With Ice Clearer Or Preventer Patents (Class 343/704)
  • Patent number: 11050145
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a heatable radome, a flexible printed circuit board having a metallic structure being used. Said flexible printed circuit board is embossed and is back-molded with a thermoplastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: HELLA GMBH & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Wolfgang Nicke, Frank Pakebusch
  • Patent number: 11024941
    Abstract: A window glass for a vehicle includes a glass plate; a dielectric having a first surface on a side facing the glass plate, and a second surface; a first electrode arranged between the glass plate and the first surface; a second electrode arranged on the second surface side such that the dielectric is interposed between the first and second electrodes; and an antenna element arranged between the glass plate and the first surface, and connected to the first electrode, the antenna element receiving at least an electromagnetic wave in a frequency band of AM broadcasting, and a coupling capacitance between the first and second electrodes satisfying a condition determined by an antenna capacitance of the antenna element, an input capacitance of an amplifier connected to the second electrode, a voltage value output from the second electrode, and a reception voltage value of the antenna element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: AGC INC.
    Inventor: Toshifumi Funatsu
  • Patent number: 11005172
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a radome, a flexible printed circuit board having a metallic structure being used. Said flexible printed circuit board is embossed and is back-molded with a thermoplastic material and electric contact elements are connected to the flexible printed circuit board. A connector skirt is placed on the contact elements prior to back-molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: HELLA GMBH & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Wolfgang Nicke, Thomas Rost, Roland Schwarz, David Allouis
  • Patent number: 10985438
    Abstract: A vehicle window glass according to the present invention includes a glass plate having a defogger region and an antenna region, a defogger disposed in the defogger region and having a plurality of horizontal heating wires, and an antenna including at least an FM antenna and disposed in the antenna region, the FM antenna including a first power supply part disposed on the glass plate, and an FM antenna body having a first horizontal part, a second horizontal part closer to the defogger than is the first horizontal part and at least one vertical part linking both the horizontal parts, and connected to the first power supply part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON SHEET GLASS COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Hiromasa Morishita
  • Patent number: 10985756
    Abstract: The present application generally relates to antennas embedded in or on glass structures. More specifically, the application teaches a wideband conformal antenna employing thin film constructions facilitating attachment to external automotive surfaces with capacitive feedback and integrated lighting to enable a conformal activation switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Oakes, Timothy J. Talty, Andrew H. Leutheuser, Donald K. Grimm
  • Patent number: 10892541
    Abstract: A satellite antenna heating system, includes a satellite antenna reflector defining a reflector fluid chamber and that includes a reflector wall. The reflector wall includes a first surface that is located adjacent the reflector fluid chamber, and a second surface that is located opposite the reflector wall from the first surface and provides an outer surface of the satellite antenna reflector, wherein the reflector fluid chamber is configured to channel a fluid through at least a portion of the satellite antenna reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Todd W. Jones
  • Patent number: 10892555
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for reconfigurable antenna systems are provided herein. In certain configurations, an antenna system includes an antenna element, a tuning conductor adjacent to and spaced apart from the antenna element, and a switch electrically connected between the tuning conductor and a reference voltage, such as ground. The tuning conductor is operable to load the antenna element, and the switch selectively connects the tuning conductor to the reference voltage to provide tuning to the antenna element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: René Rodríguez
  • Patent number: 10802370
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle optical view-shielding structure including: an optical view-shielding device that is capable of optically shielding a window when a vehicle is stationary, such that a vehicle interior is rendered difficult to see from outside the vehicle; an external detection device that detects an approaching object approaching the vehicle; and a notification device that issues a notification inside the vehicle notifying that the approaching object has been detected by the external detection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Atsuko Kobayashi, Noritaka Toyama, Keiko Nagatomi, Keisuke Ito
  • Patent number: 10804592
    Abstract: To provide high sensitivity to high frequency band signals, it is provided an antenna to be arranged on a window glass of a vehicle, the antenna comprising: a planar conductor to be arranged on the window glass; a slot formed as a rectangular region obtained by removing a conductor from the planar conductor; a power feeding unit arranged on a first side of the slot; and an element extending from a core-side terminal of the power feeding unit to a second side of the slot opposite to the first side, the slot being disposed at a position offset from a center of the planar conductor in a direction toward the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: CENTRAL GLASS COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Kanya Hirabayashi, Kazuhito Tonoe
