Patents by Inventor Tobias Werth

Tobias Werth 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: 10473679
    Abstract: Some examples described herein may include receiving, by a sensor device, differential measurement signals from at least two sensor elements; generating, by the sensor device, fixed-calibrated channels from the differential measurement signals, generating, by the sensor device, self-calibrated channels from the differential measurement signals; determining, by the sensor device, offsets associated with the differential measurement signals based on the self-calibrated channels; determining, by the sensor device, whether a vibration occurred within the differential measurement signals based on the fixed-calibrated channels; and providing, by the sensor device, phase measurement information based on the offsets and whether the vibration occurred, wherein the phase measurement information identifies a phase of the rotatable object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Simone Fontanesi, Tobias Werth, Peter Alfred Friessnegger
  • Patent number: 10466310
    Abstract: A magnetic field sensor arrangement includes a magnetic field sensor element configured to provide a sensor output signal responsive to a magnetic field, wherein the sensor output signal is representative of a magnetic field amplitude; a processing module configured to provide a processed sensor output signal representative of the sensor output signal; a switching level calculation module configured to calculate a switching level, (1) during a power up mode, based on a default switching level, and (2) during a running mode, based on the processed sensor output signal; a comparator module configured to compare the processed sensor output signal with the switching level, and to provide a comparator output signal based on the comparison; and a storage module configured to store the default switching level, provide the default switching level during the power up mode, and update the default switching level during the running mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Tobias Werth, Catalina-Petruta Juglan
  • Publication number: 20190317120
    Abstract: Some examples described herein may include receiving, by a sensor device, differential measurement signals from at least two sensor elements; generating, by the sensor device, fixed-calibrated channels from the differential measurement signals, generating, by the sensor device, self-calibrated channels from the differential measurement signals; determining, by the sensor device, offsets associated with the differential measurement signals based on the self-calibrated channels; determining, by the sensor device, whether a vibration occurred within the differential measurement signals based on the fixed-calibrated channels; and providing, by the sensor device, phase measurement information based on the offsets and whether the vibration occurred, wherein the phase measurement information identifies a phase of the rotatable object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Simone FONTANESI, Tobias WERTH, Peter Alfred FRIESSNEGGER
  • Publication number: 20190310111
    Abstract: A magnetic sensor system may include a first magnetic sensor and a second magnetic sensor. The first magnetic sensor may include a first triplet of sensor elements for measuring a magnetic field. The first triplet of sensor elements may be aligned linearly along a direction of movement. A first pair of differential signals, output by the first magnetic sensor, may indicate a position of the magnetic sensor system, along the direction of movement, relative to a magnetic pole pair. The second magnetic sensor may include a second triplet of sensor elements for measuring the magnetic field. The second triplet of sensor elements may be aligned linearly along the direction of movement. The second magnetic sensor may be positioned relative to the first magnetic sensor such that a second pair of differential signals, output by the second magnetic sensor, indicates a position of the magnetic sensor system across multiple pole pairs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Tobias WERTH, Robert Hermann
  • Publication number: 20190305678
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide a direct current (DC)-DC converter circuit. The DC-DC converter circuit includes a control circuit to switch the DC-DC converter circuit between a charge state, a discharge state, and a tri-state mode. As part of a first control loop, the control circuit may switch the DC-DC converter between the charge state and the discharge state based on the output voltage to provide the output voltage with the target voltage level. Additionally, as part of a second control loop, the control circuit may switch the DC-DC converter between the charge state and the discharge state based on the current through an inductor of the DC-DC converter. The second control loop may provide overcurrent protection for the DC-DC converter. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: David Herbison, Marc Hesener, Tobias Werth, Stefan Guenther
  • Patent number: 10338158
    Abstract: A bias magnetic field sensor is disclosed. In an embodiment, a bias magnetic field sensor includes a magnetic field sensor package having a magnetic body attached to only a single side of the sensor package, wherein the magnetic body is configured to provide a magnetic field, and wherein the sensor package is configured to measure a modulation of the magnetic field by a generator object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Tobias Werth, Robert Hermann, Udo Ausserlechner, Helmut Koeck, Frank Heinrichs
