US Pat. No. 9,619,003

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, RELAY DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER SUPPLY

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A communication system comprising:
a plurality of communication buses;
a plurality of communication devices connected to any one of the plurality of communication buses, and one communication device
of the plurality of communication devices transmitting/receiving an information group of one or more pieces of information
to/from one communication bus of the plurality of communication buses;

a relay device that relays information between different communication buses, the relay device including:
a plurality of communication parts respectively connected to the plurality of communication buses,
a communication control part transmitting/receiving an information group transmitted from each communication device through
the plurality of communication parts,

an extracting part extracting information required for power supply control from the received information group, and
a creating part creating information related to power supply control based on information extracted from the extracting part;
and

a power supply control device performing power supply control of one or a plurality of devices being connected, wherein:
the communication control part transmits information created by the creating part from a specified communication part among
the plurality of communication parts, and

the power supply control device is connected to the specified communication part of the relay device for performing power
supply control based on information transmitted from the relay device.

US Pat. No. 9,197,127

POWER SUPPLY CONTROLLER

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A power supply controller to be connected to a power supply path for supplying power from a power source to a load and
to be connected to an external manual input switch, the power supply controller being configured to control power supply from
the power source to the load and comprising:
a switch circuit to be provided between the power source and the power supply path, the switch circuit being configured to
switch the power supply from the power source to the load between on and off; and

a power-supply-path protection circuit configured (i) to control switching operation of the switch circuit according to a
power-supply command signal that commands to start or terminate the power supply to the load and is output based on a turn-on
operation or a turn-off operation of the external manual input switch, (ii) to calculate a temperature of the power-supply
path, and (iii) if the calculated temperature reaches a predetermined upper limit, to inhibit the switch circuit from the
power supply, thereby protecting the power-supply path,

wherein if the power-supply-path protection circuit receives the power-supply command signal which commands to terminate the
power supply to the load and is output based on the turn-off operation of the external manual input switch, in case the power
supply by the switch circuit is inhibited, the power-supply-path protection circuit removes the inhibition of the power supply
by the switch circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,255,976

CURRENT DETECTION DEVICE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

8. A current detection device comprising:
a U-shaped current detection busbar, including:
a cylindrical penetration portion;
two cylindrical extension portions extending in a symmetrical arrangement from opposite ends of the cylindrical penetration
portion; and

two terminal portions, each of the terminal portions connected to one of the two cylindrical extension portions, wherein the
terminal portions have a larger width than the extension portions;

a magneto-electric conversion element that detects magnetic flux changes; and
a magnetic core defining a hole and a gap,
wherein the cylindrical penetration portion is disposed in the hole, the two terminal portions are disposed outside of the
hole and the magneto-electric conversion element is disposed in the gap.

US Pat. No. 9,374,916

ELECTRICAL JUNCTION BOX

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electrical junction box comprising:
a case that comprises a bottom plate portion and a case-side peripheral wall portion extending upright from a peripheral edge
of the bottom plate portion, the case having an opening that opens to a lateral side;

a circuit structure that is accommodated in the case; and
a cover that closes the opening of the case and comprises a lid plate portion and a cover-side peripheral wall portion extending
upright from a peripheral edge of the lid plate portion and covering a perimeter of the case-side peripheral wall portion,

wherein the circuit structure comprises a circuit board and electronic components that are mounted on a mounting surface of
the circuit board, and the circuit structure is accommodated in the case such that the mounting surface of the circuit board
faces the opening,

wherein the circuit structure is disposed in the case with a space that allows water to pass through being provided between
an inner surface of the bottom plate portion and the circuit structure, and

wherein the electrical junction box further includes a waterproof wall extending from the lid plate portion toward the case
in a configuration in which the cover and the case are assembled, the waterproof wall located inside of the cover-side peripheral
wall portion, and located inside of the case-side upper wall portion in a configuration in which the cover and case are assembled,
wherein a protruding end of the waterproof wall extends closer to the bottom plate portion than a height from the bottom plate
portion of an outer peripheral end of a non-mounting surface of the circuit board on which no electronic components are mounted
such that the outer peripheral end of the circuit board is adjacent the protruding end of the waterproof wall in a configuration
in which the cover and the case are assembled, the protruding end of the waterproof wall being slightly spaced apart from
the bottom plate portion.

US Pat. No. 9,241,431

ELECTROMAGNETIC SHIELDING TOOL AND WIRE HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electromagnetic shielding tool comprising:
a metallic cloth including a first outer edge portion and a second outer edge portion on a side opposite to the first outer
edge portion, the metallic cloth comprising a metallic thread fabric; and

a plurality of bracket sets configured to hold the first outer edge portion and the second outer edge portion in a shape of
a ring that surrounds a periphery of an electrical wire,

wherein each of the bracket sets comprises:
two elongated portions comprising a conductive material, the elongated portions joined to the metallic cloth and arranged
in series along an outer edge portion of the metallic cloth and fixed to each other on two opposite sides of the electrical
wire to form the ring that surrounds the electrical wire, and

at least one coupling portion that couples end portions of the two elongated portions to each other to detachably fix the
two elongated portions in the ring shape.

US Pat. No. 9,281,613

BATTERY WIRING MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A battery wiring module attached to a battery group formed by juxtaposing a plurality of batteries each having positive
and negative electrode terminals, the battery wiring module comprising:
a plurality of connectors connected to the electrode terminals; and
a plurality of holder units made of an insulating resin and having holding portions that holds the connectors, wherein:
the holder units include a first holder unit, and a plurality of second holder units joined together, the first holder unit
is disposed at an end of the jointed second holder units;

the holding portion of the second holder units is provided with a wall closing lateral sides other than in a direction in
which the batteries are juxtaposed, and a connector insertion portion through which the connectors are inserted in the direction
in which the batteries are juxtaposed; and

the holding portion of the first holder unit is provided with an encompassing wall encompassing the entire circumferential
edges of the connectors and adapted to insert the connectors in a direction in which the first holder unit is attached to
the battery group.

US Pat. No. 9,362,881

NOISE FILTER DEVICE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

6. A noise filter comprising:
a ground connection terminal configured to provide an electrical ground potential;
a coil having a conductive wire wound around a magnetic core;
a pair of capacitors each having one terminal electrically connected to the ground connection terminal, the pair of capacitors
and coil together constituting a ?-type filter circuit;

a housing configured to house the coil and the pair of capacitors;
a first conductive shielding plate interposed between the pair of capacitors, the first conductive shielding plate being electrically
connected to the ground connection terminal; and

a second conductive shielding plate interposed between the coil and the pair of capacitors, the second conductive shielding
plate being electrically connected to the ground connection terminal;

wherein both capacitors are arranged on one side of a virtual plane that virtually divides the coil in two equal and symmetrical
parts, the virtual plane extending along a longitudinal axis of the coil; and

wherein the first and second conductive shielding plates are integrally formed with the ground connection terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,332,668

ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT UNIT CAPABLE OF EXTERNAL CONNECTION

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electronic circuit unit, comprising:
a circuit board including an edge part and first and second opposite surfaces extending from the edge part, a plurality of
first conductors for connection provided on the first surface thereof and a plurality of second conductors for connection
provided on the second surface thereof;

a case for housing the circuit board; and
a connector for connecting wires to the conductors for connection of the circuit board;
wherein:
the case includes an opening that is open in a specific direction and is so shaped that the circuit board is insertable into
the case in a board inserting direction perpendicular to a plate thickness direction of the circuit board through the opening
with the edge part in the lead;

the connector includes a board insertion space configured for receiving the edge part of the circuit board therein, first
and second pluralities of terminal accommodating chambers disposed respectively on first and second sides of the board insertion
space, first and second pluralities of connector terminals connected to ends of the respective wires and disposed respectively
in the first and second terminal accommodating chambers, the first and second pluralities of connector terminals being electrically
conductively connectable respectively to the first and second pluralities of conductors for connection of the circuit board
by respectively coming into contact with the conductors, the housing being configured for holding the connector terminals
in such an arrangement that the respective connector terminals simultaneously come into contact with the respective conductors
for connection, the housing being shaped to be mountable into the case to close the opening of the case at a position where
each connector terminal held in the housing comes into contact with each conductor for connection of the circuit board at
a board holding position; and

the case includes a housing locking portion for locking the housing of the connector at the position where each connector
terminal of the connector comes into contact with each conductor for connection of the circuit board housed in the case.

US Pat. No. 9,054,474

WIRE HARNESS INCLUDING SHORT CIRCUIT AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wire harness including a plurality of short circuits the wire harness comprising a plurality of circuit modules each
making up the respective short circuits and a binding tape for fixing the circuit modules together in a bundle, each of the
circuit modules including: a plurality of electric wires; a plurality of external-connection connectors each connected to
respective first ends of the electric wires; and a joint connector connected to respective second ends, opposite to the first
ends respectively, of the electric wires to short-circuit the second ends of the electric wires
wherein the electric wires constituting the circuit modules are bundled together in such a manner that the joint connector
of each of the circuit modules is discretely disposed so as to be located in a vicinity of at least one of the external-connection
connectors included in the circuit module, and the binding tape is wound around the bundled electric wires,

wherein the electric wires constituting the circuit modules are bundled together to thereby form a trunk line, and respective
ends of the electric wires included in a common one of the circuit modules are extracted from the trunk line to form a plurality
of branch wires, to the ends of which the respective joint connectors are commonly connected, and

wherein the binding tape is continuously wound across and around the joint connector, the branch wires and the trunk line
to fix the joint connector onto the trunk line.

US Pat. No. 9,327,661

ELECTRIC-WIRE PROTECTION PIPE AND HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electric-wire protection pipe having a first circumferential region and a second circumferential region, the electric-wire
protection pipe being formed of a material that includes metal and being configured to surround an electric wire, the electric-wire
protection pipe comprising:
a first reinforced section located at the first circumferential region in the circumferential direction of the electric-wire
protection pipe, the first reinforced section including: (1) a protrusion configured to form a ridge line extending along
the longitudinal direction of the electric-wire protection pipe on at least one of an internal surface and an external surface
of the electric-wire protection pipe, and (2) a groove configured to extend along the longitudinal direction of the electric-wire
protection pipe opposite of the protrusion; and

a flat pipe section constituting at least a part of the electric-wire protection pipe in the longitudinal direction, the flat
pipe section being configured such that an outer size of the flat pipe section in a first direction is smaller than an outer
size of the flat pipe section in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, wherein

the first direction is a direction from a first circumferential region, in which the first reinforced section is formed, in
the circumferential direction of the electric wire protection pipe toward a second circumferential region that is opposite
to the first circumferential region.

US Pat. No. 9,153,880

GROUND CONNECTION BODY

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A ground connection body for collectively connecting ground wires to a plurality of ground locations provided on a wall
surface in a vehicle, comprising:
a first wire-side terminal portion shaped to be connectable to an end of a first ground wire;
a second wire-side terminal portion shaped to be connectable to an end of a second ground wire different from the first ground
wire; and

a first ground-side terminal portion electrically connected to each of the first and second wire-side terminal portions, including
a first ground location connection part connectable to a first ground location and a second ground location connection part
connectable to a second ground location different from the first ground location and having such a relative positional relationship
that the first and second ground location connection parts are simultaneously connectable to the first and second ground locations;

wherein the second wire-side terminal portion is obliquely arranged relatively with respect to the first wire-side terminal
portion so that the second ground wire connected to the second wire-side terminal portion extends in a direction toward the
first ground wire connected to the first wire-side terminal portion with distance from the first ground-side terminal portion.

US Pat. No. 9,054,434

METHOD FOR PRODUCING WIRING HARNESS, AND WIRING HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wiring harness comprising:
a bunch of electric wires comprising a plurality of insulated electric wires, each of which comprises a conductor and an insulation
with which a portion of the conductor is coated while the other portion is exposed, the bunch of electric wires comprising:

an exposed bunched portion comprising a splice, the exposed bunched portion defining a spot at which the exposed portions
of the conductors of the insulated electric wires are bunched and connected to each other; and

a coated bunched portion that defines a spot at which the coated portions of the conductors of the insulated electric wires
are bunched; and

a sealing member arranged to seal all of the exposed bunched portion, and an end portion of the coated bunched portion that
is adjacent to the exposed bunched portion,

wherein the sealing member comprises a resin that is cured by photo polymerization and redox copolymerization.
US Pat. No. 9,305,678

COMPOSITION FOR WIRE COATING MEMBER, INSULATED WIRE, AND WIRING HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An insulated wire comprising a non-crosslinked insulation coat, wherein the non-crosslinked insulation coat is made from
a composition comprising:
(A) a polypropylene;
(B) a polyolefin elastomer;
(C) a bromine flame retardant;
(D) an antimony trioxide;
(E) magnesium hydroxide;
(F) at least one of (i) and (ii):
(i) (F1) a zinc sulfide,
(ii) a combination of (F2) a zinc oxide and (F3) mercaptobenzimidazole; and
(G) a hindered phenolic antioxidant,
wherein:
each of (A) the polypropylene and (B) the polyolefin elastomer is not modified by a functional group or a silane coupling
agent, and

a total content of (A) the polypropylene and (B) the polyolefin elastomer is 45 wt % or more of the composition.

US Pat. No. 9,204,562

ELECTRICAL JUNCTION BOX

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electrical junction box comprising:
a case that comprises a bottom plate portion and a ease-side peripheral wall portion extending upright from a peripheral edge
of the bottom plate portion, the case having an opening that opens to a lateral side; a circuit structure that is accommodated
in the case; and a cover that closes the opening of the case and comprises a lid plate portion and a cover-side peripheral
wall portion extending upright from a peripheral edge of the lid plate portion and covering a perimeter of the case-side peripheral
wall portion,

wherein a protruding length of a cover-side upper wall portion of the cover-side peripheral wall portion that is located on
an upper side in a state in which the electrical junction box is used is set at such a length that the cover-side upper wall
portion protrudes outward beyond an outer surface of the bottom plate portion,

a step is formed in an outer surface and an inner surface of at least a case-side upper wall portion of the case-side peripheral
wall portion that is located on the upper side in the state in which the electrical junction box is used such that a region
of the case-side peripheral wall portion on the side of the opening protrudes outward beyond a region of the case-side peripheral
wall portion on the side of the bottom plate portion,

in a state in which the cover and the case are assembled, the cover comprises a waterproof wall protruding from the lid plate
portion toward the case, the waterproof wall being disposed at a position to the inside of the case-side upper will portion
and overhanging the circuit structure, and

the waterproof wall is disposed below the step that is formed in the inner surface of the case-side upper wall portion.

US Pat. No. 9,362,726

WIRING HARNESS PROTECTION MEMBER AND WIRING HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

2. A wiring harness, comprising:
a wire bundle; and
a wiring harness protection member covering the wire bundle, the wire harness protection member being obtained by molding
a nonwoven fabric into a predetermined shape, nonwoven fabric being made of:

mixed fibers containing 10 to 90 mass % of polypropylene resin fibers and 90 to 10 mass % of polyethylene terephthalate resin
fibers into a predetermined shape; and

low melting point resin fibers mixed with the mixed fibers, and a mixing amount of the low melting point resin fibers is in
a range of 5 to 80 parts by mass based on total 100 parts by mass of the polypropylene resin fibers and the polyethylene terephthalate
resin fibers.

US Pat. No. 9,252,527

MULTIPLE WIRE CONNECTING TERMINAL

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A relay terminal made of metal and configured to join a first wire and a second wire by being electrically connected to
the first and second wires, comprising:
a first barrel portion caulked and crimped to a first core made of a metal different from a metal constituting the relay terminal
and exposed at an end of the first wire including the first core in such a manner as to embrace the first core from opposite
sides;

a second barrel portion caulked and crimped to a second core exposed at an end of the second wire in such a manner as to embrace
the second core from opposite sides;

a linking portion defining a plate that links the first and second barrel portions;
a water drainage portion provided on the linking portion, the water drainage portion defining a resin ring that surrounds
the plate of the linking portion over an entire circumference thereof and that projects out from the plate over the entire
circumference to restrict intrusion of water at least from the second barrel portion toward the first barrel portion; and

a tubular waterproof covering that covers the first and second barrel portions that have been caulked and crimped respectively
to the first and second cores and that bridges the linking portion and the resin ring that surrounds the plate of the linking
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,197,290

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION DEVICE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A communication system provided with an output circuit that is provided in an electricity supply apparatus supplying electricity
to a vehicle and that outputs a rectangular wave signal of given frequency and with an input circuit that is provided in the
vehicle and connected to the output circuit through a plurality of signal lines and that receives the rectangular wave signal
outputted by the output circuit, whereby a communication signal is superimposed on the signal lines so that communication
is achieved between the vehicle and the electricity supply apparatus, the communication system comprising:
a first communication unit provided in the electricity supply apparatus and transmitting and receiving a communication signal
via a first transformer connected between the signal lines;

a second communication unit provided in the vehicle and transmitting and receiving a communication signal via a second transformer
connected between the signal lines;

a first lowpass filter interposed between the output circuit and the first transformer; and
a second lowpass filter interposed between the input circuit and the second transformer, wherein
the output circuit outputs a rectangular wave signal of 1 kHz; and
a rise time and a fall time of the rectangular wave signal on an input side of the input circuit are 10 ?s or shorter.

US Pat. No. 9,147,504

ALUMINUM ALLOY WIRE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A covered electric wire for a wire harness, comprising: a conductor formed of an aluminum alloy stranded wire formed by
stranding together a plurality of aluminum alloy wires, and an insulating cover, layer formed on an outer periphery of said
conductor,
said aluminum alloy wire consisting of not less than 0.005% and not more than 2.2% by mass of Fe, less than or equal to 0.2%
Ni, less than or equal to 0.3% Si, less than or, equal to 0.2% Cu, and optionally not more than 1.0% by mass in total of at
least one additive element selected from the group consisting of Mg, Si, Cu, Zn, Ni, Mn, Ag, Cr, and Zr and a remainder of
Al and an impurity,

said aluminum alloy wire having an electrical conductivity of not less than 58% IACS,
said aluminum alloy wire having an elongation of not less than 10%,
said aluminum alloy wire having a tensile strength of not less than 128 MPa and not more than 200 MPa, and
said aluminum alloy stranded wire having a terminal securing strength, of not, less than 58 N.

US Pat. No. 9,325,083

ELECTRIC WIRE WITH TERMINAL AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electrical connector, comprising:
an electric wire having a conductor made of one of aluminum and an aluminum alloy, and an insulating coating covering the
conductor; and

a terminal having a connecting portion that is compression heated and to which an exposed conductor of the electric wire is
connected, the exposed conductor being exposed at a terminal end of the electric wire, wherein

the connecting portion is formed by compressing while heating a tubular part of the terminal in a condition in which the exposed
conductor is inserted into the tubular part and at a temperature between 300° C. and 500° C., and

wherein
a cross-sectional area of the connecting portion is 30% to 70% of a cross-sectional area of a portion corresponding to the
connecting portion before the connecting portion is compression heated.

US Pat. No. 9,318,735

TERMINAL-ATTACHED PLATE, PLATE ASSEMBLY, AND BATTERY MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A terminal-attached plate for use in a plate assembly of a battery module, the battery module comprising:
a single-cell stack comprising thin batteries stacked in a thickness direction, each battery of the single-cell stack comprising
thin batteries comprises:

a thin-plate-shaped battery body comprising an electric power generation element sealed with an exterior package, and
tabs connected to electrodes of the electric power generation element and drawn to the outside from end portions of the exterior
package; and

a plate assembly connected to an end portion of the single-cell stack,
the terminal-attached plate comprising:
a joining portion, with which the terminal-attached plate is arranged to be joined to an end portion of the thin battery;
a plate supporting portion arranged to support a second plate that is stacked on the terminal-attached plate;
a terminal comprising:
a connecting portion, with which the terminal is arranged to be connected to a tab of the thin battery; and
a contact portion, with which the terminal is arranged to be connected to a connector; and
a hood member arranged to protect the contact portion of the terminal,
wherein:
the hood member is disposed at a position that is offset to an end portion side of the terminal-attached plate from a center
in a longitudinal direction of the terminal-attached plate, and

at least a portion of the hood member of the terminal-attached plate overlaps a hood member of the second plate in a direction
orthogonal to a direction of stacking of the terminal-attached plate and the second plate in the plate assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,231,312

TERMINAL-WIRE ASSEMBLY

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A terminal-wire assembly, comprising:
a copper wire including a conductor made of copper;
an aluminum wire including a conductor made of aluminum or aluminum alloy; and
a crimping terminal connectable to ends of the respective copper wire and aluminum wire;
wherein:
the crimping terminal includes a first wire-side terminal portion shaped to be connectable to the end of the copper wire,
a second wire-side terminal portion shaped to be connectable to the end of the aluminum wire and an electrical connecting
portion bonded to the first and second wire-side terminal portions and shaped to be electrically connectable to at least one
mating section;

the first wire-side terminal portion includes a first crimping portion shaped to be crimpable to the conductor exposed at
the end of the copper wire;

the second wire-side terminal portion includes a second crimping portion shaped to be crimpable to the conductor exposed at
the end of the aluminum wire;

the first crimping portion is crimped to the conductor of the copper wire to have such a first crimping height that the first
crimping portion is capable of coming into contact with a surface of the conductor of the copper wire; and

the second crimping portion is crimped to the conductor of the aluminum wire to have such a second crimping height that the
second crimping portion is capable of coming into contact with the conductor of the aluminum wire through an oxide film covering
a surface of the conductor.

