Patents by Inventor Allen Kramer

Allen Kramer has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9209842
    Abstract: Data transfer devices and methods for transferring data between first and second circuits are disclosed. A data transfer device includes a first circuit having a plurality of data channels, wherein at least one of the data channels is an active data channel. A serializer has a plurality of inputs and an output, wherein the inputs are coupled to the plurality of data channels. The serializer is for coupling only one active channel at a time to the output. An isolation barrier is coupled to the output of the serializer, the isolation attenuates transients and passes the fundamental frequency. A second circuit includes a deserializer having an input and at least one output, the input is coupled to the isolation barrier, the at least one output is at least one active data channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Mark W. Morgan, Swaminathan Sankaran, Bradley Allen Kramer
  • Patent number: 9143100
    Abstract: In an amplifier, a first stage receives a differential input voltage, which is formed by first and second input voltages, and outputs a first differential current in response thereto on first and second lines having respective first and second line voltages. A second stage receives the first and second line voltages and outputs a second differential current in response thereto on third and fourth lines having respective third and fourth line voltages. A transformer includes first and second coils. A first terminal of the first coil is coupled through a first resistor to the first line. A second terminal of the first coil is coupled through a second resistor to the second line. A first terminal of the second coil is coupled through a third resistor to the third line. A second terminal of the second coil is coupled through a fourth resistor to the fourth line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Swaminathan Sankaran, Bradley Allen Kramer, Hassan Ali, Nirmal C. Warke
  • Publication number: 20150252619
    Abstract: The application is directed to a ladder assist that may be secured to a ladder for preventing falls when persons are using a ladder. The ladder assist is operationally configured to prevent falls during access and egress of a fixed ladder of a structure, e.g., a fixed ladder of a transportation container or a building.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Inventor: MARK ALLEN KRAMER
  • Publication number: 20150091642
    Abstract: In an amplifier, a first stage receives a differential input voltage, which is formed by first and second input voltages, and outputs a first differential current in response thereto on first and second lines having respective first and second line voltages. A second stage receives the first and second line voltages and outputs a second differential current in response thereto on third and fourth lines having respective third and fourth line voltages. A transformer includes first and second coils. A first terminal of the first coil is coupled through a first resistor to the first line. A second terminal of the first coil is coupled through a second resistor to the second line. A first terminal of the second coil is coupled through a third resistor to the third line. A second terminal of the second coil is coupled through a fourth resistor to the fourth line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Swaminathan Sankaran, Bradley Allen Kramer, Hassan Ali, Nirmal C. Warke
  • Publication number: 20150071380
    Abstract: Data transfer devices and methods for transferring data between first and second circuits are disclosed. A data transfer device includes a first circuit having a plurality of data channels, wherein at least one of the data channels is an active data channel. A serializer has a plurality of inputs and an output, wherein the inputs are coupled to the plurality of data channels. The serializer is for coupling only one active channel at a time to the output. An isolation barrier is coupled to the output of the serializer, the isolation attenuates transients and passes the fundamental frequency. A second circuit includes a deserializer having an input and at least one output, the input is coupled to the isolation barrier, the at least one output is at least one active data channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark W. Morgan, Swaminathan Sankaran, Bradley Allen Kramer
  • Publication number: 20150004907
    Abstract: In a first inductive structure, a first data coil includes: a first portion for conducting a first common mode current in a first direction; and a second portion for conducting a second common mode current in a second direction opposite the first direction. The first and second portions of the first data coil are connected at a first node. In a second inductive structure, a second data coil includes: a first portion for conducting a third common mode current in the first direction; and a second portion for conducting a fourth common mode current in the second direction. The first and second portions of the second data coil are connected at a second node galvanically isolated from the first node. The first, second, third and fourth common mode currents are induced by a common mode transient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Rajaram Subramoniam, Gianpaolo Lisi, Swaminathan Sankaran, Bradley Allen Kramer, Gerard Socci
  • Patent number: 7474211
    Abstract: System and method for disabling a RFID tag. A preferred embodiment comprises attenuating a signal received at an antenna of the RFID tag based upon a status of the RFID tag and responding to an instruction in the received signal if the attenuated signal is detectable. The attenuation of the received signal requires that the received signal have a signal strength greater than a specified threshold in order for the instruction in the received signal to be detectable. This means that for a given signal transmit power, the RFID tag must be within a certain distance from a RFID reader attempting to retrieve information from the RFID tag. By setting the attenuation amount at a sufficiently high level, the method ensures that the RFID reader must be substantially adjacent to the RFID tag, preventing the unintended retrieval of unique identification information by RFID readers remotely located from the RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Inventor: Bradley Allen Kramer
  • Patent number: 7279920
    Abstract: System and method for integrated circuit manufacturing. A preferred embodiment comprises transmitting a first set of data to integrated circuits (ICs) while they are in an on-wafer state and having each IC store the first set of data into memory, transmitting a second set of data to the ICs and having the ICs compare the second set of data with the first set of data stored in the memory, reading out the results of the comparisons, and marking an IC as being defective if the comparison indicates that that the first set of data did not match the second set of data. Each IC features an antenna formed in the scribe line region adjacent to the IC so that communications can take place while the IC remains on the wafer without the need to use electrical probes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incoporated
