Patents Examined by Giovanni Astacio-Oquendo
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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: 10343524
    Abstract: A weld detection apparatus is mounted on a vehicle and measures first and second voltages of a first capacitor. The first voltage is measured when the first capacitor is charged while connected in series to a power supply and a ground of a vehicle body while switches that connect the power supply to a load circuit are controlled to be in a first state. The second voltage is measured at a predetermined timing, when the first capacitor is charged while connected in series to the power supply and the ground of the vehicle body while the switches are controlled to be in a second state different from the first state. The apparatus performs a weld detection process to decide which of the switches is welded in an ON-state when a difference between the first and second voltages is equal to or smaller than a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED
    Inventors: Shota Kawanaka, Sho Tamura
  • Patent number: 10345355
    Abstract: There is described a method for communicating between distributed test units testing a wire harness. The method comprises connecting a first test unit and a second test unit to the wire harness to test, acting as a master and a slave, and either identifying a wire that is good to communicate or sending a test signal through a circuit comprising a wire of the wire harness from the first test unit to the second test unit to identify such a wire. Then the first test unit sends a communication signal through the circuit comprising the wire of the wire harness from any one of the first test unit and the second test unit to the other one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ziota Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Alain Lussier, Patrick Parenteau, Marc-Antoine Allain
  • Patent number: 10338107
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide for a circuit that detects a contact between a high-voltage power source and an electrically-conductive non-grounded device. A probe may conduct an electric potential from the electrically-conductive device to the circuit. A first leg of the circuit may shift the phase of the electric potential of the first leg relative to a phase of the electric potential of a second leg of the circuit. A voltage indicative of the phase difference of the electric potential between the first leg and the second leg may be measured. The detected voltage may be indicative of the contact between the high-voltage power source and the electrically-conductive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Altec Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron Beck