Quality Evaluation Patents (Class 702/81)
  • Patent number: 10440539
    Abstract: Systems and methods for antenna pattern measurement are provided. One system includes a plurality of wireless sensors arranged in an array, wherein the wireless sensors are configured to be powered by radio-frequency (RF) signals at different power levels. The system also may include a controller configured to wirelessly transmit the RF signals at different power levels and measure responses from the wireless sensors at the different power levels. The system may further include a processor configured to calculate a radiation pattern of an antenna under test using the measured responses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: INTERMEC, INC.
    Inventors: Pavel Nikitin, Jason Harrigan
  • Patent number: 10438473
    Abstract: An activity monitor comprising one or more acoustic transducers (100) and a computation component (104) that is arranged to identify events from acoustic signals received by the acoustic transducers (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Buddi Limited
    Inventors: Ewan Findlay, Sara Murray
  • Patent number: 10438699
    Abstract: A system and a method for determining an association of one or more biological features with a medical condition provides empirical results and simulations confirming that the involvement of both L1/2-regularized logistic regression and L2-regularized logistic regression in the regression model is highly competitive against usual approaches like Lasso, L1/2, SCAD-L2, and Elastic net in analyzing high dimensional and low sample sizes data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: MACAU UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Yong Liang, Hai-Hui Huang, Xiao-Ying Liu
  • Patent number: 10387532
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a manufacturing control system includes a reference data creating unit, first, second and third data storing units, first, second and third data extracting units. The reference data creating unit creates reference data including a reference time related to a product. The first data storing unit stores data related to parts acceptance inspection and related to assembly of the product. The second data storing unit stores data related to inspection in manufacturing. The third data storing unit stores data related to quality assurance inspection and of acceptance inspection at a customer site. The first data extracting unit extracts data related to latest parts acceptance inspection and related to latest assembly of the product. The second data extracting unit extracts data related to inspection in latest manufacturing. The third data extracting unit extracts data related to latest quality assurance inspection and of latest acceptance inspection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Akira Soga
  • Patent number: 10331040
    Abstract: In a method of controlling a lithographic apparatus, historical performance measurements are used to calculate a process model relating to a lithographic process. Current positions of a plurality of alignment marks provided on a current substrate are measured and used to calculate a substrate model relating to a current substrate. Additionally, historical position measurements obtained at the time of processing the prior substrates are used with the historical performance measurements to calculate a model mapping. The model mapping is applied to modify the substrate model. The lithographic apparatus is controlled using the process model and the modified substrate model together. Overlay performance is improved by avoiding over- or under-correction of correlated components of the process model and the substrate model. The model mapping may be a subspace mapping, and dimensionality of the model mapping may be reduced, before it is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Edo Maria Hulsebos, Patricius Aloysius Jacobus Tinnemans, Ralph Brinkhof, Pieter Jacob Heres, Jorn Kjeld Lucas, Loek Johannes Petrus Verhees, Ingrid Margaretha Ardina Van Donkelaar, Franciscus Godefridus Casper Bijnen
  • Patent number: 10332765
    Abstract: A wafer shipping device includes a box body having a first slot, a cover body having a second slot, and a sensing circuit module having a first sensor, a second sensor, an indication circuit and a warning device. The first slot and the second slot are used to collaboratively hold a semiconductor wafer. The first sensor and the first sensor are located in the box body for independently sensing whether the semiconductor wafer is inserted in the first slot and the second slot respectively. The indication circuit is electrically connected to the first sensor, the second sensor and the warning device, and correspondingly issued one of types of indication signals to the warning device in response to sensing results obtained from the first sensor and the second sensor respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignees: GLOBAL UNICHIP CORPORATION, TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chu-Fang Chih, Chih-Chieh Liao, Chia-Jen Kao
  • Patent number: 10325415
    Abstract: A virtual model display method, device and system are provided. The method includes: receiving a first identification information list sent by an entity equipment; sending the first identification information list to a server. The first identification information list is used for triggering the server to determine a second identification information list according to the first identification information list. The method also includes receiving the second identification information list fed back by the server. The second identification information list includes identification information in the first identification information list and verified by the server. The method also includes acquiring one or more virtual images corresponding to the identification information in the second identification information list; and assembling the one or more virtual images to obtain a virtual model corresponding to the entity equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Chuankang Fan, Zhe Zhu, Ming Zhao, Yanqing Jing
  • Patent number: 10247823
    Abstract: Sonar rendering systems and methods are described herein. One example is an apparatus that includes a transducer element, position sensing circuitry, processing circuitry, and a display device. The processing circuitry may be configured to receive raw sonar data and positioning data, convert the raw sonar data into range cell data based at least on amplitudes of the return echoes, make a location-based association between the raw sonar data and the positioning data, plot the range cell data based on respective positions derived from the positioning data and rotate the range cell data based on a direction of movement of the watercraft to generate adjusted range cell data. The processing circuitry may be further configured to convert the adjusted range cell data into sonar image data, and cause the display device to render the sonar image data with a presentation of a geographic map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: NAVICO HOLDING AS
    Inventors: Kevin Brown, Aaron Coleman
  • Patent number: 10216767
    Abstract: Methods for performing a structured collection procedure by utilizing a collection device are disclosed herein, in which a collection procedure is initiated for performing one or more data collections for one or more data event instances occurring according to a schedule of events. Each data event instances comprises a data collection pertaining to a biomarker to be performed according to one or more conditions of an adherence criterion. Each data event instance is determined to be successful or unsuccessful on the basis of actual performance of the data collection and meeting certain conditions of the predetermined adherence criteria for the data event instance. Contextual information for successful data collections is generated and a data file generated for storing records relating to successful data collections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven A. Bousamra, Abhishek Soni
  • Patent number: 10186026
    Abstract: Methods and systems for detecting defects on a specimen are provided. One system includes a generative model. The generative model includes a non-linear network configured for mapping blocks of pixels of an input feature map volume into labels. The labels are indicative of one or more defect-related characteristics of the blocks. The system inputs a single test image into the generative model, which determines features of blocks of pixels in the single test image and determines labels for the blocks based on the mapping. The system detects defects on the specimen based on the determined labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corp.
