For Heating Or Cooling Patents (Class 700/300)
  • Patent number: 10852179
    Abstract: An apparatus for analyzing the condition of a machine having a part rotatable with a speed of rotation, includes an input for receiving an analogue measurement signal indicative of a vibration signal signature having a vibration frequency and a repetition frequency; an A/D converter for generating a digital measurement signal dependent on the analogue measurement signal, the digital measurement signal having a first sample rate, which is at least twice the vibration frequency; an enveloper for generating an enveloped signal indicative of the repetition frequency; a decimator for generating a decimated first digital signal dependent on the enveloped signal such that the decimated first digital signal has a reduced sample rate; an enhancer having an input for receiving the decimated signal, wherein the enhancer operates in the time domain to perform discrete autocorrelation for the decimated first digital signal so as to generate an enhancer output signal sequence; and an analyzer for performing a condition
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: S.P.M. Instrument AB
    Inventor: Lars-Olov Elis Hedin
  • Patent number: 10849442
    Abstract: An ice merchandiser for storing bagged ice for purchase by a customer is provided. The ice merchandiser includes a payment system structured to enable a patron to facilitate a bagged ice product transaction at the ice merchandiser, and an access control system structured to selectively provide access to the ice merchandiser during the bagged ice product transaction based on the payment system providing an indication that payment for the ice product has been validated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Leer, Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Huffar, Karl E. Katuin, Michael A. Andrew, Stephen J. Dieter, Terry D. Matt, John A. Miller, Nicholas A. Truesdale
  • Patent number: 10845079
    Abstract: Systems and techniques are described for alerting individuals of HVAC system issues in their home. In some implementations, a monitoring system monitors a property that includes sensors located throughout the property and generates sensor data. A monitor control unit receives thermostat data from a thermostat that indicates activity of the HVAC system and temperature history of the property. The monitor control unit applies the thermostat and the sensor data to an HVAC model that is trained using past sensor data, past thermostat data, past errors of the HVAC system. The monitor control unit determines an error of the HVAC system from the HVAC model output. The monitor control unit determines an action for correcting the error of the HVAC system. The monitor control unit provides, for output, data identifying the error of the HVAC system and the action for correcting the error of the HVAC system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert Nathan Picardi, Peter Richard Williams, Zachary William Seid, Kyle Rankin Johnson, Daniel Marc Goodman, Craig Carl Heffernan, Caspar John Anderegg, Harrison Wayne Donahue, Gustaf Nicolaus Maxwell Lonaeus
  • Patent number: 10845070
    Abstract: An extremum-seeking control system for a plant includes a feedback controller for operating the plant to achieve a value of a manipulated variable, and an extremum-seeking controller. The extremum-seeking controller is configured to provide the value of the manipulated variable to the feedback controller and to determine a value for the manipulated variable. The extremum-seeking controller determines the value for the manipulated variable by perturbing the manipulated variable with an excitation signal and monitoring a performance variable of the plant resulting from the perturbed manipulated variable, estimating a normalized correlation coefficient relating the performance variable to the manipulated variable, and modulating the manipulated variable to drive the normalized correlation coefficient toward zero using a general set of tuning parameters. The general set of tuning parameters are adapted for use with the normalized correlation coefficient, independent of a scale of the performance variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Timothy I. Salsbury, John M. House
  • Patent number: 10833504
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing electrical load control events in an electric power grid are disclosed. A server processor is operable to generate an energy consumption profile for each of the plurality of service points. Each energy consumption profile comprises energy consumption information for a plurality of controllable energy consuming devices. The server processor selects at least one service point from the plurality of service points based on a predetermined criterion and sends at least one load control event to the at least one service point in response to an energy reduction request. The server processor determines an energy saving resulting from the at least one load control event at the at least one service point. The energy saving is determined based on a monetary supply equivalent value for each of the plurality of controllable energy consuming devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Causam Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph W. Forbes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10809886
    Abstract: A system includes a plurality of programmable intelligent thermostats positioned within at least one of a first home environment and a second home environment, a plurality of communication devices configured to operate an electronic media sharing application, and at least one server configured to communicate with the plurality of programmable intelligent thermostats and the plurality of communication devices via a wireless network. A user initiates the electronic media sharing application on at least one of the plurality of communication devices. A touch-screen display of the at least one communication device demonstrates the plurality of programmable intelligent thermostats positioned within the first and second home environments and at least one user-selected electronic media is simultaneously uploaded to at least one of the plurality of programmable intelligent thermostats responsive to a user selection of a region on the touch-screen display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Sunil K. Khiani, Sridharan Shanmugam
