With Alignment Device Patents (Class 385/52)
  • Patent number: 10268006
    Abstract: An optical interconnect structure includes a lens array and a waveguide substrate. The lens array has a dummy lens. The waveguide substrate has a dummy core, a dummy mirror corresponding to the dummy core, and an inspection opening for injecting inspection light into the dummy core to reach the dummy mirror. In the optical interconnect structure, the lens array is mounted on the waveguide substrate such that the dummy lens of the lens array is positioned on the dummy mirror by monitoring inspection light from the inspection opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Hsiang Han Hsu
  • Patent number: 10177494
    Abstract: A pluggable transceiver module is provided. The pluggable transceiver module is adapted to be inserted to a cage. The pluggable transceiver module includes a housing, a cover, a latch, an elastic element, and a bail bar. The latch is sandwiched between the cover and the housing. The latch includes a fastening portion. The elastic element is disposed on the housing and abuts the latch. The bail bar abuts the latch. The bail bar is rotated between a first bar position and a second bar position. When the bail bar is in the first bar position, the fastening portion is affixed to the cage. When the bail bar is rotated from the first bar position to the second bar position, the latch is moved in an oblique direction, and the fastening portion is separated from the cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Chen-Mao Lu, Chieh-Tse Huang, Yuan-Chen Hsu
  • Patent number: 9995890
    Abstract: Thermal management of a locker etalon in a transmitter optical subassembly (TOSA). In one example embodiment, a TOSA includes a case, a laser positioned within the case and electro-thermally connected to the case, a locker etalon positioned in the case and thermally connected to the case, and a thermoelectric cooler (TEC) positioned within the case and in thermal contact with both the laser and the locker etalon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventors: Saeid Azemati, Farhang Sakhitab, Jamie Lars Silva
  • Patent number: 9971110
    Abstract: An optical interconnect structure includes a lens array and a waveguide substrate. The lens array has a dummy lens. The waveguide substrate has a dummy core, a dummy mirror corresponding to the dummy core, and an inspection opening for injecting inspection light into the dummy core to reach the dummy mirror. In the optical interconnect structure, the lens array is mounted on the waveguide substrate such that the dummy lens of the lens array is positioned on the dummy mirror by monitoring inspection light from the inspection opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Hsiang Han Hsu
  • Patent number: 9971111
    Abstract: An optical interconnect structure includes a lens array and a waveguide substrate. The lens array has a dummy lens. The waveguide substrate has a dummy core, a dummy mirror corresponding to the dummy core, and an inspection opening for injecting inspection light into the dummy core to reach the dummy mirror. In the optical interconnect structure, the lens array is mounted on the waveguide substrate such that the dummy lens of the lens array is positioned on the dummy mirror by monitoring inspection light from the inspection opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Hsiang Han Hsu
  • Patent number: 9939598
    Abstract: An fiber-optic connector assembly includes a fiber optic ferrule and a connector, which engage an optical transceiver component. The fiber optic ferrule engages a mating plane of a lens array in the optical transceiver component and floats within the connector. The engagement of the assembly and the optical transceiver component may be removable rather than fixed. The fiber optic ferrule also engages a mechanical interface to account for three degrees of freedom, while the engagement of the mating surfaces account for another three degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: US Conec, Ltd.
