Including Related Electrical Parameter Patents (Class 702/65)
  • Patent number: 10337978
    Abstract: A method for determining the location of an interface of interest in a target domain, between a free volume of a flowable material and a solid material limiting said free volume, the method involves the steps of providing a mathematical model of the target domain determining, for a plurality of pairs of electrode groups, a characteristic electrical quantity proportional to the capacitance of a capacitor formed by a pair of electrode groups; receiving measurements of the characteristic electrical quantity for a plurality of pairs of electrode groups; adjusting the mathematical model by varying the location of the boundary surface in order to take into account possible wear of the boundary surface so as to reduce the differences between the measured characteristic electrical quantities and those defined by the mathematical model; and determining the location of the interface of interest on the basis of the adjusted mathematical model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: ROCSOLE LTD
    Inventors: Arto Voutilainen, Pasi Laakkonen, Anssi Lehikoinen
  • Patent number: 10324576
    Abstract: A method may include obtaining a capacitive image of various sensor pixels in an input device. The capacitive image may include various capacitive measurements resulting from the first input object and the second input object in a sensing region of the input device. The method may further include obtaining various pixel response functions corresponding to the sensor pixels. The method may further include determining, from the capacitive image and using a search method and the pixel response functions, various capacitive contributions of the first input object in the capacitive image and various capacitive contributions of the second input object. The method may further include determining, using the capacitive contributions of the first input object and the capacitive contributions of the second input object, a first location of the first input object and a second location of the second input object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventor: Donald R. Schropp, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10317450
    Abstract: The method for measuring of quick changes of low surface conductivity of dielectrics under electromagnetic interference of line voltage is based on a comparison measurement on a voltage divider and synchronization of measuring pulses with periodic sinusoidal course of interference when voltage with pre-set parameters of square pulse is brought to the tested dielectric surface and potential is sampled in the voltage divider consisting of the measured dielectric surface and a resistor with preselected resistivity in certain time intervals both before application of the measuring pulse and immediately before its end, and then based on a difference between the values measured using a differential amplifier, the value corresponding to that measured without effect of electromagnetic interference 60 Hz is derived and the result is the possibility to measure quick changes of low surface conductivity of dielectric surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Palacky University Olomouc
    Inventor: Petr Fry{hacek over (c)}ák
  • Patent number: 10295570
    Abstract: The electronic device for sensing a current comprises a semiconductor chip comprising a main face, an electronic circuit integrated in the semiconductor chip, a redistribution metallization layer disposed above the main face of the semiconductor chip, a current path formed in the redistribution metallization layer, the current path forming a resistor that is connected at two resistance defining end points to the electronic circuit for sensing a current flowing through the current path, and external contact elements connected with the redistribution metallization layer for feeding a current to be sensed into the current path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Gottfried Beer, Wolfgang Furtner
  • Patent number: 10278609
    Abstract: Methods for assessing a health condition of an individual using single coil magnetic induction tomography imaging are provided. A target area for medical imaging on a patient can be identified. A plurality of coil property measurements can be obtained using a single coil. The plurality of coil property measurements can be performed with the single coil at a plurality of discrete locations relative to the target area. The coil property measurements can be processed to generate an image of the conductivity distribution of the target area. The image can be analyzed to assess a health condition of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph R. Feldkamp, Shawn Jeffery Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10282021
    Abstract: Increasing ground mass state of an input device is disclosed. Increasing the ground mass state includes driving sensor electrodes to acquire first measurements of a sensing region of the input device, and driving a first subset of the sensor electrodes while a second subset is coupled to device ground to acquire second measurements of a portion of the sensing region. Increasing the ground mass state further includes determining a location of an input object in the sensing region using the first measurements, determining the second subset corresponds to the location of the first input object in the sensing region, and coupling the second subset to device ground when driving the first subset in response to the second subset corresponding to the location of the first input object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Shubha Ramakrishnan
  • Patent number: 10267840
    Abstract: A method for testing inter-layer connections is presented. The method entails: providing a test semiconductor device, wherein the test semiconductor device comprises a two-port resistance network; measuring base input resistances on at least one of the first and the second ports of the test semiconductor device for different numbers of resistance links in a defect-free circumstance; obtaining a correspondence relationship between the number of resistance links and the base input resistances; measuring actual input resistances on at least one of the first and the second ports of the test semiconductor device; and determining a position of the resistance link corresponding to the actual input resistances based on the correspondence relationship, wherein the position of the resistance link determines the location of a defect. This method can promptly locate a defect in inter-layer components and can reduce test time and simplify test procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING INTERNATIONAL (BEIJING) CORPORATION, SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING INTERNATIONAL (SHANGHAI) CORPORATION
