Patents by Inventor James Phillip Luther

James Phillip Luther 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: 9551841
    Abstract: Optical data center connector systems including a fiber optic plug assembly and a fiber optic receptacle assembly. In one embodiment, a fiber optic plug assembly includes a plug body having an insertion surface and a plug body opening at the insertion surface, wherein the plug body defines a ferrule enclosure coupled in free space to the plug body opening, and a ferrule element disposed within the ferrule enclosure of the plug body. The ferrule element includes a mechanical coupling face, an optical interface surface, and a plurality of lens elements at the optical interface surface. The ferrule element is disposed within the ferrule enclosure such that the optical interface surface is recessed with respect to the insertion surface of the plug body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mark Alan Bradley, Micah Colen Isenhour, Dennis Michael Knecht, James Phillip Luther
  • Patent number: 9551849
    Abstract: Disclosed are interposer structures having an optical fiber connection and a related fiber optic ferrule that can form a portion of an optical assembly. The interposer structure is useful for transmitting optical signals to/from an integrated circuit that may be attached to the interposer. Specifically, the interposer structure and the related ferrule of the optical connector provide a passively aligned structure having a matched thermal response to maintain a suitable optical connection between the devices over a range of temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Llewellyn Butler, Micah Colen Isenhour, Dennis Michael Knecht, James Phillip Luther, James Scott Sutherland
  • Patent number: 9547139
    Abstract: Optical couplings for optically coupling one or more devices are disclosed. According to one embodiment, an optical coupling includes an optical coupling body, an optical interface, and a coded magnetic array located at the optical coupling body. The coded magnetic array has a plurality of magnetic regions configured for mating the optical interface. The optical coupling further includes a reflective surface within the optical coupling body and positioned along an optical path of the optical coupling body. The reflective surface is operable to redirect an optical signal propagating within the optical coupling body such that it propagates through the optical interface. The optical coupling may be configured as a plug, such as a plug of a connector assembly, or as a receptacle, such as a receptacle on an electronic device. Connector assemblies of optical cables, optical coupling receptacles, and translating shutter assemblies are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Micah Colen Isenhour, Dennis Michael Knecht, James Phillip Luther
  • Publication number: 20170010426
    Abstract: Disclosed are optical receptacles for use with electronic devices. In one embodiment, the optical receptacle comprises an optical lens body for receiving and transmitting optical signals and the optical lens body comprising a front face with a recess and a total internal reflection (TIR) surface. A cover is disposed in the recess of the optical lens body for protecting a surface of the optical lens body and also provides a cleanable surface. The optical receptacle also includes a receptacle shell with an open side for housing the optical lens body. and a cover disposed in the recess of the optical lens body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: Micah Colen Isenhour, Christopher Paul Lewallen, James Phillip Luther
  • Patent number: 9529159
    Abstract: Optical fiber ferrules with complementary mating geometry that are suitable for making optical connections are disclosed along with fiber optic connectors and cable assemblies using the same. In one embodiment, the fiber optic ferrule includes a body having a plurality of optical pathways and a mating geometry that includes at least one slot monolithically formed in the body of the fiber optic ferrule. The slot of the ferrule permits a relatively high number of mating/unmating cycles without generating excessive wear and debris, thereby making it suitable for consumer electronic devices or the like. The disclosure is also directed to fiber optic connectors and cable assemblies using the ferrule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Micah Colen Isenhour, Dennis Michael Knecht, James Phillip Luther, Thomas Theuerkorn
  • Patent number: 9507096
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include fiber optic connectors employing a movable optical interface connected by optical fibers to a fiber optic cable, components and methods. In one embodiment, the movable optical interface moves between an extended position for cleaning by the user of the movable optical interface and a retracted position to optically connect the fiber optic connector to an optical device in a mechanically-secure manner. Because the fiber optic cable employs the movable optical interfaces, embodiments described herein involve one or more fiber protection features to prevent optical fiber attenuation and/or damage to the end portions of the optical fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Micah Colen Isenhour, Dennis Michael Knecht, James Phillip Luther
  • Publication number: 20160341917
    Abstract: Optical bodies having a total internal reflection surface and a short optical path length along with electronic devices using the optical bodies are disclosed. The optical body comprises at least one optical channel and comprises a total internal reflection (TIR) surface and a lens located on a bottom of the optical body. By way of example, the short optical path length may have the lens of the optical body at a distance of 500 microns or less from a front end of the optical module. In another embodiments, the optical body may include a window adjacent to the front end. Methods for making an optical connector are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: Micah Colen Isenhour, James Phillip Luther
