Patents Examined by Hoang Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9893419
    Abstract: An antenna device includes a first insulating base portion including a spiral antenna pattern, and a second insulating base portion including at least two conductor wires. An insulating layer configured to insulate the conductor wires from the antenna pattern is provided between a first end and a second end of the antenna pattern in a planar view. The insulating layer includes a cut or an opening allowing at least one of the first end and the second end of the antenna pattern to be exposed toward the conductor wires. Electrode portions of the conductor wires are electrically and mechanically connected to the first end and the second end, respectively, of the antenna pattern by a conductive material in the cut or the opening of the insulating layer. The second insulating base portion is more flexible than the first insulating base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kuniaki Yosui, Naoki Gouchi, Naoto Ikeda, Hiroyuki Irikawa
  • Patent number: 9893433
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an array antenna. The array antenna includes a cavity power divider that receives an input signal and performs power division to output a first power-divided signal. The array antenna also includes a final-stage power dividing, coupling, and radiating unit that includes a dielectric substrate and a first and a second metal surface layer. A coupling slot array is formed on the second metal surface layer to receive the first power-divided signal. A radiating slot array corresponding to the coupling slot array is formed on the first metal surface layer; Several plated through-hole units are provided on the dielectric substrate, where the plated through-hole units go through the first and second metal surface layers vertically, and a range corresponding to each plated through-hole unit encloses a coupling slot and a radiating slot corresponding to the coupling slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chang Cao, Fabio Morgia, Uhland Goebel, Guoyu Su
  • Patent number: 9891003
    Abstract: A CHP system includes a combustor as a heat source, a Rankine cycle apparatus, a second heat exchanger, and a thermal fluid flow path. The Rankine cycle apparatus includes, as an evaporator, a first heat exchanger that absorbs thermal energy from combustion gas (thermal fluid). The second heat exchanger absorbs thermal energy from the combustion gas and transfers the thermal energy to a heat medium. The first heat exchanger and the second heat exchanger are disposed in the thermal fluid flow path. The thermal fluid flow path includes a first flow path that allows the combustion gas to reach the first heat exchanger directly from the combustor and a second flow path that allows the combustion gas to reach the second heat exchanger directly from the combustor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takumi Hikichi, Osao Kido, Atsuo Okaichi, Osamu Kosuda
  • Patent number: 9894319
    Abstract: A video communication apparatus is described, which includes a receiver for receiving video data from an internet telephony service over a communication channel, a display screen for playing the received video data received by the receiver, a wireless module for communication with a handset, and a processor configured to coordinate playing of the received video data on the display screen in synchronization with playing, by the handset, of audio data received by the handset from the internet telephony service. A handset is also described, which includes a receiver to receive audio data from an internet telephony service over a communication channel, an audio output to play the received audio data received by the receiver, a wireless module to communicate with a display device, and a processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Eyal Bychkov
  • Patent number: 9890697
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling boost pressure in a staged engine system comprising a turbocharger and an upstream electric supercharger. In one example, a method may include accelerating an electric supercharger to choke the flow of air to the engine in the event of turbocharger overboost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Baitao Xiao, Hamid-Reza Ossareh, Adam Nathan Banker
  • Patent number: 9893415
    Abstract: Since a front antenna 33 performs road-to-vehicle communication and vehicle-to-vehicle communication with oncoming vehicles, a nondirectional antenna enables effective communication in communication distances. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication with rearward vehicles by a rear antenna 37 needs long communication distances compared with road-to-vehicle communication and vehicle-to-vehicle communication with oncoming vehicles. The rear antenna 37 can also perform communication effectively with rear vehicles since what is selected is a directional one that can provide longer communication distances than a nondirectional one and that has directionality rearward of the vehicle. The front antenna 33 is disposed forward of a seat 7, and the rear antenna 37 is disposed rearward of the seat 7, which can inhibit an attenuation of electromagnetic waves due to the rider and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasushi Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9893435
    Abstract: An antenna apparatus and method for use of the same are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the antenna comprises a single physical antenna aperture having at least two spatially interleaved antenna arrays of antenna elements, the antenna arrays being operable independently and simultaneously at distinct frequency bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: KYMETA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Adam Bily, Mohsen Sazegar, Nathan Kundtz, Ryan Stevenson
  • Patent number: 9893424
    Abstract: A dual mode antenna including: a wireless communication coil connection terminal; a wireless communication loop antenna electrically connected to the wireless communication connection terminal, and including a loop-shaped wireless communication coil; a wireless power transmission coil arranged inside the wireless communication loop antenna to be electrically disconnected from the wireless communication loop antenna, and configured to wirelessly transmit or receive power; a wireless power transmission coil connection terminal electrically connected to the wireless power transmission coil; and an extension pattern configured to electrically connect the wireless power transmission coil and the wireless power transmission coil connection terminal to each other, and arranged not to overlap with the wireless communication loop antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: LS CABLE & SYSTEM LTD.
