Patents by Inventor Fred G. Benkley

Fred G. Benkley 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: 10872219
    Abstract: A sensor has drive lines and transverse pickup lines to define an electrode pair where each pickup line crosses a drive line. A reference pickup line is arranged parallel to the pickup lines and a compensation drive line is arranged parallel to the drive lines. A signal source provides a first signal to the drive lines and a second signal that is the inverse of the first signal to the compensation drive line. An amplifier has a first input connected to a pickup line, a second input connected to a reference pickup line, and a output indicative of an object in contact with the electrode pair(s). Each impedance between the compensation drive line and a pickup line, between the reference pickup line and a reference drive line, and between the compensation drive line and the reference pickup line is equal to the impedance at the electrode pair when no object is contact with the electrode pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: IDEX Biometrics ASA
    Inventor: Fred G. Benkley, III
  • Publication number: 20200311509
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods facilitate enrollment of authenticating biometric data for authenticating an authorized user via a biometric sensor. A data input device and a power source are operatively coupled to a smart card including a fingerprint sensor. An activation code input by the user interacting with the data input device is compared with a predefined activation code, and if the detected activation code matches the predefined activation code, a fingerprint template is enrolled from fingerprint data received from the fingerprint sensor, all without transmitting data from either the power source or the data input device to any device other than the smart card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: IDEX Biometrics ASA
    Inventors: Fred G. BENKLEY, III, Peter Joseph COMMERFORD, Jeffrey Joseph BUXTON, Anne L. MCALEER
  • Patent number: 10775906
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods facilitate enrollment of authenticating biometric data for authenticating an authorized user via a biometric sensor. In one aspect, power is transmitted to a smart card from a power source removably coupled to the smart card, the power source including a power element that provides power to the fingerprint sensor and a finger guide comprising two or more finger guide channels positioned adjacent to the fingerprint sensor of the smart card when the power source is coupled to the smart card. Each finger guide channel is configured to position a finger placed thereon to contact the fingerprint sensor at a different orientation. During the transmission of power to the smart card, the user is instructed with respect to the placement and removal of the user's finger with respect to each finger guide channel with a status indicator associated with the finger guide channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: IDEX Biometrics ASA
    Inventors: Fred G. Benkley, III, Peter Joseph Commerford, Jeffrey Joseph Buxton, Anne L. McAleer, David Joseph Geoffroy
  • Patent number: 10776600
    Abstract: A sensor assembly comprises a rigid substrate with a circuit subassembly wrapped therearound. The circuit subassembly includes a flexible substrate with conductive traces and interconnects formed thereon, and when wrapped around the rigid substrate, the conductive traces may overlap one another so as to form capacitive sensor elements. The interconnects connect the conductive traces to one or more components, such as a printed circuit board attached to a portion of the flexible substrate. The sensor assembly maybe installed in an opening formed in a host device panel of a host device, such as a smart phone, with the sensor assembly optionally peripherally surrounded by a spacer frame, and covered by a cover element. The circuit subassembly may include a host connector tab for electrically connecting the sensor assembly to electrical components of a host device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: IDEX Biometrics ASA
    Inventors: Fred G. Benkley, III, David N. Light, David Rodney Baker, Thomas Gaudette
  • Patent number: 10769512
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods facilitate enrollment of authenticating biometric data for authenticating an authorized user via a biometric sensor. Included devices transmit power to a sensor-enabled device that does not have an independent power source without transmitting data to or from the device. Data input devices coupled to the biometric sensor enable user input of non-biometric data, such as an activation code, via the biometric sensor. For biometric sensors comprising fingerprint sensors, finger guides position a finger to contact the sensor at a desired orientation. Systems and methods allow for enrollment of one or more authenticating biometric data templates with or without requiring input of non-biometric authentication data, such as an activation code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: IDEX BIOMETRICS ASA
    Inventors: Fred G. Benkley, III, Peter Joseph Commerford, Jeffrey Joseph Buxton, Anne L. Mcaleer
  • Publication number: 20200272798
    Abstract: A biometric module implemented on a single integrated circuit chip is configured to perform processing as part of a function associated with a device that performs contactless communication with a terminal. The module comprises a power-harvesting unit to induce a voltage from a wireless signal received at an antenna of the device; one or more components configured to process functions in the digital domain; one or more components configured to process functions in the analogue domain; and first and second voltage regulators each having inputs for receiving an input voltage induced by the power-harvesting unit. The first voltage regulator outputs a first voltage to the components processing functions in the analogue domain and the second voltage regulator outputs a second voltage lower than the first voltage to the components processing functions in the digital domain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Applicant: IDEX Biometrics ASA
    Inventors: Tuck Weng POON, Peter Eckehard KOLLIG, Fred G. BENKLEY
  • Patent number: 10713461
