Patents Represented by Attorney Neil A. Steinberg
  • Patent number: 8324729
    Abstract: A stacked die package for an electromechanical resonator system includes a chip that contains an electromechanical resonator bonded onto the control chip for the electromechanical resonator by a thermally and/or electrically conductive epoxy. In various embodiments, the electromechanical resonator can be a micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) resonator or a nano-electromechanical system (NEMS) resonator. Packaging configurations that may include the chip that contains the electromechanical resonator and the control chip include chip-on-lead (COL), chip-on-paddle (COP), and chip-on-tape (COT) packages. The stacked die package provides small package footprint and/or low package thickness, as well as low thermal resistance and a robust conductive path between the chip that contains the electromechanical resonator and the control chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: SiTime Corporation
    Inventors: Pavan Gupta, Aaron Partridge, Markus Lutz
  • Patent number: 8311769
    Abstract: A portable monitoring device to calculate a number of stairs or flights of stairs traversed by the user, in one aspect, comprising a housing having a physical size and shape that is adapted to couple to the body of the user, a motion sensor, disposed in the housing, to sample motion of the user in response to a motion sample signal and generate data which is representative thereof; an altitude sensor, disposed in the housing, to sample an altitude of the user in response to an altitude sample signal and generate data which is representative thereof; and processing circuitry, disposed in the housing to: (i) generate the altitude sample signal using the data which is representative of motion of the user, and (ii) determine a change in altitude of the user using the data which is representative of a change in altitude of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Shelten Gee Jao Yuen, James Park, Eric Nathan Friedman
  • Patent number: 8311770
    Abstract: An activity monitoring system, in one aspect, comprises a portable activity monitoring device comprising a housing having a physical size and shape that is adapted to couple to the user's body; a motion sensor, disposed in the housing, to detect motion of a user and to generate data representative thereof; an altitude sensor, disposed in the housing, to detect a change in altitude of the user and to generate data which is representative thereof; and processing circuitry, disposed in the housing, to calculate a number of stairs or flights of stairs traversed by the user using the motion data and change in altitude data. The system also includes a display to output data of a badge and/or metric wherein such badge and/or metric describes the number of stairs or flights of stairs traversed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Shelten Gee Jao Yuen, James Park, Eric Nathan Friedman
  • Patent number: 8299826
    Abstract: Phase-locked loop circuitry to generate an output signal, the phase-locked loop circuitry comprising oscillator circuitry, switched resistor loop filter, coupled to the input of the oscillator circuitry (which, in one embodiment, includes a voltage-controlled oscillator), including a switched resistor network including at least one resistor and at least one capacitor, wherein an effective resistance of the switched resistor network is responsive to and increases as a function of one or more pulsing properties of a control signal (wherein pulse width and frequency (or period) are pulsing properties of the control signal), phase detector circuitry, having an output which is coupled to the switched resistor loop filter, to generate the control signal (which may be periodic or non-periodic). The phase-locked loop circuitry may also include frequency detection circuitry to provide a lock condition of the phase-locked loop circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: SiTime Corporation
    Inventor: Michael H. Perrott
  • Patent number: 8291646
    Abstract: A wind power installation comprising a pylon comprising a pylon, a generator supported by the pylon and rotor blades coupled to the generator. The wind power installation further includes a first door to allow entrance into and exit from the interior of the pylon, a first level disposed in the interior of the pylon and directly accessible via the first door, the first level having a lock space including living quarters or sanitary equipment disposed therein. In addition, the wind power installation includes a second door disposed between the lock space and other portions of the interior of the pylon, wherein the second door is moisture-tight, a second level, disposed in the interior of the pylon and accessible via the second door, and a power module including a transformer housed in a moisture-tight container and electrically coupled to the generator, wherein the power module is disposed in the other portions of the interior of the pylon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Aloys Wobben
  • Patent number: 8283987
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention sets forth a MEMS resonator system that reduces interference signals arising from undesired capacitive coupling between different system elements. The system includes a MEMS resonator, two or more resonator electrodes, and at least one resonator electrode shield. The resonator electrode shield ensures that the resonator electrodes interact with either one or more shunting nodes or the active elements of the MEMS resonator by preventing or reducing, among other things, capacitive coupling between the resonator electrodes and the support and auxiliary elements of the MEMS resonator structure. By reducing the deleterious effects of interfering signals using one or more resonator electrode shields, a simpler, lower interference, and more efficient system relative to prior art approaches is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: SiTime Corporation