  • Patent number: 10767889
    Abstract: A central air conditioning system includes dampers individually air conditioning multiple spaces, an air conditioning controller controlling the dampers, a temperature sensor disposed in each space to detect a temperature, and a temperature predictor that receives the detected temperature, predicts a temperature in each space, and transmits temperature information to the air conditioning controller. The temperature sensor may wirelessly transmit the detected temperature when an amount of change in temperature gradient exceeds an allowable range. Alternatively, the temperature sensor may predict a temperature based on a temperature gradient, and wirelessly transmit the detected temperature when a difference between the predicted and detected temperatures exceeds a certain range. Alternatively, the temperature sensor may predict a temperature by using one of prediction formulae, and transmit the detected temperature when a difference between the predicted and detected temperatures exceeds a certain range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Takayuki Urakawa
  • Patent number: 10761501
    Abstract: An electronic device, which includes a host, and a storage device receiving a command from the host. The storage device processes the received command and returns, to the host, a command response indicating a result of processing the received command, and the command response includes information about an internal temperature of the storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ho-Suk Yum, Heechang Cho
  • Patent number: 10754344
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for detecting a road hazard are provided. The method includes acquiring one or more sensor data from one or more sensors. The method further acquires traffic reference information and compares the one or more sensor data with the traffic reference information. A road hazard can be identified based on a comparison result between a first sensor data and the traffic reference information. Further, other sensor data are annotated to be associated with the road hazard. The other sensor data are collected within a same time frame in which the first sensor data captures the road hazard. The first sensor data that captures the road hazard and the other sensor data that are associated with the road hazard is output to a machine learning algorithm. The machine learning algorithm is trained based on the sensor data and deployed to identify a similar road hazard thereafter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC.
    Inventors: Ryan W. Wolcott, Alex Cunningham
  • Patent number: 10731533
    Abstract: A method for determining the temperature of an electrically heatable catalytic converter having an electric heating element that includes a heating resistor, the electrical resistance of which changes as a function of the component temperature of the electrically heatable catalytic converter. This resistance is determined from the current intensity and the voltage at the electrically heatable catalytic converter, and is used to determine the component temperature of the catalytic converter, based on a characteristic curve stored in the control unit. The energization of the heating resistor for determining the component temperature takes place in each case for only a short time in order to minimize the energy input into the heating resistor and thus avoid overheating of the heating resistor. In addition, by use of the short time interval, the aim is to minimize the energy requirements for determining the component temperature of the electrically heatable catalytic converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Hardy Naumann, Stefan Paukner
  • Patent number: 10678449
    Abstract: A system for increasing data retention time can include a processor to execute code to detect or predict a write event associated with a flash memory. The processor can also control a device to cause a temperature at the flash memory to increase via waste heat in response to the write event. Additionally, the processor can write data to the flash memory at the increased temperature to increase the retention time of the data stored in the flash memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventor: George Easton Scott, III
  • Patent number: 10627878
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided, including a processor, a graphics processing unit, a first temperature sensor, a second temperature sensor, an embedded controller and a memory. The first temperature sensor detects the temperature of the processor. The second temperature sensor detects the temperature of the graphics processing unit. The embedded controller increases the current fan speed according to a temperature change of the processor, a temperature change of the graphics processing unit, and/or a change of an operating state of the graphics processing unit. When the temperature of the processor rises to a first predetermined value, the temperature of the graphics processing unit is raised and the operating state of the graphics processing unit is changed, and the embedded controller increases the current fan speed according to a first speed table corresponding to the graphics processing unit stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventor: Li-Te Hung
  • Patent number: 10622134
    Abstract: A method for controlling cooling system of a power equipment and a system using the same. The method includes steps of: obtaining a first data set representing operational cost related parameters specific to the power equipment and its cooling system at a series of time intervals of a first load cycle in a history profile; obtaining a second data set representing operational cost related parameters specific to the power equipment and its cooling system at a series of time intervals of a second load cycle in the history profile, establishing a third data set, establishing a fourth data set; establishing a fifth data set; establishing a sixth data set; and controlling the cooling system to operate at a series of time intervals of the present load cycle at the stablished cooling capacity parameters concerning the present load cycle represented by the sixth data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Yao Chen, Niya Chen, Rongrong Yu
