Patents Assigned to North Carolina State University
  • Patent number: 10804393
    Abstract: A monolithically-integrated AC switch includes a semiconductor substrate having first and second insulated-gate field effect transistors therein, which contain first and second spaced-apart and independently-controllable source terminals extending adjacent a first surface of the semiconductor substrate, yet share a common drain electrode extending adjacent a second surface of the semiconductor substrate. According to some of these embodiments of the invention, the first and second insulated-gate field effect transistors include respective first and second independently-controllable gate electrodes, which extend adjacent the first surface. The first and second insulated-gate field effect transistors may be configured as first and second vertical power MOSFETs, respectively. The semiconductor substrate may also include at least one edge termination region therein, which extends between the first and second vertical power MOSFETs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: North Carolina State University
    Inventor: Bantval Jayant Baliga
  • Patent number: 10787654
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods and compositions for genome editing and DNA targeting of proteins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Rodolphe Barrangou, Kurt M. Selle, Alexandra E. Briner
  • Publication number: 20200302561
    Abstract: A decoupled ETP model processor is configured to store power consumption data retrieved from power systems; convert the power consumption data into power activated time cycles and power non-activated time cycles; derive a thermal resistance (R) parameter and a capacitance (C) parameter for a predetermined heat flow (Q) parameter at each of the outdoor temperatures; compare the converted power activated time cycles to the actual power activated time cycles; compare the converted power non-activated time cycles to the actual power non-activated time cycles; calculate a first improved resistance-capacitance-heat flow (RCQ) parameter set and a respective first outdoor temperature for the compared and converted power activated time cycles to the actual power activated time cycles; calculate the Q parameter at each outdoor temperature during the power activated time cycles; and calculate the R parameter and the C parameter at each outdoor temperature during the power non-activated time cycles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicants: TOTAL SOLAR INTERNATIONAL, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jian LU, Jiyu WANG, Ning LU, Wente ZENG
  • Patent number: 10779532
    Abstract: The invention is directed to ovicidal compositions comprising at least 2-undecanone and/or 2-tridecanone, and methods for the use of the compositions for the killing of insect pest eggs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Richard Michael Roe
  • Patent number: 10752911
    Abstract: This invention relates to methods for increasing carbon fixation and/or increasing biomass production in a plant, comprising: introducing into a plant, plant part, and/or plant cell heterologous polynucleotides encoding (1) a succinyl CoA synthetase, (2) a 2-oxoglutarate:ferredoxin oxidoreductase, (3) a 2-oxoglutarate carboxylase, (4) an oxalosuccinate reductase, or (5) an isocitrate lyase, or (6) a succinyl CoA synthetase and a 2-oxoglutarate:ferredoxin oxidoreductase, (7) a 2-oxoglutarate carboxylase and an oxalosuccinate reductase polypeptide, and/or (8) a 2-oxoglutarate carboxylase polypeptide, an oxalosuccinate reductase polypeptide and an isocitrate lyase polypeptide to produce a stably transformed plant, plant part, and/or plant cell, wherein said heterologous polynucleotides are from a bacterial and/or an archaeal species. Additionally, transformed plants, plant parts, and/or plant cells are provided as well as products produced from the transformed plants, plant parts, and/or plant cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Amy Michele Grunden, Heike Sederoff
  • Publication number: 20200262433
    Abstract: Disclosed are a vehicle control unit (VCU) and an operation method thereof that calculate a speed variation of a vehicle based on input information, predict an average speed of the vehicle based on the calculated speed variation, generate a first speed profile based on the predicted average speed, and generate a second speed profile by applying speed noise information to the first speed profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Applicants: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Daebong JUNG, Mo-Yuen CHOW, Habiballah Rahimi EICHI, Jinyong JEON
  • Patent number: 10744406
    Abstract: Various examples are provided for adapters for virtual reality (VR) hand controllers. The adapters can be coupled to hold the VR controllers in temporal axial alignment. In one example, an adapter includes a first end, a second end and one or more cross members connecting the first and second ends. The first end can include a controller recess configured to secure a VR hand controller in a fixed alignment with a longitudinal axis of the adapter. The first and second ends can include first and second alignment recesses configured to receive a coupling assembly that can be used to couple adapters together in a fixed alignment. For example, the coupling assembly can magnetically couple adapters together. In another example, a system including two adapters can be coupled together to hold VR hand controllers in a fixed orientation with each other, e.g., in temporal axial alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: North Carolina State University
    Inventor: Derek Allen Ham
  • Patent number: 10736292
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides tobacco inbred plants TN90 SRC, CMS TN90 SRC, KY14 SRC, CMS KY14 SRC, L8 SRC, NC775 SRC, CMS NC775 SRC, NC645 SRC, NC638 SRC, CMS NC638 SRC, TN86 SRC, and CMS TN86 SRC, and hybrids KY14 X L8 SRC, NC7 SRC, and NCBH129 SRC. The present disclosure also provides parts of such plants and products made from those parts. The present disclosure also includes progeny of the provided plants including hybrids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Ramsey S. Lewis, Ralph E. Dewey
  • Patent number: 10737434
    Abstract: The subject matter described herein relates to methods and systems for fast imprinting of nanometer scale features in a workpiece. According to one aspect, a system for producing nanometer scale features in a workpiece is disclosed. The system includes a die having a surface with at least one nanometer scale feature located thereon. A first actuator moves the die with respect to the workpiece such that the at least one nanometer scale feature impacts the workpiece and imprints a corresponding at least one nanometer scale feature in the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Thomas A. Dow, Erik Zdanowicz, Alexander Sohn, Ron Scattergood, William John Nowak, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10741649
