Waveguide Type Patents (Class 333/239)
  • Patent number: 10879577
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a multilayer electromagnetic waveguide that includes a plurality of layers forming guide channels for an electromagnetic wave, and at least one transition device including at least one dielectric layer between two guide channels, referred to as coupled guide channels, extending as an extension. Each transition device includes at least one adaptation channel extending in a longitudinal direction, and each adaptation channel is defined by two electrically conductive walls. At least one wall extends along the dielectric spacer layer from one end of the coupled guide channel, over a length suitable for optimizing the transmission of an electromagnetic wave between the two coupled guide channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignees: CENTRE NATIONAL D'ETUDES SPATIALES CNES, LE CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE, L'UNIVERSITE DE RENNES 1
    Inventors: Nicolas Capet, Francesco Foglia Manzillo, Karim Tekkouk, Ronan Sauleau, Mauro Ettorre
  • Patent number: 10833730
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, providing, by a power supply of a communication device, energy to a transmitter of the communication device, wherein the power supply directly obtains the energy from a transmission medium via a capacitive divider and a DC converter, and wherein the communication device includes an insulator that electrically insulates the transmission medium from a utility structure supporting the communication device; generating, by the transmitter of the communication device, a signal; and inducing according to the signal, by a coupler of the communication device, an electromagnetic wave that propagates along the transmission medium without requiring an electrical return path. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg
  • Patent number: 10782388
    Abstract: A radar sensing system for a vehicle includes a radar sensor disposed at the vehicle so as to sense exterior of the vehicle. The radar sensor includes a plurality of transmitters that transmit radio signals and a plurality of receivers that receive radio signals. The received radio signals are transmitted radio signals that are reflected from an object. A processor is operable to process an output of the receivers. The radar sensor includes a printed circuit board having circuitry disposed thereat. The printed circuit board includes two HF-laminate layers and a copper layer disposed between the HF-laminate layers. At least one waveguide is established through the copper layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Wilhelm Johann Wolfgang Woehlte
  • Patent number: 10749237
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a substrate integrated waveguide for a millimeter wave signal is disclosed. In the method, a gold layer is disposed on a top surface of the silicon substrate using a lift-off process. Next, two parallel rows of substantially equal spaced vias are formed in the silicon substrate using a through-silicon-via etching process. Then, a copper layer is disposed on the bottom side of the silicon substrate and on interior surfaces of each via. The separation between the copper layer and the gold layer define a height of the substrate integrated waveguide, while the separation between the two parallel rows of substantially equal spaced vias define a width of the substrate integrated waveguide. In some implementations the length of the substrate defines a length of the substrate integrated waveguide, and the length, width, and height define a resonator that is resonant at a millimeter wave frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Kiryung Shin
  • Patent number: 10627014
    Abstract: A casing spacer which allows for the positioning of a carrier pipe or set of carrier pipes in a desirable location inside a casing pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Damian Daigle, Joseph E. Wilson, Miguel Regato, Tom Forlander
  • Patent number: 10573951
    Abstract: A split resonator and a printed circuit board (PCB) including the same are disclosed. The split resonator is mounted to one side of the PCB to improve the electromagnetic shielding effect, and absorbs a radiation field emitted to the outer wall of the PCB. The PCB includes: a substrate on which one or more electronic components are populated; a dielectric substrate mounted to one side of the substrate; one pair of conductors provided in the dielectric substrate, spaced apart from the substrate in a thickness direction of the substrate by a predetermined distance, and arranged to face each other; and a connection portion configured to interconnect the one pair of conductors, and arranged in parallel to the thickness direction of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Soon Yong Lee, Yeon Sik Yu, Il Kim, Keon Young Seo, Min-Goo Seo, Jae-Deok Lim, Si Ho Jang, Hyun-Tae Jang
  • Patent number: 10560152
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system for exchanging electrical signals and guided electromagnetic waves between customer premises equipment and service provider equipment to provide uplink and/or downlink communication services. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Martin Birk, Paul Shala Henry
  • Patent number: 10560144
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system for receiving first electromagnetic waves via a transmission medium without utilizing an electrical return path, and inducing second electromagnetic waves at an interface of the transmission medium without the electrical return path. In an embodiment, the first and second electromagnetic waves have a non-optical frequency range. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Bennett, Paul Shala Henry, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10544893