  • Patent number: 10578353
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a temperature sensor, a pressure sensor, a communication interface, and a hardware controller. The hardware controller may detect a door open and close event for a refrigeration unit and receives temperature readings from the temperature sensor and pressure readings from the pressure sensor. The hardware controller determines whether a performance level of the seal has fallen below a threshold level based on the temperature and pressure readings and transmits a signal through the communication interface responsive to a determination that the performance level of the seal has fallen below the threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Michael Seidl, Bjoern Oliver Eversmann
  • Patent number: 10563923
    Abstract: Systems and methods for cooling a power generation working fluid are disclosed that reduce the amount of cooling fluid used. These systems and methods save on water usage in the generation of power by thermoelectric power generation systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventors: Bobby Middleton, Matthew D. Carlson, Marie Y. Arrieta
  • Patent number: 10561774
    Abstract: A method of detecting a disruption in a diurnal rhythm of a patient having an implantable blood pump comprising calculating a moving average convergence divergence (MACD) based on power consumed by the implantable blood pump to maintain a constant rotational speed of an impeller of the implantable blood pump and generating an alert when the calculated MACD does not cross a MACD zero line for a predetermined MACD zero line crossing time threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: HeartWare, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil Voskoboynikov, Pedro E. Grave De Peralta, Veronica Ramos
  • Patent number: 10559139
    Abstract: In some examples, a system receives information transmitted by a vehicle, the information acquired by a sensor of the vehicle. In response to the received information, an action is performed by the system with respect to the vehicle or content transported by the vehicle, the action comprising one or more of directing the vehicle to a location, selecting the vehicle for inspection from a plurality of vehicles, performing inspection of the vehicle or the content at a border of a jurisdiction, and loading or unloading of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Conrad Delbert Seaman, Stephen West, Kristian Neil Spriggs, Jason Wayne Jantzi, Mahendra Fuleshwar Prasad, Scott Leonard Dill
  • Patent number: 10558380
    Abstract: Systems and methods for active power management are described. In one embodiment, the systems and methods include obtaining power dissipation metrics for a plurality of components under one or more operating scenarios, generating a reference dissipation model based on the power dissipation metrics of the plurality of components, and implementing the reference dissipation model in a storage system to make component scheduling decisions in relation to power management of the storage system. In some embodiments, the storage system includes any combination of a hard disk drive, a solid state drive, a hybrid drive, and a system of multiple storage drives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: David S. Ebsen, Kevin A. Gomez, Mark Ish, Daniel J. Benjamin
  • Patent number: 10533563
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system and method for controlling a plurality of cooling fan modules using a management controller and a multiplex switch. The multiplex switch connects the management controller to the plurality of cooling fan modules. The multiplex switch can enable the management controller to select a specific cooling fan module from the plurality of cooling fan modules. Once the specific cooling fan module is selected, the multiplex switch can connect to the specific cooling fan module, enable the management controller to monitor operating characteristics of the specific cooling fan module, and control power or current being delivered to the specific cooling fan module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Chun-Ching Yu, Shuen-Hung Wang
  • Patent number: 10503225
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention describe a nonhomogeneous server deployment in which different classes of servers are placed within a data center unit, such as a rack or chassis. In one aspect, the cooling capacity for the unit is intentionally sized to be incapable of providing enough cooling to maintain an acceptable operational temperature for the servers, if all servers in the rack are simultaneously in an active processing mode. The control fabric maintains an acceptable operating temperature within the unit by assigning workloads to only a portion of the servers within the unit at a given point in time. In one aspect, servers are arranged within a data center unit according to anticipated peak periods of usage. Units can be arranged to be adjacent to servers optimized for a specialized workload having a peak period of usage that differs from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Euan Peter Garden, John Raymond Justice
  • Patent number: 10486490
    Abstract: An air-conditioning control device according to the present disclosure includes: a first temperature sensor which detects the temperature of an occupant; a processing unit which estimates, from the result of detection by the first temperature sensor, the thermal sensation felt by the occupant; and a control unit which controls an air conditioner according to the thermal sensation estimated by the processing unit. The processing unit determines a change in a clothing amount of the occupant from the result of detection by the first temperature sensor, and the control unit controls the output of the air conditioner according to the change in the clothing amount determined by the processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yamanaka, Takanori Sugiyama, Isao Hattori, Katsumi Kakimoto
