Patents by Inventor Gregory J. Wilson

Gregory J. Wilson 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: 10837119
    Abstract: In a processing system for electroplating semiconductor wafers and similar substrates, the contact ring of the electroplating processor is removed from the rotor of the processor and replaced with a previously deplated contact ring. This allows the contact ring to be deplated in ring service module of the system, while the processor continues to operate. Wafer throughput is improved. The contact ring may be attached to a chuck for moving the contact ring between the processors and the ring service module, with the chuck quickly attachable and releasable to the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert B. Moore, David Silvetti, Paul Wirth, Randy Harris, Daniel J. Woodruff, Gregory J. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10814019
    Abstract: To solve the problem of differentiating veins from lymphatics in MRI images, among other uses, the disclosed embodiments relate to compositions, kits, systems, and methods that include an MRI contrast agent and an MRI suppression agent that is also a blood pool agent. Using appropriate MRI techniques, the MRI suppression agent will suppress signal in its location, while signal enhanced by the MRI contrast agent in other locations will not be suppressed. The result is a clarified MRI image with only non-vascular regions enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: University of Washington
    Inventors: Jeffrey Maki, Gregory J. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10754252
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to methods and apparatus for performing immersion field guided post exposure bake processes. Embodiments of apparatus described herein include a chamber body defining a processing volume. In one embodiment, a major axis of the processing volume is oriented vertically and a minor axis of the processing volume is oriented horizontally. One or more electrodes may be disposed adjacent the processing volume and at least partially define the processing volume. Process fluid is provided to the processing volume via a plurality of fluid conduits to facilitate immersion field guided post exposure bake processes. A plurality of seals maintains the fluid containment integrity of the processing volume during processing. A post process chamber for rinsing, developing, and drying a substrate is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle M. Hanson, Gregory J. Wilson, Viachslav Babayan
  • Patent number: 10737253
    Abstract: A new family of a microporous crystalline metallophosphate-based materials designated SAPO-80 has been synthesized. These metallophosphate-based materials are represented by the empirical formula Rp+rMw2+ExPSiyOz where R is a quaternary ammonium cation such as ?,??-bis(dimethylethylammonium)-p-xylene, E is a framework element such as aluminum or gallium and the framework may optionally contain a divalent framework metal M such as magnesium or zinc. The microporous SAPO-80 compositions are characterized by having the AFX topology and have catalytic properties for carrying out various hydrocarbon conversion processes and separating properties for separating at least one component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Gregory J. Lewis, Lisa M. Knight, Stephen T. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10708408
    Abstract: Systems, methods and non-transitory computer readable media for allowing a user to switch between wearable items that have been paired or associated with an electronic device, such as a smartphone, are described. In one embodiment, the wearable items automatically detect a removal of a first wearable item from a user's body and an attachment of a second wearable item to the user's body. Messages from the wearable items are transmitted to the electronic device to allow the electronic device to switch the active wearable item from the first wearable item to the second wearable item. The switch can occur while the electronic device is in a locked state, and the electronic device can synchronize the second wearable item with data received from the first wearable item. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Donley, Julien A. Poumailloux, Pierre J. De Filippis, Tyler D. Hawkins, Craig P. Dooley, Daniel B. Pollack, James C. Grandy, Gregory B. Novick, Todd A. Shortlidge, Aroon Pahwa, David T. Wilson, Yan Yang, Nicholas Joseph Circosta
  • Publication number: 20200156593
    Abstract: A method includes: predicting, by a computer device, a time a user will start driving a vehicle; determining, by the computer device, freezing conditions; determining, by the computer device, a time to start a deicing system of the vehicle based on the predicted time and the determined freezing conditions; and generating, by the computer device, an output to start the deicing system at the determined time. A system includes: a windshield wiper that is selectively driven by a windshield wiper motor; a wiper sensor configured to detect an amount of deflection of the windshield wiper from a baseline position; and a computer operatively connected to the windshield wiper motor and the wiper sensor, the computer being configured to: actuate the windshield wiper motor; receive data from the wiper sensor while the windshield wiper motor is actuated; and determine a thickness of ice on a windshield based on the received data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Gregory J. BOSS, Theresa PHELAN, John D. WILSON, Jeremy R. FOX
  • Patent number: 10655226
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods to deposit a film using a batch processing chamber with a plurality of heating zones are described. The film is deposited on one or more substrates and the uniformity of the deposition thickness is determined at a plurality of points. The heating zones set points are applied to a sensitivity matrix and new temperature or power set points for the heating zones are determined and set. One or more substrates are processed using the new set points and the thickness uniformity is determined and may be adjusted again to increase the uniformity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory J. Wilson, Paul McHugh, Karthik Ramanathan
