Patents Examined by Giovanni Astacio-Oquendo
  • Patent number: 10330702
    Abstract: A testing device for wafer level testing of IC circuits is disclosed. An upper and lower pin (22, 62) are configured to slide relatively to each other and are held in electrically biased contact by an elastomer (80). To prevent rotation of the pins in the pin guide, a walled recess in the bottom of the pin guide engages flanges on the pins. In another embodiment, the pin guide maintains rotational alignment by being fitted around the pin profile or having projections abutting the pin. The pin guide (12) is maintained in alignment with the retainer 14 by establishing a registration corner (506) and driving the guide into the corner by elastomers in at least one diagonally opposite corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Johnstech International Corporation
    Inventors: Jathan Edwards, Charles Marks, Brian Halvorson
  • Patent number: 10330623
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting a liquid. Detection a liquid may include detecting liquid at a boundary of an area and reporting the presence of the liquid. Reporting liquid at a boundary may prevent leaking of the liquid from the area. Detecting also includes detecting liquid inside the area. The amount of liquid detected inside the boundary may relate to a range of amounts of liquid. The minimum amount of the range may represent the minimum amount of liquid that is permissible in the area prior to taking action to deal with the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Helvetia Wireless LLC
    Inventors: Roc Lastinger, Brian C. Woodbury
  • Patent number: 10330759
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for acquiring magnetic resonance (MR) data, an MR data acquisition scanner is operated, while a subject is situated therein to execute a simultaneous multislice (SMS) turbo spin echo (TSE) sequence by implementing a TSE-based reference scan to acquire reference data and an imaging scan, to acquire raw MR data from the subject. The reference data and the raw MR data are entered into a memory organized as k-space. A computer accesses the memory in order to make the k-space data, composed of said reference data and said image data, available in electronic form, as at least one data file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Flavio Carinci, Dominik Paul, Himanshu Bhat, Mario Zeller
  • Patent number: 10330706
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system, a measurement probe and a method for measuring an electrical property of an electrical circuit, comprising measuring the electrical property by means of a measurement probe connected to the electrical circuit, converting the measured electrical property of the electrical circuit to an optical signal. The method further comprises sending the optical signal, and receiving the optical signal by means of an image sensor configured to record images comprising the measurement probe that transmits the optical signal. The method further comprises processing the recorded images in order to decode the measurement data from the received optical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Sverker Sander, Björn Olsson
  • Patent number: 10330618
    Abstract: A method to estimate water saturation in electromagnetic measurements includes making an electromagnetic measurement and performing at least one of (a) creating an analytical forward model of the EM measurement, (b) creating a numerical finite difference forward model of the EM measurement, and (c) performing an inversion. The method also includes removing at least one petrophysically-adverse alteration of EM measurements in the frequency range from 1 Hz to 100 MHz. A petrophysically-adverse alteration is due to the presence of at least one of the following: pyrite, graphitic-precursors, magnetite, and other conductive minerals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Siddharth Misra, John Rasmus, Dean Homan
  • Patent number: 10325538
    Abstract: An electrical assembly for detecting failures in an LCD source driver includes a plurality of active channels on the source driver which communicate electronically with an LCD. A split active channel on the source driver is provided with an original signal and splits the original signal into an active split channel and a dummy split channel. The active split channel is sent to the LCD. A microprocessor receives the dummy split channel and compares the received dummy split channel signal to the original signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Charles Lemons, David Williams, Gary Baek, Steve Preston
  • Patent number: 10323923
    Abstract: A telemetry system with a matrixed telemetry switch unit array and a method for determining the switch position of a telemetry switch unit. The switch units include steering diodes and parallel signal paths each with unique resistance values. The signal paths correspond to switch positions and are closed when the switch unit is in the corresponding switch position. A signal source is electrically connected to an input current path and output current path of the array with a corresponding telemetry switch unit coupled into the signal path. A plurality of sensing signals are applied through the array and the resultant signals are measured. The switch position is determined from the resultant signals indicating the resistance value of the switch signal path currently coupled into the array signal path while accounting for the voltage drop of the steering diodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: COM DEV LTD.