  • Patent number: 10473739
    Abstract: In a method for cooling an MRI apparatus, and an MRI apparatus, the MRI apparatus has a magnet, a primary cooling device and a secondary cooling device, and a magnet controller, the primary cooling device being in contact with the magnet and the secondary cooling device separately. The magnet controller continuously monitors a pressure of the magnet, and turns off the secondary cooling device if the pressure is greater than or equal to a first preset pressure, of less than a second preset pressure and in a rising state. The present invention can save electricity, and since the duration of use of the secondary cooling device is also reduced, the lifespan of the secondary cooling device is prolonged, saving costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Ping Chen, Hai Ning Yang
  • Patent number: 10416737
    Abstract: An apparatus is presented. The apparatus includes a first circuit configured to predict temperatures of a location for a plurality of time instances based on measured temperatures and a second circuit configured to schedule a thermal mitigation function based on the predicted temperatures. A method of operating an apparatus is presented. The method includes measuring temperatures on an integrated circuit, predicting temperatures of a location for a plurality of time instances based on the measured temperatures, and scheduling a thermal mitigation function based on the predicted temperatures. An apparatus is presented. The apparatus includes means for measuring temperatures on an integrated circuit, means for predicting temperatures of a location for a plurality of time instances based on measured temperatures, and means for scheduling a thermal mitigation function based on the predicted temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventor: Rajit Chandra
  • Patent number: 10412560
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mobile device. The mobile device may be located proximate a mobile terminal and controlled by the mobile terminal. The mobile device may include a processor and a memory. The memory may store instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to: determine a mode of operation of the mobile device, determine a thermal profile for the mode of operation of the mobile device, and implement a power profile to achieve the thermal profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ralph V. Miele, Eduardo Escamilla, James Utz, James M. Yoder, Tongyan Zhai, Baomin Liu, Meenakshi Gupta, Brian R Peil, Venkat R Gaurav, Drew G Damm, Andrew Larson, Ricky O Branner
  • Patent number: 10405455
    Abstract: A rack fan speed regulation method based on a fan table provided in a node BMC is provided, which includes: providing a fan table reflecting a rack fan speed regulation policy in a BMC of each node server; acquiring, by the node BMC, a parameter reflecting a heat dissipation condition of a node motherboard; and acquiring, by the node BMC based on the speed regulation policy, a fan rotation speed corresponding to the parameter rapidly. With the rack fan speed regulation method, the node BMC can rapidly obtain parameters reflecting a heat dissipation condition of a node motherboard, and rapidly obtain a corresponding fan rotation speed based on the speed regulation policy. In this case, heat dissipation of the node can be controlled effectively in a timely manner, thereby ensuring heat dissipation of the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: INSPUR ELECTRONIC INFORMATION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiao Su
  • Patent number: 10386086
    Abstract: A chilled water plant includes a communications bus, chilled water plant devices connected to the communications bus, and a chiller device connected to the communications bus. The chiller device is configured to detect the chilled water plant devices connected to the communications bus during a commissioning process, determine device status modules based at least in part on a type of each of the chilled water plant devices, control an operation of the chilled water plant, and display a user interface containing the device status modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Homero L. Noboa, Joe Villani, Christine E. Kinner, Walter A. Phillips
  • Patent number: 10345774
    Abstract: A fan characterization and control system includes a chassis housing a plurality of components and a fan system. A controller system is coupled to the components and the fan system and configured to detect fan devices in the fan system that are connected to the controller system via respective fan connectors. The controller system determines fan performance categories of each of the fan devices based on signals communicated by each of the fan devices through at least one pin on the respective fan connectors. The controller system accesses a fan performance database that stores different fan performance categories and respective fan performance characteristics for each of the different fan performance categories. The controller system uses fan performance information that is associated in the fan performance database with each of the fan performance categories determined for the fan devices to configure the components and the fan system for operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Dominick Adam Lovicott, Shawn Joel Dube, Robert Boyd Curtis
  • Patent number: 10299360
    Abstract: A smart lamp comprising: a lamp; and a processor configured to operate said lamp, said processor having at least active and standby modes of operation, in said active mode, said processor uses a first communication protocol having a first power consumption, and, in said standby mode, said processor uses a second communication protocol having a second power consumption, wherein said first power consumption is significantly higher than said second power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Soraa, Inc.
