Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, Japan

Alps Electric Co., Ltd. is a multinational corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, producing electronic devices, including switches, potentiometers, sensors, encoders and touchpads.The company was established in 1948 as Kataoka Electric Co., Ltd. and changed its name to Alps Electric Co., Ltd. in December 1964. Since June 22, 2012, the President has been Toshihiro Kuriyama and Chairman is Masataka Kataoka. Alps is also well known for the Alpine brand of car audio.The Alps Electric Group has R&D, production and sales bases located in Japan and around the globe—in the Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia, Korea, and Greater China. Since its founding, Alps Electric has supplied around 40,000 types of electronic component to over 2,000 manufacturers of home appliances, mobile devices, automobiles and industrial equipment worldwide.Alps Group comprises 84 subsidiary companies, 25 through Alps Electric, 32 through Alpine Electronics and 27 through Alps Logistics.The company is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and a constituent of the Nikkei 225 stock index. Wikipedia.


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Patent
Alps Electric | Date: 2017-01-13

A vehicle-side device includes a vehicle-side control unit that controls transmission of a request signal and performs predetermined control when authentication is successful on the basis of an answer signal, a portable device includes a portable-device control unit that detects reception intensity information of the request signal transmitted from the vehicle-side device and transmits an answer signal based on the reception intensity, the vehicle-side control unit controls a vehicle-side transmission unit so that the vehicle-side transmission unit transmits the request signal including the determination signal having an intensity level different for each section, and the vehicle-side control unit or the portable-device control unit determines whether or not the request signal is a true signal on the basis of a fluctuation in the reception intensity in each section of the determination signal received by the portable device.


An output of a first sensor having a low sensitivity and an output of the second sensor having a high sensitivity are compared with each other, and thus it is determined whether a physical quantity becomes larger than a maximum value of a physical quantity capable of being measured in the second sensor. A sensor module is provided which is configured to switch a plurality of sensors capable of measuring different ranges and to extend a dynamic range by selecting the output of the second sensor in a selection unit in a case where the output of the first sensor and the output of the second sensor are coincident with each other, and selecting the output of the first sensor in the selection unit in a case where the output of the first sensor and the output of the second sensor are not coincident with each other.


Patent
Alps Electric | Date: 2016-12-15

First electrode layers are formed from an ITO layer on one surface of a substrate formed from a PET film. The surfaces of the first electrode layers are covered with an insulating layer formed from a dry film resist or the like. Second electrode layers are formed on the surface of the insulating layer in a printing process. The second electrode layer is formed from conductive nanowires or conductive nanotubes. After that, first wiring layers brought into conduction with the first wiring layers and second wiring layers brought into conduction with the second electrode layers are formed.


Patent
Alps Electric | Date: 2017-01-31

Electrodes of a sensor unit are fewer than segments; and, are arranged so that at least one electrode has an overlapping portion in each segment. An element data configuration part repeats processing of correcting a number m of provisional element data on the basis of predetermined information determined in accordance with an electrode pattern and a segment pattern on an operation surface so that a number n of provisional detection data calculated from the number m of provisional element data on the basis of the predetermined information approach a number n of detection data output from a capacitance detection part.


Patent
Alps Electric | Date: 2017-05-17

There is provided a wireless sensor device capable of suppressing a reduction in detection sensitivity even if the distance between the wireless sensor device and a detection target is changed. A wireless sensor device 1 includes: a sensor unit 10 that generates a detection signal based on a transmission signal emitted to a detection target 30 and a reflection signal from the detection target of the transmission signal; and a signal processing unit 20 that performs signal processing on the detection signal generated by the sensor unit 10 . The sensor unit 10 generates a first detection signal Sa1 corresponding to a first phase state, which is a phase state of the transmission signal or the reflection signal, and a second detection signal Sa2 corresponding to a second phase state in which a phase of the transmission signal or the reflection signal is different from that in the first phase state. The signal processing unit 20 detects phase information based on the first detection signal Sa1 and second detection signal Sa2, and performs predetermined signal processing based on the detected phase information.


Patent
Alps Electric | Date: 2016-11-17

An operating device includes: a substrate on which a plurality of electrode patterns are formed; and a sliding electrode which has three contact points sliding on the plurality of electrode patterns, which is held by an operating member that is displaced relative to the substrate according to an input operation, and whose state of connection with each of the plurality of electrode patterns at the three contact points is switched according to the displacement of the operating member. Three gaps located on three trajectories, on which the three contact points move according to the displacement of the operating member, are provided between the two adjacent electrode patterns. In a state in which any one of the contact points is located in one of the gaps, the other two or more contact points are in contact with any one of the plurality of electrode patterns.


Patent
Alps Electric | Date: 2017-06-07

A current sensor (1) that can perform positioning among a conductor (29), a magnetic sensor (27), and a magnetic shield (21) with high accuracy and can measure a current to be measured with high accuracy is provided. The current sensor (1) has the conductor (29) through which the current to be measured flows, the magnetic sensor (27) configured to measure an induction field that the current to be measured generates, a case (13) configured to house the conductor (29) and the magnetic sensor (27) in a state where the conductor (29) and the magnetic sensor (27) are positioned and that includes a first opening (9) that allows the magnetic sensor (27) to be inserted into a housing space (8) therethrough, an insulating lid (11) configured to cover the first opening (9) of the case (13) and includes a second opening (41) for allowing the conductor (29) to communicate with the outside of the case (13), and a lid magnetic shield (21) positioned in the lid (11).


Patent
Alps Electric | Date: 2017-02-17

An image acquisition unit acquires images from a plurality of cameras arranged so as to be spaced apart by a predetermined distance such that the optical axes are not substantially coaxial with each other; a plurality of light sources are each arranged such that the optical axis is substantially coaxial with either of the plurality of cameras; and as first image acquisition regarding detection light supplied from a first light source that is one of the plurality of light sources, an image for extracting a bright pupil image is acquired using a camera that is substantially coaxial with the first light source, and an image for extracting a dark pupil image is acquired using a camera that is not substantially coaxial with the first light source.


Patent
Alps Electric | Date: 2017-06-14

[Object] To provide an input device that can obtain data representing a two-dimensional distribution of capacitance on an operation surface while decreasing the number of electrodes for detecting a change in capacitance corresponding to an approach of an object with respect to the operation surface. [Solution] Electrodes E_(1) to E_(n) of a sensor unit 10 are fewer than segments A_(1) to A_(m); however, are arranged so that at least one electrode E has an overlapping portion in each segment A. An element data configuration part 22 repeats processing of correcting a number m of provisional element data PA_(1) to PA_(m) on the basis of predetermined information determined in accordance with an electrode pattern and a segment pattern on the operation surface so that a number n of provisional detection data SA_(1) to SA_(n) calculated from the number m of provisional element data PA_(1) to PA_(m) on the basis of the predetermined information approach a number n of detection data S_(1) to S_(n) output from a capacitance detection part 12.


Patent
Alps Electric | Date: 2017-04-05

A movement member which reciprocates includes a thick portion and a thin portion, a bearing portion formed in the thick portion is slidingly supported by the guide shaft, and a sliding portion formed in the thin portion is slidingly guided by the sliding guide portion. Power of the motor is transmitted to a pinion gear via a speed reduction gear and a speed reduction mechanism inside a gear box, and a movement reaction force is applied from the pinion gear to the rack portion. Since the rack portion is positioned on an axis Os, a force is effectively applied to the movement member by the power from the motor.

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