Using Capacitive Type Measurement Patents (Class 324/658)
  • Patent number: 11046025
    Abstract: A method of producing a resin-impregnated fiber bundle roll body includes unwinding a fiber bundle from a bobbin; winding the fiber bundle on a winding core rotating around a fixed axis through a movable winding head to prepare a product; and leading the fiber bundle taken off in the unwinding to the winding between the unwinding and winding, wherein the leading or winding includes a resin impregnating the fiber bundle, and the winding includes a fiber content calculation of a fiber content in a layer of the fiber bundle on the winding core of an intermediate product to control one according to the fiber content: a resin adhesion amount in the resin adhesion operation; a winding tension of the fiber bundle applied to the intermediate product; a removal amount of a surplus resin layer on an outer surface of the intermediate product; and a resin viscosity in the intermediate product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jumpei Takahashi, Shigeru Kawashima, Daisuke Nagamatsu, Tadashi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11036337
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a method of switching an operation mode of a touch panel. The method includes: determining whether water is present on the touch panel; in response to determining that water is present on the touch panel, increasing a touch detection threshold and a sensing area threshold of the touch panel to switch the touch panel to a waterproof mode; in the waterproof mode, in response to determining that a touch event occurs on the touch panel, obtaining a sensing variation and a touch event area corresponding to the touch event; and in response to determining that the touch event area is larger than the sensing area threshold and the sensing variation is larger than the touch detection threshold, determining that the touch event is a touch operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Yen-Teng Hung, Pu-Wei Wang, Chun-Ta Chen
  • Patent number: 10996800
    Abstract: A display device includes a pixel electrode layer in which a plurality of light emitting elements constituting respective pixels are arranged in two dimensions; a touch sensor layer in which a plurality of touch sensor electrodes constituting a touch sensor are arranged in two dimensions; and a touch buffer layer between the pixel electrode layer and the touch sensor layer such that the pixel electrode layer and the touch sensor layer are capacitively coupled to each other, the touch buffer layer being optically transparent and including a base material and hollow particles dispersed in the base material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: LG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Harumi Okuno, Isao Adachi
  • Patent number: 10976339
    Abstract: A physical quantity sensor includes: a container that includes a storage space and a bottom plate that configures an inner bottom surface of the storage space; a sensor element that is attached to the inner bottom surface; a circuit element that is attached to a surface of the sensor element on the opposite side of the inner bottom surface, and is electrically connected with the sensor element; and a ground plane that is provided on the bottom plate. The ground GND plane is provided apart from the inner bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Yoshinao Yanagisawa
  • Patent number: 10977929
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and systems for detecting faults on a spur wired alarm circuit are described herein. One system includes a bipolar capacitor coupled to a last device on a spur wired alarm circuit, a current source coupled to the spur wired alarm circuit, and a controller configured to operate the current source to provide a current to the spur wired alarm circuit, determine a corresponding voltage drop across the spur wired alarm circuit, determine a resistance of the spur wired alarm circuit based on the determined voltage drop, and determine whether a fault has occurred on the spur wired alarm circuit based on the determined resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Barson
  • Patent number: 10956004
    Abstract: According to one or more embodiments of the present invention, a computer-implemented method includes detecting an initiation of a user interaction and in response, determining one or more user interface elements displayed on a display, a first user interface element being at a first position on the display. The method further includes, based on determining a completion of the user interaction at the first position on the display, selecting the first user interface element based on a determination that a second user interface element is rendered at the first position, the second user interface element being rendered at the first position between the initiation and the completion of the user interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: John S. Werner, Andrew Gerald Crimmins, Arkadiy O. Tsfasman, Pasquale A. Catalano
  • Patent number: 10950304
    Abstract: A processing unit, including a first circuit part, and a capacitor connected to the first circuit part. The capacitor is charged or discharged by the first circuit part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tayfun Gokmen, Seyoung Kim, Hyung-Min Lee, Wooram Lee, Paul Michael Solomon
  • Patent number: 10942608
    Abstract: A capacitive sensing device has a first plurality of sensor electrodes, and a second plurality of sensor electrodes overlapping the first plurality of sensor electrodes. A first sensor electrode of the second plurality of electrodes overlaps a first subset of the first plurality of electrodes and comprises apertures disposed according to first codes. The first codes comprise first and second coefficients and along one of the first plurality of sensor electrodes. Each aperture may correspond to one of the first coefficients. The capacitive sensing device further comprises a processing system coupled to the first and second plurality of sensor electrodes. The processing system may be configured to receive resulting signals with the second plurality of sensor electrodes to determine positional information for an input object within a sensing region of the capacitive sensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: Tetsuo Tanemura, Petr Shepelev
