Patents by Inventor Robert A. Gordon

Robert A. Gordon 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: 20190220430
    Abstract: This application relates to methods and apparatus for transfer of data between a host device (400) and a peripheral device (300) via a USB Type-C connector (100; 304) of the host device. A data controller is described that has a path controller (309, 310; 706) for establishing signal paths between circuitry of the host device and contacts (101) of said USB Type-C connector. The path controller is operable in at least first and second modes. In the first mode the path controller establishes separate signal paths to each of at least first, second, third and fourth contacts (A6, A7, B6, B7) of the USB Type-C connector and a plurality of the established signal paths are for transfer of analogue audio data. In the second mode the path controller establishes a pair of signal paths to only a subset of said first to fourth contacts to provide a differential digital data path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Applicant: Cirrus Logic International Semiconductor Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert David RAND, Graeme Gordon MACKAY, Andrew James HOWLETT
  • Patent number: 10354860
    Abstract: Described herein is an apparatus comprising a plurality of silicon-containing layers wherein the silicon-containing layers are selected from a silicon oxide and a silicon nitride layer or film. Also described herein are methods for forming the apparatus to be used, for example, as 3D vertical NAND flash memory stacks. In one particular aspect or the apparatus, the silicon oxide layer comprises slightly compressive stress and good thermal stability. In this or other aspects of the apparatus, the silicon nitride layer comprises slightly tensile stress and less than 300 MPa stress change after up to about 800° C. thermal treatment. In this or other aspects of the apparatus, the silicon nitride layer etches much faster than the silicon oxide layer in hot H3PO4, showing good etch selectivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: VERSUM MATERIALS US, LLC
    Inventors: Jianheng Li, Robert Gordon Ridgeway, Xinjian Lei, Raymond Nicholas Vrtis, Bing Han, Madhukar Bhaskara Rao
  • Patent number: 10351044
    Abstract: Techniques for drone device control are provided. In one example, the technique includes monitoring, by a drone device operatively coupled to a processor and allocated to a vehicle in operation, one or more conditions associated with the vehicle. The technique also includes, in response to identifying, by the drone device, a defined condition of the one or more conditions: moving, by the drone device, to a position relative to the vehicle and determined based on the defined condition; and performing, by the drone device, an indication operation determined based on the defined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael S. Gordon, James Robert Kozloski, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Publication number: 20190211257
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method for manufacturing a proppant for a particular stimulation fluid, or for manufacturing a stimulation fluid for a particular proppant. The present invention also concerns a proppant for hydrocarbon stimulation, wherein the proppant comprises a plurality of amorphous spherical glass particles which have not undergone any further chemical or thermal treatment, a method of preparing the proppant, and uses of the proppant in hydrocarbon stimulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Andrew BARRON, Covadonga CORREAS LOPEZ, Virginia GOMEZ JIMENEZ, Robert Gordon IRESON, Malcolm David GLENDENNING, Martyn William MARSHALL, Christopher Paul HOLCROFT
  • Patent number: 10343589
    Abstract: Techniques for drone device control are provided. In one example, the technique includes monitoring, by a drone device operatively coupled to a processor and allocated to a vehicle in operation, one or more conditions associated with the vehicle. The technique also includes, in response to identifying, by the drone device, a defined condition of the one or more conditions: moving, by the drone device, to a position relative to the vehicle and determined based on the defined condition; and performing, by the drone device, an indication operation determined based on the defined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael S. Gordon, James Robert Kozloski, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Publication number: 20190200239
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, wirelessly receiving test signals when an unmanned aircraft is at different positions in proximity to a transmission medium where the first group of test signals is transmitted from different locations, determining RF parameters associated with each of the test signals, and generating placement information indicative of a target location for a communication device to be positioned, where the placement information is generated based on the RF parameters. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III, Dorothy Zarsky, Ken Liu, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Pamela A. M. Bogdan, Brandon Pimm, David M. Britz, Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, James Gordon Beattie, JR.
