Patents by Inventor David B. Smith

David B. Smith 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: 20190341173
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for cooling superconducting signal lines disposed on an interconnect such as a flexible cable or a rigid substrate. The superconducting signal lines are cooled to a cryogenic temperature lower than the temperature at which at least some superconducting logic devices coupled to the interconnect are operated. In some examples, an airtight conduit, heat pipe, or thermally conduct of strap provided to cool the superconducting interconnect. In one example of the disclosed technology, a system includes at least two sets of superconducting logic devices, cooling apparatus adapted to cool the logic devices to a first operating temperature, and interconnect coupling the superconducting logic devices, and a cooling apparatus in thermal communication with the interconnect. The apparatus is adapted to cool superconducting signal lines on the interconnect to a lower operating temperature than the first operating temperature at which the superconducting logic devices operate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Burton J. Smith, David B. Tuckerman
  • Publication number: 20190341174
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for cooling superconducting signal lines disposed on an interconnect such as a flexible cable or a rigid substrate. The superconducting signal lines are cooled to a cryogenic temperature lower than the temperature at which at least some superconducting logic devices coupled to the interconnect are operated. In some examples, an airtight conduit, heat pipe, or thermally conduct of strap provided to cool the superconducting interconnect. In one example of the disclosed technology, a system includes at least two sets of superconducting logic devices, cooling apparatus adapted to cool the logic devices to a first operating temperature, and interconnect coupling the superconducting logic devices, and a cooling apparatus in thermal communication with the interconnect. The apparatus is adapted to cool superconducting signal lines on the interconnect to a lower operating temperature than the first operating temperature at which the superconducting logic devices operate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Burton J. Smith, David B. Tuckerman
  • Patent number: 10464547
    Abstract: A vehicle includes drive wheels, an energy source having an available energy, a torque-generating device powered by the energy source to provide an input torque, a transmission configured to receive the input torque and deliver an output torque to the set of drive wheels, and a controller. The controller, as part of a programmed method, predicts consumption of the available energy along a predetermined travel route using onboard data, offboard data, and a first logic block, and also corrects the predicted energy consumption using the onboard data, offboard data, and an error correction loop between a second logic block and the first logic block. The controller also executes a control action with respect to the vehicle using the corrected energy consumption, including changing a logic state of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: David S. Park, Kevin J. Smith, Terence L. Meehan, Todd P. Lindemann, Richard B. Weinberg, James B. Nicholson, Chia-Hsiang Liu, Andrew M. Zettel, Ramon A. Alonso
  • Publication number: 20190325911
    Abstract: A disc cassette includes a curved portion configured to hold multiple discs. A platform portion abuts the curved portion. A movable bale is configured to maintain discs securely in the disc cassette except when rotated off the discs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: David J. Altknecht, Donald S. Bethune, William M. Dyer, A. David Erpelding, Steven R. Hetzler, Drew B. Lawson, Daniel F. Smith
  • Patent number: 10452508
    Abstract: In an approach for managing a set of tests to run on a set of platforms, a processor identifies a set of tests to run on a set of platforms and one or more priorities associated with the set of tests. A processor sends the set of tests and the one or more priorities associated with the set of tests to the set of platforms. A processor receives information about a first test run of a first test on a first platform of the set of platforms. A processor determines that the first test failed on the first platform. A processor updates the one or more priorities associated with the set of tests. A processor sends the updated one or more priorities associated with the set of tests to at least the second platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Elizabeth J. Maple, Alexander R. Pringle, Kevin B. Smith, David R. Waddling
  • Patent number: 10448950
    Abstract: A surgical instrument with separate actuatable closure and firing systems for closing a movable jaw and actuating a firing member. In one form, the surgical instrument comprises an elastic spine assembly that includes a proximal spine portion and a distal spine portion that is elastically coupled to the proximal spine portion for axial movement relative thereto between a neutral position and an elongated position such that during actuation of the firing system results in an increased application of closure motions to the movable jaw without actuating the closure system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Gregory J. Bakos, David B. Smith, Adam D. Hensel, Jason L. Harris
  • Patent number: 10452083
    Abstract: A thermostat includes a plurality of HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) wire connectors for receiving a plurality of HVAC control wires corresponding to an HVAC system. The thermostat also includes a thermostat processing and control circuit operative to at least partially control the operation of the HVAC system and a powering circuit coupled to the HVAC wire connectors and configured to provide an electrical load power to the thermostat processing and control circuit. The thermostat includes circuitry and methods for maximizing efficiency of energy harvested from the HVAC system connected to the thermostat, and depending on which system is connected to the thermostat, different power schemes can be implemented in order to obtain power from the HVAC system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Adam Warren, Hugo B. Fiennes, Jonathan Alan Dutra, David Bell, Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Ian C. Smith, Edwin H. Satterthwaite, Jr., Grant Michael Erickson, Andrea Mucignat, Joseph E. Palmer
