Patents Examined by Bo Fan
  • Patent number: 10754476
    Abstract: A close-range motion detector has at least one transmitter, at least one receiver, and at least one more transmitter or receiver. The transmitter(s) transmit, and the receiver(s) receive signals in one of the ultrasonic or mm-wave ranges. Multiple transmitters or receivers are spaced apart from one-another along a plane, and transmission of a signal takes place at a known time. Echos of the signal that bounce of a scatterer are received and digitized during a receive window, and the time-of-flight is determined using CAF. Time scaling may be determined as well, and may be determined using CAF. The determined time-of-flight is used to determine an X-Y-coordinate for the scatterer, and its motion (e.g., velocity) can be determined, which are output. In an embodiment, a such a close-range motion detector can be implemented on the side of a smart-watch, making a virtual writing surface on the back of a user's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Tactual Labs Co.
    Inventors: Darren Leigh, Kaan Duman, Steven Leonard Sanders
  • Patent number: 10741628
    Abstract: Semiconductor devices are provided. A semiconductor device includes a substrate, a controller on the substrate, first and second drive circuits on the substrate, and a plurality of signal lines on the substrate that connect the controller to the first and second drive circuits. The plurality of signal lines are each at the same vertical level and are horizontally spaced apart from each other. Related printed circuit boards are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Minhwa Jang, Jungeun Koo, Yechung Chung
  • Patent number: 10732263
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for classifying an object (6) in a lateral surrounding area (5) of a motor vehicle (1), in which a signal is transmitted into the lateral surrounding area (5) by a sensor device (3) on-board the vehicle for monitoring the lateral surrounding area (5) and the signal reflected at the object (6) is received by said sensor device (3), wherein a monitoring area (E) of the sensor device (3) for monitoring the lateral surrounding area (5) is segmented into a first detection area (E1) and a second detection area (E2), wherein a first value for a distance (AL) from the object (6) to the motor vehicle (1) is defined on the basis of the signal received from the first detection area (E1) and it is determined whether the object (6) is a stationary object located laterally in relation to the motor vehicle (1), a second value for the distance (AL) from the object (6) to the motor vehicle (1) is determined on the basis of the signal received from the second detection area (E2) and it is defi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Sturm, Urs Luebbert, Stefan Goerner
  • Patent number: 10732213
    Abstract: A method for measuring beam steering characteristics of a device under test using a measurement system comprising a probe array with at least two field probes. The field probes can be arranged at different angles with respect to the device under test. A reference unit for calibrating the probe array is provided. At least two calibration measurements with different main radiation directions of the reference unit are performed wherein a predefined number of field probes of the probe array is used for measuring the radiation pattern of the reference unit. A calibration dataset for at least each field probe of the predefined number of field probes and each radiation direction is generated and stored. The reference unit is replaced by a device under test such that the device under test is located at the same measurement position as the reference unit was during the calibration measurements. A measurement of the device under test is performed by using the predefined number of field probes of the probe array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Florian Gerbl, Chlodwig Neuhaeusler
  • Patent number: 10732294
    Abstract: A system for generating a frequency hopping Global Positioning System (GPS) system includes: an on-orbit reprogrammable digital waveform generator (ORDWG) configured to generate a GPS signal comprising a resilient frequency-hopping spread spectrum GPS signal that hops at a hop rate between two or more GPS channels, the GPS signal further comprising a legacy direct-sequence spread spectrum signal for at least two of the two or more GPS channels; and a receiver configured to receive the GPS signal, the radio further configured to decode the GPS signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dennis M. Hall, Kiet D. Ngo, Marlon E. Marquez
  • Patent number: 10725163
    Abstract: [OBJECT] To surely remove a multi-order echo or interference from another radar apparatus [ORGANIZATION] A radar apparatus transmitting pulse signals at predetermined repetition cycles and receiving and analyzing the pulse signals reflected by a target object to thereby detect the target object has: a setting means (control unit 11) setting so that at least a part of the repetition cycles of the pulse signals is different; a detection means (speed detection/object detection unit 16) detecting a distance to the target object specified by the pulse signal; and a removal means (clutter removal unit 17) removing the target object as clutter when the distance to the target object detected in the different repetition cycle or in a period subsequent to the different repetition cycle by the detection means and the distance to the target object detected in the period other than that by the detection means are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyasu Yano, Yasushi Aoyagi, Kodai Kukita
  • Patent number: 10720394
