Electrode Arrangement Patents (Class 310/365)
  • Patent number: 11955948
    Abstract: This application provides a bulk acoustic wave resonator and a bulk acoustic wave filter, and relates to the technical field of filters. The bulk acoustic wave resonator includes a substrate, and a bottom electrode, a piezoelectric layer, a top electrode which are sequentially stacked on the substrate, and an outline of an orthographic projection of the top electrode on the substrate is formed by four curves which are end-to-end connected. Arc transition is set at a joint of every two adjacent curves, and every two curves arranged in a spaced manner are not parallel. Accordingly, reliability of devices can be effectively improved, meanwhile, parasitic resonance amplitude can be effectively restrained, a Q value is increased, and thus device properties are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Wuhan MEMSonics Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunli Zhao, Yan Liu, Tiancheng Luo, Bowoon Soon, Chengliang Sun
  • Patent number: 11942922
    Abstract: Acoustic resonator devices and acoustic filter devices. An acoustic resonator includes a piezoelectric plate having front and back surfaces, a portion of the piezoelectric plate forming a diaphragm, and a conductor pattern on the front surface, the conductor pattern comprising an interdigital transducer (IDT), interleaved fingers of the IDT on the diaphragm. A ratio of a mark of the interleaved fingers to a pitch of the interleaved fingers is greater than or equal to 0.12 and less than or equal to 0.3. A thickness of the interleaved fingers is greater than or equal to 0.85 times a thickness of the piezoelectric plate and less than or equal to 2.5 times the thickness of the piezoelectric plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bryant Garcia, Ventsislav Yantchev, Patrick Turner, Viktor Plesski, Julius Koskela, Soumya Yandrapalli, Neal Fenzi, Robert B. Hammond
  • Patent number: 11935698
    Abstract: This invention relates to a multilayer ceramic capacitor produced by alternatively stacking the ceramic dielectric layers and internal electrodes mainly comprise base metals. The present dielectric ceramic composition having a main component with a perovskite structure ABO3 formula of: (KxNayLizA1-x-y-z)m(NbuTav)O3 wherein: A, B, x, y, z, u, v, w, m, u, v and w are defined further. The dielectric ceramic composition further contains: a first accessory ingredient composes at least one selected from the rare-earth compounds; a second accessory ingredient composes at least one selected from transition metal compounds; and a third accessory ingredient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: KEMET Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Hanzheng Guo, Abhijit Gurav
  • Patent number: 11916538
    Abstract: A vibrator device includes a vibrating body having obverse and reverse principal surfaces and a side surface connecting the obverse and reverse principal surfaces to each other, a package configured to house the vibrating body, and a bonding material configured to fix the vibrating body to the package, wherein the vibrating body has a coupling part including a recess recessed from the side surface toward a center of the principal surfaces, and a protrusion protruding from a side surface of the recess, the protrusion is one of breaking-off parts with which a plurality of the vibrating bodies is broken off from a wafer to which the plurality of the vibrating bodies is coupled, and the bonding material has contact with a side surface of the protrusion in the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seiichiro Ogura, Keiichi Yamaguchi, Ryuta Nishizawa
  • Patent number: 11908224
    Abstract: Disclosed are a fingerprint identification structure, a driving method thereof and an electronic device. The fingerprint identification structure includes: a driving electrode layer; a piezoelectric material layer; a receiving electrode layer, which includes M receiving electrodes; an auxiliary driving electrode layer, which is located at the side of the piezoelectric material layer away from the receiving electrode layer, and is arranged in a layer different from the driving electrode layer; and a first insulating layer, the auxiliary driving electrode layer includes N auxiliary driving electrodes; the N driving electrodes and the N auxiliary driving electrodes are alternately arranged; and the orthographic projection, on the piezoelectric material layer, of an i-th auxiliary driving electrode overlaps with an interval between the orthographic projections, on the piezoelectric material layer, of an i-th driving electrode and an (i+1)-th driving electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yingming Liu, Xiaoliang Ding, Xiufeng Li, Lei Wang, Yingzi Wang
  • Patent number: 11885391
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device comprising a body and a set of vibration absorbers mounted on the body, each absorber being movable relative to the body between a first position and a second position, each absorber being capable of oscillating relative to the body between its first and second positions, a first natural frequency being defined for each absorber, at least one absorber having a first natural frequency different from the first natural frequency of another absorber. Each absorber comprises at least one deformation part capable of deforming as the vibration absorber oscillates between its first position and its second position, the deformation part having at least two faces configured to rub against each other during the deformation of the deformation part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignees: THALES, CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFQUE, UNIVERSITE DE FRANCHE-COMTE