    Inventor: Zhenghao Gan
  • Patent number: 10268313
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein mitigate the effect of a coupling capacitance between a sensor electrode in a touch sensor and a display electrode in a display screen. An input device, which includes the touch sensor and display screen, may transmit a guarding signal on the display electrodes when performing capacitive sensing. In one embodiment, the guarding signal may have similar characteristics as a modulated signal (e.g., similar amplitude and/or phase) driven on the sensor electrode to detect interaction between the input device and an input object. By driving a guarding signal that is similar to the modulated signal onto the display electrodes, the voltage difference between the sensor electrode and display electrode remains the same. Accordingly, the coupling capacitance between the sensor electrode and the display electrode does not affect a capacitance measurement used to detect the user interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Christopher A. Ludden
  • Patent number: 10254873
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein provide devices and methods that facilitate improved performance. In one embodiment, an input device comprises a plurality of capacitive sensor electrodes and a processing system coupled to the electrodes and configured to operate the electrodes to sense in a sensing region. Specifically, the processing system is configured to determine information about input objects in the sensing region based on comparisons of preliminary values with corresponding baseline values. The processing system is further configured to selectively operate in a first mode and a second mode. While operating in the first mode, the processing system selectively changes a baseline value of the plurality of baseline values by a first amount in response to that baseline value being below a corresponding preliminary value. This selective changing of baseline values occurs even when the processing system determines that an input object is in the sensing region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventor: Tom Vandermeijden
  • Patent number: 10249895
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a stack voltage monitor that measures a voltage of each channel of a plurality of channels of a fuel cell stack. Each of the channel of the plurality of channels includes a predetermined number of unit cells. The stack voltage monitor calculates impedance of each of the channel from the measured voltage. The apparatus further includes a controller that diagnoses a state of the fuel cell stack based on the impedance of each of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Sang Bok Won, Young Bum Kum, Kwi Seong Jeong
  • Patent number: 10200190
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that may reconstruct a data signal in the presence of ground drift and high-frequency signal coupling. An illustrative embodiment of the present invention may reconstruct a received data signal by taking an finite difference of the received data signal, detecting edges of the received data signal by detecting positive and negative peaks of the finite difference of the received signal, and reconstructing the received data signal using the detected edges. Taking a finite difference of the received data signal removes the DC component of the received data signal, as well as the ground drift that may cause the DC component of the received data signal to change over time. Additional filtering may be used to reduce high-frequency signal coupling and power supply inductive coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hsiao-Ping Tsai, William P. Cornelius
  • Patent number: 10188348
    Abstract: A physiological monitor has a sensor port configured to attach and communicate with a sensor. A processor board is in communications with the sensor port and has a board digital signal processor (DSP). Firmware residing on the processor board is executable by the board DSP so as to calculate physiological parameters in response to a sensor signal received from the sensor. Upgrade tools are individually attachable to the sensor port in lieu of the sensor so as to designate to the processor board which of the physiological parameters, if any, to calculate when the sensor is attached to the sensor port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventors: Ammar Al-Ali, Phillip B. Trinh
  • Patent number: 10094145
    Abstract: A sensing module for sensing a position of a door panel includes a sensing unit, a processing unit, and a radio frequency transceiving unit. The sensing unit is disposed in a cavity for receiving a bolt of the door panel, detects a variation in magnetic field attributed to the bolt, and outputs a sensing signal indicating the variation in magnetic field detected thereby. The processing unit is electrically connected to the sensing unit to receive the sensing signal from the sensing unit, determines whether the position of the door panel is an open position or a closed position based on the variation in magnetic field and predetermined magnetic field information, and generates an informing signal indicating the position of the door panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Vision Automobile Electronics Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tien-Bou Wan
  • Patent number: 10041986
    Abstract: A directional bridge for characterizing a signal reflected from an RF device under test (DUT) the bridge comprising: a differential signal source with two antipodal outputs wherein the first output is connected to a reference termination, and the second output is connected to the DUT, and at least one equal-ratio resistive divider wherein one side of the resistive divider is attached to the first output, and the second side of the resistive divider is connected to the second output and the middle point of the resistive divider is connected to a receiver, wherein the at least one equal-ratio resistive divider is configured to provide a separated forward and reverse signals by canceling a differential mode of a transmitted signal at the bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: VAYYAR IMAGING LTD.