  • Patent number: 9500826
    Abstract: Receptacles and optical connector systems are disclosed. In one embodiment, a receptacle includes a receptacle body defining a connector cavity, wherein the receptacle body comprises a rear wall having a first surface and a second surface. The rear wall includes a ferrule opening dimensioned to accept a ferrule body of an optical connector. A connector engagement portion includes a perimeter notch within the second surface of the rear wall and surrounding the ferrule opening. The perimeter notch defines a connector engagement surface that is dimensioned to contact a portion of the optical connector. The receptacle further includes an active component assembly including a substrate, wherein the substrate is coupled to the first surface of the rear wall, and an active component substrate having an array of active components, wherein the active component substrate is aligned with the ferrule opening of the rear wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Lewallen, James Phillip Luther, Martin Schulte
  • Patent number: 9494764
    Abstract: A fiber optic distribution cable includes a jacket defining an exterior of the fiber optic distribution cable and a plurality of optical fibers extending through a cavity of the jacket. The jacket has an access location with a single opening formed in the jacket that extends to the cavity. A distribution optical fiber of the plurality of optical fibers extends through and protrudes from the single opening in the jacket at the access location and is secured by a demarcation point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Todd Cody, Dennis Michael Knecht, Christopher Paul Lewallen, James Phillip Luther
  • Publication number: 20160320578
    Abstract: Disclosed are optical ports and devices having a minimalist footprint. Specifically, the optical ports and devices have a footprint where the optical elements are exposed at a frame of the device. Additionally, a frame of the device provides a portion of the mating surface for engaging a complimentary optical plug during mating with the optical port on the device. This minimalist footprint advantageously allows for a smaller portion of the optical port to be exposed to the environment and subject to damage and/or wear. Further, the optical port provides a clean and sleek optical port on the device with a relatively small surface that may be cleaned or wiped by the user as necessary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Micah Colen Isenhour, Dennis Michael Knecht, James Phillip Luther
  • Publication number: 20160320577
    Abstract: Disclosed are optical ports and devices using the optical ports. The optical port includes a mounting body having a first pocket and at least one mounting surface for securing the optical port, one or more optical elements, and a first alignment feature disposed in the pocket, wherein the alignment feature includes a piston that is translatable during mating. The one or more optical elements may be an integral portion of the mounting body or a discrete lens. In other embodiments, the mounting body may include a plurality of pockets and one of the pockets may include a magnet for securing a plug to the optical port. The optical port may optionally have a minimalist optical port footprint so that the complimentary mating optical plug engages a portion of the frame during mating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Venkata Adiseshaiah Bhagavatula, Micah Colen Isenhour, Dennis Michael Knecht, James Phillip Luther
  • Patent number: 9477046
    Abstract: Fiber optic interface devices (20, 320) for electronic devices (300) are disclosed. A plug-type fiber optic interface (20) has an axially moveable multi-fiber ferrule (100) that supports optical fibers (52) or a combination of optical fibers and gradient-index lenses (600). A resilient member (150) serves to provide the ferrule with forward-bias and rear-bias positions relative to a recessed front end (22) of a housing (21). A fiber optic interface assembly (570) that includes mated plug and receptacle fiber optic interface devices (20, 320) is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Micah Colen Isenhour, Dennis Michael Knecht, James Phillip Luther
  • Patent number: 9473239
    Abstract: Systems and methods of aligning an optical interface assembly with an integrated circuit (IC) are disclosed. The method includes emitting light from an optical transmitter, passing the emitted light through the optical interface assembly in a first direction, and reflecting the emitted light from a reflective surface disposed immediately adjacent a front end of the optical interface assembly to define reflected light that travels back through the optical interface assembly in a second direction that is substantially opposite the first direction. The reflected light is received by an optical receiver that generates in response a receiver signal. The relative position of the optical interface assembly and the IC is adjusted to achieve an aligned position based on the receiver signal. The disclosure is also directed to a test plug for aligning an optical interface assembly to the IC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Llewellyn Butler, Ying Geng, Micah Colen Isenhour, Christopher Paul Lewallen, James Phillip Luther, Andreas Matiss
  • Publication number: 20160291276
    Abstract: A fiber optic ribbon cable includes a stack of fiber optic ribbons, strength members surrounding the stack, and a jacket defining an exterior of the cable. The jacket forms a cavity through which the stack and the strength members extend. The stack has a bend preference, but the strength members are positioned around the stack or are flexible in bending such that the strength members do not have a bend preference. Furthermore, the jacket is structured such that the jacket does not have a bend preference. The cavity is sized relative to the stack in order to allow the stack to bend and twist within the cavity with respect to the jacket as the cable bends, facilitating movement of the optical fibers of the fiber optic ribbons to low-stress positions within the cavity and decoupling the bend preference of the stack from transfer to the jacket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventors: William Carl Hurley, Kenneth Todd James, James Phillip Luther, Radawan Ripumaree
