Electrical Contact Patents (Class 235/441)
  • Patent number: 10284081
    Abstract: A regulated charge pump circuit and method of operation are described. A charge pump is configured to supply an output voltage to a load, and includes at least one charge pump stage, a charge pump driver arranged to drive the charge pump stages and a controllable current source connected between a supply voltage and the charge pump driver. An analog regulation loop includes a measurement circuit arranged to output an analog regulation signal indicative of a difference between a current value of the output voltage and a target value of the output voltage. A signal path is connected to the charge pump to supply the analog regulation signal to the controllable current source to operate the controllable current source to modulate the supply voltage that can be provided to the charge pump driver to regulate the output voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventor: Ivan Jesus Rebollo Pimentel
  • Patent number: 10277722
    Abstract: Electronic devices are provided with ejectable component assemblies that can be substantially flush with the external surfaces of the housings of the devices, despite variations in their manufacture. The ejectable component assemblies may include connectors coupled to circuit boards of the devices, and trays that can be loaded with removable modules, inserted through openings in the housings of the devices, and into the connectors for functionally aligning the removable modules with the circuit boards. The ejectable component assemblies may also include ejectors coupled to the housings of the devices for ejecting the trays from the connectors and, thus, from the devices themselves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Erik L. Wang, Robert Sean Murphy, Tang Yew Tan, Jeffrey Eugene Neaves, Lawrence E. Davis, Sung Kim
  • Patent number: 10262245
    Abstract: Electronic devices are provided with ejectable component assemblies. Each ejectable component assembly may include a tray that can be loaded with one or more types of removable module, such as a mini-SIM card and a micro-SIM card, and inserted into the device. Each assembly may also include a base coupled to a circuit board for electrically coupling with the removable module, a cage for biasing the module down against the base, and a guide for retaining the module at a functional insertion position within the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jason Sloey, Michelle Yu
  • Patent number: 10251293
    Abstract: A system and method for data storage are disclosed. In a first aspect, the system comprises a printed circuit board, a central processing unit (CPU) coupled to the printed circuit board, an USB connector coupled to the CPU, and an USB receptacle connector coupled to the CPU. In a second aspect, the system is a smart USB device that includes a smart USB module and a USB drive coupled to the smart USB module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Kingston Digital, Inc.
    Inventors: Choon-Tak Tang, Ke-Chun Chou
  • Patent number: 10241558
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus operates in a normal mode and a power-saving mode. A smaller amount of electricity is consumed in the power-saving mode than in the normal mode. The electronic apparatus includes a control section and a connection interface to which a reader that reads information from an external storage medium is connectable. When the electronic apparatus transits from the normal mode to the power-saving mode, if the reader is connected to the connection interface, the control section transits to a first power-saving mode in which both the connection interface and the reader are operable, or if the reader is not connected to the connection interface, the control section transits to a second power-saving mode in which a lower amount of electricity is consumed than in the first power-saving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shinobu Tsukui
  • Patent number: 10244089
    Abstract: A mobile device can include electronic circuitry and a chassis shell adapted to protect the electronic circuitry. The chassis shell includes an opening exposing a tray inside the mobile device. The tray can include an external card slot and a patterned wall. The tray can be disposed within a cavity of a support structure of the mobile device. An input/output (I/O) component, such as a speaker, and a card reader can also be disposed within the cavity. The I/O component can communicate via at least a hole in the patterned wall (e.g., a speaker grill).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: David John Evans, V, Xinrui Jiang, Andrew E. Rubin, Matthew Hershenson, Xiaoyu Miao
  • Patent number: 10244090
    Abstract: A mobile device can include electronic circuitry and a chassis shell adapted to protect the electronic circuitry. The chassis shell includes an opening exposing a tray inside the mobile device. The tray can include an external card slot and a patterned wall. The tray can be disposed within a cavity of a support structure of the mobile device. An input/output (I/O) component, such as a speaker, and a card reader can also be disposed within the cavity. The I/O component can communicate via at least a hole in the patterned wall (e.g., a speaker grill).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: David John Evans, V, Xinrui Jiang, Andrew E. Rubin, Matthew Hershenson, Xiaoyu Miao
  • Patent number: 10242357
