Light, Heat, Vibratory Or Radiant Energy Patents (Class 307/117)
  • Patent number: 10840901
    Abstract: The present invention provides a semiconductor device in which a field effect transistor is prevented from burning caused by an electric current flowing through a parasitic diode. This semiconductor device has a configuration including: a field effect transistor including a parasitic diode; a temperature detector that detects a temperature of the parasitic diode; and a controller that determines whether the temperature detected by the temperature detector is higher than or equal to a first temperature, and turns on the field effect transistor if the detected temperature is higher than or equal to the first temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsuma Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 10670302
    Abstract: A device for igniting a pilot light for a heating appliance or for re-igniting the pilot. The device may monitor a thermopile at the pilot to determine if the pilot is lit and, if not, attempt to relight it. If the device fails to relight the pilot, it may continue attempting to relight the pilot until the stored energy is nearly depleted. Before the stored energy is depleted, the device may send a message indicating a failure to relight. The last of stored energy may alert a homeowner with an alarm that the appliance control has shut down and the pilot could not be relit. If the amount of energy stored drops below a specified threshold and the device successfully lights the pilot, it may restore the control to normal operation, and replenish the stored energy. The device may do a standing pilot or an intermittent pilot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick Hazzard, David Heil, Ravindra Khosla
  • Patent number: 10607985
    Abstract: A semiconductor integrated power device including: an output transistor configured to drive an external load element; a temperature detection circuit configured to: output a first detection signal in reference to a temperature difference between a temperature of the output transistor and an ambient temperature; and output a second detection signal in reference to a temperature difference between a temperature of the output transistor and a first reference temperature; and a current limiter circuit configured to limit a current flowing through the output transistor according to the first detection signal and the second detection signal. The temperature detection circuit activates and inactivates the first detection signal or the second detection signal based on an output of a first hysteresis circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Uemura, Akihiro Nakahara
  • Patent number: 10600314
    Abstract: In a general aspect, a sensitivity setting is adjusted in a motion detection system. In some aspects, a user interface is provided by a motion detection system, and user input data is obtained through the user interface. A wireless communication link is identified based on the user input data; the wireless communication link is provided by a first wireless communication device and a second wireless communication device. Based on the user input data, a value is assigned to a sensitivity setting associated with the wireless communication link in the motion detection system. The motion detection system obtains data for motion detection based on wireless signals communicated through a space on the wireless communication link. Motion of an object in the space is detected based on the data and the value of the sensitivity setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Cognitive Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Tajinder Manku, Oleksiy Kravets
  • Patent number: 10557884
    Abstract: An optocoupler is placed in series between the field ground pin of digital input circuitry and the field ground of an industrial controller. A capacitor to field ground is provided for each digital input. A resistor is provided to the input pin of the digital input circuitry. To detect a broken wire a test pulse is provided to the optocoupler connected in the ground path. This test pulse isolates the digital input circuitry from field ground. As current is always being provided from the field when the wire is not broken, the capacitor connected between the input and ground charges. After the test pulse has completed, the output signal of the digital input circuitry is examined. If the level indicates the input is high, the wire is not broken. If, however, the output remains low indicating that the input is low, the wire has broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Anant Shankar Kamath
  • Patent number: 10542903
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to physiological monitoring to determine the depth of consciousness of a patient under sedation. The monitor includes an EEG sensor and a depth of consciousness monitor. The depth of consciousness monitor can utilize treatment data, such as patient data and/or drug profile information with an EEG signal to determine whether the patient is adequately sedated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventors: Ammar Al-Ali, Walter M. Weber, Faisal Kashif, Mohammad Usman, Balaji Chandrasekaran
  • Patent number: 10529156
