Patents Examined by Anthony Haughton
  • Patent number: 10228721
    Abstract: A portable electronic device having several features is disclosed. The device can include a retention member that retains flexible circuits extending from a top portion to a bottom portion of the device, thereby allowing some components to be moved from a top portion of the device to a bottom portion. The device may include a cover plate can be secured with a display in the top portion to cover the retention member and other internal components. The device can include an omni-directional port designed to receive a connector different orientations and provide power to the device. The device can include a flexible keyboard having butterfly keycaps. The device can include an array of openings for an audio driver, with some of the array including through holes and blind holes. The device can also include a touch pad having a force feedback sensor and a haptic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Houtan R. Farahani, Craig C. Leong, Matthew W. Blum, Zheng Gao, Kevin M. Robinson, Keith J. Hendren
  • Patent number: 10224169
    Abstract: A compact fusible disconnect switch device includes a magnetic arc deflection assembly including at least a pair of magnets disposed about a switch contact assembly. The magnetic arc deflection assembly facilitates reliable connection and disconnection of DC voltage circuitry well above 125 VDC with reduced arcing intensity and duration. Multiple pairs of magnets may apply magnetic fields in directions opposing one another to deflect electrical arcs in different directions at more than one location in the switch contact assembly to facilitate high voltage DC operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert Stephen Douglass
  • Patent number: 10197403
    Abstract: A display panel can transition between an inclined state and a fixed state, via an upper end contact state, in accordance with linear reciprocal movement relative to a base chassis of a main slider. In the upper end contact state, the upper end of the display panel is in contact with the front surface of the base chassis and the lower end of the display panel is separated from the front surface of the base chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED
    Inventors: Tetsuo Sano, Takahiro Jo
  • Patent number: 10194554
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a drive assembly, a chassis assembly, and a server device. The drive assembly comprises: a drive having a first end extending in a direction perpendicular to a length direction of the drive and a first side extending in a direction perpendicular to a width direction of the drive, wherein the drive interface is provided at the first end of the drive; and an adapter having first and second interfaces that are electrically connected with each other, wherein the first interface is plugged into the drive interface, and the second interface is adjacent to the first side of the drive so as to be electrically coupled to other components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Yujie Zhou, Hendry Xiaoping Wu, Haifang Zhai, David Wei Dong, Aiqin Liu
  • Patent number: 10175720
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus is disclosed. An electronic apparatus comprises a case, a panel, a display, and a supporting component. The panel includes a layer of sapphire located on a surface of the electronic apparatus. The display comprises a first surface including a display screen and a second surface opposite to the first surface. The supporting component is fixed to the case in the case and supports the display. The display is fixed to the panel in the first surface and fixed to the supporting component in the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mizuho Hidaka, Norikazu Morioka
  • Patent number: 10177680
    Abstract: An electrical service interface system include a configurable device and inverter mounted to an equipment tower, wherein each of the configurable device and inverter include alignment devices configured to rollably mount the configurable device and inverter to corresponding guides mounted to a support pad, and to align the configurable device to the inverter, and the inverter to the equipment tower. In an installed configuration, the configurable device electrically and mechanically couples to the inverter via a DC connector and one or more mounting systems, and the inverter mechanically and electrically couples to the equipment tower via an AC connector and one or more mounting systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: San Diego Gas & Electric Company
    Inventor: Thomas Owen Bialek
  • Patent number: 10168739
