Conductor Arrangements Or Structure Patents (Class 307/147)
  • Patent number: 11411290
    Abstract: One embodiment provides an apparatus. The apparatus includes a first signal trace and a current return path. The current return path includes a plurality of portions. The plurality of portions includes a first portion, a second portion and a third portion. The first portion is included in a first power plane. The second portion is included in a second power plane coplanar with the first power plane and separated from the first power plane by a split. The third portion spans the split and is included in a reference voltage plane. The reference voltage plane is coplanar with the first signal trace. The reference voltage plane is separated from the first power plane and the second power plane by a dielectric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Hungying L. Lo, Bok Eng Cheah
  • Patent number: 11385609
    Abstract: Smart electricity monitors with unique identities placed at individual power outlets within a building communicate frequent power measurements to a service which determines, from this power usage data, which outlets are associated with occupied seats within the building. This occupancy information can be used to update an occupancy model for the building that is used to forecast the building's occupancy. Based on present occupancy, projected occupancy, and other data, in some instances, the building's thermostats can be controlled and unoccupied seats can be assigned dynamically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: SAW CAPITAL PARTNERS LLC
    Inventor: Nana Wilberforce
  • Patent number: 11349270
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a modular lamp, including several modular units and lamp connectors, where the modular unit is a single lamp, and the lamp connector is configured to connect to the modular unit; and a male connector terminal on either side of each lamp connector is electrically plug-connected to a female connector terminal of one modular unit. In the present invention, female connector terminals connected to a power cable and a control cable are disposed on the modular unit, matched male connector terminals are disposed on the lamp connector, and the lamp connector is directly plug-connected to multiple modular units, so that the multiple modular units can be simultaneously physically and electrically connected to obtain the modular lamp. In this way, diversified lighting requirements can be met by adding different installation accessories to the modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: DONGGUAN THAILIGHT SEMICONDUCTOR LIGHTING CO., LTD
    Inventors: Wenbo Zhou, Fengqiang Qiu
  • Patent number: 11277086
    Abstract: Various methods of optimizing the operation of a multiphase electric motor are disclosed, the methods including the step of: activating a series of bottom-side power switches during an off-time interval of the pulse measurement for each of a series of measurement pulse combinations of said motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventor: Janislav Sega
  • Patent number: 11251621
    Abstract: A solar power generation system is provided for more efficiently and cost-effectively generating and delivering power. The solar power generation system includes a plurality of distributed power converter nodes each configured to convert DC power received from a solar module into a deadband DC waveform. The deadband DC power generated by each power converter node is then transmitted to a centralized grid interface box, which is configured to unfold the deadband DC waveform into an AC signal suitable for transmission to an electric power grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Southwire Company, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Hume, David Sykes, Aldo P. Della Sera, Juan Galindo, Andrew M. Pluister, Mark Crosier
  • Patent number: 11203441
    Abstract: A monitoring system for an aircraft cabin has a main computing unit, a galley operator control apparatus and a physically separate data distribution apparatus, having a first computing unit and a second computing unit, which is autonomous in respect of the latter, and connected via an interface circuit for data interchange. The first computing unit is set up to take a cabin output signal received from the main computing unit for providing an operating signal for operating a cabin function. The second computing unit is set up to take a control command received from a galley operator control apparatus display device as a basis for providing a switching signal prompting a power control device to switch an electrical load on or off, set up to take a cabin output signal received from the first computing unit for providing a display signal to reproduce information on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Inventors: Christian Riedel, Michael Netzler, Gerd Bruechmann
  • Patent number: 11139297
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a circuit arrangement is provided that includes a half-bridge circuit and a substrate having a major surface. The half-bridge circuit includes a high voltage node, a low voltage node and an output node. A high side switch and a low side switch are coupled in series and provide a pair and n pairs are coupled in parallel between the high voltage node and the low voltage node, n being an integer greater than or equal to 2. The output node is provided by an output connector on the major surface of the substrate. The output connector has an axis perpendicular to the major surface of the substrate and the n pairs are arranged on the major surface of the substrate and are uniformly distributed around the axis of the output connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Austria AG
    Inventor: Elvir Kahrimanovic
  • Patent number: 11081970
    Abstract: The assembly of bus bars according to the invention comprises a plurality of sectors of bus bars (S1 to S6) which are arranged, in a connected manner and with electrical contact, around a central axis (C) and upper and lower closing plates (BPD) which are perpendicular to the central axis, the sectors of bus bars each comprising an external portion of bus bar (B11 to B16) and at least one internal portion of bus bar (B21 to B26, B31 to B36) which delimit a plurality of internal volumes, the upper and lower closing plates being in contact against upper and lower faces of the portions of bus bar, respectively, and the portions of bus bar comprising a plurality of electrical contact faces of the type referred to as “press pack”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: INSTITUT VEDECOM
    Inventor: Friedbald Kiel
  • Patent number: 10960834
    Abstract: A hybrid power distribution central unit (1) is described, which comprises a housing (box) (2), provided with at least one cover (3) and internally defining a plurality of seats for coupling modules (12, 13, 14) of specific types, said housing (box) (2) comprising a power supply module (11) in order to electrically feed all the functional modules (12, 13, 14) coupled to the housing (box) (2). The functional modules are interchangeable according to their dimensions and not according to their specific types, thus, being possible for the hybrid power distribution central unit (1) to simultaneously use functional modules of different types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: FCA FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOVEIS BRASIL LTDA.
