Patents by Inventor Thomas Mario Cipolla

Thomas Mario Cipolla 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: 6919515
    Abstract: The providing of an array interface of conductive joint members for use in forming interconnections between mating surfaces such as a pad on a surface mount electronic device and contacts on a circuit card where one portion of the conductive joint members are of a relatively elongated or oval outline and are oriented with the longer dimension in one direction to accommodate wiring spacing and another portion oriented in a different direction for accommodating expansion stress. In manufacturing when the relatively elongated shape is oriented with the longer dimension along the wiping motion direction in a screen type forming of the conductive joint members the slurry of material that is to be the conductive joint members fills the openings in the screen more reliably and the areas of the conductive members are more uniform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Edmund David Blackshear, Thomas Mario Cipolla, Paul William Coteus
  • Patent number: 6587151
    Abstract: On a portable computer, a video camera is integrated as a feature by mounting the camera as an assembly made up of a lens and associated pixel electronics in a camera base that is positioned on the perphery of the display in the cover of the portable computer when the cover is open, and the providing of a cavity in the base portion of the portable computer positioned so that the camera assembly enters the cavity when the cover of the portable computer is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Mario Cipolla, Rama Nand Singh
  • Patent number: 6507488
    Abstract: A computer which possesses a bottom keyboard housing having a rear edge hingedly connected with the lower edge of an openable display assembly, and wherein heat-generating computer electronics contained in the housing has heat removed therefrom through the intermediary of heat pipes which are hingedly connected with at least one heat dissipator located in the display assembly. In essence, the computer incorporates an inexpensive construction of heat pipe hinges employed in the thermal interconnection of the bottom keyboard housing of the portable personal computer containing the keyboard and electronics with the display assembly, wherein the heat pipes are protected from bending stresses prior to assembling the major portions of the portable personal computer, such as the keyboard housing and the display assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Mario Cipolla, Lawrence Shungwei Mok
  • Patent number: 6438247
    Abstract: A microphone bearing slider on a diagonal seatbelt member, together with a tethering tape that is positioned along the diagonal seatbelt, from a seatbelt hanger member to the buckle with attachment to the slider, in combination, operate to position the microphone at the same precise location for vocal transmission at each deployment, and to return the assembly to a storage position with no addition attention being required on the part of the communicating person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Mario Cipolla, Ponani Gopalakrishnan, Stephane Herman Maes, Paul Andrew Moskowitz, Jan Sedivy
  • Patent number: 6414842
    Abstract: A stand for a portable personal computer including a base including a front side, a back side, a right side, a left side, and a bottom surface. The stand includes at least one stand member interconnectable with the base. The at least one stand member is positionable in a deployed position and a stowed position. In the deployed position the at least one stand member supports at least one portion of the bottom surface of the base at an elevated level with respect to a surface that the portable personal computer is supported by. The at least one stand member engages a surface of the base in the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Mario Cipolla, George Liang-Tai Chiu
  • Patent number: 6345103
    Abstract: A structural means is provided that positions an operator's voice communication microphone in a vehicle in the vicinity of the visor without interfering with the movement and functions of the visor. The positioning being achieved by attaching a portion of a microphone holder in connection with an escutcheon- type plate that is part of the visor retention and the visor support member and attaching the microphone to another portion of the microphone holder so as to extend the microphone to a position above the visor when the visor is in the stored position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Mario Cipolla, Stephane Herman Maes, Paul Andrew Moskowitz
  • Publication number: 20010004943
    Abstract: The providing of an array interface of conductive joint members for use in forming interconnections between mating surfaces such as a pad on a surface mount electronic device and contacts on a circuit card where one portion of the conductive joint members are of a relatively elongated or oval outline and are oriented with the longer dimension in one direction to accommodate wiring spacing and another portion oriented in a different direction for accommodating expansion stress. In manufacturing when the relatively elongated shape is oriented with the longer dimension along the wiping motion direction in a screen type forming of the conductive joint members the slurry of material that is to be the conductive joint members fills the openings in the screen more reliably and the areas of the conductive members are more uniform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2001
    Publication date: June 28, 2001
    Inventors: Edmund David Blackshear, Thomas Mario Cipolla, Paul William Coteus
  • Patent number: 6247816
    Abstract: An optical system for a projection display employing three reflective spatial light modulations (SLM's) is described. Two or the three SLM imaging paths employ typical image combining and projection optical techniques. However, the third SLM imaging path employs a relay lens to produce an intermediate image of the SLM which is subsequently combined with the other two images. Each color component is directed onto one of three SLM's, each through its own polarizing beamsplitter (PBS) cube. In two of the three SLM's, image forming light is reflected from each SLM and passes through its respective PBS, and the two colors are then recombined using a dichroic coating. A lens then images the two-color image, and projects it onto a screens. The third SLM traverses a completely separate path. In this case, the image forming light reflected by the SLM and passing through the PBS is first imaged by a relay lens of approximately unity magnification to produce an intermediate image plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Mario Cipolla, Fuad Elias Doany, Robert Lee Melcher, Rama Nand Singh
  • Patent number: 6181554
    Abstract: Passive cooling of a portable personal computer is enhanced by providing a capability for raising one side of a computer with respect to another thus exposing the bottom surface of the computer base to the ambient air with the heat being dissipated providing an air flow over the bottom surface of the base portion of the computer. A mechanism is provided that is actuated by opening the cover that positions the base in a tilted position. An improved keyboard angle also results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Mario Cipolla, Claudius Feger
  • Patent number: 6181553
