Patents Examined by Kyana R McCain
  • Patent number: 8866691
    Abstract: A multimode antenna structure is provided for transmitting and receiving electromagnetic signals in a communications device. The communications device includes circuitry for processing signals communicated to and from the antenna structure. The antenna structure includes a plurality of antenna ports for coupling to the circuitry; a plurality of antenna elements, each operatively coupled to a different one of the antenna ports; and a plurality of connecting elements. The connecting elements each electrically connect neighboring antenna elements such that the antenna elements and the connecting elements are arranged about the periphery of the antenna structure and form a single radiating structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Skycross, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark T. Montgomery, Mark W. Kishler, Li Chen
  • Patent number: 8803747
    Abstract: Two harness engagement grooves are provided at each end in the longitudinal direction of a rod-shaped antenna component, on one side thereof, and midway in the longitudinal direction, on one side thereof, a uniting groove is provided, having a width, which is smaller than the outermost width of the two harness engagement grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Tokyo Parts Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tetsushi Yashima
  • Patent number: 8773310
    Abstract: An antenna resonating element may be mounted in an antenna cavity. The antenna resonating element may have a printed circuit board substrate with a patterned metal layer. Components may be soldered to the antenna resonating element using solder with a given melting point before soldering the antenna resonating element the antenna cavity using solder with a lower melting point. Solder widow openings may be formed in the antenna resonating element and antenna cavity to allow for application of solder paste. Engagement features and alignment structures may be used to align the antenna resonating element relative to the antenna cavity. The antenna cavity may have a curved opening. The printed circuit board substrate may be bent to the shape of the curved opening before soldering components to the printed circuit board. An elastomeric fixture may be used to hold the antenna resonating element to the cavity during soldering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sam Shiu, Robert W. Schlub, Ruben Caballero
  • Patent number: 8698675
    Abstract: A mountable antenna element is constructed as an object from a single piece of material and can be configured to transmit and receive RF signals, achieve optimized impedance values, and operate in a concurrent dual-band system. The mountable antenna element may have one or more legs, an RF signal feed, and one or impedance matching elements. The legs and RF signal feed can be coupled to a circuit board. The impedance matching elements can be utilized to create a capacitance with a portion of the circuit board and thereby optimize impedance of the antenna element at a desired operating frequency. The mountable antenna includes features that enable it for use in concurrent dual band operation with the wireless device. Because the mountable antenna element can be installed without needing additional circuitry for matching impedance and can be constructed from a single piece of material, the antenna element provides for more efficient manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Ruckus Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Shtrom, Bernard Baron
  • Patent number: 8654011
    Abstract: Provided is a shaped-beam antenna having a multi-layered conductive element array surrounded by a dielectric ring. The shaped-beam antenna includes: a planar excitation element having a radiation structure according to a required polarization; a multi-layered conductive element array disposed on the planer excitation element, wherein the multi-layered conductive element array is formed by layering conductive elements at an arbitrary interval; and a dielectric ring surrounding the multi-layered conductive element array at a predetermined separation distance therefrom. Accordingly, it is possible to reduce the entire size of the shaped-beam antenna and manufacturing costs thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Electronica and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Soon-Young Eom, Je-Hoon Yun, Soon-Ik Jeon, Chang-Joo Kim
  • Patent number: 8654035
    Abstract: There is provided an antenna reflector including at least first and second reflector segments, each having first and second sides. The first and second reflector segments being configured to be connected together wherein the first sides of the first and second reflector segments define a substantially continuous surface of an antenna reflector. A first latch member is attached to the second side of the first reflector segment and a second latch member is attached to the second side of the second reflector segment. Each latch member includes an abutting surface which contacts one another when the first and second reflector segments are connected together. At least one protrusion extends from the abutting surface of the first latch member. There is at least one recess in the abutting surface of the second latch member. The protrusion is received in the recess when the respective abutting surfaces contact one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: AvL Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Proffitt, John W. Gurney
  • Patent number: 8643557
