Patents by Inventor Terry Gilton

Terry Gilton 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: 20190243511
    Abstract: In one form, an optical touch screen system includes a semiconductor body forming a hybrid display and image sensor comprising a plurality of display pixels interspersed with a plurality of image sensor pixels, a spatial light modulator overlying a surface of the hybrid display and image sensor, and a control circuit for driving the plurality of display pixels with a first pattern and measuring a second pattern of the plurality of image sensor pixels, the control circuit analyzing the second pattern to detect a position of an object and selectively detecting a touch location in response to the second pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Applicant: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Terry GILTON, Victor LENCHENKOV, Brian W. KEELAN
  • Patent number: 10310674
    Abstract: In one form, a touch screen includes an optically transmissive medium, first and second light sources, a detection circuit, and a control circuit. The first light source is positioned to emit light across the optically transmissive medium in a first direction, and the second light source is positioned to emit light across the optically transmissive medium in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction. The detection circuit detects standing wave patterns of light emitted by the first and second light sources along the first and second directions. The control circuit is coupled to the detection circuit and measures a first standing wave pattern in an untouched condition, and a second standing wave pattern in a touched condition. The control circuit detects a touch location in response to a difference between the first standing wave pattern and the second standing wave pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Terry Gilton, Victor Lenchenkov, Brian W. Keelan
  • Publication number: 20170024083
    Abstract: In one form, a touch screen includes an optically transmissive medium, first and second light sources, a detection circuit, and a control circuit. The first light source is positioned to emit light across the optically transmissive medium in a first direction, and the second light source is positioned to emit light across the optically transmissive medium in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction. The detection circuit detects standing wave patterns of light emitted by the first and second light sources along the first and second directions. The control circuit is coupled to the detection circuit and measures a first standing wave pattern in an untouched condition, and a second standing wave pattern in a touched condition. The control circuit detects a touch location in response to a difference between the first standing wave pattern and the second standing wave pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Terry GILTON, Victor LENCHENKOV, Brian W. KEELAN
  • Patent number: 9024530
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided that has a display. The display may produce light using a backlight unit or using an array of light-emitting display pixels. An ambient light sensor may be mounted under an active area of the display to measure ambient light that is transmitted through the display. The display may be periodically disabled to prevent the display from producing light that interferes with the ambient light sensor. Display pixels may be coupled to a common cathode switch that can be periodically opened or the backlight in a display with a backlight can be periodically turned off. Control circuitry for periodically disabling the display while enabling the ambient light sensor may be implemented using a display driver integrated circuit mounted to a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian R. Land, Prashanth S. S. Holenarsipur, Terry Gilton, Paul S. Drzaic, Wei H. Yao
  • Publication number: 20140132158
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided that has a display. The display may produce light using a backlight unit or using an array of light-emitting display pixels. An ambient light sensor may be mounted under an active area of the display to measure ambient light that is transmitted through the display. The display may be periodically disabled to prevent the display from producing light that interferes with the ambient light sensor. Display pixels may be coupled to a common cathode switch that can be periodically opened or the backlight in a display with a backlight can be periodically turned off. Control circuitry for periodically disabling the display while enabling the ambient light sensor may be implemented using a display driver integrated circuit mounted to a display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian R. Land, Prashanth S. S. Holenarsipur, Terry Gilton, Paul S. Drzaic, Wei H. Yao
  • Patent number: 8609452
    Abstract: An analytical system-on-a-chip can be used as an analytical imaging device, for example, for detecting the presence of a chemical compound. A layer of analytical material is formed on a transparent layer overlying a solid state image sensor. The analytical material can react in known ways with at least one reactant to block light or to allow light to pass through to the array. The underlying sensor array, in turn, can process the presence, absence or amount of light into a digitized signal output. The system-on-a-chip may also include software that can detect and analyze the output signals of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry Gilton
