Patents Examined by Christopher McAndrew
  • Patent number: 10195423
    Abstract: A multichannel clip device and methods of use that facilitate connection of multiple electrical components of a first device and a second device for testing and/or verification are provided herein. Such multichannel clip devices can include a spring-loaded clip having multiple electrical contacts for coupling with a contact portion of a first device and which are connected to a proximal connector through a flexible stimulation cable. The contacts can be included within a neurostimulation lead connector and the proximal connector adapted to couple with standard connectors on a clinician programmer, each contact being coupled to a corresponding contact of the proximal connector to define multiple separate channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Guanqiang Jiang, John Woock, Dennis Schroeder, Eric Schmid, Andres Dandler
  • Patent number: 10186402
    Abstract: A measurement system for measuring a consumption amount of a focus ring in a plasma etching apparatus including a processing chamber, a lower electrode and the focus ring surrounding a periphery of the lower electrode, comprises a sensor substrate having a distance sensor and a measurement unit configured to measure a consumption amount of the focus ring. The measurement unit includes a transfer instruction unit, an acquisition unit and a measurement unit. The transfer instruction unit is configured to instruct a transfer unit to transfer the sensor substrate into the processing chamber. The acquisition unit is configured to acquire information on a physical amount corresponding to a distance from the distance sensor to the focus ring, which is measured by the distance sensor. The measurement unit is configured to measure a consumption amount of the focus ring based on the acquired information on the physical amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Koji Kamata, Hiroshi Ikari
  • Patent number: 10184958
    Abstract: Devices and methods associated with current measurements are provided. A current in a conductor portion may be measured by a current sensing element. An output signal indicative of the current may be generated based on the measured current and information regarding a current path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Udo Ausserlechner
  • Patent number: 10162038
    Abstract: A method of interfacing a LC sensor with a control unit is provided. The control unit may include first and second contacts, where the LC sensor is connected between the first and the second contact. A capacitor is connected between the first contact and a ground. To start the oscillation of the LC sensor, the method may include during a first phase, connecting the first contact to a supply voltage and placing the second contact in a high impedance state such that the capacitor is charged through the supply voltage. During a second phase, the first contact may be placed in a high impedance state, and the second contact connected to the ground such that the capacitor transfers charge towards the LC sensor. During a third phase, the first contact and the second contact may be placed in a high impedance state so the LC sensor is able to oscillate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.
    Inventors: Riccardo Condorelli, Daniele Mangano
  • Patent number: 10161973
    Abstract: A system for use in determining the active power used in an electrical circuit is provided. The system includes an electrical circuit comprising both reactive and resistive components, and a digital processor connected to the electrical circuit, the digital processor configured to collect synchronized samples of a line voltage across the electrical circuit and a load current through the electrical circuit. The digital processor processes the synchronized samples of the line voltage and the load current to determine an active power used in the electrical circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Eurotherm Ltd
    Inventors: Loris Morassutto, Joe Cottam, Gerard Ledee
  • Patent number: 10161968
    Abstract: To provide a shunt resistor and a current detection device including the shunt resistor, to which a busbar, a board, and the like can be easily fixed with sufficient strength wherein only minimum processing of electrodes is required. Screwing members (bolt (14) and nut (15)) that are separate members from electrodes (12) of the resistor (10), are fixed on the electrodes (12). The current detection device includes the shunt resistor (10), which has at least a pair of electrodes (12). One screwing member (14) fixed beforehand on at least one electrode (12) is screw fastened with the other screwing member (15) while disposing a prescribed intervening member (20) between the one screwing member and the other screwing member. Here, the prescribed intervening member (20) includes a board mounting a current detection circuit thereon and/or busbars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: KOA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keishi Nakamura, Kenji Kameko
  • Patent number: 10156134
    Abstract: A method for detecting a subsurface anomaly at a near-surface depth, comprises positioning an electromagnetic sensor configured to measure a component of a planetary electromagnetic field such that the electromagnetic sensor is suspended just above a ground-air barrier and does not contact a ground surface; selecting an electromagnetic frequency by calculating a function of properties of the ground that include relative permittivity, relative permeability, and resistivity; moving the electromagnetic sensor over the surface of the ground; repeatedly measuring intensity of the component of the planetary electromagnetic field at the frequency to obtain a set of measurements; and comparing at least a first measurement in the set of measurements to at least a second measurement in the set of measurements to identify a change in the intensity of the component of the planetary electromagnetic field that is indicative of a presence of a subsurface anomaly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Terra Response LLC
