL APPARATUS

HITACHI KOKI CO., LTD., ...

1. An electrical apparatus comprising:
a main body portion converting electrical power into either one of light, wind, heat, and sound to output the converted one
from a front face side to an outside of the main body portion;

a pair of side frames supporting the main body portion;
a pair of bottom frames extending from lower ends of the pair of side frames to a rear side;
a connecting frame connecting the pair of bottom frames; and
a battery retaining portion having a rechargeable battery for supplying electrical power to the main body portion, the rechargeable
battery being detachably attached to the battery retaining portion,

wherein the battery retaining portion is provided in the connecting frame and disposed having a space from a rear face of
the main body portion, and

wherein partially-cylindrical recesses having an axial direction substantially parallel with respect to a supporting shaft
of the main body portion supported by the pair of side frames are formed at upper faces of the pair of bottom frames in vicinity
of the connecting frame.

US Pat. No. 9,190,194

SEMICONDUCTOR CERAMIC COMPOSITION, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME, AND PTC ELEMENT

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A semiconductor ceramic composition that is a lead-free semiconductor ceramic composition in which a portion of Ba in a
BaTiO3-based oxide is substituted by Bi and A (wherein A is at least one kind of Na, Li and K), the semiconductor ceramic composition
having a region between a center portion and an outer shell portion within a crystal grain, wherein when Bi concentration
is measured in a radial direction within the crystal grain, the Bi concentration in the region is higher than both Bi concentration
in the center portion and Bi concentration in the outer shell portion.

US Pat. No. 9,090,969

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE MANUFACTURING AND PROCESSING METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR FORMING A FILM

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A semiconductor device manufacturing method comprising:
accommodating a substrate in a processing chamber; and
supplying a silicon-based gas and an amine-based gas into the processing chamber that is heated to form a film including silicon
and carbon on the substrate, wherein;

(i) the forming of the film including silicon and carbon includes:
supplying the silicon-based gas and the amine-based gas into the processing chamber and confining the silicon-based gas and
the amine-based gas in the processing chamber;

maintaining a state in which the silicon-based gas and the amine-based gas are confined in the processing chamber, and
exhausting an inside of the processing chamber; and
(ii) in the forming of the film including silicon and carbon, an atomic concentration of carbon in the film including silicon
and carbon is controlled according to a time when the state in which the silicon-based gas and the amine-based gas are confined
in the processing chamber is maintained.

US Pat. No. 9,137,150

CHASSIS TYPE SWITCH

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A chassis type switch including a plurality of line cards within a chassis, the switch comprising:
each of plurality of line cards is configured to detect a failure of other line card, wherein said each of plurality of line
cards is configured to transmit periodically a connectivity confirmation frame to other line cards, to receive a connectivity
confirmation frame transmitted by the other line cards, and to determine that a failure has occurred in a certain line card
when the connectivity confirmation frame transmitted by the certain line card is not received for a predetermined time; and

a forced flooding processor included in said each of the plurality line cards and operating such that when, in trying to transfer
a received unicast frame to other line card, a failure is detected in the other line card at a transfer destination, the received
unicast frame is forcibly transferred to all ports of the line card which received the unicast frame other than a reception
port thereof and to all other line cards.

US Pat. No. 9,510,487

POWER CONVERSION APPARATUS

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A power conversion apparatus, comprising:
a power semiconductor module for converting direct-current power into alternating-current power;
a first flow channel forming body for housing the power semiconductor module; and
a cover for fixing the power semiconductor module to the first flow channel forming body, wherein:
the power semiconductor module includes a power semiconductor element, main terminals electrically connected to the power
semiconductor element, and a case for housing the power semiconductor element;

the cover has a recessed portion and an opening provided in a bottom surface portion of the recessed portion;
the power semiconductor module is placed to be fitted into the recessed portion;
the power semiconductor module is fixed to the cover so that the main terminals pass through the opening; and
the case and an inner wall of the recessed portion have an airtight structure.
US Pat. No. 9,284,403

METHOD TO PRODUCE SEMI-CRYSTALLINE POLYLACTIDES

Hitachi Zosen Corporation...