  • Patent number: 10936125
    Abstract: A method of operating a capacitive touch sensor, the capacitive touch sensor including an electrode, includes monitoring raw count data from the capacitive touch sensor and recording a first value of the raw count data when the raw count data exceeds a first threshold. The method also includes supplying a driven shield signal to the electrode after the raw count data exceeds the first threshold and recording a second value of the raw count data while supplying the driven shield signal to the electrode. The method further includes calculating a difference between the first value and the second value and registering a touch when the calculated difference between the first value and the second value is less than a second threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Michael Recio, Stuart Ian Gross, Jr., Alexis Christina Taylor, Christopher Lawrence Beeler
  • Patent number: 10928881
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device can sense touch on its touch screen while in a sleep state in a manner that allows the electronic device to respond to certain touch inputs, while consuming less power due to touch sensing than while in an awake state. For example, sensing touch during the sleep state can allow the electronic device to wake (e.g., transition from the sleep state to the awake state) in response to detecting a certain touch input (e.g., a tap or other touch input) on its touch screen while in the sleep state. Various ways for the electronic device to sense touch during the sleep state are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Taif A. Syed, Bingrui Yang, Christopher Tenzin Mullens, Sumant Ranganathan
  • Patent number: 10921917
    Abstract: An input sensing circuit includes a first conductive pattern, a second conductive pattern, and an insulating layer disposed between the first conductive pattern and the second conductive pattern. At least some of wires forming the second conductive pattern overlap some of wires forming the first conductive pattern. The wires of the second conductive pattern overlapping the wires of the first conductive pattern are in a floating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Hyungbae Kim, Sunghyun Park, Hyun-Wook Cho
  • Patent number: 10913652
    Abstract: A micromechanical z-inertial sensor having a movable MEMS structure developed in a second function layer; first spring elements developed in a first function layer, and a first electrode developed in the first function layer, the first spring elements being connected to the movable MEMS structure and to a substrate, and the first function layer being situated below the second function layer; second spring elements developed in a third function layer, and a second electrode developed in the third function layer, the second spring elements being connected to the movable MEMS structure and to the substrate, and the third function layer being disposed above the second function layer; the movable MEMS structure being deflectable in the z-direction with the aid of the spring elements, and in a defined manner, not being deflectable in the x- and y-directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Jochen Reinmuth, Matthias Kuehnel
  • Patent number: 10912480
    Abstract: A sensor system and process for measuring electromagnetic activity of a brain are provided. The system and process employ a sensor assembly having a plurality of electrodes arranged in a closely spaced arrangement and a processor to determine a weighted average of the signals indicative of an electric field generated by electromagnetic activity of the brain. The system provides a medical body area network of a subject including one or more of the sensor assemblies and one or more additional sensors, which may be within a smartphone or other wearable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Northeastern University
    Inventors: Srinivas Sridhar, Yury Petrov, Ozgur Yavuzcetin, Kaushik Chowdhury
  • Patent number: 10867150
    Abstract: Low power input object settlement detection systems and methods for operating a capacitive sensor having a plurality, M, of transmitter electrodes and a plurality, N, of receiver electrodes, wherein N and M are integer values. A plurality of input object settlement scans are captured, when a presence of an input object is detected, or in response to a presence of an input object being detected, wherein capturing each input object settlement scan includes driving all or a portion of the plurality, M, of transmitter electrodes simultaneously and detecting receiver signals from at least a subset of the plurality, N, of receiver electrodes simultaneously. When a difference between subsequent input object settlement scans is below a threshold value, a full input object image is acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: Guozhong Shen, Ozan Ersan Erdogan, Syed Mahmud, Philip Yiu Kwong Chan, Nan Wang
  • Patent number: 10862714
    Abstract: A method for testing on-die capacitors is provided. The method comprises transmitting, during a first time period, a first modulated testing signal from a first transmitter port of a transmitter to a first receiver port of a receiver along a first path of a differential signal, the first receiver port connected to a first on-die capacitor in the receiver along the first path; driving, during the first time period, a constant voltage on a second transmitter port of the transmitter to a second receiver port of the receiver along a second path of the differential signal comprising a second on-die capacitor; and determining whether the first on-die capacitor is functional, based on the first modulated testing signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: XILINX, INC.
