US Pat. No. 9,447,933

VISIBLE LIGHT COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

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1. A visible light communication system comprising:
a light transmitter including:
a group III nitride semiconductor laser element and
a wavelength converter disposed to face a light exit surface of the group III nitride semiconductor laser element and containing
a fluorescent material;

a wavelength filter configured to remove light emitted from the fluorescent material; and
a light receiving element configured to receive light emitted from the group III nitride semiconductor laser element via the
wavelength filter,

wherein the wavelength filter does not contact the light receiving element.

US Pat. No. 9,210,724

BROADCASTING METHOD FOR SENDING SIGNAL CONTAINING PREDETERMINED INFORMATION AND RADIO APPARATUS

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1. A terminal apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit adapted to a system where a period in which an access control apparatus is configured for broadcasting an
orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) packet signal is defined as a first period and a period available for carrier
sense multiple access with collision avoidance (CSMA/CA) communication between terminal apparatuses is defined as a second
period, where a 100 msec frame is formed by time division multiplexing a plurality of first periods and a second period, and
where a plurality of access control apparatuses use mutually different first periods, the receiving unit being further adapted
to receive, in the first period used by one of the access control apparatuses, an OFDM packet signal from the one of the access
control apparatuses; and

a transmitting unit that broadcasts, given a 100 msec frame in which a plurality of first periods and the second period are
time division multiplexed, an OFDM packet signal in the second period,

wherein the OFDM packet signal received by the receiving unit includes information on timing of the first periods in which
the one of the access control apparatuses broadcasts an OFDM packet signal, and

the transmitting unit performs carrier sensing and determines random timing of transmission.

US Pat. No. 9,485,822

LIGHTING DEVICE, LUMINAIRE USING LIGHTING DEVICE, AND LIGHTING SYSTEM USING LUMINAIRE

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1. A lighting device comprising, as at least two lighting circuits, a first lighting circuit and a second lighting circuit
that are configured to receive electric power from a single common power supply for providing power to first and second light
sources, respectively, each including one or more solid-state light-emitting elements,
the first lighting circuit being configured to cause the first light source to emit light,
the second lighting circuit being configured to cause the second light source, which is different from the first light source,
to emit light,

each of the first and second lighting circuits including a switching power supply,
the first lighting circuit further including:
a first output capacitor connected between output ends of the first lighting circuit; and
a first pre-charge circuit configured to keep a voltage across the first output capacitor at a first voltage predetermined
for the first lighting circuit, while the first light source is in OFF state,

the second lighting circuit further including:
a second output capacitor connected between output ends of the second lighting circuit; and
a second pre-charge circuit configured to keep a voltage across the second output capacitor at a second voltage predetermined
for the second lighting circuit, while the second light source is in OFF state, and

the first and second voltages being set such that a difference between a forward voltage of the first light source and the
first voltage agrees with a difference between a forward voltage of the second light source and the second voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,144,115

INDUCTION COOKING DEVICE

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1. An induction cooking device comprising:
a light-pervious top plate on that is arranged to support a container;
a heating coil below the top plate to heat the container;
an electrode at a portion of a lower surface of the top plate and outward of a periphery of the heating coil; and
a capacitance detection device that detects changes in capacitance of the electrode caused by liquid boiled over from the
container,

wherein the top plate includes a light emitting part by which visible light applied from a light source below the top plate
is transmitted to fulfill light emission, the light emitting part located at a portion of the top plate between the periphery
of the heating coil and the electrode, as viewed from above the top plate.

US Pat. No. 9,426,846

INDUCTION HEATING APPARATUS

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1. An induction heating apparatus, comprising:
a top plate for placing an object to be heated thereon;
a heating coil adapted to generate an induction magnetic field for heating the object;
a control portion adapted to control a high-frequency electric current applied to the heating coil for heating the object;
and

an infrared-ray detection portion adapted to detect an infrared ray radiated according to a temperature of the object and
to output an infrared-ray detection signal according to infrared-ray energy of the detected infrared ray;

wherein the infrared-ray detection portion includes:
an infrared-ray reception portion adapted to output a detection signal, when receiving an infrared ray radiated from the object,
an amplification portion adapted to amplify the detection signal from the infrared-ray reception portion and output the infrared-ray
detection signal, and

a temperature detection portion adapted to detect a temperature of the infrared-ray reception portion and to output the detected
temperature to the control portion, and

wherein the control portion includes a correction portion adapted to correct the infrared-ray detection signal and output
an infrared-ray real signal by using negative-signal information about a negative signal, which is superimposed on the infrared-ray
detection signal output from the infrared-ray detection portion, and which has a reverse polarity from that of the infrared-ray
detection signal, and the negative-signal information is generated in response to the temperature of the infrared-ray reception
portion, when the temperature of the infrared-ray reception portion is equal to or higher than the temperature detected by
the infrared-ray detection portion.

US Pat. No. 9,386,732

POWER LINE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

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1. A communication apparatus which performs communication through an external power line, the communication apparatus comprising:
a casing with at least two holes;
a power plug which has at least two connectors corresponding to and passing through the two holes, the power plug configured
to connect to the external power line;

a power controller which connects to the power plug and provides the communication apparatus with a power supply based on
power received from the external power line through the power plug;

a power line communicator which transmits a power line communication signal through the external power line; and
a heat radiator which connects to the power line communicator and radiates heat generated from the power line communicator,
wherein the power controller is disposed in a parallel direction of the two connectors and extends from the two connectors,
and all portions of a main body of the heat radiator that radiate heat, with the exception of a holding frame that structurally
fixes the heat radiator, are not disposed in the parallel direction of the two connectors.

US Pat. No. 9,142,733

LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE INCLUDING A HIGH ENERGY LIGHT SOURCE AND A WAVELENGTH CONVERSION MEMBER, ILLUMINATING DEVICE COMPRISING THE SAME, AND VEHICLE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A light source device comprising:
a semiconductor light-emitting element; and
a wavelength conversion member for converting a wavelength of a light emitted from the semiconductor light-emitting element
into a longer wavelength, wherein:

the semiconductor light-emitting element has a light-emitting peak wavelength of not less than 380 nanometers and not more
than 420 nanometers,

the light emitted from the semiconductor light-emitting element has a light energy density of not less than 0.2 kW/cm2,

the wavelength conversion member includes a blue fluorescent substance, a green fluorescent substance, and a red fluorescent
substance,

the blue fluorescent substance includes a (Sr1-x,Bax)3MgSi2O8:Eu2+ (0?x?1) fluorescent substance,

the green fluorescent substance includes a (Y1-y,Gdy)3(Al1-z,Gaz)5O12:Ce3+ (0?y<1, 0?z<1) fluorescent substance, and

the red fluorescent substance includes at least one selected from the group consisting of a LiLaW2O8:Eu3+ fluorescent substance, a Ca2W2O8:Eu3+ fluorescent substance, and a LiGdW2O8:Eu3+ fluorescent substance.

US Pat. No. 9,129,518

DEVICE CONTROL SYSTEM, WIRELESS CONTROL APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

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1. A device control system, comprising:
a device controller which is to be connected to a load device via a signal line and is configured to output to the signal
line a first control signal for controlling the load device;

a wireless master which is connected to the device controller via the signal line and is configured to perform wired communication
with the device controller; and

a wireless slave configured to perform wireless communication with the wireless master,
wherein:
the wireless slave is configured to send to the wireless master a second control signal indicative of an intended state of
the load device;

the wireless master is configured to, when receiving the second control signal from the wireless slave, send the second control
signal to the device controller;

the device controller is configured to, when receiving the second control signal from the wireless master, output to the signal
line the first control signal corresponding to the second control signal;

the device controller is configured to, when receiving a state change notice indicative of a current state of the load device
after sending the first control signal corresponding to the second control signal, send the received state change notice to
the wireless master;

the device controller is configured to output a state check signal to the signal line at a predetermined timing;
the device controller is configured to, when receiving a third control signal indicative of an intended state of the load
device via the signal line after sending the state check signal, output the first control signal corresponding to the third
control signal to the signal line;

the device controller is configured to, when receiving the state change notice after sending the first control signal corresponding
to the third control signal, send the received state change notice to the wireless master; and

the wireless master is configured to, when receiving the state change notice from the device controller, send the received
state change notice to the wireless slave.

US Pat. No. 9,370,060

LIGHTING DEVICE AND ILLUMINATION APPARATUS INCLUDING SAME

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1. An illumination apparatus comprising:
a plurality of DC power supply circuits; and
a plurality of series circuits connected in parallel to each of the DC power supply circuits,
wherein each of the series circuits includes one or more light sources and a switching unit configured to switch electrical
connection between the light sources and said each of the DC power supply circuits, and

wherein a difference in rated voltage between any two light sources connected to one of the plurality of DC power supply circuits
in common is smaller than a difference in rated voltage between any two light sources respectively connected to different
DC power supply circuits of the plurality of DC power supply circuits to thereby reduce electrical stress when switching units
of the series circuits switch the electrical connection between the light sources and said each of the DC power supply circuits.

US Pat. No. 9,287,799

POWER CONVERTER AND ILLUMINATION DEVICE USING THE POWER CONVERTER

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1. A power converter, comprising:
a mounting substrate mounted with a power converting circuit for converting electric power supplied from a power supply and
supplying the converted electric power to a load;

a one-piece-type connector including an input connector by which an input cable for inputting the electric power supplied
from the power supply to the power converting circuit is connected to the mounting substrate and an output connector by which
an output cable for outputting the converted electric power to the load is connected to the mounting substrate, the input
connector and the output connector being formed in one-piece and arranged side by side; and

a case made of an electrically conductive material and configured to accommodate the mounting substrate and the one-piece-type
connector,

wherein the one-piece-type connector includes lead terminals configured to connect the input cable and the output cable to
the power converting circuit and an electrically conductive ground connection portion electrically connected to the case through
an electrically conductive member, the ground connection portion including a shield surface arranged to extend along at least
a portion of a side surface of the output connector,

wherein the one-piece-type connector further includes a connecting portion to interconnect the input connector and the output
connector, the ground connection portion including a base portion installed on the connecting portion and an upstanding portion
standing up from the base portion to extend along a side surface of the output connector, the upstanding portion serving as
the shield surface,

wherein the ground connection portion further includes leg portions extending from the base portion so as to make contact
with the mounting substrate, each of the leg portions including a bent portion flexed depending on a difference in an attachment
height of the lead terminals with respect to the mounting substrate, and

wherein the electrically conductive member includes a grounding circuit formed on the mounting substrate, the leg portions
making contact with the grounding circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,374,866

ORGANIC EL ILLUMINATION MODULE AND ILLUMINATION APPARATUS INCLUDING SAME

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1. An organic EL illumination module comprising:
a flat plate-like light emitting panel configured to use an organic EL element, the light emitting panel including a positive
electrode layer, a light emitting layer containing a light emitting organic material, and a negative electrode layer, which
are stacked in that order; and

a holding member configured to hold the light emitting panel,
wherein the holding member includes: a conductive member serving as at least a part of the holding member,
wherein the light emitting panel further includes an insulating layer and a capacitance electrode which is connected to one
of the positive electrode layer and the negative electrode layer via the insulating layer and is coupled to the conductive
member,

wherein a capacitance component is provided between the conductive member and said one of the positive electrode layer and
the negative electrode layer.

US Pat. No. 9,279,717

MULTIDIRECTIONAL INPUT DEVICE

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1. A multidirectional input device comprising:
a case;
a slider slidable in a first direction and mounted to the case;
a movable member mounted on an upper surface of the slider so as to be slidable in a second direction;
a first reflection portion provided on any one of the movable member, the case, and the slider;
a first light-emitting device arranged to be opposite to the first reflection portion; and
a first light-receiving device arranged to be opposite to the first reflection portion,
wherein the first reflection portion has a plurality of steps confronting the first light-emitting device, and
a distance between the first reflection portion and the first light-emitting device in a third direction varies depending
on an area.

US Pat. No. 9,274,555

WEARABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A wearable electronic device, comprising:
a first belt, front surface of the first belt being provided with a display having a curved display face;
a second belt;
a hinge that connects a first end of the first belt to a first end of the second belt, a shape formed by the first belt and
the second belt capable of being an elliptical shape when the wearable electronic device worn around a subject is viewed from
a side of the wearable electric device, and the hinge having higher flexibility than the first belt and the second belt;

a first engagement unit that is provided at a second end and a rear surface of the first belt, the second end of the first
belt being opposite the first end of the first belt, and the first engagement unit being provided in a region of the rear
surface of the first belt, in the region, the elliptical shape having smaller curvature than other regions of the elliptical
shape; and

a second engagement unit that is provided at an outer side of the second belt and that engages with the first engagement unit.

US Pat. No. 9,279,766

INFORMATION TERMINAL DEVICE AND OBJECT IDENTIFICATION DEVICE

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1. An information terminal device, comprising:
a display component that displays information;
a light emitting component that directs light at a display face on which the display component is disposed;
a light receiving component that receives light from the display face; and
a controller that determines whether or not a sheet has been affixed to the display face on the basis of the output from the
light receiving component.

US Pat. No. 9,491,890

THERMALLY CONDUCTIVE BODY AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING SAME

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1. A thermally conductive body comprising:
an insulating sheet;
a first graphite sheet provided on a first surface of the insulating sheet; and
a second graphite sheet provided on a second surface that is a reverse side of the first surface of the insulating sheet,
wherein compressibility of the insulating sheet is lower than compressibility of the first graphite sheet and compressibility
of the second graphite sheet,

an area in a top view of the insulating sheet is larger than an area of the first graphite sheet and an area of the second
graphite sheet, and

the first graphite sheet and the second graphite sheet are electrically insulated from each other by the insulating sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,307,636

PRINTED WIRING BOARD

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5. A printed wiring board comprising:
a first insulating layer;
a first signal layer including a set of at least two signal lines;
a second insulating layer;
a second signal layer including a set of at least two signal lines;
a third insulating layer; and
a fourth insulating layer,
wherein:
the first insulating layer, the first signal layer, the second insulating layer, the third insulating layer, the second signal
layer, and the fourth insulating layer are stacked in this order;

the first insulating layer is provided with a first substrate embedded inside the first insulating layer in such a manner
to be further from the first signal layer than a center of the first insulating layer in a thickness direction of the first
insulating layer;

the second insulating layer is provided with a second substrate embedded inside the second insulating layer in such a manner
to be further from the first signal layer than a center of the second insulating layer in a thickness direction of the second
insulating layer;

the third insulating layer is provided with a third substrate embedded inside the third insulating layer in such a manner
to be further from the second signal layer than a center of the third insulating layer in a thickness direction of the third
insulating layer; and

the fourth insulating layer is provided with a fourth substrate embedded inside the fourth insulating layer in such a manner
to be further from the second signal layer than a center of the fourth insulating layer in a thickness direction of the fourth
insulating layer.

US Pat. No. 9,227,727

LIGHTING SYSTEM

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1. A lighting system that illuminates a ceiling in a cabin of an aircraft having an aisle extending along a traveling direction
of the aircraft, wherein
a lighting apparatus is provided along one side of the aisle to emit light in a direction orthogonal to the aisle,
a specular reflection plate is provided along the other side of the aisle to reflect the light emitted from the lighting apparatus
toward a region where the lighting apparatus is provided, and

the lighting apparatus has an LED as a light source.

US Pat. No. 9,420,702

COMPONENT MOUNTING LINE AND COMPONENT MOUNTING METHOD

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1. A component mounting method in a component mounting line including a screen printing apparatus that prints paste on a substrate
and a plurality of component mounting apparatuses that are arranged in series on a downstream side of the screen printing
apparatus and perform a component mounting-relevant operation on the substrate on which the paste has been printed by the
screen printing apparatus, the screen printing apparatus including a mask in which a first pattern-forming area in which a
first pattern corresponding to a first type substrate is formed and a second pattern-forming area in which a second pattern
corresponding to a second type substrate is formed are arranged in a predetermined pattern arrangement direction, a substrate
support unit moving mechanism that moves a substrate support unit supporting a substrate in the pattern arrangement direction
below the mask and that selectively brings the substrate into contact with one of the first pattern-forming area and the second
pattern-forming area, and a print head that prints the paste on the substrate selectively brought into contact with one of
the first pattern-forming area and the second pattern-forming area by moving over the mask, each of the plurality of component
mounting apparatuses including a first substrate carrying lane and a second substrate carrying lane which are arranged in
the pattern arrangement direction, the component mounting method comprising:
a first operation step in which the each component mounting apparatus carries the first type substrate on which the first
pattern has been printed in the first substrate carrying lane and performs a component mounting-relevant operation on the
first type substrate;

a second operation step in which the each component mounting apparatus carries the second type substrate on which the second
pattern has been printed in the second substrate carrying lane and performs a component mounting-relevant operation on the
second type substrate;

an alternate carrying-in step in which the screen printing apparatus alternately carries in the first type substrate and the
second type substrate; and

a continuous carrying-in step in which the screen printing apparatus continuously carries in the first type substrate or the
second type substrate which has a shorter line tact time.

US Pat. No. 9,267,719

HEAT PUMP OPERATION METHOD AND HEAT PUMP SYSTEM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A heat pump operation method for a heat pump which generates heat using power generated by a power generation device, the
method comprising:
obtaining, on a per unit time basis, generated power which is an amount of the power generated by the power generation device,
load power which is an amount of the power consumed by an electric load which operates using the power generated by the power
generation device, and surplus power which is a difference between the generated power and the load power; and

controlling an operation of the heat pump,
wherein in the controlling, an amount of the power consumed by the heat pump for generating heat is adjusted to follow a per
unit time increase or decrease in the surplus power when a first condition is met, the first condition being that the surplus
power remains greater than a given amount of power, at which the heat pump can generate heat at or above a predetermined level
of efficiency, for a given period of time or longer.

US Pat. No. 9,282,311

THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A three-dimensional image processing apparatus that performs an image correction process, the apparatus comprising:
a left eye image and a right eye image contained in a three-dimensional image obtained using a dual-lens technique or a multiple-viewpoint
technique;

an end part region detector configured to detect as an end part region both:
a region including an edge on a left side of a subject contained in the left eye image and the right eye image, and
a region including an edge on a right side of the subject contained in the left eye image and the right eye image; and
an edge correction unit configured to execute a smoothing process on a region in the end part region of the subject detected
by the end part region detector

wherein:
the end part region detector is further configured to detect the region including an edge on the left side of the subject
as the left end part region and detect the region including an edge on the right side of the subject as the right end part
region; and

the edge correction unit is further configured to execute:
a smoothing process on the left end part region in the left eye image at a first strength, and execute a smoothing process
on the right end part region in the left eye image at a second strength that is a lower strength than the first strength;
and

a smoothing process on the right end part region in the right eye image at a third strength, and executes a smoothing process
on the left end part region in the right eye image at a fourth strength that is a lower strength than the third strength.

US Pat. No. 9,385,275

NITRIDE SEMICONDUCTOR LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE

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1. A nitride semiconductor light-emitting diode comprising:
a non-polar or semi-polar p-type nitride semiconductor layer;
a non-polar or semi-polar active layer;
a non-polar or semi-polar n-type nitride semiconductor layer;
a p-side electrode; and
an n-side electrode, wherein:
the active layer is interposed between the p-type nitride semiconductor layer and the n-type nitride semiconductor layer,
the p-type nitride semiconductor layer and the n-type nitride semiconductor layer are electrically connected to the p-side
electrode and the n-side electrode, respectively,

the nitride semiconductor light-emitting diode has a shape of a triangle in a top view thereof, and has a shape of a rectangle
in a side view thereof,

the nitride semiconductor light-emitting diode has a shape of a triangle composed of Side BC, Side CA, and Side AB having
a length of La, a length of Lb, and a length of Lc, respectively, in a top view of the nitride semiconductor light-emitting
diode,

angles opposite to Side BC, Side CA, and Side AB have Angle degree ?, Angle degree ?, and Angle degree ?, respectively, in
the triangle,

Angle degree ? is formed between a c-axis and a longitudinal direction of Side BC in the top view,
the length Lb is equal to the length Lc, and
either Group Aa consisting of the following two mathematical formulae (Ia) and (IIa) or Group Ab consisting of the following
two mathematical formulae (Ib) and (IIb) is satisfied,

20 degrees?Angle degree ??40 degrees (Ia) and 0 degrees?Angle degree ??40 degrees (IIa), and  Group Aa:
90 degrees?Angle degree ??130 degrees (Ib) and 50 degrees?Angle degree ??90 degrees (IIb).  Group Ab:

US Pat. No. 9,100,565

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

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1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
an image processor configured to generate first movie data based on image capturing data, the image capturing data being obtained
in response to a shooting instruction to shoot a still picture; and

a controller configured to generate a movie file including second movie data, the second movie data being obtained by deleting
a portion of a movie represented by the first movie data when at least one of (i) the contents of management information associated
with the first movie data and (ii) the contents of the first movie data itself satisfy a predetermined condition, wherein

the image processor is configured to generate the first movie data and the still picture data in response to the shooting
instruction,

the management information includes information indicating whether or not light for shooting the still picture has been used,
and

the controller is configured to generate the second movie data by deleting a portion of the movie represented by the first
movie data, the portion being affected by the light for shooting the still picture, when the information indicates that the
light has been used.

US Pat. No. 9,478,760

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING MODULE, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A solid-state imaging device, comprising pixels arranged two-dimensionally, each pixel of the pixels including:
a first electrode;
a second electrode located in a same layer as the first electrode, the second electrode being located such that the first
electrode included in one of the pixels is caused to be separated from the first electrode included in each of the pixels
adjacent to the one of the pixels;

an organic photoelectric conversion film including a first surface and a second surface, the first surface being opposite
to the second surface, the first surface being in contact with the first electrode and the second electrode; and

a counter electrode located on the second surface, wherein
the organic photoelectric conversion film extends over the pixels,
the first electrode is an electrode through which electrons or holes generated in the organic photoelectric conversion film
are extracted,

an area ratio of the first electrode to the each pixel is 25% or less, and
a total area ratio of a sum of the first electrode and the second electrode to the each pixel is 40% or greater.

US Pat. No. 9,288,418

VIDEO SIGNAL TRANSMITTER APPARATUS AND RECEIVER APPARATUS USING UNCOMPRESSED TRANSMISSION SYSTEM OF VIDEO SIGNAL

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A video signal transmitter apparatus that removes a part of a blanking interval of a video signal, and generates and outputs
a converted video signal, based on the video signal including an active interval including video data and the blanking interval
excluding the video data, the video signal transmitter apparatus comprising:
a frequency divider configured to divide a frequency of a pixel clock in synchronization with the video signal by a predetermined
ratio of transmission frequency division, and generate and output a frequency-divided clock as a converted pixel clock;

a first storage unit configured to store the video signal; and
a first controller that controls the first storage unit to write the video signal for the active interval of the video signal,
and read the video signal for the active interval of the converted video signal and output a read video signal as the converted
video signal, and that controls the first storage unit to remove a part of a signal included in a horizontal blanking interval
existing periodically every horizontal line for the blanking interval of the video signal,

wherein the ratio of transmission frequency division is equal to a ratio of a number of horizontal pixels of the converted
video signal to a number of horizontal pixels of the video signal,

wherein the first controller comprises:
a first control signal generator configured to generate a read enable signal having a predetermined value for an interval
corresponding to a product of a number of pixels included in the active interval of the video signal and one clock interval
of the converted pixel clock; and

a converted horizontal synchronizing signal generator configured to generate and output a converted horizontal synchronizing
signal having a period of cycle identical to an interval required for transmitting one horizontal line of the converted video
signal, the converted horizontal synchronizing signal having one pulse for one period of cycle, an interval of the pulse corresponding
to at least one part of the blanking interval of the converted video signal, and

wherein the first controller controls the first storage unit to write the video signal for the active interval of the video
signal, and read the video signal from the first storage unit for such an interval that a value of the read enable signal
is a predetermined value and output the read video signal as the converted video signal.