US Pat. No. 9,439,317

WIRING MODULE

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A wiring module to be mounted on a stacked device formed by stacking a plurality of units in a stacking direction, each
of the units including first and second positioning projections spaced apart in a direction transverse to the stacking direction
and an identically shaped connector fitting portion formed on each of the plurality of units between the first and second
positioning portions, comprising:
a wiring harness including a plurality of wires and a plurality of connectors fixed to ends of the respective wires; and
a positioning member having opposite first and second surfaces and capable of being positioned at a predetermined position
with respect to the stacked device and including a plurality of first positioning holes extending between the first and second
surfaces and spaced apart in the stacking direction and a plurality of second positioning holes extending between the first
and second surfaces and spaced apart in the stacking direction, each of the plurality of first positioning holes aligned with
one of the plurality of second positioning holes and spaced therefrom in the direction transverse to the stacking direction;

a plurality of connector fixing portions extending between the first and second surfaces of the positioning member and spaced
apart in the stacking direction, each of the connector fixing portions positioned between the corresponding first and second
positioning holes and aligned therewith in the direction transverse to the stacking direction;

at least one wire accommodating passage formed on the positioning member and extending in the stacking direction between one
of the plurality of first positioning holes and the plurality of second positioning holes and the plurality of connector fixing
portions and configured for accommodating the plurality of wires of the wiring harness;

a plurality of first bundling member insertion holes formed in a wall of the at least one wire accommodating passage at positions
corresponding to each of the plurality of connector fixing portions, and a plurality of second bundling member insertion holes
formed in each of the plurality of connector fixing portions at positions corresponding to each of the plurality of first
bundling member insertion holes; and

a plurality of bundling members bundling the plurality of wires and inserted through corresponding pairs of the plurality
of first bundling member insertion holes and the plurality of second bundling member insertion holes, wherein

each of the plurality of connectors of the wiring harness is connected to a corresponding one of the plurality of connector
fixing portions in a state where the positioning member is positioned at the predetermined position with respect to the stacked
device, and

the positioning member is fitted on the stacking device with each of the plurality of first positioning holes and each of
the plurality of second positioning holes being fit to the first and second positioning projections and each of the plurality
of connectors fit into the connector fitting portion of one of the plurality of units.

US Pat. No. 9,362,692

MULTIPOLAR CONNECTOR

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A multipolar connector comprising:
a housing containing a plurality of partitioned terminal-accommodating spaces, each of the terminal-accommodating spaces optionally
comprising a connecting terminal electrically connected to a wiring; and

a high-dielectric-constant body inserted into at least one of the terminal-accommodating spaces that does not comprise a connecting
terminal electrically connected to a wiring;

wherein the high-dielectric-constant body comprises a material that has a higher dielectric constant than air and has a higher
dielectric constant than a material constituting the housing and that has an impedance that is matched to an impedance of
a connector mated to the multipolar connector, and

wherein the high-dielectric constant body is solid.

US Pat. No. 9,287,996

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION DEVICE, POWER SUPPLY DEVICE, AND VEHICLE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A communication system in which a vehicle including a power storage device and a power supply device that supplies power
to the power storage device are connected to each other via a power supply line used for power supply and a control line for
transmitting a control signal required for control of the power supply using the power supply line, and a communication signal
different from the control signal is transmitted and received using the control line as a medium, wherein
at least one of the vehicle and the power supply device includes a transmission section that transmits the communication signal,
and

the transmission section includes adjustment means that adjusts an output waveform relating to the transmission of the communication
signal to an amplitude previously set for each frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,331,660

NOISE FILTER DEVICE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

6. A noise filter device, comprising: an inductance;
a bracket including a base plate and two end plates projecting from the base plate, the end plates facing opposite end surfaces
of the inductance in an axial direction with specified gaps between the end plates and the end surfaces of the inductance,
the bracket formed of a magnetic material and grounded;

at least one capacitor connected to the bracket and forming part of a noise filter circuit together with the inductance;
a connector housing including a filter housing that at least partly encloses the inductance, the at least one capacitor and
the bracket and an open-ended tube projecting from a partition wall of the filter housing and formed to fit with a mating
connector; and

input and/or output terminals having inner ends connected to the noise filter circuit housed in the filter housing and outer
ends projecting through the partition wall of the filter housing and into the open-ended tube projecting from the partition
wall of the filter housing so that the outer ends of the input and/or output terminals are connectable to mating terminals
in a mating connector.

US Pat. No. 9,147,944

TERMINAL FITTING

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A terminal fitting to be crimped to a wire including a core formed by putting a plurality of strands together, comprising:
a bottom plate portion on which the core is to be placed; and
a pair of crimping pieces connected to the bottom plate portion and to be crimped to the core in such a manner as to embrace
the core placed on the bottom plate portion, each crimping piece including an inner crimping piece to be arranged in the core
and an outer crimping piece to be arranged outside the core;

wherein butting parts of the respective crimping pieces are formed with a thinning portion between the inner and outer crimping
pieces, and a bent portion is formed by deforming the thinning portion when the respective crimping pieces are crimped to
the core.

US Pat. No. 9,350,267

REACTOR, CONVERTER AND POWER CONVERSION DEVICE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A reactor, comprising:
a coil including a coil element formed by winding a winding wire;
a magnetic core including a part to be inserted into the coil element;
a pair of frame-shaped bobbins respectively provided on opposite axial ends of the coil element; and
a case for accommodating an assembly of the coil, the magnetic core and the pair of frame-shaped bobbins, wherein:
two positions out of a total of four positions near opposite widthwise end parts of one frame-shaped bobbin and near opposite
widthwise end parts of the other frame-shaped bobbin when the assembly accommodated in the case is viewed from above serve
as positioning positions for determining the position of the assembly in the case and the remaining two positions serve as
escaping positions;

projecting pieces are respectively provided at the four positions on either the frame-shaped bobbins or the case; and
engaging grooves to be engaged with the projecting pieces are respectively provided at the positioning positions and the escaping
portions for allowing the projecting pieces to escape are respectively provided at the escaping positions on the other of
the frame-shaped bobbins and the case.

US Pat. No. 9,370,126

ELECTRICAL JUNCTION BOX

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electrical junction box to be installed in a vehicle, the electrical junction box comprising:
a start electrical component to which a current is supplied by a power source at least at a start of the vehicle for controlling
supply of current to a vehicle electrical component for starting the vehicle, the start electrical component including:

a terminal including a contact; and
an electrical component case holding the terminal therein;
an operational electrical component to which a current is supplied by the power source at least during an operation of the
vehicle for controlling supply of current to a functional electrical component in the vehicle;

a casing holding the start electrical component and the operation electrical component therein;
a heat shield wall disposed between the start electrical component and the operational electrical component; and
a circuit board on which the start electrical component and the operational electrical component are mounted, the circuit
board has a circuit pattern connected to the terminal portion, wherein:

the start electrical component includes a plurality of start electrical components,
the heat shield wall has a tubular shape having a bottom and an opening that opens toward the circuit board, and
the heat shield wall includes a plurality of heat shield walls that individually surround each of the start electrical components.

US Pat. No. 9,256,260

PROCESSING SYSTEM, PROCESSING DEVICE AND POWER SUPPLY CONTROL METHOD

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A processing system comprising:
a plurality of processing devices connected via a communication line, each of the processing devices including:
a processing part processing an input signal and outputting the processed signal,
a communication part connected to a communication line including two signal lines, the communication part: (i) receiving a
signal transmitted using a differential signal on the basis of a first communication system to the communication line, (ii)
outputting the received signal to the processing part, and (iii) transmitting on the basis of the first communication system,
the signal output from the processing part to the communication line; and

a power supply control part controlling supply/non-supply of power from outside of the processing system to the processing
part,

wherein the processing part of one processing device among the plurality of processing devices outputs a control signal for
controlling supply/non-supply of the power to the processing part of another processing device,

wherein the one processing device further includes:
a transmission part transmitting on the basis of a second communication system, the control signal output by the processing
part of the one processing device to signal lines of the communication line in a same phase,

wherein the another processing device further includes:
a reception part receiving a first signal based on the first communication system and a second signal based on the second
communication system from the communication line,

wherein in the another processing device the first signal received by the reception part is input to the communication part,
wherein the power supply control part of the another processing device controls supply/non-supply of the power on the basis
of the second signal received by the reception part.

US Pat. No. 9,252,505

TERMINAL CONNECTOR, ELECTRIC WIRE WITH TERMINAL CONNECTOR, AND METHOD OF CONNECTING TERMINAL CONNECTOR AND ELECTRIC WIRE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A terminal connector comprising:
a crimp portion to be crimped to an electric wire having an oxide film thereon, the crimp portion including:
a base material;
an aluminum layer or an aluminum alloy layer on a surface of the base material; and
an alumite layer on a surface of the aluminum layer or the aluminum alloy layer, the alumite layer being a porous layer with
a crystal structure denser than the oxide film and being harder than the base material, the alumite layer having a thickness
of 1 ?m or more and 10 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 9,111,666

AUTOMOTIVE INSULATED WIRE, AND AUTOMOTIVE WIRING HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An automotive insulated wire comprising:
a metallic conductor; and
an insulation covering layer that covers the outer periphery of the metallic conductor,
wherein the insulation covering layer comprises a mixed resin composition that comprises resin ingredients that comprise
an ingredient A: a polysulfone resin, and
an ingredient B: an aromatic polyester resin comprising polybutylene napthalate, and
wherein a total of 100 parts by mass of the ingredients A and B in the mixed resin composition comprises 95 to 60 parts by
mass of the ingredient A, and 5 to 40 parts by mass of the ingredient B.

US Pat. No. 9,178,435

SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A switching power supply comprising:
a bridge circuit that includes a plurality of switches, and is configured to convert an input DC voltage into an AC voltage
by switching;

a transformer to whose primary coil the AC voltage converted by the bridge circuit is applied, and that is configured to output
the transformed voltage from a center tap between secondary coils of the transformer;

two second switches for respectively causing two ends of the secondary coils to be brought in contact with and be separated
from a fixed electrical potential, and

a smoothing circuit that smoothes the voltage output from the center tap,
wherein a rectified DC voltage is output from the center tap by the second switches being respectively switched on/off with
control signals synchronized with the switching, and the DC voltage smoothed by the smoothing circuit is output from the switching
power supply, and

wherein the switching power supply further comprising:
two diodes that are respectively connected to the two ends of the secondary coils, and are configured to cause currents to
flow from the two ends;

a capacitor that is configured to store the currents caused to flow by the diodes; and
a third switch that is connected between the capacitor and the center tap,
wherein the capacitor is discharged to the smoothing circuit by the third switch being turned on with a second control signal
synchronized with the switching.

US Pat. No. 9,287,019

COMPOSITION FOR WIRE PROTECTIVE MEMBER, WIRE PROTECTIVE MEMBER, AND WIRING HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A composition for a wire protective member comprising:
a polypropylene having a propylene monomer constituting 50 to 95 percent by mass of monomers forming a polymer, a melt flow
rate of 0.5 to 5 g/10 min, and a melting point of 150 degrees C. or more;

a bromine-based flame retardant and an antimony trioxide as a flame retarder;
a phenol-based antioxidant as a heat resistance life improving agent; and
a metal deactivator,
wherein the propylene has a tensile strength of 20 to 35 MPa and a Charpy impact strength of 10 kJ/m2 or more at 23 degrees C.; and

1.5 to 15 parts by mass in total of the bromine-based flame retardant and the antimony trioxide, 0.1 to 3 parts by mass of
the phenol-based antioxidant, and 0.1 to 3 parts by mass of the metal deactivator are compounded with 100 parts by mass of
the polypropylene.

US Pat. No. 9,287,934

COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A communication device, included in either a vehicle or a power supply device, in a communication system, the communication
system configured such that a communication signal is transmitted and received using a pair of power supply lines, the power
supply lines connecting the vehicle having a power storage device to the power supply device for supplying power to the power
storage device, the communication device including:
a pair of communication lines which are respectively connected to the pair of power supply lines; and
a pair of induction elements each having one end connected to each of the pair of communication lines, wherein
the other ends of the pair of induction elements are connected to a reference potential.

US Pat. No. 9,105,998

CONNECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A connector to be connected to a mating connector by being mounted into a case of a device including a base member and
the case fixed to the base member, comprising:
a first terminal;
a first housing fixed in position with respect to the base member and configured to hold the first terminal;
a second terminal connected to the first terminal via a flexible conductive member; and
a second housing configured to hold the second terminal and engageable with the first housing with a predetermined clearance
defined therebetween, wherein the predetermined clearance is formed by engagement of an engaging recess provided on one of
the first and second housings and an engaging protrusion provided on the other of the first and second housings.

US Pat. No. 9,306,306

TERMINAL

Autonetworks Technologies...

1. A terminal used in an electronic circuit unit with a circuit board including an edge portion and a plurality of connection
conductors on a surface of the edge portion, a housing for housing the circuit board and a plurality of terminals respectively
provided on ends of a plurality of wires to be connected to the respective connection conductors of the circuit board and
each including a contact portion to be brought into contact with the corresponding connection conductor, comprising:
a wire connecting portion to be connected to an end portion of the wire; and
a board connecting portion to be connected to the connection conductor;
wherein the board connecting portion includes a substantially rectangular tubular main portion having opposite front and rear
ends, a bottom wall formed with an opening and opposite first and second side walls extending from the bottom wall, a first
resilient contact piece bent from the bottom wall at a first distance from the front end and extending into the tubular main
body, the first resilient contact piece being adjacent the first side wall and having a first contact portion projecting into
the opening to be brought resiliently into contact with the connection conductor and being resiliently deformable so as to
allow a resilient displacement of the first contact portion and a second resilient contact piece bent from the bottom wall
at a second distance from the front end and extending into the tubular main body, the second resilient contact piece being
adjacent the second side wall and having a second contact portion projecting into the opening to be brought resiliently into
contact with the connection conductor that is contacted by the first contact portion and being resiliently deformable so as
to allow a resilient displacement of the second contact portion, and the first and second distances being different from one
another so that the first and second resilient contact pieces are resiliently deformable independently of each other and have
mutually different natural vibration frequencies.

US Pat. No. 9,327,660

WIRING HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wiring harness, comprising:
a terminal-provided wire including an insulated wire and a terminal fitting connected to an end of the insulated wire; and
a wire protecting member for covering a protected part including a connected part of the insulated wire and the terminal fitting
in the terminal-provided wire, wherein the wire protecting member has a double structure including:

a non-conductive inner member for holding the protected part of the terminal-provided wire in a pivotable state inside,
the inner member is a hard member and includes:
a fixing portion for fixing and holding a part of the insulated wire spaced from the terminal fitting, and an accommodating
portion accommodating with a play at least part of the terminal fitting and the insulated wire between the terminal fitting
and the part of the insulated wire held by the fixing portion; and

an outer member formed by insert molding a thermoplastic resin material with the inner member holding the terminal-provided
wire as an insert part so that the outer member surrounds the fixing part and part of the insulated wire extending from the
inner member without impeding movement of the terminal fitting and the part of the insulated wire in the accommodating portion.

US Pat. No. 9,306,316

FERRITE CORE INTEGRATED WATERPROOF CONNECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A ferrite core integrated fluidproof connector, comprising:
at least one wire having a terminal fitting connected thereto;
a housing formed with at least one terminal accommodating chamber capable of at least partly accommodating the terminal fitting;
a resilient plug mounted on the housing and formed with at least one wire insertion hole arranged to correspond to the terminal
accommodating chamber, the wire insertion hole having an inner peripheral surface and at least one compressively deformable
lip extending circumferentially on the inner peripheral surface of the wire insertion hole and projecting in from a base part
that defines an area of the wire insertion hole having a maximum inner diameter, the lip being configured to closely contact
an outer peripheral surface of the wire inserted through the wire insertion hole; and

a ferrite core embedded in the resilient plug and being radially outward of the base parts of the at least one lips in a direction
opposite to a projecting direction of the at least one lip in the resilient plug.

US Pat. No. 9,082,529

SHIELD CONDUCTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A shield conductor comprising:
an electrical wire; and
a metal pipe that encloses the electrical wire and whose outer peripheral surface is covered with a resin layer of a color
other than a metallic color,

wherein the pipe is routed so that at least a portion of the pipe passes in proximity to an exhaust pipe of a vehicle, and
a section of the pipe passing in proximity to the exhaust pipe and that faces the exhaust pipe does not have the resin layer
thereon, such that a metallic-colored outer peripheral surface of the section of the pipe is exposed.

US Pat. No. 9,362,640

CARD EDGE CONNECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A card edge connector with a harness-side connector in which a plurality of terminal fittings are arranged side by side
in a harness-side housing and a board-side connector in which a connecting edge portion of a circuit board projects from a
front surface of a board-side housing, the plurality of terminal fittings being resiliently brought into contact with a plurality
of contact portions arranged side by side on the connecting edge portion when the board-side housing is connected to the harness-side
housing from front of the harness-side housing, comprising:
a terminal accommodating portion constituting the harness-side housing and configured to accommodate the plurality of terminal
fittings;

a housing accommodating portion constituting the harness-side housing, arranged to face a front surface of the terminal accommodating
portion and configured to accommodate the board-side housing connected to the harness-side housing; and

a resilient member provided in the housing accommodating portion and configured to bias the terminal accommodating portion
and the board-side housing in a direction toward or away from each other in parallel to a connecting direction.

US Pat. No. 9,166,671

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, RELAY DEVICE, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A communication system comprising:
a plurality of communication device groups, each including a plurality of communication devices;
a plurality of first relay devices, one of the first relay devices being provided for each of the communication device groups
and including a communication means for exchanging data with any communication device in the corresponding communication device
group, a relay means for relaying a data exchange between communication device groups, and a storage means for storing data
that is to be relayed; and

a second relay device (i) that is connected to the plurality of first relay devices, (ii) includes a communication means for
exchanging data with the first relay devices, and a wireless communication means for wirelessly exchanging data with an external
device, and (iii) that relays a data exchange between the external device and the plurality of first relay devices, wherein

the second relay device includes:
a selection means for, if the wireless communication means receives data, selecting one or a plurality of the first relay
devices from the plurality of first relay devices,

a storage destination storage means for storing the first relay device that was selected by the selection means,
a data transmission means for transmitting received data to the first relay device that was selected by the selection means,
a data requesting means for, if data is to be transmitted to an external device, making a request to the first relay device
that was stored in the storage means, requesting that first relay device to transmit the data, and

a data reception means for receiving data transmitted from the first relay device,
and the wireless communication means transmits data received by the data reception means to the external device.

US Pat. No. 9,316,798

OPTICAL ASSEMBLY

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An optical assembly comprising:
a circuit board including an electrically conductive path formed by printed wiring technology;
a photoelectric conversion element connected to the circuit board via the electrically conductive path;
a resin member made of light transmissive synthetic resin and attached to the circuit board, the resin member including a
sleeve into which a ferrule attached to an end of an optical fiber is inserted and integrally including a lens through which
an optical path passes, the optical path extending between the sleeve and the photoelectric conversion element; and

a shielding member made of metal, the shielding member being connected to the circuit board and arranged to cover the photoelectric
conversion element, the shielding member including a window through which the optical path extends to the photoelectric conversion
element, wherein

the shielding member includes a top plate, a side plate, and a board connection portion, the board connection portion extending
from the side plate and elongated toward the circuit board, and

the board connection portion is soldered to the electrically conductive path formed on the circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,209,942

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPO...

1. A communication system, comprising:
a plurality of communication apparatuses connected with a common communication line,
wherein a message transmitted by one communication apparatus among the plurality of communication apparatuses is received
by other communication apparatuses,

wherein one or more transmission rights are allocated to each of the plurality of the communication apparatuses in advance
and the plurality of communication apparatuses cyclically transmit messages in an order prescribed in relation to the allocated
transmission rights,

wherein each communication apparatus includes:
a message transmitting part creating and transmitting a message including a plurality of success/failure information of reception,
each of which represents a success/failure of message reception related to each transmission right, and data to be transmitted
to another communication apparatus;

a message retransmitting part retransmitting a message according to the success/failure information of reception included
in a message received from another communication apparatus; and

an error counter counting an occurrence number of errors related to message transmission and reception.

US Pat. No. 9,281,101

ELECTRIC WIRE WITH TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electric wire with a terminal comprising:
an insulated electric wire comprising:
a conductive core wire; and
an insulating coating of polyolefin based resin that covers a circumference of the core wire;
a metal terminal electrically connected to the core wire at an end portion of the insulated electric wire;
an adhesive layer that comprises a composition of a copolymer of ethylene, glycidyl methacrylate, and a phenol based curing
agent, and is formed over an entire circumference of a surface of the insulating coating at an end portion of the insulated
electric wire; and

a waterproofing resin portion that comprises aromatic nylon and is formed by insert molding using, as an insert portion, a
protected region, wherein

the protected region comprises a region that is at least disposed between a portion of the insulated electric wire where the
adhesive layer is formed and a portion where the metal terminal is connected to the core wire,

the waterproofing resin portion covers protected region, and
the adhesive layer bonds an outside surface of the insulating coating to an inside surface of the waterproofing resin portion.

