With Mounting Or Support Means Patents (Class 310/348)
  • Patent number: 11563406
    Abstract: A quartz crystal unit comprising a quartz crystal resonator having a base portion, and first and second tuning fork arms connected to the base portion, the base portion having a length less than 0.5 mm and greater than a spaced-apart distance between the first and second tuning fork arms, each of the first and second tuning fork arms having a width less than 0.1 mm and a length less than 1.56 mm, and a plurality of different widths including a first width and a second width greater than the first width, at least one groove being formed in at least one of opposite main surfaces of each of the first and second tuning fork arms so that a length of the at least one groove is within a range of 0.3 mm to 0.79 mm, the quartz crystal resonator being housed in a case, and a lid being connected to the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Inventor: Hirofumi Kawashima
  • Patent number: 11558032
    Abstract: A bulk acoustic resonator architecture is fabricated by epitaxially forming a piezoelectric film on a top surface of post formed from an underlying substrate. In some cases, the acoustic resonator is fabricated to filter multiple frequencies. In some such cases, the resonator device includes two different resonator structures on a single substrate, each resonator structure configured to filter a desired frequency. Including two different acoustic resonators in a single RF acoustic resonator device enables that single device to filter two different frequencies in a relatively small footprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Sansaptak Dasgupta, Bruce A. Block, Paul B. Fischer, Han Wui Then, Marko Radosavljevic
  • Patent number: 11558027
    Abstract: A bulk-acoustic wave resonator includes: a substrate; a membrane layer forming a cavity with the substrate; a lower electrode disposed on the membrane layer; an insertion layer disposed to cover at least a portion of the lower electrode; a piezoelectric layer disposed on the lower electrode to cover the insertion layer; and an upper electrode at least partially disposed on the piezoelectric layer, wherein the upper electrode includes a reflection groove disposed on the insertion layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dae Hun Jeong, Sung Wook Kim, Sang Uk Son, Sang Heon Han, Won Han
  • Patent number: 11479460
    Abstract: MEMS based sensors, particularly capacitive sensors, potentially can address critical considerations for users including accuracy, repeatability, long-term stability, ease of calibration, resistance to chemical and physical contaminants, size, packaging, and cost effectiveness. Accordingly, it would be beneficial to exploit MEMS processes that allow for manufacturability and integration of resonator elements into cavities within the MEMS sensor that are at low pressure allowing high quality factor resonators and absolute pressure sensors to be implemented. Embodiments of the invention provide capacitive sensors and MEMS elements that can be implemented directly above silicon CMOS electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Stathera IP Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Vamsy Chodavarapu, George Xereas
  • Patent number: 11469220
    Abstract: The invention relates to a component comprising a first part, a second part, a housing body, and a first electrode, wherein the housing body encloses the first electrode in lateral directions at least in some regions. The first electrode has a front face and a rear face facing away from the front face, and the front and rear faces are free of a cover produced by a material of the housing body at least in some regions. The first part is arranged on the front face, and the second part is arranged on the rear face, and both the first and second parts are connected to the first electrode in an electrically conductive manner. The first electrode is designed to be continuous and is arranged between the first part and the second part in the vertical direction. Also described is a method for producing the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: OSRAM OLED GMBH
    Inventors: Zeljko Pajkic, Luca Haiberger, Martin Brandl
  • Patent number: 11411163
    Abstract: Aspects of the embodiments are directed to systems and devices that include a piezo-electric element comprising a top-side electrode and a bottom-side electrode; a metal contact pad electrically connected to the bottom-side electrode; an electrode electrically connected to the top-side electrode; and an encasement encasing the piezo-electric element. The piezo-electric element can be prepared to include steps and metallization for use in one or more types of packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Gerrit J. Vreman, Mohamed A. Abdelmoneum, Satoshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11404626
    Abstract: A vibrator device including a vibrator element, an IC substrate including a semiconductor substrate configured of a semiconductor having a first conductive type and a circuit electrically coupled to the vibrator element, the first conductive type being any one of an N-type and a P-type, and a lid directly bonded to the semiconductor substrate and configured of a semiconductor having the first conductive type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Koichi Mizugaki
