Patents by Inventor Keith Miller

Keith 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: 11037768
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlling the ion fraction in physical vapor deposition processes are disclosed. In some embodiments, a process chamber for processing a substrate having a given diameter includes: an interior volume and a target to be sputtered, the interior volume including a central portion and a peripheral portion; a rotatable magnetron above the target to form an annular plasma in the peripheral portion; a substrate support disposed in the interior volume to support a substrate having the given diameter; a first set of magnets disposed about the body to form substantially vertical magnetic field lines in the peripheral portion; a second set of magnets disposed about the body and above the substrate support to form magnetic field lines directed toward a center of the support surface; a first power source to electrically bias the target; and a second power source to electrically bias the substrate support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Xiaodong Wang, Joung Joo Lee, Fuhong Zhang, Martin Lee Riker, Keith A. Miller, William Fruchterman, Rongjun Wang, Adolph Miller Allen, Shouyin Zhang, Xianmin Tang
  • Publication number: 20210170563
    Abstract: A power tool is provided which accommodates interchangeable tool heads. The power tool includes: a tool body having a housing and an electric motor mounted within the housing, as well as a tool head that releasably attaches via a mechanical connection and an electrical connection to the tool body. The tool releasably connects to the output shaft of the electric motor when the tool head is attached to the tool body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Publication date: June 10, 2021
    Inventors: Michael F. Cannaliato, Keith E. McQUAID, David A. MILLER, Steven J. PHILLIPS, Oleksiy P. SERGYEYENKO
  • Patent number: 11014958
    Abstract: Compositions, methods, and systems are provided for fluorescent polymerase enzyme substrates comprising protein shields for improving enzyme photostability in single molecule real time sequencing. Fluorescent polymerase enzyme substrates of the invention have a protein shield between the fluorescent dye moieties and nucleotide moieties of the polymerase enzyme substrate. The polymerase enzyme substrates have a nucleotide component and a dye component, each attached to a protein. The attachments can be covalent. The protein can, for example, prevent the direct interaction of the fluorescent dye moiety with the enzyme when carrying out nucleotide synthesis, preventing photodamage to the enzyme. The polymerase enzyme substrates of the invention can have multiple dyes and multiple nucleotide moieties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Bjornson, Jeremiah Hanes, Erik Miller, Satwik Kamtekar, Lubomir Sebo, Louis Brogley
  • Publication number: 20210137073
    Abstract: An orthosis is fitted to a body joint, in a preferred embodiment the equine fetlock, by locating the center of rotation (COR) of the joint; measuring the bones comprising the joint at points located with respect to the COR; selecting the appropriate orthosis from a selection of models thereof; and custom-fitting the orthosis to the individual by heating it to soften a layer of thermoformable foam on the interior of the orthosis and clamping the orthosis in place over the body joint. A kit of tools for performing the measurements is disclosed, as are a method for location of the COR of the body joint by palpation and a preferred heater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Applicant: Horsepower Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Mouli Ramani, Victoria Thompson, Keith Sproat, Kristin Size, Richard Miller, Carl Kirker-Head, Geralyn Schad, Evan Williams
  • Publication number: 20210131057
    Abstract: A coupler including a housing with a top part for attachment to an excavator arm of an excavator, and a bottom part for attachment to an accessory for the excavator, such as an excavator bucket, the bottom part including a front jaw open to a front of the coupler for receiving a first attachment pin of an accessory and a rear pin receiving area for receiving a second attachment pin of the accessory, a latching member for the rear pin receiving area, the latching member including a body, a further jaw extending below the body, a release member extending forward of the body, an attachment point for an end of an actuator and a hole through the body into which a sprung member is located, wherein the sprung member extends through and to under the body and into or partially across a mouth of the further jaw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: Miller UK Limited
    Inventors: Keith MILLER, Gary MILLER, Gavin URWIN, Chris BRADLEY
  • Patent number: 10998172
    Abstract: Embodiments of process chambers are provided herein. In some embodiments, a process chamber includes: a chamber wall defining an inner volume within the process chamber; a substrate support disposed in the inner volume having a support surface to support a substrate, wherein the inner volume includes a processing volume disposed above the support surface and a non-processing volume disposed at least partially below the support surface; a gas supply plenum fluidly coupled to the processing volume via a gas supply channel disposed above the support surface; a pumping plenum fluidly coupled to the processing volume via an exhaust channel disposed above the support surface; and a sealing apparatus configured to fluidly isolate the processing volume from the non-processing volume when the substrate support is in a processing position, wherein the processing volume and the non-processing volume are fluidly coupled when the substrate support is in a non-processing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Ilya Lavitsky, Keith A. Miller, John Mazzocco
  • Publication number: 20210123211