    Abstract: An arrangement and method for enhancing the cooling capacity of portable personal computers. More particularly, there is provided to the provision of an arrangement for increasing the cooling capacity of portable personal computers, particularly such as laptop or notebook computers. The computer possesses a keyboard having the rear edge thereof hingedly connected with the bottom of an openable display unit or panel, and containing heat-generating computer electronics, from which heat is removed through a heat pipe terminating in a coupling arrangement possessing elements which connect to and disconnect from each other when, respectively, docking and undocking the portable personal computer in a docking station so as to facilitate the transference of heat from the portable personal computer through the coupling arrangement into the docking station from whence the heat is dissipated to the surroundings through the intermediary of a heat sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Mario Cipolla, Lawrence Shungwei Mok
  • Patent number: 6115249
    Abstract: A stand for a portable personal computer including a base including a front side, a back side, a right side, a left side, and a bottom surface. The stand includes at least one stand member interconnectable with the base. The at least one stand member is positionable in a deployed position and a stowed position. In the deployed position the at least one stand member supports at least one portion of the bottom surface of the base at an elevated level with respect to a surface that the portable personal computer is supported by. The at least one stand member engages a surface of the base in the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Mario Cipolla, George Liang-Tai Chiu
  • Patent number: 6097595
    Abstract: An automatically deploying and retracting leg for a portable personal computer including a base and a display. At least one leg is arranged in the base and moves downwardly as it is deployed. At least one deploying mechanism is interconnected with the at least one leg and the display so as to cause the at least one leg to deploy and retract upon moving the display respectively between and open and a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas Mario Cipolla
  • Patent number: 6097596
    Abstract: Heat transfer through a heat pipe from a heat source on one side of a hinge to a heat dissipation capability on the other side of the hinge is achieved by providing a rotatable coupler with a thermal transfer body mounted on the side of the hinge away from the heat source and wherein a rotational interface surface area between the thermal transfer body and the heat pipe is larger than the outside of the heat pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Mario Cipolla, Lawrence Shungwei Mok
  • Patent number: 6078495
    Abstract: The present invention is a computer arrangement with enhanced cooling capability. The computer arrangement includes a housing having an opening thereon. The housing holds heat generating components, such as a central processing unit and other hardware components and peripheral devices. The computer arrangement further includes a keyboard which is slidably mounted on the housing over the opening, and a display panel which is connected to the keyboard. The keyboard and the display panel are both slidable relative to the opening so as to uncover a portion of the opening to thereby enable an escape of heat from within said housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Mario Cipolla, Ramiro Ramirez
  • Patent number: 6055153
    Abstract: An arrangement and method for enhancing the cooling capacity of portable personal computers. The power dissipation of portable personal computers, especially such as laptop computers or the like, is enhanced through the utilization of a split swivable keyboard adapted to provide for an increased cooling surface area for electronic components generating heat during use of the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: George Liang-Tai Chiu, Thomas Mario Cipolla, Lawrence Shungwei Mok
  • Patent number: 6031716
    Abstract: An arrangement and method for enhancing the cooling capacity of portable personal computers. More particularly, the arrangement is employed for increasing the cooling capacity of portable personal computers, particularly such as laptop or notebook computers, wherein the computer possesses a keyboard housing having the rear edge thereof hingedly connected with the bottom of an openable display unit or panel, and containing heat-generating computer electronics, from which heat is removed through the intermediary of heat pipes which are hingedly connected with at least one heat dissipator located in the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Mario Cipolla, Joseph Anthony Holung, Vinod Kamath, Mohanlal Savji Mansuria, Lawrence Shungwei Mok, Tin-Lup Wong
  • Patent number: 6028768
    Abstract: An arrangement and method for increasing the cooling capacity of portable personal computers, such as laptop or notebook computers, wherein the computer possesses an automatically deployable keyboard located in the bottom keyboard housing to which there is articulated an openable display unit, and wherein heat generating electronic elements, such as a processor, are located in the housing for the keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas Mario Cipolla
  • Patent number: 6020952
    Abstract: An inventive system and method for continually advancing film through an air-bearing film flattening system having at least one scanning area through which the air-flattened film may be scanned. The film is provided to an air-bearing mechanism comprising two opposing air-bearing plates which create opposing air cushions for maintaining the planarity of the film. The scanning area may comprise at least one optical aperture in the air-bearing plate or plates through which the scanner views the film, or a "viewing" area occupied by bundled coherent optical fibers which sequentially pick up image information from aligned regions of the image. The system provides for time efficient, clean, and error-free reading of the scanned image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Mario Cipolla, Janusz Stanislaw Wilczynski
  • Patent number: 6012711
    Abstract: An alignment device for establishing alignment between the surfaces of abutting components. A rotary table supports a base plate for rotation in a plane. An air bearing connected to the base plate in turn supports a support plate. The air bearing includes an upper spherical protrusion supported in a spherical cavity coupled to an air passageway in the base plate. Compressed air enters the air passageway and establishes an air interface between the upper and lower bearing components. The support plate is stabilized with respect to the base plate by a series of spring adjustments. The component support of the base plate is free to change planarity in response to an abutting surface of another component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas Mario Cipolla
  • Patent number: 5991150
    Abstract: The invention makes the size of the apparent image of the display screen of the display screen larger than the real size. A flat optical magnifier such as a lens of the fresnel type is positioned in an optically enhancing location between the operator and the display screen so that the apparent image at the operator side of the magnifier is greater than the actual image that is present on the display screen. A mechanism is provided for a notebook type portable computer that is passive to a user, folds into the case when the display screen closes over the keyboard and positions a fresnel lens, coplanar with and at a fixed distance from the display screen, when the notebook computer is opened and remains at that fixed distance as the display screen moves to maximum travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: George Liang-Tai Chiu, Thomas Mario Cipolla, Fuad Elias Doany, John Peter Karidis, Rama Nand Singh