Plural Processors Patents (Class 700/2)
  • Patent number: 10692381
    Abstract: The invention relates to a parking assistance apparatus (12) for a motor vehicle (10). The invention is based on the object of providing reliably working parking assistance that can involve computational-intensive processing of sensor signals. To this end, at least one sensor (20) for producing a sensor signal (S) that is dependent on a relative position (D) of a vehicle-external object (22) is connected to a first controller (14) that is designed to take each sensor signal (S) as a basis for producing position data (P) that describe the relative position (D) and to transmit said position data via a communication link (18) of the motor vehicle (10). A second controller (16) is designed to receive the position data (P) via the communication link (18) and, during a parking manoeuvre of the motor vehicle (10), to take the position data (P) as a basis for outputting a control signal (C) to an actuator device (26) of the motor vehicle (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventors: Jie Chen, Steve Kreyer, Ralf Schneider
  • Patent number: 10668211
    Abstract: Pending medication orders are presented on the controller of an infusion pump to which a patient has been identified. All pending medication orders are displayed on the screen of the controller and any may be selected by the clinician. Selecting a pending order at the controller that involves an infusion to the patient also results in automatic programming of the infusion pump in accordance with that order. Selection of an oral medication at the controller results, as does selection of any other order, in notification to the healthcare facility server that the order is being administered. Such notification resolves open controlled item transactions as well as provides information that may be relevant to a patient's EMAR. Selection of a pending order may occur manually or automatically through identification of a medication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Batch, Timothy W. Vanderveen
  • Patent number: 10635270
    Abstract: Provided is a method of configuring a home screen. The method includes configuring, at a first device, a home screen of a second device, and transmitting, from the first device, information about the home screen to the second device, wherein the home screen includes a graphical user interface (GUI) to be displayed by the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kwang-pyo Choi, Jeong-hoon Park
  • Patent number: 10623201
    Abstract: A coupling device that couples a first bus system to a second bus system configured to provide bidirectional communication between the first bus system and the second bus system comprising data transfer means for transmitting forward-directed data from the first bus system to the second bus system and for transmitting backward-directed data from the second bus system to the first bus system, data manipulation means for manipulating forward-directed data and/or backward-directed, and an instruction memory for storing manipulation instructions relating to the manipulation of data by the data manipulation means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Michael Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 10592467
    Abstract: An operation method of a semiconductor memory device including a memory cell array and an internal processor configured to perform an internal processing operation includes receiving at the memory device a first mode indicator that indicates whether the memory device should operate in a processor mode or in a normal mode, receiving at the memory device processing information for the memory device, when the first mode indicator indicates that the memory device should operate in the processor mode, storing the processing information in a first memory cell region of the memory cell array, using the stored processing information to perform internal processing by the internal processor, and storing a result of the internal processing in the memory cell array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Je Min Ryu, Reum Oh, Hak-Soo Yu
  • Patent number: 10592529
    Abstract: A robotic system is provided. The robotic system includes a publishing node including at least one first synchronization database that includes a plurality of attributes, each of the attributes including a tag identifying the attribute and data, a flag associated with each of the attributes, and a subscriber list. The system also includes a subscriber node including at least one second synchronization database. The publishing node is configured to set the flag associated with the attributes when the attributes are written in the at least one first synchronization database or when the data included in the attributes are modified and publish the flagged attributes to the subscriber node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Brian D. Hoffman, Joshua Radel
  • Patent number: 10552143
    Abstract: One aspect of the present disclosure relates to a relay device communicating with a plurality of control devices that belong to on-vehicle networks. This relay device is provided with: a storage unit configured to store therein a plurality of update programs for simultaneous update required for the plurality of control devices, and topologies of the on-vehicle networks; an in-vehicle communication unit configured to transmit the plurality of update programs to the corresponding control devices, respectively; and a control unit configured to control the in-vehicle communication unit such that, as for control devices that belong to a plurality of on-vehicle networks that are individually connected to the relay device and are independent from each other, the plurality of update programs corresponding to the control devices are transmitted in parallel with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takayuki Nakano
  • Patent number: 10548430
    Abstract: A coffee brewing apparatus comprises a corresponding coffee brewer as well as a sensor that is configured and arranged to sense food components as used by that means for brewing coffee beverages. This coffee brewing apparatus then further comprises an external network interface that is configured and arranged to facilitate interfacing with a remote resource (or resources). The coffee brewing apparatus can further comprise an end user interface and a processor that is operably coupled to the sensor, the external network interface, and the end user interface and that is configured and arranged to independently use information regarding food components as are used by the means for brewing coffee beverages to facilitate obtaining corresponding responsive information from the remote resource and to then present that information to an end user via the end user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Brent Guard, Gary Burton-Wilcock