    Inventors: Min Seok Han, Young Sun Kim, Sung Han You, Lae Hyuk Park, Un Kyu Park, Ji Hyung Lee
  • Patent number: 9893428
    Abstract: An assembly for confining electromagnetic radiation in a waveguide. The assembly comprises a waveguide, comprising walls surrounding a cavity and an aperture in the walls that opens to the cavity, and a substrate assembly disposed in the aperture. The substrate assembly comprises a substrate comprising an antenna, wherein the antenna is located within the cavity and is configured for transmission of radiation within the cavity. The substrate assembly comprises an integrated circuit (IC) electrically connected to the substrate, where the IC comprises semi-conductor components and a ground plane on one side of the IC. The ground plane is located between the IC semi-conductor components and the antenna. The ground plane is located across the aperture to reduce the area of the aperture and to reflect some of the radiation directed to the aperture back into the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Danny Elad, Noam Kaminski, Ofer Markish
  • Patent number: 9893421
    Abstract: An impedance converter circuit includes a transformer with a primary coil connected to a power feed port, a phase shifter circuit connected between a secondary coil of the transformer and an antenna port, and a bypass circuit connected between the power feed port and the antenna port. In a high band, an absolute value of impedance of the transformer viewed from the antenna port via the phase shifter circuit is higher than an absolute value of impedance of the bypass circuit. In a low band, the absolute value of the impedance of the transformer viewed from the antenna port via the phase shifter circuit is lower than the absolute value of the impedance of the bypass circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichi Ishizuka
  • Patent number: 9885257
    Abstract: One embodiment relates to a power plant having a large steam generator, which is equipped with hydrocarbon-fired burners and/or with a gas turbine and which has a water/steam circuit connected thereto, and comprising at least one device for generating a CO2-rich gas flow, wherein the electrical power output of the electricity-generating part, of the power plant to the electrical grid is subject to power regulation controlled, at the power grid side. Some embodiments relate to a flexible operating method for the power plant that is fired with hydrocarbon-containing fuel, which operating method permits in particular a rapid adaptation of the power plant output to the power demands from the grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER SYSTEMS EUROPE GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Bergins, Torsten Buddenberg, Efthymia-Ioanna Koytsoumpa
  • Patent number: 9887454
    Abstract: An antenna-integrated wireless module is provided which does not need a metal case, and which can realize size reduction. A shield layer is formed on an upper surface of a resin sealing layer, which is disposed on one principal surface of a substrate and which covers a wireless region and an antenna region, such that the shield layer does not cover a portion of the resin sealing layer, the portion being positioned directly above the antenna region. Hence the shield layer formed on the upper surface of the resin sealing layer on the side covering the wireless region can serve to suppress electromagnetic waves radiated from a wireless functional section, which is disposed in a region overlapping the wireless region when looking at the module in a plan view, and which includes an RF circuit disposed at least on the one principal surface of the substrate or inside the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuichi Ito, Taro Hirai, Katsuhiko Fujikawa
  • Patent number: 9887456
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed herein for a cylindrically fed antenna and method for using the same. In one embodiment, the antenna comprises an antenna feed to input a cylindrical feed wave and a tunable slotted array coupled to the antenna feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: KYMETA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Adam Bily, Nathan Kundtz, Mikala Johnson
  • Patent number: 9887455
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for aperture segmentation are disclosed. In one embodiment, the antenna comprises an antenna feed to input a cylindrical feed wave and a physical antenna aperture coupled to the antenna feed and comprising a plurality of segments having antenna elements that form a plurality of closed concentric rings of antenna elements when combined, where the plurality of concentric rings are concentric with respect to the antenna feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: KYMETA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mohsen Sazegar, Nathan Kundtz, Steve Linn
  • Patent number: 9885344
