Time Duration Or Rate Patents (Class 702/176)
  • Patent number: 8892399
    Abstract: A method of detecting one or more blocked sampling holes in a pipe of an aspirated smoke detector system. The method includes ascertaining the base flow of fluid through a particle detector using a flow sensor; monitoring subsequent flow through the particle detector; comparing the subsequent flow with the base flow; and indicating a fault if the difference between the base flow and the subsequent flow exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: XTralis Technologies Ltd
    Inventors: Kemal Ajay, Arjun Vinoo Caprihan, Michael Rezny
  • Patent number: 8884625
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a display panel, a light source part, a light source driving part and a used time calculation part. The light source part includes a light source providing the display panel with lights. The light source driving part includes a boost part outputting a light source driving voltage and a light source driving chip controlling the boost part. The used time calculation part detects an initial drive time during which an initial driving voltage is supplied to the light source driving chip and a normal drive time during which a normal driving voltage is supplied to the light source driving chip, and calculates a used time of the light source by using the initial drive time and the normal drive time. Thus, a real used time of a light source may be provided to correctly estimate lifetime of a light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Su-Mi Moon
  • Publication number: 20140303910
    Abstract: A method of calculating a time difference is disclosed. The method includes receiving a first ultrasonic signal (r21) from a first transducer (UT1) and receiving a second ultrasonic signal (r12) from a second ultrasonic transducer (UT2). The first and second ultrasonic signals are sampled to produce respective first and second sampled ultrasonic signals (502). Points having a value greater than a first threshold are selected from the first and second sampled ultrasonic signals (510). A difference in travel time between the first and second ultrasonic signals is calculated (512) in response to the selected points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Anand Dabak, Venkata Ramanan
  • Patent number: 8854049
    Abstract: A timer unit includes a timer for timing the period of time the logic circuit has been in the self-test mode. A comparator is connected to the timer, for comparing the period of time with a maximum for the period of time the logic circuit is allowed to be in the self-test mode and outputting an error signal when the period of time exceeds the maximum. The test timer unit further includes a mode detector for detecting a switching of the logic circuit to the self-test mode. The mode detector is connected to the timer, for starting the timer upon the switching to the self-test mode and stopping the timer upon a switching of the logic circuit out of the self-test mode. The timer unit can be used in a system for testing a logic circuit which includes a test routine module containing a set of instructions which forms a test routine for performing a test on a tested part of the logic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Florian Bogenberger, Leos Chalupa
  • Patent number: 8843328
    Abstract: A hydraulic control system for operating a subsea blowout preventer includes a surface manifold configured to convey hydraulic power to the blowout preventer, a surface actuation valve hydraulically connected to subsea valves and configured to operate the blowout preventer, and a control system monitoring apparatus. The control system monitoring apparatus includes a surface manifold pressure transducer hydraulically connected to the surface manifold, an electronic readback system, and a surface control line pressure transducer hydraulically connected to the surface end of at least one control hose and the surface actuation valve. The control system monitoring apparatus is configured to read, record, and process pressure data supplied by the surface manifold and surface control line pressure transducers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Post Curtiss, III
  • Publication number: 20140278233
    Abstract: A calculation method includes obtaining a temporal sequence of position data representing movement loci of an agricultural machine; extracting from among the obtained sequence of position data, a set of position data representing an interval among the movement loci of the agricultural machine and in which slopes of segments connecting two points represented by consecutive position data among the sequence of position data are consecutively within a given range; and calculating based on the extracted set of position data representing the interval, a length of a work interval of agricultural work performed by the agricultural machine. The calculation method is executed by a computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Jun Maeda
  • Patent number: 8838412
    Abstract: Systems and methods relate to managing an alarm clock function of a device. The systems and methods for compare a time setting of a new alarm by a user to one or more previous times settings that the alarm has been set to determine whether to warn the user about and/or require the user to confirm the time setting of the new alarm. The systems and methods can detect a user input indicating a first time setting for the alarm clock function. Further, the systems and methods can examine the one or more previous time settings associated with the alarm clock function determine, based on the one or more previous time settings, whether to query the user to confirm an activation of the alarm clock function at the first time setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Shields
  • Patent number: 8825414
