Patents by Inventor William J. Allen

William J. Allen 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: 8375162
    Abstract: A NAND-based flash memory device and a method of its operation that extends the life of the device by reducing the number of unnecessary write cycles to the device. The memory device includes blocks, pages contained by each of the blocks, and a page abstraction layer containing a look-up table for translating logical page numbers into physical page numbers. A certain number of the pages in at least one of the blocks is preferably reserved so as not to be used in default data storage mode but instead used to shuffle data within the at least one block using a dynamic page address scheme, whereby data are dynamically moved from one page to an empty page in the same block using dynamic page mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: OCZ Technology Group Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Allen, Franz Michael Schuette
  • Patent number: 8370720
    Abstract: A solid-state mass storage device and method for its operation that includes performing preemptive scrubbing of data during offline periods or disconnects from a host system to which the mass storage device is attached. The device includes a system interface adapted to connect the drive to a host system, at least one nonvolatile memory device, controller means through which data pass when being written to and read from the memory device, a volatile memory cache, a system logic device, and an integrated power source for powering the drive. The system logic device is configured to operate when the drive is not functionally connected to a host system, execute copy commands without accessing a host system, and prioritize preemptive scrubbing of addresses in the memory device on the basis of risk of data loss based on one or more parameters logged by the internal system logic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: OCZ Technology Group, Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Allen
  • Patent number: 8361086
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an apparatus and method for the stabilization and fastening of two pieces of tissue. A single device may be used to both stabilize and fasten the two pieces of tissue, or a separate stabilizing device may be used in conjunction with a fastening device. The stabilizing device may comprise a probe with vacuum ports and/or mechanical clamps disposed at the distal end to approximate the two pieces of tissue. After the pieces of tissue are stabilized, they are fastened together using sutures or clips. One exemplary embodiment of a suture-based fastener comprises a toggle and suture arrangement deployed by a needle, wherein the needle enters the front side of the tissue and exits the blind side. In a second exemplary embodiment, the suture-based fastener comprises a needle connected to a suture. The needle enters the blind side of the tissue and exits the front side. The suture is then tied in a knot to secure the pieces of tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Allen, Alan B. Bachman, Scott Reed, Leland R. Adams, Robert R. Steckel
  • Patent number: 8164935
    Abstract: Methods and memory modules adapted for use in computer systems to generate different voltages for core supply (VDD) and input/output supply (VDDQ) inputs to memory components of the computer memory subsystem. The memory module includes a substrate with an edge connector, a memory component, and first and second voltage planes adapted to supply the core supply voltage and the input/output supply voltage to the memory component. The first voltage plane receives a system input voltage from the edge connector, and the second voltage plane is connected to the first voltage plane to receive a second voltage that is either higher or lower than the system input voltage. One of the first and second voltage planes is connected to the memory component to supply the core supply voltage thereto, and the other voltage plane supplies the input/output supply voltage to the memory component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: OC2 Technology Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Franz Michael Schuette, William J. Allen
  • Publication number: 20110242576
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a fulfillment request is received. A solution set comprising a plurality of fulfillment solutions is determined. The solution set, including values for fulfillment solutions according to a plurality of negotiation attributes, is presented. Selection of a negotiation attribute to be prioritized is invited. The solution set is redetermined according to a selected negotiation attribute. A redetermined solution set is presented. The fulfillment request is fulfilled according to a solution selected from the redetermined solution set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventors: William J. Allen, David Stone, Sean Morrison
  • Publication number: 20110231730
    Abstract: A solid-state mass storage device and method for its operation that includes performing preemptive scrubbing of data during offline periods or disconnects from a host system to which the mass storage device is attached. The device includes a system interface adapted to connect the drive to a host system, at least one nonvolatile memory device, controller means through which data pass when being written to and read from the memory device, a volatile memory cache, a system logic device, and an integrated power source for powering the drive. The system logic device is configured to operate when the drive is not functionally connected to a host system, execute copy commands without accessing a host system, and prioritize preemptive scrubbing of addresses in the memory device on the basis of risk of data loss based on one or more parameters logged by the internal system logic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: OCZ TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: William J. Allen