1. A method for producing semi-crystalline polylactide from a mixture of racemic lactide and meso-lactide, wherein when the
mixture is polymerized using a catalyst capable of iso-selectively polymerizing L-lactide and D-lactide, an amorphous poly
(meso-lactide) block is formed from meso-lactide and a semi-crystalline poly(racemic lactide) block is formed from racemic
lactide by separately polymerizing racemic lactide and meso-lactide by taking advantage of a difference in physicochemical
properties between racemic lactide and meso-lactide, whereby polylactide which is semi-crystalline as a whole is produced.

US Pat. No. 9,147,573

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Hitachi Kokusai Electric ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, comprising:
(a) loading a substrate to be processed into a process chamber;
(b) heating the substrate after (a); and
(c) processing the substrate after (b),
wherein (b) comprises:
(b-1) placing the substrate on front ends of lifter pins configured to support the substrate at a position higher than that
of an upper surface of a susceptor, wherein the susceptor and the lifter pins are provided inside the process chamber;

(b-2) supplying a reducing gas into the process chamber using a gas supply unit while the substrate is placed on the front
ends of the lifter pins; and

(b-3) heating the substrate placed on the front ends of the lifter pins using a heating unit, and
(c) comprises:
(c-1) placing the substrate heated in (b) on the upper surface of the susceptor;
(c-2) heating the substrate placed on the upper surface of the susceptor using the heating unit;
(c-3) supplying an oxidizing gas and the reducing gas into the process chamber using the gas supply unit;
(c-4) exciting the oxidizing gas and the reducing gas in the processing chamber using an excitation unit while the substrate
is placed on the susceptor; and

(c-5) exhausting the process chamber using an exhaust unit.

US Pat. No. 9,142,708

GLASS COMPOSITION AND CONDUCTIVE PASTE FOR ALUMINUM ELECTRODE WIRING, ELECTRONIC COMPONENT PROVIDED WITH THAT ALUMINUM ELECTRODE WIRING AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THIS ELECTRONIC COMPONENT

HITACHI, LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A glass composition for an aluminum electrode wire consisting essentially of an oxide of vanadium (V), an oxide/oxides
of an alkaline-earth metal/alkaline-earth metals, and an oxide/oxides of an alkali metal/alkali metals, wherein
the oxide of vanadium (V) is vanadium pentoxide (V2O5), and the oxide/oxides of the alkaline-earth metal/alkaline-earth metals, represented by a chemical formula RnO, are at 20
to 40 weight %.

US Pat. No. 9,056,946

METHOD FOR PRODUCING POLYLACTIC ACID

HITACHI ZOSEN CORPORATION...

1. A method for producing stereocomplex polylactic acid, comprising:
(1) reacting glycerin with sodium hydroxide in high-temperature and high-pressure water to produce a racemic sodium lactate
aqueous solution;

(2) recovering racemic lactic acid by separating sodium from the racemic sodium lactate aqueous solution;
(3) dimerizing the racemic lactic acid to produce a lactide mixture containing meso lactide and racemic lactide;
(4) recovering racemic lactide by separating meso lactide from the mixture; and
(5) polymerizing the racemic lactide with a salen-metal complex as a catalyst to produce stereocomplex polylactic acid, wherein
the salen-metal complex is:


wherein R1 and R2 each represent hydrogen, an alkyl group having from 1 to 6 carbon atoms, an alkoxy group having from 1 to
6 carbon atoms, a halogen group, a silyl group, an aryl group having from 6 to 18 nuclear carbon atoms, or a methoxymethyl
group; R3 represents a divalent aliphatic hydrocarbon group having from 2 to 6 carbon atoms; and M represents Al, Fe, Ti or
Y.

US Pat. No. 9,463,981

CARBON NANOTUBES AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF

THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO, ...

