Patents by Inventor Robert A. Groves

Robert A. Groves 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: 11187094
    Abstract: An assembly for a turbine engine comprising a plurality of circumferentially arranged segments having first and second confronting end faces. The first and second confronting end faces include a multi-channel spline seal assembly. The multi-channel spline seal assembly includes at least a first and second channel wherein confronting first or second channels can receive at least one spline seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kevin Robert Feldmann, Robert Proctor, David Scott Stapleton, Robert Charles Groves, II
  • Patent number: 11011295
    Abstract: An integrated circuit transformer structure includes at least two conductor groups stacked in parallel in different layers. A first spiral track is formed in the at least two conductor groups, the first spiral track included first turns of a first radius within each of the at least two conductor groups, and second turns of a second radius within each of the at least two conductor groups, the first and second turns being electrically connected. A second spiral track is formed in the at least two conductor groups, the second spiral track including third turns of a third radius within each of the at least two conductor groups and disposed in a same plane between the first and second turns in each of the at least two conductor groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert L. Barry, Robert A. Groves, Venkata Nr. Vanukuru
  • Patent number: 10714420
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for fabricating a metal-insulator-metal capacitor within an interconnect structure (e.g., back-end-of-line interconnect structure) to provide capacitive decoupling between positive and negative power supply voltage lines of a power distribution network. Various via contact configurations including interlevel via contacts and truncated via contacts are utilized to connect the metal-insulator-metal capacitor electrodes to power supply voltage lines of the power distribution network to provide an array of high-density, low resistance via contact connections at various locations across the capacitor electrodes to reduce the resistance of the metal-insulator-metal capacitor and, thus, enhance the transient response time and increase the cutoff frequency of the metal-insulator-metal capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua M. Rubin, Joel A. Silberman, Robert Groves
  • Publication number: 20200211955
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for fabricating a metal-insulator-metal capacitor within an interconnect structure (e.g., back-end-of-line interconnect structure) to provide capacitive decoupling between positive and negative power supply voltage lines of a power distribution network. Various via contact configurations including interlevel via contacts and truncated via contacts are utilized to connect the metal-insulator-metal capacitor electrodes to power supply voltage lines of the power distribution network to provide an array of high-density, low resistance via contact connections at various locations across the capacitor electrodes to reduce the resistance of the metal-insulator-metal capacitor and, thus, enhance the transient response time and increase the cutoff frequency of the metal-insulator-metal capacitor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Joshua M. Rubin, Joel A. Silberman, Robert Groves
  • Patent number: 10643790
    Abstract: Fabrication methods for a 3D multipath inductor, including forming a metal layer to form spiral turns about a center region, the spiral turns including segments that extend length-wise along the turns and having positions that vary from an innermost position and an outermost position relative to the center region; forming a lateral cross-over configured to couple portions of lateral segments in different relative positions from the center region to form lateral segment paths that have a substantially same length for all lateral segment paths in a grouping thereof; forming an additional metal layer to form spiral turns about the center region including corresponding geometry to the first metal layer; and forming a vertical cross-over configured to couple portions of segments on different metal layers to form vertical segment paths that have a substantially same length for all vertical segment paths in a grouping thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC.