  • Patent number: 10766624
    Abstract: Systems and methods for breaking a material are provided. In one embodiment, a system for breaking a material comprises a device configured to generate a force or torque on a material. The system further comprises at least one controller coupled to the device. The controller is configured to select at least one degree of freedom and an initial direction to apply the force or torque with the device. The controller is further configured to oscillate the force or torque at a first series of frequencies while applying the force or torque in the initial direction with the device by providing commands to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: William Pratt Mounfield, Jr., Paul John Pappafotis
  • Patent number: 10720962
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, a system that guides electromagnetic waves that propagate along a transmission medium without requiring an electrical return path, and at least reduces radiation on an outer surface of a structure reducing a flow of an electrical current from an inner surface of the structure to the outer surface of the structure. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Thomas M. Willis, III, Giovanni Vannucci
  • Patent number: 10651536
    Abstract: A vehicle window glass includes a glass including a transparent area and a shading area around the transparent area; a defogger including wires placed at equal first intervals extended in a direction, and a defogger element connected to the wires; and a glass antenna including a power feeding point in the shading area, and a first element connected to the power feeding point. The defogger element includes a first part in the transparent area and extended in the direction, and a second part in the shading area and connected to the first part. The first element includes a third part in the transparent area extended in the direction, and a fourth part in the shading area and connected to the third part and the power feeding point. A part of the second part and a part of the fourth part are placed to have a narrower interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: AGC INC.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Nakano
  • Patent number: 10651537
    Abstract: A glass antenna placed in a window glass for a vehicle includes a second antenna that includes a second power feeding point, and a second element connected to the second power feeding point; a third antenna that includes a third power feeding point, and a third element connected to a third power feeding point; and a no-power-fed element that includes a first overlapping part placed in parallel with at least a part of the second element, separated by a third interval, and a second overlapping part placed in parallel with at least a part of the third element, separated by a fourth interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: AGC INC.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Nakano
  • Patent number: 10637124
    Abstract: The present invention provides a window glass near which an electronic device is disposed, the window glass including a glass plate, an antenna disposed on the glass plate, an electronic device that is disposed near the glass plate, and at least one linear canceller that is disposed on the glass plate and is configured to inhibit noise produced from the electronic device from being received by the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: NIPPON SHEET GLASS COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Hideshi Nagata, Takahiro Asai, Ryuichi Tashiro, Hiromasa Morishita
  • Patent number: 10573962
    Abstract: A glass antenna placed in a window glass for a vehicle includes a first antenna that includes a first power feeding point, and a first element connected to the first power feeding point; a second antenna that includes a second power feeding point placed next to the first power feeding point, and a second element connected to the second power feeding point; and a third antenna that includes a third power feeding point placed next to the second power feeding point, and a third element connected to the third power feeding point and having a longest path longer than respective longest paths of the first element and the second element, and wherein at least a part of the third element is placed between the first element and the second element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: AGC INC.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Nakano, Takeshi Murofushi
  • Patent number: 10490877
    Abstract: A thin film, flexible antenna that has particular application to be adhered to vehicle glass, where the antenna is operable to receive right-hand or left-hand circularly polarized signals from, for example, GPS and SDARS satellites. The antenna is a printed planar antenna formed to the substrate and includes a ground plane having an outer perimeter portion defining a slot therein and having a plurality of sides. A T-line tuning stub extends from one of the sides into the slot, a curved spur-line tuning stub extends from a corner where two sides of the perimeter portion meet and extends into the slot, and a radiating element electrically isolated from the perimeter portion extends into the slot. The perimeter portion is operable to generate circularly polarized signals to be received by the radiating element where the tuning stubs provide phase tuning of the circularly polarized signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Timothy J. Talty, Keerti S. Kona, Amit M. Patel, Hyok Jae Song, James H. Schaffner, Duane S. Carper, Eray Yasan
  • Patent number: 10431901
    Abstract: A surface scattering antenna with a tightly-coupled or tightly-connected array of radiators provides an adjustable antenna with broadband instantaneous bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund, LLC
    Inventors: Eric J. Black, Brian Mark Deutsch, Alexander Remley Katko, Melroy Machado, Jay Howard McCandless, Yaroslav A. Urzhumov