  • Patent number: 10541012
    Abstract: Input power quality for a processing device is sensed. In response to detection of poor power quality, input power is disconnected, and the processing device backs up its machine state in non-volatile logic element arrays using available stored charge. When power is restored, the stored machine state is restored from the non-volatile logic element arrays to the volatile logic elements whereby the processing device resumes its process from the state immediately prior to power loss allowing seamless processing across intermittent power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Steven Craig Bartling, Sudhanshu Khanna
  • Patent number: 10528426
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for recovering from various types of data and process corruptions at a data processing unit of a plurality of data processing units each coupled with a non-volatile memory divided into a plurality of selectable locations, in a system absent a central processing unit. In some embodiments a data processing unit is configured to determine validity of an allocation table of the data processing unit, retrieve a process descriptor from the allocation table, parse the non-volatile memory for a first set of process data corresponding to the process descriptor, determine validity of the first set of process data corresponding to the process descriptor and attempt to recover the first set of process data in accordance with a determination that the first set of process data is invalid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Viacheslav Anatolyevich Dubeyko, Luis Vitorio Cargnini
  • Patent number: 10509395
    Abstract: A complete model numerical solver resides on an embedded processor for real time control of a system. The solver eliminates the need for custom embedded code, requiring only model equations, definition of the independent and dependent variables, parameters and input sources information as input to solve the model equations directly. Through elimination of the need for custom code, the solver speeds up the model deployment process and provides the control application sophisticated features such as Automatic Differentiation, sensitivity analysis, sparse linear algebra techniques and adaptive step size in solving the model concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Sendyne Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C Melville, Nicolas Clauvelin, Ioannis Milios
  • Patent number: 10485444
    Abstract: Embodiments of a method for removal and replacement of artifacts in electrophysiological data from muscular activity in the a gastrointestinal tract of a patient are disclosed. The approach includes setting an artifact identification threshold based on the parameters of the data, assessing the full extent of the artifact in time, and replacing the values with ones that are neutral in the time series and minimizing the effect on a power spectrum of the data. More particularly, the method includes steps of identifying artifacts within the raw time series data, eliminating the identified artifacts, and replacing the artifacts with any of interpolated points or constant value points to create a clean time series data set representing valid gastrointestinal tract EMG signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: G-Tech Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Axelrod
  • Patent number: 10474121
    Abstract: A control device includes a storage unit that stores a program, a program execution unit that executes the program stored in the storage unit to control a device to be controlled, and a backup execution unit that stores, at the start of a backup operation of the program currently being executed, the program, information for identifying a location currently in execution in the program, information for identifying a location currently being held in the program, and operation data, in a backup storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Nagatomo, Daiki Kawakami
  • Patent number: 10465960
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and a system for monitoring health of a refrigeration system. The present disclosure also relates to an Internet Of Things (IOT) enabled method and system for monitoring health of the WIF based on performance parameters like defrost cycle related parameters, defrost cycle duration, schedule and frequency. In one embodiment, the method receives a plurality of real-time temperature data collected by a temperature sensor and determines a steady state value based on the received real-time temperature data. Further, the method computes a plurality of defrost cycle parameter values and generate alarm signals based on deviations of the computed defrost cycle parameters from the respective threshold values. The method generates reports indicating patterns of defrost duration and defrost distribution over a time and provide recommendations to support maintenance of the refrigeration system in response to the deviations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Baburaj Kaimalilputhenpura Prabhakaran
  • Patent number: 10451301
    Abstract: An environmental control system includes a transmitting device for signaling to a receiver to activate an environmental control unit (ECU). The transmitting device includes a connector for removably installing and connecting to electrical power in the vehicle and a transmitter for transmitting a signal to a remote receiver. The ECU comprises of an exterior control panel and microprocessor-based controller for operating environmental devices within a facility or other defined space. When the controller receives an input from any of the receiver and an external environmental device, it activates at least one of the environmental devices. When the controller receives any such input that is outside a predefined range, the controller generates any of a visual or audible alarm and notifies a predetermined recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Safe Air Corp.