    Abstract: An antenna apparatus and a radio communication apparatus are capable of separately controlling a resonance frequency in a basic mode and a resonance frequency in a higher mode and have a wide bandwidth in which the resonance frequency in the basic mode is variable. The antenna apparatus includes a feeding electrode 2, a loop-shaped radiation electrode 3, a capacitance portion 4, and inductors 5 and 6. The capacitance portion 4 is formed by a gap between an open end 3a of the loop-shaped radiation electrode 3 and the feeding electrode 2. The inductor 5 is disposed at a position where a large current is obtained in the basic mode and a small current is obtained in the higher mode. The inductor 6 is disposed at a position where a large current is obtained in the higher mode and a small current is obtained in the basic mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Nakano, Kazunari Kawahata, Nobuhito Tsubaki, Kenichi Ishizuka, Shigeyuki Fujieda
  • Patent number: 8638264
    Abstract: A radar antenna system comprises a base. A center support is coupled to the base on a first end. A radar array is pivotally coupled to a second end of the center support. At least two actuators are provided for pivoting the radar array about the center support, altering its azimuth position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Richard R. Hall
  • Patent number: 8629810
    Abstract: A multiband antenna includes a first radiating unit, a second radiating unit connected to the first radiating unit and including a first radiating arm, a second radiating arm, and a third radiating arm, and a connecting unit connected to the first radiating unit. The first radiating unit, the second radiating unit, and the connecting unit are all planar sheets positioned coplanar with each other. The first radiating unit is a sector having a first radii side, a second radii side and an arc side. The first radiating arm, the second radiating arm, and the connecting unit are connected to the first radii side, and the third radiating arm is connected to the second radii side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Hsing-Yuan Hsieh, Jia-Ming Deng
  • Patent number: 8614645
    Abstract: An antenna module for a motor vehicle has a first antenna device having at least one antenna 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 for the exterior of the motor vehicle, which antenna is arranged in the external area of the motor vehicle, and a second antenna device having at least one antenna 25, 27, 29, 31 for the interior of the motor vehicle, which antenna is arranged in the interior of the motor vehicle, the first antenna device and second antenna device being electrically coupled to each other for the purpose of supplying electricity to the antenna devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Guy-Aymar Chakam, Christian Schneider
  • Patent number: 8614650
    Abstract: A planar antenna includes a ground plane on a substrate, a radiating element coupled to the ground plane on the substrate, and a feed line. An impedance tap point is defined by a connection between the feed line and the radiating element and the length of the radiating element defines the resonant frequency of the antenna. A first portion of the radiating element includes an impedance adjustment mechanism for defining the impedance tap point of the antenna and consequently the impedance of the antenna. A second portion of the radiating element includes a frequency adjustment section which adjusts the length of said radiating element and consequently the resonant frequency of the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Tyco Safety Products Canada Ltd.
    Inventor: David Wilson
  • Patent number: 8599092
    Abstract: An antenna includes a coil that is formed such that one end of the coil is short circuited or open to a ground and a current standing wave is generated when a high frequency signal is applied to another end of the coil. The coil generates a magnetic field standing wave having a frequency corresponding to the high frequency signal, and thereby detects or radiates an electromagnetic wave having the frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Takanori Washiro
  • Patent number: 8599089
    Abstract: Electronic devices may be provided with antennas. The antennas may include conductive antenna cavities. Antenna resonating elements may be mounted in the antenna cavities to form cavity antennas. An antenna cavity may be formed from metal structures with curved edges that define a curved cavity opening. A flexible printed circuit substrate may be coated with a layer of metal. Slot antenna structures such as a directly fed antenna slot and a parasitic antenna slot may be formed from openings in the metal layer. The flexible printed circuit substrate may be flexed so that the antenna resonating element forms a non-planar curved shape that mates with the opening of the antenna cavity. A ring of solder may be used to electrically seal the edges of the cavity opening to the metal layer in the antenna resonating element. The curved opening may be aligned with curved housing walls in an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Bevelacqua, Robert J. Hill
  • Patent number: 8599072
    Abstract: A broadband antenna structure has an electrically conductive enclosure with a closed end, over which a non-electrically conductive cover is placed. A radiating portion of an antenna feed layer comprising a conductive patch antenna element is placed in between the enclosure and the cover. The patch antenna element design is inherently broader band than that of conventional cavity-backed slot-radiating antennas, which are constrained in bandwidth by the need to keep the cavity formed in the enclosure small. The dielectric constant of the dielectric material of the cover reduces the required size of the conductive antenna element. The broadband antenna structure may be connected with an electronic device to form an antenna arrangement in which a portion of the antenna feed layer extends through an opening in a surface of an antenna housing, the portion being within an electronic device enclosure of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Reed, Simon Bates, Graham Dolman, David Adams, William Waddoup, Dean Kitchener