    Inventors: Kevin Jaboviste, Gaël Chevallier, Emeline Sadoulet-Reboul, Nicolas Peyret, Eric Collard, Charles Arnould
  • Patent number: 11865580
    Abstract: A method for producing an at least partially transparent device is provided, including producing, on a first substrate, first and second separation layers one against the other; producing, on the second separation layer, an at least partially transparent functional layer; making the functional layer integral with a second at least partially transparent substrate; forming a mechanical separation at an interface between the separation layers; removing the second separation layer; producing a first at least partially transparent electrode layer on the functional layer; where the materials of the stack are chosen such that the interface between the separation layers corresponds to that, among all the interfaces of the stack, having the lowest adherence force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Commissariat A L'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
    Inventor: Gwenael Le Rhun
  • Patent number: 11804823
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein may provide a surface acoustic wave (SAW) device, methods of fabricating the SAW device, and a system incorporating the SAW device. The SAW device may include a piezoelectric substrate and individual resonators may be formed by a plurality of electrodes on the surface of the piezoelectric substrate. A dielectric layer having a positive thermal coefficient of frequency (TCF) may be formed on each of the plurality of electrodes. In various embodiments, temperature compensation may be achieved by providing more or less of the dielectric layer on at least one resonator than on the other resonators based on a configuration of the resonators. In various embodiments, temperature compensation may be achieved by providing at least one resonator with a different duty factor than the other resonators based on a configuration of the resonators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Qorvo US, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc Solal
  • Patent number: 11800804
    Abstract: A diaphragm for a piezoelectric micromachined ultrasonic transducer (PMUT) is presented having resonance frequency and bandwidth characteristics which are decoupled from one another into independent variables. Portions of at least the piezoelectric material layer and backside electrode layer are removed in a selected pattern to form structures, such as ribs, in the diaphragm which retains stiffness while reducing overall mass. The patterned structure can be formed by additive, or subtractive, fabrication processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Bernhard Boser, David Horsley, Richard Przybyla, Ofer Rozen, Stefon Shelton
  • Patent number: 11784631
    Abstract: A resonance element supported by a bearing structure includes a crystal chip and an excitation electrode. The crystal chip includes a main surface having a support surface portion being in contact with the bearing structure. The excitation electrode is disposed on the main surface, has an electrode area, and includes an electrode indentation boundary partly encompassing the support surface portion. The electrode indentation boundary has a first boundary end and a second boundary end being opposite to the first boundary end. The electrode indentation boundary and a reference line segment defined by the first and the second boundary ends form an electrode indentation region having an indentation area. A ratio of the indentation area to the electrode area ranges from 0.05 to 0.2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: TAI-SAW TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chia-Haur Rau, Kun-Yu Huang, Chi-Yun Chen
  • Patent number: 11778915
    Abstract: An acoustic wave resonator comprises a piezoelectric material formed of aluminum nitride (AlN) doped with calcium (Ca) to enhance performance of the acoustic wave resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: SKYWORKS SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael David Hill, Peter Ledel Gammel
  • Patent number: 11764704
    Abstract: A piezoelectric resonator includes a vibrating part having a pair of principal surfaces in an obverse-reverse relationship, and a side surface configured to couple the pair of principal surfaces to each other, and a protruding part which is provided to the vibrating part, and is configured to transmit a drive force generated by a vibration of the vibrating part to a driven part, wherein the vibrating part has a pair of vibrating plates including a first vibrating plate and a second vibrating plate stacked on one another in afirst direction in which the pair of principal surfaces are arranged side by side, the first vibrating plate has a flexural vibrating piezoelectric element configured to flexurally vibrate the vibrating part in a third direction perpendicular to a second direction in which the driven part and the protruding part are arranged side by side in a plan view of the principal surfaces, either one or both of the first vibrating plate and the second vibrating plate have a stretching vibrating piezo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takao Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 11757427
