Patents Assigned to Delco Electronics Corporation
  • Patent number: 6127701
    Abstract: A process for integrating a vertical power device, such as an IGBT device, with suitable control circuitry, such as circuitry that provides self-protection from over-temperature (OT), over-voltage (OV) and over-current (OC) conditions. The process yields a vertical power device that is monolithically integrated with, and dielectrically isolated from, its control circuitry with the use of wafer-bonded silicon-on-insulator (SOI) material that yields a buried oxide layer. The process includes simultaneous fabrication of the power device below the buried oxide layer and its control circuitry above the buried oxide layer, in the SOI layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Delco Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Donald Ray Disney
  • Patent number: 6088639
    Abstract: A controller for airbags and seat belt pretensioners stores a digital flag for each restraint to enable or disable the corresponding deployment loop. A diagnostic tester is coupled by a communications link to the controller to selectively set the flags as desired. The controller stores a seed and a key and the tester is provided with an algorithm which can calculate the key from the seed. The tester requests the seed, which is supplied, and then calculates the key and sends the key to the controller along with a request to set the status of the deployment loops. If the transmitted key matches the stored key, the controller will comply with the request and set the flags accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Delco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Salem Ahmad Fayyad, Michael K Walden, David Martin Spell, Sheri Lynn Patterson
  • Patent number: 6081996
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment, a through hole connector pin for a circular through hole defined through a printed circuit board substrate, including: a vertical cylindrical portion of the connector pin for insertion in the circular through hole, the vertical cylindrical portion having a diameter less than that of the circular through hole; and a horizontal offset head portion of the connector pin formed integrally with the vertical cylindrical portion, the horizontal offset head portion having a shape approximating that of a conductive pad disposed on an upper surface of the printed circuit board substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Delco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Victor David Kruppa, Maurice Lydell Dantzler, Robert Ray Voltenburg, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6078154
    Abstract: Circuitry (100, 100') for determining actuator position includes four MOS transistors (T1-T4) connected to each side of a bi-directional motor (10). The current flowing through the motor (10) at any given time is proportional to voltages developed across the internal impedances of the transistors (T1-T4). The resulting motor voltages are amplified and high-pass filtered to remove any DC offsets due to the signal amplification. The conditioned motor voltages are then compared to one or more threshold voltages and passed through a one shot circuit (120) to provide detectable pulses for each motor commutation event. Circuitry (106,107) is provided for counting pulses provided by the one shot circuit (120) and, based on a desired motor position, for providing a number of digital control signals to a digital control circuit (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Delco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory Jon Manlove, Paul M. Werking, Wayne Alan Madsen, James Leo Kohler
  • Patent number: 6078622
    Abstract: A central digital signal radio processor (DRSP) is separated from all analog inputs and outputs by digital data links. Each end of a data link couples to an interface which has transmit and receive capability using cancellation techniques to allow full duplex transmission. An antenna module located at the antenna processes much of tuning functions in analog and then converts the signal to digital and sends it to the DRSP for further processing. Transmitted digital signal from the DRSP are converted to analog by the antenna module and sent to the antenna. Microphones, tape and CD players and other inputs are similarly linked to the DRSP. The DRSP digital audio output is sent to speaker modules which convert to analog signals for driving speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Delco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Mathew Alan Boytim, Russell Wilbur Pogue, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6073312
    Abstract: A D-shaped retaining spring couples a knob to a shaft. The spring has a flange abutting the end face of the knob to fix the spring position in a cavity of the knob. Alternatively, instead of the flange, the inner end of the spring abuts a shoulder in the cavity to fix the spring position. In either case, the inner end of the spring has a tab extending radially inward at a location spaced from the cavity end wall to define a stop for the end of the shaft thereby holding the knob where it can protrude from an instrument panel for normal operation. An axial impact force on the knob causes the tab to yield, allowing the knob to slide further onto the shaft and into the panel for the purpose of avoiding injury due to striking the knob during a crash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Delco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Phuc Ba Dao, Douglas Scott Vanbibber, James Norman Miller
  • Patent number: 6071371
    Abstract: A process is provided for simultaneously attaching surface-mount (SM) integrated circuit (IC) devices (12) and chip-on-board (COB) IC devices (22) to a circuit board (10) using a combined solder reflow and adhesive cure thermal cycle. The process generally entails placing SM and COB devices (12, 22) on the circuit board (10), such that a suitable solder composition (14) and adhesive (24) are present between the circuit board (10) and the SM and COB devices (12, 22), respectively. The circuit board (10) and devices (12, 22) are then heated so as to simultaneously cure the adhesive (24) and reflow the solder composition (14). A preferred heating step entails at least one thermal cycle that attains a peak temperature well above the cure temperature of the adhesive (24), as well as above the melting or liquidus temperature of the solder composition (14). Accordingly, the thermal cycle is employed to cure the adhesive (24) well outside its conventional cure limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Delco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Jay F. Leonard, Yanshu Chen
  • Patent number: 6062903