    Inventors: Nakul Narang, Hsung Jai Im, Kee Hian Tan
  • Patent number: 10845437
    Abstract: An exemplary method relates to determining an open/closed position of a door. The method generally involves generating, by a multi-axis magnetometer mounted to the door, a plurality of signals relating a magnetic field having a net magnetic flux point, and generating, by a controller and based on the plurality of signals, a current incidence angle defined between the multi-axis magnetometer and the net magnetic flux point. The method further includes comparing the current incidence angle to a known incidence angle, wherein the known incidence angle is defined between the multi-axis magnetometer and the net magnetic flux point when the door is in a known position. The method further includes determining the open/closed position of the door based on the comparison of the current incidence angle to the known incidence angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Long, Mark A. Ross
  • Patent number: 10843219
    Abstract: An installation for fabricating a thermal protection covering of a body or of a rear assembly for a thruster, includes an extruder presenting a die having an outlet orifice through which a strip of elastomer material is to be extruded, the extruder having a die control system to vary the size of the outlet orifice; a mandrel to be set into rotation about its axis; a deposition head to deposit the strip on the mandrel; a conveyor system to convey the strip from the outlet orifice of the die of the deposition head; and a thickness monitoring system to measure the thickness of the strip on the deposition head and on the mandrel and to compare each measured thickness value with a predetermined value, the thickness monitoring system to control the die control system so as to cause the size of the outlet orifice of the die to vary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: ARIANEGROUP SAS
    Inventors: Caroline Vennet, Edouard Borie, Julien Rodolausse, Pierre Lassalle, Matthieu Munoz, Johan Boirie
  • Patent number: 10837803
    Abstract: A capacitive proximity measurement system may include a sensor electrode configured to be positioned proximate to a conductive measurement area on a test surface of a sample, a plate connector configured to provide an electrical connection between a system ground and a conductive plate parallel to the test surface, and a controller. A measurement circuit may be formed between the sensor electrode and the conductive plate, where the test surface is electrically floating with respect to the sensor electrode and the conductive plate. The controller may further adjust a voltage of the sensor electrode with respect to the conductive plate, determine a capacitance associated with the measurement circuit, and determine a distance between the electrode and the measurement area based on the capacitance associated with the measurement circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: KLA Corporation
    Inventors: Yang Xie, Feilong Lin, Rushford A. Ogden
  • Patent number: 10830831
    Abstract: Apparatuses (10) for determining statuses of load circuits (11) comprise terminals (1, 2) for exchanging current signals with current sources (12). The load circuits (11) comprise D loads (L1-LD) in series combinations coupled to the terminals (1, 2). The apparatuses (10) further comprise capacitance circuits (3) comprising E monitor capacitances (CM1-CME) with first contacts coupled to each other and to one of the terminals (1, 2) and second contacts coupled to interconnections between the loads (L1-LD). The apparatuses (10) further comprise detection circuits (4) for detecting voltage signals present between the first and second terminals (1, 2), and derivation circuits (5) for deriving the statuses of the load circuits (11) from the detected voltage signals. Thereto, the derivation circuits (5) may calculate instantaneous capacities comprising steps indicative for said statuses of the load circuits (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Hongxin Chen, Hong Chen
  • Patent number: 10819366
    Abstract: Various embodiments may provide a delta sigma modulator for generating a digital output voltage. The delta sigma modulator may include a capacitance-to-voltage converter for converting a sensed continuous-in-time applied capacitance signal to a delta analog output voltage signal. The modulator may also include an integrator circuit arrangement configured to generate an analog output voltage signal based on the delta analog output voltage signal. The modulator may additionally include a quantizer circuit arrangement configured to generate the digital output signal based on the analog output voltage signal. The modulator may further include a voltage digital-to-analog converter configured to generate the analog charging voltage based on the digital output signal, thereby generating the delta analog output voltage signal based on the digital output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignees: Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Nanyang Technological University
    Inventors: Neelakantan Narasimman, Dipankar Nag, Kevin Tshun Chuan Chai, Tae Hyoung Kim
  • Patent number: 10790411
