Patents by Inventor Peter Bevelacqua

Peter Bevelacqua 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: 10734706
    Abstract: A device is provided that includes (a) an antenna that includes at least one conductor, (b) a housing that includes an inner-upper surface and an inner-lower surface separated by a first distance, (c) a battery disposed within the housing, where a base surface of the battery is proximate to the inner-lower surface of the housing, where a first portion of the battery has a height, which is substantially equal to the first distance, and where a second portion of the battery is of lesser height than the first portion of the battery such that space exists between the second portion of the battery and the inner-upper surface of the housing, and (d) where the one conductor is arranged over the second portion of the battery in the space, such that the one conductor and the battery do not contact one another, and where, as arranged, the antenna is capable of a far-field communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Peter Bevelacqua, Timothy John Prachar
  • Patent number: 10122090
    Abstract: A wireless device can include an antenna element, a printed circuit board, an antenna feed, a conductive surface, and a conductive connector. The printed circuit board can have a ground plane. The antenna feed can be connected, at a first point, to the antenna element and to the ground plane. The conductive surface can be disposed substantially parallel to the ground plane. The conductive connector can be connected, at a second point, to the ground plane and to the conductive surface. A distance between the first point and the second point can be substantially equal to one quarter of a wavelength of an electromagnetic wave to be exploited by the wireless device. At all other points, the ground plane and the conductive surface can lack a conductive connection between the ground plane and the conductive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Peter Bevelacqua, Paul Biggins
  • Patent number: 9960477
    Abstract: A device is provided that includes (a) an antenna that includes at least one conductor, (b) a housing that includes an inner-upper surface and an inner-lower surface separated by a first distance, (c) a battery disposed within the housing, where a base surface of the battery is proximate to the inner-lower surface of the housing, where a first portion of the battery has a height, which is substantially equal to the first distance, and where a second portion of the battery is of lesser height than the first portion of the battery such that space exists between the second portion of the battery and the inner-upper surface of the housing, and (d) where the one conductor is arranged over the second portion of the battery in the space, such that the one conductor and the battery do not contact one another, and where, as arranged, the antenna is capable of a far-field communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Peter Bevelacqua, Timothy John Prachar
  • Patent number: 9937526
    Abstract: Electronic devices may be provided with antenna structures. The antenna structures may be used in wirelessly transmitting and receiving radio-frequency signals. Antenna structures may be formed from molded dielectric substrates. Patterned conductive material may be formed on the dielectric substrates. The dielectric substrates may be formed from molded materials such as glass or ceramic. Sheets of dielectric or dielectric powder may be compressed to form a dielectric substrate of a desired shape. The patterned conductive material may be formed from metallic paint or other conductors. A hollow antenna chamber may be formed by joining molded dielectric structures. An antenna such as an indirectly-fed loop antenna or other antennas may be formed from the molded dielectric substrates and patterned conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Boon W. Shiu, Peter Bevelacqua, Jiang Zhu, Jerzy Guterman, Robert W. Schlub, Ruben Caballero
  • Publication number: 20180026363
    Abstract: Various adaptive antenna systems are presented in which the structure of the antenna is configured to realize different radiation patterns. Such arrangements can include electrically connecting and disconnecting portions of the antenna structure to determine an arrangement that results in a higher signal strength in an unknown operating environment, such as in a home in which wireless devices that communicate with each other may be placed in varying directions with respect to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Bevelacqua
  • Patent number: 9774085
    Abstract: Systems and techniques are provided for a co-located NFC reader. A top conductive layer may include an inner PCB section, including a circuit for an electronic device, and an outer PCB section, including a near-field communications (NFC) chipset, separated by a gap in which an NFC antenna connected to the NFC chipset may be located. A substrate layer may include an inner PCB section and an outer PCB section separated by the gap. A bridge including a trace may cross the gap. A lower conductive layer may include an inner PCB section, including a circuit for the electronic device electrically connected to the circuit for the electronic device located on the inner PCB section of the top conductive layer, and an outer PCB section, including a circuit for the electronic device, separated by the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Bevelacqua, Jason Chamberlain
  • Publication number: 20170179599
    Abstract: A wireless device can include an antenna element, a printed circuit board, an antenna feed, a conductive surface, and a conductive connector. The printed circuit board can have a ground plane. The antenna feed can be connected, at a first point, to the antenna element and to the ground plane. The conductive surface can be disposed substantially parallel to the ground plane. The conductive connector can be connected, at a second point, to the ground plane and to the conductive surface. A distance between the first point and the second point can be substantially equal to one quarter of a wavelength of an electromagnetic wave to be exploited by the wireless device. At all other points, the ground plane and the conductive surface can lack a conductive connection between the ground plane and the conductive surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Peter Bevelacqua, Paul Biggins
  • Patent number: 9590293