    Inventors: Daniel D. Kurtz, Darrell R. Childers, Michael E. Hughes
  • Patent number: 9933253
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for positioning a light-shaping member, for example a reflector (1), relative to at least one light source (2), comprising the following steps: a) fitting the at least one light source (2) on a carrier plate (3); b) measuring the position of the at least one light source (2) on the carrier plate (3); c) fitting one or preferably more reference positions (4) on the carrier plate (3), wherein the position of the at least one reference position (4) is dependent on the position of the at least one light source (2); d) referencing, i.e. aligning, the light-shaping member to/with the reference position(s) (4) on the carrier plate (3); and e) securing the light-shaping member on the carrier plate (3) or in relation to the carrier plate (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: ZKW GROUP GMBH
    Inventor: Daniel Petsch
  • Patent number: 9864152
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an optical assembly that comprises a coupler and a connecting structure. The coupler comprises first optical waveguides, a male alignment feature and optical connection means. The first optical waveguides extend parallel from a first end to a second end and form a planar end portion at the level of the second end. The male alignment feature, to which said planar end portion is secured, protrudes transversally to an average plane of the planar end portion, at the level of said planar end portion. The optical connection means are arranged at the level of said first end. The connecting structure comprises second optical waveguides that extend parallel to said plane and a female alignment feature, which is configured to receive said male alignment feature, and extends transversally to said plane at the level of the planar end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: Antonio La Porta, Gerd Schlottig
  • Patent number: 9824786
    Abstract: An energy sensor is provided including a collimator comprising a plurality of sensor apertures aligned in a plurality of directions configured to allow passage of an energetic particle or photon in a specific direction for respective apertures of the plurality of sensor apertures and at least one energy detector configured to measure the energetic particle or photon including a plurality of detector segments. Respective detector segments of the plurality of detector segments are aligned with the respective sensor apertures and a detector segment which measures the energetic particle or photon is indicative of a directionality of the energetic particle or photon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Thomas S. Sotirelis, G. Bruce Andrews
  • Patent number: 9825413
    Abstract: A signal cable for transmitting the signal between a transmitter (5) and a receiver (6), wherein the first plug (1) is intended for connection to the signal transmitter (5), and the second plug (2) is intended for connection to the signal receiver (6), and is electrically connected by a connecting portion, wherein the connecting portion includes a graphene layer (4) disposed on a polymer layer, which graphene layer (4) provides an electrical connection between the first plug (1) and the second plug (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Piotr Nawrocki
  • Patent number: 9784925
    Abstract: An MPO connector includes a pin configuration with an elongated shaft extending along an axis A. A first portion proximate a first end of the shaft includes a tool surface feature for engagement by a tool to impart a rotation to the shaft. A second portion proximate a second end of the shaft is cylindrical and centered on an axis B, offset relative to the axis A. A method of minimizing insertion loss between mating channels of mated MPO connectors includes inserting light into a channel of a first MPO connector, then measuring an intensity of light output from a channel of a second MPO, mated to the first MPO connector. A pin associated with one of the mated MPO connectors is rotated to a point where the measured light output from the channel of the second MPO connector is approximately maximized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina
    Inventors: Brian K. Bushnell, Earl R. Parsons
  • Patent number: 9720192
    Abstract: An interface for transmitting a high-speed signal and an optical module including the same. The interface may include a main substrate and a sub-substrate. The main substrate may have at least one high-speed signal line formed on the upper surface of the main substrate. The sub-substrate may have a first conductive line formed on the lower surface thereof so as to adjust high-speed signal transmission characteristics of the high-speed signal line, wherein the first conductive line may be coupled to the upper surface of the main substrate and partially overlap with the high-speed signal line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventors: Jyung Chan Lee, Eun Gu Lee, Sil Gu Mun, Sang Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 9645331
    Abstract: An optical module device including optical devices 110, a substrate 100 on which the optical devices 110 are disposed, optical fibers 200 that implement optical communications with the optical devices 110, an optical bench 300 to which the optical fibers 200 are fixed and which implements optical coupling between the optical devices 110 and the optical fibers 200, a cover block 400 that covers the optical bench 300 and a copper cable receptacle 500.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Yottahn, Inc.