    Abstract: Pipeline segments can contain cables, such as communication cables (e.g., fiber optic cables) within insulation material surrounding the pipeline segments. Cables can be embedded within the insulation material, run through conduits embedded within the insulation material, placed in channels formed in the insulation material, or otherwise. Channels containing one or more cables can be filled with supplemental insulation material, thus securing the cables within the channels. Pipelines created as disclosed herein can enable data transfer between distant points without the need to lay fiber optic cable in addition to the pipeline. Further, fiber optic cable embedded thusly can be used to sense conditions in the pipeline, such as leaks, seismic activity, strain, and temperature information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd J. Green, Alexis Wachtel, II, William Markus
  • Patent number: 10505252
    Abstract: In accordance with one or more embodiments, a communication system, includes a first coupler configured to guide a first communication signal conveying first data to an interior of a cable, wherein the first coupler is further configured to generate first guided electromagnetic waves in response to the first communication signal, wherein the first guided electromagnetic waves are guided by a structure within the cable and propagate within the cable without requiring an electrical return path; wherein the cable comprises a plurality of uninsulated conductors that are stranded together, wherein the plurality of uninsulated conductors form a plurality of interstitial areas that are bounded by conductive surfaces of at least three of the plurality of uninsulated conductors, and wherein the structure comprises one of the plurality of interstitial areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bruce E. Stuckman, Paul Shala Henry, Giovanni Vannucci, Thomas M. Willis, III, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J. Barnickel, Martin Birk, Shikik Johnson
  • Patent number: 10498044
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, an antenna structure having a feedline, and a dielectric antenna coupled to the feedline. A first structural feature of an aperture of the dielectric antenna and a second structural feature of a junction between the feedline and the dielectric antenna can be configured to increase a front-to-back ratio of wireless signals received by the aperture of the dielectric antenna and received outside a reception area of the aperture of the dielectric antenna. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Thomas M. Willis, III, Farhad Barzegar, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J. Barnickel
  • Patent number: 10483609
    Abstract: A digital system has a dielectric core waveguide that is formed within a multilayer substrate. The dielectric waveguide has a longitudinal dielectric core member formed in the core layer having two adjacent longitudinal sides each separated from the core layer by a corresponding slot portion formed in the core layer The dielectric core member has the first dielectric constant value. A cladding surrounds the dielectric core member formed by a top layer and the bottom layer infilling the slot portions of the core layer. The cladding has a dielectric constant value that is lower than the first dielectric constant value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert Floyd Payne, Gerd Schuppener, Juan Alejandro Herbsommer
  • Patent number: 10454150
    Abstract: A radio frequency waveguide is disclosed. The radio frequency waveguide includes: a dielectric including an exterior input surface, an exterior output surface and other exterior surfaces; and a metal disposed on the other exterior surfaces of the dielectric, wherein the dielectric is voidless and adapted to propagate radio frequency radiation from the exterior input surface to the exterior output surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Hughes Network Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Hou, Hamad Alsawaha, Thomas Jackson, Bingqian Lu, Yilin Mao
  • Patent number: 10374657
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example a communication device that includes first and second waveguide devices that provide communications via electromagnetic waves that propagate along a transmission medium without utilizing an electrical return path, where the electromagnetic waves are guided by the transmission medium. The communication device can include a housing supporting a first plurality of antennas and a second plurality of antennas. The communication device can include a support structure physically connecting the first and second waveguide devices with the housing. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David M. Britz, John W. MacNeill, David DeVincentis, Robert Bennett, Paul Shala Henry, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Thomas M. Willis, III, Donald J. Barnickel
  • Patent number: 10307792
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses an ultrasonic transducer. The ultrasonic transducer includes an active layer. The active layer includes an array of piezoelectric pillars configured for emitting and receiving ultrasound and an attenuation portion surrounding sidewalls of the piezoelectric pillars and configured for attenuating a part of the ultrasound emitted from the sidewalls of the piezoelectric pillars. The present disclosure also relates to an ultrasonic fingerprint recognition sensor and an electronic device having the ultrasonic transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: NANCHANG O-FILM BIO-IDENTIFICATION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Anpeng Bai, Wensi Sun
  • Patent number: 10312596