  • Patent number: 11381219
    Abstract: A vibrator device includes a base, a vibrator element attached to the base, and a lid housing the vibrator element between the base and itself and bonded to the base. The base has a semiconductor substrate including a first surface bonded to the lid and a second surface in a front-back relationship with the first surface, a first insulating layer placed on the first surface, first, second internal terminals placed on the first insulating layer and electrically coupled to the vibrator element, a second insulating layer placed on the second surface, and first, second external terminals placed on the second insulating layer and electrically coupled to the first, second internal terminals. The second insulating layer has a first external terminal region in which the first external terminal is placed and a second external terminal region separated from the first external terminal region, in which the second external terminal is placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Junichi Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 11360299
    Abstract: A display device includes a light source, a support structure, and a scanning mirror system. The scanning mirror system includes a mirror, a first anchor located at a first lateral side of the scanning mirror system, a second anchor located at a second lateral side of the scanning mirror system, and a flexure. A first portion of the flexure extends from the first anchor toward a first longitudinal end and turns to meet a first end of the mirror. A second portion extends from the second anchor toward a second longitudinal end and turns to meet to a second end of the mirror opposite the first end. An actuator system is configured to actuate the flexure to thereby vary a scan angle of the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Utku Baran, Wyatt Owen Davis, Joshua Owen Miller
  • Patent number: 11362641
    Abstract: In a piezoelectric resonator device according to an embodiment, an internal space is formed by bonding a first sealing member to a crystal resonator plate and bonding a second sealing member to the crystal resonator plate. The internal space hermetically seals a vibrating part including a first excitation electrode and a second excitation electrode of the crystal resonator plate. Seal paths that hermetically seal the vibrating part of the crystal resonator plate are formed to have an annular shape in plan view. A plurality of external electrode terminals is formed on a second main surface of the second sealing member to be electrically connected to an external circuit board. The external electrode terminals are respectively disposed on and along an external frame part surrounding the internal space in plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: DAISHINKU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru Ishino, Yuka Kojo
  • Patent number: 11313029
    Abstract: A sputtering target formed from a potassium sodium niobate sintered body to which a dopant has been added; as a dopant, the sputtering target includes one or more types among Li, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba, Bi, Sb, V, In, Ta, Mo, W, Cr, Ti, Zr, Hf, Sc, Y, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, Cu, Zn, Ag, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Al, Si, Ge, Sn, and Ga; and a variation coefficient of a dopant concentration in a plane of the sputtering target is 0.12 or less. In terms of suppressing the generation of particles, provided is a sputtering target which is formed from a sintered body that includes potassium sodium niobate and to which a dopant has been added.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: JX NIPPON MINING & METALS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryosuke Sakashita, Yoshitaka Shibuya
  • Patent number: 11296674
    Abstract: A quartz crystal device includes a crystal element, a container, a conductive adhesive having flexibility, first pillow portions, and a second pillow portion. The first pillow portions hold the crystal element floated from an inner bottom surface of the container at the proximities of the two positions. The second pillow portion opposes the crystal element at a proximity of a second side. The second side opposes the first side of the crystal element. A height of the first pillow portion is represented as h and a length of the first pillow portion in a direction perpendicular to the first side is represented as X1, where the h is 20 ?m to 50 ?m and the X1 is 150 ?m or less. The conductive adhesive covers at least a top surface and a side surface of the first pillow portion. The side surface is in a center side of the crystal element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: NIHON DEMPA KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiro Sakanashi, Hiroki Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 11296275
    Abstract: A piezoelectric device includes a piezoelectric vibrating piece and a container. The piezoelectric vibrating piece has a rectangular planar shape and has a portion of a first side secured to the container. The piezoelectric vibrating piece has a second side opposing the first side and includes a projecting portion that projects outward from the second side in at least one of proximity of both ends of the second side along the second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: NIHON DEMPA KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Watanabe, Hirokazu Iwata, Yoshiharu Sato
