Patents by Inventor Robert A. Floyd

Robert A. Floyd 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: 10345130
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to a sensor for sensing a thermal property of a fluid and may comprise an upstream resistive element having a first resistance that changes with temperature; a downstream resistive element having a second resistance that changes with temperature, wherein the downstream resistive element is situated downstream of the upstream resistive element in the flow direction of the fluid; and at least one tail resistor configured to determine one or more thermal properties of the fluid, wherein the upstream resistive element and the downstream resistive element are operatively connected in a bridge circuit, wherein the at least one tail resistor is stable with temperature, and wherein the at least one tail resistor is electrically coupled to at least one of the upstream resistive element or the downstream resistive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Bentley, Lamar Floyd Ricks, Scott Edward Beck, Robert Higashi
  • Patent number: 10291218
    Abstract: A duty cycle correction circuit includes a charge pump and a controller. The charge pump includes a current source, a first output, and a second output. The charge pump routes current from the current source to the first output during a positive portion of a clock, and routes current from the current source to the second output during a negative portion of the clock. The controller compares charge accumulated from the first output to charge accumulated from the second output over a plurality of clock cycles to determine which of the positive portion of the clock and the negative portion of the clock is longer. The controller also generates a digital value that indicates an amount of adjustment to apply to a duty cycle of the clock based on which of the positive portion of the clock and the negative portion of the clock is longer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Mohammad Elbadry, Robert Floyd Payne, Gerd Schuppener
  • Publication number: 20190086947
    Abstract: Transmitter circuitry transmits: a first voltage as the return-to-zero signal that is higher than a first positive threshold, the first voltage being decodable to a first order of data bits; a second voltage as a return-to-zero signal that is between a second positive threshold and the first positive threshold, the second voltage being decodable to a second order of the data bits, and the second positive threshold being lower than the first positive threshold; a third voltage as the return-to-zero signal that is between a first negative threshold and a second negative threshold, the third voltage being decodable to a third order of the data bits, and the second negative threshold being higher than the first negative threshold; and a fourth voltage as the return-to-zero signal that is lower than the first negative threshold, the fourth voltage being decodable to a fourth order of the data bits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventor: Robert Floyd Payne
  • Patent number: 10220251
    Abstract: A device that is used to extend the spine and put it in traction, that is portable and user friendly. The device in an embodiment is grasped by the handles on either side and then is pushed toward the lower leg and against the upper calves via vertical intermediary bar pushing the legs with a horizontal bar in one direction and the shoulders in the other. The described process stretching the spine and putting the back in traction for the purposes of pain relief and stretching of the back muscles. The device can be an inexpensive alternative to other devices, as well as, easier to use. The force placed on the device and therefore on the spine or back is controlled by the user as is the ability to stop quite quickly if pain were to arise, giving the user complete and instant control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Robert Floyd Cullison
  • Patent number: 10133297
    Abstract: A method for transmitting a plurality of data bits and a clock signal on a return to zero (RZ) signal includes: transmitting a first voltage that is greater than a first threshold, the first voltage being decodable to first order of data bits; transmitting a second voltage that is between a second threshold and the first threshold, the second voltage being decodable to a second order of data bits; transmitting a third voltage that is between a third threshold and a fourth threshold, the third voltage being decodable to a third order of data bits; transmitting a fourth voltage that is greater in magnitude than the fourth threshold, the fourth voltage being decodable to a fourth order of data bits; and transitioning the clock signal in response to the RZ signal being between the second threshold and the third threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Robert Floyd Payne
  • Publication number: 20180321165
    Abstract: A dielectric waveguide (DWG) may be used to identify a composition of a material that is in contact with the DWG. A radio frequency (RF) signal is transmitted into a dielectric waveguide located in contact with the material. The RF signal is received after it passes through the DWG. An insertion loss of the DWG is determined. The presence of the material may be inferred when the insertion loss exceeds a threshold value. The composition of the material may be inferred based on a correlation with the insertion loss. Alternatively, a volume of the material may be inferred based on a correlation with the insertion loss.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Juan Alejandro Herbsommer, Robert Floyd Payne