  • Patent number: 10333362
    Abstract: Provided is an electric motor comprising: a stator comprising stator poles arranged radially and a rotor comprising rotor poles, each comprising: a substrate comprising a magnetically permeable material and at least a first magnet and a second magnet. The magnets can comprise a respective proximal end proximal to the stator and a respective distal end opposite the respective proximal end, and distal from the stator. A distance between respective proximal ends of the magnets can be equal to or greater than a distance between respective distal ends of the magnets. Each rotor pole also comprise first and second proximal cavities, each cavity extending from the respective proximal end of a magnet for a given length along about the circumferential direction and away from the proximal end of the other magnet. Sum of the lengths of the proximal cavities can be about equal to a width of each stator pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ACCELERATED SYSTMES INC.
    Inventors: Tim Lambert, Robert Gordon Lankin, Stanley Baer
  • Patent number: 10319862
    Abstract: Described herein are apparatus comprising one or more silicon-containing layers and a metal oxide layer. Also described herein are methods for forming one or more silicon-containing layers to be used, for example, as passivation layers in a display device. In one particular aspect, the apparatus comprises a transparent metal oxide layer, a silicon oxide layer and a silicon nitride layer. In this or other aspects, the apparatus is deposited at a temperature of 350° C. or below. The silicon-containing layers described herein comprise one or more of the following properties: a density of about 1.9 g/cm3 or greater; a hydrogen content of about 4×1022 cm?3 or less, and a transparency of about 90% or greater at 400-700 nm as measured by a UV-visible light spectrometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: VERSUM MATERIALS US, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Gordon Ridgeway, Andrew David Johnson, Anupama Mallikarjunan, Raymond Nicholas Vrtis, Xinjian Lei, Mark Leonard O'Neill, Manchao Xiao, Jianheng Li, Michael T. Savo
  • Publication number: 20190166764
    Abstract: A harvesting vehicle including a body, a plurality of wheels coupled to the body, and a pick deck coupled to the body. The pick deck can include a plurality of picking systems configured to be carried over plants growing in at least one plant bed to harvest crops of the plants. The pick deck can include at least one sensor system configured to provide distance measurement data of a height of the pick deck over the at least one plant bed. The harvesting vehicle also includes a plurality of actuators each adjustably coupling the pick deck to the body, and a suspension control system configured to adjust at least a vertical position of the pick deck with respect to the body based at least in part on the distance measurement data. Other embodiments are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: Harvest CROO, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Pitzer, Scott Gordon Scarpinato
  • Patent number: 10309469
    Abstract: A friction damping cast component and method of production are disclosed. The components may be rotary, such as a cast brake rotor, or may be non-rotary, such as a cast suspension part or a cast engine block. Regardless of the type of component, a two-part vibration-damping insert having a thin metal core and a thin metal sheath is provided. The sheath fully encompasses the core in such a way that a dry sliding friction contact develops at their interfaces. The outer surface of the sheath with the metal core inside is rigidly bonded to the cast material that surrounds it during the casting process. The sheath surfaces may have a number of openings that allow a limited infiltration of molten cast iron material just inside the immediate vicinity of the sheath openings for spot rigid bonding between the surrounding cast material and the insert surfaces during casting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yuri A. Karpenko, David Allen, James Maurice Boileau, J. Chris Oakwood, Peter Kowalow, Laura Dammeyer, Steven Swisher, Robert Gordon Rentschler
  • Patent number: 10310610
    Abstract: A haptic device provides haptic sensation to a user. The haptic device comprises a haptic plate and a plurality of actuators. The haptic plate includes a center portion and an outer portion that circumscribes the center portion. The plurality of actuators is coupled to the outer portion of the haptic plate. Of the plurality of actuators, one or more actuators are configured to generate, in accordance with haptic instructions, a haptic wave that converges to a specific waveform at a specific region of the center portion of the haptic plate. The shape of the specific waveform and the location of the specific region on the center portion of the haptic plate are based in part on the haptic instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dustin Jeffery Gordon Krogstad, Cleveland-Joel Chavez Wilcox, Matthew Robert Schwab, Riccardo DeSalvo, David R. Perek, Ravish Mehra, Sean Jason Keller, Ian Andreas Marquez, Sabrina Monique Sandoval
  • Publication number: 20190159940
    Abstract: Connectors and devices for flexible negative pressure systems are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Gordon Maurice SELBY, Steven Paul GOWERS, Simon John WADDELOW, Marcus David ATKIN, Bryony LEE, Duncan GILDING, Stephen BISHOP