  • Patent number: 11275160
    Abstract: The invention relates to an ultrasonic sensor device (2) for a motor vehicle, having an ultrasonic sensor (3) which has a diaphragm (8) for emitting and/or receiving an ultrasonic signal, and having an attachment device which is configured, in a correct installation position of the ultrasonic sensor device (2) on an exterior panelling part (6) of the motor vehicle, to press the diaphragm (8) against an inner side (7) of the exterior panelling part (6) with a prestressing force, wherein the attachment device has a securing apparatus (5) and a cover apparatus (4), wherein the securing apparatus (5) can be arranged on the inner side (7) of the exterior panelling part (6) and has an opening (22) in which the diaphragm (8) is arranged, and wherein the cover apparatus (4) has a receptacle (24) in which a rear side (23), lying opposite the diaphragm (8), of the ultrasonic sensor (3) is secured, and wherein the cover apparatus (4) and the securing apparatus (5) are connected in a positively locking fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Kupfernagel, Oliver Eidel
  • Patent number: 11245988
    Abstract: The present application discloses a mobile terminal, which comprises a flexible screen, a middle frame matched with the flexible screen to form an accommodation space, an exciter fixed on the middle frame, a support layer clamped between the flexible screen and the middle frame, and a steel sheet at least covering a sound generation area, wherein an area, in which the support layer is not arranged, on the flexible screen forms the sound generation area; and the exciter is fixed on the steel sheet to drive the sound generation area to generate sound through vibration. The sound generation area of the flexible screen is driven by the exciter to generate the sound, so that the mobile terminal provided by the present invention has a better sound generation effect compared with the related art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Huan Ge
  • Patent number: 11228297
    Abstract: An elastic wave device includes an elastic wave element mounted on a mounting substrate, with the elastic wave element being sealed by a sealing resin layer. The elastic wave element is bonded to electrode lands on the mounting substrate using bumps. Recessed portions are provided on a surface of the sealing resin layer on a side opposite to the side facing the mounting substrate. A ratio D/H between a depth of the recessed portions, and a distance of a portion of the sealing resin layer from the surface to a second main surface of a piezoelectric substrate, is no less than about 1/3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenichi Uesaka
  • Patent number: 11205449
    Abstract: A PZT microactuator such as for a hard disk drive has a restraining layer bonded on its side that is opposite the side on which the PZT is mounted. The restraining layer comprises a stiff and resilient material such as stainless steel. The restraining layer can cover most or all of the top of the PZT, with an electrical connection being made to the PZT where it is not covered by the restraining layer. The restraining layer reduces bending of the PZT as mounted and hence increases effective stroke length, or reverses the sign of the bending which increases the effective stroke length of the PZT even further. The restraining layer can be one or more active layers of PZT material that act in the opposite direction as the main PZT layer. The restraining layer(s) may be thinner than the main PZT layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Magnecomp Corporation
    Inventors: David Glaess, Kuen Chee Ee, Long Zhang, Chris Dunn
  • Patent number: 11184988
    Abstract: A pedestal on which a beveled blank is mounted is provided with a recess portion and an edge portion. The recess portion is provided in a central part of a surface of a pedestal body of the pedestal. The edge portion is adjacent to the recess portion to which the blank is fixed. The recess portion has a length in the short side direction of the pedestal body longer than that of the short side of the blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: NIHON DEMPA KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomonori Abe
  • Patent number: 11159139
    Abstract: An elastic wave device includes an elastic wave element including a piezoelectric substrate with a first main surface and a second main surface that face each other, an IDT electrode disposed on the second main surface of the piezoelectric substrate, a support disposed on the second main surface of the piezoelectric substrate so as to surround the IDT electrode in plan view, and a cover that is disposed on the support and seals the IDT electrode together with the support and the piezoelectric substrate, a mounting substrate above which the elastic wave element is mounted, and a sealing resin that is disposed on the side of the side of the upper surface of the mounting substrate and seals the elastic wave element. A thickness of the mounting substrate is less than a thickness of the sealing resin that corresponds to a distance from a surface of the sealing resin in contact with the upper surface of the mounting substrate to a surface of the sealing resin on an opposite side of the mounting substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshishige Koreeda, Hijiri Sumii
