Patents Examined by Roy Y Yi
  • Patent number: 10731984
    Abstract: A sensor chip includes registers storing and outputting configuration data, an extraction circuit receiving digital data and extracting features of the digital data in accordance with the configuration data, and a classification circuit applying a decision tree to the extracted features to generate a context of an electronic device into which the sensor chip is incorporated relative to its surroundings, the decision tree operating according to the configuration data. The classification unit outputs the context to the registers for storage. The configuration data includes which features for the extraction circuit to extract from the digital data, and a structure for the decision tree. The structure for the decision tree includes conditions that the decision tree is to apply to the at least one extracted feature, and outcomes to be effectuated based upon whether the extracted features meet or do not meet the conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Mahesh Chowdhary
  • Patent number: 10732225
    Abstract: A method and device for estimating remaining available energy of a power battery is provided. The method includes: estimating, under current state, maximum available energy of a first cell with minimum State of Charge (SOC), and maximum available energy of a second cell with minimum of maximum available capability in the power battery; estimating remaining available energy of the first cell based on its maximum available energy and SOC, and estimating remaining available energy of the second cell based on its maximum available energy and SOC; and estimating the remaining available energy of the power battery based on the number of cells included in the power battery and the smaller one of the remaining available energy between the first and the second cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited
    Inventors: Qiang Yun, Yushuai Shi, Yanhua Lu
  • Patent number: 10725517
    Abstract: A semiconductor circuit including a first subcircuit, at least a second subcircuit, and power management circuitry. The power management circuitry is operable for estimating a metric indicative of a momentary supply voltage present at the first subcircuit based on a power supply current of the first subcircuit and a cross current flowing between the first subcircuit and the second subcircuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Preetham M. Lobo, Thomas Strach, Tobias Webel
  • Patent number: 10725439
    Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring of a device including a moveable part, especially a rotating device, wherein the apparatus includes a control module which receives a measured vibration signal of the device provided by a sensor connected to the device, provides a spectrum of the measured vibration signal, pre-processes the spectrum to determine base frequencies and side frequencies, where the base frequencies are frequencies having peak powers corresponding to eigen frequencies of the device or faulty frequencies and the side frequencies correspond to other frequencies, where the control module additionally processes the base and side frequencies by applying separately a one-class classification on the base and side frequencies, combines the results of the one-class classifications to obtain a classification signal representing a confidence level, and outputs a decision support signal based on the classification signal, where the decision support signal indicates an error status of the monitored device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Alexey Petrovich Kozionov, Oleg Vladimirovich Mangutov, Ilya Igorevich Mokhov
  • Patent number: 10712459
    Abstract: Seismic data obtained from a seismic survey conducted of a subterranean region is received. The seismic data includes multiple frequency components, having a frequency bandwidth. A target, to-be-picked horizon is identified by displaying well data on the seismic section and correlating the seismic reflector with layer tops in the well data. A horizon represents a seismic reflector between two geological layers in the subterranean region. A single frequency that gives rise to a predetermined continuity along the target horizon is determined from the frequency bandwidth of the seismic data. The seismic data is filtered to mono-frequency volumes. The mono-frequency seismic volumes include a single frequency component. A horizon is picked corresponding to the target horizon based on the mono-frequency volumes. The identified horizon corresponding to the target horizon is output for determining geological features of the subterranean region based on the identified horizon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Mohammed Saleh Bin Gubair, Maher Al Marhoon
  • Patent number: 10697822
    Abstract: A sensor may include a housing configured to couple to a machine; at least one processor within the housing; a battery within the housing; a communication adapter within the housing and coupled to the at least one processor; and a measurement device within the housing and coupled to the at least one processor and the battery. The communication adapter may be configured to wirelessly connect to a communication network. The measurement device may be configured to: obtain measurements of a physical characteristic of the machine to which the housing is coupled and transmit the measurements via the communication adapter, and automatically switch between a first measurement mode comprising a first sampling rate and a second measurement mode comprising a second sampling rate, different from the first sampling rate, without human intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: PROAXION, INC.