  • Patent number: 10323962
    Abstract: A magnetic circuit may include a magnetic sensor. The magnetic sensor may determine an adjustment factor associated with calculating a variable switching threshold. The variable switching threshold may be a configurable switching threshold based on which the magnetic sensor provides outputs associated with a speed signal corresponding to a rotation of a tooth wheel. The magnetic sensor may provide an output, associated with the speed signal, based on the variable switching threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Klaus Grambichler, Tobias Werth, Simon Hainz
  • Patent number: 10310026
    Abstract: Embodiments related to the generation of magnetic bias fields for magnetic sensing are described and depicted. In one embodiment, a sensor includes at least one magnetosensitive element, and a magnetic body with an opening, the magnetic body comprising magnetic material, the magnetic body having inclined surface sections shaped by the opening, wherein the sensor is arranged within the opening such that the magnetosensitive element is in lateral directions bounded by the inclined surface sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Tobias Werth, Klaus Elian, James Sterling
  • Publication number: 20190120914
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to magnetic field sensor arrangements, including a sensor housing, a first sensor chip having an integrated first differential magnetic field sensor circuit, the first sensor chip being arranged in the sensor housing, and a second sensor chip having an integrated second differential magnetic field sensor circuit, the second sensor chip being arranged in the sensor housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Dirk HAMMERSCHMIDT, Helmut KOECK, Andrea MONTERASTELLI, Tobias WERTH
  • Patent number: 10250241
    Abstract: An apparatus and corresponding method for outputting a protocol pulse based on a speed signal representing speed of an object. The apparatus includes a zero-crossing circuit, and a delay circuit. The zero-crossing circuit is configured to output the protocol pulse at a zero-crossing of the speed signal. The delay circuit is coupled to the output of the zero-crossing circuit and configured to delay the protocol pulse. A first edge of the protocol pulse is asynchronous with a clock, and a second edge of the protocol pulse is synchronous with the clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Simon Hainz, Theodor Kranz, Hubert Fischer, Tobias Werth
  • Patent number: 10215593
    Abstract: A sensor system for detecting a characteristic of a target object is described. The sensor system can include a sensor, such as a magnetic sensor, configured to sense magnet field components and to generate corresponding magnet field component signals based on the sensed magnet field components. The sensor system can include a processor that is configured to calculate a magnetic field angle based third magnetic field components. For example, the magnetic field angle can be calculated by determining a quadratic sum of a plurality of the magnetic field components. The characteristic of the target object can be determined based on the calculated magnetic field angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Tobias Werth, Mario Motz, Gregor Wautischer
  • Publication number: 20190011292
    Abstract: A magnetic sensor may determine information, associated with a magnet wheel, that is associated with a rotational speed of the magnet wheel or a rotational direction of the magnet wheel. The magnetic sensor may determine information, associated with the magnetic sensor, that is associated with a property of the magnetic sensor. The magnetic sensor may provide a signal including the information associated with the magnet wheel and the information associated with the magnetic sensor. The signal may be provided using a pulse width modulation technique associated with at least three signal levels and at least two signal thresholds. A period of time during which the information associated with the magnetic sensor is provided may at least partially overlap a period of time during which the information associated with the magnet wheel is provided, or may be provided without a time offset from the information associated with the magnet wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Simon HAINZ, Lorenzo COCEANI, Tobias WERTH
  • Patent number: 10102992
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a switching device, comprising an input for a sensor signal, the sensor signal having a sensor signal amplitude; and processing circuitry to determine a switching threshold based on the sensor signal amplitude and a weighting factor depending on said sensor signal amplitude and to generate a switching signal when a level of the sensor signal crosses the switching threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Tobias Werth, Mario Motz
  • Publication number: 20180283905
