Patents by Inventor Jose Gabriel Fernandez

Jose Gabriel Fernandez 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: 9234943
    Abstract: A sensor for monitoring battery current includes a shunt and a current source. The shunt has a resistance with an actual value. The current source is configured to provide a known value of current through the shunt. A controller is configured to generate a measured value of the current through the shunt as a function of a measured value of voltage drop across the shunt caused by the current through the shunt and an assumed value of the resistance of the shunt. The controller is further configured to detect the assumed value of the resistance of the shunt as being different than the actual value of the resistance of the shunt when the known and measured values of the current differ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Antoni Ferre Fabregas, David Gamez Alari, Jose Gabriel Fernandez Banares
  • Patent number: 8995134
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus for cooling an electrical component in a vehicle is provided. The apparatus comprises a power module including the electrical component for converting energy. The power module includes a first printed circuit board (PCB) including a first ceramic substrate for receiving the electrical component. The power module further includes a plurality of thermoelectric cells being coupled to the first PCB for discharging heat away from the electrical component. The power module further includes a second PCB including a second ceramic substrate being coupled to the plurality of thermoelectric cells, the first ceramic substrate and the second ceramic substrate for electrically isolating the electrical component from the first PCB and the second PCB and for providing thermal conductance from the electrical component through the plurality of thermoelectric cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Jose Alberto Saez-Zamora, Xavier Jorda-Sanuy, Jordi Suarez-Jimenez, Jose Gabriel Fernandez-Banares, Xavier Perpina-Giribet, Miquel Vellvehi-Hernandez, Laurent Aubouy
  • Publication number: 20140176301
    Abstract: A remote function fob associated with a vehicle is disclosed, the fob for enabling secure communication between the vehicle and a device. The fob may include a transceiver configured for communication with the device. The fob may further include a controller which may be configured to enable secure communication with the device via the transceiver. The controller may be further configured for operation with a code generated using a security protocol, the code to be used in secure communication between the device and the vehicle, the code for transmission to the device via the transceiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Jose Gabriel Fernandez Banares, Riad Ghabra
  • Patent number: 8710850
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for determining the existence of a ground fault connection within a vehicle. An electrical connector may be provided for electrically connecting the vehicle to an external Alternating Current (AC) power source. The electrical connector includes a three phase electrical connector configured to receive a corresponding input voltage signal on a phase, neutral, and earth connection. A controller being configured to determine whether a faulty earth connection exists between the vehicle and the AC power source the phase connection does not exceed the predetermined phase threshold when referenced to the earth connection and the neutral connection does not exceed the predetermined neutral threshold when referenced to the earth connection or the phase connection exceeds the predetermined phase threshold when referenced to the earth connection and the neutral connection exceeds the predetermined neutral threshold when referenced to the earth connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Renault S.A.S.
    Inventors: Jose Gabriel Fernandez Banares, Albert Trenchs Magana
  • Patent number: 8539472
    Abstract: A method and system is disclosed for updating a shared memory or other memory location where multiple entities rely on code stored to the same memory to support one or more operation functions. The shared memory may be updated such that the code intended to the replace the currently stored code may be relied upon prior to replacement of the code currently written to the shared memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Antoni Ferré Fàbregas, Jose Gabriel Fernández Bañares, David Gamez Alari, Stanislav Lincer
  • Patent number: 8482904
    Abstract: A power module operable to sense current, such as but not limited to a power module operable within a vehicle to sense current while rectifying an AC input to a DC output. The power module may include a shunt disposed relative an output of the power module to facilitate the current measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Yann Darroman, Antoni Ferre Fabregas, Jose Gabriel Fernandez Banares
  • Patent number: 8476864
    Abstract: A battery monitor for monitoring operations of a battery, such as but not limited to monitoring operations of a vehicle battery. The battery monitor may be configured to monitor current flow and battery temperature. The battery monitor may be connected to a cable used to electrically connect the battery to a number of electronic devices so that the battery monitor is located away from the battery. The battery monitor may include a processing element grounded directly to a negative pole of the battery to facilitate isolating the processing element from noise created by the electronic devices connected to the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Antoni Ferre Fabregas, Jose Gabriel Fernandez Bañares
  • Patent number: 8401779
    Abstract: A smart energy gateway (SEG) operable to optimize energy consumption in a manner that optionally reduces user costs and/or emissions. The SEG may include a controller operable to manage energy distribution between one or more sources and one or more loads include within a vehicle according to one or more energy distribution schedules, such as but not limited to energy distribution schedules weight according to monetary and/or emission-based valuation metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Ignacio Alvarez Troncoso, Antoni Ferre Fabregas, Jose Gabriel Fernandez
  • Publication number: 20120299375
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus for cooling an electrical component in a vehicle is provided. The apparatus comprises a power module including the electrical component for converting energy. The power module includes a first printed circuit board (PCB) including a first ceramic substrate for receiving the electrical component. The power module further includes a plurality of thermoelectric cells being coupled to the first PCB for discharging heat away from the electrical component. The power module further includes a second PCB including a second ceramic substrate being coupled to the plurality of thermoelectric cells, the first ceramic substrate and the second ceramic substrate for electrically isolating the electrical component from the first PCB and the second PCB and for providing thermal conductance from the electrical component through the plurality of thermoelectric cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jose Alberto Saez-Zamora, Xavier Jordà-Sanuy, Jordi Suarez-Jimenez, Jose Gabriel Fernandez-Bañares, Xavier Perpiña-Giribet, Miquel Vellvehi-Hernandez, Laurent Aubouy
  • Publication number: 20120229100
    Abstract: A soft-start charging method, computer-readable medium, and apparatus for controlling charging of at least one capacitor by obtaining a zero-crossing time, which is a time when a zero-crossing of a source voltage will occur; obtaining an advance time, which is an amount of time; and calculating a trigger time based on the advance time and the zero-crossing time. The method also includes triggering a switch to close at the calculated trigger time; charging the at least one capacitor with the source voltage with the closing of the switch for a charging time period; and opening the switch at the end of the charging time period. The steps of obtaining the zero-crossing time, the obtaining the advance time, the calculating, the triggering, the charging, and the opening are repeated until the at least one capacitor is fully charged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: RENAULT S.A. S.