    Inventor: Hyogyeom Kim
  • Patent number: 9590737
    Abstract: A high speed optical module, and in particular, a multi-channel, single-mode, parallel transmission optical module in the field of optical communication is disclosed. The optical module includes a chassis, a first transmitter optical subassembly (TOSA), a second transmitter optical subassembly (TOSA), a third transmitter optical subassembly (TOSA), a fourth transmitter optical subassembly (TOSA) and a MT fiber connector. The TOSA may be a TO-38 TOSA of a 10 G DFB chip or FP chip. With single-mode communication, the optical module provides a transmission distance over 10 kilometers. In addition, to make coupling single-mode fibers easier, a twelve-core MT fiber connector is employed, wherein four fiber connectors are respectively connected to LC standard fiber stubs and the outputs of the TOSAs accordingly. Thus, the optical module further provides high speed and long-distance transmission, large capacity, small volume, and light weight and can be broadly applied to high speed optical communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Source Photonics (Chengdu) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaohui Tang, Qiang Wang, Yuefeng Sun, Kui Wu, Yuanzhong Xu
  • Patent number: 9551479
    Abstract: A method for producing an illuminant is specified, in which a positioning device (3) holds an optoelectronic semiconductor component (1) inside a tolerance range (4) on the upper side of a connection carrier (2) during the mechanical fixation and electrical connecting of the optoelectronic semiconductor component (1) to the connection carrier (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventors: Stefan Groetsch, Frank Singer
  • Patent number: 9535223
    Abstract: An optical alignment system for aligning an optical component is provided. The system includes an alignment component configured to be moveable in a plane and in a fixed relationship with the optical component. Typically the alignment component houses an optical fiber MT ferrule. One or more driving components are further provided typically in the form of a ball headed adjustment screw. The driving components are configured to be moveable, relative to the alignment component, in a first linear direction. At least a component of the first linear direction is parallel with the normal of the plane. The driving component, when forced along the first linear direction and in contact with the alignment component, imparts a force upon the alignment component, in the plane, to move the optical component in the plane. An alignment frame accommodating the driving components may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Xyratex Technology Limited
    Inventor: Alistair Allen Miller
  • Patent number: 9529165
    Abstract: A method is for aligning an electro-optic device. The method may include initially positioning an optical fiber array adjacent to optical grating couplers, and actively aligning the optical fiber array relative to the optical grating couplers in a yaw direction and a roll direction to determine a yaw and roll alignment at a first operating wavelength. The method may include actively aligning the optical fiber array relative to optical grating couplers in an x direction and a y direction to determine a first x and y alignment at the first operating wavelength, determining a second operating wavelength, and actively aligning the optical fiber array again relative to the optical grating couplers in the x direction and y direction to determine a second x and y alignment at the second operating wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventors: Patrick Lemaitre, Jean-Francois Carpentier
  • Patent number: 9507097
    Abstract: A weatherproofed interconnection junction includes: a first cable having a first connector at one end; a second connector; a sealing cylinder with an internal cavity, wherein the first connector and second connector are joined and reside within the cavity; and an elastomeric sealing boot having a cable section and a connector section. The first cable is conformably received in the cable section and the sealing cylinder is conformably received in the connector section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Frank A. Harwath, Ronald A. Vaccaro, Henry Villegas, Gregory Just
  • Patent number: 9442258
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an adapter for a connector, notably for a multicontact connector, of the type including at least one insert, a housing containing the insert and at least one alveolus suitable for housing an alignment sleeve, notably slotted. According to the invention, each alveolus is also suitable for housing a securing cage for an alignment sleeve, by a mounting that is floating radially to its axis, over the entire length of the alignment sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: RADIALL
    Inventor: Sylvain Mougin
  • Patent number: 9435968
    Abstract: An optical repeater to be arranged between a substrate and an optical connector, the optical repeater includes: a body part including a plurality of optical paths to transmit an optical signal between the substrate and the optical connector, a substrate-side end-face in which one end of each of the optical paths opposes the substrate, and a connector connecting part to connect another end of each of the optical paths to the optical connector, the body part being configured from a material with a greater coefficient of linear expansion than that of the substrate; and a reinforcing member arranged so as to surround the optical paths in a side to the substrate-side end-face, the reinforcing member being configured from a material with a smaller coefficient of linear expansion than that of the body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: FUJIKURA LTD.