    Inventor: José Willian De Oliveira
  • Patent number: 10958026
    Abstract: A contactless thermometer for an in-wall power adapter is described. The contactless thermometer may comprise a first contact element of a plurality of contact elements configured to receive a power signal from the in-wall power adapter; a transformer coupled to the first contact element, wherein the transformer converts the power signal from a first voltage to a second voltage; a transmitter adapted to transmit a signal from the contactless thermometer; a receiver adapted to receive a reflected signal based upon the transmitted signal; and a control circuit coupled to the receiver, wherein the control circuit determines a temperature based upon the reflected signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Smart Power Partners LLC
    Inventors: John J. King, Stephen DeLano
  • Patent number: 10897106
    Abstract: The charger includes first and second connectors, each including an opposing surface. One of the opposing surface of the first connector and the opposing surface of the second connector includes, on a first opposing surface, a male power terminal and a male signal terminal for a power cutoff signal projecting from the first opposing surface, and the other one of the opposing surface of the first connector and the opposing surface of the second connector is provided with a female power terminal which the male power terminal is to be fitted into and a female signal terminal which the male signal terminal is to be fitted into on a second opposing surface. A length of the male signal terminal in a direction in which the male signal terminal projects is shorter than a length of the male power terminal in a direction in which the male power terminal projects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Etsushi Taguchi
  • Patent number: 10884607
    Abstract: A user interface for communicating with a video switch system, the video switch system configured to allow a plurality of users to collaboratively display information on at least one display screen, the video switch system including a switching device operable to receive a plurality of available video sources from associated user source devices and to selectively direct at least one of the available video sources to the at least one display screen, the user interface comprising an interface assembly separate from the switching device, the interface assembly being configured to operably connect to the switching device, the interface assembly having a plurality of selectable controls, wherein each of the plurality of selectable controls is capable of being associated with at least one of the plurality of available video sources, wherein the plurality of user selectable controls define a user interface of the interface assembly such that each user selectable control is selectable by at least one of the users to
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: STEELCASE INC.
