Patents Examined by Vibol Tan
  • Patent number: 10819319
    Abstract: A level shifter circuit configured to convert a digital input signal with a first high logic level to a digital output signal having a second high logic level substantially higher than the first high logic level is provided. The level shifter circuit may include a PMOS latch circuit configured to receive the digital input signal and having first and second latch outputs and a current mirror circuit having a mirror input and a mirror output. The mirror input may be at least partly gated by a switch having a control input. The mirror output may be coupled to the first latch output. The control input may be coupled to the first or second latch outputs, and the digital output signal is provided from the first and/or second latch outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Impinj, Inc.
    Inventor: John D. Hyde
  • Patent number: 10817012
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a processor includes at least one processor core and at least one graphics processor. The at least one graphics processor may include a register file having a plurality of entries, where at least a portion of the at least one graphics processor is to operate at a first operating frequency and the register file is to operate at a second operating frequency greater than the first operating frequency, to enable the at least one graphics processor to issue a plurality of write requests to the register file in a single clock cycle at the first operating frequency and receive a plurality of data elements of a plurality of read requests from the register file in the single clock cycle at the first operating frequency. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Iqbal R. Rajwani, Altug Koker, Bhushan M. Borole, Kamal Sinha, Abhishek R. Appu, Anupama A. Thaploo, Sunil Nekkanti, Wenyin Fu
  • Patent number: 10813200
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for commissioning, localizing, and re-localizing a system device used for monitoring physical environments. A disclosed system for localizing a system device comprises a computing cloud, a building server, and a gateway. The computing cloud comprises various application modules, including an application module for receiving a user's selection of the system device on a portable electronic device, a project service module for receiving and transmitting a request to open a wireless network of a gateway, and a plugin module for receiving an enhanced request to open a wireless network of a gateway, and for transmitting a request to open a specific type of wireless network at the gateway. The building server is communicatively coupled with the computing cloud, the gateway is communicatively coupled with the building server, and the system device is communicatively coupled with the gateway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Marcin Klecha, Marcin Gramza, Mark Henricus Verberkt
  • Patent number: 10812084
    Abstract: A security primitive for an integrated circuit comprises an array of floating-gate transistors monolithically integrated into the integrated circuit and coupled to one another in a crossbar configuration. The floating-gate transistors have instance-specific process-induced variations in analog behavior to provide one or more reconfigurable physically unclonable functions (PUFs).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Dmitri Strukov, Hussein Nili Ahmadabadi, Mohammad Reza Mahmoodi, Zahra Fahimi
  • Patent number: 10806009
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a configurable lighting device, connectors, controllers, and methods for layout detection are provided. The configurable lighting devices, suitably connected, form an assembly of configurable lighting devices that can be removably connected with one another and re-arranged. Connectors are provided that form mechanical and electrical connections between configurable lighting devices such that a flow of electricity and control signals may be propagated without the need for direct connection between every configurable lighting device and a controller. The controller or devices connected to the controller are configured to perform layout detection such that pleasing visualizations may be rendered across the assembly that are rendered using at least the detected layout. When the configuration of the configurable lighting devices changes, the layout detection is automatically updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Nanogrid Limited
    Inventors: Tomas Rodinger, Aliakbar Juzer Eski, Henry Chow, Arash Sadr, John Anders Ohrn, Gimmy Chu
  • Patent number: 10806005
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and systems for alternating current circuits for airfield lighting are described herein. One system includes a circuit comprising an isolation transformer, a protection hardware circuit coupled to the isolation transformer, wherein the protection hardware prevents a voltage between an electrical contact of the circuit and a ground contact from meeting or exceeding a threshold voltage, and a load coupled to the protection hardware circuit to receive electrical energy from the isolation transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Nipun Kumar Chawda, Hans-Willy Schuett, Reiner Wiechert
  • Patent number: 10798800
    Abstract: A system and a method for automatically creating and operating a functional association of multiple luminaires is proposed. The system consists of two or more devices that each contain one or more sensors, logic processing circuitry and communication circuitry that is able to transmit messages between devices. The set of devices that constitute the members of a functional association is selected from a larger set of candidate devices. The selection process involves each device comparing the sensor data received from neighbouring devices relating to occupancy and daylight sensors against the device's occupancy and daylight sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: JDRF Electromag Engineering Inc.
