Patents by Inventor Stefan Pinter

Stefan Pinter 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: 8981500
    Abstract: A method for producing an optical window device for a MEMS device, including applying a layer made of a transparent material onto a substrate having a recess, and deforming the layer so that it is folded and the deformed area of the layer forms an optical window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Pinter
  • Publication number: 20140376071
    Abstract: A micromechanical component includes a mounting, and a mirror plate which is adjustable with respect to the mounting about at least one rotational axis and which has a mirror side and a rear side which faces away from the mirror side. The mirror plate is connected to the mounting at least via four springs. Each of the four springs extends partially along the rear side of the mirror plate and is connected to the mirror plate via one support post each, which in each case contacts an anchoring area situated on the rear side. Also described is a micromirror device, as well as a manufacturing method for a micromechanical component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Simon ARMBRUSTER, Helmut GRUTZECK, Joerg MUCHOW, Frederic Njikam NJIMONZIE, Johannes BAADER, Stefan PINTER, Rainer STRAUB, Zoltan LESTYAN
  • Publication number: 20140355094
    Abstract: A micromechanical structure includes a substrate having an upper side and a lower side, the substrate having a first region and a second region adjacent thereto, the upper side being fashioned in the first region as a mirror region that reflects light. In the second region on the upper side of the substrate, a network-type structure and/or a web-type structure is fashioned, such that the second region is essentially non-light-reflective.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Nicolas SCHORR, Friedjof HEUCK, Achim TRAUTMANN, Johannes BAADER, Franziska ROHLFING, Stefan PINTER, Rainer STRAUB
  • Patent number: 8896897
    Abstract: A micromechanical component has a light window; a mirror element adjustable with respect to the light window from a first position into at least one second position about at least one axis of rotation, an optical sensor having a detection surface designed to ascertain a light intensity on the detection surface and to provide a corresponding sensor signal. The light window, the mirror element in the first position and the detection surface are situated in relation to one another in such a way that a portion of a light beam reflected on the light window strikes the detection surface at least partially; and an evaluation unit designed to define, on the basis of the sensor signal, information regarding an instantaneous position of the mirror element and/or an instantaneous intensity of the deflected light beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Pinter, Joerg Muchow, Joachim Fritz, Christoph Friese
  • Patent number: 8847336
    Abstract: In a micromechanical component having an inclined structure and a corresponding manufacturing method, the component includes a substrate having a surface; a first anchor, which is provided on the surface of the substrate and which extends away from the substrate; and at least one cantilever, which is provided on a lateral surface of the anchor, and which points at an inclination away from the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Tjalf Pirk, Stefan Pinter, Hubert Benzel, Heribert Weber, Michael Krueger, Robert Sattler, Frederic Njikam Njimonzie, Joerg Muchow, Joachim Fritz, Christoph Schelling, Christoph Friese
  • Patent number: 8736934
    Abstract: A component having a mounting support, a displaceable part, which is joined to the mounting support by at least one flexible joining component, and an actuator device. The actuator device is configured to set at least one subunit of the displaceable part and/or of the at least one flexible joining component into a first oscillatory motion along a first axis in such a manner, that the displaceable part may be set into an angular oscillatory motion about a first rotational axis. The actuator device is additionally configured to set the same and/or another subunit into a second oscillatory motion having a motion component along a second axis at an inclination to the first axis, in such a manner, that, in addition to the angular oscillatory motion, the displaceable part is displaceable about a second rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Pinter
  • Publication number: 20140118005
    Abstract: A mechanical component has: a mounting; a movable part which, with the aid of at least one first spring and one second spring, is connected to the mounting in such a way that the movable part is movable about a rotational axis extending through a first anchoring area of the first spring on the mounting and a second anchoring area of the second spring on the mounting; a first sensor device with at least one first resistor which is situated on and/or in the first spring; and a second sensor device with at least one second resistor situated on and/or in the second spring. The first sensor device includes a first Wheatstone half bridge and the second sensor device includes a second Wheatstone half bridge. The first and second Wheatstone half bridges are connected to form a Wheatstone full bridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Wolfgang HEINZELMANN, Mohamad IYAD AL DIBS, Rainer STRAUB, Stefan PINTER, Frederic NJIKAM NJIMONZIE, Joerg MUCHOW, Helmut GRUTZECK, Simon ARMBRUSTER, Sebastian REISS