    Abstract: In some examples, disclosed methods and systems may configure using a proxy payment object a payment object reader to accept one or more payment objects. The method includes receiving, as an input from a merchant and in a specific manner, at least one object into a payment object reader communicatively coupled to a point-of-sale (POS) terminal. A portion of read-data is compared to a proxy payment object syntax. In response to obtaining a match between the read-data and the proxy payment object syntax with the read-data, the received object is determined to be a proxy payment object. A configuration component then generates a set of configuration instructions which when executed on the payment object reader and/or the POS terminal configures the payment object reader to accept one or more payment objects towards a payment transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Dorogusker, Thomas B Templeton, Eric Manago
  • Patent number: 10198601
    Abstract: Card readers with adaptive magnetic head assemblies are disclosed. According to one embodiment, a card reader may include chassis comprising a card slot that receives a portion of a magnetic stripe card; a card guiding element positioned in a card path defined by the card slot and that interacts with a datum edge of the magnetic stripe card, at least a portion of the card guiding element being rotatable relative to the card path; and a magnetic reading head provided on the card guiding element that reads a magnetic stripe on the magnetic stripe card. The card guiding element and the magnetic reading head rotate relative to the card path in response to the datum edge of the magnetic stripe card applying a force to the card guiding element, thereby substantially maintaining an alignment between the magnetic stripe and the magnetic reading head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: VeriFone, Inc.
    Inventors: Eng Joo Yap, Yang Hock Jeffrey Loh
  • Patent number: 10198602
    Abstract: A card processing device with which a user operates a card by hand may include a card-inserting section at which the card is inserted; a card-storing section structured to store the card while a rear end portion of the inserted card is exposed from the card-inserting section; a reading section structured to read recorded information on the card stored in the card-storing section; a first detecting section structured to detect that the card is inserted to the card-storing section from the card-inserting section; a second detecting section, arranged on the farther side than the first detecting section in the inserting direction of the card, structured to detect that the card is inserted; and a status-monitoring section structured to detect fraud from the relation of the detections of the card at the first detecting section and the second detecting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tsutomu Orii
  • Patent number: 10185847
    Abstract: A secure smartcard reader including a smartcard connector and a flexible printed circuit board wrapped around and at least partially surrounding the smartcard connector and at least partially defining a security volume enclosing the smartcard connector, the wrapped flexible printed circuit board defining on an outer-facing surface thereof a plurality of keypad contacts, the wrapped flexible printed circuit board defining electrical conductors connecting the plurality of keypad contacts to connector pads and the wrapped flexible printed circuit board defining a protective anti-tamper mesh protecting the electrical conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: VeriFone, Inc.
    Inventors: Igal Yosef Yanko, Scott William McKibben, John Henry Barrowman
  • Patent number: 10181093
    Abstract: A scanning device includes a base, an upper cover pivotally covered to the base, a motor mounted to the base, two roller assemblies, a sensor mounted in the first channel, and a card supporting mechanism. A first channel, a scanning channel and a second channel are formed between the upper cover and the base. The scanning channel has a scanning read line. The first channel, the scanning channel and the second channel are communicated with one another. The two roller assemblies are connected with and driven by the motor. The card supporting mechanism is mounted to the base. The card supporting mechanism includes a blocking board movably disposed behind the second channel along the longitudinal direction, and a front surface of the blocking board is parallel to the scanning read line and orthogonal to the second channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: FOXLINK IMAGE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuan Yi Lin, Hung Ming Chang
  • Patent number: 10170879
    Abstract: A power distribution unit (PDU) having a connector to connect to an input power supply and a plurality of power outlet sockets for receiving plugs having a number of pins. Each power outlet socket has a mechanical locking mechanism movable between a locked position and an unlocked position when a plug is inserted into the power outlet socket to lock and unlock a plug pin in the power outlet socket. Absent actuation the locked position is adopted. Each power outlet socket includes an externally, manually actuatable, first release element, and an internally, electrically actuatable, second release element. A power sensor detects whether or not power is being drawn and, for power outlet sockets which currently host a plug and are not drawing power, the second release element is actuated by the PDU so as to unlock the mechanical locking mechanism, thereby freeing up the associated plugs for removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James Hewitt, Colin I. Holyoake, Mark J. Lawrence, Caroline J. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10140609