    Inventor: Roumanos Dableh
  • Patent number: 10791603
    Abstract: A method of controlling a dimmable LED driving circuit, can include: detecting a voltage across an electrolytic capacitor in the LED driving circuit; determining whether the voltage across the electrolytic capacitor is less than a predetermined value; and charging the electrolytic capacitor by an auxiliary circuit when the voltage across the electrolytic capacitor is less than the predetermined value, in order to reduce time required for the voltage across the electrolytic capacitor to rise to a start-up voltage of an LED load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Silergy Semiconductor Technology (Hangzhou) LTD
    Inventors: Jianxin Wang, Guojia Liu
  • Patent number: 10785842
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus including a regulator circuit configured to generate at least one positive supply voltage from at least a portion of a light-emitting diode (LED) driving current passed through an LED to supply power to a component included in a lighting apparatus; and a converter circuit configured to receive a first control signal from the component and output a second control signal for controlling the LED driving current by converting the first control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: WELLANG CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Dong Youl Jeong
  • Patent number: 10775235
    Abstract: A lighting unit (10) for estimating an amount of daylight in a lighting environment includes: a light source (12); a filter (330) configured to block incident light in a first wavelength range, the incident light comprising both daylight and non-daylight incident light; a camera (32) configured to receive the filtered incident light and generate a detection signal (342), the filtered incident light being outside the first wavelength range; and a controller (22) in communication with the camera and configured to process the detection signal to estimate the amount of daylight incident light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Ruben Rajagopalan, Harry Broers
  • Patent number: 10777257
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus that includes: a data terminal; a first output transistor connected between the data terminal and a first power line supplying a first power potential; a first tristate circuit including an output node connected to a control electrode of the first output transistor, a first pull-up transistor configured to drive the output node to a first logic level, and a first pull-down transistor configured to drive the output node to a second logic level; and a second tristate circuit including an output node connected to the control electrode of the first output transistor, a second pull-up transistor configured to drive the output node to the first logic level, and a second pull-down transistor configured to drive the output node to the second logic level. The second pull-up and pull-down transistors have a different threshold voltage from the first pull-up and pull-down transistors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Arai, Junki Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10772171
    Abstract: The method of spatial lightbulb operation includes determining the position of the lightbulb relative to a physical space, detecting a contextual event, determining a spatial lighting pattern associated with the contextual event, and selectively controlling lightbulb light emitting elements based on the position of the lightbulb and the spatial lighting pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: LIFI Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Anthony Bosua, Marc Alexander
  • Patent number: 10772174
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a method of operating a tunable light module. The method can include driving a lamp in the tunable light module, having lamps of at least two colors, to produce a colored light according to the color mixing plan that corresponds to a correlated color temperature (CCT); measuring a light characteristic of the lamp using a light sensor; detecting a degradation level by comparing the measured light characteristic against an expected light characteristic; and adjusting a current level for driving the lamp at the CCT by referencing the color mixing plan and an alternative coefficient corresponding to the degradation level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Lumenetix, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew D. Weaver
  • Patent number: 10772179
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a configurable lighting device, connectors, controllers, and methods for layout detection are provided. The configurable lighting devices, suitably connected, form an assembly of configurable lighting devices that can be removably connected with one another and re-arranged. Connectors are provided that form mechanical and electrical connections between configurable lighting devices such that a flow of electricity and control signals may be propagated without the need for direct connection between every configurable lighting device and a controller. The controller or devices connected to the controller are configured to perform layout detection such that pleasing visualizations may be rendered across the assembly that are rendered using at least the detected layout. When the configuration of the configurable lighting devices changes, the layout detection is automatically updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Nanogrid Limited