    Inventors: Justin Robert Rothwell, Elliot Jacob Poger
  • Patent number: 10698345
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a drum unit, a process frame, a lock member and an intermediate transferring unit. The drum unit rotatably supports a rotating shaft of a photosensitive drum. The process frame has an attachment part to which the drum unit is attached. The lock member positions the drum unit to the attachment part. The intermediate transferring unit is attached to the process frame after the drum unit is attached. The lock member has a supporting part, an engagement part and a restriction part. Though the supporting part, an end of the rotating shaft is passed. The engagement part is engaged with the process frame between the process frame and the intermediate transferring unit. The restriction part interferes with the intermediate transferring unit between the engagement part and the intermediate transferring unit to prevent the engagement part from being detached from the process frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Daisuke Mimura, Hiromu Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10690586
    Abstract: Systems and methods for real-time detecting and quantification of surface and bulk corrosion and erosion in materials involve measuring and characterizing the electrical resistances, capacitances, and/or inductances of the materials and their interfaces, preferably by using an impedance analyzer precision LCR meter. The materials may be metals, non-metals (such as plastics, polymers, cements, concrete, ceramics, rocks and soils) and composite materials with various types of material constituents (such as metals, plastics, polymers, and cements).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON SYSTEM
    Inventor: Cumaraswamy Vipulanandan
  • Patent number: 10692227
    Abstract: A system for determining a sample map for alignment measurements includes a metrology tool and a controller. The controller defines a full sampling map including a plurality of measurement locations. The controller directs the metrology tool to measure alignment at each measurement location of the full sampling map for a plurality of samples to generate a reference alignment dataset, generates candidate sampling maps, each being a subset of the full sampling map. The controller may further estimate alignment as a function of location based on the two or more candidate sampling maps at each measurement location of the full sampling map, and determine a working sampling map by comparing the estimated alignment to the reference alignment dataset and selecting the candidate sampling map having a smallest number of alignment estimates exceeding a selected tolerance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Brent A. Riggs, Onur N. Demirer, William Pierson
  • Patent number: 10689974
    Abstract: Systems and methods for fracture mapping may utilize frequency changing to aid in providing high-resolution mapping. Integrated chips may be injected into a well and dispersed into a formation. A downhole tool that provides a transmitter and receiver may be positioned in the well. The transmitter may transmit electromagnetic (EM) signals into the formation. The dispersed integrated chips may receive the transmitted EM signal and return a frequency-changed signal to the receiver of the downhole tool. Utilizing the returned frequency changed signal, the system is able to determine the locations of the integrated chips that have been dispersed into the formation and provide fracture mapping. In another variation, the integrated chips may communicate with each other to provide fracture mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: WILLIAM MARSH RICE UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Aydin Babakhani
  • Patent number: 10690511
    Abstract: Technologies for managing sensor anomalies in a compute system include determining whether sensor data received from a first sensor is anomalous based on sensor data from another sensor and a correlation rule. The correlation rule defines an excepted correlation between the first sensor data and the second sensor data. If the correlation between the first sensor data and the second sensor data is not observed, the first sensor data may be deemed anomalous. If so, the first sensor data may be verified using another sensor or other correlation. If the first sensor is determined to be malfunctioning, the compute system may mitigate the loss of the first sensor by using another sensor in its place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Tobias M. Kohlenberg, Brian D. Johnson, John C. Weast
  • Patent number: 10684374
    Abstract: Included are embodiments for remotely determining a battery characteristic. Some embodiments include searching for a first wireless signal that identifies the energy storage device and, in response to receiving the first wireless signal, determining a current charge level of the energy storage device. Some embodiments include receiving a second wireless signal from the energy storage device, determining from the second wireless signal, whether the current charge level of the energy storage device reaches a predetermined threshold, and in response to determining that the current charge level of the energy storage device reaches the predetermined threshold, facilitating replacement of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: DURAVELL U.S. OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Nancy Taylor Dempsey, Karen Coltharp McGinnis, Elizabeth Jane Wenzel, Mathias Amann, Jordan Todorov Bourilkov, Sergio Coronado Hortal, Jonathan Livingston Joyce, Faiz Feisal Sherman, Steven Jeffrey Specht
  • Patent number: 10677817
    Abstract: A method for oscilloscope 3D mapping in scan mode. The input signal is acquired using a real-time sampling rate which is Dr times higher, thus more sampling points, i.e. Dr acquired data can be obtained during the time interval between two consecutive horizontal pixels. The Dr acquired data are mapped into a same column of the screen to implement fluorescent waveform display. In addition, to realize the scanning display, a flag X is introduced into the three-dimensional database, when the screen refresh signal arrives, the first Ds acquired data are read out from the unread acquired data in FIFO memory. The three-dimensional database is updated from the flag X, which make the leftmost waveform always be the oldest waveform, the rightmost waveform always be the newest waveform. Thus the 3D mapping is realized in scan mode, letting the DSO have a fluorescent waveform display at slow time-base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF ELECTRONIC SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF CHINA
    Inventors: Kuojun Yang, Wuhuang Huang, Peng Ye, Qinchuan Zhang, Hao Zeng, Duyu Qiu, Jun Jiang, Huiqing Pan, Lianping Guo, Feng Tan
  • Patent number: 10663959
    Abstract: The smart HVAC manifold system for servicing air conditioning systems is designed to dynamically manage the data acquisition process and to measure and calculate the performance indicators and output as the load conditions and or equipment operation change taking into account variables in the installation that can impact performance. Both visually and by a very specific data set the performance of the equipment and the installation can quickly be assessed and specific problems identified along with suggestions of typical faults or problems that may need addressed by the technician. The smart HVAC manifold system provides a means of quickly and electronically handling the manual data acquisition process which would include component and or system model and serial numbers, equipment location (GPS tagging), customer name, environmental conditions that effect performance and performance measurement (weather data and elevation), and supports photo, voice and text documentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: STRIDE TOOL, INC.
