Patents Examined by Michael Tokar
  • Patent number: 7121639
    Abstract: A printer controller configured to generate dot data for supply to a printhead that includes at least first and second longitudinally extending printhead chips that are positioned adjacent each other either side of a join region such that a printing width of the printhead is wider than the length of either printhead chip, the printer controller being configured such that, in the event that the printhead chips to which dot data is being supplied are of sufficiently unequal relative length, the dot data is supplied more frequently, or at a higher rate, to the longer of the two printhead chips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Richard Thomas Plunkett
  • Patent number: 7113112
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed that reduce the computational complexity of PPM-based data compression through use of certain simplifying assumptions that permit faster search for a close-to-optimal PPM model than conventional techniques. The disclosed techniques permit the cost of the computationally-expensive model building task to be amortized over many compression/decompression cycles by maintaining a PersistentModel class, accessible to both the coder and decoder side of the system. This allows the computationally-expensive model building task to be performed only occasionally, as opposed to each time a message is coded. Furthermore, the model-building task is preferably scheduled to run at non-busy times, such that it minimizes user-perceptible service disruptions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Vindigo, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon McAuliffe, David Joerg
  • Patent number: 7095295
    Abstract: A method for tuning a vibratory device including a cantilevered resonator comprising the steps of increasing a voltage V0 supplied to the vibratory device to thereby increase the bandwidth of the vibratory device; and keeping the resonant frequency of the vibratory device at substantially that natural frequency of the cantilevered resonator, wherein the vibratory device comprises: a capacitor including a movable plate and a fixed plate spaced from each other, the movable plate being part of the cantilevered resonator; a voltage source connected to the capacitor for providing voltage V0 across the capacitor to produce an attractive force between movable plate and fixed plate; a circuit connecting the voltage source to the capacitor; and a load resistor in said circuit having a resistance RL satisfying the following equation: ? = ? 0 ? c 0 ? R L ( 1 - ? ) where: ? is at least 10; ?0 is the beam constant for the cantilevered resonator; c0 is the capacitance for the capacitor; and ? is the vo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Sandia Corporation
    Inventors: Harold L. Stalford, Michael A. Butler, W. Kent Schubert
  • Patent number: 7079050
    Abstract: In order to improve an arithmetic decoder, the method of arithmetically decoding an arithmetically-encoded information signal into an information signal including a serial sequence of n-bit symbols is adapted to decode two subsequent symbols of the information signal in one decoding cycle if the first symbol to be decoded has the most probable symbol value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Renatus Josephus Van Der Vleuten, Bernardus Antonius Maria Zwaans
  • Patent number: 7075294
    Abstract: In the method of inspecting a thin-film magnetic head, a thin-film magnetic head provided with a magnetoresistive film having a free layer whose magnetization direction changes depending on an external magnetic field and ferromagnetic layers for applying a bias magnetic field to the free layer is prepared. Then, a DC magnetic field is applied to the ferromagnetic layers in the bias magnetic field applying direction. Subsequently, an AC magnetic field is applied to the ferromagnetic layers in the bias magnetic field applying direction. Thereafter, an external magnetic field is applied to the magnetoresistive film while supplying a current thereto, and a property of the thin-film magnetic head such as asymmetry and reproducing output is inspected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignees: TDK Corporation, SAE Magnetics (H.K.) Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Matsukuma, Muneyoshi Kobashi
  • Patent number: 7075291
    Abstract: Tone wheel testing apparatus and the test method using the apparatus are disclosed. Tone wheel testing apparatus comprising a surface adjusting means for holding in the horizontal position an annular object to be tested to which a tone wheel is attached, the means comprising a pair of pressing members between which the object is held, and the one of the pressing members having a reference surface with which the tone wheel is contacted in order to make the tone wheel align in the rotary axis direction of the object, a rotatable chucking means for seizing the object so as to make the center of the object align with its rotary center when the object is held by the surface adjusting means, and a magnetic testing sensor disposed adjacent to the tone wheel of the object so as to face each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Uchiyama Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventor: Masanori Tomioka
  • Patent number: 7057702
    Abstract: A lithographic projection apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus includes an illumination system configured to condition a beam of radiation, and a support structure configured to support a patterning device. The patterning device serves to impart the beam of radiation with a pattern in its cross-section. The apparatus also includes a substrate table configured to hold a substrate, a projection system configured to project the patterned beam onto a target portion of the substrate, and a fluid supply system configured to provide a fluid to a volume. The volume includes at least a portion of the projection system and/or at least a portion of the illumination system. The apparatus further includes a coupling device configured to couple the fluid supply system to the substrate table, substrate, support structure, patterning device, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Joeri Lof, Johannes Catharinus Hubertus Mulkens, Jeroen Johannes Sophia Maria Mertens, Antonius Johannes Van Der Net, Ronald Van Der Ham, Nicolas Lallemant, Marcel Beckers
  • Patent number: 7057383
    Abstract: When cables run side by side over a longer distance, an alternating-current signal used for cable location can couple or ‘bleedover’ to neighboring cables. The coupled current flowing in the neighboring cable creates field distortion and makes position determination of the targeted cable difficult. The resulting magnetic field of both (or more) cables has a non-circular shape and is commonly known as a distorted field. Established methods for finding the position of the cable under investigation lead to inaccuracies or even wrong locates. The method described herein eliminates the field distortion that is due to the coupled cables by demodulating a phase reference signal placed on the cable by a transmitter into two signal strength constituents. The inphase signal represents the field strength of the targeted conductor and is substantially free of field distortion. The other quadrature signal contains the component of the field associated with distortion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Metrotech Corporation, Inc.