    Abstract: A system is described for controlling a locking system restricting physical access (e.g. a door lock). The locking system is accessed (e.g., actuated and monitored) via dual communication path types used by a mobile wireless communication device. The locking system includes an electro-mechanical access control security device, and a receiving unit controlling the electro-mechanical access control security device. The receiving unit is paired with the mobile wireless communication device for receiving input from the mobile wireless device for activating the electro-mechanical access control security device using both low energy and high energy operating modes. The mobile wireless device is configured to access the locking system via both direct BLUETOOTH and indirect mobile wireless data network communications. Moreover, the operating range of the receiving unit is extended by connections to networked devices operating BLUETOOTH 4+LE at a high power-extended range mode through the use of an amplifier stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Delphian Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Gary L. Myers, Ashok Hirpara, John D. Veleris, Michael Aaron Cohen
  • Patent number: 10530262
    Abstract: A resonance power conversion device includes a bridge circuit, a transformer, a current detection circuit, and a control circuit. The bridge circuit includes a plurality of switching elements and receives a DC power. The transformer is connected to an output side of the bridge circuit. The current detection circuit detects a value of a current flowing through at least one of the plurality of switching elements. The control circuit determines whether or not an abnormality is occurring in the resonance power conversion device, based on the value detected by the current detection circuit at a predetermined time during a switching control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Kominami, Nobuaki Satoh
  • Patent number: 10523103
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method (200) and a control device (I) for controlling at least two power semiconductor switches (LHS1 . . . LHSn) connected in parallel for switching a total current (I_ges). The at least two power semiconductor switches (LHS1 . . . LHSn) connected in parallel each have a gate terminal for controlling the respective power semiconductor switch (LHS1 . . . LHS2). An input terminal (EA) for feeding the total current (I_ges), an output terminal (AA) for discharging the total current (I_ges), and a joint control terminal (S) for receiving a joint control signal (SI) that has the state ‘disconnect’ or ‘connect’ are provided. The at least two power semiconductor switches (LHS1 . . . LHSn) connected in parallel are connected to the input terminal (EA) at an input end and to the output terminal (AA) at the output end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Butzmann, Bernd Eckert, Peter Taufer
  • Patent number: 10511297
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for maintaining a stable power supply to a circuit when activating/deactivating a switch in order to accelerate the switching time of the switch. The gate of a FET is coupled to a switch driver. The switch driver is powered by a positive power supply and a negative power supply. When the switch is to be activated/deactivated, the gate is first coupled to a reference potential (i.e., ground) for a “reset period” to reduce any positive/negative charge that has been accumulated in the FET. At the end of the reset period, the gate is then released from the reference potential and the switch driver drives the gate to the desired voltage level to either activate or deactivate the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: pSemi Corporation
    Inventor: Chengkai Luo
  • Patent number: 10499547
    Abstract: A thermal control process for an electronic power device including a multi junction integrated circuit may include defining a first and at least one second groups of junctions, with each group including one first and at least one second junctions, and associating a thermal detector with each group. A first group control may be executed which detects group electric signals representative of the temperature detected by the thermal detectors, processes the group electric signals with reference to a group critical thermal event, identifies a critical group when the corresponding group electric signal detects the critical group thermal event, and generates group deactivating signals suitable for selectively deactivating the first and the at least one second junctions of the identified critical group with respect to the remaining junctions of the integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignees: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L., STMICROELECTRONICS APPLICATION GMBH
    Inventors: Domenico Massimo Porto, Giovanni Luca Torrisi, Manuel Gaertner, Sergio Lecce
  • Patent number: 10467395
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to electronic devices, and more particularly to system and method for powering ON electronic devices. In one embodiment, the method comprises receiving a movement pattern provided by a user using the electronic device during a switched OFF state of the electronic device, recording a mechanical movement of a spring-loaded pendulum in response to the movement pattern, validating the mechanical movement against one or more pre-stored patterns, and powering ON the electronic device from the switched OFF state based on a validation. The spring-loaded pendulum is housed within the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Wipro Limited
    Inventors: Vijay Kumar, Thomas Chittakattu Ninan, Shagun Rai
  • Patent number: 10464524