    Inventors: Tomas Rodinger, Aliakbar Juzer Eski, Henry Chow, Arash Sadr, John Anders Ohrn, Gimmy Chu
  • Patent number: 10754371
    Abstract: One embodiment includes a clock distribution system. The system includes at least one resonator spine that propagates a sinusoidal clock signal and at least one resonator rib conductively coupled to the at least one resonator spine and arranged as a standing wave resonator. The system further includes at least one coupling capacitor. Each of the at least one coupling capacitor can interconnect at least one of the at least one resonator rib and a respective circuit to capacitively provide a clock current corresponding to the sinusoidal clock signal to the respective circuit to provide functions for the respective circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joshua A. Strong, Jose M. Acevdeo, Alexander K. Sirota, Max E. Nielsen
  • Patent number: 10757777
    Abstract: A controller provides power to (i) a first light-emitting device that emits a first white light of a first correlated color temperature (CCT) and (ii) a second light-emitting device that emits a second white light of a second CCT. The second CCT is lower than the first CCT. The first and second white lights mix to yield a combined white light having a combined CCT with a combined brightness. The controller receives a user-adjustable DC input voltage Vin. The controller distributes supply power to the first and second light-emitting devices according to a power-distribution scheme that differentiates between whether Vin is in an upper range or a lower range, as follows: (i) In the upper range: as Vin decreases, combined-light CCT decreases and combined-light brightness remains constant. (ii) In the lower range: as the Vin decreases, combined-light brightness decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Tiejun Wang
  • Patent number: 10756433
    Abstract: Antenna structures and methods of operating the same of a dual-band antenna of an electronic device are described. One device includes a single RF feed line coupled to a dual-band antenna. The dual-band antenna includes a ground element, a first arm, a shorting arm, a dual-arm structure, and a dual-element structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eswarappa Channabasappa, Amit Gaikwad
  • Patent number: 10757787
    Abstract: An LED security light with an integrated motion sensor includes a PIR motion sensing unit and an LED load integrated together to become a compact lighting device. The PIR motion sensing unit is a two-portion design with a Fresnel lens either integrating with a light diffuser or as a separate piece positioned right behind the light diffuser and with a PIR motion sensor positioned at a focal point of the Fresnel lens and encircled by LEDs, wherein the Fresnel lens collects infrared ray signals generated by a moving body and remotely converges infrared ray signals on the PIR motion sensor. A signal processing circuitry decides whether the infrared ray signals represent an intrusion in order to turn on the compact lighting device. When the compact lighting device of this art is turned on, there is no shadow effect which reduces the lumens output of the security light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: VAXCEL INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chia-Teh Chen
  • Patent number: 10750599
    Abstract: A wiring device and method that control an amount of power delivered to a load, which maintain function even if a line connection and a load connection are reverse wired. Designed circuitry comprising steering diodes in both a line and a load wire direct a power source to an AC/DC power supply. The wiring device comprises a housing, a line terminal nominally designated for receiving electrical power from a power source, a load terminal nominally designated to feed electricity to a load, a neutral terminal, a line wire electrically connected to the line terminal, a load wire electrically connected to the load terminal, and a means for controlling an amount of power delivered to the load. Embodiments of the present invention include automated universal lighting controls, dimers, timers, and wired lighting devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventors: Mark Simpkins, Keith Lashley, Matthew Henson, Mitchell Davis
  • Patent number: 10748749
    Abstract: A plasma monitoring apparatus includes a reflective structure disposed on a processing chamber providing a space in which plasma for processing a substrate is formed, the reflective structure configured to receive fragments of light incident in a plurality of incident directions from the plasma, and output the fragments of light in a plurality of exit directions by reflecting the fragments of light within the reflective structure; at least one light sensor configured to receive the fragments of light passing through the reflective structure in the plurality of exit directions; and at least one optical spectrometer connected to the at least one light sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jeong Il Mun, Kyeong Hun Kim, See Yub Yang, Hyung Joo Lee, Jong Woo Sun