    Abstract: An improved interconnect apparatus for high power circuits that is low in cost and amenable for integration with low power circuits in a single electronic package. The interconnect apparatus includes serially connected surface mount bus bars bridging two or more metal pads or traces formed on a standard circuit board of the type used to package low power circuitry. The surface mount bus bars operate not only to conduct the higher currents, but also to draw heat out of the metal pads or intervening portions of the metal traces. This keeps the temperature within the capabilities of low power circuit board technology, and allows very narrow high power interconnects for reduced package size. Manufacturing cost advantages are achieved because the surface mount bus bars are assembled by automated pick-and-place equipment of the same type used for other surface mount components used in the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Delco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Joseph Hawes, Sean Michael Kelly, David Jay Vess
  • Patent number: 6064646
    Abstract: In a first controller that runs a first control algorithm and a first interrupt service, wherein the first control algorithm includes a first series of commands repeatedly executed in sequence, wherein the first interrupt service performs a second series of commands when the first interrupt service is triggered, wherein the first controller includes a first free running counter with a counter timer value that repeatedly increments and resets when the counter timer overflows, a data communication method comprising the steps of: in each sequential execution of the first series of commands: reading a data signal to be transmitted; responsive to the data signal, computing an on-time; setting a first edge of a serial transmission signal; and loading a register with a value equal to a sum of the first counter value and the on time; independent of the first series of commands: comparing the first counter value to the register value; when the first counter value equals the register value, triggering the first interru
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignees: Delco Electronics Corporation, General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: David Andrew Shal, Richard Clarkson Griffin, Dennis Palmer Griffin, Wayne Dale Moore
  • Patent number: 6054765
    Abstract: A parallel dual switch module that is characterized by improved mechanical and electrical packaging efficiency and low cost. The module includes a common terminal defined by a first stamped elongate metal plate insert molded into the module housing, and positive and negative terminals defined by second and third stamped elongate metal plates disposed side-by-side atop the common terminal. Connection areas formed on the positive and negative terminals extend in opposite lateral directions, and interdigitate with connection areas formed on the common terminal, thereby forming two linear parallel rows of connection areas. Adjacent each row of connection areas, and mounted on a baseplate of the module is a set of parallel connected transistors subassemblies. A molded elongate gate collection component is mounted on the baseplate between the sets of transistor subassemblies, and beneath the common terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Delco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Tyler Eytcheson, Monty Bradford Hayes, Lisa Ann Viduya, Roger Allen Mock, Eric Von Kierstead, Todd G. Nakanishi, Robert John Campbell, Erich William Gerbsch
  • Patent number: 6046511
    Abstract: An improved distributed architecture SIR system wherein the idle voltage of the power and communications bus is regulated by a fault tolerant power supply circuit, and portions of the bus coupled to devices located in a crush zone of the vehicle may be de-coupled from other portions of the bus in the event of a short circuit across the wires of that portion of the bus. The power and communications bus comprises two wires (signal and ground) and the bus ground wire is weakly biased to a reference voltage. A boost power supply referenced to the bus ground establishes the nominal voltage of the signal wire, and supplies charging current over the signal wire to the energy reserve circuits of various devices coupled to the bus. The power supply is transformer-isolated from the bus, and the feedback circuitry for controlling the operation of the power supply senses the bus voltage as coupled through the transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: Delco Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin Dale Kincaid
  • Patent number: 6038495
    Abstract: A rollover sensing apparatus and method are provided for predicting rollover and/or pitchover conditions of a vehicle. An angular rate sensor senses attitude rate of the vehicle and an accelerometer measures vertical acceleration of the vehicle. A current attitude angle is estimated by integration, and a future attitude angle is predicted at an advance time as a function of the estimated current attitude angle and sensed attitude rate. The predicted attitude angle is compared to a threshold and an output is produced for indicating a predicted vehicle rollover condition based on the comparison. A vehicle rollover condition about the longitudinal axis of the vehicle is predicted by comparing a future roll angle to a rollover angle threshold, while a pitchover condition about the lateral axis of a vehicle is predicted by comparing a future pitch angle to a pitch angle threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Delco Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Jan Konried Schiffmann
  • Patent number: 6034561
    Abstract: A transient suppressor comprises a self-triggered silicon control rectifier (SCR) that forms a drive circuit for an NPN power transistor. The SCR and the NPN power transistor are combined, along with other elements, into an integrated circuit (IC) by a junction isolated BiCMOS process. The SCR self-triggers upon being subjected to an inductive flyback condition created by an inductive load and renders the NPN transistor conductive, thereby allowing the NPN power transistor, having a relatively large semiconductor region, to effectively snub the current created by the negative feedback condition. The transient suppressor may be used in either a high-side or low-side driver arrangement and the SCR/NPN power transistor combination may further be combined with load driving and other circuitry on a single integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Delco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: John Mark Dikeman, Mark Wendell Gose
  • Patent number: 6021320