    Inventor: Laszlo Takacs
  • Patent number: 10275110
    Abstract: A system for moving search results visibly comprises an interface, a processor and a memory. The processor is configured to a) determine an ordering of one or more results in a subsequent set of search results as merged into a displayed set of search results; b) determine one or more interleaving positions for the subsequent set of search results in the displayed set of search results; c) cause the creation of one or more blank spaces in the one or more interleaving positions; and d) cause a display of one or more results in the subsequent set of search results in the one or more blank spaces. The memory causes a display of one or more results in the subsequent set of search results in the one or more blank spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Pierre-Yves Chevalier, Marc Brette
  • Patent number: 10267512
    Abstract: A device for closed-loop control of a plurality of state variables of a steam generator of a thermal power plant is provided. In order to achieve stable and exact closed-loop control of the plurality of state variables, a multi-variable control/controller controls the plurality of state variables and uses a linear quadratic controller for this multi-variable control/controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Annette Barenbr├╝gge, Fabian Bargiel, Lutz Hanel, Bernhard Meerbeck, Michael Treuer, Klaus Wendelberger
  • Patent number: 10238011
    Abstract: An optimal controller is utilized minimize a total energy consumption of a CDU and cooling fans by optimizing a liquid pump speed of the CDU and fan speeds of the cooling fans collectively, while satisfying a set of constraints associated with liquid pump and the cooling fans. The total energy consumption includes a liquid pump energy cost and a fan energy cost. The optimal controller is to control the pump speed and fan speed at the same time to minimize the total energy cost, while keeping the processor's temperature below a predetermined reference temperature using an optimization function or model. The optimization model includes both the liquid and air cooling dynamics and converted the dynamics to a convex optimization problem. The optimization is performed to determine a set of pump speed and fan speeds such that the objective function reaches minimum, while the constraints are satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Yan Cui, Tianyi Gao, Charles J. Ingalz, Ali Heydari
  • Patent number: 10218202
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for charging an electronic device on an aircraft is provided. The method includes monitoring a charging station on the aircraft by a charging control module, determining whether the electronic device has been connected to the charging station and receiving, via the charging control module, an indication that operation of the electronic device should be restricted to airplane mode. The method also includes transmitting a command by the charging control module through charging station to the electronic device to instruct the electronic device to operate in airplane mode and determining whether the electronic device is operating in airplane mode. Based on a determination that the electronic device is operating in airplane mode, the method includes activating the charging station. Based on a determination that the electronic device is not operating in airplane mode, the method includes disabling the charging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shelton Jones, II, Raquel A. Prieto-Canter, Navya Ramanjulu
  • Patent number: 10203670
    Abstract: Information processing equipment includes: arithmetic processing units configured to execute jobs, respectively; a supply channel through which a coolant flows, the coolant absorbing heat generated by the arithmetic processing units; a circulating device configured to circulate the coolant in the supply channel through an outlet to output the coolant; and a job allocation device configured to allocate a job, when allocating the jobs to the arithmetic processing units, to a job non-execution arithmetic processing unit, if any, that is the arithmetic processing unit executing no job among the arithmetic processing units, the job non-execution arithmetic processing unit being positioned closer to the outlet side on the supply channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Jumpei Kubota
  • Patent number: 10184726
    Abstract: Systems and methods for cooling a power generation working fluid are disclosed that reduce the amount of cooling fluid used. These systems and methods save on water usage in the generation of power by thermoelectric power generation systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventors: Bobby Middleton, Matthew D. Carlson, Marie Y. Arrieta
  • Patent number: 10168217
    Abstract: Methods for detecting irregularities in a composite structure can include obtaining temperature data from a surface of the composite structure while the composite structure undergoes a thermal change. An irregularity in the composite structure is detected based on the temperature data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Prescott Gee Glynn, Robert Todd Marks, Steven McGinnis, Armando Medina Romero, Mark Gerald Munster, Jr., Adrian Timothy Wallace
  • Patent number: 10161384
    Abstract: A fan control circuit for controlling a fan includes a processing module, a driving module and a speed compensation module. The driving module is electrically connected to the processing module, and generates at least one driving signal to drive the fan. The speed compensation module is electrically connected to the processing module, and receives a first voltage. The first voltage is variable. The speed compensation module generates and transmits a speed-compensation parameter to the processing module according to the first voltage and a first waveform, and the processing module adjusts the driving signal according to the speed-compensation parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: ANPEC ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chia-Tai Yang, Yin-Kai Chen, Ching-Feng Lai
