Patents Examined by Alexander H Taningco
  • Patent number: 10380495
    Abstract: A building block (1) for a quantum information processing system includes a superconducting qubit (2) having a Josephson junction (5) connected between two superconducting electrodes (3, 4). The two superconducting electrodes (3, 4) are coaxial and coplanar. The building block (1) also includes a control line (6) coupled to the superconducting qubit (2) and arranged to control the state of the superconducting qubit (2), and/or a readout element (8) coupled to the superconducting qubit (2) and arranged to measure the state of the superconducting qubit (2). The control line (6) and/or the readout element (8) are arranged out of plane with respect to the two superconducting electrodes (3, 4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: OXFORD UNIVERSITY INNOVATION LIMITED
    Inventor: Peter Leek
  • Patent number: 10383185
    Abstract: A motor vehicle lighting device comprising at least one branch of semiconductor light sources including two or more light source units connected in series is disclosed herein. A MOSFET switch bridging the individual light source units is assigned to the light source units. The at least one branch is fed from the output voltage of a DC/DC converter with respect to ground. An activation circuit is assigned to the MOSFET switch for activating the MOSFET switch, which is a p-channel MOSFET. A rectifier circuit is assigned to the DC/DC converter. The input of the rectifier circuit is connected to a pole of a storage inductor of the converter, at which negative voltage pulses occur with respect to ground. The rectifier circuit is designed to rectify the negative pulses and to provide the resulting negative DC voltage of the activation circuit for switching the MOSFET switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: ZKW Group GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Guth
  • Patent number: 10375797
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lighting device having a first number of light-emitting elements and having a second number of control elements, operating contactlessly, for controlling the light-emitting elements such as especially for switching the light-emitting elements on or off and/or for controlling their brightness, the second number being less than or equal to the first number, the light-emitting elements being controlled contactlessly by a movement of at least one hand of a user over two or more control elements. The invention also relates to a relevant method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: HELLA GMBH & CO. KGAA
    Inventor: J├╝rgen Heinrich
  • Patent number: 10369923
    Abstract: An operation method of an adaptive driving beam headlamp system includes: in response to receipt of a sequence of images, when it is determined that a nearby vehicle is in the sequence of images, determining whether the nearby vehicle is in a first condition moving in a direction opposite to a moving direction of a driving vehicle and approaching the driving vehicle, or is in a second condition moving ahead of the driving vehicle in the moving direction of the driving vehicle; calculating a area into which the nearby vehicle is projected to move based on whether the nearby vehicle is in the first or the second condition; and controlling a headlamp to dim a part of a high beam pattern that corresponds with the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Automotive Research & Testing Center
    Inventors: Yi-Cheng Chen, Hung-Pang Lin, Yu-Lung Chang, Chun-Yao Shih
  • Patent number: 10374607
    Abstract: An operation speed of a voltage conversion circuit is improved without increasing an output level of the voltage conversion circuit. The voltage conversion circuit is provided with a high-voltage side transistor and a gate control unit. In this voltage conversion circuit, the high-voltage side transistor outputs a predetermined high voltage higher than a predetermined reference voltage. Also, in the voltage conversion circuit, the gate control unit generates a predetermined control voltage higher than a predetermined high voltage from an input signal and applies the same between a gate and a source of the high-voltage side transistor, thereby allowing the high-voltage side transistor to output a predetermined high voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuki Yagishita
  • Patent number: 10361702
    Abstract: An architecture in a user-programmable integrated circuit includes a hard logic block having inputs and outputs, a first group of user-configurable general-purpose routing resources coupled to first selected ones of the inputs of the hard logic block, a soft logic block having inputs and outputs, first selected ones of the inputs of the soft logic block coupled to the first group of user-configurable general-purpose routing resources, first selected ones of the outputs of the soft logic block having dedicated connections to second selected ones of the inputs to the hard logic block, and a second group of user-configurable general-purpose routing resources coupled to second selected ones of the outputs of the soft logic block and to first selected ones of the outputs of the hard logic block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Microsemi SoC Corp.
