Patents by Inventor Michael S. Smith

Michael S. Smith 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).

  • Publication number: 20180107591
    Abstract: An apparatus, computer program product, and associated method/processing unit are provided for utilizing a memory subsystem including a first memory of a first memory class, a second memory of a second memory class communicatively coupled to the first memory, and a third memory communicatively coupled hierarchically to the second memory. In operation, data is fetched using a time between an execution of a plurality of threads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventor: Michael S. Smith
  • Publication number: 20180074843
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for linking devices for coordinated operation. A first device is provided. Additionally, a second device is provided. Further, a communication link between the first device and the second device is provided, wherein the communication link is operable such that the first device and the second device are capable of coordinating operation to function as a third device. In different embodiments, various features may be further incorporated in association with the system, method, and computer program product, for improvement purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventor: Michael S. Smith
  • Patent number: 9845141
    Abstract: A balloon system includes a balloon having a balloon membrane extending between an upper apex and a lower apex opening. The lower apex opening extends through the balloon membrane at a balloon lip. A ballonet is within the balloon. The ballonet is coupled with the balloon membrane at the lower apex opening. The ballonet includes a lower ballonet panel having a lower perimeter edge and a ballonet orifice extending through the lower ballonet panel at a ballonet lip and an upper ballonet panel having an upper perimeter edge. The upper and lower ballonet panels are coupled along the respective upper and lower perimeter edges. A lower apex fitting couples the ballonet with the balloon at the balloon lip of the lower apex opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Raven Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt L. Sehnert, Edward Lee Rainwater, Michael S. Smith, Randy E. Scott, Justin Lee Marsh, Mark L. West
  • Patent number: 9719924
    Abstract: A compact transducer system includes both an antenna subsystem and an optical transducer subsystem. The antenna subsystem may include multiple radio frequency (RF) radiating elements disposed adjacent to a ground plane. The ground plane may also serve as an optical reflector within an optical path of the optical transducer subsystem. A secondary reflector may also be provided within the optical path of the optical transducer subsystem. The secondary reflector may be formed of dielectric material (e.g., meta-material) in some embodiments to prevent undesired coupling with RF circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Glafkos K. Stratis, David J. Knapp, Douglas Mills, Raymond A. Graffam, Michael S. Smith
  • Publication number: 20170214134
    Abstract: A compact transducer system includes both an antenna subsystem and an optical transducer subsystem. The antenna subsystem may include multiple radio frequency (RF) radiating elements disposed adjacent to a ground plane. The ground plane may also serve as an optical reflector within an optical path of the optical transducer subsystem. A secondary reflector may also be provided within the optical path of the optical transducer subsystem. The secondary reflector may be formed of dielectric material (e.g., meta-material) in some embodiments to prevent undesired coupling with RF circuitry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Glafkos K. Stratis, David J. Knapp, Douglas Mills, Raymond A. Graffam, Michael S. Smith
  • Patent number: 9698458
    Abstract: A radio frequency (RF) module having a plurality of channels includes a heat sink having at least one tapered edge; a substrate disposed over a surface of the heat sink such that the tapered edge of the heat sink extends past a boundary of the substrate. RF, logic and power circuitry is disposed on the substrate and one or more RF signal ports are formed on an edge of the substrate to allow the RF module to be used in an array antenna having a brick architecture. The tapered edge heat sink provides both a ground plane for RF signal components and a thermal path for heat generating circuits disposed in the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Glafkos K. Stratis, Douglas Mills, Kevin R. Hopkins, Raymond A. Graffam, David J. Knapp, Michael S. Smith
  • Publication number: 20170179562
    Abstract: An ultra-wide band (UWB) radio frequency (RF)/optical aperture includes a substrate having a plurality of regions. The plurality of regions may have varying characteristics and properties. In some embodiments, the plurality of regions includes a first region having a first relative dielectric constant and being transparent to signals having a frequency in a first frequency range, a second region contained in the first region and having a second relative dielectric constant and being transparent to signals having a frequency in a second frequency range, and a third region contained within the second region and having a third relative dielectric constant and being transparent to signals having a frequency in a third frequency range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Glafkos K. Stratis, Douglas Mills, Kevin R. Hopkins, Raymond A. Graffam, Michael S. Smith, David J. Knapp
  • Publication number: 20170062894
