Patents Examined by Hal D Wachsman
  • Patent number: 9501803
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments can provide a system, which can comprise a set of electrical energy monitoring devices. Each of the set of electrical energy monitoring devices can be adapted to be mounted in a circuit breaker panel substantially adjacent to a corresponding circuit breaker. The system can comprise an energy monitoring master controller adapted to be communicatively coupled to each of the set of electrical energy monitoring devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Mario Bilac, Bin Zhang, Paul Terricciano
  • Patent number: 8032319
    Abstract: Methods for signal processing employ instantaneous frequency analysis through quadrature genometric measurement of streaming signal data. Such methods may include the analysis of any composite analog periodic signal, including but not limited to audio, video, radio, seismic, light, radar, sonar, EKG, where signal data is streaming, stationary or non-stationary, and represents either linear or non-linear processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Hal Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Carl Hal Hansen, Stephen R. Lindsey, Christopher E. Spencer, James Bryant Hansen, Richard C. Lindsey, Karl G. Merkley
  • Patent number: 8019566
    Abstract: A system and method for using a single test case to test each sector within multiple congruence classes is presented. A test case generator builds a test case for accessing each sector within a congruence class. Since a congruence class spans multiple congruence pages, the test case generator builds the test case over multiple congruence pages in order for the test case to test the entire congruence class. During design verification and validation, a test case executor modifies a congruence class identifier (e.g., patches a base register), which forces the test case to test a specific congruence class. By incrementing the congruence class identifier after each execution of the test case, the test case executor is able to test each congruence class in the cache using a single test case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vinod Bussa, Shubhodeep Roy Choudhury, Manoj Dusanapudi, Sunil Suresh Hatti, Shakti Kapoor, Batchu Naga Venkata Satyanarayana
  • Patent number: 8019565
    Abstract: In a parameter correction circuit in an LSI, a reference resistor element with high precision having a resistance value set to a target value is connected to an external terminal of the LSI. A constant current from a mirror circuit connected to a current supply flows through the reference resistor element. A voltage value generated in the reference resistor element is measured by a voltage measuring circuit. The constant current also flows through a variable resistor element. The resistance value of the variable resistor element is adjusted so that a voltage generated in the variable resistor element corresponds to the voltage generated by the reference resistor element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Bokui, Kazuhiko Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 8005637
    Abstract: An arrangement to determine at least one electrical feature of an electrical device including a signal injection unit configured to inject first and second test signals into the electrical device, a signal conversion unit configured to measure electrical qualities in electrical circuits resulting from the test signals, and a processing device including at least two input channels configured to receive the measured electrical quantities and to determine the electrical feature based on the measured electrical quantities. The arrangement further may include a mixing unit configured to add the measurements of a first electrical quantity determined from the test signals and based thereon generate a first mixed signal, to add the measurements of a second electrical quantity from the test signals and based thereon generate a second mixed signal, and to supply the first and second mixed signals to first and second input channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Tord Bengtsson, Stefan Thorburn
  • Patent number: 7996188
    Abstract: A method of extracting and analyzing a data set from a flow cytometer system of the preferred embodiment comprises the steps of (1) running a sample and saving all collected raw data, (2) viewing raw (or “unmodified”) data, (3) modifying the raw data (e.g., scaling and/or culling the raw data), (4) reviewing and saving the modified data, and (5) exporting the saved data. Once the sample has been run and all collected data have been saved, the user can repeat the steps of modifying the raw data, saving the modified data, and exporting the saved data as many times as necessary and/or desirable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Accuri Cytometers, Inc.