  • Publication number: 20120231973
    Abstract: An analytical system-on-a-chip can be used as an analytical imaging device, for example, for detecting the presence of a chemical compound. A layer of analytical material is formed on a transparent layer overlying a solid state image sensor. The analytical material can react in known ways with at least one reactant to block light or to allow light to pass through to the array. The underlying sensor array, in turn, can process the presence, absence or amount of light into a digitized signal output. The system-on-a-chip may also include software that can detect and analyze the output signals of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventor: Terry Gilton
  • Patent number: 8207588
    Abstract: An analytical system-on-a-chip can be used as an analytical imaging device, for example, for detecting the presence of a chemical compound. A layer of analytical material is formed on a transparent layer overlying a solid state image sensor. The analytical material can react in known ways with at least one reactant to block light or to allow light to pass through to the array. The underlying sensor array, in turn, can process the presence, absence or amount of light into a digitized signal output. The system-on-a-chip may also include software that can detect and analyze the output signals of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry Gilton
  • Patent number: 7777287
    Abstract: An analytical system-on-a-chip can be used as an analytical imaging device, for example, for detecting the presence of a chemical compound. A layer of analytical material is formed on a transparent layer overlying a solid state image sensor. The analytical material can react in known ways with at least one reactant to block light or to allow light to pass through to the array. The underlying sensor array, in turn, can process the presence, absence or amount of light into a digitized signal output. The system-on-a-chip may also include software that can detect and analyze the output signals of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry Gilton
  • Publication number: 20080093589
    Abstract: A memory element having a first electrode is provided, wherein the first electrode comprises at least one conductive nanostructure. The memory element further includes a second electrode and a resistance variable material layer between the first and second electrodes. The first electrode electrically is coupled to the resistance variable material. Methods for forming the memory element are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Inventors: Jun Liu, Terry Gilton, John Moore, Kristy Campbell
  • Publication number: 20080012083
    Abstract: An analytical system-on-a-chip can be used as an analytical imaging device, for example, for detecting the presence of a chemical compound. A layer of analytical material is formed on a transparent layer overlying a solid state image sensor. The analytical material can react in known ways with at least one reactant to block light or to allow light to pass through to the array. The underlying sensor array, in turn, can process the presence, absence or amount of light into a digitized signal output. The system-on-a-chip may also include software that can detect and analyze the output signals of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Inventor: Terry Gilton
  • Publication number: 20070297231
    Abstract: A nonvolatile memory cell utilizes a programmable conductor random access memory (PCRAM) structure instead of a polysilicon layer for a floating gate. Instead of storing or removing electrons from a floating gate, the programmable conductor is switched between its low and high resistive states to operate the flash memory cell. The resulting cell can be erased faster and has better endurance than a conventional flash memory cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Publication date: December 27, 2007
    Inventor: Terry Gilton
  • Publication number: 20070258308
    Abstract: A software refreshed memory device comprises a plurality of memory cells that must be periodically refreshed to avoid losing data. Preferably, the memory cells can avoid losing data even though the time interval between successive memory refresh operations is relatively long, as compared to the time interval between successive memory refresh operations in a conventional volatile memory device, such as a DRAM. A processor can perform periodic memory refresh operations by executing a set of memory refresh instructions implemented in software, rather than in hardware. Accordingly, the memory device can advantageously be simplified, because the need for memory refresh circuitry and for a unique refresh control signal are advantageously eliminated. Moreover, the processor executing the memory refresh instructions can typically perform more sophisticated algorithms, as compared to memory refresh circuitry implemented in hardware, for determining when to perform a memory refresh operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Publication date: November 8, 2007
    Inventor: Terry Gilton
  • Publication number: 20070201255
