Patents by Inventor Nicholas R. Kalayjian

Nicholas R. Kalayjian 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: 10696149
    Abstract: An electric vehicle includes an energy storage system, an integrated drive system assembly having a gearbox, a power inverter, and an electric motor, wherein the gearbox, the electric motor and the power inverter are assembled into a single unit with a multi-piece housing. The electric vehicle may also include two half shafts for respective wheels of the electric vehicle. The gearbox, the electric motor and the power inverter may be oriented such that the gearbox extends along a center line of the electric vehicle and the electric motor and the power inverter extend from the gearbox in opposite directions. The electric vehicle may also include a mutual thermal management system coupled to the integrated drive system assembly and having at least one liquid coolant loop that is thermally coupled to the electric motor, the power inverter, the gearbox, a cooling system, a refrigeration system, and an HVAC system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin M. Pearce, Jr., Jim Robbins, Benjamin D. Dettmann, Nicholas R. Kalayjian, Michael R. Kubba
  • Publication number: 20170291482
    Abstract: An electric vehicle includes an energy storage system, an integrated drive system assembly having a gearbox, a power inverter, and an electric motor, wherein the gearbox, the electric motor and the power inverter are assembled into a single unit with a multi-piece housing. The electric vehicle may also include two half shafts for respective wheels of the electric vehicle. The gearbox, the electric motor and the power inverter may be oriented such that the gearbox extends along a center line of the electric vehicle and the electric motor and the power inverter extend from the gearbox in opposite directions. The electric vehicle may also include a mutual thermal management system coupled to the integrated drive system assembly and having at least one liquid coolant loop that is thermally coupled to the electric motor, the power inverter, the gearbox, a cooling system, a refrigeration system, and an HVAC system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Publication date: October 12, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin M. Pearce, JR., Jim Robbins, Benjamin D. Dettmann, Nicholas R. Kalayjian, Michael R. Kubba
  • Patent number: 9692277
    Abstract: An integrated drive system assembly is provided that combines an electric motor, a power inverter assembly and a gearbox into a single, multi-piece enclosure. Combining these components into a single enclosure reduces weight, reduces drive system complexity, reduces system volume, simplifies assembly integration into an electric vehicle, reduces manufacturing cost, allows the flexible and lengthy electrical cables between the power inverter and the electric motor to be replaced with short, low loss, rigid bus bars, and simplifies component cooling by allowing the use of a common thermal management system. The common thermal management system includes a liquid coolant loop that is thermally coupled to the electric motor, the power inverter assembly and the gearbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin M. Pearce, Jr., Jim Robbins, Benjamin D. Dettmann, Nicholas R. Kalayjian, Michael R. Kubba
  • Patent number: 9257825
    Abstract: The bus bar includes a first bus bar layer formed of a first generally uniform thickness of a first bus bar conductor; a first dielectric layer overlying a top surface of the first bus bar layer; and a second bus bar layer formed of a second generally uniform thickness of a second bus bar conductor overlying a top surface of the first dielectric layer and the top surface of the first bus bar layer wherein: the first bus bar layer includes a first via for receipt of a first electrical lead of an electrical component and a second via for receipt of a second electrical lead of the electrical component and wherein: the first dielectric layer and the second bus bar layer each include a via aligned with the first via wherein the first electrical lead is extendable from beneath the first bus bar layer through the first dielectric layer and through the second bus bar layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas R. Kalayjian, Joshua Willard Ferguson, Benjamin D. Dettmann, Ryan C. Kroeze, Michael R. Kubba, William T. Chi
  • Publication number: 20150083505
    Abstract: An integrated drive system assembly is provided that combines an electric motor, a power inverter assembly and a gearbox into a single, multi-piece enclosure. Combining these components into a single enclosure reduces weight, reduces drive system complexity, reduces system volume, simplifies assembly integration into an electric vehicle, reduces manufacturing cost, allows the flexible and lengthy electrical cables between the power inverter and the electric motor to be replaced with short, low loss, rigid bus bars, and simplifies component cooling by allowing the use of a common thermal management system. The common thermal management system includes a liquid coolant loop that is thermally coupled to the electric motor, the power inverter assembly and the gearbox.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Edwin M. PEARCE, JR., Jim Robbins, Benjamin D. Dettmann, Nicholas R. Kalayjian, Michael R. Kubba
  • Patent number: 8934999
    Abstract: A robotic processing system includes a microprocessor-controlled workpiece processor having a mobile processing element to be positioned independently in three orthogonal dimensions with respect to each of a plurality of target locations on a workpiece, with each particular target location of the plurality of target locations including an element to be processed, the mobile processing element processing the element at each particular target location by first moving to an initial location that is offset from the particular target location in a single dimension and then second moving along the single dimension towards the element at the particular target location until a contact signal is detected; and a control, coupled to the workpiece and to the mobile processing element, communicating the contact signal to the workpiece processor when the processing element makes physical contact with the element at the particular target location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas R. Kalayjian
  • Publication number: 20140209344