US Pat. No. 9,281,148

CONTACT DEVICE

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1. A contact device, wherein
the contact device is configured so that a movable core, after a movable contact comes in contact with a fixed contact by
moving the movable core in a direction for coming into contact with a stationary core, moves further in the direction for
coming into contact with the stationary core, and

a first yoke made of a magnetic body is provided at a member on which the fixed contact is formed.

US Pat. No. 9,408,278

LIGHT-EMITTING CIRCUIT WITH VARIABLE RESISTOR ELEMENT, AND LIGHT-EMITTING MODULE AND ILLUMINATION DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A light-emitting circuit that receives current supplied from a variable current source, the light-emitting circuit comprising:
a first light-emitting element having a first anode and a first cathode;
an NPN bipolar transistor that is series-connected to the first light-emitting element, and has a base terminal, a collector
terminal, and an emitter terminal; and

a second light-emitting element having a second anode and a second cathode that is parallel-connected to a series circuit
composed of the first light-emitting element and the NPN bipolar transistor, and which differs in luminescent color from the
first light-emitting element, wherein

the collector terminal is connected to the variable current source,
the emitter terminal is connected to the first anode,
the second anode is connected to the collector terminal,
the second cathode is connected to the first cathode,
one of two terminals of a fixed resistor element is directly connected to the base terminal,
the other terminal of the fixed resistor element is directly connected to the collector terminal, and
the resistance of the NPN bipolar transistor varies in accordance with variation of a magnitude of current flowing through
the base terminal via the fixed resistor element depending on the magnitude of the current supplied from the variable current
source.

US Pat. No. 9,320,155

CERAMIC SUBSTRATE COMPOSITE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CERAMIC SUBSTRATE COMPOSITE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A method for manufacturing a ceramic substrate composite comprising, on a ceramic substrate, a conductor pattern composite
and an insulating layer, the method comprising:
allowing an insulating layer material, that is applied so as to cover a conductor portion or a precursor thereof on the ceramic
substrate, to wet the conductor portion or the precursor thereof and to repel from the conductor portion or the precursor
thereof due to wettability to thereby expose the conductor pattern composite or a precursor thereof, thus forming the insulating
layer adjacent to the conductor pattern composite on the ceramic substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,287,828

MIXING CIRCUIT

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A mixing circuit comprising:
a balun that converts a single-ended radio-frequency signal into differential signals;
a differential matching circuit that
outputs a maximum-level positive-phase output signal of the balun at a low frequency lower than a center frequency of the
radio-frequency signal and outputs a maximum-level reverse-phase output signal of the balun at a high frequency higher than
the center frequency of the radio-frequency signal; or

outputs a maximum-level positive-phase output signal of the balun at a high frequency higher than the center frequency of
the radio-frequency signal and outputs a maximum-level reverse-phase output signal of the balun at a low frequency lower than
the center frequency of the radio-frequency signal;

an amplification circuit that amplifies a positive-phase output signal and a reverse-phase output signal of the differential
matching circuit; and

a mixing circuit that converts the positive-phase output signal and the reverse-phase output signal of the amplification circuit
into intermediate-frequency signals using locally generated signals.

US Pat. No. 9,280,824

VEHICLE-SURROUNDINGS MONITORING DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A vehicle surroundings monitoring apparatus comprising:
an imaging device that has a camera, the imaging device images a situation around a vehicle using the camera;
a vehicle information acquirer that acquires a vehicle speed signal from the vehicle to obtain vehicle speed information;
a camera attitude estimator that calculates acceleration of the vehicle based on the vehicle speed information, estimates
a pitch angle representing change in vehicle behavior based on the calculated acceleration, and estimates an attitude of the
camera to be the pitch angle;

a distance calculator that extracts an edge of a part where an object touches the road surface, and calculates a distance
to the object based on relationships between captured image coordinates and coordinates of each point on the ground wherein
the relationships is determined from height above a ground, optical axis direction, and characteristics of the camera and
the optical axis direction is calculated from the estimated attitude of the camera;

distance information storage that stores distance information calculated by the distance calculator together with image data
acquired by the imaging device and time information;

a distance information update determiner that determines that distance information to the object is to be updated using distance
information calculated by the distance calculator when a change amount of a camera attitude estimated by the camera attitude
estimator is below a threshold value, and the distance information update determiner determines that distance information
to the object is to be updated so as to shift the distance information previously stored in the distance information storage
by a vehicle movement amount obtained from the vehicle speed information when the change amount of the camera attitude estimated
by the camera attitude estimator is greater than or equal to the threshold value;

an output information generator that generates output information to display an image containing the object and superimpose
a distance to the object in accordance with contents determined by the distance information update determiner; and

a display device that, when the distance information update determiner determines to update the distance information by shifting
the previous distance information by the vehicle movement amount, displays a first image containing the object using the image
data previously stored in the distance information storage, superimposes the distance to the object on the first image, and
displays a second image representing a caution area between the object and the vehicle on the first image so that a driver
notices a new obstacle that is not contained in the first image.

US Pat. No. 9,398,672

LIGHTING DEVICE AND ILLUMINATION APPARATUS

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A lighting device comprising:
a direct current (DC) converter including at least an inductor, a switching unit and a diode and being configured to output
an energy accumulated in the inductor to a load via the diode by using an input from a DC power source when the switching
unit is turned off;

a load voltage detection unit connected to the load to detect a load voltage of the load;
an abnormality determining unit configured to determine an abnormality when the load voltage is equal to or less than a preset
threshold voltage; and

an output control unit configured to drive the switching unit so that oscillation of the switching unit is stopped or the
output of the DC converter is decreased when the abnormality is determined,

wherein the DC converter includes a discharge resistor connected in parallel with the load, the load is a module including
light emitting elements connected in series, and a resistance of the discharge resistor is set such that the load voltage
is less than a value obtained by multiplying 70% of rated forward voltage of the light emitting elements by a number of the
light emitting elements.

US Pat. No. 9,389,124

TERAHERTZ ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE GENERATOR, TERAHERTZ SPECTROMETER AND METHOD OF GENERATING TERAHERTZ ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A terahertz electromagnetic wave generator comprising:
a substrate;
a thermoelectric material layer supported by the substrate, the thermoelectric material layer having a surface; and
a pulsed laser light source system configured to irradiate an edge of the surface of the thermoelectric material layer with
pulsed light to locally heat the thermoelectric material layer, thereby generating a terahertz electromagnetic wave from the
thermoelectric material layer.

US Pat. No. 9,386,699

MOUNTED STRUCTURE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF MOUNTED STRUCTURE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A mounted structure comprising:
a substrate having a substrate electrode;
an electronic component having a component electrode; and
a bonding part bonding the substrate electrode and the component electrode, wherein
the bonding part is constituted by a solder reinforcing part and a solder bonding part;
the solder reinforcing part is a side vicinity part of the bonding part, and is constituted by In of 3 wt % or more and 8
wt % or less and Sn of 88 wt % or more, and

the solder bonding part is constituted by a Sn—Bi system solder material and In of 0 wt % or more and less than 3 wt %.

US Pat. No. 9,420,660

LIGHTING FIXTURE INCLUDING HUMAN DETECTING SENSOR

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A lighting fixture comprising:
an LED;
a human detecting sensor configured to detect a person; and
a controller configured to set a light modulation level of the LED in accordance with a detection result of the human detecting
sensor;

the controller being configured to set the light modulation level to a first light modulation level in a period from a beginning
of a night time slot until when a predetermined first time period elapses, regardless of the detection result of the human
detecting sensor,

the controller being configured to set the light modulation level to a second light modulation level that is lower than the
first light modulation level when the first time period elapses,

the controller being configured to set, when the human detecting sensor detects a person in a state where the light modulation
level is set to the second light modulation level, the light modulation level to the first light modulation level for a predetermined
time period, and

the controller being configured to set the light modulation level to the second light modulation level regardless of the detection
result of the human detecting sensor, when a predetermined second time period elapses after the first time period has elapsed.

US Pat. No. 9,374,865

LIGHTING DEVICE, ILLUMINATING DEVICE AND LIGHT FIXTURE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An illumination device, comprising:
a rectifier having a pair of input terminals and a pair of output terminals, and configured to rectify a sinusoidal AC voltage
received through the pair of input terminals to output a rectified pulsating voltage through the pair of output terminals;

a first series circuit of a charge-discharge circuit and a first solid-state light-emitting element array, the first series
circuit being electrically connected between the pair of output terminals of the rectifier; and

a second series circuit of a constant current regulator and a second solid-state light-emitting element array, the second
series circuit being electrically connected in parallel to the charge-discharge circuit, the constant current regulator being
configured to adjust a current flowing through the second solid-state light-emitting array to a constant current,

the first solid-stage light-emitting element array having an anode electrically connected to a higher potential side output
terminal of the pair of output terminals,

the second solid-state light-emitting element array having an anode electrically connected to a cathode of the first solid-state
light-emitting element, and

the charge-discharge circuit including a charge storage element, and configured so that a charge current flows to the charge
storage element through the first solid-state light-emitting element array, and so that a discharge current flows from the
charge storage element to the second solid-state light-emitting element array.

US Pat. No. 9,295,110

INDUCTIVE HEATING DEVICE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An inductive heating device comprising:
a coil unit including a heating coil for heating a to-be-heated object, a plurality of ferrites placed under the heating coil
in a vertical direction, and a coil base having plural housing holes which house the plural ferrites respectively; and

a heat dissipation plate for directly placing the coil unit thereon, wherein:
the coil unit comprises an electrical insulating member which is arranged between the heating coil and the ferrites to provide
electrical insulation therebetween, and a heat conductive member is embedded in an area between the heating coil and the electrical
insulating member and an area between the electrical insulating member and the ferrites, and wherein

lower surfaces of the plural ferrites housed in the housing holes in the coil base are arranged to be flushed with a flat
surface of a lower surface of the coil base, and

the lower surfaces of the plural ferrites and the flat surface of the coil base are in a surface-to-surface contact with a
flat surface of the heat dissipation plate which constitutes an upper surface of the heat dissipation plate;

wherein the housing holes are provided with a positioning protrusion which is protruded from their edge portions, and the
lower surfaces of the plural ferrites housed in the housing holes are placed directly on the positioning protrusions, such
that the lower surfaces of the plural ferrites housed in the housing holes in the coil base are flushed with the flat surface
of the lower surface of the coil base.

US Pat. No. 9,479,354

MONITORING CAMERA SYSTEM

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A monitoring camera system comprising:
a monitoring camera;
a master device that, in operation, performs wireless communication with the monitoring camera and is connected to a fixed
telephone network to communicate with other fixed telephones; and

a smartphone including a touch screen, wherein the smartphone is connectable to a mobile phone network to communicate with
other mobile telephones and is wirelessly communicable, via a wireless router, with the master device,

wherein the smartphone, when the wireless router is not registered at the master device, displays a prompt screen configured
to prompt a user to perform a defined operation on the master device, and waits for a signal from the master device,

the master device, in response to the defined operation performed thereon, wirelessly connects directly with the smartphone
and transmits a setup request signal to the smartphone,

the smartphone, when receiving the setup request signal, wirelessly connects with the wireless router and obtains router setup
information from the wireless router, and wirelessly connects with the master device and transmits the router setup information
to the master device,

the master device registers the wireless router based on the router setup information and wirelessly connects with the registered
wireless router,

the smartphone, when receiving a user operation that instructs image display, transmits information regarding the user operation,
via the registered wireless router, to the master device, and

the master device, based on the information regarding the user operation, transmits image data from the monitoring camera,
via the registered wireless router, to the smartphone.

US Pat. No. 9,295,119

LIGHTING DEVICE AND ILLUMINATION APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A lighting device, comprising:
a DC power supply configured to provide a DC voltage across output ends thereof;
a switching element connected in series with at least one light emitting element across the output ends of the DC power supply,
the switching element including a control terminal to which a control signal is applied for adjusting a current flowing through
the at least one light emitting element; and

a controller configured to generate, when receiving a dimming instruction signal of setting a luminous level for the at least
one light emitting element, the control signal, and apply the control signal to the control terminal of the switching element,

the controller having a first mode and a second mode, the first mode being of generating a pulse width modulation (PWM) signal
that has a duty ratio to be changed according to the luminous level and has a constant amplitude, the second mode being of
generating a pulse amplitude modulation (PAM) signal that has a constant duty ratio and has an amplitude to be changed according
to the luminous level,

the controller being configured to apply, as the control signal, one of the PWM signal in the first mode and the PAM signal
in the second mode to the control terminal of the switching element, when the luminous level is a predetermined level or more,

the controller being configured to apply, as the control signal, an other of the PWM signal in the first mode and the PAM
signal in the second mode to the control terminal of the switching element, when the luminous level is less than the predetermined
level.

US Pat. No. 9,497,895

LOWER RECEIVING PIN ARRANGEMENT METHOD AND LOWER RECEIVING PIN RETURN METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A lower receiving pin arrangement method for an electronic parts mounting apparatus that mounts electronic parts on a substrate,
wherein a plurality of lower receiving pins for receiving and supporting a downside of the substrate are arranged at arbitrary
positions in a lower receiving area set in a lower receiving base, the method comprising:
an arrangement performance step of transferring the lower receiving pin, from a temporary placement position set in a pre-array
temporary placement area which is set in the lower receiving base along a first direction and where the plurality of lower
receiving pins are temporarily placed before arranged, and arranging the transferred lower receiving pin at an array position
in the lower receiving area;

wherein individual transfer operations to be performed, in the arrangement performance step, transfer in turn the lower receiving
pins from the temporary placement positions to the array positions, such that the lower receiving pins are transferred in
order of decreasing sequence of a respective first-direction coordinate value of the array position of each of the lower receiving
pins, and the individual transfer operations include:

a combination of at least two of a first positive transfer operation that is transferred in a positive direction along the
first direction, a first negative transfer operation transferred in a negative direction along the first direction, a second
positive transfer operation transferred in a positive direction along a second direction orthogonal to the first direction,
and a second negative transfer operation transferred in a negative direction along the second direction; and

a final transfer operation in which the lower receiving pins reach the array positions in each of the individual transfer
operations is the first positive transfer operation.

US Pat. No. 9,370,100

LIGHT EMITTING MODULE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A light emitting module, comprising:
a flat plate-shaped light emitting panel having a light emitting surface on one surface; and
a wiring board which is mounted on a non-light emitting surface located to an opposite side of the light emitting surface
of the light emitting panel to supply power to the light emitting panel, wherein

the light emitting module further includes an auxiliary wiring board which electrically connects the light emitting panel
to the wiring board,

the light emitting panel has an organic EL device as a light source, and electrode extraction units provided on the non-light
emitting surface and derived from electrodes of the organic EL device,

the wiring board has a conductive metal land provided on a surface located opposite to a surface which is mounted on the light
emitting panel,

the auxiliary wiring board has an electrode pad provided on a surface facing the light emitting panel and electrically connected
to the electrode extraction units and a conductive metal pad provided on a surface located to an opposite side of the surface
on which the electrode pad is located and electrically connected to the electrode pad, and

the metal pad is wire-bonded to the metal land by using a conductive metal wire, and both ends of the metal wire are joined
to the metal pad and the metal land by ultrasonic joining.

US Pat. No. 9,332,654

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electronic component mounting device which holds and mounts an electronic component on a board by an adsorption nozzle
attached to a mounting head, the electronic component mounting device comprising:
a board bottom reception device having a bottom reception base part with a magnetic member provided on at least an upper surface
and a plurality of bottom reception pin modules allowed to stand upright at arbitrary positions of the bottom reception base
part to bear and support the board from a lower surface side;

wherein each of the plurality of bottom reception pin modules includes a base part having a piston built therein which slides
in a lift chamber provided therein to be lifted and lowered together with a magnet member with a permanent magnetism and fixed
to the bottom reception base part by a magnetization force under a state that the magnet member is lowered, and a shaft shaped
part extended upward from the base part and having an upper end part abutting on the lower surface of the board to support
the board;

wherein the magnet member is lifted together with the piston to separate the base part from the bottom reception base part,
by vacuum suction from a suction hole which is provided in the shaft shaped part and opened to the upper end part and communicates
with the lift chamber by the adsorption nozzle, so that the magnetization force is reduced to unfix the base part from the
bottom reception base part.

US Pat. No. 9,313,912

ELECTRONIC DEVICE STORAGE CASE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electronic device storage case for use in storing a substrate therein, comprising:
a hollow box-shaped case body including an open surface with an opening, a bottom surface positioned opposite to the opening
and a sidewall extending from a peripheral edge of the bottom surface, and

a hollow box-shaped case cover detachably attached to the case body, the case cover including a panel portion, a sidewall
extending from a peripheral edge of the panel portion, and a push rib protruded from the panel portion,

wherein the case body further includes;
a locking projection portion protruded from an outer surface of the sidewall of the case body, the locking projection portion
including a slant surface inclined outwards and a locking surface formed between an outer end of the slant surface and the
sidewall of the case body, and

a fitting jut portion formed on the locking surface and inclined outwards and having a slant surface extending from the outer
surface of the sidewall to the locking surface,

wherein the case cover includes a locking hole portion formed through the sidewall of the case cover, the locking projection
portion being inserted into and engaged with the locking hole portion when the case cover is attached to the case body, and

wherein an inner surface of the locking hole portion is configured to slidingly move on the slant surface of the fitting jut
portion when attaching the case cover to the case body and the slant surface of the fitting jut portion is configured to be
pressed and crushed by an inner surface of the locking hole portion in a state where the case cover is attached to the case
body, whereby a gap between the locking projection portion and the locking hole portion is filled with the fitting jut portion,

wherein the slant surface of the fitting jut portion is continuously slanted from the outer surface of the sidewall to the
locking surface, and

wherein the fitting jut portion has a generally triangular cross-sectional shape.

US Pat. No. 9,313,831

INDUCTION HEATING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF AVOIDING UNSTABLE HEATING DUE TO LIMITATION OF HEATING OUTPUT

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An induction heating apparatus comprising:
a first inverter circuit configured to supply a high-frequency current to a first heating coil;
a second inverter circuit configured to supply a high-frequency current to a second heating coil; and
a control unit configured to control the first and second inverter circuits,
wherein, when the control unit makes both the first and second inverter circuits operational, the control unit controls the
first and second inverter circuits by duty control such that an average heating output from the first inverter circuit reaches
a predetermined first target heating output, and an average heating output from the second inverter circuit reaches a predetermined
second target heating output,

wherein, when the control unit makes only the first inverter circuit operational, the control unit controls the first inverter
circuit by continuous heating control such that a heating output from the first inverter circuit reaches the first target
heating output,

wherein, when the control unit makes only the second inverter circuit operational, the control unit controls the second inverter
circuit by the continuous heating control such that a heating output from the second inverter circuit reaches the second target
heating output, and

wherein, when the control unit makes one of the first and second inverter circuits operational in an automatic heating mode
for automatic heating control according to a predetermined heating output sequence, the control unit inhibits the first and
second inverter circuits from being controlled by the duty control.

US Pat. No. 9,285,588

SEE-THROUGH DISPLAY DEVICE AND VEHICLE HAVING SEE-THROUGH DISPLAY DEVICE MOUNTED THEREON

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A see-through display device comprising:
a light source configured to emit light;
a projection optical system configured to project image light generated from the light;
a transparent substrate including an inner surface which faces an observer observing an image represented by the image light,
and an outer surface opposite to the inner surface;

a transmissive hologram including a first surface, which the image light enters from the projection optical system, a second
surface opposite to the first surface, and a first interference fringe which allows the image light to propagate from the
first surface to the second surface;

wherein the hologram is supported on the inner surface or between the inner and outer surfaces,
wherein the outer surface causes Fresnel reflection of the image light deflected by the first interference fringe,
wherein the image light is incident on the outer surface as S-polarized light,
wherein an emission angle of the image light emitted from the outer surface is larger than an incidence angle of the image
light incident on the inner surface,

wherein the first interference fringe is recorded by two-light flux interference of object light and reference light, which
are incident on the first surface, and

wherein the projection optical system is absent from an optical path of a main beam of the reference light which is used for
recording the first interference fringe.

US Pat. No. 9,439,336

COMPONENT MOUNTING SYSTEM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A component mounting system comprising:
a plurality of mounting machines which are used for mounting components; and
a portable operation terminal which is wirelessly connectable to the plurality of mounting machines, so as to allow the portable
operation terminal to operate one of the mounting machines which has been connected to the portable operation terminal,

wherein the portable operation terminal comprises:
a terminal-side operation input unit comprising a display portion and an operation portion which are integrated with each
other;

a processing portion which displays, on the display portion, a screen which allows a worker operating the plurality of mounting
machines to select one of the mounting machines to be connected to the portable operation terminal; and

a terminal-side connection processing portion which issues a connection request to the mounting machine selected on the screen
and which connects the portable operation terminal to the mounting machine upon reception of an acknowledgement from the mounting
machine as a destination of the connection request, and

wherein each of the plurality of mounting machines comprises:
an equipment-side connection processing portion which connects the mounting machine to the portable operation terminal in
response to the connection request, and

a notification unit which notifies the worker of the fact that the mounting machine has been connected to the portable operation
terminal, directly by at least one of sound and light.

US Pat. No. 9,478,879

CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY AND FEMALE CONNECTOR USED FOR THE SAME

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

4. A female connector, configured to be connected to a male connector that comprises conductive protrusions,
wherein the female connector comprises a film substrate and pads, the film substrate being constituted by a flexible thin
board made of insulation material and provided with hollow through holes each penetrating the film substrate entirely in a
thickness direction of the film substrate, the pads having electrical conductivity and being formed on a first surface of
the film substrate around the respective through holes,

wherein the pads of the female connector include at least one first pad and at least one second pad,
wherein the film substrate is provided on the first surface thereof with: a first patterned conductor provided correspondingly
and electrically connected to the first pad; and a third patterned conductor provided correspondingly and electrically connected
to the second pad, the first surface being a first outer surface,

wherein the film substrate is provided on a second surface thereof with a second patterned conductor provided correspondingly
and electrically connected to the third patterned conductor, the second surface being a second outer surface, which is opposite
the first outer surface,

wherein the third patterned conductor is electrically connected to the corresponding second patterned conductor by means of
a blind via that is formed adjacent the corresponding second pad and separately from the through hole and that is formed by
boring the film substrate from the second surface so as to reach the third patterned conductor so that a bottom of the blind
via is flush with the second surface of the film substrate, the blind via being hollow with the bottom of the blind via being
closed, and

wherein each of the conductive protrusions of the male connector is configured to be inserted into a corresponding through
hole to push and elastically deform periphery of the through hole, thereby being electrically connected with a corresponding
pad, and the conductive protrusion is not inserted into the blind via, when the male connector is connected with the female
connector.

US Pat. No. 9,474,194

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING SYSTEM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electronic component mounting system configured by joining a plurality of component mounting apparatuses that perform
component mounting operations for mounting electronic components on substrates,
wherein each of the component mounting apparatuses has:
a first substrate conveyance mechanism and a second substrate conveyance mechanism that convey substrates received from an
upstream apparatuses in a substrate conveyance direction and that each has a substrate holding section for positioning and
holding the substrate,

a first operation performance mechanism and a second operation performance mechanism that are provided in correspondence to
the first substrate conveyance mechanism and the second substrate conveyance mechanism and that perform predetermined operation
performance while taking the substrates held by the substrate holding sections as targets,

an operation control section that selects any one of two modes of a first operation mode and a second operation mode and controls
the first substrate conveyance mechanism, the second substrate conveyance mechanism, the first operation performance mechanism,
and the second operation performance mechanism to perform the selected mode, the first operation mode letting one operation
performance mechanism carry out operation performance while taking as a target only a substrate held by the substrate holding
section of a substrate conveyance mechanism corresponding to the operation performance mechanism, the second operation mode
in which one operation performance mechanism can carry out operation performance while taking as targets two substrates held
by the substrate holding section of the substrate conveyance mechanism and the substrate holding section of the other substrate
conveyance mechanism;

wherein the electronic component mounting system comprises a mode command section for commanding the operation mode to be
selectively carried out in each of the component mounting apparatuses to the respective component mounting apparatuses;

at least two of the component mounting apparatuses are electronic component mounting apparatuses that mount on the substrates
electronic components picked up from a tray feeder by a mounting head of a component mounting mechanism that serves as the
operation performance mechanism; and

the mode command section sends the second operation mode as an operation mode to be selectively carried out to at least the
two electronic component mounting apparatuses, and one of the tray feeders of at least the two electronic component mounting
apparatuses is used in a component mounting operation intended for a substrate held by the substrate holding section of the
first substrate conveyance mechanism, and the other tray feeder is used in a component mounting operation intended for a substrate
held by the substrate holding section of the second substrate conveyance mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,284,608

SENSOR

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A sensor comprising:
a base material having a surface; and
fibrous protrusions formed from amorphous silicon dioxide and the fibrous protrusions being undulating and curling, having
a crimped shape, and being configured so as to intertwine with other fibrous protrusions,

wherein each fibrous protrusion of the fibrous protrusions has functional molecules formed respectively thereon.