  • Patent number: 10111843
    Abstract: The treatment options for treating blast-induced and noise-induced traumatic brain injury and tinnitus are limited. Thus, the current invention provides methods for treating traumatic brain injury and tinnitus. The methods involve administering a pharmaceutically effective amount of a composition comprising 2,4-disulfonyl ?-phenyl tertiary butyl nitrone and N-acetylcysteine (NAC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignees: Hough Ear Institute, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
    Inventors: Richard D. Kopke, Robert A. Floyd, Rheal Towner
  • Publication number: 20180309431
    Abstract: A duty cycle correction circuit includes a charge pump and a controller. The charge pump includes a current source, a first output, and a second output. The charge pump routes current from the current source to the first output during a positive portion of a clock, and routes current from the current source to the second output during a negative portion of the clock. The controller compares charge accumulated from the first output to charge accumulated from the second output over a plurality of clock cycles to determine which of the positive portion of the clock and the negative portion of the clock is longer. The controller also generates a digital value that indicates an amount of adjustment to apply to a duty cycle of the clock based on which of the positive portion of the clock and the negative portion of the clock is longer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: Mohammad Elbadry, Robert Floyd Payne, Gerd Schuppener
  • Publication number: 20180228744
    Abstract: The present invention involves the use of 2,4-disulfonyl phenyl tert-butyl nitrone (2,4-ds-PBN) in the treatment and prevention of gliomas. The 2,4-ds-PBN may be used alone or combined with other traditional chemo- and radiotherapies and surgery, to treat or prevent glioma occurrence, recurrence, spread, growth, metastasis, or vascularization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Inventors: Rheal A. TOWNER, Robert A. FLOYD
  • Publication number: 20180221709
    Abstract: A device that is used to extend the spine and put it in traction, that is portable and user friendly. The device in its preferred embodiment is grasped by the handles on either side and then is pushed toward the lower leg and against the upper calves via vertical intermediary bar pushing the legs with a horizontal bar in one direction and the shoulders in the other. The described process stretching the spine and putting the back in traction for the purposes of pain relief and stretching of the back muscles. The invention or device is meant to be an inexpensive alternative to other devices, as well as, easier to use. The lower cost of the device due to it its unique and simple design being an incentive purchase the device, thus, bringing pain relief to more people.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventor: Robert Floyd Cullison
  • Patent number: 10033365
    Abstract: A duty cycle correction circuit includes a charge pump and a controller. The charge pump includes a current source, a first output, and a second output. The charge pump routes current from the current source to the first output during a positive portion of a clock, and routes current from the current source to the second output during a negative portion of the clock. The controller compares charge accumulated from the first output to charge accumulated from the second output over a plurality of clock cycles to determine which of the positive portion of the clock and the negative portion of the clock is longer. The controller also generates a digital value that indicates an amount of adjustment to apply to a duty cycle of the clock based on which of the positive portion of the clock and the negative portion of the clock is longer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Mohammad Elbadry, Robert Floyd Payne, Gerd Schuppener
  • Patent number: 10022346
    Abstract: The treatment options for treating blast-induced and noise-induced traumatic brain injury and tinnitus are limited. Thus, the current invention provides methods for treating traumatic brain injury and tinnitus. The methods involve administering a pharmaceutically effective amount of a composition comprising 2,4-disulfonyl ?-phenyl tertiary butyl nitrone and N-acetylcysteine (NAC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignees: Hough Ear Institute, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
    Inventors: Richard D. Kopke, Robert A. Floyd, Rheal Towner
  • Patent number: 10018576
    Abstract: A dielectric waveguide (DWG) may be used to identify a composition of a material that is in contact with the DWG. A radio frequency (RF) signal is transmitted into a dielectric waveguide located in contact with the material. The RF signal is received after it passes through the DWG. An insertion loss of the DWG is determined. The presence of the material may be inferred when the insertion loss exceeds a threshold value. The composition of the material may be inferred based on a correlation with the insertion loss. Alternatively, a volume of the material may be inferred based on a correlation with the insertion loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Juan Alejandro Herbsommer, Robert Floyd Payne