    Abstract: An electronic device includes three screen modules and a host. The first screen module includes a first screen and a first frame. The second screen module includes a second screen and a second frame. The third screen module includes a third screen and a third frame. Using pivot structures, the first frame is pivotally connected to the second frame on its left side, pivotally connected to the third frame on its right side, and pivotally connected to the host on its bottom side. The pivot structures also allow the first screen to rotate around the central axis of the first frame, allow the second screen to rotate around the central axis of the second frame, and allow the third screen to rotate around the central axis of the third frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: ACER INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Liang-Chun Chen
  • Patent number: 10172256
    Abstract: An electronics rack with an electrically controlled access panel, including an enclosure including a base, side walls and a top, with at least one opening in a sidewall or the top for accessing the interior of the enclosure. At least one panel is mounted to the enclosure for permitting controlled access to the interior. At least two electronically controlled hinges are mounted to opposite sides of the panel. Each hinge has a hinge axis about which the panel can rotate when the panel is unlocked, the hinge axes of the two hinges being parallel to one another. Each hinge includes a hinge pin that is slidable in a housing between a retracted position and an extended position. Each hinge includes an electronically controlled drive mechanism for controlling reciprocation of the hinge pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Middle Atlantic Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendan K. Walsh, Nico Corbo, Andrew Glendmyer
  • Patent number: 10162394
    Abstract: Embodiments of a sustainable self-cooling framework for processors using thermoelectric generators that power an arrangement of thermoelectric coolers to reduce the temperature of thermal hot spots generated by a processor are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents on Behalf of Arizona State University
    Inventors: Carole-Jean Wu, Patrick Phelan, Soochan Lee
  • Patent number: 10162383
    Abstract: An electronic device includes: an enclosure having a first surface, a second surface, and a side surface disposed between the first and second surfaces; an edge-to-edge component mounted in an edge-to-edge opening that extends across substantially an entire width of the side surface between the first surface and the second surface; and a brace disposed in the enclosure, the brace extending along the edge-to-edge opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Boilard, Amy Lai Wong, Kelvin Kwong, James Cooper
  • Patent number: 10159157
    Abstract: A fastener is provided for fastening a printed circuit and an electronics housing. The fastener has a lead-in feature extending from the fastener and at least one pin extending the fastener. An intermediate standoff portion may be disposed between the lead-in feature and the pin. An electronics housing may be provided that includes the fastener, an electronics housing structure, and a printed circuit board (PCB) disposed adjacent to the electronics housing structure. The lead-in feature may be press fit into an aperture in the housing structure aperture, and the pin may be press fit into an aperture in the PCB. A method of forming an engine control unit is also provided. The method includes providing a PCB, press fitting a fastener to the PCB, dispensing thermal interface material onto a housing structure, pressing the PCB onto the thermal interface material, and press fitting the fastener into the housing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick C Su, Kevin Douglas Moore
  • Patent number: 10153123
    Abstract: An embodiment of a fuse module has been disclosed. The fuse module includes a housing and a fuse element assembly contained within the housing. The fuse element assembly includes at least one fuse element unit having a plurality of trigger mechanisms and a perforated strip electrically connected to the trigger mechanisms. Increased ampacity ratings in a more compact arrangement provides for fuse modules having increased current protection capability that, in turn, provides for improved disconnect switching capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Advait Madhusudan Katarki, Patrick Alexander von zur Muehlen, Robert Stephen Douglass
  • Patent number: 10146278
    Abstract: In some examples, a computing device may include a first housing coupled to a second housing by one or more hinges. The first housing may include a first set of components and a heat sink in contact with at least one component of the first set of components. The second housing may include a second set of components. The first set of components may generate more heat than the first set of components. A thermal spreader may include a first portion located in the first housing and a second portion located in the second housing. The first portion may be thermally coupled to the second portion. The first portion may, through contact with the heat sink, gather heat generated by the at least one component and transfer the heat to the second portion. The second portion may dissipate at least some of the heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products L. P.
