Patents by Inventor Darryl J. Becker

Darryl J. Becker 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: 10433431
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for implementing customized printed circuit board (PCB) via creation through use of magnetic capture pads. At least one magnetic capture pad is rendered before aqueous seed and plate processing in the PCB manufacture. The magnetic capture pad selectively provides seed material rendering copper in at least one selected region of the via.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald K. Bartley, Darryl J. Becker, Matthew S. Doyle, Mark J. Jeanson
  • Publication number: 20190254176
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for implementing customized printed circuit board (PCB) via creation through use of magnetic capture pads. At least one magnetic capture pad is rendered before aqueous seed and plate processing in the PCB manufacture. The magnetic capture pad selectively provides seed material rendering copper in at least one selected region of the via.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Gerald K. Bartley, Darryl J. Becker, Matthew S. Doyle, Mark J. Jeanson
  • Patent number: 10342142
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for implementing customized printed circuit board (PCB) via creation through use of magnetic capture pads. At least one magnetic capture pad is rendered before aqueous seed and plate processing in the PCB manufacture. The magnetic capture pad selectively provides seed material rendering copper in at least one selected region of the via.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald K. Bartley, Darryl J. Becker, Matthew S. Doyle, Mark J. Jeanson
  • Patent number: 10318462
    Abstract: An optical electromagnetic radiation (EM) emitter and receiver are located upon a printed circuit board (PCB) glass security layer. A predetermined reference flux or interference pattern, respectively, is an expected flux or reflection pattern of EM emitted from the EM emitter, transmitted by the glass security layer, and received by the EM receiver. When the PCB is subject to an unauthorized access thereof the optical EM transmitted by glass security layer is altered. An optical monitoring device that monitors the flux or interference pattern of the optical EM received by the EM receiver detects a change in flux or interference pattern, in relation to the reference flux or reference interference pattern, respectively, and passes a tamper signal to one or more computer system devices to respond to the unauthorized access. For example, one or more cryptographic adapter card or computer system functions or secured crypto components may be disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald K. Bartley, Darryl J. Becker, Matthew S. Doyle, Mark J. Jeanson, Mark O. Maxson
  • Patent number: 10303639
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a printed circuit board (PCB) is presented. The PCB includes a glass security layer. The method includes forming the glass security layer upon a PCB wiring layer. The method includes optically attaching an optical electromagnetic radiation (EM) emitter upon the glass security layer. The method includes optically attaching an optical EM receiver upon the glass security layer. The method further includes electrically connecting an optical monitor device to the optical EM receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald K. Bartley, Darryl J. Becker, Matthew S. Doyle, Mark J. Jeanson, Mark O. Maxson
  • Publication number: 20190037709
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for implementing customized printed circuit board (PCB) via creation through use of magnetic capture pads. At least one magnetic capture pad is rendered before aqueous seed and plate processing in the PCB manufacture. The magnetic capture pad selectively provides seed material rendering copper in at least one selected region of the via.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Gerald K. Bartley, Darryl J. Becker, Matthew S. Doyle, Mark J. Jeanson
  • Patent number: 10171498
    Abstract: A security matrix layer between a first and second conductive shorting layers are located within a printed circuit board (PCB) that carries out cryptographic data handling functions. The security matrix layer includes at least two microcapsules each containing one or more reactants. When the security matrix layer is accessed, drilled, or otherwise damaged, the microcapsules rupture and the reactants react to form at least an electrically conductive material. The electrically conductive material contacts and shorts the first and second conductive shorting layers. A monitoring device that monitors whether the first and second conductive shorting layers have shorted detects the short and passes a tamper signal that is received by one or more computer system devices to respond to the unauthorized physical access attempt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald K. Bartley, Darryl J. Becker, Matthew S. Doyle, Joseph Kuczynski, Timothy J. Tofil
  • Patent number: 10169623
    Abstract: A security apparatus that can detect unauthorized alterations of physical arrangement of a computing system or unauthorized movements of a computing system through the use of acoustic signals is designed. Modules of a computing system including the security apparatus are able to generate acoustic measurements from received returned acoustic signals. Also, the modules are able to derive baseline acoustic measurements based on stored acoustic profiles. If, for any module of the computing system, its generated acoustic measurements do not substantially match its baseline acoustic measurements, the mismatch may indicate that there is an unauthorized alteration of physical arrangement of the computing system or an unauthorized movement of the computing system. Thus, the security apparatus in the module may take actions to prevent access to the sensitive data stored in the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald K. Bartley, Darryl J. Becker, Matthew S. Doyle, Mark J. Jeanson, Mark O. Maxson