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application relate to the use of quantum dots mixed with spacer particles. An illumination device includes a first conductive layer, a second conductive layer, and an active layer disposed between the first conductive layer and the second conductive layer. The active layer includes a plurality of quantum dots that emit light when an electric field is generated between the first and second conductive layers. The quantum dots are interspersed with spacer particles that do not emit light when the electric field is generated between the first and second conductive layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Nanosys, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Manders, Christian Ippen, Donald Zehnder, Jonathan Truskier, Charles Hotz
  • Patent number: 10782330
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a semiconductor integrated circuit and a signal processing method that can improve measurement accuracy. Pulses subjected to pulse generation and disconnection control by a control circuit are supplied to a pulse distribution circuit and a CP circuit. The pulse distribution circuit divides one pulse into two or more pulses that do not overlap each other, and supplies the pulses to a CBCM circuit. The CBCM circuit is configured by connecting a capacitance element to be measured to the output of a measurement core circuit called a pseudo inverter. The CP circuit inputs, to the gate electrode, pulses that cause a channel of a non-measurement MISFET to change from the accumulation state to the inverted state, and monitors, from the substrate side, a CP current flowing through a trap acting as a recombination center of the gate insulating film and the semiconductor substrate interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shigetaka Mori
  • Patent number: 10781623
    Abstract: A device for the contactless actuation of an adjustable vehicle part. The device has a capacitive proximity sensor with at least one elongated sensor electrode, and a body part to which the proximity sensor is indirectly or directly fastened. The body part in turn is or can be mounted on the vehicle in a specific mounting position. The sensor electrode extends obliquely relative to a lower edge of the body part in such a way that it is in an exact or at least approximately horizontal position with respect to its longitudinal extension when in the mounting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Bamberg
    Inventors: Florian Pirchheim, Jonas Reich
  • Patent number: 10778120
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to nanogenerator technology, and discloses a method and a circuit for energy management in a Triboelectric Nanogenerator (TENG), as well as an apparatus including the circuit. The method includes: storing electrical energy outputted from the TENG temporarily in a temporary energy storage; and transferring the electrical energy stored temporarily in the temporary energy storage to an energy storage. With the above solution, the temporary energy storage can be charged and discharged periodically, so as to charge the energy storage. It is possible to achieve impedance match between the TENG and the energy storage and thus a significantly improved energy storage efficiency, such that an AC outputted from the TENG can be converted into a constant-voltage DC output efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: BEIJING INSTITUTE OF NANOENERGY AND NANOSYSTEMS
    Inventors: Simiao Niu, Xiaofeng Wang, Zhonglin Wang
  • Patent number: 10754472
    Abstract: A touch sensor device includes a calibration processor that calibrates capacitance of each of a plurality of capacitance sensors. The calibration processor calculates an initial calibration value when the touch sensor device is activated, and maintains the initial calibration value when a calibrated capacitance calculated with the initial calibration value exceeds a touch determination threshold value. If the calibrated capacitance calculated with the initial calibration value does not exceed the touch determination threshold value even after a specified period elapses subsequent to calculation of the initial calibration value, the calibration processor obtains a value equal to or approximate to a minimum value of the capacitance that changes in accordance with a re-touch as a recalibration value when the calibrated capacitance represents an anomaly of the initial calibration value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Tanuma
  • Patent number: 10747364
    Abstract: A noise detection device includes a drive circuit, a sense circuit and a controller. The drive circuit drives a plurality of drive lines having a first polarity pattern and a second polarity pattern, wherein an operation of the first polarity pattern and the second polarity pattern substantially equals zero over a predetermined time period. The sense circuit senses a plurality of sense signals from at least one sense line during the predetermined time period. The controller derives a magnitude of a noise signal from the at least one sense line according to the sense signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: NOVATEK Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Hung-Cheng Kuo, Chun-Hung Chen, Chun-Ching Huang
  • Patent number: 10745957
