Patents Examined by Akm Zakaria
  • Patent number: 10976363
    Abstract: A wafer inspection method was provided. A motorized chuck stage is controlled by a control rod to be displaced between an upper position and a lower position of an adjustment range along a Z-axis direction, to change a relative position of a wafer on the motorized chuck stage relative to a probe. The control rod is movable between an upper limit position and a lower limit position in a displacement range. The wafer inspection method includes: determining a position of the control rod in the displacement range based on a measurement signal; determining a moving direction and a moving distance of the control rod based on a change of the measurement signal; generating a control signal based on the moving distance of the control rod; and controlling, based on the control signal, the motorized chuck stage and a camera stage to be displaced the same distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: MPI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lin-Lin Chih, Chien-Hung Chen, Guan-Jhih Liou, Yu-Hsun Hsu
  • Patent number: 10969512
    Abstract: A metal detector detects when a target that is a desirable metal object is located within a medium. A signal is transmitted into the medium. A response signal is received from the medium. The response signal includes a secondary medium response signal from the medium and includes a secondary target response signal from the target when the target is located within the medium. The response signal is amplified to produce an amplified signal. Compensation circuitry perform transmit coil transfer function compensation on the amplified signal to produce a compensated signal. A notch module removes a resistive component of the secondary medium response signal from the compensated signal. A signal vector resistive component demodulator produces a vector resistive component output signal from output of the notch module. A vector reactive component demodulator produces a vector reactive component output signal from the output of the notch module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Tarsacci LLC
    Inventor: Dimitar Gargov
  • Patent number: 10971095
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display includes source lines and gate lines, pixel electrodes, switching elements, a source driver, a gate driver, and a failure inspection circuit. The source lines and the gate lines are disposed in a lattice form. The pixel electrode is disposed in a pixel region defined by the source line and the gate line. The switching element is disposed corresponding to the pixel electrode. The source driver drives the source lines. The gate driver drives the gate lines. The failure inspection circuit is connected to the source lines or the gate lines, and performs inspection of the source lines or the gate lines. The failure inspection circuit includes monitor input signal lines, monitor output signal lines, a determination circuit that detects voltage levels of output signals from the monitor output signal lines, and an expected value comparison circuit that compares outputs from the determination circuit with expected values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignees: PANASONIC CORPORATION, PANASONIC LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY CO., LTD., PANASONIC SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Suzuki, Akihiro Yoshizawa, Hideki Nozaki, Satoshi Endou, Kenji Fukuta, Hiroaki Goto
  • Patent number: 10969409
    Abstract: Miniaturized current sensors are disclosed herein. The miniaturized current sensors may employ a coiled coil and a return coil around the current path to be measured. The miniaturized current sensors may be integrated to microelectronic devices and components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Victor Mario Torres
  • Patent number: 10959670
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for determining or quantifying tinnitus conditions within a patient, including determining if a patient has some form of tinnitus as well as categorizing or determining the severity of a tinnitus condition, if present. The described systems and methods are also useful in evaluating the efficacy a tinnitus treatment by measuring the degree of reduction of tinnitus symptoms in a patient. The described systems and methods also provide a personalized profile for each specific patient, allowing for more effective treatment options as various forms or causes of tinnitus become apparent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
    Inventors: Fatima T. Husain, Yuliy Baryshnikov, Benjamin Joseph Zimmerman, Ivan Thomas Abraham
  • Patent number: 10962581
    Abstract: A semiconductor integrated circuit test system can include a first semiconductor integrated circuit tester configured to conduct a first test of a first characteristic of one of a plurality of semiconductor integrated circuits, wherein the first test is completed by the first semiconductor integrated circuit tester within a first test time. A second semiconductor integrated circuit tester, can be coupled to the first semiconductor integrated circuit tester, where the second semiconductor integrated circuit tester can be configured to conduct a second test of a second characteristic of each of the plurality of the semiconductor integrated circuits simultaneously, wherein the second test is completed within a second test time that is at least about two orders of magnitude more than the first test time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ji Nyeong Yun, Jae Moo Choi, Jong Pill Park, Jae Hong Kim
  • Patent number: 10955484
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the field of battery state monitoring technologies, and in particular, to a battery state monitoring method and apparatus. The method is: monitoring a voltage value and a current value of an output end of a battery; determining a battery impedance value based on the voltage value; calculating an impedance voltage-drop value based on the current value and the battery impedance value; calculating an open circuit voltage of the battery based on the voltage value and the impedance voltage-drop value; when a difference of the open circuit voltage between two consecutive calculations is greater than or equal to a threshold, judging that the battery state is abnormal; and when the difference of the open circuit voltage between two consecutive calculations is determined to be lower than the threshold, updating the battery impedance value based on the voltage value and the current value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: NINGDE AMPEREX TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Fei Wu, Juan Jin, Kefei Wang