    Inventors: Zlvi Nadiri, Shay Moshe
  • Patent number: 10045310
    Abstract: Example implementations relate to detecting human presence in proximity of a user device. In example implementations, a portion of a first signal may be provided by a first directional coupler that is communicatively coupled to an antenna. A portion of a second signal may be provided by a second directional coupler that is communicatively coupled to a signal source. Transmit power of the signal source may be regulated based on the signal portions provided by the first and second directional couplers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Otis Robert Harris, III
  • Patent number: 10019024
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatus to improve the stability of power distribution systems. The methods and apparatus include using edge processing to decrease the detection and reaction times associated with disturbances within the power distribution system. The edge processor can compare sampled phasor data with center of inertia data associated with the power distribution system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Vit Tall LLC
    Inventor: Steve Chan
  • Patent number: 9974142
    Abstract: An electronic display assembly which allocates power to a plurality of displays without exceeding a maximum current level for the circuit is disclosed. An exemplary system preferably includes an AC current sensor, a power load sharing controller, ambient light sensors for each display, and a brightness controller for each display. A maximum total current draw may be selected. The ambient light contacting each display may be measured and a corresponding desired brightness calculated. Depending on the present amount of current draw, the system determines if the displays can be driven at the desired brightness without exceeding the maximum total current draw. If yes, the displays are driven at their desired brightness. If no, the desired brightness for each display may be slightly reduced to prevent exceeding the maximum total current draw. Thus, as the ambient light varies between the displays, the available power may be shared.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: MANUFACTURING RESOURCES INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: William Dunn, Jerry Wasinger, Dave Williams, John Schuch
  • Patent number: 9967011
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides system and methods for calibrating a tunable metamaterial device including a plurality of external antennas. A sequence of port impedance vectors, (z(m), m) may be generated. Each of the port impedance vectors may be applied to the tunable metamaterial device, and measuring at least one S-parameter associated with an antenna external to the tunable metamaterial device. A simulated S-Matrix may be generated by associating each of the port impedance vectors, z(m), with the unknown admittance matrix. The unknown admittance matrix may be solved for by determining a plurality of optimization variables by comparing each of the S-parameters, S(m), to the simulated S-Matrix for each port impedance vector, z(m), and generating an estimated admittance matrix by associating each of the optimization variables with the unknown admittance parameters. The estimated admittance matrix may be used for more accurate radiation patterning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Guy Shlomo Lipworth, Yaroslav A. Urzhumov
  • Patent number: 9948061
    Abstract: An optical wavelength sweeping apparatus is disclosed. The optical wavelength sweeping apparatus includes a laser diode having an active region including a thickness of less than 1 ?m, a cross-section of less than 7 ?m2, and a ratio of active region volume to total laser diode volume of less than 1/300, and a pulse generator coupled to the laser diode. The pulse generator is configured and operable to provide a current drive pulse to the laser diode to selectively and rapidly heat the active region and immediate vicinity to provide a peak increase in temperature of 30° C. or more at an end of the current pulse and to perform a wavelength sweep of emitted optical radiation which is greater than 5 nm. Methods of driving a laser diode and optical systems are disclosed, as are other aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: University of Maribor
    Inventors: Matej Njegovec, Denis Donlagic
  • Patent number: 9897639
    Abstract: A measuring system for implementing impedance matching of an electromagnetic immunity filter comprises an impedance measuring chip, an impedance reading device, and a power supply module and a load circuit in a circuit to be applied by the electromagnetic immunity filter; wherein, the impedance measuring chip, connected between the power supply module and the load circuit, is configured to output an excitation voltage to the load circuit, receive a current returned by the load circuit, calculate an impedance of the load circuit based on the excitation voltage and the current returned by the load circuit, and output the impedance to the impedance reading device; and the impedance reading device is configured to read the impedance calculated by the impedance measuring chip. Accordingly, the present invention further provides a method for implementing impedance matching of an electromagnetic immunity filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventor: Ming Zhou