    Inventors: Laurent Karsenti, Kris Bhaskar, John Raymond Jordan, III, Sankar Venkataraman, Yair Carmon
  • Patent number: 10181185
    Abstract: Methods and systems for detecting anomalies in images of a specimen are provided. One system includes one or more computer subsystems configured for acquiring images generated of a specimen by an imaging subsystem. The computer subsystem(s) are also configured for determining one or more characteristics of the acquired images. In addition, the computer subsystem(s) are configured for identifying anomalies in the images based on the one or more determined characteristics without applying a defect detection algorithm to the images or the one or more characteristics of the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corp.
    Inventors: Allen Park, Lisheng Gao, Ashok Kulkarni, Saibal Banerjee, Ping Gu, Songnian Rong, Kris Bhaskar
  • Patent number: 10119927
    Abstract: A method of assessing concentration of analyte ion(s) in a liquid can include contacting the liquid with a plurality of electrodes, each of which is configured to generate a signal in response to sensing a selected ion in the liquid. The signal received from each of the electrodes can be processed using a neural network algorithm trained to calculate ion interference between the selected ion and other ions in the liquid sensed at one of the electrodes and/or electrode interference between ones of the electrodes sensing a same selected ion based on a result of a comparison of training data. The ion interference and/or electrode interference can be compensated for, and the concentration of the analyte ion(s) in the liquid can be assessed on the basis of a compensated output from the neural network algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: CRC CARE PTY LTD
    Inventors: Ravendra Naidu, Liang Wang, Zuliang Chen, Megharaj Mallavarapu
  • Patent number: 10121377
    Abstract: An inspection method includes, with a sensor mounted in an infrastructure, measuring drive assisting information that is to be used to perform a drive assisting operation of a target vehicle that uses the infrastructure, transmitting the drive assisting information to the target vehicle, receiving, from the target vehicle, information of the infrastructure measured by the target vehicle, and inspecting the infrastructure using the information of the infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Naoyuki Harada, Masahiko Saito, Yohei Nakata, Kazuma Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10082470
    Abstract: Methods and systems for accurately locating buried defects previously detected by an inspection system are described herein. A physical mark is made on the surface of a wafer near a buried defect detected by an inspection system. In addition, the inspection system accurately measures the distance between the detected defect and the physical mark in at least two dimensions. The wafer, an indication of the nominal location of the mark, and an indication of the distance between the detected defect and the mark are transferred to a material removal tool. The material removal tool (e.g., a focused ion beam (FIB) machining tool) removes material from the surface of the wafer above the buried defect until the buried defect is made visible to an electron-beam based measurement system. The electron-beam based measurement system is subsequently employed to further analyze the defect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: David Shortt, Steven Lange, Junwei Wei, Daniel Kapp, Charles Amsden
  • Patent number: 10015932
    Abstract: Provided are a plant management system and a plant management method, which do not entail a substantial workload, cost, construction period, or installation space; enable a system to be easily constructed, altered and expanded; have a small maintenance load; enable processing systems to be distributed and arranged in geographically separate locations and in locations where connecting the processing systems is not easy; and are capable of preventing the occurrence of large-scale problems. A plant management system 100 has: a plurality of processing systems 140, 150; and memory tags 112, 122, wherein processing systems 140, 150 include reader-writers 142, 152, 153 and processing devices 141, 151, and, by writing plant management data into the memory tag 112 by means of the reader-writer 142 and then reading the plant management data by the reader-writer 152 of the processing system 150, the plant management data is transferred between the processing systems 140, 150.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO.
    Inventors: Jun Ohshimo, Koichi Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 9965901
    Abstract: Methods and systems for generating simulated images from design information are provided. One system includes one or more computer subsystems and one or more components executed by the computer subsystem(s), which include a generative model. The generative model includes two or more encoder layers configured for determining features of design information for a specimen. The generative model also includes two or more decoder layers configured for generating one or more simulated images from the determined features. The simulated image(s) illustrate how the design information formed on the specimen appears in one or more actual images of the specimen generated by an imaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: KLA—Tencor Corp.