    Inventors: David Raymond Pedersen, Aaron Partridge, Thor Juneau
  • Patent number: 8234774
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention sets forth a method for decreasing a temperature coefficient of frequency (TCF) of a MEMS resonator. The method comprises lithographically defining slots in the MEMS resonator beams and filling the slots with oxide. By growing oxide within the slots, the amount of oxide growth on the outside surfaces of the MEMS resonator may be reduced. Furthermore, by situating the slots in the areas of large flexural stresses, the contribution of the embedded oxide to the overall TCF of the MEMS resonator is increased, and the total amount of oxide needed to decrease the overall TCF of the MEMS resonator to a particular target value is reduced. As a result, the TCF of the MEMS resonator may be reduced in a manner that is more effective relative to prior art approaches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: SiTime Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Merritt Hagelin, Charles Grosjean
  • Patent number: 8238240
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for Internet Protocol (IP) transit including a platform for routing IP traffic in real time from at least one network user to a plurality of internet links. Embodiments further include assigning different ranks to different internet links based on network monitoring. In one embodiment, a system for routing internet traffic includes an internet route optimizer to generate routing instructions for incoming data packets using a ranked list of the internet links, wherein the internet route optimizer generates the ranked list of the internet links using: (a) financial costs of routing data packets over the internet links, (b) a delay associated with routing packets over the internet links and (c) a type of data of the incoming data packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventor: Paranthaman Narendran
  • Patent number: 8180592
    Abstract: The present inventions, in one aspect, are directed to a portable monitoring device comprises (i) a housing having a physical size and shape that is adapted to couple to the user, (ii) a motion sensor, disposed in the housing, to detect motion of a user and, in response thereto, to generate motion data, (iii) an altitude sensor, disposed in the housing, to detect a change in altitude of the user and, in response thereto, to generate change in altitude data, and (iv) processing circuitry, disposed in the housing, to: (a) calculate a change in elevation of the user using the motion data and the change in altitude data, and (b) a state of an avatar (which is a graphical representation of the user) using the motion data and/or the change in altitude data, and (vi) a display to output state of avatar data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Shelten Gee Jao Yuen, James Park, Eric Nathan Friedman
  • Patent number: 8180591
    Abstract: The present inventions, in one aspect, are directed to a portable monitoring device comprising (i) a housing having a physical size and shape that is adapted to couple to the user, (ii) a motion sensor, disposed in the housing, to detect motion of the user and, in response thereto, to generate motion data, (iii) an altitude sensor, disposed in the housing, to sample an altitude of the user in response to a sample signal, wherein, in response to sampling the altitude of the user, the altitude sensor generates change in altitude data, and (iv) processing circuitry, disposed in the housing, to: generate the sample signal using the motion data, and calculate a number of stairs or flights of stairs traversed by the user using the motion data and the change in altitude data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Shelten Gee Jao Yuen, James Park, Eric Nathan Friedman
  • Patent number: 8031613
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for real-time buying and selling of Internet Protocol (IP) transit is described. Embodiments include a platform for routing IP traffic in real time from at least one network user to a plurality of backbone providers. Embodiments further include sellers specifying a quality, a quantity, and a duration of a contract available, buyers identifying and selecting an appropriate contract, and executing the selected contract. Embodiments further include assigning different ranks to different backbone providers based on network monitoring. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventor: Paranthaman Narendran
  • Patent number: 8022554
    Abstract: A stacked die package for an electromechanical resonator system includes a chip that contains an electromechanical resonator bonded onto the control chip for the electromechanical resonator by a thermally and/or electrically conductive epoxy. In various embodiments, the electromechanical resonator can be a micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) resonator or a nano-electromechanical system (NEMS) resonator. Packaging configurations that may include the chip that contains the electromechanical resonator and the control chip include chip-on-lead (COL), chip-on-paddle (COP), and chip-on-tape (COT) packages. The stacked die package provides small package footprint and/or low package thickness, as well as low thermal resistance and a robust conductive path between the chip that contains the electromechanical resonator and the control chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: SiTime Corporation
    Inventors: Pavan Gupta, Eric Razda
  • Patent number: 7932958
