Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Michael B. Einschlag
  • Patent number: 8348252
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention is a method for aligning a first workpiece to a second work piece that includes: (a) placing the first workpiece on an alignment apparatus including: (i) two or more fluid chambers disposed in fixed relation to each other, the chambers having a movable wall and one or more apertures for admitting or releasing fluid; (ii) fluid channels coupled to the one or more apertures that enable fluid to flow between at least two of the fluid chambers; and (iii) one or more valves disposed to enable or to stop the flow of fluid through one or more of the one or more fluid channels; (b) pumping incompressible fluid into the fluid chambers; (c) opening the one or more valves; (d) bringing the first and second workpieces into contact; (e) waiting a predetermined time for fluid flow in the fluid channels; (f) determining whether the first and second workpieces are aligned; (g) if they are aligned, shutting the valves; and (h) if they are not aligned, moving the second workpiece a prede
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Centipede Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas H. Di Stefano, Peter T. Di Stefano
  • Patent number: 8151872
    Abstract: Apparatus to control a temperature of a device that includes: a thermal head adapted to be thermally contacted to the device; a combined path to the thermal head; a first path maintained at a first temperature and connected to the combined path; a second path maintained at a second temperature different from the first temperature and connected to the combined path; a third path connected to the combined path; a pump assembly operable to circulate thermal transfer fluid: from the thermal head, through each of the first, second and third paths, from each of the first, second and third paths, through the combined path, and from the combined path, to and through the thermal head; and a valve assembly operable to control amounts of thermal transfer fluid that flow into the first and second paths, thereby controlling the temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Centipede Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas H. Di Stefano
  • Patent number: 8077061
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention is a text acquisition system that includes: (a) a character stream application module; (b) a parallel property bit stream module; (c) an analysis module; (c) a character stream generator; and (d) a database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: International Characters, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert D. Cameron
  • Patent number: 8033877
    Abstract: One embodiment is a connector for making electrical connection to a bulbous terminal, the connector including: a metal tube with a cylindrical wall extending from a mating end, wherein: (a) two or more slots perforate the wall and extend from the mating end along the tube; (b) two or more apertures perforate the wall and are disposed in a circumferential array disposed a distance from the mating end; and (c) each of the two or more slots transects one of the two or more apertures to divide the mating end of the tube into resilient prongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Centipede Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas H. Di Stefano
  • Patent number: 8025097
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention is a method for setting and controlling temperature of a device that includes: (a) thermally contacting the device to a heat transfer apparatus, the heat transfer apparatus having an apparatus intake to receive thermal transfer fluid, an apparatus exhaust to output thermal transfer fluid, and a conduit to conduct thermal transfer fluid from the apparatus intake to the apparatus exhaust through the heat transfer apparatus; (b) flowing a first thermal transfer fluid in a first thermal control circuit at a first temperature, and flowing a second thermal transfer fluid in a second thermal control circuit at a second temperature; (c) at a first predetermined time, directing the first thermal transfer fluid to flow to the apparatus intake, and from the apparatus exhaust back to the first thermal control circuit and the second thermal transfer fluid to flow in the second thermal control circuit without flowing to the apparatus intake; and (d) at a second predetermined time, di
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Centipede Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter T. Di Stefano, Thomas H. Di Stefano
  • Patent number: 8004296
    Abstract: One embodiment is a probe head for contacting microelectronic devices substantially lying in a test plane, the probe head including: (a) one or more substrate tiles having one or more probe tips disposed on a top surface thereof; and (b) a registration-alignment apparatus that holds the one or more substrate tiles: (i) in position so that the one or more probe tips are held in the test plane, and (ii) aligned so that the one or more probe tips are substantially coplanar to the test plane, which registration-alignment apparatus includes: (i) one or more capture elements affixed, directly or indirectly, to a frame; (ii) three or more posts mechanically supporting each of the one or more substrate tiles; and (iii) alignment actuators affixed, directly or indirectly, to the frame and the posts, which alignment actuators may be actuated to enable the posts to move in response to forces applied thereto from the one or more substrate tiles, and may be actuated to prevent the posts from moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Centipede Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter T. Di Stefano, Konstantine N. Karavakis, Thomas H. Di Stefano
  • Patent number: 7955088
    Abstract: One embodiment is an axially compliant electrical contactor for interconnecting microelectronic devices, the contactor including: an insulative sleeve having a hole therethrough; and a metal tube having a cylindrical wall being slidably disposed in the hole; wherein: (a) two or more elongated slots through the cylindrical wall extend from a first circumferential collar of the tube to a second circumferential collar of the tube; (b) the two or more slots form two or more elongated resilient legs connecting the first collar and the second collar; and (c) a portion of each elongated leg is disposed in the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Centipede Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas H. Di Stefano
  • Patent number: 7898441
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention is an apparatus that transcodes an n code unit block of UTF-8 input data in the form of eight parallel n-bit segments of u8-indexed bit streams u8bit0 through u8bit7 into UTF-16 output data in the form of sixteen parallel n-bit segments of u16-indexed bit streams u16bit0 through u16bit15 where n is 4 or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: International Characters, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert D. Cameron
  • Patent number: 7899668
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention is a method for testing an audience member's comprehension rate and presenting material in a media work at a rate determined from the comprehension rate, the method including: (a) determining a comprehension rate for materials to be presented in a media work; (b) storing information representing the comprehension rate; (c) determining a presentation rate for intervals of the media work utilizing the comprehension rate information to alter effort required for comprehension; and (d) presenting portions of the media work at the presentation rates determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Enounce Incorporated
