Patents by Inventor Danny Cam Toan Lu

Danny Cam Toan Lu 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).

  • Publication number: 20200398399
    Abstract: A retaining ring can be shaped by machining or lapping the bottom surface of the ring to form a shaped profile in the bottom surface. The bottom surface of the retaining ring can include flat, sloped and curved portions. The lapping can be performed using a machine that dedicated for use in lapping the bottom surface of retaining rings. During the lapping the ring can be permitted to rotate freely about an axis of the ring. The bottom surface of the retaining ring can have curved or flat portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: Hung Chih Chen, Steven M. Zuniga, Charles C. Garretson, Douglas R. McAllister, Jian Lin, Stacy Meyer, Sidney P. Huey, Jeonghoon Oh, Trung T. Doan, Jeffrey P. Schmidt, Martin S. Wohlert, Kerry F. Hughes, James C. Wang, Danny Cam Toan Lu, Romain Beau De Lamenie, Venkata R. Balagani, Aden Martin Allen, Michael Jon Fong
  • Patent number: 10766117
    Abstract: A retaining ring can be shaped by machining or lapping the bottom surface of the ring to form a shaped profile in the bottom surface. The bottom surface of the retaining ring can include flat, sloped and curved portions. The lapping can be performed using a machine that dedicated for use in lapping the bottom surface of retaining rings. During the lapping the ring can be permitted to rotate freely about an axis of the ring. The bottom surface of the retaining ring can have curved or flat portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Hung Chih Chen, Steven M. Zuniga, Charles C. Garretson, Douglas R. McAllister, Jian Lin, Stacy Meyer, Sidney P. Huey, Jeonghoon Oh, Trung T. Doan, Jeffrey P. Schmidt, Martin S. Wohlert, Kerry F. Hughes, James C. Wang, Danny Cam Toan Lu, Romain Beau De Lamenie, Venkata R. Balagani, Aden Martin Allen, Michael Jon Fong
  • Publication number: 20180185979
    Abstract: A retaining ring can be shaped by machining or lapping the bottom surface of the ring to form a shaped profile in the bottom surface. The bottom surface of the retaining ring can include flat, sloped and curved portions. The lapping can be performed using a machine that dedicated for use in lapping the bottom surface of retaining rings. During the lapping the ring can be permitted to rotate freely about an axis of the ring. The bottom surface of the retaining ring can have curved or flat portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Hung Chih Chen, Steven M. Zuniga, Charles C. Garretson, Douglas R. McAllister, Jian Lin, Stacy Meyer, Sidney P. Huey, Jeonghoon Oh, Trung T. Doan, Jeffrey P. Schmidt, Martin S. Wohlert, Kerry F. Hughes, James C. Wang, Danny Cam Toan Lu, Romain Beau De Lamenie, Venkata R. Balagani, Aden Martin Allen, Michael Jon Fong
  • Patent number: 9937601
    Abstract: A retaining ring can be shaped by machining or lapping the bottom surface of the ring to form a shaped profile in the bottom surface. The bottom surface of the retaining ring can include flat, sloped and curved portions. The lapping can be performed using a machine that dedicated for use in lapping the bottom surface of retaining rings. During the lapping the ring can be permitted to rotate freely about an axis of the ring. The bottom surface of the retaining ring can have curved or flat portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Hung Chih Chen, Steven M. Zuniga, Charles C. Garretson, Douglas R. McAllister, Jian Lin, Stacy Meyer, Sidney P. Huey, Jeonghoon Oh, Trung T. Doan, Jeffrey P. Schmidt, Martin S. Wohlert, Kerry F. Hughes, James C. Wang, Danny Cam Toan Lu, Romain Beau De Lamenie, Venkata R. Balagani, Aden Martin Allen, Michael Jon Fong
  • Publication number: 20160045997
    Abstract: A retaining ring can be shaped by machining or lapping the bottom surface of the ring to form a shaped profile in the bottom surface. The bottom surface of the retaining ring can include flat, sloped and curved portions. The lapping can be performed using a machine that dedicated for use in lapping the bottom surface of retaining rings. During the lapping the ring can be permitted to rotate freely about an axis of the ring. The bottom surface of the retaining ring can have curved or flat portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Applicant: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Hung Chih Chen, Steven M. Zuniga, Charles C. Garretson, Douglas R. McAllister, Jian Lin, Stacy Meyer, Sidney P. Huey, Jeonghoon Oh, Trung T. Doan, Jeffrey P. Schmidt, Martin S. Wohlert, Kerry F. Hughes, James C. Wang, Danny Cam Toan Lu, Romain Beau De Lamenie, Venkata R. Balagani, Aden Martin Allen, Michael Jon Fong
  • Patent number: 9186773