US Pat. No. 9,516,749

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT-MOUNTED STRUCTURE, IC CARD AND COF PACKAGE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electronic component-mounted structure comprising:
a substrate,
a conductive wiring pattern formed on a surface of the substrate, and
an electronic component having an external terminal and being placed on the surface of the substrate at a mounting position
including a terminal joint position of the conductive wiring pattern,

the external terminal being joined to the conductive wiring pattern at the terminal joint position, the external terminal
being embedded in the conductive wiring pattern,

the conductive wiring pattern being formed by curing a photocurable wiring-forming material that has fluidity or deformability
and includes a solvent, a dispersant, and metal nanoparticles coated with the dispersant in the solvent,

the substrate having light permeability, and
the metal nanoparticles being in direct contact and join with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,286,819

DISPLAY DEVICE, DISPLAY METHOD, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, AND PROGRAM

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A display device comprising:
a light source which emits light;
a position detection unit configured to detect an eye position of a person;
a light deflection unit configured to deflect the light;
an identification unit configured to identify the person;
a control unit configured to control a deflecting direction in which the light deflection unit deflects the light;
a display unit configured to receive the light from the light deflection unit and display an image formed by the light, the
image including a region set to be a security region; and

a display information management unit configured to hold access right information indicating whether or not the person has
a right to access an information item displayed in the security region,

wherein the control unit is configured to (i) control the deflecting direction in which the light deflection unit deflects
the light, according to whether or not the access right information indicates that the person has a right to access the information
item and (ii) when the access right information indicates that the person does not have the right to access the information
item, cause the light deflection unit to deflect light in the security region away from the eye position of the person and
light in a region other than the security region toward the eye position of the person,

the position detection unit is configured to recognize an eye position of each of a plurality of persons,
the control unit is configured to cause the light deflection unit to deflect the light toward the plurality of persons in
sequence in a time-division manner to allow the plurality of persons to view the image,

the display information management unit holds access right information for each of the plurality of persons,
the control unit is configured to cause the light deflection unit to deflect light in an entire region of the image toward
the eye position of a first person among the plurality of persons, the first person being indicated by the access right information
as a person having the right, and

the control unit is configured to cause the light deflection unit to deflect light in the security region away from the eye
position of a second person among the plurality of persons, the second person being indicated by the access right information
as a person not having the right.

US Pat. No. 9,332,681

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING SYSTEM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electronic component mounting system comprising:
a screen printing unit that prints solder on an electrode of a circuit substrate by screen printing;
a solder position detection unit that detects a position of the solder printed on the electrode by the screen printing unit;
a solder amount inspection unit that inspects an amount of the solder printed on the electrode by the screen printing unit;
a mounting position correction unit that obtains a correction value of a mounting position of an electronic component based
on the position of the solder detected by the solder position detection unit; and

an electronic component mounting unit that mounts the electronic component at a new component mounting position corrected
based on the correction value obtained by the mounting position correction unit; and

a solder application unit that additionally applies solder at a predetermined position of the electrode regardless of an actual
position of the solder with respect to the electrode in which the amount of the solder is determined to be insufficient with
respect to a predetermined reference value by the solder amount inspection unit, wherein

with respect to the electronic component which is mounted on the electrode with the solder applied thereto by the solder application
unit, the electronic component mounting unit mounts the electronic component at an original component mounting position without
performing correction by the mounting position correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,357,653

INVERTING HEAD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An inverting head which is included in a component mounting apparatus configured for mounting a component on a substrate
by a mounting head and sucks the component supplied in a component supply position from above by a nozzle and vertically inverts
the component and moves the vertically inverted component over a component mounting target site on the substrate and passes
the component to the mounting head, the inverting head comprising:
a nozzle holder whose both ends are supported, the nozzle holder which extends in a horizontal direction and is rotatable
around a horizontal axis and also holds the nozzle which extends in the horizontal direction along the nozzle holder on a
longitudinal side surface of the nozzle holder;

a nozzle holder support member having a substantially circular plate shape; and
a rotation driving part for rotating the nozzle holder around the horizontal axis and vertically switching a direction of
the nozzle;

wherein the nozzle holder includes a nozzle base whose both ends are supported, the nozzle base inside which a vacuum path
is formed, extending in the horizontal direction, a nozzle locking member for locking the nozzle in the side surface of the
nozzle base and communicating the nozzle to the vacuum path of the inside of the nozzle base, and a pair of fixing members
which is slid and mounted on both ends of the nozzle base from the outsides of both ends of the nozzle base and fixes the
nozzle locking member to the nozzle base,

wherein each of the pair of fixing members includes a through hole and a pair of pawl parts, the through hole is disposed
between the pair of pawl parts, and both ends of the nozzle base extend through the through holes, and

wherein the nozzle holder support member is provided with a notch in a central region of the nozzle holder support member,
and a pair of arm parts sandwiching the notch and extending in a horizontal plane.

US Pat. No. 9,332,684

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING SYSTEM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electronic component mounting system that comprises a plurality of connected devices for electronic components mounting,
and mounts an electronic component on a substrate by solder connection to produce a mount substrate, the electronic component
mounting system comprising:
a printing device that prints solder on an electrode that is formed on the substrate;
a print inspection device that inspects a printed state of the solder that is printed on the substrate;
a memory unit that stores an inspection result of the printed state as individual inspection result data that is associated
with substrate identification information with which each substrate is identified;

a component installation device comprising a component installation mechanism that picks up the electronic component from
a component supply unit to install the electronic component on the substrate on which the solder is printed based on the inspection
result data;

a substrate standby unit that is provided on a transfer pathway where the substrate is transferred from the print inspection
device to the component installation device, and is capable of keeping only one substrate on standby;

a substrate conveying unit that receives an unloadable signal for indicating that substrate unloading from the print inspection
device is possible and a loadable signal for indicating that substrate loading into the component installation device is possible
to carry out conveyance of the substrate after printed from the print inspection device to the component installation device;

a standby substrate information memory unit that stores the substrate identification information on the substrate that is
on standby in the substrate standby unit;

an identification information update processing unit that updates the substrate identification information that is stored
in the standby substrate information memory unit accompanying the transfer of the substrate from the print inspection device
to the substrate standby unit; and

information transmission means for transmitting the substrate identification information stored in the standby substrate information
memory unit and the inspection result data associated with this substrate identification information to the component installation
device.

US Pat. No. 9,313,864

ILLUMINATION CONTROL SYSTEM, CONTROL APPARATUS, AND ILLUMINATION CONTROL METHOD

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An illumination control system comprising: a plurality of illumination apparatuses; and a control apparatus that controls
the plurality of illumination apparatuses,
wherein each of the plurality of illumination apparatuses includes:
a first communication unit configured to perform wireless communication with the control apparatus; and
a first controller that receives from the control apparatus an instruction on an operation of the each of the plurality of
illumination apparatuses via the first communication unit, and causes the each of the plurality of illumination apparatuses
to perform the operation according to the instruction received, and

the control apparatus includes:
a second communication unit configured to be capable of performing the wireless communication with the plurality of illumination
apparatuses individually, the second communication unit being configured to establish connection for the wireless communication
with a target illumination apparatus among the plurality of illumination apparatuses and perform the wireless communication
with the target illumination apparatus;

a display unit configured to display an icon representing the target illumination apparatus that is a partner in the connection
established;

a second controller that transmits an instruction on an operation of the target illumination apparatus via the second communication
unit to enable a user to visually confirm the target illumination apparatus;

a receiver that receives from the user an identifier for identifying a group which is associated with the icon, the group
being a unit for controlling one or more illumination apparatuses including the target illumination apparatus among the plurality
of illumination apparatuses; and

a registration unit configured to register group information and connection information in association with each other when
the receiver receives the identifier, the group information indicating the group identified by the identifier received by
the receiver, and the connection information indicating the connection established by the second communication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,357,685

COMPONENT MOUNTING APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A component mounting apparatus, comprising:
a substrate positioning section positioning a substrate;
an inverting head that picks up a component fed to a component supplying position from above by a nozzle, that inverts the
component upside down, and that transfers the component inverted upside down to a position that is above a component mounting
targeting location on the substrate positioned by the substrate positioning section; and

a mount head that receives the component transferred to the position above the component mounting targeting location from
the inverting head, and that lowers the component after the inverting head left the position above the component mounting
targeting location, so as to mount the component to the component mounting targeting location;

wherein the inverting head includes a plate-shaped base provided on a vertically-movable transfer member;
a nozzle holder support member including an arcuate periphery supported by a plurality of bearings provided on the base and
that is swayable within a horizontal plane with respect to the base, wherein the nozzle holder support member has a substantially
circular plate shape, and wherein the nozzle holder support member is provided with a cutout in a central region of the nozzle
holder support member, and a pair of arm parts sandwiching the cutout and extending in a horizontal plane;

a nozzle holder that extends in a horizontal direction with both ends of the nozzle holder being supported by the nozzle holder
support member, that is turnable around a horizontal axis, and that holds the nozzle on a side surface of the nozzle holder;

a rotary driving section that turns the nozzle holder around the horizontal axis, so as to switch an orientation of the nozzle
between up and down; and

a sway driving section that sways the nozzle holder support member within the horizontal plane with respect to the base, so
as to change the orientation of the upwardly/downwardly-oriented nozzle within the horizontal plane.

US Pat. No. 9,357,597

LIGHTING DEVICE AND VEHICLE HEADLAMP

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A lighting device comprising:
a power supply circuit that supplies a constant current to a light source group in which a first light source block and a
second light source block are connected in series; and

a switching circuit that includes an active element connected in parallel to the second light source block, and extinguishes
the second light source block by applying a current to the active element such that the current bypasses the second light
source block,

wherein the active element includes a control terminal, has an impedance that can be varied in accordance with a control signal
input into the control terminal, and lights the second light source block when the impedance reaches or exceeds a predetermined
value, and

the switching circuit includes:
a control unit that controls the impedance of the active element such that a current flowing through the active element or
an end-to-end voltage of the active element matches a target value; and

a switching control circuit that sets the target value and to monotonically increase or reduce the target value so that the
current flowing through the active element monotonically increases or reduces over time at a rate based on the target value.

US Pat. No. 9,313,844

LIGHTING DEVICE AND LUMINAIRE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A lighting device which supplies a current to a solid light emitting element, the lighting device comprising:
a DC/DC converter including two switching elements connected in series and a resonant circuit connected to a connection point
between the two switching elements; and

a control unit configured to control driving of the two switching elements,
wherein the control unit is configured to:
perform intermittent driving in which a switching period and a non-switching period are alternately repeated, the switching
period being a period in which the control unit switches ON and OFF the two switching elements respectively and inversely;
and the non-switching period being a period in which the control unit stops switching ON and OFF the two switching elements;
and

provide, in an initial part of the switching period, a frequency gradual decrease period in which a driving frequency for
driving the two switching elements is gradually decreased.

US Pat. No. 9,279,549

LIGHT-EMITTING MODULE WITH WAVELENGTH CONVERTERS AND LIGHT-ABSORBING SUBSTANCE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A light-emitting module comprising:
a light emitter configured to emit light;
a first wavelength converter located in an optical pathway along which the light emitted from the light emitter passes, and
configured to convert a portion of the light emitted from the light emitter to light in a first visible wavelength band;

a second wavelength converter located in the optical pathway on an opposite side of the first wavelength converter relative
to the light emitter, and configured to convert at least a portion of light passing unconverted through the first wavelength
converter to light in a second visible wavelength band, differing from the first visible wavelength band; and

a light-absorbing substance absorbing light in at least a wavelength band from 515 nm to 535 nm and a wavelength band from
570 nm to 590 nm from among the light converted by the first wavelength converter, wherein

the light-absorbing substance is present in the optical pathway between the light emitter and the second wavelength converter,
the second wavelength converter not containing the light-absorbing substance, and

the light-absorbing substance is a neodymium compound.

US Pat. No. 9,554,425

INDUCTION HEATING DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An induction heating device comprising:
a rectifying circuit that rectifies an AC power supply;
a smoothing capacitor that smooths the rectified output to obtain a DC power supply;
a first and a second inverters each composed of a heating coil, a resonance capacitor, and a switching element, and connected
to the smoothing capacitor in parallel;

a first and a second oscillating circuits that supply a first and a second drive signals to the switching elements respectively,
the first and second drive signals each having a driving period in which driving pulses are supplied and a driving stop period
in which the driving pulses are not supplied; and

a controller that controls drive of the first and second oscillating circuits,
wherein the controller alternately drives the first and second oscillating circuits, and varies a ratio of the driving period
of the first drive signal to the driving period of the second drive signal in accordance with a power change amount generated
every time the drive is switched between the first and second oscillating circuits so that the power change amount is not
more than a predetermined amount.

US Pat. No. 9,603,295

MOUNTED STRUCTURE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF MOUNTED STRUCTURE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A mounted structure, comprising:
a first mounted substrate that has a first side surface and a second side surface opposing the first surface;
a semiconductor element;
a first solder that bonds the semiconductor element with the second side surface, the first solder having a melting point
of 217° C. or more;

a second substrate above which the first mounted substrate is mounted;
bonding parts that each bond the second substrate to the first side surface, the bonding parts each including a second solder
having a melting point that is lower than the melting point of the first solder; and

reinforcing members that are each composed of materials including liquid bisphenol F type epoxy resin and imidazole system
curing agent,

each of the reinforcing members surrounding and contacting a corresponding one of the bonding parts, contacting and spreading
toward both the first mounted substrate and the second substrate, and being apart from the other reinforcing members.

US Pat. No. 9,357,591

HIGH-FREQUENCY HEATING APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A high frequency heating apparatus for driving a magnetron, comprising,
a direct current power supply;
a series circuit comprising a pair of semiconductor switching elements; and
a resonance circuit connected with a primary coil of a leakage transformer and a capacitor;
in which the series circuit is connected to the direct current power supply in parallel, and, in an AC equivalent circuit,
an end of the resonance circuit is connected to an intermediate point of one end of the series circuit and the other end is
connected to an end of the direct current power supply, and further comprising,

a drive means for driving the respective semiconductor switching elements;
a rectifying means, which is connected to a secondary coil of the leakage transformer; and
a magnetron, which is connected to the rectifying means,
wherein a variable dead time preparation circuit which allows a period for which respective semiconductor switching elements
are simultaneously turned off to vary in response to a switching frequency is provided,

wherein the variable dead time preparation circuit allows the dead time to increase in response to a rise in the switching
frequency when the switching frequency is greater than or equal to a predetermined switching frequency, and

wherein the variable dead time preparation circuit allows the dead time to remain constant or to increase minutely as a function
of the switching frequency when the switching frequency is less than the predetermined switching frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,554,448

ILLUMINATION CONTROL DEVICE, LIGHT SOURCE FOR ILLUMINATION, AND ILLUMINATION SYSTEM

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An illumination control device which controls an illumination light source, the illumination control device comprising:
a motion detector; and
a control unit configured to perform control of illuminance, color, or distribution of light of the illumination light source
while the illumination light source is ON, based on an ON period or an OFF period, the ON period being a period during which
a person is detected by the motion detector, and the OFF period being a period during which no person is detected by the motion
detector.

US Pat. No. 9,530,913

SOLAR CELL

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A solar cell comprising:
a substrate comprising a semiconductor material having a first n or p type of conductivity;
a first semiconductor layer having the first n or p type of conductivity comprising linear portions of defined widths, lengths
and thicknesses arranged on a back surface side of the substrate and having a u-shaped cross section;

a second semiconductor layer having the a first n or p of conductivity arranged on a light receiving surface side of the substrate;
and

a third semiconductor layer having a second n or p type of conductivity opposite the first n or p type of conductivity and
the conductivity of the substrate semiconductor material of the substrate, the third semiconductor layer comprising linear
portions of defined widths, lengths and thicknesses arranged on the back surface side of the substrate, the first semiconductor
layer further comprising an overlap region that overlaps the third semiconductor layer;

a first i-type semiconductor layer arranged between the first semiconductor layer and the substrate;
a second i-type semiconductor layer arranged between the second semiconductor layer and the substrate, the thickness of the
second i-type semiconductor layer being from several Å to 250 Å;

a third i-type semiconductor layer arranged between the third semiconductor layer and the substrate;
an insulating layer arranged between the first semiconductor layer in the overlap region and the third Hype semiconductor
layer;

a first electrode arranged on the first semiconductor layer; and
a second electrode arranged on the third semiconductor layer,
wherein the thickness of the first i-type semiconductor layer is more than one-third but less than the thickness of the second
i-type semiconductor layer, and the strength of the electric field formed by the second semiconductor layer is greater than
the strength of the electric field formed by the first semiconductor layer,

wherein the concentration of dopant in the second semiconductor layer is greater than the concentration of dopant in the first
semiconductor layer,

wherein the first electrode and the second electrode are separated via an interval which is arranged above the insulating
layer, and

wherein the interval completely penetrates the first semiconductor layer and the first i-type semiconductor layer in the overlap
region.

US Pat. No. 9,572,295

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING SYSTEM, ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING METHOD, AND ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING MACHINE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electronic component mounting system for mounting a light-emitting element as an electronic component on a board by
soldering, said electronic component mounting system comprising:
a solder paste supply unit which places solder paste on a pair of lands formed on a top surface of the board;
an adhesive applying unit which places adhesive for fixing of the light-emitting element to the board, on the board between
the lands;

an emission portion detecting unit which detects a positional deviation of an emission portion formed in a top surface of
the light-emitting element;

a light-emitting element position detecting unit which detects a position of the light-emitting element based on an image
of a back surface of the light-emitting element which is obtained in a state in which the top surface of the light-emitting
element is absorbed and held by a component holding unit of an electronic component mounting machine;

a light-emitting element positioning unit which positions the light-emitting element with respect to the board by shifting
the light-emitting element by its positional deviation by moving the component holding unit relative to the board using the
positional deviation detected by the emission portion detecting unit and the position of the light-emitting element detected
by the light-emitting element position detecting unit, to place the emission portion at a prescribed position on the board;

a light-emitting element mounting unit which lowers the component holding unit toward the board such that terminals of the
light-emitting element contact the solder paste formed on the respective lands and such that a main body of the light-emitting
element contacts the adhesive formed on the board;

an adhesive cuing unit which cures the adhesive and which fixes the light-emitting element to the board; and
a reflow unit which melts solder in the solder paste in a state in which the light-emitting element is fixed to the board
by the cured adhesive and which connects the terminals of the light-emitting elements to the respective lands of the board
electrically and mechanically.

US Pat. No. 9,615,414

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE AND ILLUMINATION DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A power supply device comprising:
a first case that houses:
a power supply input configured to receive an AC voltage;
a rectifier configured to rectify the AC voltage received by the power supply input;
a capacitor configured to smooth a pulsating voltage outputted from the rectifier;
a power converter configured to convert a first DC voltage into a second DC voltage, the first DC voltage being outputted
from the capacitor;

a power supply output configured to output the second DC voltage converted in the power converter;
a signal input configured to receive a control signal;
a processor configured to control the power converter to change a magnitude of the second DC voltage, which is to be outputted
from the power supply output, based on the control signal received by the signal input; and

a circuit substrate on which the power supply input, the rectifier, the capacitor, the power converter, the power supply output,
the signal input, and the processor are mounted,

the circuit substrate having a planar rectangular shape, the power supply input being mounted on a first end portion of the
circuit substrate in a longitudinal direction, the rectifier, the capacitor, the power converter, the processor, and the power
supply output being mounted on the circuit substrate in a stated order from the first end portion toward a second end portion
in the longitudinal direction,

the signal input being mounted at a position closer to the second end portion than the rectifier in the circuit substrate;
and

a second case that houses:
a control circuit configured to generate the control signal, and to output the control signal to the signal input; and
a first mounting mechanism that enables the second case to be mechanically mounted on the first case,
the control circuit including a print wiring board having a planar rectangular shape and a component mounted on the print
wiring board,

the component being electrically connected to a power supply included in the first case via the signal input,
the power supply comprises
a second mounting mechanism that is to be coupled to the first mounting mechanism and configured to accommodate the second
case to be mechanically mounted on the first case,

the second case has a box shape having an open surface,
the second case includes a pair of side walls and a pair of fitting portions provided on the pair of side walls, into which
respective peripheral portions of the print wiring board inserted from the open surface are fitted, and

the second case is mounted to the first case to overlap and close the open surface of the second case by the first case,
the first mounting mechanism is provided on first portions of the pair of side walls,
the pair of side walls are configured to provide a gap between the first portions of the pair of side walls in the parallel
direction of the print wiring board that is smaller than a gap provided between second portions of the pair of side walls
provided on the pair of fitting portions,

a step structure is provided at a portion of each of the side walls disposed between the fitting portion and the first mounting
mechanism, and

the pair of side walls are configured such that gaps are formed between the first portions, which are provided on the first
mounting mechanism, and the second portions, which are provided on the fitting portion, by the step structures.

US Pat. No. 9,357,677

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH EFFICIENT HEAT RADIATION STRUCTURE FOR ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a metallic body;
a circuit substrate having electronic components and wiring conductors that electrically connect between the electronic components;
a heat conduction member configured to absorb heat generated by the electronic components; and
a heat radiation member provided between the metallic body and the circuit substrate,
wherein the heat radiation member comprises
a heat introduction portion arranged such that a surface of the heat introduction portion is in direct contact with the heat
conduction member,

a heat discharge portion arranged such that a surface of the heat discharge portion is in direct contact with the metallic
body, and

a heat conduction portion configured to conduct the heat from the heat introduction portion to the heat discharge portion,
wherein the heat conduction portion is provided to be separated from the wiring conductors so as not to electromagnetically
couple to the wiring conductors.

US Pat. No. 9,699,945

COMPONENT MOUNTING METHOD WHICH FITS AND PUSHES COMPONENT ON SUBSTRATE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A component mounting method for fitting a component comprising a plurality of downwardly-extending insertion pins on a
substrate by sucking the component by a suction nozzle and moving the suction nozzle such that the plurality of insertion
pins of the sucked component are inserted into pin insertion holes formed in a substrate, said component mounting method comprising:
positioning the plurality of insertion pins provided on the component and the plurality of pin insertion holes of the substrate,
and then pushing the component against the substrate by the suction nozzle, thereby fitting the component on the substrate
such that the insertion pins of the component are inserted into the respective pin insertion holes of the substrate; and

pushing again the component against the substrate after the component is fitted on the substrate, so as to push the insertion
pins of the component into the respective pin insertion holes of the substrate,

wherein a position of the component when pushed again is different from a position of the component when sucked by the suction
nozzle and is a position which corrects the abnormal posture of the component, and

wherein the component is pushed again by a suction nozzle other than the suction nozzle used for fitting the component, and
the component mounting method further comprises:
inspecting a posture of the component fitted on the substrate is performed after fitting the component,
wherein the component is pushed again only for the component determined to be fitted on the substrate in an abnormal posture
in the inspection step.