    Abstract: A method of forming a metal oxide includes providing a reactive deposition atmosphere having an oxygen concentration of greater than about 20 percent in a chamber including a substrate therein. A pulsed DC signal is applied to a sputtering target comprising a metal, to sputter metal particles therefrom. A doping element may be supplied from a doping source (such as an alloyed metal target) in the reaction chamber. An electrically conductive metal oxide film comprising an oxide of the metal is deposited on the substrate responsive to a reaction between the metal particles and the reactive deposition atmosphere. Related devices are also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Edward Sachet, Christopher Shelton, Jon-Paul Maria, Kyle Patrick Kelley, Evan Lars Runnerstrom
  • Patent number: 10734914
    Abstract: Various examples are provided related to fault-tolerant controller architectures for multi-level converters. In one example, a multi-level converter includes an array of power modules. The power modules can include a controller communicatively coupled to controllers of adjacent power modules in the array of power modules. Circuitry of the controllers can receive operational data from the adjacent power modules; identify a fault condition in an adjacent power module using the operational data; and initiate reconfiguration of the array of power modules in response to an indication of the fault condition, where the reconfiguration bypasses the adjacent power module. In another example, a method includes identifying a fault condition in an adjacent power module in an array of power modules based upon operational data from one or more adjacent power modules of the array; and initiating reconfiguration of the array of power modules in response to an indication of the fault condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Ali Azidehak, Subhashish Bhattacharya
  • Patent number: 10735037
    Abstract: Tunable filters, cancellers, and duplexers based on passive mixers. A tunable delay cell includes passive mixers electrically coupled together for receiving an input signal and outputting a delayed signal, each passive mixer comprising a plurality of mixer switches. The tunable delay includes a control circuit for providing, to each passive mixer, a respective plurality of local oscillator (LO) signals, one to each mixer switch of each passive mixer. The control circuit is configured to vary the LO signals to cause a target frequency band of the input signal to be delayed by a target delay time in propagating through the passive mixers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Brian Allan Floyd, Charley Theodore Wilson, III, Jeffrey Franklin Bonner-Stewart
  • Publication number: 20200239966
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to the discovery of an improved method to diagnose malignant melanoma of the oral cavity in the dog.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: North Carolina State University
    Inventor: Matthew Breen
  • Patent number: 10724045
    Abstract: The present invention provides nucleic acids encoding transcription factors and methods of using these nucleic acids to modulate nicotine production in plants and to produce plants having modulated nicotine production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Rongda Qu, Bingwu Wang
  • Patent number: 10711267
    Abstract: This invention relates to recombinant Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) arrays and recombinant nucleic acid constructs encoding Type I-E CASCADE complexes as well as plasmids, retroviruses and bacteriophage comprising the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Rodolphe Barrangou, Claudio Hidalgo-Cantabrana
  • Patent number: 10702793
    Abstract: Selective recovery of C2 to C4 hydrocarbons is achieved through the use of a converging-diverging nozzle, or de Laval nozzle. The vapor stream comprising C2 to C4 hydrocarbons is fed into an inlet of a de Laval nozzle having a throat. The vapor stream may have an initial temperature of between 0° C. and 100° C., and an initial pressure of between 200 psig and 500 psig. In the de Laval nozzle, the vapor stream expands after passing through the throat of the de Laval nozzle, producing a vapor stream having reduced temperature and pressure. Then, C2 to C4 hydrocarbons condense from the reduced-temperature vapor stream as liquid droplets, which may be recovered. Fractionation of C2 to C4 hydrocarbons by means of a de Laval nozzle is possible; the technique allows selective recovery of propane from a mixture of propane and ethane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignees: Eastman Chemical Company, North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Ashfaq Shahanawaz Shaikh, Thomas Allen Puckette, Scott Owens, Syed Maaz, Jack R. Edwards
  • Publication number: 20200211128
    Abstract: A method, system, and device for controlling an energy storage device are provided. The method includes determining an operating schedule for the energy storage device based on at least an initial cost. The initial cost is a function of at least a load profile and a power production profile of at least one renewable energy source associated with the energy storage device. The operating schedule is for a predetermined period. The method further includes determining an updated cost based on at least the operating schedule, identifying an operating mode from a plurality of operating modes for a predetermined operating period based on the updated cost and the operating schedule; and operating using the operating mode for the predetermined operating period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Applicants: TOTAL SOLAR INTERNATIONAL, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Gonzague HENRI, Ning LU
  • Publication number: 20200214187
    Abstract: A new and distinct variety of Prunus cerasifera Prunus plant, herein referred to by its cultivar name, ‘NCPR-7’, is provided which forms dark purple colored foliage. The new variety forms moderately vigorous vegetation and provides growth habit that is weeping. The new variety is well suited for providing attractive ornamentation in the landscape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Applicant: North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Dennis James Werner, Layne Karlton Snelling
  • Patent number: PP32190
    Abstract: A new and distinct variety of Prunus cerasifera Prunus plant, herein referred to by its cultivar name, ‘NCPR-7’, is provided which forms dark purple colored foliage. The new variety forms moderately vigorous vegetation and provides growth habit that is weeping. The new variety is well suited for providing attractive ornamentation in the landscape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Dennis James Werner, Layne Karlton Snelling
  • Patent number: D898254
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Brian Himelright, David P. Majeski, George Carl Pinther, II, Shadaab Khan, Nishad Santosh Sabnis, Kevin Ullatuthodi