Patents Represented by Attorney Stefan V. Chmielewski
  • Patent number: 7148554
    Abstract: An electronic component arrangement includes a discrete electronic component having first and second terminals and a centre-exposed pad. A substrate has a first electrical conductor electrically connected to the first terminal, a second electrical conductor electrically connected to the second terminal, and a third electrical conductor. A thermally conductive element is in direct thermal communication with both the centre-exposed pad of the electronic component and the third electrical conductor of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chih Kai Nah, Morris D Stillabower, Binghua Pan, Sim Ying Yong, Przemyslaw Gromala
  • Patent number: 7095569
    Abstract: A fisheye-corrected lens system includes a plurality of axially aligned lenses. At least one of the lenses includes an aspheric surface and an image distortion of the lens system is less than about five percent at a maximum field angle. A furthest point of the aspheric surface is positioned within a distance less than about fifty percent of a diagonal dimension of an associated imager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Siddharth S. Rege, Stephen H. Fox, Ronald M. Taylor
  • Patent number: 7095567
    Abstract: A refractive block includes a light-entrance surface configured to be mounted in contact with a refractive boundary of a vehicle, and a light-exit surface wherein the refractive block is configured to refract an optical path of light corresponding to an imaged area and to direct the light to an image-sensing component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Troxell, Ronald M. Taylor
  • Patent number: 7095501
    Abstract: An ethanol sensing unit and a method of using, wherein the unit is particularly suitable for use in a confined environment such as the passenger compartment of a passenger vehicle. The sensing unit comprises a device for collecting ethanol vapors while the device is at a first temperature, a device for heating the collecting device to a second temperature higher than the first temperature so as to release ethanol vapors from the collecting device, and a device for sensing the ethanol vapors released from the collecting device when heated by the heating device. The sensing unit is also adapted to delay the operation of the heating device until a period of time sufficient for the collecting device to adsorb ethanol vapors from air contained in the confined environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David K. Lambert, Mark E Myers, Galen Bruce Fisher, Michel F. Sultan, Taeyoung Han
  • Patent number: 7094975
    Abstract: A circuit board assembly comprising a laminate substrate and a surface mount device having a CTE less than that of the laminate substrate and attached with at least one solder joint to a first surface of the laminate substrate. The assembly further includes a localized stiffener attached to a second surface of the laminate substrate so as to be directly opposite the circuit device. The localized stiffener is formed of a material and is shaped so that, when attached to the laminate substrate, the stiffener is capable of increasing the thermal cycle fatigue life of the one or more solder joints that attach the device to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Suresh K. Chengalva, David W. Ihms, Bruce A. Myers
  • Patent number: 7095098
    Abstract: An electrically isolated and thermally conductive double-sided pre-packaged IC component, stamped lead members, drain pads, source pads, gate runner, and a MOSFET, IGBT, etc. are positioned between a pair of ceramic substrate members. Layers of solderable copper material are directly bonded to the inner and outer surfaces of the substrate members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Erich William Gerbsch, Ralph S. Taylor
  • Patent number: 7095002
    Abstract: An object surface characterization system with adaptive lighting control includes a light projector, a light source, a camera, a processor and a memory subsystem. The processor is coupled to the light projector, the light source and the camera, as well as the memory subsystem. The memory subsystem stores code that, when executed by the processor, instructs the processor to perform a number of steps to achieve adaptive lighting control for the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hongzhi Kong, Qin Sun, Adil Ansari, Jeffrey H. Burns
  • Patent number: 7095757
    Abstract: A system optimizes terrestrial signal acquisition in a communication system by initially determining whether a first synchronization signal is available from a first ensemble, which has an associated first programmed content of a terrestrial signal. Next, when the first synchronization signal is not available from the first ensemble, the system switches to a second ensemble of the terrestrial signal to acquire a second synchronization signal, which is synchronized with the first synchronization signal. Finally, the system switches back to the first ensemble to retrieve the associated first programmed content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Harry Diamond, Douglas A. Cramer, Glenn A Walker
  • Patent number: 7077007