  • Patent number: 10158714
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a sensor network, machine type communication (MTC), machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, and technology for Internet of things (IoT). The present disclosure may be applied to intelligent services based on the above technologies, such as smart home, smart building, smart city, smart car, connected car, health care, digital education, smart retail, security and safety services. An apparatus for zone management is provided. The apparatus includes a processor configured to collect environment information of each zone of a plurality of zones, and determine an energy efficiency level of each zone of the plurality of zones based on the environment information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong-Oh Lee, Hyun-Suk Min, Sang-Sun Choi
  • Patent number: 10114432
    Abstract: The present invention provides a thermal control system and a thermal control method for an electronic device. The thermal control system comprises: an integrated circuit, a determining unit, an adding unit, and a proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controlling unit. The determining unit is utilized for determining at least a target thermal parameter for the integrated circuit. The adding unit is coupled to the integrated circuit and the determining unit, and utilized for receiving the target thermal parameter and at least an actual thermal parameter of the integrated circuit to generate at least an error thermal parameter accordingly. The PID controlling unit is coupled to the adding unit and the integrated circuit, and utilized for generating at least a performance level for the integrated circuit according to the error thermal parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Mark Shane Peng, Lee-Kee Yong
  • Patent number: 10095205
    Abstract: A fan characterization and control system includes a chassis housing a plurality of components and a fan system. A controller system is coupled to the components and the fan system and configured to detect fan devices in the fan system that are connected to the controller system via respective fan connectors. The controller system determines fan performance categories of each of the fan devices based on signals communicated by each of the fan devices through at least one pin on the respective fan connectors. The controller system accesses a fan performance database that stores different fan performance categories and respective fan performance characteristics for each of the different fan performance categories. The controller system uses fan performance information that is associated in the fan performance database with each of the fan performance categories determined for the fan devices to configure the components and the fan system for operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Dominick Adam Lovicott, Shawn Joel Dube, Robert Boyd Curtis
  • Patent number: 10076067
    Abstract: A system and method of controlling a cooling fan in an information handling system is disclosed. A fan request signal is received from a component of an information handling system and a determination is made regarding whether the component is configured to operate with a cooling fan. If the component is configured to operate with the cooling fan, the fan request signal is transmitted to the cooling fan. If, on the other hand, the component is not configured to operate with the cooling fan, a revised fan request signal is generated and transmitted to the cooling fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Eric M. Tunks, William K. Coxe
  • Patent number: 10061365
    Abstract: A temperature management system includes a detection unit for detecting a temperature of a heat generator, power consumption, and an intake air temperature of the electronics device; a control unit for controlling a manipulated variable to be given to the cooling device so that the temperature of the heat generator becomes close to a target value, wherein the control unit includes controllers assigned respectively to operating ranges of the electronics device and each controller includes a prediction model for predicting a future temperature of the heat generator under conditions set for the corresponding operating range, and a vector distance between a first vector for a current state of the electronic device and a second vector for conditions included in the prediction model is calculated to select the controller that corresponds to the prediction model of the shortest vector distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Masatoshi Ogawa, Hiroyoshi Kodama, Hiroshi Endo, Hiroyuki Fukuda, Masao Kondo
  • Patent number: 9970446
    Abstract: A multi-fan speed single-wire output system and a method thereof are disclosed. The system includes at least one first fan and one second fan, which have a first and a second rotation speed, respectively. The first fan transmits the first rotation speed to the second fan, and the second fan performs a logical operation on the first and the second rotation speed to generate an output rotation speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Asia Vital Components Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hu Zhang, Dong-Qi Tian, Wei-Ming Li
  • Patent number: 9945281
    Abstract: A cooling system for an air-cooled engine includes a plurality of electric fans, a plurality of ducts, each duct configured to receive one of the plurality of electric fans, a housing, the housing configured to be coupled to the engine and to include at least one opening, each opening is configured to be coupled to receive one of the plurality of ducts to direct air from the electric fans to a plurality of target locations, a sensor, the sensor is configured to acquire sensor data regarding the operation of the engine, and a processing circuit, the processing circuit is configured to receive the sensor data from the sensor and to control operation of the plurality of electric fans in accordance with the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Pitcel, David Procknow, Jacob Zuehl