    Inventors: Wayne Lutz, Donald Lavrenz, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10393434
    Abstract: A laundry transport apparatus and method includes a container defining an interior area configured to accommodate a plurality of laundry carts, the container having a door movable between closed and open configurations to selectively allow access to the interior area. The apparatus includes a ventilation network to pass air to and from the interior area and the outside, the intake duct and the outlet duct in a thermal transfer configuration for a portion of their length to influence temperature of air passing through each duct, warmer air passing through one of the intake duct or the outlet duct becoming cooler and cooler air passing through another of the intake duct or the outlet duct becoming warmer. The ventilation network including a pathogen identification, containment and remediation apparatus to detect, isolate and treat potentially harmful material within the soiled laundry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Bertram E. Lacey
  • Patent number: 10394213
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments relate to a method of independent control period allocation of axes in a PLC positioning system. In some embodiments, the method includes: dividing the axes into a first axis group including a first control period and a second axis group including a second control period and allocating different control periods for different axes; when position control calculation of the first axis group is requested during position control calculation of the second axis group, performing the position control calculation of the first axis group through task switching by an interrupt; and, after completing the position control calculation of the first axis group, resuming the position control calculation of the second axis group through task switching by an interrupt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seok-Yeon Kim
  • Patent number: 10386535
    Abstract: A photoelectric sensor capable of preventing a malfunction caused by mutual interference is provided. The photoelectric sensor includes: a light projecting unit that repetitively emits a set of pulse light, which follows a projected light pattern in which a light projecting period is made different by a fixed time, as signal light; a light receiving element that receives the signal light; and a light receiving controller that distinguishes a light incident state and a light blocked state based on a received light signal from the light receiving element. The light projecting unit has a first pattern having the light projecting period increased by a fixed time and a second pattern having the light projecting period reduced by a fixed time as the projected light pattern, and in the first and second patterns, a pulse indicating a shortest period is included in the light projecting period other than the shortest period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Mingke Yu, Kuniharu Shibata, Motoharu Okuno, Ryosuke Tsuzuki, Masanobu Horino, Yuki Matsui
  • Patent number: 10365917
    Abstract: A method for controlling software needed to drive an in-vehicle electronic device includes receiving a data package including a plurality of data needed to update software of a vehicle and applying either a parallel update procedure or a sequential update procedure according to inclusion or non-inclusion of primary data in the data package. The plurality of data includes at least one of primary data and secondary data. The primary data and secondary data are classified according to a data type or update target region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Kee Hoon Choi
  • Patent number: 10339085
    Abstract: A method of scheduling a system-on-chip (SoC) by a scheduler, located between a plurality of masters and a slave, includes receiving a plurality of access requests from the plurality of masters, setting the plurality of access requests in a plurality of registers, and scheduling the plurality of access requests based on the plurality of access requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dong Sik Cho
  • Patent number: 10331114
    Abstract: A method produces a pharmaceutical product using a manufacture execution system (MES), and an automation system, such as a batch system. The automation system is configured to drive and to monitor production machines located at a plant floor level. The method is characterized in that it communicatively couples the MES with the automation system, it receives at the MES from the automation system at least one event representative of a situation that has occurred at the plant floor level and relative to the machines, and it depends on the event received at the MES starting at least one workflow controlled by the MES.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques Lieners, Frédéric Pellé, Nuno Rodrigues Castanheira
  • Patent number: 10310486
    Abstract: A manufacturing data processing system includes a plurality of manufacturing apparatuses, a plurality of data processing devices for processing manufacturing data associated with the plurality of manufacturing apparatuses, a plurality of communication channels for communicating the manufacturing data between the plurality of manufacturing apparatuses and the plurality of data processing devices, and a management device. The management device determines a combination of the data processing device that processes the manufacturing data associated with each of the plurality of manufacturing apparatuses and the communication channel that communicates the associated manufacturing data between each of the plurality of manufacturing apparatuses and the data processing device, based on the communication speed of the communication channel and the data processing capability of each of the plurality of data processing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroji Nishi, Shinsuke Sakakibara
  • Patent number: 10291424