  • Patent number: 11121697
    Abstract: A quartz crystal resonator that includes an AT-cut quartz crystal blank that is plate-shaped and that is rectangular when viewed in a direction normal to a main surface thereof; and a first outer electrode and a second outer electrode disposed on the main surface and arranged in a short-side direction of the main surface. Long sides of the main surface are substantially parallel to a Z? axis of the quartz crystal blank. The short sides of the main surface are substantially parallel to an X axis of the quartz crystal blank. A frequency of a main vibration of the quartz crystal blank is in a range of 20.0 MHz to 60.0 MHz, and 0.050?P??0.0047×F+1.728, where P (mm) is a distance between the first outer electrode and the second outer electrode in the short-side direction, and F (MHz) is the frequency of the main vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryuichi Kawai, Hiroyuki Yamamoto, Hiroaki Kaida
  • Patent number: 11094874
    Abstract: A piezoelectric vibration device is provided that includes a piezoelectric transformer, a flexible board and a case. The flexible board includes an element-mounting terminal connected to an outer electrode of the piezoelectric transformer, and an external connection terminal connected to a wiring board. The case has a securing member that secures the case to the wiring board and a ceiling. When the piezoelectric vibration device is mounted on the wiring board, the securing member defines a space between the ceiling and the wiring board to accommodate the piezoelectric transformer and the flexible board. Moreover, the piezoelectric transformer is suspended to the ceiling of the case by a holding member. This configuration provides a piezoelectric vibration device with which degradation of characteristics due to causes such as displacement of the piezoelectric vibrator or fluctuations in the pressing force applied by lead terminals is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Asano
  • Patent number: 11042346
    Abstract: An artificial cochlea device for processing audio signals by electro-mechanical amplitude changes may be provided. The device comprises a micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) microphone comprising a membrane, an electro-mechanical feedback loop embedded in the MEMS microphone. Thereby, the electro-mechanical feedback loop comprises a piezo-electric actuator acting on the MEMS microphone by influencing the membrane's way to swing, such that an electro-mechanical amplitude change of an output signal is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jean Fompeyrine, Youri Popoff, Stefan Abel
  • Patent number: 11038463
    Abstract: An integrated circuit device includes a first pad and a second pad electrically coupled to one end and the other end of a resonator, an oscillation circuit that is electrically coupled to the first pad and the second pad and generates an oscillation signal by causing the resonator to oscillate, and an output circuit that outputs a clock signal based on the oscillation signal. The oscillation circuit is disposed along a first side of the integrated circuit device among the first side, a second side that intersects the first side, a third side that is an opposite side of the first side, and a fourth side that is an opposite side of the second side. The first pad and the second pad are disposed in the oscillation circuit along the first side in a plan view, and the output circuit is disposed along the second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Sawada, Naoki Il, Yosuke Itasaka
  • Patent number: 11012768
    Abstract: A display apparatus may include: a display panel including: a display area configured to display an image, and a non-display area, an optical module on a rear surface of the display panel, at least one first sound generator on a rear surface of the optical module, and at least one second sound generator in the non-display area and between the display panel and the optical module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: DongGeun Lee, KyuSung Han
  • Patent number: 11005446
    Abstract: A family of resonators and other devices which employ virtual electrodes using pixel based projection across a gap onto a material. In many embodiments, the pixel is projected onto a piezoelectric material, such as quartz crystal, by an integrated circuit die placed opposite a face of the crystal. The die projects a single pixel of electromagnetic energy onto the crystal, which vibrates and produces its own electromagnetic energy which is received by the pixel. Pixel projection onto other materials, including non-resonant materials, is also disclosed. The pixel based projected electrodes may be used in combination with, or in lieu of, conventional metal electrodes. The single pixel may be controlled in gain and phase in order to achieve specific desired resonator response characteristics. Many types of devices using pixel based electrode projection are disclosed—including resonators having one or more single-pixel virtual electrodes, and other types of devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: FOX ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: James Bryan Northcutt, Eugene S. Trefethen
