Patents Examined by Suresh Memula
  • Patent number: 11390185
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a personalized SOC are provided. In one embodiment, a system may include a recognition module, a schedule module, a charge state module, and a charging module. The recognition module is configured to identify a vehicle to receive a charge from a charging station. The schedule module is configured to determine a parked period when the vehicle will be present at the charging station based on a schedule. The charge state module is configured to calculate the personalized SOC based on the parked period. The charge rate defines a charge period that is an amount of time that the charging station will provide charge to the vehicle. The personalized SOC is calculated to reduce a time difference between the parked period and the charge period. The charging module is configured to set the personalized SOC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Eri Izumi Maeda
  • Patent number: 11392742
    Abstract: Implementations of the present disclosure provide coloring methods that sort and pre-color nodes of G0-linked networks in a multiple-patterning technology (MPT)-compliant layout design by coordinate. In one embodiment, a method includes identifying target networks in a circuit layout, each target network having two or more linked nodes representing circuit patterns, and each target network being presented in an imaginary X-Y coordinate plane, assigning a first feature to a first node in each target network, the first node is determined using a coordinate-based method, and assigning the first feature and a second feature to remaining nodes in each target network in an alternating manner so that any two immediately adjacent linked nodes in each target network have different features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chia-Ping Chiang, Ming-Hui Chih, Chih-Wei Hsu, Ping-Chieh Wu, Ya-Ting Chang, Tsung-Yu Wang, Wen-Li Cheng, Hui En Yin, Wen-Chun Huang, Ru-Gun Liu, Tsai-Sheng Gau
  • Patent number: 11390350
    Abstract: An electric vehicle rechargeable via electric power transferred from a power outlet separate from the vehicle includes a seat movable between a first position for supporting a person and a second position. A caddy is positioned below the seat to define a cable storage volume. The cable storage volume is accessible when the seat is in the second position. A charging port is positioned outside of the caddy and accessible with the seat in the first position. A charging cable is positioned within the caddy, the charging cable having a first end engageable with the charging port of the vehicle and a second end engageable with the power outlet. The first and second ends of the charging cable are removable from the caddy when the seat is in the second position to enable charging the electric vehicle via the charging cable and the charging port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth G. Luckjohn, Brian Michael Silovich, Jonathan Bryant Robertson, Sean M. Stanley
  • Patent number: 11386255
    Abstract: Capturing and processing a digital image of a pictorial (e.g., hand-drawn) representation of a schematic or block diagram as a digital image to aid in creation and maintenance of electrical designs is disclosed. Processing of the digital image includes processing to determine design parameters to create an informational format useful as input to other design software. Design parameters may include schematic layout and attributes such as maximum output voltage, minimum input voltage, ambient temperature, etc. The method and system also include storage of information accessible to refine designs and perform simulations of designs as part of an overall electrical design process. Associated devices and methods are disclosed as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: Malcolm James Humphrey
  • Patent number: 11374349
    Abstract: A receptacle connector device for electrical vehicle use in accordance with the present invention is disposed at a battery terminal of an electric vehicle and is connected to a plug connector in a charging station. The receptacle connector comprises an insulating body and a plurality of conducting elements. The insulating body is made of waterproof plastic materials and the plurality of the conducting elements are made of metal materials. The insulating body has a plurality of concentric circular grooves and a transverse portion. The plurality of the conducting elements are respectively disposed in the plurality of the concentric circular grooves, characterized in that: each of the plurality of the conducting elements forms a rough surface, thereby to enlarge contact area between the plurality of the conducting elements and the insulating body in moulding process for firm combination of plastic and metal materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: CHENG UEI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yun-Chien Lee, Sheng-Tsung Yuan
  • Patent number: 11375623
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a battery protection circuit package according to one aspect of the present invention includes forming a first mounting structure by mounting battery protection circuit elements on a printed circuit board (PCB), forming a second mounting structure by mounting the first mounting structure on a lead frame which comprises an input/output terminal portion for external connection and at least one metal tab for battery cell connection, forming an encapsulation structure by encapsulating the second mounting structure with a molding material to encapsulate at least a part of the battery protection circuit elements while exposing the input/output terminal portion and the at least one metal tab of the lead frame, and bonding at least one flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) to the input/output terminal portion of the encapsulation structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: ITM SEMICONDUCTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyuk Hwi Na, Ho Seok Hwang, Young Seok Kim, Sang Hoon Ahn, Jae Ku Park, Sung Hee Wang, Eun Bin Lee