    Abstract: In one example aspect, an integrated point of sale (POS) mobile device includes a mobile-device processor; a secure payment processor; a memory, coupled to the mobile device-processor and the secure payment processor, for storing executable instructions that comprise a mobile-device payment system and a set of payment data; a glass film film (GFF) touch sensor, wherein the GFF touch sensor can be driven by a secure-touch integrated circuit (IC) that encrypts any touch data going to the secure payment processor; an EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) card reader system; an NFC (Near field communication) reader system; a Magnetic stripe reader (MSR); a housing comprising the mobile-device processor, the secure payment processor, the memory, the EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) card reader system, the NFC (Near field communication) reader system, the Magnetic stripe reader (MSR); a mobile-device payment system receiving input from the EMV card reader system, the MSR system, and the NFC reader system; and a se
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Faisal Saeed, Zia Hasnain, Asif Rao
  • Patent number: 10114359
    Abstract: A numerical control device includes a CPU for outputting a position command value of a servomotor; an IC including a servo controller for outputting a current command value to an amplifier for driving the servomotor, and an I/O unit for inputting and outputting an external signal; a DSP for reading the position command value and performing control so as to move the servomotor to a position indicated by the position command value; and an inter-device communication path between the CPU and the IC. The IC includes an internal bus connected to a communication interface connected to the inter-device communication path, and the I/O unit; and an internal communication path for directly transmitting a signal between the servo controller and the I/O unit without passing through the internal bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kouji Hada, Yoshito Miyazaki, Takaaki Komatsu, Yasumichi Sakoda
  • Patent number: 10070545
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrical device (1) having a housing (2) and at least one receiving shaft (3), which is accessible from an outer side of the housing (2), for an electronic data storage means (4) which can be inserted into the receiving shaft (3) and, as a result, can make contact with electrical components arranged in the electrical device (1) and optionally can be removed again from the receiving shaft (3), wherein the receiving shaft (3) is surrounded at least partially by a recessed grip (5) on the outer side of the housing (2), which recessed grip is designed as a depression with respect to the outer contour of the housing (2), wherein at least one light exit opening (9) for light output by at least one electric light source (10) of the electrical device (1) is arranged within the recessed grip (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: WAGO VERWALTUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
    Inventor: Lars Binner
  • Patent number: 10043043
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide a card reader that provides heat dissipation for high data transfer ICCs. The card reader includes a body having a press bar that physically contacts an upper surface of the ICC when fully inserted into the card reader. The press bar includes an aperture directly overlying and aligned with the card contacts of the card reader and the contact pads of the ICC when fully inserted. The aperture allows any heat generated by the ICC to radiate to a surrounding cooling medium, such as air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: William Michael Beals, Jerome A. LaPalme
  • Patent number: 10026025
    Abstract: A card reader may include a fixed body having a card moving passage, a pulling-out prevention member supported by the fixed body and structured to turn between a closing position and an open position, and structured to prevent pulling-out of the card at the closing position, a first urging member which urges the pulling-out prevention member toward the closing position, a lock member to prevent turning of the pulling-out prevention member toward the open position, and a lock member drive mechanism. The lock member may be driven by the lock member drive mechanism and swung so as to be switched from one of an unlocking attitude permitting turning of the pulling-out prevention member toward the open position and a locking attitude interfering with the pulling-out prevention member and preventing turning of the pulling-out prevention member toward the open position to the other of the unlocking attitude and the locking attitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Aiyoshi, Toshio Tatai
  • Patent number: 10027079