  • Publication number: 20200098628
    Abstract: Exemplary methods of producing a semiconductor substrate may include characterizing a substrate pattern to identify a zonal distribution of a plurality of vias and a height and a radius of each via of the plurality of vias. The methods may include determining a fill rate for each via within the zonal distribution of the plurality of vias. The methods may include modifying a die pattern to adjust via fill rates between two zones of vias. The methods may also include producing a substrate according to the die pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul McHugh, Kwan Wook Roh, Gregory J. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10577712
    Abstract: Electroplating apparatus agitates electrolyte to provide high velocity fluid flows at the surface of a wafer. The apparatus includes a paddle which provides uniform high mass transfer over the entire wafer, even with a relatively large gap between the paddle and the wafer. Consequently, the processor may have an electric field shield positioned between the paddle and the wafer for effective shielding at the edges of the wafer. The influence of the paddle on the electric field across the wafer is reduced as the paddle is spaced relatively farther from the wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory J. Wilson, Paul R. McHugh
  • Patent number: 10570526
    Abstract: An electroplating apparatus has a vessel for holding electrolyte. A head has a rotor including a contact ring for holding a wafer having a notch. The contact ring includes a perimeter voltage ring having perimeter contact fingers for contacting the wafer around the perimeter of the wafer, except at the notch. The contact ring also has a notch contact segment having one or more notch contact fingers for contacting the wafer at the notch. The perimeter voltage ring is insulated from the notch contact segment. A negative voltage source is connected to the perimeter voltage ring, and a positive voltage source connected to the notch contact segment. The positive voltage applied at the notch reduces the current crowding effect at the notch. The wafer is plated with a film having more uniform thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Paul R. McHugh, Gregory J. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10494731
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present technology may include an electroplating system. The electroplating system may include a vessel. The system may also include a wafer holder configured for holding a wafer in the vessel. The system may further include an anode in the vessel. In addition, the method may include a plurality of thief electrodes. For each thief electrode of the plurality of thief electrodes, a thief current channel may be defined by a channel wall. The channel wall for each thief electrode may define an aperture adjacent to the wafer holder. The thief current channel may extend from each thief electrode to the aperture. The system may include a current control system in electrical communication with the plurality of thief electrodes. The current control system may be configured such that an amount of current delivered to each thief electrode can be adjusted independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul McHugh, Gregory J. Wilson, Daniel Woodruff, Marvin Bernt
  • Publication number: 20190356767
    Abstract: Systems, methods and non-transitory computer readable media for allowing a user to switch between wearable items that have been paired or associated with an electronic device, such as a smartphone, are described. In one embodiment, the wearable items automatically detect a removal of a first wearable item from a user's body and an attachment of a second wearable item to the user's body. Messages from the wearable items are transmitted to the electronic device to allow the electronic device to switch the active wearable item from the first wearable item to the second wearable item. The switch can occur while the electronic device is in a locked state, and the electronic device can synchronize the second wearable item with data received from the first wearable item. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: David C. Donley, Julien A. Poumailloux, Pierre J. De Filippis, Tyler D. Hawkins, Craig P. Dooley, Daniel B. Pollack, James C. Grandy, Gregory B. Novick, Todd A. Shortlidge, Aroon Pahwa, David T. Wilson, Yan Yang, Nicholas Joseph Circosta
  • Patent number: 10419595
    Abstract: Systems, methods and non-transitory computer readable media for allowing a user to switch between wearable items that have been paired with an electronic device, such as a smartphone, are described. In one embodiment, the wearable items automatically detect a removal of a first wearable item from a user's body and an attachment of a second wearable item to the user's body. Messages from the wearable items are transmitted to the electronic device to allow the electronic device to switch the active wearable item from the first wearable item to the second wearable item. The switch can occur while the electronic device is in a locked state, and the electronic device can synchronize the second wearable item with data received from the first wearable item. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Donley, Julien A. Poumailloux, Pierre J. De Filippis, Tyler D. Hawkins, Craig P. Dooley, Daniel B. Pollack, James C. Grandy, Gregory B. Novick, Todd A. Shortlidge, Aroon Pahwa, David T. Wilson, Yan Yang, Nicholas Joseph Circosta
  • Publication number: 20190274706