    Abstract: A bulk acoustic wave resonator includes a substrate, a support layer disposed on the substrate, the support layer including a cavity having a polygon shape with more than three sides in a plane crossing a first direction from the substrate to the support layer, a piezoelectric layer disposed on the support layer, a bottom electrode disposed below the piezoelectric layer, partially overlapping the cavity, and extending across a first side of the cavity, and a top electrode disposed above the piezoelectric layer, partially overlapping the cavity, and extending across a second side of the cavity. The bulk acoustic wave resonator further includes at least one release hole formed in the piezoelectric layer and overlapping a portion of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Shenzhen Newsonic Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jian Wang
  • Patent number: 11744156
    Abstract: A multilayer piezoelectric element includes a ceramic body formed by a piezoelectric ceramic, and having first and second end face facing a longitudinal direction, first and second principal faces facing a thickness direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction. A pair of external electrodes cover the first and second end faces, extend from the first and second end faces onto the first principal face via ridge parts connecting the end faces with the principal faces, and project in the thickness direction on the first principal face. Multiple internal electrodes are stacked inside the ceramic body and are connected alternately to the pair of external electrodes along the thickness direction. A surface electrode is provided on at least one of the first and second principal faces, and connected to the external electrode different from the one to which the internal electrode adjacent in the thickness direction is connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hamada, Hiroyuki Shimizu, Sumiaki Kishimoto, Yukihiro Matsui, Shigeo Ishii, Tomohiro Harada, Yukihiro Konishi
  • Patent number: 11707930
    Abstract: A piezoelectric device includes a diaphragm provided on a side of one surface of a substrate, and a piezoelectric actuator having a first electrode, a piezoelectric body layer, and a second electrode which are stacked in a first direction on a side of a surface opposite to the substrate of the diaphragm, in which when one area far from an end portion of the second electrode is a first area and one area near the end portion of the second electrode is a second area, of two areas of the second electrode in a second direction intersecting the first direction, the second electrode has a stiffness of 17,000 N/m or more in the second area in the first direction, which is higher than a stiffness in the first area in the first direction, and a length in the second area in the first direction is equal to or less than a length of the piezoelectric body layer in the second area in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Motoki Takabe, Masaki Mori
  • Patent number: 11652464
    Abstract: A production method for a surface acoustic wave device comprises the following steps: a step of providing a piezoelectric substrate comprising a transducer arranged on the main front face; a step of depositing a dielectric encapsulation layer on the main front face of the piezoelectric substrate and on the transducer; and a step of assembling the dielectric encapsulation layer with the main front face of a support substrate having a coefficient of thermal expansion less than that of the piezoelectric substrate. In additional embodiments, a surface acoustic wave device comprises a layer of piezoelectric material equipped with a transducer on a main front face, arranged on a substrate support of which the coefficient of thermal expansion is less than that of the piezoelectric material. The transducer is arranged in a dielectric encapsulation layer, between the layer of piezoelectric material and the support substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: Soitec
    Inventors: Pascal Guenard, Ionut Radu
  • Patent number: 11647677
    Abstract: Provided is a piezoelectric ceramics including crystal grains each including: a first region that is formed of a perovskite-type metal oxide having a crystal structure in which a central element of a unit cell is located at an asymmetrical position; and a second region that is formed of a perovskite-type metal oxide having a crystal structure in which a central element of a unit cell is located at a symmetrical position, and that is present inside the first region, wherein a ratio of a cross-sectional area of the second region to a cross-sectional area of the piezoelectric ceramics is 0.1% or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akira Uebayashi, Kanako Oshima, Makoto Kubota, Tatsuo Furuta, Yasushi Shimizu, Mikio Shimada, Chiaki Arii
  • Patent number: 11616489
    Abstract: A bulk acoustic wave filter includes: a first bulk acoustic wave resonator including, in an order from bottom to top, a first cavity, a first bottom electrode, a first segment of a piezoelectric layer, and a first top electrode; a second bulk acoustic wave resonator disposed adjacent to the first bulk acoustic wave resonator, and including, in the order from bottom to top, a second cavity, a second bottom electrode, a second segment of the piezoelectric layer, and a second top electrode; a boundary structure surrounding the first cavity and the second cavity, the boundary structure including a boundary portion extending between and separating the first cavity and the second cavity, and the boundary portion being disconnected at a disconnection region; and a first release hole formed in the piezoelectric layer, and overlapping the disconnection region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: Shenzhen Newsonic Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jian Wang
