Housing Or Mounting Assemblies With Diverse Electrical Components Patents (Class 361/600)
  • Patent number: 8664909
    Abstract: A miniaturizable, low-cost highly reliable inverter unit. A control circuit section for controlling operating timing of high breakdown voltage semiconductor elements included in an inverter circuit section and first and second drive and abnormality detection circuit sections for outputting drive signals for driving the high breakdown voltage semiconductor elements according to the operating timing and for feeding back an abnormality of the inverter circuit section to the control circuit section are formed on an SOI substrate as one integrated circuit chip. On the integrated circuit chip, circuit formation areas which differ in reference potential are separated from one another by dielectrics. A plurality of level shifters for transmitting signals exchanged between circuit formation areas separated by the dielectrics are formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignees: Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Sharp Kabushiki-Kaisha
    Inventors: Hitoshi Sumida, Akinobu Teramoto, Ken-ichi Nonaka, Toshio Naka
  • Patent number: 8665045
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Lauder, Matthew D. Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Patent number: 8657031
    Abstract: The universal control module is designed for controlling the operation of a plurality of motors and/or configured for a plurality of different motor applications. In an example, the control module is configurable within a housing of a power tool. The control module includes a top cover, a bottom cover and a printed circuit board (PCB) with control components thereon. The control module includes a spacer configured between the top and bottom covers and attached to the PCB for providing tolerances for the control components during a soldering process to fixedly attach the control components to the PCB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: George Kononenko, Zollie W. Privett
  • Patent number: 8648851
    Abstract: An LCD device having improved reliability is disclosed. The LCD device includes an LCD panel comprising a plurality of gate lines and a plurality of data lines crossing the plurality of gate lines, a bottom cover disposed under the LCD panel, a top case encompassing an edge portion of an upper surface of the LCD panel and coupled to the bottom cover, a control PCB disposed on a lower surface of the bottom cover, a data driving PCB disposed at a side of the LCD panel and supplying a data signal to the plurality of data lines, a plurality of chip-on-films (COFs) connected the data driving PCB and the LCD panel, a plurality of flexible flat cables (FFCs) connected the data driving PCB and the control PCB, and a protection tape in which an adhesive material is coated on a surface other than areas corresponding to the FFCs and a plurality of grooves corresponding to the FFCs are formed at a side of the protection tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jung Hyun Lee
  • Patent number: 8646195
    Abstract: A front panel assembly includes a front panel, and an identification plate. The front panel defines two arc-shaped slots and a through hole. The through hole includes a positioning area, first and second extension areas extending from the positioning area along perpendicular directions, and a transition area between the first and second extension areas. The identification plate includes a main body with a logo marked on a front side, and two engagement tabs and a cam protruding from a back side of the identification plate. The engagement tabs slidably engage in the corresponding slots. The cam includes a rotation portion received in the positioning area of the through hole, and a locking portion extending from the rotation portion to move between the first extension area, the second extension area, and the transition area of the through hole, with the identification plate rotating relative to the front panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Li-Ren Fu, Zheng-Heng Sun
  • Patent number: 8648679
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Lauder, Matthew D. Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Patent number: 8624695
    Abstract: Accurate and reliable techniques for determining a current status of an accessory device in relation to an electronic device are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Cretella, Jr., Venu Madhav Duggineni, Michael Man-Cheung Eng, Ronald Keryuan Huang, Christopher Moore, Christopher T. Mullens
  • Patent number: 8625259
    Abstract: A display device includes a display panel, a base, and a support connected to the display panel and the base. The support includes a first rotating member fixed to the display panel, a second rotating member fixed to the base, a connecting shaft, and a rotating shaft. The connecting shaft is rotatably connected to the second rotating member and able to rotate about a first axis. The a rotating shaft rotatably connects the first rotating member to the connecting shaft, allowing the connecting shaft to rotate about a second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Kunshan Eson Precision Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yung-Sheng Huang