    Abstract: A retaining ring can be shaped by machining or lapping the bottom surface of the ring to form a shaped profile in the bottom surface. The bottom surface of the retaining ring can include flat, sloped and curved portions. The lapping can be performed using a machine that dedicated for use in lapping the bottom surface of retaining rings. During the lapping the ring can be permitted to rotate freely about an axis of the ring. The bottom surface of the retaining ring can have curved or flat portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Hung Chih Chen, Steven M. Zuniga, Charles C. Garretson, Douglas R. McAllister, Jian Lin, Stacy Meyer, Sidney P. Huey, Jeonghoon Oh, Trung T. Doan, Jeffrey P. Schmidt, Martin S. Wohlert, Kerry F. Hughes, James C. Wang, Danny Cam Toan Lu, Romain Beau De Lamenie, Venkata R. Balagani, Aden Martin Allen, Michael Jon Fong
  • Patent number: 9059350
    Abstract: A junction box for a solar panel having a housing, a lid, a first connector and a second connector. The housing comprises sidewalls and a top wall defining an interior space. The first coupling having a first contact element and the second coupling having a second contact element. The contact elements penetrate at least one of the sidewalls, so that the contact elements provide an electrical contact from external contact elements to internal contact elements, such as solder tails. Internal contact elements are arranged a, least partially in the interior space. The top wall having an opening extending only partially in the top wall. The opening is located such in the top wall that access to the solder tails in a substantially perpendicular direction to the surface of a solar panel for connecting the solder tail to the solar panel is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignees: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., MULTI-HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Brian Wade Mills, Robert D. Street, Danny Cam Toan Lu, Yacov Elgar, Ian Worthington Weatherley, Dustin Delmar Reede Carver, Jeffrey S. Sullivan, Ian McKay Pratt
  • Patent number: 8585468
    Abstract: A retaining ring can be shaped by machining or lapping the bottom surface of the ring to form a shaped profile in the bottom surface. The bottom surface of the retaining ring can include flat, sloped and curved portions. The lapping can be performed using a machine that dedicated for use in lapping the bottom surface of retaining rings. During the lapping the ring can be permitted to rotate freely about an axis of the ring. The bottom surface of the retaining ring can have curved or flat portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Hung Chih Chen, Steven M. Zuniga, Charles C. Garretson, Douglas R. McAllister, Jian Lin, Stacy Meyer, Sidney P. Huey, Jeonghoon Oh, Trung T. Doan, Jeffrey Schmidt, Martin S. Wohlert, Kerry F. Hughes, James C. Wang, Danny Cam Toan Lu, Romain Beau De Lamenie, Venkata R. Balagani, Aden Martin Allen, Michael Jon Fong
  • Publication number: 20130276856
    Abstract: A junction box for a solar panel comprises a housing, a lid, a first connector and a second connector. The housing comprises sidewalls and a top wall defining an interior space. The first coupling comprises a first contact element and the second coupling comprises a second contact element. Said contact elements penetrate at least one of the sidewalls, so that the contact elements provide an electrical contact from external contact elements to internal contact elements, such as solder tails. Internal contact elements are arranged at least partially in said interior space. The top wall comprises an opening extending only partially in said top wall. Said opening is located such in the top wall that access to said solder tails in a substantially perpendicular direction to the surface of a solar panel for connecting the solder tail to the solar panel is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Brian Wade MILLS, Robert D. STREET, Danny Cam Toan LU, Yacov ELGAR, Ian Worthington WEATHERLEY, Dustin Delmar Reede CARVER, Jeffrey S. SULLIVAN, Ian McKay PRATT
  • Patent number: 8500462
    Abstract: A junction box for a solar panel comprises a housing, a lid, a first connector and a second connector. The housing comprises sidewalls and a top wall defining an interior space. The first coupling comprises a first contact element and the second coupling comprises a second contact element. Said contact elements penetrate at least one of the sidewalls, so that the contact elements provide an electrical contact from external contact elements to internal contact elements, such as solder tails. Internal contact elements are arranged at least partially in said interior space. The top wall comprises an opening extending only partially in said top wall. Said opening is located such in the top wall that access to said solder tails in a substantially perpendicular direction to the surface of a solar panel for connecting the solder tail to the solar panel is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignees: Applied Materials, Inc., Multi-Holding AG