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a flexible substrate with conductive traces formed on opposed sides of the substrate and oriented transversely to each other. The substrate is wrapped around a core so that the traces formed on opposed sides of a first part of the substrate form a first sensor surface on one surface of the core, and the traces formed on opposed sides of a second part of the substrate form a second sensor surface on an opposed surface of the core. The core may comprise an encapsulant overmolded onto the conductive traces on a surface of the first part of the substrate, and the second part of the substrate is folded over the encapsulant. The sensor assembly may include an integrated circuit disposed on the flexible substrate, wherein one or more of the conductive traces are electrically connected to each integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: IDEX Biometrtics ASA
    Inventors: Fred G. Benkley, III, David N. Light
  • Publication number: 20200193119
    Abstract: A novel sensor is provided having a plurality of substantially parallel drive lines configured to transmit a signal into a surface of a proximally located object and also a plurality of substantially parallel pickup lines oriented proximate the drive lines and electrically separated from the drive lines to form intrinsic electrode pairs that are impedance sensitive at each of the drive and pickup proximal locations. A switch is integrated with the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: IDEX Biometrics ASA
    Inventor: Fred G. BENKLEY, III
  • Patent number: 10687424
    Abstract: A fingerprint sensor module includes a fingerprint sensor assembly with a circuit element attached. The fingerprint sensor assembly is electrically connected to a printed circuit board (PCB) substrate with a cutout to accommodate the circuit element. The entire fingerprint sensor assembly and at least part of the PCB are encapsulated in a encapsulating material to produce a structurally robust fingerprint sensor module suitable for integration into an electronics device such as a smartphone or other “Internet of Things” (IOT) electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: IDEX Biometrics ASA
    Inventors: Fred G. Benkley, III, David N. Light, David Joseph Geoffroy, Massimo Eugenio Ravelli
  • Patent number: 10679029
    Abstract: A sensor has drive lines and transverse pickup lines to define an electrode pair where each pickup line crosses a drive line. A reference pickup line is arranged parallel to the pickup lines and a compensation drive line is arranged parallel to the drive lines. A signal source provides a first signal to the drive lines and a second signal that is the inverse of the first signal to the compensation drive line. An amplifier has a first input connected to a pickup line, a second input connected to a reference pickup line, and a output indicative of an object in contact with the electrode pair(s). Each impedance between the compensation drive line and a pickup line, between the reference pickup line and a reference drive line, and between the compensation drive line and the reference pickup line is equal to the impedance at the electrode pair when no object is contact with the electrode pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: IDEX Biometrics ASA
    Inventor: Fred G. Benkley, III
  • Patent number: 10679020
    Abstract: A biometric module implemented on a single integrated circuit chip is configured to perform processing as part of a function associated with a device that performs contactless communication with a terminal. The module comprises a power-harvesting unit to induce a voltage from a wireless signal received at an antenna of the device; one or more components configured to process functions in the digital domain; one or more components configured to process functions in the analogue domain; and first and second voltage regulators each having inputs for receiving an input voltage induced by the power-harvesting unit. The first voltage regulator outputs a first voltage to the components processing functions in the analogue domain and the second voltage regulator outputs a second voltage lower than the first voltage to the components processing functions in the digital domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: IDEX Biometrics ASA
    Inventors: Tuck Weng Poon, Peter Eckehard Kollig, Fred G. Benkley, III
  • Patent number: 10671828
    Abstract: A sensor has parallel upper pickup lines in an upper conductive layer, parallel lower pickup lines in a lower conductive layer, parallel drive lines oriented transversely to the upper and lower pickup lines in a middle conductive layer, a first insulating layer separating the upper pickup lines from the drive lines, and a second insulating layer opposite the first insulating layer and separating the lower pickup lines from the drive lines. Upper electrode pairs are defined at locations where an upper pickup electrode crosses a drive line, and each upper electrode pair has an impedance that is sensitive to a first object contacting or in close proximity to the upper electrode pair. Lower electrode pairs are defined at locations where a lower pickup line crosses a drive line, and each lower electrode pair has an impedance that is sensitive to a second object contacting or in close proximity to the lower electrode pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: IDEX Biometrics ASA
    Inventor: Fred G. Benkley, III
  • Patent number: 10664669
    Abstract: A device for contactless communication with a terminal, the device comprising: an antenna for receiving a wireless signal emitted by the terminal; an embedded chip configured to generate data for communication to the terminal to perform a first function associated with the device; and a module separate from the chip configured to perform processes as part of a second function associated with the device, the module being connected to the antenna and comprising a power-harvesting unit configured to harvest power from the received wireless signal to power at least the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: IDEX Biometrics ASA
    Inventors: Keith Ahluwalia, Peter Eckehard Kollig, Anthony Michael Eaton, Tuck Weng Poon, Fred G. Benkley, III
  • Patent number: 10592719
