Patents Examined by Minh N. Tang
  • Patent number: 10732230
    Abstract: A power supply circuit includes an internal power source that receives power supply from an external power source, an abnormality detection circuit that receives power supply from the internal power source to detect abnormalities of the external power source, a protection target circuit that receives the power supply from the external power source, and a protection function unit that restricts electric power supplied to the protection target circuit to a predetermined range, when the abnormality detection circuit detects the abnormalities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuya Kataoka, Hitoshi Shima
  • Patent number: 10732208
    Abstract: A flexible current sensor comprising a sensing coil wound on a cylindrical flexible core where the sensing coil comprises two in series connected overlapping windings wound along the cylindrical flexible core in mutually opposite direction. The cylindrical flexible core comprises a plurality of individual fibers from a nonmagnetic material arranged into the nearest approximation of a cylindrical shape and the sensing coil is equipped with a nonconductive separation layer located between its windings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Ladislav Gr{hacek over (n)}o
  • Patent number: 10728726
    Abstract: Sampled measurement data stream is controlled in an electrical network by measuring at least one measurement value in a remote device; detecting in the remote device at least one phenomenon of interest or request for a connection from the central device; activating by the remote device a communication channel for sampled measured values between the remote device and a central device in response to the detection of the phenomenon of interest or the request for a connection from the central device; and sending the measurement value from the remote device to the central device through the communication channel for sampled measured values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Markus Kortesluoma, Frej Suomi
  • Patent number: 10725098
    Abstract: A method for electrostatic discharge (ESD) testing and analysis includes performing, by an ESD testing device, ESD testing on pins of an integrated circuit (IC) device to generate pre-stress ESD test data for each of the pins and post-stress ESD test data for each of the pins, determining, current shifts according to first data points of voltage-current (IV) curves of the pre-stress ESD test data corresponding to the IC device pins and to second data points of IV curves of the post-stress ESD test data corresponding to the respective pins of the IC device, assigning, by the device, a test result classification for each of the pins according to a relationship between a test threshold and the current shift for the respective pin, and displaying, by a workstation, a visually coded map of the IC device indicating the test result classification for each of the pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: ESD IT2 LLC.
    Inventors: Charvaka Duvvury, Amjad Hussain, Svetlana Loshakov
  • Patent number: 10727357
    Abstract: A defect number determination unit determines whether or not a solar cell string is defective in a plurality of positions on the basis of whether or not a combined impedance found from impedances in the case where an inspection signal is applied to a P terminal and an N terminal of the solar cell string deviates from a reference impedance by greater than or equal to a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Takeuchi, Akihiko Sano, Kohei Tomita
  • Patent number: 10725118
    Abstract: A floating input detection method and circuits. A method for detecting a floating signal input terminal includes providing a common-mode input voltage to a first amplifier coupled to the signal input terminal, and providing an output signal generated by the first amplifier to: a non-inverting input of a second amplifier coupled to the signal input terminal, an inverting input of the second amplifier, coarse detection circuitry, and fine float detection circuitry. The method also includes comparing, by the coarse detection circuitry, the output signal to a first threshold voltage, and determining the signal input terminal to be not floating responsive to the comparing indicating that the output signal is greater than the first threshold voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Dileep Kumar R, Srihari Varma Datla, Dipankar Mandal
  • Patent number: 10718791
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a probe assembly and a probe structure thereof. The probe structure includes a first base part, a second base part, a connecting part, and a contacting part. The first base part includes a first contacting segment and a first connecting segment. The first contacting segment includes a first abutting portion and a first side end portion connected to the first abutting portion. The second base part includes a second contacting segment, a second connecting segment, and a passive component disposed between the second contacting segment and the second connecting segment. The second contacting segment includes a second abutting portion and a second side end portion connected to the second abutting portion. The first connecting segment and the second connecting segment are connected to the connection part. The contacting portion is connected to the connection part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: CHUNGHWA PRECISION TEST TECH. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kai-Chieh Hsieh, Yuan-Chiang Teng, Jian-Wei Li
  • Patent number: 10712177