  • Patent number: 10300850
    Abstract: A signal transmission control method, system, and computer program product, include an advanced vehicle signal transmission control according to a context of the vehicle where a differential signal transmission action is performed based on the context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin Wayne Brew, Michael S. Gordon, James Robert Kozloski, Ashish Kundu, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Publication number: 20190151515
    Abstract: Devices and methods for collecting and sensing fluid flow are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Gordon Maurice SELBY, Arnau PERDIGO-OLIVERAS, Roderick Marcus VAN DEN BERGH
  • Publication number: 20190134663
    Abstract: A method and composition for producing a porous low k dielectric film via chemical vapor deposition includes the steps of: providing a substrate within a reaction chamber; introducing into the reaction chamber gaseous reagents including at least one structure-forming precursor comprising an silacyclic compound, and with or without a porogen; applying energy to the gaseous reagents in the reaction chamber to induce reaction of the gaseous reagents to deposit a preliminary film on the substrate, wherein the preliminary film contains the porogen, and the preliminary film is deposited; and removing from the preliminary film at least a portion of the porogen contained therein and provide the film with pores and a dielectric constant of 3.0 or less. In certain embodiments, the structure-forming precursor further comprises a hardening additive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: Versum Materials US, LLC
    Inventors: Xinjian Lei, Robert Gordon Ridgeway, Raymond Nicholas Vrtis
  • Patent number: 10249489
    Abstract: Low dielectric organosilicon films are deposited by a process comprising the steps of: providing a substrate within a vacuum chamber; introducing into the vacuum chamber a gaseous silicon containing precursor composition comprising at least one organosilicon precursor selected from the group consisting of Formula (I) and Formula (II): wherein, R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, and R6 are as defined herein, and applying energy to the gaseous structure forming composition in the vacuum chamber to induce reaction of the at least one organosilicon precursor to deposit a film on at least a portion of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: VERSUM MATERIALS US, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond Nicholas Vrtis, Robert Gordon Ridgeway, Jennifer Lynn Anne Achtyl, William Robert Entley, Dino Sinatore, Kathleen Esther Theodorou, Andrew J. Adamczyk
  • Publication number: 20190075771
    Abstract: A fishing line rinse apparatus having a bucket with a drain spout. A perforated spool with a level wind is disposed on a shaft with a first quick-connector. A drive housing has a base with a pair of pulleys, and a hollow vertical column. A drive disposed within the hollow vertical column of the drive housing has a horizontal drive shaft, a differential, and a vertical drive shaft, wherein the horizontal drive shaft has a second quick-connector that engages the first quick-connector. The vertical drive shaft is selectively engageable with a drill, allowing a drill outside the bucket to spin the spool submerged in water in the bucket to wind and unwind the fishing line, thus rinsing the fishing line and transferring it from a rod to the spool and vice versa. A brake with a thumb screw is disposed on the spool to apply pressure while rewinding the line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventor: Robert Gordon
  • Publication number: 20190055645
    Abstract: Described herein are compositions and methods using same for forming a silicon-containing film such as without limitation a silicon carbide, silicon nitride, silicon oxide, silicon oxynitride, a carbon-doped silicon nitride, a carbon-doped silicon oxide, or a carbon doped silicon oxynitride film on at least a surface of a substrate having a surface feature. In one aspect, the silicon-containing films are deposited using the co-deposition of a first compound comprising a carbon-carbon double or carbon-carbon triple bond and a second compound comprising at least one Si—H bond.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Inventors: Jianheng Li, Xinjian Lei, Raymond Nicholas Vrtis, Robert Gordon Ridgeway, Dino Sinatore, Manchao Xiao
  • Patent number: 10195634
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for nebulizing a liquid from a liquid supply through a membrane comprising first and second surfaces and a plurality of apertures extending through the membrane. The apparatus includes an area for receiving a liquid supply, arranged to deliver a liquid to the first surface of the membrane, a vibrator member, arranged to vibrate the membrane to eject liquid droplets from the front surface of the membrane on vibration; and a mechanical coupling mechanism, arranged to provide a removable mechanical clamping force for clamping the membrane to the vibrator member. Various mechanisms for implementing the mechanical coupling are provided, and liquid containers and membranes for use in the device are proposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: The Technology Partnership PLC
    Inventors: Robert Gordon Maurice Selby, Daniel Geoffrey Tyler Strange
  • Patent number: D842872
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: David Robert Gordon, Bailing Zhou