Patents Examined by Demetrius Pretlow
  • Patent number: 10197612
    Abstract: A continuity test system (100), includes a base unit (1) and a mobile unit (9). The base unit (1) is adapted to be connected to a first portion of a test item, and, the mobile unit (9) is both interconnected to said base unit (1), and adapted to be connected to a second portion of said test item. The continuity test system (100) includes a signal generator (2), adapted to generate a dual polarity measurement signal, a measurement unit (14), adapted to measure electrical parameters of said test item (16)as said dual polarity measurement signal is applied thereto, and, a processor (13, 4), to process said measured electrical parameters and provide a resultant continuity test signal output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: The Peak Group Pty Limited
    Inventors: Paul Griffiths, Darren Woodhouse
  • Patent number: 10168408
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus (100) for influencing and/or detecting magnetic particles in a field of view (28), in particular an MPI apparatus. The apparatus comprises selection field elements (116) for generating a magnetic selection field (50), drive field coils (124; 125, 126, 127) for changing the position in space of the two sub-zones (52, 54) by means of a magnetic drive field, focus field elements (116) for changing the position in space of the field of view (28) by means of a magnetic focus field, and receiving elements (148) for acquiring detection signals. A static system function of the apparatus is obtained in the absence of a magnetic focus field, from which an extended system function is generated by shifting a time-domain representation of said static system function proportional to the changes of the position of the field of view caused by appliance of the magnetic focus field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Jurgen Erwin Rahmer, Bernhard Gleich
  • Patent number: 10145683
    Abstract: A method for measuring a dip angle of oppositely crossly placed paired quartered ring-quartered circle nested polar plates. An annular coplanar capacitance measuring head of a sensor unit consists of four quarter round metal plates and four quarter circular-ring-shaped metal plates, the eight metal plates are coplanar and concentric with one another, and a quarter round metal plate and a quarter circular-ring-shaped metal plate corresponding to the same sector angle form a capacitor. Two annular coplanar capacitance measuring heads are arranged on two round insulating substrates, the two round insulating substrates are used as two bottom surfaces of a cylindrical container, the cylindrical container is transversely arranged, and an insulating liquid equal to ½ volume of the cylindrical container is injected into the cylindrical container in a sealing manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Harbin Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Pengcheng Hu, Jiubin Tan, Jiahao Guo
  • Patent number: 10133909
    Abstract: A composite substrate sensor device comprises: a first substrate sensing chip having an upper surface, a lower surface, side surfaces and sensing circuit cells; a second substrate surrounding the first substrate sensing chip; an insulating layer set comprising insulating layers and disposed on upper surfaces of the second substrate and the first substrate sensing chip on a virtual common plane; sensing electrode cells disposed on an upper surface of the insulating layer set on a physical common plane substantially parallel to the virtual common plane; and interconnect wires formed in the insulating layer set and electrically connecting the sensing electrode cells to the sensing circuit cells, respectively, so that the sensing circuit cells sense an electric field variation of an approaching object through the sensing electrode cells and the interconnect wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Mei-Yen Lee
  • Patent number: 10132652
    Abstract: An electrostatic sensor includes: a decoration portion formed of a metal-based material, which is provided in an attachment target member; and a plurality of electrodes that are arranged in a back portion of the decoration portion and that individually detect a detection target which comes into contact with or approaches the decoration portion, wherein the decoration portion is configured of a plurality of decoration pieces divided according to arrangement of the plurality of electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Takehiko Sugiura
  • Patent number: 10126335
    Abstract: A system for the verification of the absence of voltage includes a first impedance, an amplitude limiter electrically connected to the first impedance, a second impedance electrically connected to the first impedance and the amplitude limiter, a varactor circuit electrically connected to the second impedance, an isolation capacitor electrically connected to the second impedance and varactor circuit, an envelope circuit with a voltage detection circuit connected to the isolation circuit via a buffer, and an RF oscillator. The amplitude limiter configured to limit the voltage applied to the varactor circuit. The RF oscillator configured to interact with the varactor circuit in order to create a modulated circuit for the buffer and envelope circuit. The envelope circuit is configured to demodulate the signal for the voltage detection circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Masud Bolouri-Saransar, James E. Fabiszak, Richard A. Rago
  • Patent number: 10128771