US Pat. No. 9,274,526

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE AND METHOD OF ESTIMATING SELF POSITION OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An autonomous vehicle comprising:
a first sensor which obtains environmental information on surrounding environment of the autonomous vehicle; and
a controller configured to control a driver based on a self position,
wherein the controller includes:
a first estimater configured to calculate a first estimate value indicating an estimated self position, by estimation using
a probabilistic method based on the environmental information; and

a second estimater configured to calculate a second estimate value indication an estimated self position, by estimation using
a matching method based on the environmental information, and

the controller is configured to:
change, according to the first estimate value, a second estimate range for the calculating of the second estimate value by
the second estimater;

control the driver using the second estimate value as the self position;
reduce the second estimate range when a first estimate range included in the first estimate value is smaller than a first
threshold value; and

expand the second estimate range when the first estimate range is larger than a second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,661,685

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION DEVICE THEREFOR

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A wireless communication system for performing a wireless communication between two wireless communication devices based
on a time division method, the system comprising:
one of the wireless communication devices configured to transmit a plurality of packets according to an order of sequence
numbers tagged to the packets; and

the other wireless communication device including a scheduled packet sequence number setting unit for providing a scheduled
packet sequence number of an expected packet and updating the scheduled packet sequence number according to packets that have
been correctly received, a resend control unit that, at prescribed periodic timings, determines an update condition of the
scheduled packet sequence number and transmits, to the one wireless communication device, a negative response signal for requesting
a resending of a packet depending on the determined update condition, and a storage unit for temporarily storing at least
the packet that is received in an incorrect order, and releasing the stored packet in a correct order in relation with the
remaining packets that are received from the one wireless communication device;

the resend control unit comparing the scheduled packet sequence number at each prescribed period timing with the scheduled
packet sequence number at a previous prescribed periodic timing, and transmitting the negative response signal when the scheduled
packet sequence number at each prescribed period timing has failed to be updated from the scheduled packet sequence number
at the previous prescribed periodic timing and at least one packet is stored in the storage unit at each prescribed periodic
timing.

US Pat. No. 9,277,646

PRINTED WIRING BOARD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

5. A printed wiring board comprising:
a first insulating layer;
a first signal layer including a set of at least two signal lines;
a second insulating layer;
a second signal layer including a set of at least two signal lines;
a third insulating layer; and
a fourth insulating layer,
wherein:
the first insulating layer, the first signal layer, the second insulating layer, the third insulating layer, the second signal
layer, and the fourth insulating layer are stacked in this order;

the first insulating layer is provided with a first substrate embedded inside the first insulating layer in such a manner
to be further from the first signal layer than a center of the first insulating layer in a thickness direction of the first
insulating layer;

the second insulating layer is provided with a second substrate embedded inside the second insulating layer in such a manner
to be further from the first signal layer than a center of the second insulating layer in a thickness direction of the second
insulating layer;

the third insulating layer is provided with a third substrate embedded inside the third insulating layer in such a manner
to be further from the second signal layer than a center of the third insulating layer in a thickness direction of the third
insulating layer; and

the fourth insulating layer is provided with a fourth substrate embedded inside the fourth insulating layer in such a manner
to be further from the second signal layer than a center of the fourth insulating layer in a thickness direction of the fourth
insulating layer.

US Pat. No. 9,521,792

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electronic component mounting method using an electronic component mounting apparatus comprising:
a substrate transport mechanism that comprises a first substrate transport lane and a second substrate transport lane arranged
in parallel to a substrate transport direction and that transports substrates on which electronic components are to be mounted;

a component supply unit that is disposed on a side of the substrate transport mechanism and supplies the electronic components;
and

a tray feeder that comprises a first tray supply mechanism and a second tray supply mechanism arranged in parallel, each having
a function of retrieving trays from a tray housing unit that is disposed in the component supply unit and houses the trays
storing therein the electronic components in a plane, and transferring the trays to a component pickup position;

a component mounting mechanism comprising: a mounting head that picks up and holds the electronic components from the trays
transferred to the component pickup position; and a head transfer mechanism that transfers the mounting head; and

a controller that controls the substrate transport mechanism, the component supply unit, and the component mounting mechanism,
whereby the electronic components are picked up from the component supply unit by the mounting head, and mounted on the substrates
transported by the substrate transport mechanism,

said component mounting method comprising:
transporting substrates of different substrate types as a first substrate by the first substrate transport lane and a second
substrate transport lane in a first mode, and transporting substrates of a same substrate type as the first substrate by the
first substrate transport lane and the second substrate transport lane in a second mode;

allowing both of the first tray supply mechanism and the second tray supply mechanism to hold the trays storing therein the
electronic components to be mounted on the substrates;

switching, in the second mode, during a component mounting process of picking up the electronic components from one of the
first tray supply mechanism and the second tray supply mechanism and mounting the electronic components on the substrates
carried in each of the first substrate transport lane and the second substrate transport lane and if shortage of the components
occurs in the one tray supply mechanism, a target for picking up the electronic components from the one tray supply mechanism
to the other tray supply mechanism;

outputting, in the first mode, a scheduled production number completion signal or a scheduled production number completion
estimate signal for one of the different substrate types;

executing, in the first mode, by the controller in response to the scheduled production number completion signal or a scheduled
production number completion estimate signal, a use stop setting for one of the first tray supply mechanism and the second
tray supply mechanism corresponding to the one of the different substrate types to which the scheduled production number completion
signal or the scheduled production number completion estimate signal is outputted while continuing a component mounting operation
by the other of the first tray supply mechanism and the second tray supply mechanism; and

executing, in the second mode, by the controller in response to occurrence of the shortage of the components in the one of
the first tray supply mechanism and the second tray supply mechanism, a use stop setting for the one of the first tray supply
mechanism and the second tray supply mechanism corresponding to the same substrate type in which the shortage of the components
occurs while continuing a component mounting operation by the other of the first tray supply mechanism and the second tray
supply mechanism; and

executing a preceding setup change operation for producing a subsequent substrate type for the tray supply mechanism that
has been set to the use stop setting while continuing the component mounting operation by allowing the controller to prohibit
an access of the mounting head to the tray supply mechanism having been set to the use stop setting, and to permit an operation
access of an operator to the tray housing unit of the tray supply mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,578,793

COMPONENT SUPPLYING APPARATUS AND COMPONENT SUPPLYING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A component supplying apparatus for feeding a carrier tape toward a component supply position, the carrier tape having
a base tape including a plurality of recesses for accommodating components and a plurality of feed holes, the plurality of
recesses and plurality of feed holes being parallel arranged thereon in a tape longitudinal direction, and a top tape being
pasted on the base tape so as to cover the plurality of recesses, the component supply position being a position at which
one of the components is sucked by a nozzle of a transfer head of a component mounting apparatus moving in at least a horizontal
direction, the component supplying apparatus comprising:
an inclined path which feeds the carrier tape straight forward and obliquely upward;
a horizontal path which feeds the carrier tape straight forward and in a horizontal direction from a front end of the inclined
path, the horizontal path running through the component supply position;

a first sprocket wheel having teeth to engage with the plurality of feed holes of the carrier tape within the inclined path;
a second sprocket wheel having teeth to engage with the plurality of feed holes of the carrier tape within the front end of
the inclined path and a rear end of the horizontal path;

a top tape removing device disposed above a portion of the inclined path between the first sprocket wheel and the second sprocket
wheel and having a blade edge to partially remove the top tape from the base tape while on the inclined path so as to expose
the components; and

a sprocket wheel drive device to rotate the first sprocket wheel and the second sprocket wheel.

US Pat. No. 9,504,139

ELASTIC FLEXIBLE SUBSTRATE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An elastic flexible substrate comprising:
an insulating film base material; and
a wire provided at the insulating film base material, wherein
the insulating film base material includes an opening which is formed by opening a slit, and
an opened state of the opening is held by an insulating member.

US Pat. No. 9,285,880

TOUCH PANEL DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A TOUCH PANEL DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A method of controlling a touch panel device, the method comprising:
detecting a plurality of inputs provided by multi-touch input at or around positions on a touch panel of a display screen;
detecting a plurality of input positions of the detected inputs in order to display a content item;
displaying a first part of the content item on a display area of the display screen;
determining whether an object included in a second part of the content item is present in an outside area of the display area
of the display screen, the outside area being an area including the object that is not displayed on the display area of the
display screen even though the object is included in the content item; and

detecting, using a processor, when the object is present in the outside area of the display area of the display screen;
calculating a distance between each of the plurality of input positions and the object;
causing a plurality of actuators to present a predetermined vibration at an input position at or around an input position
closest to the object in the content item, among the plurality of input positions of inputs provided on the content item,
the input position closest to the object being determined based on the distance, and

preventing the plurality of actuators from presenting the predetermined vibration at an input position farthest from the object
in the content item, among the plurality of input positions of inputs provided on the content item.

US Pat. No. 9,615,494

SUBSTRATE CONVEYANCE MECHANISM AND COMPONENT MOUNTING DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A substrate conveyance mechanism comprising
a plurality of conveyance units which convey a substrate and are arranged in series, wherein
the conveyance units at least comprise:
a working unit which corresponds to a working area where a component mounting operation is performed with a plurality of types
of substrates having different sizes of length taken as objects, an area length of the working area being variable in accordance
with the sizes of length; and

a stand-by unit corresponding to a stand-by area where the substrate to be carried-in to the working area is allowed to wait,
the working unit includes:
pressing members provided above clamp parts set in both side end parts parallel to a substrate conveying direction in a lower
surface of the substrate carried into the working area along the substrate conveying direction, and

first clamp members and second clamp members pushing up the clamp parts of the substrate toward the pressing members, and
wherein

each of the first clamp members is located next to each of the second clamp members in the substrate conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 9,603,217

LIGHTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CALIBRATING THE SAME

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A lighting device which changes a hue of light which the lighting device outputs, by changing a brightness proportion between
at least one first light emitting element and at least one second light emitting element, the lighting device comprising:
a light source which includes the at least one first light emitting element and the at least one second light emitting element;
storage which stores control values for causing the light source to output light having a same hue as a hue of light which
is output from a light source included in another lighting device when the lighting device and the other lighting device are
given a same user designated value;

a current adjuster which calculates, using the control values, a first current value of a first current to be supplied to
the at least one first light emitting element, and a second current value of a second current to be supplied to the at least
one second light emitting element; and

a power source which supplies the first current to the at least one first light emitting element according to the first current
value and supplies the second current to the at least one second light emitting element according to the second current value.

US Pat. No. 9,699,893

ELASTIC FLEXIBLE SUBSTRATE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An elastic flexible substrate comprising:
an insulating film base material; and
a wire provided on the insulating film base material, wherein:
in the insulating film base material, a plurality of slits each formed to extend in a width direction of the insulating film
base material are provided with a predetermined space left therebetween in a length direction of the insulating film base
material; and

the insulating film base material has a bellows shape in which the insulating film base material is bent or curved about the
slits as base points so that adjacent slits of the plurality of slits are offset from each other in a direction perpendicular
to the width and length directions.

US Pat. No. 9,615,495

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING SYSTEM AND ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electronic component mounting system that is configured by joining a plurality of devices for mounting electronic components
and mounts an electronic component on a substrate to manufacture a mounted substrate, the system comprising;
a printing device that prints solder on an electrode for an electronic component joint which is formed on the substrate;
a positional-shift amount calculation portion that calculates a positional-shift amount between a position of the electrode
and a position of the printed solder;

a plurality of electronic component mounting devices that pick up the electronic component from a component supply portion
with a mounting head, and transfer and mount the electronic component to a mounting position of the substrate on which the
solder is printed; and

a mounting information storage portion that stores mounting information that defines a mode of a mounting operation in the
electronic component mounting device, wherein

the mounting information includes mounting mode information as to which one of a first mounting mode and a second mounting
mode is employed for each of the plurality of electronic component mounting devices as a mounting mode for performance, the
first mounting mode is a mode in which the electronic component is mounted to the mounting position which is corrected based
on the calculated positional-shift amount, and the second mounting mode is a mode in which the electronic component is mounted
to the mounting position by considering only the position of the electrode as a reference regardless of the positional-shift
amount, and

the electronic component mounting device mounts the electronic component on the substrate according to the mounting mode which
is set for the electronic component mounting device with reference to the mounting information.

US Pat. No. 9,320,106

LIGHTING DEVICE AND LUMINAIRE USING THE SAME

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A lighting device for lighting a solid light-emitting element, comprising:
a DC power source circuit configured to output DC power;
a power conversion circuit including a semiconductor element connected between output terminals of the DC power source circuit,
the power conversion circuit configured to supply power to the solid light-emitting element through a control of a conduction
state of the semiconductor element;

a first control circuit configured to control an output of the DC power source circuit; and
a second control circuit configured to control an output of the power conversion circuit by controlling the conduction state
of the semiconductor element; a short-circuit detection circuit configured to detect a short-circuit in the semiconductor
element,

wherein the first control circuit reduces the output of the DC power source circuit when the short-circuit detection circuit
detects the short-circuit in the semiconductor element,

wherein the semiconductor element is a switching element, switching of the switching element being controlled by the second
control circuit,

wherein the power conversion circuit is a chopper circuit that supplies a desired power to the solid light-emitting element
through a control of current flowing in the switching element,

wherein, the lighting device further comprises;
a current detection circuit configured to detect a current flowing in the switching element; and
a timer configured to start to count when the second control circuit outputs an on-signal to turn on the switching element,
and configured to reset a counted value when a detection result by the current detection circuit reaches a predetermined value,
and

wherein the short-circuit detection circuit determines that the switching element is in a short-circuit state if the counted
value by the timer exceeds a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,609,760

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electronic component mounting method in which a first electronic component is mounted on a substrate, the first electronic
component having a principal surface provided with a plurality of bumps, the substrate having a placement area provided with
a plurality of first electrodes corresponding to the plurality of bumps, the method comprising the steps of:
providing the first electronic component;
providing the substrate;
applying flux to the plurality of bumps;
applying flux to at least one of the first electrodes, the at least one first electrode being adjacent to at least one reinforcement
position set on a peripheral portion of the placement area;

dispensing a thermosetting resin onto the reinforcement position, and at least partially coating an upper surface of the at
least one of the first electrodes having the applied flux and being adjacent to the reinforcement position, with the thermosetting
resin;

after dispensing the thermosetting resin onto the reinforcement position and coating the upper surface of the at least one
of the first electrodes having the applied flux, placing the first electronic component on the substrate such that the bumps
having the flux applied thereto land on the corresponding first electrodes, and thus bringing the thermosetting resin dispensed
onto the reinforcement position into contact with a peripheral edge portion of the first electronic component; and

heating the substrate with the first electronic component placed thereon the substrate so as to melt the bumps and cure the
thermosetting resin, followed by cooling, thereby to join the first electronic component to the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,603,227

SEMICONDUCTOR LIGHT SOURCE DRIVING APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A semiconductor light source driving apparatus comprising:
a plurality of light source modules each including the following components connected in parallel:
a semiconductor light source composed of one or more serially-connected semiconductor light source elements;
a first constant-voltage diode;
a series circuit of a first current detection element and a second constant-voltage diode with a lower breakdown voltage than
the first constant-voltage diode; and

a switching element,
a current control element controlled by pulse-width modulation (PWM) using a PWM signal supplied to an end of the current
control element;

a second current detection element for detecting current flowing through the light source modules;
a direct current (DC) power supply for supplying a DC voltage across a serial connection of the light source modules, the
current control element, and the second current detection element; and

a controller for controlling the switching element, the current control element, and the DC power supply, wherein
the controller controls an output voltage of the DC power supply based on a detection output of the second current detection
element; and

after the first current detection element generates a detection output in response to an occurrence of an open fault in any
of the semiconductor light sources, and then the current control element is turned off based on the detection output of the
first current detection element, the controller turns on the switching element of the light source module including the semiconductor
light source with the open fault, thereby allowing the current control element to be controlled by the PWM.

US Pat. No. 9,301,297

COMMUNICATION PROCESSOR AND COMMUNICATION PROCESSING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A communication processing apparatus comprising:
an arithmetic processing section that has a plurality of programmable arithmetic units;
a decision section that determines which operation mode is operated between a normal mode and a transmission subject mode,
the operation mode being one of: (1) only television demodulation, (2) simultaneous television demodulation and a wireless
LAN processing, and (3) only wireless LAN processing, the normal mode being a mode in which the simultaneous television demodulation
and the wireless LAN processing is performed mainly for a reception processing, and the transmission subject mode being a
mode in which the simultaneous television demodulation and the wireless LAN processing is mainly performed for a transmission
processing;

a determination section that determines a first processing time in accordance with the operation mode, the first processing
time being allowable as an allowable processing time required for a reception processing of an acknowledgement signal in a
communication processing;

an allocation section that distributes the plurality of arithmetic units in accordance with the first processing time and
allocates an arithmetic resource to each communication scheme represented by the operation mode; and

a resource control section that controls the arithmetic resource using a processing instruction based on said each communication
scheme,

wherein the transmission subject mode is a mode of an UDP (User Datagram Protocol) operation mode.

US Pat. No. 9,723,770

TAPE FEEDER

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A tape feeder that pitch feeds a carrier tape installed in a parts mounting system and storing an electronic part in a
tape feeding direction to thereby supply the electronic part to a part absorbing position where the electronic part is to
be absorbed by a mounting head, the tape feeder comprising:
a tape traveling path that is provided so as to make a communicative connection from a tape introducing opening opened in
an upstream end portion in the tape feeding direction to the part absorbing position and guides tape feeding of the carrier
tape;

a first tape feeding mechanism that is provided at a downstream side of the tape traveling path and pitch feeds the carrier
tape to the part absorbing position; and

a second tape feeding mechanism that is provided at an upstream side of the tape traveling path and feeds the carrier tape
introduced from the tape introducing opening to the downstream side, wherein

the second tape feeding mechanism has:
a sprocket that rotates with a plurality of feeding pins provided on an outer circumferential surface thereof fitting in feeding
perforations in the carrier tape for engagement with the carrier tape to thereby feed the carrier tape; and

biasing means that biases the carrier tape from an opposite surface side to a surface side where the electronic part is carried
against the outer circumferential surface of the sprocket by bringing an abutment surface of a biasing member into abutment
with the carrier tape to press against the carrier tape to thereby bring the feeding pins into engagement with the feeding
perforations, and

of two carrier tapes which are fed one after the other, with a preceding tape which is fed first remaining in engagement with
the sprocket, a leading end portion of a following tape which is fed to follow the preceding tape is inserted between the
sprocket and the preceding tape, and the following tape is brought into engagement with the sprocket by biasing the preceding
tape from a lower surface side thereof by the biasing means in which a recess portion is provided in the abutment surface.

US Pat. No. 9,750,117

LIGHTING SYSTEM, LIGHTING DEVICE, AND METHOD OF COMMUNICATION IN LIGHTING SYSTEM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A lighting system comprising:
a radio remote controller;
a relay; and
a lighting device including a light source, wherein:
the radio remote controller includes a command transmitter which wirelessly transmits a command that includes an instruction
to the lighting device and a command identifier having a value varied every time one command is transmitted,

the relay includes a relay receiver which receives the command and a relay transmitter which wirelessly transmits, using radio
waves, the command received by the relay receiver, and

the lighting device further includes:
a command receiver for receiving the command transmitted by each of the command transmitter included in the radio remote controller
and the relay transmitter included in the relay;

a storage; and
a control circuit which (a) controls the light source according to the instruction included in a received command that is
the command received by the command receiver and stores the command identifier included in the received command in the storage,
when the command identifier included in the received command does not match a command identifier stored in the storage, and
(b) discards the received command, when the command identifier included in the received command matches the command identifier
stored in the storage.

US Pat. No. 9,736,969

RECEIVING DEVICE AND SHIELD CASE CONNECTION METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A receiving device comprising:
a shield case which is in a hollow box shape that is open on one side, the shield case reducing external interfering signals
which interfere with an input signal of a broadcast wave; and

a printed wiring board including a conductive portion that is electrically connected with an electronic component,
wherein
a soldered portion is formed along a protrusion-free linearly extending side of an opening edge of the shield case, the soldered
portion electrically connecting with solder the shield case and the conductive portion of the printed wiring board,

the shield case includes an input connector,
the printed wiring board includes a core wire connection portion to be connected with a core wire included in the input connector,
and a front resist layer over the conductive portion on a front surface of the printed wiring board,

the soldered portion is provided for, from among sides of the opening edge of the shield case, a side that is disposed closest
to the core wire connection portion, and

the receiving device further comprises a front slit formed in the front resist layer in a position inside the shield case,
the front slit dividing a portion of the conductive portion that is disposed near the core wire connection portion, the front
slit being formed by boring only the front resist layer and blocks electrical conduction, and the front slit having a lower
permittivity compared to the front resist layer.

US Pat. No. 9,642,278

TERMINAL DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A terminal device, comprising:
a terminal to which a signal line is to be connected;
a printed wiring board electrically connected to the terminal; and
a device housing configured to accommodate the printed wiring board therein,
wherein the terminal includes a terminal plate made of a metallic material and a terminal screw,
the terminal plate is attached to the device housing and includes a substantially flat plate-shaped main portion having a
screw hole, the terminal plate further including a first leg and a second leg respectively and directly protruding from two
opposite sides of the main portion in a same direction normal to an attachment surface, the attachment surface being a surface
of the main portion attached to the device housing,

the first leg and the second leg directly extend from different ones of a left side and a right side of the substantially
flat plate-shaped main portion,

the first leg and the second leg each directly extend from the main portion in a perpendicular relationship with the attachment
surface of the main portion,

the first leg is longer than the second leg,
the device housing includes an outer wall which has a first attachment hole into which the first leg is inserted, a second
attachment hole into which the second leg is inserted, and a depressed portion into which the terminal screw is inserted through
the screw hole,

the printed wiring board is electrically connected to the first leg inserted into the first attachment hole,
the first leg includes a first interconnecting piece extending from the main portion, a connection piece, and a first removal-preventing
piece disposed between the first interconnecting piece and the connection piece, the first leg being electrically connected
to the printed wiring board through the connection piece,

the second leg includes a second interconnecting piece extending from the main portion and a second removal-preventing piece
connected to the second interconnecting piece,

the second leg does not include the connection piece,
the first removal-preventing piece and the second removal-preventing piece each have an arc shape that protrudes outward from
the main portion of the terminal plate,

outer portions of the arc shape of the first removal-preventing piece extend outward of peripheries of the first interconnecting
piece and the connection piece,

outer portions of the arc shape of the second removal-preventing piece extend outward of a periphery of the second interconnecting
piece,

the first removal-preventing piece and the second removal-preventing piece contact an inner surface of the outer wall of the
device housing to prevent the first and the second leg from being removed from the outer wall,

a center of the screw hole of the terminal plate is misaligned with respect to a straight line extending through a center
of the first leg and a center of the second leg when viewed in the same direction, and

the terminal plate does not have rotation symmetry about the center of the screw hole when viewed in the same direction.

US Pat. No. 9,743,570

COMPONENT SUPPLYING APPARATUS AND COMPONENT SUPPLYING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A component supplying apparatus for feeding in a tape length direction a carrier tape having a base tape having recesses
for accommodating components and feed holes arranged thereon in the tape length direction and a top tape pasted on the base
tape so as to cover the recesses, the component supplying apparatus comprising:
a body part,
a main tape entering port formed on the body part,
a component supply port formed on an upper surface of the body part and through which nozzles of a transfer head of a component
mounting apparatus pick up the components in the recesses of the carrier tape having been entered from the main tape entering
port,

a main tape path extending in the body part from the main tape entering port to under the component supply port,
a tape feeding device feeding the carrier tape toward the component supply port along the main tape path,
a top tape removing part removing the top tape from the base tape of the carrier tape on the main tape path upstream in a
tape feeding direction of the component supply port so as to expose the components in the recesses, and

a sub tape entering port formed on the upper surface of the body part and adapted to be entered by the carrier tape so as
to enter the carrier tape into the main tape path,

wherein a path length from the sub tape entering port to the component supply port is shorter than a path length from the
main tape entering port to the component supply port.