  • Patent number: 9442260
    Abstract: Disclosed are interposers and interposer structures having an optical interface for optical fiber connection with a related fiber optic ferrule that can form a portion of an optical assembly. The interposer is useful for transmitting optical signals to/from the interposer for high-speed communication. Specifically, the interposer provides a passively aligned structure with an optical alignment structure of the interposer formed by a resist layer of the interposer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Llewellyn Butler, Micah Colen Isenhour, Dennis Michael Knecht, James Phillip Luther, Karen Irene Matthews
  • Patent number: 9423577
    Abstract: Optical receptacles having compliance for facilitating alignment with fiber optic connectors during insertion, and related components, systems and methods are disclosed. In one example, an optical receptacle disposed in a receptacle optical assembly optically connects to a fiber optic component, for example, a ferrule, for facilitating transmission of an optical signal from the optical receptacle to the exemplary ferrule. A support interface between the optical receptacle and receptacle housing contains a compliance feature that permits the optical receptacle to move with respect to the receptacle housing during insertion of the fiber optic connector. An insertion force of the fiber optic connector causes the optical receptacle to be able to move into optical alignment with the connector during insertion of the fiber optic connector, thereby moving ferrule(s) of the fiber optic connector into optical alignment with the ferrule(s) of the optical receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Davide Domenico Fortusini, Micah Colen Isenhour, Christopher Paul Lewallen, James Phillip Luther
  • Publication number: 20160238814
    Abstract: A fiber optic distribution cable includes a jacket defining an exterior of the fiber optic distribution cable and a plurality of optical fibers extending through a cavity of the jacket. The jacket has an access location with a single opening formed in the jacket that extends to the cavity. A distribution optical fiber of the plurality of optical fibers extends through and protrudes from the single opening in the jacket at the access location and is secured by a demarcation point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Inventors: Joseph Todd Cody, Dennis Michael Knecht, Christopher Paul Lewallen, James Phillip Luther
  • Publication number: 20160231513
    Abstract: Optical coupling assemblies for silicon-based optical sources are disclosed. In one embodiment, an optical coupling assembly includes an optical coupling carrier frame and a jumper cable assembly. The optical coupling carrier frame includes a frame portion defining an integrated circuit opening operable to receive an integrated circuit assembly, and a connector portion extending from the frame portion. The connector portion includes a channel operable to receive an optical connector of an optical cable assembly. The jumper cable assembly is disposed within the connector portion. The jumper cable assembly includes a plurality of jumper optical fibers, a jumper ferrule coupled to a first end of the plurality of jumper optical fibers, and an optical turn assembly coupled to a second end of the plurality of jumper optical fibers. The optical turn assembly is operable to optically turn optical signals propagating within the optical turn assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Inventors: Douglas Llewellyn Butler, Ying Geng, Christopher Paul Lewallen, James Phillip Luther, Jerald Lee Overcash, James Scott Sutherland
  • Patent number: 9395497
    Abstract: Disclosed are optical ports and devices using the optical ports. The optical port includes a mounting body having a first pocket and at least one mounting surface for securing the optical port, one or more optical elements, and a first alignment feature disposed in the pocket, wherein the alignment feature includes a piston that is translatable during mating. The one or more optical elements may be an integral portion of the mounting body or a discrete lens. In other embodiments, the mounting body may include a plurality of pockets and one of the pockets may include a magnet for securing a plug to the optical port. The optical port may optionally have a minimalist optical port footprint so that the complimentary mating optical plug engages a portion of the frame during mating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Venkata Adiseshaiah Bhagavatula, Micah Colen Isenhour, Dennis Michael Knecht, James Phillip Luther
  • Publication number: 20160202430
    Abstract: Gradient index (GRIN) lens holders employing groove alignment feature(s) and total internal reflection (TIR) surface, and related components, connectors, and methods are disclosed. In one embodiment, the GRIN lens holder contains one or more internal groove alignment features configured to secure one or more GRIN lenses in the GRIN lens holder. The groove alignment features are also configured to accurately align the end faces of the GRIN lenses. The GRIN lens holders disclosed herein can be provided as part of an optical fiber ferrule and/or a fiber optic component or connector for making optical connections. A fiber optic connector containing the GRIN lens holders disclosed herein may be optically connected to one or more optical fibers in another fiber optic connector or to an optical device, such as a laser-emitting diode (LED), laser diode, or opto-electronic device for light transfer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Applicant: CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Michael de Jong, Micah Colen Isenhour, Dennis Michael Knecht, James Phillip Luther