    Abstract: A system for determining the amount of life consumed for a tool includes at least one sensor associated with the tool for generating observation data, a memory in operable communication with the at least one sensor, the memory including a database for storing the observation data generated by the sensor, and a processor in operable communication with the memory. The processor includes a model generator that generates a current model for a current run of the tool. The current model includes parameters of a functional approximation of the observation data. The processor also includes a classifier that classifies the current model and a current run estimator that determine the amount of life consumed based on the classification of the current model and a time of use associated with the current run.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Dustin R. Garvey, Joerg Baumann, Joerg Lehr, Martin John, Olof Hummes
  • Patent number: 8826061
    Abstract: A method of implementing a system time in an electronic device using a timer is disclosed. The method comprises storing a first count reset value in the electronic device; increasing a count value; comparing the first count reset value with the count value at a first particular time; resetting the count value when the count value is the same as the first count reset value at the first particular time; and generating an interrupt request signal when the count value is reset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong-Lae Park
  • Patent number: 8825441
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a versatile Operating System (OS) that performs a time measurement process in response to a request from an application, a storage unit that stores a process load of the versatile OS and a delay time of the time measurement process in combination, a detecting unit that detects a process load of the versatile OS when the application requests the time measurement process, an acquiring unit that acquires a delay time that corresponds to the process load, which is detected by the detecting unit, as an expected delay time from the storage unit, and a requesting unit that requests the versatile OS to measure a requested measurement time that is obtained by subtracting the expected delay time, which is acquired by the acquiring unit, from a measurement time that is requested by the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Susumu Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20140236533
    Abstract: A method for estimating and correcting or at least reducing phase errors in received ultrasonic signals in an ultrasonic flow meter is disclosed, the method including the steps of: measuring one or more signals in the ultrasonic flow meter, which one or more signals depend on characteristics of one or more ultrasonic transducers in the ultrasonic flow meter, using the one or more measured signals for calculating an estimated phase error value, and using the estimated phase error value for correcting transmission times measured by the ultrasonic flow meter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Jens Drachmann
  • Patent number: 8805641
    Abstract: Methods and systems may provide for a plurality of kinematic sensors to be coupled to a corresponding plurality of shanks of an individual, a processor, and a memory to store a set of instructions. If executed by the processor, the instructions can cause the system to calculate a timed up and go (TUG) time segment based on angular velocity data from the plurality of kinematic sensors. The instructions may also cause the system to calculate a derived parameter based on the angular velocity data, and generate a falls risk assessment based on at least one of the TUG time segment and the derived parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Intel-GE Care Innovations LLC
    Inventor: Barry R. Greene
  • Publication number: 20140213147
    Abstract: In a measuring method in which a sizing device is activated only for a prescribed measurement time (t1) to carry out measurement in a main process that is repeated with a period of a prescribed process time (t0), there are stored an activation drift that is a drift of a measured value after activation of the sizing device and a deactivation drift that is a fluctuation in drifts among different elapsed times, each of the drift being measured when the sizing device is activated after a predetermined time has elapsed since the sizing device is deactivated. A measurement drift section is determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: JTEKT Corporation
    Inventors: Okitsugu TANAKA, Yutaka MURAKOSHI
  • Publication number: 20140214362
    Abstract: A method of detecting a flickering frequency of an ambient light source includes the following steps. First, a light intensity of the light source is sensed in a predetermined time period according to a sampling frequency to obtain a plurality of sample values. Then, the sample values are calculated to obtain a median value. Next, the sample values are binarized according to a result of a comparison between the sample values and the median value to obtain a first sequence. The first sequence is differentiated to obtain a second sequence, and the second sequence includes numbers ?1, 0, and 1. Then, a distance between the same numbers in the second sequence is calculated, and the sampling frequency is divided by the distance to obtain the flickering frequency of the ambient light source. A system of detecting a flickering frequency of an ambient light source is also disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Lextar Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Yuan-Ching CHEN, Chun-Kuang CHEN
  • Patent number: 8775121
    Abstract: The present embodiments are generally directed to layers that are useful in imaging apparatus members and components, for use in electrophotographic, including digital, apparatuses. More particularly, the embodiments pertain to an electrophotographic imaging member having a charge transport layer in which a charge transport molecule (CTM) concentration gradient is formed through a single coating pass using only a single charge transport layer solution, and time-of-flight based methods of measuring the CTM gradient through the thickness of the charge transport layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Klenkler, Gregory McGuire
  • Patent number: 8756030
