Patents by Inventor Eric R. Miller

Eric R. Miller 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: 10504777
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an array of planar wafer level metal posts includes plating an array of posts within a photoresist (PR) pattern mold on a substrate of a first wafer. Stripping the PR pattern mold from the substrate and array of posts. Applying an oxide layer, at a temperature of below 150 degrees Celsius, over a surface of the first wafer. Applying chemical-mechanical polishing (CMP) to planarize the oxide layer and the array of posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Sean P. Kilcoyne, Eric R. Miller, George Grama
  • Publication number: 20190371822
    Abstract: Sub-fin removal techniques for SOI like isolation in finFET devices are provided. In one aspect, a method for forming a finFET device includes: etching partial fins in a substrate, wherein the partial fins include top portions of fins of the finFET device; forming a bi-layer spacer on the top portions of the fins; complete etching of the fins in the substrate to form bottom portions of the fins of the finFET device; depositing an insulator between the fins; recessing the insulator enough to expose a region of the fins not covered by the bi-layer spacer; removing the exposed region of the fins to create a gap between the top and bottom portions of the fins; filling the gap with additional insulator. A method for forming a finFET device is also provided where placement of the fin spacer occurs after (rather than before) insulator deposition. A finFET device is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Marc A. Bergendahl, Kangguo Cheng, Gauri Karve, Fee Li Lie, Eric R. Miller, John R. Sporre, Sean Teehan
  • Publication number: 20190359866
    Abstract: Methods for forming melt processable, actinic radiation polymerizable and crosslinkable adhesives are described. In certain versions, the adhesives or pre-adhesive compositions include two initiators and are polymerized and/or crosslinked by exposure to actinic radiation such as UV light or electron beam radiation. Also described are pre-adhesive compositions including polymerizable monomers, articles including the adhesives, and various methods and systems related to the adhesives and their application. In addition, various apparatuses are described for polymerizing or crosslinking the compositions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Eric L. BARTHOLOMEW, William L. BOTTORF, Kyle R. HEIMBACH, Brandon S. MILLER, Michael T. WATERMAN, Michael T. ZAJACZKOWSKI, Qiang LUO, Andrew P. FULL, Christopher E. KOHLER
  • Publication number: 20190344568
    Abstract: A method of constructing a micro-valve includes providing a substrate for an actuating beam of the micro-valve, the substrate including a first surface and a second surface. The method also includes forming a plurality of constituent layers on the first surface of the actuating beam, including a layer of piezoelectric material. The method also includes removing a portion of the substrate from at least one of the first surface or the second surface to define a cantilevered portion of the actuating beam. The method also includes providing an orifice plate including an orifice. The method also includes providing a valve seat on a surface of the orifice plate, the valve seat having an opening aligned with the orifice. The method also includes attaching the surface of the orifice plate to the second surface via an adhesive such that an overlapping portion of the cantilevered portion overlaps the orifice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventors: William A. Buskirk, Steven E. Flego, Charles C. Haluzak, John Whitlock, Eric R. Miller, Glenn J.T. Leighton
  • Publication number: 20190346066
    Abstract: A micro-valve includes an orifice plate including a first surface and a second surface, and an orifice extending from the first surface to the second surface. The micro-valve also includes a spacing member disposed on the first surface and offset from the orifice, a valve seat disposed on the first surface. The valve seat defines an opening in fluid communication with the orifice in a flow direction. The micro-valve also includes an actuating beam disposed on the spacing member extending from the spacing member toward the orifice, the actuating beam being moveable between an open position and a closed position. The micro-valve also includes a sealing member affixed to an end portion of the actuating beam. In a closed position, a sealing surface of the sealing member contacts the valve seat to close the micro-valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventors: William A. Buskirk, Steven E. Flego, Charles C. Haluzak, John Whitlock, Eric R. Miller, Glenn J.T. Leighton
  • Publication number: 20190346051
    Abstract: A micro-valve includes an orifice plate having a first surface, a second surface and an orifice extending from the first surface to the second surface. An actuating beam is disposed in spaced relation to the orifice plate. The actuating beam includes a base portion and a cantilevered portion. The base portion is separated from the orifice plate by a predetermined distance. The cantilevered portion extends from the base portion such that an overlapping portion thereof overlaps the orifice. The actuating beam is movable between a closed position and an open position. The micro-valve also includes a sealing structure including a sealing member disposed at the overlapping portion of the cantilevered portion. When the actuating beam is in the closed position, the cantilevered portion is positioned such that the sealing structure seals the orifice so as to close the micro-valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventors: William A. Buskirk, Steven E. Flego, Charles C. Haluzak, John Whitlock, Eric R. Miller, Glenn J.T. Leighton
  • Publication number: 20190346067
