With Variable Distance Between Capacitor Electrodes Patents (Class 324/661)
  • Patent number: 10768410
    Abstract: A device is provided for detecting and/or regulating an amplitude of an oscillation of an oscillatory body about an oscillation axis, wherein a change in a capacitance between at least one electrode of the oscillatory body and a stationary electrode takes place during the oscillation of the oscillatory body. The device comprises a detection circuit for detecting a signal representing a measure of the change in capacitance; and an evaluation circuit for determining information from the signal, wherein the evaluation circuit is designed to calculate the amplitude of the oscillation of the oscillatory body from the determined information and an ascertained period of the oscillation of the oscillatory body and/or to regulate the amplitude of the oscillation of the oscillatory body using the determined information and the ascertained period of the oscillation of the oscillatory body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Christoph Steiner, Stephan Gerhard Albert, Franz Michael Darrer, Marcus Edward Hennecke, Hendrikus Van Lierop, Thomas Thurner
  • Patent number: 10679935
    Abstract: A method and structure suitable for, e.g., improving high voltage breakdown reliability of a microelectronic device such as a capacitor usable for galvanic isolation of two circuits. A first dielectric layer has a first dielectric constant located over a semiconductor substrate. A metal structure located over the first dielectric layer has a side surface. A second dielectric layer having a second different dielectric constant is located adjacent the metal structure. A dielectric structure located between the side surface of the metal structure and the second dielectric layer has the first dielectric constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. West, Byron Lovell Williams, David Leonard Larkin, Weidong Tian
  • Patent number: 10657357
    Abstract: Provided is a fingerprint identification panel comprising multiple first electrode strips, multiple second electrode strips, a scanning device, a sensing signal providing device and an identification device, wherein the first electrode strips and the second electrode strips are insulated from and intersected with each other; the scanning device is configured to provide driving signals to the plurality of first electrode strips in turn, the sensing signal providing device is configured to provide sensing signals to the second electrode strips, and a capacitor is formed between each first electrode strip and a second electrode strip adjacent thereto; the plurality of second electrode strips are connected with the identification device, and transmit signals that reflect quantities of the capacitors to the identification device, the identification device is configured to determine a morphology of a fingerprint based on the signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., HEFEI BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Qing Yang
  • Patent number: 10651414
    Abstract: A metal nanowire according to an embodiment of the invention includes at least one bent portion. An angle (?) between an n-th wire portion and an (n+1)-th wire portion connected to the n-th wire portion through an n-th bent portion satisfies an inequation of 0°<?<180°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Duksan Hi-Metal Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Zo Yoo, Yoon Soo Choi, Yeong Jin Lim
  • Patent number: 10636588
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shift operating element, specifically for a motor vehicle, having an actuation surface which can be moved by the manual application of force by means of an element, wherein the element is specifically the finger of a human hand. The shift operating element comprises a sensor which interacts with the actuation surface such that the sensor, upon the movement of the actuation surface by means of the element, generates a signal. The signal is specifically employed to shift and/or trigger a function, in the manner of a shift signal. A mechanical damping and/or restoring element is provided which interacts with the actuation surface upon the movement thereof. The mechanical damping and/or restoring element is a constituent of the sensor, specifically the mechanical damping and/or restoring element is integrated into the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Marquardt GmbH
    Inventors: Achim Mink, Roland Neitzel
  • Patent number: 10627967
    Abstract: An input sensing unit including a plurality of capacitive sensing electrodes, and a conductive layer disposed on at least a portion of the sensing electrodes, in which the conductive layer overlaps at least a portion of the sensing electrodes in a plan view, and the conductive layer includes a plurality of conductive patterns spaced apart from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyung Seop Kim, Sang Youn Han, In Seo Kee, Jin Bo Shim, Gyeong Nam Bang
  • Patent number: 10579851
    Abstract: According to a first aspect of the present disclosure, a fingerprint processing system is provided, which comprises: a set of sensor plates; a measurement unit configured to measure one or more capacitances on the sensor plates; a processing unit configured to process the measured capacitances; wherein the measurement unit is configured to concurrently measure capacitances on subsets of the set of sensor plates; wherein the processing unit is configured to process the concurrently measured capacitances. According to a second aspect of the present disclosure, a corresponding method of processing a fingerprint in a fingerprint processing system is conceived. According to a third aspect of the present disclosure, a corresponding computer program is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: NXP B. V.