US Pat. No. 9,246,239

CRIMPED TERMINAL WIRE FOR AUTOMOBILE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A crimped terminal wire for an automobile, the wire comprising:
an aluminum electric wire comprising:
an aluminum conductor wire; and
an insulation, with which the aluminum conductor wire is coated;
a connecting terminal made from a copper-based material and crimped onto an end of the aluminum electric wire, the connecting
terminal comprising:

a crimped member that is crimped onto the aluminum electric wire; and
an electrical contact portion, with which the connecting terminal is connected to another terminal;
a crimped portion where the connecting terminal is crimped onto the aluminum electric wire; and
a resin-coated portion made from a resin, which is disposed on the crimped portion,
wherein the resin-coated portion is disposed on the crimped portion while an entire periphery of the crimped portion is coated
with the resin-coated portion,

wherein the insulation is an outermost layer of the aluminum conductor wire except in the resin-coated portion, and
wherein the resin-coated portion includes a tapered portion at a posterior end portion, the tapered portion has an edge, the
tapered portion extends directly from the outermost layer of the aluminum conductor wire and begins at the surface of the
outermost layer, and the edge of the tapered portion is an edge of the resin-coated portion.

US Pat. No. 9,136,628

CRIMP TYPE TERMINAL FITTING

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A terminal fitting to be crimped to a wire including a core having an outermost surface, the core being formed by putting
a plurality of strands together, comprising:
a bottom plate portion on which the core is to be placed; and
first and second crimping pieces connected to the bottom plate portion and to be crimped to the core in such a manner as to
embrace the outermost surface of the core placed on the bottom plate portion;

wherein overlapping portions are formed on tip parts of the respective crimping pieces by folding a plate material forming
each of the crimping pieces to overlap layers of the plate material, each of the crimping pieces includes an adjacent surface
between the bottom plate and the overlapping portion of the respective crimping piece, each of the overlapping portions including
an inner contact surface extending along the outermost surface of the core and contacting the outermost surface of the core,
the inner contact surface including a flat portion between a fold defined in the respective crimping piece when forming the
overlapping portion of the corresponding crimping piece and the adjacent surface of the corresponding crimping piece, the
flat portion being farther out from the bottom plate portion than the adjacent surface in a crimping direction in which the
crimping pieces are crimped and the respective overlapping portions come into contact with each other without intruding into
between the strands when the respective crimping pieces are crimped to the core.

US Pat. No. 9,130,659

COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A communication device including:
a signal line connected to a power supply line used for power supply;
a transmission circuit configured to transmit a communication signal via the signal line, the transmission circuit, when transmitting
the communication signal to an external reception circuit via the signal line by using the power supply line as a medium,
the transmission circuit, when transmitting the communication signal, being switched from a state where it cannot transmit
the communication signal to a state where it can transmit the communication signal;

an inductance element interposed in the signal line; and
a resistance element interposed in the signal line in series with the inductance element,wherein, in a communication band used for the communication signal, an absolute value of impedance caused by the inductance
element and the resistance element is smaller than an absolute value of impedance of the external reception circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,172,555

DISTRIBUTION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPO...

1. A communication system with a plurality of distribution apparatuses each of which is connected to a group of corresponding
electronic control units, wherein
each of the distribution apparatuses comprises:
a storing unit that stores multiple types of data;
a synchronizing unit that synchronizes the data on the storing unit with data in a storing unit of another distribution apparatus
when determining that a predetermined period has started;

a receiving unit that receives different types of data transmitted periodically from a corresponding electronic control unit
in the group of corresponding electronic control units; and

a sending unit that sends data among the multiple types of data stored in the storing unit to the corresponding electronic
control unit, wherein

the receiving unit stores received data on the storing unit whenever receiving data during the predetermined period, and
the predetermined period is equal to or shorter than a period of data transmitting from the corresponding electronic control
unit mounted in a car.

US Pat. No. 9,287,672

BATTERY WIRING MODULE INCLUDING A WIRE ROUTING SPACE DISPOSED ON A LID COVERING A BUS BAR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A battery wiring module for attachment to an electric cell group that includes an array of a plurality of electric cells,
each having positive and negative electrode terminals, the battery wiring module comprising:
a bus bar to be connected to the electrode terminals;
a detection wire configured to detect a state of the electric cell group;
a resin protector that holds the bus bar;
a lid portion that covers the bus bar and is formed of an insulating material, the lid portion defining a face that is opposite
to the bus bar in a direction intersecting the lid portion; and

at least one wall portion disposed on the face of the lid portion, the at least one wall portion defining a routing space
in which the detection wire is routed.

US Pat. No. 9,088,040

CELL WIRING MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A cell wiring module that is to be attached to a single cell group in which a plurality of single cells are arranged, the
single cells each having a positive electrode terminal and a negative electrode terminal, the cell wiring module comprising:
a plurality of coupling units that hold connection members for electrically connecting electrode terminals of adjacent single
cells, and are coupled to one another in a coupling direction;

an opening end section that is positioned on one side in the coupling direction of each coupling unit, and has a first engagement
hole formed therein that opens in the coupling direction;

a latching end section that is positioned on the other side in the coupling direction of each coupling unit, and has a latching
unit that is inserted into the first engagement hole of the coupling unit positioned adjacent in the coupling direction and
latches onto a hole edge section of the first engagement hole; and

a fluctuating movement restricting piece that is arranged at one of the opening end section and the latching end section,
wherein the fluctuating movement restricting piece is inserted into a second engagement hole opening in the coupling direction
that is provided at the other of the opening end section and the latching end section of an adjacent coupling unit, the fluctuating
movement restricting piece restricting fluctuating movements of the adjacent coupling unit in a direction different from the
coupling direction.

US Pat. No. 9,526,187

WIRING MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wiring module to be attached to a power storage element group in which a plurality of power storage elements are lined
up, each power storage element having a positive electrode terminal and a negative electrode terminal, the wiring module comprising:
an insulating protector having a connection member holding section for holding a connection member that electrically connects
adjacent electrode terminals;

a temperature detecting member that is arranged so as to be in contact with the connection member held by the connection member
holding section, and is configured to detect a temperature of the connection member;

a cover configured to cover the insulating protector; and
a restricting member configured to restrict movement of the temperature detecting member by covering the insulating protector
with the cover.

US Pat. No. 9,240,821

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A communication system comprising:
a power feeding device, and
a vehicle connected to the power feeding device by two cables, and the vehicle having an electric storage device receiving
power from the power feeding device, and communication of a control signal required for charge control of the electric storage
device is performed through the cables, wherein

one of the power feeding device and the vehicle includes
a first superimposing/separating unit connected to two branch lines branched from the two cables, respectively, and performing
superimposition of a communication signal different from the control signal onto communication through the cables and performing
separation of the communication signal superimposed onto the communication through the cables, and

a first communication unit transmitting and receiving a communication signal through the first superimposing/separating unit,
and that

another one of the power feeding device and the vehicle includes
a second superimposing/separating unit located in only one of the two cables and performing superimposition of the communication
signal onto communication through the cable and performing separation of the communication signal superimposed onto the communication
through the cable, and

a second communication unit transmitting and receiving a communication signal through the second superimposing/separating
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,358,939

RELAY BUSBAR DEVICE WITH BUILT-IN CURRENT SENSOR FOR VEHICLE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A relay busbar device with a built-in current sensor, which is interposed between a motor casing and an inverter casing,
comprising:
a relay busbar, both ends of which enter into both of the casings;
a resin plate, through which the relay busbar penetrates, and which is interposed between the two casings;
a magnetic core, positioned within the resin plate and surrounding the relay busbar; and
a magnetic sensor, provided in a removed portion of the magnetic core,
wherein the relay busbar is mold-formed integrally with the resin plate during resin molding thereof, and incorporates therein
a current sensor in which a change in magnetic field occurring in the removed portion due to current flowing in the relay
busbar is detected by the magnetic sensor and a value of the current flowing in the relay busbar is measured.

US Pat. No. 9,124,016

CONNECTOR WITH COVERING WALL

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A connector, comprising:
first terminals to be mounted respectively to wires;
second terminals fittable to the respective first terminals;
a first terminal holder including a first terminal holding portion configured to hold the first terminals in a specified arrangement,
the first terminal holder defining cavities configured to accommodate the respective first terminals and being open outward
in a direction substantially perpendicular to a terminal fitting direction in which the first terminals and the second terminals
are fit together, the first terminal holding portion including a base wall configured to support the first terminals from
an inner side in a direction substantially perpendicular to the terminal fitting direction, first terminal locks projecting
out from the base wall in the terminal fitting direction and configured to prevent separation of the first terminals in a
direction away from the second terminals by contacting the respective first terminals accommodated in the cavities from a
side opposite to the second terminals fit to the first terminals, and a covering wall configured to at least partly cover
rear end parts of the cavities from an outer side, the first terminals being inserted into the cavities through an inner side
of the covering wall from behind, the covering wall having flexible pieces corresponding to the respective first terminals
and disposed to be deformed by the first terminals that move onto the first terminal locks and to exert resilient restoring
forces for suppressing lift of the first terminals and pressing the inserted first terminals inward;

and
a second terminal holder configured to collectively hold the second terminals and including a second terminal holding portion
configured to hold the respective second terminals in an arrangement so that the second terminals are fittable to the respective
first terminals and a first terminal restraining portion to be fit to the first terminal holding portion to restrain the first
terminals held in the first terminal holding portion from an outer side in a state where the first terminals and the second
terminals are fit.

US Pat. No. 9,455,538

CARD EDGE CONNECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A card edge connector assembly comprising: a board-side connector with a board-side housing and a circuit board attached
to the board-side housing, a plurality of contact portions juxtaposed on the circuit board; and
a harness-side connector that includes a terminal accommodating portion accommodating a plurality of terminal fittings in
a state positioned in a juxtaposition direction for resiliently contacting the contact portions on the circuit board and a
housing main body accommodating the terminal holding member therein and formed with resiliently deflectable locking lances
for retaining the terminal fittings in the terminal holding member,
wherein
a linear expansion coefficient of the terminal holding member is substantially equal to that of the circuit board and smaller
than that of the housing main body.

US Pat. No. 9,472,635

SILICON CARBIDE SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A silicon carbide semiconductor device comprising:
a silicon carbide substrate;
a main electrode directly provided on said silicon carbide substrate;
a first barrier layer provided on said main electrode, said first barrier layer being made of a conductive material containing
no aluminum;

an interconnection layer provided on said first barrier layer, said interconnection layer being separated from said main electrode
by said first barrier layer, said interconnection layer being made of a material containing aluminum;

a gate electrode provided on said silicon carbide substrate;
an interlayer insulating film provided on said gate electrode to provide insulation between said gate electrode and said interconnection
laver, said interlayer insulating film having a contact hole, said main electrode being in contact with said silicon carbide
substrate in said contact hole; and

a second barrier layer directly provided on said interlayer insulating film, said second barrier layer separating said interlayer
insulating film and said main electrode from each other, said second barrier layer being made of a material different from
a material containing aluminum,

wherein said first barrier layer includes a portion located between said interconnection layer and said interlayer insulating
film, and

wherein said first barrier layer has a multilayer structure.

US Pat. No. 9,221,408

POWER SUPPLY CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A vehicle power supply control apparatus comprising:
a first electrical path opening/closing unit that switches an electrical current to a first vehicle accessory that is to be
remotely operated;

a second electrical path opening/closing unit that switches an electrical current to a plurality of second vehicle accessories
that does not include the first vehicle accessory;

a remote operation signal obtaining unit configured to obtain a remote operation signal for controlling a switching on/off
of an electrical current to the first vehicle accessory;

a first power supply control unit configured to control a turning off of the second electrical path opening/closing unit,
if the remote operation signal obtaining unit has obtained a remote operation signal; and

a second power supply control unit configured to control a turning on/off of the first and second electrical path opening/closing
units in response to a switching on/off of an ignition switch,

wherein the first power supply control unit disables an on signal from the second power supply control unit to the second
electrical path opening/closing unit if the remote operation signal obtaining unit has obtained a remote operation signal.

US Pat. No. 9,209,555

CONNECTOR AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A connector, comprising:
a first housing made of resin and including a first terminal portion connected to a first device;
a second housing made of resin and including a second terminal portion connected to a second device; and
a coupling portion made of rubber and formed by insert molding or two-color molding, the coupling portion coupling and uniting
the first and second housings so that the coupling provides the only coupling between the first and second housings and absorbs
manufacturing tolerances of the first device connected to the first terminal portion and the second device connected to the
second terminal portion.

US Pat. No. 9,281,581

WIRING MODULE FOR A BATTERY MODULE THAT HAS DETECTION TERMINAL FOR DETECTING STATE OF ELECTRIC CELLS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wiring module to be attached to a battery module in which adjacent electrode terminals of a plurality of electric cells
having positive and negative electrode terminals are connected by connecting members, the wiring module comprising:
a detection terminal for detecting a state of the electric cells; and
a resin protector that retains the detection terminal,
wherein the detection terminal includes a plate-shaped portion having a plate shape, and an electric wire connecting portion
continuous with the plate-shaped portion and connected to a terminal portion of an electric wire, and

the plate-shaped portion is provided with a front-back discriminating means configured to distinguish between front and back
sides of the detection terminal,

the front-back discriminating means is a projecting portion that projects with respect to a surface of the plate-shaped portion,
the plate-shaped portion is rectangular, and the projecting portion is formed at a corner portion of the plate-shaped portion,
the resin protector is provided with a partition wall that partitions the connecting members from the outside, and
the partition wall is provided with a bulging portion that bulges toward the outside, and inside of which the corner portion
is disposed.

US Pat. No. 9,093,197

COMPOSITION FOR WIRE COATING MEMBER, INSULATED WIRE, AND WIRING HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A composition for a wire coating member, the composition comprising:
(A) water-crosslinkable polyolefin that comprises polyolefin that is modified by a silane coupling agent;
(B) unmodified polyolefin;
(C) modified polyolefin that is modified by a functional group;
(D) a flame retardant;
(E) a cross-linking catalyst;
(F) a phenolic antioxidant; and
(G) either one of (G1) a zinc sulfide, or (G2) a zinc oxide and (G3) an imidazole compound, wherein

(D) the flame retardant contains (D1) a bromine flame retardant, and

the composition does not include any additional inorganic fillers.

US Pat. No. 9,617,980

WIND POWER GENERATING SYSTEM

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A wind power generating system comprising:
a wind mill,
an induction rotating machine coupled to a rotating shaft of the wind mill;
a power converting device configured to supply exciting current to the induction rotating machine;
a heat medium circulating structure configured to circulate a heat medium to receive heat generated by the induction rotating
machine;

a heat accumulator configured to accumulate heat of the heat medium circulating in the heat medium circulating structure;
a thermal power generator configured to convert, into electric power, the heat of the heat medium accumulated in the heat
accumulator; and

an armature control unit configured to control the exciting current in accordance with electric power demand of an electric
power system,

the armature control unit configured to perform both of:
(i) power generation mode control, in which the armature control unit controls supply of reactive current, as the exciting
current, from the electric power system to operate the induction rotating machine as a power generator, and

(ii) heat generation mode control, in which the armature control unit controls supply of torque current, as the exciting current,
causing slip that generates load torque hindering rotation of the induction rotating machine to operate the induction rotating
machine as a heat generator to increase an amount of generated heat as compared with an amount of heat generated in the power
generation mode control.

US Pat. No. 9,379,493

FERRITE CORE BUILT-IN CONNECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A connector, comprising:
at least one ferrite core including opposite front and rear surfaces, first and second parallel long sides extending between
the front and rear surfaces and first and second short sides extending between the front and rear surfaces and between the
first and second long sides, and a plurality of through holes extending through the at least one ferrite core between the
front and rear surfaces;

a terminal fitting formed with a plurality of tab terminals inserted through the respective through holes from the rear surface
to the front surface to define input and output portions, and a base coupling the respective tab terminals to each other;
and

a housing molded from resin that surrounds the base of the terminal fitting while leaving tip sides of the tab terminals exposed,
and the resin further covering the front and rear surfaces of the ferrite core and the first and second long sides of the
ferrite core without contacting the first and second short sides of the ferrite core so that the resin does not impose contractile
forces in directions parallel to the long sides during curing of the resin.

US Pat. No. 9,379,473

CONNECTOR

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. An electrical connector, comprising:
a connector main body defining a frame having an open rear end, a front wall opposite the open rear end, a plurality of insertion
holes formed through the front wall and communicating with the open rear end, locking lances projecting, inward from the frame
at positions aligned respectively with the insertion holes, and rearward facing projections formed in the connector main body
in proximity to the insertion holes;

a plurality of separate tubular cavities, each of the tubular cavities having opposite front and rear ends, and at least one
side wall extending between the front and rear ends, the tubular cavities being inserted into the open rear end of the frame
of the connector main body along an insertion direction so that the front end of each of the tubular cavities passes respectively
into one of the insertion holes of the connector main body, each of the tubular cavities being locked in the connector main
body separately and independently of the other tubular cavities inserted into the connector main body by a respective one
of the locks, a stopper projecting from the at least one side wall of each of the tubular cavities at a position on the respective
tubular cavity in proximity to the rear end of the respective tubular cavity, each of the stoppers having a forward facing
surface that is engageable with one of the rearward facing projections of the connector main body to limit forward movement
of the respective cavity in the insertion hole into which the respective tubular cavity is inserted

a cover hinged to the connector main body at a position behind the tubular cavities and being closable for preventing rearward
detachment of the tubular cavities from the connector main body, a distance between the cover and the rearward facing projections
on the connector main body along the insertion direction when the cover is closed being greater than a dimension of the stoppers
along the insertion direction so that the tubular cavities can move along the insertion direction relative to the connector
main body when the cover is closed; and

clearances provided between the tubular cavities and the connector main body in directions transverse to the insertion direction
so that the tubular cavities are permitted to move relative to the connector main body by the clearances.

US Pat. No. 9,363,020

OPTICAL TRANSCEIVER HAVING INNER FIBERS FOR COUPLING OPTICAL RECEPTACLE WITH TRANSMITTER AND RECEIVER MODULES

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

4. An optical transceiver comprising:
an optical receptacle to receive an external optical connector that secures an external fiber;
a transmitter optical module and a receiver optical module each installing respective optical devices for converting between
an optical signal and an electrical signal;

an inner fiber configured to couple at least one of the optical devices optically with the external fiber; and
a printed circuit board (PCB) that mounts an electronic circuit electrically coupled with the transmitter optical module and
the receiver optical module, the PCB forming a space between the PCB and at least one of the transmitter optical module and
the receiver optical module,

wherein at least one of the transmitter optical module and the receiver optical module provides a flexible printed circuit
(FPC) board and a ceiling, the FPC board being connected to the PCB, the ceiling facing the PCB,

wherein the FPC board is extended along the ceiling, wrapped around an edge of the PCB, and connected to a surface of the
PCB opposite to a surface facing the ceiling of the at least one of the transmitter optical module and the receiver optical
module, and

wherein the space is formed between the FPC board and the ceiling of the at least one of the transmitter optical module and
the receiver optical module.

US Pat. No. 9,263,544

METHOD FOR FABRICATING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A method for fabricating a semiconductor device comprising:
forming a silicon layer consisting of silicon on an upper face of a nitride semiconductor layer including a channel layer
of a FET so that the silicon layer directly contacts the nitride semiconductor layer;

thermally treating the nitride semiconductor layer after the process of forming the silicon layer; and
forming an insulating layer of refractive index from 2.2 to 2.45 on an upper face of the silicon layer after the process of
forming the silicon layer,

further comprising forming an ohmic electrode on the upper face of the nitride semiconductor layer after the process of forming
the silicon layer,

wherein:
the process of forming the ohmic electrode includes a process of annealing the ohmic electrode; and
the process of thermally treating the nitride semiconductor layer is the process of annealing the ohmic electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,184,541

TERMINAL AND TERMINAL-PROVIDED WIRE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A terminal-provided wire, comprising:
a wire with a core whose end is exposed; and
a terminal crimped to the end of the core and connectable to a mating side;
wherein the terminal includes:
a rear terminal portion with a bottom plate portion on which the core is to be placed, a pair of wire barrel portions respectively
laterally extending from opposite ends of the bottom plate portion and to be crimped to wind around the core on the bottom
plate portion, an easily breakable portion extending in an axial direction from the bottom plate portion and to be broken
at the time of disassembling, and a first fixing portion extending in the axial direction from the easily breakable portion;
and

a front terminal portion formed separately from the rear terminal portion and having an auxiliary crimping portion to be placed
on and overlapped with the bottom plate portion in such a manner as to be sandwiched between the bottom plate portion and
the core and to be crimped to the core together with the wire barrel portions to partly highly compress the core, a second
fixing portion to be fixed to the first fixing portion in such a manner as to be placed on and overlapped with the first fixing
portion, and a connecting portion extending in the axial direction from the second fixing portion and to be connected to the
mating side.