    Abstract: A radio frequency (RF) module having a plurality of channels includes a heat sink having at least one tapered edge; a substrate disposed over a surface of the heat sink such that the tapered edge of the heat sink extends past a boundary of the substrate. RF, logic and power circuitry is disposed on the substrate and one or more RF signal ports are formed on an edge of the substrate to allow the RF module to be used in an array antenna having a brick architecture. The tapered edge heat sink provides both a ground plane for RF signal components and a thermal path for heat generating circuits disposed in the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventors: Glafkos K. Stratis, Douglas Mills, Kevin R. Hopkins, Raymond A. Graffam, David J. Knapp, Michael S. Smith
  • Patent number: 9463861
    Abstract: A high altitude balloon system includes a dual chamber balloon extending from an upper apex to a lower apex with a circumferential edge between the upper and lower apexes. A deflectable diaphragm is within the dual chamber balloon and coupled along the circumferential edge. The deflectable membrane divides the dual chamber balloon into a lift gas chamber formed by an interior surface of the dual chamber balloon and the deflectable diaphragm, and a ballast chamber formed by the interior surface of the dual chamber balloon and the deflectable diaphragm. Optionally, the dual chamber balloon is constructed by interposing the deflectable diaphragm between an upper and lower balloon panels. Each of the upper and lower balloon panels and the deflectable diaphragm are then coupled together along the circumferential edge to form both the lift gas chamber and the ballast chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Raven Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Smith, Kurt L. Sehnert, Randy E. Scott, Justin Lee Marsh, Mark L. West
  • Publication number: 20160288894
    Abstract: A balloon system includes a balloon having a balloon membrane extending between an upper apex and a lower apex opening. The lower apex opening extends through the balloon membrane at a balloon lip. A ballonet is within the balloon. The ballonet is coupled with the balloon membrane at the lower apex opening. The ballonet includes a lower ballonet panel having a lower perimeter edge and a ballonet orifice extending through the lower ballonet panel at a ballonet lip and an upper ballonet panel having an upper perimeter edge. The upper and lower ballonet panels are coupled along the respective upper and lower perimeter edges. A lower apex fitting couples the ballonet with the balloon at the balloon lip of the lower apex opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventors: Kurt L. Sehnert, Edward Lee Rainwater, Michael S. Smith, Randy E. Scott, Justin Lee Marsh, Mark L. West
  • Patent number: 9432298
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for a memory system. The system includes a first semiconductor platform including at least one first circuit, and at least one additional semiconductor platform stacked with the first semiconductor platform and including at least one additional circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Patent number: 9417754
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for a touch or pressure signal-based interface. In operation, a touch or pressure signal is received in association with a touch interface of a device. To this end, a user experience is altered utilizing the signal. A system, method, and computer program product are provided for modifying one or more objects in one or more memory devices. In one embodiment, an apparatus is provided, comprising one or more memory devices including a non-volatile memory. Additionally, the apparatus comprises circuitry including a first communication path for communicating with the at least one processor, and a second communication path for communicating with at least one storage sub-system which operates slower than the one or more memory devices. Further, the circuitry is operable to modify one or more objects in the one or more memory devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S. Smith
  • Patent number: 9410759
    Abstract: A burst firing trigger mechanism is provided. The mechanism includes a sear having a hamper engagement surface and a transfer mechanism. The present invention further includes a plurality of triggers. The plurality of triggers each includes a lever, a base pivotally attached to the sear by a pivot pin, and a trip finger extending from the base. Each of the trip fingers extends at a different angle relative to the lever. The present invention further includes a hammer biased by a spring away from the sear. The hammer includes a cocking notch. The burst firing trigger mechanism includes a cocked position and a plurality of fired positions. The cocked position includes the hammer engagement surface engaging the cocking notch and suspending the hammer towards the sear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventor: Michael S. Smith, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20160202010
    Abstract: A burst firing trigger mechanism is provided. The mechanism includes a sear having a hamper engagement surface and a transfer mechanism. The present invention further includes a plurality of triggers. The plurality of triggers each includes a lever, a base pivotally attached to the sear by a pivot pin, and a trip finger extending from the base. Each of the trip fingers extends at a different angle relative to the lever. The present invention further includes a hammer biased by a spring away from the sear. The hammer includes a cocking notch. The burst firing trigger mechanism includes a cocked position and a plurality of fired positions. The cocked position includes the hammer engagement surface engaging the cocking notch and suspending the hammer towards the sear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Inventor: Michael S. SMITH, JR.
