Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Fleit, Kain, Gibbons, Gutman & Bongini P.L.
  • Patent number: 6653954
    Abstract: A system and method that efficiently compresses data sets that contain one or more repetitive data values. Substitute symbols represent repeated data sequences in the compressed data output. Data sequences that terminate with one or more of a particular value are specially processed by storing their substitute symbols separately from the general substitute symbol dictionary so that they are able to be more efficiently accessed. Substitute symbols for contiguous data sequences that consist of those particular values are also stored separately. The preferred embodiment specially processes data sequences that contain data bytes equal to zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Nenad Rijavec
  • Patent number: 6650153
    Abstract: A generator circuit for voltage ramps is provided that includes a differential stage with positive feedback coupled between a first and a second voltage reference and having a first output connected to a control terminal of a first output transistor. The first output transistor is connected at an output terminal of the ramp generator circuit to a capacitive charge to be biased with voltage ramps. The ramp generator circuit also includes a second output transistor parallel connected to the first output transistor and having the control terminal connected to a second output of the differential stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Tommaso Zerilli, Maurizio Gaibotti
  • Patent number: 6650147
    Abstract: A sense amplifier for a memory includes a comparator and a bit line polarization circuit. The comparator receives a first signal representative of a current flowing through a memory cell and a second signal representative of a reference current. Additionally, the comparator includes a stage in a common source configuration and an active load for the stage, and the bit line polarization circuit provides a polarization voltage level that is independent of the supply voltage level. In a preferred embodiment, the sense amplifier also includes an output stage that improves switching time at high supply voltages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Antonino Conte, Nicolas Demange
  • Patent number: 6647527
    Abstract: A method for communicating between a transmitting unit and a receiving unit over a synchronous serial link. A messages formed by elementary messages is transmitted from the transmitting unit to the receiving unit, with each of the elementary messages including a useful information word. There is established a time gap composed of multiple elementary temporal units after each elementary message is transmitted by the transmitting unit, with the transmitting unit not transmitting during the time gap. During the time gap, an acknowledgement word is received from the receiving unit. The acknowledgement word includes at least one reception bit that is selectively positioned at one of the elementary temporal units of the time gap, and the transmitting unit determines the elementary message that is to be transmitted next based at least partially on at which elementary temporal unit of the time gap the received at least one reception bit is positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Marie Gaultier
  • Patent number: 6646489
    Abstract: A device for switching radio frequency signals that includes at least a first MOS transistor for selectively interrupting or transmitting the signals between at least first and second terminals as a function of a control signal. The gate of the first MOS transistor is connected to the first terminal, and both the drain and source of the first MOS transistor are connected to the second terminal. In a preferred embodiment, the first MOS transistor selectively interrupts or transmits the signals between the first terminal and the second terminal, and the device also includes a second MOS transistor for selectively interrupting or transmitting the signals between the first terminal and a third terminal. A system for processing radio frequency signals is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.A.
    Inventor: Michaƫl Tchagaspanian
  • Patent number: 6642582
    Abstract: A circuit structure integrated in a semiconductor substrate comprises at least one pair of transistors each being formed each in a respective active area region and having a source region and a drain region, as well as a channel region intervening between the source and drain regions and being overlaid by a gate region. The gate regions are connected electrically together by an overlying conductive layer and respective contacts. The contacts between the gate regions and the conductive layer are formed above the active areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Giovanna Dalla Libera, Federico Pio
  • Patent number: 6639451
    Abstract: A current reference circuit for low supply voltages is provided. The current reference circuit includes a series including a resistor and a diode, a current source having one terminal coupled to a supply voltage and another terminal coupled to the series, an operational amplifier having its negative electrode connected to a band gap reference voltage, and a transistor. The diode has its cathode electrode coupled to ground and its anode electrode coupled to the resistor. The transistor has its gate electrode coupled to the output of the operational amplifier, its source electrode coupled to ground, and its drain electrode coupled to both the positive electrode of the operational amplifier and the current source. Also provided are an integrated circuit that includes at least one current reference circuit for low supply voltages and a signal processing system that includes at least one current reference circuit for low supply voltages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Antonino Conte, Oreste Concepito
  • Patent number: 6639952
    Abstract: A method for detecting the lock-in of a loop that synchronizes an internal clock on the transmission of value pairs provided by a demodulator. According to the method, a module of a vector that has as components the values of one of the value pairs is calculated, and the module is compared with a threshold that is smaller than a theoretical module. The locked-in condition is determined according to the ratio of the number of modules found to be greater than or smaller than the threshold to the total number of modules. In one preferred method, the threshold is incremented by a first value if the module is greater than the threshold and is decremented by a second value if the module is less than the threshold. A lock-in detection circuit for detecting the lock-in of a loop is also provided. A calculation circuit calculates a module of a vector that has as components the values of one of the value pairs. A register stores a threshold and a comparator compares the stored threshold with the calculated module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.A.