    Abstract: A dual-polarization, circularly-polarized artificial-impedance-surface antenna has two adjacent tensor surface-wave waveguides (SWGs), a waveguide feed coupled to each of the two SWGs and a hybrid coupler having output ports, each output port of the hybrid coupler being connected to the waveguide feeds coupled to the two SWGs, the hybrid coupler, in use, combining the signals from input ports of the 90° hybrid coupler with phase shifts at its output ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel J. Gregoire
  • Patent number: 10299368
    Abstract: Apparatus, and corresponding method, relates generally to a microelectronic device. In such an apparatus, a first conductive layer is for providing a lower interior surface of a circuit structure. A plurality of wire bond wires are interconnected to the lower interior surface and spaced apart from one another for providing at least one side of the circuit structure. A second conductive layer is for providing an upper interior surface of the circuit structure spaced apart from the lower interior surface by and interconnected to the plurality of wire bond wires. The plurality of wire bond wires, the first conductive layer and the second conductive layer in combination define at least one opening in the at least one side for a signal port of the circuit structure. Such circuit structure may be a signal guide circuit structure, such as for a signal waveguide or signal cavity for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Invensas Corporation
    Inventors: Shaowu Huang, Javier A. Delacruz
  • Patent number: 10276908
    Abstract: An electromagnetic wave transmission board comprises a substrate. The substrate comprises a first dielectric layer and a second dielectric layer, and the first dielectric layer is stacked on the second dielectric layer. The first dielectric layer and the second dielectric layer together form a wave guiding space. The wave guiding space is configured for transmitting electromagnetic wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Yu-Wei Huang, Shih-Hsien Wu, Wei-Chung Lo
  • Patent number: 10276907
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a cable can include a core, a plurality of strips of cladding disposed on the core, and a coupler that facilitates inducing electromagnetic waves that propagate along the core, where a first dielectric constant of the core exceeds a second dielectric constant of each strip of cladding of the plurality of strips of cladding, and where the electromagnetic waves propagate along the core without requiring an electrical return path. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Bennett, Aldo Adriazola, Mitchell Harvey Fuchs, Brandon Pimm, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Paul Shala Henry, William Scott Taylor, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10249925
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a plurality of waveguides, wherein the waveguides include a dielectric material; an outer shell; and a supporting feature within the outer shell, wherein the waveguides are arranged separate from each other within the outer shell by the supporting feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Georgios C. Dogiamis, Sasha N. Oster, Telesphor Kamgaing, Adel A. Elsherbini, Johanna M. Swan, Shawna M. Liff, Aleksandar Aleksov, Brandon M. Rawlings, Richard J. Dischler
  • Patent number: 10230173
    Abstract: A slot array antenna includes: an electrically conductive member having an electrically conductive surface and slots therein, the slots being arrayed in a first direction which extends along the conductive surface; a waveguide member having an electrically conductive waveguide face which opposes the slots and extends along the first direction; and an artificial magnetic conductor extending on both sides of the waveguide member. At least one of the conductive member and the waveguide member includes dents on the conductive surface and/or the waveguide face, the dents each serving to broaden a spacing between the conductive surface and the waveguide face relative to any adjacent site. The dents include a first, second, and third dents which are adjacent to one another and consecutively follow along the first direction. A distance between centers of the first and second dents is different from a distance between centers of the second and third dents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignees: NIDEC CORPORATION, WGR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki Kirino, Hiroyuki Kamo
  • Patent number: 10199707
    Abstract: A ball-grid-array printed-circuit-board assembly includes a die, a plurality of solder-balls, a substrate, a top-metal layer, and a bottom-metal layer. The die includes a signal-out-pad and a plurality of ground-pads arranged about the signal-out-pad. The top-metal layer, a plurality of vias in the substrate, and the bottom-metal layer cooperate to form a substrate-integrated-waveguide. The top-metal layer is configured to define a U-shaped-slot between a signal-portion of the top-metal layer aligned with the signal-out-pad and the substrate-integrated-waveguide, and a ground-portion of the top-metal layer aligned with the plurality of ground-pads. The U-shaped-slot is characterized by a slot-length that is selected based on the frequency of a signal, and a slot-width that is selected based on the via-height such that the signal generates an electric field directed across the U-shaped-slot whereby the signal is propagated from the signal-portion of the top-metal layer into the substrate-integrated-waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: APTIV TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: George J. Purden, Shawn Shi, David W. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10199706