    Abstract: A coupler control system (10) for coupler on an excavator arm (14) of an excavator (12), the coupler comprising a hydraulic actuator (60), the excavator comprising a solenoid valve (20) for controlling operation of the coupler's hydraulic actuator (60), the excavator arm (14) comprising a boom arm (36) and a stick (40), both operated by separate hydraulic actuators, and a bucket actuator (44) for rotating an accessory relative to the stick (40), the coupler control system (10) comprising a controller linked to the solenoid valve (20) for controlling operation of the coupler's hydraulic actuator (60), a status indicator (22), a coupler control switch (24) for locating in the cab of the excavator and a pressure sensor (28) for connecting to the hydraulic system for at least one of the hydraulic actuators for the boom arm, the stick or the bucket actuator, wherein the coupler control switch and the status indicator are connected to the controller, the pressure sensor is arranged to sense when the hydraulic fluid
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Applicant: Miller UK Limited
    Inventors: Keith MILLER, Gary MILLER, Gavin URWIN, Howard REAY, Stephen VERLANDER
  • Publication number: 20210125606
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are described herein for placing secondary content into a break of unknown duration in a stream of primary content. In one aspect the described techniques may include receiving information indicative of a break in streaming of the primary content, such as metadata data that is inserted into the stream of primary content, for example, on a client device. A duration of the stream of the primary content may be obtained. Secondary content may be played, for example during a break in the streaming of the primary content. Upon detecting that the duration of the stream of the primary content has increased to a second duration, for example, in response to the client device receiving additional primary content, the primary content may be streamed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2021
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Inventors: Benjamin Aaron Miller, Jason D. Justman, Lora Clark Bouchard, Michael Ellery Bouchard, Kevin James Cotlove, Mathew Keith Gitchell, Stacia Lynn Haisch, Jonathan David Kersten, Matthew Karl Marchio, Peter Arthur Pulliam, George Allen Smith, Todd Christopher Tibbetts
  • Patent number: 10986992
    Abstract: A method, or corresponding dynamic display system, for customizing a controller of a display system includes presenting a visual stimulus to a subject at at least one known location relative to the subject's eye gaze; measuring brain activity of the subject's left and right brain hemispheres in response to the subject's viewing of the stimulus; processing the measured brain activity to determine a frequency-dependent metric of the measured brain activity; assessing independent cognitive capacities of the subject's left and right brain hemispheres based on the frequency-dependent metric; and adjusting a function of the controller in the display system according to the assessed independent capacities, such as by adjusting the function to change a stimulus load in a visual hemifield according to the brain activity in the contralateral brain hemisphere. Example applications include head-up display (HUD), augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) display systems, and brain injury assessment systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Earl Keith Miller, Timothy Joseph Buschman, Simon John Kornblith
  • Publication number: 20210071294
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlling the ion fraction in physical vapor deposition processes are disclosed. In some embodiments, a physical vapor deposition chamber includes: a body having an interior volume and a lid assembly including a target to be sputtered; a magnetron disposed above the target, wherein the magnetron is configured to rotate a plurality of magnets about a central axis of the physical vapor deposition chamber; a substrate support disposed in the interior volume opposite the target and having a support surface configured to support a substrate; a collimator disposed between the target and the substrate support, the collimator having a central region having a first thickness and a peripheral region having a second thickness less than the first thickness; a first power source coupled to the target to electrically bias the target; and a second power source coupled to the substrate support to electrically bias the substrate support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: Xiaodong WANG, Joung Joo LEE, Fuhong ZHANG, Martin Lee RIKER, Keith A. MILLER, William FRUCHTERMAN, Rongjun WANG, Adolph Miller ALLEN, Shouyin ZHANG, Xianmin TANG
  • Publication number: 20210043432
    Abstract: A support system for use in a processing chamber is provided. The support system includes two or more moveable substrate supports, which include a substrate support surface and a robot, wherein the robot is configured to move the substrate support surface along a movement path. The substrate support includes a halo, and the halo protects the underlying components of the processing chamber from unwanted deposition, while the substrate support surface is moving along the movement path. The substrate support protects processing chamber components from deposition, reducing cleaning time and reducing the need for repairs of the components of the processing chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventors: John MAZZOCCO, Keith A. MILLER, Alexander ERENSTEIN, Ilya LAVITSKY
  • Publication number: 20210033519
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling volumes of droplets is provided herein. In some cases, the systems comprise: a plurality of first light sources, a second light source, wherein a first light beam emitted a first light source of said plurality of first light sources is configured to intersect with a second light beam emitted from said second light source at an intersection area, wherein said system is configured to measure a characteristic of said droplet as it passes through said intersection area. Systems and methods for measuring volumes of droplets and for distinguishing between bubbles and droplets are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Keith Miller Anderson, Guillermo Alfredo Cornejo
  • Publication number: 20210017639