    Abstract: Disclosed is an alarming and unlocking device. The alarming and unlocking device is installed in a passenger carriage and includes a control switch (10), a communication device, and a locking device, wherein the control switch (10) is provided with an alarming position (11) and an unlocking position (12); the control switch (10) is in signal connection with the communication device; when the control switch (10) is located at the alarming position (11), the communication device is started to receive and send a voice signal; the locking device is installed on a door so as to control the door to lock or unlock; the control switch (10) is in signal connection with the locking device; and when the control switch (10) is located at the unlocking position (12), the locking device performs an unlocking operation. According to the alarming and unlocking device, the problem that a structure for an alarming and unlocking device on a vehicle is relatively complex in the conventional art is solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: CRRC QINGDAO SIFANG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bo Chen, Xiaojie Yu, Lijun Ma, Qing Tian, Huiqing Zhang, Qingjun Han, Xin Jiang, Jianying Liang
  • Patent number: 10445281
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a positive data input/output terminal configured to be connected with a positive data line of a USB device, wherein the positive data input/output port is weakly pulled up to a first voltage potential through a pull-up resistor, a negative data input/output terminal configured to be connected with a negative data line of the USB device, wherein the negative data input/output terminal is connected to a second voltage potential, a window comparator having an input detecting a voltage across the two data input/output terminals and a wake-up signal generator connected to an output of the window comparator, wherein the wake-up signal generator is configured to generate a signal for adjusting a switching frequency of a power converter after the USB device is connected to the power converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Active-Semi (BVI) Inc.
    Inventor: Narasimhan Trichy
  • Patent number: 10447150
    Abstract: A method for maintaining reliability of a distributed power system including a power converter having input terminals and output terminals. Input power is received at the input terminals. The input power is converted to an output power at the output terminals. A temperature is measured in or in the environment of the power converter. The power conversion of the input power to the output power may be controlled to maximize the input power by setting at the input terminals the input voltage or the input current according to predetermined criteria. One of the predetermined criteria is configured to reduce the input power based on the temperature signal responsive to the temperature. The adjustment of input power reduces the input voltage and/or input current thereby lowering the temperature of the power converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Solaredge Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Meir Adest, Lior Handelsman, Yoav Galin, Amir Fishelov, Guy Sella, Yaron Binder
  • Patent number: 10418986
    Abstract: An electrical circuit includes a monolithic integrated circuit (IC) switch device that includes a first pin, a second pin, and a power switch that connects the first pin to the second pin through the power switch when the electrical circuit is turned ON. The monolithic IC switch device includes an adaptive safe operating area (SOA) circuit that limits allowable current through the power switch based on temperature, such as the temperature of the power switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Monolithic Power Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James Nguyen, Ying Xiao
  • Patent number: 10410511
    Abstract: A method, digital tool, device, and system for detecting movements of objects and/or living beings in a radio range, which enables easily with a minimum of hardware complexity an automated movement detection based on a Single-Sensor, is provided. The method includes collecting as input data for the movement detection based on received radio signals of an intended or unintended communication between a transmitting radio terminal being mobile or fixed and a receiving local fixed radio device in the radio range “Received Signal Strength”-values related quantities, determining a change in the received radio signals, which are derived from the facts that the movement influences the transmitted radio signal in the radio range based on the RSS-values related quantities by the indication of a statistical parameter value, and assessing the statistical parameter value until the statistical parameter value in accordance with a threshold check provides a reliable statement for controlling purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Kyle MacKenzie, Alejandro Ramirez, Corina Kim Schindhelm
  • Patent number: 10394269