    Abstract: An apparatus. The apparatus includes a source of radio-frequency energy and a first transformer coil coupled to the source of RF energy. A second transformer coil, the second transformer coil electromagnetically coupled to the first transformer coil. A modulator is coupled to the source of radio frequency energy, wherein the modulator is configured to receive a modulating signal comprising a pseudorandom bit sequence. The apparatus further includes a power receiver coupled to the second transformer coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Shun Kei Leung, Stephen James Underwood
  • Patent number: 10120039
    Abstract: A system for magnetic detection includes a nitrogen vacancy (NV) diamond material comprising a plurality of NV centers, a magnetic field generator that generates a magnetic field that is applied to the NV diamond material, a radio frequency (RF) excitation source that provides RF excitation to the NV diamond material, an optical excitation source that provides optical excitation to the NV diamond material, an optical detector that receives an optical signal emitted by the NV diamond material, and a controller. The controller is configured to compute a total incident magnetic field at the NV diamond material based on the optical signal emitted by the NV diamond material, and drive the magnetic field generator to generate a compensatory magnetic field, the generated compensatory magnetic field being set to offset a shift in the optical signal emitted by the NV diamond material caused by an external magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventors: John B. Stetson, Jr., Jeff D. Cammerata
  • Patent number: 10107789
    Abstract: A fluid measurement system and method for determining component mixtures flowing in a conduit such as an oil well. The system includes a sensor wire for location in a well bore; a signal generator for injecting a high frequency signal along the wire; a data acquisition unit to record first reflected signals received from the wire; a system criteria unit to maintain a data set relevant to the system, and a processor unit operable to act upon the first reflected signals and the data set to establish an output indicative of component fluid within the well bore from which the mixture of fluids flowing within the well bore can be determined. An iterative process can be used with waveguide and probabilistic models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: David Sirda Shanks, David Cyril Hendry, Alan James Fenwick
  • Patent number: 10109369
    Abstract: A test device for testing a plurality of semiconductor devices, each of which includes a plurality of functional blocks and a plurality of test pads coupled to the functional blocks. The test device includes a test header including a plurality of test channels, a plurality of test sites on which the semiconductor devices are installed, and a test control device. The test control device allocates the test channels to at least some of the test pads of the semiconductor devices to test more than two of the semiconductor devices simultaneously. The number of the test sites is greater than a value generated by dividing the number of the test channels by the number of the test pads of each of the semiconductor devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dae-Shik Kang, Hyun-Sil Lim, Min-Suk Choi
  • Patent number: 10107862
    Abstract: A fuel gauge system for measuring the amount of current in a battery is provided. The fuel gauge system includes a first resistive element connected in series to the battery, a second resistive element connected in series to the first resistive element, a first switch connected in parallel to the second resistive element to control a current flowing in the second resistive element, a second switch connected in series to the second resistive element to control the current flowing in the second resistive element, a controller configured to output a first switching signal to the first switch and output a second switching signal to the second switch, and a fuel gauge circuit configured to measure a battery current flowing in the first resistive element and the second resistive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kudo Ryotaro, Dong Jin Keum, Byung Chul Jeon, Jin Sub Choi
  • Patent number: 10107878
    Abstract: Provided is an antenna such as a TEM-type antenna and a microstrip-type antenna that has rung conductors and a shield conductor to electrically connect and use them. A holding member that maintains a shape of the shield conductor is composed by assembling ribs and thin walls. An inner holding member is a structural material. Holes are provided on at least either one of the shield conductor and the holding member adhered thereto or the inner holding member, which can adjoin conductors from the outside of the cylindrical antenna through the said holes during the antenna production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Hideta Habara, Yoshihisa Soutome, Yosuke Otake, Shinichiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10101412
    Abstract: A sensor module includes a magnetic field sensor that includes a sensor main body including a magnetic field sensing element and a plurality of lead wires led out from the sensor main body, a container case including a container part that includes the sensor main body, and a molded body that includes a mold resin molded so as to include at least a part of the container case without contacting with the sensor main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: HITACHI METALS, LTD.