  • Patent number: 8614406
    Abstract: A system for heating a patio, the system comprising: a head unit comprising a heating unit configured for heating a patio; an offset assembly, wherein the offset assembly is coupled to the head unit; a mounting pole comprising a plurality of sections, the mounting pole being coupled to the offset assembly; and a base unit the base unit supporting the mounting pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Well Traveled Imports, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin L. Hall, Jr., Hampton H. Tanner
  • Patent number: 8599540
    Abstract: A structure for storing and cooling electronics comprising a frame support, an internal equipment chamber mounted to the frame support, wherein the internal equipment chamber comprises a tubelike structure defining openings in a front and a back of the internal equipment chamber, and wherein the internal equipment chamber is configured to support electronic equipment such that the weight of the electronic equipment is born by the frame support and not the internal equipment chamber, and a plurality of removable panels disposed around the frame such that a gap is formed between the exterior of the internal equipment chamber and the plurality of removable panels, wherein air may circulate in the gap between the internal equipment chamber and the plurality of removable panels to help regulate a temperature within the internal equipment chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Pedro A. Fernandez
  • Patent number: 8599539
    Abstract: Provided is a ceramic chip assembly configured to economically and reliably insulate an exposed portion of a metal lead wire from an environmental change. The ceramic chip assembly includes a ceramic base having electrical characteristics, a pair of external electrodes that are disposed on a pair of surfaces of the ceramic base, respectively, the surfaces of the ceramic base being opposed to each other, a pair of metal lead wires as single cores having first ends that are electrically and mechanically connected to the external electrodes, respectively, by an electrical conductive adhesive member, an insulation sealant sealing the ceramic base, the external electrodes, and the first ends of the metal lead wires to expose second ends of the metal lead wires, and an insulation polymer coating layer continuously formed on both the insulation sealant and portions of the metal lead wires exposed out of the insulation sealant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignees: Joinset Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sun-Ki Kim, Seong-Jin Lee, Ki-Han Park
  • Patent number: 8593329
    Abstract: The housing of a portable radar unit includes features for providing positioning of auxiliary handles between a first position and a second position, in which: the first position places the auxiliary handles in a position to act as handgrips in conjunction with integral handles and the second position places the auxiliary handles at an angle to the integral handles, so that the radar unit can be held with one hand and supported by a forearm of the same hand. Rotation of each auxiliary handle about a pivot moves the auxiliary handle between the first position and the second position; and a friction mechanism resists the rotation so that the auxiliary handle tends to stay in position until purposefully moved. The housing also includes internal space for housing a radar antenna, a reflector, and a mechanism for adjusting distance between the reflector and the antenna for tuning performance of the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Tialinx, Inc.
    Inventors: Farrokh Mohamadi, David Sharbaugh
  • Patent number: 8580109
    Abstract: A water filter system includes a filter unit having a body portion adapted to be rotatingly received into a filter head assembly. An engagement protrusion extends from the body portion and is adapted for reception in a complementary receiver in the filter head assembly. An electronic device is disposed on the filter unit having a memory storage unit. A laterally extending key member is disposed on the body portion between the first engagement surface and the second engagement surface. The laterally extending key member is adapted to reposition an interference member from an interference position, whereby the body portion can be fully inserted into the filter head assembly to a non-interference position, whereby the body portion can be fully inserted into the filter head assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher A. Kruckenberg, John W. Morrison, Peter J. Richmond, Jeffrey A. Spindler
  • Patent number: 8575479