  • Patent number: 9876468
    Abstract: A method, a system and a program product for use when monitoring degradation of a photovoltaic cell each use a plurality of current-voltage curves for the photovoltaic cell obtained at a plurality of predetermined times, where the plurality of current-voltage curves is obtained when the photovoltaic cell (or related module, string or array) is in operational service. The use of such a plurality of current-voltage curves provides for extraction of a plurality of degradation characteristics or parameters for the photovoltaic cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Kristopher O. Davis, David K. Click, Robert M. Reedy, Winston V. Schoenfeld
  • Patent number: 9874612
    Abstract: An apparatus for measuring an impedance of a laminated battery includes a laminated battery in which a plurality of power generating elements is laminated; a load connected to both ends of the laminated battery; a resistance component provided between the superimposing unit and the load; and a potential difference suppressing circuit that suppresses a pulsating potential difference between both ends of the resistance component. A superimposing unit superimposes a pulsating current or a pulsating voltage on an output of the laminated battery. An impedance measuring unit measures an internal impedance of the laminated battery on the basis of when the pulsating current is superimposed, the pulsating current and a pulsating voltage generated by superimposing the pulsating current, or on the basis of, when the pulsating voltage is superimposed, the pulsating voltage and a pulsating current generated by superimposing the pulsating voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masanobu Sakai
  • Patent number: 9830301
    Abstract: A method of determining whether service is needed on a solar array includes gathering current data with regard to current solar array performance and environmental conditions, collecting weather data, accessing a storage for historical performance data, using the current data, weather data and historical data to generate a predicted performance, comparing the predicted performance to the current solar array performance data to determine if service is needed and generate comparison data, and analyzing the comparison data to determine a type of service needed, if service is needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: SunPower Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Batten, Ravindranath Naiknaware
  • Patent number: 9786068
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a medical image diagnostic apparatus includes a storage memory, processing circuitry, and a display. The storage memory stores data of a plurality of FFR distribution maps constituting a time series regarding a coronary artery, and data of a plurality of morphological images corresponding to the time series. The processing circuitry converts the plurality of FFR distribution maps into a plurality of corresponding color maps, respectively. The display displays a plurality of superposed images obtained by superposing the plurality of color maps and the plurality of morphological images respectively corresponding in phase to the plurality of color maps. The display restricts display targets for the plurality of color maps based on the plurality of FFR distribution maps or the plurality of morphological images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Hideaki Ishii, Satoshi Wakai, Kazumasa Arakita, Takuma Igarashi, Yasuko Fujisawa, Shigeo Kaminaga, Kenji Hirohata, Junichiro Ooga
  • Patent number: 9678028
    Abstract: A method and device for determining an insulation variable of a network. The method may comprise measuring a first voltage at the network, connecting the auxiliary system to the network, measuring a second voltage at the network, disconnecting the auxiliary system from the network, measuring a third voltage at the network, and determining the insulation variable based on the first voltage, the second voltage, and the third voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Lisa Draexlmaier GmbH
    Inventor: Gernot Eyssler
  • Patent number: 9652072
    Abstract: A display device having an integrated capacitive sensing device includes receiver electrodes disposed on a back side of a color filter glass. Transmitter electrodes of the capacitive sensing device are configured with a size and geometry that reduces the capacitive coupling between the transmitter and receiver electrodes. The transmitter electrodes may be made of one or more prongs or segments from a segmented common electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Petr Shepelev, Thomas Mackin, David Hoch
  • Patent number: 9594458
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for operating an input device having a touch sensor and associated display device is discussed. While performing touch sensing, inactive transmitter electrodes of the touch sensor are electrically floated, and one or more source lines from the display device are operated to achieve shielding against interference, such as that coming from a backlight underneath the touch sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Petr Shepelev
