Patents Examined by Giovanni Astacio-Oquendo
  • Patent number: 10386170
    Abstract: An angle sensor includes detection units and an angle computation unit. The detection units detect a composite magnetic field of a magnetic field to be detected and a noise magnetic field. Each detection unit generates a first detection signal representing the strength of a component in a first direction of the composite magnetic field, and a second detection signal representing the strength of a component in a second direction of the composite magnetic field. The angle computation unit generates a detected angle value by performing computations using a plurality of pairs of first and second detection signals generated at the detection units wherein an error of the detected angle value resulting from the noise magnetic field is made smaller than in the case of generating the detected angle value on the basis of only a pair of first and second detection signals generated at any one of the detection units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: TDK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenkichi Anagawa, Shinichirou Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 10386387
    Abstract: A probe guide plate includes a first silicon substrate having first through-holes formed therein, an insulation layer formed on the first silicon substrate and having an opening on a region in which the first through-holes are arranged, a second silicon substrate arranged on the insulation layer and having second through-holes formed at positions corresponding to the first through-holes, and a silicon oxide layer formed on exposed surfaces of the first silicon substrate and the second silicon substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: SHINKO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES CO., LTD., JAPAN ELECTRONIC MATERIALS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kosuke Fujihara, Yuichiro Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10379140
    Abstract: A contact-distance transformer of an electric testing device for testing an electric specimen such as a wafer, for reducing a distance between neighboring electric contacts, the transformer having a non-electrically conductive supporting structure with a first side with first electric contacts positioned apart a first distance and a second side with second electric contacts positioned apart a second, smaller distance. The first contacts are connected to the second contacts by electric connections passing through the support structure and/or which are positioned on the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: FEINMETALL GMBH
    Inventor: Cetin Ekin
  • Patent number: 10379074
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus includes a substrate, a plurality of parallel interdigitated sensor electrode fingers disposed over the substrate, a peripheral shield disposed over at least some of a periphery of the substrate, and a sensing material disposed in gaps formed by surfaces of the sensor electrode fingers and the peripheral shield. In some embodiments, an area shield is also disposed over the electrode fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: NeoTek Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Dirk De Bruyker, Richard C. Eden, Daniel O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10379138
    Abstract: An adapter for receiving at least one integrated circuit with a Hall sensor in a housing. The adapter has a cavity for receiving the at least one integrated circuit in the housing, at least one opening connected with the cavity, and a magnetic-field generating apparatus for generating a magnetic field in the cavity. The adapter is used in a system for detecting the strength of a magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: TDK—Micronas GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Albrecht, Christian Schladebach, Dominik Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 10371497
    Abstract: A fully integral epoxy cap probe may comprise a body having a cavity disposed radially outward of a fan blade and comprising a first material, a frame disposed within the cavity and comprising a second material, a first sensor element and a ground plane disposed within the frame, the first sensor element and the ground plane comprising a third material, and a first soft lead in electronic communication with the first sensor element and the ground plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Eli Cole Warren, Peter J. Walsh
  • Patent number: 10369385
    Abstract: A method for providing at least one measurement by a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system of a tissue property or underlying tissue property in a region sufficiently close to a metal object, so that the metal object induces artifacts is provided. At least one magnetic resonance imaging signal from the region is acquired through the MRI system. The acquired at least one MRI signal is processed to correct for artifacts induced by the metal object. At least one tissue property or underlying tissue property measurement is extracted from the processed at least one MRI signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Hans Weber, Daehyun Yoon, Valentina Taviani, Brian A. Hargreaves
  • Patent number: 10371756