  • Patent number: 8699115
    Abstract: A production method for a micromechanical component and a micromechanical component apparatus are provided encompassing the steps of: forming a housing having an incident light window, forming a multitude of optically active surfaces on a wafer, subdividing the wafer into a multitude of chips having at least one optically active surface in each case, which surface is designed in such a way that, at least in a deactivated operating mode of the chip, the optically active surface is situated in an initial position with respect to the chip, and affixing at least one of the chips inside the housing, the optically active surface of the chip in its initial position being aligned at an angle of inclination that is not equal to 0° and not equal to 180° with respect to the incident light window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Pinter, Christoph Friese
  • Publication number: 20140092458
    Abstract: A magnetically drivable micromirror having an outer frame, a coil former, and torsion springs, situated in a first plane, the torsion springs having an axis of rotation, and the coil former being connected to the outer frame by the torsion springs so as to be capable of rotational motion about the axis of rotation, having a mirror element that is situated in a second plane parallel to the first plane, the mirror element being connected to the coil former by an intermediate layer. A 2D scanner having a first magnetically drivable micromirror and a second drivable mirror, and to a method for producing a micromirror are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: Stefan Pinter, Heribert Weber, Frank Fischer, Michael Krueger, Joerg Muchow, Christoph Friese
  • Patent number: 8648433
    Abstract: A method for producing oblique surfaces in a substrate, comprising a formation of recesses on both surfaces of the substrate, until the recesses are so deep that the substrate is perforated by the two recesses. One recess is produced going out from a first main surface in the region of a first surface, and the other recess is produced going out from the second main surface in the region of a second surface, so that the first surface and the second surface do not coincide along a surface normal of the main surfaces of the substrate. Subsequently, flexible diaphragms are attached over the recesses on each of the main surfaces. If a vacuum pressure is then produced inside the recesses, the flexible diaphragms each curve in the direction of the recesses until their surfaces facing the substrate come into contact with one another, generally in the center of the recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Pinter
  • Patent number: 8629635
    Abstract: A method for operating an electrostatic drive having a stator electrode and an actuator electrode which are designed as multilayer electrodes having subunits includes: predeflecting the actuator electrode with respect to the stator electrode from its non-energized starting position into a first end position by applying a first potential to the first stator electrode subunit, and applying a second potential which is different from the first potential to the first actuator electrode subunit, and applying a third potential which is different from the first potential and the second potential, to the second stator electrode subunit and to the second actuator electrode subunit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Tjalf Pirk, Stefan Pinter, Joachim Fritz, Christoph Friese
  • Patent number: 8581470
    Abstract: An electrode comb for a micromechanical component includes at least one electrode finger for which a first electrode finger subunit with a first central longitudinal axis and a second electrode finger subunit with a second central longitudinal axis are defined. The second central longitudinal axis are defined is inclined in relation to the first central longitudinal axis about a bend angle not equal to 0° and not equal to 180°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Tjalf Pirk, Stefan Pinter, Joerg Muchow, Joachim Fritz
  • Publication number: 20130285985
    Abstract: A method for ascertaining a gesture performed in the light cone of a projected image which has a plurality of pixels includes: detecting all pixels of the projected image and one or multiple parameter values of the individual pixels; comparing the one or the multiple detected parameter values of the individual pixels with a parameter comparison value; assigning a subset of the pixels to a pixel set as a function of the results of the comparison; and ascertaining a gesture performed in the light cone of the projected image based on the assigned pixel set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan PINTER, Reiner SCHNITZER, Frank FISCHER, Gael PILARD, Ming LIU, David SLOGSNAT, Daniel KREYE, Tobias HIPP
  • Publication number: 20130285169
    Abstract: A method for producing an optical window device for a MEMS device, including applying a layer made of a transparent material onto a substrate having a recess, and deforming the layer so that it is folded and the deformed area of the layer forms an optical window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Stefan Pinter