  • Patent number: 9562875
    Abstract: A measuring apparatus for measuring a substrate concentration by using a sensor including an enzyme reagent layer includes a state detecting unit that applies a first voltage and a second voltage different from the first voltage to the sensor to detect a state of the enzyme reagent layer based on a difference between a first response current value obtained under application of the first voltage and a second response current value obtained under application of the second voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: ARKRAY, Inc.
    Inventor: Yosuke Murase
  • Patent number: 9564839
    Abstract: A drive device for a vehicle, in particular a rail vehicle, includes a set of drive units each having at least one electric traction motor and a power generation unit which is provided for generating power for the traction motor, and a set of motor contactor units each being assigned to a traction motor. In order to provide a type of drive device which has a high availability in the event of a failure, has few structural elements and can be produced economically, at least one motor contactor unit includes at least one switching device which is connected between the power generation unit for the associated traction motor and a feed point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Wolfgang Fetter
  • Patent number: 9563319
    Abstract: A processing system for a capacitive sensing device, including: a sensor module coupled to multiple sensor electrodes and configured to receive multiple resulting signals from the multiple sensor electrodes, where the multiple electrodes includes a first sensor electrode, a second sensor electrode adjacent to the first second electrode, a third sensor electrode adjacent to the first sensor electrode and the second sensor electrode, and a fourth sensor electrode adjacent to the third sensor electrode; and a determination module configured to: determine, based on the multiple resulting signals, first differential capacitive sensing data between the first sensor electrode and the second sensor electrode; determine, based on the multiple resulting signals, second differential capacitive sensing data between the third sensor electrode and the fourth sensor electrode; and determine user contact information based on at least one of the first differential capacitive sensing data and the second differential capacitive
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventor: Tom Vandermeijden
  • Patent number: 9519032
    Abstract: A novel method for real-time small-signal stability analysis for power electronic-based components in a power system. The method may be used to monitor a power system in real-time by perturbing the source side of an electronic-based component of the power system of about 0.5 to 1 percent of a nominal current of the power system at the source side using shunt current injection, and perturbing the load side of the power electronic-based component by varying the voltage at the load side using series voltage injection. Time-domain results of the perturbations may be transferred to frequency-domain results and the stability of the power system may be monitored by obtaining a Nyquist contour and employing unit circuit criterion or Generalized Nyquist Criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: The Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohamadamin Salmani, Chris S. Edrington
  • Patent number: 9513342
    Abstract: A novel method for real-time small-signal stability analysis within the instability borders for power electronic-based components in a power system. The method may be used to monitor a power system in real-time by perturbing the source side of an electronic-based component of the power system of about 0.5 to 1 percent of a nominal current of the power system at the source side, and perturbing the load side of the power electronic-based component by varying the voltage at the load side. Time-domain results of the perturbations may be transferred to frequency-domain results and the stability of the power system may be monitored by obtaining a Nyquist contour and employing unit circuit criterion or Generalized Nyquist Criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: The Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohamadamin Salmani, Chris S. Edrington
  • Patent number: 9500538
    Abstract: An electronic system, or its battery thermal management system, determines a thermal state of a battery used in the electronic system. A temperature at a position proximate the battery's cell is sensed during operation of the electronic system to produce a sensed value. Additionally, a temperature offset value is determined based on an aging factor for the battery. The sensed value is then adjusted based on the offset value to produce an adjusted value representative of the thermal state of the battery. According to one embodiment, a relationship between temperature offset value and battery aging factor is prestored in a memory of the electronic system. In such a case, the offset value may be retrieved from memory periodically or in response to a trigger event based on a determined aging factor. According to another embodiment, the offset value may be computed in real time based on a determined aging factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Hossein Maleki, Jason N. Howard