    Abstract: A technology is described for operating a device shadowing service that manages device representations for physical devices that are network addressable. An example method may include associating a device representation with a representation type, where the device representation represents a copy of a state of a physical device in network communication with a device shadowing service that maintains the device representation, and the representation type may define a command that can be invoked through the device representation. After the device representation has been associated with the representation type, the command may be invoked through the device representation. Invoking the command may involve identifying the representation type associated with the device representation and determining that the command is supported by the representation type. Thereafter, the command may be executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Calvin Yue-Ren Kuo, Shyam Krishnamoorthy, Mark Edward Rafn, William Alexander Stevenson, Alan Conrad Rawcliffe
  • Patent number: 10228674
    Abstract: A method configuring an automation system with plural controllers including first and second controllers, the method including: obtaining a first function block, having a first interface, suitable for a first application, and created by a first tool compliant with a first standard; creating a platform independent model for a second application with a second tool compliant with a second standard; creating a platform definition model of the first controller for the second application; creating a platform specific model for the second application, including: allocating and compiling, with the second tool, a primary part of the second application including the second function block for the first controller and a secondary part of the second application for the second controller; and downloading the first controller configuration, the first application, and the primary part of the second application to the first controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventors: Antoine Bruck, Antonio Chauvet, Gilles Candille, Jean-Marie Stawikowski
  • Patent number: 10212470
    Abstract: Providing a conditional access system (CAS) to a set-top box is described. An example method includes encapsulating a CAS application in a NCAS (Next CAS) container, and objects associated with the CAS application are executed in the NCAS container. Resources for the CAS application and other applications running on the set-top box are pre-allocated so that each application has a pre-fixed resource allocation upon startup of the set-top box. An execution of the CAS application is validated using a linked chain of trust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: CSC Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Neill, Ken Silver, Robert Clyne
  • Patent number: 10185937
    Abstract: A generic transaction generator framework for testing a network-based production service may work in conjunction with a product-specific transaction creator module that executes transactions on the service. The transaction creator module may include runtime-discoverable information, such as source code annotations, to communicate product specific details to the framework. Runtime-discoverable information may identify transaction types, transaction methods, as well as dependencies between different transaction types and transaction methods. The framework may generate and execute various test transactions and may call a substituted transaction method for a transaction type on which a generated transaction depends prior to calling the generated transaction. The output from the substituted transaction may be used as input to the generated transaction when executed subsequently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos Alejandro Arguelles, Kyle Thomas Studd
  • Patent number: 10162958
    Abstract: An information processing system includes an apparatus that carries out a function; an application program configured to provide a service using the function is installed; and one or more processors configured to receive a request to carry out the function transmitted from the application program, determine a type of an authentication token included in the request, determine, in response to receiving the request, determine a type of the apparatus, whether the authentication token is valid based on the determined type of the authentication token and the determined type of the apparatus, and cause the apparatus to carry out the function corresponding to the request if the authentication token is determined as being valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Inoue
  • Patent number: 10133252
    Abstract: To provide a network unit that includes a diagnosis-information management unit that transmits a diagnosis-information transmission request by designating a destination network number while assuming a value other than a station number; a routing control unit that holds routing information indicating correspondence between a destination control network and identification information, and that relay-controls the diagnosis-information transmission request received from the diagnosis-information management unit, another network unit connected to the same programmable logic controller, or a control network connected to the network unit in accordance with the routing information; and a diagnosis-information creation unit that creates the diagnosis information when the diagnosis-information transmission request having a network number of the control network connected to the network unit as the destination network number is received, and it transmits the created diagnosis information to a sender of the diagnosis-info
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Ryoji Ono
  • Patent number: 10095195
    Abstract: Provided are a device and a method for scheduling power storage devices, wherein a plurality of power storage device can be efficiently managed in an integrated manner by distributing appropriate charging and discharging schedules to each power storage device. The provided device for scheduling power storage devices comprises: an input unit for receiving integrated schedule information, characteristic information, and state information of the power storage devices; a scheduling unit for generating schedule information of the power storage devices on the basis of the received integrated schedule information, characteristic information, and state information; and an output unit for outputting the generated schedule information to the power storage devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Korea Electric Power Corporation