    Inventor: Thomas Suwald
  • Patent number: 10551219
    Abstract: An electrostatic encoder (40) detects the rotation angle of a rotor (42) with great accuracy based on the change in the capacitance between electrodes arranged on a stator (41) and the rotor (42). Detection electrodes (44a to 44d) and transmission electrodes (45a to 45d) are arranged circumferentially and alternately on the stator (41). Detection signals (phase A, phase B) amplitude-modulated based on the rotation of the rotor (42) and having a mutual phase difference of 90 degrees are output from adjacent ones of the detection electrodes. Modulated signals (V1, V2) are generated by demodulating the detection signals having a mutual phase difference of 90 degrees. Applying resolver-digital (RD) conversion processing to the modulated signals allows obtaining the rotation angle of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: ORIENTAL MOTOR CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Daiki Kondo
  • Patent number: 10534463
    Abstract: A touch input device may be provided that includes: a cover; a display module disposed under the cover; and a pressure sensing unit disposed under the display module. The pressure sensing unit includes a first elastic foam, a pressure sensor disposed on the first elastic foam, and a first adhesive layer disposed between the first elastic foam and the pressure sensor. A change amount of a stress of the first elastic foam required for the first elastic foam to be compressed to half of the thickness thereof from its original state is less than the change amount of the stress of the first elastic foam required for the first elastic foam to be compressed from half of the thickness thereof to the thickness to which the first elastic foam is able to be maximally compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: HIDEEP INC.
    Inventors: Seyeob Kim, Bonkee Kim
  • Patent number: 10486962
    Abstract: A force sensor comprises a first substrate, a second substrate, a third substrate, and a package body. The first substrate includes a fixed electrode, at least one first conductive contact, and at least one second conductive contact. The second substrate is disposed on the first substrate and electrically connected to the first conductive contact of the first substrate. The second substrate includes a micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) element corresponding to the fixed electrode. The third substrate is disposed on the second substrate and includes a pillar connected to the MEMS element. The package body covers the third substrate. The foregoing force sensor has better reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: MIRAMEMS SENSING TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Li-Tien Tseng, Yu-Hao Chien, Chih-Liang Kuo, Yu-Te Yeh
  • Patent number: 10426389
    Abstract: The double layer capacitance of a working electrode of a sensor may be measured with minimal disruption to the sensor equilibrium by open circuiting the working electrode and measuring the voltage drift on a periodic, or as-needed, basis. The values of the double layer capacitance may be monitored over time to determine, e.g., sensor age and condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC MINIMED, INC.
