Patents Examined by Brian Butcher
  • Patent number: 10229652
    Abstract: An input device and an air conditioner including the same, wherein the input device receives operation input of an air conditioner including an outdoor unit and an indoor unit, and the input device includes a display unit, a communication unit to communicate with the indoor unit, and a controller to perform control such that a home screen including a plurality of icon items is displayed on the display unit and to perform control such that at least one selected from between the luminance and the color of the home screen is changed in response to the operation of a power button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Seongki Jeon
  • Patent number: 10204646
    Abstract: A heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) head has a near-field transducer (NFT) with a distal end having a leading side taper inclined at an acute angle to the ABS, such that an acute angle is formed between a leading surface of the leading side taper and the ABS. A main magnetic pole is disposed in the head facing a trailing side of the NFT. A waveguide core layer is disposed in the head facing the leading side taper of the NFT, on which a high refractive index material (HRIM) layer is positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Takuya Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10203807
    Abstract: Signals from a plurality of sensing lines of a grid based digitizer sensor based is combined based on matrix multiplication with a Hadamard Matrix. The combining provides a plurality of signal combinations. Each of the plurality of signal combinations is sampled with a different Analog to Digital Converters (ADC) in a group of ADCs. The sampling is performed simultaneously. The sampled outputs from the group of ADCs are post processed including multiplying an inverse of the Hadamard Matrix with the sampled outputs from the group of ADCs. The presence of an object interacting with the grid based digitizer sensor is detected based on the post processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin Imanilov
  • Patent number: 10192578
    Abstract: A slider configured for heat-assisted magnetic recording includes a laser diode optically coupled to a waveguide of the slider. A power supply is coupled to the laser diode. A preamplifier is coupled to the power supply. The preamplifier is configured to monitor a forward voltage across the laser diode while operating the laser diode at a constant current during a write operation, detect a change in the forward voltage indicative of laser power instability, and generate a signal in response to detecting the forward voltage change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Declan Macken, Tyler Lenn Perry, Karim Tatah, Andrei Dorobantu, Todd Michael Lammers
  • Patent number: 10192573
    Abstract: Devices having an air bearing surface (ABS), the devices include a write pole; a near field transducer (NFT) including a peg and a disc, wherein the peg is at the ABS of the device; an overcoat, the overcoat including a low surface energy layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Yuhang Cheng, Ed F. Rejda, Andrew J. Boyne, Kurt W. Wierman, Michael Seigler, Scott Franzen, Jie Gong
  • Patent number: 10185414
    Abstract: Disclosed is a smart watch which may comprise: a display unit including a display panel displaying an image and a panel frame supporting the display panel; a rotating member including a rotating plate provided with recesses on an outer peripheral surface of the rotating plate, a rotating shaft having one end connected to a center of the rotating plate to rotate the rotating plate, and a driving motor coupled with the other end of the rotating shaft; a control unit to control the display unit and the rotating member; and a support frame to support the display unit and accommodate the rotating member and the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hui Nam, Myung Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 10180756
    Abstract: An input apparatus includes: a touchpad that detects an input position; a display unit; and a calculation device configured to: move a display position of a cursor in steps in an identical direction to a variation direction of the input position detected by the touchpad every time the input position varies in an identical direction by a predetermined unit amount; calculate the number of movement steps and the adjustment amount by dividing a value by the predetermined unit amount when the variation direction of the input position calculated during a first predetermined period is equal to a variation direction of the input position calculated during a second predetermined period, the value obtained by adding the adjustment amount calculated during the second predetermined period to the displacement amount calculated during the first predetermined period, the second predetermined period being a predetermined period immediately preceding the first predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shoji Kakinuma, Hiroshi Shikata, Ryota Hamabe
  • Patent number: 10176837