1. A method of producing carbon nanotubes, comprising:
a catalyst particle forming step of heating and reducing a catalyst raw material to form catalyst particles, and
a carbon nanotube synthesizing step of flowing a raw material gas containing acetylene onto the heated catalyst particles
to synthesize carbon nanotubes,

wherein methane is flowed onto the catalyst raw material and/or the catalyst particles in both the catalyst particle forming
step and the carbon nanotube synthesizing step.

US Pat. No. 9,150,920

METHODS OF CHARACTERIZING HOST RESPONSIVENESS TO INTERFERON BY EX VIVO INDUCTION OF INTERFERON-RESPONSIVE MARKERS

HITACHI CHEMICAL CO., LTD...

1. A method for treating a subject having hepatitis with an interferon-based therapy, the method comprising:
(A) having at least a first and second sample of whole blood from said subject sent to a laboratory prior to interferon administration,
for the laboratory to perform an assay comprising the following steps (1)-(4):

(1) exposing said first sample of whole blood from said subject to interferon alpha 2b in a solvent for an amount of time
sufficient for said interferon alpha 2b to alter the expression of one or more markers whose expression is potentially altered
in response to exposure to IFN alpha 2b selected from the group consisting of TNFSF10, CXCL10, GBP, and BST2;

(2) exposing said second sample of whole blood from said subject to the solvent without said interferon alpha 2b for said
amount of time;

(3) quantifying the effect of said interferon alpha 2b as a change in expression of said one or more markers by a method comprising:
(i) isolating mRNA from said first whole blood sample,
(ii) contacting said mRNA from said first whole blood sample with a reverse transcriptase to generate a stimulated complementary
DNA (cDNA), and

(iii) contacting said stimulated cDNA with sense and antisense primers that are specific for said one or more markers and
a DNA polymerase to generate stimulated amplified DNA; and

(iv) isolating mRNA from said second whole blood sample,
(v) contacting said mRNA from said second whole blood sample with a reverse transcriptase to generate control complementary
DNA (cDNA), and

(vi) contacting said control cDNA with sense and antisense primers that are specific for said one or more markers and a DNA
polymerase to generate control amplified DNA;

(4) calculating a change in the amount of marker mRNA in said first whole blood sample compared to the amount of marker mRNA
in said second whole blood sample;

(B) treating the subject with an interferon-based therapy if the results of said assay indicate there is a difference in the
amount of marker mRNA quantified from said first blood sample as compared to said second blood sample.

US Pat. No. 9,267,217

PRODUCTION METHOD FOR R—FE—B BASED SINTERED MAGNET HAVING PLATING FILM ON SURFACE THEREOF

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A production method for an R—Fe—B based sintered magnet having a plating film on the surface thereof, wherein a series
of processes of acid cleaning and smut removal of a magnet as pretreatments of a plating treatment, and the subsequent plating
treatment is conducted consistently with a state, in which the magnet is placed in a barrel made of synthetic resin, and wherein
the smut removal is conducted by ultrasonic cleaning of the magnet with rotating the barrel in water in which a dissolved
oxygen amount is set to 0.1 ppm to 6 ppm by performing a degassing.

US Pat. No. 9,224,512

POSITIVE ELECTRODE ACTIVE MATERIAL FOR NON-AQUEOUS SECONDARY BATTERY AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AS WELL AS NON-AQUEOUS SECONDARY BATTERY USING POSITIVE ELECTRODE ACTIVE MATERIAL

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A positive electrode active material for a non-aqueous secondary battery containing a lithium composite oxide having an
olivine structure represented by the chemical formula: Li1+AMnxM1?X(PO4)1+B in which
A>0, B>0, and M represents a metal element,
M in the chemical formula is one or more of metal elements selected from Fe, Ni, Co, Ti, Cu, Zn, Mg, V and Zr,
a ratio of A to B in the chemical formula is within a range of: 2 the value for X is within a range of: 0.75?X<1.