    Inventor: Akito Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9405072
    Abstract: An optical assembly includes a combination of laser sources emitting radiation, focused by a combination of lenses into optical waveguides. The optical waveguide and the laser source are permanently attached to a common carrier, while at least one of the lenses is attached to a holder that is an integral part of the carrier, but is free to move initially. Micromechanical techniques are used to adjust the position of the lens and holder, and then fix the holder it into place permanently using integrated heaters with solder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Kaiam Corp.
    Inventors: Bardia Pezeshki, John Heanue
  • Patent number: 9395054
    Abstract: In a first aspect of the present inventive subject matter, a light source includes a substrate that includes a first electrode and a second electrode, and light-emitting elements arranged in an area and divided into groups each including a same number N of light-emitting elements that are electrically connected to one another in series in each group of the groups and that are electrically connected in series to the first electrode and to the second electrode of the substrate, and the light-emitting elements include a first light-emitting element that is configured to start emitting light when a voltage applied to the light-emitting elements exceeds a first voltage value, and the light-emitting elements except the first light-emitting element are configured to start emitting light when the voltage exceeds a second voltage value that is higher than the first voltage value. Also, a lighting device including the light source is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventors: Takakazu Yano, Tsuyoshi Miura
  • Patent number: 9374165
    Abstract: An interconnect system includes a first circuit board, first and second connectors connected to the first circuit board, and a transceiver including an optical engine and arranged to receive and transmit electrical and optical signals through a cable, to convert optical signals received from the cable into electrical signals, and to convert electrical signals received from the first connector into optical signals to be transmitted through the cable. The transceiver is arranged to mate with the first and second connectors so that at least some converted electrical signals are transmitted to the first connector and so that at least some electrical signals received from the cable are transmitted to the second connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Samtec, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Zbinden, Randall Musser, Jean-Marc André Verdiell, John Mongold, Brian Vicich, Keith Guetig
  • Patent number: 9348088
    Abstract: A method for aligning an opto-electronic component in an IC die with an optical port is disclosed. This is achieved, in various embodiments, by forming alignment features in the IC die that can mate with complementary alignment features of the optical port. The formation of alignment features can be performed at the wafer level during fabrication of the IC die. An optical signal carrier may be optically coupled to the optical port such that the signal carrier may communicate optically with the opto-electronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: ANALOG DEVICES, INC.
    Inventors: James Doscher, Shrenik Deliwala
  • Patent number: 9310580
    Abstract: A method and spacer for assembling flexible optical waveguide ribbons and assembled stack of such ribbons. The method includes the steps of: providing at least two optical waveguide ribbons and a spacer, which includes at least two calibrated spaces; positioning a ribbon stack in the spacer, where the ribbon stack includes the at least two optical waveguide ribbons stacked on top of each other; constraining positioned ribbon stack in one of the calibrated spaces; and fixing constrained ribbon stack in the calibrated spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventors: Roger F. Dangel, Daniel S. Jubin, Tobias P. Lamprecht, Bert Jan Offrein
  • Patent number: 9238488
    Abstract: In one aspect, an elastically averaged alignment system is provided. The system includes a first component including an alignment member, the alignment member including a base portion extending from an edge of the first component, and a connector portion coupled to the base portion. The system also includes a second component including a receiving member. The receiving member includes a pair of cantilever members extending from an edge of the second component and defines a receiving aperture configured to receive at least a portion of the alignment member to couple the first component and the second component. The alignment member is an elastically deformable material such that when the alignment member is inserted into the receiving aperture, the alignment member elastically deforms to an elastically averaged final configuration to facilitate aligning the first component edge relative to the second component edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Timothy A. Kiester, Steven E. Morris, Kenton L. West, Scott J. Fast, Evan Phillips