    Inventors: Hubert Schlapp, Johan D. Overby
  • Patent number: 7057707
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a method for adjusting an alignment microscope. In the method of the present invention an alignment mask is used in which the one side comprises at least one alignment mark and the other side is reflective. For the adjustment, the microscope is first focused to the alignment mark and then refocused to the mirror image of the alignment mark generated by the reflective side. The microscope is then adjusted by comparing the positions of the alignment mark and the generated mirror image of the alignment mark until the alignment mark overlaps its mirror image. Moreover, a device for adjusting an alignment microscope in accordance with the method of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Suss MicroTec Lithography GmbH
    Inventor: Sven Hansen
  • Patent number: 7053613
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of parallel imaging reconstruction in parallel magnetic resonance imaging reconstruction. Magnetic resonance data is acquired in parallel by an array of separate RF receiver coils. A reconstruction method based on Tikhonov regularization is presented to reduce the SNR loss due to geometric correlations in the spatial information from the array coil elements. In order to reduce the noise amplification of the reconstruction so-called “g-factor”, reference scans are utilized as a priori information of the final reconstructed image to provide regularized estimates for the reconstruction using the L-curve technique. According to the invention the method with the proposed L-curve approach was fully automatic and showed a significant reduction in average g-factors in the experimental images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Inventor: Fa-Hsuan Lin
  • Patent number: 7048453
    Abstract: A camera actuator having a main body, camera support, camera link, push arm and actuator cable. The main body rotatably mounts to a pole. The camera support extends from the front of the main body. The camera support is adapted to rotatably receive a camera. The camera link connects to the camera, where movement of the camera link moves the camera about the camera support. The push arm extends from the front of the main body and is connected to the camera link. The push arm mounts in the main body such that the push arm slides in and out of the front of the main body to rotate the camera. The push arm mounts in the main body such that rotation of the push arm rotates the main body. The actuator cable extends into the rear of the main body from the pole and connects to the push arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Wintron Technologies
    Inventor: John W. Gaunt
  • Patent number: 7046339
    Abstract: A method and structure for optimizing an optical lithography illumination source comprises a shaped diffractive optical element (DOE) interposed between the illuminator and a lens during the exposure of a photoresist layer over a semiconductor wafer. The DOE may, in some instances, increase depth of focus, improve the normalized image log-slope, and improve pattern fidelity. The DOE is customized for the particular pattern to be exposed. Descriptions and depictions of specific DOE's are provided. Additionally, a pupilgram having a particular pattern, and methods for forming the pupilgram, are discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Stanton, Jeffrey L. Mackey
  • Patent number: 7046010
    Abstract: A multi-mode resistivity tool measures at multiple depths into the near-borehole formation. By use of a four mode tool, measuring to four depths at the formation, a more accurate invasion zone resistivity measurement may be made than previously known. The tool itself is shown as including six concentric electrodes, although not every electrode is necessary for every mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Guoyu (David) Hu, Michael S. Bittar
  • Patent number: 7046004
    Abstract: A method of steady-state free precession MR imaging is provided that includes the steps of: (a) providing a balanced steady-state free precession imaging sequence that includes a plurality of phase encoding steps, wherein each phase encoding step comprises a phase encoding gradient and a slice selection gradient; and (b) acquiring imaging data by performing the plurality of phase encoding steps in sequence, wherein the imaging data is acquired is compensated for one or more effects due to eddy-currents, flow, or motion related artefacts due to the implementation of one or more artefact compensation strategies that consist of (i) “pairing” of consecutive phase encoding steps and of (ii) “through slice equilibration” of eddy-current and motion or flow related signal oscillations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: University of Basel
    Inventors: Oliver Bieri, Klaus Scheffler
  • Patent number: 7038446
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is disclosed for inspecting contours formed along a predetermined region of a surface on a workpiece formed of an electrically conductive material using eddy current. A probe includes a longitudinal axis and is moveable along a path of travel to a static testing position stationary with respect to the predetermined region to be inspected on a workpiece. At least two coils are spaced longitudinally from one another and supported by the probe to be electrically excited with a predetermined frequency and amplitude while at the static testing position with the stationary probe. Sensors are provided for measuring the excitation voltage of each coil as eddy currents are induced in the electrically conductive material of the workpiece by the coils supported on the probe stationary at the static testing position with respect to the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Quantech, Inc.
