Patent Number: 7,085,429

Title: Binarization device

Abstract: The present invention provides a binarization device that realizes reproduction with a low error rate, even where optimum recording conditions such as recording power have not been set in the recording device, or where optimum recording has not been carried out for the reproducing device. The binarization device includes a binarization unit, a slice level setting unit, and a weight adding function. The binarization unit binarizes a reproduction signal obtained by reproducing information recorded by mark length recording on a recording medium to output high-level signals and low-level signals based on a slice level. The slice level setting unit calculates the average value of the high-level signals output from the binarization unit, and determines the slice level from the average value. The determined slice level is set to the binarization unit. Either the binarization unit or the slice level setting unit adds a predetermined weight to each signal having a short high-level time among the high-level signals.

Inventors: Sasa; Noboru (Kanagawa, JP)

Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

International Classification: G06K 9/38 (20060101); G11B 7/095 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/01/02018