    Inventors: Jonathan W. Greene, Fei Li
  • Patent number: 10361618
    Abstract: A driving circuit drives an N-channel or NPN high-side transistor. A level shift circuit includes an open-drain differential conversion circuit that converts an input signal SIN into a differential signal SdiffP/SdiffN, and a latch circuit that switches its state according to the differential output SdiffP/SdiffN of the differential conversion circuit. A driver drives a high-side transistor according to an output of the level shift circuit. A bootstrap circuit generates a bootstrap voltage VBST to be used as an upper-side power supply for the driver. Upon detecting an abnormal state, a protection circuit controls at least a part of the driving circuit except for the input signal SIN so as to turn off the high-side transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: ROHM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuichi Shinozaki
  • Patent number: 10348301
    Abstract: The output driving circuit include a pull-down driver, an input/output (IO) control logic, a gate control logic, and an inverter. The pull-down driver includes first, second, and third transistors that are sequentially coupled between a pad and a ground node. The IO control logic is configured to receive a clock signal and an enable signal, and transfer a first control signal to the third transistor. The gate control logic is configured to receive a voltage of the pad and output a feedback voltage to a gate electrode of the first transistor. The inverter is configured to invert the enable signal and transfer an inverted enable signal to the gate control logic. Therefore, the reliability of the output driving circuit can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SK hynix Inc.
    Inventor: Seung Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 10348306
    Abstract: Resistive random access memory (RRAM) based multiplexers and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are provided. The RRAM-based multiplexers and FPGAs include a 4T1R programming structure to program the RRAMs. The programming structure includes two programming transistors connected between the power supply and the top electrode of the RRAM and two programming transistors connected between the power supply and the bottom electrode of the RRAM. The programming transistors are used to set and rest the RRAMs. In the RRAM-based multiplexer programming transistors connected to the bottom electrodes are shared between a plurality of RRAMs. The shared programming transistors and an output inverter of the RRAM are provided in a deep N-well of the RRAM-based multiplexer. The programming transistors connected to the top electrodes of the RRAMs and a plurality of input inverters are provided in a regular well of the RRAM-based multiplexer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: University of Utah Research Foundation, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)
    Inventors: Pierre-Emanuel Gaillardon, Xifan Tang, Gain Kim, Giovanni De Micheli, Edouard Giacomin
  • Patent number: 10340916
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a plurality of hardware functional blocks, the hardware functional blocks being logically grouped into two or more islands, with each island including a different one or more of the hardware functional blocks. A hardware controller in the electronic device is configured to determine a present activity being performed by at least one of the hardware functional blocks. The hardware controller then, based on the present activity, configures supply voltages for the hardware functional blocks in some or all of the islands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Gibney, Sridhar V. Gada, Alexander J. Branover, Benjamin Tsien
  • Patent number: 10336243
    Abstract: A camera controller for selectively controlling illumination around a vehicle comprises an image capture portion having a viewing area; an output for transmitting lighting control messages; and control logic. The control logic determines that a change in illumination is necessary in the viewing area and transmits a lighting control message at the output in response to the determination that illumination change is necessary. The lighting control message directs at least one lighting source associated with the vehicle in the viewing area of the camera controller to be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Andreas U Kuehnle, Cathy L Boon
  • Patent number: 10334707
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a lighting system configured to obtain an indicator data of a RF spectrum signal generated at a number of times in an area. At each respective one of the number of times, apply one of a plurality of heurist algorithm coefficients to each indicator data from each of the plurality of receivers for the respective time, based on results of the applications of the coefficients to indicator data, generate an indicator data metric value for each of the indicator data for the respective time, and process the indicator data metric values to compute an output value. The lighting system is further configured to compare the output value at each of the plurality of times with a threshold to detect one of an occupancy condition or a non-occupancy condition in the area and control the light source in response to the detected one of the occupancy condition or the non-occupancy condition in the area at each of the number of times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Min-Hao Michael Lu, Michael Miu, Eric J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10334697
    Abstract: A method of displaying an illumination includes: based on illumination information, determining, using a least one processor, an illumination area to which an illumination assigned in a virtual space is projected; and visualizing, using the at least one processor, an illumination effect produced by the illumination with respect to a determined boundary area in the illumination area, the determined boundary area including a boundary and a portion of the determined illumination area that is less than all of the determined illumination area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Minjung Son, Donghoon Sagong, KeeChang Lee, Hyong Euk Lee, Heesae Lee
