Patents Examined by Michael C. Wilmer
  • Patent number: 7969379
    Abstract: An antenna assembly having a radiating element and a circuit board is provided. The radiating element is coupled to the circuit board by a conductive extension and hook portion where the hook portion extends into and possibly through a bore on the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Laird Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Knudsen, Tony Meza, Mark Mayer, Abhinav Srivastava
  • Patent number: 7259720
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an internal antenna for a mobile handset comprising: a feeding pin for power supply; an upper radiating patch connected to the feeding pin, having a first upper patch portion and a second upper patch portion, which receive power supply from the feeding pin and resonate at different frequency bands respectively; a side radiating patch receiving power supply from the feeding pin, extended along the side of the upper radiating patch and vertically apart from the upper radiating patch by certain distance; and a short pin, one end of which is in contact with the upper radiating patch and the side radiating patch and the other end of which is grounded. According to the present invention, a bandwidth to be used can be broadened without increasing space for a general small size dual band Planar Inverted F Antenna PIFA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Pantech Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Ji Woong Ryu
  • Patent number: 7136017
    Abstract: A system and method improves linearly-polarized microstrip patch antenna performance and fabrication through the incorporation of a pin fin ground plane and an integral antenna feed assembly. In one embodiment, a patch antenna system includes an antenna area with a patch antenna that provides radio communications. A heat dissipation member is coupled to the antenna area and includes a plurality of pins that provide for both the dissipation of heat from the antenna area and a ground plane for the antenna area. An antenna feed line is further coupled with the antenna patch for providing an electrical connection from the antenna patch to other electronic circuitries, such as a wireless device that may be mechanically coupled to the heat dissipation member. Heat generated during the operation of the wireless device is directed to ambient air by way of the heat dissipation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Navini Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward B. Condon, Richard L. Smith, John Grabner
  • Patent number: 7019695
    Abstract: An antenna system includes a fractalized element that may be a ground counterpoise, a top-hat located load assembly, or a microstrip patch antenna having at least one element whose physical shape is at least partially defined as a first or higher iteration deterministic fractal. The resultant fractal element may rely upon an opening angle for performance, and is more compact than non-Euclidean ground counterpoise elements or the like. A vertical antenna system includes a vertical element that may also be a fractal, and a vertical antenna can include vertically spaced-apart fractal conductive and passive elements, and at least one fractal ground element. Various antenna configurations may be fabricated on opposite surfaces of a substrate, including a flexible substrate, and may be tuned by rotating elements relative to each other, and/or by varying the spaced-apart distance therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Inventor: Nathan Cohen
  • Patent number: 7019703
    Abstract: A directional antenna formed by associating a stationary generally omni-directional antenna element with an RF reflector formed from, for example, a folded, parabolic or elliptical RF reflecting surface. Rotating the RF reflector about the stationary antenna element creates a directional characteristic in the resulting antenna over, for example, a 360 degree range of azimuth. Rotation of the RF reflector may be remotely driven by a motor coupled, for example, to a gear connected to the RF reflector. The direct connection of the antenna element and the enclosed lightweight rotating assembly provide a reliable, easy to install and cost effective antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Andrew Corporation
    Inventors: David B. Webb, Scott Imbery, Kevin R. Krebs
  • Patent number: 6987483
    Abstract: A effectively balanced dipole antenna is provided comprising an unbalanced microstrip antenna having a transmission line interface and a planar balun connected to the transmission line interface of the antenna. The balun can be coplanar or multi-planar. For example, a coplanar balun includes an unbalanced coplanar transmission line, with a signal line interposed between a pair of coplanar grounds, and a pair of planar stubs plan-wise adjacent the coplanar grounds. The coplanar grounds are connected to the plane stubs with conductive lines proximate to the antenna transmission line interface. A microstrip planar balun includes an unbalanced microstrip signal line, a microstrip ground formed on the dielectric layer underlying the signal line, and a pair of planar stubs, plan-wise adjacent the microstrip ground. The planar stubs can be located on the same dielectric layer as the signal line or the ground. A stripline planar balun is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Kyocera Wireless Corp.