    Inventor: Wayne A. Morgan
  • Patent number: 10425079
    Abstract: Improved driven shield electrodes used with capacitance sensors are described in this application. Typical capacitance sensors suffer from parasitic capacitance that can make proximity sensing difficult. The driven shield described herein is divided into multiple portions and an increased drive voltage is applied to at least one of these portions. This increase voltage enhances the electric field of the capacitance sensor and increases the proximity sensitivity. Other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Cirque Corporation
    Inventor: Jared Bytheway
  • Patent number: 10416189
    Abstract: A physical quantity sensor includes a stationary electrode, an X-axis displaceable movable member, and a movable electrode. The stationary electrode includes first and second movable electrodes arranged side by side along the Y-axis direction. The first and second stationary electrodes respectively include first and second stationary electrode fingers extending from first and second trunks in the ±Y-axis directions. The movable electrode includes first and second movable electrodes arranged side by side in the Y-axis direction. The first and second movable electrodes respectively include first and second movable electrode fingers located on both sides in the Y-axis direction of the first and second trunks, and opposed to the first and second stationary electrode fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Satoru Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10352701
    Abstract: A physical quantity sensor includes a base substrate, a movable portion that is oscillatably provided around an axis while facing the base substrate and that is divided into a first movable portion and a second movable portion, a first fixed electrode that is disposed on the base substrate facing the first movable portion, and a second fixed electrode that is disposed on the base substrate facing the second movable portion. The first fixed electrode and the second fixed electrode are configured so as to offset at least a part of a difference between a first fringe capacitance, which is between the first movable portion and the first fixed electrode, and a second fringe capacitance, which is between the second movable portion and the second fixed electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Satoru Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10346666
    Abstract: The present invention, belonging to a field of fingerprint detecting technology, relates to a fingerprint detecting circuit including: a first conductive layer; a second conductive layer; an inverting amplifier, comprising a single input terminal coupled to the first conductive layer; and an output terminal coupled to the second conductive layer; and a switch, configured for establishing a DC operating point of the inverting amplifier, wherein a terminal of the switch is coupled to the input terminal, and another terminal of the switch is coupled to the output terminal. The present invention utilizes the inverting amplifier with single input single output and the switch to quickly and correctly establish the DC biasing point of the inverting amplifier, and convert the sensing capacitance into the output signal. No need for another biasing circuit. The circuit structure thereof is simple and the accuracy is high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Shenzhen Goodix Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chang Zhan
  • Patent number: 10345161
    Abstract: A load-sensing device is arranged in a package forming a chamber. The package has a deformable substrate configured, in use, to be deformed by an external force. A sensor unit is positioned in direct contact with the deformable substrate and is configured to detect deformations of the deformable substrate. An elastic element within of the chamber is arranged to act between the package and the sensor unit to generate, on the sensor unit, a force keeping the sensor unit in contact with the deformable substrate. The deformable substrate may be a base of the package, and the elastic element may be a metal lamina arranged between the lid of the package and the sensor unit. The sensor unit may be a semiconductor die integrating piezoresistors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Daniele Caltabiano, Mohammad Abbasi Gavarti, Bruno Murari, Roberto Brioschi, Domenico Giusti
  • Patent number: 10335056
    Abstract: A sensor for electrically measuring a force distributed unevenly across a measurement surface of the sensor includes a spring device between a measurement surface and a counter-surface. A first measuring element is arranged in or on the measurement surface and a second measuring element is arranged in or on the counter-surface, the elements substantially completely covering these surfaces in each case. The measuring elements include capacitor plates, and are designed such that the measuring signal can be generated from a distance between the measuring elements. The spring device has a large number of elastically designed spring members which are arranged spaced apart from each other by gaps so that each spring member upon loading by the force can deform into the gaps. This arrangement makes it is possible to measure unevenly distributed forces between bodies which may be of very different forms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignees: Novel GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Seitz, Ahmad Dahrouj
  • Patent number: 10303914
    Abstract: An example system drives one or more transmit signals on first electrodes disposed in a first layer and propagating electrodes disposed in a second layer. The system measures a capacitance of sensors through a of second electrodes. Each second electrode crosses each first electrode to provide a plurality of discrete sensor areas, each discrete sensor area associated with a difference crossing and including a portion of at least one propagating electrode. Each second electrode is galvanically isolated from the first electrodes and the propagating electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Cypress Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Igor Kravets, Oleksandr Hoshtanar, Igor Kolych, Oleksandr Karpin
  • Patent number: 10282040
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a touch circuit pattern and a manufacturing method thereof. A capacitive touch circuit pattern in the present disclosure comprises a substrate, wherein at least two adjacent transparent first-axis electrode blocks, a transparent first-axis conductive wire, and at least two adjacent transparent second-axis electrode blocks are formed on the substrate. The first-axis conductive wire is formed between the two adjacent first-axis electrode blocks to connect the two adjacent first-axis electrode blocks and the two adjacent second-axis electrode blocks, respectively, at two sides of the first-axis conductive wire. The capacitive touch circuit pattern further comprises of a metal second-axis conductive wire, which stretches across the first-axis conductive wire and connects the two adjacent second-axis electrode blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: TPK Touch Solutions (Xiamen) Inc.