    Abstract: A dipole antenna assembly for an electronic device includes a rear mount having electronic components exposed at one of its surfaces, an antenna, a printed circuit board, and a battery. The antenna may be adjacent the rear flexible mount. The antenna includes a first portion and a second portion. The second portion comprises a transmission line. The printed circuit board can be connected to the antenna and the battery can be connected to a portion of the rear flexible mount and the printed circuit board. A positive arm of the dipole antenna assembly can include the battery, and a negative arm of the dipole antenna assembly can include the outside surface of the transmission line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Bevelacqua
  • Publication number: 20170040666
    Abstract: A device is provided that includes (a) an antenna that includes at least one conductor, (b) a housing that includes an inner-upper surface and an inner-lower surface separated by a first distance, (c) a battery disposed within the housing, where a base surface of the battery is proximate to the inner-lower surface of the housing, where a first portion of the battery has a height, which is substantially equal to the first distance, and where a second portion of the battery is of lesser height than the first portion of the battery such that space exists between the second portion of the battery and the inner-upper surface of the housing, and (d) where the one conductor is arranged over the second portion of the battery in the space, such that the one conductor and the battery do not contact one another, and where, as arranged, the antenna is capable of a far-field communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Inventors: Peter Bevelacqua, Timothy John Prachar
  • Patent number: 9547335
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a semi-transparent or transparent module antenna assembly disposed on a transparent portion of a user wearable device (e.g., a head wearable display or a smartwatch). Embodiments describe semi-transparent or transparent antenna assemblies disposed on portions of a wearable computing device not in direct contact with the user when the device is worn to increase the antenna's efficiency for receiving radio signals and to decrease the radiation absorbed by the user's body. Furthermore, the antenna is disposed on a transparent or semi-transparent surface to further increase the antenna's efficiency. For some embodiments utilized by head wearable displays, the portion of the device including the semi-transparent or transparent antenna assembly may be the optical system, which includes a transparent portion (e.g., a prism) for displaying CGI to a user; in other embodiments, the head wearable display including the semi-transparent or transparent antenna assembly is the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Bevelacqua, Joseph John Hebenstreit
  • Publication number: 20160344102
    Abstract: Systems and techniques are provided for a co-located NFC reader. A top conductive layer may include an inner PCB section, including a circuit for an electronic device, and an outer PCB section, including a near-field communications (NFC) chipset, separated by a gap in which an NFC antenna connected to the NFC chipset may be located. A substrate layer may include an inner PCB section and an outer PCB section separated by the gap. A bridge including a trace may cross the gap. A lower conductive layer may include an inner PCB section, including a circuit for the electronic device electrically connected to the circuit for the electronic device located on the inner PCB section of the top conductive layer, and an outer PCB section, including a circuit for the electronic device, separated by the gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: Peter Bevelacqua, Jason Chamberlain
  • Patent number: 9496601
    Abstract: A device is provided that includes (a) an antenna that includes at least one conductor, (b) a housing that includes an inner-upper surface and an inner-lower surface separated by a first distance, (c) a battery disposed within the housing, where a base surface of the battery is proximate to the inner-lower surface of the housing, where a first portion of the battery has a height, which is substantially equal to the first distance, and where a second portion of the battery is of lesser height than the first portion of the battery such that space exists between the second portion of the battery and the inner-upper surface of the housing, and (d) where the one conductor is arranged over the second portion of the battery in the space, such that the one conductor and the battery do not contact one another, and where, as arranged, the antenna is capable of a far-field communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Bevelacqua, Timothy John Prachar
  • Patent number: 9455489
    Abstract: Cavity antennas may be provided for electronic devices. A cavity antenna may have a conductive antenna cavity with an opening. An antenna resonating element may be soldered within the cavity opening. An electronic device may have a display that is covered by a display cover layer. A cavity antenna may be mounted so that the cavity opening is located under a portion of the display cover layer outside of the active display region. An antenna cavity for a cavity antenna may have one or more bends. A curved antenna cavity or a cavity antenna with one or more angled branches may have a portion that extends between a conductive housing wall and internal device components such as a display. A speaker may be formed using the interior volume within a cavity antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Boon W. Shiu, Peter Bevelacqua, Jiang Zhu, Jerzy Guterman
  • Patent number: 9444130
    Abstract: Electronic devices may include radio-frequency transceiver circuitry and antenna structures. The antenna structures may include a dual arm inverted-F antenna resonating element and an antenna ground. An antenna feed may be coupled between the inverted-F antenna resonating element and the antenna ground. An adjustable component such as an adjustable inductor may be coupled between the inverted-F antenna resonating element and the antenna ground in parallel with the antenna feed. The adjustable component may be operable in multiple states such as an open circuit state, a short circuit state, and a state in which the adjustable component exhibits a non-zero inductance. Antenna bandwidth can be broadened by coupling a loop antenna resonating element across the antenna feed. A portion of the antenna ground may overlap the loop antenna resonating element to further enhance antenna bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Bevelacqua, Hao Xu, Jayesh Nath, Jennifer M. Edwards, Mattia Pascolini