    Abstract: A Broadcast receiver system includes a SNAPSHOT feature which searches one or more broadcast bands for currently receivable broadcast signals. Supplemental information accompanying each of the received broadcast signals are processed to determine a program type thereof, e.g. country, jazz, rock, news and the like. Only currently available program types are stored in memory along with all broadcast frequencies corresponding thereto. The receiver system provides means by which a user may select any of the currently available program types, whereupon the user is presented with a number of preset keys automatically programmed with the corresponding number of available broadcast frequencies within the selected program type category. The user may then depress any of the preset keys to tune to a broadcast station broadcasting the selected program type. Alternatively, the user may actuate seek or scan keys to select the broadcast stations within the selected program type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Delco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Lee Bickford, Scott Alan Wright, Mark David Adamski, Brian L. McNett
  • Patent number: 6018131
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment, a control assembly, including: a housing; a control element assembly disposed in the housing; a pushbutton assembly disposed in the housing; a switch pad disposed between the control element assembly and the pushbutton assembly; a faceplate covering an end of the housing; a display lens disposed between the switch pad and the faceplate and having a front surface thereof adjacent a rear surface of a flange surrounding an opening defined through the faceplate to permit viewing through the display lens of an information display in the housing; and a gasket disposed between the front surface of the display lens and the rear surface of the flange to prevent squeaking and rattling caused by mechanical interaction of the display lens and the faceplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Assignee: Delco Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Chris Ralph Snider
  • Patent number: 6010577
    Abstract: A soldering flux containing borneol, which is also referred to as bornyl alcohol. A method soldering using such a flux is also disclosed. Even minor proportions of borneol in the flux help reduce ionic residue from the flux after soldering. Larger proportions of borneol can give the flux tackiness for wave soldering operations. The flux preferably comprises borneol and an organic acid activator that volatilizes during soldering. The flux is applied as a solution of borneol and the organic acid activator in a solvent that substantially evaporates before soldering without leaving any measurable solvent residue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Assignee: Delco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Samuel Victor Bristol, Mary Beth Young, David Ross Summers
  • Patent number: 6011280
    Abstract: A semiconductor power device (100) that includes active cells in an interior region of an epitaxial layer (16) on a semiconductor substrate (12), and an edge termination structure that surrounds the cells and separates the cells from the die edge (48). A polysilicon layer (26) overlies and is electrically insulated from the epitaxial layer (16), a gate metal field plate (36) contacts the polysilicon layer (26), and a portion of the polysilicon layer (26) forms a gate for each cell. Each of the active cells also has a collector/anode terminal formed by the substrate (12), an emitter/cathode terminal formed by a well (18), emitter diffusion (20) and emitter metal (22), and a base formed by the epitaxial layer (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Assignee: Delco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: John Rothgeb Fruth, Stephen Paul Barlow, Jerral Alan Long, Michael Joseph Huemmer
  • Patent number: 6000952
    Abstract: An integrated BEDC and PCB provided through a low cost, highly reliable interconnect system. The upper and/or lower half of the main insulation assembly of a BEDC is provided with a recess for accommodating at least an edge portion of the substrate of a PCB. The PCB is provided with apertures such as holes for receiving therethrough a buss wire and/or terminal slots through which terminals having wire slots are fixedly staked. The apertures on the PCB are arranged in a predetermined pattern so as to align with corresponding respective apertures in the form of corresponding holes and/or terminal slots on the BEDC at the recess thereof. Accordingly, with the PCB seated in the recess, as the buss wires are laid, they will pass through the holes in the PCB and/or pass through the wire slot of the terminals and thereby provide interconnection therebetween when the two halves of the main insulation assembly are united and the PCB is sandwiched therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignees: Delco Electronics Corporation, General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Howard Gladd, Jeffrey Michael Hickox, Andrew Frank Rodondi, Sean Michael Kelly, William Shane Murphy
  • Patent number: 6002975
    Abstract: A rollover sensing apparatus and method are provided for predicting rollover and/or pitchover conditions of a vehicle. An angular rate sensor senses attitude rate of the vehicle, a first accelerometer measures horizontal acceleration of the vehicle, and a second accelerometer measures vertical acceleration of the vehicle. A current attitude angle is estimated with Kalman filtering and a future attitude angle is predicted at an advance time. The predicted attitude angle is compared to a threshold and an output is produced for indicating a predicted vehicle rollover condition based on the comparison. A vehicle rollover condition about the longitudinal axis of the vehicle is predicted by comparing a future roll angle to a rollover angle threshold, while a pitchover condition about the lateral axis of a vehicle is predicted by comparing a future pitch angle to a pitch angle threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Delco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Jan Konried Schiffmann, Edward J. Wallner, Sachal Bhagwan Gidwani
  • Patent number: 6002974
    Abstract: A rollover sensing apparatus and method are provided for predicting rollover or pitchover conditions of a vehicle. The apparatus and method sense angular roll rate, angular pitch rate, longitudinal acceleration, lateral acceleration, and vertical acceleration of the vehicle and produce output signals indicative thereof. A non-linear filter, such as an extended Kalman filter, estimates a current roll angle and a current pitch angle as a function of the sensed signals. A predictor predicts a future roll angle as a function of the estimated current roll angle and the sensed roll rate, and further predicts a future pitch angle as a function of the estimated current pitch angle and the sensed pitch rate. The predicted roll and pitch attitude angles are compared to a threshold value and a vehicle overturn condition signal is output to indicate a predicted vehicle rollover or pitchover condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Delco Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Jan Konried Schiffmann