  • Patent number: 10411363
    Abstract: Foldable dipole array antennas are disclosed. A disclosed example apparatus includes a helical communication line of a dipole array antenna, and hinges spaced along the helical communication line. The apparatus also includes dipole branches operatively coupled to the helical communication line, where the dipole branches are to be moved, at the hinges, between deployed and un-deployed states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: William J. Ceely, Tom M. Hikido, John E. Baldauf, Miguel A. Estevez
  • Patent number: 10389016
    Abstract: A communication system for a vehicle includes a control operable to communicate with a device remote from the vehicle, and an antenna disposed at an exterior portion of the vehicle. The control at least one of (i) wirelessly transmits signals via the antenna to a remote receiver and (ii) receives signals via the antenna wirelessly transmitted by a remote transmitter. A heater element is disposed at or near the antenna. The heater element is electrically connected to a power source of the vehicle and is energizable by the power source to generate heat to melt snow or ice at or near the antenna. The heater element may include a graphene trace disposed at a panel or housing at or near the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Van Dan Elzen, Hasib Hassan
  • Patent number: 10374283
    Abstract: A coil for an antenna includes a ferrite core; and a winding conductor configured to have a conducting wire wound around the ferrite core as a core bar. The winding conductor includes an inner winding positioned inside when viewed from a plane perpendicular to the core bar, and an outer winding positioned outside of the inner winding. A length of the outer winding when viewed from a plane parallel to the core bar is different from a length of the inner winding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: AGC INC.
    Inventor: Fumitaka Terashima
  • Patent number: 10211509
    Abstract: A vehicle window glass includes a glass plate; a dielectric body; a conductive body arranged between the glass plate and the dielectric body; and an antenna. The conductive body includes a concave portion is provided. The concave portion is interposed between a first vertical edge side and a second vertical edge side extending downward from an upper outer edge of the conductive body. The antenna includes a feeding portion and an antenna element. A part of the feeding portion and a part of the antenna element are located in a region of at least one of a region interposed between a first extension line and a second extension line extended upward from the first vertical edge side and the second vertical edge side, and of the concave portion. The feeding portion is arranged closer to the first vertical edge side than a lower end of the concave portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: AGC INC.
    Inventor: Osamu Kagaya
  • Patent number: 10158162
    Abstract: An automotive glass antenna includes (a) a defogger having first and second bus bars; (b) a first L-shape auxiliary element connected to a lower end of the first bus bar; (c) a second L-shape auxiliary element connected to an upper end of the second bus bar; (d) a feed point provided at a position near an upper portion of the first bus bar or a lower portion of the second bus bar; and (e) a main element that includes a main vertical element extending along an outside of the first or second bus bar to achieve a capacitive coupling therewith and a main horizontal element extending from the feed point in a substantially horizontal direction. This antenna is capable of receiving FM radio broadcast waves with high gain, even if it is installed in a limited blank space around the defogger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Central Glass Company, Limited
    Inventors: Hisashi Kobayashi, Takayuki Suzuki, Akifumi Kitamura
  • Patent number: 10084226
    Abstract: A heated satellite dish for reducing snow and ice accumulation on a satellite dish is disclosed. The heated satellite dish includes a heating system which may include a front pad attached to a flexible rear pad, the heating system disposed between the flexible front pad and the flexible rear pad, and a securing system comprising magnets. The satellite dish heater conforms to a rear surface of a satellite dish and the magnets selectively and detachably secure the satellite dish heater against the rear surface of the satellite dish. The heating system transfers heat to the rear surface of the satellite dish to reduce snow and ice accumulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventor: David Mellas
  • Patent number: 10074894
    Abstract: A transceiver antenna assembly for installation in a vehicle side-view mirror to enable communication with nearby vehicles, in which each transceiver antenna may have one or two antenna arrays implemented on a single printed circuit board, protected by an antenna housing used to mount the transceiver antenna inside the mirror assembly. Each antenna array in a dual-channel transceiver antenna may transmit and receive data over one of two DSRC channels. One channel may be used to transmit and receive vehicle data only and the other channel may be used to transmit and receive both vehicle data and audio/video (A/V) data. Each antenna array is connected to a radio in the vehicle that processes received signals and prepares signals for transmission. Such a transceiver antenna assembly, when mounted within the side view mirror assembly of a truck, may be especially useful for communication in truck platooning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Peloton Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Birnbaum, James T. O'Keeffe, Charles A. Price, Joshua P. Switkes
  • Patent number: 10027015