  • Patent number: 9379427
    Abstract: Custom antenna structures may be used to improve antenna performance and to compensate for manufacturing variations in electronic device antennas. An electronic device antenna may include an antenna tuning element and conductive structures formed from portions of a peripheral conductive housing member and other conductive antenna structures. The antenna tuning element may be connected across a gap in the peripheral conductive housing member. The custom antenna structures may be used to couple the antenna tuning element to a fixed custom location on the peripheral conductive housing member to help satisfy design criteria and to compensate for manufacturing variations in the conductive antenna structures that could potentially lead to undesired variations in antenna performance. Custom antenna structures may include springs and custom paths on dielectric supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hao Xu, Jayesh Nath, Peter Bevelacqua, Daniel W. Jarvis, Jared M. Kole, Jennifer M. Edwards, Mattia Pascolini, Richard H. Dinh, Robert W. Schlub, Ruben Caballero
  • Patent number: 9310422
    Abstract: A test system for testing a device under test (DUT) is provided. The test system may include a DUT receiving structure configured to receive the DUT during testing and a DUT retention structure that is configured to press the DUT against the DUT receiving structure so that DUT cannot inadvertently shift around during testing. The DUT retention structure may include a pressure sensor operable to detect an amount of pressure that is applied to the DUT. The DUT retention structure may be raised and lowered vertically using a manually-controlled or a computer-controlled positioner. The positioner may be adjusted using a coarse tuning knob and a fine tuning knob. The positioner may be calibrated such that the DUT retention structure applies a sufficient amount of pressure on the DUT during production testing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jayesh Nath, Liang Han, Matthew A. Mow, Hagan O'Connor, Joshua G. Nickel, Peter Bevelacqua, Mattia Pascolini, Robert W. Schlub, Ruben Caballero
  • Patent number: 9293828
    Abstract: Electronic devices may include radio-frequency transceiver circuitry and antenna structures. The antenna structures may form a dual arm inverted-F antenna and an additional antenna such as a monopole antenna sharing a common antenna ground. The antenna structures may have three ports. A first antenna port may be coupled to an inverted-F antenna resonating element at a first location and a second antenna port may be coupled to the inverted-F antenna resonating element at a second location. A third antenna port may be coupled to the additional antenna. An adjustable component may be coupled to the first antenna port to tune the inverted-F antenna. The inverted-F antenna may be near-field coupled to the additional antenna so that the inverted-F antenna may serve as a tunable parasitic antenna resonating element that tunes the additional antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Bevelacqua, Hao Xu, Jayesh Nath, Jennifer M. Edwards, Mattia Pascolini
  • Publication number: 20160079660
    Abstract: A dipole antenna assembly for an electronic device includes a rear mount having electronic components exposed at one of its surfaces, an antenna, a printed circuit board, and a battery. The antenna may be adjacent the rear flexible mount. The antenna includes a first portion and a second portion. The second portion comprises a transmission line. The printed circuit board can be connected to the antenna and the battery can be connected to a portion of the rear flexible mount and the printed circuit board. A positive arm of the dipole antenna assembly can include the battery, and a negative arm of the dipole antenna assembly can include the outside surface of the transmission line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 17, 2016
    Inventor: Peter Bevelacqua
  • Patent number: 9166634
    Abstract: Electronic devices may include antenna structures. The antenna structures may form an antenna having first and second feeds at different locations. A first transceiver may be coupled to the first feed using a first circuit. A second transceiver may be coupled to the second feed using a second circuit. The first and second feeds may be isolated from each other using the first and second circuits. The second circuit may have a notch filter that isolates the second feed from the first feed at operating frequencies associated with the first transceiver. The first circuit may include an adjustable component such as an adjustable capacitor. The adjustable component may be placed in different states depending on the mode of operation of the second transceiver to ensure that the first feed is isolated from the second feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Dean F. Darnell, Enrique Ayala Vazquez, Hongfei Hu, Yuehui Ouyang, Mattia Pascolini, Robert W. Schlub, Peter Bevelacqua, Hao Xu, Jayesh Nath, Yijun Zhou, Nanbo Jin, David Pratt, Matthew A. Mow, Ming-Ju Tsai, Liang Han, Thomas E. Biedka
  • Patent number: 9164159
    Abstract: A manufacturing system for assembling wireless electronic devices is provided. The manufacturing system may include test stations for testing the radio-frequency performance of components that are to be assembled within the electronic devices. A reference test station may be calibrated using calibration coupons having known radio-frequency characteristics. The calibration coupons may include transmission line structures. The reference test station may measure verification standards to establish baseline measurement data. The verification standards may include circuitry having electrical components with given impedance values. Many verification coupons may be measured to enable testing for a wide range of impedance values. Test stations in the manufacturing system may subsequently measure the verification standards to generate test measurement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jayesh Nath, Liang Han, Matthew A. Mow, Ming-Ju Tsai, Joshua G. Nickel, Hao Xu, Peter Bevelacqua, Mattia Pascolini, Robert W. Schlub, Ruben Caballero