Patents by Inventor David L. Gardner

David L. Gardner 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: 10665663
    Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) includes a semiconductor surface layer on a substrate including functional circuitry having circuit elements configured together with a metal-to-polysilicon capacitor on the semiconductor surface layer for realizing at least one circuit function. The metal-to-polysilicon capacitor includes a bottom plate including polysilicon, a capacitor dielectric including at least one capacitor dielectric layer on the bottom plate, a top plate on the capacitor dielectric, and contacts through a pre-metal dielectric layer that contact the top plate and contact the bottom plate. In lateral regions relative to the capacitor the capacitor dielectric layer has a thickness in a range between about 5% and about 50% of a thickness of the capacitor dielectric of the metal-to-polysilicon capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Poornika Fernandes, Bhaskar Srinivasan, Guruvayurappan Mathur, Abbas Ali, David Matthew Curran, Neil L. Gardner
  • Publication number: 20200161414
    Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) includes a semiconductor surface layer on a substrate including functional circuitry having circuit elements configured together with a metal-to-polysilicon capacitor on the semiconductor surface layer for realizing at least one circuit function. The metal-to-polysilicon capacitor includes a bottom plate including polysilicon, a capacitor dielectric including at least one capacitor dielectric layer on the bottom plate, a top plate on the capacitor dielectric, and contacts through a pre-metal dielectric layer that contact the top plate and contact the bottom plate. In lateral regions relative to the capacitor the capacitor dielectric layer has a thickness in a range between about 5% and about 50% of a thickness of the capacitor dielectric of the metal-to-polysilicon capacitor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: POORNIKA FERNANDES, BHASKAR SRINIVASAN, GURUVAYURAPPAN MATHUR, ABBAS ALI, DAVID MATTHEW CURRAN, NEIL L. GARDNER
  • Publication number: 20200150915
    Abstract: A vehicle and a method of operating the vehicle may include activating a first touch screen, mounted on an exterior of the vehicle, illustrating a keypad and activating a first privacy screen in the first touch screen; and activating a second touch screen, mounted on the vehicle exterior, displaying information without activating a second privacy screen in the second touch screen. The touch screens may have built-in heaters, produce ads based on user distance from the vehicle and provide countdown timers for ride-share vehicle departure time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Kristopher Karl Brown, Cornel L. Gardner, Chad Matthew McCarty, Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman
  • Patent number: 10636072
    Abstract: An information handling system includes a memory to results for different search queries. The processing device communicates with the memory. The processing device generates signals for the first search query based on the first search terms, the user context, and behavioral data and interactional data from previous search queries, generates an overall result strategy for the search query based on the signals, determines a first set of results for the search query in response to a first probability that the first search query is directed to a first result strategy in the overall result strategy. The first set of results is a subset of a second set of results available for the first search query. The processing device also generates final results based on the first set of results, and to provide the final results as a response to the first search query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Richard L. Claice, Jagdish U. Yadav, Luis E. Bocaletti, David M. Gardner, Matthew Hinze
  • Patent number: 10547206
    Abstract: One or more Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) are coupled to points in a network of interconnected nodes. Each node has a first port and a second port. Assume the first port of a first node is receiving DC power from the PSE. The first node, at its second port, then detects an electrical signature from a first port of an adjacent second node. If the proper electrical signature is presented by the adjacent second node, the powered first node closes a switch to pass power between its first port and second port to power the second node via the first port of the second node. All nodes in the network are then sequentially powered up in this manner. If there is a fault between the first node and the second node, the second node will be powered by another node connected to the second port of the second node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Linear Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Heath Stewart, Andrew J. Gardner, David Stover, David Dwelley, Jeffrey L. Heath
  • Patent number: 10496776
    Abstract: A design of an integrated computational element (ICE) includes (1) specification of a substrate and multiple layers, their respective target thicknesses and refractive indices, refractive indices of adjacent layers being different from each other, and a notional ICE fabricated based on the ICE design being related to a characteristic of a sample, and (2) identification of one or more critical layers of the ICE layers, an ICE layer being identified as a critical layer if potential variations of its thickness or refractive index due to expected fabrication variations cause ICE performance degradation that exceeds a threshold degradation, otherwise the ICE layer being identified as a non-critical layer. At least one critical layer of the ICE is formed using two or more forming steps to form respective two or more sub-layers of the critical layer, and at least one non-critical layer of the ICE is formed using a single forming step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Perkins, Robert Paul Freese, Christopher Michael Jones, Richard Neal Gardner