    Abstract: A process for forming a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) device by a deep reactive ion etching (DRIE) process during which a substrate overlying a cavity is etched to form trenches that breach the cavity to delineate suspended structures. A first general feature of the process is to define suspended structures with a DRIE process, such that the dimensions desired for the suspended structures are obtained. A second general feature is the proper location of specialized features, such as stiction bumps, vulnerable to erosion caused by the DRIE process. Yet another general feature is to control the environment surrounding suspended structures delineated by DRIE in order to obtain their desired dimensions. A significant problem identified and solved by the invention is the propensity for the DRIE process to etch certain suspended features at different rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David Boyd Rich, John C. Christenson
  • Patent number: 7079056
    Abstract: A compressed data table is formed from an uncompressed data table by defining a code description bit structure having a code type and a run length of data items. The code type may be configured to identify byte-length data items, word-length data items and/or one or more user-specified data items. Each run of one or more byte-length, word-length or user-specified data items in the uncompressed data table is represented in the compressed data table with a code description bit structure having an appropriately configured code type and having its run length equal to the number of byte-length, word-length or user-specified data items in the run of one or more byte-length or word-length data items, and in the case of byte-length and word-length data items each code description bit structure is followed in the compressed data table by the one or more byte-length or word-length data items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A Weaver
  • Patent number: 7064721
    Abstract: An antenna system is disclosed. The antenna system includes at least one first and second antenna. The at least one first antenna is located about a first portion of a mobile structure and is capable of receiving satellite and terrestrial re-transmitted satellite signals. The at least one second antenna is located about a second portion of a mobile structure and is capable of receiving satellite and terrestrial re-transmitted satellite signals. Either the at least one first or second antenna receives the satellite and terrestrial re-transmitted satellite signals and the other of the at least one first or second antenna becomes operative when the satellite and terrestrial re-transmitted satellite signals being received by the at least one first or second antenna is obstructed. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Imtiaz Zafar, Ahmad B. Pakray, Kenneth P. Lee, J. Robert Dockemeyer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7064950
    Abstract: A circuit device that make use of graded ferroelectric structures and techniques by which such structures can be excited by external and internal stimuli to render the device useful for a variety of circuit applications. The device comprises at least two ferroelectric films, each of the films having a graded dipole moment in a thickness direction normal to the surfaces thereof. The graded dipole moment of each film is effective to produce a change in the dipole charge density, and hence an apparent net charge, on the first and second surfaces of each film when an alternating electric field is applied to the film and additional energy is imparted to the film. By providing an electrical connection between the films, changes in the dipole charge density of the films generated by application of the alternating electric field yield a device charge separation output that differs from the individual changes in the dipole charge density of the films.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph V. Mantese, Norman W. Schubring, Adolph L. Micheli
  • Patent number: 7064963
    Abstract: Thermally managing high-power IC devices through the use of a circuit assembly comprising a ceramic substrate and an organic substrate. The ceramic substrate has at least one circuit component on a first surface thereof and a periphery defining a lateral surface surrounding the first surface. The organic substrate also comprises a first surface and a periphery defining a lateral surface surrounding the first surface. A portion of the lateral surface of the organic substrate is adjacent a portion of the lateral surface of the ceramic substrate so as to define an interface therebetween. At least one conductor common to both the ceramic and organic substrates and bridging the interface therebetween serves to physically connect the ceramic and organic substrates together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd P. Oman, Thomas A. Degenkolb
  • Patent number: 7059446
    Abstract: A frame-based occupant weight estimation apparatus for a vehicle seat that is supported by two or more floor brackets secured to the vehicle floor spans an open space between the floor brackets to prevent shunting of the occupant weight through a foreign object lying on the floor between the floor brackets. The weight estimation apparatus includes a fluid filled bladder sandwiched between first and second rigid plates, and is held in place between the seat frame and the floor brackets by a set of fasteners. A spring preloads the bladder so that deviations of the bladder fluid pressure from the preload pressure will be indicative of occupant weight. The first plate spans the open space between the floor brackets so that the fluid pressure is indicative of occupant weight even in cases where a portion of the occupant weight is supported by a foreign object disposed between the floor brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Morgan D. Murphy, Craig A Tieman, Duane D. Fortune, James R. McKinley