    Abstract: A micro-valve includes an orifice plate including an orifice. The micro-valve further includes an actuating beam having a first end and a second end. The actuating beam also includes a base layer and a layer of piezoelectric material disposed on the base layer, a bottom electrode layer, and a top electrode layer. At an electrical connection portion of the actuating beam, the layer of piezoelectric material includes a first via, and a portion of the top electrode layer disposed within the first via, and a portion of the bottom electrode disposed beneath the first via. The actuating beam includes a base portion extending from the electrical connection portion and a cantilevered portion extending from the base portion. The cantilevered portion is movable in response to application of a differential electrical signal between the bottom electrode layer and the top electrode layer to one of open or close the micro-valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventors: William A. Buskirk, Steven E. Flego, Charles C. Haluzak, John Whitlock, Eric R. Miller, Glenn J.T. Leighton, Charles Gilson
  • Publication number: 20190344564
    Abstract: A marking system includes a valve body including an orifice plate including multiple orifices and multiple micro-valves. Each micro-valve includes an actuating beam movable from a closed position in which a corresponding one of the orifices is sealed by a portion of the actuating beam such that the micro-valve is closed, into a peak position in response to application of a control signal. A controller is configured to generate a control signal for each of the actuating beams, each control signal including a drive pulse having a predetermined voltage such that the actuating beam moves from the closed position into the peak position in which the corresponding orifice is open and returns to the closed position in a characteristic period, wherein the drive pulse has a duration that substantially corresponds to the characteristic period such that the actuating beam is in the closed position after the drive pulse is complete.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventors: William A. Buskirk, Steven E. Flego, Charles C. Haluzak, John Whitlock, Eric R. Miller, Ken Trueba, Jeff Hess
  • Publication number: 20190341490
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to methods and resulting structures for a vertical field effect transistor (VFET) having a super long channel. A pair of semiconductor fins is formed on a substrate. A semiconductor pillar is formed between the semiconductor fins on the substrate. A region that extends under all of the semiconductor fins and under part of the semiconductor pillar is doped. A conductive gate is formed over a channel region of the semiconductor fins and the semiconductor pillar. A surface of the semiconductor pillar serves as an extended channel region when the gate is active.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Marc A. Bergendahl, Kangguo Cheng, Gauri Karve, Fee Li Lie, Eric R. Miller, John R. Sporre, Sean Teehan
  • Publication number: 20190334818
    Abstract: At an outbound end of a tunnel from a first data network, a packet is analyzed to determine whether the packet is to be directed to a local target in the first data network or to be sent over the tunnel to a remote target in a second data network. A target address of the packet is present in both the first data network and the second data network. When the packet is to be directed to the remote target in the second data network, an octet in the target address of the packet is changed from a first value to a second value, the changing forming a modified packet. When the second value is stored in the octet, the modified packet is caused to be sent to the tunnel for delivery to the second data network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric M. Anderson, Susan A. Hearn, Linwood E. Loving, Martin G. Mclaughlin, Daniel R. Miller, John B. Simmons
  • Publication number: 20190334819
    Abstract: A packet is analyzed at an outbound end of a tunnel from a first data network to determine whether the packet is directed to a first remote target in a first remote data network over a first tunnel or to a second remote target in a second remote data network over a second tunnel. A target address of the packet is present in both the first remote data network and the second remote data network. When the packet is to be directed to the first remote target in the first remote data network, an octet in the target address of the packet is changed from a first value to a second value, the changing forming a modified packet. When the second value is stored in the octet, the modified packet is caused to be sent to the tunnel for delivery to the second data network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric M. Anderson, Susan A. Hearn, Linwood E. Loving, Martin G. Mclaughlin, Daniel R. Miller, John B. Simmons
  • Patent number: 10456807
    Abstract: A bead-apex assembly system comprising a bead forming system and an apex application system. In one embodiment, a supporting assembly is located at least partially between the bead forming system and the apex application system, and the supporting assembly is adapted to move an annular bead ring from the bead forming system to the apex application system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignees: Bartell Machinery Systems, L.L.C., The Steelastic Company LLC
    Inventors: John R. Russo, II, Christopher L. Johnson, Paul D. Gatley, Marek J. Kos, Eric W. Gorham, Mark Marabito, Thomas D. Miller, Rosemarie Fisher, Donald L. Matthews
  • Patent number: 10457838
    Abstract: Cure in place pressure sensitive adhesive compositions are described that comprise one or more of a bodying component, a structural diluent, a radical diluent as well as additives such as crosslinkers, external catalysts, photoinitiators and stabilizers/process aids. The bodying component can be acrylic or non-acrylic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Zajaczkowski, Michael T. Waterman, Kyle R. Heimbach, Eric L. Bartholomew, Brandon S. Miller