    Abstract: According to various embodiments of the present disclosure, an antenna device may include: a base substrate; a mesh grid formed by transparent electrodes on at least one surface of the base substrate; and a power feeding port connected to the mesh grid to provide a power feeding signal. At least a part of the mesh grid may form a radiation element with at least one of the power feeding signal indicative of direct feeding, and the power feeding signal indicative of coupled feeding indirectly. Since the radiation element may be configured by forming the mesh grid using a transparent conductive material, the antenna device may be easily concealed. Even if the antenna device is attached to, for example, a window glass of a vehicle or a window of a building, the antenna device may contribute to the removal of a shadow region while sufficiently securing the visibility of the glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoon-Geon Kim, Seung-Tae Ko, Sang-Ho Lim, Won-Bin Hong
  • Patent number: 9985333
    Abstract: There is provided a window glass for a vehicle, the window glass including a glass antenna for transmitting and receiving communication waves. The glass antenna includes a pair of electrodes that are a ground electrode and a power feeding electrode; a first antenna element connected to the power feeding electrode; a second antenna element connected to the power feeding electrode, the second antenna element extending downward; a third antenna element connected to the power feeding electrode, the third antenna element extending in a direction that differs from that of the second antenna element; a fourth antenna element, one end of the fourth antenna element being connected to an end portion of the third antenna element; and a fifth antenna element, one end of the fifth antenna element being connected to the end portion of the third antenna element and the one end of the fourth antenna element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: ASAHI GLASS COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Shoichi Takeuchi, Naoki Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9986601
    Abstract: To provide a vehicle window glass, in which heater wires and a conductor wire, such as an antenna, intersect, and a mounting structure for the window glass for a vehicle. The heater wires are not noticeable and have a good appearance. A window glass for a vehicle, comprising a glass main body, a plurality of heater wires formed to extend in a horizontal direction when mounted to a vehicle, and an antenna wire formed to intersect at least one of the heater wires, wherein the smallest line width “a” of the heater wires is at most 0.4 mm, and the largest line width “b” of the antenna wire is smaller than the line width “a” in a range of intersection of the antenna wire and the heater wires extending from one end of the antenna wire to the other end of the antenna wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Asahi Glass Company, Limited
    Inventor: Yuukou Minamiya
  • Patent number: 9960482
    Abstract: A window assembly for a vehicle includes a substrate that is substantially transparent and has a surface. A transparent layer is disposed on the surface and comprises a metal compound such that the transparent layer is electrically conductive. The transparent layer defines a first region and a second region that are spaced from one another by a section cut that is devoid of the transparent layer. The first and second regions are substantially congruent to one another and are configured to operate as diversity antenna elements. A feeding arrangement is coupled to the first and second regions to energize the first and second regions. At least one of the first and second regions defines a performance enhancing slit that is devoid of the transparent layer. The slit is configured to operate as at least one of an impedance matching element and a radiation pattern altering element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignees: AGC AUTOMOTIVE AMERICAS R&D, INC., AGC FLAT GRASS NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Ledion Shkembi
  • Patent number: 9761925
    Abstract: An antenna that includes a first element extending from a connection point, and has a curvature such that a first tip end of the first element extends in a direction toward the connection point. A second element is connected to the connection point, and has a second tip end that extends in a direction away from the connection point, the second tip being disposed within an outer periphery of the first element. A distance between a portion of the first element that is parallel to the second element is greater than ?gx/100, where ?gx represents an effective wavelength of a first anti-resonance frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Takahiro Sato, Tomihiro Omuro
  • Patent number: 9755299
    Abstract: A window assembly for a vehicle has a transparent layer including a metal compound such that the transparent layer as is electrically conductive. The transparent layer defines an area covering the window assembly. An outer region which is electrically non-conductive surrounds the area. The window assembly includes an antenna element including wire or transparent coating disposed within and surrounded by the outer region without extending into the transparent layer. The antenna element is electrically disconnected from the transparent layer such that the antenna element operates independent of the transparent layer. A feeding element is coupled to the antenna element for energizing the antenna element. The feeding element is electrically disconnected from the transparent layer such that the feeding element energizes the antenna element independent of the transparent layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignees: AGC AUTOMOTIVE AMERICAS R&D, INC., AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Ming Lee, Wladimiro Villarroel, Yasutaka Horiki, Kwan-ho Lee
  • Patent number: 9742486