    Abstract: The present application relates to the field of electric vehicle connector, particularly to a new connector applied to USF cards and Micro SD cards. The connector comprises an end component, a frame and an outer shell. The end component is provided in the frame covered with the outer shell; UFS cards or Micro SD cards can be inserted into the frame and connected with the end component; the end component includes nineteen ends, i.e., Pin 1 to Pin 19; the ends of the inserted UFS card or Micro SD card can be connected with respective ends of the end component; the UFS card includes twelve ends(i.e., u1 to u12); the Micro SD card includes eight ends(i.e., m1 to m8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Amphenol Shouh Min Industry (Shen Zhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Weiwei Lu, Zhimin Qin, Zefeng Lai
  • Patent number: 9997017
    Abstract: A gaming machine system and method for retrofitting the gaming machines to track activity of users. The gaming machine system includes gaming machines in communication with a server with a database. The gaming machines each include a cash ticket reader and a cash ticket printer. The gaming machines retrofitted with software that adapts the cash ticket reader and the cash ticket printer to additionally read and print tracking tickets. The cash tickets include a cash value and the tracking tickets include a code representative of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Novomatic AG
    Inventor: Roman Czubak
  • Patent number: 9960476
    Abstract: A conductive coupling frame (CF) or a discontinuous metal layer disposed surrounding and closely adjacent a transponder chip module (TCM), and substantially coplanar with an antenna structure (AS, CES, LES) in the transponder chip module (TCM). A metal card body (MCB, CB) or a transaction card with a discontinuous metal layer having a slit (S), extending from an inner end to a periphery of the metal layer, and not terminating in a distinct opening sized to accommodate a transponder chip module (TCM).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: FĂ©inics AmaTech Teoranta
    Inventors: David Finn, Mustafa Lotya, Darren Molloy
  • Patent number: 9946967
    Abstract: A temporary carrier of a removable memory card (2) is in the shape of a flat card (1), where the removable memory card (2) forms an element to be released from the flat card body (1). The removable memory card (2) has at least five additional contacts (4) for temporary usage before the removable memory card is removed from the flat card (1) body. The additional contacts (4) take up a smaller surface as a contact field (5) of a standardized flat card (1). The removable memory card (2) is located within the flat card (1) in such a way that the position of additional contacts (4) corresponds to the position of a standardized flat card (1) contact field (5). The suitable sixth additional switch contact (8) can be used to switch secure elements. The temporary carrier is inserted into a standard burning device, which operates with it in the same way as it would with a common card with a contact field (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: SMK Corporation
    Inventors: Miroslav Florek, Michal Masaryk, Pavel Travnicek
  • Patent number: 9922213
    Abstract: A card reader may include an IC contact block; an insertion port; an insertion posture detection mechanism; a tip end detection mechanism; a pulling-out prevention mechanism structured to prevent pulling-out of a card inserted in an inside of the card reader when it is detected that the card is inserted into the insertion port in a correct posture based on a detected result of the insertion posture detection mechanism and, when it is detected that the tip end face of the card in the inserting direction has been inserted to the predetermined position based on a detected result of the tip end detection mechanism; and a pushing-out mechanism structured to push out the card inserted into the inside of the card reader in an ejecting direction of the card which is an opposite direction of the inserting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Ishikawa, Kazunori Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9886600
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide a smart card reader that includes a smart card reader body and smart card contacts. The smart card reader body is a single, contiguous piece of electrically dissipative material. As a smart card is inserted in to the smart card reader body and makes contact with portions of the smart card reader body, any electrostatic charge that has accumulated on plastic portions of the smart card is discharged through the smart card reader body itself, and to ground. As a result, damage to circuitry coupled to the smart card reader and an embedded circuit housed in the smart card is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: ECHOSTAR TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
    Inventor: William Michael Beals
  • Patent number: 9886601
    Abstract: A smart card connector including a housing defining a smart card receiving slot communicating with a smart card ingress slit formed in the housing, a plurality of smart card contacts mounted within the housing and being configured for reading contact with a smart card inserted into the slot and a movable smart card contact mounting assembly supporting at least one of the plurality of smart card contacts and for positioning the at least one of the plurality of smart card contacts in a first position, in the absence of a smart card in the slot, and in a second position, different from the first position, when a smart card is fully inserted in the slot, wherein when the at least one of the plurality of smart card contacts is in the first position it is relatively inaccessible to tampering via the smart card ingress slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: VeriFone, Inc.