US Pat. No. 9,209,615

ELECTRIC WIRE WITH TERMINAL AND CONNECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electric wire with terminal comprising: an electric wire covering an outer periphery of a core wire with an insulating
coating; and a terminal connected to the electric wire, wherein:
the terminal includes a wire barrel that has a bottom plate on which the core wire exposed beyond an end of the insulating
coating is placed and that is crimped onto the core wire and an extending portion extending from the bottom plate;

the extending portion is provided with a water blocking wall molded by a synthetic resin;
the core wire is covered with a tubular water blocking coating that is in direct contact with an outer surface of the water
blocking wall and with an outer surface of the end of the insulating coating and that extends from the water blocking wall
and the end of the insulating coating; and

a top portion of the water blocking wall is covered by the tubular water blocking coating.

US Pat. No. 9,455,525

CONNECTOR WITH FLEXIBLE CONDUCTIVE MEMBER TO ISOLATE TERMINAL FROM VIBRATIONS IN A WIRE

Autonetworks Technologies...

1. A connector for connecting at least one wire that extends in a first direction to a mating connector in a device, comprising:
an integral housing formed to include a first terminal accommodating chamber fixed at a first position in the housing and
aligned in the first direction, a second terminal accommodating chamber fixed at a second position in the housing and aligned
in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, a coupling space fixed at a third position in the housing between
the first and second terminal accommodating chambers, and an opening formed through the housing at a location spaced from
the second terminal accommodating chamber and communicating with the coupling space at a position aligned with the first terminal
accommodating chamber;

a first terminal having a first wire connecting portion crimped to the wire and mounted in the first terminal accommodating
chamber, the first terminal further having a fixing portion unitary with the first wire connecting portion and extending into
the coupling space of the housing at a position aligned with the opening;

a second terminal mounted in the second terminal accommodating chamber and having a terminal connection portion configured
for resilient sliding connection along the second direction to a terminal in the mating connector and a second wire connecting
portion;

a flexible conductive member extending substantially in the second direction and comprised of a plurality of thin flexible
wires, the flexible conductive member having a first end extending into the coupling space and a second end connected to the
second wire connecting portion of the second terminal;

an intermediate terminal having a link connected with the first end of the flexible conductive member and having a fixing
portion bent orthogonally to the link and being in contact with in contact with the fixing portion of the first terminal fitting
at a position in the coupling space of the housing aligned with the opening; and

a screw passing through the fixing portions of the first terminal and the intermediate terminal along the second direction
and screwed into the housing in the second direction and at a position so that a head of the screw is aligned with the opening,
wherein the flexible conductive member isolates the second terminal from vibrations in the wire in a plurality of different
directions.

US Pat. No. 9,280,165

POWER SUPPLY CONTROL CIRCUIT USING N-TYPE AND P-TYPE FETS IN PARALLEL AND POWER SUPPLY CONTROL DEVICE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A power supply control circuit, comprising:
a power supply side terminal connected to a direct current power supply;
a load side terminal connected to a load that is activated by power from the direct current power supply;
a first FET (Field Effect Transistor) of a P type;
a second FET of an N type;
a first driving circuit for the first FET;
a second driving circuit for the second FET; and
a potential difference detection circuit, comprising:
a detection part for detecting a potential difference between a drain and a source of the first FET or a drain and a source
of the second FET; and

a voltage comparison part for comparing the detected potential difference and a given voltage value,
wherein the first FET and the second FET are connected in parallel with each other between the power supply side terminal
and the load side terminal, and

the potential difference detection circuit outputs a signal to the second driving circuit so as to turn on the second FET
if the potential difference is equal to or higher than the given voltage value as a result of a comparison performed by the
voltage comparison part.

US Pat. No. 9,743,567

ELECTROMAGNETIC SHIELDING COMPONENT AND ELECTRIC WIRE ASSEMBLY WITH ELECTROMAGNETIC SHIELDING COMPONENT

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. An electromagnetic shielding component comprising:
a shielding pipe that is tubular, contains metal material, is rigid, and includes an expanded-diameter portion that is an
end portion whose inner circumferential surface and outer circumferential surface each have a diameter that is greater than
diameters of an inner circumferential surface and an outer circumferential surface of a portion that is contiguous with the
expanded-diameter portion;

a flexible shielding member that is tubular, contains metal material, is flexible, includes an overlapping portion that is
a portion in an end region and that overlaps the inner circumferential surface of the expanded-diameter portion of the shielding
pipe, and is configured to provide a continuous hollow space together with the shielding pipe;

a coupling member that is ring-shaped, and holds the overlapping portion of the flexible shielding member, the overlapping
portion being sandwiched between the coupling member and the inner circumferential surface of the shielding pipe; and

a grommet that is a non-conductive tubular elastic member, and includes, in an end region thereof, a portion that encloses
a portion of the shielding pipe, and whose inner circumferential surface, when the grommet is in a natural state, has a diameter
that is greater than a diameter of the outer circumferential surface of the portion contiguous with the expanded-diameter
portion of the shielding pipe, and that is smaller than a diameter of the outer circumferential surface of the expanded-diameter
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,063,310

OPTICAL TRANSCEIVER IMPLEMENTING WITH FLEXIBLE PRINTED CIRCUIT CONNECTING OPTICAL SUBASSEMBLY TO CIRCUIT BOARD

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. An optical transceiver, comprising:
an optical subassembly (OSA) having a bottom plate and a plurality of electrodes each including a plane portion and a side
portion, the electrodes being arranged to avoid the bottom plate;

a circuit board for mounting an electronic circuit communicating with the optical subassembly; and
a flexible printed circuit (FPC) for connecting the optical subassembly to the circuit board, the flexible printed circuit
having a first area and a second area connected to the OSA, and a third area connected to the circuit board, the first area
of the FPC being soldered to the side portion of the electrodes of the OSA as leaving a solder fillet in the plane portion
of the electrodes, the second area being divided from a portion connecting the first area to the third area.

US Pat. No. 9,340,217

RAILCAR BOGIE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A railcar bogie comprising:
a frame configured to be located under a carbody of a railcar;
an air spring including an air spring main body in which air is stored, the air spring being configured to be arranged between
the carbody and the frame;

an elastic member arranged between the air spring and the frame and configured to separate the air spring from the frame by
restoring force thereof in a state where a height of the carbody is maintained at a certain height regardless of the air spring;
and

a limiting member configured to limit an amount of displacement of the elastic member to limit an amount of separation between
the air spring and the frame, wherein

the elastic member is configured to provide the restoring force and to be displaced while providing the restoring force until
the elastic member reaches a position where the limiting member limits the amount of displacement of the elastic member.

US Pat. No. 9,130,083

SEMICONDUCTOR LIGHT RECEIVING DEVICE AND LIGHT RECEIVING APPARATUS

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A semiconductor light receiving device comprising:
a substrate having an incident surface receiving light incident on the semiconductor light receiving device and a principal
surface opposite to the incident surface;

a first semiconductor layer disposed on the principal surface of the substrate, the first semiconductor layer having a n-type
conductivity and including a cathode region;

a light absorbing region disposed on the first semiconductor layer; and
a second semiconductor layer disposed on the light absorbing region, the second semiconductor layer including an anode region
and forming a junction with the light absorbing region, wherein

the light absorbing region includes a semiconductor layer having a p-type conductivity,
the semiconductor layer of the light absorbing region forms a p-n junction with the first semiconductor layer,
at the p-n junction, an acceptor concentration in the semiconductor layer of the light absorbing region is lower than a donor
concentration in the first semiconductor layer, and

the band gap energies of the cathode region and the anode region are greater than the band gap energy of the light absorbing
region.

US Pat. No. 9,197,159

MIXER

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A mixer comprising:
a node to which an intermediate frequency (IF) signal is input;
a first transistor that has a first control terminal supplied with a first local signal and a first output terminal connected
to the node;

a second transistor that has a second control terminal supplied with a second local signal having a phase opposite to a phase
opposite to a phase of the first local signal and a second output terminal connected to the node;

a filter that is connected between the second output terminal of the second transistor and the node and suppresses passage
of the IF signal,

wherein the first transistor mixes the first local signal and the IF signal and generates a RF signal, the second transistor
does not mix the second local signal and the IF signal and does not generate the RF signal, the RF signal is output from the
first output terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,164,029

METHOD OF CLASSIFYING AND DISCERNING WOODEN MATERIALS

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A method of classifying wooden materials, comprising:
acquiring a first second principal component loading by performing a principal component analysis on a population including
multiple pieces of reflection spectrum information obtained by measuring a plurality of different wooden materials;

calculating a score of the first second principal component loading for each of the multiple pieces of reflection spectrum
information included in the population;

classifying into a first group from the population a wooden material having reflection spectrum information having the score
belonging to a predetermined range;

acquiring a second second principal component loading by performing a principal component analysis on a second population
obtained by removing the reflection spectrum information belonging to the first group from the population;

calculating a second score of the second second principal component loading for each of multiple pieces of reflection spectrum
information included in the second population; and

classifying into a second group from the second population a wooden material having reflection spectrum information, the second
score of which belongs to a predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 9,743,546

OPTICAL TRANSCEIVER AND METHOD TO ASSEMBLE THE SAME

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. An optical transceiver comprising:
an optical module to receive an optical signal, the optical module having a first lead pin in a side thereof; and
a printed circuit board (PCB) to mount an electronic circuit communicating with the optical module through a first flexible
printed circuit (FPC) board, the PCB mounting the optical module thereon through a holder, the holder forming a gap against
the PCB,

wherein the first FPC board is fixed to a first pad on the PCB by soldering, extracted outwardly from the first pad, passes
through the gap between the holder and the PCB, and connected to the first lead pin of the optical module.

US Pat. No. 9,425,595

WIRING MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wiring module, comprising:
a metal connector configured to connect neighboring electrode terminals of electrical storage elements that each have a positive
electrode terminal and a negative electrode terminal; and

an insulating protector that accommodates the metal connector,
wherein the insulating protector includes:
a main body that holds the metal connector,
an insulating cover that is supported by the main body so as to be capable of moving to a closed position in which the insulating
cover covers at least part of the metal connector, and

an electric wire guide that can be laid over at least a portion of the insulating cover located in the closed position and
that has an electric wire passing portion configured to pass an electric wire through the electric wire guide.

US Pat. No. 9,308,589

DRILL

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A drill for drilling a hole, comprising:
a cutting edge (3) disposed on a front end of a body (1) as to extend from a rotation center of the drill to an outer periphery of the drill, the cutting edge being shaped symmetric
with respect to the rotation center of the drill, the cutting edge including at least a rotation center side cutting edge
portion (3a) and an outer peripheral side cutting edge portion (3c) connected to a diameter-direction outer end of the rotation center side cutting edge portion, point angles (?) of the respective
cutting edge portions reducing gradually from the rotation center side cutting edge portion (3a) to the outer peripheral side cutting edge portion (3c),

wherein a small diameter portion (6) is provided on a front end side of the body (1), the small diameter portion having an outside diameter smaller than a diameter of the drill, the cutting edge (3) with the point angles varied is formed in the small diameter portion, and a flat cutting edge (8) having an inclination angle (?) of 30° or less with respect to a line perpendicular to an axis of the drill is provided
in a step portion formed between the small diameter portion (6) and a large diameter portion (7), the large diameter portion being provided on a rear side of the small diameter portion and having an original outside diameter,
and

wherein a main helix angle (?2) of a helical flute (5) formed in the drill is set at an angle of 5° to 45°, and a helix angle (?1) in the small diameter portion (6) is set to be smaller than the main helix angle (?2) by varying a helix angle of the helical flute (5) at an axial-direction rear end of the small diameter portion (6).

US Pat. No. 9,543,630

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a first coupler having a first terminal for inputting a high-frequency signal, a second terminal coupled to the first terminal,
and third and fourth terminals for distributing thereto the signal inputted from the first terminal;

a first filter coupled to the second terminal; and
a first line having one end connected to the third terminal and the other end connected to the fourth terminal;
wherein the first filter has a capacitor connected between the second terminal and a reference potential and a second line
having one end connected to the second terminal and the other end left open, the first line having a line length twice that
of the second line.

US Pat. No. 9,240,455

SILICON CARBIDE SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A silicon carbide semiconductor device, comprising:
a silicon carbide layer including one main surface and another main surface opposite to said one main surface, said silicon
carbide layer including

a drift region which includes said another main surface and has a first conductivity type,
a body region which is formed on said drift region and has a second conductivity type, and
a source region which includes said one main surface, is formed to sandwich said body region between said source region and
said drift region, and has the first conductivity type;

a gate insulating film located on a channel region which is sandwiched between said drift region and said source region in
said body region, said channel region including said one main surface;

a gate electrode formed above said channel region, said gate insulating film being sandwiched between said gate electrode
and said channel region;

a connection electrode which includes a portion having a width smaller than a width of said gate electrode, has electric resistance
lower than electric resistance of said gate electrode, and is formed on said gate electrode; and a gate pad electrode formed
laterally away from said channel region and directly connected to the connection electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,211,852

CONDUCTIVE PLATE AND JOINT CONNECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A conductive plate for grounding a plurality of wires to a body of a vehicle, comprising: a conductive plate main body
including a body-side grounding portion to be grounded to the body by being bolted to the body; a plurality of terminal connecting
portions provided on one end of the conductive plate main body and to be connected to wire-side terminals electrically connected
to the respective wires; and a protrusion comprising a plurality of ribs projecting from the conductive plate main body in
a thickness direction of the conductive plate main body and provided, the plurality of ribs including at least a low-rigidity
rib having a first height in the thickness direction of the conductive plate main body and a first width normal to the thickness
direction of the conductive plate main body and a high-rigidity rib having a second height larger than the first height and
a second width larger than the first width, the low-rigidity rib arranged at a position closer to the body-side grounding
portion than the high-rigidity rib to set the rigidity of the conductive plate main body to be low at a position close to
the body-side grounding portion and high at a position distant from the body-side grounding portion.

US Pat. No. 9,083,137

OPTICAL COMMUNICATION MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An optical communication module that performs an optical communication, comprising:
a photoelectric conversion device that performs a photoelectric conversion;
a transparent containing unit that internally keeps the photoelectric conversion device and has a transparent portion which
passes light;

a plurality of conductive plates that are connected to an external surface of the transparent containing unit;
plural coupled-fixing members that are arranged on the plurality of conductive plates; and
an electrical circuit component that is connected to a conductive plate among the plurality of conductive plates, wherein:
the photoelectric conversion device and the electrical circuit component are utilized to perform the optical communication,
the electrical circuit component is arranged between the plural coupled-fixing members, and
a longitudinal direction for at least one of the plural coupled-fixing members is not parallel to a longitudinal direction
for the conductive plate.

US Pat. No. 9,048,025

ELECTRODE FOR ELECTRIC STORAGE DEVICE, ELECTRIC STORAGE DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF ELECTRODE FOR ELECTRIC STORAGE DEVICE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. An electrode for an electric storage device comprising:
a three-dimensional network metal porous body having an average pore diameter of 50 ?m or more and 1000 ?m or less,
an active material containing carbon nanotube, and optionally at least one selected from the group consisting of activated
carbon, hard carbon, graphite, graphene and a carbon nanohorn; and

an ionic liquid,
wherein said active material and said ionic liquid are kneaded to obtain a kneaded substance and said kneaded substance is
contained in a pore of said three-dimensional network metal porous body.

US Pat. No. 9,440,542

REACTOR, CONVERTER, AND POWER CONVERSION DEVICE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A reactor comprising:
a coil formed by connecting a pair of coil elements configured by a wound wire; and
a magnetic core, wherein
the reactor is configured to be used for an on-vehicle converter that converts an input voltage, electricity applying conditions
including a maximum DC current of 100 A or higher and 1000 A or smaller, an average voltage of 100 V or higher and 1000 V
or smaller, and a usable frequency of 5 kHz or higher and 100 kHz or smaller,

the magnetic core is obtained by combining a plurality of divided core pieces with an unavoidable clearance or an adhesive
therebetween, all of the divided core pieces being made of a hardened compact obtained by hardening a resin of a composite
material containing magnetic powder and the resin;

the unavoidable clearance or the adhesive suppresses a change in the relative magnetic permeability of the whole magnetic
core so that the change is 5% or lower as compared to a case where the unavoidable clearance or the adhesive is not present;
and

a distance between an inner peripheral surface of the coil element and an outer peripheral surface of the magnetic core which
is opposite to the inner peripheral surface is 0.1 mm or more and 2 mm or less.

US Pat. No. 9,209,550

BATTERY WIRING MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A battery wiring module to be attached to a cell group including a plurality of cells each having positive and negative
electrode terminals, the battery wiring module comprising:
a connecting member connecting the electrode terminals;
a sensing member overlapped with the connecting member and connected to one of the electrode terminals, the sensing member
being configured to sense a state of the cell group;

an insulation protector including a housing and a wire guiding groove, the housing in which the connecting member and the
sensing member are housed, the wire guiding groove configured to guide a sensing wire extending from the sensing member to
extend out of the housing;

an elastic locking piece formed in the housing and configured to be elastically deformed;
a connecting member lock tab formed on the elastic locking piece and configured to lock the connecting member; and
a sensing member lock tab formed on the elastic locking piece and configured to lock the sensing member.

US Pat. No. 9,145,100

IN-VEHICLE ECU

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An in-vehicle ECU configured to stop supplying electric power to at least one ECU subjected to power supply control, the
in-vehicle ECU comprising:
a microcomputer that operates when supplied with an operation power, and is set to a pre-OFF mode if a predetermined condition
is satisfied during the operation; and

a power supply unit that supplies the operation power to the microcomputer when a normal mode is set, and stops the supply
of the operation power to the microcomputer when the pre-OFF mode is set,

wherein the power supply unit includes a counter circuit that counts down a predetermined time when the pre-OFF mode is set,
and the power supply unit restarts the supply of the operation power to the microcomputer when the predetermined time has
elapsed, and

wherein the microcomputer executes a power supply stop operation for stopping supplying electric power to the at least one
ECU subjected to power supply control if, at the time of the restart of the supply of the operation power after the pre-OFF
mode was set, the predetermined time has elapsed since the pre-OFF mode was set, without any change in an activation factor,
wherein the activation factor serves as a factor for activating the microcomputer.

US Pat. No. 9,300,093

GROUND CONNECTION FITTING AND GROUND CONNECTION DEVICE USING SAME

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A ground connection device for collectively connecting ground wires to first and second ground sections provided on a wall
surface in a vehicle and spaced from one another along an arrangement direction, comprising:
a first ground connection fitting with a first wire connecting portion projecting transverse to the arrangement direction
and shaped to be connectable to an end of at least one first ground wire and a first ground-side terminal portion defining
a plate extending in the arrangement direction and having opposite upper and lower surfaces, the first ground-side terminal
portion including a first ground section connection part connectable to the first ground section and a second ground section
connection part connectable to the second ground section and having a step between the first and second ground section connection
parts, the first and second ground section connection parts being formed respectively with first and second press-contact
portions and first and second coupling portions;

a second ground connection fitting with a second wire connecting portion shaped to be connectable to an end of at least one
second ground wire different from the first ground wire and a second ground-side terminal portion including a first ground
section connection part that is pressed by the first press-contact portion into contact with the first coupling portion at
the lower surface of the first ground-side terminal portion for simultaneous connection of the first ground section connection
parts of the first and second ground connection fittings to the first ground section; and

a third ground connection fitting with a third wire connecting portion shaped to be connectable to an end of at least one
third ground wire different from the first and second ground wires and a third ground-side terminal portion including a second
ground section connection part that is pressed by the second press-contact portion into contact with the second coupling portion
at the upper surface of the first ground-side terminal portion for simultaneous connection of the second ground section connection
parts of the first and third ground connection fittings to the second ground section, wherein

the lower surface of a part of the first ground-side terminal portion located below the third ground-side terminal portion
is at the same height as a lower surface of the second ground-side terminal portion.

US Pat. No. 9,170,283

CURRENT DETECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A current detector for detecting a current that flows through a busbar, comprising:
a magnetic core configured to be molded by sintering powder made from a magnetic material,
the magnetic core having at least two ends facing each other across a gap portion, and
the magnetic core being formed in one piece so as to surround a hole portion;
a magneto-electric conversion element being disposed in the gap portion of the magnetic core and detecting a magnetic flux
that changes in accordance with a current that passes through the hole portion of the magnetic core; and

a current detection busbar made of a conductor;
the current detection busbar including a penetrating portion that penetrates the hole portion of the magnetic core and terminal
portions that are in connection with the penetrating portion on both sides in a direction in which the penetrating portion
penetrates the hole portion;

the terminal portions being configured to be joined with an upstream connection end and a downstream connection end respectively
of a current transmission path,

a width of the terminal portion being larger than a width of the hole portion,
wherein at least one of the terminal portions of the current detection busbar is in a shape of a flat plate, and a minimum
width of a cross-sectional contour of the penetrating portion is configured to be larger than a thickness of the terminal
portion in the shape of the flat plate.

US Pat. No. 9,308,707

JOINED PRODUCT

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A joined product with a cemented carbide sintered compact serving as a first material to be joined and a cBN sintered compact
serving as a second material to be joined, wherein: said first material to be joined and said second material to be joined
are joined together via a joining material disposed therebetween and containing titanium (Ti); and a titanium nitride (TiN)
compound layer having a thickness of 10-300 nm is produced at an interface between said second material to be joined and said
joining material so that said titanium nitride (TiN) compound layer is located between said second material to be joined and
said joining material.

