Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm William H. Murray
  • Patent number: 6795952
    Abstract: A system and method for predicting yield of integrated circuits includes a characterization vehicle (12) having at least one feature representative of at least one type of feature to be incorporated in the final integrated circuit, preferably a device neighborhood, process neighborhood characterization vehicle. The characterization vehicle (12) is subjected to process operations making up the fabrication cycle to be used in fabricating the integrated circuit in order to produce a yield model (16). The yield model (16) embodies a layout as defined by the characterization vehicle (12) and preferably includes features which facilitates the gathering of electrical test data and testing of prototype sections at operating speeds. An extraction engine (18) extracts predetermined layout attributes (26) from a proposed product layout (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: PDF Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian E. Stine, David M. Stashower, Sherry F. Lee, Kurt H. Weiner
  • Patent number: 6354748
    Abstract: An application programming interface (API), implemented on a general-purpose host processor, receives functions calls from an application to control the play of an audio file. The API translates the function calls into host-to-board messages and transmits the host-to-board messages to an audio task, implemented on a digital signal processor. The audio task plays the audio file based on the host-to-board messages received from the API at a higher priority than one or more other audio files. The API and audio task allow the application to select a Microsoft®-standard Wave file for play at a higher priority than other Wave files. By using the API, the application has control of the number of times the file is played back and when playing stops. The application gets notification of playback complete from the audio task via the API.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Benjamin Vrvilo
  • Patent number: 6181576
    Abstract: A rectifier 4 develops a rectified voltage between output terminals thereof. Capacitors 6a and 6b are connected in series between the output terminals of the rectifier. Inverters 8a and 8b convert DC voltages across the associated ones of the capacitors 6a and 6b into high-frequency voltages, which are, then, voltage transformed. The transformed voltages are rectified by diodes 24a and 24b for application to an arc-utilizing apparatus. Inverter control circuits 38a and 38b control the inverters 8a and 8b, respectively, in such a manner as to make current-representative signals from current detectors 50a and 50b equal to a reference signal, respectively. A voltage divider 54 is connected in parallel with the series combination of the capacitors 6a and 6b. Voltage detectors 62a and 62b connected between the junction A of the capacitors 6a and 6b and the junction B of resistors of the voltage-divider 54 develop a voltage representative signal representative of the voltage between the junctions A and B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Sansha Electric Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: Tetsuro Ikeda, Kenzo Danjo, Takamitsu Imahori
  • Patent number: 6069811
    Abstract: A DC power supply apparatus includes a rectifier circuit which rectifies an input commercial AC voltage. The rectifier output voltage is smoothed in a smoothing capacitor. The DC voltage from the capacitor is converted to a high-frequency voltage in an inverter. The high-frequency voltage from the inverter is voltage-transformed by a transformer into a voltage-transformed, high-frequency voltage, which is then converted back into a DC voltage in a high-frequency-to-DC converter circuit. When an input commercial AC voltage is applied to the DC power supply apparatus, a pre-charging circuit pre-charges the smoothing capacitor from the input AC voltage. If a voltage having a magnitude larger than a prescribed value is applied to the DC power supply apparatus, an overvoltage protection circuit renders the rectifier circuit and the pre-charging circuit inoperative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Sansha Electric Manufacturing Company, Limited
    Inventors: Haruo Moriguchi, Toru Arai, Tetsuro Ikeda, Toshikazu Fujiyoshi, Masayuki Ono, Hideo Ishii
  • Patent number: 6031190
    Abstract: An operating mode switching unit for a bicycle includes a rotary knob disposed on a front surface of a panel and connected to a plate-shaped spring unit by an axle. The spring unit includes a first spring portion which can be elastically deformed in the direction toward the axle. A second spring portion which can be elastically deformed in the direction toward the panel is disposed nearer to the axle. The first spring portion has a first protrusion projecting radially outward, and the second spring portion has a second protrusion projecting in the direction away from the panel. The panel is formed in its rear surface with a wall having indentations into which the first protrusion can snap. A laminate member faces the rear surface of the spring unit and includes plural pairs of opposing switch contacts. Each pair of contacts are pressed to contact with each other by the second protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Toshihide Tokuda, Shigeru Okamoto
  • Patent number: 6026190
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and apparatus for encoding image signals. According to a preferred embodiment, an image signal is received. A strength S of a variable low-pass filter having a variable strength is selected. The low-pass filter means is applied at strength S to the image signal. The filtered image signal is encoded to provide an encoded bitstream representative of the current image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Brian Astle
  • Patent number: 6011499