    Inventor: Bradley Allen Kramer
  • Patent number: 7197921
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed to for detecting movement of an object. In one embodiment, a system is disclosed to detect movement of an object (e.g., a tire). The system includes a sensor that is operative to sense at least a pressure condition within an enclosed space of the object based on an operating mode of the system. A control system controls the operating mode of the system based at least in part on whether movement of the object is detected. The movement of the object is detected based on a variation in the at least a pressure condition over time. The system can be implemented as part of a tire pressure monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: Bradley Allen Kramer
  • Publication number: 20070018323
    Abstract: Techniques are described for reducing inductance in ball grid array (BGA) packages for integrated circuits (ICs). The BGA package comprises a set of contacts disposed near an outer edge of the BGA package that receives signal lines and isolated power and ground lines. One area of excess parasitic inductance within the BGA package is in the wire bonds that couple the set of contacts to the IC. The techniques described herein shorten the wire bonds in order to reduce the amount of parasitic inductance. The techniques include extending traces from a subset of the contacts inward into the BGA package toward the IC mounted. The wire bonds then couple the traces to the IC, thereby electrically coupling the subset of contacts to the IC. The presence of the traces substantially reduces lengths of the wire bonds relative to wire bonds that directly couple the set of contacts to the IC.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Publication date: January 25, 2007
    Applicant: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventor: Allen Kramer
  • Patent number: 6918291
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a gauge for measuring a parameter. The gauge has a sensing section configured to react to exposure to the parameter in a manner indicative of the parameter. The gauge further has a port through which the sensing section is exposed to the parameter. A cap is configured to be removably attached to the gauge such that the cap covers the port to protect the port from damage. The cap has a hole configured to allow coupling of the cap to another device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Campbell Hausfeld/Scott Fetzer Company
    Inventors: Alaric Scott Durr, Bobby Lynn Lawrence, Amy Lynn Miller, Bryan Thomas Humpert, Gregory Allen Kramer
  • Publication number: 20040211353
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an air pressure monitoring system for monitoring the air pressure being supplied to an air tool during use. The air pressure monitoring system of the present invention provides a binary indication of whether the air pressure within an operating tool is inside a pre-determined pressure range or outside the pre-determined pressure range utilizing a mechanical pressure gauge. The invention also concerns a continuous flow air tool that incorporates an air pressure monitoring system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2003
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventors: Bobby Lynn Lawrence, Gregory Allen Kramer, Daniel Edward Preston
  • Publication number: 20040187567
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a gauge for measuring a parameter. The gauge has a sensing section configured to react to exposure to the parameter in a manner indicative of the parameter. The gauge further has a port through which the sensing section is exposed to the parameter. A cap is configured to be removably attached to the gauge such that the cap covers the port to protect the port from damage. The cap has a hole configured to allow coupling of the cap to another device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Inventors: Alaric Scott Durr, Bobby Lynn Lawrence, Amy Lynn Miller, Bryan Thomas Humpert, Gregory Allen Kramer
  • Publication number: 20030175311
    Abstract: This invention provides DNA sequences coding for Eimeria surface antigens, recombinant vectors containing such DNA sequences, transformed microorganisms containing such vectors and methods for producing the antigens using the transformed microorganisms. Methods are also provided for protecting poultry against coccidiosis using the Eimeria surface antigens. The surface antigens can be administered for such protection either as purified proteins or in the form of DNA encoding the proteins in a suitable viral vector such as vaccinia virus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2002
    Publication date: September 18, 2003
    Applicant: ALPHARMA INC.
    Inventors: Mary-Helen Binger, Richard Anthony Chizzonite, Richard Allen Kramer, Peter Thomas Lomedico, Stephen J. McAndrew, Werner Altenburger
  • Patent number: 6092226
    Abstract: An input cell to the core logic on an electrical component and an output cell from the core logic on an electrical component are provided with a first signal path for data, a second signal path for scan data, a flip flop positioned near the pad of the core logic for selecting between said first signal path for data and second signal path for scan data. The scan data is used to input special signals or vectors to the core logic and to read the results of the scan data after it has passed through the core data and has been manipulated thereby. Several of the electrical components can be electrically connected to one another. The output cell of a first chip is electrically attached to the input cell of a second electrical component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Cray Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen Kramer, Roger Brown, Eric Fischer
  • Patent number: D501146
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: Campbell Hausfeld/Scott Fetzer Company
    Inventors: Alaric Scott Durr, Bobby Lynn Lawrence, Amy Lynn Miller, Bryan Thomas Humpert, Gregory Allen Kramer
  • Patent number: D505088
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Campbell Hausfeld/Scott Fetzer Company
    Inventors: Alaric Scott Durr, Bobby Lynn Lawrence, Amy Lynn Miller, Bryan Thomas Humpert, Gregory Allen Kramer
  • Patent number: D505872
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Campbell Hausfeld/Scott Fetzer Company
    Inventors: Alaric Scott Durr, Bobby Lynn Lawrence, Amy Lynn Miller, Bryan Thomas Humpert, Gregory Allen Kramer
  • Patent number: D514412
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Campbell Hausfeld/Scott Fetzer Company
    Inventors: Bobby Lynn Lawrence, Daniel John Harty, Bryan Thomas Humpert, Gregory Allen Kramer
  • Patent number: D488082
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Campbell Hausfeld/Scott Fetzer Company
    Inventors: Alaric Scott Durr, Bobby Lynn Lawrence, Amy Lynn Miller, Bryan Thomas Humpert, Gregory Allen Kramer