    Abstract: An electronic component mounting board includes an inorganic substrate, a wiring board, and a bond. The inorganic substrate includes an electronic component mounting portion in a central area of an upper surface of the inorganic substrate in which an electronic component is mountable. The wiring board is a frame surrounding the electronic component mounting portion on the upper surface of the inorganic substrate. The bond is located between the inorganic substrate and the wiring board. The inorganic substrate includes a downward bend outward from a bond area including the bond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuji Okamura, Akihiko Funahashi
  • Patent number: 10718861
    Abstract: A method for constructing a frequency profile of an emitted signal suitable for use in a non-contact ranging system with multi-scale spectral analysis includes determining N stepped frequency chirps, wherein each frequency chirp of the N stepped frequency chirps has a linear FM modulation of predetermined bandwidth and slope, and wherein a starting frequency for each of the plurality of stepped frequency chirps is chosen so that a non-linear step profile is created which extends over a predetermined total bandwidth, sorting the plurality of N stepped frequency chirps into P sub-sequences, where P is equal to the product of decimation factors to be used in the multi-scale spectral analysis, and ordering the P sub-sequences end to end in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: HACH COMPANY
    Inventor: David L. Rick
  • Patent number: 10714575
    Abstract: A transistor includes a channel region, a gate stack, and source and drain structures. The channel region comprises silicon germanium and has a first silicon-to-germanium ratio. The gate stack is over the channel region and comprises a silicon germanium oxide layer over the channel region, a high-? dielectric layer over the silicon germanium oxide layer, and a gate electrode over the high-? dielectric layer. The silicon germanium oxide layer has a second silicon-to-germanium ratio. The second silicon-to-germanium ratio is substantially the same as the first silicon-to-germanium ratio. The channel region is between the source and drain structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kuo-Sheng Chuang, You-Hua Chou, Ming-Chi Huang
  • Patent number: 10712155
    Abstract: Technologies for tracking and locating underground assets include a survey instrument having an asset tracking device. The asset tracking device determines a current geographic location of the survey instrument and a heading of a sensor group of the survey instrument when aimed at a target measurement point of an underground asset. The asset tracking device measures the distance between the sensor group and the target measurement point of the underground asset. The asset tracking device also determines the pitch of the sensor group when aimed at the target measurement point of the underground asset. The effective height of the sensor group relative to the elevation at the survey location is also determined. The asset tracking device determines the geographic location and a corresponding depth of the target measurement point on the underground asset based on the determined and measured information. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Howell Asset Locator, LLC
    Inventors: James P. Howell, Matthew B. Sunday, Joseph H. Althaus
  • Patent number: 10714817
    Abstract: Antenna device for a radar detector, which has a circuit board having an electrically insulating substrate, on which a respective electrically conductive layer is arranged on each of two opposing sides, wherein the layer of at least one first side is configured as at least one main antenna. According to the invention, in addition to the at least one main antenna in each case, at least one antenna structure is provided which is integrated with the substrate, wherein each antenna structure integrated with the substrate comprises: a plurality of cutouts which are formed in the substrate and arranged in a waveguide and in each of which an electrically conductive material is arranged at least partially, and a feeder cable formed by the electrically conductive layer of one of the sides for feeding an electromagnetic wave into the antenna structure integrated with the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: Niels Koch
  • Patent number: 10705253
    Abstract: A method for building and using soil models that determine soil properties from soil spectrum data is provided. In an embodiment, building soil model may be accomplished using soil spectrum data received via hyperspectral sensors from a land unit. A processor updates the soil spectrum data by removing interference signals from the soil spectrum data. Multiple ground sampling locations within the land unit are then determined based on the updated soil spectrum data. Soil property data are obtained from ground sampling at the ground sampling locations. Soil models that correlate the updated soil spectrum data with the soil property data are created based on the updated soil spectrum data and the soil property data. The soil models are sent to a storage for future use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventors: Haitao Xiang, Xianyuan Yang, Nick Koshnick, Nick Cisek
  • Patent number: 10707575
    Abstract: Optimizations are provided for controlling an amount of radiated power (i.e. spectral flux density) that is being transmitted to a particular location. To that end, one or more antennas are used to transmit a power signal. Then, position information for each of those antennas is determined. Additionally, environmental information for the environment in which the antennas are operating is also determined. Also, an antenna radiation pattern for each of those antennas is also determined. Thereafter, how much power is radiated to a particular location is controlled so that the power never exceeds a certain threshold value. This control is achieved by dynamically adjusting the transmit power of the antennas based on the information obtained from the position information, the environmental information, and the antenna radiation pattern information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: L3 Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Radivoje Zarubica, Brent Kenney, Phillip M. Hirz, Thomas R. Giallorenzi, Andrew L. Nelson, Jason Wilden