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a transformer is provided for coupling between a utility connection and a plurality of power cells of a drive system. The transformer may be of a horizontal arrangement and include a housing and a core configured within the housing and having multiple columns each adapted along a horizontal axis. Each column corresponds to a phase, and each phase includes a coil having primary winding and multiple secondary windings concentrically adapted about the column horizontal axis to provide an air gap between adjacent ones of the primary and secondary windings. In addition, the transformer may include a baffler adapted about the core and configured within the housing to prevent air flow at a periphery of the coils and to direct air flow through the air gaps of the coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: TECO—Westinghouse Motor Company
    Inventors: Mehdi Abolhassani, Manzoor Hussain
  • Patent number: 8576031
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Lauder, Matthew D. Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Patent number: 8547772
    Abstract: A memory power supply circuit is used for providing power to a first memory module received in a first memory slot and a second memory module received in a second memory slot, and comprises a logic circuit and a switching power supply. The logic circuit comprises a first input terminal electrically connected to the first memory slot, a second input terminal electrically connected to the second memory slot, and a first signal terminal. The switching power supply comprises a first power terminal, a second power terminal, and a second signal terminal electrically connected to the first signal terminal. When the first memory slot and the second memory slot receive the first memory slot and the second memory module, the switching power supply turns on the first power terminal and the second power terminal; otherwise, the switching power supply turns off the first power terminal or the second power terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kang Wu
  • Patent number: 8536467
    Abstract: A circuit substrate for connection is used as a connecting member for electrically connecting a stator disposed inside a casing and a plurality of electric cables disposed outside the casing. A circuit substrate for connection is supported by a connecting member attachment. The connecting member attachment is molded using a circuit substrate for connection and a receptacle as inserts. Then, the circuit substrate for connection is disposed to pass through a wall portion of the casing in a thickness direction of the wall portion. The connecting member attachment is fixed onto the casing. Thus, the electric cables may be connected to the outside of the casing with a low-priced connecting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Sanyo Denki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshihito Miyashita, Hiroshi Hioki, Masakazu Chikyu
  • Patent number: 8531279
    Abstract: An accessory mounting system for a vehicle includes a bracket attached at a windshield of the vehicle. The accessory mounting system includes control circuitry housed in a housing, and the control circuitry is associated with an electronic device housed in the housing. The electronic device is selected from the group consisting of a microphone, a camera, an antenna, a loudspeaker, a rain sensor and an automatic toll booth transducer. The control circuitry is in communication with a vehicle bus system of the equipped vehicle. The bracket may include first structure and the housing may include second structure. The first structure and the second structure may be configured to enable the housing (i) to be attached to the bracket with the bracket attached at the vehicle windshield and (ii) to be detached from the bracket with the bracket attached at the vehicle windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Magna Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan E. DeLine, Niall R. Lynam, Ralph A. Spooner, Phillip A. March
  • Patent number: 8526801
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a line connector for media lines, consisting of a connector piece with at least one junction portion for junction connection to a media line or to an assembly and with a transitional portion contiguous to the junction portion and having a flow duct. In this case, at least in the region of the transitional portion, electrical heating means are provided in an arrangement at least partially surrounding the flow duct. Furthermore, the invention relates to a ready-made media line consisting of a pipeline with a heating conductor arranged on the circumference and with a heatable line connector fastened at least to one pipeline end of the media line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: VOSS Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Olav Borgmeier, Eduard Brück, Erb Ulrich, Reiner Gründel, Martin Lechner, Frank Peters, Sascha Rosenfeldt, Otfried Schwarzkopf, Ahmet Gündüz, Marco Isenburg
  • Publication number: 20130221292
    Abstract: A dielectric insulation medium including sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) and/or tetrafluoro methane (CF4), in a mixture with at least one further component being an at least partially fluorinated fluoroketone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventors: Mathias Ingold, Thomas Alfred Paul, Javier Mantilla, Oliver Cossalter, Judith Kessler, Navid Mahdizadeh