    Abstract: A novel sensor is provided having a plurality of substantially parallel drive lines configured to transmit a signal into a surface of a proximally located object and also a plurality of substantially parallel pickup lines oriented proximate the drive lines and electrically separated from the drive lines to form intrinsic electrode pairs that are impedance sensitive at each of the drive and pickup proximal locations. A switch is integrated with the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: IDEX Biometrics ASA
    Inventor: Fred G. Benkley, III
  • Patent number: 10546223
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods facilitate enrollment of authenticating biometric data for authenticating an authorized user via a biometric sensor. Included devices transmit power to a sensor-enabled device that does not have an independent power source without transmitting data to or from the device. Data input devices coupled to the biometric sensor enable user input of non-biometric data, such as an activation code, via the biometric sensor. For biometric sensors comprising fingerprint sensors, finger guides position a finger to contact the sensor at a desired orientation. Systems and methods allow for enrollment of one or more authenticating biometric data templates with or without requiring input of non-biometric authentication data, such as an activation code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: IDEX Biometrics ASA
    Inventors: Fred G. Benkley, III, Peter Joseph Commerford, Jeffrey Joseph Buxton, Anne L. McAleer, Sarangan Narasimhan
  • Patent number: 10445548
    Abstract: A fingerprint sensing module includes a sensor substrate having a sensing side and a circuit side, an image sensor including conductive traces on the circuit side of the sensor substrate, and a sensor circuit including at least one integrated circuit mounted on the circuit side of the sensor substrate and electrically connected to the image sensor. The sensor substrate may be a flexible substrate. The module may include a velocity sensor on the sensor substrate or on a separate substrate. The module may further include a rigid substrate, and the sensor substrate may be affixed to the rigid substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventor: Fred G. Benkley, III
  • Publication number: 20190236321
    Abstract: A biometric module implemented on a single integrated circuit chip is configured to perform processing as part of a function associated with a device that performs contactless communication with a terminal. The module comprises a power-harvesting unit to induce a voltage from a wireless signal received at an antenna of the device; one or more components configured to process functions in the digital domain; one or more components configured to process functions in the analogue domain; and first and second voltage regulators each having inputs for receiving an input voltage induced by the power-harvesting unit. The first voltage regulator outputs a first voltage to the components processing functions in the analogue domain and the second voltage regulator outputs a second voltage lower than the first voltage to the components processing functions in the digital domain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: IDEX ASA
    Inventors: Tuck Weng Poon, Peter Eckehard Kollig, Fred G. Benkley, III
  • Publication number: 20190236320
    Abstract: A device for contactless communication with a terminal, the device comprising: an antenna for receiving a wireless signal emitted by the terminal; an embedded chip configured to generate data for communication to the terminal to perform a first function associated with the device; and a module separate from the chip configured to perform processes as part of a second function associated with the device, the module being connected to the antenna and comprising a power-harvesting unit configured to harvest power from the received wireless signal to power at least the module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: IDEX ASA
    Inventors: Keith AHLUWALIA, Peter Eckehard KOLLIG, Anthony Michael EATON, Tuck Weng POON, Fred G. BENKLEY, III
  • Patent number: 10331934
    Abstract: A sensor assembly comprises a rigid substrate with a circuit subassembly wrapped therearound. The circuit subassembly includes a flexible substrate with conductive traces and interconnects formed thereon, and when wrapped around the rigid substrate, the conductive traces may overlap one another so as to form capacitive sensor elements. The interconnects connect the conductive traces to one or more components, such as a printed circuit board attached to a portion of the flexible substrate. The sensor assembly maybe installed in an opening formed in a host device panel of a host device, such as a smart phone, with the sensor assembly optionally peripherally surrounded by a spacer frame, and covered by a cover element. The circuit subassembly may include a host connector tab for electrically connecting the sensor assembly to electrical components of a host device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: IDEX ASA
    Inventors: Fred G. Benkley, III, David N. Light, David Rodney Baker, Thomas Gaudette
  • Publication number: 20190179438
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods facilitate enrollment of authenticating biometric data for authenticating an authorized user via a biometric sensor. In one aspect, power is transmitted to a smart card from a power source removably coupled to the smart card, the power source including a power element that provides power to the fingerprint sensor and a finger guide comprising two or more finger guide channels positioned adjacent to the fingerprint sensor of the smart card when the power source is coupled to the smart card. Each finger guide channel is configured to position a finger placed thereon to contact the fingerprint sensor at a different orientation. During the transmission of power to the smart card, the user is instructed with respect to the placement and removal of the user's finger with respect to each finger guide channel with a status indicator associated with the finger guide channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Fred G. BENKLEY, III, Peter Joseph Commerford, Jeffrey Joseph Buxton, Anne L. Mcaleer, David Joseph Geoffroy