    Inventors: Chen-Yu Liu, Ching-Yi Wang
  • Patent number: 10260983
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, an apparatus for diagnosing a state of a capacitive sensor is provided. The apparatus comprises a measuring circuit for being electrically coupled to a capacitive sensor. The measuring circuit is configured to measure a first impedance of the capacitive sensor at a first frequency and to determine a first capacitance of the capacitive sensor at the first frequency based on the first impedance. The measuring circuit is further configured to compare the first capacitance of the capacitive sensor to a first threshold and to a second threshold to diagnose the capacitive sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Antoni Ferré Fàbregas, Federico Giordano
  • Patent number: 10254908
    Abstract: A touch panel including a substrate, first touch electrodes, each of the first touch electrodes including first mesh patterns disposed on the substrate, an insulation layer disposed on the first touch electrodes, second touch electrodes, each of the second touch electrodes including second mesh patterns disposed on the insulation layer, first auxiliary mesh electrodes disposed on the substrate, the first auxiliary mesh electrodes being electrically connected to at least a portion of the corresponding second mesh patterns, and second auxiliary mesh electrodes disposed on the insulation layer, the second auxiliary mesh electrodes being electrically connected to at least a portion of the corresponding first mesh patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyunjae Na, Sanghyun Jun, Gwang-Bum Ko, Joohyung Lee, Jigong Lee, Hyoungwook Jang, Soonsung Ahn
  • Patent number: 10194250
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are provided wherein a sensor which comprises at least two electrodes and a movable part is alternately biased with at least two different voltages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Christoph Bernhard Wurzinger, Jose Luis Ceballos
  • Patent number: 10175206
    Abstract: Micromachined ultrasonic transducers integrated with complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) substrates are described, as well as methods of fabricating such devices. Fabrication may involve two separate wafer bonding steps. Wafer bonding may be used to fabricate sealed cavities in a substrate. Wafer bonding may also be used to bond the substrate to another substrate, such as a CMOS wafer. At least the second wafer bonding may be performed at a low temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Butterfly Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Rothberg, Susan A. Alie, Keith G. Fife, Nevada J. Sanchez, Tyler S. Ralston
  • Patent number: 10088495
    Abstract: A capacitive physical quality detection device includes a sensor part, a control circuit, and a CV conversion circuit. The sensor part includes a movable electrode, a first fixed electrode, and a second fixed electrode. The CV conversion circuit is configured to receive a reference voltage and to output a voltage corresponding to a capacitance change. In a first time period, the control circuit applies a first signal to the first fixed electrode, and applies a second signal, which is opposite in phase to the first signal, to the second fixed electrode. In a second time period, the control circuit applies the reference voltage to the first fixed electrode and applies the second signal to the second fixed electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keisuke Kuroda, Takeshi Mori
  • Patent number: 10078098
    Abstract: A teeter-totter type accelerometer includes one or more platforms configured so as to move in proportion to deformation of the substrate and/or anchor(s). The platform(s) may be in a fixed position relative to the substrate, e.g., by being fixedly attached to the anchor(s) or by being fixedly attached to the substrate, or the platform(s) may be movable relative to the substrate, e.g., by being tethered to the anchor(s) so as to allow the platform(s) to pivot relative to the anchor(s). Electrodes are placed on the substrate underlying the platform(s) for sensing position of the platform(s) relative to the underlying substrate. The teeter-totter proof mass is configured such that it can rotate relative to the platform(s), e.g., by being tethered to the platform(s) or by being tethered to one or more anchors separate from the platform(s). The output of the accelerometer is adjusted based on signals from these platform-sensing electrodes in order to reduce or eliminate offset drift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Jianglong Zhang
  • Patent number: 10078776