  • Patent number: 9473254
    Abstract: A correlation between noise injection time at which a power supply noise signal is applied to a clock path and a path delay of the clock path at the time of the power supply noise signal being applied is acquired. Furthermore, noise injection time width based on a clock signal inputted from a circuit arranged before the clock path to the clock path is set. The differences between path delays within the set noise injection time width are calculated by the use of the acquired correlation and the maximum value of the differences is estimated to be clock jitter of the clock path. The estimated clock jitter is smaller than the worst value and overestimation is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Socionext, Inc.
    Inventors: Takaaki Okumura, Kenji Suzuki, Osamu Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 9471731
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for electrical power system stability optimization. An electrical power system comprising source elements and load elements is simulated to generate impedance data, wherein the impedance data identifies an impedance of the electrical power system. A stability profile of the electrical power system is characterized as a function of the impedance data, wherein the stability profile identifies the source elements and load elements to control power generation by the electrical power system to optimize stability of the electrical power system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Sheau-Wei Johnny Fu, Kamiar J. Karimi, Marko D. Jaksic, Bo Zhou, Bo Wen, Paolo Mattavelli, Dushan Boroyevich
  • Patent number: 9463705
    Abstract: Apparatus, system, and method for adaptive charging compliance control are disclosed. A charging station wirelessly charges a vehicle in compliance with emissions regulations. A controller in the charging station obtains information regarding the characteristics of an incoming vehicle and accesses a maximum regulation-compliant power level database based on the vehicle information obtained and determines conditions of the vehicle parked at the charging station. The controller determines and delivers the maximum power level to wirelessly charge the vehicle while maintaining the level of field emissions no greater than the regulatory limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Simon Grabar, Michael Werner, Leandro Alberto Percebon
  • Patent number: 9442999
    Abstract: A system for different electric loads includes sensors structured to sense voltage and current signals for each of the different electric loads; a hierarchical load feature database having a plurality of layers, with one of the layers including a plurality of different load categories; and a processor. The processor acquires voltage and current waveforms from the sensors for a corresponding one of the different electric loads; maps a voltage-current trajectory to a grid including a plurality of cells, each of which is assigned a binary value of zero or one; extracts a plurality of different features from the mapped grid of cells as a graphical signature of the corresponding one of the different electric loads; derives a category of the corresponding one of the different electric loads from the database; and identifies one of a plurality of different electric load types for the corresponding one of the different electric loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: EATON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yi Yang, Liang Du, Dawei He
  • Patent number: 9411480
    Abstract: The touch panel includes a panel capacitor, a first circuit, a first capacitor, a second circuit and a controlling circuit. The first capacitor is coupled to the panel capacitor. The first circuit transmits a scan signal to the panel capacitor. The second circuit transmits an inverting signal to the first capacitor. The inverting signal is synchronized with the scan signal, a frequency of the inverting signal is identical to a frequency of the scan signal, and the inverting signal is phase-inverted from the scan signal. The controlling circuit outputs a touch signal in response to a voltage at a terminal of the panel capacitor, in which the touch signal is configured to estimate a capacitance of the panel capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: HIMAX TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Jia-Ming He, Yaw-Guang Chang
  • Patent number: 9389261
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for measuring net charge density of membrane and apparatus thereof. The method measures the net charge density of a membrane by utilizing the relation between the mechanical pressure difference applied across the membrane and the generated streaming potential or the relation between the applied electric field and the generated electroosmotic flow. The present invention also provides a method and an apparatus for measuring the resistance of a membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: CHUNG YUAN CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Ching-Jung Chuang
  • Patent number: 9322886