    Inventors: Davey Faoro, Christian Eric Schulz
  • Patent number: 9835434
    Abstract: An electronic device with a two-dimensional capacitance sensing area, a camera, one or more processors and memory detects a predefined capacitance distribution of an object that is placed on or near the two-dimensional capacitance sensing area. The object includes a predefined visual pattern on the object. The device, in response to detecting the predefined capacitance distribution of the object that is placed on or near the two-dimensional capacitance sensing area, performs a first predefined operation in accordance with first information encoded by the predefined capacitance distribution of the object. The device detects the predefined visual pattern on the object using the camera, and performs the first predefined operation in accordance with second information encoded in the predefined visual pattern detected using the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: David Sloo, Shigefumi Honjo, Anthony M. Fadell
  • Patent number: 9806464
    Abstract: An improved structure of an electrical connector generally includes a shielding enclosure, at least one insulation body, an upper transmission conductor assembly, and a lower transmission conductor assembly. The upper and lower transmission conductor assemblies include an upper grounding terminal assembly, an upper power terminal assembly, a lower grounding terminal assembly, and a lower power terminal assembly, of which each terminal assembly defines a soldering section, an extension section, and a contact section. The soldering section has a width from 0.35 mm to 0.45 mm and a thickness from 0.15 mm to 0.25 mm. The extension section has a width from 0.35 mm to 0.45 mm and a thickness from 0.15 mm to 0.25 mm. The contact section has a width from 0.195 mm to 0.295 mm and a thickness from 0.15 mm to 0.25 mm. With such an arrangement, electrical current loading of the terminals can be effectively increased to meet the need for a large current without increasing noise interference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: ALLSMARTLITE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaoping Wang, Ming-Han Perng, Chien-Hsing Lai
  • Patent number: 9800006
    Abstract: A downloader gender case is disclosed. The download gender case according to the present invention comprises: a fixed cover for fixing a substrate, configured to surround a part of the substrate and the periphery of a header and formed with a first through hole through which the header is opened; a slide cover disposed on the outer side of the fixed cover, configured to surround the other part of the substrate and the periphery of a pin header and formed with a second through hole through which the pin header is opened; and an opening and closing portion coupled with the slide cover to open and close the second through hole, the slide cover being capable of sliding in a direction toward the header or the pin header.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kyung-Min Kim
  • Patent number: 9792473
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a card swiping method for determining card swiping of a mobile terminal by using ultrasonic signal strength, comprising: closely contacting, by a mobile terminal, a card reading device, wherein a multi-interface integrated circuit module in the mobile terminal receives a ultrasonic signal transmitted by an ultrasonic wave transmitting module in the card reading device; measuring, by the multi-interface integrated circuit module, strength of the received ultrasonic signal, and comparing the measured strength with an ultrasonic signal strength threshold which allows card swiping; and if the strength of the received ultrasonic signal received by the multi-interface integrated circuit module is greater than the ultrasonic signal strength which allows card swiping, interactively performing card swiping procedures by the multi-interface integrated circuit module and the card reading device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignees: SHENZHEN ULTRASONICPAY TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Weixi Luo
  • Patent number: 9780492
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved structure of an electrical connector, which includes an upper transmission conductor assembly including an upper grounding terminal assembly and an upper power terminal assembly; and a lower transmission conductor assembly including a lower grounding terminal assembly and a lower power terminal assembly, each of which defines soldering sections, extension sections, and contact sections. The soldering sections have a width between 0.35 mm and 0.45 mm and a thickness between 0.1 mm and 0.2 mm. The extension sections have a width between 0.35 mm and 0.45 mm and a thickness between 0.1 mm and 0.2 mm. The contact sections have a width between 0.285 mm and 0.295 mm and a thickness between 0.1 mm and 0.2 mm. As such, a need for supply of a large electrical current can be satisfied and noise interference can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: ALLSMARTLITE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaoping Wang, Ming-Han Perng, Chien-Hsing Lai
  • Patent number: 9768776
    Abstract: A data synchronizer that latches an asynchronous input data signal relative to a clock signal. The data synchronizer includes in input circuit, first and second pass gates, first and second inverters, and a gate controller. The input circuit drives first and second data nodes to opposite logic states based on the asynchronous input data signal. Each pass gate is coupled between an input data node and a capture node. The inverters are cross-coupled between the capture nodes. The gate controller is capable of keeping the pass gates at least partially open during a metastable condition of the capture nodes, and closes the pass gates when the capture nodes resolve to opposite logic states. The capture nodes may be buffered in a substantially balanced manner to provide a buffered output, and the buffered output may be registered into the clock domain. The data synchronizer may be implemented using FinFET devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: VIA ALLIANCE SEMICONDUCTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: James R. Lundberg
  • Patent number: 9768823
    Abstract: A data carrier is convertible into a cradle for a mobile communications device. The data carrier includes a first manipulation line downstream of a cutout in which the SIM is disposed. The first manipulation line and vertical manipulation lines define a stand that is less than a width of the card body. A support portion on each side of the stand includes a rear support surface that is fixed relative to manipulation of the stand. Each support portion also includes second manipulation and third manipulation lines configured such that upon manipulation, a vertical support surface extends between the second and third manipulation lines and a lip portion extends between the third manipulation line and a first end of the card body. The mobile communications device may be secured in a portrait orientation within the cradle formed by the rear support surfaces, the vertical support surfaces, and the lip portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient Mobile Security America, Inc.
