Patents Represented by Attorney TraskBritt
  • Patent number: 8351285
    Abstract: Memories, systems, and methods for repairing are provided. A memory with extra digit lines in end arrays with an open digit architecture, which can use the extra digit lines to form repair cells. In one example, folded digit sense amplifiers are connected to an end array with an open digit architecture such that each sense amplifier corresponds to a group of four adjacent digit lines. Two digit lines of the group connect to two open digit sense amplifiers and the other two digit lines connect to the corresponding folded digit sense amplifier. To repair memories including folded digit end arrays, a row in a core array that includes a replaceable IO is activated and a row in an end array is activated. The repair cells in the end array can be sensed by the folded digit sense amplifiers to generate a replacement IO, which is selected rather than the replaceable IO.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Lane, Michael A. Shore
  • Patent number: 8348357
    Abstract: A cabinet is fitted with a locking assembly suited for simultaneously locking or unlocking all of the drawers retained within the cabinet assembly. The locking assembly includes a primary actuation assembly, accessible from the exterior of the cabinet which engages a secondary actuation assembly. The secondary actuation assembly defines a plurality of lip elements which are displaceable intermediate the glide assembly which is associated with each drawer of the cabinet. In a closed, locked condition the lip elements are displaced in front of the glide elements thereby forming an obstacle to the lateral displacement of the glide assembly thereby precluding the outward withdrawal of the drawer from its retained position within the cabinet. In an open position, the lip elements are displaced to a position outside of the travel path of the glide assembly whereby they do not impede the operation of those glide assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Matthew Briggs
  • Patent number: 8351674
    Abstract: Image portion identification methods, image parsing methods, image parsing systems, and articles of manufacture are described. According to one embodiment, an image portion identification method includes accessing data regarding an image depicting a plurality of biological substrates corresponding to at least one biological sample and indicating presence of at least one biological indicator within the biological sample and, using processing circuitry, automatically identifying a portion of the image depicting one of the biological substrates but not others of the biological substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Gordon D. Lassahn, Gregory D. Lancaster, William A. Apel, Vicki S. Thompson
  • Patent number: 8352204
    Abstract: Methods of rapidly measuring an impedance spectrum of an energy storage device in-situ over a limited number of logarithmically distributed frequencies are described. An energy storage device is excited with a known input signal, and a response is measured to ascertain the impedance spectrum. An excitation signal is a limited time duration sum-of-sines consisting of a select number of frequencies. In one embodiment, magnitude and phase of each frequency of interest within the sum-of-sines is identified when the selected frequencies and sample rate are logarithmic integer steps greater than two. This technique requires a measurement with a duration of one period of the lowest frequency. In another embodiment, where selected frequencies are distributed in octave steps, the impedance spectrum can be determined using a captured time record that is reduced to a half-period of the lowest frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: John L. Morrison, William H. Morrison, Jon P. Christophersen, Chester G. Motloch
  • Patent number: 8342529
    Abstract: A system for enabling play of a casino table card game is disclosed. At least one of a rank and suit of a set of playing cards is automatically determined. Multiple randomized sets of playing cards of known composition are formed and delivered to a game, and are set by following automatically generated house way instructions. The components of the system include an automatic card shuffler configured to deliver randomized sets of physical cards, the shuffler equipped with a playing card reading system that reads at least one of a rank and suit of markings on each of the playing cards. The automatic card shuffler has a processor that receives the read card information from the playing card reading system and determines a composition of each individual set of playing cards dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Shuffle Master, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger M. Snow
  • Patent number: 8346495
    Abstract: A system includes an electrochemical cell, monitoring hardware, and a computing system. The monitoring hardware samples performance characteristics of the electrochemical cell. The computing system determines cell information from the performance characteristics. The computing system also analyzes the cell information of the electrochemical cell with a Butler-Volmer (BV) expression modified to determine exchange current density of the electrochemical cell by including kinetic performance information related to pulse-time dependence, electrode surface availability, or a combination thereof. A set of sigmoid-based expressions may be included with the modified-BV expression to determine kinetic performance as a function of pulse time. The determined exchange current density may be used with the modified-BV expression, with or without the sigmoid expressions, to analyze other characteristics of the electrochemical cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin L. Gering