    Abstract: A system and method is described herein for validating and correcting time codes generated by a plurality of sensors in a proximity-based ad hoc network. The time code information is used to correlate data produced by the sensors in a manner that is useful for location tracking. By validating and correcting the time codes, the system and method improves the integrity of such time code information and any location information generated therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Marc E. Davis, Joseph O'Sullivan, Christopher Paretti, Christopher W. Higgins
  • Publication number: 20140142892
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for estimating a position distribution of radiation emission The method and apparatus include obtaining a time difference between radiations detected by a pair of detectors, and creating a probability distribution function (PDF) indicating the probability of where the radiations actually were or may have been emitted. The PDF may be created based on the time difference and timing resolutions of the pair of detectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventors: Tae-yong Song, Byung-kwan Park, Jae-mock Yi
  • Patent number: 8731837
    Abstract: A system and a method for associating measurements from a wellbore with times and depths is provided. Tools located in a wellbore obtain the measurements and provide time data used to determine the times. The tools and a surface clock may be synchronized. The times may be used to associate the measurements with corresponding depths of the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Shyam Mehta, Sachin Bammi, Keith Ray, Hiroshi Nomura
  • Patent number: 8725454
    Abstract: A method to compensate drying time in an electric or gas dryer machine, which comprises the steps of: read the operator parameters (dryness level, cycle type, heat level); begin a timer to measure time between beginning and Trtv; determine the load weight and the type of restrictions of the dryer; determine the dryness target voltage and the minimum drying time by means of a table of predetermined values based on the previous data; store the values in a memory; determine that the detected voltage be equal to the target voltage; calculate the additional time as a function of the heat factor and of the data previously determined; compare (Tminimum-Trtv) versus additional time and use the greater; and, add the additional time to the Trtv as compensation time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Mabe, S.A. DE C.V.
    Inventors: Ionelia Silvia Prajescu, Sebastièn Beaulac
  • Publication number: 20140122019
    Abstract: A method of calculating a transmission delay value for data transmitted from a first device to a second device across a communications link. The method involves calculating a plurality of measured values representing the transmission delay measured by the second device over time; detecting a minimum boundary of the measured values; and deriving the transmission delay value from the minimum boundary. The transmission delay value may be used to synchronize the clock signal of the second device to the clock signal of the first device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Cambridge Silicon Radio Limited
    Inventor: Cambridge Silicon Radio Limited
  • Publication number: 20140114608
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting the failure of a precision time source using an independent time source are disclosed. Additionally, detecting the failure of a GNSS based precision time source based on a calculated location of a GNSS receiver is disclosed. Moreover, the system may be further configured to distribute a time derived from the precision time source as a precision time reference to time dependent devices. In the event of a failure of the precision time source, the system may be configured to distribute a time derived from a second precision time source as the precision time signal during a holdover period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Shankar V. Achanta, David E. Whitehead, Henry Loehner
  • Patent number: 8706263
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided that are capable of synchronizing an industrial process. The industrial process may include a plurality of process levels. A visualization group may be displayed, showing the various levels of a process. A transition group may be graphically defined that allows for the linking of the transitions between the various process levels. In certain embodiments, sequential function charts (SFC) may include expanded capabilities that allow for the visual definition, editing, and review of the transition groups. Such SFC embodiments may be capable of process flow synchronization across any levels of the modeled process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Kline, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140107974
    Abstract: A method of monitoring the use of exercise equipment at an exercise facility having a plurality of items of exercise equipment, the method comprising the steps of: providing a plurality of usage monitors, each associated with an item of exercise equipment, monitoring the usage of the plurality of items of exercise equipment concurrently using the usage monitors, and thereby calculating, for at least some of the items of exercise equipment, a measure of the proportion of the period of time during which respective items of exercise equipment are used. In some embodiments, the usage monitors can detect when an item of exercise equipment is occupied, even if it is not being operated, for example using a heat sensor. A graphical representation may be prepared of the usage of items of exercise equipment at each of a plurality of locations within the exercise facility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Rhoderick Euan McGown
  • Publication number: 20140100816