US Pat. No. 9,274,348

DISPERSIVE DEVICE HAVING BEAM EXPANDING OPTICAL SYSTEM AND DISPERSIVE ELEMENT AND WAVELENGTH SELECTIVE SWITCH HAVING DISPERSIVE DEVICE

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A dispersive device comprising:
a beam expanding optical system which includes a first prism and a second prism each having a pair of faces inclined relative
to each other, and expands light containing a plurality of wavelength components by passing the light through each of the
faces of the first prism and the second prism; and

a dispersive element which emits the light expanded by the beam expanding optical system, at different diffraction angles
by the respective wavelength components,

wherein a direction of variation of an output angle of the light emitted from the beam expanding optical system due to temperature
change is configured to be a direction to suppress variation of the diffraction angles of the respective wavelength components
emitted from the dispersive element due to the temperature change.

US Pat. No. 9,402,324

ELECTRICAL JUNCTION BOX

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electrical junction box comprising:
a casing; and
an electrical component that is accommodated in the casing and has an electrical component case and a terminal portion, the
terminal portion being accommodated in the electrical component case and having a contact, wherein

a small heat amount-generating region, that generates a smaller amount of heat than the electrical component generates when
current flows through the electrical component, is formed in the casing,

the electrical component is disposed such that the contact is located on the small heat amount-generating region side,
the casing accommodates an electrical component-mounting board on which the electrical component is mounted, and a small heat
amount-generating board that is disposed in the small heat amount-generating region and generates a smaller amount of heat
than the electrical component-mounting board generates when current flows through the electrical component, and

the electrical component is disposed such that the contact is located on the small heat amount-generating board side.

US Pat. No. 9,473,049

INDUCTION HEATING APPARATUS AND POWER GENERATION SYSTEM COMPRISING THE SAME

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. An induction heating apparatus that heats a heating medium, comprising:
a rotor having a rotation shaft; and
a stator having a heating portion disposed at a distance from said rotor,
a magnetic flux generating portion, provided in said rotor and opposing said heating portion, that generates magnetic flux
in a direction of said heating portion,

said heating portion being formed of a composite material of a magnetic material and a conductive material, and having a structure
in which magnetic material portions and a conductive material portion are combined so that said magnetic material portions
are surrounded by said conductive material portion as viewed from said magnetic flux generating portion,

when said magnetic flux generating portion is in a position opposed to said heating portion, a cross-sectional area of said
magnetic material portion being smaller than a perpendicular cross sectional area of linked magnetic flux generated by said
magnetic flux generating portion in said heating portion,

said conductive material portion being disposed to partially surround a periphery of said magnetic material portion, and
a flow passage in which said heating medium circulates being provided in said heating portion.

US Pat. No. 9,395,504

SYSTEM TO CONTROL WAVELENGTH AND METHOD TO CONTROL WAVELENGTH

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A system to control a wavelength comprising:
a splitter configured to branch an optical signal output by a wavelength-tunable light source into a first to a third optical
signals;

a first photodiode configured to perform an optical electrical conversion of the first optical signal transmitting a first
etalon;

a second photodiode configured to perform an optical electrical conversion of the second optical signal transmitting a second
etalon, an FSR of the second etalon being identical to that of the first etalon, peak wavelengths of intensity of a transmitted
light of the second etalon being different from those of the first etalon;

a third photodiode configured to perform an optical electrical conversion of the third optical signal; and
a controller configured to control the wavelength-tunable light source with use of a coefficient calculated by following formulas
(1) and (2) of which absolute value is smaller,

Coefficient=(PD1?A·PD3)/(PD2?B·PD3)  (1)

Coefficient=(PD2?B·PD3)/(PD1?A·PD3)  (2)

wherein:
PD1 is an output of the first photodiode;
PD2 is an output of the second photodiode;
PD3 is an output of the third photodiode;
A is an average of a ratio of PD1 with respect to PD3; and
B is an average of a ratio of PD2 with respect to PD3.

US Pat. No. 9,368,779

COVER OF BATTERY WIRING MODULE, BATTERY WIRING MODULE, AND BATTERY MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A cover of a battery wiring module that includes a connection member electrically connecting electrode terminals of a bank
of single batteries having a plurality of aligned single batteries having positive and negative electrode terminals, the cover
comprising:
a plate-shaped cover main body covering the battery wiring module;
a first engagement portion projecting orthogonally from a first surface side of the cover main body, and a first engagement
hole through the first engagement portion in a direction along the first surface side of the cover main body and configured
to engage with an engaged portion of the battery wiring module; and

a second engagement portion projecting orthogonally from a second surface side of the cover main body, and a second engagement
hole through the second engagement portion in a direction along the second surface side of the cover main body and configured
to engage with an engaged portion of a battery wiring module that is different from the battery wiring module.

US Pat. No. 9,276,145

ARRAY-TYPE LIGHT-RECEIVING DEVICE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. An array-type light-receiving device comprising:
a semiconductor substrate having a cleavage direction;
a light-receiving surface disposed on the semiconductor substrate; and
a plurality of pixels two-dimensionally arranged on the light-receiving surface in a first array direction and a second array
direction, each of the pixels including a stacked semiconductor layer including an optical absorption layer, wherein

the first and second array directions are tilted relative to the cleavage direction of the semiconductor substrate at a predetermined
angle ? as viewed from above the light-receiving surface, the angle ? being formed by a reference direction and the cleavage
direction and satisfying the relational expression:

L2/L1?tan(?)?L1/L2,
in which the reference direction is the first array direction or the second array direction, L1 represents a length of one side of each of the plurality of pixels in the reference direction, L2 represents a distance L2 between adjacent pixels of the plurality of pixels in the reference direction, and tan(?) represents a tangent of the angle
?, and
the first and second array directions and the cleavage direction extend along the light-receiving surface.

US Pat. No. 9,276,567

DETECTION CIRCUIT FOR DETECTING SIGNAL AMPLITUDE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A detection circuit configured to detect a peak value of an input differential signal and detect an amplitude of the input
differential signal based on the peak value, comprising:
a differential circuit including a pair of differential transistors configured to receive the input differential signal and
a first current source, the pair of the differential transistors having a common output terminal connected to the first current
source;

a hold capacitor connected between the common output terminal and a reference potential for generating a hold potential corresponding
to the peak value;

a level sensing circuit configured to sense a voltage level of the input differential signal and output a switching signal
based on the voltage level; and

a switch configured to receive the switching signal and electrically connect the common output terminal and a second current
source when the switching signal exceeds a threshold level being lower than the hold potential by a predetermined amount,
and electrically disconnect the common output terminal and the second current source when the switching signal stays lower
than the threshold level.

US Pat. No. 9,214,756

CONNECTOR, CONNECTOR MANUFACTURING METHOD, AND METHOD FOR CONNECTING WIRE HARNESS AND WIRING MATERIALS TO MEMBER TO BE CONNECTED

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A connector for connecting a wiring material to a connecting target member and having a dust protection function, the connector
comprising:
a terminal member including a contact portion that can be brought into contact with the connecting target member, the terminal
member being attached to an end of the wiring material;

a housing including: (i) a top wall, (ii) a bottom wall, and (ii) an insertion recess into which the connecting target member
can be inserted, the housing retaining the terminal member such that the contact portion can be brought into contact with
the connecting target member inserted into the insertion recess, the insertion recess defining an insertion opening; and

a dust protection member formed of a sheet having a uniform thickness, the sheet overlapping a surface of the top wall and
overlapping a surface of the bottom wall such that the insertion recess of the housing is covered by the sheet, the dust protection
member being configured to protect the insertion recess against dust by blocking the insertion opening of the insertion recess,
the dust protection member being configured to be penetrated by the connecting target member when the connecting target member
is inserted into the insertion recess.

US Pat. No. 9,213,150

OPTICAL COUPLING APPARATUS AND OPTICAL TRANSCEIVER INSTALLING THE SAME

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. An optical coupling apparatus, comprising:
a first optical connector providing a first ferrule, a first flange and a latch, the first flange being formed in a root portion
of the first ferrule, the latch having a U-shape comprised of a base corresponding to a bottom bar of the U-shape and a pair
of arms extending from the base;

a second optical connector providing a second ferrule and a second flange, the second flange being formed in a root portion
of the second ferrule; and

a sleeve configured to receive the first ferrule and the second ferrule in respective ends thereof,
wherein the base of the latch is set in a position opposite to the first ferrule with respect to the first flange and the
arms of the latch engage with the second flange of the second optical connector.

US Pat. No. 9,255,278

POLYNUCLEOTIDE ENCODING PPAT DERIVED FROM JATROPHA AND USE THEREOF

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A vector comprising:
(a) a cDNA comprising the polynucleotide represented by SEQ ID NO: 2 or
(b) a polynucleotide encoding a phosphopantetheine adenylyltransferase (PPAT) polypeptide having a homology of 95% or higher
with the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1, wherein said polynucleotide is operably linked to a heterologous regulatory
element.

US Pat. No. 9,136,911

POWER LINE COMMUNICATION DEVICE, POWER SUPPLY CIRCUIT WITH COMMUNICATION FUNCTION, ELECTRIC APPLIANCE, AND CONTROL AND MONITORING SYSTEM

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A power line communication device that uses a power line as a signal transmission path, comprising:
a semiconductor switching element that is present on an electric circuit connected to the power line and is used for performing
switching in a power supply circuit supplied with an AC voltage from the power line; and

a modulator unit that controls ON/OFF operations of the semiconductor switching element in an unoccupied time not being occupied
with a power signal from the power supply circuit, to thereby cause a communication signal of a modulated rectangular wave
to be output to the power line for a prescribed period.

US Pat. No. 10,076,032

SUBSTRATE FOR PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD, PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SUBSTRATE FOR PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A substrate for a printed circuit board, comprising:a base film having an insulating property;
a first conductive layer formed on at least one of surfaces of the base film by application of a conductive ink containing metal particles; and
a second conductive layer formed, by plating, on a surface of the first conductive layer, the surface being on a side opposite to the base film,
wherein a region near an interface between the base film and the first conductive layer contains a metal oxide species based on a metal of the metal particles and a metal hydroxide species based on the metal of the metal particles,
the metal oxide species in the region near the interface between the base film and the first conductive layer has a mass per unit area of 0.1 ?g/cm2 or more and 10 ?g/cm2 or less, and a mass ratio of the metal oxide species to the metal hydroxide species is 0.1 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,974,182

CIRCUIT ASSEMBLY

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A circuit assembly comprising:a substrate provided with a conductive pattern formed on one side of the substrate;
an electronic component that has a main body, and a first terminal and a second terminal that protrude from the main body, and that is mounted on the one side of the substrate; and
a conductive member constituting a conductive path fixed to another side of the substrate,
a first opening formed on the substrate, the first opening being smaller than the electronic component, wherein the electronic component covers a portion of the first opening, and wherein the electronic component is spaced apart from the conductive member and connected to the conductive member through the first opening, and
the first terminal is connected to the conductive pattern of the substrate, and the second terminal is connected to the conductive member through a second opening formed in the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,300,061

BATTERY WIRING MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A battery wiring module configured to be attached to a battery group including a plurality of batteries each having electrode
terminals including a positive terminal and a negative terminal and to connect the electrode terminals, the battery wiring
module comprising:
a plurality of connection units connected to each other in a battery arrangement direction in which a plurality of batteries
are arranged, each of the connection units includes a bus bar housing; and

a bus bar housed in the bus bar housing and configured to connect one of the electrode terminals of one of the batteries and
one of the electrode terminals of another one of the batteries and the bus bar has a pair of terminal through holes through
which the electrode terminals are inserted and each of the terminal through holes is formed in a shape so as to elongate in
the battery arrangement direction,

wherein the bus bar housing of the connection unit has a plurality of insulation walls surrounding an edge portion of the
bus bar, a pair of the insulation walls that are perpendicular to the battery arrangement direction are a pair of side walls,

one of the connection units has a cutout formed by cutting away a part of one of the side walls, and
another one of the connection units adjacent to the one of the connection units has a fitting portion formed in another one
of the side walls, the fitting portion being fitted to the cutout in the one of the connection units.

US Pat. No. 9,961,813

SHIELDED CABLE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A shielded cable, comprising:two signal wires each having a conductor and an insulator covering the conductor and aligned to be in contact and parallel with each other without being twisted;
a shield conductor comprising a metal foil resin tape spirally and overlappingly wrapped around the two signal wires, wherein an edge portion of the metal foil resin tape is folded back so that the metal foil therein is oriented outward, thereby bringing metal foils, which are arranged on lower and upper sides in the overlapping part of wrapping of the metal foil resin tape, into electrical contact with each other; and
two drain wires provided outside the metal foil resin tape and configured to be in electrical contact with an exposed part of the outwardly folded-back metal foil, which is exposed out of the overlapping part;
wherein as viewed in a cross section perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the shielded cable, the drain wires are arranged at point-symmetric positions with respect to a midpoint of a straight line drawn between center points of the signal wires.

US Pat. No. 9,484,126

COVERING MATERIAL FOR ELECTRIC WIRE, INSULATED ELECTRIC WIRE, AND WIRING HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A covering material for electric wire containing a polyvinyl chloride, wherein
the covering material comprises, with respect to 100 parts by mass of the polyvinyl chloride:
10 to 20 parts by mass of a plasticizer;
1 to 6 parts by mass of a chlorinated polyethylene; and
1 to 6 parts by mass of an MBS resin,
a total amount of the chlorinated polyethylene and the MBS resin is 2 to 7 parts by mass, and
a resin content of the covering material consists of the polyvinyl chloride, the MBS resin and the chlorinated polyethylene.

US Pat. No. 9,269,941

MOLTEN SALT BATTERY

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A molten-salt battery comprising:
a positive electrode and a negative electrode; and
a separator containing a molten salt and provided between the positive electrode and the negative electrode, wherein
each of the separator, the positive electrode, and the negative electrode is part of a plurality of separators, a plurality
of positive electrodes, and a plurality of negative electrodes, respectively,

the positive electrodes and the negative electrodes are stacked alternately,
the positive electrodes are connected in parallel to each other and the negative electrodes are connected in parallel to each
other,

the positive electrodes each include NaCrO2 as a positive electrode active material, and

the positive electrodes each have a thickness of 0.5 mm to 2 mm.

US Pat. No. 9,499,063

POWER-SUPPLY DEVICE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A power-supply device for converting a DC voltage and supplying the converted voltage to an external battery, the power-supply
device comprising:
a switching element;
a control circuit that generates a control signal to turn on or off the switching element;
a driving circuit that drives the switching element by using the control signal generated by the control circuit;
an output terminal from which the converted voltage is supplied to the external battery; and
a voltage terminal to which voltage is applied from the battery, wherein:
the driving circuit is configured to receive voltage supplied from the output terminal,
the control circuit is configured to receive voltage supplied from the voltage terminal,
the control circuit is configured to detect the voltage of the output terminal and compare the detected voltage with a predetermined
voltage,

the power-supply device further comprises:
a switch that switches the voltage supplied from the output terminal to the driving circuit between on and off,
a resistor circuit that supplies voltage from the voltage terminal to the driving circuit, and
a capacitor that is charged with the voltage supplied from the resistor circuit,
the control circuit is configured to turn on the switch each time the control circuit is activated,
the control circuit includes a timer that measures an elapsed time period after the activation of the control circuit, and
the control circuit is configured to (i) generate the control signal when the timer has measured a predetermined time period,
(ii) detect the voltage of the output terminal in time series, and (iii) turn on the switch when the detected voltage reaches
a level that is higher, by at least a predetermined threshold value, than the voltage of the output terminal detected at the
start of generation of the control signal.

US Pat. No. 9,422,612

ALUMINUM ALLOY WIRE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. An aluminum alloy wire used as a conductor, comprising:
not less than 0.2% and not more than 1.5% by mass of Mg, not less than 0.25% and not more than 2.0% of Si, not less than 0.1%
and not more than 0.5% of Cu, as essential elements, and a remainder including Al and an impurity, wherein among said essential
elements, at least Cu is precipitated in the aluminum alloy, and having

a mass ratio Mg/Si of said Mg to said Si satisfying 0.8?Mg/Si?3.5,
an electrical conductivity not less than 35% IACS and less than 58% IACS,
a tensile strength not less than 150 MPa and not more than 400 MPa, and
an elongation not less than 2%.

US Pat. No. 9,425,520

BATTERY WIRING MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A battery wiring module comprising:
a connecting member connected to an electrode terminal and comprising a beveled corner; and
a resin protector made of insulating resin that comprises:
a holding portion for holding the connecting member, wherein the holding portion is provided with a surrounding wall that
surrounds a peripheral edge of the connecting member, and

a coming-off preventing projection, wherein the coming-off preventing projection comprises an elastic piece that is disposed
so as to cover the beveled corner of the connecting member and thereby limit movement of the connecting member.

US Pat. No. 9,378,871

WIRE HARNESS, WIRE HARNESS MANUFACTURING METHOD AND WIRE HARNESS MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wire harness manufacturing apparatus for manufacturing a wire harness having an electric wire and a covering member,
molded with thermoplastic material, that covers a predetermined part of the electric wire, comprising:
a material plasticizing unit that plasticizes the thermoplastic material to a softened and plastic-deformable state upon reception
of an external force; and

a nozzle having a single thermoplastic material inlet communicating with the material plasticizing unit, the nozzle being
formed from first and second nozzle components separably connected along a diametric plane and configured to define a through
hole therebetween for accommodating the predetermined part of the electric wire when the first and second nozzle components
are in an integrally connected state, and a thermoplastic material discharge orifice continuously surrounding a periphery
of the through hole at one axial end of the through hole, each of the first and second nozzle components having a grooved
member and a groove cover, the grooved member having an array of groove-shaped thermoplastic material channels, the groove
cover covering the channels, the channels extending from the single thermoplastic material inlet and being branched to form
channel branches that widen at farther distances from the thermoplastic material inlet so that the channel branches are joined
and integrated with one another at the thermoplastic material discharge orifice that continuously surrounds the periphery
of the through hole at the one axial end of the through hole,

wherein, when the nozzle components are connected integrally, the covering member that covers the predetermined part of the
electric wire can be integrally molded with the thermoplastic material, by discharging the thermoplastic material, plasticized
by the material plasticizing unit from the thermoplastic material discharge orifice formed in the nozzle, on the outer peripheral
surface of the predetermined part of the electric wire projected from one end of the through hole, in a state where the predetermined
part of the electric wire is accommodated in the through hole formed in the nozzle.

US Pat. No. 9,293,847

CONNECTOR HAVING A HOLDING MEMBER WITH GUIDE PORTIONS WITH PROJECTIONS

JAPAN AVIATION ELECTRONIC...

1. A connector which has a rear end in a front-rear direction and is connected with a circuit board when the circuit board
is inserted into the connector through the rear end along the front-rear direction, wherein:
the connector comprises a plurality of contacts and a holding member holding the contacts;
the holding member has a first guide portion and a second guide portion which are arranged away from each other in a pitch
direction perpendicular to the front-rear direction;

each of the first guide portion and the second guide portion has a side portion, an upper portion and a lower portion;
in each of the first guide portion and the second guide portion, the side portion intersects with the pitch direction and
is provided with a first projection portion and a side surface facing inward in the pitch direction;

in each of the first guide portion and the second guide portion, each of the upper portion and the lower portion intersects
with an up-down direction perpendicular to both the front-rear direction and the pitch direction, and at least one of the
upper portion and the lower portion is provided with a second projection portion;

in each of the first guide portion and the second guide portion, the first projection portion is away from both the upper
portion and the lower portion and projects inward in the pitch direction from the side surface; and

in each of the first guide portion and the second guide portion, the second projection portion is away from the side surface
and projects inward in the up-down direction.

US Pat. No. 9,118,503

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, RELAY DEVICE AND WIRING HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A communication system, comprising a plurality of relay devices, wherein
each of the relay devices has a shape of a polyhedron, and comprises:
a transmission section connected to a communication line to send or receive a communication signal through the communication
line;

a relay processing section for determining if the communication signal needs to be relayed and specifying a relaying destination;
and

a plurality of terminals formed on one or plural surfaces of the polyhedron and connected to the relay processing section,
wherein

the plurality of terminals formed on one or each of plural surfaces of each of the relay devices are connected to a plurality
of terminals formed on an opposed surface of another relay device.

US Pat. No. 9,349,505

ELECTRIC CABLE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. An electric cable, including:
a conductor being made of wires a diameter of each of which is from 0.15 to 0.5 mm and having a cross-sectional area of 20
mm2 or more; and

an insulating resin including a flame retardant and covering an outer periphery of the conductor,
wherein the insulating resin includes one or more resins selected from a group consisting of an ethylene-ethyl acrylate copolymer
(EEA), an ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA), an ethylene-methyl acrylate copolymer (EMA), and an EP rubber,

wherein a ratio of a diameter of the electric cable to a diameter of the conductor is from 1.15 to 1.40, and
wherein the insulating resin is cross-linked, and has a secant modulus of 10 to 50 MPa.

