Patents Examined by Michael Bouizza
  • Patent number: 10461427
    Abstract: An electronic device having an antenna is provided. The electronic device includes a substrate including a grounding area, a non-grounding area and at least one feeding unit for feeding an antenna radiator, and a non-segmented metal cover forming an outer frame of the electronic device and operating as a part of the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Soon Ho Hwang, Sung Koo Park, Joon Ho Byun, Chan Kyu An
  • Patent number: 10211539
    Abstract: The present invention resides in a reconfigurable antenna. The antenna comprises a balanced antenna and an unbalanced antenna mounted on a supporting substrate, with both the balanced antenna and the unbalanced antenna located at the same end of the substrate. The antenna may be configured as a chassis antenna for use in a portable device or configured for Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Smart Antenna Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhen Hua Hu, Peter Hall
  • Patent number: 10205244
    Abstract: Described herein are architectures, platforms and methods for electrically tuning radiators in a portable device. The electrical tuning implements platform independent radiating elements or antennas in a portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventors: Alexandru Daniel Tatomirescu, Poul Olesen, Peter Bundgaard, Pevand Bahramzy, Mikael Bergholz Knudsen, Gert Perdersen, Emil Buskgaard, Mauro Pelosi, Samantha Caporal Del Barrio
  • Patent number: 10205245
    Abstract: A housing apparatus is described which comprises a hollow conductor which is adapted for guiding an electromagnetic wave having a predeterminable wavelength and which comprises an edge surface which extends substantially perpendicularly to the propagation direction of an electromagnetic wave guided by the hollow conductor, wherein the housing apparatus comprises both a wall element and a protection apparatus having a bearing surface. The wall element holds the protection apparatus on an end of the hollow conductor by means of a pressing force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Johannes Falk, Klaus Kienzle
  • Patent number: 10193228
    Abstract: An antenna includes a first electrical conductor that is shaped to form a spiral between its first and second ends that remain electrically unconnected such that the first electrical conductor so-shaped is maintained as an unconnected single-component open-circuit having inductance and capacitance. In the presence of a time-varying electromagnetic field, the first electrical conductor so-shaped resonates to generate a harmonic electromagnetic field response having a frequency, amplitude and bandwidth. A second electrical conductor includes a loop portion overlapping at least a portion of the spiral. The second electrical conductor is electrically isolated from the first electrical conductor. A radio frequency transceiver capable of transmitting and receiving electromagnetic energy is electrically coupled to the second electrical conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of NASA
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Dudley, George N. Szatkowski, Chuantong Wang, Laura J. Smith, Larry A. Ticatch, Sandra V. Koppen, Truong X. Nguyen, Jay J. Ely
  • Patent number: 10186778
    Abstract: A flat antenna element including at least one radiating patch; and at least one impedance transformer including a feed-point arm connected to the patch which intersects between micro-strip feed lines and the radiating patch, wherein said arm has a first end electrically connected to an individual feed line and a second end which is electrically connected to the patch, and wherein said second end electrically connected to the patch has a width small enough to yield a level of impedance, for the arm, which is more than, e.g. more than twice, the level of impedance of the patch, and wherein the width of the feed line of end connected to patch is narrower than the end connected to the feed line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Sergey Zemliakov
  • Patent number: 10186754
    Abstract: A touch sensor with a transparent conductive layer and a metalized border area at least partially bordering the transparent conductive layer and forming a far-field antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Songnan Yang, Xintian E Lin, Quanjie Forest Zhuang, Ulun Karacaoglu
  • Patent number: 10186748
    Abstract: An improved mobile radio antenna suited to radio-frequency connections has a base module that comprises a plurality of mounting sections that each contain an internally threaded hole. An attachment module has mounting sections with through-holes made therein. Spacers are used between the base module and the attachment module. An undercut is provided in the through-hole in the attachment module such that the diameter of the through-hole merges into the undercut with a greater diameter in the plug-in direction, or is provided in a second electrically conductive spacer that is positioned on the attachment module on the side that is opposite the first spacer, the second spacer having a spacer hole with an undercut that broadens in the plug-in direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Kathrein SE
    Inventors: Dan Fleancu, Manfred Stolle
  • Patent number: 10181657
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to an antenna array, an antenna apparatus, and a base station. The antenna array includes: at least two antenna sub-arrays, where the at least two antenna sub-arrays are arranged in a vertical direction, each of the antenna sub-arrays includes multiple radiating elements, and in at least two adjacent antenna sub-arrays in the vertical direction, radiating elements at corresponding positions in the respective antenna sub-arrays are arranged in a staggered manner in a horizontal direction. In the embodiments of the present invention, horizontal side lobes and vertical far side lobes in an antenna array pattern are reduced, and the ultra-wideband performance is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventors: Ming Ai, Yingtao Luo
  • Patent number: 10177457
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first waveguide configured to propagate electromagnetic energy along a propagation direction. The apparatus further includes a first waveguide flange configured to selectively operate in one of a plurality of modes. When operating in a first mode, the apparatus radiates at least a portion of the electromagnetic energy from the first waveguide via at least one radiating feature of the first waveguide flange. The at least one radiating feature is located on a surface of the first waveguide flange that is perpendicular to the propagation direction. Additionally, when operating in a second mode, the apparatus conducts at least a portion of the electromagnetic energy from the first waveguide to a subsequent element (e.g., a second waveguide). The at least one radiating feature is shorted to a portion of the subsequent element when operating in the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventor: Adam Brown
  • Patent number: 10170835
    Abstract: A wireless communication device includes a lower metal housing as a planar conductor including an opening and a planar coil antenna arranged so as to oppose the opening and including a coil pattern and a coil opening. A linear strip pattern which includes a plurality of linear strip portions parallel or substantially parallel with one another and a portion of which is connected to the lower metal housing around the opening is provided in the opening to achieve sufficient communication characteristics and prevent an increase in an opening area of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Hiromi Murayama
