Patents Examined by Dominic E Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10379139
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for testing circuit modules. A system for testing a circuit module includes a test circuit board configured to interface with a host system, a standard connector implemented on the test circuit board and configured to be attachably coupled to the circuit module, a micro-backplane module configured to be attachably coupled to the circuit module and a micro-backplane module interface connector implemented on the test circuit board and configured to be attachably coupled to the micro-backplane module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: WESTERN DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Sohail Mallick, Dmitry Vaysman, Hyun Soo Kim, Brian Hokyee Tse, Hariharan Venkataramani
  • Patent number: 10371766
    Abstract: A method and system that includes injecting light into a vapor cell; detecting an output of the light from the vapor cell; modulating the light injected into the vapor cell in dependence on the detected output to achieve an oscillating signal; applying an energy pulse to the vapor cell prior to achieving the oscillating signal to decrease a time required to achieve the oscillating signal; and determining a magnetic field measurement in dependence on a frequency of the oscillating signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: GEOTECH LTD.
    Inventor: Ryan S. Raz
  • Patent number: 10374547
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an aggregation management apparatus includes processing circuitry configured to acquire position information and performance information of each photovoltaic power generation facility in a set of photovoltaic power generation facilities from a storage; and calculate an evaluation value of a predictive error of a total generated energy of the set of photovoltaic power generation facilities, based on the position information, the performance information, and a correlation level of the predictive errors of solar radiation information depending on a distance between two locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hiromasa Shin, Mitsuru Kakimoto, Yusuke Endoh
  • Patent number: 10373801
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a system for measuring magnetic fields produced within a microscope comprising an electromagnetic lens includes a sensor support element configured to be mounted to a distal end of an elongated support member that is configured to be inserted into the microscope, and a magnetic field sensor supported by the sensor support element, the magnetic field sensor being configured to sense magnetic fields at a position within the electron microscope at which specimens are imaged during operation of the microscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Arturo Ponce-Pedraza, Miguel Jose Yacaman, John Eder Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10368146
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for environment sensing. The system includes a sensor node having a sensor. The sensor includes a sensing material configured to be in contact with an ambient environment. The system includes a remote system having a communication circuit and a controller circuit. The communication circuit is configured to be wirelessly communicatively coupled to the sensor node. The controller circuit electrically coupled to the communication circuit. The controller circuit configured to receive an impedance response of the sensing material and analyze the impedance response of the sensing material at frequencies that provide a linear response of the sensing material to an analyte of interest and at least partially reject effects of interferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Radislav Alexandrovich Potyrailo, Daniel White Sexton, Steven Go
  • Patent number: 10368451
    Abstract: A module for the interconnection between an electrical circuit breaker and an electrical contactor includes a housing and multiple high-power electrical conductors that are housed inside the housing, each of the high-power electrical conductors being suitable for electrically connecting an electrical output of a circuit breaker to an electrical input of a contactor, in order to allow a supply electric current to flow from the circuit breaker to the contactor. The interconnection module additionally includes a device for measuring the current, which device is suitable for measuring the values of the current that flows through the high-power electrical conductors, and an electronic processing unit, which unit is equipped with an interface for connection to a data bus and which unit is programmed to transmit the values measured by the measurement device to the data bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventors: Patrick Comtois, Gilles Baurand
  • Patent number: 10359332
    Abstract: A gauge having a housing formed of a polymer material and one or more electrical feedthrough pins disposed in the housing. The electrical feedthrough pins can be oriented substantially perpendicular to each other and have complex shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon J. Kelly, Clinton L. Percy, Scott C. Heinbuch, Gerardo A. Brucker, Timothy C. Swinney, Timothy R. Piwonka-Corle
  • Patent number: 10359466