US Pat. No. 9,116,307

SLEEVE FOR OPTICAL CONNECTOR, AND OPTICAL CONNECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An optical connector, comprising:
a sleeve comprising:
a portion having a tube shape;
a straight portion that extends from one end of the tube-shaped portion in an axial direction of the tube-shaped portion;
and

a hook portion protruding in a diameter direction of the tube-shaped portion, the hook portion having a bending shape in the
diameter direction from an end of the straight portion;

a ferrule disposed within the sleeve; and
an optical fiber disposed within the ferrule.

US Pat. No. 9,472,629

GALLIUM NITRIDE SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATE WITH SEMICONDUCTOR FILM FORMED THEREIN

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A gallium nitride substrate with a primary surface for epitaxial growth of a III-group nitride semiconductor, wherein:
the primary surface has a first area and a second area,
an off-angle formed by a c-axis of the gallium nitride substrate with an axis perpendicular to the primary surface is minimum
in the second area,

a c-face of the gallium nitride substrate is concave or convex, and
a curvature radius of R of C-plane of the gallium nitride substrate is equal to or more than 1.5 meters.

US Pat. No. 9,450,485

POWER SUPPLY CONTROL APPARATUS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A power supply control apparatus, comprising:
a voltage detection unit that detects an output voltage of a battery or an alternator provided to a vehicle;
a condition acquisition unit that acquires a condition of an engine provided to the vehicle;
a voltage transformation unit that raises or lowers the output voltage;
a switching unit that switches power supply to each of a plurality of in-vehicle devices provided to the vehicle to either
of the output voltage and a voltage transformed by the voltage transformation unit; and

a control unit that outputs an instruction to switch the switching unit based on the output voltage value detected by the
voltage detection unit and the condition of the engine acquired by the condition acquisition unit,

wherein the switching unit switches a destination of power supply between a first in-vehicle device group to which a voltage
higher than V1 is to be supplied and a second in-vehicle device group other than the first in-vehicle device group, and

the control unit outputs an instruction to lower the voltage or an instruction to raise the voltage to the voltage transformation
unit, and outputs an instruction to switch between the first in-vehicle device group and the second in-vehicle device group
to the switching unit.

US Pat. No. 9,397,417

WIRING MODULE HAVING A VOLTAGE DETECTION TERMINAL

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wiring module, comprising:
a connecting member that connects between adjacent electrode terminals of a plurality of electricity storage elements that
have a positive electrode terminal and a negative electrode terminal;

an insulating protector that has a partition wall surrounding the connecting member and that accommodates the connecting member;
and

a detection terminal that is connected to an end portion of an electric wire and that is laid over the connecting member,
wherein:

the detection terminal is provided with (i) a fastened portion that is laid over the connecting member and is fastened by
a fastening member and (ii) a terminal guide-out portion that is guided to an area that does not overlap the connecting member
and whose diameter is reduced from an end portion of the fastened portion;

the insulating protector is provided with an engaging portion that engages the terminal guide-out portion;
the terminal guide-out portion is provided with an electric wire connecting portion that is connected to the end portion of
the electric wire;

the engaging portion is formed between the fastened portion and the electric wire connecting portion;
part of a peripheral portion of the terminal guide-out portion is provided with an engaged portion formed of a groove portion
or a projection portion; and

at an internal wall of an engagement portion, at a position corresponding to the engaged portion, the engaging portion is
constituted by a projection portion that engages the groove portion of the engaged portion or a groove portion that engages
the projection portion of the engaged portion that extends along a direction in which the detection terminal is engaged.

US Pat. No. 9,336,942

REACTOR, CONVERTER, AND POWER CONVERSION DEVICE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A reactor comprising:
a coil with a pair of coil elements connected to each other,
a magnetic core with a pair of interior core portions disposed inside the coil elements and an exterior core portion which
connects the interior core portions to form a closed magnetic path, and

an insulator interposed between the coil and the magnetic core,
wherein the reactor is provided with a sensor for measurement of a physical quantity during operation of the reactor, and
a sensor holder which includes a member independent from the insulator and which holds the sensor,

wherein each coil element of the pair of coil elements has a tubular body formed by spirally winding a wire and has an end
surface shaped to have rounded corner portions with rounded corners, and the coil elements are disposed in parallel such that
axes of the coil elements are disposed in parallel to each other,

wherein the sensor holder is provided with an engaging portion which engages with the insulator to prevent the sensor holder
form being detached from the insulator, and

wherein the sensor is disposed, with the sensor holder which is engaged at the engaging portion with the insulator, in a trapezoidal
space interposed between the rounded corner portions which are disposed to face each other in the coil elements.

US Pat. No. 9,184,432

CELL WIRING MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A cell wiring module, comprising:
a plurality of connection members connecting adjacent electrode terminals of a plurality of single cells having positive and
negative electrode terminals;

a plurality of holding portions holding the connection members;
detection terminals placed on the connection members and connected to terminal portions of wires; and
wire insertion portions through which the wires connected to the detection terminals are inserted, wherein
the detection terminals are oriented in a direction inclined relative to a direction orthogonal to a connecting direction
in which the connection members are arranged side-by-side, and

the detection terminals including corner portions that are inserted in the holding portions.

US Pat. No. 9,087,817

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE INCLUDING A GATE WIRING CONNECTED TO AT LEAST ONE SEMICONDUCTOR CHIP

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
at least one semiconductor chip;
a gate wiring connected to the at least one semiconductor chip;
a first wiring connected to the at least one semiconductor chip; and
a second wiring connected to the at least one semiconductor chip;
wherein the first and second wirings extend along the gate wiring;
wherein the first wiring is arranged between the gate wiring and second wiring;
wherein the first wiring is the wiring closest to the gate wiring;
wherein a first part of the gate wiring opposing the first wiring is shorter than a second part of the gate wiring opposing
the second wiring;

wherein the at least one semiconductor chip comprises a plurality of semiconductor chips;
wherein the plurality of semiconductor chips are arranged along a first direction; and
wherein, with respect to an axis extending along a second direction perpendicular to the first direction between the semiconductor
chips adjacent to each other, the gate wiring, first wiring, and second wiring on one side are arranged in the reverse of
those on the other side.

US Pat. No. 9,611,337

CHAIN TRANSFER AGENT, PHOTOSENSITIVE COMPOSITION, CURED PRODUCT OF PHOTOSENSITIVE COMPOSITION, AND METHOD FOR CURING PHOTOSENSITIVE COMPOSITION

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A photosensitive composition comprising:
an ultraviolet curable material; and
a chain transfer agent comprising:
an ingredient (a) that comprises a compound comprising at least one selected from the group consisting of a urethane bond,
a urea bond, and an isocyanate group; and

an ingredient (b) that comprises a metal-containing compound, wherein:
a portion of the composition where irradiation light does not reach is curable;
the composition is not moisture-curable;
the chain transfer agent does not contain a thermal radical generating agent; and
a mass ratio of the ingredient (a) to the ingredient (b) is in a range of from 100:0.001 to 100:1.

US Pat. No. 9,514,587

VEHICLE LOCK CONTROLLER

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A vehicle lock controller, comprising:
a short-range wireless communicator configured to communicate with a portable wireless communication device within a short
range;

a long-range wireless communicator configured to communicate with the wireless communication device within a long range, the
long range being longer than the short range;

a controller configured to lock or unlock at least one door of a vehicle in response to a lock or unlock request received
from the wireless communication device;

a detection device configured to detect the presence of a person around the vehicle; and
a lock time setting device configured, when a request to unlock the at least one door is received from the wireless communication
device, to set a lapse of time before the at least one door is locked, depending on whether or not (i) the short-range wireless
communicator has communicated with the wireless communication device, (ii) the long-range wireless communicator has communicated
with the wireless communication device, and (iii) a result of detection by the detection device, wherein:

the controller is configured such that, when the controller receives the unlock request from the wireless communication device,
the controller unlocks the at least one door and then locks the at least one door after the lapse of time set by the lock
time setting device; and

the lock time setting device:
sets the lapse of time before the at least one door is locked to a long period when the short-range wireless communicator
has communicated with the wireless communication device;

sets the lapse of time before the at least one door is locked to a medium-length period shorter than the long period when
(i) the short-range wireless communicator has not communicated with the wireless communication device, (ii) the long-range
wireless communicator has communicated with the wireless communication device, and (iii) the detection device has not detected
a person; and

sets the lapse of time before the at least one door is locked to a short period shorter than the medium period when (i) the
short-range wireless communicator has not communicated with the wireless communication device, (ii) the long-range wireless
communicator has communicated with the wireless communication device, and (iii) the detection device has detected a person.

US Pat. No. 9,490,551

FITTING EQUIPPED ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE SHEET

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A fitting-equipped electrically conductive sheet comprising:
an electrically conductive sheet material; and
a connection fitting configured to electrically connect the sheet material to another member, the connection fitting including
a crimp section that is formed by a plate-shaped section being folded back and that is crimped to an edge section of the sheet
material,

wherein the crimp section includes:
a pair of plate-shaped holding sections between which the edge section of the sheet material is sandwiched; and
a folded-back section that connects the pair of plate-shaped holding sections,
at least one of the pair of plate-shaped holding sections has a band-shaped recess on an outer surface of an intermediate
region between the folded-back section and an opposite edge section of the plate-shaped holding section, the band-shaped recess
being band-shaped by being more strongly crimped to the sheet material than adjacent parts,

the band-shaped recess longitudinally extends parallel to the folded-back section,
the sheet material protrudes from the crimp section to a side that is opposite to the folded-back section, and
a connection section configured to be electrically connected to a connection target is provided on at least one side of the
crimp section in a longitudinal direction of the band-shaped recess.

US Pat. No. 9,456,530

DC-DC CONVERTER

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

13. A DC-DC converter, comprising:
a transformer having a primary coil and a secondary coil;
switching elements connected to the primary coil for switching the flow of electrical current to the primary coil;
rectifying elements connected to the secondary coil;
a case having (i) a first accommodating portion in which the transformer is accommodated and (ii) a second accommodating portion
in which the switching elements and the rectifying elements are accommodated;

a metal heat sink attached to the case, the metal heat sink being thermally connected to the switching elements and the rectifying
elements and having a radiator portion exposed on an outer surface of the case; and

the case includes a lower case opened upward and an upper cover that shuts the lower case from above, wherein
an upper edge of a lower-side partition formed in the lower case abuts with a lower edge of an upper-side partition formed
in the upper cover, thereby partitioning the first accommodating portion from the second accommodating portion.

US Pat. No. 9,263,381

SEMICONDUCTOR MODULE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A semiconductor module comprising:
a semiconductor chip;
a wiring substrate, the semiconductor chip being mounted on the wiring substrate and being electrically connected to a wiring
pattern formed on a main surface of the wiring substrate;

a mounting plate, the wiring substrate being mounted on the mounting plate;
a frame body defining a case for accommodating the wiring substrate, together with the mounting plate, wherein an opening
passing through the frame body is formed in the frame body in a thickness direction of the wiring substrate; and

a bus bar electrically connected to the wiring pattern, extending from the case, and being inserted into a side wall of the
frame body,

the side wall comprising a projection projecting into the opening from the frame body,
the bus bar comprising:
a first region embedded in the side wall and comprising a first end and a second end, the first end being opposite to the
mounting plate, the second end being at a leading edge of the projection;

a second region extending from the first end of the first region outward from the frame body; and
a third region extending from the second end of the first region into the frame body,
wherein the third region is bent based on the shape of the projection being close to the wiring substrate when viewed from
the position of the second end, and

the mounting plate provided with the wiring substrate thereon is attached to the frame body such that the third region is
in press-contact with the wiring pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,543,711

WIRING MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wiring module to be attached to a power storage element group in which a plurality of power storage elements are lined
up, each power storage element having a positive electrode terminal and a negative electrode terminal, the wiring module comprising:
an insulating protector configured to hold a connection member that electrically connects adjacent electrode terminals; and
a temperature detecting member configured to detect a temperature of the connection member,
wherein the temperature detecting member includes:
a temperature detecting element;
an electric wire connected to the temperature detecting element;
an element accommodating section in which the temperature detecting element is accommodated and through which the electric
wire is led out; and

a detection section that is contiguous to the element accommodating section and that is arranged to be in contact with the
connection member, and

the element accommodating section being arranged in parallel or perpendicular to a line connecting shaft centers of the two
electrode terminals that are connected to each other by the connection member,

wherein the insulating protector is provided with a receiving groove that receives the element accommodating section so that
the detection section is arranged in a real contact with a connection member.

US Pat. No. 9,412,989

BATTERY CONNECTING ASSEMBLY

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A battery connecting assembly in a battery module, the battery connecting assembly connecting batteries having electrode
terminals, the batteries being aligned to configure a battery group, the battery connecting assembly comprising:
a plurality of connection units in which a connecting member connecting the electrode terminals of adjacent batteries is arranged,
each of the connection units including:

an accommodation portion in which the connecting member is arranged,
a cover configured to cover the accommodation portion, the cover including a cover stopper and a cover stopper receiver that
is configured to fit to the cover stopper of an adjacent connection unit,

a hinge connecting the accommodation portion and the cover,
a unit stopper, and
a unit stopper receiver configured to fit to the unit stopper of the adjacent connection unit, wherein
the connection units are connected to each other such that the unit stoppers and the unit stopper receivers are fitted to
each other and the covers of the connection units are connected to each other such that the cover stoppers and the cover stopper
receivers are fitted to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,353,204

(METH)ACRYLATE COMPOSITION

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A method for curing a (meth)acrylate composition, the composition comprising a first compound having one or more vinyl
groups in a molecular structure thereof, the compound having a ratio of a molecular weight thereof to a number of the vinyl
groups of 300 or lower, the composition not comprising a thermal polymerization initiator or a chain transfer agent, the method
comprising a step of curing the composition without agitating the composition, wherein a portion of the composition that is
not irradiated with light reaches a temperature from 151 to 175° C. as a result of photopolymerization of the composition
and is cured by thermal polymerization caused by a heat of reaction generated during said photopolymerization.

US Pat. No. 9,280,004

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR MODULATOR AND SEMICONDUCTOR MODULATOR

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A method for manufacturing a semiconductor modulator, comprising the steps of:
preparing a substrate having a main surface including a first area and a second area arranged in a direction of a first axis;
forming a stacked semiconductor layer on the main surface of the substrate;
forming a mask on a surface of the stacked semiconductor layer;
forming an optical waveguide mesa by etching the stacked semiconductor layer using the mask, the optical waveguide mesa including
a first portion having an optical modulation portion and a second portion;

forming a first insulating layer on a top surface and a side surface of the optical waveguide mesa and on the second area
of the substrate;

after forming the first insulating layer, applying a resin on the first insulating layer;
forming a first opening in the resin on the second area of the substrate;
etching the first insulating layer through the first opening by using the resin as a mask to expose the substrate in the second
area thereof;

after etching the first insulating layer, forming a second insulating layer on the resin and on the exposed substrate to provide
an underlayer structure on the second area of the substrate in contact with the substrate; and

forming a pad electrode on the underlayer structure in contact with the underlayer structure through the first opening of
the resin,

wherein the underlayer structure includes the second insulating layer and the second insulating layer is made of a dielectric
material.

US Pat. No. 9,281,427

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a substrate formed of a III-V compound semiconductor;
a buffer layer disposed on the substrate and formed of GaSb; and
an absorption layer formed on the buffer layer and including a multiple quantum well structure formed of III-V compound semiconductors,
wherein the multiple quantum well structure includes a stack of unit structures each including a plurality of component layers,
each of the unit structures includes
a first component layer formed of InAs1-aSba
a second component layer formed of GaSb, and
a third component layer formed of InSbxAs1-x
in one unit structure among the unit structures, the third component layer is disposed so as to be in contact with one of
main surfaces of the second component layer,

another one of the main surfaces of the second component layer is in contact with the first component layer present within
the one unit structure or within another unit structure disposed on the one unit structure,

the ratio a in InAs1-aSba forming the first component layer is 0 or more and 0.05 or less,

the ratio x in InSbxAs1-x forming the third component layer is more than 0 and less than 1, and

the third component layer has a thickness of 0.1 nm or more and 0.9 nm or less.

US Pat. No. 9,506,993

WIRING MODULE

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A wiring module that is configured to be attached to a storage element group in which a plurality of storage elements are
lined up, the plurality of storage elements each including a pair of positive and negative electrode terminals, the wiring
module comprising:
a bus bar holding member that is made of an insulating material and is configured to be attached to the storage element group;
bus bars that are configured to be connected to the electrode terminals, the bus bars being held on a side of the bus bar
holding member that is opposite to a side of the bus bar holding member facing the storage element group;

detection terminals that detect states of the storage elements, the detection terminals being electrically connected to the
bus bars and being held by the bus bar holding member;

detection wires that are drawn from the detection terminals; and
a wire routing path that is provided on the side of the bus bar holding member that faces the storage elements, the detection
wires being routed along the wire routing path.

US Pat. No. 9,531,261

POWER SUPPLY CONTROL DEVICE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A power-supply control device, comprising:
a transistor that is interposed between a power source and a load;
a control circuit to which a voltage from the power source is applied, the voltage being applied across a high-voltage side
input terminal and a low-voltage side input terminal of the control circuit, and that is configured to turn the transistor
on or off based on an operating signal for the load that is applied from an external device, and controlling supply of power
to the load;

a voltage detector that is configured to detect a value of the voltage applied to the control circuit by the power source,
and is configured to determine whether or not the applied voltage value detected is lower than a predetermined voltage value;
and

a negative voltage output circuit that is configured to output a negative voltage to the low-voltage side input terminal of
the control circuit if the voltage detector determines that the applied voltage value is lower than the predetermined voltage
value.

US Pat. No. 9,508,464

BUS BAR COVER, AND BUS BAR WITH COVER

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An insulating bus bar cover that is attachable to a bus bar between (i) a first cell group in which a plurality of cells,
each including a positive and negative electrode terminal, are arranged in a row, and (ii) a second cell group of a same type
adjacent to the first cell group, both ends of the bus bar being respectively fixable to electrode terminals having opposite
polarities in order to electrically connect the electrode terminals, the bus bar cover comprising:
a main body portion configured to cover the bus bar while exposing both ends of the bus bar, the main body portion being disposed
spaced from the respective ends of the bus bar in a first direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the main
body portion, the main body portion including:

a tubular member configured to cover the bus bar while exposing both ends of the bus bar; and
frame members provided at ends of the tubular member, the frame members extending from the respective ends of the tubular
member in order to surround the ends of the bus bar exposed from the tubular member when viewed in a plan view while the frame
members are spaced from the ends of the bus bar in the first direction directly above the ends of the bus bar;

hinge portions provided on the frame members; and
lid portions that are attached via the hinge portions to the frame members, and are pivotable by the hinge portions so as
to cover or expose the ends of the bus bar.

US Pat. No. 9,460,842

REACTOR, COIL MOLD PRODUCT, CONVERTER, AND POWER CONVERTER APPARATUS

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A reactor comprising:
a coil and a magnetic core, the coil including a turn portion formed by a wound wire whose cross-sectional shape has a corner
portion, the coil further including a draw-out portion of the wire drawn out from the turn portion, the magnetic core being
disposed inside and outside the coil to form a closed magnetic path;

a mold resin portion that covers the turn portion and at least part of the draw-out portion to retain a shape of the coil;
and

a resin containing mold product that is formed to cover at least part of an outer circumference of the mold resin portion
covering the draw-out portion, wherein

in the mold resin portion, an outer circumferential face of a corner portion region that covers a corner portion of the draw-out
portion is formed by a curved surface,

when a bend radius of the outer circumferential face of the corner portion region is R, the bend radius R is greater than
0.5 mm,

the wire is formed by a rectangular wire, and
when a thickness of the rectangular wire is a and a thickness of the mold resin portion covering the draw-out portion is m,
the bend radius R is 0.2(m+(a/2))?R?5.0(m+(a/2)).

US Pat. No. 9,564,254

ALUMINUM ALLOY WIRE, AND ALUMINUM ALLOY TWISTED WIRE, COVERED ELECTRICAL WIRE AND WIRE HARNESS USING THE SAME

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. An aluminum alloy wire to be used as a conductor, containing in mass %:
Mg at 0.2% to 1.5%;
Si at 0.1% to 2.0%;
Fe at 0.1% to 1.0%, or at least one element selected from Cu, Cr, Mn and Zr, and Fe at a total of 0.1% to 1.0%;
Ti at 0.005% to 0.08% and B at 0.0005% to 0.016%;
Zr at 0.02% to 0.40% and Mn at 0.05% to 0.40%; and
the balance being Al and impurities,
wherein the content of the Mg is greater than the content of at least one of the Fe, Cu, Cr, Mn, and Zr,
wherein the content of the Si is greater than the content of the Fe,
and having:
an electrical conductivity of 40% IACS or more;
a tensile strength of 150 MPa or more;
an elongation of 5% or more;
a wire diameter of 0.5 mm or less; and
a maximum grain size of 50 ?m or less, wherein
a ratio of the maximum grain size relative to the wire diameter is less than 10%.

US Pat. No. 9,488,755

SECOND-ORDER NONLINEAR OPTICAL COMPOUND AND NONLINEAR OPTICAL ELEMENT COMPRISING THE SAME

National Institute of Inf...

