Abstract: An apparatus and method for simulating airport lighting aids by providing a generator having a processor structured to receive a plurality of navigation signals representative of position and altitude of a host aircraft; a signal generator operated by the processor, the generator being structured to retrieve airport information from a database as a function of the position signal, compare the position and altitude signals with a glide path, and output a signal representative of a degree of coincidence with the glide path as a function of the position and altitude signals; and a plurality of indicators structured to receive the signal output by the signal generator and responsively output a visual indication of the degree of coincidence with the glide path.
Abstract: A method for interfacing with an enterprise resource planning system is provided. The method includes providing a file containing data to be loaded into the enterprise planning system (the “data file”). A file containing at least one parameter (the “parameter file”) is created. The parameter file maps data from the data file to screens of the enterprise resource planning system. Each record in the data file is processed according to the parameters in the parameter file to execute screens of the enterprise resource planning system so as to provide the data from the data file to the enterprise resource planning system.
Abstract: There is described a position sensor comprising at least one planar substrate having formed thereon a magnetic field generator which comprises conductive tracks formed on at least two planes defined by the at least one planar substrate. An intermediate coupling element is operable to move relative to the at least one planar substrate along a measurement direction transverse to the planar substrate, the detector detects the position of the intermediate coupling element in a magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generator. The position sensor has particular application in man-machine interfaces such as push buttons and rotary switches.
Abstract: A speed trap detection and warning system for a vehicle (9) comprises a GPS or mobile telephone signal receiver and processor which calculates the location of the vehicle (9), the speed thereof and the direction of travel thereof, a memory storing data defining the location of a number of speed traps (5, 6) and alerts the driver if the vehicle is within a predetermined distance of a speed trap and the vehicle's speed is greater than the road speed limit. Also disclosed is a system for calculating the location and speed of a vehicle (9), comparing the calculated data with stored data defining the locations of roads and the speed limits therefor, and alerting the driver if the vehicle's speed exceeds the speed limit for the road on which it is travelling. A further system is disclosed for displaying to the driver the speed limit for the road on which the vehicle is travelling.
January 25, 2001
Date of Patent:
February 27, 2007
Origin Technologies Limited
Timothy Michael Rock, Mark David Groves
Abstract: A method of making a lead finish incorporating mechanically flattening the plated coating of metal leads. This may be accomplished by mechanical means such as rolling, stamping, peening, coining, forging, or other suitable flattening techniques.
Abstract: A transmission system is provided. The system includes a hardware monitor adapted to collect performance information about associated hardware components, a system information database adapted to refresh based on the collected performance information and to generate system status information, and a hardware controller adapted to selectively communicate alarm change messages to one or more of the hardware components based on the collected performance information and the system status information.
Abstract: The accuracy of flight management systems, based on mathematical prediction models calculated from aircraft specific data, are improved by adding engine sensor data to the calculations, checking sensor and pilot entered data, and comparing data measured from redundant sensors. A thrust estimate, calculated from available engine sensors, is added to the thrust-minus-drag aircraft model allowing prediction parameters to be accurately calculated even in a cruise condition. Sensor data and pilot entered data used in calculating predication parameters are checked to improve accuracy. Redundant sensor data is compared to determine the level of agreement. Redundant sensor data is also compared with a valid data range to find the sensor with the most accurate data.
August 22, 2003
Date of Patent:
February 13, 2007
Honeywell International, Inc.
Gary L. Hartmann, Brian E. O'Laughlin, Stephen G. Pratt
Abstract: A diagnostic apparatus in an image recognition system able to quickly and accurately detect breakage of a cable from an image sensor or pixel burn of an image sensor, provided with a histogram computing unit for performing predetermined computations on an image signal fetched into an image recognition unit to generate a density histogram and an abnormality judging unit for analyzing the density histogram generated by the histogram computing unit to judge the presence of an abnormality or alternatively provided with a memory unit for receiving as input and storing information of an image signal fetched into an image recognition unit and a comparing/judging unit for reading out and comparing information of image signals of a plurality of images different in time relating to a target pixel from the memory unit and judging whether they are the same or different and judging that there is an abnormality when they are the same.
Abstract: An apparatus and method are detailed that allows for improved detection of communication devices and/or doublers in an associated physical communication links, in particular on HDSL communication links. The improved device apparatus and method additionally allows for the communication device to identify when all devices on a communication link have been detected and prevent premature termination of a discovery process. The improved device apparatus and method also allows the avoidance of improper detection of communication devices or doublers due to corrupted discovery response messages.
Abstract: A distributed antenna system is configured in a daisy-chain fashion along a single path. The summation of the signals received by each antenna port of the system is distributed along the path. The signal gain for the system is controlled by distributed attenuation and distributed gain control by using attenuators at port inputs, port outputs, or both.