    Inventor: Yukio Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10092210
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an impedance measuring device obtaining impedance of portions of an object corresponding to two sensing electrodes by detecting, through the two sensing electrodes, an electrical variation shown on the object as an electrical signal is applied. A detector amplifying each of signals detected through the two sensing electrodes and then differential-operating the amplified signals to generate a signal for obtaining impedance is subjected to a calibration process for adjusting the gain of the amplifiers to reduce in-phase noise added due to an imbalance between the sensing electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Jung Jin Hwang, Young Dae Seo
  • Patent number: 10088592
    Abstract: Inductive clamps for use in utility locate operations for inductively coupling current signals from a transmitter to a hidden or buried conductor are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SEESCAN, INC.
    Inventors: Mark S. Olsson, Hunter Brown, Stephanie M. Bench, Justin W. Taylor, Jan Soukup
  • Patent number: 10072942
    Abstract: Systems and methods for environmental monitoring of high activity facilities, generally comprising low profile devices having sensing elements for various environmental uses, designed to provide the wireless communications network as a basis for performing a wide variety of tasks. The devices may be installed on an existing electrical system and may measure, among other things, electrical current on various circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ivani, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Wootton, Justin McKinney, Michael Crowell-Ingram, Evan Dorsky, Saarth Mehrotra, Erin Pierce, Victoria Preston, Jonathan Clark, Zhen Wei
  • Patent number: 10067156
    Abstract: A physical quantity sensor includes a physical quantity sensor element and an IC connected to the physical quantity sensor element. The IC includes an analog power supply circuit that is switched to enable or disable, a signal processing unit to which a voltage is supplied from the analog power supply circuit and which processes a signal from the physical quantity sensor element, and a control circuit that sets the analog power supply circuit to enable within a processing period based on an external trigger and makes the signal processing unit process a physical quantity signal from the physical quantity sensor element intermittently for every processing period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takemi Yonezawa, Noriyuki Murashima
  • Patent number: 10048311
    Abstract: A semiconductor test structure is provided for detecting raised source/drain regions-gate electrode shorts, including a semiconductor substrate, FETs formed on the semiconductor substrate, raised source/drain regions of the FETs formed on the semiconductor substrate, a gate electrode structure comprising multiple gate electrodes of the FETs arranged in parallel to each other, and a first electrical terminal electrically connected to the gate electrode structure, and wherein no electrical contacts to the raised source/drain regions are present between the multiple gate electrodes of the gate electrode structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc.
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Moll, Uwe Dersch, Ricardo Pablo Mikalo
  • Patent number: 10041810
    Abstract: Magnetic field sensors can sense speed of movement and direction of movement of a ferromagnetic object. The magnetic field sensors employ both planar Hall effect elements and vertical Hall effect elements to generate two-state signals in two different signal paths with relative phases that are ninety degrees apart, the ninety degrees having sufficient margin to aid in detection of the direction of motion. Other magnetic field sensors use at least four vertical Hall effect elements to identify a speed of rotation and a direction of rotation of a moving ferromagnetic object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Allegro MicroSystems, LLC
    Inventors: Ravi Vig, Paul A. David, Eric G. Shoemaker
  • Patent number: 10036824
    Abstract: The present invention provides a transmitter for an electromagnetic survey system for transmitting signals having a waveform comprising at least a first pulse and a second pulse, wherein the first and second pulses are different in at least one of shape and power. Embodiments of the invention enable combining various distinct pulses that may have been optimized for respective applications to form a transmitter waveform for conducting a geological survey. In effect, the embodiments of the present invention provides an EM system that is substantially equivalent to multiple EM systems operating at the same time for collecting data in relation to different aspects of the geology of interest. Advantageously, the benefits of the present invention can be obtained without the undesirable complexity and cost associated with the simultaneous deployment of multiple EM systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventors: Philip John Miles, Jason Conrad Berringer, Tianyou Chen, David Gregory Hodges