    Abstract: Embodiments herein describe a high-speed communication channel in a PCB that includes a dielectric waveguide sandwiched between two ground layers. The dielectric waveguide includes a core and a cladding where the material of the core has a higher dielectric constant than the material of the cladding. Thus, electromagnetic signals propagating in the core are internally reflected at the interface between the core and cladding such that the electromagnetic signals are primary contained in the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Samuel R. Connor, Daniel M. Dreps, Jose A. Hejase, Joseph Kuczynski, Joshua C. Myers, Junyan Tang
  • Patent number: 10135123
    Abstract: An antenna system includes a tunable medium, rectifier circuitry, combining circuitry, and control circuitry. The tunable medium includes antenna elements corresponding to lumped impedance elements and variable impedance control inputs configured to enable selection of an impedance value for each of the lumped impedance elements. The control circuitry is configured to determine a scattering matrix (S-matrix) relating field amplitudes at lumped ports including internal lumped ports and lumped external ports. The internal lumped ports correspond to the lumped impedance elements, and the lumped external ports correspond to at least one of the rectifier circuitry inputs, the combined output of the combining circuitry, and the at least one transmitting element. A method includes determining at least a portion of component values of a desired S-matrix, and adjusting the variable impedance control inputs to at least approximate at least a portion of the desired S-matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Searete LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Arnitz, Joseph Hagerty, Russell J. Hannigan, Guy S. Lipworth, Matthew S. Reynolds, Yaroslav A. Urzhumov
  • Patent number: 10128555
    Abstract: A digital system has a substrate having a top surface on which a waveguide is formed on the top surface of the substrate. The waveguide is formed by a conformal base layer formed on the top surface of the substrate, two spaced apart sidewalls, and a top conformal layer connected to the base layer to form a longitudinal core region. The waveguide may be a metallic or otherwise conductive waveguide, a dielectric waveguide, a micro-coax, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Benjamin S. Cook, Juan Alejandro Herbsommer
  • Patent number: 10129057
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, receiving a communication signal, and generating an electromagnetic wave that propagates along an outer surface of a dielectric layer environmentally formed on a cable. The dielectric layer can be a liquid disposed on an outer surface of the cable that enables the electromagnetic wave to propagate along the dielectric layer of the cable without an electrical return path, and conveys the communication signal. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Willis, III, Giovanni Vannucci, Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J. Barnickel
  • Patent number: 10110274
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example a communication device that includes first and second waveguide devices that provide communications via electromagnetic waves that propagate along a transmission medium without utilizing an electrical return path, where the electromagnetic waves are guided by the transmission medium. The communication device can include a housing supporting a first plurality of antennas and a second plurality of antennas. The communication device can include a support structure physically connecting the first and second waveguide devices with the housing. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David M. Britz, John W. MacNeill, David Devincentis, Robert Bennett, Paul Shala Henry, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Thomas M. Willis, III, Donald J. Barnickel
  • Patent number: 10103418
    Abstract: Disclosed is a printed-circuit board (PCB) structure having an electromagnetic-tunnel-embedded architecture, the PCB structure including a PCB, and an EM-tunnel-embedded in the PCB, wherein the EM-tunnel includes a dielectric core and a metal clad which surrounds the dielectric core and has at least one port exposed to a surface of the PCB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Hyo Hoon Park, Hyeon Min Bae, Tae Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 10090602
    Abstract: A steerable beam antenna includes a rotatable drum having a diffraction grating surface, and a waveguide feed including first and second conductive metal bases extending axially along the length of the drum, each of the bases having an inner surface spaced from and opposed to the inner surface of the other base, and a proximal surface spaced from the drum surface by a gap. First and second parallel conductive metal plates extend distally from the first and second bases, respectively, the first and second plates having respective inner surfaces separated by an inter-plate space. First and second dielectric strips are flush-mounted on the inner surfaces of the first and second conductive metal bases, respectively, the first dielectric strip extending longitudinally along the inner surface of the first base, and the second dielectric strip extending longitudinally along the inner surface of the second base, opposite the first dielectric strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Sierra Nevada Corporation
    Inventors: Vladimir A. Manasson, Lev S. Sadovnik
  • Patent number: 10079418
    Abstract: A flexible and twistable terahertz waveguide assembly has a flexible waveguide with waveguide flange connectors at its ends. The flexible waveguide comprises a segmented tube of a plurality of tube segments which are connected to each other. The tube encloses a dielectric waveguide which is held by means of threads (filaments) at the center of the tube. The individual segments are tiltable and/or pivotable against each other, allowing bending and twisting of the waveguide cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: SPINNER GMBH