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method, including: receiving photovoltaic output from a solar module, the solar module comprising a plurality of solar panels electronically connected together by a plurality of strings, wherein the photovoltaic output corresponding to any given one of the strings is limited by the lowest performing solar panel in said given one of the strings; determining a reflection profile for the solar module, wherein the reflection profile describes an illumination pattern of light incident onto the solar module; and increasing, based upon the determined reflection profile, the photovoltaic output of the solar module to match a requested photovoltaic output, wherein the increasing comprises electrically reassigning one or more solar panels within the solar module from one string to a different string, such that each string electrically ties together solar panels that produce a photovoltaic output within a predetermined range of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kalyan Kanti Dasgupta, Pankaj S. Dayama, Jagabondhu Hazra, Shivkumar Kalyanaraman, Manikandan Padmanaban
  • Patent number: 10368394
    Abstract: A heating arrangement has a positive temperature coefficient (“PTC”) heater. A resistor is electrically in series with the PTC heater sized and configured to limit current through the PTC heater and the resistor below a selected value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Jon Shearer, Carl Aeschliman, George F. Owens, Kevin Edward Roach
  • Patent number: 10359227
    Abstract: According to an embodiment for a refrigerator, a plurality of touch parts may be manipulated to enter into a special mode, thereby preventing the refrigerator from malfunctioning. The touch sensitivity adjustment of the refrigerator due to the touch manipulation of the refrigerator may be visualized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Seungje Park
  • Patent number: 10331149
    Abstract: A power strip may automatically disconnect a wired connection in response to received weather alert data based on a configuration file including one or more user preference settings. The power strip may include a receiver for a National Weather Service Specific Area Message Encoding system message including an alert type. The power strip may process the message and disconnect a wired connection based on the preference settings. A timer function may also define a time period that the power strip monitors its receiver for weather alert data and automatically disconnects and reconnects the wired connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventor: Jackie O. Jordan, II
  • Patent number: 10247417
    Abstract: A sensitivity parameter storing portion stores, as known sensitivity parameters owned by a flame sensor, reference received light quantity, reference pulse width, probability of regular discharge, and probabilities of non-regular discharge in advance. The discharge probability is calculated based on the number of drive pulses applied to the flame sensor and the number of discharges determined to have occurred in the flame sensor having received the drive pulses. The calculated discharge probability and the known sensitivity parameters are used to calculate the received light quantity per unit time received by the flame sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Azbil Corporation
    Inventor: Raita Mori
  • Patent number: 10231365
    Abstract: A thermal control process for an electronic power device including a multi junction integrated circuit may include defining a first and at least one second groups of junctions, with each group including one first and at least one second junctions, and associating a thermal detector with each group. A first group control may be executed which detects group electric signals representative of the temperature detected by the thermal detectors, processes the group electric signals with reference to a group critical thermal event, identifies a critical group when the corresponding group electric signal detects the critical group thermal event, and generates group deactivating signals suitable for selectively deactivating the first and the at least one second junctions of the identified critical group with respect to the remaining junctions of the integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignees: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L., STMICROELECTRONICS APPLICATION GMBH
    Inventors: Domenico Massimo Porto, Giovanni Luca Torrisi, Manuel Gaertner, Sergio Lecce
  • Patent number: 10156482
    Abstract: A semiconductor chip temperature estimation device that estimates the temperature of a semiconductor chip incorporated together with a thermistor in a semiconductor module includes a first estimation unit which calculates a first estimation value of a chip loss of the chip, a memory which stores in advance a correlation between a temperature rise of the temperature sensor and the chip loss of the chip, a second estimation unit which calculates a second estimation value of the temperature rise of the temperature sensor, and a third estimation unit which calculates a third estimation value of the temperature of the cooling element. The temperature of the semiconductor chip is estimated by using the third estimation value as a base temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiro Imakiire, Akihiro Odaka, Shinichiro Adachi
  • Patent number: 10075093
    Abstract: Provided is a power conversion device capable of suppressing common-mode voltage fluctuation resulting from output voltage transitioning. A power conversion device 1 is provided with N voltage control units 21 to 2N, a full-bridge conversion unit having four switches QB1 to QB4, a clamp unit having holding switches QC1 and QC2, and a control unit 5. The control unit controls the four switches QB1 to QB4, the holding switches QC1 and QC2, the pairs of regenerative switches Q11 to Q1N and Q21 to Q2N and pairs of input switches Q31 to Q3N and Q41 to Q4N of each of the N voltage control units 21 to 2N. As a result, the control unit can switch an output voltage V1 between 2N+3 levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Iwamatsu, Shusaku Goto, Akira Terasawa