  • Patent number: 11611386
    Abstract: A front-end module (FEM) for a 6.1 GHz Wi-Fi acoustic wave resonator RF filter circuit. The device can include a power amplifier (PA), a 6.1 GHz resonator, and a diversity switch. The device can further include a low noise amplifier (LNA). The PA is electrically coupled to an input node and can be configured to a DC power detector or an RF power detector. The resonator can be configured between the PA and the diversity switch, or between the diversity switch and an antenna. The LNA may be configured to the diversity switch or be electrically isolated from the switch. Another 6.1 GHZ resonator may be configured between the diversity switch and the LNA. In a specific example, this device integrates a 6.1 GHz PA, a 6.1 GHZ bulk acoustic wave (BAW) RF filter, a single pole two throw (SP2T) switch, and a bypassable LNA into a single device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Akoustis, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey B. Shealy, Rohan W. Houlden, David M. Aichele
  • Patent number: 11606072
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a filter circuit (100) comprising a first and a second bulk acoustic wave resonator (2, 3), the first resonator (2) having a first piezoelectric layer (4) structured such that the first resonator (2) has a lower resonant frequency than the second resonator (3), wherein the first piezoelectric layer (4) is structured by recesses (14) passing through the first piezoelectric layer (4), the first resonator (2) and the second resonator (3) as series resonators (102, 105) connected in series with a signal path of the filter circuit (100) or wherein the first resonator (2) and the second resonator (3) as parallel resonators (103, 106) are connected to the signal path of the filter circuit (100) in such a way that in each case one electrode of the resonators is connected to the signal path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: SnapTrack, Inc.
    Inventors: Philipp Michael Jaeger, Werner Ruile
  • Patent number: 11601110
    Abstract: A bulk-acoustic wave resonator includes a substrate, a first electrode disposed on the substrate, a piezoelectric layer, of which at least a portion is disposed on the first electrode, a second electrode disposed on the piezoelectric layer, and a passivation layer disposed to cover the first electrode and the second electrode. Either one or both of the first electrode and the second electrode includes an aluminum alloy layer. Either one or both of the piezoelectric layer and the passivation layer has aluminum nitride, or aluminum nitride added with a doping material, having a ratio of an out-of-plane lattice constant “c” to an in-plane lattice constant “a” (c/a) of less than 1.58.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ran Hee Shin, Tae Kyung Lee, Je Hong Kyoung, Jin Suk Son, Hwa Sun Lee, Sung Sun Kim
  • Patent number: 11601113
    Abstract: A ladder filter comprises a plurality of series arm bulk acoustic wave resonators electrically connected in series between an input port and an output port of the ladder filter and a plurality of shunt bulk acoustic wave resonators electrically connected in parallel between adjacent ones of the plurality of series arm bulk acoustic wave resonators and ground, at least one of the plurality of shunt bulk acoustic wave resonators including raised frame regions having a first width, at least one of the plurality of series arm bulk acoustic wave resonators having one of raised frame regions having a second width less than the first width or lacking raised frame regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: SKYWORKS GLOBAL PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Yiliu Wang, Yasufumi Kaneda, Xianyi Li, Kwang Jae Shin, Stephane Richard Marie Wloczysiak, Jiansong Liu, Nan Wu
  • Patent number: 11595022
    Abstract: A bulk-acoustic wave resonator includes: a substrate; a lower electrode disposed on the substrate; a piezoelectric layer at least partially covering the lower electrode; and an upper electrode at least partially covering the piezoelectric layer. On a surface of the bulk-acoustic wave resonator, a centroid of an active area in which the lower electrode, the piezoelectric layer, and the upper electrode all overlap each other is aligned with a center of a rectangle defining an aspect ratio of the active area. The active area has a shape of a polygon symmetrical with respect to at least one axis passing through the center of the rectangle defining the aspect ratio. The aspect ratio is greater than or equal to 2 and less than or equal to 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Won Han, Sung Wook Kim, Dae Hun Jeong, Sang Uk Son, Sang Heon Han, Jeong Hoon Ryou
  • Patent number: 11595016
    Abstract: A bulk-acoustic wave resonator includes: a substrate; a seed layer disposed on the substrate, and having a hexagonal crystal structure; a bottom electrode disposed on the seed layer; a piezoelectric layer at least partially disposed on the bottom electrode; and a top electrode disposed on the piezoelectric layer, wherein either one or both of the bottom electrode and the top electrode includes a scandium (Sc)-containing aluminum alloy layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae Kyung Lee, Jin Suk Son, Je Hong Kyoung, Sung Sun Kim, Ran Hee Shin, Hwa Sun Lee