  • Patent number: 8342042
    Abstract: A device for sampling chemical compounds from fixed surfaces and related methods are disclosed. The device may include a vacuum source, a chamber and a sorbent material. The device may utilize vacuum extraction to volatilize the chemical compounds from the fixed surfaces so that they may be sorbed by the sorbent material. The sorbent material may then be analyzed using conventional thermal desorption/gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (TD/GC/MS) instrumentation to determine presence of the chemical compounds. The methods may include detecting release and presence of one or more chemical compounds and determining the efficacy of decontamination. The device may be useful in collection and analysis of a variety of chemical compounds, such as residual chemical warfare agents, chemical attribution signatures and toxic industrial chemicals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Jill R. Scott, Gary S. Groenewold, Catherine Rae
  • Patent number: 8344514
    Abstract: A conductive via of a semiconductor device includes a relatively small diameter portion extending into an active surface of a fabrication substrate and a corresponding, relatively large diameter portion that extends into a back side of the fabrication substrate. This type of conductive via may be fabricated by forming the relatively small diameter portion before or during BEOL processing, while the large diameter portion of each conductive via may be fabricated after BEOL processing is complete. Electronic devices that include one or more semiconductor devices with such conductive vias are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad A. Cobbley, Jonathon G. Greenwood
  • Patent number: 8342525
    Abstract: A playing card handling device is disclosed. The device includes a first side and a second opposite side. Components of the device include a card infeed tray, a card output tray and a card handling zone. The card infeed tray and card output tray are on the same first side of the device and an upper surface of the card infeed tray and an upper surface of the card output tray are in the same plane. Card handling devices of the present invention also include a touch screen display, as well as a movable card gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: SHFL entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul K. Scheper, Attila Grauzer, James V. Kelly, James B. Stasson, Ronald R. Swanson, Feraidoon Bourbour, Troy D. Nelson, David B. Lopez, Mark L. Yoseloff, R. Brooke Dunn, Peter Krenn, Ernst Blaha
  • Patent number: 8342073
    Abstract: Composite armor panels are disclosed. Each panel comprises a plurality of functional layers comprising at least an outermost layer, an intermediate layer and a base layer. An armor system incorporating armor panels is also disclosed. Armor panels are mounted on carriages movably secured to adjacent rails of a rail system. Each panel may be moved on its associated rail and into partially overlapping relationship with another panel on an adjacent rail for protection against incoming ordnance from various directions. The rail system may be configured as at least a part of a ring, and be disposed about a hatch on a vehicle. Vehicles including an armor system are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Henry S. Chu, Warren F. Jones, Jeffrey M. Lacy, Gary L. Thinnes
  • Patent number: 8338294
    Abstract: Methods of forming semiconductor devices include providing a substrate including a layer of semiconductor material on a layer of electrically insulating material. A first metallization layer is formed over a first side of the layer of semiconductor material. Through wafer interconnects are formed at least partially through the substrate. A second metallization layer is formed over a second side of the layer of semiconductor material opposite the first side thereof. An electrical pathway is provided that extends through the first metallization layer, the substrate, and the second metallization layer between a first processed semiconductor structure carried by the substrate on the first side of the layer of semiconductor material and a second processed semiconductor structure carried by the substrate on the first side of the layer of semiconductor material. Semiconductor structures are fabricated using such methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Soitec
    Inventor: Mariam Sadaka
  • Patent number: 8337296
    Abstract: A tray, serving as a transaction drawer, optimally fitted to X-ray inspection equipment for ease and efficiency of the operation. Yet, easy to handle by the operator and stackable for storage and having a test wedge to verify read outs by the X-ray machine, made out of translucent, plastic material, economically produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: SHFL entertaiment, Inc.