  • Patent number: 9229178
    Abstract: A photoelectric coupling module includes a fiber module and a lens module. The fiber module defines a number of receiving holes and at least one positioning hole. The lens module includes a main body and at least one positioning pole. The main body includes a lens portion and a receiving portion. The lens portion includes a central portion and an edge portion surrounding the central portion, the central portion includes a plurality of lenses. The receiving portion is positioned on the edge portion. The at least one positioning pole is received in the receiving portion, and is positioned on the edge portion. One end of the fiber module is received in the receiving portion. The at least one positioning pole is received in the at least one positioning hole, and the lenses are aligned with the receiving holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: I-Thun Lin
  • Patent number: 9230918
    Abstract: A semiconductor package structure includes a first wafer and a second wafer. The first wafer has a concave portion. The concave portion has a bottom surface and at least one sidewall adjacent to the bottom surface. An obtuse angle is formed between the bottom surface and the sidewall. The second wafer is disposed on the first wafer and has a protruding portion. When the protruding portion enters an opening of the concave portion, the protruding portion slides along the sidewall to the bottom surface, such that the protruding portion is coupled to the concave portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventors: Ting-Ying Chien, I-Shi Wang, Jen-Hao Liu, Ren-Dou Lee
  • Patent number: 9225428
    Abstract: A system is provided for aligning a photodetector array to optical outputs of an optical demultiplexer in a multi-channel receiver optical subassembly (ROSA). In one embodiment, the system may include a clamp alignment fixture configured to secure a position of a photodetector mounting bar within a ROSA housing, wherein the photodetector array is disposed on the photodetector mounting bar and the photodetector array includes a plurality of photodiodes. The system may further include a motion staging device configured to adjust an orientation of the photodetector mounting bar by varying an angle of the clamp alignment fixture. The adjustment may be based on observation of the location of an optical alignment signal relative to the plurality of photodiodes, the optical alignment signal projected onto the photodetector mounting bar by the optical demultiplexer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Applied Optoelectronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Luohan Peng, Zhengyu Miao, Hao-Hsiang Liao
  • Patent number: 9206965
    Abstract: A method for assembling a semiconductor photonic package device includes bonding a portion of a first surface of a semiconductor die portion to a portion of a carrier portion, bonding a single mode optical ferrule portion to a portion of the first surface of the semiconductor die portion, and disposing a cover plate assembly in contact with the optical ferrule portion and the carrier portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tymon Barwicz, Paul F. Fortier, Stephane G. Harel, Yurii A. Vlasov
  • Patent number: 9201240
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and system for fiber positioning in wide-field astronomy. In one form the method and system of the present invention relate to anchoring fiber end points adjacent or against the field plate of a telescope. In one embodiment the positioning system for anchoring a fiber end point at a location on a telescope field plate collocated with a telescope focal plane, the positioning system comprising a piezoelectric positioning device for positioning the fiber end point, the positioning device comprising a chamber having an opening, the opening lying against the field plate in use defining a substantially enclosed volume inside the chamber, a pump for reducing pressure inside the enclosed volume; and a path connecting the pump and the enclosed volume so that, in use, the pump effects a reduction in pressure in the chamber thereby anchoring the fiber end point on the field plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: The Commonwealth of Australia as represented by the Department of Industry
    Inventors: Jeroen Heijmans, Will Saunders, James Gilbert
  • Patent number: 9188751
    Abstract: A plurality of flip-chips, each having a plurality of optoelectronic elements formed therein, are flip-chip mounted on a top surface of a substrate that is comprised of a material that is transparent to the operating wavelength of the light produced by optoelectronic elements of the flip-chips. The combination of flip-chips comprises an array of precisely-aligned optoelectronic elements. When the substrate comprising the array of optoelectronic elements is mounted on a PCB, electrical contact pads disposed on the bottom and/or top surface of the substrate are in contact with the respective electrical contact pads disposed on the top surface of the PCB to electrically interconnect the PCB with the flip-chips. Mating features on the substrate that have been precisely positioned by semiconductor fabrication steps are disposed for mating with respective mating features of a multi-optical fiber ferrule device that have been precisely formed in the ferrule device at precise locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Avago Technologies General IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Tak Kui Wang