    Inventor: William Keely
  • Patent number: 7039309
    Abstract: A drive source of a camera lens designed with built-in drive motor inside the camera lens mount delivers benefits of eliminating runout occurring during the telescopic movement of the telescopic lens, and simplifying the parts assembly process. The drive source of camera lens comprises a coil stator installed directly to the inside of the camera lens mount, the spindle of the magnetic ring rotor screws onto the rotation-proof telescopic lens, so as to rotate the spindle of the magnetic ring rotor to drive the telescopic lens with external thread. The present invention allows the camera lens to acquire a built-in drive source, eliminates the runout that occurs during the drive of telescopic lens, and simplifies the assembly process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Micro-Mototech Corp.
    Inventor: Cheng-Fang Hsiao
  • Patent number: 7035536
    Abstract: A flash case, in which a flash is provided, is automatically moved to an up position, when a user selects a flash mode in a state where the flash case is at a down position, when a user begins to forcibly raise the flash case by hand in a state where the flash case is at the down position, or when the flash case is at the down position in a state where a photometric operation starts in an auto-flash mode. The flash case is automatically moved to the down position, when an external force is added to the flash case at the up position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: PENTAX Corporation
    Inventors: Tadahisa Ohkura, Yutaka Ohsawa, Shigeru Iwamoto, Takuya Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 7034924
    Abstract: A lithographic apparatus includes at least one object support structure in a high vacuum chamber. The object support structure includes a carrier device in which a number of dividing walls are provided forming a number of compartments in the carrier device. At least one of the compartments is shielded from the high vacuum chamber and is provided with separate gas evacuating structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: ASLM Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Harmen Klass Van Der Schoot, Hernes Jacobs, Martinus Arnoldus Henricus Terken
  • Patent number: 7031646
    Abstract: An electrostatic latent image is formed on an image carrier. A first roller is opposed to the image carrier with a gap in between. A second roller is in contact with the first roller such that toner of a one-component type is supplied onto the image carrier by way of the first roller to develop the electrostatic latent image as a visible toner image. A single power source supplies a bias voltage in which an AC voltage is superposed on a DC bias voltage. The bias voltage is supplied to the first roller through a first path and to the second roller through a second path. A resistor is provided on the first path between the first roller and a branching point of the first path and the second path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shinji Yasukawa, Nobuhiro Miyakawa, Hiroshi Toyama, Takeshi Kobayashi, Shoji Hiruta
  • Patent number: 7030617
    Abstract: A method is provided for conducting an electromagnetic induction survey of a geological formation penetrated by a borehole lined with a conductive casing. The method includes positioning a transmitter in the borehole, whereby the transmitter generates a transmitter magnetic moment, and positioning a distant receiver external of the borehole to detect a magnetic field induced by the transmitter, whereby the distant receiver is disposed across part of the formation from the borehole. Furthermore, an auxiliary receiver is positioned in the borehole proximate the transmitter to detect a magnetic field induced by the transmitter and attenuated by the conductive casing. Subsequently, a first casing attenuation factor that is applicable to the magnetic field measured by the auxiliary receiver is determined from a ratio of the measured magnetic field at the auxiliary receiver and the transmitter magnetic moment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Ugo Conti