  • Patent number: 10446452
    Abstract: A method and structure to enable reliable dielectric spacer endpoint detection by utilizing a sacrificial spacer fin are provided. The sacrificial spacer fin that is employed has a same pitch as the pitch of each semiconductor fin and the same height as the dielectric spacers on the sidewalls of each semiconductor fin. Exposed portions of the sacrificial spacer fin are removed simultaneously during a dielectric spacer reactive ion etch (RIE). The presence of the sacrificial spacer fin improves the endpoint detection of the spacer RIE and increases the endpoint signal intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kangguo Cheng, Ryan O. Jung, Fee Li Lie, Eric R. Miller, Jeffrey C. Shearer, John R. Sporre, Sean Teehan
  • Publication number: 20190308393
    Abstract: An operable panel for an appliance includes a metallic outer wrapper having a perimetrical wrapper edge that partially defines a perimetrical breaker channel, an inner liner and a plurality of corner brackets disposed proximate the perimetrical wrapper edge. Each corner bracket cooperates with the perimetrical wrapper edge to fully define the perimetrical breaker channel. A trim breaker is adhered to the metallic outer wrapper and the corner brackets at the perimetrical breaker channel and having a liner channel that receives a portion of the inner liner. The trim breaker extends between the inner liner and the outer wrapper. An insulation material is disposed within an insulating cavity defined between the inner liner and the outer wrapper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul B. Allard, Lakshya J. Deka, Eric J. Dherde, Gustavo Frattini, Alberto R. Gomes, Lynne F. Hunter, Dustin M. Miller, Abhay Naik, Karen J. Querfurth, Jerry M. Visin
  • Patent number: 10438972
    Abstract: Sub-fin removal techniques for SOI like isolation in finFET devices are provided. In one aspect, a method for forming a finFET device includes: etching partial fins in a substrate, wherein the partial fins include top portions of fins of the finFET device; forming a bi-layer spacer on the top portions of the fins; complete etching of the fins in the substrate to form bottom portions of the fins of the finFET device; depositing an insulator between the fins; recessing the insulator enough to expose a region of the fins not covered by the bi-layer spacer; removing the exposed region of the fins to create a gap between the top and bottom portions of the fins; filling the gap with additional insulator. A method for forming a finFET device is also provided where placement of the fin spacer occurs after (rather than before) insulator deposition. A finFET device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Marc A. Bergendahl, Kangguo Cheng, Gauri Karve, Fee Li Lie, Eric R. Miller, John R. Sporre, Sean Teehan
  • Patent number: 10425330
    Abstract: A packet is analyzed at an outbound end of a tunnel from a first data network to determine whether the packet is directed to a first remote target in a first remote data network over a first tunnel or to a second remote target in a second remote data network over a second tunnel. A target address of the packet is present in both the first remote data network and the second remote data network. When the packet is to be directed to the first remote target in the first remote data network, an octet in the target address of the packet is changed from a first value to a second value, the changing forming a modified packet. When the second value is stored in the octet, the modified packet is caused to be sent to the tunnel for delivery to the second data network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric M. Anderson, Susan A. Hearn, Linwood E. Loving, Martin G. Mclaughlin, Daniel R. Miller, John B. Simmons
  • Patent number: 10424663
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to methods and resulting structures for a vertical field effect transistor (VFET) having a super long channel. A pair of semiconductor fins is formed on a substrate. A semiconductor pillar is formed between the semiconductor fins on the substrate. A region that extends under all of the semiconductor fins and under part of the semiconductor pillar is doped. A conductive gate is formed over a channel region of the semiconductor fins and the semiconductor pillar. A surface of the semiconductor pillar serves as an extended channel region when the gate is active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marc A. Bergendahl, Kangguo Cheng, Gauri Karve, Fee Li Lie, Eric R. Miller, John R. Sporre, Sean Teehan
  • Patent number: 10414953
    Abstract: Methods for forming melt processable, actinic radiation polymerizable and crosslinkable adhesives are described. In certain versions, the adhesives or pre-adhesive compositions include two initiators and are polymerized and/or crosslinked by exposure to actinic radiation such as UV light or electron beam radiation. Also described are pre-adhesive compositions including polymerizable monomers, articles including the adhesives, and various methods and systems related to the adhesives and their application. In addition, various apparatuses are described for polymerizing or crosslinking the compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Eric L. Bartholomew, William L. Bottorf, Kyle R. Heimbach, Brandon S. Miller, Michael T. Waterman, Michael T. Zajaczkowski, Qiang Luo, Andrew P. Full, Christopher P. Kohler
  • Publication number: 20190278790
    Abstract: A system for dynamic content delivery is provided. The system includes a control component to determine location, preferences, and state of a user. A delivery component dynamically selects and provides content to the user as a function of the user's location, preferences, and state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Kevin T. Shields, William T. Flora, Bret P. O'Rourke, John Mark Miller, Eric P. Wilfrid, Nigel S. Keam, Steven N. Bathiche, Oliver R. Roup, Zachary L. Russell, Jon Marcus Randall Whitten