    Inventors: Byung-Hoon Chang, Yong-Gu Ha, Kwang-Hee Hong, Woong-Jae Jeon, Kyu-Won Jeong
  • Patent number: 10067492
    Abstract: A programmable logic controller capable of improving the expandability of a distributed control system and a programming tool for the programmable logic controller are provided. A programmable logic controller (PLC) that constitutes a distributed control system includes: a variable table that includes variable information including identification symbols for identification of a plurality of PLCs and variable names of reference variables, the variable information being set for each of the reference variables; a storage device that has a memory region for storing the reference variables; and an interface circuit that mutually converts communication data for use in communication between the PLC and a different PLC and the reference variables stored in the memory region. The reference variables are variables mutually referenced by the plurality of PLCs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Terukazu Senda, Kenji Yoshida, Satoshi Kato
  • Patent number: 10061809
    Abstract: Provided is a technique enables programming, including that for database operations, without describing a SQL used to operate the database. A PLC (30) that can access a DBMS (22) stores a user program (38) and definition information (32), the user program (38) including a structure type of variable, the definition information (32) indicating a definition of the structure type. The sequence command program (34) sequentially executes instructions in the user program (38) and invokes a DB access process program (35) in order to access the DBMS (22). The DB access process program (35) reads the definition information (32) and, on the basis of the read definition information (32), generates a SQL statement to be used when access to the DBMS (22) is made by execution of the user program (38). The DB access process program (35) executes the generated SQL statement by transmitting the SQL statement to the DB server (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: OMRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kotaro Okamura, Yoshihide Nishiyama, Minoru Oka, Masanori Ota, Masaru Nakasaki
  • Patent number: 10061874
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a process and/or production plant, which includes a plurality of components and which is planned using a plurality of engineering systems, includes a step of providing first result data pertaining to at least one portion of the plurality of components using a first of the plurality of engineering systems, and second result data pertaining to at least one portion of the plurality of components using a second of the plurality of engineering systems. The method also includes a step of extracting topology data, which describe an arrangement of the plurality of components within the process and/or automation plant, and operating data for the plurality of components from the first and second result data. The method further includes creating a model for the process and/or production plant by using the topology data and the operating data. Also disclosed is an apparatus for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Michael Dallmann, Jürgen Elger, Christiane Gast, Markus Remmel, Thomas Trenner
  • Patent number: 10043219
    Abstract: A banking automation and insurance system comprising a bank, a robot that retrieves and stores a good deposited in the bank, a sensor that validates presence of the good while in storage in the bank, and a processor that generates information related to the good, wherein the information constitutes data for determining underwriting risk, risk score, or price of insurance of the good. The robot robotically assists one or more individuals in retrieval and storage of goods deposited in the bank, wherein during the retrieval and storage of the good by the robot: (a) the individual maintains privacy by being placed in a private location, (b) the individual and other individuals are able to retrieve and store good simultaneously, and (c) identification of the individual is verified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventors: Neil Shivraj Davey, Sonya R. Davey
  • Patent number: 10031497
    Abstract: An input module for an industrial controller is configurable to simplify setup and commissioning. The input module includes input terminals configurable, for example, as a counter input. Still other input terminals may be configured to trigger events as a function of the input signals present at the terminals. Time signals corresponding to transitions in state of the input terminals, triggering of events, or operation of the counters may be recorded. The input module is further configurable to transmit data back to the processor or to transmit data directly to another module in the industrial control network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric D. Decker, DuWayne D. Mulhall, Kenwood H. Hall, Richard O. Ruggeri, Harsh Shah, Andreas P. Frischknecht, Scott A. Pierce, Terence S. Tenorio, Gregory J. Svetina
  • Patent number: 10031860
    Abstract: Herein are data storage devices to transfer a data object between memory regions during a storage operation. These data storage devices include a host controller configured to identify an object stored in a host region of a memory system for writing to a storage media controlled by a drive controller. The host controller initiates a memory transfer operation to transfer an object from the host region of the memory system to a drive region of the memory system. The host controller transfers a storage command to the drive controller to write the object to the storage media. The drive controller may be configured to transfer an object from the drive region to the host region when reading the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher J. Squires
  • Patent number: 9996352