    Inventors: Albert TRENCHS, Jose Gabriel Fernandez
  • Patent number: 8253269
    Abstract: An economizer configured to connected coils in series and in parallel with a voltage source in order to facilitate pulling relays to a closed position, and thereafter, holding the relays in the closed position while reducing a voltage applied across the coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Greg Dickerhoof, Aric Henderson Anglin, Jose Gabriel Fernandez Banares
  • Publication number: 20120161778
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for determining the existence of a ground fault connection within a vehicle. An electrical connector may be provided for electrically connecting the vehicle to an external Alternating Current (AC) power source. The electrical connector includes a three phase electrical connector configured to receive a corresponding input voltage signal on a phase, neutral, and earth connection. A controller being configured to determine whether a faulty earth connection exists between the vehicle and the AC power source the phase connection does not exceed the predetermined phase threshold when referenced to the earth connection and the neutral connection does not exceed the predetermined neutral threshold when referenced to the earth connection or the phase connection exceeds the predetermined phase threshold when referenced to the earth connection and the neutral connection exceeds the predetermined neutral threshold when referenced to the earth connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: RENAULT S.A.S.
    Inventors: Jose Gabriel FERNANDEZ BANARES, Albert Trenchs Magana
  • Patent number: 8147280
    Abstract: A battery monitoring system that may be used to measure/monitor any number of battery operating conditions, including those associated with a vehicle battery. The system may be configured to interconnect a battery post that receives energy from the battery and a cable that electrically connects the battery to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Jose Gabriel Fernandez, Josep M. Roset, Daniel Soto
  • Publication number: 20110307668
    Abstract: A method and system is disclosed for updating a shared memory or other memory location where multiple entities rely on code stored to the same memory to support one or more operation functions. The shared memory may be updated such that the code intended to the replace the currently stored code may be relied upon prior to replacement of the code currently written to the shared memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Antoni Ferré Fàbregas, Jose Gabriel Fernández Bañares, David Gamez Alari, Stanislav Lincer
  • Publication number: 20110292617
    Abstract: A power module operable to sense current, such as but not limited to a power module operable within a vehicle to sense current while rectifying an AC input to a DC output. The power module may include a shunt disposed relative an output of the power module to facilitate the current measurement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yann Darroman, Antoni Ferre Fabregas, Jose Gabriel Fernandez
  • Publication number: 20110076888
    Abstract: A battery monitoring system that may be used to measure/monitor any number of battery operating conditions, including those associated with a vehicle battery. The system may be configured to interconnect a battery post that receives energy from the battery and a cable that electrically connects the battery to a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jose Gabriel Fernandez, Josep M. Roset, Daniel Soto
  • Publication number: 20110075315
    Abstract: An economizer configured to connected coils in series and in parallel with a voltage source in order to facilitate pulling relays to a closed position, and thereafter, holding the relays in the closed position while reducing a voltage applied across the coils.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Greg Dickerhoof, Aric Henderson Anglin, Jose Gabriel Fernandez Banares
  • Publication number: 20100312430
    Abstract: A smart energy gateway (SEG) operable to optimize energy consumption in a manner that optionally reduces user costs and/or emissions. The SEG may include a controller operable to manage energy distribution between one or more sources and one or more loads include within a vehicle according to one or more energy distribution schedules, such as but not limited to energy distribution schedules weight according to monetary and/or emission-based valuation metrics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Ignacio Alvarez Troncoso, Antoni Ferre Fabregas, Jose Gabriel Fernandez
  • Patent number: 7663376
    Abstract: A printed circuit board (PCB) having capabilities to measure a voltage drop of current flowing therethrough. The PCB may optionally include other capabilities for measuring, calculating, sensing, or other processing of information and data associated with the current flow or other operating conditions associated with the PCB, such as but not limited to those associated with battery monitoring systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Jose Gabriel Fernandez
  • Publication number: 20090039865
    Abstract: A printed circuit board (PCB) having capabilities to measure a voltage drop of current flowing therethrough. The PCB optionally include other capabilities of measuring, calculating, sensing, or other processing other information and data associated with the current flow or other operating conditions associated with the PCB, such as but not limited to those associated with battery monitoring systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventor: Jose Gabriel Fernandez