  • Patent number: 8006700
    Abstract: A medical fastener (18), preferably bioabsorbable, is used for repairing torn soft tissue, particularly meniscal tissue (16). The fastener (18) can have an enlarged head (22) at the proximate end to engage meniscal tissue (16) adjacent to a tear (14), and a pointed distal tip (21) at the other end to ease insertion of the fastener (18) into the meniscus (16). The shank (20) of the fastener (18) bridges across the tear (14). Opposite ends of the shank (20) are secured in the meniscal tissue (16) by a medical adhesive, preferably bioabsorbable, and preferably at locations remote from the tear (14) so as not to interfere with healing of the tear (14). The fastener (18) can have a blind bore (24) opening through the head (22) of the fastener (18) and extending through the shank (20) to a location close to the tip (21) and generally radial holes (26) communicating between the bore (24) and the exterior of the shank (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventors: Gregory A. Demopulos, Scott W. Reed, Alan B. Bachman, Frederick T. Karl, William J. Allen, Leland Ray Adams, G. Lawrence Thatcher
  • Publication number: 20110109679
    Abstract: A detection device (10) including a drop detection device (22) positioned to receive drop ejection information as drops are ejected from the multiple orifices (18) of a drop ejection device (16), and a controller (34) that receives the drop ejection information and conducts a mathematical calculation to calculate frequency domain information from the drop ejection information to produce orifice information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventors: Alexander Govyadinov, William J. Allen
  • Publication number: 20110047322
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices for increasing the reliability of solid state drives containing one or more NAND flash memory arrays. The methods, systems and devices take into account usage patterns that can be employed to initiate proactive scrubbing on demand, wherein the demand is automatically generated by a risk index that can be based on one or more of various factors that typically contribute to loss of data retention in NAND flash memory devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: OCZ TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: William J. Allen, Franz Michael Schuette
  • Publication number: 20100325352
    Abstract: A hierarchically-structured computer mass storage system and method. The mass storage system includes a mass storage memory drive, control logic on the mass storage memory drive that includes a controller and one or more devices for executing a hierarchical storage management technique, a volatile memory cache configured to be accessed by the control logic, and first and second non-volatile storage arrays on the mass storage memory drive and comprising, respectively, first and second non-volatile memory devices. The first and second non-volatile memory devices have properties including access times and write endurance, and at least one of the access time and the write endurance of the first non-volatile memory devices is faster or higher, respectively, than the second non-volatile memory devices. Desired data storage localities on the storage arrays are determined through access patterns and selectively utilizing the properties of the memory devices to match the data storage requirements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: OCZ TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Franz Michael Schuette, William J. Allen
  • Publication number: 20100312953
    Abstract: A NAND-based flash memory device and a method of its operation that extends the life of the device by reducing the number of unnecessary write cycles to the device. The memory device includes blocks, pages contained by each of the blocks, and a page abstraction layer containing a look-up table for translating logical page numbers into physical page numbers. A certain number of the pages in at least one of the blocks is preferably reserved so as not to be used in default data storage mode but instead used to shuffle data within the at least one block using a dynamic page address scheme, whereby data are dynamically moved from one page to an empty page in the same block using dynamic page mapping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: OCZ TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: William J. Allen, Franz Michael Schuette
  • Publication number: 20100234813
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an apparatus and method for the stabilization and fastening of two pieces of tissue. A single device may be used to both stabilize and fasten the two pieces of tissue, or a separate stabilizing device may be used in conjunction with a fastening device. The stabilizing device may comprise a probe with vacuum ports and/or mechanical clamps disposed at the distal end to approximate the two pieces of tissue. After the pieces of tissue are stabilized, they are fastened together using sutures or clips. One exemplary embodiment of a suture-based fastener comprises a toggle and suture arrangement deployed by a needle, wherein the needle enters the front side of the tissue and exits the blind side. In a second exemplary embodiment, the suture-based fastener comprises a needle connected to a suture. The needle enters the blind side of the tissue and exits the front side. The suture is then tied in a knot to secure the pieces of tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventors: William J. Allen, Alan B. Bachman, Scott Reed, Leland R. Adams, Robert R. Steckel