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for detecting an electric arc based on an analog output signal (104) of at least one acoustic wave sensor (102), this device including: an analog-to-digital converter (106) capable of sampling and digitizing the output signal (104) of the sensor (102); a digital processing circuit (110) capable of implementing a frequency domain analysis of the digital output signal (108) of the converter (106) enabling to detect the possible presence of an arc based on its acoustic signature; and an analog circuit (118) for detecting the exceeding of a power threshold by the output signal (104) of the sensor (102), wherein the digital processing circuit (110) is configured to implement the frequency domain analysis only on detection of the exceeding of a threshold by the analog circuit (118).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT À L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Diego Alberto, Marco Ranieri, Raphaël Toufflet
  • Patent number: 10352842
    Abstract: A particulate matter detection element 1 includes paired detection electrodes 12 for detecting particulate matter contained in exhaust gas discharged from an internal combustion engine, and insulating member 13 made of electrically insulating material. In the particulate matter detection element 1, at least part of the paired detection electrodes 12 is exposed from the insulating member 13 in the direction perpendicular to the lamination direction of the paired detection electrodes 1, to cause part of the particulate matter to deposit thereon. The surface roughness of at least the insulating member disposed between the paired detection electrodes is between 0.8 ?m and 8.0 ?m in 10-point average roughness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Koike, Hironobu Shimokawa, Masayuki Tamura, Go Miyagawa, Tomotaka Mouri
  • Patent number: 10353021
    Abstract: A magnetic sensor device includes: a magnetic field generator, disposed at one surface side of a sheet-like to-be-detected object including a magnetic component, to generate an intersecting magnetic field intersecting the object; and a magnetoresistive effect element disposed between the object and the magnetic field generator, having a resistance value changing in accordance with change of a component of the intersecting magnetic field in a conveyance direction along which the object is conveyed, when the object is conveyed. The magnetoresistive effect element includes resistive elements adjacent to each other in the conveyance direction and interconnected by a bridge, disposed in linear symmetry relative to an axis perpendicular to the conveyance direction and extending through a center of the bridge. A position in the conveyance direction of the bridge center of the magnetoresistive effect element coincides with a position in the conveyance direction of the magnetic field generator center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Tomokazu Ogomi, Kenji Shimohata, Hiroyuki Asano, Jin Inoue
  • Patent number: 10345407
    Abstract: The invention provides for a method of operating a magnetic resonance system for acquiring magnetic resonance data (152) from a phantom (124) within a measurement (zone 108). The phantom comprises a known volume of at least one predetermined substance ((128), 130). The method comprises the step of acquiring (300) the magnetic resonance data by controlling the magnetic resonance system with pulse sequence instructions (150). The pulse sequence instructions cause the magnetic resonance system to acquire the magnetic resonance data according to a magnetic resonance fingerprinting technique. The pulse sequence instructions specify a train of pulse sequence repetitions. Each pulse sequence repetition has a repetition time chosen from a distribution of repetition times. Each pulse sequence repetition comprises a radio frequency pulse chosen from a distribution of radio frequency pulses. The distribution of radio frequency pulses cause magnetic spins to rotate to a distribution of flip angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Peter Boernert, Mariya Ivanova Doneva, Thomas Erik Amthor, Peter Koken, Jochen Keupp
  • Patent number: 10345844
    Abstract: An integrated circuit is provided with a bandgap voltage reference circuit having a bandgap reference voltage output. A bandgap failure detection circuit is coupled to the bandgap reference voltage output. The bandgap failure detection forms a model value of the reference voltage from a first time, compares a present value of the reference voltage at a second time to the model value; and asserts a bandgap fail signal to indicate when the present value is less than the model value by a threshold value. The integrated circuit is reset by the bandgap fail signal. The detection circuit may be operated from a failsafe voltage domain that also allows a critical circuit to complete a pending operation during a reset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Frank Dornseifer, Matthias Arnold, Johannes Gerber
  • Patent number: 10338125
    Abstract: A test point adaptor for coaxial cables includes a main body, a test body, and a cap. The main body has a first longitudinal axis and includes a first end comprising a first interface, a second end comprising a second interface, and a first center conductor extending at least from the first interface to the second interface. The test body has a second longitudinal axis arranged transversely to the main body and includes an outer conductive sleeve, a test body end comprising a third interface, an electrically conductive contact member in electrical contact with the first center conductor, and a gripping arrangement electrically coupled with the electrically conductive contact member. The third interface includes a conical contact surface of the outer conductive sleeve. The cap includes a sleeve configured to matingly engage an outer surface of the outer conductive sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: PPC BROADBAND, INC.