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are described for operating an airborne satellite terminal in high temperature conditions. In one method, a satellite terminal is located within an enclosure beneath a radome on an exterior of an aircraft. The satellite terminal includes a transmit amplifier that may operate in different power modes, a temperature sensor thermally coupled with the transmit amplifier, and an antenna. A transmit signal is amplified using the transmit amplifier to generate an amplified signal, which signal may be transmitted through the radome using the antenna. The temperature of the transmit amplifier may be monitored with the temperature sensor while transmitting the amplified signal. Operation of the transmit amplifier may be switched from a normal power mode to a reduced power mode to reduce a power level of the amplified signal when the monitored temperature of the transmit amplifier exceeds a temperature threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: ViaSat, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric L. Cross
  • Patent number: 9553359
    Abstract: An antenna apparatus includes a glass plate that is fixed to a flange of a vehicle body at a window opening portion of the vehicle body; a dielectric material; a conductive film provided between the glass plate and the dielectric material; and a monopolar feeding portion provided on the dielectric material at a surface opposite to a glass plate side and at a position capable of being capacitively coupled to the conductive film, the antenna apparatus being configured such that a clearance between an end portion of the flange of the vehicle body and an outer edge of the conductive film functions as a slot antenna, the conductive film being provided with a notch having one end as an open end at the outer edge of the conductive film in the vicinity of the feeding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: ASAHI GLASS COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Osamu Kagaya
  • Patent number: 9543633
    Abstract: An antenna system having a dish, a heating element and a shaped plate. The dish has a concave shape on one side and a generally convex shape on the opposite side. The shaped plate has the heating element applied to a first side. The shaped plate has a second opposite side. The shaped plate is coupled to the opposite side of the dish. The shaped plate being formed from a flat plate having at least one slot cut therein, each slot having edges that are overlapped to thereby cause the flat plate to become the shaped plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: MSX, Incorporated
    Inventor: Thaddeus M. Jones
  • Patent number: 9520647
    Abstract: A vehicle mounted antenna device installed on a vehicle includes a circuit board, a main element portion, and an auxiliary element portion. The main element portion, which has a substantially planar shape, is disposed on substantially the same plane as the circuit board, functions also as a capacitive antenna designed for a first frequency band, and includes a bent pattern having an antenna capacity substantially equivalent to a solid pattern. The auxiliary element portion includes a distributed constant element portion that is connected in series between the main element portion and an amplifier circuit so as to complement shortage of an antenna length of the main element portion so that the antenna length of the main element portion is designed for a second frequency band. The distributed constant element portion is mounted on the circuit board and has an antenna capacity smaller than that of the main element portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: HARADA INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jun Ito
  • Patent number: 9434352
    Abstract: A vehicle glass assembly includes a glass pane of tempered glass, a frequency modulation (FM) antenna loop coupled to the glass pane and a first connector configured to provide a signal path to an FM radio tuner module. A second connector is coupled to the FM antenna loop to form an anti-theft loop in conjunction with the first connector. The first and second connectors are configured to provide signal paths to a security module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Paul W. Renius, David T. Renke
  • Patent number: 9417111
    Abstract: A sensor for a fill level measuring device for determining the fill level in a container by determining the delay time of high-frequency signals, comprising a main reflector having an edge region and an inner region, a sub reflector, which is connected to the edge region of the main reflector via a radome, an inner space, which is encompassed by the radome and the main reflector, and a hollow waveguide which is connected to the main reflector and has a front end, which is oriented toward the sub reflector for coupling electromagnetic waves in and/or out, wherein the radome and the sub reflector are embodied as integral or unitary in formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: VEGA GRIESHABER KG
    Inventor: Klaus Kienzle
  • Patent number: 9419337
    Abstract: A wireless communication device includes an antenna for receiving a receiving signal and including a radiator whose input impedance is inductively centralized, a tunable matching circuit coupled to the antenna for adjusting a matching of the antenna according to a control signal, and a radio-frequency processing circuit coupled to the tunable matching circuit, for determining whether to adjust the matching of the antenna according to a receiving band and a transmitting band corresponding to the receiving signal to generate the control signal to the tunable matching circuit, wherein the tunable matching circuit adjusts the matching of the antenna to optimize the matching of the antenna in the receiving band and the transmitting band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Wistron NeWeb Corporation
    Inventors: Huang-Tse Peng, Hsiang-Feng Hsieh, Wen-Tsan Chung
  • Patent number: 9366865