    Inventors: Lewis Epstein, Brett Kincaid, Hyun Yoo, Suzanne Stage, Lukas Scherrer, Larry Cheng
  • Patent number: 10787084
    Abstract: An exemplary busbar assembly includes a first strip including a first material, and a second strip including a second material different than the first material. The first strip extends continuously from a first connector portion to a second connector portion. The first connector portion electrically connects the first strip to a first structure. The second connector portion electrically connects the first strip to a second structure. The first and second strips are both configured to communicate electric current. An exemplary current communication method includes communicating electrical current using both a first strip and a second strip of a busbar. The first strip is made of a first material and bonded to the second strip made of a second material. The first strip extends continuously from a first to a second connector portion. The first connector portion electrically connects to a first structure, and the second connector portion electrically connects to a second structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stephenson Tyler Mattmuller, Michael John O'Connor, Dylan Erb, Jacob Wiles
  • Patent number: 10761234
    Abstract: An electrode. The electrode includes a compressible form having an outer surface. A plurality of electrically conducting wire strands is disposed in a wire layer on the outer surface. The wire layer substantially covers the outer surface of the compressible form, and each wire strand comprises a first end and a second end configured to couple to a source of electromagnetic energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: PGS GEOPHYSICAL AS
    Inventor: Mattias Oscarsson
  • Patent number: 10745975
    Abstract: The present disclosure introduces apparatus and related methods pertaining to a first electrical power cable, a second electrical power cable, and a set of breakers. The first and second electrical power cables each extend a variable distance between a static system at a wellsite and a movable system at the wellsite. The breakers are operable to select either of the first and second electrical power cables to couple electrical power from a stationary electrical power source at the static system to a load at the movable system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Jacques Orban, Joe Rodney Berry, Joseph Hope
  • Patent number: 10663035
    Abstract: An apparatus is configured to de-ice a surface of a casing tube of a tendon that is exposed to weather influences, or to guard the case tube against ice forming on the case tube, where the tendon is anchored to a structure by an anchoring device. The apparatus includes a power device, one end of which is directly or indirectly in force transmitting engagement with the anchoring device and the other end is directly or indirectly in force transmitting engagement with the casing tube. The power device is configured to move the casing tube relative to the anchoring device in the circumferential, radial and/or axial direction in relation to the longitudinal extension direction of the casing tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: DYWIDAG-SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Werner Brand, Michael Bauer, Marcel Kasper
  • Patent number: 10541555
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling electrical power in a multi-phase electrical service to a load is provided. The system includes an electric meter that determines when an electrical characteristic of a phase of a multi-phase electrical service is below a threshold. A first switch and second switch are coupled to the first phase and second phase respectively and disconnect the phases from a power source. A bridging switch is coupled between the phases, the bridging switch being arranged between the load and the first and second switches. A controller is coupled between the electric meter, the first switch, the second switch, and the bridging switch. The controller causes the first switch to open in response to the electrical characteristic of the first phase being below the threshold and causing the bridging switch to close when the first switch is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: CONSOLIDATED EDISON COMPANY OF NEW YORK, INC.
    Inventors: Troy De Vries, Paul Stergiou, Aris Kouyoumdjian
  • Patent number: 10467712
    Abstract: The present invention is a system with embedded functionality allowing automated monitoring and controlling of energy consumption, including hardware installed in addition to an existing circuit breaker panel. A preferred embodiment comprises a retrofitting apparatus that can be connected to an existing circuit breaker panel. The apparatus can be detachably connected to circuit breakers or a circuit breaker panel. The apparatus and related method allow control of electrical loads on a premises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Coulomb, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander Bazhinov
  • Patent number: 10437752
    Abstract: A method for establishing a connection between devices having USB Type-C interfaces includes that: a first device determines that a USB cable is connected to a USB Type-C interface; determines a role configuration type supported by a second device; establishes a first USB connection to the second device; displays role information that is of the first device and the second device during establishment of the first USB connection and role configuration types supported by the first device and the second device; receives role configuration information of a user of the first device; and establishes a second USB connection to the second device according to the role configuration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhongjie Xu
  • Patent number: 10418764
    Abstract: An improved patch panel assembly includes a frame and faceplate that mate with a housing, and the housing defines a plurality of individual communication ports. The housing is mounted to the patch panel frame and includes jack openings that accommodate data jacks and circuit board openings that accommodate mating blades of circuit boards. The two sets of openings are separated on the housing by an intervening spacing and interposer terminal sets are provided to electrically interconnect the jacks with circuits on the circuit boards. The patch panel housings may be formed in discrete groupings so that, if desired, the patch panels may have ports that are grouped together by bandwidth, storage capability and the like. Inasmuch as the housings are mounted to the patch panel frames, the jacks and the circuit boards can be easily and individually replaced, repaired or upgraded with similar components without requiring disassembly of the patch panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Elliot A. Baines, Gene Schneider, Bjarne Frederiksen, Philip Rivers, Augusto Panella