US Pat. No. 9,217,835

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION MODULE AND TRANSMISSION APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A photoelectric conversion module comprising:
an optical subassembly that has an optical device and an electronic circuit mounted over an electric wiring substrate, the
optical device emitting or receiving an optical signal, the electronic circuit driving the optical device to convert an electric
signal into the optical signal or amplifying the electric signal converted from the optical signal;

an optical connector that permits optical coupling between the optical device and an optical transmission medium for transmitting
the optical signal; and

an electric connector, consisting of a plug and a receptacle part, that permits electric coupling between the electric wiring
substrate and a device board;

wherein the optical connector is mounted over that surface of the optical subassembly facing the device board;
wherein, when the plug and the receptacle part are combined, the electric connector is opened so that the optical transmission
medium is threaded therethrough and extended through at least two sides of the electric connector facing the optical subassembly;
and

wherein the optical transmission medium is extended between the optical subassembly and the device board in a vertically stacked
manner.

US Pat. No. 9,067,906

THERMOSETTING RESIN COMPOSITION, EPOXY RESIN MOLDING MATERIAL, AND POLYVALENT CARBOXYLIC ACID CONDENSATE

Hitachi Chemical Company,...

1. A polyvalent carboxylic acid condensate comprising a component represented by the following formula (X):
(In formula (X), Rx represents a divalent group with an aliphatic hydrocarbon ring, wherein the aliphatic hydrocarbon ring is optionally substituted
with a halogen atom or a straight-chain or branched hydrocarbon group, multiple Rx groups in the same molecule can be the same or different, and n represents an integer of 1 or greater.)

US Pat. No. 9,583,264

CAPACITOR DEVICE AND ELECTRICAL POWER CONVERSION DEVICE

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A capacitor device, comprising:
a film capacitor element that comprises a coiled body in which an insulating layer and an electrification layer are laminated
and wound together, and a pair of collector electrodes that are formed upon two opposite end faces of the coiled body;

a case that comprises a capacitor housing portion within which the film capacitor element is received;
a pair of inserts having insulation properties, one of which is inserted between one of the pair of collector electrodes and
one of inner walls of the capacitor housing portion; and

a mass of sealing and insulating material that is charged between the film capacitor element and the one of the inner walls
of the capacitor housing portion, wherein:

the inner walls of the capacitor housing portion include a pair of mutually opposing inner walls, each of which confronts
one of the pair of collector electrodes;

each of the pair of inserts is inserted between one of the pair of mutually opposing inner walls and corresponding one of
the pair of collector electrodes, and has an electrode side facing surface that confronts the corresponding one of the pair
of collector electrodes and a case side facing surface that confronts the one of the pair of mutually opposing inner walls;

on the electrode side facing surface, there are provided electrode side contact portions that contact the corresponding one
of the pair of collector electrodes and electrode side isolated portions that are separated from the corresponding one of
the pair of collector electrodes;

on the case side facing surface, there are provided case side contact portions that contact the one of the pair of mutually
opposing inner walls and case side isolated portions that are separated from the one of the pair of mutually opposing inner
walls;

the sealing and insulating material is charged between the corresponding one of the pair of collector electrodes and the electrode
side isolated portions, and between the one of the pair of opposing inner walls and the case side isolated portions;

the case is formed in a shape of a box having a bottom but no lid, and an aperture for receiving the film capacitor and the
pair of inserts is formed in an upper portion of the capacitor housing portion;

the one of the pair of mutually opposing inner walls is a wall portion that is inclined inwards in a tapered shape so as to
become narrower in a direction from the aperture towards a bottom surface of the capacitor housing portion; and

the each of the pair of inserts is formed in a tapered shape in the direction from the aperture towards the bottom surface
of the capacitor housing portion, so that it becomes thinner along a thickness direction of the corresponding one of the pair
of collector electrodes.

US Pat. No. 9,500,078

SEGMENT ROUNDNESS MEASURING DEVICE AND SEGMENT ROUNDNESS MEASURING METHOD

HITACHI ZOSEN CORPORATION...