    Abstract: An analog video receiver implemented in an integrated circuit device. The analog video receiver includes an amplifier to amplify an analog video signal having a desired carrier frequency, and a mixing circuit to mix the amplified analog video signal with a complex sinusoid having a frequency substantially equal to the carrier frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Telegent Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Weijie Yun, Samuel Sheng, Dennis G. Yee
  • Patent number: 7929060
    Abstract: An integrated circuit device having a television signal tuner, video decoder and power control circuit. The television signal tuner selects one of a plurality of television channels, and the video decoder converts a television signal conveyed in the selected television channel into a video display signal. The power control circuit alternately enables and disables the television tuner to enable reception of a first portion of video information conveyed in the television signal and to disable reception of a second portion of the video information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Telegent Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Weijie Yun, Samuel Sheng
  • Patent number: 7821362
    Abstract: In a signal communication device, a frequency-selective filter has at least one component that is biased by a control signal to establish a center frequency of the frequency-selective filter. A closed-loop bias generator is provided to generate the control signal and to adjust the control signal based, at least in part, on a comparison of the control signal and a reference signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Telegent Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel W. Sheng, Michael Khitrov
  • Patent number: 7786612
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of constructing a wind energy plant and to a wind energy plant as such. In one aspect, the invention provides a method for constructing wind energy plants at lower expenses and more rapidly. According to one embodiment, a method for constructing a wind energy plant that comprises a tower that is based on a foundation and an electrical power module, the power module is mounted on the tower foundation before the tower itself is constructed. The power module includes a transformer and may optionally an inverter and/or other electrical installations, such as for example switch cabinets, that are provided for controlling the wind energy plant and/or for guiding the electrical power that is provided by the generator of the wind energy plant and that is fed to a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventor: Aloys Wobben
  • Patent number: 7787319
    Abstract: An integrated circuit device (e.g., a logic device or a memory device) having (i) a memory cell array which includes a plurality of memory cells (for example, memory cells having electrically floating body transistors) and (ii) sense amplifier circuitry, coupled to the memory cell array, to sense a data state stored in one of the memory cells during a sense phase of operation. In one embodiment, the sense amplifier circuitry includes first and second capacitors, a first input electrically coupled to (i) the memory cell to receive a signal which is representative of the data state stored therein and (ii) a first terminal of the first capacitor, and a second input electrically coupled to (i) a first predetermined voltage and (ii) a first terminal of the second capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Innovative Silicon ISi SA
    Inventor: Philippe Graber
  • Patent number: 7760941
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of segmenting an object in a data set, wherein the object is initially segmented resulting in a first set (N0) of voxels. An erosion operation is performed on the first set (N0) of voxels resulting in an eroded set (N?) of voxels. A dilation operation is performed on the eroded set (N?) of voxels resulting in a dilated set (N+) of voxels. The erosion operation depends on a variable erosion threshold (??), and the dilation operation depends on a variable dilation threshold (?+).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: MeVis Research GmbH
    Inventors: Lars Bornemann, Volker Dicken, Jan-Martin Kuhnigk
  • Patent number: 7736959
    Abstract: There are many inventions described and illustrated herein. In a first aspect, the present invention is directed to integrated circuit device including SOI logic transistors and SOI memory transistors, and method for fabricating such a device. In one embodiment, integrated circuit device includes memory portion having, for example, PD or FD SOI memory cells, and logic portion having, for example, high performance transistors, such as Fin-FET, multiple gate transistors, and/or non-high performance transistors (such as single gate transistors that do not possess the performance characteristics of the high performance transistors). In another aspect, the present invention is directed to a method of manufacture of such integrated circuit device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Innovative Silicon ISi SA
    Inventor: Pierre Fazan
  • Patent number: 7732816
    Abstract: A semiconductor integrated circuit device, such as a memory device or radiation detector, is disclosed, in which data storage cells are formed on a substrate. Each of the data storage cells includes a field effect transistor having a source, drain, and gate, and a body arranged between the source and drain for storing electrical charge generated in the body. The magnitude of the net electrical charge in the body can be adjusted by input signals applied to the transistor, and the adjustment of the net electrical charge by the input signals can be at least partially cancelled by applying electrical voltage signals between the gate and the drain and between the source and the drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Innovative Silicon ISi SA
    Inventors: Pierre Fazan, Serguei Okhonin