  • Patent number: 11595017
    Abstract: A high Q acoustic BAW resonator with high coupling and improved spurious mode suppression is given. The BAW resonator comprises an active resonator region (AR) formed by an overlap of the three layers bottom electrode (BE), piezoelectric layer (PL) and top electrode layer (TE). An inner-flap (IF) is formed by a dielectric 3D structure sitting on a marginal region (MR) of the active resonator region (AR) or adjacent thereto, extending inwardly towards the center thereof and having a section that runs in parallel and distant to the top surface of the resonator keeping an inner gap (IG) thereto or an angle ?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: RF360 Europe GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Pollard, Alexandre Augusto Shirakawa
  • Patent number: 11577512
    Abstract: A liquid discharge head to discharge a liquid includes a piezoelectric body, a first electrode layer disposed at least partly on the piezoelectric body in a stacking direction, and a first wiring disposed on the first electrode layer in the stacking direction, the first wiring being more likely to cause ion migration than the first electrode layer, in which the piezoelectric body, the first electrode layer, and the first wiring are stacked in the stacking direction. When a predetermined area on the piezoelectric body is a first area, and a predetermined area adjacent to the first area on the piezoelectric body is a second area, both the first wiring and the first electrode layer are disposed in the first area, and the first wiring is not disposed while the first electrode layer is disposed in the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Mori, Motoki Takabe
  • Patent number: 11569795
    Abstract: A resonator device includes a quartz crystal substrate, a resonator element including a first excitation electrode arranged on a first surface of the quartz crystal substrate, a second excitation electrode arranged on a second surface of the quartz crystal substrate in opposition to the first excitation electrode, and first and second pad electrodes that are arranged on the first surface and are coupled to the first and second excitation electrodes, a base including a substrate and first and second interconnects arranged on the substrate, a first bonding member bonding the first pad electrode to the first interconnect, and a second bonding member bonding the second pad electrode to the second interconnect. The first and second bonding members are arranged such that a first imaginary line that passes through a centroid of the resonator element and is parallel to an X axis is interposed between the first and second bonding members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Matsuo, Shinya Aoki, Byonhaku Yu, Ryuta Nishizawa
  • Patent number: 11569790
    Abstract: Methods for forming a film bulk acoustic resonator (FBAR) are provided. In the method, formation of several mutually overlapped and hence connected sacrificial material layers above and under a resonator sheet facilitates the removal of the sacrificial material layers. Cavities left after the removal overlap at a polygonal area with non-parallel sides. This reduces the likelihood of boundary reflections of transverse parasitic waves causing standing wave resonance in the FBAR, thereby enhancing its performance in parasitic wave crosstalk. Further, according to the disclosure, the FBAR is enabled to be integrated with CMOS circuitry and hence exhibits higher reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Ningbo Semiconductor International Corporation
    Inventor: Xiaochuan Wang
  • Patent number: 11566952
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a tensile force detecting device including a piezoelectric element to generate an electrical signal by a load, the elastic thread connected to the piezoelectric element to support the load applied to the piezoelectric element, and a sewing thread connected to the piezoelectric element to transmit the load to the piezoelectric element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Youngsu Cha, Hojoon Kim
  • Patent number: 11559389
    Abstract: An artificial tongue is provided. The artificial tongue includes tongue tissue formed by a bioprinting process, an antenna embedded within the tongue tissue and configured to wirelessly receive power from an external device, a processor embedded within the tongue tissue and operatively coupled to the antenna, and a piezoelectric element embedded within the tongue tissue and operatively coupled to the processor. The piezoelectric element is configured to deform in response to an applied electric bias, and the processor is configured to cause the electric bias to be applied to the piezoelectric element based on the power received by the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Abhidip Ray, Olivi Roy Chowdhury, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 11538982
    Abstract: A backing includes a plurality of backing plates that are laminated. Each backing plate includes a lead row and a backing material. Each lead includes a lead wire and an insulating coating. The insulating coating is integrated with the backing material, and an adhesive layer between them does not exist. Short-circuit between the leads may be prevented or reduced by the insulating coating. The backing plate is manufactured by a screen printing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Healthcare Corporation