    Inventors: Brian Wade Mills, Robert D. Street, Danny Cam Toan Lu, Yacov Elgar, Ian Worthington Weatherley, Dustin Delmar Reede Carver, Jeffrey S. Sullivan, Ian McKay Pratt
  • Patent number: 8225496
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a system that can be used to form a photovoltaic device, or solar cell, using processing modules that are adapted to perform one or more steps in the solar cell formation process. The automated solar cell fab is generally an arrangement of automated processing modules and automation equipment that is used to form solar cell devices. The automated solar fab will thus generally comprise a substrate receiving module that is adapted to receive a substrate, one or more absorbing layer deposition cluster tools having at least one processing chamber that is adapted to deposit a silicon-containing layer on a surface of the substrate, one or more back contact deposition chambers, one or more material removal chambers, a solar cell encapsulation device, an autoclave module, an automated junction box attaching module, and one or more quality assurance modules that are adapted to test and qualify the completely formed solar cell device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Z. Bachrach, Yong-Kee Chae, Soo Young Choi, Nicholas G. J. De Vries, Yacov Elgar, Eric A. Englhardt, Michel R. Frei, Charles Gay, Parris Hawkins, Choi (Gene) Ho, James Craig Hunter, Penchala N. Kankanala, Liwei Li, Wing Hoo (Hendrick) Lo, Danny Cam Toan Lu, Fang Mei, Stephen P. Murphy, Srujal (Steve) Patel, Matthew J. B. Saunders, Asaf Schlezinger, Shuran Sheng, Tzay-Fa (Jeff) Su, Jeffrey S. Sullivan, David Tanner, Teresa Trowbridge, Brice Walker, John M. White, Tae K. Won
  • Patent number: 8188759
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for testing a photovoltaic substrate disposes the substrate on a support gantry with connection points such as vacuum cups. The gantry is actuated into a test position. A probe nest coupled to the gantry connects to a junction box on the substrate. A power supply applies voltage to the junction box, and an actuated frame contacts an edge region of the substrate to detect any breakthrough current. The actuated frame comprises a liner for maximizing contact with the edge of the substrate. The liner may be conductive, or may have a conductive surface. Current sensors coupled to the conductive liner of the frame detect any breakthrough current. A solar spectrum simulator provides solar spectrum radiation for testing the photovoltaic properties of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Wang, Harry Smith Whitesell, III, Danny Cam Toan Lu, Tzay-Fa Su, Michael Marriott, Xue Hong Ma, Xiao Ning Li, Jie Ling
  • Publication number: 20120071067
    Abstract: A retaining ring can be shaped by machining or lapping the bottom surface of the ring to form a shaped profile in the bottom surface. The bottom surface of the retaining ring can include flat, sloped and curved portions. The lapping can be performed using a machine that dedicated for use in lapping the bottom surface of retaining rings. During the lapping the ring can be permitted to rotate freely about an axis of the ring. The bottom surface of the retaining ring can have curved or flat portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventors: Hung Chih Chen, Steven M. Zuniga, Charles C. Garretson, Douglas R. McAllister, Jian Lin, Stacy Meyer, Sidney P. Huey, Jeonghoon Oh, Trung T. Doan, Jeffrey Schmidt, Martin S. Wohlert, Kerry F. Hughes, James C. Wang, Danny Cam Toan Lu, Romain Beau De Lamenie, Venkata R. Balagani, Aden Martin Allen, Michael Jon Fong
  • Patent number: 8138782
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a solar simulator module of a solar cell production line. In one embodiment the solar simulator receives a solar cell module in a horizontal position and reorients the module into a vertical position. A light source is oriented to emit a flash of light in a substantially horizontal orientation toward the vertically oriented solar cell module. In one embodiment, an automated labeling device affixes a label including the electrical characteristics measured onto a back surface of the solar cell module. In one embodiment, a plurality of solar cell modules are received and tested simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Yacov Elgar, Danny Cam Toan Lu, Tzay-Fa Su, Jeffrey S. Sullivan, David Tanner, Harry Whitesell
  • Publication number: 20120060919