    Inventor: Antonio Romano
  • Patent number: 10324154
    Abstract: A magnetic resonance imaging method includes generating spatially resolved fiber orientation distributions (FODs) from magnetic resonance signals acquired from a patient tissue using a plurality of diffusion encodings, each acquired magnetic resonance signal corresponding to one of the diffusion encodings and being representative of a three-dimensional distribution of displacement of magnetic spins of gyromagnetic nuclei present in each imaging voxel. Generating the spatially resolved FODs includes performing generalized spherical deconvolution using the acquired magnetic resonance signals and a modeled tissue response matrix (TRM) to reconstruct the spatially resolved FODs. The method also includes using the spatially resolved FODs to generate a representation of fibrous tissue within the patient tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Immanuel Sperl, Christopher Judson Hardy, Luca Marinelli, Marion Irene Menzel, Ek Tsoon Tan
  • Patent number: 10324140
    Abstract: Zero sequence current sensors for single-phase and multiphase power systems are disclosed. In one implementation, a zero sequence current sensor is positioned between conductors associated with a single-phase power system or a multiphase power system. The current sensor may be shaped to accommodate maintaining a substantially equal distance between the conductors associated with the single-phase power system or the multiphase power system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Littelfuse, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Gilman, Kip M. Larson, Brian Johnson
  • Patent number: 10324143
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a Hall sensor arrangement for the redundant measurement of a magnetic field may include a first Hall sensor on a top side of a first semiconductor substrate; a second Hall sensor on a top side of a second semiconductor substrate; a carrier having a top side and an underside; wherein the first Hall sensor is arranged on the top side of the carrier and the second Hall sensor is arranged on the underside of the carrier; and wherein the measuring area of the first Hall sensor projected perpendicularly onto the carrier at least partly overlaps the measuring area of the second Hall sensor projected perpendicularly onto the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Berthold Astegher, Helmut Wietschorke
  • Patent number: 10317428
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is technology of a probe connector for a probing pad structure around a thermal attach mounting hole. A probe connector includes a socket frame including a first channel and an elongated body including a second channel. Socket conductors are disposed in the socket frame around the first channel. The second channel is disposed at a first distal end of the elongated body, and the elongated body is disposed on the socket frame. The socket conductors are to make electrical contact with a probing pad structure disposed on a surface area around a thermal attach mounting hole of a circuit board in response to a loading attachment engaging with the elongated body via the second channel, the socket frame via the first channel, and the circuit board via the thermal attach mounting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Vikas Rao, Navneet K. Singh, Naveen G
  • Patent number: 10317490
    Abstract: In a method and magnetic resonance (MR) apparatus for determining time-dependent dephasing factors c of at least one fraction of a spectral component from at least two spectral components in an examination region in an examination object, the dephasing factors c are calculated directly from at least one first and one second record of MR data that have been recorded by operating an MR scanner of the apparatus with a multi-contrast sequence, using a system of equations that is based on a signal model and that describes the captured records of magnetic resonance data using parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventor: Marcel Dominik Nickel
  • Patent number: 10312123
    Abstract: A method for compensating probe misplacement and a probe apparatus are provided. The method is applicable to a probe module which includes a probe and a fixing base. The probe includes a probe body section and a probe tip section. The probe body section is fixed on the fixing base. The method includes: measuring a temperature of a probe body of the probe body section of the probe; calculating, according to the temperature of the probe body, thermal expansion amount of the probe along a length direction of the probe body section; calculating a compensation value according to the thermal expansion amount; moving the probe or a to-be-tested element according to the calculated compensation value, to align a probe tip of the probe tip section with the to-be-tested element or align the to-be-tested element with the probe tip of the probe tip section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: MPI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chen-Ching Chen, Yu-Hsun Hsu, Po-Yi Ting, Stojan Kanev
  • Patent number: 10302460
    Abstract: Described herein is a sensor including a sensing electrode structure and a motion-responsive structure in capacitive communication with the sensing electrode structure, the sensing electrode structure and the motion-responsive structure being separated by a first dielectric layer, the motion-responsive structure comprising a liquid metal mass within a matrix in which the liquid metal mass is movable based upon movement of the sensor, and the sensing electrode structure comprising a first electrode, and a second electrode spaced from the first electrode to form a capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Matija Varga, Siyuan Ma, James David Holbery, Collin Alexander Ladd
  • Patent number: 10302712
    Abstract: A magnetic field sensing apparatus including a plurality of first magnetoresistance units, a plurality of second magnetoresistance units, and a magnetic field sensing device is provided. Magnetic field sensing axes of the first and second magnetoresistance units are parallel to a first direction and a second direction respectively, and the first and second magnetoresistance units are disposed beside the magnetic field sensing device, which is configured to measure a magnetic field component in a third direction. The first and second magnetoresistance units are electrically connected to form at least one kind of Wheatstone full bridge in two different time periods to respectively measure magnetic field components in fourth and fifth directions and to cause this kind of Wheatstone full bridge to output two signals respectively corresponding to the magnetic field components in the fourth and fifth directions. The first direction to the fifth direction are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: iSentek Inc.