    Abstract: A position detection device includes a first position detector, a second position detector, and a signal generator. The first position detector includes a first magnetic field generation unit, a second magnetic field generation unit, and a first magnetic sensor. The second position detector includes a third magnetic field generation unit, a fourth magnetic field generation unit, and a second magnetic sensor. The positions of the second and fourth magnetic field generation units vary in response to variations in a detection-target position. The signal generator generates a position detection signal, which is the sum of a first detection signal generated by the first magnetic sensor and a second detection signal generated by the second magnetic sensor. Each of the first and second position detectors includes a bias magnetic field generation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TDK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Umehara, Hayato Miyashita, Keisuke Uchida, Hiraku Hirabayashi
  • Patent number: 10698017
    Abstract: A test apparatus includes a host compliance printed circuit board having a first circuit plane and a second circuit plane separated by at least one dielectric layer. A first row of surface mount pads are disposed on the first circuit plane. The first row of surface mount pads includes a first pad and a second pad. A second and third row of surface mount pads are disposed on the first circuit plane. A first and second differential pair of circuit lines is disposed on the first circuit plane. The first differential circuit line has one end coupled to the first pad. The second differential circuit line has one end coupled to the second pad. The first and second differential pair of circuit lines extend from the first and second pads and between the second and third rows of surface mount pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventor: Umesh Chandra
  • Patent number: 10677821
    Abstract: A device for magnetic measurement that includes a DC magnetic field sensor having at least four discrete elements, each of the discrete elements being constituted by at least one coil and a magnetic material without remanence, where the at least four discrete elements are substantially identical. The magnetic field sensor includes a first discrete element orientated in a given direction, and a second discrete element associated therewith to constitute a first differential pair. The second discrete element being orientated in parallel but in an opposite direction relative to the first discrete element. The device further including two other discrete elements constituting a second differential pair substantially identical to the first differential pair. The two other discrete elements being parallel to the orientation of the first differential pair but are respectively orientated in an opposite direction to the first and second discrete elements of the first differential pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: NEELOGY
    Inventor: Lionel Fabien Cima
  • Patent number: 10677852
    Abstract: Methods and related systems conduct a capacity check of a battery via a partial discharge cycle. A method of estimating a total capacity of a battery includes partially discharging the battery at a controlled discharge rate so as to discharge an amount of energy from the battery over a period of time. An output voltage of the battery is measured during the period of time. A total capacity of the battery is estimated based on the amount of energy discharged from the battery during the partial discharge cycle and the output voltage of the battery measured during the partial discharge cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ligong Wang, Darin Lee Frink
  • Patent number: 10663613
    Abstract: Obscured feature detectors are disclosed. An obscured feature detector includes a sensor plate array including three or more sensor plates, each of the three or more sensor plates configured to form a first end of a corresponding electric field and to take a sensor reading of the corresponding electric field. The corresponding electric field varies based on a proximity of the sensor plate to one or more surrounding objects and on a material property of each of the one or more surrounding objects. The three or more sensor plates include a first sensor plate that has a first shape and a second sensor plate that has a second shape that is different from the first shape of the first sensor plate. The obscured feature detector also includes one or more common plates to form a second end of the corresponding electric field of the three or more sensor plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Franklin Sensors, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Dorrough, Daniel Scott Toborg, Dylan Thomas Smith
  • Patent number: 10658906
    Abstract: A servo motor system and method has been developed to provide speed, orientation, location, and/or direction detection using a single inductive sensor. Direction, orientation, speed, and/or location detection are detected using a single channel inductive sensor in a servo motor control system. Mechanical control systems using servo motors are easily upgraded with added safety, precision control, and automation using the inductive sensor system described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Milton D. Olsen
  • Patent number: 10650946
    Abstract: A circuit and method provide improved trimming of a DCR sensing circuit where a sensing element is sensitive to self-heating or having a large tolerance. The circuit includes a resistive divider circuit coupled to a sensing element. The resistive divider circuit includes a trim resistor and two test points. Prior to trimming the trim resistor, an actual resistance of the sensing element is determined. A target voltage across the trim resistor to be trimmed is calculated according to the determined sensing element resistance and a known small trim current that is to be injected into the circuit during the trimming process. This injected trim current has a low current value so there is no self-heating of the sensing element. Then, the trim resistor is trimmed while injecting this small trim current into the resistive divider circuit and the voltage across the trim resistor is monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Flex Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikael Appelberg, Andreas Larsson