    Inventors: David Olson, Collin A. Rich, Clement James Goebel, III
  • Patent number: 7996161
    Abstract: A process fluid pressure transmitter includes a process fluid pressure sensor, measurement circuitry, a controller and a loop communicator. The pressure sensor is coupleable to a source of process fluid pressure. Measurement circuitry is coupled to the process fluid pressure sensor and provides a signal indicative of the electrical characteristic of the process fluid pressure sensor. The controller receives the signal from the measurement circuitry and calculates a process fluid pressure based at least in part upon the signal. The controller is also configured to detect a process fluid pressure transient and store at least one parameter related to the process fluid pressure transient. The loop communicator is coupled to the controller and is configured to provide a signal over a process communication loop based upon the process fluid pressure. The process fluid pressure transmitter is also configured to provide an indication related to the at least one stored parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Klosinski, Gregory J. LeCuyer, Dale H. Perry, David L. Wehrs, Steve VanderSanden
  • Patent number: 7991584
    Abstract: A system for testing a fan interface on a motherboard is provided. A fan simulator receives a PWM signal from a fan interface of the motherboard, converts the PWM signal to a TACH signal and outputs the TACH signal to a computer via a fan connector. A difference between the actual rotation speed from the TACH signal and a preset desired rotation speed of the fan simulator is determined and analyzed by comparing the difference with a preset allowable error margin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: De-Hua Dang, Po-Chang Wang
  • Patent number: 7991582
    Abstract: A process device for coupling to a two-wire process control loop—includes diagnostic circuitry configured to identify a failure or reduced level of performance or provide a prediction of a future failure or reduced level of performance. An output coupled to the two-wire process control loop is configured to provide an analog output on the loop related to an output from the diagnostic circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Randy Longsdorf, Dale Davis
  • Patent number: 7987060
    Abstract: A method of processing Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometry (FTMS) data includes performing a Fourier Transform of a part of a time domain transient and identifying from that transformed data signal peaks representative of the presence of ions. After peak identification, the full transient is then transformed, and the peaks identified in the partial transient transform are used to locate true peaks in the transformed full transient. The number of ‘false’ peaks resulting from random noise has been found to correlate to the resolution, so that using a partial transient to identify true peaks reduces the risk of false peaks being included; nevertheless this information can then be applied to the full data set when transformed. As an alternative, different parts of the full data set can be transformed and then correlated; because any noise will be random, false peaks should occur at different places in the two partial transforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Thermo Finnigan LLC
    Inventors: Oliver Lange, Michael W. Senko
  • Patent number: 7983874
    Abstract: Provided herein is a method of determining the similarity between a first multivariate data set and a second multivariate data set. The method may be applied to rapidly assess the similarity between fluorescence spectroscopy multivariate data sets in quality control analysis. The method includes representing the data of a first and a second multivariate data set in matrix form to yield a multivariate data matrix and calculating the magnitude of an additive and subtractive combination of each multivariate data matrix. The concept of a penalty parameter is introduced to set a detectable limit of variance between the first multivariate data set and the second multivariate data set and the penalty parameter is used in combination with the magnitude of an additive and subtractive combination of each multivariate data matrix to determine a similarity value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: National University of Ireland, Galway
    Inventors: Boyan Li, Alan G. Ryder
  • Patent number: 7983859
    Abstract: A defect analyzer system having a program storage device storing instructions and an arithmetic unit executing the instructions. The system divides a defect analyzing region of a wafer into a plurality of grid squares and classifies the grid squares into a plurality of groups. The system then matches the defect information with the defect analyzing region. The defect information includes defect positions and sizes detected in the defect analyzing region. The system calculates a defect size distribution for each defect size in each of the groups, compares the defect size distribution and a predetermined estimation distribution for each of the groups, and calculates a difference. The system then compares the difference of each of the groups and a predetermined threshold value, extracts the group having the difference equal to or smaller than the predetermined threshold value, and outputs the defect information corresponding to the extracted group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Sato
  • Patent number: 7983868
    Abstract: Measurement data collected within a measurement frame of reference is fitted to geometric tolerance zones having regard for the uncertainties of the measurement. Geometric freedoms for fitting the measurement data are exploited to fit uncertainty zones associated with the measurement data within the tolerance zones. Typically, the measurement data is multidimensional and the uncertainty zones have different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Quality Vision International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kostadin Doytchinov