  • Patent number: 7758595
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an apparatus and method for the stabilization and fastening of two pieces of tissue. A single device may be used to both stabilize and fasten the two pieces of tissue, or a separate stabilizing device may be used in conjunction with a fastening device. The stabilizing device may comprise a probe with vacuum ports and/or mechanical clamps disposed at the distal end to approximate the two pieces of tissue. After the pieces of tissue are stabilized, they are fastened together using sutures or clips. One exemplary embodiment of a suture-based fastener comprises a toggle and suture arrangement deployed by a needle, wherein the needle enters the front side of the tissue and exits the blind side. In a second exemplary embodiment, the suture-based fastener comprises a needle connected to a suture. The needle enters the blind side of the tissue and exits the front side. The suture is then tied in a knot to secure the pieces of tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Allen, Alan B. Bachman, Scott Reed, Leland R. Adams, Robert R. Steckel
  • Patent number: 7744609
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an apparatus and method for the stabilization and fastening of two pieces of tissue. A single device may be used to both stabilize and fasten the two pieces of tissue, or a separate stabilizing device may be used in conjunction with a fastening device. The stabilizing device may comprise a probe with vacuum ports and/or mechanical clamps disposed at the distal end to approximate the two pieces of tissue. After the pieces of tissue are stabilized, they are fastened together using sutures or clips. One exemplary embodiment of a suture-based fastener comprises a toggle and suture arrangement deployed by a needle, wherein the needle enters the front side of the tissue and exits the blind side. In a second exemplary embodiment, the suture-based fastener comprises a needle connected to a suture. The needle enters the blind side of the tissue and exits the front side. The suture is then tied in a knot to secure the pieces of tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Allen, Alan B. Bachman, Scott Reed, Leland R. Adams, Robert R. Steckel
  • Publication number: 20100142247
    Abstract: Methods and memory modules adapted for use in computer systems to generate different voltages for core supply (VDD) and input/output supply (VDDQ) inputs to memory components of the computer memory subsystem. The memory module includes a substrate with an edge connector, a memory component, and first and second voltage planes adapted to supply the core supply voltage and the input/output supply voltage to the memory component. The first voltage plane receives a system input voltage from the edge connector, and the second voltage plane is connected to the first voltage plane to receive a second voltage that is either higher or lower than the system input voltage. One of the first and second voltage planes is connected to the memory component to supply the core supply voltage thereto, and the other voltage plane supplies the input/output supply voltage to the memory component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: OCZ TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Franz Michael Schuette, William J. Allen
  • Patent number: 7722190
    Abstract: A color image is displayed on a screen and a luminance image is projected onto the screen. The luminance image has a greater resolution than the color image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jian-gang Weng, Gregory J. May, Ron R. Bendsneyder, William J. Allen
  • Patent number: 7661828
    Abstract: In embodiments, an intensity of light is adjusted according to data indicating the states for elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: William J. Allen, Ravi Prasad, Gregory J. May, John A. de Vos
  • Patent number: 7651512
    Abstract: A lancer device that enables a user to draw blood from a patient and discard the used lancet without touching it. The device also has an adjustable tip for selecting the depth of stylet penetration into the patient and a triggering mechanism that utilizes a yoke latch and a leaf spring to discharge the lancet. The lancer also has a dampening feature to reduce vibrations when the lancet is moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Todd M. Chelak, Jonathan B. Gabel, Robert E. West, William J. Allen, Alan Bachman, Scott W. Reed, Ray Adams
  • Patent number: 7604357
    Abstract: Embodiments of adjusting light intensity are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Gregory J. May, William J. Allen
  • Patent number: 7600874
    Abstract: A display system includes a mechanism to provide for simultaneous pixelated color with a spatial light modulator. Also included is a mechanism to project the simultaneous pixelated color to create a color field display on a viewing surface. A further mechanism moves the color field display relative to viewing surface to provide at least one of color and resolution increasing wobulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Winthrop D. Childers, David C Collins, William J. Allen