  • Patent number: 9182551
    Abstract: A lens component has a element-side lens portion 65 which is provided so as to face a light emitting and receiving element 52 mounted on a circuit substrate 24, a positioning portion 75 that protrudes such that the element-side lens portion 65 is separated from the circuit substrate 24 by a predetermined distance, and an adhesion portion 76 that forms an adhesive-agent filling space S, which is filled with an adhesive agent 77, between the circuit substrate 24 and the adhesion portion 26, in a state where the positioning portion 75 contacts with the circuit substrate 24 and the element-side lens portion 65 is fixed so as to face the light emitting and receiving element 52.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventors: Masaki Oyagi, Takayuki Shimazu, Michiko Harumoto, Mitsutaka Satou, Ayaka Mori, Hajime Arao, Atsushi Suzuki, Motoyoshi Kimura
  • Patent number: 9164231
    Abstract: An integrated circuit is described. This integrated circuit includes an optical waveguide defined in a semiconductor layer, and an optical detector disposed on top of the optical waveguide. Moreover, the optical waveguide has an end with a reflecting facet. For example, the reflective facet may be defined using an anisotropic etch of the semiconductor layer. This reflecting facet reflects light propagating in a plane of the optical waveguide out of the plane into the optical detector, thereby providing a photodetector with high optical responsivity, including an extremely low dark current (and, thus, high photosensitivity) and an extremely small capacitance (and, thus, high electrical bandwidth).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventors: Ivan Shubin, John E. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 9157669
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described herein for electrocaloric effect heat transfer devices and methods effective to facilitate heat transfer over a wide operating temperature range of a corresponding heat source. Some example heat transfer devices may include multiple heat transfer stacks with at least two heat transfer stacks having electrocaloric effect materials with varying effective temperature ranges. The combined effective temperature ranges of the multiple heat transfer stacks encompass the operating temperature range of the heat source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventor: Ezekiel Kruglick
  • Patent number: 9152055
    Abstract: An optical irradiation apparatus includes: a light-emitting device configured to emit a plurality of light beams whose optical axes extend in a substantially identical direction; a collimator part configured to convert the light beams into parallel light beams; and a light condensing part configured to collect the parallel light beams. The light-emitting device includes a super luminescent diode array in which a plurality of waveguides are provided on a substrate. Each of the waveguides has a light-emitting facet including a light emission point from which an associated one of the light beams is emitted. The light emission points are located in a plane. The plane including the light emission points is orthogonal to a direction of an optical axis of the collimator part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventors: Shinichiro Nozaki, Kazuhiko Yamanaka, Shinichi Takigawa, Takuma Katayama, Yosuke Mizuyama
  • Patent number: 9103974
    Abstract: Semiconductor devices having an optical transceiver include a cladding on a substrate, a protrusion vertically extending trough the cladding and materially in continuity with the substrate, and a coupler on the cladding and the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Inventors: Pil-Kyu Kang, Dae-Lok Bae, Byung-Lyul Park, Gil-Heyun Choi
  • Patent number: 9091828
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a slider structure having a waveguide and a cavity configured to align a laser to the waveguide. The cavity includes a plurality of solder bumps on a bottom of the cavity configured to electrically and thermally couple the laser to the slider. At least one mechanical stopper is disposed in the cavity to facilitate vertical alignment between an output of the laser and an input of the waveguide. At least one solder bump is disposed on the mechanical stopper to facilitate lateral alignment between the output of the laser and the input of the waveguide in response to a reflow of the solder bumps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventor: James Gary Wessel
  • Patent number: 9074882