    Inventors: Hidetsugu Katsura, Yoshihiro Tahara, Kazuhiro Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11534796
    Abstract: An ultrasonic transducer includes a carrier with a first surface and a second surface which are opposite to each other, a piezoceramic element attached on the first surface of the carrier, a first acoustic matching layer with a third surface and a fourth surface which are opposite to each other, the third surface is attached on the second surface of the carrier, wherein the first acoustic matching layer includes a mesh with openings, and the thickness of first acoustic matching layer is smaller than ¼ wavelength of an ultrasonic wave emitted by the piezoceramic element in the first acoustic matching layer in an operating frequency, and a total area of the openings of mesh is larger than 30% area of the third surface of first acoustic matching layer, and a second acoustic matching layer disposed on the fourth surface of the first acoustic matching layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Unictron Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Lung Chen, Yi-Ting Su, San-Tang Chen, Tsung-Shou Yeh, Ming-Chu Chang
  • Patent number: 11522121
    Abstract: A tactile reproduction device, a method for driving the same, and a tactile reproduction apparatus. Tactile reproduction device may simulate textures to implement tactile reproduction. tactile reproduction device includes a plurality of piezoelectric units, includes: first electrode, piezoelectric section, and second electrode which are laminated, wherein the second electrode includes: first comb electrode and second comb electrode; the first comb electrode includes: a plurality of first comb-teeth electrodes and a first comb-shank electrode connecting the plurality of first comb-teeth electrodes; the second comb electrode includes: a plurality of second comb-teeth electrodes and a second comb-shank electrode connecting the plurality of second comb-teeth electrodes; the plurality of first comb-teeth electrodes and the plurality of second comb-teeth electrodes are mutually intersected; the first electrode includes a plurality of electrode units which are not connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING BOE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hui Hua, Yuju Chen, Xiaofeng Yin
  • Patent number: 11522515
    Abstract: An acoustic wave device includes a piezoelectric substrate, a pair of interleaved interdigital transducer electrodes disposed on the piezoelectric substrate, and a dielectric film including silicon oxynitride covering the pair of interleaved interdigital transducer electrodes. The dielectric film exhibits a temperature coefficient of velocity of substantially zero throughout an operating temperature range of the acoustic wave device of between ?55° C. and 125° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: SKYWORKS SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Satoru Matsuda, Atsushi Nishimura, Yoshiro Kabe
  • Patent number: 11515464
    Abstract: There is provided a piezoelectric actuator, including: a vibration plate; a first piezoelectric body; a second piezoelectric body; a first electrode disposed on a first surface of the first piezoelectric body; a second electrode disposed on a second surface of the second piezoelectric body; an intermediate electrode disposed on an intermediate surface of the first piezoelectric body and overlapping with the first and second electrodes; an intermediate trace connected to the intermediate electrode on the intermediate surface and drawn out to one side in a first direction beyond the first piezoelectric body and the second piezoelectric body; a first trace overlapping with the intermediate trace in the thickness direction and being conducted with the intermediate trace; and a second trace overlapping with the intermediate trace in the thickness direction and being conducted with the intermediate trace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toru Kakiuchi
  • Patent number: 11508902
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device includes: forming a first substrate includes a membrane stack over a first dielectric layer, the membrane stack having a first electrode, a second electrode over the first electrode and a piezoelectric layer between the first electrode and the second electrode, a third electrode over the first dielectric layer, and a second dielectric layer over the membrane stack and the third electrode; forming a second substrate, including: a redistribution layer (RDL) over a third substrate, the RDL having a fourth electrode; and a first cavity on a surface of the RDL adjacent to the fourth electrode; forming a second cavity in one of the first substrate and the second substrate; and bonding the first substrate to the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Yi Heng Tsai, Fu-Chun Huang, Ching-Hui Lin, Chun-Ren Cheng
  • Patent number: 11495731
    Abstract: A piezoelectric actuator assembly is described. The assembly including a first layer including a top and a bottom surfaces. The assembly including a second layer having a top and a bottom surfaces, the bottom surface of the second layer is disposed over the top surface of the first layer. The assembly including a third layer having a top and a bottom surfaces, the bottom surface of the third layer is disposed over the top surface of the second layer. The assembly includes a first electrode, a second electrode, a third electrode, and a fourth electrode. The third electrode is configured to be shorter than the second electrode such that the active PZT length of the second layer and the third layer is shorter than the active PZT length of the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Magnecomp Corporation