  • Patent number: 10453592
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for cooling superconducting signal lines disposed on an interconnect such as a flexible cable or a rigid substrate. The superconducting signal lines are cooled to a cryogenic temperature lower than the temperature at which at least some superconducting logic devices coupled to the interconnect are operated. In some examples, an airtight conduit, heat pipe, or thermally conduct of strap provided to cool the superconducting interconnect. In one example of the disclosed technology, a system includes at least two sets of superconducting logic devices, cooling apparatus adapted to cool the logic devices to a first operating temperature, and interconnect coupling the superconducting logic devices, and a cooling apparatus in thermal communication with the interconnect. The apparatus is adapted to cool superconducting signal lines on the interconnect to a lower operating temperature than the first operating temperature at which the superconducting logic devices operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Burton J. Smith, David B. Tuckerman
  • Patent number: 10438629
    Abstract: A disc cassette includes a curved portion configured to hold multiple discs. The disc cassette further includes a bottom side including track connectors configured to position the disc cassette relative to one or more track portions that hold the disc cassette in place. The disc cassette is slideable along the one or more track portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Altknecht, Donald S. Bethune, William M. Dyer, A. David Erpelding, Steven R. Hetzler, Drew B. Lawson, Daniel F. Smith
  • Patent number: 10426517
    Abstract: An external distraction apparatus for performing a craniofacial distraction is disclosed. The external distraction apparatus may comprise a stationary member. The stationary member may be configured to be affixed to a head of a patient. The external distraction apparatus may also comprise laterally disposed distractors. The laterally disposed distractors may extend inferiorly from the stationary member and be moveable relative to the stationary member. The external distraction apparatus may comprise a motor and controller. The motor may be powered with the controller to perform a craniofacial distraction in an automated fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Christopher C. Langenfeld, Stanley B. Smith, III, David E. Altobelli
  • Patent number: 10425399
    Abstract: One example method may include generating a template transaction certificate by one or more entities which verify proof of ownership of attributes incorporated into the template transaction certificate, and generating one or more operational transaction certificates by the one or more entities which verified proof of ownership of the template transaction certificate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David W. Kravitz, Dulce B. Ponceleon, Diego A. Masini, John B. Geagan, III, Brian K. Smith
  • Publication number: 20190262201
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus may include a support surface configured to conduct air along a top face of the support surface so that heat and moisture from a patient lying on the support surface are drawn away from the top face of the support surface. An opening may be formed in a side of the support surface. A cavity may extend from the opening into the support surface. An inlet port may be positioned within the cavity and fluidly coupled to the top face. A blower assembly may be configured to position within the cavity. The blower assembly may have an outlet port that couples to the inlet port when the blower assembly is positioned within the cavity. The blower assembly may conduct air through the inlet port to the top face of the support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Darrell L. Borgman, Douglas E. Borgman, Arpit Shah, Wui Hsien Wong, Keith Moores, Jason M. Gilreath, Michael R. Montini, Charles A. Lachenbruch, Eric R. Meyer, Frank E. Sauser, Catherine M. Wagner, Rachel L. Williamson, Brandon P. Fisk, Jason B. Grace, Brian Guthrie, Nicole Johannigman, Gregory J. Shannon, David C. Newkirk, Michael Churilla, Jnanesha Ramegowda, Taylor Franklin, Kathryn R. Smith, John G. Byers, Frederick K. Schultz, Andrew R. Wager, Sridhar Karimpuzha Seshadri, Gary R. Gibbons, Scott M. Corbin, John Goewert, Thomas L. Simpson, Faron L. Blessing, James D. Voll, Kin Meng Choi, Stephen S. Amrhein, Herve Gautier, Jean-Francois Lellig, Philippe Kaikenger, Matthieu Guetta
  • Patent number: 10394451
    Abstract: A method according to one embodiment includes determining to temporarily extend an initial volume to be defragmented, identifying a plurality of additional volumes pooled with the initial volume within a storage group, identifying an area on each of the plurality of additional volumes pooled with the initial volume within the storage group to use for temporarily extending the initial volume, allocating the identified area on each of the plurality of additional volumes as a temporary extension of the initial volume, including, for each of the plurality of additional volumes, creating an entry in a VTOC of the additional volume that indicates that a non-VSAM data set resides at a location of the identified area on the additional volume, setting a plurality of pointers within a VTOC of the initial volume, where the plurality of pointers includes a pointer to the identified area on additional volumes, and defragmenting the initial volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kyle B. Dudgeon, David C. Reed, Esteban Rios, Max D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20190256890