    Abstract: Magnetic field sensor devices, corresponding systems and corresponding methods are discussed where a plurality of magnetic field sensors senses a magnetic field. An evaluation circuit generates a first signal component associated with a periodicity of a magnetic field, and a second signal component at least for periods of the magnetic field exceeding a threshold period length, the second signal component having a resolution smaller than one half period of the magnetic field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Tobias WERTH, Dirk HAMMERSCHMIDT, Helmut KOECK, Andrea MONTERASTELLI
  • Publication number: 20180274951
    Abstract: Switching threshold determination systems and methods for sensors are described. Individual rising and/or falling edge maxima of a target can be determined. Based on the maxima, individual rising and/or falling edge thresholds can be determined. The individual rising and falling edge thresholds can be used to detect one or more target of the target wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Tobias Werth, Cosmin Filip, Catalina-Petruta Juglan
  • Patent number: 9973835
    Abstract: A signal generator comprises a signal provider and a signal processing unit. The signal provider is configured to provide a sensor signal indicating a repeatedly detected event, occurring within differing time intervals. The signal processing unit is configured to generate a transmit signal based on the sensor signal. The transmit signal comprises event information representing the temporal occurrence of the event and additional information representing additional data. The event information comprises pulses associated to detected events, wherein the pulses are temporarily separated within the transmit signal according to the differing time intervals of detected events so that each time interval of the differing time intervals comprises one pulse associated to a detected event. Further, the additional data comprises at least one frame comprising a predefined number of additional data bits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Simon Hainz, Tobias Werth, Michael Westpfahl, Robert Hermann, Lorenzo Coceani, Dirk Hammerschmidt
  • Publication number: 20180003522
    Abstract: A magnetic sensor device for determining a rotation direction of a magnetic component about a rotation axis is provided. The magnetic sensor device includes a bridge circuit with a first half-bridge and a second half-bridge. Each of the first half-bridge and the second half-bridge comprises at least one magnetoresistive structure. Further, the magnetic sensor device includes an evaluation circuit configured to determine the rotation direction of the magnetic component based on a phase difference between an output signal of the first half-bridge and an output signal of the second half-bridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: Mihai Alexandru IONESCU, Tobias WERTH
  • Patent number: 9857438
    Abstract: Magnetoresistive devices can include a first and second sensor. Each of the first and second sensors can be configured to sense a first magnetic field component and a second magnetic field component. The first and second magnetic field components may be orthogonal to each other. Signals generated by the first and/or the second sensors can be used to determine local or global differentials of the magnetic field components. The first and/or the second sensors can each include four magnetoresistive sensors that can be connected in a Wheatstone bridge configuration. Further, the magnetoresistive devices can include magnets having a cavity formed therein, where the dimensions of the cavity are configured to reduce magnetic field conditions of a magnetic field in proximity to and/or within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Tobias Werth
  • Publication number: 20170315146
    Abstract: A sensor device is provided with a magnetic field sensitive element being positioned in a magnetic field of a magnet. The magnetic field sensitive element is configured to sense an orientation angle of the magnetic field in the range between 0° and 360° and generate a sensing signal. The electronic circuitry is configured to receive and process the sensing signal from the magnetic field sensitive element to generate an angle signal indicating the orientation angle of the magnetic field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventors: Helmut Koeck, Leo Aichriedler, Dirk Hammerschmidt, Andrea Monterastelli, Friedrich Rasbornig, Peter Slama, Dietmar Spitzer, Tobias Werth, Harald Witschnig
  • Publication number: 20170307696
    Abstract: A magnetic field sensor arrangement includes a magnetic field sensor element configured to provide a sensor output signal responsive to a magnetic field, wherein the sensor output signal is representative of a magnetic field amplitude; a processing module configured to provide a processed sensor output signal representative of the sensor output signal; a switching level calculation module configured to calculate a switching level, (1) during a power up mode, based on a default switching level, and (2) during a running mode, based on the processed sensor output signal; a comparator module configured to compare the processed sensor output signal with the switching level, and to provide a comparator output signal based on the comparison; and a storage module configured to store the default switching level, provide the default switching level during the power up mode, and update the default switching level during the running mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Tobias WERTH, Catalina-Petruta JUGLAN