    Abstract: A capacitive fingerprint sensor which includes capacitive sensing units is disclosed. Each of the capacitive sensing unit includes a sensing electrode; a first switch; a voltage follower; and a reference capacitor. The voltage follower includes an adjustable current source, for providing at least two distinct current levels; and a MOS transistor. The MOS transistor includes a source node, connected to ground via the adjustable current source and serves as an output node of the voltage follower; a gate node, connected to the sensing electrode and serves as an input node of the voltage follower; a drain node, connected to a power source, for providing power to the voltage follower; and a bulk node, connected to the source node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: SunASIC Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Chi Chou Lin, Zheng Ping He
  • Patent number: 10075999
    Abstract: A combination heater and sensor comprising: (a) a heating layer, a sensing layer, or both; (b) one or more power application portions, one or more sensing application portions, or both; wherein the heating layer and the sensing layer are located within the same plane; and wherein the heating layer is a nonwoven layer that is comprised of a plurality of metallized fibers that are randomly oriented forming the heating layer so that upon application of power the heating layer provides heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Gentherm GmbH
    Inventors: Jack Barfuss, Grzegorz Kawa, Syed Rafat Iqbal, Bruno Orlando, Vincent Libbrecht
  • Patent number: 10065851
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, an apparatus including a silicon die including a vibratory diaphragm, the die having a silicon die top opposite a silicon die bottom, with a top silicon die port extending from the silicon die top through the silicon die to a top of the vibratory diaphragm, and with a bottom silicon die port extending from the silicon die bottom to a bottom of the vibratory diaphragm, wherein the bottom silicon die port has a cross sectional area that is larger than a cross-sectional area of the top silicon die port, a capacitor electrode disposed along a bottom of the silicon die, across the bottom silicon die port, the capacitor electrode including a first signal generation portion that is coextensive with the top silicon die port, and a second signal generation portion surrounding the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventor: Janusz Bryzek
  • Patent number: 9996759
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for recognizing a fingerprint. The method includes displaying a guide area corresponding to a finger touch in at least one area of a display unit; and providing guide information related to fingerprint recognition based on a touch detected via the guide area. The apparatus includes a display unit configured to display a guide area corresponding to a finger touch in at least one area in a fingerprint mode; an input unit configured to detect a touch input, wherein the input unit is integrally configured with the display unit; a fingerprint scan sensor located in an area adjacent to the guide area of the display unit; and a controller configured to provide guide information related to fingerprint recognition based on a touch detected via the guide area in the fingerprint mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronic Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hansol Lee, Changsoo Kim, Yanggu Jo
  • Patent number: 9984947
    Abstract: A fingerprint sensor device and a method of making a fingerprint sensor device. As non-limiting examples, various aspects of this disclosure provide various fingerprint sensor devices, and methods of manufacturing thereof, that comprise an interconnection structure, for example a bond wire, at least a portion of which extends into a dielectric layer utilized to mount a plate, and/or that comprise an interconnection structure that extends upward from the semiconductor die at a location that is laterally offset from the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: AMKOR TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Ji Young Chung, Dong Joo Park, Jin Seong Kim, Jae Sung Park, Se Hwan Hong
  • Patent number: 9977524
    Abstract: A flexible touch panel that achieves both thinness and high detection sensitivity. In the flexible touch panel obtained by attaching a flexible display panel and a flexible touch sensor with a bonding layer, the bonding layer has a Young's modulus of 1 kPa to 300 kPa, a thickness of 0.1 mm to 1 mm, and a transmittance of 70% or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daiki Nakamura, Hisao Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9971464
    Abstract: A touch-sensitive device includes a cover plate, at least one touch-sensing electrode, a masking layer, at least one trace and a plurality of electrically-conductive interconnects. The touch-sensing electrode is disposed on the cover plate and extends in a specific direction. The mask layer is disposed on a periphery of the cover plate and covers part of the touch-sensing electrode. The trace is disposed on the masking layer opposite to the touch-sensing electrode. The electrically-conductive interconnects penetrate the masking layer and are spaced apart from one another. Each of the electrically-conductive interconnects interconnects the touch-sensing electrode and the trace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: TPK MASTOUCH SOLUTIONS (XIAMEN) INC