    Abstract: Various aspects of a generator, ultrasonic device, and method for estimating and controlling a state of an end effector of an ultrasonic device are disclsoed. The ultrasonic device includes an electromechanical ultrasonic system defined by a predetermined resonant frequency, including an ultrasonic transducer coupled to an ultrasonic blade. A control circuit measures a complex impedance of an ultrasonic transducer, wherein the complex impedance is defined as Z g ? ( t ) = V g ? ( t ) I g ? ( t ) . The control circuit receives a complex impedance measurement data point and compares the complex impedance measurement data point to a data point in a reference complex impedance characteristic pattern. The control circuit then classifies the complex impedance measurement data point based on a result of the comparison analysis and assigns a state or condition of the end effector based on the result of the comparison analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Cameron R. Nott, Foster B. Stulen, Fergus P. Quigley, John E. Brady, Gregory A. Trees, Amrita S. Sawhney, Patrick J. Scoggins, Kristen G. Denzinger, Craig N. Faller, Madeleine C. Jayme, Alexander R. Cuti, Matthew S. Schneider, Chad P. Boudreaux, Brian D. Black, Maxwell T. Rockman, Gregory D. Bishop, Eric M. Roberson, Stephen M. Leuck, James M. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10389865
    Abstract: Systems, methods and non-transitory computer readable media for allowing a user to switch between wearable accessories can scan for one or more on-body states from one or more paired accessories, determine based on a difference in on-body states that a switch between accessories has occurred, the switch being to a second accessory from a first accessory, and transmit synchronization data to the second accessory in response to determining that the second accessory has established a communication connection for data exchange with the companion device. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Donley, Julien A. Poumailloux, Pierre J. De Filippis, Tyler D. Hawkins, Craig P. Dooley, Daniel B. Pollack, James C. Grandy, Gregory B. Novick, Todd A. Shortlidge, Aroon Pahwa, David T. Wilson, Yan Yang, Nicholas Joseph Circosta
  • Patent number: 10364506
    Abstract: An electro-processing apparatus has a contact ring including a seal which is able to compensate for electric field distortions created by a notch (or other irregularity) on the wafer or work piece. The shape of the contact ring at the notch is changed, to reduce current crowding at the notch. The change in shape changes the resistance of the current path between a thief electrode and the wafer edge to increase thief electrode current drawn from the region of the notch. As a result, the wafer is plated with a film having more uniform thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory J. Wilson, Paul R. McHugh
  • Publication number: 20190177869
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present technology may include an electroplating system. The electroplating system may include a vessel. The system may also include a wafer holder configured for holding a wafer in the vessel. The system may further include an anode in the vessel. In addition, the method may include a plurality of thief electrodes. For each thief electrode of the plurality of thief electrodes, a thief current channel may be defined by a channel wall. The channel wall for each thief electrode may define an aperture adjacent to the wafer holder. The thief current channel may extend from each thief electrode to the aperture. The system may include a current control system in electrical communication with the plurality of thief electrodes. The current control system may be configured such that an amount of current delivered to each thief electrode can be adjusted independently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul McHugh, Gregory J. Wilson, Daniel Woodruff, Marvin Bernt
  • Publication number: 20190153611
    Abstract: Electroplating apparatus agitates electrolyte to provide high velocity fluid flows at the surface of a wafer. The apparatus includes a paddle which provides uniform high mass transfer over the entire wafer, even with a relatively large gap between the paddle and the wafer. Consequently, the processor may have an electric field shield positioned between the paddle and the wafer for effective shielding at the edges of the wafer. The influence of the paddle on the electric field across the wafer is reduced as the paddle is spaced relatively farther from the wafer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Gregory J. Wilson, Paul R. McHugh
  • Publication number: 20190141177
    Abstract: Systems, methods and non-transitory computer readable media for allowing a user to switch between wearable items that have been paired with an electronic device, such as a smartphone, are described. In one embodiment, the wearable items automatically detect a removal of a first wearable item from a user's body and an attachment of a second wearable item to the user's body. Messages from the wearable items are transmitted to the electronic device to allow the electronic device to switch the active wearable item from the first wearable item to the second wearable item. The switch can occur while the electronic device is in a locked state, and the electronic device can synchronize the second wearable item with data received from the first wearable item. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: David C. Donley, Julien A. Poumailloux, Pierre J. De Filippis, Tyler D. Hawkins, Craig P. Dooley, Daniel B. Pollack, James C. Grandy, Gregory B. Novick, Todd A. Shortlidge, Aroon Pahwa, David T. Wilson, Yan Yang, Nicholas Joseph Circosta
  • Patent number: 10240248
    Abstract: In electroplating apparatus, a paddle or agitator agitates electrolyte in a vessel to provide high velocity fluid flow at the surface of a wafer. The agitator is designed and/or moved to also selectively shield part of the wafer, for example the edge of the wafer, from the electric field in the vessel. Selectively shielding may be achieved by temporally shifting the average position of the agitator towards one side of the wafer, by omitting or shortening slots in the agitator, and/or by synchronizing movement of the agitator with rotation of the wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Van Valkenburg, Robert Mikkola, John L. Klocke, Paul R. McHugh, Gregory J. Wilson, Kyle Moran Hanson, Eric J. Bergman