    Abstract: A system includes a plurality of sensors measuring a physical parameter; a processing unit communicatively coupled to the plurality of sensors and configured to receive sensor data from each of the plurality of sensors; wherein the processing unit is further configured to compare rates of change between sensor data for each individual sensor of the plurality of sensors and each of the other individual sensors of the plurality of sensors; wherein the processing unit is further configured to perform a first action when the rate of change of each of the plurality of sensors is within a first threshold of all of the other plurality of sensors; and wherein the processing unit is further configured to perform a second action when the rate of change of at least one of the plurality of sensors is not within the first threshold of at least another of the plurality of sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Honeywell Intl. Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Forrest Rogoff, LeRoy Ernest Vetsch
  • Publication number: 20140094978
    Abstract: Methods and systems for detecting an oscillation error are provided. According to one embodiment, a system may include a controller, and a processor communicatively coupled to the controller. The processor may be configured to detect an oscillatory event and increment a delay timer based on a duration of the oscillatory event. The delay timer may be set to a predetermined delay value. Additionally, the processor may be configured to determine that the delay timer exceeds the predetermined delay value and, based on the determination, declare the oscillation error.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: Scott Edward Sherman, Bryan Edward Sweet, John Rogers Huey
  • Patent number: 8688924
    Abstract: A method for improving accuracy of a time estimate from a memory device is disclosed. In one embodiment, a memory device receives a time stamp and measures active time with respect to the received time stamp. The memory device determines accuracy of previously-measured active time and generates a time estimate using the measured active time, the accuracy of previously-measured active time, and the received time stamp. In another embodiment, measured active time is adjusted, with or without generating a time estimate. Other embodiments are disclosed, and each of the embodiments can be used alone or together in combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: SanDisk Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Holtzman, Rotem Sela, Ron Barzilai, Fabrice E. Jogand-Coulomb
  • Publication number: 20140067321
    Abstract: A monitoring system may be used to monitor machining of a workpiece. In some embodiments, the monitoring system may use an acoustic emission sensor to measure acoustic emissions from the machining and generate an acoustic emission signal. The acoustic emission signal may be compared to a master signal using several techniques, such as a Multi-Zone Strategy method. The Multi-Zone Strategy method may comprise generating a plurality of zones of the measured signal and generating a plurality of zones of a master signal to create a plurality of measured and master signal levels and thresholds. A measured signal level for each zone may be compared to a master signal level for each zone to determine whether the measured signal level differs from the master signal level by no more a predetermined percentage, which acts as a threshold for triggering notification of out of tolerance zones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Schmitt Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Detlef Zinngrebe
  • Patent number: 8639462
    Abstract: A method of estimating the time of flight of a burst signal includes: receiving the burst signal; determining the slope of the phase characteristic of the Fourier transform of the received burst signal; and estimating the time-of-flight of the burst signal from the slope of the phase characteristic of the Fourier transform of the received burst signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Avago Technologies General IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Osvaldo Buccafusca
  • Publication number: 20130346022
    Abstract: A physical quantity measuring apparatus includes: a signal input module receiving an input signal having consecutive pulses; a low resolution clock signal generator generating a low resolution clock signal; a high resolution clock signal generator generating a high resolution clock signal; a gate time generator outputting gate time signals at a predetermined interval; a low resolution clock signal synchronizer generating a low resolution clock synchronization signal; a low resolution counter counting the number of rising edges of the low resolution clock signal; a high resolution clock signal generation controller outputting the high resolution clock signal as a gated clock signal; a high resolution clock signal synchronizer generating a high resolution clock synchronization signal; and a high resolution counter counting the number of rising edges of the gated clock signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Shinichi SASAKI
  • Publication number: 20130338964
    Abstract: A process monitoring system may include: a storage unit configured to store time-sequence data, which is output from a field device located in a plant for measuring a state quantity, and log data, which includes handing procedures performed in past; a prediction unit configured to predict a time variation of the state quantity by using the time-sequence data output from the field device; and an extraction unit configured to extract the time-sequence data similar to the time variation of the state quantity, which has been predicted by the prediction unit, from the time-sequence data, which has been stored in the storage unit, the extraction unit being configured to extract the handling procedures, which has been performed at a time, when the time-sequence data that has been extracted is obtained, from the log data that has been stored in the storage unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Satoshi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8583404