    Abstract: A door assist system for a vehicle is disclosed. The system comprises an actuator configured to control a position of the door about a hinge assembly. An interference sensor forms a portion of a door opening seal and is configured to detect an obstruction in a plurality of detection regions. The system further comprises a controller configured to control the actuator in response to a detection signal from the interference sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Elie, Timothy J. Potter, Robert F. Novak, John Wayne Jaranson, Jeff A. Wallace, Michael M. Azzouz, Gerald J. Heath, Evangelos P. Skoures
  • Patent number: 10732127
    Abstract: A dirtiness level determining system of a surface cleaning machine, comprising: an optical information generating circuit, configured to generate optical information; a feature level determining circuit, configured to determine an optical feature level of the optical information; and a reminding message generating circuit, configured to generate at least one dirtiness level reminding message according to a relation between the optical feature level and a feature threshold level; wherein the dirtiness level reminding message is adapted to indicate a cleaning status of the cleaning surface, and the cleaning status includes at least one parameter of: a dirtiness level of the cleaning surface, a dirtiness location of the cleaning surface, and an air quality of a room where the cleaning surface locates in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventors: Chung-Ting Yang, Yen-Min Chang
  • Patent number: 10712867
    Abstract: A touch sensor panel is disclosed. In some examples, the touch sensor panel comprises a plurality of touch node electrodes. In some examples, the touch sensor panel comprises a touch controller configured to drive and sense the plurality of touch node electrodes in a fully bootstrapped configuration to obtain a fully bootstrapped touch image, drive and sense the plurality of touch node electrodes in a second configuration, different from the fully bootstrapped configuration, to obtain a second touch image, the second touch image including an effect of water on the touch sensor panel, and determine a final touch image based on the fully bootstrapped touch image and the second touch image, the final touch image not including the effect of the water on the touch sensor panel. In some examples, the second configuration comprises a mutual capacitance configuration. In some examples, the second configuration comprises a partially bootstrapped configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yingxuan Li, Weijun Yao, Vivek Pant, Martin Paul Grunthaner, Marduke Yousefpor, Sumant Ranganathan
  • Patent number: 10705635
    Abstract: A touch sensor includes a sensor unit having a first region including at least one pair of a first electrode and a second electrode, and a second region including at least two pairs of first electrodes and second electrodes, a plurality of sensing channels each including first and second input terminals, wherein the first input terminals of the sensing channels are connected to different ones of the first electrodes, an amplifying circuit connected between the second input terminals of the sensing channels and the second electrodes, and an input control unit connected between the amplifying circuit and the second electrodes, the input control unit including a first resistor connected to the second electrode of the first region, and a second resistor commonly connected to the second electrodes of the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung Hak Kim, Do Ik Kim, Young Sik Kim, Sang Chul Lee
  • Patent number: 10691277
    Abstract: Disclosed are a touch panel, a method for driving the same, and a display device, where patterns for performing a touch function are integrated into a transparent touch electrode pattern layer to thereby lower in effect a research and development cost of the product, and the transparent touch electrode pattern layer can be fabricated using only an photomask, so the research and development cost is very low, and the good yield of the product is very high, thus improving the competitiveness of the product. In the transparent touch electrode pattern layer, a plurality of third touch detection electrodes are arranged among touch elements to thereby make up for a blind area of touch between the touch elements, so that both the sensitivity and the uniformity throughout the touch panel can remain constant to thereby support in effect the touch panel with an active pen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., HEFEI XINSHENG OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaodong Xie, Tsung Chieh Kuo, Zouming Xu, Lei Zhang, Jing Wang, Yuan Li
  • Patent number: 10633500
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of a tow prepreg, comprising: an impregnation process of impregnating a reinforcement fiber with an anhydrous epoxy resin to obtain a tow prepreg; and a process of irradiating a specific surface of the tow prepreg with laser beam to cure the epoxy resin on the specific surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yohei Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10630281
    Abstract: A noise reduction unit includes a plurality of resistors arranged in parallel in a line connected to a device that is charged and discharged and having different resistance values. The noise reduction unit further includes a resistor switch that switches a resistor connected to the device between the plurality of resistors. When the device is discharged, the resistor switch first connects a first one of the plurality of resistors to the device and then connects a second one of the plurality of resistors to the device. The first resistor has a larger resistance value than the second resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Yoshiki Hanta