    Inventor: Donald J. Hejna, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7870800
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention is an apparatus including a fluid coupler interfaced to a test head that includes: (a) a first ring having a top surface disposed in a first plane; (b) a first movable ring, the first movable ring being movable substantially normal to the first plane relative to the first ring; (c) a first flexible diaphragm attached to the first ring along a first attachment perimeter that encloses a first effective surface area, the first flexible diaphragm being attached to the first movable ring; (d) a second ring having a top surface disposed in a second plane; (e) a second movable ring, the second movable ring being movable substantially normal to the first plane; and (f) a second flexible diaphragm attached to the second ring along a second attachment perimeter that encloses a second effective surface area, the second flexible diaphragm being attached to the second movable ring; wherein: (i) the first flexible diaphragm and the second flexible diaphragm form a first channel for f
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Centipede Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter T. Di Stefano, Thomas H. Di Stefano
  • Patent number: 7849914
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention is an apparatus for cooling a microelectronic device including: (a) a rigid support ring having a top surface and a bottom surface; (b) a mechanically resilient, thermally conductive bottom membrane having a top and a bottom surface, wherein the top surface of the membrane is attached to the bottom surface of the ring; and (c) a multiplicity of thermally conductive posts having top and bottom surfaces, the posts being disposed with their bottom surfaces in thermal contact with the top surface of the bottom membrane over an area, wherein the posts are arrayed in the area with spaces therebetween so that heat transferred from the microelectronic device to the bottom surface of the membrane may be transferred to the multiplicity of thermally conductive posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Clockspeed, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter T. Di Stefano, Thomas H. Di Stefano
  • Patent number: 7833023
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention is a socket useful to contact an electronic device, the socket including: (a) a body comprised of two or more contactor holder plates, each including one or more through holes; and (b) one or more contactors are disposed in one or more of the through holes; wherein an aperture in the body is adapted for introduction of thermal transfer fluid between two or more of the contactor holder plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Centipede Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas H. Di Stefano
  • Patent number: 7834447
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention is a compliant thermal contactor that includes a resilient metal film having a plurality of first thermally conductive, compliant posts disposed in an array on a top side thereof and a plurality of second thermally conductive, compliant posts disposed in an array on a bottom side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Centipede Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Konstantine N. Karavakis, Thomas H. Di Stefano, Peter T. Di Stefano
  • Patent number: 7802003
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention is a method for broadcasting information from a server to a client which includes the steps of: (a) broadcasting information at predetermined starting times; (b) receiving a request for the information from the client at an arrival time different from the predetermined starting times; and (c) transmitting a time-scale modified version of the information to the client for a period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Enounce, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald J. Hejna, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7783862
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention is a processor that processes inductive doubling SIMD instructions, which processor includes: an Instruction Fetch Unit that loads a SIMD instruction and applies it as input to a SIMD Instruction Decode Unit; wherein the SIMD Instruction Decode Unit decodes the applied SIMD instruction and produces output signals including SIMD field width identification signals and one or more SIMD half-operand modifier signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: International Characters, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert D. Cameron
  • Patent number: 7765072
    Abstract: A building protection system includes chemical sensor systems to detect chemicals in inlet and return air; radiological sensor systems to detect radioactive materials in the inlet and return air; and a control system (a) to signal a building control system to close dampers and to turn off a fan system when more than predetermined levels of a chemical or radioactive material is detected and (b) to issue reports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Building Protection Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg G. Eiler, Jason B. Poggi
  • Patent number: 7764076
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention is an alignment apparatus useful to align a test head that includes: (a) two or more fluid chambers disposed in fixed relation to each other, the chambers having a movable wall and one or more apertures for admitting or releasing fluid; (b) fluid channels coupled to the one or more apertures that enable fluid to flow between at least two of the fluid chambers; and (c) one or more valves disposed to enable or to stop the flow of fluid through one or more of the one or more fluid channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Centipede Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas H. Di Stefano, Peter T. Di Stefano
  • Patent number: 7728738
    Abstract: Computer implementations to process a character stream by forming, responsive to the character stream, a plurality of parallel property bit streams wherein each of the parallel property bit streams comprises bit values of a particular property associated with data values of the character stream; and processing the parallel property bit streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: International Characters, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert D. Cameron
  • Patent number: 7719816
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention is a compliant thermal contactor that includes a resilient metal film having a plurality of first thermally conductive, compliant posts disposed in an array on a top side thereof and a plurality of second thermally conductive, compliant posts disposed in an array on a bottom side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Centipede Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Konstantine N. Karavakis, Thomas H. Di Stefano, Peter T. Di Stefano
  • Patent number: 7703117
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention is a method for broadcasting information to a client device, which device utilizes presentation rates to present information at various presentation rates, and which method includes: (a) broadcasting information; and (b) broadcasting guidance information used to determine presentation rates for use by the client device in presentation of the information; wherein the guidance information comprises insistence information that specifies a measure of importance of utilizing presentation rate information contained in the guidance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Enounce Incorporated
    Inventor: Donald J. Hejna, Jr.