  • Publication number: 20160188181
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for a touch or pressure signal-based interface. In operation, a touch or pressure signal is received in association with a touch interface of a device. To this end, a user experience is altered utilizing the signal. A system, method, and computer program product are provided for modifying one or more objects in one or more memory devices. In one embodiment, an apparatus is provided, comprising one or more memory devices including a non-volatile memory. Additionally, the apparatus comprises circuitry including a first communication path for communicating with the at least one processor, and a second communication path for communicating with at least one storage sub-system which operates slower than the one or more memory devices. Further, the circuitry is operable to modify one or more objects in the one or more memory devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Applicant: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S. Smith
  • Patent number: 9223507
    Abstract: An apparatus, computer program product, and associated method/processing unit are provided for utilizing a memory subsystem including a first memory of a first memory class, and a second memory of a second memory class communicatively coupled to the first memory. In operation, data is fetched using a time between an execution of a plurality of threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Publication number: 20150360763
    Abstract: A high altitude balloon system includes a dual chamber balloon extending from an upper apex to a lower apex with a circumferential edge between the upper and lower apexes. A deflectable diaphragm is within the dual chamber balloon and coupled along the circumferential edge. The deflectable membrane divides the dual chamber balloon into a lift gas chamber formed by an interior surface of the dual chamber balloon and the deflectable diaphragm, and a ballast chamber formed by the interior surface of the dual chamber balloon and the deflectable diaphragm. Optionally, the dual chamber balloon is constructed by interposing the deflectable diaphragm between an upper and lower balloon panels. Each of the upper and lower balloon panels and the deflectable diaphragm are then coupled together along the circumferential edge to form both the lift gas chamber and the ballast chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Publication date: December 17, 2015
    Inventors: Michael S. Smith, Kurt L. Sehnert, Randy E. Scott, Justin Lee Marsh, Mark L. West
  • Patent number: 9195395
    Abstract: An apparatus, computer program product, and associated method/processing unit are provided for utilizing a memory subsystem including NAND flash memory and dynamic random access memory. Further included is a first circuit for receiving DDR signals and converting the DDR signals to SATA signals. The first circuit includes embedded dynamic random access memory. Also provided is a second circuit for receiving the SATA signals and converting the SATA signals to NAND flash signals. The second circuit is communicatively coupled to the first circuit via a first memory bus associated with a SATA protocol, the NAND flash memory via a second memory bus associated with a NAND flash protocol, and the dynamic random access memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Patent number: 9189442
    Abstract: An apparatus and associated method/processing unit are provided for utilizing a memory subsystem including NAND flash memory and dynamic random access memory. Further included is a first circuit for receiving DDR signals and converting the DDR signals to SATA signals. The first circuit includes embedded dynamic random access memory. Also provided is a second circuit for receiving the SATA signals and converting the SATA signals to NAND flash signals. The second circuit is communicatively coupled to the first circuit via a first memory bus associated with a SATA protocol, the NAND flash memory via a second memory bus associated with a NAND flash protocol, and the dynamic random access memory. In operation, data is fetched using a time between an execution of a plurality of threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith
  • Patent number: 9182914
    Abstract: An apparatus, computer program product, and associated method/processing unit are provided for utilizing a memory subsystem including a first memory of a first memory class, and a second memory of a second memory class communicatively coupled to the first memory. In operation, data is fetched using a time between a plurality of threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: P4TENTS1, LLC
    Inventor: Michael S Smith