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for controlling plasma profiles during PVD deposition processes are disclosed. Some embodiments utilize EM coils placed above the target to control the plasma profile during deposition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Jansen, Keith A. Miller, Prashanth Kothnur, Martin Riker, David Gunther, Emily Schooley
  • Publication number: 20210020484
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for a PVD chamber are provided herein. In some embodiments, a selective PVD chamber includes a first housing surrounding a movable substrate support; a second housing adjacent the first housing; an opening disposed between the first housing and the second housing that partially exposes a top surface of the movable substrate support, wherein the opening includes a first curved side; and an elongate target disposed in the second housing to provide a stream of material flux from the elongate target into the first housing via the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Keith Miller, Farzad HOUSHMAND, Prasoon SHUKLA
  • Publication number: 20210001456
    Abstract: A pliers-valve-wheel combination tool for safe and efficient working upon systems and equipment having large wheeled valves, from a ladder, lift, or platform, often with only one hand free, providing adjustable pliers for performing various maintenance tasks and a valve-wheel wrench for quickly, efficiently, and safely manipulating valves in both expected and unexpected circumstances, without a cumbersome change of tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: JEREMY FOURNIER, KEITH MILLER
  • Publication number: 20200397080
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided to generate a base digital file for a garment and a custom digital file for the garment, which may be used in garment production. For example, a system may receive information providing various specifications for manufacturing a garment, generate a base digital file for the garment, receive a request to transform the garment from a first garment size to a second garment size, and then generate a custom digital file for the garment by applying custom user body measurements to the base digital file or by applying a grading scale.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: Akshay Vivek Choche, Shini Arora, Juthika Das, Nikita Jain, Simon Johnston, Nancy Yi Liang, Jennifer Lin, Matthew Keith Miller, Palvali Teja Burugu, Chetan Shivarudrappa, Gabriel J. Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20200402126
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided to customize a base digital file for a garment according to a user's body measurements and generate a custom digital file for the garment, which may be used in garment production. For example, a system may receive a request to generate a custom-fit garment, customization options, and information regarding a customer's body measurements, retrieve a base digital file for the garment, identify points and edges in the base digital file of the garment, adjust the points and edges according to defined equations that take into account the user's body measurements, generate a custom digital file for the garment, and display a visual representation of the customized garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: Akshay Vivek Choche, Nancy Yi Liang, Nikita Jain, Palvali Teja Burugu, Juthika Das, Matthew Keith Miller, Li Yang, Shini Arora, Xiaowen Ding, Jennifer Lin
  • Publication number: 20200401114
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided to generate a base digital file for a garment, which may be used in garment production. For example, a system may receive a library from a data source and generate a base digital file for the garment. The base digital file may include a garment identifier, a panel object associated with a panel identifier and references to garment information in the library, and a seam object representing a seam that forms a portion of the garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: Akshay Vivek Choche, Shini Arora, Juthika Das, Nikita Jain, Simon Johnston, Nancy Yi Liang, Jennifer Lin, Matthew Keith Miller, Palvali Teja Burugu, Chetan Shivarudrappa, Gabriel J. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10815561
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for asymmetric selective physical vapor deposition (PVD) are provided herein. In some embodiments, a method for physical vapor deposition (PVD) includes providing a stream of a first material from a first PVD source towards a surface of a substrate at a first non-perpendicular angle to the plane of the substrate surface, directing the stream of the first material through a first collimator having at least one opening to limit an angular range of first material passing through the at least one opening; depositing the first material only on a top portion and a first sidewall of at least one feature formed on the substrate surface, and linearly scan the substrate through the stream of first material via the substrate support to deposit the first material only on a top portion and a first sidewall of all features formed on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Joung Joo Lee, Bencherki Mebarki, Xianmin Tang, Keith Miller, Sree Rangasai Kesapragada, Sudarsan Srinivasan
  • Publication number: 20200335310
    Abstract: A gas flow system is provided, including a gas flow source, one or more gas inlets, one or more gas outlets, a gas flow region, a low pressure region, wherein the low pressure region is fluidly coupled to the one or more gas outlets, a high pressure region, and a gap. The one or more gas inlets are fluidly coupleable to the gas flow source. The gas flow region is fluidly coupled to the one or more gas inlets and the one or more gas outlets. The gap fluidly couples the gas flow region to the high pressure region. The high pressure region near the targets allows for process gas interactions with the target to sputter onto the substrate below. The low pressure region near the substrate prevents unwanted chemical interactions between the process gas and the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Keith A. MILLER, Wei W. WANG, Alexander ERENSTEIN, John J. MAZZOCCO