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with a processor that includes selectively enabled features are described. According to one embodiment, a processor includes a plurality of processing routines embedded within the processor that when executed cause the processor to implement corresponding processor features. The processor includes a processor engine configured to determine whether a processing routine of the plurality of processing routines is enabled based, at least in part, on a corresponding value in a control register. The processing engine is configured to selectively execute the processing routine based, at least in part, on whether the value indicates that the processing routine is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: MARVELL INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventor: Kapil Jain
  • Patent number: 9965491
    Abstract: Provided are a method and device for recording a system log. The method includes: acquiring the sequence information of a virtual log file in a system, wherein the virtual log file is a preset file for the system, and the virtual log file includes the sequence information, and the sequence information is used for determining a position of a log file which is written last time by the system; and determining the log file which is written last time by the system according to the sequence information of the virtual log file, and writing the log in the determined log file. By the disclosure, the sequence of system log recording is not influenced by changes in the system time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: ZTE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Lin Xu
  • Patent number: 9953381
    Abstract: A system and method allows users to share watchlists with other users of a group such as that established on a social network server, and receives and displays other related information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Bravmann, Sandeep Reddy Chelamacherla Anand, Charles E. Gotlieb
  • Patent number: 9934477
    Abstract: Techniques are described for providing selective access to secure physical and/or logical domains for agents that need to perform work in those domains. A work order will detail work to be performed by one or more agents, such as a technician or software agent, that will need access to protected domains to perform the work, and the tasks requiring agent access to the protected domains are controlled and completion thereof verified. Interaction with a monitoring/security system for the protected physical domains occurs to selectively allow access of the agent to the protected domain(s) as needed for the tasks. Other aspects of the disclosure are described in the detailed description, figures, and claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary J. Hansen, Matthew Paul Baranowski, Wyatt D. Camp
  • Patent number: 9921563
    Abstract: The inventor has recognized that industrial controllers may be updated after they are deployed in the field, while actively controlling an industrial process and without costly downtime, by storing a replacement machine-readable component in an allocated program space, locating and modifying one or more dependent machine-readable components copied in the allocated program space to instead depend on the replacement machine-readable component, re-linking a copy of the control program in the allocated program space, and redirecting execution to the control program in the allocated program space. Replacement machine-readable components could be instructions, libraries, or subroutines of the control program, and are not limited to user logic. The control program in the allocated program space may optimally be tested by verifying an operation before redirecting execution to the control program in the allocated program space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Viste
  • Patent number: 9870860
    Abstract: A supply system for supplying in a contact-free manner electrical energy and data signals to a subscriber module, including a support member, a supply bar mounted on the support member, which supply bar supports primary energy and data interfaces, and at least one bus subscriber module mounted on the support member, which bus subscriber module includes secondary energy and data interfaces arranged adjacent and spaced from the primary energy and data interfaces, respectively, whereby electrical energy and data signals supplied to the primary interfaces are transmitted in a contact-free manner to the secondary interfaces, respectively. Preferably the support member is a mounting rail having an inverted top-hat configuration, with the supply bar being mounted longitudinally in the space defined by the horizontal bottom and vertical side walls of the mounting rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Derk Wesemann, Stefan Witte, Jan Stefan Michels, Bjoern Griese, Mathias Soellner, Hans-Peter Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9870310
    Abstract: A generic transaction generator framework for testing a network-based production service may work in conjunction with a product-specific transaction creator module that executes transactions on the service. The transaction creator module may include runtime-discoverable information, such as source code annotations, to communicate product specific details to the framework. Runtime-discoverable information may identify transaction types, transaction methods, data provider methods and data sources. The framework may generate and execute various test transactions and may call a data provider method to prepare data for the transaction and pass the prepared data to a transaction method. The framework may also load and parse test data from a data source and provide the test data to the data provider method for use when preparing data for the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos Alejandro Arguelles, Kyle Thomas Studd
  • Patent number: 9864707
    Abstract: A memory controller accesses different types of memory devices running at different native rates through the use of a time division multiplexed bus. Data is transferred over the bus at one rate when accessing one type of memory device and at a different rate when accessing another type of memory device. In addition, the memory controller may provide control information (e.g., command and address information) to the different types of memory devices at different rates and, in some cases, time multiplex the control information on a shared bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Rambus Inc.