    Inventor: Yongjia Li
  • Patent number: 9729202
    Abstract: A first component (CMP1) is connected to the antenna (ANT) and to an impedance matching circuit (CAI) configurable on command and connected to the antenna, and in the absence of another component (CMP2) connected to the antenna, the impedance matching circuit is placed in a first configuration in which it forms with the first component and the antenna a resonant circuit having a first resonant frequency compatible with a carrier frequency. In the presence of a second component (CMP2) connected to the antenna, the impedance matching circuit is placed in a second configuration in which it forms with the first component, the second component and the antenna a resonant circuit having a second resonant frequency compatible with the carrier frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (Rousset) SAS
    Inventors: Alexandre Tramoni, Pierre Rizzo
  • Patent number: 9710635
    Abstract: A digital programmable smart card terminal device and token collectively known as the token device is disclosed. The token device comprises a field programmable token device which accepts a user's smart card. The combination of token device and smart card may then be used for a variety of applications that include user authentication, secure access, encryption. One specific application is that of an electronic wallet. In one embodiment, an electronic smart card terminal includes a smart card reader adapted to receive and communicate with a smart card having smart card data stored thereon; token personality logic programmed based on the smart card data as a token personality subsequent to insertion of the smart card in the smart card reader; and a communications mechanism for communicating authentication data derived from the token personality. Since the smart card terminal only gains its token personality when a smart card is inserted, manufacture and distribution of the terminal on a wide scale is possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Vasco Data Security, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Hoornaert, Mario Houthooft
  • Patent number: 9703996
    Abstract: The device is equipped with several protocol decoding means (DCDi) corresponding respectively to various communication protocols so as to be capable of dialoguing with the said communication apparatus during transactions selectively according to one of these communication protocols; the method comprises an automatic protocol detection comprising a) an activation (40) of all the decoding means at the start of a transaction, b) a delivery of the signal received by the electronic device to all the decoding means, c) an analysis (41) of at least one signal delivered by at least one of the decoding means and d) a selection (42) of one of the decoding means on the basis of the result of the said analysis, and a conducting of the said transaction with the selected decoding means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (Rousset) SAS
    Inventors: Frederic Bancel, Nathalie Link, Brigitte Hennebois, David Chomaud
  • Patent number: 9661444
    Abstract: A near field communications (NFC) device is disclosed that load modulates and regulates a radio frequency (RF) signal. The NFC device includes a rectifier that rectifies the RF signal to provide a direct current voltage. The NFC device also includes a modulator that modulates a data signal. The modulator provides a first voltage when the data signal is at a first level and provides a second voltage when the data signal is at a second level. The NFC device utilizes a regulator to regulate and to load modulate the RF signal. The regulator adjusts an impedance based upon a comparison of the DC voltage provided by the regulator to the first voltage provided by the modulator for the data signal at the first level or to the second voltage provided by the modulator for the data signal at the second level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: FREESCALE SEMICONDUCTOR, INC.
    Inventor: Alastair Lefley
  • Patent number: 9647709
    Abstract: A data carrier including a SIM card may be converted into a cradle to support a mobile communications device after the SIM card is removed and inserted into the device. The card body includes first, second, and third manipulation lines extending across the card body. The card body may be manipulated about these manipulation lines to form a stand and cradle comprising a first support portion to support a rear surface of the mobile communications device, a second support portion mobile to support a side surface of the mobile communications device, and a lip portion that secures the mobile communications device within the cradle. The lip portion is shorter in length than either the first or second support portions to limit obstruction of a display for the mobile communications device when disposed within the cradle to facilitate viewing of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient Mobile Security America, Inc.