1. A segment roundness measuring device comprising:
an angle detector that detects a turning angle of an erector turning portion, a turning center of which is eccentric;
three or more distance meters that are arranged at angular positions different from each other in the erector turning portion
and measure distances to an inner surface of a segment ring obtained by assembling segments in a ring shape; and

correction means that corrects a positional deviation of the turning center of the erector turning portion resulting from
eccentricity on the basis of the angle detected by the angle detector and the distances measured by the three or more distance
meters.

US Pat. No. 9,373,432

ALCOHOLIC SOLUTION AND SINTERED MAGNET

Hitachi Chemical Company,...

1. An alcoholic solution comprising FeCo-based particles and rare earth fluoride particles mixed together,
wherein particle diameters of said FeCo-based particles are larger than particle diameters of said rare earth fluoride particles,
particle diameters of said FeCo-based particles are from 20 to 200 nm, and
particle diameters of said rare earth fluoride particles are from 1 to 50 nm,
and wherein from 1 to 90% of said rare earth fluoride particles are amorphous.

US Pat. No. 9,279,827

SENSOR MODULE AND SENSOR SYSTEM

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A sensor module characterized by comprising:
a first detection element that detects acceleration from outside;
an acceleration signal processing unit that processes an acceleration signal detected by the first detection element;
a first filter that removes a noise from the signal processed by the acceleration signal processing unit;
a second detection element that detects another physical quantity than acceleration;
a first physical quantity signal processing unit that processes a physical quantity signal detected by the second detection
element;

a second filter that removes a noise from the signal processed by the first physical quantity signal processing unit;
a signal component analysis unit that analyzes a frequency component of the signal processed by the acceleration signal processing
unit, determines whether or not a physical quantity corresponding to a frequency split component representing a difference
between a frequency in a drive direction of the second detection element and a frequency in a detection direction of the second
detection element is applied, and, if determining that the physical quantity corresponding to the frequency split component
is applied, outputs an output stop signal;

a first output control unit that stops output of the signal output from the first filter when the output stop signal is output
from the signal component analysis unit; and

a second output control unit that stops output of the signal output from the second filter when the output stop signal is
output from the signal component analysis unit.

US Pat. No. 9,197,002

CONNECTOR SUPPORTING STRUCTURE AND CONNECTOR-EQUIPPED ELECTRONIC DEVICE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A connector supporting structure, comprising:
a substrate;
a connector mounted on the substrate; and
a casing covering at least a portion of the substrate and supporting the connector,
wherein the casing comprises an opening to expose a part of the connector from an inside of the casing to an outside,
wherein side surfaces of the connector are pressed by inner surfaces of the opening, and
wherein the inner surfaces of the opening are constructed such that a part thereof to contact the side surfaces of the connector
comprises a tapered surface that a distance between the inner surfaces opposed in a direction parallel to the substrate decreases
in a direction away from the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,188,708

FILM HAVING LOW REFRACTIVE INDEX FILM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME, ANTI-REFLECTION FILM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME, COATING LIQUID SET FOR LOW REFRACTIVE INDEX FILM, SUBSTRATE HAVING MICROPARTICLE-LAMINATED THIN FILM

Hitachi Chemical Company,...

1. A method for producing a microparticle-laminated thin film-attached substrate in which a microparticle-laminated thin film
having voids is formed on a plastic substrate, the method comprising:
(A) having a plastic substrate having a coefficient of thermal expansion of 50 to 350 (ppm/K), brought into contact with or
coated thereon with any of an electrolyte polymer solution and a microparticle dispersion liquid;

(B) having the plastic substrate obtained after the contact or coating with the electrolyte polymer solution, brought into
contact with or coated thereon with a dispersion liquid of microparticles having a charge opposite to that of an electrolyte
polymer of the electrolyte polymer solution, or having the plastic substrate obtained after the contact or coating with the
microparticle dispersion liquid, brought into contact with or coated thereon with a solution of an electrolyte polymer having
a charge opposite to that of microparticles of the microparticle dispersion liquid; and

(C) binding microparticles of the microparticle dispersion liquid and adhering the microparticle-laminated thin film obtained
after the contact or coating with the electrolyte polymer solution or the microparticles to the plastic substrate by filling
voids within the microparticle-laminated thin film with an applied alcoholic silica sol product.