  • Patent number: 10698081
    Abstract: There is provided a method and corresponding arrangement and units for radar detection in a wireless communication system operating in a spectrum shared with at least one radar system. The method basically comprises the steps of collecting (S1) measurement information related to radar sensing measurements by aggregating radar sensing measurements from multiple, geographically distributed radar sensing units forming a radar sensing network implemented in the wireless communication system, and processing (S2) the measurement information according to at least one radar sensing rule to generate a radar detection result. With this new and fundamental radar detection procedure in place, it may further be beneficial to take action(s) for radar protection and/or dynamic adjustment of radar detection functionalities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Kenneth Wallstedt, Mikael Prytz
  • Patent number: 10698076
    Abstract: The present invention is a system and method for detecting and locating the transmission of radio frequency signals from within a defined geographical area. The system uses statistical confidence limits to detect outliers caused by transmissions in the defined geographical area. The source of the transmission can then be located with triangulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Charles M. Jones, Kenneth J. Zdunek
  • Patent number: 10699913
    Abstract: Exemplary metal line structure and manufacturing method for a trench are provided. In particular, the metal line structure includes a substrate, a target layer, a trench and a conductor line. The target layer is formed on the substrate. The trench is formed in the target layer and has a micro-trench formed at the bottom thereof. A depth of the micro-trench is not more than 50 angstroms. The conductor line is inlaid into the trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shin-Chi Chen, Jiunn-Hsiung Liao, Yu-Tsung Lai
  • Patent number: 10700032
    Abstract: An embodiment is a device comprising a substrate, a metal pad over the substrate, and a passivation layer comprising a portion over the metal pad. The device further comprises a metal pillar over and electrically coupled to the metal pad, and a passive device comprising a first portion at a same level as the metal pillar, wherein the first portion of the passive device is formed of a same material as the metal pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuo-Mao Chen, Der-Chyang Yeh, Li-Hsien Huang
  • Patent number: 10700135
    Abstract: An organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display panel and an OLED display device are provided. The OLED display panel comprises a first substrate; a first electrode layer disposed on the first substrate and including a plurality of first electrodes; a hole transport layer disposed on a surface of the first electrode layer far away from the first substrate, and formed by a first hole transport material and a second hole transport material having different carrier mobility; a plurality of light-emitting devices disposed on a surface of the hole transport layer far away from the first electrode layer and arranged in correspondence with the plurality of first electrodes respectively; an electron transport layer disposed on a surface of the plurality of light-emitting devices far away from the hole transport layer; and a second electrode layer disposed on a surface of the electron transport layer far away from the plurality of light-emitting devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignees: SHANGHAI TIANMA AM-OLED CO., LTD., TIANMA MICRO-ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiangcheng Wang, Jinghua Niu, Wei He, Yuji Hamada, Chen Liu, Honggang Yan
  • Patent number: 10690546
    Abstract: A system and method for non-destructive, in situ, positive material identification of a pipe selects a plurality of test areas that are separated axially and circumferentially from one another and then polishes a portion of each test area. Within each polished area, a non-destructive test device is used to collect mechanical property data and another non-destructive test device is used to collect chemical property data. An overall mean for the mechanical property data, and for the chemical property data, is calculated using at least two data collection runs. The means are compared to a known material standard to determine, at a high level of confidence, ultimate yield strength and ultimate tensile strength within +/?10%, a carbon percentage within +/?25%, and a manganese percentage within +/?20% of a known material standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: TDW Delaware, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth James Greene, Chris Caraway, Gregory Donikowski, Joel Troyer
  • Patent number: 10690769
    Abstract: A method and system to determine angle of arrival of a target include one or more transmitters, one or more receivers, and one local oscillator to provide a local reference signal each in two or more transceiver nodes. The system also includes a controller to determine obtained phase differences for each of the two or more transceiver nodes. Each of the obtained phase differences is between a signal transmitted by one of the one or more transmitters and received by one of the one or more receivers of a same one of the two or more transceiver nodes. The controller estimates the angle of arrival of the target based on the obtained phase differences determined for the two or more transceiver nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Oded Bialer