    Abstract: A photoelectric sensor comprises a control unit which performs a measuring process for data on an amount of light input from a light-receiving unit. The control unit measures the length TPS of period (from point a to point d) from when measurement data starts to change in the direction of a threshold P0 to when the amount of received light returns to the level at which the measurement data started to change, and the length TON of period (from point b to point c) for which the detection signal is ON-level. The control unit then outputs information on a margin for TPS with respect to TON on a display unit provided for the photoelectric sensor or to an external device in order to display them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Hideyoshi Nakamura, Atsushi Iwamoto, Koji Kosaka, Susumu Mizuhara
  • Publication number: 20130282330
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for comparing event data sets. A method, system and computer program for comparing event data sets comprising: calculating one or more derivatives for each event in a first and second set of events; classifying each event by the calculated derivatives; and evaluating a similarity of the first and second sets of events based on the classifications of the respective events.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Piotr Przestrzelski, Eric Thiebaut-George
  • Patent number: 8564466
    Abstract: To increase the number of analog inputs at low cost, an analog input system includes: one or more analog slave units each connected to a bus to which a CPU unit is connected, and each including an A/D-conversion device converting an analog value outputted by an external device into a first digital value, a buffer memory buffering a second digital value to be transferred to the CPU unit, and a nonvolatile storage device containing specific information of its own unit; and an analog master unit connected to the bus and including an operation section performing operation processing based on the specific information stored in the storage device with the first digital value being used as an input, to calculate the second digital value, the master unit performing on each of the slave input units the operation processing and processing of transferring the calculated second digital value to the buffer memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masaru Hoshikawa, Shigeaki Takase
  • Patent number: 8527235
    Abstract: ID likelihoods and position likelihoods of an object are detected by a first observation device, and position likelihoods of the object and tracking states of the object are detected by a second observation device; thus, the object detected by the second observation device and the object ID are associated with each other by an association unit, and based upon information from the second observation device and the association unit, the ID likelihoods of the object detected by the second observation device are determined by a second object ID likelihood determination unit so that the object position is estimated by an object position estimation unit based upon the ID likelihoods and position likelihoods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Toru Tanigawa
  • Publication number: 20130226518
    Abstract: A method of determining blade tip timing measurement uncertainty comprising measuring time of arrival of each of a set of blades at each of a reference set of stationary probes. A reference blade tip parameter is derived from the measurements and the position of each of the probes. A reference condition number is calculated from the position of each of the probes and each targeted engine order, and then a mean calculated. Combinations of fewer probes are determined. For each combination, a condition number is calculated and then a mean condition number is calculated. The combination means are ordered relative to the reference mean and a predetermined number of combinations are selected. A blade tip parameter is derived for the selected combinations. Finally uncertainty of the blade tip parameter for each selected combination is calculated as a percentage of the reference blade tip parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventor: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
  • Patent number: 8521472
    Abstract: A requesting critical wait time of a given resource may be determined. The requesting critical wait time is the time spent by the one or more resources waiting for the given resource, wherein at least one of the resources waiting for the given resource can proceed if access to the given resource is granted. A requested by critical wait time for a resource is determined, the requested by critical wait time being time spent by the resource for waiting solely for the given resource, wherein if the resource were granted access to the given resource, the resource can proceed without further waiting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Evelyn Duesterwald, Peter K. Malkin, Peter F. Sweeney, Qiming Teng, Haichuan Wang, Xiao Zhong
  • Patent number: 8516467
    Abstract: A method and apparatus that utilizes techniques for formatting assembly and/or machine code, including using arrows, indentations and textual symbols, so that a programmer who reads the code has an enhanced understanding of the program flow. Different methods of assessing computing time complexity (e.g., the up branch method and the strongly connected subgraph method) have strengths and weaknesses but benefit from being used together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nathaniel Guy, Chad Hinkle, Mark Jawad, Steve Rabin
  • Publication number: 20130211781
    Abstract: To provide a measurement apparatus and measurement method capable of shortening the measurement time, a measurement apparatus 10 includes: an acquisition section 21 that acquires the data of a plurality of slots; a setting unit 12 that sets measurement items for each slot; an additional time table 23 that stores additional time set in advance for each measurement item; a measurement period setting section 22 that sets a measurement period for measuring the data of a slot by adding additional time before and after time assigned to the slot; and a measurement section 30 that measures the characteristics of the data of the slot in a measurement period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
  • Patent number: 8498818