    Inventors: Tiefei Xiao, Yongshan Chen, Zhengmin Xie, Hsien-Jung Li
  • Patent number: 9965118
    Abstract: An example integrated display device and capacitive sensing device having an input surface includes a plurality of sensor electrodes, wherein each of the plurality of sensor electrodes comprises at least one common electrode configured for display updating and capacitive sensing. The device further includes at least one force receiver electrode, wherein the plurality of sensor electrodes are disposed between the input surface and the at least one force receiver electrode and wherein at least a portion of the plurality of sensor electrodes are configured to deflect toward the at least one force receiver electrode. The device further includes a processing system, coupled to the plurality of sensor electrodes, configured to drive at least a portion of the plurality of sensor electrodes with force sensing signals while receiving resulting signals from the at least one force receiver electrode, and determine force information for an input object based on the resulting signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Petr Shepelev
  • Patent number: 9945667
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sensing system and a sensing method using the same. The sensing system includes at least one tested unit and an optical fiber measuring unit. The tested unit includes a container, a strain arm and a float. The container can be filled with a fluid, and the strain arm is connected with the float and combined with a measuring portion of the optical fiber measuring unit. When the container is disposed on a body of interest, the surface inclination or settlement of the body of interest would cause changes of buoyant force on the floating element and induce bending deformation of the strain arm. Accordingly, the surface deformation of the body of interest can be determined by detecting the bending deformation of the strain arm using the measuring portion combined with the strain arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: National Applied Research Laboratories
    Inventors: Lu-Sheng Li, Kuo-Chun Chang, Fang-Yao Yeh, Ting-Yuan Huang
  • Patent number: 9908244
    Abstract: A method for warning a person in a working area about at least one first robot, and a robot system that includes the at least one first robot, wherein the movement of the robot in a future working interval is predicted, a determination is made as to whether a working area segment will be passed over by the robot in a first or second time period, a first or second visual warning is emitted in accordance with when the working area segment will be passed over, and the first or second visual warnings are respectively emitted onto a floor segment that is assigned to a respective working area segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Soeren Burmeister, Marc Holz
  • Patent number: 9910531
    Abstract: A circular, single-layer sensor electrode pattern for input devices, such as wearable devices, is described. The sensor electrode pattern features transmitter electrodes and receiver electrodes tiled in alternating fashion, such that each receiver electrode is surrounded by transmitter electrodes. The individual sensor electrodes of the described pattern are designed to provide a substantially uniform electrode area size across the sensor. Additionally, the sensor electrode pattern is arranged to be symmetric across both horizontal and vertical axes. The provided characteristics of the sensor electrode pattern leads to a sensor structure having uniform absolute capacitive sensing measurements for all sensor electrodes as well as uniform transcapacitive sensing measurements for all “pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Sang Chul Han, Derek Solven
  • Patent number: 9880676
    Abstract: Electronic devices may include force sensitive sensors. The sensor may include a first layer of electrodes, a second layer of electrodes and a deformable dielectric material separating the first layer of electrodes and the second layer of electrodes. A conductive material may be disposed to negate capacitive effects between an object near to or touching the touch surface and the electrodes of the first layer and the electrodes of the second layer. A force applied to the sensor may be detected based at least in part on a change in capacitance between at least one electrode of first layer and at least one electrode of the second layer resulting from deformation of the deformable dielectric material. This disclosure also describes techniques for assembling electronic devices including these components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Debanjan Mukherjee, Lakshman Rathnam, Omar Sze Leung
  • Patent number: 9869599