  • Patent number: 10387362
    Abstract: A USB Type-C secondary data channel communication system includes a controller system coupled to a first USB Type-C connector. The controller system determines a second USB Type-C connector orientation when a second USB Type-C connector is connected to the first USB Type-C connector. The controller system then communicates with a connected system through a first data channel available through the second USB Type-C connector and determines that the connected system provides a second data channel mode. In response to determining the connected system provides the second data channel mode, the controller system uses the second USB Type-C connector orientation to configure the provisioning of first data through the first data channel and second data through a second data channel that is available through the second USB Type-C connector. Different data communications may then be provided to the connected system using the first and second data channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Thomas Edward Voor, Adolfo S. Montero
  • Patent number: 10376041
    Abstract: An electrically adjustable table system includes a table, at least one electric drive for adjusting the table, a voltage supply, a control and a bus system. The at least one drive, the voltage supply and the control are connected to the bus system. The bus system comprises multiple multiwire cable sections, which are electrically connected to one another via insulation displacement connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: LOGICDATA Electronic & Software Entwicklungs GmbH
    Inventor: Walter Koch
  • Patent number: 10331597
    Abstract: Disclosed is a USB Type-C switching circuit configured for arranging a plurality of signals of a USB Type-C connector. The USB Type-C switching circuit can be used in products having DisplayPort Alternate mode, and includes a plurality of signal receivers/receivers, a plurality of series-parallel transforming circuits and a multiplexer. The signal receivers/receivers are connected to the USB Type-C connector to receive/transmit signals. The series-parallel transforming circuits are connected to the signal receivers/receivers to convert the signals between a parallel domain and a serial domain. The multiplexer is connected to the series-parallel transforming circuits to arrange the signals in the parallel domain according to a control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: REALTEK SEMICONDUCTOR CORP.
    Inventors: Bing-Juo Chuang, Feng-Cheng Chang
  • Patent number: 10284199
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods associated with voltage tolerant termination presence detection for universal serial bus type-C connectors are disclosed herein. In embodiments, an apparatus to enable voltage tolerant termination presence detection may include sensor circuitry to determine whether a device coupled to the sensor circuitry is to operate in host mode or device mode based on a signal on a configuration channel between the device and the sensor circuitry. In embodiments, the apparatus may further include termination circuitry to bias the configuration channel in accordance with the host mode or the device mode based on the determination of whether the device is to operate in the host mode or the device mode. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Amit Kumar Srivastava
  • Patent number: 10205343
    Abstract: A portable electrical energy power node is provided. The power node includes first and second input power terminals and first and second output power terminals. The input power terminals are adapted for receiving a source of electrical power and the output terminals are adopted for connecting to a load. A first power line connects the first input terminal to the first output terminal, a second power line connects the second input terminal to the input side of a circuit interrupter and a third power line connects the output side of the circuit interrupter to the second output terminal. The circuit interrupter selectively interrupts the connection between the second input terminal and the second output terminal in accordance with a fault sensor and a control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Unilectric, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel K. Van Ostrand, Thomas L Peterson
  • Patent number: 10176970
    Abstract: A power supply system for a plasma process includes two separate power supplies of essentially identical performance characteristics, including a first power supply and a second power supply, and a data transfer connection operably coupling the two power supplies for data communication between the two power supplies. The first power supply is configured to: receive, in a standby mode, data via the data transfer connection from the second power supply supplying power to a plasma process in a normal operating mode, and supply, in an active backup mode, power to the plasma process in place of the second power supply, as a function of the received data. The first power supply can supply in the active backup mode to the plasma process the power having one or more characteristics that are substantially the same as those of the power provided by the second power supply in the normal operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: TRUMPF Huettinger GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventor: Moritz Nitschke
  • Patent number: 10169965
    Abstract: A tamper detection system utilizes a barrier that includes a mesh sized to extend across a rack in an arrangement in which the mesh blocks access to an appliance received in the rack. The tamper detection system further utilizes a detector configured to log, transmit, or otherwise generate an indication that the barrier has been tampered with, such as in response to the mesh becoming severed or pulled away from the rack enough to cause a detectable change of resistance or other electrical characteristic in a corresponding circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Perkins, Somasundaram Niranjayan, Nihar Desai, Mike MacGregor, Benjamin Philipp Grefe