    Inventors: James E. Smith, Franz A. Pertl, Roy S. Nutter, Andrew D. Lowery
  • Patent number: 10145928
    Abstract: An example method for mapping tissue magnetic susceptibility includes acquiring magnetic resonance (MR) data, where the MR data correspond to a subject, determining a magnetic field based on the MR data, determining a relationship between the magnetic field at a given location to the magnetic susceptibility at that location, and performing a convolution operation on the relationship between the magnetic field at the given location to the magnetic susceptibility at that location to obtain a noise property. The method also includes estimating a magnetic susceptibility distribution of the subject based, at least in part, on the noise property, and generating one or more images of the subject based on the estimated susceptibility distribution of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: MedImageMetric LLC
    Inventor: Tian Liu
  • Patent number: 10145938
    Abstract: An on-chip power sensor and a millimeter-wave transmitter on a chip including the on-chip power sensor are described. The millimeter-wave transmitter can also include a coupler disposed on a transmit path, the coupler being configured to receive a transmit signal and to provide the transmit signal to an antenna. The on-chip power sensor can be configured to receive a coupled portion of the transmit signal from the coupler, and measure a transmit power of the transmit signal based on the coupled portion of the transmit signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Jonas Wursthorn, Herbert Knapp, Hao Li
  • Patent number: 10145921
    Abstract: In a method and magnetic resonance system for the automated determination of the resonance frequency or resonance frequencies of protons for magnetic resonance examinations, at least one signal is acquired and Fourier transform to a spectrum. An automated analysis of the spectrum, that has three resonance peaks, is made with at least two cross-correlation coefficients of at least one model spectrum being determined with the measured spectrum. Depending on the values of the cross-correlation coefficients, the resonance frequency is or resonance frequencies are determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Swen Campagna
  • Patent number: 10139444
    Abstract: A sensing device for power transmission line includes an induction coil device, a sensing circuit device, and a housing. A plurality of iron cores and a plurality of windings defined in the induction coil device. The windings are wound around the iron cores. A hole for power transmission line is defined in the induction coil device. The sensing circuit device detects operation status of a power transmission line and environmental parameters. The sensing circuit device includes a cover and a bottom plate. Multiple circuit boards are mounted on the bottom plate. The induction coil device is mounted on one side of the cover. Each of two ends of the housing has a streamline shape. The housing is hollow for receiving the sensing circuit device. The iron cores of the induction coil device includes at least one first iron core and at least one second iron core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Joe-Air Jiang, Xiang-Yao Zheng, Chien-Hao Wang, Yu-Cheng Yang, Ching-Ya Tseng
  • Patent number: 10139467
    Abstract: A method computer and magnetic resonance (MR) apparatus for controlling a table position of an examination table of the MR apparatus during an MR measurement. An SAR load is determined for an examination object with a calculated pulse sequence, at least for a first table position. Then the table position is adjusted while taking into consideration the SAR load at the first table position. The adjustment of the table position ensures that the SAR load of the examination object is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Diana Martin, Joerg Roland
  • Patent number: 10132839
    Abstract: An electricity meter comprises a conductor having a substantially planar surface; and a carrier for carrying a sensor component for enabling detection of current flowing in the conductor, wherein the carrier is spaced from the planar surface of the conductor by an arrangement of at least three spacing elements. The spacing elements may project from the carrier or from the substantially planar surface of the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SENTEC LTD
    Inventors: Andrew Dames, Robert Davidson, Edward Colby
  • Patent number: 10126400
    Abstract: In a method for reconstruction of a three-dimensional image data set from magnetic resonance slice data of a target region acquired in target slices while a noise object distorting the magnetic field is present in the target region, for each target slice to be acquired, in addition to a central partition slice corresponding to the respective target slice, location, multiple partition slices adjacent to the central partition slice are acquired in a supplementary encoding direction perpendicular to the slice plane in multiple phase-encoding steps. A correction area and a standard reconstruction area of the target region are determined on the basis of a distortion criterion, obtained by evaluating the slice data that describes the distortion along the supplementary encoding direction. In the standard reconstruction area, only slice data are used, and in the correction area, slice data of partition slices outside the target slice are assigned to target slices in order to correct the distortion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Mathias Nittka