    Abstract: A junction box for a solar panel comprises a housing, a lid, a first connector and a second connector. The housing comprises sidewalls and a top wall defining an interior space. The first coupling comprises a first contact element and the second coupling comprises a second contact element. Said contact elements penetrate at least one of the sidewalls, so that the contact elements provide an electrical contact from external contact elements to internal contact elements, such as solder tails. Internal contact elements are arranged at least partially in said interior space. The top wall comprises an opening extending only partially in said top wall. Said opening is located such in the top wall that access to said solder tails in a substantially perpendicular direction to the surface of a solar panel for connecting the solder tail to the solar panel is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicants: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Wade Mills, Robert D. Street, Danny Cam Toan Lu, Yacov Elgar, Ian Worthington Weatherley, Dustin Delmar Reede Carver, Jeffrey S. Sullivan, Ian McKay Pratt
  • Publication number: 20110314672
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to an automated solar cell electrical connection device that is positioned within an automated solar cell fabrication system. The automated solar cell electrical connection device includes a module and process for automatically attaching a junction box to a composite solar cell structure during the fabrication of a completed solar cell device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: DANNY CAM TOAN LU, Jeffrey S. Sullivan, David Tanner, Yacov Elgar
  • Patent number: 8065784
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a module and process for forming electrical connections on a solar cell substrate in a solar cell production line. The module generally provides a substrate handling system, a substrate positioning system, a cross-buss attachment assembly, and a side-buss attachment assembly. The module may provide adaptations for automatically adjusting the module to receive and process various sizes of solar cell substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Danny Cam Toan Lu, Yacov Elgar, Jeffrey S. Sullivan, David Tanner
  • Patent number: 8066551
    Abstract: A retaining ring can be shaped by machining or lapping the bottom surface of the ring to form a shaped profile in the bottom surface. The bottom surface of the retaining ring can include flat, sloped and curved portions. The lapping can be performed using a machine that dedicated for use in lapping the bottom surface of retaining rings. During the lapping the ring can be permitted to rotate freely about an axis of the ring. The bottom surface of the retaining ring can have curved or flat portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Hung Chih Chen, Steven M. Zuniga, Charles C. Garretson, Douglas R. McAllister, Jian Lin, Stacy Meyer, Sidney P. Huey, Jeonghoon Oh, Trung T. Doan, Jeffrey P. Schmidt, Martin S. Wohlert, Kerry F. Hughes, James C. Wang, Danny Cam Toan Lu, Romain Beau De Lamenie, Venkata R. Balagani, Aden Martin Allen, Michael Jon Fong
  • Publication number: 20110272061
    Abstract: A method for vacuum filling a junction box and a junction box attachment module are provided. According to one embodiment of the invention, a junction box attachment module includes a dispense nozzle, an enclosure and a vacuum source. The enclosure is disposed around and extended from the dispense nozzle, wherein the enclosure has a sealing portion located at its open end. The vacuum source is connected to the enclosure, wherein the vacuum source is configured to establish a vacuum within the enclosure enclosing an open region of a junction box attached to a solar cell device, thereby facilitating injecting a potting material into the open region of the junction box via the dispense nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Eric Benson, Danny Cam Toan Lu, Jeffrey S. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8049521
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to a module that can test and analyze various regions of a solar cell device in an automated or manual fashion after one or more steps have been completed in the solar cell formation process. The module used to perform the automated testing and analysis processes can also be adapted to test a partially formed solar cell at various stages of the solar cell formation process within an automated solar cell production line. The automated solar cell production line is generally an arrangement of automated processing modules and automation equipment that is used to form solar cell devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Danny Cam Toan Lu, Michel Marriott, Vicky Svidenko, Dapeng Wang, Michel R. Frei