  • Patent number: 10985727
    Abstract: A piezoelectric vibrator includes a piezoelectric vibrating element, and a base member having a mounting surface to which the piezoelectric vibrating element is mounted, and a mount surface positioned on the opposite side to the mounting surface. The base member includes an electrode pattern formed at the mount surface that includes a ground electrode and a signal electrode that is electrically connected to the piezoelectric vibrating element. Moreover, the mount surface is a rectangular shape, the signal and ground electrodes are arranged in a region of the mount surface closer to any one side thereof, with the one side defining part of outer edges of the mount surface, and a distance from an outer edge of the signal electrode to the one side of the mount surface is longer than a distance from an outer edge of the ground electrode to the one side of the mount surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsunori Ishimasa, Motoyoshi Sakai, Kazuyuki Noto
  • Patent number: 10972071
    Abstract: A resonator with stabilized resonant frequency that includes a lower electrode, a plurality of upper electrodes, and a piezoelectric film disposed between the lower electrode and the plurality of upper electrodes. Moreover, an upper lid having a first and second opposing surfaces is provided so that the first surface faces and seals a first surface of the resonator. In addition, a lower lid having a first and second opposing surfaces is provided so that the first surface faces and seals a second surface of the resonator. The resonator further includes a power terminal electrically connected to the upper electrodes and a ground terminal provided on the second surface of the upper lid. The lower electrode is electrically connected to the ground terminal by the upper lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshio Nishimura, Yuichi Goto, Kentaro Yoshii, Ville Kaajakari
  • Patent number: 10938368
    Abstract: A piezoelectric resonator unit that includes a piezoelectric resonator; a substrate that includes a mounting surface, an electrode pattern on the mounting surface; and a cap joined to the mounting surface of the substrate by a joining material such that the piezoelectric resonator is hermetically sealed. The electrode pattern includes a connection electrode to which the piezoelectric resonator is connected, and an extended electrode that is extended from the connection electrode towards an outer edge of the mounting surface. A joining region on the mounting surface is provided over an entire periphery and surrounds the connection electrode. An insulating material is in the joining region such that at least part of the electrode pattern is exposed therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Araya, Yoshihiro Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10924080
    Abstract: An acoustic wave device includes a supporting substrate, an acoustic reflection film the supporting substrate, a piezoelectric thin film on the acoustic reflection film, and an interdigital transducer electrode the piezoelectric thin film. The acoustic reflection film includes acoustic impedance layers including therein first, second, third, and fourth low acoustic impedance layers and first, second, and third high acoustic impedance layers. The acoustic reflection film includes a first acoustic impedance layer and a second acoustic impedance layer, the first and second acoustic impedance layers each being one of the acoustic impedance layers, and the second acoustic impedance layer has an arithmetic average roughness different from that of the first acoustic impedance layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yutaka Kishimoto, Masashi Omura, Hiromu Okunaga
  • Patent number: 10890756
    Abstract: An optical scanning device includes: a pair of twist beams arranged on both sides of a mirror along a predetermined axis and configured to swing the mirror around the axis; a pair of connection beams connected to the respective twist beams; a piezoelectric sensor formed on the connection beams and configured to detect a displacement of the connection beams caused by a swing of the mirror around the axis; wherein the piezoelectric sensor includes a lower electrode; a piezoelectric thin film stacked on the lower electrode; and an upper electrode stacked on or above the piezoelectric thin film, wherein a bottom surface and a side surface of the piezoelectric thin film form a tilt angle ?, and wherein the tilt angle is greater than 0° and less than or equal to 50°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Sudo, Takahiro Wakasugi
  • Patent number: 10888009