    Inventors: Travis C. North, Christopher A. Torres, John Trevor Morrison
  • Patent number: 10139879
    Abstract: An electronic device having a novel structure is provided. A battery is provided in each component of an electronic device, whereby the electronic device includes two batteries. The electronic device including the two batteries and a display portion that can be called a flexible display and has a plurality of foldable portions is provided as a novel device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Jun Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10141860
    Abstract: A converter with a DC link for converting an input voltage into an alternating voltage with a pre-determined amplitude and frequency for driving a single or multiple-phase load may include a number of modules which are stackable over one another. Each module may have a ceramic cooling body with a receiving surface on which electronic components of one phase are mounted, wherein the ceramic cooling body has channel(s) in the region of the receiving surface for carrying a coolant during the operation of the converter The converter may include a DC link capacitor and input-side and output-side power connections arranged on a first carrier having a arranged perpendicular to the receiving surface. The converter may also include a control unit for driving the electronic components of the phase, the control unit being arranged on a second carrier having a main plane arranged perpendicularly to the plane of the receiving surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Ludwig Kraus, Dario Meraviglia, Gopal Mondal, Matthias Neumeister
  • Patent number: 10133319
    Abstract: Technology is provided for a pivoting memory drive adapter. The memory drive adapter is used for adapting memory drives for insertion into a drive bay that is larger than the memory drives. The memory drive adapter includes an adapter frame and a memory carrier. The adapter frame has an envelope compatible with a hard disc drive (HDD) drive bay, for example, and includes a pair of spaced apart sidewalls each including a slot. The memory carrier includes a pair of pins extending from opposite sides of the memory carrier engaging a corresponding one of the pair of slots. Thus, the memory carrier can pivot with respect to the adapter frame. A pair of spaced apart ledges divides the memory carrier into two memory drive locations, each sized to receive a memory drive, such as a solid state drive (SSD).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon Brian Ehlen
  • Patent number: 10125523
    Abstract: A method for securing a portable electronic device having a housing to a substantially immovable object utilizing a locking assembly having a security rod or spike formed with an anchoring end separated axially by a protruding end, a locking device with an internal locking mechanism and a cable permanently attached to the locking device at one end, includes several steps. The steps include securedly fixing the anchoring end of the security rod or spike to the portable electronic device upon or through the housing, attaching an other end of the cable to the substantially immovable object and inserting the protruding end of the security rod into an opening in the locking device to actuate the internal locking mechanism and lock the locking device to the captive security rod. Locking the security rod to the locking device concurrently locks the portable electronic device to which it is anchored to the substantially immovable object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Think Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Allen
  • Patent number: 10126783
    Abstract: A portable electronic device having several features is disclosed. The device can include a retention member that retains flexible circuits extending from a top portion to a bottom portion of the device, thereby allowing some components to be moved from a top portion of the device to a bottom portion. The device may include a cover plate can be secured with a display in the top portion to cover the retention member and other internal components. The device can include an omni-directional port designed to receive a connector different orientations and provide power to the device. The device can include a flexible keyboard having butterfly keycaps. The device can include an array of openings for an audio driver, with some of the array including through holes and blind holes. The device can also include a touch pad having a force feedback sensor and a haptic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Houtan R. Farahani, Craig C. Leong, Matthew W. Blum, Zheng Gao, Kevin M. Robinson, Keith J. Hendren
  • Patent number: 10130016
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a power cell module includes: a high frequency line converter (HFLC) to receive a phase of input power from a utility source, the HFLC including a first silicon carbide (SiC) stage and a second SiC stage; a transformer having a primary coil coupled to the HFLC and a secondary coil coupled to a high frequency motor converter (HFMC); the HFMC to output a phase of output power to a load, the HFMC including a third SiC stage and a fourth SiC stage; and a two-phase cooling system having conduits that are adapted to provide a flow of cooling media through the HFLC, the transformer and the HFMC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: TECO—Westinghouse Motor Company
    Inventors: Enrique Ledezma, Ryan Edwards, Paulo Guedes-Pinto, Bhaskara Palle, Randall Pipho, Alex Skorcz
  • Patent number: 10119542
    Abstract: An electric compressor includes a cover. The cover is reinforced by forming straight ribs, ring ribs, connection ribs, or hexagonal ribs having a honeycomb structure. The straight ribs, rings ribs, connection ribs, or hexagonal ribs are formed on the inner side or the outer side of a body of the cover on a side of an inverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Eun Seok Kang, Jung Seon Kim, Sung Jun Park, Seung Hwan Shin, Young Hun Lee