  • Patent number: 10945631
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a magnet assembly for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system. The assembly includes a yoke having a frame member movably positioned by a magnet movement unit. A first arm extends laterally from a first end of the frame member and includes a first magnet-pole assembly having a first central axis. A second arm extends laterally from a second end of the frame member and includes a second magnet-pole assembly. The second magnet-pole assembly includes a second central axis and configured to orient towards with the first magnet-pole assembly while maintaining a gap therebetween, for positioning a body portion for magnetization. A first and a second clamp member are each mounted about a peripheral side surface of the magnet-pole assemblies, respectively. The clamp members are configured to attenuate a leakage flux emanating from the magnet pole assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Sigwa Company, LLC
    Inventor: Fengling Zhang
  • Patent number: 10944133
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a method includes receiving, by at least one of a plurality of battery monitoring circuits a frequency synchronization signal and measurement frequency information from a host controller, wherein the at least one of the plurality of battery monitoring circuits is connected to at least one of a plurality of battery blocks; generating, by the at least one of the plurality of battery monitoring circuits, a periodic signal based on a clock signal having a clock frequency, the measurement frequency information, and the frequency synchronization signal; obtaining, by the at least one of the plurality of battery monitoring circuits, at least one measurement value of the at least one of the plurality of battery blocks using the periodic signal; and transmitting, by the at least one of the plurality of battery monitoring circuits, the at least one measurement value to the host controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Stefano Marsili, Andreas Berger, Klaus Hoermaier, Guenter Hofer, Christoph Sandner
  • Patent number: 10935823
    Abstract: A short-circuit detection circuit includes a voltage comparison block that receives a scan start signal from a scan start signal transmission line, receives a reference voltage from a reference voltage source, and outputs a comparison result by comparing the scan start signal with the reference voltage at a falling edge of a vertical start signal, and a short-circuit determination block that determines whether the scan start signal transmission line is short-circuited based on the comparison result and operates an over-current protection circuit by providing a short-circuit detection signal to the over-current protection circuit when the scan start signal transmission line is short-circuited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dae-Sik Lee, Yanguk Nam, Sanghyun Lee
  • Patent number: 10928453
    Abstract: A system obtains respective measurements of relevant electrical parameters of a motor during operational stages including a start-up stage, a transition stage, a steady-state stage, idle stage, or a shutdown stage of the motor driven system driven by the motor. Based on the respective measurements, the monitoring system then determines respective electrical patterns corresponding to the operational stages. Next, the monitoring system compares the respective electrical patterns corresponding to the operational stages with respective baseline electrical patterns modeled for the operational stages to yield a comparison. Then, the monitoring system determines a status of the motor driven system based on a comparison between baseline and observed operating parameters. Trend pattern monitoring is used to eliminate storing massive volumes of trend data by capturing and characterizing the important moments when data values change in a significant manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Silverback Advanced Motor Monitoring, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Wayland Vinson, Raymond M. Hayes
  • Patent number: 10928178
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for measuring the thickness of non-magnetisable layers (51) on a magnetisable base material (52), the permeability of which is not known, having a measuring probe (11), which has a probe head (17), which comprises a pot core (31) having a first and second coil (36, 37), which lie on a common geometric axis (16), and in which the first and second coils (36, 37) form a first coil pair (38), and which has a bearing calotte (21) in a common axis (16), in which the probe head (17) is placed on the layer (51) to measure the thickness of the layer (51) on the base material (52), wherein a first interaction volume is detected by the first coil pair (38) with a field focusing caused by the pot core (31), a second interaction volume is detected by a second coil par (44) with a first and second coil (42, 43), which is arranged outside the pot core (31) and jointly with the geometric axis (16) without field focusing by the pot core (21), and the detected first and second base material vo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Helmut Fischer GmbH Institut für Elektronik und Messtechnik
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Vollmar, Helmut Wersal
  • Patent number: 10931175
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first platform and a second platform configured to rotate relative to the first platform about an axis. A magnet ring is mounted to the first platform and centered around the axis. The magnet ring includes four or more magnetized poles positioned such that each respective boundary between neighboring poles is shifted relative to a corresponding nominal boundary defined by a uniform spacing of boundaries of the poles around the magnet ring. The shifted boundaries of the poles define a characteristic shift pattern for the magnet ring. A magnetic field sensor is connected to the second platform. Circuitry is configured to (i) determine a magnetic field pattern generated by the poles based on data generated by the sensor and (ii) determine a rotational position of the first platform relative to the second platform by correlating the magnetic field pattern to the characteristic shift pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Blaise Gassend, Samuel Lenius