US Pat. No. 9,699,847

LIGHT SOURCE UNIT AND LIGHTING FIXTURE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A light source unit, comprising:
a light source circuit including N pairs of a light source group including one or more solid light emitting elements and a
constant current circuit connected in series with the light source group to keep, constant, current flowing through the light
source group, where N is an integer equal to or greater than 3;

a full-wave rectification circuit which includes a first output end and a second output end and is configured to perform full-wave
rectification on AC voltage to cause DC voltage between the first output end and the second output end; and

a control circuit including a detector configured to detect light or signal from an external source,
a first pair of the N pairs being connected between the first output end and the second output end of the full-wave rectification
circuit,

a k-th pair of the N pairs being connected in parallel with the constant current circuit of a (k?1)-th pair of the N pairs
so that the light source group of the k-th pair and the light source group of the (k?1)-th pair are in series, where k is
an integer equal to or greater than 2 and equal to or smaller than N,

the control circuit being configured to, when the detector detects the light or signal, terminate operations of constant current
circuits of the N pairs or limit current flowing through light source groups of the N pairs,

in each of the N pairs, the constant current circuit including a switching element connected to the light source group and
is configured to keep current flowing through the switching element constant,

the k-th pair is connected to the switching element of the constant current circuit of the (k?1)-th pair,
the full-wave rectification circuit being configured to cause the DC voltage between the first output end and the second output
end so that an electric potential at the first output end is higher than an electric potential at the second output end,

each of the switching elements including a control terminal and is configured to change current flowing through the switching
element according to an electric potential at the control terminal,

the control circuit including a switching part electrically connected between each of the control terminals of the switching
elements of the constant current circuits of the N pairs and the second output end,

the control circuit being configured to, when the detector detects the light or signal, control the switching part to terminate
the operations of the constant current circuits of the N pairs or limit the current flowing through the light source groups
of the N pairs,

in each of the N pairs, the control terminal of the switching element being electrically connected to the first output terminal
of the full-wave rectification circuit through a resistor and the light source group, and

the switching part being electrically connected to each of the control terminals of the switching elements of the constant
current circuits of the N pairs, but not through any of the light source groups of the N pairs.

US Pat. No. 9,699,834

INDUCTION HEATING COOKER

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An induction heating cooker comprising:
a top plate supporting an object;
a plurality of heating coils adjacent to one another below the top plate and configured to generate inductive magnetic fields
to heat the object;

a plurality of temperature detectors operable to detect a temperature of the object,
wherein the plurality of heating coils are arrayed in a plurality of directions crossing each other and the temperature detectors
are mounted to alternate heating coils in one of the plurality of directions; and

a controller configured to control operating states of the heating coils based on detection results of the temperature detectors,
wherein the plurality of temperature detectors are disposed widely below the top plate such that:
at least one of the temperature detectors resides below the object when the object resides above two adjacent heating coils,
wherein the temperature detectors are each mounted to a central portion of one of the heating coils, and at least one of the
two adjacent heating coils has no temperature detector; and

the number of the temperature detectors is less than the number of the heating coils.

US Pat. No. 10,327,306

DATA GENERATION METHOD, DATA REPRODUCTION METHOD, DATA GENERATION DEVICE AND DATA REPRODUCTION DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A data generation device which generates video data that covers a second luminance dynamic range wider than a first luminance dynamic range and has reproduction compatibility with a first device that does not support reproduction of video having the second luminance dynamic range and supports reproduction of video having the first luminance dynamic range, the data generation device comprising:a generator that generates a video signal to be included in the video data using a second opto-electrical transfer function (OETF) to be referred to by a second device when the second device decodes the video data, the second device supporting reproduction of video having the second luminance dynamic range; and
a storage that stores, into video usability information (VUI) in the video data, first transfer function information for identifying a first OETF to be referred to by the first device when the first device decodes the video data, and stores, into supplemental enhancement information (SEI) in the video data, second transfer function information for identifying the second OETF.

US Pat. No. 9,743,471

LIGHTING DEVICE AND LIGHTING FIXTURE FOR CURRENT CONTROL WITH A SOLID-STATE LIGHTING ELEMENT

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A lighting device which outputs a DC current to a load, the lighting device comprising:
a downconverter circuit which includes a switching element and steps down a DC voltage input to the downconverter circuit;
and

a controller which controls turning on and off of the switching element, wherein
the controller has operating modes including a detection mode in which the controller detects a time taken for a current through
the switching element to reach a predetermined value after the switching element turns on, the current through the switching
element representing the DC current output to the load,

the operating modes further include a normal mode in which the controller controls the switching element using a control setting
value determined based on the time detected in the detection mode,

the control setting value is a peak current through the switching element, and
the longer the time detected in the detection mode is, the greater the control setting value is set to.

US Pat. No. 9,668,394

COMPONENT MOUNTING METHOD AND COMPONENT MOUNTING SYSTEM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A component mounting method for making a mounting head to which a component holder is attached perform component mounting
operation including upward and downward movement operation with respect to a board conveyed in a board conveyance direction
and mounting each component held by the component holder on the board, the component mounting method comprising:
a low-height component mounting step of mounting a low-height component on the board; and
a high-height component mounting step of mounting a high-height component on the board on which the low-height component is
mounted, wherein

the low-height component is a component capable of avoiding interference with a low-height component already mounted on the
board by upward and downward movement operation of the component holder,

the high-height component is a component which can avoid interference with the low-height component already mounted on the
board by upward and downward movement operation of the component holder but cannot avoid interference with a high-height component
already mounted on the board by upward and downward movement operation of the component holder, and

the high-height component mounting step includes repeating reciprocating mounting operations in which the component holder
is moved in a mounting order relative to a reference line extending in a first direction which is the board conveyance direction
such that the component holder is advanced over the board in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction and then
a high-height component held by the component holder is mounted and thereafter the component holder is retracted from the
board in the second direction, wherein the mounting order is set in order in which a mounting coordinate of the high-height
component is larger in the second direction relative to the reference line.

US Pat. No. 9,635,793

COMPONENT MOUNTING METHOD AND COMPONENT MOUNTING DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A component mounting method for performing a mounting work in which an electronic component is picked up from a parts feeder
attached to a feeder base of a component supply unit and is mounted on a board,
said component mounting method comprising:
detecting feeder ID information of a second parts feeder, which individually specifies a parts feeder, after the second parts
feeder is attached to an attaching position of the feeder base having a feeder address, and confirming whether the second
parts feeder is the same as a first parts feeder which was attached to and then detached from the attaching position having
the same feeder address during the mounting work based on the detected feeder ID information; and

calculating an attaching/detaching time from detachment of the first parts feeder to attachment of the second parts feeder
if it is confirmed that the second parts feeder is the same as the first parts feeder,

wherein if the calculated attaching/detaching time is a given time or shorter, the mounting work is performed without performing
a component checking operation which determines whether a kind of an electronic component accommodated in the second parts
feeder is proper.

US Pat. No. 9,655,295

ATTACHMENT FOR FEEDER INSTALLATION AND METHOD FOR FEEDER INSTALLATION

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A feeder installation attachment used for installing a plurality of types of tape feeder with different standard widths
on a common feeder base in an electronic component mounting apparatus, the feeder base having a plurality of rows of base
side installing slots which engage with first feeder side fitting parts provided on a lower surface of a first tape feeder
installed directly on the feeder base, out of the plurality of types of tape feeder,
said feeder installation attachment comprising:
a main body portion comprising attachment side fitting parts provided on a lower surface of the main body portion, the attachment
side fitting parts having an installing compatibility with the first feeder side fitting parts; and

second feeder installing slots which are formed on an upper surface of the main body portion and which engage with second
feeder side fitting parts provided on a lower surface of a second tape feeder having a standard width smaller than that of
the first tape feeder, out of the plurality of types of tape feeder,

wherein in a state in which the attachment is mounted on the feeder base by fitting the attachment side fitting parts into
the base side installing slots, an array pitch of the second feeder installing slots is smaller than an array pitch of the
base side installing slots, and becomes an array pitch corresponding to the standard width of the second tape feeder.

US Pat. No. 9,609,714

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE AND LIGHTING DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A power supply device, comprising:
LED driver circuits electrically connected to LED light sources, respectively; and
a control circuit, wherein
each of the LED light sources comprises light-emitting diodes electrically connected in series,
ends, on anode sides, of the LED light sources are electrically connected to each other,
the control circuit is configured to adjust electric currents flowing through the LED light sources through the LED driver
circuits, respectively, and

the control circuit is configured, when current is prohibited from flowing through a target light source, to perform control
of a target driver circuit so that a voltage lower than a threshold voltage at which current starts to flow through the target
light source is applied across the target light source, the target light source being a part of the LED light sources, the
target driver circuit comprising an LED driver circuit, corresponding to the target light source, of the LED driver circuits.

US Pat. No. 9,907,219

TRAY FEEDER AND COMPONENT MOUNTING APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A tray feeder which extracts one of trays where components are stored from corresponding one of magazines, and moves the
extracted tray to a component feed position, the tray feeder comprising:
a rack portion that comprises a plurality of magazine holding portions disposed in a vertical direction, the magazine holding
portions configured to hold the magazines respectively which are inserted horizontally through magazine exits/entrances provided
correspondingly to the magazine holding portions; and

a tray movement portion that extracts one of the trays from corresponding one of the magazines held in the magazine holding
portions, through a corresponding one of tray extraction ports provided correspondingly to the magazine holding portions respectively,
and moves the extracted tray to the component feed position,

wherein each of the magazine holding portions comprises a block unit which blocks communication between the magazine exit/entrance
and the tray extraction port provided correspondingly to one of the magazine holding portions when the magazine is removed
from the corresponding one of the magazine holding portions through the magazine exit/entrance, and

wherein the block unit comprises a swing shaft and a shutter member swingable around the swing shaft between a vertical posture
for blocking the communication between the magazine exit/entrance and the tray extraction port and a substantially horizontal
posture for allowing the communication between the magazine exit/entrance and the tray extraction port,

wherein the shutter member is attached to a ceiling surface of the magazine holding portion thorough the swing shaft, and
wherein the tray feeder further comprises:
a lock member that has a lock portion and a protruding portion,
wherein the lock member moves between “lock position” and “non-lock position” depending on a state that the protruding portion
is pushed or not, and

wherein in the state of the “lock position”, the lock portion is protruded in the magazine holding portion and locked to the
shutter member.

US Pat. No. 9,706,695

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING SYSTEM AND ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electronic component mounting system configured by coupling a plurality of component mounting devices that each conducts
a component mounting work for mounting an electronic component on a substrate,
the electronic component mounting system comprising:
a mode instruction unit configured to instruct one or more of the plurality of the component mounting devices to execute a
first work mode and concurrently one or more of the plurality of the component mounting devices to execute a second work mode
which is different from the first work mode;

a communication unit connected to the mode instruction unit and each of the plurality of the component mounting devices to
communicate one of the first or second work mode to each of the plurality of the component mounting devices; and

the plurality of component mounting devices, each of the component mounting devices comprising:
a first substrate transport mechanism and a second substrate transport mechanism each transporting a substrate delivered from
an upstream device in a substrate transport direction, and having a substrate holding unit that positions and holds the substrate;
and

a first work operation mechanism and a second work operation mechanism that are disposed in correspondence with the first
substrate transport mechanism and the second substrate transport mechanism, respectively, and each executes a given work operation
on the substrate held by the substrate holding unit,

wherein at least one of the component mounting devices serves as an electronic component mounting device that includes a first
tray feeder that stores an electronic component and a second tray feeder that stores an electronic component, and the at least
one of the component mounting devices further comprises a first mounting head that extracts the electronic component stored
in the first tray feeder as the first work operation mechanism and a second mounting head that extracts the electronic component
stored in the second tray feeder as the second work operation mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,743,568

REEL FOR COMPONENT MOUNTING APPARATUS AND COMPONENT SUPPLYING METHOD IN COMPONENT MOUNTING APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A component supplying method in a component mounting apparatus, the method comprising:
in a component supply part, pulling a carrier tape out of a reel and pitch-feeding and supplying the carrier tape by a tape
feeder, the carrier tape including a base tape having a pocket for receiving a component and a cover tape that covers the
pocket and is stuck on the base tape, the carrier tape including a distal end fixed to a reel core part of the reel, and a
brittle part that is broken by action of longitudinal tension in excess of a prescribed strength on the carrier tape, a part
of the carrier tape from the brittle part toward an end of the carrier tape being provided with continuous empty pockets of
a predetermined number in which the electronic components are not received, and another part of the carrier tape from the
brittle part away from the end of the carrier tape being provided with effective pockets with the electronic components received;

picking up a supplied component and mounting the component in a substrate by a mounting head; and
separating the carrier tape from the reel core part at the brittle part by the pitch-feed.

US Pat. No. 9,907,200

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE, LIGHT FIXTURE, AND VEHICLE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A power-supply device comprising:
a circuit board; and
a casing which includes a casing portion having an opening, and a cover portion disposed to cover the opening of the casing
portion,

wherein the casing portion has a through hole formed at a position corresponding to a connector terminal connected to the
circuit board, and

at least one rib is provided to a region having a size greater than or equal to an outside diameter of a connector of an external
connector line connected to the connector terminal in the casing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,795,030

METAL-CLAD LAMINATE AND PRINTED WIRING BOARD

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A metal-clad laminate comprising:
an insulating layer, and a metal layer present on at least one surface side of the insulating layer, wherein
the insulating layer is a laminate of at least three layers of a center layer, a first resin layer present on one surface
side of the center layer, and a second resin layer present on the other surface side of the center layer,

the center layer contains a cured product of a resin composition, and a fiber base material,
the first resin layer and the second resin layer are formed of cured products of resin compositions, respectively,
the resin composition in the center layer contains a thermosetting resin,
a resin contained in the resin composition in the center layer is different from resins contained in the resin compositions
in the first resin layer and the second resin layer, and

a coefficient of thermal expansion of the cured product of the resin composition contained in the first resin layer and a
coefficient of thermal expansion of the cured product of the resin composition contained in the second resin layer are between
10% and 70%, respectively, of a coefficient of thermal expansion of the cured product of the resin composition contained in
the center layer.

US Pat. No. 9,807,920

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING SYSTEM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electronic component mounting system comprising plural mounting line systems, and an integrated system capable of communication
with the plural mounting line systems,
wherein the plural mounting line systems comprise an electronic component mounting line comprising an electronic component
mounting apparatus that takes an electronic component out of an electronic component housing body in which plural electronic
components are housed and mounts the electronic component on a substrate,
a mounting line management unit which is connected to the electronic component mounting apparatus and comprises a local database
for storing information about a use status of the electronic components in a unit of the electronic component housing body,
andan identification information reading unit which is communicably connected to the mounting line management unit and reads
identification information attached to the electronic component housing body, and
the mounting line management unit comprises a component information reading unit that, when the identification information
read by the identification information reading unit is not stored in an integrated database of the integrated system, reads
from the local database and stores in the integrated database the identification information and information about a use status
of the electronic components housed in the electronic component housing body to which the identification information is attached.

US Pat. No. 9,781,812

LIGHTING CONTROL DEVICE, LIGHTING SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING LIGHTING DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A lighting control device, comprising:
a sensor that detects a state of a user and a gesture made by the user; and
a controller that controls a lighting characteristic of one or more lighting devices, wherein:
the sensor detects a first state and a second state of a hand of the user,
in response to the sensor detecting the hand of the user in the first state aiming at one lighting device among the one or
more lighting devices, the controller designates the one lighting device as a control target lighting device,

in response to the sensor detecting a predetermined gesture involving the hand in the second state, the controller controls
a lighting characteristic of the control target lighting device,

the one or more lighting devices comprise a plurality of lighting devices,
the sensor further detects a third state of the hand,
the controller switches between controlling one of the plurality of lighting devices and controlling two or more of the plurality
of lighting devices as a group in response to the sensor detecting the hand in the third state.

US Pat. No. 9,795,012

LIGHTING SYSTEM, CONTROLLER, OPERATION TERMINAL, AND ADDRESS DETERMINING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An address determining method for determining, in a lighting system including luminaires, image sensors which perform lighting
control for the luminaires, and a controller which gives the image sensors an instruction regarding lighting of the luminaires,
a positional relationship among the luminaires and the image sensors; the method comprising:
inputting map data to an external terminal indicating layout of the luminaires, the image sensors, and the controller;
receiving, by the controller, an external instruction for initial setting from the external terminal; and
providing, by the controller, the image sensors with the external instruction regarding lighting,
wherein when an image sensor among the image sensors receives the external instruction regarding lighting from the controller,
the image sensor performs lighting control in accordance with the external instruction regarding lighting on a luminaire among
the luminaires to determine (i) a relative position of the luminaire relative to the image sensor, and (ii) a relative position
of the image sensor relative to a different image sensor among the image sensors, and

determining, by the controller, positions of the image sensors and positions of the luminaires by collecting the relative
positions of the image sensors and the relative positions of the luminaires determined by the image sensors.

US Pat. No. 9,338,383

METHOD FOR DRIVING SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE INCLUDING STARTING/ENDING A RESET OPERATION ON PIXELS ARRANGED IN A TWO-DIMENSIONAL ARRAY

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A method for driving a solid-state imaging device including pixels arranged in a two-dimensional array of m columns in
a horizontal scanning direction and n rows in a vertical scanning direction, where n is an integer no less than 2 and m is
a natural number, wherein each of the pixels includes (i) a photoelectric converting unit which includes a photoelectric film,
(ii) a charge accumulation unit which accumulates signal charges output from the photoelectric conversion unit, (iii) a selection
transistor which reads out pixel signals associated with fluctuation in an amount of accumulated signal charges, and (iv)
a reset transistor which starts or ends a reset operation to reset the signal charges in the charge accumulating unit, the
method comprising:
reading out pixel signals of the pixels sequentially from a first row to an n-th row in one frame; and
ending a reset operation on pixels in an i-th row among the pixels when (i) a reset operation on pixels in an (i+1)-th row
among the pixels is in progress or (ii) time elapsed from when the reset operation on the pixels in the (i+1)-th row is ended
is less than one-frame capturing time, where i is an integer no less than 1 and no greater than (n?1),

wherein the method further comprises, in the following order, (i) in an L-th frame, reading out pixel signals in the (i+1)-th
row, (ii) in an (L+1)-th frame immediately following the L-th frame, starting the reset operation on the (i+1)-th row, (iii)
in the (L+1)-th frame, starting the reset operation on the i-th row, (iv) in the (L+1)-th frame, ending the reset operation
on the i-th row, and (v) in the (L+1)-th frame, reading out pixel signals in the i-th row, where L is a natural number.

US Pat. No. 10,426,014

DATA GENERATION METHOD, DATA REPRODUCTION METHOD, DATA GENERATION DEVICE AND DATA REPRODUCTION DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A data generation device comprising:a generating circuit configured to generate video data according to an Advanced Video Coding (AVC) standard and a second opto-electrical transfer function (OETF), an intensity of light within a second range being input into the second OETF; and
a storage to store:
video usability information (VUI) including a first value indicating a first OETF; and
supplemental enhancement information (SEI) including a second value indicating the second OETF, wherein
the first OETF supports a first range of an input intensity of light and the second range is wider than the first range, and
the first value is to be referred to by a decoding device that does not support the second OETF.

US Pat. No. 10,383,194

DATA GENERATION METHOD, DATA REPRODUCTION METHOD, DATA GENERATION DEVICE AND DATA REPRODUCTION DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A data generation device comprising:a generating circuit configured to generate video data according to an Advanced Video Coding (AVC) standard and a second opto-electrical transfer function (OETF); and
a storage to store:
video usability information (VUI) including a first value indicating a first OETF; and
supplemental enhancement information (SEI) including a second value indicating the second OETF, wherein
the first value and the second value each are selected from candidates defined in the AVC standard,
the candidates include a first candidate which is provided for the first value and which is equal to 1 or 14,
the candidates include a second candidate which is provided for the second value and which is equal to 18, and
the first value is to be referred to by a decoding device that does not support the second OETF.

US Pat. No. 10,031,519

DRIVING SUPPORT DEVICE, DRIVING SUPPORT SYSTEM, AND DRIVING SUPPORT METHOD

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A driving support device comprising:an image output unit, which, in operation, outputs image information for an image to a display unit, the image including a vehicle icon representing a vehicle and a sign icon representing a place;
an operation signal input unit, which, in operation, receives an operation signal of a user:
dragging, in the image, the vehicle icon to a position of the sign icon, or
dragging, in the image, the sign icon to a position of the vehicle icon; and
a command output unit, which, in operation, outputs, in response to the operation signal being received by the operation signal input unit, an automatic driving control command to an automatic driving control unit configured to control automatic driving of the vehicle, the automatic driving control command setting a course of the vehicle to the place.

US Pat. No. 9,986,222

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An image processing method for performing image processing on a first perspective image and a second perspective image, the first perspective image and the second perspective image forming a 3D display image and being specified via selection from a group of images, the group of images being obtained by capturing a subject from at least three different perspectives, the method comprising:performing, using an adjustment unit, adjustment processing on the first perspective image based on a prescribed reference position and a capturing position for the first perspective image, the adjustment processing shifting a position of image data representing the subject in the first perspective image to a position in which the subject would appear if the capturing position for the first perspective image were the prescribed reference position, and
performing, using the adjustment unit, adjustment processing on the second perspective image based on the prescribed reference position and a capturing position for the second perspective image, the adjustment processing shifting a position of image data representing the subject in the second perspective image to a position in which the subject would appear if the capturing position for the second perspective image were the prescribed reference position.

US Pat. No. 9,257,945

AMPLIFIER APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An amplifier apparatus comprising:
a power amplification unit for amplifying a power of an input audio signal by switching a power supply voltage using a pulse
width modulation signal appropriate for a level of the input audio signal;

a power-supply voltage control unit for detecting an amplitude level of the input audio signal and applying a target set voltage
appropriate for the detected amplitude level of the input audio signal to the power amplification unit as the power supply
voltage; and

a PWM modulation unit;
the PWM modulation unit including:
a pulse width conversion unit for converting the input audio signal to a pulse width modulation signal with a pulse width
appropriate for the level of the input audio signal; and

a pulse width correction unit for correcting the pulse width of the pulse width modulation signal generated by the pulse width
conversion unit based on the target set voltage to cancel out a change in amplification gain of the power amplification unit,
and applying the corrected pulse width modulation signal to the power amplification unit.

US Pat. No. 9,279,826

INERTIAL FORCE SENSOR WITH A CORRECTION UNIT

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An inertial force sensor comprising:
a detection element;
a detection circuit for detecting an amount of inertia corresponding to an inertial force applied to the detection element;
a first low-pass filter connected to an output side of the detection circuit; and
a correction circuit for correcting an output of the first low-pass filter,
wherein the correction circuit includes:
a correction amount generation unit connected to an output side of the first low-pass filter;
a correction amount storage unit connected to an output side of the correction amount generation unit;
a correction unit connected to the output side of the first low-pass filter and to an output side of the correction amount
storage unit; and

an inertia amount determination unit for outputting an instruction signal,
wherein the correction amount generation unit includes:
a data masking circuit masking an output value of the first low-pass filter;
a high-pass filter connected to an output side of the data masking circuit; and
a calculation circuit connected to the output side of the first low-pass filter and to an output side of the high-pass filter,
the calculation circuit outputting a correction amount which is a difference between the output value of the first low-pass
filter and an output value of the high-pass filter,

wherein the correction amount storage unit stores the correction amount if the inertia amount determination unit outputs the
instruction signal, and

wherein the correction unit corrects an output value of the first low-pass filter based on a correction amount stored in the
correction amount storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,918,390

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING SYSTEM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electronic component mounting system for mounting a plurality of types of electronic components on a board by using
an electronic component mounter that executes an electronic component mounting operation for mounting the plurality of types
of electronic components on the board, the electronic component mounting system comprising:
a component information storage that stores component information including an operating parameter for numerical determination
of an operation mode of the electronic component mounter for the electronic component mounting operation;

a mounting error recorder that detects a mounting error occurring during the electronic component mounting operation and records
mounting error information relating to an occurrence situation of the mounting error;

a component information change history storage that stores a change history of the component information stored in the component
information storage; and

a display that displays a transition of the mounting error recorded by the mounting error recording tool on a screen of the
display in a graphical form, and reads past component information for designated date and time on the screen displayed in
the graphical form from the component information change history storage based on the designated date and time on the screen
displayed in the graphical form and displays the past component information on the screen of the display.