  • Patent number: 11370316
    Abstract: A contact device for a fast charging system for electrically driven vehicles includes a charging contact device disposable on a vehicle floor, the contact device having a contact unit carrier with contact units electrically connectable to a respective charging contact of the charging contact device to form a contact pair, the contact device or the charging contact device including a positioning device, the contact units positionable relative to the charging contacts by the positioning device to form an electrically conductive connection between the vehicle and a stationary charging station, the contact device being disposable on a ground below the vehicle, the contact device having a base frame attachable to the ground, the contact unit carrier being inserted into the base frame, the contact unit carrier being made of a dielectric material, the contact units each having a contact element moveable relative to the contact unit carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Schunk Transit Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Bjoern Weisshar, Thomas Hengstermann, Lothar Schneider, Matthias Domes
  • Patent number: 11358474
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrical vehicle charging system, including a power source configured for providing electrical energy to charge an electrical vehicle, an outlet port configured for connecting the electrical vehicle to the charging system and for providing a DC voltage to the electrical vehicle, a switch configured for connecting the outlet port and the power source, and a control device configured, if the electrical vehicle is unconnected to the outlet port, for measuring the DC voltage at the outlet port, and configured, if the measured DC voltage is greater than zero, for switching off the DC voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: ABB SCHWEIZ AG
    Inventors: Gertjan Koolen, Jim Van-Der-Heijden
  • Patent number: 11358485
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a charging stop switch that accepts a stopping operation for stopping external charging, and an ECU that stops the external charging when the stopping operation is accepted at the charging stop switch. The ECU determines whether or not a specific operation different from the stopping operation at the charging stop switch has been accepted, and when it is determined that the specific operation has been accepted, disables acceptance of the stopping operation. The specific operation is an operation different from an intended operation of a prescribed subject. The vehicle includes an inlet to which a charging connector for external charging can be connected. The ECU detects connection of the charging connector to the inlet, the prescribed subject is the charging connector, and the specific operation is a prescribed number of operations of connecting and disconnecting the prescribed subject within a prescribed time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toru Ando
  • Patent number: 11362525
    Abstract: A full DC buck-boost power transmission system comprises at least one DC power supply, at least one boost station, a high-voltage cable and at least one buck station connected in sequence. The boost station includes a first battery pack unit, and the buck station includes a second battery pack unit. The DC power supply, the boost station, the high-voltage cable and the buck station cooperate with each other, and the connection modes of the first battery pack unit and the second battery pack unit can be switched, so that the first battery pack unit and the second battery pack unit undergo the process of charging and discharging in different connection modes, realizing the storage, boost, transmission, buck and supply of the DC power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Lianghuan Feng, Lang Feng
  • Patent number: 11351879
    Abstract: Vehicle depots or yards adapted to charge multiple electric vehicles include multiple charging electrodes to simultaneously direct power to multiple electric vehicles. The charging electrodes may direct power to the electric vehicles from an utility grid or from a secondary power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Proterra Operating Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Dustin Grace, Rajiv Singhal, Andre Lalljie, Brian Pevear, Thomas Blazak, Seamus McGrath, John Gerber, Roger Innes
  • Patent number: 11353490
    Abstract: A method for detecting a fault in a battery charger circuit of a vehicle includes determining, based on at least one expected voltage value of an incoming alternating current source, a first threshold. The method also includes measuring at least one line voltage value associated with the incoming alternating current source that provides power to the battery charger circuit. The method also includes determining whether the measured at least one line voltage value is greater than the first threshold. The method also includes in response to a determination that the measured at least one line voltage value is greater than the first threshold, disconnecting the battery charger circuit from and/or preventing the battery charger circuit from connecting to the incoming alternating current source after a first predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Joseph A. Engel
  • Patent number: 11355793
    Abstract: In this power supplying device used in this power storage system, a power supplying unit charges a battery. A control unit controls the power supplying unit so as to charge the battery in a pulsed manner, in at least a part of a charging period of the battery. The control unit extends a unit on time and a unit off time when charging in the pulsed manner, as the temperature of the battery becomes lower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takao Yamamoto, Tomokazu Sada, Hiroshi Tenmyou, Yukikazu Ohchi
  • Patent number: 11354478