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a sealed package and a method of forming such package are disclosed. The package includes a housing having an inner surface and an outer surface, a dielectric substrate having a first major surface and a second major surface, and a dielectric bonding ring disposed between the first major surface of the dielectric substrate and the housing, where the dielectric bonding ring is hermetically sealed to both the first major surface of the dielectric substrate and the housing. The package further includes an electronic device disposed on the first major surface of the dielectric substrate, and a power source disposed at least partially within the housing and electrically connected to the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian S. Nielsen, Rajesh V. Iyer, Gordon O. Munns, Andrew J. Ries, Andrew J. Thom
  • Patent number: 10879873
    Abstract: A resonator includes a vibration portion with upper and lower electrodes with a piezoelectric film disposed therebetween. Moreover, a protective film is provided to face the piezoelectric film with the upper electrode interposed therebetween and is exposed in a first region in the vibration portion. A conductive film is provided to face the piezoelectric film with the protective film interposed therebetween and is exposed in a second region that is adjacent to the first region in the vibration portion. A connection electrode is formed in the protective film to electrically connect the conductive film to the lower electrode. The upper electrode is formed such that an area of a region overlapping the conductive film is equal to or smaller than half of a total area of the conductive film and/or avoids the region overlapping the conductive film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Inoue, Ryota Kawai
  • Patent number: 10848856
    Abstract: A system includes a flat panel display having a panel resonant frequency response corresponding to a composition, shape, and structure of the flat panel display; and an actuator having an actuator resonant frequency response corresponding to a composition, size, and shape of the actuator; in which the actuator is mechanically-coupled to the flat panel display at a mechanical drive point, in which a coupled resonant frequency response of the system is lower than the panel resonant frequency response of the flat panel display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Neil John Harris, James East
  • Patent number: 10819309
    Abstract: Acoustic resonator devices and filters are disclosed. A piezoelectric plate is attached to a substrate, a portion of the piezoelectric plate forming a diaphragm spanning a cavity in the substrate. A first conductor pattern is formed on a surface of the piezoelectric plate. The first conductor pattern includes interleaved fingers of an interdigital transducer disposed on the diaphragm, and a first plurality of contact pads. A second conductor pattern is formed on a surface of a base, the second conductor pattern including a second plurality of contact pads. Each pad of the first plurality of contact pads is directly bonded to a respective pad of the second plurality of contact pads. A ring-shaped seal is form between a perimeter of the piezoelectric plate and a perimeter of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Resonant Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Turner, Mike Eddy, Andrew Kay, Ventsislav Yantchev, Charles Chung
  • Patent number: 10784835
    Abstract: A vibration device including a vibrator, a circuit component, a relay substrate disposed between the vibrator and the circuit component, a package that accommodates the vibrator, the circuit component, and the relay substrate, a first metal bump that joins the circuit component to the package, a second metal bump that joins the relay substrate to the circuit component, and a third metal bump that joins the vibrator to the relay substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryuta Nishizawa, Shiro Murakami, Shinya Aoki, Atsushi Matsuo, Masashi Shimura
  • Patent number: 10784837
    Abstract: A bulk acoustic wave resonator includes a substrate including a first via and a second via, a lower electrode connection member, a lower electrode, a piezoelectric layer, an upper electrode, and an upper electrode connection member spaced apart from the lower electrode connection member. The lower electrode, the piezoelectric layer, and the upper electrode constitute a resonant portion. The lower electrode connection member electrically connects the lower electrode to the first via and supports a first edge portion of the resonant portion. The upper electrode connection member electrically connects the upper electrode to the second via and supports a second edge portion of the resonant portion. Either one or both of the upper electrode connection member and the lower electrode connection member includes a respective extension portion connected to a respective one of the first via and the second via that is disposed below the resonant portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae Hun Lee, Chang Hyun Lim, Tae Yoon Kim, Moon Chul Lee
  • Patent number: 10771031
    Abstract: A method of fabricating an FBAR filter device including an array of resonators, each resonator comprising a single crystal piezoelectric film sandwiched between a first metal electrode and a second metal electrode, wherein the first electrode is supported by a support membrane over an air cavity, the air cavity embedded in a silicon dioxide layer over a silicon handle, with through-silicon via holes through the silicon handle and into the air cavity, the side walls of said air cavity in the silicon dioxide layer being defined by perimeter trenches that are resistant to a silicon oxide etchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Zhuhai Crystal Resonance Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dror Hurwitz