    Abstract: The invention is related to methods and apparatus for providing a two-terminal constant current device, and its operation thereof. The invention provides a constant current device that maintains a constant current over an applied voltage range of at least approximately 700 mV. The invention also provides a method of changing and resetting the constant current value in a constant current device by either applying a positive potential to decrease the constant current value, or by applying a voltage more negative than the existing constant current's voltage upper limit, thereby resetting or increasing its constant current level to its original fabricated value. The invention further provides a method of forming and converting a memory device into a constant current device. The invention also provides a method for using a constant current device as an analog memory device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Publication date: August 30, 2007
    Inventors: Kristy Campbell, Terry Gilton, John Moore, Joseph Brooks
  • Publication number: 20070166983
    Abstract: A memory element comprising first and second electrodes is provided. The first electrode is tapered such that a first end of the first electrode is larger than a second end of the first electrode. A resistance variable material layer is located between the first and second electrodes, and the second end of the first electrode is in contact with the resistance variable material. Methods for forming the memory element are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Publication date: July 19, 2007
    Inventors: Jun Liu, Terry Gilton, John Moore
  • Publication number: 20070158302
    Abstract: A system for removing resist from a substrate is configured to apply an ozonated resist stripper to a resist that is to be removed, as well as to direct another gas toward the resist. In a resist removal method, a resist stripper that includes ozone is applied to a resist and another gas is directed toward the resist. Direction of a gas other than ozone at least partially toward the resist may facilitate removal of the resist, such as by causing movement in the resist stripper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Publication date: July 12, 2007
    Inventor: Terry Gilton
  • Publication number: 20070128792
    Abstract: A programmable multiple data state memory cell including a first electrode layer formed from a first conductive material, a second electrode layer formed from a second conductive material, and a first layer of a metal-doped chalcogenide material disposed between the first and second electrode layers. The first layer providing a medium in which a conductive growth can be formed to electrically couple together the first and second electrode layers. The memory cell further includes a third electrode layer formed from a third conductive material, and a second layer of a metal-doped chalcogenide material disposed between the second and third electrode layers, the second layer providing a medium in which a conductive growth can be formed to electrically couple together the second and third electrode layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Publication date: June 7, 2007
    Inventor: Terry Gilton
  • Publication number: 20070091666
    Abstract: An architecture, and its method of formation and operation, containing a high density memory array of semi-volatile or non-volatile memory elements, including, but not limited to, programmable conductive access memory elements. The architecture in one exemplary embodiment has a pair of semi-volatile or non-volatile memory elements which selectively share a bit line through respective first electrodes and access transistors controlled by respective word lines. The memory elements each have a respective second electrode coupled thereto which in cooperation with the bit line access transistors and first electrode, serves to apply read, write and erase signals to the memory element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2006
    Publication date: April 26, 2007
    Inventors: John Moore, Terry Gilton
  • Publication number: 20070008761
    Abstract: An architecture, and its method of formation and operation, containing a high density memory array of semi-volatile or non-volatile memory elements, including, but not limited to, programmable conductive access memory elements. The architecture in one exemplary embodiment has a pair of semi-volatile or non-volatile memory elements which selectively share a bit line through respective first electrodes and access transistors controlled by respective word lines. The memory elements each have a respective second electrode coupled thereto which in cooperation with the bit line access transistors and first electrode, serves to apply read, write and erase signals to the memory element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Publication date: January 11, 2007
    Inventors: John Moore, Terry Gilton
  • Publication number: 20060254277
    Abstract: A rotatable micro-machine is comprised of a solvent reservoir, a porous evaporation region and a channel connecting the solvent reservoir to the evaporation region. The evaporation region may be constructed of capillary paths that enable a capillary action which pulls solvent from the channel so as to enable a flow of solvent from the reservoir to the evaporation region through the channel. A rotatable member has portions in communication with the channel so as to be rotated by the flow. In one embodiment, the rotatable member may be a component of a micro-turbine generator. A system may be comprised of the rotatable micro-machine in combination with at least one electrical circuit. The porous region may be positioned to receive heat from the circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Publication date: November 16, 2006
    Inventor: Terry Gilton