    Inventors: Kim Lundgren Eriksen, Noah P. Montena
  • Patent number: 10330752
    Abstract: In order to improve B1 non-homogeneity while reducing a local SAR in an object, particularly, in a human tissue during MR imaging, the present invention is characterized in that each of a plurality of irradiation channels is controlled on the basis of RF shimming parameters corresponding to the plurality of irradiation channels, and, in a case of performing imaging sequence of irradiating an object with an RF magnetic field, there is the use of the RF shimming parameters obtained by imposing a constraint condition on at least one of a plurality of principal components obtained through principal component analysis on the RF shimming parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Kosuke Ito, Yoshihisa Soutome, Masahiro Takizawa
  • Patent number: 10330641
    Abstract: A method for discovering, identifying, and monitoring of mechanical defects in a ferromagnetic underground or underwater structure. A magnetic scanner portable device is used to inspect the ferromagnetic underground structure and identify at least one portion with a magnetic field anomaly. Sets of permanent magnetic scanner sensors to monitor the magnetic field anomaly are placed adjacent to the at least one portion of the underground structure. A calculation unit, coupled to the sets of permanent magnetic scanner sensors is used to collect and process data. A stress-deformed state (SDS) and a risk-factor (RF) of the at least one portion with the magnetic field anomaly is presented on a display unit, which is coupled to the calculation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Valerian Goroshevskiy, Svetlana Kamaeva, Igor Kolesnikov, Leonid Ivlev
  • Patent number: 10324048
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for determining an electromagnetic (EM) characteristic of a material, including a chamber, an antenna, a transmitter, a receiver and a processor. The chamber includes a permanent boundary that encloses a volume; a removable panel along the boundary. The panel includes the material. The antenna is disposed in the chamber for transmitting source EM radiation and receiving reflected EM radiation. The transmitter injects the source EM radiation via the antenna into the chamber. The source EM radiation includes continuous wave (CW) and pulse signals. The receiver obtains reverberated EM radiation from the chamber via the antenna and produces an intermediate frequency signal. The processor controls the transmitter and the receiver. The processor determines a decay time of the EM radiation from the intermediate frequency signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Robert E. Richardson, Michael B. Slocum
  • Patent number: 10324128
    Abstract: Provided are a method of testing semiconductor device and a system for testing semiconductor device. The method includes measuring a minimum operating voltage of each of a plurality of sample semiconductor devices and an operating frequency of corresponding ring oscillators included in each of the plurality of sample semiconductor devices, generating a model between the operating frequencies of the ring oscillators and the minimum operating voltages of the sample semiconductor devices, measuring an operating frequency of ring oscillators included in a target semiconductor device, and determining a target minimum operating voltage of the target semiconductor device based on the operating frequency of the ring oscillators of the target semiconductor device and the model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Oh Song Kwon
  • Patent number: 10324116
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and method for tracking energy consumption. An energy tracking system comprises at least one switching element, at least one inductor and a control block to keep the output voltage at a pre-selected level. The switching elements are configured to apply the source of energy to the inductors. The control block compares the output voltage of the energy tracking system to a reference value and controls the switching of the switched elements in order to transfer energy for the primary voltage into a secondary voltage at the output of the energy tracking system. The electronic device further comprises an ON-time and OFF-time generator and an accumulator wherein the control block is coupled to receive a signal from the ON-time and OFF-time generator and generates switching signals for the at least one switching element in the form of ON-time pulses with a constant ON-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Horst Diewald, Johann Zipperer, Peter Weber, Anton Brauchle
  • Patent number: 10324127
    Abstract: An electronic component handling apparatus (10) is provided which can improve the operation rate. The electronic component handling apparatus (10) includes: a contact arm (300) having a holding part (380) configured to hold a DUT (10A), the contact arm (300) being configured to press the DUT (10A) against a socket (410); an alignment device (200) including a camera (221) and a operation unit (230), the camera (221) being configured to image the DUT (10A) to acquire image information, the operation unit (230) being configured to adjust a position of the holding part (380) within a range of a maximum alignment amount (ALmax); and a control device (105) configured to control the contact arm (300) and the alignment device (200). When a predetermined condition is not satisfied, the control device (105) controls the contact arm (300) and the alignment device (200) so as to perform preliminary alignment work at least once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: ADVANTEST CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Kato, Masataka Onozawa, Keisuke Nitta
  • Patent number: 10325906
    Abstract: An electrostatic discharge (ESD) testing structure includes a measurement device in a first die. The ESD testing structure further includes a fuse in a second die. The ESD testing structure further includes a plurality of bonds electrically connecting the first die to the second die, wherein a first bond of the plurality of bonds electrically connects the fuse to the measurement device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Tzu-Heng Chang, Jen-Chou Tseng, Ming-Hsiang Song