    Inventor: Ian Shaeffer
  • Patent number: 9858101
    Abstract: A method performed by a physical computing system includes detecting an interrupt signal sent to a virtual processor being managed by the hypervisor, creating a map between the virtual processor and an Input/Output (I/O) thread associated with the interrupt signal, determining that the virtual processor is idle, finding the I/O thread associated with the idle virtual processor based on the map, and moving the I/O thread associated with the idle virtual processor up in a processing queue, the processing queue being for processes to be executed on a physical processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: RED HAT ISRAEL, LTD.
    Inventors: Michael Tsirkin, Paolo Bonzini
  • Patent number: 9852221
    Abstract: A jury candidate server (JCS) of a distributed state manager (DSM) implements a plurality of jury configuration evaluation iterations. In a particular iteration, the JCS generates one or more jury configuration options (JCOs) representing changes to a current jury, and assigns quality metrics to the JCOs based at least in part on a prioritized set of criteria among which location diversity has the highest priority. If a JCO meets a quality threshold, a corresponding jury transition is proposed for approval by the current jury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos Vara Callau, Allan Henry Vermeulen, Christopher Richard Jacques De Kadt
  • Patent number: 9830371
    Abstract: A robotic system is provided. The robotic system includes a publishing node including at least one first synchronization database that includes a plurality of attributes, each of the attributes including a tag identifying the attribute and data, a flag associated with each of the attributes, and a subscriber list. The system also includes a subscriber node including at least one second synchronization database. The publishing node is configured to set the flag associated with the attributes when the attributes are written in the at least one first synchronization database or when the data included in the attributes are modified and publish the flagged attributes to the subscriber node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Hoffman, Joshua Radel
  • Patent number: 9792440
    Abstract: A method for a secure boot of a vehicular system is provided. The method includes performing a security self-verification on a first electronic control unit (ECU) of a vehicular system and sending a security challenge to a second electronic control unit of the vehicular system. The method includes verifying a security response from the second electronic control unit, the security response relating to the security challenge and indicating an aspect of contents of memory of the second electronic control unit. The performing the security self-verification and verifying the security response establishes a chain of trust that includes the first electronic control unit and the second electronic control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventor: Qiyan Wang
  • Patent number: 9785444
    Abstract: A microprocessor circuit may include a software programmable microprocessor core and a data memory accessible via a data memory bus. The data memory may include sets of configuration data structured according to respective predetermined data structure specifications for configurable math hardware accelerators, and sets of input data for configurable math hardware accelerators, each configured to apply a predetermined signal processing function to the set of input data according to received configuration data. A configuration controller is coupled to the data memory via the data memory bus and to the configurable math hardware accelerators. The configuration controller may fetch the configuration data for each math hardware accelerator from the data memory and translate the configuration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: ANALOG DEVICES GLOBAL
    Inventor: Mikael Mortensen
  • Patent number: 9785905
    Abstract: A method, arrangement and computer program product for determining overall equipment effectiveness of a robot cell including at least one industrial robot involved in producing products. The arrangement includes an effectiveness determination device, which in turn includes an overall equipment effectiveness determining unit that obtains ideal robot operations data of the robot cell, obtains actual robot operations data of the robot cell, and determines the overall equipment effectiveness based on the ideal robot operations data and the actual robot operations data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Bertil Emmertz, Henrik Andersson
  • Patent number: 9755896
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for preventing malicious settings changes to IEDs in a power transmission and distribution network. Attempted changes to the protection settings of an IED is detected and transmitted to one or more neighboring IEDs. The neighboring IEDs check for consistency of the new settings and return conformance or nonconformance signals. If a nonconformance signal is received, the attempted setting change is not allowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Reynaldo Nuqui, Le Tang