    Abstract: An optical storage system includes an optical head configured to split a light beam into a higher power main beam and at least one lower power side beam. The optical storage system also includes a controller configured to alter an optical medium, via modulation of the higher power main beam according to a writing strategy waveform that defines at least n pulses for every n bits of data to be written to the medium, while processing a first signal resulting from the at least one lower power side beam being reflected from the medium and a second signal indicative of the writing strategy waveform to remove noise from the first signal caused by the higher power main beam to generate output indicative of the data directly after writing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventor: Lingtao Wang
  • Patent number: 10170158
    Abstract: A computer program product, according to one embodiment, includes a computer readable storage medium having program instructions embodied therewith. The computer readable storage medium is not a transitory signal per se. Moreover, the program instructions readable and/or executable by a controller to cause the controller to perform a method which includes: collecting, by the controller, data relating to operation of a tape drive; storing, by the controller, the collected data in wrap sections of a tape map; and storing, by the controller, a subset of the collected data in a slice region upon experiencing a first trigger condition and/or upon reaching a predefined location on a tape. Moreover, the wrap sections of the tape map correlate to physical lengths of tape. Other systems, methods, and computer program products are described in additional embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Pamela R. Nylander-Hill
  • Patent number: 10163456
    Abstract: A near-field transducer is situated at or proximate an air bearing surface of the apparatus and configured to facilitate heat-assisted magnetic recording on a medium. The near-field transducer includes an enlarged region comprising plasmonic material and having a first end proximate the air bearing surface. The near-field transducer also includes a disk region adjacent the enlarged region and having a first end proximate the air bearing surface. The disk region comprises plasmonic material. A peg region extends from the first end of the disk region and terminates at or proximate the air bearing surface. The near-field transducer further includes a region recessed with respect to the peg region. The recessed region is located between the peg region and the first end of the enlarged region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Weibin Chen, Werner Scholz
  • Patent number: 10146362
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a shift register unit, a shift register, a driving method and an array substrate. The shift register unit may comprise a touch-controlled circuit comprising a touch-controlled turning-on module and a touch-controlled turning-off module, wherein a control of the touch-controlled turning-on module is connected to a touch-controlled turning-on signal, an input is connected to a negative power supply signal, and an output is connected to an output terminal, and the touch-controlled turning-on signal is a pulse signal at a start of a touch controlling period; and a control of the touch-controlled turning-off module is connected to a touch-controlled turning-off signal, an input of the touch-controlled turning-off module is connected to a positive power supply signal, and an output of the touch-controlled turning-off module is connected to the output terminal, wherein the touch-controlled turning-off signal is a pulse signal at an end of the touch controlling period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Rui Xu, Xiaochuan Chen, Xi Chen, Lei Ma, Peizhi Cai, Xue Cao, Jinyu Li, Yanchen Li, Fengchun Pang, Xingyou Luo
  • Patent number: 10147453
    Abstract: This disclosure is related to systems, devices, processes, and methods to optimize a laser power boost amplitude, a laser power boost duration, or both in a heat-assisted data recording device, such as in heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR). The amplitude and duration for the laser power boost may be determined for a specific portion of a write operation, such as a first sector of the write operation. During operation of a data storage device, the laser power boost may provide additional power to the laser for the specific portion. Once the laser power boost duration has elapsed, the data storage device may continue providing power to the laser at the normal power input range of the laser. The laser power boost settings may be determined on a per head per zone basis, per track basis, or another configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Alfredo Sam Chu, Franklin P Martens, Aaron Jacobs
  • Patent number: 10146391
    Abstract: A transparent conductive oxide film for sensing deformation has a length, and generates a deformation amount when an external force is applied thereto, so as to change a resistance value of the transparent conductive oxide film. A ratio of the deformation amount to the length ranges from about 5×10?5 to about 3.5×10?4, and a rate of change of the resistance value ranges from about 0.01% to about 3%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: TPK Touch Solutions (Xiamen) Inc.