    Abstract: An abnormality notification switch is switched on when a power storage module is abnormal but is switched off when the power storage module is normal. A first detection element outputs a signal indicating an abnormality of the power storage module when detecting that an electric current flows along an electric current line. A second detection element is inserted into an electric current line between a node and a second high-side reference potential that has a higher potential than a potential of a first high-side reference potential. The second detection element outputs a signal indicating an occurrence of a disconnection when detecting that no electric current flows along this electric current line. A retaining circuit retains a potential at the node higher than the first high-side reference potential and lower than the second high-side reference potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuta Kurosaki
  • Patent number: 10371760
    Abstract: A system for magnetic detection includes a magneto-optical defect center material comprising a plurality of magneto-optical defect centers, an optical light source, an optical detector, and a radio frequency (RF) excitation source. The optical light source is configured to provide optical excitation to the magneto-optical defect center material. The optical detector is configured to receive an optical signal emitted by the magneto-optical defect center material. The RF excitation source is configured to provide RF excitation to the magneto-optical defect center material. The RF excitation source includes an RF feed connector, and a metallic material coated on the magneto-optical defect center material and electrically connected to the RF feed connecter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew Raymond Mandeville, Gregory Scott Bruce, Joseph W. Hahn
  • Patent number: 10371733
    Abstract: The noise figure for a radio frequency device may be obtained through power measurements. A signal flow graph based upon the S-parameter information of the entire RF system may be constructed. The S-parameter information may be representative of the microwave termination, the device, the measurement instrument and any losses due to additional components such as connecting cables/attenuators/switches, etc. The signal flow graph includes proper placement and values of the source nodes corresponding to each RF sub-system enumerated above. Noise figure measurements may include a calibration step and a measurement step. During the calibration step the noise figure and the noise temperature of the measurement instrument used for the measurement may be obtained. During the measurement step, the noise figure and the noise temperature of the device may be obtained based at least on the noise figure and noise temperature of the measurement instrument obtained during the calibration step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: National Instruments Corporation
    Inventors: Prabhat Pal, Vinay Kumar Velkuru, Brian J. Avenell
  • Patent number: 10371759
    Abstract: A magnetic field detection sensor includes a first magneto-impedance element and a second magneto-impedance element each having a magnetic material, a bias coil applying a bias magnetic field to the magnetic body of the first magneto-impedance element, a high-frequency oscillation circuit supplying high-frequency current to the magnetic bodies of the first magneto-impedance element and the second magneto-impedance element, an AC bias circuit supplying AC bias current to the bias coil, a first detection circuit generating a first detection signal based on an impedance change of the first magneto-impedance element in a state of being applied with the bias magnetic field and an external magnetic field, and a second detection circuit which generates a second detection signal based on an impedance change of the second magneto-impedance element in a state of being applied with the external magnetic field and without the bias magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Junya Tanigawa, Hiroki Sugiyama, Makoto Ishii, Takahiro Syouda
  • Patent number: 10374369
    Abstract: A system and method for testing of electrical connections, conductors, and loads prior to energizing those connections is disclosed. For example, an interlocking socket can comprise a receptacle designed to be coupled to a connector of a load. The interlocking socket can comprise a microprocessor coupled to the receptacle, the microcontroller operable for testing one or more faults in the connector, a conductor, or the load coupled to the connector. In another example, a microprocessor can be coupled to a switch comprising a conductor, where the microprocessor is operable for testing one or more faults in the conductor or a load coupled to the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: David Austin Eldridge, Maximilian Abel Mueller, Ronald Lee Thompson, Charles John Luebke
  • Patent number: 10365238
    Abstract: A diesel fuel quality inspection apparatus, which is mounted to a lower end portion of a moisture storing part coupled to a lower portion of the filter portion and a filter portion for filtering foreign materials contained to fuel for inspecting moisture contained to diesel fuel to identify quality of fuel may include a body portion coupled to a lower end portion of the moisture storing part, a guide portion formed with a hollow type circular cylinder shape on a bottom surface in the body portion, and a first inspection portion formed to be fixed with a predetermined height in the guide portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jang-Hyun Jung
  • Patent number: 10365299
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of a semi-finished product that includes a plurality of contact for a testing head of electronic devices comprises the steps of: providing a substrate made of a conductive material; and defining each contact probe by removing material from the substrate, each contact probes being anchored to the substrate by at least one bridge of material. The step of defining the contact probes includes a step of laser cutting, in correspondence with a contour of the contact probes and of that at least one bridge of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: TECHNOPROBE S.P.A.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Crippa, Roberto Crippa