    Inventor: Yongjia Li
  • Patent number: 9621226
    Abstract: An electronic card connectable to a client terminal via a memory card reader slot. The electronic card comprises a card interface having at least one power supply pin set to be connected to at least one source terminal in an electronic card reader slot of a client terminal, a wireless communication unit electronically wired to be powered via the at least one power supply pin, and a signal encoder which operates the wireless communication unit to transmit a presence signal containing a unique identifier (ID) independently from any computational operation of the client terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Wise-Sec Ltd.
    Inventor: Vadim Maor
  • Patent number: 9606498
    Abstract: An electronic-component attachment structure includes an electronic component and a support member. The electronic component has a connection electrode exposed on a surface of a substrate. The support member supports the substrate of the electronic component in abutment with an attachment surface so as to allow the connection electrode to be externally connectable. The support member has a positioning supporter that elastically deforms by being relatively joined to a positioning portion provided in the substrate and that positions and supports the substrate to the attachment surface with restoring force generated as a result of the elastic deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Nishizawa, Ryuji Hattori, Shota Makita, Kazuya Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9594934
    Abstract: A remote antenna security system for preventing unauthorized reading of RFID cards. The RFID remote antenna security system generally includes at least one remote contact in communication with a remote antenna. A carrier member is provided that includes at least one contact and a tag that is in communication with the at least one contact. When the contact of the carrier member is physically connected to the remote contact of the remote unit, the radio waves received by the remote antenna are communicated to the tag and the tag transmits radio waves including data from the remote antenna for reading by the reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Identity Stronghold, LLC
    Inventor: Walter P. Augustinowicz
  • Patent number: 9576161
    Abstract: A card reader for use with a card incorporated with an IC chip may include an insertion port into which the card is inserted; a metal detection mechanism structured to detect an external connection terminal of the IC chip provided in the card; and a tip end detection mechanism structured to detect a tip end in an inserting direction of the card inserted into the insertion port. The metal detection mechanism and the tip end detection mechanism may be disposed so that, when the tip end detection mechanism detects the tip end in the inserting direction of the card inserted into the insertion port in a correct posture, the metal detection mechanism detects the external connection terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jo Tanaka, Shinya Miyazawa, Akihiro Negishi, Yohei Shimizu, Kazuto Saeki
  • Patent number: 9576450
    Abstract: A security wrap (20) for protecting an electronic component includes a substrate (22) having a first side and a second side opposite to each other. A security screen (26) is disposed over the first side of the substrate (22) and includes a pair of screen terminals (48) and a frangible and electrically conductive path (46) between the pair of screen terminals (48). A layer of adhesive (30) is over the first side of the substrate (22) and bonds the first side of the substrate (22) to the electronic component with the security screen (26) sandwiched there between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: JOHNSON ELECTRIC S.A.