    Inventor: Allen Tran
  • Patent number: 6864847
    Abstract: This invention describes a method, an apparatus, and a system for optimizing antenna performance by remotely adjusting the plumb-to-level (absolute measurements with respect to true vertical) and the compass heading (absolute compass heading direction with respect to magnetic North) of one or a plurality of communication antennas by electromechanical means. Until now, only fixed, manual adjustments referenced to points on the tower that are assumed to be accurate, but are not, can be made. Furthermore, antenna optimization that is accomplished by solely adjusting the tilt of an antenna is limited. And, since azimuth adjustments for antenna sectors are difficult to adjust manually and are not available by electromechanical means, site planning personnel have not been able to accurately compensate for changes in tower and site parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Inventor: Jan Blair Wensink
  • Patent number: 6816121
    Abstract: A wireless communication device includes a housing, an antenna, and a transceiver for transmitting and receiving wireless signals through the antenna. The wireless communication device also includes a first hinge connecting the antenna to the housing for allowing the antenna to rotate about a first axis with respect to the housing, a first motor for rotating the antenna about the first axis with respect to the housing, and a control circuit for controlling the first motor to rotate the antenna for scanning reception of wireless signals as the antenna is rotated at different angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: BenQ Corporation
    Inventors: Chieh-Yuan Cheng, Cheng Yao, Chang-Hung Lee
  • Patent number: 6809696
    Abstract: A microwave component with an at least partially enclosed cavity, such as a microwave filter, a waveguide or a horn antenna, includes an outer support structure and an electric layer which is made of pulse-plated silver and which is arranged on the inside of the support structure and faces the cavity. The microwave component further includes a first inner protective layer of chemically precipitated gold, the protective layer being arranged on the electric layer and facing the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Polymer Kompositer I Goteborg AB
    Inventors: Pontus Bergmark, Anders Remgård
  • Patent number: 6768468
    Abstract: A flat metal plate (20) has a plurality of holes (50) that have a property that changes across the surface of the plate so that the flat plate (20) mimics the behavior of a curved wavefront transformer. The changing property can include a dimension, such as radius or depth, such that the holes (50) near the center of the plate (20) are smaller, for example, than the holes (50) further away from the center of the plate (20). The size of each hole (50) is a function of the local phase change imparted on an electromagnetic wave of a particular wavelength or frequency that hits the hole (50), plus the propagation phase change that occurs in the reflected wave exiting the hole (50) as it travels the distance between the hole (50) and the focal point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: David D. Crouch, William E. Dolash
  • Patent number: 6765540
    Abstract: A tunable antenna matching circuit is provided. The matching circuit includes a ferro-electric tunable component. A control signal is applied to the tunable component, changing the component's impedance. This changes the impedance of the matching circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Kyocera Wireless Corp.
    Inventor: Stanley S. Toncich
  • Patent number: 6753818
    Abstract: A mobile communication device comprises a housing enclosing a circuit board that has components disposed thereon. The housing has opposite first and second surfaces. An antenna element is formed on the first surface of the housing for receiving and/or transmitting electromagnetic signals. An inner conductive layer is disposed on the second surface of the housing. The inner conductive layer is electrically connected to the antenna element and in signal communication with the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Arima Optoelectronics Corp.