    Abstract: Provided herein is a fluidic cartridge having a body comprising a malleable material and a layer comprising a deformable material bonded to a surface of the body that seals one or more fluidic channels that communicate with one or more valve bodies formed in a surface of the body. The valve can be closed by applying pressure to the deformable material sufficient to crush and close off a fluidic channel in the body. Also provided are a cartridge interface configured to engage the cartridge. Also provided is a system including a cartridge interface and methods of using the cartridge and system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: David Eberhart, William D. Nielsen, Helen Franklin, Stevan B. Jovanovich, Dennis Lehto, Kaiwan Chear, James Klevenberg, Chungsoo Charles Park, Corey M. Smith, Philip Justus Wunderle, David King
  • Publication number: 20190239915
    Abstract: An ultrasonic instrument includes a body, an actuation assembly, a shaft assembly, and an end effector. The actuation assembly includes an activation member that is operable to move in a first direction to select a mode of operation. The shaft assembly extends distally from the body and includes an acoustic waveguide. The end effector includes an ultrasonic blade that is in acoustic communication with the acoustic waveguide. The activation member is operable to move in a second direction to activate the end effector in a mode of operation selected by movement of the activation member in the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: John A. Hibner, Kevin L. Houser, David A. Monroe, David J. Cagle, Geoffrey S. Strobl, Timothy P. Lessek, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Ryan M. Asher, Mary E. Mootoo, Eric B. Smith, Gregory W. Johnson, David M. Locke
  • Publication number: 20190246186
    Abstract: Embodiments of Power Over Ethernet sensors providing processed signals directly to User devices or via a sensor processing system. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: David Q. Smith, Alan P. LeVezu, Karl B. LeVezu, Daniel D. Norris, JR.
  • Publication number: 20190245421
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a first member that supports a magnetic flux carrying member and a second member that supports a magnetic flux generating member disposed for movement relative to the first member. An air gap control system is coupled to at least one of the first member or the second member and includes an air gap control device that is separate from a primary magnetic flux circuit formed between the first member and the second member. The air gap control device is configured to exert a force on one of the first and second members in response to movement of the other of the first and second members in a direction that reduces a distance between the first and second members to maintain a minimum distance between the first and second members and/or substantially center the one of the first and second members within the other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Applicant: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. SMITH, Matthew B. JORE, Michael A. KVAM, David SAMSEL, Charles Perry BUTTERFIELD, JR., Brian J. SULLIVAN, James David DUFORD
  • Patent number: 10372501
    Abstract: Provisioning of computing resources for a workload in a networked computing environment. A method receives a set of provisioning requests in a computer data structure of a networked computing environment, wherein the provisioning requests relate to a workload request. The method further identifies a set of provisioning operations for computing resources in the networked computing environment to perform the provisioning requests. The method determines, for each provisioning operation of the provisioning operations, a respective provisioning time, the respective provisioning time being an amount of time for a particular computing resource to become prepared and equipped to perform a job. The determining the respective provisioning time for each provisioning operation provides a plurality of determined provisioning times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael J. Shaffer, Kevin B. Smith, David R. Waddling
  • Publication number: 20190235393
    Abstract: An extreme ultraviolet lithography system (10) that creates a pattern (230) having a plurality of densely packed parallel lines (232) on a workpiece (22) includes a patterning element (16); an EUV illumination system (12) that directs an extreme ultraviolet beam (13A) at the patterning element (16); a projection optical assembly (18) that directs the extreme ultraviolet beam diffracted off of the patterning element (16) at the workpiece (22); and a pattern blind assembly (26) positioned in a beam path (55) of the extreme ultraviolet beam (13A). The pattern blind assembly (26) shapes the extreme ultraviolet beam (13A) so that an exposure field (28) on the workpiece (22) has a polygonal shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Michael B. Binnard, Daniel Gene Smith, David M. Williamson
  • Publication number: 20190227584
    Abstract: A thermostat includes a plurality of HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) wire connectors for receiving a plurality of HVAC control wires corresponding to an HVAC system. The thermostat also includes a thermostat processing and control circuit operative to at least partially control the operation of the HVAC system and a powering circuit coupled to the HVAC wire connectors and configured to provide an electrical load power to the thermostat processing and control circuit. The thermostat includes circuitry and methods for maximizing efficiency of energy harvested from the HVAC system connected to the thermostat, and depending on which system is connected to the thermostat, different power schemes can be implemented in order to obtain power from the HVAC system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel Adam Warren, Hugo B. Fiennes, Jonathan Alan Dutra, David Bell, Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Ian C. Smith, Edwin H. Satterthwaite, JR., Grant Michael Erickson, Andrea Mucignat, Joseph E. Palmer