    Inventors: Vincent Daniel Jean Salle, Dominic John Ward, Martin Wallace Edmonds, Libing Zhang
  • Patent number: 9560169
    Abstract: The device is equipped with several protocol decoding means (DCDi) corresponding respectively to various communication protocols so as to be capable of dialoguing with the said communication apparatus during transactions selectively according to one of these communication protocols; the method comprises an automatic protocol detection comprising a) an activation (40) of all the decoding means at the start of a transaction, b) a delivery of the signal received by the electronic device to all the decoding means, c) an analysis (41) of at least one signal delivered by at least one of the decoding means and d) a selection (42) of one of the decoding means on the basis of the result of the said analysis, and a conducting of the said transaction with the selected decoding means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS (ROUSSET) SAS
    Inventors: Frederic Bancel, Nathalie Link, Brigitte Hennebois, David Chomaud
  • Patent number: 9558603
    Abstract: The invention relates to a smartcard receiving device, comprising a contact interface (11) for communicating with the received smartcard (2); a remote communication interface (13) for communicating with a first remote device (3); a protocol bridge (12) designed to establish a transaction with the received smartcard (2) through the contact interface (11). The smartcard receiving device further comprises a communicating device detector (14, 15) adapted to detect a second remote device (5) communicating according to a remote communication protocol different from the communication protocol used by said remote communication interface (13). The protocol bridge (12) interrupts the transaction with the received smartcard (2) when the second remote device (5) communicating according to said different remote communication protocol is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: GEMALTO SA
    Inventors: Matthieu Antoine, Michel Thill
  • Patent number: 9519846
    Abstract: A card reader may include a card passage; a pulling-out prevention member; and a turning mechanism structured to turn the pulling-out prevention member between the closing position and the open position. The pulling-out prevention member may include a card abutting part. The card abutting part may be formed with an abutting face structured to abut with a front end of the card having been inserted into the card reader when the pulling-out prevention member is located at the closing position. The abutting face may be set to be an inclined face which is inclined to the rear side as going to the second direction side when viewed in the width direction of the card in a case that the pulling-out prevention member is located at the closing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryo Uchiyama, Kazunori Takahashi, Tomoya Sato
  • Patent number: 9508035
    Abstract: In accordance with various embodiments, a smart card including one or more components to be supplied and a current source, which is configured to provide a supply current with a predefined current intensity to the one or more components to be supplied, is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Christoph Saas, Albert Missoni, Philip Teichmann
  • Patent number: 9501672
    Abstract: An electrical card connector (100) includes an insulative housing (1), a number of contacts (2) retained in the insulative housing, a metal shell (3) covering the insulative housing for defining a receiving space (10) and having an opening (31) extending along a front-and-rear direction, and a slider (4) movable on the insulative housing along the front-and-rear direction. The slider includes a base portion (41), an operating portion (44) extending upwardly from the base portion to be exposed outside of the metal shell through the opening, and an actuating portion (45) extending sidewardly from the base portion into the receiving space for ejecting an insertion card. The operating portion is operable to move the slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Hendrikus P. G. Van der Steen
  • Patent number: 9497588
    Abstract: A communication system and communication method enable various types of near field communication. NFC communication apparatuses have two features in that each can perform communication in two communication modes and that each can perform data transmission at a plurality of transfer rates. The two communication modes consist of a passive mode and an active mode. In the passive mode, between the NFC communication apparatuses, for example, a first NFC communication apparatus transmits data to a second NFC communication apparatus by modulating electromagnetic waves generated by itself, while the second NFC communication apparatus transmits data to the first NFC communication apparatus by performing load modulation on the electromagnetic waves generated by the first NFC communication apparatus. Alternatively, in the active mode, either of the NFC communication apparatuses transmits data by modulating electromagnetic waves generated by itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Takayama, Susumu Kusakabe, Kazushige Tsurumi, Tadashi Morita, Kunihide Fujii
  • Patent number: 9489021
    Abstract: An insertion and extraction structure of a card-shaped component includes a slot receiving a card-shaped component in an insertable and extractable manner. The slot has a first surface slidably guiding one surface of the card-shaped component and a second surface located opposite the first surface and slidably guiding the other surface of the card-shaped component. The insertion and extraction structure of a card-shaped component further includes a first inclined surface and a second inclined surface. The first inclined surface projects from the first surface while being inclined in an extraction direction of the card-shaped component. The second inclined surface is located apart from the first inclined surface in the extraction direction and, with one end portion of the card-shaped component yet to be completely extracted from the slot, abuts the other end portion of the card-shaped component. The second inclined surface is steeper than the first inclined surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Kotaro Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9466060
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and method for validating a cardholder's identity for international use of an electronic debit card to perform banking transactions, comprising of: an international payment card configured for electronically storing thereon a biometric identifier; biometric verification means positioned on the international payment card, wherein the biometric verification means is configured for validating the cardholder's biometric sample with the biometric identifier stored on the international payment card; and an electronic card case including location determining means disposed within, operative for orienting itself and determining the absolute location of the electronic card case upon activation by the insertion and retaining of the international payment card, and communication means for electronically notifying the issuing bank of the absolute location of the electronic card case as determined, thereby facilitating authorization for international use of the international pa
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: Isaac S. Daniel