  • Patent number: 10734969
    Abstract: A vibrator device includes a circuit element, which has a first terminal and is a quadrangle in plan view, a vibrator, which is disposed on an active surface and is a quadrangle in plan view, a base, on which the circuit element is disposed and which has a second terminal, and a wire which connects the first terminal and the second terminal together. In plan view of the circuit element, at least one side of the vibrator is disposed along a direction where the one side intersects each of two adjacent sides of the circuit element, and the vibrator does not overlap the first terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hisahiro Ito
  • Patent number: 10707403
    Abstract: An electronic component-containing module includes a board, electronic components, and a sealing resin and includes a space provided between the board and at least one of the electronic components. The dryness factor of the sealing resin is about 60% or more where, after the electronic component-containing module is moisturized, the electronic component-containing module is heated to the re-melting temperature of a brazing filler metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshiharu Suemori
  • Patent number: 10693439
    Abstract: A crystal vibrator according to the present invention includes a crystal blank generating thickness shear vibration, a pair of excitation electrodes on both surfaces of the crystal blank, and a pair of extraction electrodes respectively extracted from the excitation electrodes. The crystal blank includes a region provided with a plurality of hill parts which are covered by an excitation electrode. Due to hill parts, it is possible to increase adhesion to the excitation electrodes and to provide a highly reliable crystal vibrator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shiro Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 10679652
    Abstract: Embodiments of an adhesive containment structure are provided herein. The suspension includes a base portion that includes a metal support layer, an insulation layer including an insulating material on the metal support layer, and a signal conductor layer. The suspension includes a gimbaled portion, a microactuator adhered to the support layer. The suspension also includes an adhesive containment structure, the adhesive containment structure includes a first portion of the insulating material, a second portion of the insulating material, and a third portion of the insulating material, the first and second portions of the insulating material being separated by a gap, and the third portion of the insulating material disposed within the gap. Adhesive is disposed within the gap of the adhesive containment structure, the adhesive adhering the microactuator to the third portion of the insulating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Magnecomp Corporation
    Inventors: Kuen Chee Ee, Sitthipong Footrakul, Thana Meesomphop
  • Patent number: 10659869
    Abstract: The disclosed computer-implemented method may include an apparatus having a support structure of a wearable device and a transducer coupled to the support structure. The transducer may be configured to generate movements in response to an audio input signal. The apparatus may also have a movement-conducting element coupled to the transducer. The movement-conducting element may be configured to apply the generated movements to a top portion of a user's ear. The movement-conducting element may maintain contact with the top portion of the user's ear so that the generated movements are consistently conducted to the user's ear regardless of which portion of the movement-conducting element contacts the top portion of the user's ear. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aaron Bobuk
  • Patent number: 10651819
    Abstract: A vibrator device includes a vibration element including a vibration portion and a fixed portion, a supporting member to which the fixed portion is attached to support the vibration element, and a first substrate to which the supporting member is attached, the supporting member includes a attaching portion attached to the first substrate, and A1?A2 is satisfied in a case where an area of a rectangular region including the fixed portion is A1 and an area of a rectangular region including the attaching portion is A2 in a plan view seen from a thickness direction of the vibration element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuya Otsuki, Tsugio Ide
  • Patent number: 10637437
    Abstract: An AT-cut crystal element is provided for reducing unnecessary vibration and for improving impedance of a resonator. Two side surfaces intersecting with a Z?-axis of a crystallographic axis of crystal are constituted of three surfaces of a first surface as an m-surface of quartz crystal, a second surface that intersects with the first surface and is other than the m-surface, and a third surface that intersects with the second surface and is other than the m-surface. Moreover, the second surface is a surface corresponding to a surface obtained by rotating a principal surface of the AT-cut crystal element by ?74±3° having an X-axis of crystal as a rotation axis, and the third surface is a surface corresponding to a surface obtained by rotating the principal surface by ?56±3° having the X-axis of the crystal as the rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: NIHON DEMPA KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yamauchi, Kazuhiko Osawa, Shohei Takeda