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, an emissions calculation system calculates the emissions resulting from transporting a shipment that includes an individual or group of packages. In certain embodiments, the calculated emissions are based on estimated amounts of fuel used in the transportation process based on historical fuel usage and shipment data. In addition, various embodiments of the system generate and display (or otherwise make available) one or more reports of the calculated emissions information. For example, the reports may provide a total amount of carbon dioxide emitted for a particular shipment or group of shipments. In addition, the report may provide a breakdown of the amount of emissions resulting from various operational activities in the transportation process (e.g., resulting from pickup, delivery, and/or transportation between carrier facilities, and resulting from stationary operational activities, such as sorting or movement within each carrier facility).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: James Anthony Jones, Jr., Mark Matulevicus, David T. Ridley, David Guernsey
  • Patent number: 8494789
    Abstract: A method of monitoring status of an energy reserve accumulator, connected to a fluid system, includes the following successive operations once the fluid system has stabilized for pressure: measuring a first time taken by the fluid system to progress from a predetermined first pressure to a predetermined second pressure, lower than the predetermined first pressure; measuring a second time taken by the system to progress from a predetermined third pressure, lower than the predetermined second pressure, to a predetermined fourth pressure, lower than the predetermined third pressure; and comparing the first and second times to determine the status of the energy reserve accumulator. Such a method may find use for example in an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.A.S.
    Inventors: Patrick Boissonneau, Stephan Montillaud
  • Patent number: 8473247
    Abstract: Methods for monitoring processing equipment are provided herein. In some embodiments, a method for monitoring processing equipment when in an idle state for a period of idle time may include selecting a test from a list of a plurality of tests to perform on the processing equipment when the processing equipment is in the idle state, wherein the test has a total run time; starting the selected test; comparing a remaining idle time of the period of idle time to a remaining run time of the total run time as the selected test is performed; and determining whether to end the selected test prior to completing the total run time in response to the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Cruse, Dermot Cantwell, Michael R. Rice, Thorsten Kril, Charles Hardy
  • Patent number: 8473248
    Abstract: A first transform unit transforms clock change point information which indicates the change timing of a clock signal into information with respect to the frequency domain thereof so as to generate first clock change point frequency information. A digital filter performs filtering of the first clock change point frequency information so as to generate second clock change point frequency information. A second transform unit inverse-transforms the second clock change point frequency information into information with respect to the time domain so as to generate second clock change point information. A judgment unit evaluates a DUT based upon difference data between the change timing represented by the data change point information and the change timing represented by the second clock change point information in increments of phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Advantest Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Yamamoto, Toshiyuki Okayasu
  • Publication number: 20130158420
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for defining and parameterizing signals or system responses containing pulses of varying width. The parameters may define the signal and therefore can be equated to a compressed version of the original signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Roy Franklin Quick, JR., Ronald Eldon Crochiere, John Hyunchul Hong
  • Publication number: 20130158950
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for assessing application performance. hi some embodiments, the analysis considers external factors, such as business hours, time zone, etc., to identify or recognize distinctive intervals of application performance. These distinctive intervals correspond to different periods of activity by an enterprise or business and may occur in a cyclical manner or other type of pattern. The distinctive intervals defined by external factors are employed in the analysis to improve aggregating of statistics, setting of thresholds for performance monitoring and alarms, correlating business and performance, and the modeling of application performance. The metrics measured can include, among other things, measures of CPU and memory utilization, disk transfer rates, network performance, queue depths and application module throughput. Key performance indicators, such as transaction rates and round-trip response times may also be monitored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: OPNET Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alain J. COHEN, Yiping DING, Stefan ZNAM
  • Patent number: 8467979
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system for providing information to an athlete concerning the efficiency with which the athlete is using energy in moving relative to the ground or some other surface. In one embodiment, the system includes a plurality of pressure sensors that are associated with a shoe and generate pressure related data. The system further includes a processing system that processes the pressure data produced by the sensors to determine energy efficiency related information and make this information available to the wearer of the shoe so that the wearer can, if needed or desired, takes steps to improve their energy efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Alluvial Joules, Inc.
