Patents by Inventor Dale A. Steffen

Dale A. Steffen 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: 7559477
    Abstract: A reader of an RFID system has excitation circuitry for generating a higher voltage excitation signal, receiving circuitry for reading a lower voltage transponder signal and an antenna coupled with the excitation circuitry for transmitting the excitation signal and coupled with the receiving circuitry for receiving the transponder signal. The receiving circuitry includes a low voltage signal stripping circuit coupled with the antenna for isolating the transponder signal from the excitation signal preliminary to the receiving circuitry reading the transponder signal. The bulk of the components of the low voltage signal stripping circuit are low voltage components, which can be included in an application specific integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Assa Abloy AB
    Inventor: Dale A. Steffen
  • Publication number: 20070001008
    Abstract: A reader of an RFID system has excitation circuitry for generating a higher voltage excitation signal, receiving circuitry for reading a lower voltage transponder signal and an antenna coupled with the excitation circuitry for transmitting the excitation signal and coupled with the receiving circuitry for receiving the transponder signal. The receiving circuitry includes a low voltage signal stripping circuit coupled with the antenna for isolating the transponder signal from the excitation signal preliminary to the receiving circuitry reading the transponder signal. The bulk of the components of the low voltage signal stripping circuit are low voltage components, which can be included in an application specific integrated circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Publication date: January 4, 2007
    Inventor: Dale Steffen
  • Patent number: 7124942
    Abstract: A reader of an RFID system has excitation circuitry for generating a higher voltage excitation signal, receiving circuitry for reading a lower voltage transponder signal and an antenna coupled with the excitation circuitry for transmitting the excitation signal and coupled with the receiving circuitry for receiving the transponder signal. The receiving circuitry includes a low voltage signal stripping circuit coupled with the antenna for isolating the transponder signal from the excitation signal preliminary to the receiving circuitry reading the transponder signal. The bulk of the components of the low voltage signal stripping circuit are low voltage components, which can be included in an application specific integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: HID Corporation
    Inventor: Dale A. Steffen
  • Publication number: 20050121518
    Abstract: A reader of an RFID system has excitation circuitry for generating a higher voltage excitation signal, receiving circuitry for reading a lower voltage transponder signal and an antenna coupled with the excitation circuitry for transmitting the excitation signal and coupled with the receiving circuitry for receiving the transponder signal. The receiving circuitry includes a low voltage signal stripping circuit coupled with the antenna for isolating the transponder signal from the excitation signal preliminary to the receiving circuitry reading the transponder signal. The bulk of the components of the low voltage signal stripping circuit are low voltage components, which can be included in an application specific integrated circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2003
    Publication date: June 9, 2005
    Inventor: Dale Steffen
  • Patent number: 4270547
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for monitoring vital physiological signs. Each of the system components utilizes a single hybrid circuit with each component having high accuracy without the necessity of repeated calibration. The system also has low power requirements, provides a digital display, and is of sufficiently small size to be incorporated into a hand-carried case for portable use. Components of the system may also provide independent outputs making the component useful, of itself, for monitoring one or more vital signs. The overall system preferably includes an ECG amplifier and cardiotachometer signal conditioner unit, an impedance pneumograph and respiration rate signal conditioner unit, a heart/breath rate processor unit, a temperature monitoring unit, a selector switch, a clock unit, and an LCD driver unit and associated LCDs, with the system being capable of being expanded as needed or desired, such as, for example, by addition of a systolic/diastolic blood pressure unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1981
    Assignee: University Patents, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale A. Steffen, Ronald E. Sturm, George A. Rinard
  • Patent number: 4145122
    Abstract: This invention relates to an apparatus for monitoring the position of the eye and generating an electrical signal based upon its displacement from a neutral position, such apparatus being characterized by a pair of eyeglasses modified to provide an infrared mirror on the inside surface of one lens, an infrared light emitting diode located on the nosepiece in position to produce a virtual image thereof within the wearer's eye as reflected from the infrared mirror, and an image detector mounted on the bow of the eyeglasses adjacent the mirror filtered to respond only to infrared light and effective to locate the position within the eye of the reflected LED image. The invention also encompasses a novel detector which, not only monitors the position of the eye but, in addition, through the use of a photosensor array, provides the means for generating a signal whose magnitude is proportional to the displacement of the eye from its centered or reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1979
    Assignee: Colorado Seminary
    Inventors: George A. Rinard, Donald E. Rugg, Dale A. Steffen