Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Thomas E. Schatzel
  • Patent number: 5986539
    Abstract: A powerline communication system comprises a master and slave configuration in which the master provides both operating power and control commands to the slave over a single pair of wires. The slave, in turn, is able to communicate its status to the master with a return communications channel on the same pair of wires. Each sender impresses its signals on the power lines with an isolation transformer coupled to the gate of a power MOSFET transistor that shunts the power lines. Each receiver samples the signals from the sender with an isolation transformer that has its primary winding placed in series with the power lines. The master initiates a synchronizing pulse and places data in various timeslots. The slave follows with an initiating sync pulse followed by data in a group of timeslots. Edge-detection, rather than level-detection is used at the receivers for added immunity to supply and load changes. A double-pulse sync is used for special time slot reporting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Ultracision, Inc.
    Inventors: Fritz H. Johansson, Gordon P. Hampton
  • Patent number: 5978954
    Abstract: An on-the-fly error detection and correction hardware core for a mass storage hard disk drive comprises a microcode machine optimized and limited to doing Galois Field arithmetic (GF[2.sub.8 ]) in support of Reed-Solomon error detection and correction (RS-EDC). The microcode machine is implemented as a hardware core in a system-on-a-chip design that includes a general purpose core RISC-processor. A dual-input arithmetic logic unit (ALU) includes a set of basic arithmetic blocks necessary to support the RS-EDC operations, i.e., a multiplier, a dedicated adder, a general purpose adder, a divider, a log unit, a quadratic solution lookup, a cubic solution lookup, and a move datapath. The operations and outputs of all the basic arithmetic blocks are presented in parallel to an op-code selector. The selected output is routed back for deposit to one of eight general purpose registers (R0-R7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Palmchip Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Ou, Lyle E. Adams, S. Jauher A. Zaidi, Hussam I. Ramlaoui
  • Patent number: 5971813
    Abstract: A modular connector comprises an insulative housing that accepts an RJ-45 style jack from its front, and a molded insert from the opposite side. Each molded insert includes a signal conditioning circuit that provides a proper electrical coupling between a physical interface device (PHY) or encoder/decoder and an unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cable to a high speed computer network. Such signal conditioning comprises a common mode choke for each of the transmitter and receiver circuit pairs that are constructed from twin-lead transmission line sections. Each common mode choke comprises two stiff wire conductors that are brought together at a uniform critical separation distance for a critical longitudinal run length. The wire size, surrounding dielectric, separation distance, and run length are all controlled to arrive at a common-mode choke equivalent with series inductance, transformer coupling, and capacitance values suitable for use with 100BASE-T Fast Ethernet and 1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Regal Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: William E. Kunz, Avon McCamey
  • Patent number: 5961203
    Abstract: A light source comprises a high intensity lamp that is clamped between four half-shell finned heatsinks. The upper heatsink half-shells for the anode and cathode ends of the lamp are mounted to an upper printed circuit board and the lower heatsink half-shells are mounted to a lower main printed circuit board. A direct current powered fan is positioned on one side to blow horizontally through the matrix of heatsinks and out the opposite side. Only the lamp igniter and fan power supply circuits are included in the upper printed circuit board which receives lamp power from the lower printed circuit boards through the anode and cathode heatsinks and one additional connection comprising a flexible wire. The main power supply is included on the lower printed circuit board and it converts and preregulates 110 VAC or 220 VAC to 160 VDC to a transistor chopping switch that in turn provides the required low voltage lamp power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: ILC Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Felix J. Schuda
  • Patent number: 5949066
    Abstract: A position sensor and a method of creating the same which sensor has an incoherent light source, multiple light detectors and a sinusoidal pattern that can be directly installed to the sensor. The light source and detectors are positioned along the axis of motion of the element whose position is to be determined. In a device containing such a movable target element, light from the sensor is directed through the sinusoidal pattern to and reflected from a periodic reflection profile to create detectable sinusoid signals that can be used for positioning purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: O.R. Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: James Patrick Rice, David Martin Perry, Curtis Alan Shuman, Peter Joseph Van Laanen
  • Patent number: 5949812
    Abstract: A battery-operated navigation satellite receiver with an antenna, a radio frequency stage, a down-converter, a digital signal processor and a microcomputer for demodulating L-band microwave carrier frequency spread spectrum transmissions from orbiting navigation satellites that each use their own unique pseudo-random number spreading code. The digital signal processor and a microcomputer each receive system clocks that can be varied in steps from full-speed down to any number of fractions including zero, or full stop. The system clocks to the digital signal processor and a microcomputer are lowered during periods of little or no acquisition or navigation activity. Scheduled updates, communication traffic, user activity, etc., are used to ramp the system clocks back up when the processing load demands it, e.g., when the tasks become CPU-bound at the current clock speed or when a particular task is predetermined to need the full processing speed capability of a particular navigation receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Paul F. Turney, David C. Westcott