    Abstract: A pressure sensing system includes a hot zone electronics module, a cool zone electronics module and a plurality of conductors that connect the hot zone electronics module to the cool zone electronics module. The hot zone electronics module includes a capacitive pressure sensor and an oscillator that provides an oscillating signal to the capacitive pressure sensor. The hot zone electronics module provides at least one DC sensor signal. The cool zone electronics module converts the at least one DC sensor signal into a pressure value and provides a DC power signal. The plurality of conductors convey the DC power signal to the hot zone electronics module and convey the at least one DC sensor signal to the cool zone electronics module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: John Paul Schulte, David Glen Tyson
  • Patent number: 9868213
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for detection of incidental robot-human contact. In some examples, a robotic actuator movement may generate a feedback signal, such as a haptic signal, a proprioreceptive signal, an optical signal, and/or an infrared signal. A tremor detector may determine whether the feedback signal contains a tremor signal characteristic of a human, for example by determining whether frequency components in the feedback signal fall within particular frequency ranges. Upon determining that the feedback signal does contain a tremor signal characteristic of a human, the tremor detector may conclude that the robotic actuator has come into contact with a human, and may cause the actuator to halt its movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: Kevin S Fine, Ezekiel Kruglick
  • Patent number: 9728476
    Abstract: A fingerprint sensor device and a method of making a fingerprint sensor device. As non-limiting examples, various aspects of this disclosure provide various fingerprint sensor devices, and methods of manufacturing thereof, that comprise an interconnection structure, for example a bond wire, at least a portion of which extends into a dielectric layer utilized to mount a plate, and/or that comprise an interconnection structure that extends upward from the semiconductor die at a location that is laterally offset from the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: AMKOR TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Ji Young Chung, Dong Joo Park, Jin Seong Kim, Jae Sung Park, Se Hwan Hong
  • Patent number: 9704012
    Abstract: An example sensor array includes a first electrode disposed in a first layer, multiple second electrodes disposed in a second layer, and multiple third electrodes disposed outside of the first layer. The second electrodes are galvanically isolated from the first electrode and the third electrodes. In a plan view of the fingerprint sensor array, an area of each third electrode is located within an area of the first electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Cypress Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Igor Kravets, Oleksandr Hoshtanar, Igor Kolych, Oleksandr Karpin
  • Patent number: 9696375
    Abstract: A capacitive sensor that includes at least one capacitive element and a switched-capacitor readout circuit part for detecting at least one signal capacitance that results from motions of the capacitive element. The self-test bias voltage of the actuation circuit part is coupled to the capacitive element during a first period that is synchronized to the front end reset period and occurs when the self-test of the capacitive sensor is enabled by the self-test controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lasse Aaltonen, Jouni Erkkilä
  • Patent number: 9686454
    Abstract: The invention relates to an authentication device (1), characterized in that it comprises a support (10) provided with a surface (12), said surface comprising a plurality of peaks (14) and valleys (15) forming a pattern (13) capable of being acquired by a digital fingerprint sensor. The invention also relates to a method of manufacturing such a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: MORPHO
    Inventors: Herve Chabanne, Jean-Christophe Fondeur
  • Patent number: 9656575
    Abstract: A combined seat heater and capacitive occupancy sensor comprises a heater network including a heating element (11) and a capacitive sensing circuit connected to the heating element to sense a capacitive load. A first and a second interface are provided for connecting the heating element to a first and a second terminal of a power source, respectively. Each interface comprises electronically controlled switches (3, 5; 4, 6) arranged in series and defining an intermediate node (20; 21). An oscillator (8) is AC-coupled to the intermediate nodes to apply an oscillating voltage thereto. A current measuring means (9), AC-coupled between the oscillator and the heating element, keeps the AC-potential of the heating element at least substantially equal, in amplitude and phase, to the oscillating voltage on the intermediate nodes and to derive the capacitive load from a thus resulting current flowing into the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: IEE International Elecrtonics & Engineering S.A.