  • Patent number: 9979209
    Abstract: A battery management system for a battery module string includes battery modules. The battery modules are electrically connectable to poles of the battery module string and individually electrically disconnectable. The battery module string is configured to generate an AC voltage by disconnecting and connecting the battery modules. The battery management system is configured to assign a respective first time period to each first battery module of the battery modules based on position of each first battery module in a battery module list. Each of the first battery module is electrically connected within a half-cycle of the AC voltage during the respective first time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignees: Robert Bosch GmbH, Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hans-Joerg Wolff, Hans Partes, Joachim Fetzer, Stefan Butzmann
  • Patent number: 9953204
    Abstract: A fingerprint sensing system comprising a device connection interface including a device reference potential input, a sensing arrangement, and sensing reference potential providing circuitry. The sensing arrangement includes multiple sensing structures and read-out circuitry connected to each of the sensing structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: FINGERPRINT CARDS AB
    Inventors: Rolf Sundblad, Emil Hjalmarson, Erik Säll, Allan Olsson, Klaas-Jan De Langen
  • Patent number: 9876357
    Abstract: A method and system for reducing demand on a power grid through demand side management includes receiving assigned priorities from a customer for smart appliances and for appliances plugged into sockets of one or more smart plugs of the customer, the assigned priorities indicative of a customer-preferred sequence for disconnection of, or adjustment of power to, the appliances from the power grid. The system determines whether to disconnect or adjust power to at least one of the appliances of the customer; and selects at least one of the appliances according to the assigned priorities to reduce demand on the power grid. The system sends one or more commands, the one or more commands indicative to the one or more smart plugs to disconnect or adjust power to the selected at least one of the appliances based on selecting at least one of the appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Sanjoy Paul, Anitha Chandran, Gary Titus
  • Patent number: 9795453
    Abstract: Robotic surgical tools, systems, and methods for preparing for and performing robotic surgery include a memory mounted on the tool. The memory can perform a number of functions when the tool is loaded on the tool manipulator: first, the memory can provide a signal verifying that the tool is compatible with that particular robotic system. Secondly, the tool memory may identify the tool-type to the robotic system so that the robotic system can reconfigure its programming. Thirdly, the memory of the tool may indicate tool-specific information, including measured calibration offsets indicating misalignment of the tool drive system, tool life data, or the like. This information maybe stored in a read only memory (ROM), or in a nonvolatile memory which can be written to only a single time. The invention further provides improved engagement structures for coupling robotic surgical tools with manipulator structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Tierney, Thomas Cooper, Chris Julian, Stephen J. Blumenkranz, Gary S. Guthart, Robert G. Younge
  • Patent number: 9774637
    Abstract: A method for establishing control relationships between at least two networked devices is conceived. Further a corresponding configuration device, networked device and non-transitory computer program product are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Ewout Brandsma, Maarten Christiaan Pennings, Aly Aamer Syed, Timo van Roermund
  • Patent number: 9772671
    Abstract: An alarm detector for use in an alarm detection system is provided. The alarm detector includes: a microphone, a processor, and a sensing circuit. The microphone is for detecting an incoming acoustic signal. The sensing circuit is for determining whether the incoming acoustic signal comprises a specific audible alarm, and awakening the processor into a working mode from a sleep mode upon determining the incoming acoustic signal comprises a specific audible alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: CLIMAX TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Pin-Chia Lee, Ku-Fang Wang
  • Patent number: 9762295
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the invention a system for commissioning devices is provided, which system comprises: a first device and a second device; an RFID tag comprised in the first device; a host processor comprised in the first device; wherein the second device is arranged to generate an electromagnetic field; wherein the RFID tag is arranged to detect the electromagnetic field and to wake up the host processor upon detecting said electromagnetic field in order for the second device to communicate with the host processor. Furthermore, a corresponding method for commissioning devices is provided. Since the RFID tag comprised in the first device is arranged to wake up the host processor, an end-user does not have to switch on the first device manually. Therefore, the user interaction is simplified. Furthermore, there is no need for a separate power button on the first device. The latter reduces cost and simplifies the design of the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Ewout Brandsma, Maarten Christiaan Pennings, Aly Aamer Syed, Timo van Roermund, Ruud Hendricksen, Oswald Moonen
