Abstract: Continuous positional information for an orbiting body such as a spacecraft, satellite, or the like with respect to a reference body, for example, the sun, is provided by a first continuous sensor which continually views the sun from the orbiting body and generates electrical signals which provide two axis information on the orbiting body's position. Analog sensors of this type have low accuracy because of transfer function non-linearity, degradation due to environmental aging, or radiation effects and others. A second periodic sensor is directed at the reference body to provide periodic positional updates. These updates are used as references to which the instantaneous output of a continuous sensor are compared so that error associated with the output of the continuous sensor can be eliminated to the accuracy of the calibration.
December 7, 1994
Date of Patent:
November 5, 1996
EDO Corporation, Barnes Engineering Division
Carlo E. Zaffanella, Robert C. Savoca, Todd J. Bednarek
Abstract: An SOI/DI IC chip including a handle wafer in the form of a section of silicon substrate contiguous with the layer of insulation beneath the silicon slice containing the device regions separated by trenches filled with low-conductivity polysilicon dielectric. One of the trenches is etched through the layer of insulation, and the polysilicon in that trench is doped to provide desired electrical conductivity to establish electrical contact with the handle wafer. Metallization is applied over the top of this one trench to make possible electrical connection to the handle wafer from above the chip by use of conventional wiring techniques.
Abstract: A stabilizing bracket for an adjustable water meter setter is cruciform in shape to fit within a subterranean housing enclosing the setter and meter. The two arms are mutually orthogonal and extend to near the housing sidewall. One of the arms has openings through which pass the two vertical water pipes. The two arms are foldable to make the bracket more compact to facilitate delivery to the installation site.
Abstract: An integrated-circuit (IC) chip formed with a D/A converter (DAC) having a digitally-programmable circuit for setting the full-scale output range of the DAC by controlling its gain. The IC chip further includes analog sync level generator circuitry for driving computer graphics CRTs. The sync level generator circuitry is integrated with the DAC circuitry in such a way that the sync signal levels track changes made to the full-scale operating output range of the DAC and also track with changes in operating conditions such as varying temperature, supply voltage and RSET resistance in the DAC current control circuitry.
Abstract: Flue-draft-malfunction detector and shut-off control for oil burner furnaces automatically stops operation of the oil burner in event of flue draft malfunction and prevents further running operation of the oil burner until a meltable element in the control is replaced by an intact element. The control casing has a passageway with an inlet on its front end and at least one outlet. The control is mountable on a furnace with the inlet communicating with the furnace combustion chamber. The meltable element is removably positioned within the casing for exposure to the passageway. Two electrical conductors extend from opposite ends of the element and serve as leads connectable in circuit across two terminals of a primary oil burner control so the element completes a circuit between these terminals.
Abstract: An airbag module installed in a vehicle comprises a deployment door which comprises a face panel which covers the open top of a reaction canister and is positioned at an opening in the instrument panel of the vehicle and further comprises key and keyway connecting structure for securely holding the deployment door to the reaction canister before and during deployment of an airbag. This connecting structure allows limited movement of the deployment door in three directions with respect to the reaction canister and thus permits adjustment of the position of the face panel of the deployment door to obtain accurate fit and finish at the instrument panel. In preferred embodiments the invention further comprises structure for immovably fixing the position of the deployment door at the instrument panel after the deployment door has been adjusted.
April 20, 1995
Date of Patent:
October 15, 1996
Morton International, Inc., Chrysler Corporation
John G. Bauer, Daniel L. Steimke, James H. Repp
Abstract: A bridge interconnects two table tops and is supported solely by the table tops themselves, employing connector bars which normally serve to gang tables together. Alignment pins on the bottom surface of the bridge engage openings in the connector bars. A separate slidable locking bar on the bridge engages each pair of connector bars to attach the bridge to the two table tops.
Abstract: Three axis movement emulating the action of a natural hip joint is provided by a universal assembly mounted on movable roller bearings in a horizontal swivel. A stem attached to the universal assembly is adapted to be implanted in the femur of the user. The horizontal swivel is mounted on roller bearings in a spherical housing which is adapted to be inserted in the acetabulum of the user.
Abstract: Optical scanner having a laser source for generating a laser beam, a first deflector for deflecting the laser beam towards an array of reflectors, the first deflector and the array of reflectors being rotatable relative to each other about a first axis, drive means for providing a rotation, and at least one detector for detecting backscattered light, said first deflector and said array of reflectors being arranged to deflect said laser beam in a direction substantially parallel to the first axis.
Abstract: An artificial knee joint is provided in which a femoral component, a tibial component and a patella component simulate all the movements of a natural knee utilizing movable bearings between such components and elements thereof. In addition, a portion of the joint for flexion and extension may be repaired without involving major reconstructive surgery.