    Inventors: Laurent Lamesch, Thomas Meyers
  • Patent number: 9638654
    Abstract: A composite elastomeric flexible element has an elastomer layer between rigid members. When subjected to loads, and as time goes by, the elastomer layer will undergo damage in the form of micro-voids and polymer chain scission. The time it takes the damage to reach a predetermined, but safe state is a known function of several parameters such as loading rate and load magnitude, time at load, temperature and frequency. The damage decreases the electrical permittivity of the elastomer and changes the electrical conductance of the elastomer if the elastomer is in the environment of an electrically conductive fluid or when the elastomer includes conductive filler. The health of the flexible element is monitored by measuring the electrical impedance of the elastomer layer, computing an indication of health from the electrical impedance and trend data for the elastomer layer, and reporting the indication of health to a human administrator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: OIL STATES INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: John Baileys
  • Patent number: 9612692
    Abstract: A method and a position measuring apparatus that measures a position of a touch by an object on a device including the position measuring apparatus using an electrode unit for sensing a capacitance or voltage variation caused by a touch of the object and a control circuit unit for exchanging electrical signals with the electrode unit are provided. The method includes sensing a touch signal of the object on an independent channel connected to the control circuit unit through an independent connector; selectively driving a multi-channel disposed adjacent to the independent channel and electrically connected to the control circuit through a common connector, in response to the touch signal applied on the independent channel; and sensing the touch signal of the object using the multi-channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Sung-Soo Park, Yu-Sheop Lee
  • Patent number: 9599452
    Abstract: A measuring kit for contactless measuring of the air gap distance between a frame mounted pole and core of a rotor includes a capacitance sensor which generates a signal proportional to the measured air gap, a panel meter in communication with the capacitance sensor which interprets the signal and displays the minimum air gap distance, an A/D converter also in communication with the capacitance sensor which converts the signal to a digitized signal, and a control panel which takes the digitized signal from the A/D converter, processes the digitized signal, and then displays the minimum air gap measurement. The control panel shows a graphic of the core and its surrounding poles to track the progress of the testing, and when the testing between the core and one of the surrounding poles is complete, the graphic of the pole tested visually darkens to indicate that portion of the test is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Trent J. Krummel
  • Patent number: 9591748
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a capacitance touch panel module includes forming a plurality of first conductive patterns on a substrate comprising a touching area and a peripheral area along a first orientation, a plurality of second conductive patterns along a second orientation, and a plurality of connecting portions in the touching area; forming a plurality of insulated protrusions, in which each insulated protrusion covering one connecting portion, and forming an insulated frame on the peripheral area; and forming a bridging member on each insulated protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: INNOLUX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kai Meng, Lien-Hsin Lee
  • Patent number: 9591749
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a capacitance touch panel module includes forming a plurality of first conductive patterns on a substrate comprising a touching area and a peripheral area along a first orientation, a plurality of second conductive patterns along a second orientation, and a plurality of connecting portions in the touching area; forming a plurality of insulated protrusions, in which each insulated protrusion covering one connecting portion, and forming an insulated frame on the peripheral area; and forming a bridging member on each insulated protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: INNOLUX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kai Meng, Lien-Hsin Lee
  • Patent number: 9568524
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a sensor, a button, a conductor between the button and the sensor, and a controller connected to the sensor. The sensor includes first and second electrode tracks. The button includes an electrically isolating material and is configured to capacitively couple with an object. The conductor is configured to capacitively couple with the sensor and form a galvanic connection between the first and second electrode tracks when the conductor comes into contact with the sensor. The controller is configured to measure a value associated with an amount of capacitive coupling between the conductor and the sensor and to detect first and second states of the button based on the value, the first state indicating that the object is in contact with the button and that the conductor is not contacting the sensor, and the second state indicating that the conductor is not contacting the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Atmel Corporation
    Inventors: Ingar Hanssen, Arild Rødland, Rian Whelan