  • Patent number: 10627955
    Abstract: A touch display apparatus integrated fingerprint sensor includes a plurality of pixels arranged in a display area, a plurality of touch sensor electrodes arranged in a touch sensor area overlapping with the display area, a plurality of fingerprint sensor electrodes arranged in a fingerprint sensor area which is spaced apart from the touch sensor area and overlaps with the display area, and a plurality of fingerprint lines overlapping with a plurality of touch sensor electrodes which is located in an area adjacent to the fingerprint sensor area and associated with driving of the plurality of fingerprint sensor electrodes. The plurality of fingerprint lines may include a fingerprint guard line surrounding the fingerprint sensor area, and a fingerprint electrostatic line surrounding the fingerprint sensor area. The fingerprint guard line and fingerprint electrostatic line increase sensor reliability by shielding the plurality of fingerprint sensor electrodes from external signals and electrostatic discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gwang-Bum Ko, Yeri Jeong, Jeongyun Han
  • Patent number: 10597927
    Abstract: A backdoor opening and closing apparatus includes an operation input detection portion detecting an operation input for operating a backdoor in response to a detection signal sent from a sensor configured to include a detection area at a lateral rear portion of a vehicle, an operation control portion operating the backdoor in response to the operation input, a passenger determination portion determining whether an authorized passenger is positioned within a common area where a lateral portion determination area and a rear portion determination area overlap with each other, and an allowance determination portion allowing a predetermined operation of the backdoor in response to the operation input in a case where the passenger determination portion determines that the authorized passenger is positioned within the common area (?x).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takehiko Sugiura, Yuki Sakato
  • Patent number: 10599276
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a system and method to remove common mode noise projected onto a touch sensor array from a display. The system is configured to activate two rows of electrodes at the same time, while coupling remaining rows of electrodes to ground. A first one of the two activated rows is used for detection of a touch and a second one of the two activated rows is used to detect common mode noise from the display. The common mode noise detected by the second row is removed from signals received from a plurality of columns of the touch sensor array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS ASIA PACIFIC PTE LTD
    Inventors: Praveesh Chandran, Lokesh Kumar Korapati, Mythreyi Nagarajan
  • Patent number: 10549716
    Abstract: An electrostatic sensor system is carried on two relatively movable objects between which a person can be disposed for determining the presence or absence of the person between the objects. One electrode on is one of the objects and first and second electrodes are on the other of the objects. A controller or control means applies an electrical charge to the one electrode on one object or the first and second electrodes on the other object, determines a coupling factor between the one electrode on the one object and the first electrode arranged on the other object and a coupling factor between the electrode arranged on one object and the second electrode arranged on the other object can be detected, and compares the two coupling factors with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: paragon AG
    Inventor: Ralf Moenkemoeller
  • Patent number: 10527460
    Abstract: A gear position detection device for detecting a gear having multiple fingers is provided. The detection device includes a substrate, a control chip, and a drive line, a sense line, a first drive electrode, a second drive electrode, a first sense electrode and a second sense electrode formed on the substrate. The first and second drive electrodes are connected to the drive line to receive a drive signal. The first and second sense electrodes form induced electric field respectively with the first and second drive electrodes, and respectively output a first detected signal and a second detected signal via the sense line. The control chip outputs the drive signal via the drive line, receives the first and second detected signals via the sense line, calculate a differential signal between the first and second detected signals, and count a number of high levels of the differential signal to count a finger number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventor: Masatoshi Yamai
  • Patent number: 10521056