    Inventors: Long Zhang, Kuen Chee Ee, David Glaess, Peter Hahn, Johnathan Phu
  • Patent number: 11487389
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a fingerprint recognition module, a driving method thereof, a manufacturing method thereof, and a display device. The fingerprint recognition module includes a receiving electrode layer, a piezoelectric material layer, and a driving electrode layer. The receiving electrode layer includes a plurality of receiving electrodes arranged in an array along a first direction and a second direction. The piezoelectric material layer is disposed on a side of the receiving electrode layer. The driving electrode layer is disposed on a side of the piezoelectric material layer remote from the receiving electrode layer and includes a plurality of driving electrodes arranged along the second direction. Each driving electrode is a strip electrode extending along the first direction, and overlaps with multiple receiving electrodes arranged along the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Beijing BOE Technology Development Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuzhen Guo, Yingming Liu, Haisheng Wang, Peixiao Li, Chenyang Zhang, Xiufeng Li, Lijun Zhao, Yanling Han
  • Patent number: 11426143
    Abstract: Vertical packaging configurations for ultrasound chips are described. Vertical packaging may involve use of integrated interconnects other than wires for wire bonding. Examples of such integrated interconnects include edge-contact vias, through silicon vias and conductive pillars. Edge-contact vias are vias defined in a trench formed in the ultrasound chip. Multiple vias may be provided for each trench, thus increasing the density of vias. Such vias enable electric access to the ultrasound transducers. Through silicon vias are formed through the silicon handle and provide access from the bottom surface of the ultrasound chip. Conductive pillars, including copper pillars, are disposed around the perimeter of an ultrasound chip and provide access to the ultrasound transducers from the top surface of the chip. Use of these types of packaging techniques can enable a substantial reduction in the dimensions of an ultrasound device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: BFLY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Keith G. Fife, Jianwei Liu
  • Patent number: 11402282
    Abstract: Provided is a piezoelectric substrate including: an elongate conductor; and an elongate first piezoelectric material helically wound in one direction around the conductor, in which the first piezoelectric material includes an optically active helical chiral polymer (A), the lengthwise direction of the first piezoelectric material and the principal orientation direction of the helical chiral polymer (A) included in the first piezoelectric material are substantially parallel to each other, and the first piezoelectric material has an orientation degree of F. in a range of from 0.5 to less than 1.0, determined from X-ray diffraction measurement by the following Formula (a): orientation degree F.=(180°??)/180°??(a) (in Formula (a), ? represents a half width of a peak derived from orientation).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: MITSUI CHEMICALS, INC.
    Inventors: Mitsunobu Yoshida, Kazuhiro Tanimoto, Katsuki Onishi, Shigeo Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 11367828
    Abstract: An actuator device includes: an actuator including piezoelectric elements arranged in a first direction and first contacts arranged in the first direction; a protector including a first wall opposed to the piezoelectric elements and a second wall coupled to the first wall and joined to a region of the actuator at which the first contacts are disposed; first connection terminals disposed on the first; and first through electrodes formed in the second wall to bring the first contacts and the first connection terminals into conduction with each other. A distance between two of the first through electrodes which respectively correspond to two of the piezoelectric elements which are adjacent to each other in the first direction is greater than a distance in the first direction between the two of the piezoelectric elements which are adjacent to each other in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toru Kakiuchi, Yasuo Kato, Rui Wang, Yuichi Ito
  • Patent number: 11367827
    Abstract: A piezoelectric substrate, comprising: a conductor cord that has a core material and a conductor disposed around the core material; and an elongated piezoelectric body that is disposed around the conductor cord in a spiral manner, unidirectionally along an axial direction of the conductor cord, wherein: the piezoelectric body comprises an optically active helical chiral polymer, a lengthwise direction of the piezoelectric body and a main orientation direction of the helical chiral polymer in the piezoelectric body are substantially parallel to each other, the piezoelectric body has an orientation degree F. of from 0.5 to less than 1.0, and the conductor cord satisfies Formula (b): ?Dmax<tpmin, wherein ?Dmax is a maximum value of a difference in height between a division A that is selected from plural divisions and a division B that is adjacent to the division A, and tpmin is a minimum thickness of the piezoelectric body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: MITSUI CHEMICALS, INC.