  • Patent number: 5949374
    Abstract: A GPS navigation receiver channel tracks satellites' Doppler frequencies sequentially during the twenty milliseconds that the signal is coherent in each bit time of the navigation data modulation. It measures frequency by differencing the angles of signal-vector sums weighted by parabolic humps, exploiting the commutativity of linear processing operations to raise the signal-to-noise ratio before the nonlinear operation phase of detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Robert Leonard Nelson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5935194
    Abstract: A method for obtaining integer ambiguity solutions based on externally provided constraints, e.g., altitude. Such constraints are useful in reducing the computational burden created by the search problem, and using constraints is particularly more effective when a more limited number of satellite vehicles are visible than is ordinarily the case. The constraints are exercised in a search algorithm. As the branches of the integer ambiguity search tree are traversed, an additional test is used to determine if the current search candidate is compatible with such external constraint. Because a three-dimensional position is associated with each search candidate, the branch clipping is straightforward. The ambiguity candidates are each only acceptable if their locations in space are within a confidence region bound set determined from the external constraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Nicholas C. Talbot, Michael T. Allison, Mark E. Nichols
  • Patent number: 5930719
    Abstract: A cordless system comprises a laptop computer with a modem connected to a modem data port on a cordless telephone handset. A direct sequence spread spectrum RF link is established between the cordless telephone handset and a base station. Both the telephone network and a desktop computer with a modem are connected to the base station. When the cordless telephone handset detects that the laptop computer wants to go off-hook, a selection signal is also sent by the cordless telephone handset to the base station to indicate whether the call is to be directed to the telephone network or the desktop computer. When the base station detects that the desktop computer wants to go off-hook, a selection signal is also sent by the desktop computer to the base station to indicate whether the call is to be directed to the telephone network or over the RF link to the laptop computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Wireless Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Babitch, Andrew G. Varadi, James Wong
  • Patent number: 5924264
    Abstract: A foundation system comprises a prefabricated set of concrete forms for a manufactured building that is already on-site and in-place. The concrete form set includes standard-length sections that bolt together immediately below the rim of the manufactured building. The inside sidewall of each concrete form is tilted back toward the outside perimeter and the outside sidewall is set vertical within both end frames and any intermediate frames. Anchor rings are provided at the ground level of each frame to accommodate four foot lengths of rebar that are driven through the rings into the ground to spike the concrete form to the ground. Jigs are used to suspend anchor bolts in the open tops of the forms between the two sidewalls. Once the concrete pour has been made and allowed to set, the concrete forms are unbolted and the ground spikes withdrawn. The tilt in the inside sidewall allows the concrete forms to be easily popped off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Inventor: Douglas L. Vierra
  • Patent number: 5914278
    Abstract: A modular semiconductor wafer processing system comprises a chamber with a wafer support and gas manifold structure that supplies reactive gases through a showerhead delivery system to one side of a wafer-being-processed and that exhausts both the reactive gases and a non-reactive gas flow. The other side of the wafer is protected from the reactive gases by evenly delivering the non-reactive gases from a platen close to the wafer. The gap between the wafer and platen, and the choice of non-reactive gas and its flow rate are adjusted to optimize the protection afforded to the wafer's one side while still allowing, for example, the stripping of a silicon nitride film from the wafer's other side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignee: Gasonics International
    Inventors: Charles A. Boitnott, Robert A. Shepherd, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5902551
    Abstract: A docking station with a filter that sits inline in a process gas channel and that alternatively receives a loopback plate, a sensor plate and a removable purifier cartridge for particle removal as well as the removal of trace amounts of moisture, oxygen, and other chemical impurities from a gas stream. The removable purifier cartridge comprises a purifying medium with a pair of sealing poppet valves that automatically close when the cartridge is removed from the docking station. A block body is included in the docking station with gas line fittings for close gland-to-gland separations, while the purifier cartridge is off to one side, and not positioned directly in line between the glands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Assignee: Semi-Gas Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Cathy L. Cowan, Lau Y. Hong
  • Patent number: 5897048
    Abstract: A wire bonding machine has a wire bonding head that provides five directions of movement or degrees of freedom. The radial direction of movement supports the wire bonding process and reduces the moving mass of the wire bonder during the generation of the wire bonds. The wire bonding machine further includes a selectable side view inspection system. Through a group of optical components, the assembly process can be selectively viewed from either a side view or a top view. The side view of the assembly process provides for improved analysis of the wire bond quality which can be monitored by a camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Assignee: ASM Assembly Automation Ltd.