  • Publication number: 20180323157
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a plurality of conductive elements arranged within at least a first conductive layer and a dielectric layer comprising a plurality of microcapsules. The first conductive layer is arranged on a first side of the dielectric layer. The apparatus further comprises monitoring circuitry coupled with the plurality of conductive elements and configured to detect a change in an electrical parameter for at least a first conductive element of the plurality of conductive elements. The change in the electrical parameter indicates a physical intrusion of the dielectric layer that causes a rupture of one or more microcapsules of the plurality of microcapsules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Gerald K. BARTLEY, Darryl J. BECKER, Matthew S. DOYLE, Mark J. JEANSON, Joseph KUCZYNSKI
  • Patent number: 10117517
    Abstract: A removable backrest is attached to a cooler in such a manner that does not interfere with the opening or closing of the lid nor does it interfere with the sealing mechanism of the cooler. The removable backrest inserts into existing slots positioned in the walls of certain commercially available coolers. The angle of the frame permits a user to sit on the complete lid of the cooler and lean against the backrest. While the backrest is in position, the lid may be opened or closed at the user's convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Kaspar Wire Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Darryl J. Becker, Mike Bishop
  • Publication number: 20180276419
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a tamper-respondent system includes a PCB having a coating on a surface thereof, wherein the coating includes spinel-based, non-conductive metal oxide mixed into a non-conductive supporting material. The tamper-respondent system also includes a conductive track writing unit, a sensor, and an enclosure substantially enclosing the PCB, conductive track writing unit, and sensor. Responsive to a determination that a signal output from the sensor is indicative of tampering, the conductive track writing unit writes a conductive track within a predetermined portion of the coating by irradiating the predetermined portion of the coating to reduce the spinel-based, non-conductive metal oxide in the predetermined portion of the coating to metal nuclei. In some embodiments, the conductive track may modify circuit paths of the PCB and/or create electrical features on the PCB detectable by monitoring agents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Inventors: Gerald K. Bartley, Darryl J. Becker, Matthew S. Doyle, Mark J. Jeanson
  • Publication number: 20180268171
    Abstract: Systems and methods to safeguard data and hardware may include a memory configured to store a first image and sensitive data, and an optical sensor configured to capture a second image. A sensor signal comprising the captured second image may be generated. A controller having access to the memory may be configured to receive the sensor signal. The controller may be further configured to compare the stored first image to the captured second image, and based on the comparison, to determine whether the sensitive data is accessible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: Gerald K. Bartley, Darryl J. Becker, Matthew S. Doyle, Mark O. Maxson
  • Patent number: 10055612
    Abstract: Systems and methods to safeguard data and hardware may include a memory configured to store a first image and sensitive data, and an optical sensor configured to capture a second image. A sensor signal comprising the captured second image may be generated. A controller having access to the memory may be configured to receive the sensor signal. The controller may be further configured to compare the stored first image to the captured second image, and based on the comparison, to determine whether the sensitive data is accessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gerald K. Bartley, Darryl J. Becker, Matthew S. Doyle, Mark O. Maxson
  • Patent number: 10055380
    Abstract: A lane within a processor bus that communicatively connects a transmitter and a receiver is dynamically assigned as a clock lane. The clock lane subsequently transmits a reference clock signal to coordinate data communications from the transmitter to the receiver. The clock lane may be assigned by determining signal margins of various lanes of the processor bus. The signal margins are determined by the transmitter sending a test pattern upon the various lanes and analyzing the received test pattern at the receiver. A dynamically assigned clock lane results increased overall signal integrity of communications between the transmitter and receiver. Further, a dynamically assigned clock lane may result in different lanes being assigned as the clock lane at distinct boot up instances, adding to the complexity of the unauthorized user determining the operational logic of the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald K. Bartley, Darryl J. Becker, Matthew S. Doyle, Mark J. Jeanson, Mark O. Maxson
  • Patent number: 10025751