  • Patent number: 10358714
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include a system and method for manufacturing an integrated computational element (ICE) core. In one embodiment, the method comprises thermally evaporating a material to deposit the material on a substrate, wherein the material is deposited to establish a shape of the ICE core. The shape of the ICE core defines transmission, reflection, and absorptive electromagnetic intensity as a function of wavelength of the ICE core. In one embodiment, the method includes varying e-beam or ion-beam intensities and strengths to control the shape of the ICE core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Perkins, Robert Paul Freese, Christopher Michael Jones, Richard Neal Gardner
  • Patent number: 10316405
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include a system and method for manufacturing an integrated computational element (ICE) core. The method comprises varying a distance between a thermal component relative to a substrate holder that holds at least one substrate during a thin film deposition process to improve uniformity of the ICE core. In one embodiment, varying the distance between the thermal component relative to the substrate holder that holds at least one substrate includes moving at least a portion of the substrate holder in at least one direction relative to the thermal component and also moving the thermal component in at least one direction relative to the substrate holder during the thin film deposition process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Perkins, Robert Paul Freese, Christopher Michael Jones, Richard Neal Gardner
  • Patent number: 7931022
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for delivering a plurality of medication includes providing first and second medicament on a medicament pack in separate containers for preventing either medicament from interfering with the stability of the other. In accordance with the method, the medicaments are preferably delivered in a single inhalation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Respirks, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith A. Johnson, Robert A. Casper, David L. Gardner
  • Patent number: 7051734
    Abstract: A medicament respiratory delivery device including a housing having a chamber including coaxially aligned inlet and outlet, a medicament cartridge located within the chamber having a passage therethrough and membranes sealing the passage having a burst pressure of less than 10 atmospheres, a manually actuatable fluid delivery device having an outlet in fluid communication with the chamber and a manually actuated valve located between the outlet of the fluid delivery device and the chamber inlet for delivery of fluid under pressure to the valve. The medicament respiratory delivery device of this invention may be utilized to deliver a controlled unit dose of an aerosolizable medicament on demand by first pressurizing a pressure chamber in the pressure delivery device upstream of the valve, then opening the valve to open the membranes and express the medicament through the chamber outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Robert A. Casper, John M. Snow, David L. Gardner, Vincent J. Sullivan, Anjana Bhuta Wills, Lawrence A. Monahan, Christopher J. Knors
  • Patent number: 6729324
    Abstract: A device for use with metered dose inhalers includes a housing configured with a void to receive a metered dose inhaler, an actuator assembly which is configured to selectively apply force to the metered dose inhaler to cause the metered dose inhaler to release medicament, and a cocking mechanism for placing the actuator assembly in an armed configuration. The device is configured to actuate the metered dose inhaler as the user inhales, thereby ensuring improved medicament delivery. Additionally, the device is configured to prevent the metered dose inhaler from remaining in a vented position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Innovative Devices, LLC.
    Inventors: Robert A. Casper, Frank A. Leith, David L. Gardner, John Medlin Snow, Zachary Wood Lyon
  • Publication number: 20040079363
    Abstract: A medicament respiratory delivery device including a housing having a chamber including coaxially aligned inlet and outlet, a medicament cartridge located within the chamber having a passage therethrough and membranes sealing the passage having a burst pressure of less than 10 atmospheres, a manually actuatable fluid delivery device having an outlet in fluid communication with the chamber and a manually actuated valve located between the outlet of the fluid delivery device and the chamber inlet for delivery of fluid under pressure to the valve. The medicament respiratory delivery device of this invention may be utilized to deliver a controlled unit dose of an aerosolizable medicament on demand by first pressurizing a pressure chamber in the pressure delivery device upstream of the valve, then opening the valve to open the membranes and express the medicament through the chamber outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Publication date: April 29, 2004
    Inventors: Robert A. Casper, John M. Snow, David L. Gardner, Vincent J. Sullivan, Anjana Bhuta Wills, Lawrence A. Monahan, Christopher J. Knors
  • Patent number: 6672304