    Inventors: Mitsunobu Yoshida, Katsuki Onishi, Kazuhiro Tanimoto
  • Patent number: 11289641
    Abstract: A thin-film piezoelectric-material element includes a laminated structure part having a lower electrode film, a piezoelectric-material film laminated on the lower electrode film and an upper electrode film laminated on the piezoelectric-material film. The piezoelectric-material film includes a size larger than the upper electrode film, a riser end-surface and step-surface formed on a top-surface of the upper electrode film side. The riser end-surface connects smoothly with a peripheral end-surface of the upper electrode film and vertically intersects with the top-surface. The step-surface intersects vertically with the riser end-surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: SAE Magnetics (H.K.) Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei Xiong, Atsushi Iijima
  • Patent number: 11253996
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an electrode assembly includes positioning a layer stack comprising an electrode positioned between an electrode insulator and a support polymer in a vacuum bag, removing air from the vacuum bag thereby vacuum coupling the electrode to the electrode insulator, and removing the layer stack from the vacuum bag, where upon removal of the layer stack from the vacuum bag, the electrode remains vacuum coupled to the electrode insulator and the electrode insulator is in direct contact with the electrode, thereby forming an electrode assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Michael P. Rowe, Ryohei Tsuruta
  • Patent number: 11233190
    Abstract: A piezoelectric transformer that includes a vibration portion assembly having an output electrode, an output-side intermediate electrode, an input-side intermediate electrode, and an input electrode. The vibration portion assembly includes n vibration portions. The input electrode includes one to n input electrode pieces. The output electrode includes one to n output electrode pieces. Wiring lines are arranged such that voltages of opposite phases can be respectively applied to a first input electrode piece group of the input electrode pieces corresponding to odd-numbered vibration portions, and a second input electrode piece group of the input electrode pieces corresponding to even-numbered vibration portions. The second output electrode piece and the first output-side intermediate electrode piece are superposed with each other in the thickness direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinsuke Ikeuchi, Yoichi Mochida, Kansho Yamamoto, Takuo Hada, Hideya Horiuchi
  • Patent number: 11213133
    Abstract: A dielectric elastomer driving sensor system includes: a dielectric elastomer transducer portion including a dielectric elastomer layer and a pair of electrode layers that sandwich the dielectric elastomer layer, where the pair of electrode layers include a driving region and a sensor region that are partitioned from each other; a power supply unit that applies a voltage to the driving region; a detection unit that detects a change in capacitance in the sensor region; and a control unit that controls the power supply unit and the detection unit. With this configuration, both the driving function and the sensor function can be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignees: ZEON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seiki Chiba, Mikio Waki, Hironobu Kondo, Masahiro Ishikawa, Keiji Osugi
  • Patent number: 11192364
    Abstract: An electro-mechanical transducer includes a diaphragm plate on a substrate, a first electrode on the diaphragm plate, an electro-mechanical transducer film on the first electrode, and a second electrode on the electro-mechanical transducer film. One of the first electrode and the second electrode is a common electrode. Another of the first electrode and the second electrode is an individual electrode. At least a portion of the common electrode is laminated on and in contact with the diaphragm plate. The common electrode has a plurality of holes penetrating the common electrode in a lamination direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Keishi Miwa
  • Patent number: 11121647
    Abstract: An electrical connection structure for connecting a piezoelectric element and an electrical circuit to each other with a conductive adhesive is described. The electrical connection structure includes an epoxy, a conductive component surrounded by the epoxy, and a trace feature implemented on top of the electrical connection structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Magnecomp Corporation
    Inventors: Kuen Chee Ee, Peter Hahn, David Glaess, Keith A. Vanderlee
  • Patent number: 10944041
    Abstract: A hybrid ultrasonic transducer and a method of manufacturing the same are provided. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device includes the forming of a first substrate and a second substrate. The forming of the first substrate includes: depositing a membrane stack over a first dielectric layer; forming a third electrode over the first dielectric layer; and depositing a second dielectric layer over the membrane stack and the third electrode. The forming of the second substrate includes: forming a redistribution layer (RDL) having a fourth electrode; and etching a first cavity on a surface of the RDL adjacent to the fourth electrode. The method further includes: forming a second cavity in one of the first substrate and the second substrate; and bonding the first substrate to the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Yi Heng Tsai, Fu-Chun Huang, Ching-Hui Lin, Chun-Ren Cheng
  • Patent number: 10881418
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to electrically controllable surgical tools. In general, surgical devices are provided having an electrically controllable, fingered operating end for use in angiography, endovascular and/or neurological surgery. The finger(s) at the operating end can be made from ionic polymer metal composite (IPMC) material to facilitate control of the finger(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Maine Medical Center
    Inventors: Robert D. Ecker, Mohsen Shahinpoor