  • Patent number: 10153770
    Abstract: A apparatus, having a processing system and an input buffer coupled with both the processing system and one of two IO pads, and a reference buffer coupled to both the input buffer and the second of the IO pads such that the reference generator controls the input threshold of the input buffer in response to an analog voltage received from an external circuit on the second of the IO pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Cypress Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy John Williams, David G. Wright, Gregory John Verge, Bruce E. Byrkett
  • Patent number: 10154610
    Abstract: The present disclosure is an apparatus for distributing power which includes a power configuration device and an outlet power strip. The power configuration device may be coupled to the outlet power strip via a cable, the cable including a connector device. The apparatus for distributing power may provide that the power configuration device may only be changed when necessary and the outlet power strip may only be changed when necessary, creating a modular power system for computer and data storage equipment which may allow for efficient and cost-effective power distribution modifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Vertiv Corporation
    Inventors: Brad Wilson, Chad Wells, Jesse Preuss, James Darrin Schroeder
  • Patent number: 10101453
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a detector circuit configured to receive a modulated electromagnetic wave signal from an illumination source and to provide a detection signal having a frequency dependent on a modulation frequency of the modulated electromagnetic wave signal. The apparatus further includes a reference circuit configured to generate a reference signal based on the detection signal. The apparatus further includes a sensor circuit configured to generate based on the reference signal a sensor signal based on reflected modulated electromagnetic waves emitted by the illumination source and reflected by an object. The apparatus further includes a processing circuit configured to determine distance information related to the object based on the sensor signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Markus Dielacher, Martin Flatscher, Michael Mark, Josef Prainsack
  • Patent number: 10097037
    Abstract: Distributed static synchronous series compensators (DSSSCs) which may also be designated tower routers capable of injecting series inductive or capacitive impedances to enable distributed power-flow control. When a large number of these (a fleet of) DSSSCs are distributed over the grid for power-flow control, it is necessary to ensure that coordinated communication and control capabilities are also established, enabling fast reaction to changes that can exist across the grid. A system architecture and method for enabling localized high-speed low-latency intelligent control with communications between subsections (local network) of the grid along with communication to the central Grid operations center at the utility for supervisory control is disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Smart Wires Inc.
    Inventors: Haroon Inam, Debrup Das, Frank Kreikebaum, Amrit Iyer, Aaron Zhao
  • Patent number: 10074949
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a first electronic component and a second electronic component. The first electronic component includes a control unit and a first connector. A first pin group of the first connector includes an even number of first detect pins. The second electronic component includes a second connector that matches with the first connector. A second pin group of the second connector includes an even number of second detect pins. When the first connector is electrically connected to the second connector, each of the first detect pins is electrically connected to each of the second detect pins to form a conductive path. All of the first detection pins and the second detection pins connected with one another in series form the conductive path. And a first end of the conductive path is coupled to ground via one of the first detect pins. A second end of the conductive path is coupled to the control unit via another one of the first detect pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: GETAC TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chin-Jung Chang, Chui-Shien Li, Yao-Wei Yang
  • Patent number: 10050357
    Abstract: A connection member includes: a first short bar whose one end is attached to a first terminal block; a second short bar which extends in a longitudinal direction of the first short bar and whose one end is attached to a second terminal block, at least part of the other end of the second short bar overlapping the first short bar; and a guide member which is attached to an overlapping part of the first short bar and the second short bar and which allows the second short bar to move relative to the first short bar in the longitudinal direction while maintaining surface contact between the first short bar and the second short bar at the overlapping part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaya Tateda, Yuuta Satou, Kaname Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10020620
    Abstract: There is provided a connector connectable to a mating connector that includes a first jack terminal configured to be coupled to a first plug terminal of the mating connector; a second jack terminal configured to be coupled to a second plug terminal of the mating connector; and a third jack terminal configured to be coupled to the second plug terminal of the mating connector, and having a resistor and a capacitor connected in series thereto. Upon the connector being separated from the mating connector, the second jack terminal is separated from the second plug terminal after the third jack terminal is separated from the second plug terminal, and the first jack terminal is separated from the first plug terminal after the second jack terminal is separated from the second plug terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Takashi Yuba, Koichi Kiryu, Akio Nakamura, Hideo Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 9959239