    Inventors: Attila Grauzer, David B. Lopez
  • Patent number: 8338304
    Abstract: A method of forming features on a target layer. The features have a critical dimension that is triple- or quadruple-reduced compared to the critical dimension of portions of a resist layer used as a mask. An intermediate layer is deposited over a target layer and the resist layer is formed over the intermediate layer. After patterning the resist layer, first spacers are formed on sidewalls of remaining portions of the resist layer, masking portions of the intermediate layer. Second spacers are formed on sidewalls of the portions of the intermediate layer. After removing the portions of the intermediate layer, the second spacers are used as a mask to foil the features on the target layer. A partially fabricated integrated circuit device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Baosuo Zhou
  • Patent number: 8338772
    Abstract: Energy harvesting devices include a substrate coupled with a photovoltaic material and a plurality of resonance elements associated with the substrate. The resonance elements are configured to collect energy in at least visible and infrared light spectra. Each resonance element is capacitively coupled with the photovoltaic material, and may be configured to resonate at a bandgap energy of the photovoltaic material. Systems include a photovoltaic material coupled with a feedpoint of a resonance element. Methods for harvesting energy include exposing a resonance element having a resonant electromagnetic radiation having a frequency between approximately 20 THz and approximately 1,000 THz, absorbing at least a portion of the electromagnetic radiation with the resonance element, and resonating the resonance element at a bandgap energy of an underlying photovoltaic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Dale K. Kotter, Steven D. Novack
  • Patent number: 8338122
    Abstract: The invention is in the field of analytical methods suitable for biochemical applications and provides a method for determining the amino acid sequence of a peptide. The determination of amino acid sequences of proteins and peptides is useful in the study of biological systems. The invention relates to a method for determining at least part of the amino acid sequence of a protein comprising the steps of cleaving the protein into proteolytic peptides, ionizing the proteolytic peptides to generate peptide precursor ions, dissociating these peptide precursor ions using tandem mass spectrometry in order to obtain peptide fragment ions, followed by determining the amino acid sequence of a selected proteolytic peptide wherein the cleaving step generates at least one proteolytic peptide with an N-terminal lysine residue and wherein the dissociation of the peptide precursor ions is initiated by electron transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: U-Protein Express B.V.
    Inventors: Albert John Roeland Heck, Shabaza Mohammed, Bastiaan Van Breukelen, Nadia Taouatas, Madalina Mihaela Drugan
  • Patent number: 8338264
    Abstract: A shallow isolation trench structure and methods of forming the same wherein the method of formation comprises a layered structure of a buffer film layer over a dielectric layer that is atop a semiconductor substrate. The buffer film layer comprises a material that is oxidation resistant and can be etched selectively to oxide films. The layered structure is patterned with a resist material and etched to form a shallow trench. A thin oxide layer is formed in the trench and the buffer film layer is selectively etched to move the buffer film layer back from the corners of the trench. An isolation material is then used to fill the shallow trench and the buffer film layer is stripped to form an isolation structure. When the structure is etched by subsequent processing step(s), a capped shallow trench isolation structure that covers the shallow trench corners is created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Pai-Hung Pan
  • Patent number: 8336699
    Abstract: Chip sorting devices and methods of ejecting chips from chip wells are disclosed. In some embodiments, chip sorting devices may include at least one chip ejection unit including at least one finger member selectively movable between a first position outside of at least one channel of a chip conveying unit and a second position within the at least one channel. In additional embodiments, a chip sorting device may include a separating wheel comprising a plurality of chip wells, each chip well configured to hold a plurality of chips. In yet additional embodiments, methods of ejecting a chip from a chip well may include urging a selected chip out of the chip well with the at least one finger member and at least one wall segment of a trailing segmented wall of the chip well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Shuffle Master GmbH & Co KG
    Inventors: Ernst Blaha, Peter Krenn
  • Patent number: 8336597
    Abstract: Movable partition systems include a vertical alignment structure including at least one roller element coupled to a portion of a movable partition and a ramp configured to abut against the at least one roller element to vertically align the portion of the movable partition to engage with a strike plate. Methods of vertically aligning the movable partition include coupling at least one vertical alignment structure to the movable partition including coupling at least one structural frame member to the movable partition and coupling the at least one roller element to the at least one structural frame member and installing at least one ramp to an overhead structure configured to abut the at least one roller element and vertically align a leading end of the movable partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Won-Door Corporation
    Inventors: Mark B. Laraway, William Michael Coleman, Evan Easton, Mike Draper
  • Patent number: D673136
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Skullcandy, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter M. Kelly, Daniel A. Levine, Donald C. Stiff
  • Patent number: D673140
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Skullcandy, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter M. Kelly, Daniel A. Levine, Donald C. Stiff