    Abstract: The invention discloses a wearable electronic device, comprising a fixing component, at least one display component fixedly provided on the fixing component and a signal transceiver component provided on the display component; when a user wears the wearable electronic device, the fixing component maintains a relative positional relationship between the wearable electronic device and the user's head; the display component includes a transparent module whose light transmittance is greater than a first light transmittance; the signal transceiver component is for receiving and transmitting a signal, is of a slice shape, and has a hollow geometric pattern constituted by two or more lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Liefeng Jin, Jin Liu, Jinqiang Lin
  • Patent number: 9368856
    Abstract: A window assembly for a display device with an antenna includes a cover window, an antenna pattern, an insulating layer, and an antenna pad. The cover window includes a receiving recess having a bottom surface with a concavo-convex shape. The antenna pattern is accommodated in the receiving recess to cover the bottom surface and the antenna pattern has a lower surface with a concavo-convex shape corresponding to the concavo-convex shape of the bottom surface. The insulating layer is accommodated in the receiving recess to cover the antenna pattern. The antenna pad is disposed on the insulating layer and electrically coupled to the antenna pattern. Thus, a volume of the antenna pattern is increased, and a radiation capability of the antenna may be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyun Jae Lee
  • Patent number: 9350071
    Abstract: Disclosed is a window-glass antenna for a vehicle in which a conductive film is formed on the vehicle window glass, the antenna being provided in a film-removed portion formed between an opening edge of flange and an end edge of the conductive film. The antenna includes a first feeding point provided on the film-removed portion and close to the end edge of the conductive film, a second feeding point provided on the flange and at a location near the first feeding point, and a first substantially-U-shaped element connected with the first feeding point. The first substantially-U-shaped element is provided in a manner that a conductive-film-side line is arranged adjacent to the end edge of the conductive film, a tip of the conductive-film-side line is connected with a substantially-orthogonal line, and another tip of the substantially-orthogonal line is connected with a flange-side line arranged adjacent to the flange opening edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Central Glass Company, Limited
    Inventors: Hisashi Kobayashi, Kanya Hirabayashi
  • Patent number: 9344201
    Abstract: Shielded extremely high frequency (EHF) connector assemblies are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, a first extremely high frequency (EHF) shielded connector assembly configured to be coupled with a second EHF shielded connector assembly. The first EHF connector assembly can include a first EHF communication unit operative to contactlessly communicate EHF signals with a second EHF communication unit included in the second EHF shielded connector assembly. The first connector can include a connector interface that includes a configuration to interface with a respective connector interface of the second EHF shield connector assembly, and several different material compositions that, in conjunction with the configuration, provide shielding to prevent or substantially reduce EHF signal leakage when the first EHF assembly connector is coupled to the second EHF assembly connector and the first EHF communication unit is contactlessly communicating EHF signals with the second EHF communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: KEYSSA, INC.
    Inventors: Gary D McCormack, Roger D. Isaac
  • Patent number: 9318022
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for detecting a parking space (20) by means of a parking assistance system (2) of a motor vehicle (1) while the motor vehicle (1) is travelling past the parking space (20). A first sensor (7) acquires a time sequence (26) of measured values (27), and a second sensor (12) likewise acquires a time sequence (31) of measured values (32) while the vehicle is travelling past. The parking space (20) is detected on the basis of the measured values (27, 32) of at least one of the sensors (7, 12). For the detection of the parking space (20), the measured values (27) of the first sensor (7) and the measured values (32) of the second sensor (12) are acquired redundantly, and the plausibility of the time sequence (26) of the measured values (27) of the first sensor (7) is checked on the basis of the measured values (32) of the second sensor (12). The invention also relates to a parking assistance system (2), as well as to a motor vehicle (1) with such a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: VALEO Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventor: Harald Barth
  • Patent number: 9279793
    Abstract: An antenna installation comprises a plurality of antenna assemblies (10) mounted in respective enclosures (12). The enclosures are interconnected by flow connections (14) allowing passage of dry air supplied from a dry air panel (16). Having passed through all the enclosures, the dry air exhausts through a dry air return (18). The dew point of the air in the dry air return is detected by a dew point sensor (22). An air flow sensor (24) is disposed downstream of the dew point sensor and signals alarm if the air flow falls below a preset threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS PLC
    Inventor: Stephen Charles Powell
  • Patent number: 9279821
    Abstract: A system for heating the sound-reflective mirror surface of a phased array monostatic sodar apparatus. The system has a heat source located at a position that is spaced from the mirror, a control system that controls the operation of the heat source, a working fluid that is heated by the heat source and used to transfer heat from the source to the mirror, and a delivery system that constrains the heated working fluid and delivers it from the heat source to the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: VAISALA, INC.