1. A chromophore represented by the formula D-B-A, wherein B is represented by the formula B-II
wherein
?1 and ?2 independently represent the same or different carbon-carbon conjugated ?-bonds; and

RB1, RB2, RB3and RB4 independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, an aryl group, an alkenyl group, a cycloalkyl group,
a cycloalkenyl group, a haloalkyl group, an aralkyl group, an aryloxy group, or an aralkyloxy group, A is represented by the
formula

wherein
Y represents —CRA1RA2—, —O—, —S—, —SO—, —SiRA1RA2—, —NR— wherein R represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, or —C(?CH2)—; and

RA1 and RA2 independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkenyl group, a cycloalkyl group, a cycloalkenyl group, an alkoxy
group, a haloalkyl group, or an aryl group, or

RA1and RA2 form, together with the carbon atom to which they are attached, a structure that is represented by the following formula:


 andD is represented by the formula D-1-1:
wherein
RD1 represents an alkoxy group, an aryloxy group, an aralkyloxy group, a silyloxy group, an alkenyloxy group, an alkenylcarbonyloxy
group, an alkynyloxy group, or a hydroxy group, and RD1 may have a substituent selected from the group consisting of an alkyl group, a haloalkyl group, an aryl group, a heteroaryl
group, an aralkyl group, a silyl group, an alkenyl group, an alkynyl group, an acyl group, and an alkenylcarbonyl group;

RD2 and RD3 independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, an aryloxy group, an aralkyloxy group, a silyloxy
group, an alkenyloxy group, an alkenylcarbonyloxy group, an alkynyloxy group, or a hydroxy group, and RD2 and RD3 each may have the same or different substituents selected from the group consisting of an alkyl group, a haloalkyl group,
an aryl group, a heteroaryl group, an aralkyl group, a silyl group, an alkenyl group, an alkynyl group, an acyl group, and
an alkenylcarbonyl group

when RD2 and RD3 are each attached to adjacent carbon atoms of the aryl of D,

RD2 and RD3 may form, together with the two adjacent carbon atoms, a ring optionally having a substituent selected from the group consisting
of an alkyl group, a haloalkyl group, an aryl group, a heteroaryl group, an aralkyl group, a silyl group, an alkenyl group,
an alkynyl group, an acyl group, and an alkenylcarbonyl group; and

RD4 and RD5 independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a haloalkyl group, a hydroxyalkyl group, an acyloxyalkyl group, a
silyloxyalkyl group, an aminoalkyl group, or an aryl group, or

RD4 and RD5 form, together with the nitrogen atom to which they are attached, a heterocyclic ring; or

(a) RD2 and —NRD4RD5 and (b) RD3 and —NRD4RD5 independently form, together with the carbon atoms to which they are attached, a heterocyclic ring.

US Pat. No. 9,089,048

MAGNETIC SHIELDING DEVICE AND WIRE HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electromagnetic shielding device comprising:
a conductive sheet that is a sheet-shaped flexible conductive member that can be deformed into a tube shape; and
a tube-shape holding member that keeps the conductive sheet in a tube shape in a state in which a first outer edge portion
and a second outer edge portion of four outer edge portions of the conductive sheet are joined together, the second outer
edge portion being located on a side opposite to the first outer edge portion, wherein

in the conductive sheet, a parallel slit group is formed, the parallel slit group being constituted by a plurality of slits
that extend in a direction that crosses a first direction from the first outer edge portion toward the second outer edge portion
and that are lined up in the first direction, and

a folding line is formed, the folding line extending across the parallel slit group.

US Pat. No. 9,425,594

WIRING HARNESS AND RELAY HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wiring harness, comprising:
a first harness provided with a first connector on a plurality of first wires, the first wires formed such that each first
wire has a first conductor surrounded by a first insulation coating;

a second harness provided with a second connector on a plurality of second wires, the second wires formed such that each second
wire has a second conductor surrounded by a second insulation coating;

a relay harness wired between the second connector and the first connector,
the relay harness having relay wires formed such that each relay wire has a conductor surrounded by a coating resin,
the relay harness further having a first housing composed of a first housing resin and configured to connect to the first
connector for connecting the relay wires to the first wires, and having a second housing composed of a second housing resin
and configured to connect to the second connector for connecting the relay wires to the second wires;

wherein the coating resin, the first housing resin, and the second housing resin includes non-halogen type synthetic resins
that (A) have a higher ignition points than a resin material used for the first insulation coating and the second insulation
coating; and/or (B) are self-extinguishable.

US Pat. No. 9,444,221

LASER APPARATUS AND METHOD TO RE-TUNE EMISSION WAVELENGTH TUNABLE LD

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A laser apparatus, comprising
a wavelength tunable laser diode (t-LD) providing a heater; and
a controller to control power supplied to the heater to re-tune an emission wavelength of the t-LD by changing the power from
first power Pa to second power Pb,

wherein the controller supplies pre-emphasis power Pp before supplying the second power Pb, the pre-emphasis power Pp being
greater than the second power Pb when the second power Pb is greater than the first power Pa, and supplies the pre-emphasis
power Pp smaller than the second power Pb when the second power Pb is smaller than the first power Pa.

US Pat. No. 9,413,095

CONNECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A connector to be connected to a mating connector provided on a device side, comprising:
a plurality of terminals to be connected to end parts of wires;
a plurality of terminal accommodating members configured to accommodate the plurality of terminals; and
a holding member including a pair of side wall portions facing each other and a pair of coupling wall portions connecting
end sides of the pair of side wall portions in an extending direction and configured to hold the plurality of terminal accommodating
members side by side in a direction along the extending direction of the side wall portions between the pair of side wall
portions,

wherein:
each terminal accommodating member including a pair of supporting portions projecting toward the respective side wall portions
and supported on the respective side wall portions;

the mating connector is configured by stacking a plurality of split connector portions;
the split connector portion includes a mating terminal to be connected to the terminal and a partition wall partitioning the
mating terminal from outside;

the partition wall of one of the plurality of split connector portions is formed into a rectangular tube surrounding the mating
terminal on four sides and the partition walls of the other partition walls are formed into a U shape with one open side surrounding
the mating terminal on three sides; and

the mating connector is configured by stacking the plurality of split connector portions such that the one open side of the
partition wall in the split connector portion is covered by the partition wall of the adjacent split connector portion.

US Pat. No. 9,331,461

ELECTRIC-WIRE PROTECTING PIPE AND WIRE HARNESS

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. An electric-wire protection pipe having a first circumferential region and a second circumferential region, the electric-wire
protection pipe being formed of a material that includes metal and being configured to surround an electric wire, the electric-wire
protection pipe comprising:
a first reinforced section located at the first circumferential region in the circumferential direction of the electric-wire
protection pipe, the first reinforced section being configured to extend along the entire length in the longitudinal direction
of the electric-wire protection pipe, and being thicker than other sections in the circumferential direction of the electric-wire
protection pipe; and

a flat pipe section constituting at least a part of the electric-wire protection pipe in the longitudinal direction, the flat
pipe section being configured such that an outer size of the flat pipe section in a first direction is smaller than an outer
size of the flat pipe section in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, wherein

the first direction is a direction from a first circumferential region, in which the first reinforced section is formed, in
the circumferential direction of the electric-wire protection pipe toward a second circumferential region that is opposite
to the first circumferential region.

US Pat. No. 9,280,030

METHOD FOR PRODUCING SEMICONDUCTOR OPTICAL DEVICE AND SEMICONDUCTOR OPTICAL DEVICE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A method for producing a semiconductor optical device, comprising the steps of:
forming a first optical waveguide and a second optical waveguide on a principal surface of a substrate;
forming a first resin layer on the principal surface of the substrate, on top surfaces of the first and the second optical
waveguides, and on side surfaces of the first and second optical waveguides;

forming an opening in the first resin layer on the first optical waveguide by etching the first resin layer to the first optical
waveguide without etching the first resin layer on the second optical waveguide;

forming a first electrode in a part of the opening, the first electrode being in contact with the top surface of the first
optical waveguide through the opening;

forming a second resin layer on the first electrode and on the first resin layer, the second resin layer filling the opening;
forming a groove by etching the second resin layer on the first electrode without etching the second resin layer on the second
optical waveguide until a top surface of the first electrode is exposed;

forming a second electrode on the second resin layer, on a side surface of the groove, and on the top surface of the first
electrode; and

forming a third electrode on the second electrode, wherein
in the step of forming the groove, the groove is formed to have a width smaller than a width of the first electrode at a bottom
surface of the groove,

the third electrode is configured to fill the groove,
the second and third electrodes have a region in which the second and third electrodes pass over the second optical waveguide,
and

in said region, the first and second resin layers are disposed between the second electrode and the second optical waveguide,
the second electrode being separated in a direction perpendicular to the principal surface of the substrate at a predetermined
distance from the top surface of the second optical waveguide.

US Pat. No. 9,197,263

COMPENSATION APPARATUS, SIGNAL GENERATOR AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A compensation apparatus which compensates a quadrature-demodulated signal output from a quadrature demodulator that performs
quadrature demodulation by using a signal of a carrier frequency, by removing an image component caused by the quadrature
demodulator from the quadrature-demodulated signal, the compensation apparatus comprising:
a signal generator that generates a reference signal having a predetermined bandwidth in a reception band, and gives the reference
signal to an input side of the quadrature demodulator;

a calculation section that calculates a compensation parameter for rejecting the image component, based on a signal obtained
by quadrature-demodulating the reference signal with the quadrature demodulator; and

an image component rejection section that rejects the image component from the quadrature-demodulated signal based on the
compensation parameter, wherein

the reference signal includes a frequency band that is biased to either a higher-frequency side or a lower-frequency side
with respect to the carrier frequency, and

the calculation section
generates, as a reference signal replica, a signal on which the image component in the frequency domain is not superimposed,
the signal being a part of the signal obtained by quadrature-demodulating the reference signal and output from the quadrature
demodulator, and

calculates the compensation parameter, based on a signal for calculation that includes the reference signal replica and an
image component caused by the reference signal replica, and on the reference signal replica being a part of the signal obtained
by quadrature-demodulating the reference signal.

US Pat. No. 9,046,671

COMPOSITE OPTICAL FIBER CABLE AND COMPOSITE OPTICAL FIBER CABLE ASSEMBLY PROVIDING PROTECTION BY FLEXURE

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A composite optical fiber cable comprising:
a flexible sheath having an elongated cylindrical shape;
a first protective tube disposed within the sheath and extending the length of the sheath, the first protective tube being
centrally located within the sheath viewed in cross-section;

a plurality of optical fibers disposed within the first protective tube extending the length of the first protective tube
and the sheath; and

electric wires disposed within the sheath extending the length of the sheath and arranged between an inner surface of the
sheath and an outer surface of the first protective tube such that the electric wires are spaced apart from one another in
the circumferential direction, each of the electric wires having an outer diameter,

the composite optical fiber cable being movable from a non-flexed state to a flexed state, such that in the non-flexed state
a first one of the electric wires is spaced apart from a second one of the electric wires by a first distance greater than
the outer diameter of the electric wires with the plurality of optical fibers being spaced apart from one another within the
first protective tube, and in the flexed state the first one of the electric wires is spaced apart from the second one of
the electric wires by a second distance smaller than the outer diameter with the plurality of optical fibers remaining spaced
apart from one another within the first protective tube, wherein

in the flexed state, a flexed portion of the composite optical fiber cable is deformed at the sheath to an elliptical shape
as viewed in cross-section such that the plurality of the electric wires are movable in the circumferential direction of the
first protective tube and in the direction of a major axis of the elliptical shape in order to prevent lateral pressure due
to movement from the non-flexed state to the flexed state from acting on the plurality of optical fibers within the first
protective tube.

US Pat. No. 9,396,840

SHIELD CONDUCTING PATH

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A shield conducting path comprising:
a plurality of electric wires each of which including an electric conductor and an insulation coating surrounding the electric
conductor; and

a metal pipe for shielding and protecting the electric wires arranged therein, wherein
the pipe includes a cylindrical tube main body in which the electric wires are arranged and a partition wall continuing to
an inner wall of the tube main body and partitioning an inner space of the tube main body into a first area and a second area,

the partition wall includes:
a pair of end convex portions, each of the end convex portions being an edge portion of the partition wall and adjacent to
the inner wall of the tube main body, and curving so as to protrude in a direction from the first area toward the second area;
and

a concave portion between the pair of end convex portions, the concave portion curving so as to be recessed in an opposite
direction from the direction in which each of the end convex portions protrudes, and

the inner wall of the tube main body includes ribs protruding inward of the tube main body and extending in an axial direction
of the tube main body.

US Pat. No. 9,279,194

METHOD OF GROWING III-NITRIDE CRYSTAL

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A III-nitride crystal growth flux-free method comprising:
in a solution-growth deposition apparatus having a growth chamber and including a growth vessel placeable inside the growth
chamber,

a step of placing a Group-III nitride seed crystal into the growth vessel,
a step of placing a Group-III metallic element of not less than 99 mass % purity into the growth vessel and setting the vessel
inside the growth chamber,

a step of introducing nitrogen gas of not less than 99 mass % purity into the growth chamber, pressurizing the chamber, and
bringing the ambient temperature inside the chamber to a temperature of between 1000° C. and 1300° C., such as to liquefy
the Group-III metallic element and yield a Group-III metallic element melt of not less than 99 mass % purity,

a step of further introducing at least 99 mass % purity nitrogen gas into the growth chamber and bringing the ambient pressure
inside the chamber to a pressure of between 100 MPa and 300 MPa, to carry out a dissolution of the nitrogen into the Group-III
metallic element melt so as to yield a solution in which at least 99 mass % purity nitrogen has been dissolved into the melt
of at least 99 mass % purity Group-III metallic element, and such as to grow a first III-nitride crystal having an alkali-metal
atom concentration of not greater than 1.0×1016 cm?3 is onto the III-nitride seed crystal; and

in a hydride vapor-phase epitaxy reaction chamber having a crystal-growth section,
a step of emplacing the first III-nitride crystal, with a major surface thereof exposed, into the crystal-growth section of
the HVPE reaction chamber,

a step of bringing the ambient temperature of the crystal-growth section to higher than 1100° C., and
a step of introducing a Group-Ill metallic element source gas and a nitrogen source gas into the crystal-growth section, to
HVPE grow a second III-nitride crystal onto the major surface of the first III-nitride crystal; whereby the second III-nitride
crystal is grown across the entirety of the first III-nitride crystal, without abnormal crystal-growth regions arising on
the first III-nitride crystal major surface.

US Pat. No. 9,075,207

OPTICAL MODULE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OPTICAL MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A method of manufacturing an optical module, the optical module including: a circuit board; an optical device mounted on
the circuit board; and a resin member arranged on the circuit board and formed of a light-transmissive synthetic resin, wherein:
the resin member includes:
a sleeve configured to receive a ferrule fitted around a terminal of an optical fiber; and
a lens formed integrally with and located on an axis of the sleeve,
the optical device includes an optical device active layer adapted to emit or receive invisible light having a single wavelength
of between 800 nm and 900 nm or 1260 nm and 1625 nm, and

the lens is configured such that the invisible light transmitted through the lens forms an image of the optical device active
layer at an optical fiber coupling plane, the optical fiber coupling plane being a plane at which an end surface of the optical
fiber is located when the ferrule is attached to the sleeve,

the method comprising the steps of:
applying the invisible light onto the resin member and the optical device;
observing a part of the resin member located at the optical fiber coupling plane and an image formed at the optical fiber
coupling plane by the optical device active layer, with use of a camera, while applying the invisible light onto the resin
member and the optical device;

aligning positions of the resin member and the circuit board with respect to each other while observing the part of the resin
member located at the optical fiber coupling plane and the image formed at the optical fiber coupling plane; and

fixing the resin member to the circuit board while maintaining the aligned positions of the resin member and the circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,620,260

INSULATING COATED WIRE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A method for manufacturing an insulating coated wire, the method comprising:
preparing an insulating coated wire material that includes a center conductor and an insulating coating made of an insulating
thermoplastic resin material and covering the center conductor;

arranging a metal mold on the circumference of at least a portion in the axial direction of the insulating coated wire material,
the metal mold having an inner surface with a portion having a shape protruding outwardly in the radial direction with respect
to the outer circumferential surface of the insulating coated wire material; and

forming, on the insulating coating, a bending auxiliary section that has a shape along the inner surface of the metal mold,
by generating a pressure difference in which a pressure inside the insulating coating is higher than a pressure outside the
insulating coating within the metal mold in a condition in which the insulating coating is heated within the metal mold to
a temperature at which the thermoplastic resin material constituting the insulating coating is softened, the bending auxiliary
section being configured such that an insulating coating thickness thereof is smaller than an insulating coating thickness
of the other portion, and having a shape that facilitates bending of the insulating coated wire by elongation deformation
thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,461,385

CARD EDGE CONNECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A card edge connector assembly comprising:
a board-side connector that has a board-side housing and a circuit board attached to the board-side housing, the circuit board
having a front edge region projecting from the board-side housing and having a plurality of contact portions and a cut portion
in proximity to the front edge region; and

a harness-side connector comprising:
a housing main body formed with a receptacle configured to accommodate the board-side connector; and
a terminal holding member inserted in the receptacle of the housing main body, the terminal holding member including:
a front wall;
opposed supporting walls extending rearward from the front wall;
a board accommodation space open into the front wall at a position between the supporting walls and configured to receive
the front edge region of the circuit board;

terminal accommodating chambers formed between the support walls and adjacent the board accommodation space, the terminal
accommodating chambers being configured for accommodating a plurality of juxtaposed terminal fittings and configured so that
the supporting walls receive reaction forces given to the terminal fittings from the circuit board due to a resilient pressing
action of resilient contact pieces of the terminal fittings; and

a coupling portion formed at the front wall portion and extending between the supporting walls; wherein
the coupling portion is disposed to fit in the cut portion formed on the circuit board and is configured to resist the reaction
forces given to the supporting walls by the terminal fittings when the circuit board is inserted in the board accommodation
space.

US Pat. No. 9,360,633

METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING OPTICAL CONNECTOR

SEI OPTIFRONTIER CO., LTD...

1. A method for assembling an optical connector including a ferrule assembly including a ferrule that holds an embedded fiber,
comprising:
a step of connecting the embedded fiber and an optical fiber inserted through a second housing;
a step of holding a frame member containing the ferrule assembly and a first housing with a holding member while maintaining
a relative positional relationship between the frame member and the first housing, the first housing being configured to connect
to an adapter, the holding step including inserting the frame member into a through hole formed in the holding member, arranging
the first housing to contain the frame member, and threadably engaging the first housing and the holding member; and

a step of inserting the ferrule into the frame member and connecting the first housing and a second housing to each other
while the frame member and the first housing are held by the holding member.

US Pat. No. 9,481,327

WIRE HARNESS AND WIRE FITTING

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A wire harness comprising:
a wire bundle including a plurality of wires;
a wire fitting including a base and a cover, the base supporting a portion of the wire bundle from one side and having a periphery,
the cover being assembled to the base and covering the portion of the wire bundle together with the base;

a first tie member that ties together a portion of the plurality of wires of the wire bundle, the first tie member being freely
movable relative to the base;

a second tie member that ties together all wires of the tied portion of the plurality of wires, the second tie member being
freely movable relative to the base, the tied portion of the plurality of wires extending in a first direction from the first
tie member to the second tie member and having a first length between the first tie member and the second tie member in the
first direction; and

a protrusion that is formed protruding from a surface of the base of the wire fitting, the surface facing the cover, the protrusion
extending through the tied portion of the plurality of wires at a region of the first length of the tied portion that is between
the first tie member and the second tie member,

wherein the first tie member and the second tie member cooperate with the protrusion to limit movement of the tied portion
of the plurality of wires relative to the base such that movement of all wires of the tied portion relative to the base in
the first direction is limited to the first length between the first tie member and the second tie member, and

wherein the base includes:
a plate-shaped wiring portion having a periphery, and
an outer frame at the periphery of the base and extending continuously about the periphery of the plate-shaped wiring portion,
the outer frame being raised relative to the plate-shaped wiring portion about the periphery of the plate-shaped wiring portion
by a step extending from the plate-shaped wiring portion to the outer frame, the protrusion being spaced from the periphery
of the plate-shaped wiring portion, the protrusion having a first end at the surface of the outer frame and extending away
from the surface of the outer frame to a second end spaced from the surface of the outer frame.

US Pat. No. 9,370,829

BIT EXCHANGEABLE DRILL

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC HARDMET...