    Abstract: A USB Type-C secondary data channel communication system includes a controller system coupled to a first USB Type-C connector. The controller system determines a second USB Type-C connector orientation when a second USB Type-C connector is connected to the first USB Type-C connector. The controller system then communicates with a connected system through a first data channel available through the second USB Type-C connector and determines that the connected system provides a second data channel mode. In response to determining the connected system provides the second data channel mode, the controller system uses the second USB Type-C connector orientation to configure the provisioning of first data through the first data channel and second data through a second data channel that is available through the second USB Type-C connector. Different data communications may then be provided to the connected system using the first and second data channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Thomas Edward Voor, Adolfo S. Montero
  • Patent number: 9941554
    Abstract: A battery module includes a plurality of electrochemical cells and a structure including an upper portion configured to support a bottom portion of each of the plurality of electrochemical cells and a lower portion coupled to the upper portion. The lower portion includes a thermal management feature having at least one passage provided therein. The passage is configured for a thermal management fluid to pass therethrough to provide thermal management to the electrochemical cells of the battery module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Advanced Power Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Jason D. Fuhr, Kem M. Obasih, Richard M. DeKeuster, Robert J. Mack, Gary P. Houchin-Miller, Dhavalkumar Patel
  • Patent number: 9909243
    Abstract: In one preferred mode, the operator selects by the touch panel 2 a pattern from the displayed patterns on the display 1 and starts the embroidery by operation of the start/stop switch. The CPU 10 is checking the detection signal from the sensor 3 and when the signal is on, the CPU 10 keeps the display 1 in operation. When the operator goes out from the sensor detectable area 60, the signal of the sensor 3 disappears and the CPU 10 generates the LED display 4 indicating the progress of the sewing. Since the operator can see the LED display 4 from the outside of the display visible area 61, the operator recognizes the conditions of the machine A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Janome Sewing Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukio Hosaka, Hayato Takada
  • Patent number: 9875203
    Abstract: An intelligent connector is provided and includes a bus control module. The a bus control module includes a bus interface, a load interface, a first switch control interface configured to output a switch control signal, and a signal processing unit configured to process a interchanged signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Mingjie Fan, Feng Dai, Yulin Feng, Yuming Song
  • Patent number: 9857855
    Abstract: A concurrently maintainable secondary power distribution system enables redundant secondary power support to electrical loads, which receive independent primary power support from separate primary power systems, via a secondary power busway. Separate bus ducts, each carrying power from a secondary power system, are coupled to opposite ends of the busway. Each bus duct can carry power from a separate secondary power system, and switching devices bridging the connections between the bus ducts and the power busway can selectively switch the power busway from one of the bus ducts to the other bus duct, thereby switching between one of the secondary power systems. The separate secondary power systems can be coupled together at various points in the respective power systems, so that one or more portions of one of the secondary power systems can distribute power received from an upstream portion of another one of the secondary power systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Faran Harold Kaplan
  • Patent number: 9780783
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods associated with voltage tolerant termination presence detection for universal serial bus type-C connectors are disclosed herein. In embodiments, an apparatus to enable voltage tolerant termination presence detection may include sensor circuitry to determine whether a device coupled to the sensor circuitry is to operate in host mode or device mode based on a signal on a configuration channel between the device and the sensor circuitry. In embodiments, the apparatus may further include termination circuitry to bias the configuration channel in accordance with the host mode or the device mode based on the determination of whether the device is to operate in the host mode or the device mode. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Amit Kumar Srivastava
  • Patent number: 9640049
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a security device for detecting an intrusion including at least one sensor frame including a sensor, a first connection frame for connecting a signal sensed from the sensor frame, and a signal processing frame for detecting an intrusion from the sensed signal received from the first connection frame or the sensor frame, wherein the at least one sensor frame is detachably connected to the security device. Accordingly, the security device can be easily installed, use a variety of sensors, and be changed in size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AMBUS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kee-Woon Na
  • Patent number: 9640697
    Abstract: There is disclosed a system comprising a solar electricity system, comprising a solar collection surface adapted to convert light into DC electricity; a mounting bracket connected to a corner of the solar collection surface, the mounting bracket comprising a hole therethrough adapted to receive a fastener to mount the system to a building structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: William Hickman
  • Patent number: 9618991