  • Patent number: 10164347
    Abstract: An antenna device includes a plurality of coil antennas each including a coil conductor wound around a winding axis and a planar conductor including a first edge and a second edge between which a corner or a curved portion is interposed. A first coil antenna is arranged at a position along the first edge of the planar conductor at which one coil opening thereof is superposed with the planar conductor when viewed in plan and that is close to the corner or close to the curved portion. A second coil antenna is arranged at a position along the second edge of the planar conductor at which one coil opening thereof is superposed with the planar conductor when viewed in plan. The first coil antenna and the second coil antenna are connected such that magnetic flux generated by the first coil antenna and magnetic flux generated by the second coil antenna are in phase with each other in a direction toward the outside with the first edge and the second edge of the planar conductor defining boundaries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Hiromitsu Ito
  • Patent number: 10148008
    Abstract: An antenna array device is steered laterally (horizontally) by phase shifting the RF signal at each column of the array. The phase shifting is incremented column by column. Control signals provided to the phase shifters control the steering. The antenna array device may be an MIMO antenna, with at least two arrays. Two different DC control signals may be combined with two RF signals, with the different DC control signals used to control a left or right side of each of the two antenna arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Proxim Wireless Corporation
    Inventor: Cor van de Water
  • Patent number: 10141631
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with wireless circuitry. The wireless circuitry may include an antenna. The electronic device may have a housing in which control circuitry and radio-frequency transceiver circuitry is mounted. The transceiver circuitry may be used to transmit and receive radio-frequency signals with the antenna. The housing may have a housing wall with a locally thinned portion aligned with the antenna. The antenna may have a sheet metal layer attached to a plastic cavity with a layer of adhesive. Recesses in a printed circuit may receive prongs formed from a sheet metal layer. The plastic carrier may have cavities separated by ribs. The sheet metal layer may form a planar inverted-F antenna resonating element, a ground plane, a return path between the resonating element and ground plane, and a feed path that extends along one of the ribs and into an opening in the printed circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Francesco Merli, Yi Jiang, Boon W. Shiu, Carlo Di Nallo, Javier Gomez Tagle, Mattia Pascolini
  • Patent number: 10141640
    Abstract: A multi-polarized phased array antenna includes an element, a first feed line, a second feed line, a first phase shifter, and a second phase shifter. The element is fed with a first polarization signal at first and third angles, and a second polarization signal at second and fourth angles. One of the first polarization signal and second polarization signal is cancelled at a feed point in at least one of a first feed line and second feed line by operation of the first phase shifter, second phase shifter, first angle, second angle, third angle, and fourth angle. The first phase shifter provides a first 180° phase shift between the first and third angles, and the second phase shifter provides a second 180° phase shift between the second and fourth angles. A corresponding method of increasing isolation between polarizations in the multi-polarized phased array antenna is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: John Howard
  • Patent number: 10128560
    Abstract: A hybrid antenna and integrated proximity sensor is described wherein a commonly shared conductive structure is used for both antenna functions as well as a proximity sensor functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ethertronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Chew Chwee Heng
  • Patent number: 10122066
    Abstract: A horn antenna includes a metallic horn having a rear end adapted for connection with a waveguide. The horn antenna further includes a dielectric horn connected with the metallic horn and extending forward from a front end of the metallic horn. The dielectric horn includes: i) a metallic horn filler section adapted for filling an internal space of the metallic horn; ii) a waveguide filler section formed to extend rearward from a rear end of the metallic horn filler section and adapted for filling an internal space of a section of a predetermined length of the waveguide; and iii) a flared end section having a frustum shaped internal space, which is formed to flare out toward the front end of the dielectric horn. The metallic horn and the flared end section of the dielectric horn have respective cross sections whose outer contours are the same as each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: TOKYO KEIKI INC.
    Inventors: Satoshi Ito, Masaki Shimizu, Daisuke Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10116040
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a multi-frequency antenna and a terminal. An antenna body of the multi-frequency antenna includes: a grounding part, a feed part, and a first radiation branch arm and a second radiation branch arm which are connected with the feed part; the antenna body further includes a third radiation branch arm; one end of the third radiation branch arm is connected with the feed part, and the other end of the third radiation branch arm is connected with the grounding part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventor: Qun Li
  • Patent number: 10116064
    Abstract: A millimeter-wave antenna device and a millimeter-wave antenna array device thereof are characterized in that bump portions on coaxial cable connector bases protrude into through holes of a millimeter-wave substrate to effectuate fixation thereof and ensure that the millimeter-wave substrate is tightly coupled to the coaxial cable connector bases to not only ensure the precision of the position of a feed impedance unit of a microstrip antenna structure but also ensure that, when fixed to an antenna back panel frame, a triangular configuration is effectuated such that larger antenna spacing (i.e., 8.5˜12 mm) is achieved while meeting the functional requirement of an antenna beam scan, that is, an allowance of ±30 degrees approximately, thereby circumventing a problem, i.e., the spacing between antenna units is too small to enable an external emitting/receiving module to function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Cheng-Nan Hu, Der-Phone Lin
  • Patent number: 10096897
    Abstract: An array antenna with each antenna element in the array being physically tilted away from a base plane of the array. End antenna elements are tilted at a higher angle than regular antenna elements. The radiation pattern, the end antenna elements can provide coverage directly above the antenna array (i.e. at 90 degrees to the horizontal) for different electrical tilts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Nasrin Hojjat, Minya Gavrilovic, Des Bromley