    Inventors: Hans-Ulrich Nickel, Janno Zovo, Thomas Pröckl, Marinus Schmid
  • Patent number: 10069183
    Abstract: Dielectric coupler devices and dielectric coupling systems for communicating EHF electromagnetic signals, and their methods of use. The coupler devices include an electrically conductive body having a major surface, the electrically conductive body defining an elongate recess, and the elongate recess having a floor, where a dielectric body is disposed in the elongate recess and configured to conduct an EHF electromagnetic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Keyssa, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary D. McCormack, Yanghyo Kim, Emilio Sovero
  • Patent number: 10062963
    Abstract: An antenna bracket for electronic devices includes a solid bracket having an aperture formed therethrough. The solid antenna bracket has side walls that are rounded to a predetermined radius, and at least one antenna pocket positioned on said side walls. The antenna pocket receives and secures at least one antenna. The antenna bracket has a polygon shape that follows the contours of the electronic device housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: THOMSON Licensing
    Inventors: Mickey Hunt, Julianne Luna So, William P. Dernier, Randy Wayne Craig, Darin Bradley Ritter, Kevin M. Williams, Michael Francis Barry
  • Patent number: 10056942
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a transmission device that includes a transmitter that generates a first electromagnetic wave to convey data, the first electromagnetic wave having at least one carrier frequency and corresponding wavelength. A coupler couples the first electromagnetic wave to a transmission medium having at least one inner portion surrounded by a dielectric material, the dielectric material having an outer surface and a corresponding circumference, wherein the coupling of the first electromagnetic wave to the transmission medium forms a second electromagnetic wave that is guided to propagate along the outer surface of the dielectric material via at least one guided-wave mode that can include an asymmetric mode, wherein the at least one carrier frequency is within a microwave or millimeter-wave frequency band and wherein the at least one corresponding wavelength is less than the circumference of the transmission medium. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10044109
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a multi-polarization substrate integrated waveguide antenna. In the multi-polarization substrate integrated waveguide antenna of the present invention, the antenna is of a multi-layer structure and includes a first metal copper clad layer, a first dielectric layer, a second metal copper, clad layer, a second dielectric layer, and a third metal copper clad layer successively from top to bottom, where plated through holes are provided on both the first dielectric layer and the second dielectric layer, and etching grooves are provided on both the first metal copper clad layer and the second metal copper clad layer. The embodiments of the present invention resolve a problem that feeding efficiency is reduced in a high frequency application when a microstrip is used to feed electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yujian Cheng, Yi Chen
  • Patent number: 10042045
    Abstract: A waveguide device includes: an electrically conductive member having an electrically conductive surface; a waveguide member having an electrically-conductive waveguide face of a stripe shape opposing the electrically conductive surface, the waveguide member extending along the electrically conductive surface; and an artificial magnetic conductor extending on both sides of the waveguide member. The waveguide member has a bend at which the direction that the waveguide member extends changes. A waveguide which is defined by the electrically conductive surface, the waveguide face, and the artificial magnetic conductor includes a gap enlargement where a gap between the electrically conductive surface and the waveguide face is locally increased. In a perspective view along a direction perpendicular to the electrically conductive surface, at least a portion of the bend has an overlap with the gap enlargement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignees: NIDEC CORPORATION, WGR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki Kirino, Hiroyuki Kamo
  • Patent number: 10027011
    Abstract: The waveguide device, in which first/second openings are formed at end parts of a waveguide path, comprises a waveguide path obtained by uniting first/second waveguides. The first waveguide is provided with a first recessed part which has an opening with a same shape as the first opening and has a bottom part formed in a first direction as seen from the opening. The second waveguide is provided with a second recessed part which has an opening with a same shape as the second opening and has a bottom part formed in a second direction as seen from the opening. The first/second waveguides are united in a manner such that, positions of the bottom parts of the first/second recessed parts are different from each other in a direction differing from the first/second directions, and the first/second recessed parts connect with each other at the respective bottom parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Akimichi Hirota, Yukihiro Tahara, Takashi Maruyama, Tomohiro Takahashi, Kazuyoshi Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10014585