  • Patent number: 8520860
    Abstract: A system comprises an accessory, a mobile unit module, and a battery pack module. The accessory is worn one of on and near a portion of a body of a user. The mobile unit module removably couples to the accessory. The battery pack module removably couples to one of the mobile unit and the accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wulff, Daniella Strat, Mark Wheeler, Nicole D. Tricoukes, Mark Duron, David Bellows
  • Patent number: 8507875
    Abstract: A ultraviolet irradiation apparatus includes: an ultraviolet-irradiation water tank; a protection pipe provided in the ultraviolet-irradiation water tank; an ultraviolet lamp provided in the protection pipe to be lit up with high-frequency discharge at a frequency of 10 kHz to 10 MHz, inclusive; protection covers respectively provided on the two ends of the ultraviolet-irradiation water tank; an electronic ballast provided in one of the protection covers; and a feeder wire electrically connecting the ultraviolet lamp to the electronic ballast. Each of the ultraviolet-irradiation water tank and the protection covers is made of a conductive material with a specific conductivity and a relative magnetic permittivity whose product is equal to or larger than 1, and has a thickness at least three times as large as a skin depth at a frequency of a high-frequency current that flows through the ultraviolet lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Shinji Kobayashi, Norimitsu Abe, Akihiko Shirota, Naoto Yoshizawa, Takahiro Soma
  • Patent number: 8507107
    Abstract: An electronic device housing is provided. The electronic device housing includes a substrate, a first metallic coating formed on the substrate, and a second metallic coating formed on a portion of the first metallic coating. The first and second metallic coatings are formed by vacuum sputtering or vacuum vapor deposition. The first and second metallic coatings are all non-conductive. A method for making the electronic device housing is also described there.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Qi-Jian Du, Chwan-Hwa Chiang
  • Patent number: 8498099
    Abstract: A landscape controller housing can be used to enclose the electronic components of a landscape lighting system or an irrigation system includes a face pack that is pivotably and removably mounted in an outer housing. The face pack can be installed in the outer housing in a normal upright position in which a pair of pivot pins are each received in a corresponding bearing slot and a pair of locking pins are each received in a corresponding lock recess. The face pack can be swung through a predetermined angle to release the locking pins from the lock recesses to allow the face pack to be removed from the outer housing by sliding the pivot pins out of the bearing slots and removing the locking pins from the lock recesses. The face pack can be inserted into the outer housing into a substantially horizontal service position by sliding both the pivot pins and the locking pins into the bearing slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Darrin I. Schmuckle
  • Patent number: 8482236
    Abstract: This invention provides a motor control method which comprises the steps of operating a motor at a fanless operation mode when a ambient temperature is lower than a lower temperature, operating the motor at a silent operation mode when the ambient temperature is higher than the lower temperature and lower than a higher temperature, and operating the motor at a cooling operation mode when the ambient temperature is higher than the higher temperature. When the motor operates at the fanless operation mode, the rotation speed of the motor is zero rpm. When the motor operates at the silent operation mode, the motor operates at a constant rotation speed. When the ambient temperature is higher than the higher temperature, the rotation speed of the motor is a linear function of the temperature and varies between the higher temperature and a maximum temperature corresponding to the full rotation speed of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Sea Sonic Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsiu-Cheng Chang
  • Patent number: 8472166
    Abstract: A display panel includes a first end portion and a second end portion facing each other. A face panel is arranged above the front side of the display panel including a first extending portion and a second extending portion extending to the outside from the first and second end portions of the display panel. An adhesive element is provided on the display panel along its end portions to adhere the display panel to the face panel. A frame is arranged so as to being spaced apart from the display panel having a first supporting portion and a second supporting portion to support the first and second extending portions of the face panel. The first and the second extending portions of the face panel are sandwiched between the bezel and the first and second supporting portions of the frame so that the display panel does not contact with the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Japan Display Central Inc.