  • Publication number: 20130271807
    Abstract: A micromechanical component having a control element is described, which is connected via at least one supply line spring having a supply line spring constant to a mounting support in an adjustable manner, and a drive device having at least one actuator component situated on the control element. Via at least one line component guided over the at least one supply line spring an electric potential or a current signal is able to be provided to the actuator component in such a way that the control element is able to be set by the drive device into a motion with respect to the mounting support. The control element is additionally connected to the mounting support, and the supply line spring constant is less than vibratory spring constant. Also described is a method for producing a micromechanical component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Heiko Nitsche, Stefan Pinter, Wolfram Schock, Joerg Muchow, Christoph Friese
  • Patent number: 8550639
    Abstract: A cover device is described for a micro-optomechanical component having a substrate which has a maximum surface whose surface area is equal to or greater than a single surface area of any other surface of the substrate, and having at least one window, made of a light-transmitting material, which is inclined with respect to the maximum surface of the substrate, the at least one window being situated within at least one continuous opening provided in the substrate. A manufacturing method for a cover device for a micro-optomechanical component is also described. Furthermore, a micro-optomechanical component and a manufacturing method for a micro-optomechanical component are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Pinter
  • Patent number: 8462415
    Abstract: A connecting structure for micromechanical oscillating devices, in particular micromechanical oscillating mirrors. The connecting structure is at least indirectly connectable to a micromechanical oscillating structure, on the one hand, and to an elastic element, on the other hand, for measuring torsions of the micromechanical oscillating structure, and includes at least one, in particular at least two, preferably three, legs which are situated parallel to a rotation axis of the micromechanical oscillating structure, and at least one further leg which is situated perpendicularly to the rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Pinter, Andreas Duell, Joerg Muchow, Zoltan Lestyan
  • Patent number: 8405210
    Abstract: A production method for chips, in which as many method steps as possible are carried out in the wafer composite, that is, in parallel for a plurality of chips disposed on a wafer. This is a method for producing a plurality of chips whose functionality is implemented on the basis of the surface layer of a substrate. In this method, the surface layer is patterned and at least one cavity is produced below the surface layer, so that the individual chip regions are connected to each other and/or to the rest of the substrate by suspension webs only, and/or so that the individual chip regions are connected to the substrate layer below the cavity via supporting elements in the region of the cavity. The suspension webs and/or supporting elements are cut when the chips are separated. The patterned and undercut surface layer of the substrate is embedded in a plastic mass before the chips are separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Torsten Kramer, Matthias Boehringer, Stefan Pinter, Hubert Benzel, Matthias Illing, Frieder Haag, Simon Ambruster
  • Patent number: 8389327
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing chips (1, 2), in which at least one diaphragm (11, 12) is produced in the surface layer of a semiconductor substrate (10) spanning a cavity (13). The functionality of the chip (1, 2) is then integrated into the diaphragm (11, 12). In order to separate the chip (1, 2), the diaphragm (11, 12) is detached from the substrate composite. The method according to the present invention is characterized by metal plating of the back of the chip (1, 2) in an electroplating process before the chip is separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Torsten Kramer, Matthias Boehringer, Stefan Pinter, Hubert Benzel, Matthias Illing, Frieder Haag, Simon Armbruster
  • Patent number: 8384975
    Abstract: A micromechanical assembly having a mounting, at least one stator electrode comb, which is fixedly placed on the mounting, having at least two stator electrode fingers, whose central longitudinal axes are on a central plane of the stator electrode comb, at least one actuator electrode comb having at least two actuator electrode fingers, and a displaceable component, which is coupled to the at least one actuator electrode comb so that the displaceable component is displaceable in relation to the mounting at least in one first displacement direction using a nonzero operating voltage, which is applied between the at least two stator electrode fingers and the at least two actuator electrode fingers, the first displacement direction having one first nonzero directional component perpendicular to the central plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Tjalf Pirk, Stefan Pinter, Joachim Fritz, Christoph Friese