  • Patent number: 10334688
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure involve a detection circuit for a tube and a tube including the detection circuit. The detection circuit comprises: impedance connected between two ends of a tube; a voltage detector configured to detect voltage on the impedance; a voltage threshold circuit configured to provide a voltage threshold; a first control circuit configured to compare voltage across the two ends of the tube to the voltage threshold, and to control the voltage detector to detect only when the voltage across the two ends of the tube is smaller than the voltage threshold. By using the detection circuit of the present disclosure, it can detect whether a human body contacts the tube under protection state, to avoid of the risk of getting an electrical shock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Han Lu, Jingxu Zhou, DeYong Kong
  • Patent number: 10334678
    Abstract: A lighting device includes a light source that emits an illumination light. The light source includes a first group of light emitting diodes (LEDs) to emit a first light, a second group of LEDs to emit a second light, and a third group of LEDs to emit a third light. The second light is warmer light than the first light, and the third light is cooler light than the first light. The lighting device further includes a first difference amplifier that controls a first current flow through the second group of LEDs at least based on a magnitude of a current flowing through the light source. The lighting device also includes a second difference amplifier that controls a second current flow through the third group of LEDs at least based on the magnitude of the current flowing through the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Raymond George Janik, Russell Scott Trask
  • Patent number: 10332829
    Abstract: A semiconductor apparatus may include a through via and a redundancy through via which couple a first chip and a second chip. A transmission circuit may perform a repair operation for the through via with the redundancy through via or supply the redundancy through via with a power supply voltage based on through via defect information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SK hynix Inc.
    Inventor: Yun Gi Hong
  • Patent number: 10333523
    Abstract: Described is an apparatus which comprises: a first layer formed of a material that exhibits spin orbit torque effect; a second layer formed of material that exhibits spin orbit torque effect; and a magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) including first and second free magnetic layers, wherein the first free magnetic layer is coupled to the first layer and wherein the second free magnetic layer is coupled to the second layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Sasikanth Manipatruni, Dmitri Nikonov, Ian A. Young
  • Patent number: 10333524
    Abstract: Devices and methods are presented for supplying logic gate signals with a data-independent delay. The method provides a logic gate comprising a pull-up network connected to a pull-down network. The method supplies binary level digital data input signals to the pull-up network and pull-down network, which may be either single-ended or complementary. The pull-up network and pull-down network regulate current through the logic gate with a delay and impedance independent of the data signals. As a result, the logic gate supplies binary level digital logic output signals in response to the data input signals, with a uniform delay. For example, the logic gates may be one of the following: NOR gate, NAND gate, AND gate, or OR gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: IQ-Analog Corporation
    Inventor: Oscar Elisio Mattia
  • Patent number: 10326446
    Abstract: A semiconductor apparatus may include a logic circuit, a power gating circuit and a power gating control system. The logic circuit may operate by receiving a first power supply voltage and a second power supply voltage, and may retain an output signal at a predetermined logic value during a standby operation of the semiconductor apparatus. The power gating circuit may apply the first power supply voltage and the second power supply voltage to the logic circuit when a gating control signal is in an enabled state. The power gating control system may test whether the output signal of the logic circuit retains the predetermined logic value when the power gating circuit is turned off, and may generate the gating control signal based on a test result and an operation mode of the semiconductor apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SK hynix Inc.
    Inventors: Woongrae Kim, Bok Rim Ko, A Ram Rim
  • Patent number: 10325758
    Abstract: A plasma processing apparatus includes a plasma generation unit configured to convert a processing gas supplied into a processing chamber into plasma by an inductive coupling. The plasma generation unit includes a first high frequency antenna formed of a vortex coil arranged adjacent to the processing chamber through a dielectric window, a second high frequency antenna having a natural resonant frequency and formed of a vortex coil arranged at an outer or inner peripheral side of the first high frequency antenna, and an impedance adjustment unit for adjusting a resonant frequency of a circuit viewed from the high frequency power supply toward the first high frequency antenna. The circuit viewed from the high frequency power supply toward the first high frequency antenna is configured to have two resonant frequencies depending on adjustment of the impedance adjustment unit when a frequency of high frequency power is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Jun Yamawaku, Tatsuo Matsudo, Chishio Koshimizu