  • Patent number: 10619611
    Abstract: There are provided a laminated piezoelectric element in which a stress applied to an interface between a cover layer and a stacked body is reduced, and an injection device and a fuel injection system provided with the laminated piezoelectric element. A laminated piezoelectric element includes a stacked body in which piezoelectric layers and internal electrode layers are alternately laminated; and a cover layer disposed so as to surround a side face of the stacked body, and the cover layer has a two-layer structure with an annular boundary when viewed in a section perpendicular to a stacking direction of the stacked body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Asakura
  • Patent number: 10615747
    Abstract: A vibrator device has a base that has a first terminal, a circuit element that is disposed on the base and has a second terminal, a vibrator that includes a vibrator element and a vibrator element package, and is positioned between the first terminal and the second terminal in plan view of the base, a wiring unit that is disposed on the vibrator, a first wire that electrically connects the first terminal and the wiring unit together, and a second wire that electrically connects the wiring unit and the second terminal together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hisahiro Ito, Tetsuya Otsuki, Mitsuaki Sawada
  • Patent number: 10602261
    Abstract: A directional microphone is provided which includes a substrate having a cavity that penetrates therethrough, a resonator array of at least one resonator, and a cover member. Each of the resonator array and the cover member covers covering at least a part of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sungchan Kang, Cheheung Kim, Sangha Park, Yongseop Yoon, Choongho Rhee, Hyeokki Hong
  • Patent number: 10547253
    Abstract: There is provided a power generating element which is capable of converting vibration energy in various directions into electric energy without waste and less likely to be damaged even upon application of excessive vibration. Made available is a main generating structure (MGS) in which a first layer (100), a second layer (200) and a third layer (300) are laminated. The second layer (200) has a plate-like bridge portion (210), a central plate-like portion (220), a left-hand side plate-like portion (230) and a right-hand side plate-like portion (240), each of which is flexible, and the third layer (300), that is a weight body, formed in the “U” letter shape is joined with the lower surface thereof. The plate-like bridge portion (210) is protected by the weight body (300) circumference thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: TRI-FORCE MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Okada, Miho Okada
  • Patent number: 10548223
    Abstract: A packaged module for use in a wireless communication device has a substrate supporting an integrated circuit die that includes at least a microprocessor and radio frequency receiver circuitry and a stacked filter assembly configured as a filter circuit that is in communication with the radio frequency receiver circuitry. The stacked filter assembly includes a plurality of passive components, where each passive component is packaged as a surface mount device. At least one passive component is in direct communication with the substrate and at least another passive component is supported above the substrate by the at least one passive component that is in the direct communication with the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Darren Roger Frenette, George Khoury, Leslie Paul Wallis, Lori Ann DeOrio
  • Patent number: 10529518
    Abstract: Micro-electromechanical switch (MEMS) devices can be fabricated using integrated circuit fabrication techniques and materials. Such switch devices can provide cycle life and insertion loss performance suiting for use in a broad range of applications including, for example, automated test equipment (ATE), switching for measurement instrumentation (such as a spectrum analyzer, network analyzer, or communication test system), and uses in communication systems, such as for signal processing. MEMS devices can be vulnerable to electrical over-stress, such as associated with electrostatic discharge (ESD) transient events. A solid-state clamp circuit can be incorporated in a MEMS device package to protect one or more MEMS devices from damaging overvoltage conditions. The clamp circuit can include single or multiple blocking junction structures having complementary current-voltage relationships, such as to help linearize a capacitance-to-voltage relationship presented by the clamp circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Analog Devices Global
    Inventors: Padraig Liam Fitzgerald, Srivatsan Parthasarathy, Javier A. Salcedo