US Pat. No. 10,076,070

COMPONENT MOUNTING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A component mounting method comprising:providing a component mounting line with a solder printer that prints on a board with cream solder through a mask;
providing the component mounting line with a component mounting apparatus, the component mounting apparatus including a mounting unit that mounts an electronic component on the board and a component supply unit that supplies the electronic component or a chip solder;
calculating a plurality of sizes of the chip solder, each size of the chip solder corresponding to a size of each electrode of the board to which the electronic component is mounted;
storing the calculated plurality of sizes of the chip solder as part of production data used to mount the electronic component and the chip solder on the board;
printing, by the solder printer, the cream solder on the board through the mask;
supplying, by the component supply unit, the chip solder with the calculated size, based on the production data of each electrode of the board;
mounting the chip solder supplied from the component supply unit, on the board, by the mounting unit, based on the production data;
supplying, by the component supply unit, the electronic component to be mounted on the board; and
mounting, by the mounting unit, the electronic component supplied from the component supply unit, on the board.

US Pat. No. 10,045,470

COMPONENT MOUNTING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A component mounting method in a component mounting apparatus that mounts a component onto a board distributed by a board distributing apparatus, in which the component mounting apparatus includes two transport lanes, each having a carry-in area where the board distributed by the board distributing apparatus is carried and a mounting area where the component is mounted on the board received from the carry-in area, the method comprising:distributing one or more boards to one or both of the two transport lanes;
determining which one of the two transport lanes the board from the board distributing apparatus is carried to based on a presence or absence of the one or more boards in the carry-in area and the mounting area, and outputting a board request signal for requesting a distribution of the board to the determined transport lane to the board distributing apparatus; and
mounting the component onto the board distributed to the transport lane for which the board is requested.

US Pat. No. 9,961,820

COMPONENT REPLENISHMENT SUPPORT METHOD AND COMPONENT REPLENISHMENT SUPPORT SYSTEM IN COMPONENT MOUNTING LINE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A component replenishment support method in a component mounting line including a component mounting apparatus that pulls out a component supplied from a plurality of part feeders and mounts the component on a substrate, the method comprising:a component shortage time prediction step of predicting a component shortage time of each of the plurality of part feeders;
a selection step of selecting a part feeder of which the component shortage time exceeds a predetermined warning start time, and is within a warning consideration start time preceding the warning start time as at least one selection feeder, from the plurality of part feeders;
a first work end time prediction step of starting component replenishment work from the later time of either a time at which the component replenishment work is ended in all of the part feeders of which the component shortage time is within the warning start time after a start of the component replenishment work from the present time, or an overtime of a case where the component shortage time of any of the at least one selection feeder exceeds a time at which the component shortage time firstly reaches the warning start time, and predicting a first component replenishment work end time of the at least one selection feeder in a case where the component replenishment work is assumed to be performed in sequence of early component shortage time by using the at least one selection feeder as a target;
a second work end time prediction step of starting component replenishment work from the present time in a case where the at least one selection feeder of which the component shortage time is earlier than the first component replenishment work end time is present, and predicting a second component replenishment work end time of the at least one selection feeder in a case where the component replenishment work is assumed to be performed in sequence of early component shortage time by using the part feeder of which the component shortage time is within the warning consideration start time as a target; and
a first warning step of warning a man-hour lack to the at least one selection feeder, in a case where the at least one selection feeder of which the component shortage time is earlier than the second component replenishment work end time is present.

US Pat. No. 9,284,955

COMPRESSOR

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A compressor comprising a container provided therein with a compressing mechanism for compressing refrigerant gas and an
electric motor for driving the compressing mechanism, wherein
the compressing mechanism comprises an oil separating mechanism, a fixed scroll, an orbiting scroll disposed so as to oppose
the fixed scroll, a main bearing member for supporting a shaft that drives the orbiting scroll, and a discharge port,

an interior of the container is divided by the compressing mechanism into a first container space and a second container space,
and

a discharge pipe for discharging the refrigerant gas to outside of the container from the first container space is provided,
and the electric motor is disposed in the second container space, the oil separating mechanism separates oil from the refrigerant
gas discharged from the discharge port of the compressing mechanism, and the oil separating mechanism comprises

a cylindrical space in which the refrigerant gas flows spirally, the cylindrical space being formed in each of the fixed scroll
and the main bearing member,

an inflow portion for relaying the refrigerant gas discharged from the compressing mechanism into the cylindrical space before
reaching the first container space or the second container space,

a sending-out port for sending out the refrigerant gas from which the oil is separated, from the cylindrical space to the
first container space, and

an exhaust port for discharging the separated oil from the cylindrical space,
the exhaust port being brought into communication with the second container space,
the sending-out port is formed on a side of an upper end of the cylindrical space,
the exhaust port is formed on a side of a lower end of the cylindrical space, and
a center of the sending-out port is deviated relative to a center axis of the cylindrical space in a direction opposite to
the flow portion.

US Pat. No. 10,021,687

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A wireless communication device comprising:a control station; and
a slave station,
wherein the control station and the slave station perform communication with each other using a time division multiplex scheme,
wherein the control station transmits channel information indicating a slot that is available for data transmission from the slave station,
wherein the slave station selects the slot included in the transmitted channel information, and activates the communication with the control station,
wherein the control station includes:
a wireless communication interface that performs wireless communication,
a memory that stores a plurality of interfering wave thresholds, each interfering wave threshold of the plurality of interfering wave thresholds being associated with a number of empty slots,
a storage that stores a reception signal strength of an interfering wave for each slot of a plurality of slots, for a predetermined frequency, and,
a processor, when executing a control program, that performs operations comprising:
setting an interfering wave threshold, which is selected from the plurality of interfering wave thresholds stored in the memory;
setting a threshold number of empty slots, by selecting the number of empty slots associated with the set interfering wave threshold;
performing a comparison between the reception signal strength of each slot of the plurality of slots and the set interfering wave threshold;
counting a number of slots, of the plurality of slots, in which the reception signal strength of the slots is equal to or smaller than the set interfering wave threshold, based on a result of the comparison;
determining whether the counted number of slots is equal to or greater than the set number of empty slots;
when it is determined that the counted number of slots is equal to or greater than the set threshold number of empty slots, transmitting, to the slave station, the channel information indicating the slots in which the reception signal strength of the slots is equal to or smaller than the set interfering wave threshold; and
when it is determined that the counted number of slots is smaller than the set threshold number of empty slots, returning the operations to the setting of the interfering wave threshold by selecting an other interfering wave threshold from the plurality of interference wave thresholds stored in the memory, the other interfering wave threshold being higher than the set interfering wave threshold,
wherein, in the setting of the interfering wave threshold, a lowest interfering wave threshold is selected from the plurality of thresholds stored in the memory, as an initial interfering wave threshold,
wherein, after returning the operations to the setting of the interfering wave threshold, the processor repeats the operations starting from the setting of the interfering wave threshold, until it is determined that the counted number of slots is equal to or greater than the set threshold number of empty slots.

US Pat. No. 9,395,552

BLUR CORRECTION DEVICE, AND LENS BARREL PROVIDED WITH BLUR CORRECTION DEVICE, AND CAMERA SYSTEM

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A blur correction device comprising:
a movable frame which supports a correction optical system, and is movable in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis
of the correction optical system, the movable frame having a through hole formed along the optical axis;

a base part which holds the movable frame in a movable state;
a base frame which has a facing surface disposed to face the base part, and forms a space, where the movable frame moves,
between the base frame and the base part;

a guide shaft which has one end side supported on the base part and another end side supported on the base frame, the guide
shaft being disposed inside the through hole formed in the movable frame;

a locking member which is movably supported by the guide shaft, the locking member being configured to move into the through
hole formed in the movable frame to come into contact with a part of the movable frame for restricting movement of the movable
frame in a direction intersecting the optical axis of the movable frame; and

a drive unit which drives the locking member along the guide shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,286,317

INFORMATION PROCESSING EQUIPMENT

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An information processing equipment capable of being connected to an external storage comprising:
a division processor configured to divide original data into a plurality of sets of divided data;
an internal storage configured to store the divided data;
a storage location selector configured to select the external storage and the internal storage as storage locations for the
plurality of sets of divided data and to store the divided data into the selected storage locations; and

a rate measurer configured to write predetermined data in each of the storage locations and to measure a data reading rate
and/or a data writing rate of the storage location on the basis of the time required to read and/or write the predetermined
data, wherein:

the division processor is configured to determine a division ratio of divided data between the external storage and the internal
storage according to a data reading rate and/or a data writing rate of the storage locations selected by the storage location
selector, and

wherein the division processor is configured to divide the original data into divided pieces, a number of which is equal to
a total number of division ratio, and to distribute the divided pieces according to the division ratio, thereby creating the
divided data.

US Pat. No. 9,277,217

VIDEO CODING DEVICE FOR CODING VIDEOS OF A PLURALITY OF QUALITIES TO GENERATE STREAMS AND VIDEO PLAYBACK DEVICE FOR PLAYING BACK STREAMS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A video encoding device, comprising:
a first encoder configured to generate a video stream conforming to a first encoding format by compress-encoding a first video
of a first quality converted from an original video;

a second encoder configured to generate a base-view video stream and a dependent-view video stream both conforming to a second
encoding format that allows for an inter-view reference; and

an outputter configured to output the video streams generated by the first encoder and the second encoder,
wherein the second encoder generates, as the base-view video stream, a video stream that is dummy data including the same
number of pictures as the video stream generated by compress-encoding the first video, and

generates the dependent-view video stream by compress-encoding a second video by using, as reference pictures, pictures included
in the video stream conforming to the first encoding format that have the same time information as pictures included in the
base-view video stream and corresponding to pictures constituting the second video, the second video being of a second quality
higher than the first quality and being converted from the original video.

US Pat. No. 10,015,919

COMPONENT SUPPLY DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A component supply device comprising:a first unit which pitch feeds components to a component suction position; and
a second unit which supplies a carrier tape which stores the components and is covered by a cover tape to the first unit,
wherein the first unit includes
a first unit tape guideway which guides the carrier tape to the component suction position,
a first unit sprocket drive mechanism which feeds the carrier tape to the component suction position by causing a sprocket to rotate in a state in which feed pins of the sprocket are caused to mesh with sprocket holes of the carrier tape, and
a component exposing member for exposing a portion of the cover tape, wherein the second unit includes
a second unit tape guideway into which the carrier tape is inserted and which feeds the carrier tape to the first unit, and
wherein the second unit is attached to be attachable and detachable in relation to the first unit.

US Pat. No. 9,794,998

LIGHTING SYSTEM AND CONTROLLER

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A lighting system comprising:
a plurality of lighting devices;
a controller which controls each of the plurality of lighting devices; and
a sensor which detects brightness of a region illuminated by at least two lighting devices among the plurality of lighting
devices, wherein:

each of the plurality of lighting devices includes:
a light source; and
a light source controller which controls the light source in accordance with an instruction transmitted from the controller,
the controller includes:
a storage storing a predetermined dimming level and a target value of the brightness of the region; and
a lighting controller operable in a plurality of operation modes,
the plurality of operation modes include a sensor mode for controlling the at least two lighting devices to cause the brightness
of the region to approach the target value, and

when the lighting controller obtains an instruction to operate in the sensor mode, the lighting controller performs (a) transition
control for controlling the at least two lighting devices, by transmitting a transition instruction, to cause the at least
two lighting devices to provide illumination at the predetermined dimming level, without using a result of detection by the
sensor, and (b) dimming control for controlling the at least two lighting devices to cause the brightness indicated by the
result of detection by the sensor to approach the target value, after transmitting the transition instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,349,569

COMPONENT MOUNTING DEVICE AND COMPONENT MOUNTING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A component mounting method that mounts electronic components on a board, the electronic components including a fitting component to be attached by a mechanical fitting or engagement to a to-be-attached part formed in the board, the component mounting method comprising:a moving and mounting process of holding and taking out the fitting component by a holding unit attached to a moving and mounting head from a component supply part to move and mount the fitting component on the to-be-attached part of the board; and
a pressing process of pressing the fitting component that is moved and mounted on the to-be-attached part by a pressing unit attached to a pressing head to attach the fitting component to the to-be-attached part,
wherein a planar shape of a tip of the pressing unit intended to contact with the fitting component is smaller than a planar shape of a tip of the holding unit intended to contact with the fitting component, and
wherein in the pressing process, the pressing unit presses different positions of an upper surface of the fitting component at different timings, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,642,133

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A master communication apparatus comprising:
processing circuitry which, in operation, generates multiple slots for communicating synchronization messages, and allocates
the multiple slots to slave communication apparatuses, respectively, including at least first and second slave communication
apparatuses; and

communication circuitry which, in operation, establishes wired connections with the slave communication apparatuses, respectively;
communicates to the slave communication apparatuses slot allocation information indicative of which of the multiple slots
is allocated to which of the slave communication apparatuses; exchanges the synchronization messages with the first slave
communication apparatus, over the wired connection, using the slot allocated to the first slave communication apparatus wherein
the synchronization messages are usable for the first slave communication apparatus to correct a first internal clock; and
exchanges the synchronization messages with the second slave communication apparatus, over the wired connection using the
slot allocated to the second slave communication apparatus wherein the synchronization messages are usable for the second
slave communication apparatus to correct a second internal clock.

US Pat. No. 9,281,538

THIN BATTERY AND BATTERY DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A thin battery comprising an electrode assembly in sheet form and a housing for accommodating the electrode assembly,
the electrode assembly including a positive electrode, a negative electrode, and an electrolyte layer interposed between the
positive and negative electrodes, and

a lubricating material with a lubricating effect, being interposed between an inner surface of the housing and the electrode
assembly,

wherein the thin battery has a thickness of 5 mm or less and is flexible,
the housing having an upper main surface and a lower main surface, and a plurality of side edge portions opposing outer side
edges of the electrode assembly, the plurality of side edge portions surrounding the outer side edges of the electrode assembly
when viewed in plan, said side edge portions of the housing being flexible, and

the lubricating material is present, at least, between entire end surfaces of the electrode assembly on both sides in a thickness
direction thereof, and two main flat surfaces of the inner surface of the housing which face the end surfaces, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,293,915

ELECTRIC POWER CONTROL DEVICE AND ELECTRIC POWER CONTROL SYSTEM USING SAME

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An electric power control device, comprising:
a power generation amount acquisition unit acquiring an amount of electricity that has been generated in a power generation
device installed at a consumer side;

a power selling amount acquisition unit acquiring an amount of electricity for sale that has been allowed to flow into an
electric power system by reverse power flow, among the electricity generated in said power generation device;

a threshold value setting unit configured to set a threshold value for the amount of the electricity for sale, as proportional
to the amount of the generated electricity acquired by said power generation amount acquisition unit; and

a power selling suppression control unit configured to suppress the reverse power flow into said electric power system so
that the amount of the electricity for sale is set to said threshold value or less.

US Pat. No. 9,485,842

LIGHTING SYSTEM AND CONTROL DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A lighting system comprising:
a lighting fixture that is to be connected to a distribution board via a power line and emits light when supplied with power
over the power line;

a demand controller that obtains power usage of a plurality of devices, including the lighting fixture, connected to the distribution
board via power lines, and outputs a demand signal based on the power usage obtained; and

a control device including:
a switch provided on the power line connected to the lighting fixture; and
a switch controller that interrupts supply of power over the power line for a predetermined period of time by controlling
the switch based on the demand signal output by the demand controller,

wherein the lighting fixture includes:
a light emitter that emits light when supplied with power over the power line;
a detector that detects an interruption in the supply of power; and
a controller that causes the light emitter to emit light in a second dimming state if the detector detects that the supply
of power has been interrupted for the predetermined period of time, the second dimming state being darker than a first dimming
state in which the light emitter emitted light immediately before the detection that the supply of power has been interrupted
for the predetermined period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,326,308

PAIRING METHOD AND TERMINAL APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

14. A terminal apparatus which configures a wireless communication system along with a first electronic device and a second
electronic device,
the devices each having a wireless communication function,
the first electronic device holding identification information for identifying the particular third electronic device, and
the second electronic device holding a pass key for uniquely specifying the second electronic device,
the terminal apparatus comprising:
a storage medium which holds a pass key for uniquely specifying the terminal apparatus;
a transmission circuit which transmits the pass key, held in the storage medium, to the first electronic device;
a reception circuit which, when the first electronic device transfers the pass key to the second electronic device, receives
the pass key of the second electronic device from the second electronic device which has responded to the transfer; and

a control circuit which establishes connection with the second electronic device.

US Pat. No. 9,298,214

DISPLAY APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a display panel;
a backlight serving as a light source of the display panel;
a pair of inverter circuit hoards that are respectively arranged in vicinities of end portions in a longitudinal direction
of a back side of the display panel and supply power to the backlight;

an expansion slot unit having an expansion slot into which an expansion board can be inserted, a case that includes a slit
serving as an opening through which the expansion board to be inserted into the expansion slot is inserted and can guide and
house the expansion board, and an expansion slot board which is connected to the expansion slot; and

a main board connected to a terminal group capable of wired communication with external devices on the back side of the display
panel,

wherein the expansion slot unit is arranged on the back side of the display panel to be adjacent to a side of one of the pair
of the inverter circuit boards,

the slit is provided in an open state at a position separated from the side edge of the display panel by more than a length
in an insertion direction of the expansion hoard that is inserted, and

the main board includes a cutaway portion that is cut away in a shape corresponding to the shape of the expansion slot unit.

US Pat. No. 9,287,488

PIEZOELECTRIC ACTUATOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A piezoelectric actuator device comprising:
a vibrator including:
a lower vibration layer configured to vibrate, and
an upper vibration layer coupled to an upper surface of the lower vibration layer and configured to vibrate together with
the lower vibration layer; and

a driver configured to vibrate the vibrator, the driver including:
an upper electrode layer provided on a lower surface of the lower vibration layer,
piezoelectric layer provided on a lower surface of the upper electrode layer, and
a lower electrode layer provided on a lower surface of the piezoelectric layer, the driver being configured to vibrate the
vibrator,

wherein the lower vibration layer of the vibrator is mainly made of certain organic material,
wherein the upper vibration layer of the vibrator is mainly made of certain inorganic material,
wherein the lower vibration layer has a smaller longitudinal elastic modulus than the upper vibration layer, and
wherein the lower vibration layer and the upper vibration layer are configured such that:
the lower vibration layer is made of one or more first inorganic materials and one or more first organic materials including
the certain organic material, and a total of volume ratios of volumes of the one or more first organic materials to a volume
of the lower vibration layer is not smaller than ?, and is larger than a volume ratio of a volume of each of the one or more
first inorganic materials to the volume of the lower vibration layer; or

the upper vibration layer is made of one or more second organic materials and one or more second inorganic materials including
the certain inorganic material, and a total of volume ratios of volumes of the one or more second inorganic materials to a
volume of the upper vibration layer is not smaller than ?, and is larger than a volume ratio of each of volumes of the one
or more second organic materials to the volume of the upper vibration layer.

US Pat. No. 9,286,775

MONITORING CAMERA AND MONITORING CAMERA CONTROL METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A monitoring camera comprising:
an imager having a zoom lens;
a turn table that moves the imager in panning and tilting directions;
an image processor which subjects an image captured by the imager to image processing for identifying a tracking target, and
generates tracking information including information about motion of the tracking target and pan, tilt and zoom information;

a tracker unit which tracks the tracking target by controlling the zoom lens of the imager in accordance with the zoom information
generated by the image processor and controlling the turn table in accordance with the pan and tilt information generated
by the image processor; and

an intrusion detector which determines, during tracking of the tracking target by controlling the turn table, based on the
information about motion of the tracking target generated by the image processor, whether or not the tracking target intrudes
inside of a preset area from outside, and outputs an alarm only if the tracking target intrudes the inside of the preset area
from the outside,

wherein, if tracking of the tracking target starts from the inside of the preset area and the tracking target remains in the
preset area, the intrusion detector does not output the alarm,

wherein, if tracking of the tracking target starts from the inside of the preset area and the tracking target moves to the
outside of the preset area, the intrusion detector does not output the alarm,

wherein the image processor has at least a search state, in which it is determined whether or not a moving subject is a person,
and a tracking state in which the person determined in the search state is tracked, and

wherein the intrusion detector outputs the alarm when the image processor is in the tracking state.

US Pat. No. 9,563,403

RANDOM NUMBER GENERATING DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A random number generating device comprising:
an arithmetic random number generator that generates an arithmetic random number sequence;
an arithmetic random number converter that sequentially reads at least one arithmetic random number from the arithmetic random
number sequence and converts a value of the read arithmetic random number into a voltage or current value of at least two
predetermined levels of gray scale having an identical polarity;

a hysteresis unit that outputs values depending on a presently-input voltage or current value and a previously-input voltage
or current value with respect to the sequentially-input voltage or current value; and

a threshold processor that binarizes the output of the hysteresis unit,
wherein the arithmetic random number converter alternately outputs a positive value and a negative value using the voltage
or current that is converted based on the arithmetic random number, and outputs the voltage or current value of the at least
two levels of gray scale converted according to the value of the arithmetic random number as at least one of the positive
value and the negative value.

US Pat. No. 9,288,830

ELECTRONIC DEVICE CAPABLE OF COMMUNICATING WITH ANOTHER DEVICE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An electronic device capable of communicating with another electronic device and permitting remote control from the other
device, comprising:
a first communicating unit configured to wirelessly communicate with the other electronic device; and
a controller configured to establish wireless communication with the other electronic device through the first communicating
unit by using setting information, wherein

the controller
permits the other electronic device to remotely control the operation of the electronic device within a first range, when
the setting information used for establishing the communication is information not-temporarily issued,

permits the other electronic device to remotely control the operation of the electronic device within a second range which
is limited as compared to the first range, when the setting information used for establishing the communication is information
temporarily issued.