Abstract: An automatic bobbin-changing device (10) for a winding machine with a vertical winding axis, the device having a bobbin carrier (12) which can rotate about a vertical axis (13) and which can adopt two bobbin-holding positions staggered at an angle of about 180.degree.. The bobbin carrier (12) has a total of four gripper arms (25, 26, 27, 28) which work together in pairs to grip a bobbin (1, 2). On each gripper arm (25, 26, 27, 28) is a bobbin-support surface (29) which, during the bobbin-changing operation, is positioned under the bobbin lower-flange (1b, 2b). The bobbin is changed by lifting the bobbin carrier (12) by means of a lifting mechanism (52, 54, 55) in such a way that the bobbin (1) on the winding machine is lifted off its mounting, the bobbin carrier (12) subsequently being rotated through 180.degree. and lowered again.
June 17, 1994
Date of Patent:
August 13, 1996
Maschinenfabrik Niehoff GmbH & Co. KG
Helmut Winkler, George-Michael Horndler
Abstract: A cursor control system where the starting x-axis pixel position of the cursor pattern is determined by decoding the last two bits of the preloaded x-axis address (as determined by a manual control manipulated by the operator). This decoded data produces a signal for controlling the transmission gate multiplexer so as to determine the position where the cursor data stream is inserted into the video data stream.
Abstract: A filtration system removes both particulate and dissolved matter from liquid cleaning solvent. The system is enclosed within a single unit which incorporates both a positive displacement pump and a filter assembly. The filter assembly includes a two stage filter with a hollow, cylindrical, activated carbon core which is connected to the intake side of the pump.
Abstract: A cellular receiver range extender has an input terminal connectable to an antenna and an output terminal to which may be connected a microwave radio receiver for cellular communication signals. The input terminal directs RF signals to a bandpass preselector covering a frequency spectrum of 825 MHz to 890 MHz leading to a low-noise preamplifier for amplifying the preselected RF signals. A divider coupled to the preamplifier feeds signals from the preamplifier at equal power levels into first and second RF paths. The first path includes a band pass filter covering the reverse cellular communication channel RF signal band from 825 MHz to 845 MHz, and the second path includes a band pass filter covering the forward cellular communication channel RF signal band from 870 MHz to 890 MHz. In the first path reverse channel signals are amplified by a low-noise amplifier while in the second path forward channel signals are attenuated.
Abstract: A DC motor control circuit for controlling a restraint torque of a DC motor which continues the rotation by triggering an external force. This control circuit is installed in a DC motor. In a DC motor control circuit comprising a drive transistor collector connected to a first brush of a DC motor, and a detection transistor collector connected to the base of said drive transistor and base connected to said first brush, a variable resistor is connected between the emitter of said detection transistor and a second brush of said DC motor and a capacitor connected between their one end and movable terminal of said variable resistor. The control circuit further comprises a drive current limiter for the drive transistor.
Abstract: An IC amplifier having first and second cascaded stages formed by respective pairs of symmetrical complementary bipolar transistors followed by a unity gain buffer amplifier and provided with overall current feedback. The quiescent collector currents of the second amplifier stage are controlled by respective transconductance generators with respective complementary bipolar transistors connected in parallel relationship to the transistors of the second stage. The collector currents of the transconductance generators are fixed at the levels of respective reference current generators.
Abstract: A random access memory (RAM) having an array of memory cells the signal lines to which are activatable by corresponding current sources. The memory is divided into "pages", and control pulses are produced to turn on the current sources involved in activating the signal lines to any page of memory cells being accessed and to turn off the remainder. The control pulses are directed through a pipelined pair of registers, and a look-ahead logic circuit examines the two pipelined control pulses identified as the "present" and "next" pulses. This logic circuitry serves to turn on the current sources for the page of memory to be accessed during the next clock time, and to maintain in an on state the current sources for the page of memory presently being accessed.
Abstract: Process for making an integrated-circuit (IC) chip with junction-isolated complementary bipolar transistors. In this process an N-well is formed in a P-type substrate. P-type dopant is implanted in the N-well to become a sub-collector for a pnp transistor. N-type dopant is implanted in the substrate in a location laterally displaced from the N-well to become a sub-collector for an npn transistor. N-type material is implanted in the N-well to begin the formation of an isolation wall for the pnp transistor. A P-type epitaxial (epi) layer then is grown over the P-type substrate. N-type material is implanted in the epi layer to complete the isolation wall for the pnp transistor, and to complete the collector for the npn transistor. P-type and N-type material also is implanted in the P-type epi layer to form the bases and emitters for the npn and pnp transistors.