    Inventor: Jihei Kubo
  • Patent number: 8459832
    Abstract: In a light emitting device and system providing white light with various color temperatures are provided, a light emitting device includes a light emitting element (LED) that is operated by a driving bias and emits first light, and a phosphor layer including a phosphor that partially wavelength-converts first light and emits second light, thereby emitting white light using the first light and the second light, wherein the phosphor has a maximum conversion efficiency at a first level of the driving bias, and the LED has a maximum conversion efficiency at a second level of the driving bias, the first level being different from the first level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yu-Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 8456000
    Abstract: A three-dimensional semiconductor module and an electronic system including the same are provided. The semiconductor module includes a module substrate, a logic device formed on a part of the module substrate, and a plurality of memory devices formed on another part of the module substrate, wherein the plurality of memory devices are disposed perpendicular to the logic device, and the module substrate on which the plurality of memory devices are formed is supported by a supporter. The electronic system includes the semiconductor module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Stanzione & Kim, LLP
    Inventor: Joong-Hyun Baek
  • Patent number: 8456805
    Abstract: A support part serves is arranged in an instrument panel of a motor vehicle to hold a vehicle data display unit having an integrated navigation or radio unit. The support part has a single-piece frame composed of a magnesium pressure die cast material with a central holding frame for the unit and lateral holding frames for the air outlets. The support part is connected at one side to the instrument panel and another side to the cockpit cross member. Centering receptacles for the unit and further centering receptacles for the air outlets are arranged in the central holding frame and in the two lateral holding frames. Centering elements are arranged on the unit and on the air outlet correspondingly to the centering receptacles of the holding frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. H.C. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Michael Pandura, Martin Frank, Gerd Héckel
  • Patent number: 8450609
    Abstract: A signal interface includes a support structure having a pivotally supported cover and side wings. A latching mechanism is provided to secure the cover to the side wings in both stowed and deployed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Christopher Clifton, Dean L. Jones, Philip S. Mitchell, David Myers, James M. Pruett
  • Patent number: 8450863
    Abstract: A vibration dampened power generation aggregate including an internal combustion engine, generator and outlet box mounted upon a frame having vibration dampening mounts for the power generation aggregates. The outlet box as an interior space divided into compartments for the placement of accessories, switches and generator governors. The frame has a first side and a second side and the power generation aggregate is mounted on the frame such that the mass of the power generation aggregate is evenly distributed on the first and second sides to reduce harmonic vibration and sound transmission of the power generation aggregate on the frame during aggregate operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Farr, Todd Riemann, Kurt Snaza
  • Patent number: 8437134
    Abstract: A housing structure for a vehicle electronic control unit (“ECU”) includes an ECU case, a mounting bracket, and a seal ring. The ECU case is for housing a vehicle ECU and includes a ventilation opening. The mounting bracket connects with the ECU case and is configured to connect with an associated vehicle frame for mounting the ECU case to the associated vehicle frame. The seal ring surrounds the ventilation opening and seals against both the ECU case and the mounting bracket. A method for mounting an electronic control unit (“ECU”) case to a vehicle frame is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Fred H. Sarginger
  • Patent number: 8434369
    Abstract: A preloaded pressure sensor module (PPSM) is disclosed, where the PPSM outputs a linear Conductivity Response versus Pressure Force input. The PPSM has a convex or concave profile which is prepared by pressing a flat pressure sensor device onto to a convex or concave base respectively so that the pressure sensitive layer inside the sensor module is bent and displays a preloaded effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Universal Cement Corporation
    Inventors: Chih-Sheng Hou, Yann-Cherng Chern
  • Patent number: 8427814
    Abstract: A mobile power distribution system for use in field operations requiring primary and secondary power sources wherein at least one of the power sources is a generator. The system includes primary and secondary power connections, an automatic transfer switch, a transformer, and a plurality of high and low voltage outlets. The entire system is mounted on a trailer or skid platform and fits within a standard 20-foot ISO container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Gonce
  • Patent number: 8427390
