Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Jimmy L. Funke
  • Patent number: 8087165
    Abstract: A lightweight radio/CD player for vehicular application is virtually “fastenerless” and includes a case and frontal interface formed of polymer based material that is molded to provide details to accept audio devices such as playback mechanisms (if desired) and radio receivers, as well as the circuit boards required for electrical control and display. The case and frontal interface are of composite structure, including an insert molded electrically conductive wire mesh screen that has been pre-formed to contour with the molding operation. The wire mesh provides EMC, RFI, BCI and ESD shielding and grounding of the circuit boards via exposed wire mesh pads and adjacent ground clips. The PCB architecture is bifurcated into a first board carrying common circuit components in a surface mount configuration suitable for high volume production, and a second board carrying application specific circuit components in a wave soldered stick mount configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris R. Snider, Vineet Gupta, Joseph K. Huntzinger, Michael G. Coady, Curtis Allen Stapert, Kevin Earl Meyer, Timothy D. Garner, Jeffrey T. Bell, Robert L. Vadas, Allen E. Oberlin
  • Patent number: 8049174
    Abstract: A chemical vapor sensor system and method are provided, wherein the system includes an air input device, a light source, a detector, a sample chamber, and a processor. The air input device includes at least a sample input port, a reference input port, and an output port. The light source emits light, and the detector receives at least a portion of the emitted light. The sample chamber is in fluid communication with the output port, wherein the air alternatively enters the air input device from the sample input port and the reference input port and enters the sample chamber. The processor receives an output signal from the detector based upon a detection of at least carbon dioxide and ethanol in the air in the sample chamber, wherein the processor determines a blood alcohol content of a person whose breath was received in the sample input port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: David K. Lambert
  • Patent number: 8050312
    Abstract: A system and method of multi-source communications, including a source provider, a transmitter, a receiver, a summing device, a plurality of delay devices, and a switch. The source provider provides a signal including a first and second signal. The transmitter is in communication with the source provider and the receiver. The receiver is in communication with the transmitter. The summing device combines the first and second signals received by the receiver. The delay device delays at least one of the first and second signals. The switch forms a bypass, such that at least one of the first and second signals bypasses one of the plurality of delay devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Dibiaso, Glenn A. Walker
  • Patent number: 8037672
    Abstract: A quantity of unburned fuel is provided through a combustion chamber of an engine and an exhaust conduit to a catalytic converter. The catalyst in the converter is determined to be non-operational if a post-catalyst temperature sensor does not indicate a sufficient temperature increase between readings before and after provision of the unburned fuel to the combustion chamber. The unburned fuel may be provided by withholding spark ignition to create a misfire in the combustion chamber or, particularly in a direct injection engine, by injecting the fuel during the exhaust stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald E. Gaskins
  • Patent number: 8039139
    Abstract: A prismatic-cell battery pack is provided with integral coolant passages including an intake plenum, an exhaust plenum, and a distributed array of coolant channels coupled between the intake plenum and the exhaust plenum. Coolant medium forced into the intake plenum enters the coolant channels in parallel, draws heat away from the battery cells, and then enters the exhaust plenum for expulsion into the atmosphere. The battery pack is configured as a set of stackable interlocking battery cell modules including at least one battery cell in thermal proximity to an array of coolant channels distributed over the profile of the battery cell, and a pair of peripheral chambers joined to opposite ends of the coolant channels to form the intake and exhaust plenums when the modules are arranged and interlocked in a lineal stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Duane D. Kruger, Robert C. Beer
  • Patent number: 8035503
    Abstract: A vehicle location reminder system having a vehicle positioning system operable to provide an approximate location of a vehicle and record the approximate location of the vehicle. A status check system monitors use of the vehicle and sends a signal to the vehicle positioning system to record the approximate location of the vehicle when the vehicle is no longer in use. A memory system is connected to the status check system and the vehicle positioning system, the memory system being adapted to determine if the approximate location of the vehicle, when no longer in use, is in a familiar location. An alert system is connected to the memory system. The alert system prompts a vehicle user to record data on a mobile device pertaining to the approximate location of the vehicle when the location of the vehicle, when no longer in use, is not in a familiar location. A replay system is adapted to replay the recorded data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale L. Partin, Michel F. Sultan
  • Patent number: 8035976