    Abstract: An analyzer comprises a particle system acquisition unit operative to acquire information on a particle system defined in a virtual space; a magnetic moment association unit operative to associate a particle in the particle system with a magnetic moment; a numerical operation unit operative to perform numerical operation according to a governing equation that governs a motion of each particle in the particle system, the particle system including the particle which is associated with the magnetic moment by the magnetic moment association unit; and a magnetic field calculation unit operative to calculate a magnetic field created by the particle system using the results of the numerical operation performed by the numerical operation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Daiji Ichishima, Shuji Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 9306556
    Abstract: An analog-switch circuit (1) having: a resistor (R1); a resistor (R2); a CMOS analog switch (S1) in which a first end is connected to an input end (Vin) via the resistor (R1), and a second end is connected to an output end (Vout); and a CMOS analog switch (S2), in which a first end is connected to the first end of the analog switch (S1), and a second end is connected to a ground end via the resistor (R2). The CMOS analog switch (S2) is turned on or off in antiphase to the analog switch (S1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Rohm Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masanori Tsuchihashi
  • Patent number: 9263184
    Abstract: A computer-readable medium stores a magnetic substrate simulation program causing a computer to execute a process that includes calculating an effective magnetic field for each area of an element in the magnetic substrate, when magnetization of each area changes and based on a magnetic field generated from magnetic energy in each area and a rate of change of magnetization working in a direction inhibiting change in the average magnetization of the areas; obtaining for each area and based on the calculated effective magnetic fields and magnetization of each area, changes in magnetization and calculating for each area, magnetization after the changes; judging based on magnetization of each area before and after the changes, whether magnetization in the element converges; and storing a combination of the average magnetization of the areas for which magnetization in the given element converges and a static magnetic field based on the average magnetization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Atsushi Furuya, Yuji Uehara, Hirotaka Oshima
  • Patent number: 9213051
    Abstract: A condition input device inputs a measurement condition and the information of an electronic apparatus to be measured. A measurement operation program device selects a program that causes the electronic apparatus to perform an measurement operation based on the information of a measuring target object and the measurement condition. A voltage measurement device measures a voltage variation generated by the power source of the electronic apparatus. A wave form calculating device performs an arithmetic processing, such as a filtering processing or a time-frequency conversion (e.g. Fourier conversion) for the measured voltage variation to obtain the frequency characteristics of the voltage variation. An impedance calculating device calculates an impedance from the frequency characteristics of the voltage variation and the frequency characteristics of current and the condition of the measurement operation program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Manabu Kusumoto, Masashi Kawakami
  • Patent number: 9195284
    Abstract: An automation device having a plurality of modules, where at least one first module is configured to supply the other modules electrical power and a second module is configured to determine the total power requirement of the automation device, wherein the second module determines the total power requirement from the information relating to the power requirement of the respective module, which information is stored in the other modules, and compares the total power requirement with a threshold value and initiates measures for reducing the power requirement of at least one of the other modules based on the comparison result to prevent an overload due to improper or inappropriate installation of the automation device in a switchgear cabinet and resultant reduced air convection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Michael Abert, Michael Cyron, Arnold Klamm, Valentin Kort
  • Patent number: 9176182
    Abstract: To provide an I-V characteristic measuring apparatus that can, even though a solar simulator of a flash light type is used, accurately measure a true I-V characteristic of a solar cell that exhibits a different I-V characteristic depending on a sweep direction when a sweep time of applied voltage is short, an internal division ratio calculation part that, at each voltage value, calculates an internal division ratio at which a current value of a dark state stationary I-V characteristic internally divides a gap between a current value of a dark state forward I-V characteristic and a current value of a dark state reverse I-V characteristic; and a light state stationary I-V characteristic estimation and calculation part that, on the basis of the internal division ratio, a light state forward I-V characteristic, and a light state reverse I-V characteristic, estimates and calculates a light state stationary I-V characteristic are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignees: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, KYOSHIN ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Hishikawa, Haruya Shimura, Kohei Kamatani, Hajime Kondo, Akio Shimono