  • Patent number: 10645810
    Abstract: A sensor for measuring the position of a component that is displaceable relative to the sensor, includes a circuit board and a metal body. The circuit board includes a first region in which a detector is located, and a second region in which electronic components are located, which are electrically connected to the detector. The metal body includes a first layer having a first area as well as a second layer having a second area. The first region of the circuit board is fixed in place in the first area and the second region of the circuit board is fixed in place in the second area. The first layer and the second layer of the metal body are situated between the first region and the second region of the circuit board so that the first region is located in a first plane and the second region is located in a second plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: DR. JOHANNES HEIDENHAIN GmbH
    Inventors: Lutz Rissing, Marc Oliver Tiemann, Alexander Frank
  • Patent number: 10641817
    Abstract: A motor driving device includes: a converter unit having a capacitor; a plurality of inverter units having a plurality of semiconductor switching elements and configured to convert a capacitor voltage across the capacitor into an AC voltage to drive a plurality of motors; a second switch configured to connect the negative-side terminal of the capacitor to ground; a first detector configured to detect a ground-referenced voltage; and a second detector configured to detect the capacitor voltage. The motor driving device controls the semiconductor switching elements to establish a measurement state for enabling measurement of an insulation resistance of a measurement target motor, determines that the ground-referenced voltage has converged when an amount of change in the waveform of the ground-referenced voltage detected by the first detector becomes equal to or lower than a threshold, and calculates the insulation resistance based on the ground-referenced voltage and the capacitor voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Norihiro Chou, Youichirou Ooi
  • Patent number: 10641824
    Abstract: A semiconductor device comprises a device substrate and a metal film, with first and second non-recessed areal regions separated by a recessed areal region. The metal film covers contiguously the recessed and non-recessed areal regions and transition surfaces joining them. A first transition surface includes metallized portions over which (i) the first transition surface is not parallel to the other transition surface, (ii) the first transition surface is inclined relative to the device substrate, and (iii) the metal film on the first transition surface is contiguous with adjacent metal film portions on the recessed and non-recessed areal regions. A portion of an optoelectronic device surface running parallel to an optical waveguide of the device can be left exposed by a metal film on the device. Light propagating transversely out of the waveguide through the exposed portion can be detected, measured, or imaged for non-destructive device characterization or testing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Emcore Corporation
    Inventors: Xiaoguang He, Ruby Zendejaz, Dustin Huynh
  • Patent number: 10643513
    Abstract: An array substrate, a display panel and a test method thereof and a display device. The array substrate has a display region and a peripheral region and includes a first electrode layer and a first test line. The first electrode layer includes a plurality of first signal lines arranged along a first direction, and the first signal lines extend from the peripheral region to the display region; the first test line is provided in the peripheral region, and extends along the first direction; the first test line is overlapped with and insulated from the first signal lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd., Hefei BOE Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiang Wang, Wei Xu, Yu e Ke
  • Patent number: 10641798
    Abstract: Provided is a current detection device that enables to eliminate the influence of vibration that is applied to a bus bar, which is configured as a shunt resistor and measures current with high accuracy and high reliability. The current detection device is provided with a first wiring member and a second wiring member consisting of a conductive metal material, and a resistor body consisting of a metal material having a lower temperature coefficient of resistance than those wiring members and is joined between the first wiring member and the second wiring member, wherein a connection portion for making a connection to another wiring member or device is formed at an end of the first wiring member and second wiring member, the end being an opposite side from a joint with the resistor body, and a fixing member is provided between the connection portion and the joint with the resistor body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: KOA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keishi Nakamura, Koichi Minowa
  • Patent number: 10634718
    Abstract: A manipulator may include a base portion, an upright portion connected to the base portion, a test head attachment incorporated into the upright portion, and an upright quick connect assembly incorporated into the test head attachment. In some cases, the manipulator includes an automatic weight transfer mechanism, a mobile base portion with casters and/or steerable casters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Reid-Ashman Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce D. Baer, Chris McArthur, Leo Wright, Kyle Bodily, Nathaniel Johnson, Brian Hunt, Erik Erekson, Spence Rencher