    Inventors: Edward Yenni, Timothy Vielhaber, David Rodgers, John Podhradsky, James L. Bergmann, William P. Spohn, William Northrup, Robert James Bonitati
  • Patent number: 10663333
    Abstract: Techniques for the design and operation of an efficient battery-powered meter are described herein. A metrology unit of the meter may be at least partially located in the gas flow of a pipe, and measures gas flow rate data according to a static flow sensor. The metrology unit calculates raw gas-volume data using at least the flow rate data as input. The metrology unit measures gas temperature to produce gas temperature data, and adjusts the raw gas-volume data, based at least in part on the gas temperature data, to produce corrected gas-volume data. The metrology unit accumulates the corrected gas-volume data over multiple minutes, hours or even days, and then sends the accumulated corrected gas-volume data to an index unit of the meter. By accumulating the data over time, fewer data transmissions are required. The index unit may send the accumulated the accumulated corrected gas-volume data to a utility server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Itron, Inc.
    Inventor: George Iliev
  • Patent number: 10656633
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a method of manufacturing parts produced with a manufacturing device, based on the analysis of at least one statistical indicator representative of a characteristic dimension of the parts, according to which: a) in the course of time several samples are collected, each sample comprising several parts produced with the manufacturing device; b) the characteristic dimension of each part of the sample is measured; c) for each sample collected a weighted mean and a weighted standard deviation of the characteristic dimension are calculated according to an exponential weighting on the basis of a mean and standard deviation of the characteristic dimensions measured on the parts of said sample, of weighted means and of weighted standard deviations of the characteristic dimension which are calculated for previously collected samples; d) for each sample collected a value of the statistical indicator is calculated on the basis of the weighted mean and of the weighted standard deviation thus calc
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventors: Olivier Ferry, Arnaud Cambefort, Pascal Courtin, Nicolas Hardouin, Charles Cleret De Langavant
  • Patent number: 10648317
    Abstract: A method of detecting a fault in an oil and gas apparatus controlled by a controller is provided. The method includes collecting a test set of data using a sensor proximate to an oil and gas apparatus during the operation of the oil and gas apparatus under test operating conditions, the test set of data being associated with an operating parameter of the controller, determining a percentage of the test set of data that falls outside a normal operation region of the oil and gas apparatus, and configuring the controller in response to the percentage being between a fault-free percentage threshold and a fault percentage threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason D. Dykstra, Zhijie Sun
  • Patent number: 10649363
    Abstract: A developing cartridge includes a casing, a developer-carrying member, a supply member, a developing electrode, a supply electrode, and an insulating member. The casing is configured to accommodate therein developer. The developer-carrying member is configured to rotate about a rotational axis and carry the developer thereon. The supply member is configured to supply the developer to the developer-carrying member. The developing electrode is configured to be electrically connected to the developer-carrying member. The supply electrode is configured to be electrically connected to the supply member. The insulating member insulates the developing electrode and the supply electrode with each other. The developing electrode, the insulating member, and the supply electrode are overlapped in this order in an axial direction of the rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasumasa Fujii
  • Patent number: 10641697
    Abstract: A device for counting particles comprises a detector arranged to produce an electrical measurement signal in response to the passage of one or more particles, and a comparator arranged to compare the measurement signal with a threshold signal and to increment a counting value when the measurement signal exceeds the threshold signal, characterized in that it furthermore comprises a threshold-adjusting circuit that applies a lowpass filter to the measurement signal, and that is connected to the comparator in order to use the resulting signal as threshold signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: HORIBA ABX SAS
    Inventor: Guilhem Couderc
  • Patent number: 10639528
    Abstract: A method and system for matching an athlete with a selected striking tool. The method includes, and the system facilitates, receiving test data resulting from the athlete hitting a test target with a test striking tool to launch the test target. The test data is mathematically transformed to calculate a test functional group score. The test functional group score is compared with a database to match the test functional group score with matched previous data having a similar functional group score to the test functional group score. A selection parameter of the selected striking tool is defined to correspond with a value of the selection parameter associated with a strong performance metric in the matched previous data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: SPORT INSIGHT INC.
    Inventors: Darren J. Stefanyshyn, John W. Wannop, Ryan M. J. Madden, Jay Tofin Worobets