  • Patent number: 10921351
    Abstract: The present invention provides a sensing circuit, for sensing a working status of a real-time clock (RTC) module, comprising a comparator module, coupled to the real-time clock module, for receiving an initial voltage of the real-time clock module, and comparing the initial voltage with a threshold voltage, to generate a comparison result; and a storage module, coupled to the comparator module, for storing the comparison result and delivering the comparison result to a host circuit; wherein the host circuit determines whether the working status of the real-time clock module is normal or abnormal according to the comparison result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Po-Yen Huang, Cheng-Wei Huang, Sin-Fang Wang, Jiun-Lin Tseng, Yen-Hsiang Wang
  • Patent number: 10921341
    Abstract: A magnetic field sensor for detecting motion of an object includes one or more magnetic field sensing elements configured to generate a magnetic field signal in response to a magnetic field associated with the object. A motion detector responsive to the magnetic field signal and to a threshold signal is configured to generate a detector output signal having edges occurring in response to a comparison of the magnetic field signal and the threshold signal. A speed detector responsive to the detector output signal generates a speed signal indicative of a speed of motion of the object. A delay processor is responsive to the speed signal and configured to determine a delay for the detector output signal based on the speed of motion of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Allegro MicroSystems, LLC
    Inventor: Devon Fernandez
  • Patent number: 10921275
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided featuring a signal processor or processing module configured at least to: receive signaling containing information about coded and multiplexed voltages measured across pairs of electrodes in an array of electrodes configured in relation to a fluid processing structure, including a pipe, tank, vessel, vat or container, having a process fluid therein; and determine using a tomographic signal processing algorithm a tomographic indication of the process fluid, based at least partly on the signaling received. The signal processor module may be configured to provide corresponding signaling containing information about the tomographic indication of the process fluid. The tomographic indication includes a 2D or 3D image or visualization of the process fluid, including an analysis of mixing in multiphase flows, liquid interfaces or liquid-froth layers detected in the process fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: CiDRA Corporate Services Inc.
    Inventor: Alan D. Kersey
  • Patent number: 10908217
    Abstract: A verification device for verifying an electrical overvoltage between two electrical conductors includes a conductor-track carrier made of an electrically insulating carrier material, a plurality of conductor tracks applied in spaced-apart relation from one another on the conductor-track carrier, and a measuring device acquiring an electrical resistance of one of the conductor tracks. Each of the two electrical conductors is electrically connected to at least one of the conductor tracks with the proviso that none of the conductor tracks is electrically connected to both of the two electrical conductors. The conductor tracks are configured such that a prespecified overvoltage between the two electrical conductors causes a partial discharge that changes the electrical resistance of the one conductor track between the one conductor track and another one of the conductor tracks that is electrically connected to one of the two electrical conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Janis Heller, Tobias Katzenberger, Bastian Plochmann
  • Patent number: 10900989
    Abstract: A measurement device for measuring speeds of rotation of at least two wheels of an aircraft undercarriage includes a measurement unit and a processor unit associated with each wheel. The measurement unit of each wheel is configured to transform the speed of rotation of the wheel into an electrical magnitude. The processor unit of each wheel is configured to acquire the electrical magnitudes produced by at least two measurement units in order to transform the electrical magnitudes into digital measurement signals representative of the speeds of rotation of at least two wheels, and in order to transmit the digital measurement signals to external equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: SAFRAN LANDING SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Joël Zabulon, David Frank
  • Patent number: 10901027
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to testing LEDs by applying a voltage difference between anode electrodes and cathode electrodes of the LEDs using transistors and probe pads and determining whether the LEDs satisfy a threshold level of operability. A final substrate has transistors that apply the voltage difference to the LEDs via conductive traces and probe pads during testing mode. A gate voltage is applied to gate terminals of the transistors, a first voltage is applied to anode electrodes of the LEDs, and a second voltage is applied to cathode electrodes of the LEDs. After applying the voltages, turning on of the LEDs is observed. Embodiments also relate to testing current leakage in the final substrate with the transistors and the LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Ilias Pappas
  • Patent number: 10901007
    Abstract: An RF sensing apparatus configured for use with a plasma processing chamber includes a penetration unit opened in an up/down direction, a main return path unit surrounding all or a portion of the penetration unit, and a secondary return path unit located between the penetration unit and the main return path unit, spaced apart from the main return path unit, and surrounding all or a portion of the penetration unit. The main return path unit and the secondary return path unit include a path through which a current flows in one of the up/down directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Do Kim, Sung Yong Lim, Chan Soo Kang, Do Hoon Kwon, Min Ju Kim, Sang Ki Nam, Jung Mo Yang, Jong Hun Pi, Kyu Hee Han