    Abstract: The bus bar includes a first bus bar layer formed of a first generally uniform thickness of a first bus bar conductor; a first dielectric layer overlying a top surface of the first bus bar layer; and a second bus bar layer formed of a second generally uniform thickness of a second bus bar conductor overlying a top surface of the first dielectric layer and the top surface of the first bus bar layer wherein: the first bus bar layer includes a first via for receipt of a first electrical lead of an electrical component and a second via for receipt of a second electrical lead of the electrical component and wherein: the first dielectric layer and the second bus bar layer each include a via aligned with the first via wherein the first electrical lead is extendable from beneath the first bus bar layer through the first dielectric layer and through the second bus bar layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas R. KALAYJIAN, Joshua Willard Ferguson, Benjamin D. Dettmann, Ryan C. Kroeze, Michael R. Kubba, William T. Chi
  • Patent number: 8717450
    Abstract: A precision motion platform carrying an imaging device under a large-field-coverage lens enables capture of high resolution imagery over the full field in an instantaneous telephoto mode and wide-angle coverage through temporal integration. The device permits automated tracking and scanning without movement of a camera body or lens. Coupled use of two or more devices enables automated range computation without the need for subsequent epipolar rectification. The imager motion enables sample integration for resolution enhancement. The control methods for imager positioning enable decreasing the blur caused by both the motion of the moving imager or the motion of an object's image that the imager is intended to capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Interval Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Henry H. Baker, John Iselin Woodfill, Pierre St. Hilaire, Nicholas R. Kalayjian
  • Patent number: 8686658
    Abstract: A multi-state switch network is provided that includes a serially connected diode pair configured to receive a single control signal at a control node. The serially-connected diode pair is configured to control a pair of switches. Moreover, the single control signal is operative to drive the serially connected diode pair to a first state, a second state, or a third state based at least in part on a state of the single control signal. Furthermore, the single control signal is operative to alternatively turn ON a first diode of the diode pair and turn OFF a second diode of the diode pair when the state of the single control signal is a first state, turn OFF the first diode and turn ON the second diode when the state of the single control signal is a second state, and turn OFF the first diode and turn OFF the second diode when the state of the single control signal is a third state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Terlizzi, Nicholas R. Kalayjian
  • Patent number: 8559575
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for calibrating the internal oscillator of a microcontroller from a remote clock source. In some embodiments, an electronic device can request timing information from a third party device using a timing independent signal. The timing information received from the third party device may be used to calibrate the microcontroller clock of the electronic device. In some embodiments, the internal oscillator may be calibrated based on timing information received from multiple third party devices. Once calibrated, the microcontroller may initiate timing dependent communication with other electronic devices using a timing dependent protocol, such as a serial protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Ananny, Nicholas R. Kalayjian, Stanley Rabu, Terry Tikalsky
  • Publication number: 20130234610
    Abstract: A multi-state switch network is provided that includes a serially connected diode pair configured to receive a single control signal at a control node. The serially-connected diode pair is configured to control a pair of switches. Moreover, the single control signal is operative to drive the serially connected diode pair to a first state, a second state, or a third state based at least in part on a state of the single control signal. Furthermore, the single control signal is operative to alternatively turn ON a first diode of the diode pair and turn OFF a second diode of the diode pair when the state of the single control signal is a first state, turn OFF the first diode and turn ON the second diode when the state of the single control signal is a second state, and turn OFF the first diode and turn OFF the second diode when the state of the single control signal is a third state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Terlizzi, Nicholas R. Kalayjian
  • Patent number: 8493461
    Abstract: A precision motion platform carrying an imaging device under a large-field-coverage lens enables capture of high resolution imagery over the full field in an instantaneous telephoto mode and wide-angle coverage through temporal integration. The device permits automated tracking and scanning without movement of a camera body or lens. Coupled use of two or more devices enables automated range computation without the need for subsequent epipolar rectification. The imager motion enables sample integration for resolution enhancement. The control methods for imager positioning enable decreasing the blur caused by both the motion of the moving imager or the motion of an object's image that the imager is intended to capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Interval Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Henry H. Baker, John I. Woodfill, Pierre St. Hilaire, Nicholas R. Kalayjian
  • Patent number: 8432102
    Abstract: Systems and methods for multi-state switch networks and multi-state LED networks are provided. Systems and methods for maintaining the brightness of LEDs in multi-state LED networks are also provided. The multi-state networks contain control circuitry that can output a single control signal that is able to drive a pair of diodes in three different states. In a network of 2*N diodes, N wires are sufficient to drive the diodes in 3^N different states. The control circuitry may also include a pulse-width modulator that controls the perceived brightness of the LEDs in a multi-state LED network in response to a voltage level of the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Terlizzi, Nicholas R. Kalayjian
  • Publication number: 20130057682