    Inventors: Niels LaWhite, Louis Manfredi, Michael Jobin, Walter L. Sass
  • Patent number: 9263778
    Abstract: An electric vehicle running control system is provided. The electric vehicle running control system comprises a heating circuit coupled with an in-vehicle battery and configured to heat the in-vehicle battery. The vehicle running control system further comprises a load capacitor and a first current storage element. The first current storage element may be coupled with the load capacitor and the heating circuit respectively configured to reduce interference between the heating circuit and the load capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignees: SHENZHEN BYD AUTO R&D COMPANY LIMITED, BYD COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Yaochuan Han, Wei Feng, Qinyao Yang, Xianyin Li
  • Patent number: 9214723
    Abstract: A waterproof part for a feedhorn includes a first waterproof unit having a first interface for generating a first reflected wave and a first transmitted wave when a satellite signal incidents the first interface, and a second waterproof unit covering on the first waterproof unit and having a second interface for generating a second reflected wave and a second transmitted wave when the first transmitted wave incidents the second interface, wherein the first and second reflected waves are substantially out-of-phase to substantially cancel the first and second reflected waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron NeWeb Corporation
    Inventors: I-Ching Lan, Chung-Min Lai, Tzong-Jyh Chen
  • Patent number: 9106313
    Abstract: In an impedance conversion circuit, since, in a low band, an absolute value of impedance of a primary side coil is smaller than an absolute value of impedance of a capacitor, a high-frequency signal in a low band propagates through a transformer. Thus, impedance matching of a high-frequency signal in a low band is performed by the transformer. Since, in a high band, the absolute value of the impedance of the capacitor is smaller than the absolute value of the impedance of the primary side coil, a high-frequency signal in a high band propagates through the capacitor. Thus, impedance matching of a high-frequency signal in a high band is performed in the capacitor. Accordingly, impedance matching between a high frequency circuit and an antenna element is performed in a wide frequency band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noriyuki Ueki, Noboru Kato
  • Patent number: 8907851
    Abstract: A handheld device and a planar antenna thereof are provided. The planar antenna comprises a radiator having a feeding point, a first short point and a second short point. The feeding point is coupled to a circuit board of the handheld device so that the handheld device transmits and receives a RF (radio frequency) signal through the radiator. The first short point is coupled to a ground of the circuit board so as to be grounded. A control element is disposed on the handheld device or the planar antenna in order to control the second short point to be selectively electrically coupled to the ground so that the planar antenna can operate at two different central frequencies. Furthermore, the planar antenna can operate at multiple central frequencies by changing a position of the second short point contacted to the radiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Yen-Liang Kuo, Chun-Wei Tseng, Wan-Ming Chen
  • Patent number: 8895899
    Abstract: The invention relates to glazing units provided with conducting wires. The glazing units according to the invention comprise enameled conducting wires applied by screen-printing. When subjected to a “zebra” test (DIN 52305), in which the conducting wires are oriented parallel to those of the image of the test and the glazing receives the incident light beam at an angle of 30° C. in relation to the normal to the glazing, the increase in distortion in relation to that of the glazing without conducting wires is at most 70% and preferably at most 50%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Philippe Marquet
  • Patent number: 8872710
    Abstract: A satellite dish heating system is installed on the rear side of a residential or commercial satellite dish to generate enough heat to keep the front face of a satellite dish reflector and the extension arm leading to the Lnbf warm enough to defrost the dish and arm during winter weather conditions including snow, ice, frost and ice fog, which interfere with satellite dish reception.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Blair Wallace