    Abstract: A device for use with metered dose inhalers includes a housing configured with a void to receive a metered dose inhaler, an actuator assembly which is configured to selectively apply force to the metered dose inhaler to cause the metered dose inhaler to release medicament, and a cocking mechanism for placing the actuator assembly in an armed configuration. The device is configured to actuate the metered dose inhaler as the user inhales, thereby ensuring improved medicament delivery. Additionally, the device is configured to prevent the metered dose inhaler from remaining in a vented position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Innovative Devices, LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Casper, Frank A. Leith, David L. Gardner
  • Patent number: 6658862
    Abstract: A thermoacoustic device is formed with a resonator system defining at least one region of high specific acoustic impedance in an acoustic wave within the resonator system. A plurality of thermoacoustic units are cascaded together within the region of high specific acoustic impedance, where at least one of the thermoacoustic units is a regenerator unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Gregory W. Swift, Scott N. Backhaus, David L. Gardner
  • Patent number: 6644028
    Abstract: A thermoacoustic engine-driven system with a hot heat exchanger, a regenerator or stack, and an ambient heat exchanger includes a side branch load for rapid stopping and starting, the side branch load being attached to a location in the thermoacoustic system having a nonzero oscillating pressure and comprising a valve, a flow resistor, and a tank connected in series. The system is rapidly stopped simply by opening the valve and rapidly started by closing the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Gregory W. Swift, Scott N. Backhaus, David L. Gardner
  • Patent number: 6644309
    Abstract: A medicament respiratory delivery device including a housing having a chamber including coaxially aligned inlet and outlet, a medicament cartridge located within the chamber having a passage therethrough and membranes sealing the passage having a burst pressure of less than 10 atmospheres, a manually actuatable fluid delivery device having an outlet in fluid communication with the chamber and a manually actuated valve located between the outlet of the fluid delivery device and the chamber inlet for delivery of fluid under pressure to the valve. The medicament respiratory delivery device of this invention may be utilized to deliver a controlled unit dose of an aerosolizable medicament on demand by first pressurizing a pressure chamber in the pressure delivery device upstream of the valve, then opening the valve to open the membranes and express the medicament through the chamber outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Robert A. Casper, John M. Snow, David L. Gardner, Vincent J. Sullivan, Anjana Bhuta Wills, Lawrence A. Monahan, Christopher J. Knors
  • Publication number: 20030196441
    Abstract: A thermoacoustic device is formed with a resonator system defining at least one region of high specific acoustic impedance in an acoustic wave within the resonator system. A plurality of thermoacoustic units are cascaded together within the region of high specific acoustic impedance, where at least one of the thermoacoustic units is a regenerator unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Inventors: Gregory W. Swift, Scott N. Backhaus, David L. Gardner
  • Patent number: 6561186
    Abstract: An inhalation-activated inhalator having a primary inhalation passage and a secondary inhalation passage disposed in communication with the primary inhalation passage and a source of medicament. The primary inhalation passage has airflow inhibiting mechanism connected to a blocking plate positioned to selectively block fluid flow in the secondary inhalation passage. As the user's inhalation reaches a defined rate, the flow inhibiting mechanism restricts flow through the primary inhalation passage and moves the blocking plate to enable airflow through the secondary passage. Thus, as the user achieves a desired inhalation rate, the medicament is provided through the secondary inhalation passage, thereby optimizing the delivery of medicament to the lungs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: Innovative Devices
    Inventors: Robert A. Casper, Frank A. Leith, David L. Gardner, John M. Snow, Zachary W. Lyon, David S. Farrar
  • Publication number: 20030075172
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for delivering a plurality of medication includes providing first and second medicament on a medicament pack in separate containers for preventing either medicament from interfering with the stability of the other. In accordance with the method, the medicaments are preferably delivered in a single inhalation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2002
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Inventors: Keith A. Johnson, Robert A. Casper, David L. Gardner
  • Patent number: 6550477
    Abstract: An inhalation-activated inhalator having a primary inhalation passage and a secondary inhalation passage disposed in communication with the primary inhalation passage and a source of medicament. The primary inhalation passage has airflow inhibiting mechanism connected to a blocking plate positioned to selectively block fluid flow in the secondary inhalation passage. As the user's inhalation reaches a defined rate, the flow inhibiting mechanism restricts flow through the primary inhalation passage and moves the blocking plate to enable airflow through the secondary passage. Thus, as the user achieves a desired inhalation rate, the medicament is provided through the secondary inhalation passage, thereby optimizing the delivery of medicament to the lungs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Innovative Devices, LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Casper, Frank A. Leith, David L. Gardner, John M. Snow, Zachary W. Lyon, David S. Farrar