    Inventor: Jacques Meyer
  • Patent number: 6635160
    Abstract: The invention relates to gas sensors, particularly electrochemical gas sensors. The reliability of such gas sensors has been ascertained by regular tests, which involve exposing a sensor to a gas for test or calibration purposes. However, it has been difficult to provide a known quantity or concentration of gas. Another problem has been that blockage of a gas inlet has rendered the gas sensor unreliable. The invention provides a gas sensor having a self test capability and first and second electrodes, arranged so that test gas arrives at a separate instant at each electrode so as to generate two electric currents, the ratio of which currents provides an indication of the status of at least one electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: Central Research Laboratories Limited
    Inventor: John Dodgson
  • Patent number: 6636290
    Abstract: Liquid crystal display (LCD ) panels can be formed rapidly by this method, which involves depositing liquid crystal (LC) in a central region of one substrate, depositing a fillet of epoxy material in a continuous loop along the periphery of one substrate to surround the LC material, placing a second glass substrate over the first substrate and in continuous contact with the epoxy fillet, and then causing the fillet to set by curing or cross-linking. Advantageously, the epoxy fillet can be hardened by scanning it with an infrared or ultraviolet laser focussed to avoid heating the LC material. Alternatively, the epoxy fillet can be formed from two-component epoxy by depositing one fillet of each component on the peripheral region of one of the substrates, joining the substrates to merge the two components, and then vibrating the joined substrates to enhance commingling and setting of the two components into a strong hermetic seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James Henry Glownia, Gareth Geoffrey Hougham, Eric Gerhard Liniger, Robert Jacob Von Gutfeld
  • Patent number: 6633874
    Abstract: A method to serve web pages from a server linked to a network of a plurality of clients, the server coupled to a plurality of data pages and to an access log. The method begins with reading an access log to collect data identifying pages that are most frequently accessed by a plurality of clients. The pages are retrieved, at least in part, from a database server coupled to a database storage. The one or more pages are stored in a cache as identified by the access log, where each of the pages are identified in the access log with at least one category of a search criteria received from the clients. An access request is received from one or more clients for a page based upon the search criteria received from the clients. The page from cache is retrieved if the page which has been requested was previously stored in cache. On the other hand, if the page, which has been requested, was not previously stored in cache then the page is retrieved from database storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Wendi L. Nusbickel
  • Patent number: 6633451
    Abstract: A method is provided for writing a servo-pattern on a storage medium. According to the method, first timing marks are written at a first radial position of the storage medium, and the head is moved to a second radial position. Time intervals between selected pairs of the first timing marks are measured, and other timing marks are written at the second radial position of the storage medium. The measuring step is performed after the moving step. In one preferred method, the steps of moving, measuring, and writing other timing marks are repeated until the servo-pattern is written on an entire surface of the storage medium. A method is also provided for generating an initial aligned pattern of timing marks for self-servo-writing on a storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Chainer, Bucknell C. Webb, Mark D. Schultz, Edward J. Yarmchuk
  • Patent number: 6631848
    Abstract: A method of controlling an electronic circuit is provided. A command is received from a control unit. The command is interpreted in either a first manner if the command is followed by a predetermined dead time, or a second manner if a new command is transmitted before expiration of the predetermined dead time. In a preferred embodiment, the command is interpreted in the second manner only if the new command is identical to the command. Also provided is a chip card that includes an antenna, at least one memory, and a control circuit. When a command is received, the control circuit performs either a first function if the command is followed by a predetermined dead time, or a second function if a new command is transmitted before expiration of the predetermined dead time. Additionally, a telephone apparatus is provided that includes a read/write device for contactless control of a chip card. The read/write device includes an antenna and a control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Marie Gaultier
  • Patent number: 6632676