    Abstract: A lane within a processor bus that communicatively connects a transmitter and a receiver is dynamically assigned as a clock lane. The clock lane subsequently transmits a reference clock signal to coordinate data communications from the transmitter to the receiver. The clock lane may be assigned by determining signal margins of various lanes of the processor bus. The signal margins are determined by the transmitter sending a test pattern upon the various lanes and analyzing the received test pattern at the receiver. A dynamically assigned clock lane results increased overall signal integrity of communications between the transmitter and receiver. Further, a dynamically assigned clock lane may result in different lanes being assigned as the clock lane at distinct boot up instances, adding to the complexity of the unauthorized user determining the operational logic of the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald K. Bartley, Darryl J. Becker, Matthew S. Doyle, Mark J. Jeanson, Mark O. Maxson
  • Publication number: 20180145755
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a printed circuit board (PCB) is presented. The PCB includes a glass security layer. The method includes forming the glass security layer upon a PCB wiring layer. The method includes optically attaching an optical electromagnetic radiation (EM) emitter upon the glass security layer. The method includes optically attaching an optical EM receiver upon the glass security layer. The method further includes electrically connecting an optical monitor device to the optical EM receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: Gerald K. Bartley, Darryl J. Becker, Matthew S. Doyle, Mark J. Jeanson, Mark O. Maxson
  • Publication number: 20180145754
    Abstract: An optical electromagnetic radiation (EM) emitter and receiver are located upon a printed circuit board (PCB) glass security layer. A predetermined reference flux or interference pattern, respectively, is an expected flux or reflection pattern of EM emitted from the EM emitter, transmitted by the glass security layer, and received by the EM receiver. When the PCB is subject to an unauthorized access thereof the optical EM transmitted by glass security layer is altered. An optical monitoring device that monitors the flux or interference pattern of the optical EM received by the EM receiver detects a change in flux or interference pattern, in relation to the reference flux or reference interference pattern, respectively, and passes a tamper signal to one or more computer system devices to respond to the unauthorized access. For example, one or more cryptographic adapter card or computer system functions or secured crypto components may be disabled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: Gerald K. Bartley, Darryl J. Becker, Matthew S. Doyle, Mark J. Jeanson, Mark O. Maxson
  • Publication number: 20180129626
    Abstract: A lane within a processor bus that communicatively connects a transmitter and a receiver is dynamically assigned as a clock lane. The clock lane subsequently transmits a reference clock signal to coordinate data communications from the transmitter to the receiver. The clock lane may be assigned by determining signal margins of various lanes of the processor bus. The signal margins are determined by the transmitter sending a test pattern upon the various lanes and analyzing the received test pattern at the receiver. A dynamically assigned clock lane results increased overall signal integrity of communications between the transmitter and receiver. Further, a dynamically assigned clock lane may result in different lanes being assigned as the clock lane at distinct boot up instances, adding to the complexity of the unauthorized user determining the operational logic of the transmitter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: Gerald K. Bartley, Darryl J. Becker, Matthew S. Doyle, Mark J. Jeanson, Mark O. Maxson
  • Patent number: 9965438
    Abstract: A lane within a processor bus that communicatively connects a transmitter and a receiver is dynamically assigned as a clock lane. The clock lane subsequently transmits a reference clock signal to coordinate data communications from the transmitter to the receiver. The clock lane may be assigned by determining signal margins of various lanes of the processor bus. The signal margins are determined by the transmitter sending a test pattern upon the various lanes and analyzing the received test pattern at the receiver. A dynamically assigned clock lane results increased overall signal integrity of communications between the transmitter and receiver. Further, a dynamically assigned clock lane may result in different lanes being assigned as the clock lane at distinct boot up instances, adding to the complexity of the unauthorized user determining the operational logic of the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald K. Bartley, Darryl J. Becker, Matthew S. Doyle, Mark J. Jeanson, Mark O. Maxson
  • Publication number: 20180107847
    Abstract: A security apparatus that can detect unauthorized alterations of physical arrangement of a computing system or unauthorized movements of a computing system through the use of acoustic signals is designed. Modules of a computing system including the security apparatus are able to generate acoustic measurements from received returned acoustic signals. Also, the modules are able to derive baseline acoustic measurements based on stored acoustic profiles. If, for any module of the computing system, its generated acoustic measurements do not substantially match its baseline acoustic measurements, the mismatch may indicate that there is an unauthorized alteration of physical arrangement of the computing system or an unauthorized movement of the computing system. Thus, the security apparatus in the module may take actions to prevent access to the sensitive data stored in the module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Gerald K. BARTLEY, Darryl J. BECKER, Matthew S. DOYLE, Mark J. JEANSON, Mark O. MAXON