1. A bit exchangeable drill including a detachable cutting head at a tip of a drill body, said cutting head including a cutting
edge extending linearly from a rotation center to a radial outer end in axial end view, and a helical flute, wherein
a thinning face inclined relative to a rotation axis, and rendering an axial rake angle of the cutting edge negative is formed
at a rake face continuous to said cutting edge, and said thinning face is arranged entirely from a radial inner end to a radial
outer end of said cutting edge, and

a tilt angle ? of said thinning face relative to the rotation axis satisfies a condition of 0°

US Pat. No. 9,531,131

POWER RECEIVING CONNECTOR, CHARGING SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A power receiving connector, which can be placed in a vehicle and can be connected with a feeder wire to be used for power
feeding, with a ground wire, and with a control wire configured to transmit a control signal to be used for power feeding
control, comprising:
a plurality of connection terminals to be connected with the feeder wire, the ground wire and the control wire;
a plurality of internal wirings to be connected with the feeder wire, the ground wire and the control wire via the connection
terminals;

a superposition separation element, which is interposed in at least one of the internal wiring to be connected with the ground
wire and the internal wiring to be connected with the control wire, configured to superpose and separate a communication signal,
which is different from the control signal, for the internal wiring; and

a path section which passes the connection terminal to be connected with the ground wire, the superposition separation element,
and the connection terminal to be connected with the control wire, and which bridges the internal wiring to be connected with
the ground wire and the internal wiring to be connected with the control wire in order to form a communication path for the
communication signal.

US Pat. No. 9,490,094

OVERCURRENT PROTECTION APPARATUS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An overcurrent protection apparatus to be installed in a vehicle provided with a low voltage circuit through which a current
with a low voltage flows and a high voltage circuit through which a current with a high voltage flows, the high voltage being
higher than the low voltage, the overcurrent protection apparatus being connectable to the low voltage circuit to protect
the low voltage circuit from an overcurrent,
the overcurrent protection apparatus comprising at least one fuse member comprising a fuse and a fusible wire that is connected
in series to the fuse, the fusible wire comprising a conductor that has a melting point lower than that of copper, and having
a fusing current value that is higher than that of the fuse,

wherein the at least one fuse member is connected in series to the low voltage circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,083,098

BATTERY WIRING MODULE

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A battery wiring module comprising:
first connecting members that connect adjacent positive and negative electrode terminals of a plurality of electric cells
to serially connect the plurality of electric cells;

second connecting members, one end of each of which is connected to the electrode terminal at one end of the serial connection
and the other end of each of which is connected to an external conductive member; and

a resin protector that holds the first connecting members and the second connecting members, the resin protector including:
first holding portions that hold the first connecting members, and
second holding portions that hold the second connecting members,
wherein engaged portions are provided in the second connecting members and engaging portions are provided in the second holding
portions to engage the engaged portions such that the movement of the second connecting members is limited.

US Pat. No. 9,788,441

SWITCHING DEVICE

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A switching device, comprising:
a switching board including a circuit constituent having a control circuit board and a busbar arranged on one surface of the
control circuit board, and a switching element mounted on the circuit constituent;

a case member arranged to be placed on the surface of the switching board where the busbar is arranged;
a bolt arranged to penetrate through the busbar and the case member; and
a nut for fixing a fastening terminal the busbar by being threadably engaged with the bolt, a wire mounted to an end of the
fastening terminal,

wherein:
the case member includes a guide wall arranged around the bolt and configured to guide a movement of a tool for fastening
the nut to the bolt to a fastening position to the bolt and a restriction wall connected to the guide wall, the restriction
wall having a length greater than a length of the fastening terminal so as to restrict the rotation of the fastening terminal
by coming into contact with the wire; and

prevent the fastening terminal from contacting the restriction wall by placing the wire into contact with the restriction
wall.

US Pat. No. 9,627,222

METHOD FOR FABRICATING NITRIDE SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE WITH SILICON LAYER

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A method for fabricating a semiconductor device comprising:
forming a first layer consisting of silicon in contact with an upper face of a nitride semiconductor layer;
forming a first opening and a second opening in the first layer;
forming a source electrode on the nitride semiconductor layer through the first opening and a drain electrode on the nitride
semiconductor layer through the second opening;

performing a thermal treatment to the nitride semiconductor layer after forming the source electrode and the drain electrode;
and

forming a gate electrode in contact with the upper face of the nitride semiconductor layer between the source electrode and
the drain electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,246,308

QUANTUM CASCADE LASER

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A quantum cascade laser comprising:
a semiconductor substrate including a principal surface;
a mesa waveguide disposed on the principal surface of the semiconductor substrate, the mesa waveguide including a light emitting
region emitting light at a wavelength and an upper cladding layer disposed on the light emitting region, the mesa waveguide
extending in a direction orthogonal to a reference direction; and

a current blocking layer formed on a side surface of the mesa waveguide, wherein
the light emitting region includes a plurality of core regions and a plurality of buried regions that are made of materials
different from materials of the core regions,

at least one of the core regions has a width in the reference direction that is less than the wavelength of light emitted
from the light emitting regions,

the mesa waveguide is configured to form a single waveguide in which light in the light emitting region extends in the reference
direction through the core regions,

the core regions and the buried regions are alternately arranged in the reference direction,
the core region at a central portion of the mesa waveguide has a width smaller than a width of the core region at a peripheral
portion of the mesa waveguide in the reference direction, and

the upper cladding layer is disposed on each of the core regions and the buried regions so that current is injected into the
plurality of core regions from the upper cladding layer.

US Pat. No. 9,110,253

OPTICAL CONNECTOR AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING OPTICAL CONNECTOR

SEI Optifrontier Co., Ltd...

1. An optical connector comprising:
a ferrule assembly including a ferrule that holds an embedded fiber and a flange that is fixed to the ferrule, the ferrule
assembly having a first screw provided on the flange at a side opposite the ferrule;

a ferrule assembly holder that holds the ferrule assembly, the ferrule assembly holder having a second screw provided at one
end and on an inner peripheral surface of the ferrule assembly holder and a third screw provided at the other end of the ferrule
assembly holder;

a plug housing that contains the ferule assembly holder and is to be connected to an adapter; and
a rear housing that is connected to the ferrule assembly holder and a rear end of the plug housing and through which an optical
fiber connected to the embedded fiber is inserted, the rear housing having a fourth screw provided on an inner peripheral
surface of the rear housing,

wherein the ferrule assembly and the ferrule assembly holder are fixed in a manner where the first screw and the second screw
are threadably engaged with each other, the flange and the ferrule assembly abut one another, and the ferrule assembly holder
and the rear housing are connected in a manner where the third screw and the fourth screw are threadably engaged with each
other.

US Pat. No. 9,293,549

SILICON CARBIDE SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A silicon carbide semiconductor device, comprising:
a silicon carbide layer having a thickness direction, and having a first main surface and a second main surface opposite to
said first main surface in said thickness direction, said silicon carbide layer including a first region forming said first
main surface and having a first conductivity type, a second region provided on said first region and having a second conductivity
type different from said first conductivity type, and a third region provided on said second region and having said first
conductivity type, a trench having an inner surface being formed in said second main surface of said silicon carbide layer,
said trench penetrating said second and third regions;

a gate insulating film covering said inner surface of said trench; and
a gate electrode filling at least a portion of said trench,
wherein said inner surface of said trench has a first side wall inclining with respect to the second main surface and a second
side wall located deeper than said first side wall and having a portion made of said second region, and inclining with respect
to the second main surface,

wherein said second side wall connects a boundary between said first and second regions with a boundary between said second
and third regions,

wherein said second side wall includes {0-33-8} plane or {01-1-4} plane,
wherein a boundary between said first side wall and said second side wall is located at said boundary between said second
region and said third region or in said third region, and

wherein an angle of inclination of said first side wall with respect to the second main surface is different than an angle
of inclination of said second side wall with respect to the second main surface.

US Pat. No. 9,269,477

MULTI-CORE CABLE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A multi-core cable arrangement comprising: a plurality of multi-core cables functioning as plural wire units, each of the
multi-core cables comprising: at least one ground wire which is arranged in a center in a cross section perpendicular to a
length direction of the cable; plural insulated wires arranged in a periphery of the ground wire; an overall shield layer
which covers a periphery of the insulated wires, the overall shield layer and the ground wire being coaxial, and the ground
wire and the overall shield layer being connected to a ground terminal of a wiring substrate so that the wiring substrate
is connected to the multi-core cable; and a sheath which covers a periphery of the overall shield layer; a second overall
shield layer which collectively covers a periphery of the plural wire units; and a second sheath which covers a periphery
of the second overall shield layer.

US Pat. No. 9,257,943

AMPLIFIER CIRCUIT AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. An amplifier circuit, comprising:
an amplifier that amplifies a signal;
a variable power supply that varies a power supply voltage or a power supply current to be supplied to a power supply port
of the amplifier, in accordance with change in an envelope of the signal; and

a distortion compensation section that performs compensation for distortion characteristics of the amplifier, wherein
the distortion compensation section performs a process of compensating a memory effect that occurs on a path from the power
supply port to a signal output port,

the distortion compensation section includes an estimation section that estimates a model of the amplifier, and performs distortion
compensation based on the model estimated by the estimation section,

the model represents at least the memory effect that occurs on the path from the power supply port to the signal output port,
and

the process is performed on the signal to be inputted to a signal input port of the amplifier.

US Pat. No. 9,250,585

POLYIMIDE TUBE, PROCESS FOR PRODUCING THE SAME AND FIXING BELT

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A fixing belt comprising a polyimide tube serving as a belt base member and a fluorocarbon resin layer disposed on an outer
circumferential surface of the belt base member directly or with an adhesive layer therebetween,
wherein the polyimide tube comprising a polyimide resin composition, wherein the polyimide resin composition contains a polyimide
resin in which an acicular thermally conductive filler is dispersed; and the acicular thermally conductive filler has an orientation
in the circumferential direction of 1.3 or more, the orientation being represented by (a modulus of elasticity in a circumferential
direction/a modulus of elasticity in an axial direction) of the polyimide resin composition,

wherein the acicular thermally conductive filler includes at least nanotubes of 15 volume percent or more relative to a total
solid content of the polyimide varnish, and

wherein the nanotubes have a short-axis diameter of 300 nm or less and have a length of 30 ?m or less, and
the acicular thermally conductive filler is dispersed in the polyimide resin in 15 volume percent or more and 50 volume percent
or less relative to the total volume of the composition.

US Pat. No. 9,290,860

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SILICON CARBIDE SINGLE CRYSTAL AND SILICON CARBIDE SINGLE CRYSTAL SUBSTRATE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A method of manufacturing a silicon carbide single crystal, comprising the steps of:
preparing a crucible having a first side and a second side opposite to said first side;
arranging a solid source material for growing silicon carbide with a sublimation method, on said first side in said crucible;
arranging a seed crystal made of silicon carbide on said second side in said crucible;
arranging said crucible in a heat insulating container, said heat insulating container having an opening facing said second
side of said crucible;

heating said crucible such that said solid source material sublimes and recrystallizes on said seed crystal; and
measuring a temperature on said second side of heated said crucible through said opening in said heat insulating container,
said opening in said heat insulating container having a tapered inner surface narrowed toward outside of said heat insulating
container.

US Pat. No. 9,663,631

PHOTOSENSITIVE THERMOPLASTIC RESIN COMPOSITION AND MOLDED PRODUCT USING SAME

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A photosensitive thermoplastic resin composition comprising:
a thermoplastic polymer; and
a photocrosslinking agent compatible with the thermoplastic polymer,
the composition being melt-moldable, and a melt-molded product of the composition being crosslinkable by photoirradiation,
wherein the photocrosslinking agent comprises:
a (meth)acrylate compound;
a photopolymerization initiator; and
a chain transfer agent,
wherein the chain transfer agent is a complex compound that contains:
at least one selected from the group consisting of a urethane bond, a urea bond, and an isocyanate group, and
a metal-containing compound.

US Pat. No. 9,319,144

OPTICAL TRANSMITTER AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING OPTICAL TRANSMITTER

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. An optical transmitter comprising:
a light source configured to generate continuous wave light;
a multi-level modulator configured to modulate the continuous wave light;
an optical switch configured to block an output light output from the multi-level modulator;
a driving circuit configured to output a driving voltage signal for driving the multi-level modulator;
a bias control circuit configured to control a bias voltage applied to the multi-level modulator, according to an optical
power of the output light; and

a control circuit configured to control the optical switch, the driving circuit and the bias control circuit, the control
circuit decreasing an amplitude of the driving voltage signal while the optical switch is blocking the output light, wherein
the driving circuit

has a differential circuit configuration including paired differential transistors, a current source, and an open collector
output or an open drain output, and

outputs the driving voltage signal to the multi-level modulator with current switching by the paired differential transistors.

US Pat. No. 9,312,340

GROUP III NITRIDE COMPOSITE SUBSTRATE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, LAMINATED GROUP III NITRIDE COMPOSITE SUBSTRATE, AND GROUP III NITRIDE SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

8. A method for manufacturing a group III nitride semiconductor device comprising the steps of:
preparing the group III nitride composite substrate as recited in claim 1; and
growing at least one group III nitride layer on said group III nitride film of said group III nitride composite substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,297,950

OPTICAL FIBER

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. An optical fiber having, on an outer periphery of a glass fiber composed of a core part and a cladding part, a coating
layer made by crosslinking an energy-curable resin composition containing a silicon compound, wherein
the silicon compound contained in the energy-curable resin composition of the coating layer as an outermost layer is a silicon
compound represented by the following general formula (1), with the content of a cyclic silicone site in the following formula
(1) being from 10 to 30% by mass:


wherein, each of R1 and R2 independently represents a methyl group or a phenyl group; m represents the number of from 1 to 350; n represents the number
of from 1 to 150; and a represents the number of from 2 to 5, provided that a molar ratio between the contents of methyl group
and phenyl group in a polymerization site in which m is the repeating number and a polymerization site in which n is the repeating
number is from 70:30 to 90:10, and the polymerization site in which m is the repeating number and the polymerization site
in which n is the repeating number may be arranged in either a block form or a random form,

which is an optical fiber having, on an outer periphery of a glass fiber composed of a core part and a cladding part, a coating
layer made by crosslinking an energy-curable resin composition containing a silicon compound, wherein

the silicon compound contained in the energy-curable resin composition of the coating layer as an outermost layer is a silicon
compound represented by the following general formula (1-1), with the content of a cyclic silicone site being from 10 to 30%
by mass:


wherein, R1 represents a methyl group or a phenyl group; m represents the number of from 1 to 350; and n represents the number of from
1 to 150, provided that a molar ratio between the contents of the methyl group and the phenyl group in the polymerization
site in which m is the repeating number and the polymerization site in which n is the repeating number is from 70:30 to 90:10,
and the polymerization site in which m is the repeating number and the polymerization site in which n is the repeating number
may be arranged in either a block form or a random form,

wherein
the coating layer is configured of two layers of an inner coating layer and an outer coating layer;
the energy-curable resin composition of the outer coating layer contains the silicon compound represented by the general formula
(1-1), with the content (% by mass) of the cyclic silicone site being from 10 to 30% by mass;

the energy-curable resin composition of the inner coating layer contains the silicon compound represented by the general formula
(1-1), with the content (% by mass) of the cyclic silicone site being from 5 to 20% by mass; and

the content of the cyclic silicone site of the silicon compound contained in the inner coating layer is smaller than the content
of the cyclic silicone site of the silicon compound contained in the outer coating layer.

US Pat. No. 9,084,193

BASE STATION DEVICE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A base station device that performs communication using a downlink signal composed of a plurality of communication unit
areas arranged along a time axis, each communication unit area having a certain time length, the plurality of communication
unit areas including a communication unit area containing a specification signal used for communication control and a communication
unit area not containing the specification signal, the base station device comprising:
a reception unit that receives a downlink signal from another base station device; and
a synchronization processing unit that performs inter-base-station synchronization, by obtaining the downlink signal from
the another base station device received by the reception unit and by causing a transmission timing of the communication unit
area in the downlink signal of the base station device to coincide with that of the another base station device, wherein

the synchronization processing unit performs the inter-base-station synchronization such that a transmission timing of the
specification signal in the downlink signal of the base station device is different from a transmission timing of the specification
signal in the downlink signal of the another base station device, and

the transmission timing of the specification signal in the downlink signal of the base station device are offset, by a time
period corresponding to a predetermined number of the communication unit areas, from the transmission timing of the specification
signal in the downlink signal of the another base station device.

US Pat. No. 9,249,479

METHOD FOR PRODUCING SODIUM TUNGSTATE, METHOD FOR COLLECTING TUNGSTEN, APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING SODIUM TUNGSTATE, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SODIUM TUNGSTATE AQUEOUS SOLUTION

A.L.M.T. Corp., Tokyo (J...

1. A method for producing a sodium tungstate aqueous solution, said method comprising the steps of:
introducing a reductant into a melt containing a reaction product obtained by heating at least one of a tungsten containing
material and an oxidant made of one of sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite to cause a reaction between said oxidant and said
tungsten containing material; and

dissolving, in water, the melt into which said reductant was introduced,
wherein the reductant is a material that allows a decrease in a valence of metallic elements of an impurity metal in the melt.

US Pat. No. 9,383,515

RECEIVING METHOD AND SEPARATING APPARATUS FOR LIGHT OUTPUTTED FROM MULTI-CORE OPTICAL FIBER

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A separating apparatus of separating light outputted from a multi-core optical fiber, the separating apparatus comprising
a light-receiving waveguide which guides light outputted from cores of the multi-core optical fiber, the light-receiving waveguide
having a plurality of cores, and a refractive index structure of depressed-type or trench-assisted type in which each of the
cores is surrounded by a layer having a refractive index lower than that of a cladding,
wherein the light-receiving waveguide is disposed at a position where light outputted from the multi-core optical fiber reaches,
wherein the layer constituting the depressed type or the trench-assisted type is constituted by only solid having a refractive
index lower than that of the cladding, or formed as a layer in which an average refractive index thereof is lower than that
of the cladding as a result of having holes in the solid,

wherein light enters one or more cores on a first end face of the multi-core optical fiber, and
wherein light outputted from the respective cores on a second end face of the multi-core optical fiber is separated by guiding
the outputted light through the light-receiving waveguide, the second end face opposing the first end face of the multi-core
optical fiber.

US Pat. No. 9,312,165

GROUP III NITRIDE COMPOSITE SUBSTRATE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING GROUP III NITRIDE SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A group III nitride composite substrate comprising a group III nitride film and a support substrate formed from a material
different in chemical composition from said group III nitride film,
said group III nitride film being joined to said support substrate in one of a direct manner and an indirect manner,
said group III nitride film having a thickness of 10 ?m or more, and
a sheet resistance of a group III-nitride-film-side main surface of said group III nitride composite substrate being 200 ?/sq
or less, said group III-nitride-film-side main surface being a main surface common to said group III nitride composite substrate
and said group III nitride film, wherein

an area of a joined region joining said group III nitride film and said support substrate is 70% or more relative to an area
of the main surface, and

a non-joined region failing to join said group III nitride film and said support substrate includes at least one non-joined
partial region, and said non-joined partial region is a small non-joined partial region having a maximum size in radial direction
of less than 20 mm.

US Pat. No. 9,726,842

OPTICAL SOURCE FOR COHERENT TRANSCEIVER

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. An optical source mounted on a host system, comprising:
an optical module that installs a semiconductor laser diode (LD) and an optical modulator;
circuits that drive the LD and the optical modulator;
printed circuit boards (PCBs) that mount the circuits thereon, the PCBs being electrically connected through a surface mountable
connector therebetween;

a housing that installs the optical module and the PCBs therein,
wherein one of the PCBs is configured to mount another surface mountable connector that is connectable to the host system
and to be rigidly fixed to the housing, and

wherein the optical module and the PCBs other than the one of the PCBs configured to be rigidly fixed to the housing are flexibly
mounted on the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,264,063

METHOD FOR DESIGNING BAND PASS DELTA-SIGMA MODULATOR, BAND PASS DELTA-SIGMA MODULATOR, SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICE, AND RADIO TRANSCEIVER

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A method for designing a band pass delta-sigma modulator, the method comprising:
obtaining a band pass delta-sigma modulator (excluding ?0=±(?/2)×n; n is an integer being 1 or greater), by replacing z in a z domain model of a low pass delta-sigma modulator with
z? below:

z?=fcnv(z,?0), wherein

fcnv(z, ?0) is a function in which an absolute value of fcnv(z, ?0) is always 1 for any z and ?0,

?0=2?×(f0/fs),

fs is a sampling frequency, and
f0 is a center frequency of a quantization noise stop band of the band pass delta-sigma modulator,

wherein
fcnv(z, ?0)is a formula on one side in an identity in which a value of the other side is 1 or ?1, the identity being obtained by changing
the formula below:

(z?ej?0)(z?e?j?0)=0.  [Math. 1]

US Pat. No. 9,146,365

OPTICAL TRANSCEIVER INSTALLING MT FERRULE TO MATE WITH MPO CONNECTOR

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. An optical transceiver, comprising:
an optical assembly including an optical device;
an optical receptacle coupled with an external fiber secured in a multiple-fiber push-on (MPO) connector by receiving the
MPO connector therein;

an inner fiber coupled with the optical assembly by a mechanical transfer (MT) ferrule and with the optical receptacle by
another MT ferrule;

a mechanism including an electrically conductive plate providing a plane portion and two legs forming a cut between legs,
the plate pushing the another MT ferrule toward the optical receptacle and to shield an inside of the optical transceiver;
and

a housing configured to install the optical assembly the optical receptacle, the inner fiber, and the mechanism therein, the
housing being made of electrically conductive material,

wherein the housing provides two pockets and a terrace behind the optical receptacle, the legs of the mechanism being inserted
into respective pockets such that the cut of the plate strides across the terrace.