US Pat. No. 9,974,127

LIGHTING DEVICE AND LUMINAIRE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A lighting device, comprising:a rectifier circuit having a pair of output terminals that are to be connected to a load circuit including two or more solid light sources, the two or more solid light sources being connected in series, the rectifier circuit being configured to rectify an AC voltage so as to generate a pulsating voltage between the output terminals;
a drive circuit configured to change a number of the two or more solid light sources which emit light, according to a change in a voltage value of the pulsating voltage, so that a period of the pulsating voltage includes
a first time period during which a part of the two or more solid light sources emits light and other of the two or more solid light sources do not emit light, and
a second time period during which all of the two or more solid light sources emit light; and
a current control circuit including two or more constant current circuits that respectively correspond to the two or more solid light sources and a setting circuit operably connected to the two or more constant current circuits and configured to set a reference voltage input to the two or more constant current circuits to control, in at least the second time period, a value of current flowing through the load circuit according to an average voltage of the pulsating voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,295,115

LIGHTING APPARATUS AND ILLUMINATING FIXTURE WITH THE SAME

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A lighting apparatus, comprising:
a switching element connected to a DC power supply;
an inductor through which a current flows from the DC power supply when the switching element is turned on, said inductor
being connected to the switching element;

a diode that discharges electromagnetic energy stored in the inductor, when the switching element is turned on, to a light
source load comprising a semiconductor light emitting element when the switching element is turned off;

an output capacitor connected in parallel with the light source load and configured to smooth a pulsation component of an
output current supplied to the light source load, said pulsation component being caused by the turning on and off of the switching
element; and

a control circuit configured to receive a dimming signal corresponding to a dimmer setting corresponding to a brightness level
of the light source load and to control an On and Off operation of the switching element,

wherein the control circuit operates in first, second and third control modes as control modes of the switching element, and
is configured:

(i), if the dimming signal corresponds to a first dimmer setting range corresponding to a maximum brightness level of the
light source load, to operate in the first control mode to turn the switching element on and off at a first switching frequency
and a first On time so that a current flows through the inductor in a critical mode or a discontinuous mode, thereby lighting
the light source load to the maximum brightness level of the light source load; and

(ii), if the dimming signal corresponds to one of at least two second dimmer setting ranges each of which corresponds to a
brightness level range between a brightness level lower than the maximum brightness level of the light source load and a brightness
level higher than the minimum brightness level of the light source load, to operate in the second control mode or the third
control mode to light the light source load, wherein the control circuit is configured:

when operating in the second control mode according to a second dimmer setting range, to change the On time of the switching
element in a range including second On times shorter than any On time in a control mode corresponding to a dimmer setting
range, higher in brightness level, adjacent to the second dimmer setting range while maintaining a second switching frequency
which is substantially equal to a switching frequency of a lower limit in the control mode corresponding to the dimmer setting
range, higher in brightness level, adjacent to the second dimmer setting range; and

when operating in the third control mode according to a second dimmer setting range, to change the switching frequency of
the switching element in a range including third switching frequencies lower than any switching frequency in a control mode
corresponding to a dimmer setting range, higher in brightness level, adjacent to the second dimmer setting range of the third
control mode while maintaining a third On time which is substantially equal to an On time of a lower limit in the control
mode corresponding to the dimmer setting range, higher in brightness level, adjacent to the second dimmer setting range of
the third control mode.

US Pat. No. 9,288,839

BASE STATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DECIDING MASTER BASE STATION APPARATUS

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A base station apparatus used in a communication system having a time division communication scheme in which a plurality
of base station apparatuses, in operation, synchronize with a master base station apparatus, the base station apparatus comprising:
a memory,
a processor coupled to the memory and adapted to:
a) for each of all pairs of two arbitrary communicable base station apparatuses among the plurality of base station apparatuses,
collect parameters concerning received electric field strength of communication between the two arbitrary communicable base
station apparatuses;

b) select each of the plurality of base station apparatuses as a candidate master base station apparatus, and for each of
the candidate master base station apparatuses:

i) compare the collected parameters to set a communication route between the candidate master base station apparatus and each
of all other base station apparatuses that are communicable with the candidate master base station apparatus; and

ii) check the number of base station apparatus(es) interposed between the candidate master base station apparatus and each
of all other base station apparatuses in each communication route, to determine the maximum number of interposed base station
apparatuses;

c) select a candidate master base station apparatus from the plurality of base station apparatuses evaluated in b) above,
which has the smallest maximum number of interposed base station apparatuses, as the master base station apparatus; and

d) notify all others among the plurality of base station apparatuses of information regarding the selected master base station
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,497,867

THIN DISPLAY DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A thin display device, comprising:
a display unit including a flat-type display panel and a drive circuit block for displaying an image on the display panel;
and

an outer casing accommodating the display unit and a device component, upper corner regions and lower corner regions of the
outer casing being held by upper corner shock-absorbing members and lower corner shock-absorbing members, respectively, disposed
separately at upper corners and lower corners of a packing box when the thin display device is accommodated in the packing
box,
wherein the device component is accommodated in a peripheral portion of the outer casing such that a center of gravity of
the device component is positioned within at least one of a first region of the outer casing where the upper corner shock-absorbing
members hold the outer casing and a second region of the outer casing where the lower corner shock-absorbing members hold
the outer casing,
wherein each of the upper corner shock-absorbing members includes a corner region covering a corresponding one of upper corner
regions of the outer casing and an extension region extending from the corner region toward an opposite one of the upper corner
regions, and each of the lower corner shock-absorbing members includes a corner region covering a corresponding one of the
lower corner regions of the outer casing and an extension region extending from the corner region toward an opposite one of
the lower corner regions,

wherein the extension region of each of the upper corner shock-absorbing members and the extension region of each of the lower
corner shock-absorbing members includes a projection projecting orthogonally with respect to the display panel to abut against
an inner wall surface of the packing box at only a tip end of the respective projection, and

wherein the device component is positioned such that a distance between a center of gravity of the device component and a
respective corner region is less than a distance between the tip end of the respective projection and the respective corner
region.

US Pat. No. 9,478,584

NONVOLATILE MEMORY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A nonvolatile memory device comprising:
an insulating layer;
a plurality of oxygen diffusion prevention layers disposed on the insulating layer;
a plurality of contact plugs, each of the plurality of the contact plugs penetrating through each of the plurality of the
oxygen diffusion prevention layers and at least a part of the insulating layer; and

a plurality of resistance-variable elements, each of the plurality of the resistance-variable elements covering each of the
plurality of the contact plugs exposed on surfaces of the oxygen diffusion prevention layers and being electrically connected
to each of the plurality of the contact plugs,

wherein each of the oxygen diffusion prevention layers is provided only between the insulating layer and each of the plurality
of the resistance-variable elements to correspond to each of the plurality of the contact plugs arranged for each of the plurality
of the resistance-variable elements, and

wherein each of the plurality of the resistance-variable elements includes:
a first electrode;
a second electrode disposed above the first electrode; and
a resistance-variable layer which is disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode, and resistance value of
the resistance-variable layer changing reversibly on the basis of an electrical signal provided between the first electrode
and the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,332,682

METHOD OF MOUNTING ELECTRONIC PARTS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A component mounting method using an electronic component mounting apparatus comprising:
a substrate transport mechanism comprising a first substrate transport lane and a second substrate transport lane which transport
substrates on which electronic components are to be mounted and which are arranged in parallel;

a component supply unit that is disposed on a side of the substrate transport mechanism and supplies the electronic components;
and

a tray feeder that comprises a first tray supply mechanism and a second tray supply mechanism arranged in parallel, each having
a function of retrieving trays from a tray housing unit that is disposed in the component supply unit and houses the trays
storing therein the electronic components in a plane, and transferring the trays to a component pickup position;

a component mounting mechanism comprising: a mounting head that picks up and holds the electronic components from the trays
transferred to the component pickup position; and a head transfer mechanism that transfers the mounting head; and

a controller that controls the substrate transport mechanism, the component supply unit, and the component mounting mechanism,
whereby the electronic components are picked up from the component supply unit by the mounting head, and mounted on the substrates
transported by the substrate transport mechanism,

said component mounting method comprising:
transporting a first substrate by the first substrate transport lane, and a second substrate different in type from the first
substrate by the second substrate transport lane;

supplying a first component to be mounted on the first substrate by the first tray supply mechanism, and a second component
to be mounted on the second substrate by the second tray supply mechanism;

outputting a scheduled production number completion signal or a scheduled production number completion estimate signal for
a substrate type of one of the first substrate and the second substrate;

executing, by the controller in response to the scheduled production number completion signal or the scheduled production
number completion estimate signal, a use stop setting for one of the first tray supply mechanism and the second tray supply
mechanism corresponding to the substrate type to which the scheduled production number completion signal or the scheduled
production number completion estimate signal is outputted while continuing a component mounting operation by the other of
the first tray supply mechanism and the second tray supply mechanism; and

executing a preceding setup change operation for producing a subsequent substrate type for the tray supply mechanism that
has been set to the use stop setting while continuing a component mounting operation by allowing the controller to prohibit
an access of the mounting head to the tray supply mechanism having been set to the use stop setting, and to permit an operation
access of an operator to the tray housing unit of the tray supply mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,307,630

DEVICE MOUNTING BOARD, CELL, AND BATTERY MODULE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A device mounting board comprising:
a heat dissipating substrate formed of a material containing at least one metal material selected from a group including Al,
Mg, and Ti;

an insulating resin layer laminated on the heat dissipating substrate; and
a wiring layer laminated on the insulating resin layer,
wherein the heat dissipating substrate comprises a first porous layer having a surface facing the insulating resin layer,
and having cavities elongated in respective random directions,

the first porous layer includes a mixture of first elongated cavities and second elongated cavities,
a longitudinal direction of the first elongated cavities is orthogonal to the surface of the first porous layer,
a longitudinal direction of the second elongated cavities is other than a direction orthogonal to the surface of the first
porous layer,

the heat dissipating substrate further comprises a second porous layer formed between the first porous layer and the insulating
resin layer, the second porous layer having a first surface facing the insulating resin layer and a second surface facing
the first porous layer, and

the second porous layer has cylindrical micropores which are elongated along a direction orthogonal to the first surface of
the second porous layer toward the second surface of the second porous layer, and which do not reach the second surface of
the second porous layer.

US Pat. No. 9,288,063

UNAUTHORIZED CONNECTION DETECTING DEVICE, UNAUTHORIZED CONNECTION DETECTING SYSTEM, AND UNAUTHORIZED CONNECTION DETECTING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An unauthorized connection detecting device which detects whether or not a charge/discharge device connected to the unauthorized
connection detecting device is an unauthorized charge/discharge device, the charge/discharge device being included in charge/discharge
devices for charging or discharging a secondary battery with power, and the unauthorized connection detecting device comprising:
a non-transitory memory storing a program; and
a hardware processor configured to execute the program and cause the unauthorized connection detecting device to operate as:
a time information obtaining unit configured to obtain, as time information, information from a first charge/discharge device
when the unauthorized connection detecting device is connected to the first charge/discharge device, the information indicating
at least one of (i) an issuing date of a first certificate which is a public key certificate held by the first charge/discharge
device for authentication and (ii) an issuing date of a certificate revocation list including revoked public key certificates
and held by the first charge/discharge device, and the first charge/discharge device being included in the charge/discharge
devices;

an expiration date obtaining unit configured to obtain expiration date information from a second charge/discharge device when
the unauthorized connection detecting device is disconnected from the first charge/discharge device and is connected to the
second charge/discharge device, the expiration date information indicating an expiration date of a second certificate which
is a public key certificate held by the second charge/discharge device for authentication, the second charge/discharge device
being different from the first charge/discharge device and the second charge/discharge device being included in the charge/discharge
devices; and

an unauthorization detecting unit configured to detect whether or not the second charge/discharge device is the unauthorized
charge/discharge device by comparing the time information of the first charge/discharge device with the expiration date information
of the second charge/discharge device.

US Pat. No. 9,288,430

RECORDING MEDIUM, PLAYBACK DEVICE, RECORDING DEVICE, PLAYBACK METHOD AND RECORDING METHOD FOR RECORDING PROGRESSIVE PICTURES AT HIGH FRAME RATE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable recording medium on which are recorded:
an index table;
a plurality of digital streams respectively including a plurality of video streams;
a plurality of pieces of playlist information respectively defining a plurality of playback paths of the plurality of video
streams; and

a plurality of control programs, wherein
the plurality of video streams include a video stream composed of progressive pictures and a video stream composed of interlace
pictures, and the video stream composed of the progressive pictures has a mandatory rate or an optional rate,

the mandatory rate is a frame rate at which any playback device can decode and play back the progressive pictures, and the
optional rate is a frame rate at which a limited types of playback devices can decode and play back the progressive pictures,

each of the plurality of control programs instructs a playback device to play back one of the plurality of video streams in
accordance with one of the plurality of playback paths defined in the plurality of pieces of playlist information,

the index table indicates one-to-one correspondence between a plurality of titles and the plurality of control programs, the
plurality of titles including a first play title and a top menu title, and

among the plurality of control programs, control programs corresponding to the first play title and the top menu title exclude
a progressive-optional-rate playback path from a playback target, the progressive-optional-rate playback path being a playback
path for playing back the progressive pictures in the video stream at the optional rate.

US Pat. No. 9,287,249

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a first semiconductor chip;
a second semiconductor chip provided on the first semiconductor chip with having chip-on-chip connection to the first semiconductor
chip; and

a first extension part which is formed on a periphery of or lateral to the first semiconductor chip and supports the second
semiconductor chip, wherein

when seen from a direction perpendicular to an upper surface of the second semiconductor chip, an outline of the second semiconductor
chip is larger than an outline of the first semiconductor chip,

a plurality of electrode terminals for the first semiconductor chip are provided on an upper surface of the first semiconductor
chip,

the plurality of electrode terminals for the first semiconductor chip comprise one or more first covered terminals which are
covered with the second semiconductor chip and one or more first uncovered terminals which are not covered with the second
semiconductor chip, and wherein

one or more extension terminals are provided on an upper surface of the first extension part, and at least one of the extension
terminals and at least one of the first covered terminals are connected by rewiring.

US Pat. No. 9,282,267

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND CAMERA

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:
a pixel unit having pixels arranged in a matrix, the pixels performing photoelectric conversion;
a read-out circuit which reads out pixel signals from the pixel unit for each of groups of the pixels, and performs an analog-to-digital
(A/D) conversion on the read pixel signals; and

a digital-to-analog (D/A) converting circuit which generates a reference voltage to be used for the A/D conversion by the
read-out circuit,

the D/A converting circuit including:
a voltage generating circuit which receives a bias voltage, and generates an analog voltage according to a value of an inputted
digital signal;

a buffer circuit which buffers the generated analog voltage, the buffer circuit sampling and holding a bias voltage generated
inside the buffer circuit, and outputting the buffered analog voltage using the held bias voltage;

an analog signal outputting unit configured to output the reference voltage by receiving an output from the buffer circuit
and generating an output voltage according to the inputted digital signal; and

a pre-charge circuit which charges a noise-reducing capacitor in conjunction with the sampling and holding, the noise-reducing
capacitor being connected to the buffer circuit and the analog signal outputting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,440,800

DATA GENERATION METHOD, DATA REPRODUCTION METHOD, DATA GENERATION DEVICE AND DATA REPRODUCTION DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A data generation device comprising:a generating circuit configured to generate video data according to an Advanced Video Coding (AVC) standard and a second opto-electrical transfer function (OETF); and
a storage to store:
video usability information (VUI) including a first value indicating a first OETF; and
supplemental enhancement information (SEI) including a second value indicating the second OETF, wherein
the first OETF corresponds to an ITU-R BT.709 standard or an ITU-R BT.2020 standard,
the second OETF corresponds to a hybrid gamma OETF, and
the first value is to be referred to by a decoding device that does not support the hybrid gamma OETF.

US Pat. No. 10,070,566

SUPPORT PIN ARRANGEMENT DETERMINATION ASSISTING METHOD

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A support pin arrangement determination assisting method operatively associated with an already mounted surface of a board on a mounting stage provided with a board holding unit of an electronic component mounting machine, said support pin arrangement determination assisting method comprising steps of:displaying an image for pin arrangement determination assistance including an image of the board sticking out length or portion from the mounting stage, the image of the board indicating a shape and an arrangement of an already mounted component on the already mounted surface of the board;
inputting an arrangement position of a support pin to the displayed image of the board in a first mounting work position on the mounting stage to generate a first pin arrangement image;
superimposing the first pin arrangement image indicating the input arrangement position on the image of the board in the first mounting work position to create a first composite image;
displaying the first composite image;
generating a second pin arrangement image on the basis of the first pin arrangement image with an assumption that the board is positioned at a second mounting work position downstream from the first mounting work position where at least a part of an area of the board that was not on the mounting stage at the first mounting work position is on the mounting stage;
superimposing the first pin arrangement image and the second pin arrangement image on the board image to create a second composite image; and
displaying the second composite image.

US Pat. No. 9,480,128

ILLUMINATION CONTROL METHOD AND ILLUMINATION CONTROL SYSTEM AND ILLUMINATION SYSTEM USING THE SAME

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An illumination control system comprising:
a first type illumination controller which detects presence of a person in an illumination space to be illuminated by an illumination
apparatus, the illumination apparatus being connectable to the first type illumination controller; and

a second type illumination controller which detects brightness in the illumination space, the second type illumination controller
being connected to the first type illumination controller,

wherein the second type illumination controller derives a degree of dimming based on the detected brightness, and notifies
the degree of dimming to the first type illumination controller,

wherein upon detecting the presence of a person, the first type illumination controller controls dimming of the illumination
apparatus according to the degree of dimming notified from the second type illumination controller, and

wherein the first type illumination controller includes a first image sensor and a first image processing unit and the second
type illumination controller includes a second image sensor and a second image processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,328,877

PHOSPHOR, LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE, LIGHTING DEVICE, AND VEHICLE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A phosphor for emitting blue light, comprising: a (Ba1?z,Srz)3MgSi2O8 based crystal where z satisfies 0?z<1 and a (Ba1-z,Srz)MgSiO4 based crystal where z satisfies 0?z<1 as a host crystal; and Eu2+ as a luminescent center.

US Pat. No. 9,294,665

FEATURE EXTRACTION APPARATUS, FEATURE EXTRACTION PROGRAM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A feature extraction apparatus comprising:
a sub-region setting section that sets all or some pixels in an image taken by a camera to be pixels of interest, respectively,
and that sets a plurality of sub-regions with respect to each of the pixels of interest based on spatial frequency characteristics
of the camera; and

a binary pattern generating section that generates a local binary pattern for each of the pixels of interest, the local binary
pattern indicating comparison results between a pixel value of the pixel of interest and pixel values of the plurality of
set sub-regions using bit values, wherein

the plurality of sub-regions include at least a sub-region constituted by a plurality of pixels including a pixel separated
from a corresponding one of the pixels of interest by one or more pixels, and

at least one of a width and a length of the sub-region is equal to or less than the number of pixels equivalent to the reciprocal
of the maximum value of a spatial frequency of the camera.

US Pat. No. 9,280,997

TAPE RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING BOTH OPTICAL AND MAGNETIC RECORDING LAYERS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A tape recording medium comprising:
a base layer having a first surface and a second surface;
a first recording layer disposed over the first surface of the base layer and capable of optically recording first data;
an imprinted layer disposed between the base layer and the first recording layer; and
a second recording layer disposed over the second surface of the base layer, containing a magnetic material, and having recorded
second data different from the first data, the second data being information relating to a position of the first data to be
recorded in the first recording layer along a longitudinal direction of the tape recording medium.

US Pat. No. 10,051,769

MAINTENANCE SUPPORT SYSTEM AND MAINTENANCE SUPPORT METHOD IN ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING SYSTEM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A maintenance support system in an electronic component mounting system, the electronic component mounting system comprising:an electronic component mounting line that includes multiple electronic component mounters to which identification marks, respectively, are affixed;
a management apparatus that manages the electronic component mounting line; and
a portable terminal that has a display unit, a recognition unit that recognizes the identification marks, and a portable terminal side communication unit that communicates with the management apparatus,
wherein the management apparatus includes
an operation plan creator that creates a maintenance operation plan for each of the multiple electronic component mounters,
an issuing unit that issues multiple maintenance instructions in which each of the maintenance operation plans that are created by the operation plan creator is associated with a different one of the identification marks of the multiple electronic component mounters,
a storage in which the multiple maintenance instructions that are issued by the issuing unit and maintenance information that are associated with the multiple maintenance instructions on each of the multiple electronic component mounters, respectively, are stored, and
a management apparatus side communication unit that communicates with the portable terminal,
wherein the management apparatus transmits one of the multiple maintenance instructions that are issued by the issuing unit to the portable terminal, and transmits maintenance information that is associated with the transmitted one of the multiple maintenance instructions to the portable terminal, and
wherein, when an identification mark affixed to any one of the multiple electronic component mounters that is recognized by the recognition unit is consistent with an identification mark that is associated with the received one of the multiple maintenance instructions, the portable terminal displays maintenance information on the electronic component mounter that corresponds to the two identification marks which are consistent with each other, among the multiple electronic component mounters, on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,930,820

INSERTION HEAD FOR LEADED COMPONENT

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An insertion head comprising:a horizontal shaft member;
one pair of gripping claws, each gripping claw extending on a surface which is orthogonal to the horizontal shaft member;
one pair of gripping claw holding members which are provided to be movable on the horizontal shaft member, and hold the one pair of gripping claws;
a swing mechanism which rotates and drives the horizontal shaft member, and swings the one pair of gripping claw holding members around a center axis of the horizontal shaft member; and
an interval changing mechanism which moves the one pair of gripping claw holding members on the horizontal shaft member and changes an interval between the one pair of gripping claws, wherein
a leaded component is gripped with the one pair of gripping claws, and a lead of the leaded component is inserted into an insertion hole on a printed circuit board, and
a gripping force of the leaded component by the one pair of gripping claws is changed by performing an interval changing control of the one pair of gripping claws via the interval changing mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,515,730

VISIBLE LIGHT COMMUNICATION TERMINAL

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A visible light communication terminal comprising:
a light receiving unit configured to receive a visible light communication signal that is outputted from an external visible
light transmitter, and convert the received signal to an electrical signal;

an output unit configured to output information obtained from the visible light communication signal that is converted to
the electrical signal by the light receiving unit to the outside;

a power supply unit configured to supply electric power to the light receiving unit and the output unit;
a housing body that houses the light receiving unit, the output unit, and the power supply unit; and
an ear hooking part curved in an arc-like shape and attached at one end thereof to the housing body, and configured to fit
the housing body to an auricle of an ear by being hooked onto the auricle and together with the housing body sandwiching the
auricle therebetween,

the light receiving unit being located on a portion of the housing body on an upper side thereof in a vertical direction in
a state where the housing body is fitted to the auricle,

the output unit including a loudspeaker configured to convert a sound signal generated based on the information into sound
and output the sound,

the loudspeaker being located vertically lower than the position of the one end with which the ear hooking part is attached
to the body, in the state where the housing body is fitted to the auricle,

a first projecting part being provided on a portion of the housing body on the upper side of the housing body in the vertical
direction, so as to project toward a head of a user in the state where the housing body is fitted to the auricle of the user,
the portion being on an opposite side of the position of the one end with which the ear hooking part is attached to the housing
body from the loudspeaker, and

the light receiving unit being housed in the first projecting part.

US Pat. No. 9,490,495

HYDROGEN GENERATOR, FUEL CELL SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF OPERATING HYDROGEN GENERATOR

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A hydrogen generator comprising:
a reformer configured to generate a hydrogen-containing gas by a reforming reaction using a material gas;
a hydro-desulfurizer configured to remove a sulfur compound in the material gas;
a material gas passage through which the material gas supplied to the reformer flows;
a recycled gas passage connected between a first connection portion of a gas passage located downstream of the reformer and
a second connection portion of the material gas passage located upstream of the hydro-desulfurizer;

a first on-off valve disposed on the recycled gas passage;
a second on-off valve disposed on the material gas passage between the second connection portion and the hydro-desulfurizer;
and

a controller configured to open the first on-off valve, after generation stop of the hydrogen-containing gas, to supply the
material gas to the recycled gas passage, and to close the second on-off valve when the controller opens the first on-off
valve.

US Pat. No. 9,468,092

ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE FILM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electrically conductive film obtained by forming a metal layer having a regular mesh-like structure or an irregular
random mesh-like structure on a resin substrate that is able to undergo elastic deformation,
the stress relaxation rate (R) and the residual strain rate (?), as measured in a extension-restoration test described below,
satisfy the following relationships:

20%?R?95% and
0%???3%;
wherein in the extension-restoration test a piece of the electrically conductive film having a thickness of 50 ?m and a shape
of No. 6 dumbbell having a width of measured portion of 4 mm and a length of linear portion of 25 mm being subjected to an
extension process and then a restoration process under the conditions described below using a tensile-compression tester in
accordance with ISO 3384, and the stress relaxation rate (R) and the residual strain rate (?) being calculated using the calculation
methods described below,
Extension process conditions:
deflection correction is carried out at a force of 0.05 N or lower,
Speed of testing: 25 mm/min at 0 to 25% extension;
Temperature conditions: 23° C.;
Extension/holding conditions: holding for 5 minutes at 25% extension;Restoration process conditions:
Speed of testing: 0.1 mm/min until the tensile force reaches 0±0.05 N;
Temperature conditions: 23° C.;Stress relaxation rate calculation method:
the tensile force being measured at the point when the extension process is complete, and this being defined as the initial
tensile force (FA0), then the amount of strain being maintained for 5 minutes under the extension/holding conditions, after which the tensile
force is measured, and this being defined as FA(t5), with the stress relaxation rate (R) being calculated using the following formula:

Residual strain rate calculation method:
the amount of strain being measured at the point where the tensile force in the restoration process reaches 0±0.05 N, and
this being defined as the residual strain rate (?).