  • Patent number: 8593369
    Abstract: An antenna assembly is provided that may include an antenna element having first and second opposed sides. The antenna element may be configured to transmit or receive signals of a desired wavelength. The antenna assembly may also include a first conductive surface disposed proximate the first side of the antenna element and lying in a plane substantially perpendicular to the antenna element, and a second conductive surface disposed proximate the second side of the antenna element and lying in a plane substantially perpendicular to the first antenna element. The second conductive surface may be substantially parallel to, and spaced apart from, the plane in which the first conductive surface lies. Collectively the first and second conductive surfaces may be configured to excite wave propagation modes of a higher order than a fundamental propagation mode for reception or transmission of signals of the desired wavelength by the antenna element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Navico Holding AS
    Inventor: Gregor Storz
  • Patent number: 8593350
    Abstract: A wireless communication terminal comprises: a first circuit board 22 to which a reference potential pattern 32 is provided and an electric component is arranged; a case body 24 attached to the first circuit board 22 and including a conducting portion 38 which is electrically conducted to the reference potential pattern and covers the electronic component in a state where the case body is attached and a non-conducting portion 40 including no electric conductivity; and a housing 8 which houses therein the first circuit board 22 and the case body 24. An antenna 50 is formed on the non-conducting portion 40 and the antenna 50 is insulated from the conducting portion 38 and electric power is supplied to the antenna 50 from the first circuit board 22.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Abe
  • Patent number: 8581792
    Abstract: A receiver apparatus includes: a main unit device; and a junction cable transmitting one or both of signal and electric power between the main unit device and an external device. The junction cable is a multicore coaxial cable having a plurality of core wire cables and a covered wire covering the plurality of core wire cables, and only the covered wire is cut locally so that the covered wire is divided into a main unit device-side covered wire and an external device-side covered wire. The main unit device transmits one or both of the signal and electric power by the core wire cable, and the main unit device-side covered wire or the core wire cable is connected to an antenna input port of a built-in tuner, and the main unit device receives a desired broadcast wave with the tuner using a high-frequency signal induced in the main unit device-side covered wire or the external device-side covered wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kouichi Mukai, Yoshitaka Yoshino, Chisato Komori
  • Patent number: 8576134
    Abstract: A rotary casing of a satellite antenna having an angle adjustable display screen includes a supporting arm, a hollow casing, a rotating means and an adjusting and controlling assembly. The casing has a panel provided with two keys and a top surface provided with a window. The rotating means is provided in the casing and controlled by the keys to drive the rotation of the supporting arm. The adjusting and controlling assembly is provided in the casing and includes a control unit and a display unit. The two keys are electrically connected to the control unit to drive the supporting arm. By this arrangement, the control unit receives an adjustment instruction inputted by the keys and transmits the instruction to the rotating means to generate a corresponding amount of rotation, while the control unit converts the instruction into a numerical value to be displayed on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Timotion Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hung-Wei Lan
  • Patent number: 8564486
    Abstract: A holding device having a printed circuit board includes a base having a securing recess at a top surface thereof, a securing connector fixed in the securing recess and connected with the printed circuit board, a holding shell rotatably covered to the securing connector, and a flexible antenna of flat plate shape. The antenna has a rectangular radiating body, and a strip-shaped connecting portion extended outwards from a side of the radiating body. A free end of the connecting portion is held by the holding shell and rotated to connect with the securing connector electrically and detachably. An exposed portion of the connecting portion is bent so that the radiating body is attached to the top surface of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tun-Ping Wang, Ho-Hsin Chou, Jeng-Hsiang Lee, Jun-Long Wu
  • Patent number: 8558751
    Abstract: Logistical passage measurement systems are provided. A representative system includes: an excitation unit having dual loop antennae, with a first loop and a second loop, the two loops located in and parallel to the same plane, and adjacent to one another, and a control box for exciting said antennae, the control box arranged to drive the currents of the two loops, such that the phase difference between the currents of said two loops alternates with time between 0° and 180°, and wherein the amplitude of the currents for each loop is of a first level when the phase difference is 180° and wherein said amplitude is of a second level, lower than the first level, when the phase difference is 0°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Lyngsoe Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Don Ferguson, Mircea Paun, Ioan Nicolescu, Alex Oprea, Tudor Patroi