  • Patent number: 10120040
    Abstract: A magnetic impedance sensor comprises an amorphous wire 1 of a magneto-sensitive material as the magneto-impedance element, a pulse oscillator means 2 that alternately reverses and outputs a basic pulse current and a compensating pulse current with polarity opposite to the basic pulse current in predetermined periods, and a signal processing means 3 that converts an alternate current voltage generated in response to a magnetic field intensity around the amorphous wire by a magnetic impedance effect of the amorphous wire according to the pulse current into a magnetic signal voltage in response to the magnetic field intensity, and outputs the magnetic signal voltage. Since the amorphous wire 1 is repeatedly reversely magnetized in the u and v circumferential directions, due to compensating the negative pulse current, the magnetic sensor with excellent linear characteristics are obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: AICHI STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Kawano, Hitoshi Aoyama, Michiharu Yamamoto, Hideo Arakawa
  • Patent number: 10115420
    Abstract: A unitary cartridge, or module, provides a self-contained, high accuracy, ready-to-use assembly for controlling fine positioning of a head gimbal assembly (HGA) disposed on a head mounting unit mounted on the cartridge, with respect to a spinstand or other device associated with a head tester. In a form, the head-mounting unit and a counterweight element are configured to be moveable relative to the base in opposite directions along a displacement axis in response to actuators in the cartridge, and are operative in concert with a damping assembly configured to interact with the counterweight element and the heads mounting unit to mitigate vibrational movement of the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Guzik Technical Enterprises
    Inventors: Nahum Guzik, Konstantin Perevoztchikov, Wei Zhuang
  • Patent number: 10111624
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a circuit for impedance measurement. The circuit includes an excitation source coupled between a first set of input switches. An impedance network is coupled between the first set of input switches and a first set of output switches. The impedance network includes a body impedance and a plurality of electrode impedances. A sense circuit is coupled to the first set of output switches. The sense circuit measures the body impedance and at least one electrode impedance of the plurality of electrode impedances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Anand Hariraj Udupa, Jagannathan Venkataraman, Hussam Ahmed, Sandeep Kesrimal Oswal
  • Patent number: 10110336
    Abstract: Determining ambient noise in a device under test electromagnetic compatibility test environment is presented herein. A method can include determining, by a system comprising a processor via a radio frequency input port of the system, an ambient electromagnetic noise corresponding to the system; and in response to determining, by the system via the radio frequency input port, a radio frequency signature of a device under test, subtracting, by the system, the ambient electromagnetic noise from the radio frequency signature to obtain a normalized value representing an electromagnetic emission of the device under test. In an example, an antenna/coaxial cable has been connected to the radio frequency input port, the ambient electromagnetic noise can be determined using the antenna/coaxial cable, and a radiated/conducted electromagnetic characteristic of the device under test representing the radio frequency signature of the device under test can be determined using the antenna/coaxial cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: William Kucheravy
  • Patent number: 10107874
    Abstract: A sensor (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) comprising a first diamond substrate (9) with at least one color center (15), the sensor (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) further comprising a first piezomagnetic (10) or piezoelectric primary element (11), which primary element (10, 11) is arranged to interact with the color center(s) (15) of the first diamond substrate (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Element Six Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Fedor Jelezko, Jianming Cai, Martin Plenio
  • Patent number: 10109044
    Abstract: An apparatus for measuring micro-cracks in a membrane electrode assembly includes a resistance measurement unit to measure variation in electrical resistance of the membrane electrode assembly while tensioning the membrane electrode assembly in a state in which power is applied to an upper catalyst layer while a lower catalyst layer is insulated, an image capture unit to capture an image of micro-cracks in the upper catalyst layer while the membrane electrode assembly is being tensioned, and a controller to detect, in real time, variation in electrical resistance measured by the resistance measurement unit, corresponding to the image of micro-cracks captured by the image capture unit, and to interpret the size of the micro-cracks generated in the membrane electrode assembly based on the detected variation in electrical resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Byeong-Heon Jeong, Bo Ki Hong, Jong Kil Oh, Taek-Soo Kim, Sanwi Kim, Kyung-Rim Jang