US Pat. No. 9,288,787

ACCESS POINT TERMINAL, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD, PROGRAM AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An access point terminal which performs wireless communication with each of a plurality of wireless communication terminals,
using one of a plurality of frequency bands, said access point terminal comprising:
a processor; and
a non-transitory memory having stored thereon executable instructions, which when executed, cause the processor to execute:
assigning a Service Set Identifier (SSID) to each of the wireless communication terminals requesting a start of the wireless
communication, said access point terminal holding communication terminal information indicating, for each of the wireless
communication terminals, (i) the SSID assigned to the wireless communication terminal and (ii) a frequency band being used
for the wireless communication with the wireless communication terminal, such that the SSID and the frequency band are associated
with each other;

determining a communication status of one wireless communication terminal out of the wireless communication terminals, by
obtaining a wireless signal transmitted or received by the one wireless communication terminal; and

when the communication status of the one wireless communication terminal is determined to satisfy a predetermined condition,
(i) switching the frequency band currently being used for the wireless communication with the one wireless communication terminal
to a first frequency band by associating the SSID assigned to the one wireless communication terminal and the first frequency
band in the communication terminal information held by said access point terminal without changing the SSID assigned to the
one wireless communication terminal, and

(ii) switching the frequency band currently being used for the wireless communication with one or more of the wireless communication
terminals other than the one wireless communication terminal to a second frequency band other than the first frequency band
by associating each of the SSIDs assigned to the one or more of the wireless communication terminals and the second frequency
band in the communication terminal information held by said access point terminal without changing each of the SSIDs assigned
to the one or more of the wireless communication terminals,

wherein a traffic volume of a wireless signal transmitted or received by each of the wireless communication terminals that
are of a specific device type that requires real-timeliness in the wireless communication is determined as the communication
status, and

when the traffic volume of the wireless signal transmitted or received by one of the wireless communication terminals that
are of the specific device type is determined to be greater than a predetermined threshold, (i) the first frequency band is
used for the wireless communication with the wireless communication terminals that are of the specific device type, and (ii)
the second frequency band other than the first frequency band is used for the wireless communication with the wireless communication
terminal other than the wireless communication terminals that are of the specific device type.

US Pat. No. 9,081,260

DOME CAMERA

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A dome camera comprising:
a spherical cover;
a camera lens provided inside the spherical cover; and
a darkening unit positioned between the spherical cover and the camera lens and configured to block a part of a field of view
of the camera lens and to suppress image quality deterioration,

wherein the camera lens is rotatable in a tilt direction, and
wherein, when a tilt angle of the camera lens exceeds a predetermined threshold angle, the darkening unit is inserted between
the spherical cover and the camera lens.

US Pat. No. 10,009,970

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE, SOLID-STATE LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT LIGHTING DEVICE, LAMP, AUTOMOTIVE LAMP, VEHICLE, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER CONVERTERS

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A power supply device, comprising:a plurality of converters each configured to convert electric power supplied from a direct-current power supply into electric power required by a corresponding load of a plurality of loads;
a command circuit configured to control the plurality of converters; and
a setting circuit configured to set a magnitude of an output from at least one target converter of the plurality of converters in accordance with an output characteristic representing a relationship between an input voltage of the at least one target converter and an output limit value which is an upper limit value of the output from the at least one target converter, wherein
the output characteristic is a characteristic that the output limit value decreases as the input voltage lowers when the input voltage is lower than a threshold, and
the setting circuit varies the threshold of the output characteristic in accordance with an operation status of the plurality of converters and sets the magnitude of the output from the at least one target converter in accordance with the output characteristic whose threshold has been varied by the setting circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,288,846

INDUCTION COOKER AND METHOD OF OPERATION

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A method for operating an induction heating cooker comprising:
a top panel for mounting a cooking container;
a heating coil provided under the top panel, for heating the cooking container by induction;
an inverter for supplying a high-frequency current to the heating coil;
an electrode provided on a back surface of the top panel adjacent to a periphery of the heating coil;
an electrostatic capacitance detecting portion configured to supply a high-frequency signal to the electrode and detect an
electrostatic capacitance of the electrode;

a memory portion configured to store the detected electrostatic capacitance as a reference value;
a control portion that controls the inverter such that heating output of the inverter reaches a first set value; and
a boiling over detecting portion configured to execute a reference value updating process and store the electrostatic capacitance
in the memory portion as a reference value when the electrostatic capacitance of the electrode satisfies a predetermined condition,
the method comprising:

after a predetermined delay time, the boiling over detecting portion further executes an output controlling action to reduce
the heating output of the inverter to a predetermined second set value or stops a heating action, when a change amount of
the electrostatic capacitance of the electrode with respect to the reference value is equal to or greater than an output reducing
threshold value,

wherein the delay time is the time when the change amount of the electrostatic capacitance with respect to the reference value
is equal to or greater than the output reducing threshold value, and does not execute the output controlling action when it
is determined that the boiling over is not generated during the delay time, and

wherein the boiling over detecting portion stops the heating action or reduces the heating output to a third set value lower
than the second set value when a change rate of the detected electrostatic capacitance is equal to or greater than a predetermined
change rate, and

returns the heating output to the first set value when the change rate of the detected electrostatic capacitance is less than
the predetermined change rate, during a change rate detecting period that includes a time when the change amount of the electrostatic
capacitance of the electrode with respect to the reference value is equal to or greater than the output reducing threshold
value.

US Pat. No. 9,287,059

ELECTRIC STORAGE DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE THEREOF

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An electric storage device comprising:
an electric storage element including a first electrode, a second electrode, and a first end from which the first electrode
is led out;

an electrolyte with which the electric storage element is impregnated;
a terminal plate including an element connecting part electrically connected to the first electrode at the first end, and
an external terminal connected to the element connecting part;

an outer jack including a bottom, and a tubular side wall extending from the bottom and having an opening opposite to the
bottom, the outer jacket being formed of a conductive material and housing the electric storage element together with the
electrolyte such that the terminal plate is located nearer the opening than the bottom; and

a sealing member positioned on the element connecting part and having an insertion hole to which the external terminal is
inserted, the sealing member sealing the opening of the outer jacket together with the external terminal,

wherein the external terminal is one of columnar and tubular body with a tapered part on an outer periphery at a tip thereof,
a part of the external terminal is exposed from the sealing member, and the tapered part has a first end and a second end
farther away from the element connecting part than the first end, and

an edge of the side wall at the opening of the outer jacket is positioned between the first end and the second end of the
tapered part in a first direction extending from the bottom to the opening of the outer jacket.

US Pat. No. 9,183,633

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An image processing apparatus which derives an angle of inclination of an image, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a non-transitory memory device storing a program; and
a hardware processor that executes the program and causes the image processing apparatus to operate as:
an edge angle calculation unit configured to calculate a plurality of edge angles corresponding to a plurality of pixels in
the image by calculating, in each of the pixels, an edge angle that is an angle of an edge;

a use angle identification unit configured to identify one or more use angles using a plurality of depth values and the edge
angles, the one or more use angles each being the edge angle and each being a candidate for the angle of inclination, the
depth values corresponding to the pixels and each indicating a depth of a corresponding one of the pixels, the use angle identification
unit including:

a histogram generation unit configured to generate a plurality of histograms by generating, for each depth level, a histogram
of the edge angles calculated by the edge angle calculation unit, the depth level indicating a degree of the depth values;
and

a use angle identification processing unit configured to identify, as the one or more use angles, one or more of the edge
angles which meets a predetermined condition in the histograms; and

an inclination angle derivation unit configured to derive the angle of inclination from the one or more use angles.

US Pat. No. 9,137,869

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS AND LIGHTING CIRCUIT

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An illumination apparatus comprising:
a power supply circuit;
a capacitive element connected between output terminals of the power supply circuit;
a light emitting unit including at least one first semiconductor light emitting element and at least one second semiconductor
light emitting element connected with the at least one first semiconductor light emitting element in series; and

a keying circuit provided between the capacitive element and the light emitting unit and configured to electrically open or
close a first power supply path which passes through both the at least one first semiconductor light emitting element and
the at least one second semiconductor light emitting element from the power supply circuit or the capacitive element, and
a second power supply path which passes through the at least one first semiconductor light emitting element without passing
through the at least one second semiconductor light emitting element from the capacitive element,

wherein the keying circuit is set in a first state in which the first power supply path is electrically closed and the second
power supply path is electrically opened while a power from the power supply circuit is being supplied, and is set in a second
state in which the first power supply path is electrically opened and the second power supply path is electrically closed
when a reduction in quantity of charges of the capacitive element is detected after the power supplied from the power supply
circuit is stopped.

US Pat. No. 10,015,920

COMPONENT MOUNTING METHOD IN COMPONENT MOUNTING SYSTEM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A component mounting method in a component mounting system having: a component mounting line formed by linking a plurality of component mounters which pick up components supplied to component supply positions by a plurality of tape feeders disposed on a carriage, and mount the components onto a board using a suction nozzle which is attached to a mounting head; and an external set-up device to which the carriage that is scheduled to be attached to one of the component mounters which is a set-up changing target is attachable in a detachable manner;the method comprising:
imaging the component supply positions of the tape feeders disposed on the carriage, in a state in which the carriage scheduled to be attached to the one of the component mounters of the set-up changing target is attached to the external set-up device,
calculating a shift amount of the component supply position of each tape feeder based on an image of the component supply position which is captured in the imaging,
storing supply position shifting data in which the shift amount calculated in the calculating is related to a feeder address and a feeder ID of each tape feeder, and
comparing the feeder ID of each of the tape feeders disposed on the carriage, with the feeder ID included in the component supply position shifting data in a state in which the carriage removed from the external set-up device is attached to the one of the component mounters of the set-up changing target.

US Pat. No. 9,992,918

METHOD FOR MOUNTING ELECTRONIC COMPONENT

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A method for mounting an electronic component having a plurality of board insert type leads on a board, the method comprising:a providing process which provides a chuck unit including a fixed chuck member having a grip part and a movable chuck member having a grip part opposed to the grip part of the fixed chuck member;
a holding process which chucks only one of the plurality of leads of the electronic component by the chuck unit by moving the movable chuck member toward the fixed chuck member while the fixed chuck member is fixed, wherein any other ones of the plurality of leads of the electronic component are not chucked by the chuck unit in the holding process; and
an inserting process which inserts the leads of the electronic component held in the holding process respectively into lead insert holes provided in the board,
wherein the holding process comprises positioning one of the leads between the grip part of the movable chuck member and the grip part of the fixed chuck member, and chucking the one of the leads by moving the grip part of the movable chuck member toward the grip part of the fixed chuck member.

US Pat. No. 9,295,138

LIGHTING DEVICE AND LUMINAIRE USING THE SAME

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A lighting device configured to control light output of a light source comprising a solid-state light emitting device,
the lighting device comprising:
a step-down chopper circuit configured to step down an input DC voltage to a DC voltage to be supplied to the light source;
and

a controller configured to control the step-down chopper circuit,
wherein the controller is configured to turn on and off a switching device in the step-down chopper circuit at a fixed frequency,
the controller comprises:
an operation unit configured to determine a reference voltage value based on a light output level designated by a light output
control signal that instructs a light output of the light source, and a forward voltage of the light source;

an output unit configured to output, as a difference signal, a difference between the reference voltage value determined by
the operation unit and an average value of a voltage that is proportional to a current flowing through the switching device;
and

a control circuit configured to determine an on-time period of the switching device,
the control circuit comprises an oscillator configured to generate a voltage signal shaped like teeth of a saw,
the control circuit is configured to determine the on-time period of the switching device based on a level of the voltage
signal generated by the oscillator and a level of the difference signal supplied from the output unit,

the step-down chopper circuit comprises:
a high potential side input port and a low potential side input port configured to be respectively connected to a high potential
side and a low potential side of a power supply that is configured to supply the DC voltage to the step-down chopper circuit;

a first diode interposed between the high potential side input port and the low potential side input port so that a cathode
of the first diode is connected to a side of the high potential side input port and an anode of the first diode is connected
to a side of the low potential side input port;

the switching device interposed between the first diode and the low potential side input port; and
a series circuit, of an output capacitor and an inductor, connected across the first diode so that a side of the output capacitor
is connected to the cathode of the first diode and a side of the inductor is connected to a junction of an anode of the first
diode and the switching device,

the voltage signal has a fixed frequency, and has, at a start of every period, a first period during which a level of the
voltage signal increases at a fixed rate from a pre-set minimum value, and

the control circuit is configured, for every period, to
turn on the switching device at an initial time of a first period, and
turn off the switching device based on the level of the voltage signal generated by the oscillator and the level of the difference
signal supplied from the output unit.

US Pat. No. 9,281,014

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an interface configured to obtain management information that has been generated along with movie data generated; and
a controller configured to generate a representative picture representing the movie data, the representative picture including
text characters or an icon to be determined by reference to the management information,

wherein when selected by a user, the representative picture is presented on a display device in order to start playing back
movie data represented by the representative picture, and

wherein the controller is configured to generate the representative picture by reference to the management information without
using any frame data included in the movie data based on the management information satisfying a predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 9,202,356

SHUTTER FOR LIMITING IMAGE CAPTURING AREA

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A shutter apparatus that limits an image capturing area of an image-capturing apparatus for capturing an image, the shutter
apparatus comprising:
a base in which a hole is formed; and
a restricting member that surrounds the image-capturing apparatus, wherein the restricting member is divided into a plurality
of members, each being operated independently, and received and protruded through the hole of the base.

US Pat. No. 9,967,948

LIGHTING DEVICE, LUMINAIRE, VEHICLE WITH SAME, AND LIGHTING METHOD

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A lighting device for causing at least one light source unit to emit light, each of the at least one light source unit including a light source and a corresponding load information outputter for outputting load information when electric power is supplied thereto, the load information representing a luminous characteristic of the light source, and the lighting device comprising:at least one current outputter configured to supply a current to the light source of the at least one light source unit;
a load characteristic obtainer configured to obtain the load information from the corresponding load information outputter of the at least one light source unit, by supplying the electric power to the load information outputter; and
a controller configured to control the current of the at least one current outputter, which is supplied to the light source of the at least one light source unit, based on the load information obtained by the load characteristic obtainer,
the load characteristic obtainer being configured to supply the electric power to the corresponding load information outputter only during a time period of obtaining the load information, but stop supply of the electric power to the corresponding load information outputter during a time period other than the time period of obtaining the load information.

US Pat. No. 9,301,346

POWER SUPPLY FOR A HIGH FREQUENCY HEATING

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A power supply for a high frequency heating that drives a magnetron by carrying out a high frequency switching operation
by a semiconductor switching element using a commercial power source, wherein a control signal for an input current is used
to suppress an over-shoot of the input current immediately after the magnetron begins oscillating, the power supply comprising
a deciding part, wherein the control signal is set based on comparing, by the deciding part, the input current with a threshold
value for the input current for deciding a non-oscillation (a start mode) and an oscillation (a steady mode) of the magnetron
by the deciding part based on said comparing,
wherein the deciding part receives a signal representative of the input current, and provides to a pulse width modulator (PWM)
setting part of the power supply, an output signal indicating whether the magnetron is presently oscillating or not oscillating,
the output signal being determined based on comparing the input current with the threshold value for the input current by
the deciding part such that the output signal indicates that the magnetron is presently oscillating when the input current
is greater than the threshold value,

wherein the control signal for the input current sets different values in the non-oscillation (the start mode) and the oscillation
(the steady mode) of the magnetron, and a setting value of the start mode of the control signal for the input current is less
than a setting value of the steady mode.

US Pat. No. 9,949,419

LINEAR MOTION DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A linear motion device comprisinga linear motion mechanism including:
a beam elongated in one horizontal direction;
a guide member disposed in the beam to extend in the one direction;
a moving member disposed to be movable along the guide member; and
a moving mechanism that moves the moving member, wherein
the beam includes
a metallic tubular body formed with an opening portion penetrating the metallic tubular body in the one direction and
a tubular reinforcing portion formed of a carbon fiber reinforced plastic and formed in close contact with an inner surface of the metallic tubular body.

US Pat. No. 9,426,899

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT ASSEMBLY

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electronic component assembly comprising:
a first electronic component including a plurality of first electrodes provided on a first surface of the first electronic
component;

a second electronic component including a plurality of second electrodes provided on a first surface of the second electronic
component;

a resin including a solder powder provided on the first surface of the electronic component between the first electronic component
and the second electronic component;

solder connections disposed between the first electrodes on the first surface of the first electronic component and the second
electrodes on the first surface of the second electronic component to electrically interconnect the first electrodes on the
first electronic component and the second electrodes on the second electronic component; and

at least one recessed portion in the first surface of the first electronic component, the recessed portion being free of solder
material, and the recessed portion being located in an area of the first surface of the first electronic component that is
not occupied by the first electrodes and is adjacent to the first electrodes,

wherein the at least one recessed portion is provided for bubble generation and has a tapered shape with a taper angle of
less than 90 degrees.

US Pat. No. 9,999,169

COMPONENT MOUNTING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A component mounting method of performing suction and holing, by a suction nozzle, of a component fed to a component picking-up position by a tape feeder which feeds by pitch a carrier tape having a pocket in which the component is accommodated, after a predetermined delay time elapses after a pitch feeding timing, and carrying and mounting the component on a board, the component mounting method comprising:a first imaging of imaging a tape position indicating portion for identifying a tape position in a tape feeding direction of the carrier tape at a timing after the delay time elapses;
a second imaging of imaging the tape position indicating portion again after the first imaging;
a shift amount calculating of calculating a shift amount between a first tape position obtained by an imaging result in the first imaging and a second tape position obtained by an imaging result in the second imaging;
a determination of determining whether or not the shift amount calculated in the shift amount calculating is within an allowable range; and
a delay time extending of extending the delay time set for the tape feeder in a case where it is determined that the shift amount exceeds the allowable range.

US Pat. No. 9,474,114

LIGHTING DEVICE, LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE, ILLUMINATING DEVICE, AND VEHICULAR HEADLIGHT

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A lighting device for lighting a light source device,
the light source device including:
first and second power supply terminals;
a light source unit connected between the first and second power supply terminals; and
a first impedance device which has an impedance associated with an electric property of the light source unit and is connected
to the second power supply terminal,

the lighting device comprising:
first and second output terminals to be electrically connected to the first and second power supply terminals, respectively;
a power converter configured to convert input power from an external device into DC power for lighting and output the DC power
for lighting to the light source device via the first and second output terminals; and

a controller configured to control the power converter,
the controller including a power supply and being configured to perform a first process and a second process,
the controller being configured to, in the first process, obtain a measurement indicative of the impedance of the first impedance
device by supplying power from the power supply to the first impedance device via the second output terminal while prohibiting
output of the DC power for lighting from the power converter, and determine an operating condition for the power converter
based on the measurement, and

the controller being configured to, in the second process, control the power converter so that the DC power for lighting of
the power converter satisfies the operating condition determined in the first process.

US Pat. No. 9,287,051

ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

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1. An electrolytic capacitor comprising:
a capacitor element including:
an anode foil having a surface,
a first oxide film provided on the surface of the anode foil;
a solid electrolyte layer made of solid electrolyte provided on the first oxide film, the solid electrolyte layer being formed
using ?-conjugated conductive polymer dispersing material containing water and particles of conductive polymer, and

a cathode foil provided on the solid electrolyte layer, the cathode foil facing the first oxide film across the solid electrolyte
layer;

an anode terminal connected to the anode foil; and
a second oxide film provided on a surface of the anode terminal,
wherein the second oxide film provided on the anode terminal has higher water repellency than the first oxide film provided
on the anode foil.

US Pat. No. 10,009,997

METAL-CLAD LAMINATE AND PRINTED WIRING BOARD

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1. A metal-clad laminate consisting of, as laminated layers:an insulating layer;
a first metal layer present on one surface side of the insulating layer; and
a second metal layer present on another surface of the insulating layer, wherein:
the insulating layer consists of three layers, which are a first resin layer, a second resin layer and a third resin layer, the first resin layer being disposed between the second resin layer and the third resin layer, the second resin layer being disposed between the first resin layer and the first metal layer, and a third resin layer being disposed between the first resin layer and the second metal layer,
the first resin layer, the second resin layer and the third resin layer each include a cured product of a resin composition,
the resin composition in the first resin layer is different from the resin composition in each of the second resin layer and the third resin layer,
a relative permittivity of the cured product of the resin composition included in each of the second resin layer and the third resin layer is lower than a relative permittivity of the cured product of the resin composition included in the first resin layer,
the resin composition in the first resin layer includes an epoxy resin having two or more epoxy groups in a molecule, or a radical polymerizable thermosetting compound having at least one radical polymarizable unsaturated group in a molecule,
the resin composition in each of the second resin layer and the third resin layer includes a polyphenylene ether,
a thickness of each of the second resin layer and the third resin layer is 1 ?m to 10 ?m,
a thickness of the insulating layer is 5 ?m to 200 ?m, and
the relative permittivity of the cured product of the resin composition included in each of the second resin layer and the third resin layer is 20% to 50% of the relative permittivity of the cured product of the resin composition included in the first resin layer.

US Pat. No. 9,288,580

SPEAKER DEVICE, AUDIO VISUAL EQUIPMENT, MOBILE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, VEHICLE, AND EARPHONE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A speaker device, comprising:
a magnetic circuit including: a plate; a magnet having a surface fixed to one surface of the plate, and having no through-hole;
and a yoke fixed to a surface of the magnet opposite to the surface fixed to the plate, the yoke forming a magnetic gap between
itself and an outer peripheral surface of the plate;

a voice coil disposed in the magnetic gap;
a diaphragm directly or indirectly fixed to the voice coil;
a supporting part configured to support the diaphragm; and
a magnetic fluid disposed in at least a space between an outer peripheral surface of the voice coil and an inner peripheral
surface of the yoke, wherein

a rear surface side space between a rear surface of the diaphragm and a front surface of the plate communicates with a space
outside the speaker device through a gap for communication which is formed in at least a part, in a peripheral direction of
the voice coil, of a space between the outer peripheral surface of the plate and an inner peripheral surface of the voice
coil,

a radius of curvature of a corner portion in the inner peripheral surface of the yoke is 0.5 mm or more,
the voice coil has a shape selected from a circular shape, a track shape, an oval shape, and a shape including a plurality
of linear segments and a plurality of curved segments connecting the linear segments with each other, and

a distance between the inner peripheral surface of the voice coil and the outer peripheral surface of the plate is not uniform
in the peripheral direction of the voice coil.

US Pat. No. 9,281,586

CONNECTOR, AND HEADER AND SOCKET INCLUDED IN THE SAME

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1. A connector, comprising:
a socket including a substantially rectangular socket housing provided with socket terminals; and
a header including a substantially rectangular header housing provided with header terminals, the socket and header terminals
being brought into contact with each other by fitting a socket fitting portion of the socket to a header fitting portion of
the header, wherein

the socket housing is provided with a socket terminal group forming only a single line, the socket terminal group including
the plurality of socket terminals arranged in the longitudinal direction of the socket housing;

the header housing is provided with a header terminal group forming only a single line, the header terminal group including
the plurality of header terminals arranged in the longitudinal direction of the header housing;

each of the header terminals includes a U-shaped portion having sidewall portions located on both sides in the width direction
of the header housing and a connecting portion connecting the sidewall portions; and

header connection terminal portions are provided on both sides of the U-shaped portion in the width direction of the header
housing.