  • Patent number: 7979220
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring the power damping compliance of a power generation unit comprises a measurement unit that is configured to be coupled to a power generation unit to identify the voltage, current, and frequency values associated with power output therefrom. A processing system maintaining a model-based filter processes the voltage, current, and, frequency values to estimate the total amount of damping provided by the power generation unit. The estimated total damping is compared to prior historical values maintained in a database using various statistical techniques to determine if a power system stabilizer (PSS) provided by the power generation unit is being operated in a manner complying with predetermined guidelines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Ernst Scholtz, Reynaldo F. Nuqui
  • Patent number: 7979228
    Abstract: Various techniques are described for high resolution time measurement using a programmable device, such as an FPGA. The timing may be triggered by any event, depending on the applications of use. Once triggering has occurred, a START pulse begins propagating through the FPGA. The pulse is able to propagate through the FPGA in a staggered manner traversing multiple FPGA columns to maximize the amount of time delay that may be achieved while minimizing the overall array size, and thus minimizing the resource utilization, of the FPGA. The FPGA timing delay is calibrated by measuring for the linear and non-linear differences in delay time of each unit circuit forming the staggered delay line path for the timing circuit. The FPGA achieves nanosecond and sub-nanosecond time resolutions and is used in applications such as various time of flight systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Thomas Zurbuchen, Steven Rogacki
  • Patent number: 7974800
    Abstract: A detecting apparatus detects the degree of correlation between first events and second events repeatedly occurring in an observed apparatus includes an acquiring unit that acquires second event count values each indicating the number of second events occurring during each first period between each first event and the first event next thereto. A measuring unit measures an observed number of each second event count value derived from the number of times the second event count value is observed. A calculating unit calculates the degree of correlation between the first events and the second events based on the observed number of each second event count value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Ohba, Yoshitami Sakaguchi, Kohji Takano
  • Patent number: 7974816
    Abstract: Disclosed are method and apparatus for registering multiple sensors collecting data from multiple objects. Sensor registration is decomposed into a two-step procedure. The first step corrects systematic errors. The second step assigns objects measured by one sensor to objects measured by a second sensor. Systematic errors are corrected by generating the global minimum of a systematic error function. One embodiment for generating the global minimum uses a Continuous Greedy Randomized Adaptive Search Procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P., Raytheon Company, University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Mauricio Guilherme de Carvalho Resende, Michael Jacob Hirsch, Panagote Miltiades Pardalos
  • Patent number: 7970543
    Abstract: A method of predicting the destructive capacity of a tropical cyclone based on a new Wind Destructive Potential (WDP) and Storm Surge Destructive Potential (SDP) scales which provide a manner to rate the severity of hurricanes and typhoons, based on information provided in operational forecast and warning products, experimental wind field products, or gridded numerical weather prediction model outputs. These new scales are formulated to be consistent with the physical mechanism through which tropical cyclones impact coastal communities through wind, storm surges and wave damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: The United States of America, represented by the Secretary of Commerce
    Inventors: Mark D. Powell, Timothy A. Reinhold
  • Patent number: 7970575
    Abstract: A method for determining the accuracy of the estimated position for a target device in a wireless system includes the computation of a confidence index. In the online location determining phase, after knowing the observations of the radio signal for a target device, the target device's probability distribution of location and its motion model are combined to calculate the position uncertainty, thereby giving the confidence index of this location estimate. The invention determines the location probability distribution, and calculates the uncertainty of the location probability distribution and the possible maximum uncertainty under the current situation. Based on these uncertainties, this invention determines the confidence index of the radio signal. The confidence may be regarded as a quantity that the location uncertainty can be excluded in the location prediction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Ming-Chun Hsyu, Wen Tsuei, Chao-Nan Chen
  • Patent number: 7966156
    Abstract: A method and system for intrinsic timescale decomposition, filtering, and automated analysis of signals of arbitrary origin or timescale including receiving an input signal, determining a baseline segment and a monotonic residual segment with strictly negative minimum and strictly positive maximum between two successive extrema of the input signal, and producing a baseline output signal and a residual output signal. The method and system also includes determining at least one instantaneous frequency estimate from a proper rotation signal, determining a zero-crossing and a local extremum of the proper rotation signal, and applying interpolation thereto to determine an instantaneous frequency estimate thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Flint Hills Scientific LLC
    Inventors: Mark G. Frei, Ivan Osorio