Patents Examined by Isam A. Alsomiri
  • Patent number: 11567162
    Abstract: A device for estimating Direction of Arrival (DOA) of sound from Q?1 sound sources is provided. The device is configured to obtain a phase difference matrix, which includes measured phase difference values, each of the measured phase difference values being a measured value of a phase difference between two microphone units for a frequency bin in a range of frequencies of the sound. The device is further configured to generate a replicated phase difference matrix by replicating the measured phase difference values to other potential sinusoidal periods, calculate a DOA value for each phase difference value in the replicated phase difference matrix, and determine, as Q DOA results, the Q most prominent peak values in a histogram generated based on the calculated DOA values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kainan Chen, Jürgen Geiger, Mohammad Taghizadeh, Peter Grosche
  • Patent number: 11569920
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for managing underwater acoustic communications. An automatic network slicing method specifically designed for handling underwater acoustic communications is implemented to enable admission control, routing, and dynamic resource allocation based on service level agreement requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Technology Innovation Institute
    Inventors: Osama M. Bushnaq, Igor V. Zhilin, Giulia De Masi, Enrico Natalizio, Ian F. Akyildiz, Najwa Aaraj
  • Patent number: 11567039
    Abstract: Passive wireless sensors include an antenna. The antenna receives a combined signal. The combined signal includes a low frequency modulating signal modulated on a high frequency carrier wave. A demodulator receives the combined signal and extracts the modulating signal. A sensor receives the extracted modulating signal and produces an output signal with a time delay indicative of a property to be sensed. A modulator receives the output signal and the high frequency carrier wave and modulates the output signal onto the high frequency carrier wave to create a combined output signal broadcast by the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Marquette University
    Inventors: Shrinivas G. Joshi, Meghna Saikia
  • Patent number: 11566510
    Abstract: A sensor system may be used to measure characteristics of an object in a wellbore. The sensor system may include an ultrasonic transducer that generates an ultrasonic wave in a medium of the wellbore and detects a reflection signal of the ultrasonic wave off the object in the wellbore. The sensor system may also include a processing device and a memory device in which instructions are stored. The memory may include instructions that cause the processing device to receive the reflection signal from the ultrasonic transducer, and to truncate and preprocess the reflection signal to generate a truncated reflection signal. The instructions may also cause the processing device to apply time gain compensation to the truncated reflection signal and determine an echo wavelet from the time gain compensated signal representing an echo of the ultrasonic wave off of a wall of the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jing Jin, Yao Ge, Xiang Wu
  • Patent number: 11555939
    Abstract: A system for processing DAS VSP surveys in real-time is provided. The system includes a DAS data collection system coupled to at least one optical fiber at least partially positioned within a wellbore and configured to repeatedly activate a seismic source of energy. The system further includes an information processing system connected to the DAS data collection system. A seismic dataset is received from the DAS data collection system. The seismic dataset includes a plurality of seismic data records. Two or more of the plurality of seismic data records are combined into a stack. A quality metric indicative of a desired signal-to-noise ratio or incoherence of the stack is determined for each processed seismic dataset collected from a repeated source. Instructions are sent to the DAS data collection system to stop activating the seismic source, in response to determining that the quality metric has reached a predefined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Andrew Wilson, Xiang Wu, Andreas Ellmauthaler, Mark Elliott Willis
  • Patent number: 11550040
    Abstract: Disclosed is a light and detection ranging (LiDAR) system for a vehicle, which includes: a laser generator generating an optical signal having an address signal and a pulse signal; and a plurality of LiDAR sensors connected to an optical fiber bus, in which each of the plurality of LiDAR sensors determines whether the pulse signal of the optical signal is received according to the address signal of the optical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chul Seung Lee
  • Patent number: 11543486
    Abstract: Time of flight between two or more ultrasonic transceivers is measured using known delays. First and second transceivers are duty cycled, each having a respective receive period that is less than a measurement period during which the transceivers are configured to receive transmissions. An ultrasonic trigger pulse is transmitted by the first transceiver. The second transceiver, upon receiving the trigger pulse, transmits an ultrasonic response pulse after a first predefined delay time that is known to the first transceiver and greater than the receive period of the second transceiver. Subsequently, the first transceiver receives the ultrasonic response pulse and determines a receive time. The first transceiver determines the distance between the first transceiver and the second transceiver from a speed of sound, an elapsed time between the time of transmission of the trigger pulse and the receive time, and the first predetermine delay time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: InvenSense, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Przybyla, Ryan Young, Mitchell H. Kline, David A. Horsley