    Inventors: Chi Wah Cheng, Ka On Yue, Chiu Fai Wong
  • Patent number: 5898270
    Abstract: A pulsed high energy arc-tube flashlamp comprises a quartz flashlamp envelope that is about 2000 mm long and has an outside diameter of approximately forty-eight mm. Each end necks down to an outside diameter of about thirty-eight mm to accommodate an anode re-entrant seal assembly at one end and a cathode re-entrant seal assembly at the other end. Each anode and cathode comprises a beaded electrode rod of tungsten with an unusually large 0.25 inch diameter. A reflective metal paint or white oxide paint is added to the end necks to improve the lamp starting characteristics and to protect the cassette mounting o-ring and lamp cable junction box from radiation. A TEFLON shrink sleeve is shrunk over each outside end of the flashlamp envelope and such provides a small amount of cushion for the lamp mounts in the laser cassette. The monocoque body structure does not need separate lamp mounting bases, and thus overall provides a mechanically simpler and superior structure that is far more reliable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Assignee: ILC Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: George Oiye, Jose B Soberanes
  • Patent number: 5895523
    Abstract: A process is provided for making K.sub.2 SO.sub.4 3Al.sub.2 O.sub.3 4S0.sub.3 +xH.sub.2 O or Na.sub.2 SO.sub.4 3Al.sub.2 O.sub.3 4SO.sub.3 +xH.sub.2 O where x is a number from 4 to 12, which is used as a pigment. Sulfuric acid, one of a sulfate salt or a hydroxide of either potassium or sodium and one of a sulfate of aluminum or a hydroxide of aluminum are inputted into a crystallizer and reacted to form either Al.sub.2 (SO.sub.4).sub.3 K.sub.2 SO.sub.4 +24H.sub.2 O or Al.sub.2 (SO.sub.4).sub.3 Na.sub.2 SO.sub.4 +24H.sub.2 O. A fluid flow containing either Al.sub.2 (SO.sub.4).sub.3 K.sub.2 SO.sub.4 +24H.sub.2 O or Al.sub.2 (SO.sub.4).sub.3 Na.sub.2 SO.sub.4 +24H.sub.2 O is drawn off from the crystallizer and transferred into a pigment reactor where it is subjected to a temperature of about 200.degree. C. and a pressure ranging from 120 to 350 pounds per square inch so as to result in the production of either basic potassium aluminum sulfate K.sub.2 SO.sub.4 3Al.sub.2 O.sub.3 4SO.sub.3 +xH.sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Assignee: Solv-Ex Corporation
    Inventors: John S. Rendall, Massoud Ahghar, Jerry V. Fox
  • Patent number: 5890090
    Abstract: A half-dead reckoning satellite navigation receiver comprises a receiver for tracking and acquisition of two, three, four or more satellites and for computing navigation solutions from the available satellites. A navigation computer is included that provides for navigation when only three satellites are visible by constraining the altitude. The navigation computer further provides for a half-dead-reckoning mode of operation when only two satellites are visible and the altitude is constrained by providing a one dimensional satellite navigation solution. The receiver position is projected by dead reckoning with the projection corrected in one axis only that is perpendicular to the available horizontal line of position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Robert Leonard Nelson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5877910
    Abstract: A dual magnetic head having a first magnetic core for reading and writing very high track density floppy disks and a second magnetic core for reading and writing conventional track density floppy disks. Neither the first nor the second magnetic cores require the trim erase elements associated with prior art magnetic cores for use with floppy disks. When writing on conventional track density floppy disks, separation between data tracks is achieved by erasing a circular region on a first rotation of the floppy disk, erasing a second region, separated from the first region by a small gap, on a second rotation of the floppy disk, and writing data during a third rotation of the floppy disk centered about the small gap. With very high density floppy disks, data is written directly between optical servo tracks on the floppy disk without use of the two erase steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: Insite Peripherals, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger O. Williams, Jimmy D. Godwin, Stephen P. Williams, Mark E. Strysko, Alton B. Otis, Jr., Andrew M. Rose