    Abstract: A lightweight radio/CD player for vehicular application is virtually “fastenerless” and includes a case and frontal interface formed of polymer based material that is molded to provide details to accept audio devices such as playback mechanisms (if desired) and radio receivers, as well as the circuit boards required for electrical control and display. The case and frontal interface are of composite structure, including an insert molded electrically conductive wire mesh screen that has been pre-formed to contour with the molding operation. The wire mesh provides EMC, RFI, BCI and ESD shielding and grounding of the circuit boards via exposed wire mesh pads and adjacent ground clips. The PCB architecture is bifurcated into a first board carrying common circuit components in a surface mount configuration suitable for high volume production, and a second board carrying application specific circuit components in a wave soldered stick mount configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris R. Snider, Vineet Gupta, Michael G. Coady, Jeffrey T. Bell, Paul C. Burton, Edgar Glenn Hassler
  • Patent number: 8032100
    Abstract: A system and method for communicating a plurality of carrier waves that are received by a single receiver system is provided. The receiver system includes at least one antenna, at least one splitter, a plurality of tuners, and at least one combiner. The antenna receives a plurality of carrier waves. The splitter is in communication with the antenna, and splits the plurality of carrier waves. The plurality of tuners are in communication with the at least one splitter, and the split carrier waves are communicated to a separate tuner. The at least one combiner is in communication with the plurality of tuners, and combines an output of the plurality of tuners to generate an output based upon at least a portion of the received plurality of carrier waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry J. Fruit, Mark A. Pollard
  • Patent number: 8026597
    Abstract: An encapsulated microelectronic package includes a fluid conducting cooling tube directly coupled to one or more semiconductor chips, with the encapsulant being molded over the semiconductor chips and portions of the cooling tube in proximity to the semiconductor chips. The encapsulant immobilizes the cooling tube with respect to the semiconductor chips, and the cooling tube and encapsulant are designed to minimize differences in their coefficients of thermal expansion relative to the semiconductor chips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott D. Brandenburg, Suresh K. Chengalva, Thomas A. Degenkolb
  • Patent number: 8022346
    Abstract: The laser of a laser-generated windshield display is controlled to initially deflect the laser beam in the direction of a reflective target disposed outside a display region of the windshield, and a sensor disposed in a reflection path of the target is sampled to detect the presence of a feedback signal that occurs when the laser beam impinges on the sensor. If the feedback signal is detected, the laser beam is deflected onto the display region to generate a driver display; but if the feedback signal is not detected, the laser is automatically turned-off. Once the laser is turned off for lack of a feedback signal, the control is repeated following a specified delay interval so that the driver display will automatically resume the when the condition that prevented generation of the feedback signal is cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Newman, Richard D. Parker
  • Patent number: 8022834
    Abstract: An occupant detection system for a vehicle includes an antenna arrangement of a capacitance-based occupant detection device in particular provided beneath the seat surface of a vehicle seat for the generation of a first occupation signal in the event of occupation of the vehicle seat by a person based on a radiation of predetermined minimum strength starting from the antenna arrangement and passing through the person, based on at least one switch arrangement of a weight-based occupant detection device which is provided beneath the seat surface of the vehicle seat and can be actuated in dependence on the pressure acting on it in order to generate a second occupation signal in the event of occupation of the vehicle seat by a person, in particular an adult, as well as a controller that generates an occupation detection signal in the event that both the first occupation signal of the capacitance-based occupant detection device and the second occupation signal of the weight-based occupant detection device are pres
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Fischer
  • Patent number: 8013539
    Abstract: A drive system for powering LED triads includes a controller for supplying power to one or more LED triad modules with integral encoding of the desired hue and intensity information. The LED triad modules each include an LED triad and decoding circuitry for activating the individual LED elements of the triad according to the encoded hue and intensity information. In the illustrated configuration, the controller supplies power to the LED triad modules over a pair of conductors, and the supplied power is modulated using a four-phase encoding sequence that is decoded by the decoding circuitry of each LED triad module so that each LED triad module produces light of the desired hue and intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Newman, Craig A. Tieman, Steven G. Skiver
  • Patent number: 8014479
    Abstract: A system and method of communicating sub-synchronization information into a transmitted digital audio stream and extracting sub-synchronization information from a received digital audio stream is provided. The method includes the steps of having a transmitter introduce sub-synchronization information into a data stream at a period less than that of existing transmitter pre-amble signals, and transmitting that data to a receiver. The method further includes the steps of receiving the transmitted data stream in the receiver circuitry, extracting the synchronization information, and using the synchronization information to accurately decode the received audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn A. Walker, Eric A. DiBiaso
  • Patent number: 8004212