    Abstract: Composite Right/Left Handed (CRLH) Leaky-Wave Antennas (LWAs) are a class of radiating elements characterized by an electronically steerable radiation pattern. The design is comprised of a cascade of CRLH unit-cells populated with varactor diodes. By varying the voltage across the varactor diodes, the antenna can steer its directional beam from broadside to backward and forward end-fire directions. A CRLH Leaky-Wave Antenna for the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi band is miniaturized by etching a Complementary Split-Ring Resonator (CSRR) underneath each CRLH unit-cell. As opposed to conventional LWA designs, the LWA layout does not require thin interdigital capacitors, significantly reducing the PCB manufacturing constraints required to achieve size reduction. The resulting antenna enables CRLH LWAs to be used not only for wireless access points, but also potentially for mobile devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Drexel University
    Inventors: Damiano Patron, Kapil R. Dandekar
  • Patent number: 10014566
    Abstract: A connector apparatus of the present disclosure is configured to include: a waveguide cable; a substrate including a waveguide structure; and a coupling section configured to electromagnetically couple an end portion of the waveguide cable to the waveguide structure. Furthermore, a communication system of the present disclosure is a communication system including: a transmitter configured to transmit high-frequency signals; a receiver configured to receive high-frequency signals; a waveguide cable configured to transmit high-frequency signals between the transmitter and the receiver; and a connector apparatus configured to connect between at least one of the transmitter and the receiver to the waveguide cable. A connector apparatus having the above-mentioned configuration is used as the connector apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro Takeda, Yasuhiro Okada
  • Patent number: 9966668
    Abstract: A semiconductor antenna includes an antenna region. The antenna region includes semiconductor nano-antennas. The semiconductor nano-antennas are formed of a semiconductor material have a doping concentration such that the real part of the permittivity of the semiconductor material is negative over at least a portion of radio frequencies from 1 MHz to 300 GHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC.
    Inventor: Robert G. Brown
  • Patent number: 9960808
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a transmission device that includes a transmitter that generates a first electromagnetic wave to convey data, the first electromagnetic wave having at least one carrier frequency and corresponding wavelength. A coupler couples the first electromagnetic wave to a transmission medium having at least one inner portion surrounded by a dielectric material, the dielectric material having an outer surface and a corresponding circumference, wherein the coupling of the first electromagnetic wave to the transmission medium forms a second electromagnetic wave that is guided to propagate along the outer surface of the dielectric material via at least one guided-wave mode that can include an asymmetric mode, wherein the at least one carrier frequency is within a microwave or millimeter-wave frequency band and wherein the at least one corresponding wavelength is less than the circumference of the transmission medium. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9947981
    Abstract: The various technologies presented herein relate to utilizing a sealing layer of malleable material to seal gaps, etc., at a joint between edges of a waveguide channel formed in a first plate and a surface of a clamping plate. A compression pad is included in the surface of the clamping plate and is dimensioned such that the upper surface of the pad is less than the area of the waveguide channel opening on the first plate. The sealing layer is placed between the waveguide plate and the clamping plate, and during assembly of the waveguide module, the compression pad deforms a portion of the sealing layer such that it ingresses into the waveguide channel opening. Deformation of the sealing layer results in the gaps, etc., to be filled, improving the operational integrity of the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandian, LLC
    Inventors: Bernd H. Strassner, II, Richard Liedtke, Jacob Jeremiah McDonald, Matthew Halligan
  • Patent number: 9912032
    Abstract: A waveguide assembly for propagating electromagnetic signals along a defined path includes a conductive waveguide and a dielectric waveguide. The conductive waveguide includes two side walls that extend parallel to each other between first and second ends of the conductive waveguide. A channel is defined between the two side walls. The dielectric waveguide includes a cladding formed of a first dielectric material. The cladding defines a core region therethrough that is filled with a second dielectric material different than the first dielectric material. A mating end of the dielectric waveguide is received in the channel at the first end of the conductive waveguide to electromagnetically connect the dielectric waveguide to the conductive waveguide. A remainder of the dielectric waveguide is exterior of the conductive waveguide and extends away from the conductive waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignees: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION, TYCO ELECTRONICS (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chad William Morgan, Liang Huang
  • Patent number: 9905425