    Abstract: A method for providing electrical power to a computer data center includes generating alternating-current power by a plurality of generators and converting the alternating current power from each of the generators to direct current power; combining the direct current power from each of the generators into a common electrical domain; and supplying the computer data center using the combined direct current power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jimmy Clidaras, Cornelius B. O'Sullivan, Anand Ramesh
  • Patent number: 9613763
    Abstract: Circuit breakers with a first bus energizing spring held in the housing that electrically connects the circuit board to an external electrical connection. The bus primary energizing spring is configured to deflect toward the circuit board with a first linear displacement. The circuit breakers also include a second bus energizing spring held in the housing that is configured to deflect toward the circuit board with a second linear displacement that supplements the first linear displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Nathan James Weister
  • Patent number: 9578279
    Abstract: A system and method for generating preview data from video data and using the preview data to select portions of the video data or determine an order with which to upload the video data. The system may sample video data to generate sampled video data and may identify portions of the sampled video data having complexity metrics exceeding a threshold. The system may upload a first portion of the video data corresponding to the identified portions while omitting a second portion of the video data. The system may determine an order with which to upload portions of the video data based on a complexity of the video data. Therefore, portions of the video data that may require additional processing after being uploaded may be prioritized and uploaded first. As a result, a latency between the video data being uploaded and a video summarization being received is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Rohith Mysore Vijaya Kumar, Ambrish Tyagi, Yadunandana Nagaraja Rao, Suresh Bholabhai Lakhani, Amit Kumar Agrawal
  • Patent number: 9545889
    Abstract: Disclosed is a power supply unit reducing deterioration of power loss caused by cables. A connector connecting a power line L11 connected to a battery and a plurality of ramp loads is attached to a holder housing at least one of the plurality of ramp loads. The connector is provided with: a pressure-bonding power source terminal to which the power line L11 is connected and power is inputted, a first branch circuit branching one power line inputted from the pressure-bonding terminal into a plurality of branch lines, a plurality of tub-like power source terminal, pressure-bonding power terminals each connected to the plurality of branch lines branched by the first branch circuit and outputting power to each ramp load; and a housing housing them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuuji Satake, Akiyoshi Kanazawa
  • Patent number: 9543084
    Abstract: A switch state detection circuit according to the present invention comprises: a plurality of switch connection portions to each of which a switch is connected, a connection line to which any one of the switch connection portions is connected in a switchable manner, a detection portion that detects a state of the switch connected to the connection line based on a state of the connection line, and a connection control portion that switches successively each of the switch connection portions and connects it to the connection line, wherein the state of each switch is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Rohm Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoki Yamamoto, Hideki Matsubara, Satoru Kominami
  • Patent number: 9533740
    Abstract: An adaptable modular power system (AMPS) is hierarchical in a number of ways. AMPS modules connect to a backplane, and one or multiple AMPS backplanes can form an AMPS domain. At the same time, the vehicle electronics is modular, with various payload boxes needing to communicate with each other. A common power and signaling cable is provided to interconnect payload boxes. A dedicated connector system is also provided so that AMPS modules may communicate, control, receive data, and supply and receive power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Liquid Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Brennan, Casper G. Otten, David B. Walker
  • Patent number: 9482474
    Abstract: Systems according to the present disclosure provide one or more surfaces that function as heat or power radiating surfaces for which at least a portion of the radiating surface includes or is composed of “fractal cells” placed sufficiently closed close together to one another so that a surface (plasmonic) wave causes near replication of current present in one fractal cell in an adjacent fractal cell. A fractal of such a fractal cell can be of any suitable fractal shape and may have two or more iterations. The fractal cells may lie on a flat or curved sheet or layer and be composed in layers for wide bandwidth or multibandwidth transmission. The area of a surface and its number of fractals determines the gain relative to a single fractal cell. The boundary edges of the surface may be terminated resistively so as to not degrade the cell performance at the edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Fractal Antenna Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan Cohen
  • Patent number: 9478917
    Abstract: A mechatronic plug-in connector system having a main contact and an auxiliary contact which lags during an unplugging operation and with a semiconductor electronic which is series-connected to the auxiliary contact and is parallel-connected to the main contact for extinguishing an arc produced during the unplugging operation, wherein the semiconductor electronic has two series-connected semiconductor switches and an energy accumulator which is connected to the semiconductor switches and which for charging taps the arc voltage produced between the semiconductor switches during the unplugging operation. The invention further relates to a multiple plug system having at least two plug-in connectors each having a main contact and a lagging auxiliary contact and with a semiconductor electronic which is common to the plug-in connectors and is series-connected to each of the auxiliary contacts via a diode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Ellenberger & Poensgen GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Strobl, Michael Naumann, Frank Gerdinand