    Abstract: The present invention provides a touch screen panel and a display device which include a plurality of first electrodes arranged in a first direction in parallel; a plurality of second electrodes arranged in a second direction to intersect with the first electrodes; and a cover, wherein a width of at least one electrode of the first electrodes is different from widths of the other first electrodes, a width of at least one electrode of the second electrodes is different from widths of the other second electrodes, or the width of the at least one electrode of the first electrodes is different from the widths of the other first electrodes and the width of the at least one electrode of the second electrodes is different from the widths of the other second electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: LG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: SangWoo Seo
  • Patent number: 10514446
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating an array of micro-mirror assemblies are provided. In one example, an apparatus comprises: a light source; a receiver; and a semiconductor integrated circuit comprising a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) and a controller, the MEMS comprising an array of micro-mirror assemblies, each micro-mirror assembly comprising: a micro-mirror connected to a substrate of the semiconductor integrated circuit via an elastic connection structure and rotatable around the connection structure to perform at least one of: reflect light from the light source along an output projection path, or reflect input light propagating along an input path to the receiver. The controller is configured to generate a control signal to rotate the micro-mirrors based on a target rotation angle and a spring stiffness of one or more connection structures of the array of micro-mirror assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: DiDi Research America, LLC
    Inventors: Youmin Wang, Qin Zhou
  • Patent number: 10514403
    Abstract: A circuit and method of measuring capacitance are disclosed. The capacitance measuring circuit includes an integrator circuit, a first control circuit, a second control circuit and a processor circuit. The capacitance measuring method includes steps of: using a current source and a charging/discharging time to generate a first charge amount related to a second charge amount of a capacitor to be detected; generating a third charge amount and generating a fourth charge amount according to the first charge amount and the third charge amount; generating a fifth charge amount and generating a remaining charge amount according to the fifth charge amount and fourth charge amount; using an integrator to convert the remaining charge amount into a first voltage and generating a judging result according to whether the first voltage meets a second voltage; and calculating the judging result to obtain a capacitance variation of the capacitor to be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Raydium Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Yu Kuang, Tsung-Yi Su, Shih-Chin Chang
  • Patent number: 10514786
    Abstract: A touch detection method includes performing a detection method to obtain a signal point along with a signal value and a signal state, wherein the signal state has a positive state generated by proximity touch and a negative state by generated by impurity touch; checking a previous signal state generated by previous detection method and a current signal state generated by current detection method; comparing the previous signal state and the current signal state, and counting a number when the signal states of the previous signal state and the current signal are the same; determining if the number is greater than a threshold; and proceeding a base signal updating when the number is greater than the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignees: IMAGINATION BROADWAY LTD., SALT INTERNATIONAL CORP.
    Inventors: Ko-Hao Ting, Shih-Chieh Wei
  • Patent number: 10511923
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a system, comprising: a MEMS capacitive transducer, comprising one or more first capacitive plates coupled to a first node and one or more second capacitive plates coupled to a second node; biasing circuitry coupled to the first node, operable to provide a biasing voltage to the one or more first capacitive plates; and test circuitry coupled to the second node, operable to: selectively apply one or more current sources to the second node, so as to charge and discharge the MEMS capacitive transducer and so vary a signal based on a voltage at said second node between an upper value and a lower value; determine a parameter that is indicative of a time period of the variation of the signal; and determine a capacitance of the MEMS capacitive transducer based on the parameter that is indicative of the time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean Pierre Lasseuguette, Aleksey Sergeyevich Khenkin, Axel Thomsen
  • Patent number: 10503292
    Abstract: A display device integrated with touch function and a driving method thereof, the display device comprising: a display unit (101); a touch detection circuit (102) configured to conduct touch detection, and generate a plurality of touch detection signals; and a driving unit (105) configured to simultaneously driving a data refresh of the display unit (101) and the touch detection of the touch detection circuit (102), wherein region for data refresh and region for touch detection do not overlap at the same time period. The present disclosure prolongs the charging time for the display pixels and solves the problem of insufficient charging time of the integrated touch high resolution display device by a simultaneous touch and the display driving. In the meantime, by incorporating a reference unit, a reference voltage which is not affected by touching and can reflect in real time the signal interferences caused by display driving (namely, data refresh) is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Guangliang Shang, Jiayang Zhao, Haoliang Zheng, Mingfu Han, Feng Liao