    Inventor: Wang Nang Wang
  • Patent number: 6727858
    Abstract: A circularly polarized wave antenna is constructed such that the circularly polarized wave antenna has four flat plate-shaped dielectrics having the substantially same thickness vertically provided on a printed substrate and arranged in a square-cylinder shape as a whole, and four radiation conductors provided, on each outer wall surface of the flat plate-shaped dielectrics, inclined in a fixed direction, such that a lower end of each of the radiation conductors is electrically connected to the printed substrate and such that electric power is fed to the four radiation conductors in phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kouta Iijima
  • Patent number: 6677911
    Abstract: The present invention provides antenna feed assemblies that allow the common waveguide portion of an antenna feed assembly to be rotated independent of a fixed communication waveguide. When rotated, the ports of the common waveguide are altered in terms of polarization with respect to signals propagating in the common waveguide, while the predetermined polarization between the ports remains the same. A rotatable coupling between the common waveguide and the fixed communication waveguide allows for communication of signals between the two waveguides, even though their ports are rotated with respect to each other. As such, the polarization of the waveguides associated with the antenna may be reconfigured, even though one of the waveguides remains at a fixed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Prodelin Corporation
    Inventor: Hamid Moheb
  • Patent number: 6606064
    Abstract: A tester comprises a first antenna that includes a cylinder formed from a dielectric material, a ground plane covering at least a portion of the outer surface of the cylinder, and a conductor covering a portion of the inner surface of the cylinder and located at approximately the axial midpoint of the center. The tester also includes a test fixture for holding a device under test and interfacing it with the first antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: David R. Lusterman
  • Patent number: 6509873
    Abstract: The present invention is an antenna comprising a microstrip having upper and lower layers for producing leaky wave radiation. Circularly shaped patches are located on the two layers for circularly polarizing the leaky wave radiation. The present invention provides a microstrip antenna that can produce wideband, circularly polarized radiation. The antenna, therefore, is a compact, low cost, rugged, conformal, planar, and circularly polarized microstrip antenna. The antenna combines the advantages of wideband circularly polarized radiation with the advantages of lightweight, low profile, low cost, and planar microstrip antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Vahakn Nalbandian, Choon S. Lee
  • Patent number: 6452553
    Abstract: An antenna includes at least one element whose physical shape is at least partially defined as a second or higher iteration deterministic fractal. The resultant fractal antenna does not rely upon an opening angle for performance, and may be fabricated as a dipole, a vertical, or a quad, among other configurations. The number of resonant frequencies for the fractal antenna increases with iteration number N and more such frequencies are present than in a prior art Euclidean antenna. Further, the resonant frequencies can include non-harmonically related frequencies. At the high frequencies associated with wireless and cellular telephone communications, a second or third iteration, preferably Minkowski fractal antenna is implemented on a printed circuit board that is small enough to fit within the telephone housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: Fractal Antenna Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan Cohen
  • Patent number: 6424310
    Abstract: An antenna system comprising a feed array, a subreflector and a main reflector which are oriented to define a folded optics antenna geometry. The feed array is comprised of a plurality of separate feeds which are aligned on a predetermined contour. Each feed is coupled to a feed network which acts to combine the illumination beams of a preselected number of feeds to produce a plurality of composite illumination beams. Each composite illumination beam is directed to be incident upon a separate predetermined location on the subreflector which directs the illumination beams towards the main reflector. Each composite illumination beam is reflected by the main reflector in a preselected direction so that each composite illumination beam forms an antenna beam that impinges a predetermined coverage area on the Earth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventors: Romulo F. J. Broas, David L. Brundrett, Charles W. Chandler, Te-Kao Wu
  • Patent number: 6369776
    Abstract: A UHF antenna has an electrically insulative cylindrical core of a solid material having a relative dielectric constant greater than 5, and a three-dimensional antenna element structure disposed on or adjacent the outer cylindrical surface of the core. The antenna element structure is coupled to a coaxial feeder passing axially through the core. To reduce the effect of unwanted resonant modes associated with the resonant length of the feeder inside the core, the core is spaced from the outer conductor of the feeder by an intervening layer of insulative material having a relative dielectric constant which is much lower that that of the core material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Sarantel Limited
    Inventors: Oliver Paul Leisten, John Costas Vardaxoglou
  • Patent number: 6198450
    Abstract: A hemispherical dielectric resonator is arranged on a metal substrate to make a flat surface of the hemispherical dielectric resonator contact with the metal substrate, and a dielectric wave-guiding channel is connected with a curved side surface of the hemispherical dielectric resonator. Therefore, a dielectric resonance antenna in which the hemispherical dielectric resonator and the dielectric wave-guiding channel are placed on the same metal substrate is obtained. A signal transmitting through the dielectric wave-guiding channel is fed in the hemispherical dielectric resonator, the hemispherical dielectric resonator is resonated, and an electromagnetic wave is radiated. Therefore, the dielectric resonance antenna functions as a wave radiation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Inventors: Naoki Adachi, Takashi Fukagawa, Suguru Fujita, Kenichi Maeda, Kazuaki Takahashi, Makoto Hasegawa, Morikazu Sagawa, Mitsuo Makimoto