  • Patent number: 9933768
    Abstract: A system and method for Internet of Things (IoT) Implementations for controlling electronic equipment. One embodiment of a system includes: an IoT hub that includes a network interface to couple the IoT hub to an IoT service over a wide area network (WAN), and at least one IoT device communicatively coupled to the IoT hub over a wireless communication channel. The IoT device includes an infrared (IR) or radio frequency (RF) blaster to control environmental control equipment via IR or RF communication with the environmental control equipment, at least one sensor to measure current environmental conditions capable of being controlled by the environmental control equipment, the IoT device to transmit an indication of the current conditions to the IoT hub over the wireless communication channel; and the IoT hub includes a remote control code database to store remote control codes usable to control the environmental control equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Afero, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Britt, Justin Lee
  • Patent number: 9857090
    Abstract: A home environment system includes a programmable thermostat and at least one server configured to communicate with the programmable thermostat via a wireless network. The at least one server is configured to receive information regarding work performed on at least one component of an HVAC system, generate a first report regarding the work performed, receive information regarding subsequent work performed on the at least one component of the HVAC system, generate a second report regarding the subsequent work performed, and perform a comparison between the first report and the second report. The at least one server is further configured to generate a comparison report that indicates differences between the first report and the second report and forward the generated comparison report to at least one of the programmable thermostat and at least one communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Lennox Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Golden, Daniel Castillo, Keith Mowery, Jayprakash Charavda, Melissa Amoros, Sunil K. Khiani, Steve Lazar
  • Patent number: 9859936
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a housing, a sensor disposed inside the housing, a tray for receiving a storage medium, the tray being detachably coupled to the inside of the housing, and a shared hole for providing a path for operating the tray to be discharged to the outside of the housing and for connecting the sensor to the outside of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: John-Gy Lee, Yong-Sang Yun
  • Patent number: 9842141
    Abstract: Range query techniques are disclosed for use in accordance with data stream processing systems. A technique is provided for incrementally processing continual range queries against moving objects. This technique is applicable for location-aware services and applications. A technique for evaluating one or more continual range queries over one or more moving objects comprises maintaining a query index with one or more containment-encoded virtual constructs associated with the one or more continual range queries over the one or more moving objects, and incrementally evaluating the one or more continual range queries using the query index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Shyh-Kwei Chen, Kun-Lung Wu, Philip Shi-Lung Yu
  • Patent number: 9817409
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method for distributed control of thermostatic electric loads (TELs) including receiving at an energy gateway, a demand response event signal and receiving real-time measurements of a temperature value and a power consumption value corresponding to a temperature setting of a plurality of TELs. The method retrieving historical data from pre-determined load profiles for the TELs and comparing load profiles and real-time measurements to determine a first consumption trajectory. Further, coordinating temperature settings of at least two TELs to generate a second consumption trajectory corresponding to the demand response event signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Nishihara Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan Murthy
  • Patent number: 9743552
    Abstract: A fan control subsystem may control a plurality of fans in an information handling system to cool the information handling system. The fan control subsystem may determine a fan importance factor for each of the plurality of fans based on the presence and thermal priority ratings of one or more thermal components located in a respective thermal region associated with each of the plurality of fans. Upon detecting a failure of one of the plurality of fans, the fan control subsystem may regulate airflow within the information handling system based on the fan importance factors determined for the fans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Dinesh Kunnathur Ragupathi, Hasnain Shabbir
  • Patent number: 9734100
    Abstract: A mechanism for reducing the cost of providing network-based remote platform management by allowing system firmware to communicate with a remote platform administrator or process by sharing a NIC that is also used for normal network traffic is discussed. The dual use of the NIC reduces the cost of remote platform management by removing the need for a secondary controller or CPU core on the computing device that is dedicated to remote management tasks. Additionally, performance in the computing device improves as a byproduct of a CPU core or thread not being dedicated to the management task and instead being available for handling of other tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Insyde Software Corp.
    Inventor: Timothy Andrew Lewis