  • Patent number: 10362232
    Abstract: A system has a test apparatus comprising a test medium having a machine-readable identifier, the medium enabled to accept an analyte for a specific test, a smart telephone or a pad device having imaging apparatus, a digital memory, input apparatus providing recording of contextual information associated with a specific test, and first coded instructions providing integration of images and contextual information associated with a specific test into a specific data structure, a network-connected server having a processor and coupled to at least one server-side data repository, and second coded instructions executing on the processor of the server from a non-transitory medium. A user applies the analyte, allows the test to proceed to conclusion, and initiates at least one image capture by the imaging apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Invent.ly LLC
    Inventor: Stephen J Brown
  • Patent number: 10359372
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for measuring conductivity in a multiphase fluid flow comprising a fraction of water, the system comprising a measuring section including means for emitting electromagnetic signals into a pipe containing said flow within at least one chosen frequency range and means for detecting resonant frequencies within said range. The measuring section comprising features for providing at least two resonanct frequencies within said at least one frequency range, the system also comprising means for based on at least a first resonant frequency and a first Q-factor related to the corresponding resonance peak as well as the Q-factor of a second resonance peak, calculating the conductivity of the water in said flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Roxar Flow Measurement AS
    Inventor: Ebbe Gustaf Nyfors
  • Patent number: 10353023
    Abstract: A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system (100) has a radio frequency system (114, 116, 120, 124, 126) for acquiring magnetic resonance data (142, 144, 156). The radio frequency system includes a coil (124) with multiple antenna elements (126). The MRI system further includes a processor (133) for controlling the magnetic resonance imaging system. Execution of instructions (140, 170, 172, 174) cause the processor to: acquire (200) calibration magnetic resonance data (142) from a first field of view within the imaging zone using the multiple antenna elements, calculate (202, 300, 302, 304, 400) modified magnetic resonance data (144) by interpolating the calibration magnetic resonance data to a second field of view, calculate (204, 500, 502, 504, 602) a coil sensitivity kernel (146) by deconvolving the modified magnetic resonance data, and calculate (206, 604, 610) a coil sensitivity (148) by transforming each coil sensitivity kernel into image space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Tim Nielsen
  • Patent number: 10353002
    Abstract: The invention relates to a test system and a method to test a circuit breaker (2) of an electrical switchgear assembly. A sub-station battery (3) of the electrical switchgear assembly is used to generate a supply voltage (7) for the circuit breaker (2) for the testing thereof, wherein the sub-station battery (3) is coupled to a test device (1) in order to generate the supply voltage (7) for the circuit breaker (7) [sic] from an input voltage (6) provided by the sub-station battery (3). The supply voltage (7) is stabilized by means of a voltage regulator (11) of the test device (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: OMICRON ELECTRONICS GmbH
    Inventor: Ulrich Klapper
  • Patent number: 10353040
    Abstract: Described here are systems and methods for obtaining measurements of both tissue perfusion and permeability with a magnetic resonance imaging (“MRI”) system after the administration of a single dose of contrast agent. To this end, the MRI system is directed to acquire T2-weighted or T2*-weighted data, during which the acquired signal values are monitored for a trigger event. When the trigger event occurs, the MRI system is directed to switch from acquiring the T2-weighted or T2*-weighted data to acquiring T1-weighted data. The systems and methods described here can thus be used for a fully automated, single acquisition of perfusion and permeability measurements using only a single dose of contrast agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Northwestern University
    Inventors: Todd Parrish, Yu Fen Chen
  • Patent number: 10352995
    Abstract: A pulse laser test system including a conditioning pulse circuit, a probe pulse circuit, a pulse laser, a trigger mode controller, and a laser pulse modulator. The conditioning pulse circuit provides asynchronous conditioning trigger pulses at a selected rate. The probe pulse circuit provides a synchronized probe trigger pulse. The trigger mode controller selects the probe pulse circuit while the synchronized probe trigger pulse is provided causing the pulse laser to provide a synchronized probe laser pulse, and otherwise selects the output of the conditioning pulse circuit causing the pulse laser to provide asynchronous conditioning laser pulses. The laser pulse modulator has an optical input coupled to the laser output of the pulse laser, has a gating input receiving a gate signal from the trigger mode controller, and has an optical output that provides laser pulses passed from the pulse laser while the gate signal is asserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: NXP USA, INC.
    Inventors: Kent B. Erington, Daniel J. Bodoh, Kristofor J. Dickson