    Abstract: A space-dividing apparatus for a single-leaf section, a divider etc. A division plate section constitutes a single-leaf screen device and divides a space. On a front surface of the division plate section, nine TV receiving sets are arranged in a matrix shape and an attachable/detachable manner. On a back surface of the division plate section, nine image pickup elements are mounted to, for example, positions that correspond to the TV receiving sets respectively, when each are detached. An imaging direction of each of the image pickup elements can be automatically aligned with a line of sight of the user based on a position of the user (position of a remote controller). An image due to a video signal obtained by each of the image pickup elements can be displayed on the TV receiving sets, thereby permitting the user to observe the other side of the division plate section easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsujiro Kondo, Yasushi Tatehira, Tsuyoshi Tanaka, Kazutaka Uchida, Naohide Yamada, Yoshinori Watanabe, Shinsuke Araya
  • Publication number: 20130094124
    Abstract: A combiner box includes a combiner module and an electrical connector unit disposed in a casing. The combiner module includes an insulating board, and plural first and second input electrodes disposed on opposite surfaces of the insulating board along a first direction and corresponding respectively to plural first and second input sockets of the casing. The second input sockets are disposed below and alternatingly arranged with the first input sockets along the first direction. The electrical connector unit includes plural first and second input terminals disposed in the first and second input sockets and electrically connected to the first and second input electrodes, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: Chi-Jen Yang
  • Patent number: 8421725
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a flat display device and a manufacture method thereof. The flat display device includes a flat display module, a front cover, an auxiliary support, a back cover set, and a circuit board. The back cover set includes a sub-cover and a main back cover, wherein the circuit board is disposed on the inner surface of the sub-cover. The front cover has a display opening for an active area of the flat display module to be exposed outside the display opening and present images through the display opening. The main back cover includes a opening for part of the sub-cover to pass through and be exposed outside the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: AU Optronics Corporation
    Inventors: Tai-Cheng Chen, Seng-Chieh Chen, Chih-Kang Wu
  • Patent number: 8415570
    Abstract: A very small form factor consumer electronic product includes at least a single piece housing having an integral front and side walls that cooperate to form a cavity in cooperation with a front opening where an edge of the side walls define a rear opening and at least some of the edges have flanges. The consumer electronic product also includes an user input assembly having a size and shape in accordance with the front opening and a clip assembly having a size and shape in accordance with the rear opening and having an external user actionable clip, a plurality of internal hooking features, and a plurality of internal latching features. The clip assembly is secured by engaging at least some of the hooking features and the flanges on the edges of the housing and engaging the latching features and corresponding attachment features on the internal support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Teodor Dabov, Kyle Yeates, Anthony Montevirgen, Eric S. Jol
  • Patent number: 8410359
    Abstract: A box for connecting a solar panel to a cable has a generally planar flat base securable to a solar panel, forming a transversely open cavity for connection of elements of the solar panel with the cable, and formed with a laterally open aperture. A flat cover fittable transversely with the base to close the cavity is formed with an aperture forming with the aperture of the base when the cover is fitted to the base a hole that opens generally parallel to the base into the cavity and that is snugly fittable around the cable. A clip fixed on the base adjacent the aperture forms a mouth fittable around the cable extending through the hole and open generally parallel to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Lumberg Connect GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Richter
  • Patent number: 8411462
    Abstract: A noise reduction apparatus of a mobile terminal improves reception sensitivity by creating a electrical closed loop. The mobile terminal has a main circuit board and a slide hinge. The mobile terminal also includes a flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) that includes a first end coupled to the main circuit board and a second end fixed and coupled to a portion of an upper surface of the slide hinge. A noise reduction apparatus is installed between the main circuit board and the slide hinge to form an electronic closed loop that includes the main circuit board, the FPCB, the slide hinge, and the noise reduction apparatus. Noise is reduced by inducing noise abandoned to a slide hinge through a FPCB to an electrical close loop formed by the noise reduction apparatus, thereby improving reception sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seok Min Jang, Jae Young Jang
  • Patent number: 8405343