  • Patent number: 10014899
    Abstract: In described examples of a device with built-in-self-test, a multiplexer has at least first and second input terminals and is coupled to receive a first input signal at the first input terminal, a second input signal at the second input terminal, and selection signals. Also, the multiplexer is coupled to output: the first input signal in response to a first combination of the selection signals; the second input signal in response to a second combination of the selection signals; and an analog summation of the first and second input signals in response to a third combination of the selection signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Robert Floyd Payne, Lambert Jacob Helleman
  • Patent number: 9968569
    Abstract: The present invention involves the use of 2,4-disulfonyl phenyl tert-butyl nitrone (2,4-ds-PBN) in the treatment and prevention of gliomas. The 2,4-ds-PBN may be used alone or combined with other traditional chemo- and radiotherapies and surgery, to treat or prevent glioma occurrence, recurrence, spread, growth, metastasis, or vascularization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: OKLAHOMA MEDICAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Rheal A. Towner, Robert A. Floyd
  • Patent number: 9942066
    Abstract: A method for simultaneously transmitting data bits and a clock signal includes converting the combination of the data bits and the clock signal to analog voltages by a digital-to-analog converter. The clock signal are the most significant bit of the digital-to-analog conversion and the data bits are the least significant bit of the digital-to-analog conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Robert Floyd Payne
  • Publication number: 20180097611
    Abstract: A digital receiver for decoding input data having three states includes a first input coupled to a first data line, a second input coupled to a second data line, a third input coupled to a third data line, and a fourth input coupled to a fourth data line. A first decoder is coupled to a first output, wherein the first decoder is for outputting first data signals in response to the sign of input data on the first data line minus input data on the second line. A second decoder is coupled to a second output, wherein the second decoder is for outputting second data signals in response to the sign of input data on the third data line minus input data on the fourth data line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventor: Robert Floyd Payne
  • Publication number: 20180095494
    Abstract: A method for transmitting a plurality of data bits and a clock signal on a return to zero (RZ) signal includes: transmitting a first voltage that is greater than a first threshold, the first voltage being decodable to first order of data bits; transmitting a second voltage that is between a second threshold and the first threshold, the second voltage being decodable to a second order of data bits; transmitting a third voltage that is between a third threshold and a fourth threshold, the third voltage being decodable to a third order of data bits; transmitting a fourth voltage that is greater in magnitude than the fourth threshold, the fourth voltage being decodable to a fourth order of data bits; and transitioning the clock signal in response to the RZ signal being between the second threshold and the third threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventor: Robert Floyd Payne
  • Patent number: 9876630
    Abstract: A digital receiver for decoding input data having three states includes a first input coupled to a first data line, a second input coupled to a second data line, a third input coupled to a third data line, and a fourth input coupled to a fourth data line. A first decoder is coupled to a first output, wherein the first decoder is for outputting first data signals in response to the sign of input data on the first data line minus input data on the second line. A second decoder is coupled to a second output, wherein the second decoder is for outputting second data signals in response to the sign of input data on the third data line minus input data on the fourth data line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Robert Floyd Payne
  • Publication number: 20180019781
    Abstract: In described examples of a device with built-in-self-test, a multiplexer has at least first and second input terminals and is coupled to receive a first input signal at the first input terminal, a second input signal at the second input terminal, and selection signals. Also, the multiplexer is coupled to output: the first input signal in response to a first combination of the selection signals; the second input signal in response to a second combination of the selection signals; and an analog summation of the first and second input signals in response to a third combination of the selection signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: ROBERT FLOYD PAYNE, LAMBERT JACOB HELLEMAN