US Pat. No. 9,076,932

OPTICAL SEMICONDUCTOR ELEMENT MOUNTING PACKAGE, AND OPTICAL SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE USING THE SAME

Hitachi Chemical Company,...

1. An optical semiconductor element mounting package having a recessed part that serves as an optical semiconductor element
mounting region, wherein the package is formed by integrating:
a resin molding composed of a thermosetting light-reflecting resin composition, which forms at least the side faces of the
recessed part; and

at least a pair of positive and negative lead electrodes, each of the positive and negative lead electrodes having opposed
first and second major surfaces extending continuously from an inner end to an opposite end, the pair of positive and negative
lead electrodes being disposed with their inner ends opposite each other so that inner portions of the first major surface
of the positive and negative lead electrodes form part of the bottom face of the recessed part, wherein there is no gap at
a joint face between the resin molding and the lead electrodes, the inner ends of the positive and negative lead electrodes
are separated by the resin molding composed of the thermosetting light-reflecting resin composition and at least portions
of the second major surface of the positive and negative lead electrodes are not in contact with the resin molding composed
of the thermosetting light-reflecting resin composition,

wherein the thermosetting light-reflecting resin composition includes triglycidyl isocyanurate as (A) an epoxy resin.
US Pat. No. 9,508,980

GRAPHITE PARTICLES AND LITHIUM SECONDARY BATTERY USING THE SAME AS NEGATIVE

Hitachi Chemical Company,...

1. A graphite particle, wherein pore volume of the pores having a size falling in the range of 102 to 106 Å is 0.4 to 2.0 cc/g per weight of graphite particle, and wherein pore volume of the pores having a size falling in the range
of 1×102 to 2×104 Å is 0.08 to 0.04 cc/g per weight of graphite particle.

US Pat. No. 9,315,384

APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING NANOCARBON MATERIAL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING NANOCARBON MATERIAL

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. A carbon nanomaterial production apparatus comprising:
a reaction tube into which raw material gas and carrier gas are supplied and accordingly in which carbon nanomaterial is grown;
a connection tube that is connected to the reaction tube and through which an aerosol-like mixture of the carbon nanomaterial
and the carrier gas passes; and

a collection tube that is connected to the connection tube and collects the carbon nanomaterial from the mixture, wherein
the collection tube includes:
a junction, connected to the connection tube, from which, while the carrier gas flows upward, the carbon nanomaterial falls
downward by gravitational sedimentation to be separated from the mixture,

a discharge section that is located above the junction with the connection tube and discharges the carrier gas contained in
the mixture to outside, and

a trapping section that is located below the junction with the connection tube and traps the carbon nanomaterial that is separated
from the mixture by gravitational sedimentation.

US Pat. No. 9,293,252

R-T-B SINTERED MAGNET MANUFACTURING METHOD

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A method for producing a sintered R-T-B based magnet, the method comprising the steps of:
providing a sintered R-T-B based magnet body;
providing an RH diffusion source which is made of at least one of a fluoride, an oxide and an oxyfluoride that each include
Dy and/or Tb;

loading the sintered R-T-B based magnet body and the RH diffusion source into a process chamber so that the magnet body and
the diffusion source are movable relative to each other and are readily brought close to, or into contact with, each other;
and

performing an RH diffusion process in which the sintered R-T-B based magnet body and the RH diffusion source are heated to
a processing temperature of 800° C. through 950° C. while being moved either continuously or discontinuously in the process
chamber so that the magnet body and the diffusion source are moved relative to each other and are brought close to, or into
contact with, each other; wherein

in the RH diffusion process, the process chamber is heated by a heater that is arranged around an outer periphery of the process
chamber, the sintered R-T-B based magnet body and the RH diffusion source that are loaded into the process chamber are also
heated, and the temperature of the sintered R-T-B based magnet body and the RH diffusion source is maintained within a range
of 800° C. to 950° C.;

the RH diffusion process step is carried out using a stirring aid member loaded into the process chamber; and
the stirring aid member is made of zirconia, silicon nitride, silicon carbide, boron nitride, or a ceramic that includes any
combination of zirconia, silicon nitride, silicon carbide, boron nitride.