    Abstract: A novel reagent system for use with automated and semi-automated hematology analyzers including an essentially isotonic blood diluting reagent, a blood cell lysing and hemoglobin conversion reagent, and a second lysing reagent for differentiating white blood cells into classes by size and functional characteristics. The diluent reagent enhances properties for counting and sizing blood specimens, while stabilizing cellular volume and cellular integrity for many hours. The blood cell lysing reagent removes red blood cells and enables subsequent enumeration of white blood cells and simultaneous determination of hemoglobin without use of the toxic cyanide anion. The third lysing reagent and a companion quenching differentiates blood cells into classes by size and functional characteristics, based on d.c. impedance volume, conductivity/opacity and light scatter measurements. The companion quenching reagent adjusts pH and conductivity of the final measurement solution to match the analyzer system requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: Clinical Diagnostic Solutions
    Inventors: Harold Richardson Crews, James Harrison Carter, II, Ted Sena
  • Patent number: 6629793
    Abstract: A keyboard system for generating emoticons and abbreviations, the system includes a keyboard including keys representing emoticons and keys representing abbreviations. The system further includes a keyboard processor in the keyboard, wherein the keyboard processor produces enhanced scan codes when keys representing emoticons and keys representing abbreviations are pressed in the keyboard. The system further includes a keyboard driver on a computer system for interfacing with the keyboard, wherein the keyboard driver receives the enhanced scan codes and determines the emoticons or abbreviations corresponding to the enhanced scan codes. Lastly, the system includes an application, such as an instant messaging application, a word processor or an email application, on the computer system for interfacing with the keyboard driver. The application receives the emoticons or abbreviations determined by the keyboard driver and displays an image corresponding to the emoticons or abbreviations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: Westie Intellectual Properties Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Steve Miller
  • Patent number: 6623993
    Abstract: A method of determining the time for polishing the surface of an integrated circuit wafer on a polishing machine. A sample wafer is fabricated to include at least one high plateau and at least one low plateau joined by a sudden transition. At least one initial profile is topographically scanned, and the surface of the sample wafer is polished at a particular polishing pressure for a particular polishing time. The final profile of the polished layer is topographically scanned in the corresponding area, and the initial and final topographical scans of the sample wafer are converted into Fourier series. The surface of the wafer to be polished is topographically scanned, and the topographic scan of the wafer to be polished is converted into a Fourier series. The time for polishing the wafer to be polished is calculated from the Fourier series and the average thickness to be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.A.
    Inventors: Emmanuel Perrin, Herve Jaouen
  • Patent number: 6625616
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for materials requirements planning that implements a client/server computer network with an algorithm which enables receiving and preserving input data from the client in a stateless protocol in the server, the input data from a client is preprocessed to determine the MPR state, and stored for each client in the server in a separate side container using stateless protocols. A side container containing a client's data is accessed by distinct SQL and VB code routines to perform specific reports, modification of a required materials order and/or adjustment of material availability for use dates. The preprocessing arranges the input data into record sets of all scheduled material requirements, all currently available and required materials and all unfulfilled ordered materials. The preprocessing is executed via SQL, and the processing is executed via executable code into a temporary record set that is placed into a storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Inventors: Paul Dragon, Rande W. Newberry
  • Patent number: 6625773
    Abstract: A multicast communication system for small groups using a protocol to indicate to routers receiving a packet according to the protocol to perform the following process: (1) determining a next hop for each of the destination nodes listed in the packet received; (2) partitioning the destination nodes into groups according to the next hop determined for each destination node in the preceding step; (3) replicating the packet such that there is at least one copy of the packet for each of the next hops; (4) modifying the list of addresses for the destination nodes such that the list of addresses for each of the next hops includes only the addresses for the destination nodes to be routed in that next hop; and (5) transmitting the modified copies of the packet to the next hops found in the previous steps for routing to the addresses included in each packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Richard H. Boivie, Brian E. Carpenter, Kiyoshi Maruyama
  • Patent number: D480656
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Inventor: Shraga Peled
  • Patent number: D484824
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Schachter & Namdar Polishing Works, Ltd.
    Inventor: Avraham Namdar