    Abstract: A light beam is detected/localized by multisector detector—quad-cell, or 5+ sectors handling plural beams. Preferences: Beams focus to diffraction limit on the detector, which reveals origin direction by null-balance—shifting spots to a central sector junction, and measuring shifts to reach there. One or more MEMS reflectors, and control system with programmed processor(s), sequence the spot toward center: following a normal to an intersector boundary; then along the boundary. One afocal optic amplifies MEMS deflections; another sends beams to imaging optics. After it's known which sector received a spot, and the beam shifts, source direction is reported. The system can respond toward that (or a related) direction. It can illuminate objects, generating beams reflectively. Optics define an FOR in which to search; other optics define an FOV (narrower), for imaging spots onto the detector. The FOR:FOV angular ratio is on order of ten—roughly 180:20°, or 120:10°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Arete Associates
    Inventors: David M. Kane, Philip Sklwyn
  • Patent number: 9052464
    Abstract: An optical device has a waveguide immobilized on a base. A lens is defined by the base. A reflecting side reflects a light signal that travels on an optical pathway that extends through the lens and into the waveguide. The reflecting side is positioned to reflect the light signal as the light signal travels along a portion of the optical pathway between the lens and the waveguide. An optical insulator that confines the light signal within the waveguide. The portion of the optical pathway between the lens and the waveguide extends through the optical insulator such that the light signal is transmitted through the optical insulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignees: Kotura, Inc., Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Shirong Liao, Mehdi Asghari, Dazeng Feng, Roshanak Shafiiha, Daniel C. Lee, Wei Qian, Xuezhe Zheng, Ashok Krishnamoorthy, John E. Cunningham, Kannan Raj
  • Patent number: 9054024
    Abstract: An integrated circuit package includes a substrate having a recess formed along at least a portion of a perimeter of the substrate, and an optical die having opto-electric circuitry, the optical die coupled to the substrate such that a portion of the optical die with the opto-electric circuitry overhangs the recess. The integrated circuit package also includes an optical unit disposed in the recess such that optical signals emitted by the opto-electric circuitry are reflected away from the substrate and incident optical signals are reflected onto the opto-electric circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Fei Yu, Qi Deng
  • Patent number: 9048242
    Abstract: In a semiconductor device manufacturing method, a semiconductor chip is mounted on a support board so as to expose a side of the semiconductor chip on which a plurality of terminal electrodes are provided. An insulating layer is formed so as to cover the side of the semiconductor chip on which the terminal electrodes are provided. Through electrodes connecting to the terminal electrodes and piercing the insulating layer are formed. Metal wirings connecting to the through electrodes are formed on the insulating layer. External terminal electrodes connecting the metal wiring are formed. Second spacing, spacing between the adjacent external terminal electrodes, is larger than first spacing, spacing between the adjacent terminal electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventors: Akio Horiuchi, Toshiji Miyasaka
  • Patent number: 9039297
    Abstract: An optical fiber fixing device includes a base, first fixing block and a second fixing block. The base includes an upper surface has a receiving groove and a groove which is connected with the receiving groove. The receiving groove receives an optical fiber connector, the optical fiber connector receives a plurality of optical fibers, and two ends of the optical fibers separately protrude out of the optical fiber connector. The groove has an optical detecting device, the detecting device defines a plurality of light apertures. The first fixing block is set on the upper surface, which is configured to fix the optical fiber connector into the receiving groove. The second fixing block is received in the groove, in order to fix the detecting device in the groove, the plurality of light apertures are aligned with the plurality of optical fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Hsin-Shun Huang
  • Patent number: 9036955
    Abstract: An optical interposer comprising: (a) a substrate having a planar surface: (b) at least one groove defined in the planar surface and extending from an edge of the substrate to a terminal end, the groove having side walls and a first facet at the terminal end perpendicular to side walls, the facet having a first angle relative to the planar surface, the first angle being about 45 degrees; and (c) a reflective coating on the first facet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Terry Patrick Bowen, Richard Dean Miller, Robert Nelson Fair, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9028153