US Pat. No. 9,216,901

METHOD FOR PREPARING HYDROGEN

Hitachi Zosen Corporation...

1. A method for preparing hydrogen, which is characterized in that hydrogen is generated by introducing mayenite (Ca12Al14O33) and calcium hydroxide [Ca(OH)2] into water and allowing them to react with water.

US Pat. No. 9,190,192

CABLE HOLDER

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A cable holder, comprising:
a pair of holding members that are moved relative to each other in a predetermined sliding direction to sandwich and hold
a cable therebetween,

wherein each of the pair of holding members comprises a plurality of guide planes parallel to the sliding direction and a
plurality of sliding contact surfaces parallel to the sliding direction,

wherein one of the pair of holding members is guided in the sliding direction by sliding the plurality of sliding contact
surfaces thereof on the plurality of guide planes, respectively, of another holding member,

wherein the other holding member is guided in the sliding direction by sliding the plurality of sliding contact surfaces thereof
on the plurality of guide planes, respectively, of the one holding member, and

wherein the pair of holding members are fixed to each other with the cable held therebetween by a frictional force in the
sliding direction due to an increasing overlapping surface contact between the plurality of sliding contact surfaces and the
plurality of guide planes, respectively, as the pair of holding members are slid together,

wherein the pair of holding members each comprise a flange having a guide surface parallel to the sliding direction, and wherein
the pair of holding members are relatively movable in the sliding direction in a state that the guide surface of the one of
the holding members is in surface-contact with the guide surface of the other holding member, and

wherein the guide surfaces of the flanges of the pair of holding members include stepped portions respectively, and the pair
of holding members are positioned in the sliding direction in such a manner that the respective stepped portions of the pair
of holding members are butted together.

US Pat. No. 9,059,829

RECEIVER AND RECEIVED SIGNAL DECODING METHOD

Hitachi Kokusai Electric ...

1. A receiver receiving a sequence of symbols converted from given g bits (where g is an integer greater than zero),
wherein the sequence of symbols is generated in such a manner that, after the given bits are encoded, the encoded bits are
reordered by interleaving, thus generating information bits, every L bits of which are reduced to m bits (where m and L are
integers greater than zero which satisfy m
the receiver comprising:
a symbol demapper outputting one bit of first extrinsic information by using one received symbol and (m?1) bits of a priori
information;

a check node decoder outputting one bit of second extrinsic information by using m bits of the first extrinsic information
output by the symbol demapper with respect to each of m bits corresponding to the one received symbol and (L?1) bits of a
priori information;

a deinterleaver deinterleaving a plurality of bits of second extrinsic information corresponding to the sequence of symbols
in a manner inverse to the interleaving;

a variable node decoder outputting one bit of third extrinsic information by using a plurality of bits of second extrinsic
information output from the deinterleaver as a priori information;

an interleaver interleaving third extrinsic information output from the variable node decoder in a manner inverse to the deinterleaving;
and

a resequencer disposed in at least one stage preceding or following the interleaver and the deinterleaver,
wherein the check node decoder outputs m bits of fourth extrinsic information by using L bits of the third extrinsic information
output from the interleaver as a priori information,

wherein the fourth extrinsic information is used as a priori information by the symbol demapper,
wherein a plurality of modules of the deinterleaver and the interleaver are provided for parallel processing of each of interleaving
and deinterleaving,

wherein the resequencer, if disposed in the preceding stage, rearranges a sequence of bits of the second extrinsic information
to be input to the deinterleaver and rearranges a sequence of bits of the third extrinsic information output from the interleaver,
and

wherein the resequencer, if disposed in the following stage, rearranges a sequence of bits of the second extrinsic information
output from the deinterleaver and rearranges a sequence of bits of the third extrinsic information to be input to the interleaver.