  • Patent number: 7053352
    Abstract: A self testing CMOS imager chip includes a controller which outputs a sewer signal, a dump signal, a collect signal, and a read signal, and a pixel array connected to the controller including a plurality of pixels arranged in an array of rows and columns, each pixel having a collect gate disposed adjacent a collect well for receiving a charge in response to application of the collect signal to the collect gate, a sewer for injecting a charge into the collect well in response to the concurrent application of the sewer signal to the sewer and the collect signal to the collect well, a read gate disposed adjacent a read well for receiving the injected charge from the collect well in response to application of the read signal to the read gate and the absence of the collect signal at the collect gate, and a transistor having a gate coupled to the read well, a source for receiving the read signal, and a drain coupled to an output node connected to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank J. Schauerte, Brian T. Murray, John R. Troxell, Charles N. Stevenson
  • Patent number: 7047827
    Abstract: A portable digital scale is foldable for ease of storage and transport. The scale includes a fluid-filled elastomeric bladder and electronic module disposed in a hard-sided case that is opened in use and folded to encase the bladder and electronic module during transport and storage. The electronic module includes a pressure sensor for detecting the fluid pressure in the bladder as a measure of the user's weight, and a user interface and digital display for displaying the weight and/or other parameters requested by the user. Preferably, the electronic module includes a memory device capable of storing multiple weight measurements and a data port for down-loading stored weight data to a personal computer or PDA for tracking weight variation of one or more users over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Pankaj Mithal
  • Patent number: 7050885
    Abstract: A pulse count accumulator includes a plurality of counters and a communication port. The plurality of counters are each coupled to a different one of a plurality of actuators and a value of each of the counters corresponds to a position of a corresponding one of the plurality of actuators. The communication port is in communication with the plurality of counters and provides the value of each of the plurality of counters to an external device through the communication port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard E. Fiegle, James Leo Kohler
  • Patent number: 7049171
    Abstract: An electronic package is provided having a connector and a solder joint that is less susceptible to thermal fatigue. The package includes a die including a first electrically conductive connecting surface having a first coefficient of thermal expansion and a substrate including electrical circuitry and a second electrically conductive connecting surface having a second coefficient of thermal expansion. The package further includes a solder joint connecting the first connecting surface to the second connecting surface. One of the first and second connecting surfaces includes a plurality of pads spaced from each other. By employing an electrical connection having a plurality of pads spaced from each other, the solder joint is relieved to reduce fatigue caused by thermal cycling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric A. Brauer
  • Patent number: 7050908
    Abstract: Lane marker coordinate data obtained from a previous frame of a vehicle vision system is projected into the current video frame based on measured translation and rotation of the host vehicle. The projected lane marker coordinate data is consolidated with lane marker coordinate data from the current video frame for lane detection or display applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Schwartz, Lisa R. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 7049859
    Abstract: A signal processing circuit includes a comparator having a fixed and a variable reference input for detection of a positive quasi-sinusoidal waveform pulse. A signal detection circuit includes a low pass input filter, a voltage input clamp, a variable detection threshold, and a zero crossing detector. The circuit produces an approximately square wave output substantially coinciding with the positive pulse of the quasi-sinusoidal waveform received, from a variable reluctance sensor. The circuit has a positive to negative zero crossing detector armed by a variable threshold of the positive quasi-sinusoidal pulse, thus providing variable noise immunity and a fixed phase relationship between the input and output signal for an input signal having a variable amplitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Boyer, Daniel R. Harshbarger