    Inventors: Fu-Te Yuan, Meng-Huang Lai
  • Patent number: 10295569
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system, a measurement probe and a method for measuring an electrical property of an electrical circuit, comprising measuring the electrical property by means of a measurement probe connected to the electrical circuit, converting the measured electrical property of the electrical circuit to an optical signal. The method further comprises sending the optical signal, and receiving the optical signal by means of an image sensor configured to record images comprising the measurement probe that transmits the optical signal. The method further comprises processing the recorded images in order to decode the measurement data from the received optical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Sverker Sander, Björn Olsson
  • Patent number: 10295580
    Abstract: A chip includes a phase-locked loop (PLL) and a test controller. The PLL includes an oscillator and a phase detector. In a normal mode, a first feedback loop includes a phase detector and an oscillator that generates an output based on a frequency input signal. In a test mode, the PLL is re-configured. The output of the loop filter can be decoupled from the input of the oscillator in the test mode and instead be coupled to the input of the phase detector. The oscillator can receive a test tuning signal provided by the test controller. In this test mode configuration, the PLL can measure the frequency of the oscillator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Analog Devices Global
    Inventors: Vamshi Krishna Chillara, Pablo Cruz Dato, Declan M. Dalton
  • Patent number: 10295699
    Abstract: A marine magnetism detection device and a detection method are provided. The device includes a surveying ship, an onboard laboratory magnetism measurement portion arranged on the surveying ship, an aerostat shell and an aerostat magnetism measurement portion arranged inside the aerostat shell. The aerostat shell is connected to the surveying ship via a rope, and the aerostat shell floats in air. The aerostat magnetism measurement portion includes a magnetic sensor, an electronic magnetism data acquisition unit and an aerostat transmission unit; and the onboard laboratory magnetism measurement portion includes a data recording computer and a laboratory transmission unit. The marine magnetism detection device and method of the present invention are advantageously not limited by the working sea area and can also operate with other onboard devices and dragging devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: National Deep Sea Center, The First Institute of Oceanography, SOA
    Inventors: Baohua Liu, Yanliang Pei, Kaiben Yu, Chenguang Liu, Guangming Kan, Zhiguo Yang
  • Patent number: 10288664
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and to an electrical protection device for detecting a disconnection of a protective conductor connection with a subsystem in ungrounded and grounded power supply systems and in a grounded power supply system comprising a converter system. The invention is based on the idea that the disconnection of the protective conductor connection with a subsystem will reduce the sum of the network leakage capacitances of the power supply system by the value of the network leakage capacitance of the subsystem. The necessary distinction between a subsystem in operation having a disconnected protective conductor connection and a shut-off subsystem is made by evaluating the current total power consumed via the power supply system. In the case of a converter system connected to the subsystem, the protective conductor disconnection is detected by examining the leakage current spectra that are characteristic of the converter system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: BENDER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Dieter Hackl, Harald Sellner
  • Patent number: 10288658
    Abstract: Described example user interface control apparatus includes a first structure, with a first side, conductive capacitor plate structures spaced along a first direction on the first side, a movable second structure with an auxiliary conductive structure, and an interface circuit to provide excitation signals to, and receive sense signals from, the conductive capacitor plate structures to perform a mutual capacitance test and a self-capacitance test of individual ones of the conductive capacitor plate structures to determine a position of the second structure or a user's finger relative to the first structure along the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: Peter Spevak