    Inventors: Robert A. Groves, Sarath L. K. Parambil, Venkata N. R. Vanukuru
  • Publication number: 20200098482
    Abstract: A wall-mountable interactive device for displaying messages with photos and personalized information is provided. The large size of the display of the interactive device as well as the prominently presented colored buttons facilitates in providing living assistance to individuals in need of assisted living yet live independently. Each colored button provides straight forward functionality for the individual to communicate with a remote caregiver by way of wireless local area networking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Robert Groves, Stuart Lowry
  • Publication number: 20190285676
    Abstract: Electrical structures, methods, and computer program products for radio frequency (RF) de-embedding are provided. A structure includes a first test device, a first through structure corresponding to the first test device, and a first open structure corresponding to the first test device. The structure also includes a second test device having at least one different physical dimension than the first test device but otherwise identical to the first test device, a second through structure corresponding to the second test device, and a second open structure corresponding to the second test device. A method includes determining a first electrical parameter of the first test device in a first DUT structure and a second electrical parameter of the second test device in a second DUT structure based on measured electrical parameters of the first and the second DUT structures, through structures, and open structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Robert A. GROVES, Ning LU, Christopher S. PUTNAM, Eric THOMPSON
  • Patent number: 10393782
    Abstract: Electrical structures, methods, and computer program products for radio frequency (RF) de-embedding are provided. A structure includes a first test device, a first through structure corresponding to the first test device, and a first open structure corresponding to the first test device. The structure also includes a second test device having at least one different physical dimension than the first test device but otherwise identical to the first test device, a second through structure corresponding to the second test device, and a second open structure corresponding to the second test device. A method includes determining a first electrical parameter of the first test device in a first DUT structure and a second electrical parameter of the second test device in a second DUT structure based on measured electrical parameters of the first and the second DUT structures, through structures, and open structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert A. Groves, Ning Lu, Christopher S. Putnam, Eric Thompson
  • Patent number: 10270386
    Abstract: A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) compatible photovoltaic powered cathodic protection (CP) probe can measure voltage potential of subsea structures. In an embodiment, the CP's meter is integrated and able to send CP data topside. The CP meter's compact display module also houses the telemetry board to send CP readings, via an ROV serial, topside. The CP probe does not require a battery and can be used standalone or connected through an ROV to topside logging and display. Further, the CP probe can monitor a plurality of CP voltages and other conditions such as an electrical field gradient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Oceaneering International, Inc.
    Inventors: Casey Glenn, Robert Groves
  • Publication number: 20180301274
    Abstract: An integrated circuit transformer structure includes at least two conductor groups stacked in parallel in different layers. A first spiral track is formed in the at least two conductor groups, the first spiral track included first turns of a first radius within each of the at least two conductor groups, and second turns of a second radius within each of the at least two conductor groups, the first and second turns being electrically connected. A second spiral track is formed in the at least two conductor groups, the second spiral track including third turns of a third radius within each of the at least two conductor groups and disposed in a same plane between the first and second turns in each of the at least two conductor groups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Robert L. Barry, Robert A. Groves, Venkata Nr. Vanukuru
  • Patent number: 10049806
    Abstract: An integrated circuit transformer structure includes at least two conductor groups stacked in parallel in different layers. A first spiral track is formed in the at least two conductor groups, the first spiral track included first turns of a first radius within each of the at least two conductor groups, and second turns of a second radius within each of the at least two conductor groups, the first and second turns being electrically connected. A second spiral track is formed in the at least two conductor groups, the second spiral track including third turns of a third radius within each of the at least two conductor groups and disposed in a same plane between the first and second turns in each of the at least two conductor groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert L. Barry, Robert A. Groves, Venkata Nr. Vanukuru
  • Patent number: 9886018
    Abstract: A pumping unit and method controlling a variable speed pump to output constant flow rate against varying outlet pressure using a controller with stored data curves of flow rate versus discharge pressure for a plurality of pump speeds for the variable speed pump, including a processor determining appropriate pump speed for the sensed discharge outlet pressure by extrapolating between the stored data curves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Smith & Loveless Inc.
    Inventors: John K. Kelly, Robert A. Grove, Rodney S. Mrkvicka, Donald J. Aholt
  • Patent number: 9865392
    Abstract: A series stacked, solenoidally wound, multipath inductor includes a plurality of turns disposed about a center region on two layers. The turns on the two layers have corresponding geometry therebetween. Each of the plurality of turns includes two or more segments that extend length-wise along the turns. The segments have positions that vary from an innermost position relative to the center region and an outermost position relative to the center region. A cross-over architecture is configured to couple the segments of a turn on one layer with the segments on a turn on another layer to form segment paths that have a substantially same length for all segment paths in a segment path grouping between the two layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC.