    Abstract: A VFD drive apparatus in which the filament of a VFD is coupled at a first terminal to an input voltage derived from a voltage source, and at a second terminal to a shunt voltage regulator that establishes a regulated filament current and a regulated cutoff voltage with respect to ground potential. Other electrical loads such as drive circuitry for the anodes and grid of the display are coupled between the second terminal of the filament and ground potential so that at least a portion of the filament current is supplied to such other electrical loads. Power dissipated by the shunt voltage regulator is thereby reduced, and the cost associated with providing additional voltage regulators for the other electrical loads is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne A. Madsen, Andrew R. Betts
  • Patent number: 8004400
    Abstract: A method of locating a parked vehicle that is equipped with a RKE system including a vehicle-installed RF communication module and a driver-borne wireless RF nomadic device such as a key fob involves installing a RFID tag in the nomadic device and a RFID interrogator in the vehicle. The driver depresses a button on the nomadic device to transmit a location request to the vehicle's communication module, and the RFID interrogator in turn emits a RF interrogation signal to identify the RFID tag and determine its location relative to the vehicle. The communication module then transmits a compass bearing to the nomadic device, and an indicator of the nomadic device is activated to provide the driver with a bearing for locating the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig A. Tieman, Tom Miklik, Fiean Liem, Dale L. Partin
  • Patent number: 8005418
    Abstract: An antenna system is provided having switched directional antennas. The antenna system includes a first antenna for receiving signals within a first directional coverage zone, and a second antenna for receiving signals within a second directional coverage zone. According to one embodiment, the first and second antennas are located on a vehicle. The system has a device to detect orientation of the vehicle. The system further includes a receiver having control circuitry for controlling selection of the signals received from the first and second antennas based on orientation of the vehicle, location of one or more sources, and antenna coverage zones for the first and second antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn A. Walker, Duane E. Mateychuk
  • Patent number: 7983046
    Abstract: Power electronic devices of an electronic control module are mounted in a power module disposed between the control module circuit board and an interior face of the control module case, with a prescribed separation distance between the circuit board and a housing of the power module. The power electronic devices are mounted on an inboard face of a power module substrate, and a heatsink thermally coupled to the opposite face of the substrate is fastened to an interior surface of the control module case. The substrate and heatsink are mounted in the power module housing, and the power electronic devices are electrically coupled to the circuit board by a set of compliant terminals that protrude from the inboard face of the power module housing. The terminals extend into plated holes in the circuit board, and have shoulders that limit their depth of insertion to establish the prescribed separation distance between the circuit board and the power module housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hamid R. Borzabadi, Ronald D. Wilcox
  • Patent number: 7977887
    Abstract: An LED drive apparatus includes a microprocessor having a configurable input/output port, a FET current control transistor, and a diagnostic interface circuit. The diagnostic interface circuit includes a transistor having an input coupled to a junction between the FET and the LED, and an output coupled to an input of the FET. The microprocessor input/output port is coupled to the input of the FET for turning the LED ON and OFF and performing fault protection and diagnostics. At each desired transition of the LED, the microprocessor configures its input/output port as an output and momentarily sets the output state to achieve the desired transition, then re-configures the input/output port to determine the conduction state of the diagnostic interface circuit transistor, and determines an output fault status of the drive apparatus based on the determined conduction state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Balakrishnan Nair Vijayakumaran Nair
  • Patent number: 7960817
    Abstract: A semiconductor power module includes a semiconductor chip thermally interfaced to a ceramic substrate and a leadframe defined by a flexible circuit disposed intermediate the chip and the ceramic substrate. The flexible circuit includes a conductor layer that is selectively encased in an insulated jacket to ensure adequate electrical insulation between the conductor layer and adjacent conductive surfaces. Preferably, the module is constructed for double side cooling by sandwiching the chip between a pair of ceramic substrates and providing intermediate flexible circuit leadframes on both sides of the chip for electrically accessing the chip terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Erich W. Gerbsch, Robert D. Maple, Monty B. Hayes, Robert J. Campbell
  • Patent number: 7955104
    Abstract: A shorting clip terminal connector assembly electrically shorts together terminals in a first connector body dependent on connection status of a first and a second connector body. A shorting clip terminal disposed in a shorting clip terminal cavity in the first connector body receives a protrusion disposed on the second connector body. When the second connector body is mated with the first connector body, the protrusion engages a lift element of the shorting clip terminal in the shorting clip terminal cavity thereon and urges the lift element to lift contact elements of the shorting clip terminal away from the terminals in the shorting clip terminal cavity enabling insertion of protrusion side walls intermediate the contact elements and the terminals in the shorting clip terminal cavity. The contact elements of the shorting clip terminal do not make electrical contact with the terminals and the protrusion side walls further shield the contact elements from making electrical contact with the terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Wicks, Mark D. McCall, Nicole L. Liptak, Paul S. Lam