  • Patent number: 9170284
    Abstract: An A.C. power measuring apparatus includes a voltage detecting unit that detects voltage waveforms of each of phases of a set of insulated cables for supplying a three-phase A.C. power to a load, by performing a contactless measurement by electrostatic capacitance coupling, and a current detecting unit that detects current waveforms of the set of insulated tables, by performing a contactless measurement by electromagnetic induction coupling. The apparatus further includes a processing unit that computes a power to be supplied to the load, based on line-to-line voltage waveforms, the current waveforms, and prescribed voltage values, by normalizing the voltage waveforms of each of the phases so that as amplitude ratio of the voltage waveforms becomes in accordance with a grounding type of the three-phase A.C. power, and obtaining the line-to-line voltages of the set of three insulated cables based on the normalized voltage waveforms of each of the phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Hirotaka Oshima, Akio Ito
  • Patent number: 9147684
    Abstract: A semiconductor memory device includes a bit line; two or more word lines; and a memory cell including two or more sub memory cells that each include a transistor and a capacitor. One of a source and a drain of the transistor is connected to the bit line, the other of the source and the drain of the transistor is connected to the capacitor, a gate of the transistor is connected to one of the word lines, and each of the sub memory cells has a different capacitance of the capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshihiko Saito
  • Patent number: 9103854
    Abstract: The present inventors recognized a need to leverage the data from Advanced Metering Systems (AMIs) in the management of electrical outages. To address this and/or other needs, they present inventors devised, among other things, systems, methods, and software that not only intelligently filter and communicate AMI outage data to Outage Management Systems (OMSs), but also facilitate communications between OMSs and multiple types of AMI systems. One exemplary system includes an outage management module that receives AMI outage data in the form of “last gasp” messages from meters and determines whether the OMS is already aware of a power outage associated with those meters. If the OMS is already aware of an outage associated with these meters, the outage management module excludes the outage reports from its communications with the OMS, thereby preserving its capacity to handle new outage information and overcoming a significant obstacle to using AMI data within OMSs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Analytics, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher P. Kardos, Darren D. Varney
  • Patent number: 9065929
    Abstract: A hearing aid compatible portable electronic audio device is configured to automatically determine whether or not the device is being used by a hearing impaired user who is wearing a hearing aid, and select a mode of operation based on this determination. The device includes a proximity sensor and a magnetic field sensor. The proximity sensor is used to detect a change in distance of the device to the user's ear. The magnetic field sensor is used to detect a change in magnetic field caused by the device moving relative to the hearing aid. The device selects between a normal audio mode of operation and a hearing aid compatible mode of operation based on both the change in detected distance and the change in detected magnetic field. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Shaohai Chen, Ching-Yu John Tam
  • Patent number: 9046580
    Abstract: A system for detecting cell failure within a battery pack based on variations in the measured electrical isolation resistance of the battery pack is provided. The system includes an electrical isolation resistance monitoring subsystem for monitoring the electrical isolation resistance of the battery pack; a system controller coupled to the isolation resistance monitoring subsystem that detects when the electrical isolation resistance falls below a preset value; and a cell failure response subsystem that performs a preset response upon receipt of a control signal from the system controller, where the control signal is transmitted when the electrical isolation resistance falls below the preset value. The system may include a secondary effect monitoring system, wherein the cell failure response subsystem performs the preset response when the electrical isolation resistance falls below the preset value and the secondary effect is detected by the secondary effect monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventor: Weston Arthur Hermann