    Abstract: Two or more run-val mapping tables are selected to encode different subsets of video signals of a sequence of video signals. Each run-val mapping table is selected to map a particular set of run-val pairs to a corresponding set of run-val codes. Each run-val pair comprises a run and a vat, the run corresponding to a length of a run of video signals having value zero and the val corresponding to a video signal having a non-zero value. Each run-val mapping table is used to generate a different part of an encoded bitstream for the sequence of video signals. The encoded bitstream is then decoded using the two or more selected run-val mapping tables. In a preferred embodiment, the selected run-val mapping tables are explicitly identified in the bitstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Rohit Agarwal, Joseph N. Romriell
  • Patent number: 5991451
    Abstract: The efficiency of variable-length (VL) encoding data using a defined VL encoding table is characterized and one or more changes to one or more entries of the defined VL encoding table are determined that increase the efficiency of encoding the data. An updated VL encoding table is generated from the defined VL encoding table based on the changes. VL codes for the data are generated using the updated VL encoding table, and an encoded bitstream is generated from VL codes, wherein the encoded bitstream explicitly identifies the changes. For decoding, the changes are extracted from the encoded bitstream and an updated VL decoding table is generated from a defined VL decoding table corresponding to the defined VL encoding table, based on the changes. The VL codes in the encoded bitstream are decoded using the updated VL decoding table to generate a set of decoded data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Keith, Joseph N. Romriell, Rohit Agarwal, Stuart Golin
  • Patent number: 5987527
    Abstract: Binding data sinks and sources across ring levels of a computer. A new binding channel is created and attached to a comm channel. A unique name is created for the binding channel, and a handle to the unique name is obtained at a relatively low priority ring level. The handle is passed to an unbound relatively high priority ring level code module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Benjamin M. Cahill, III
  • Patent number: 5986656
    Abstract: A graphical user interface control element. A computer system for interfacing with a user has a display device and a user input peripheral device for controlling a positioning element on the display device. The positioning element has a location and an active status corresponding to whether the positioning element is activated or not activated by the user. A control button is displayed on the display means, the control button having a three-dimensional appearance and at least first and second regions. The active status and location of the positioning element are monitored to determine whether a region of the control button is being pushed by the positioning device. The appearance of the control button on the display means is altered in accordance with the region being pushed by the positioning device so that the control button appears to be tilted toward the pushed region by the positioning device to provide graphical feedback to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Paul D. Crutcher, Rune A. Skarbo
  • Patent number: 5977986
    Abstract: Image data to be processed multiple times for display is encoded to provide faster display processing. For example, an original image having pixels that may be either transparent or non-transparent may be displayed multiple times within a single display and/or over successive displays. Rather than having to determine pixel transparency on a pixel-by-pixel basis each and every time the image is to be processed for display, the original image is encoded to generate an encoded image. The encoding process involves grouping the original image pixels into sets and characterizing the transparencies of the pixels of each set. A code signal representing the results of the characterization of each set of pixels is then encoded into the encoded image, along with the original image pixels. Each time the original image data is to be processed for display, the encoded image rather than the original image is used as input to special transparency decode processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Rohan Coelho
  • Patent number: 5978756
    Abstract: An audio stream is analyzed to distinguish silent periods from non-silent periods and an encoded bitstream is generated for the audio stream, wherein the silent periods are represented by one or more sets of canned encoded data corresponding to representative silent periods. In a preferred embodiment, one of the sets of canned encoded data is randomly selected for each silent period. There may be different sets of silent periods corresponding to different types of silent periods, where a particular type of silent period is selected based on some characteristic of the audio stream (e.g., energy level of the silent periods). In addition, the sets of encoded data may be generated from actual silent periods of the audio stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Mark R. Walker, Jeffrey Kidder, Michael Keith
  • Patent number: 5970233
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and storage medium for processing video data. According to one embodiment, first data encoded in a first high level encoding format and second data encoded in a second high level encoding format are provided. The first data is decoded with a first format decoder of a video subsystem. The second data is decoded with a second format decoder of the video subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Christina K. Liu, Yung D. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 5969238
    Abstract: A microprobe for thermoelectric microscopic measurements comprises a probe body (11), which consists of a doped or intrinsically conductive semiconductor material and has at least one thermoelectric contact surface (19). The probe body (11) can carry a metal or semiconductor layer (17), which is separated from the probe body (11) by an insulating layer (16) except in the area of the thermoelectric contact surface (19). A process for the production of a microprobe for thermoelectric microscopic measurements is also given.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Max-Planck-Gesellschraft Zur foerderung der Wissenschaften E.V.