    Abstract: Systems and methods of engineering the optical properties of an optical Integrated Computational Element device using ion implantation during fabrication are provided. A system as disclosed herein includes a chamber, a material source contained within the chamber, an ion source configured to provide a high-energy ion beam, a substrate holder to support a multilayer stack of materials that form the Integrated Computational Element device, a measurement system, and a computational unit. The material source provides a material layer to the multilayer stack, and at least a portion of the ion beam is deposited in the material layer according to an optical value provided by the measurement system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: James M. Price, Aditya B. Nayak, David L. Perkins
  • Patent number: 9871283
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a transmission medium that includes a dielectric core comprising a plurality of rigid dielectric members configured to propagate guided electromagnetic waves. A dielectric cladding is disposed on at least a portion of an outer surface of the first dielectric core. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, LP
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, William Scott Taylor, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9871558
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a transmission device that includes a transmitter that generates a first electromagnetic wave to convey data, the first electromagnetic wave having at least one carrier frequency and corresponding wavelength. A coupler couples the first electromagnetic wave to a transmission medium having at least one inner portion surrounded by a dielectric material, the dielectric material having an outer surface and a corresponding circumference, wherein the coupling of the first electromagnetic wave to the transmission medium forms a second electromagnetic wave that is guided to propagate along the outer surface of the dielectric material via at least one guided-wave mode that can include an asymmetric mode, wherein the at least one carrier frequency is within a microwave or millimeter-wave frequency band and wherein the at least one corresponding wavelength is less than the circumference of the transmission medium. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9865935
    Abstract: A Printed Circuit Board (PCB) comprising various integral components and method of manufacture are provided. The PCB includes a Substrate Integrated Waveguide (SIW), integrated waveguide antennas disposed above the SIW, apertures formed in SIW for coupling with the waveguide antennas, a transmission line routed above the SIW and using the SIW as a ground plane thereof, and further antennas, integrated into the PCB and disposed above and coupled to the transmission line. The SIW and the transmission line may be branched structures for feeding corresponding arrays of waveguide antennas and further antennas. Coplanar waveguides may also be integrated into the PCB and coupled to the SIW and the transmission line via integral impedance matching structures. PCB feature re-use and component interleaving may provide for a desirable and manufacturable PCB structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Vahid Miraftab, Wenyao Zhai, Morris Repeta
  • Patent number: 9793603
    Abstract: A first module and a second module are formed on a complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) chip substrate. The first module is to serialize and de-serialize a data signal. The second module is to up-convert and down-convert the data signal to and from the first module. An antenna is coupled to the second module and integrated onto the CMOS chip substrate. The antenna is coupleable to a hollow metal waveguide (HMWG). The first and second modules are arranged for proximity to the antenna to avoid substantially degrading the data signal at millimeter wave frequencies in migrating the data signal between the first module and the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventor: John Yan
  • Patent number: 9761950
    Abstract: A digital system has a dielectric core waveguide that has a longitudinal dielectric core member. The core member has a body portion and may have a cladding surrounding the dielectric core member. A radiated radio frequency (RF) signal may be received on a first portion of a radiating structure embedded in the end of a dielectric waveguide (DWG). Simultaneously, a derivative RF signal may be launched into the DWG from a second portion of the radiating structure embedded in the DWG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Benjamin S. Cook, Juan Alejandro Herbsommer
  • Patent number: 9705174
    Abstract: A digital system has a dielectric core waveguide that is formed within a multilayer substrate. The dielectric waveguide has a longitudinal dielectric core member formed in the core layer having two adjacent longitudinal sides each separated from the core layer by a corresponding slot portion formed in the core layer The dielectric core member has the first dielectric constant value. A cladding surrounds the dielectric core member formed by a top layer and the bottom layer infilling the slot portions of the core layer. The cladding has a dielectric constant value that is lower than the first dielectric constant value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Robert Floyd Payne, Gerd Schuppener, Juan Alejandro Herbsommer
  • Patent number: 9696490
    Abstract: A digital system has a dielectric core waveguide that has a longitudinal dielectric core member. The core member has a body portion and a transition region, with a cladding surrounding the dielectric core member. The body portion of the core member has a first dielectric constant. The transition region of the core member has a graduated dielectric constant value that gradually changes from the first dielectric constant value adjacent the body portion to a third dielectric constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Juan Alejandro Herbsommer, Benjamin S. Cook