Abstract: Systems and methods of cathodic protection. The system includes a metallic housing, a backplane situated within the metallic housing, a cathodic protection card coupled to the backplane and a permanent anode, external to the metallic housing, coupled to the cathodic protection card through an isolated port. The cathodic protection system is powered using span power. The permanent anode and metallic housing are adapted to form a closed circuit when both come in contact with an electrolyte. The permanent anode is maintained at a higher potential than the metallic housing.
Abstract: A method for establishing an end-to-end virtual circuit is provided. The method includes establishing a permanent virtual circuit between customer premises equipment and a digital subscriber line access multiplexer. The method further includes embedding information for a permanent virtual connection between a switch and a remote node in a packet transmitted over a static connection in a network. Finally, the method includes establishing a permanent virtual circuit between the switch and the remote node based on the embedded information.
Abstract: A decapsulation apparatus 100 has a laser 8 that removes plastic encapsulant from a device 24. Chamber 20 is sealed. Exhaust port 9 removes debris and fumes. The device 24 is positioned and scanned using an X,Y table 2. A hinged end 4 rotates the device to an acute angle of incidence with respect to a laser 8. Endpoint detector 10 senses the exposed integrated circuit and moves or shuts down the laser 8.
Abstract: A method for encoding a data communication includes measuring a communications channel to determine available time slots and available bandwidth, and determining puncturing and shortening information from the available time slots and the available bandwidth. Puncturing information includes a number of bits p to be punctured and an identity of bits to be punctured and shortening information; whereas, shortening information includes a number of bits s to be shortened and an identity of bits to be shortened. Puncturing is performed on a first dimension, and shortening is performed on a second dimension.
Abstract: A telecommunication system includes an interface device on board an aircraft that interfaces with a wireless phone of a user inside the aircraft and with a wireless bearer system, and a controller that controls the interface device to maintain RF emissions of the wireless phone below a predetermined level above which RF emissions will interfere with aircraft systems.
Abstract: A voltage reference circuit receives an input voltage through a first port and a time varying input signal through a second port. The voltage reference circuit includes a switching circuit that is responsive to the first and the second ports and that generates an AC signal from the input voltage. The voltage reference circuit further includes a voltage multiplier circuit, coupled to the switching circuit that receives the AC signal and creates a DC signal with a selected voltage level. The voltage reference circuit further includes a voltage regulator, coupled to the voltage multiplier circuit that regulates the DC signal from the voltage multiplier circuit. A regulated output voltage is provided through an output port.
July 26, 2004
Date of Patent:
January 9, 2007
Douglas A. Scratchley, Quan T. Nguyen, Ernest Graetz
Abstract: An evaluation device, for evaluating a control unit (ECU) to which another control unit (ECU) is connected through a communication line and communicating with it, which can simulate even an unstable state such as when the other control unit does not start up right after power is turned on. The evaluation device is provided with a communication behavior simulating unit for simulating communication behavior of that other control unit and a switching unit for switching the communication behavior simulating means so as not to simulate the communication behavior. The communication behavior simulating unit is provided with an acknowledgement signal generating unit, and the switching unit disables the operation of the acknowledgement signal generating unit.
Abstract: Apparatus and Methods for the self-alignment of separated regions in a lateral MOSFET of an integrate circuit. In one embodiment, a method comprising, forming a relatively thin dielectric layer on a surface of a substrate. Forming a first region of relatively thick material having a predetermined lateral length on the surface of the substrate adjacent the relatively thin dielectric layer. Implanting dopants to form a top gate using a first edge of the first region as a mask to define a first edge of the top gate. Implanting dopants to form a drain contact using a second edge of the first region as a mask to define a first edge of the drain contact, wherein the distance between the top gate and drain contact is defined by the lateral length of the first region.
Abstract: A distortion monitor for a non-linear device is provided. The control circuit includes an input coupleable to receive a signal from the non-linear device and a first frequency monitor coupled to the input. The frequency monitor monitors the level of one of even and odd order distortion at a first frequency and creates a first signal indicative of the level of the distortion without the use of a pilot tone.
Abstract: An electroluminescent driver circuit with improved power consumption efficiency. In one embodiment, an electroluminescent driver circuit comprises a load to provide illumination, an inductor, a transistor and a plurality of switches. The inductor has a first side coupled to a positive terminal of a power supply and a second side selectively coupled to the load. The transistor is coupled to selectively conduct current from the second side of the inductor to a ground terminal of the power supply in response to a digital signal. The plurality of switches are coupled to the load to selectively charge and discharge the load. Moreover, the switches selectively provide a discharge path for positive charge on the load to be discharged to the positive terminal of the power supply.