    Inventors: Cheng-Chung Chiang, Feng Chen, Ho-Hsun Chi, Yuh-Wen Lee
  • Patent number: 10134438
    Abstract: An optical medium reproduction apparatus for optically reproducing an optical medium, including: a detection unit for splitting a cross section of a beam returned from the optical medium into a plurality of regions and for forming respective detection signals; a multiple input adaptive equalizer having a plurality of adaptive equalizer units, wherein the respective detection signals are inputted into the adaptive equalizer units, and the outputs of the adaptive equalizer units are computed to form equalization signals; a binarization unit for binarizing the equalization signals to provide binary data; and an equalization error computing unit for determining an equalization error from equalization target signals provided based on the binary data from the binarization unit and the equalization signals, and providing the adaptive equalizer units with the equalization error as control signals for adaptive equalization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Noriaki Nishi, Kimihiro Saito, Junya Shiraishi, Takashi Nakao, Kenji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10106889
    Abstract: Waveguides that include a top cladding layer; a bottom cladding layer; and a core layer positioned between the top cladding layer and the bottom cladding layer, the core layer including a material having a refractive index of not less than 2.1, for example amorphous hydrogenated silicon carbide (SiC:H), or bismuth titanate. Methods of forming core layers of waveguides are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Song Chen, Xiaoyue Huang
  • Patent number: 10102872
    Abstract: Devices that include a near field transducer (NFT), the NFT having at least one external surface; and at least one multilayer adhesion layer positioned on at least a portion of the at least one external surface, the multilayer adhesion layer including a first layer and a second layer, with the second layer being in contact with the portion of the at least one external surface of the NFT, the first layer including: yttrium (Y), scandium (Sc), zirconium (Zr), hafnium (Hf), silicon (Si), boron (B), tantalum (Ta), barium (Ba), aluminum (Al), titanium (Ti), niobium (Nb), calcium (Ca), beryllium (Be), strontium (Sr), magnesium (Mg), lithium (Li), or combinations thereof; and the second layer including: lanthanum (La), boron (B), lutetium (Lu), aluminum (Al), deuterium (D), cerium (Ce), uranium (U), praseodymium (Pr), yttrium (Y), silicon (Si), iridium (Ir), carbon (C), thorium (Th), scandium (Sc), titanium (Ti), vanadium (V), phosphorus (P), barium (Ba), europium (Eu), or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Justin Brons, Tong Zhao, Yuhang Cheng, Dimitar V. Dimitrov
  • Patent number: 10090017
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for dynamic multiple actuator drive data access includes: partitioning a data package of a received data transfer request into a plurality of data segments; assigning actuator drivers and actuator controllers; initiating a data transfer to or from the data storage medium using one or more of the plurality of actuators corresponding to the one or more assigned actuator controllers; storing or retrieving an individual data package of the data transfer request to or from the data storage medium wherein the entire data package is wholly accessible to a single actuator, if the data transfer request is a random data mode request; and storing or retrieving an individual data segment of the data transfer request to or from the data storage medium wherein the data package is accessible to the plurality of actuators, if the request is a parallel data mode request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Delphi Memory Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry D. Gartee
  • Patent number: 10090016
    Abstract: A storage device controller is configured to select one of multiple written track widths for a storage location based on a write attribute of data to be recorded at the storage location. According to one implementation, the storage device controller is further configured to select a power level for a heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) device based on the write attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Kaizhong Gao, Wenzhong Zhu, Tim Rausch, Edward Gage
  • Patent number: 10090015
    Abstract: An information processing device includes: a data processing unit which executes a reproduction process of recorded data of a disc, in which the data processing unit reads disc type information that is recorded on the disc, and ascertains a recorded data configuration of the disc based on the disc type information that is read, and executes data reading-out and reproduction processes according to a reading-out rate corresponding to the ascertained recorded data configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Kouichi Uchimura, Yoshikazu Takashima
  • Patent number: 10074428
    Abstract: In a recording technique in which a plurality of light spots are simultaneously formed by using an ultra-short pulse laser and a spatial phase modulator, and a plurality of recording dots having refractive indexes different from those of the vicinities thereof are formed inside a recording medium, it is hard to make recording quality and a recording density compatible. Therefore, a plurality of dots are recorded at a predetermined dot pitch, and then other dots are recorded between the recorded dots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Manabu Shiozawa, Yasuhiko Shimotsuma, Masaaki Sakakura, Kiyotaka Miura, Miki Nakabayashi