  • Patent number: 9760133
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus, a method and computer program product for managing one or more components of an electronic machine. A user connects one or more components to an electronic machine in parallel. The electronic machine determines whether the components are failed. A latch device, attached to each component, automatically locks one or more of the components to the electronic machine if the one or more of the components are not failed. The electromechanical latch automatically releases the one or more of the components from the electronic machine if the one or more of the components are failed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Harold W. Cain, III, David M. Daly, Jose E. Moreira
  • Patent number: 9746843
    Abstract: A method of safety monitoring for a robot assembly with at least one robot that is configured with a linking function arrangement with at least one first linking function including a fixed and predetermined number of monitoring functions of a monitoring function arrangement. The monitoring functions are logically linked to one another such that the first linking function has a reaction state whenever all of the monitoring functions indicate the violated and/or error state. The first linking function does not have a reaction state whenever any monitoring function from the plurality of monitoring functions does not indicate the violated and/or error state. The reaction state is executed by the controller when all of the monitoring functions are in the violated and/or error state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: KUKA Roboter GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Bonin, Jonas Rumping, Marc-Walter Ueberle, Christian Hartmann, Denis Pesotski, Botond Gorog, Giulio Milighetti, Robert Bertossi
  • Patent number: 9729134
    Abstract: A switching device is provided for disconnecting or connecting an electric machine, a converter or a plurality of electrical loads supplied with AC power from a power supply and controlled by a control unit. The switching device includes a current sink and at least one mechanical switch in the switching device are arranged in a circuit. The current sink is arranged, upon receipt of a signal, to close and sink the current, and the at least one mechanical switch is arranged to open and break the current on receipt of a signal to open supplied to the electric machine when the current load is at or close to zero. A method and a computer program for carrying out the method are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: ABB SCHWEIZ AG
    Inventors: Tor-Eivind Moen, Wojciech Piasecki, Knut Rongve, Jan Wiik
  • Patent number: 9716351
    Abstract: The plug with overheat warning device includes a main member, prongs, and an overheat warning device. The prongs are extended from within the main member towards and outside of a front side of the main member. The overheat warning device is housed inside the main member. The overheat warning device includes a control board, a temperature sensor, and an alarm generator. The control board is configured with a power circuit, a temperature sensing circuit, and an alarm control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: DONG GUAN SONG WEI ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Weilin Lu
  • Patent number: 9702765
    Abstract: A paired temperature sensor includes two temperature sensors having electrical characteristics substantially equivalent at the same temperature range, each of the temperature sensor having a thermosensitive element therein that changes its electrical characteristics according to temperature, and a pair of lead wires, and a single connector 3 to which the two temperature sensors are connected via the lead wires. The two temperature sensors have electrical characteristics substantially equivalent at the same temperature range. The connector has positioning portions for allowing the connector to be connected in a predetermined orientation relative to a counterpart connector. There is provided at least one distinguishing difference between the two temperature sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomohiro Adachi, Tsunenobu Hori, Kazuhiro Inoguchi
  • Patent number: 9699869
    Abstract: The invention provides a plurality of individually addressable radio frequency (RF) modules, any of which can be installed with any electrical device such as an ambient condition sensor or an ambient condition modifier. A prime example would be a light fixture, whether with or without a dimmable light source efficient dimming and integrated smart sensor networking related to the lighting system itself or to other systems such as parking monitors, fire alarm monitors or security alarm monitors. Independent control processing in each lighting fixture or electrical device allows a multiplicity of sensors to be locally employed and their data to control local conditions or communicate to adjoining fixtures and electrical devices and thereby control larger portions of the lighting system network or network to several unrelated systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Premier Lighting Ltd.