    Inventors: Robert A. Groves, Venkata Nr. Vanukuru
  • Patent number: 9779869
    Abstract: An integrated circuit transformer structure includes at least two conductor groups stacked in parallel in different layers. A first spiral track is formed in the at least two conductor groups, the first spiral track included first turns of a first radius within each of the at least two conductor groups, and second turns of a second radius within each of the at least two conductor groups, the first and second turns being electrically connected. A second spiral track is formed in the at least two conductor groups, the second spiral track including third turns of a third radius within each of the at least two conductor groups and disposed in a same plane between the first and second turns in each of the at least two conductor groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert L. Barry, Robert A. Groves, Venkata Nr. Vanukuru
  • Patent number: 9612612
    Abstract: A wide bandwidth resonant clock distribution comprises a clock grid configured to distribute a clock signal to a plurality of components of an integrated circuit and a tunable sector buffer configured to receive the clock signal and provide an output to the clock grid. The tunable sector buffer is configured to set latency and slew rate of the clock signal based on an identified resonant or non-resonant mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Bucelot, Alan J. Drake, Robert A. Groves, Jason D. Hibbeler, Yong I. Kim, Liang-Teck Pang, William R. Reohr, Phillip J. Restle, Michael G. R. Thomson
  • Publication number: 20170084390
    Abstract: A three-dimensional multipath inductor includes turns disposed about a center region on two layers, the turns on the two layers having corresponding geometry therebetween. Each of the turns is comprised of two or more segments that extend length-wise along the turns, and the segments have positions that vary from an innermost position relative to the center region and an outermost position relative to the center region. A lateral cross-over is configured to couple the segments of at least one turn on one layer with the segments on a turn on a same layer to form segment paths that have a substantially same length for all segment paths in a grouping of segment paths on that same layer. A vertical cross-over is configured to couple the segments on different vertically stacked metal layers to have the segment groups with a substantially same length for all segment paths based on vertical lengths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventors: Robert A. Groves, Sarath L. K. Parambil, Venkata N. R. Vanukuru
  • Publication number: 20170057605
    Abstract: A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) compatible photovoltaic powered cathodic protection (CP) probe can measure voltage potential of subsea structures. In an embodiment, the CP's meter is integrated and able to send CP data topside. The CP meter's compact display module also houses the telemetry board to send CP readings, via an ROV serial, topside. The CP probe does not require a battery and can be used standalone or connected through an ROV to topside logging and display. Further, the CP probe can monitor a plurality of CP voltages and other conditions such as an electrical field gradient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: Oceaneering International, Inc.
    Inventors: Casey Glenn, Robert Groves
  • Patent number: 9570233
    Abstract: A parallel stacked multipath inductor includes a first layer including turns disposed about a center region, the turns on the first layer having segments that extend length-wise along the turns, the segments having positions that vary from an innermost position relative to the center region and an outermost position relative to the center region. A second layer includes turns electrically connected to the first layer along its length and disposed about the center region, the turns on the second layer having segments that extend length-wise along the turns, the segments having positions that vary from an innermost position and an outermost position relative to the center region. Cross-over architectures are configured to couple the segments on the first layer with the segments on the second layer to form segment paths that have a substantially same length for all segment paths per turn between the first and second layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC.
    Inventors: Robert A. Groves, Venkata Nr. Vanukuru
  • Patent number: 9548158
    Abstract: A three-dimensional multipath inductor includes turns disposed about a center region on two layers, the turns on the two layers having corresponding geometry therebetween. Each of the turns is comprised of two or more segments that extend length-wise along the turns, and the segments have positions that vary from an innermost position relative to the center region and an outermost position relative to the center region. A lateral cross-over is configured to couple the segments of at least one turn on one layer with the segments on a turn on a same layer to form segment paths that have a substantially same length for all segment paths in a grouping of segment paths on that same layer. A vertical cross-over is configured to couple the segments on different vertically stacked metal layers to have the segment groups with a substantially same length for all segment paths based on vertical lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC.
    Inventors: Robert A. Groves, Sarath L. K. Parambil, Venkata Nr. Vanukuru
  • Publication number: 20160155558
    Abstract: A three-dimensional multipath inductor includes turns disposed about a center region on two layers, the turns on the two layers having corresponding geometry therebetween. Each of the turns is comprised of two or more segments that extend length-wise along the turns, and the segments have positions that vary from an innermost position relative to the center region and an outermost position relative to the center region. A lateral cross-over is configured to couple the segments of at least one turn on one layer with the segments on a turn on a same layer to form segment paths that have a substantially same length for all segment paths in a grouping of segment paths on that same layer. A vertical cross-over is configured to couple the segments on different vertically stacked metal layers to have the segment groups with a substantially same length for all segment paths based on vertical lengths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Inventors: Robert A. Groves, Sarath L. K. Parambil, Venkata Nr. Vanukuru