  • Patent number: 11536817
    Abstract: A system and method from improving the image quality achievable with an ultrasound transducer by using a composite aperture for receiving ultrasound echoes. By using two receive cycles per vector, twice as many transducers may be used for receiving ultrasound imaging data than there are physical channels available in the ultrasound probe. An ultrasound probe utilizing a composite aperture can achieve high image quality from a system have reduced power, size, cost and complexity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: INTERSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Roman Solek, Patrice Richard, Albert Lee
  • Patent number: 11536820
    Abstract: A transducer system comprises a first frequency steered transducer array element and a second frequency steered transducer array element that is spaced apart from the first frequency steered transducer array element. The system additionally includes a processing element in communication with the first and second frequency steered transducer array elements. The processing element is configured to receive a first receive electronic signal from the first frequency steered sonar array element, receive a second receive electronic signal from the second frequency steered array sonar element, compare a difference in amplitude between the first receive electronic signal and the second receive electronic signal to determine a cross-track position of an underwater target, and control a display to present an indication of the cross-track position of the underwater target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Inventors: Jeffrey B. Wigh, David M. Hendrix
  • Patent number: 11520026
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and program product may evaluate a packaging material to determine various metrics associated with the packaging material. A test apparatus may be used to evaluate packaging material using a take up drum capable of sensing containment force imparted upon the drum by packaging material applied thereto, and in some instances, simulated flaws may be formed in a web of packaging material to evaluate a packaging materials response to such flaws when under tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: LANTECH.COM, LLC
    Inventor: Michael P. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 11520027
    Abstract: Embodiments include devices, system and processes for facilitating ultra-short range detection of obstacles using a PAS sensor. A process may include obtaining a correlation of at least two characteristics of a transducer; determining a given transmission frequency and selecting a reverberation time desired for the transducer; obtaining a damping ratio corresponding to the selected reverberation time; generating a ranging signal command; generating a damping signal command; and outputting each of the ranging signal command and the damping signal command. The ranging signal command may instruct a PAS sensor to drive the transducer to output a ranging signal at the given transmission frequency, at a transmission amplitude, and at a transmission phase and the damping signal command results in a dampening, at the damping ratio, of transducer reverberations arising from the ranging signal. The damping ratio may be between thirty percent (30%) and eighty percent (80%) of the transmission amplitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Tomas Suchy, Marek Hustava
  • Patent number: 11513203
    Abstract: An operating method for an ultrasound transceiver device, where the ultrasound transceiver device is alternately and, in particular alternatingly operated in a transmit mode and in a receive mode; subsequently to a transmit mode and/or prior to a receive mode, the ultrasound transceiver device is actively damped by the action of a sequence of counter control pulses; a phase position and/or a damping energy are/is iteratively determined or adapted via a training by a measure of the damping success at least temporarily assuming or approaching an at least locally optimal value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Schumann, Dirk Schmid, Thomas Treptow
  • Patent number: 11513215
    Abstract: Disclosed is a SONAR system operable to transmit a pair of pulses including an up-chirp signal and a down-chirp signal wherein the down-chirp signal is a time-reversed version of the up-chirp signal. Also disclosed is a related method of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: BAE Systems plc
    Inventors: Nikhil Mistry, Timothy Grant Leighton, Paul Robert White
  • Patent number: 11506770
    Abstract: An ultrasound imaging system probe comprises an imaging transducer head and a reception circuit for processing received reflected ultrasound signals. The reception circuit comprises an analogue to digital sigma delta converter which comprises a closed loop which comprises a tunable band pass filter. This enables the analog to digital converter to process only the desired frequency band. The ADC conversion bandwidth and ENOB are in this way programmable giving a more efficient probe design, and also enabling analog to digital conversion early in the signal processing chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Sotir Filipov Ouzounov