  • Patent number: 5871571
    Abstract: A process for making ink which begins with a leach liquor of Al.sub.2 (SO.sub.4).sub.3 +K.sub.2 SO.sub.4 +Fe.sub.2 SO.sub.4 and other sulfates that are introduced to a surface-cooled crystallizer that drops the Al.sub.2 (SO.sub.4).sub.3 +18H.sub.2 O which is removed from the leach liquor. The leach liquor is then supplied with a mixture which includes K.sub.2 SO.sub.4 into a simple crystallization and evaporation unit to drop Al.sub.2 (SO.sub.4).sub.3 +K.sub.2 SO.sub.4 +24H.sub.2 O. A pressure of 250 PSI and a temperature of 200.degree. C. are then applied in a discrete continuous process that yield a basic sodium or sodium/potassium aluminum sulfate and excess sodium sulfate or sodium/potassium. The excess sodium sulfate or sodium/potassium sulfate is returned to the simple crystallization and evaporation unit. The basic potassium aluminum sulfate (BKAS) and/or basic sodium aluminum sulfate (BNaAS) Na.sub.2 SO.sub.4, 3Al.sub.2 O.sub.3, 4SO.sub.3, 9H.sub.2 O is used as a filler in the making of ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: SOLV-EX Corporation
    Inventors: John S. Rendall, Massoud Ahghar, David H. Fishman
  • Patent number: 5872486
    Abstract: A frequency synthesizer comprises a voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) with an output frequency f.sub.out that is dependent on a VCO-control voltage input. A divide-by-k counter is connected to receive the output frequency f.sub.out and to output a pair of in-phase and quadrature phase signals f.sub.k. A vector modulator is connected to receive the in-phase and quadrature phase signals f.sub.k and the output frequency f.sub.out, and outputs a single sideband (SSB) modulated output f.sub.n comprising only one of the sum (f.sub.out +f.sub.k) or difference (f.sub.out -f.sub.k) products. A divide-by-n counter is connected to receive the modulated output f.sub.n and to output a feedback frequency sample f.sub.f. And a phase detector is connected to receive the feedback frequency sample f.sub.f and to compare it with a reference frequency f.sub.r. A phase error output signal is provided for the VCO-control voltage input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Gary L. Wagner, Louis J. Dietz
  • Patent number: 5865952
    Abstract: A process in which a leach liquor of Al.sub.2 (SO.sub.4).sub.3 +K.sub.2 SO.sub.4 +Fe.sub.2 SO.sub.4 and other sulphates is introduced to a surface-cooled crystallizer that drops the Al.sub.2 (SO.sub.4).sub.3 +18H.sub.2 O. The leach liquor is pumped through a heat exchanger that keeps a temperature of 160.degree. F. and the surface temperature of the surface-cooled crystallizer is maintained at 60.degree. F. The temperature gradient within the leach liquor promotes crystal formation. These crystals are then supplied to mixture which includes K.sub.2 SO.sub.4 in a simple crystallization and evaporation step that uses a vacuum of twenty inches of mercury and heat to drop Al.sub.2 (SO.sub.4).sub.3 +K.sub.2 SO.sub.4 +24H.sub.2 O. A pressure of 250 PSI and a temperature of 200.degree. C. are then applied in a discrete continuous process that yield a basic sodium or potassium aluminum sulphate and excess sodium sulphate or potassium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: Solv-Ex Corporation
    Inventors: John S. Rendall, Massoud Ahghar