    Inventors: Anthony Holland, Ion Toma
  • Patent number: 9698868
    Abstract: This invention focuses on a power line communication (PLC) device that is particularly suitable for Home automation systems and for solar panel systems. The device comprises a modem, a power supply to power said modem from an AC power line and a coupling device to communicate via the power line. The coupling circuit comprises a serial LC filter (C1, L1) and a shunt element (42). The shunt element (42) comprises a rectifier (21) that is connected to the power supply. The present invention provides a novel synergy between the coupling device and the power supply of the modem. The invention provides a power line communication device that is more compact and less expensive than conventional PLC devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: eSMART Technologies SA
    Inventors: Laurent Fabre, Lo Conte Fabrizio, Andrew Watson
  • Patent number: 9634853
    Abstract: A smart power management unit (SPMU) apparatus and method of intelligently switching from a “disconnect mode” to a “connect mode” in regards to power-supplying to a paired downstream load device by programmatically monitoring whether there is change in state of the manual switch of the load device, is provided. The SPMU comprises relay module configured to operate in either operation mode (connect mode) or monitor mode (disconnect mode), and controller module configured to determine the operating mode of relay module. When in monitor mode, relay module is configured to disconnect the power supply from the load device while simultaneously enable a monitoring means configured to monitor a change in state of the manual switch. Upon monitoring a change in state of the manual switch based on a response signal supplied from the monitoring means, the controller module switches the relay module from monitor mode to operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventors: Paul Jones, Jack Phan
  • Patent number: 9631982
    Abstract: A semiconductor device that may include at least one temperature sensing circuit is disclosed. The temperature sensing circuits may be used to control various operating parameters to improve the operation of the semiconductor device over a wide temperature range. In this way, operating specifications of a semiconductor device at worst case temperatures may be met without compromising performance at other operating temperatures. The temperature sensing circuit may provide a plurality of temperature ranges for setting the operational parameters. Each temperature range can include a temperature range upper limit value and a temperature range lower limit value and adjacent temperature ranges may overlap. The temperature ranges may be set in accordance with a count value that can incrementally change in response to the at least one temperature sensing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Darryl G. Walker
  • Patent number: 9625963
    Abstract: A performance setting technique is disclosed for a clocked circuit such as a processor in an integrated circuit. The technique determines a maximum power consumption for the clocked circuit as a function of a total thermal resistance of a mobile device incorporating the integrated circuit. The total thermal resistance is a sum of a system thermal resistance for the mobile device and a device thermal resistance for the integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Rajat Mittal, Mehdi Saeidi
  • Patent number: 9618395
    Abstract: A temperature detecting circuit includes a first thermistor, a second thermistor, a first pull-up resistor, a second pull-up resistor, and a controller. The controller is configured to sense a temperature based on a voltage signal from the first thermistor if a temperature corresponding to a voltage signal from one of the first thermistor and the second thermistor is below a threshold temperature. The controller is configured to sense a temperature based on a voltage signal from the second thermistor if a temperature corresponding to a voltage signal from one of the first thermistor and the second thermistor is higher than or equal to the threshold temperature. A resistance Ra of the first thermistor, a resistance Rb of the second thermistor, a resistance Rc of the first pull-up resistor, and a resistance Rd of the second pull-up resistor have a relationship expressed by Ra<Rb and Rc>Rd.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyasu Ozaki, Koichi Takaku, Taneaki Miura, Koichi Kato, Saneto Asano
  • Patent number: 9600998
    Abstract: According to another exemplary embodiment, a method of cutting power from a source when sensing gas may be provided. The method of cutting a power from a source when sensing gas may include obtaining a gas sensing apparatus, which may a housing, at least one power relay rigidly connected to the inside of the housing, at least one sensor connected to the power relay, at least one alarm connected to the at least one sensor, at least one port power wire outlet connected to the power relay, at least one power socket connected to the power relay, a power transformer connected to the power relay, and a power inlet connected to the power transformer, connecting the gas sensing apparatus to a power supply, connecting an electrical device to the gas sensing apparatus, sensing gas by the sensor, creating a voltage that stops power flow to the at least one outlet, and applying a voltage to the at least one port power wire outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventor: Joel Lee Mumey