  • Patent number: 10505539
    Abstract: The invention relates to an oscillator comprising a resonant circuit having at least one inductor and one capacitor and having a feedback amplifier, wherein there is at least one trimming resistor in a feedback circuit of the amplifier. The oscillator is characterized in that there is an electronic switching device for alternately connecting and disconnecting the trimming resistor, in that a trimming circuit is formed by the trimming resistor and the electronic switching device, in that there is a drive device for driving the electronic switching device, in that the electronic switching device, together with the drive device, is designed to alternately connect and disconnect the trimming resistor in a switching sequence, and in that an average time value of the electrical resistor of the trimming circuit, which is active in an oscillator mode, is defined by the switching sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Pepperl + Fuchs GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Kühn
  • Patent number: 10481723
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a touch screen controller that calculates a variance of an island in acquired touch data values. Where the variance exceeds a variance threshold, the island is validated as a representing touch. Where the variance does not exceed the variance threshold, whether the island represents a touch or a hover is determined by calculating a sharpness by applying weights to nodes of the island, where neighboring nodes adjacent to a peak node are weighted less than non-neighboring nodes not adjacent to the peak node. An island strength threshold is determined as a function of a product of the variance and the sharpness. It is determined that the island represents a touch where a highest touch data value of the island is greater than the island strength threshold, and a hover where the highest touch data value of the island is less than the island strength threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Manivannan Ponnarasu, Mythreyi Nagarajan
  • Patent number: 10474280
    Abstract: A touch sensing system is disclosed. The touch sensing system includes an active stylus pen that generates a first pen driving signal for detecting a touch input in synchronization with a touch driving signal input from a touch screen and a second pen driving signal for detecting an additional input related to an additional function of the active stylus pen in a touch driving period and outputs the first and second pen driving signals to the touch screen; and a touch driving device that applies the touch driving signal to the touch screen, senses the first pen driving signal in a first period of the touch driving period, and senses the second pen driving signal in a second period of the touch driving period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyunguk Jang, Cheolse Kim, Sungchul Kim, Sanghyuck Bae, Sungsu Han, Suyun Ju, Doyoung Jung
  • Patent number: 10474302
    Abstract: A touch panel device that detects a touch input at a touch panel including a plurality of electrodes arrayed in X and Y directions, calculates a width corresponding an object approaching the touch panel based on an output distribution of capacitance values from the touch panel, and determines whether an input operation corresponding to the object is valid based on the calculated width of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kouichiro Takashima, Anatol Ward
  • Patent number: 10473728
    Abstract: Prior art electronic power supplies having distributed energy stores and/or the possibility to dynamically modify the connectivity of individual stores require complex monitoring of the input and output currents to and from the individual energy stores, often using a multitude of sensors, in order to allow for unrestricted operation. Examples of such power supplies include in particular modular multilevel converters and switched-capacitor circuits. The preen invention describes a possibility to determine the states of charge and energy levels of the energy stores using a small number of measuring systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Stefan Goetz
  • Patent number: 10466847
    Abstract: A capacitance sensing circuit includes: a front-end circuit, a first subtracting and summing circuit and a capacitance judging circuit; wherein the front-end circuit is coupled to the detection circuit; the first subtracting and summing circuit is coupled between the front-end circuit and the capacitance judging circuit, and includes: a subtracting unit; a summing unit, coupled to the subtracting unit; a first converter, coupled between the summing unit and the capacitance judging unit; and a second converter, coupled between the first converter and the subtracting unit; and the capacitance judging circuit is configured to judge a capacitance change of the detection capacitor. According to the present application, resistance against noise may be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZHEN GOODIX TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fuchiang Yang, Yanan Wen, Yingsi Liang