    Abstract: A precision motion platform carrying an imaging device under a large-field-coverage lens enables capture of high resolution imagery over the full field in an instantaneous telephoto mode and wide-angle coverage through temporal integration. The device permits automated tracking and scanning without movement of a camera body or lens. Coupled use of two or more devices enables automated range computation without the need for subsequent epipolar rectification. The imager motion enables sample integration for resolution enhancement. The control methods for imager positioning enable decreasing the blur caused by both the motion of the moving imager or the motion of an object's image that the imager is intended to capture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: Interval Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Henry H. Baker, John I. Woodfill, Pierre St. Hilaire, Nicholas R. Kalayjian
  • Publication number: 20120195079
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an inverter including a high-side switch coupled to a low-side switch, the inverter generating a time-varying drive current from a plurality of drive control signals, a positive rail voltage, and a negative rail voltage wherein controlling the switches to generate the time-varying drive current produces a potential transitory overshoot condition for one of the switches of the inverter; a drive control, coupled to the inverter, to generate the drive control signals and to set a level of each of the rail voltages responsive to a plurality of controller signals; and a controller monitoring one or more parameters indicative of the potential transitory voltage overshoot condition, the controller dynamically adjusting, responsive to the monitored parameters, the controller signals to reduce a risk of occurrence of the potential transitory voltage overshoot condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Kroeze, Colin Campbell, Nicholas R. Kalayjian
  • Publication number: 20120195087
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an inverter including a high-side switch coupled to a low-side switch, the inverter generating a time-varying drive current from a plurality of drive control signals, a positive rail voltage, and a negative rail voltage wherein controlling the switches to generate the time-varying drive current produces a potential transitory overshoot condition for one of the switches of the inverter; a drive control, coupled to the inverter, to generate the drive control signals and to set a level of each of the rail voltages responsive to a plurality of controller signals; and a controller monitoring one or more parameters indicative of the potential transitory voltage overshoot condition, the controller dynamically adjusting, responsive to the monitored parameters, the controller signals to reduce a risk of occurrence of the potential transitory voltage overshoot condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Kroeze, Colin Campbell, Nicholas R. Kalayjian
  • Publication number: 20120195085
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an inverter including a high-side switch coupled to a low-side switch, the inverter generating a time-varying drive current from a plurality of drive control signals, a positive rail voltage, and a negative rail voltage wherein controlling the switches to generate the time-varying drive current produces a potential transitory overshoot condition for one of the switches of the inverter; a drive control, coupled to the inverter, to generate the drive control signals and to set a level of each of the rail voltages responsive to a plurality of controller signals; and a controller monitoring one or more parameters indicative of the potential transitory voltage overshoot condition, the controller dynamically adjusting, responsive to the monitored parameters, the controller signals to reduce a risk of occurrence of the potential transitory voltage overshoot condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Kroeze, Colin Campbell, Nicholas R. Kalayjian
  • Publication number: 20120194119
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an inverter including a high-side switch coupled to a low-side switch, the inverter generating a time-varying drive current from a plurality of drive control signals, a positive rail voltage, and a negative rail voltage wherein controlling the switches to generate the time-varying drive current produces a potential transitory overshoot condition for one of the switches of the inverter; a drive control, coupled to the inverter, to generate the drive control signals and to set a level of each of the rail voltages responsive to a plurality of controller signals; and a controller monitoring one or more parameters indicative of the potential transitory voltage overshoot condition, the controller dynamically adjusting, responsive to the monitored parameters, the controller signals to reduce a risk of occurrence of the potential transitory voltage overshoot condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Kroeze, Colin Campbell, Nicholas R. Kalayjian
  • Patent number: RE45050
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining the configuration of a connection between two devices by measuring an electrical characteristic are provided. Using the measured electrical characteristic, a device is able to select an appropriate communication interface, such as serial, Universal Serial Bus (USB), FireWire, parallel, PS/2, etc., and configure itself appropriately. Systems and methods which determine the physical orientation of a connector with respect to another connector may also be provided alone or in combination with such systems and methods for selecting communication interfaces. The physical orientation of a connector can be determined by measuring an electrical characteristic and a device can then configure itself appropriately. In accordance with the principles of the present invention, device designs can decrease in size and cost as well as simplify operation for the end-user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Terlizzi, Stanley Rabu, Nicholas R. Kalayjian
  • Patent number: RE45492
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining the configuration of a connection between two devices by measuring an electrical characteristic are provided. Using the measured electrical characteristic, a device is able to select an appropriate communication interface, such as serial, Universal Serial Bus (USB), FireWire, parallel, PS/2, etc., and configure itself appropriately. Systems and methods which determine the physical orientation of a connector with respect to another connector may also be provided alone or in combination with such systems and methods for selecting communication interfaces. The physical orientation of a connector can be determined by measuring an electrical characteristic and a device can then configure itself appropriately. In accordance with the principles of the present invention, device designs can decrease in size and cost as well as simplify operation for the end-user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Terlizzi, Stanley Rabu, Nicholas R. Kalayjian