    Abstract: A miniaturizable, low-cost highly reliable inverter unit. A control circuit section for controlling operating timing of high breakdown voltage semiconductor elements included in an inverter circuit section and first and second drive and abnormality detection circuit sections for outputting drive signals for driving the high breakdown voltage semiconductor elements according to the operating timing and for feeding back an abnormality of the inverter circuit section to the control circuit section are formed on an SOI substrate as one integrated circuit chip. On the integrated circuit chip, circuit formation areas which differ in reference potential are separated from one another by dielectrics. A plurality of level shifters for transmitting signals exchanged between circuit formation areas separated by the dielectrics are formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignees: Fuji Electric Systems Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Sharp Kabushiki-Kaisha
    Inventors: Hitoshi Sumida, Akinobu Teramoto, Ken-ichi Nonaka, Toshio Naka
  • Patent number: 8395587
    Abstract: A user input for an electronic device includes a haptic feedback layer (100) and a touch sensitive user interface (200). The haptic feedback layer (100) provides a tactile response to a user when the user actuates a user actuation target (301) on the touch sensitive user interface (200) to simulate a popple-style button. The haptic feedback layer (100) includes a chassis (101) and a plurality of oppositely facing, interlaced cantilever beams (105,106) emanating therefrom, further separated by a support beam (113), and spanning at least a portion of the haptic feedback layer (100). One or more piezoelectric actuators (119) are coupled to the cantilever beams and are responsive to a controller (201). When the controller detects user actuation of the touch sensitive user interface (200), the controller (201) causes at least one of the piezoelectric actuators to actuate in accordance with an actuation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Cauwels, Rachid Alameh, Thomas Gitzinger
  • Patent number: 8395465
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Lauder, Matthew D. Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Patent number: 8390411
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Lauder, Matthew D. Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Patent number: 8390412
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Lauder, Matthew D. Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Patent number: 8390413
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Lauder, Matthew D. Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Al, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Patent number: 8379231
    Abstract: A display apparatus that has a display screen visible from a back face or a side face of an image forming apparatus is disposed on at least one side face of an image forming apparatus case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Nakai, Satoshi Machino, Kenzoh Yoshida, Hiroyuki Sawai, Osamu Ueda
  • Publication number: 20130033797
    Abstract: An animal deterrent device (ADD) includes a non-yielding base containing an array of animal deterring elements extending outwardly away therefrom. The base of the ADD is configured for deployment on at least one external surface of a transducer associated with a electrical charging system (ECS) used to electrically charge an energy storage device (ESD) on a vehicle. An array of animal deterring elements are respectively spaced apart a sufficient distance one-to-another and have respective heights so as to fill a space so that animals, such as a dog or a cat, are discouraged from residing on, or adjacent to at least one external surface of the transducer when the transducer that includes the ADD is disposed within a ground clearance of the vehicle. A method of using the ADD is also presented that includes a step of the ADD being formed in a mold in a single molding operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Hickox
  • Patent number: 8367237
    Abstract: An electronic device comprises a housing, a battery retainer arranged in the housing, a battery, a movable member and at least one resilient member. The battery retainer defines a battery cavity and a spring tab. The battery retained in the battery cavity defines a recessed portion and a protrusion protruding from the bottom of the recessed portion. The recessed portion defines a plurality of sloped surfaces and vertical walls surrounding the protrusion. The protrusion defines a side wall. The movable member comprises a first end rotatably connected to the battery retainer and a second end connecting the sloped surfaces. After the battery is pushed into the battery cavity, one of the sloped surfaces engages the second end of the movable member to move until the second end disengages from the side wall of the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: De-Hua Liu, Jian-Hui Dai, Meng-Hua He, Yu-Tao Chen, Te-Sheng Jan
  • Patent number: 8363386
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a main body and an interface shielding cover. A recess is defined in the main body by a vertical wall and a bottom. Two openings are defined in the rear cover between the vertical wall and the bottom wall, two stop walls adjacent to the openings include a first engaging side and a second engaging side. The interface shielding cover includes a pair of elastic arms rotatably connected to the rear cover. Each elastic arm includes a first protrusion and a second protrusion distinctly oriented from the first protrusion. The interface shielding cover is rotatable relative to the rear cover between a closed position where the first protrusion abuts against the first engaging side to retain the cover in the closed position, and an open position where the second protrusion abuts against the second engaging side to retain the cover in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chuang-Lao Cheng, Feng Dai, Shou-Ji Liu, Te-Sheng Jan, Yu-Tao Chen, Chun-Che Yen