    Inventor: Zbigniew S. Sobolewski
  • Patent number: 8464089
    Abstract: A tracing apparatus for tracing operational information that is output from a plurality of processing units in relation to data processing operations, the tracing apparatus comprising for each of the processing units: a counting unit configured to obtain and output a counter value for the corresponding processing unit, the counter value obtained by counting clock signals that are input to the processing unit at an operating frequency thereof; a counter value conversion unit configured to obtain and output a converted counter value for the corresponding processing unit, the converted counter value obtained by converting the counter value based on the assumption that the processing unit has a given reference operating frequency; and an adding unit configured to acquire an operational information set from the corresponding processing unit, and to add the converted counter value to the operational information set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Watanabe, Takashi Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 8463578
    Abstract: A hardware based utilization metering device, and a corresponding method are used in a computer system having one or more central processor units (CPUs) to provide a measure of CPU utilization. The device includes a state indicator coupled to a CPU. The state indicator receives an indication when the CPU is in a first state, which may be a busy state. A counter coupled to the state indicator and coupled to a system clock, receives a measure of system time from the system clock and receives data related to the indication when the CPU is in the first state, and generates a counter value indicative of time the CPU is in the first state. A data usage provider coupled to the counter maintains a non-volatile value of the counter value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Edgar Circenis
  • Patent number: 8463573
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed that monitor movement of a person, or of a vehicle ridden by the person, to determine speed, distance traveled and/or airtime of the person or vehicle. Accelerometer-based sensors, pressure sensors or Doppler sensors may be employed in these systems and methods. A liquid crystal display may attach to the person to display speed, distance traveled and/or airtime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Flentov, Dennis M. Darcy, Curtis A. Vock
  • Patent number: 8452559
    Abstract: A “density trace” according to an embodiment of the present invention is formed by measuring the density of each column of a frequency domain bitmap above a user-specified “amplitude threshold.” The density of each column equals the sum of the densities of all of the pixels in the column that are above the amplitude threshold divided by the sum of the densities of all of the pixels in the column. A density trace provides a convenient way to define and represent the occupancy for a large number of columns, and also allows density data to be quickly transmitted from one instrument or computer to another. In some embodiments, a density trace is incorporated into a trigger detector of a test and measurement instrument and used to generate a trigger signal. The trigger detector compares the density trace to a user-specified “density threshold” and generates the trigger signal when the value of any point of the density trace violates the density threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Tektronix, Inc.
    Inventors: Kathryn A. Engholm, Alfred K. Hillman, Jr., John F. Turpin, David H. Eby
  • Patent number: 8447705
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus that generates automatically a characteristic pattern in time series data by clustering a plurality of time series subsequences generated from the time series data. The apparatus includes a time series subsequence generation unit that generates a plurality of time series subsequences from the time series data, a phase alignment unit that aligns a phase of the generated time series subsequence, a clustering unit that performs clustering of a plurality of the time series subsequences, each having a phase aligned, a storage apparatus that stores the pattern obtained by the clustering, and an output apparatus that outputs the stored pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Ryohei Fujimaki, Syunsuke Hirose, Takayuki Nakata