    Abstract: The present application relates to the field of energy recovery and in particular to the use of shape memory alloys (SMA) for same. An energy recovery device is provided which comprises a one way drive mechanism for incrementally winding a spring. An SMA engine comprising a length of SMA material is fixed at a first end and connected at a second end to the one way drive mechanism. The SMA engine is housed in an immersion chamber and adapted to be sequentially filled with fluid to allow heating and/or cooling of the SMA engine to enable high frequency contractions and expansion. An output transmission is provided which is coupled to and driven by the spring. In this manner, repeated contractions of the SMA material incrementally wind the spring to store energy. The spring is restrained by a release mechanism which may be activated to allow the spring to drive an output transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Exergyn Limited
    Inventors: Keith Warren, Barry Cullen, Kevin O'Toole, Nicholas Breen, Daniel Healy Grace, Robert Kelly
  • Patent number: 9882611
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an NFC antenna comprising a back cover mounted on a back portion of a terminal and an NFC coil placed inside the terminal. The back cover comprises a metal area and a nonmetal area positioned at an upper portion of the metal area. A middle portion of a junction between the metal and nonmetal areas is provided with a slot extending from top to bottom for a certain length. A metal strip protruding through the nonmetal area from inside to outside is disposed in the nonmetal area at an upper portion of the slot. An NFC feed coil is disposed below the slot. Both ends of a bottom portion of the metal strip are connected with the NFC feed coil, such that a loop circuit is formed between the metal strip and the NFC feed coil and an NFC signal is produced at the metal area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Huizhou Speed Wireless Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yanmei Shi
  • Patent number: 9879568
    Abstract: Method for coupling a first heat-requiring industrial process to a second cold-requiring industrial process, whereby a first circuit for energy recovery (1) from the first industrial process transfers heat to a second circuit for cold production (2) for the second industrial process, wherein the first circuit for energy recovery (1) the energy carrier is a binary mixture of water and ammonia that has two-phases and is compressed by a compressor (7) specifically suitable for compressing a two-phase fluid such as a compressor with a Lysholm rotor or equipped with vanes, whereby all or part of the liquid phase evaporates as a result of compression such that overheating does not occur and such that less working energy must be supplied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: P.T.I.
    Inventor: Petrus Carolus Van Beveren
  • Patent number: 9879545
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a hollow aerofoil component for a gas turbine engine includes using a capping panel to cover a pocket in a pocketed aerofoil body. During manufacture, the outer surface of the capping panel is located relative to the pocketed aerofoil body. This ensures that the outer surface of the capping panel is located as accurately as possible. This means that the capping panel can be made to be as thin as possible, which in turn reduces weight and material wastage. Once the capping panel has been located in position, it may be welded to the aerofoil body in order to produce the hollow aerofoil component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Steven Aleksy Radomski, Clive Grafton-Reed, Ian Crowston, Andrea Lelio Maurizio
  • Patent number: 9882285
    Abstract: A dielectric hollow antenna apparatus includes a hollow inside tapered rod (e.g., a waveguide) with a flat section and a cap. The antenna further includes a feed through section, a feed pin, and a metal flange. A low loss dielectric material fills the hollow rod that protrudes beyond the metal waveguide to form a radiating element. The radiating element is designed in such a way to maximize radiation and minimize reflections over the antenna bandwidth. The feed through section reduces internal reflection and the waveguide is designed to include a rectangular waveguide that support a propagation (TE01) mode and the waveguide then transitions to a circular waveguide that supports another propagation (TE11) mode. The antennas can be employed for radar level gauging and withstand high temperature and possesses a small diameter that permits the antenna to fit in small tank nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Fouad Nusseibeh
  • Patent number: 9876280
    Abstract: A system for detecting radio frequency (RF) signals includes a radome including one or more phase change material (PCM) layers disposed on an inner surface thereof and a sensor at least partially disposed within the radome. The system also includes a heat source arranged such that it can direct heat toward the inner surface of the radome and a controller that causes the heat source to direct heat towards the inner surface of the radome such that a frequency selective surface (FSS) is formed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Brandon W. Pillans, Gary A. Frazier, Charles M. Rhoads