  • Patent number: 11506772
    Abstract: An ultrasonic device includes: a substrate provided with a first opening and a second opening; a support film that is provided on the substrate and blocks the first opening and the second opening; a transmitting piezoelectric film that is provided at a position of the support film which overlaps the first opening when viewed in a thickness direction of the substrate, and that is interposed between a pair of electrodes in the thickness direction of the substrate; and a receiving piezoelectric film that is provided at a position of the support film which overlaps the second opening when viewed in the thickness direction of the substrate, and that is interposed between a pair of electrodes in the thickness direction of the substrate. In the thickness direction of the substrate, a thickness dimension of the transmitting piezoelectric film is larger than a thickness dimension of the receiving piezoelectric film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventor: Eiji Osawa
  • Patent number: 11504093
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are ultrasonic transducer systems comprising: an ultrasonic imager comprising a plurality of pMUT transducer elements; and one or more circuitries connected electronically to the plurality of transducer element, the one or more circuitries configured to enable: pulse transmission and reception of reflected signal for the ultrasonic transducer, where inductors are used to equalize impedance to obtain greater pressure output. Also disclosed are methods of altering a pressure of an ultrasonic wave emitted by an ultrasonic transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: EXO IMAGING, INC.
    Inventors: Yusuf Haque, Sandeep Akkaraju, Janusz Bryzek, Andalib Chowdhury
  • Patent number: 11506784
    Abstract: The invention relates to a matrix array of ultrasonic transducer elements comprising a plurality of transducer elements that are distributed over a distribution area, each of the transducer elements being suitable for emitting, from an emission surface, ultrasound at a frequency comprised between 100 kHz and 100 MHz, wherein: each of the transducer elements is configured to emit ultrasound divergently at least level with the working volume; the largest dimension of the emission area of each of said transducer elements is larger than 1.5 times the wavelength of the ultrasound in water at 30° C.; and the distribution of the transducer elements over the distribution area of the array is aperiodic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: IMASONIC
    Inventors: Gerard Fleury, Jean-Luc Guey
  • Patent number: 11500081
    Abstract: An object detection device includes: a transmission/reception unit that has a vibrator capable of transmitting and receiving ultrasound, that causes the vibrator to transmit transmission signals at different timings, and that receives the reception signals returning after being reflected on a circumferentially existing object; an acquisition unit that acquires a first distance to the object, based on a time difference between a transmission timing of a first transmission signal and a reception timing of a first reception signal, and that acquires a relative speed of the object, based on a frequency difference between the first transmission signal and the first reception signal; an estimation unit that estimates a second distance to the object at a transmission timing of a second transmission signal to be transmitted subsequently to the first transmission signal; and an adjustment unit that adjusts the number of waves or a transmission time of the second transmission signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: AISIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ippei Sugae
  • Patent number: 11501750
    Abstract: An ultrasonic imaging apparatus includes a plurality of transducers that transmit ultrasonic waves and a transmission unit that supplies drive signals to the plurality of transducers. An amplitude control voltage generation unit and a transmission circuit unit are connected to a common voltage power supply. An amplitude control voltage generation unit receives an output voltage of the voltage power supply and an attenuation degree setting signal instructing an attenuation degree of the drive signal for each of the transducers for weighting of the drive signal, and generates an amplitude control voltage corresponding to a voltage obtained by attenuating the output voltage by the attenuation degree. The output voltage of the voltage power supply is reduced to a voltage corresponding to the amplitude control voltage, and a drive signal having a predetermined waveform is generated whose amplitude is the voltage after the reduction for each of the transducers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM HEALTHCARE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toru Yazaki, Kazuhiro Amino
  • Patent number: 11493657
    Abstract: Example ultrasonic transducers for measuring formation velocities are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a housing and an acoustic transducer having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface. The acoustic transducer is at least partially disposed in the housing. The example apparatus includes a window supported by the housing. At least a portion of the first surface of the acoustic transducer is in contact with the window. The housing and the window are to form a fluid seal for the acoustic transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nakajima, Tatsuaki Kamoi, Hiroshi Hori, Evgeniya Deger