    Abstract: A semiconductor circuit design method, system and computer program product for placing a unit pin on a boundary of a unit of a semiconductor circuit to be designed may be provided. Pin position data is received, wherein the pin position data comprises a chip pin position of a chip pin within the chip area and outside of the unit of a semiconductor circuit, to which the unit pin is to be electrically connected. The coordinates of a center point of the unit are determined, as well as a line crossing the center point and the chip pin position. The unit pin is placed on an intersection of the boundary of the unit and the line crossing the center point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lukas Daellenbach, Ralf Richter
  • Patent number: 11347256
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure are directed to reducing clock-ungating induced voltage droop by determining a maximum frequency value associated with an output clock waveform; modulating a clock frequency of the output clock waveform for a first time duration based on a first programmable mask pattern or a first Boolean function; and determining if either the first programmable mask pattern or the first Boolean function should be changed. In accordance with one aspect, a voltage droop mitigation circuit includes a control logic for receiving an input clock waveform and a clock enable signal waveform and for outputting a gated clock enable signal waveform; a latch coupled to the control logic, the latch for holding a state of the gated clock enable signal waveform and a AND gate coupled to the latch, the AND gate for outputting an output clock waveform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Martin Saint-Laurent, Lam Ho, Carlos Andres Rodriguez Ancer, Bhavin Shah
  • Patent number: 11338696
    Abstract: An evaluation jig comprises a female terminal connectable to a male terminal of a charging connector. The female terminal includes a plurality of contact pieces and a support portion. Each contact piece has a flexible piece, and a contact portion protruding toward the center axis from an inner surface of the flexible piece. The flexible piece forms a portion of a cylinder having the center axis. The flexible piece has a length equal to or larger than twice an outer diameter of the cylinder in a direction parallel to the center axis. The flexible piece is elastically deformable so that the flexible piece has a distal end portion to be displaceable in a radial direction of the cylinder relative to a proximal end portion of the flexible piece. The contact portion has a shape curved so as to protrude inward in the radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hisato Kawahara, Hiroaki Yuasa, Hidetoshi Kusumi, Kyoko Inayoshi
  • Patent number: 11338697
    Abstract: A vehicle-mountable control device configured to control a vehicle including a charging port for DC power and an auxiliary device includes a determination unit and an information obtainment unit. The information obtainment unit is configured to obtain prescribed facility information about a power feeding facility. The determination unit is configured to permit an auxiliary device driving mode when it is determined that the power feeding facility corresponds to the auxiliary device driving mode based on the facility information, and not permit the auxiliary device driving mode when it is determined that the power feeding facility does not correspond to the auxiliary device driving mode based on the facility information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinji Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 11338692
    Abstract: A system for determining a state-of-charge (SOC) of an electric vehicle includes a housing that is supportable within the electric vehicle, one or more sensors supported by the housing, and a processor. The one or more sensors are configured to determine one or more values related to the electric vehicle, respectively. Each value of the one or more values represents a state of the electric vehicle or a state of an environment in which the electric vehicle is located. The processor is configured to estimate an SOC of the electric vehicle based on the one or more determined values related to the electric vehicle. The device also includes a wireless communication interface configured to transmit data representative of the estimated SOC of the electric vehicle and/or data representative of the one or more values related to the electric vehicle to the processor or to another processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventors: Matthew David Press, Joel Seth Browning
  • Patent number: 11341303
    Abstract: The disclosed technology includes, among other innovations, a framework for resource efficient compilation of higher-level programs into lower-level reversible circuits. In particular embodiments, the disclosed technology reduces the memory footprint of a reversible network implemented in a quantum computer and generated from a higher-level program. Such a reduced-memory footprint is desirable in that it addresses the limited availability of qubits available in many target quantum computer architectures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Roetteler, Krysta Svore, Alex Parent
  • Patent number: 11325488
    Abstract: A housing for an electrical connector includes a first set of orifices receiving a plurality of first pins, a second set of orifices receiving a plurality of second pins, a first draining device evacuating a fluid from the first set of orifices, and a second draining device evacuating a fluid from the second set of orifices. The second pins having a voltage higher than the first pins. The first set of orifices and the second set of orifices extend through the housing from a first interface of the housing toward a second interface of the housing in a connecting direction. The first draining device and the second draining device are isolated from each other and prevent fluid communication between the fluid from the first set of orifices and the fluid from the second set of orifices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics France SAS
    Inventors: Bruno Dupont, Tehuai Chin