    Inventor: Robert Fischer
  • Patent number: 5963000
    Abstract: A object sensor system for a swing door includes swing-side and approach-side sensors. Each of the sensors includes light-emitters and light-receivers which are mounted on a swing door. The light-emitters emit light toward a floor, and the light-receivers receive the light as reflected from the floor. The light emitted and received provides an object sensing zone which has a rectangular shape on the floor having a width equal to or larger than the width of the door. The sensing zone includes a main sensing area closer to the door and an auxiliary sensing area extending along the main sensing area. The auxiliary sensing area is disabled when the door moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Nabco Limited
    Inventors: Koji Tsutsumi, Ye Zengguang
  • Patent number: 5961620
    Abstract: A general type manager for managing connection addresses and connection types of a computer system, wherein the general type manager provides a first interface for interfacing between the general type manager and one or more application programs of the computer system, and the general type manager is adapted to perform a plurality of general type manager (gtm) functions called by the application programs. The general type manager also provides a second interface for interfacing between the general type manager and one or more type managers of the computer system, wherein a type manager supports at least one connection type, and each type manager is adapted to perform a plurality of type functions called by the general type manager in accordance with one or more gtm functions called by an application program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Adam Trent, Peter J. Kaufman, Puneet Kukkal
  • Patent number: 5959622
    Abstract: Still image capture under computer control. The computer is instructed to capture the still image capture at an occurrence of a trigger and, subsequently in time, captures the still image. In embodiments, the instructions can be made through a graphical user interface (GUI) displayed on a monitor or a keyboard coupled to the computer. The instruction can start a timed count until the still image is captured. In embodiments the trigger can be an external event, such as sound or motion sensed by appropriate transducers. In yet other embodiments, the computer issues a notification of an occurrence of a capture or a warning of an impending capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Paul E. Greer, Bill A. Munson, Andrew T. Wilson
  • Patent number: 5952943
    Abstract: One or more encoding parameters are controlled during the encoding of image data based on a decode processing rate. By taking decode processing into account during encoding, a decoding system will be able to keep up with the demands for decoding the resulting encoded bitstream. In one embodiment, encoding parameters used for video encoding may be changed iteratively to achieve a specified target decode processing rate, which can change from frame to frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas E. Walsh, Rohit Agarwal, Joseph N. Romriell
  • Patent number: 5951637
    Abstract: A system, method, apparatus, and storage medium for establishing a data conference with an end point of a communications network. According to one embodiment, a node requests from the end point a reserved bandwidth for a data conference having a specified start time. The originating end point receives confirmation of the reserved bandwidth from the end point. The originating end point establishes the data conference with the end point within a predetermined time window around the start time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew J. Kuzma
  • Patent number: D427997
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: DX Antenna Company, Limited
    Inventor: Shigemi Inoue