US Pat. No. 9,224,517

PASTE COMPOSITION FOR ELECTRODE AND PHOTOVOLTAIC CELL

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. A paste composition for an electrode, the paste composition comprising:
phosphorous-containing copper alloy particles wherein the content of phosphorous is from 6% by mass to 8% by mass;
glass particles;
a solvent; and
a resin.

US Pat. No. 9,135,273

SIMILAR IMAGE SEARCH SYSTEM

Hitachi Kokusai Electric ...

1. A similar image retrieval system comprising:
a first image input unit configured to receive an input of a search target image; a first face detecting unit configured to
detect a first face from the inputted search target image; a face feature value calculating unit configured to calculate a
feature value of the detected first face; and a database recording unit configured to record the calculated face feature value;

a second image input unit configured to receive an input of a key image for search; a second face detecting unit configured
to detect a second face from the inputted key image; a face angle calculating unit configured to calculate a face angle of
the detected second face; a combined pattern determining unit configured to determine a combined pattern by the calculated
face angle; a combined face generating unit configured to generate a combined face image according to the determined combined
pattern; and a second face feature value calculating unit configured to calculate a feature value of the second face using
the generated combined face image; and

a face feature value searching unit configured to repeat the combined face generating unit and the face feature value calculating
unit according to a number of the determined combined patterns and search a database using a plurality of calculated face
feature values as queries; and a search result integrating unit configured to integrate a plurality of retrieved search results.

US Pat. No. 9,390,829

PASTE COMPOSITION FOR ELECTRODE AND PHOTOVOLTAIC CELL

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

12. A paste composition for an electrode, the paste composition comprising:
phosphorus-containing copper alloy particles;
glass particles;
a solvent; and
a resin,
wherein the content of phosphorus in the phosphorus-containing copper alloy particles is from 1% by mass to 8% by mass.

US Pat. No. 9,293,154

SUBSTRATES FOR THIN-FILM MAGNETIC HEADS, MAGNETIC HEAD SLIDERS, AND HARD DISK DRIVE DEVICES

NIPPON TUNGSTEN CO., LTD....

1. An Al2O3—TiC based substrate for a thin-film magnetic head including an Al2O3 phase and a TiC phase, wherein a c-axis lattice constant of the Al2O3 phase is 12.992 Å or more and 12.998 Å or less, and a lattice constant of the TiC phase is 4.297 Å or more and 4.315 Å or
less.

US Pat. No. 9,253,741

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, TERMINAL DEVICE, AND BASE STATION DEVICE

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC ...

1. A wireless communication system, which secondarily uses same frequency as a primary system that uses a certain frequency,
the wireless communication system comprising:
a mobile terminal; and
a base station,
wherein the mobile terminal is configured to:
detect a signal having the frequency; and
request, in a case where a broadcast signal transmitted from the base station is undetectable, the base station to increase
a transmission power to a range that the signal does not reach a service area of the primary system, based on a location of
a wireless transmitter of the primary system, a location of the base station of the wireless communication system, and a location
of the mobile terminal of the wireless communication system, and

wherein the base station increases the transmission power to the range that the signal does not reach the service area of
the primary system in case of receiving the request to increase the transmission power.

US Pat. No. 9,171,244

RFID TAG

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. An RFID tag comprising:
a single-layer antenna;
an IC chip having a size of 0.6 mm square or smaller which is connected to the antenna with wire bonding so as not to overlap
the antenna; and

a sealing material sealing the IC chip and the antenna, wherein
the antenna is a coil antenna arranged in a part around the IC chip and including constituent portions adjacent to each other
with a gap therebetween, the sealing material being arranged in the gap of the antenna,

the antenna has a cap shape of a mushroom in section,
a conductor interval to conductor width of the antenna is in a range of 0.2 mm to 0.2 mm to 0.05 mm to 0.05 mm, and
a resonant frequency fo of an electric circuit including an inductance L of the antenna and a capacitance C of the IC chip is equal to or close to
an operation frequency of the IC chip.