  • Patent number: 9583240
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a semiconductor structure comprising a positive temperature coefficient thermistor and a negative temperature coefficient thermistor, connected to each other in parallel by means of connecting elements which are configured such that the resistance resulting from the parallel connection is substantially stable in a predetermined temperature range, and to a corresponding manufacturing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan Flachowsky, Ralf Illgen, Jan Hoentschel
  • Patent number: 9574793
    Abstract: A control system for controlling a gas powered water heater includes a power system to provide electrical power, a valve control system to selectively hold a main gas valve in an open position, a valve pick system to selectively pick the main gas valve from a closed position to the open position, a safety system to prevent the valve control system from holding the main gas valve in the open position, and a controller. The controller is electrically powered by the power system and communicatively coupled to the valve control system, the valve pick system, and the safety system. The controller is configured to control operation of the main burner and the main gas valve using the valve control system, the valve pick system, and the safety system to provide water heated to substantially a set point temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Furmanek, Thomas P. Buescher, Jeffrey N. Arensmeier
  • Patent number: 9568196
    Abstract: A safety system for use with a thermoelectric generator is described. The safety system includes a safety switch operatively connected to the thermoelectric generator output. The safety switch has a first state in which the thermoelectric generator can provide a first voltage to a load, and a second state in which the thermoelectric generator cannot output the first voltage to the load and in which the thermoelectric generator can output a second voltage to the load. The second voltage is a non-zero voltage having a magnitude less than the first voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Furmanek, Thomas P. Buescher, Jeffrey N. Arensmeier
  • Patent number: 9521471
    Abstract: When the interior temperature inside a line accommodating apparatus (100) measured by an apparatus-interior temperature sensor (103) is equal to or higher than a predetermined first threshold value, a control unit (105) shuts off the supply of power from a power supply unit (102) to a line module (101-1, 101-2) having a module temperature, measured by a module temperature sensor (104), higher than the sum of a predetermined second threshold value and the interior temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Araki
  • Patent number: 9514339
    Abstract: A method for controlling a controlled device is disclosed, wherein the controlled device has a host connection to an RFID tag, the method comprising the following steps: (s1) the controlled device writes operational parameters to the RFID tag through the host connection; (s2) a user interaction device reads the operational parameters from the RFID tag through an RFID connection; (s3) a user changes the operational parameters via a user interface comprised in the user interaction device; (s4) the user interaction device writes the operational parameters to the RFID tag through the RFID connection; (s5) the controlled device reads the operational parameters from the RFID tag through the host connection and adapts its behavior based on the operational parameters. Furthermore, a corresponding controlled device, a user interaction device and a computer program product are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Ewout Brandsma, Timotheus Arthur van Roermund, Maarten Christiaan Pennings
  • Patent number: 9484927
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a semiconductor element having a gate and controlled with a gate voltage, a gate drive circuit which controls the gate voltage, an electrode connected to the semiconductor element, a principal current in the semiconductor element flowing through the electrode, a temperature sensing part which senses the temperature of the electrode, a generation section which generates, on the basis of the temperature sensed by the temperature sensing part, a first control signal for giving a maximum amount of energization to the semiconductor element in such a range that the temperature of the electrode does not exceed a predetermined temperature, and a comparison section which compares the first control signal and a second control signal transmitted from the outside for the purpose of controlling the gate voltage, and selects a selective control signal which is one of the control signals with which the temperature of the electrode can be limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsunori Aiko, Shintaro Araki