    Abstract: An optical fiber includes a first end and a second end. The optical fiber includes a core for transmitting optical signals from the first end to the second end. The core has end surfaces at the first and second ends and a cladding is positioned around a circumference of the core. Magnetic elements are provided at the end surfaces of the first end and the second end. The magnetic elements are configured to magnetically couple the core to a magnetic element at an end of a core of another optical fiber. The magnetic elements form part of a light transmission path defined by the core. The magnetic elements are optically transmissive and allow optical signals to pass therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Aleksandar Kolev Angelov
  • Patent number: 9025254
    Abstract: A fiber array for receiving a plurality of light-guiding fibers has a substrate with V grooves for guiding light-guiding fibers. These are fixed inside the V grooves by covers. In order to achieve a better utilization of space, the light-guiding fibers are disposed in two planes. To this end, first fibers in V grooves are fixed on the surface of the substrate in one plane. Second fibers are fixed by V grooves in recesses between the first fibers in a second parallel plane. Here a processing of the substrate may be done without changing clamping or re-clamping of the substrate. Particularly small production tolerances can be achieved by this means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Schleifring und Apparatebau GmbH
    Inventor: Gregor Popp
  • Patent number: 9002158
    Abstract: An optical connector is described. This optical connector spatially segregates optical coupling between an optical fiber and an optical component, which relaxes the associated mechanical-alignment requirements. In particular, the optical connector includes an optical spreader component disposed on a substrate. This optical spreader component is optically coupled to the optical fiber at a first coupling region, and is configured to optically couple to the optical component at a second coupling region that is at a different location on the substrate than the first coupling region. Moreover, the first coupling region and the second coupling region are optically coupled by an optical waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Drost, John E. Cunningham, Ashok V. Krishnamoorthy
  • Patent number: 8977088
    Abstract: An optical interposer for optically coupling light between an OED supported on a substrate and an optical fiber, the interposer comprising: (a) an interposer of an optically-clear moldable material comprising at least the following features: (b) a port for receiving a ferrule containing at least one optical fiber, the port comprising an interface surface positioned to optically couple with an end face of the optical fiber; (c) an active lens adapted to optically couple with an OED, the active lens and the interface surface optically coupled along an optical path in the interposer; (d) a protrusion extending backward from the port, the protrusion defining a first register surface, the first register surface being a certain distance from the optical path such that, when a second register surface of a ferrule containing the optical fiber contacts the first register surface, the ferrule is aligned with the port such that the port can receive a front portion of the ferrule if the ferrule is pushed forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco-Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Lou Castagna, Richard Dean Miller, William Lamar Herb, Donald Eugene Dellinger, Robert Nelson Fair, Jr., Daniel Edward Gillis
  • Patent number: 8940238
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an assembly for use in detecting an analyte in a sample based on thin-film spectral interference. The assembly comprises a waveguide, a monolithic substrate optically coupled to the waveguide, and a thin-film layer directly bonded to the sensing side of the monolithic substrate. The refractive index of the monolithic substrate is higher than the refractive index of the transparent material of the thin-film layer. A spectral interference between the light reflected into the waveguide from a first reflecting surface and a second reflecting surface varies as analyte molecules in a sample bind to the analyte binding molecules coated on the thin-film layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Access Medical Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hong Tan, Yushan Tan, Erhua Cao, Ming Xia, Robert F. Zuk
  • Patent number: 8939653
    Abstract: An optical fiber connector includes a main body, a number of lens portions, a number of restricting members, and a number of optical fibers. The main body includes a first side surface and a second side surface opposite to the first side surface. The main body defines a cavity between the first and second side surfaces, and a number of accommodating holes extending through the first side surface and communicating with the cavity. The lens portions are positioned on the second side surface, and each lens portion is coaxial with a corresponding accommodating hole. The restricting members are arranged in the cavity. The optical fibers are fixed in the accommodating holes. Each optical fiber is restricted by a corresponding restricting member and an end of each optical fiber is fixed at the focal plane of a corresponding lens portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tai-Cherng Yu, Cheng-Sheng Shih, I-Thun Lin