    Inventors: Jing Zhang, Kris Bhaskar
  • Patent number: 9964933
    Abstract: The system comprises a controller comprising software components for determining the difference between the amount of energy determined by the smart grid agent to be delivered to and from the cluster over a predetermined period of time and the amount of energy measured by the meter actually delivered to the cluster over the predetermined period of time, the controller comprising software components for simulating a virtual smart grid participating device based on the determined difference and for providing the smart grid agent with information based on the determined difference such that the smart grid agent is configured to determine the amount of electrical energy in function of time to be delivered to and from the electrical grid for both the smart grid participating and non-participating devices of the cluster based on information of both the devices of the cluster and the smart grid and such that the difference is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK (VITO)
    Inventors: Maarten Hommelberg, Bert Claessens
  • Patent number: 9939257
    Abstract: An inherent pattern image (100, 100F) of a test object (10) is recorded when the test object is illuminated with uniform illumination light, and a projection pattern image (200, 200F) is recorded when the test object is illuminated with a spatially modulated projection pattern. A planar displacement vector field (110, 110F) is calculated from the inherent pattern image, and a shape (210, 210F) is calculated from the projection pattern image. An image of the first type is recorded at time (tT), and images of the second type are recorded at times (tT?; tT+) before and after the time (tT). A representation of the test object at the test time (tT) is estimated by averaging. A spatial displacement vector field (300) is based on the calculated representation of the test object of the first image type and the representation of the test object estimated from the images of the second type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: LaVision GmbH
    Inventor: Bernhard Wieneke
  • Patent number: 9910423
    Abstract: A control apparatus in an automaton that operates in cooperation with a peripheral device, includes: an operating time accumulator regarding the output time of a control signal to the peripheral device or the output time of an operating signal from the peripheral device as operating time and determining cumulative operating time by adding up the operating times; a time-at-inspection recorder recording the cumulative operating time when inspection is performed as the cumulative operating time at inspection; a cumulative operating time comparator comparing the difference between the current cumulative operating time and the cumulative operating time at inspection, the cumulative operating time from the latest inspection, or the cumulative operating time after inspection, with a preset inspection interval; and, a maintenance request output unit outputting a maintenance request to the outside when the cumulative operating time after inspection obtained as a result of the comparison exceeds the preset inspection i
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yu Ikeda, Soichi Arita
  • Patent number: 9904896
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing a configuration of a vehicle structure. Data sets are compared each representing the configuration of the vehicle structure at different phases in a lifecycle of the vehicle structure. Each of the data sets includes identifications of components for the vehicle structure. Differences are identified between the identifications of the components in the data sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: George Stephen Cowart, Steven James Kumpf, Kyle K. Hagberg
  • Patent number: 9894735
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the disclosed subject matter provide to detect the signature of a light source through either electrical signature on a circuit or external light signatures output by the light source, and a switch can change modes and features to match the capabilities of the connected light source. Embodiments of the disclosed subject matter provide a light source, a sensor to determine a type of the light source, and a switch, including a processor, to determine a set of operations according to the determined type of light source, and to control the light source to perform a selected operation from the determined set of operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: David William Keith
  • Patent number: 9844338
    Abstract: A sensor for indirect estimation of breast milk intake by an infant, the sensor comprising: a housing configured to be externally attached to an incontinence product worn by a subject, said housing comprising: a light-emitting diode (LED) configured to illuminate the incontinence product; a photodetector configured to output an indication of the amount of light reflected from the incontinence product; and an integrated circuit configured to: (a) receive the indication from said photodetector, (b) compute, based on the indication, an amount of urine secreted by the subject into the incontinence product, and (c) estimate the amount of breast milk intake by the infant based on the amount of urine secreted by the subject into the incontinence product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignees: Digisense Ltd., Expro3, LLC
    Inventor: Eyall Abir
  • Patent number: 9791511
    Abstract: According to some aspects, a system and method for processing messages in a plurality of successive cycles is provided. One such system may include a plurality of first circuits, each first circuit configured to output a message, the plurality of first circuits configured to operate synchronously, a first plurality of buffers, each buffer associated with a respective first circuit and configured to store a message output by the respective first circuit, a communication path configured to receive the plurality of messages from the buffers and to perform aggregation of the messages, thereby generating an aggregated indication, and one or more second circuits. The one or more second circuits are configured to operate synchronously and to receive the aggregated indication, wherein buffers of the first plurality of buffers are configured to store messages from respective first circuits for different times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Teradyne, Inc.
    Inventors: Thien D. Nguyen, George W. Conner
  • Patent number: 9777723
    Abstract: A method implemented by at least one processor includes receiving a plurality of operating parameters of a pumping system, wherein the pumping system has a plurality of pump-units powered by a generator-unit. The operating parameters include a pump-unit parameter and a generator-unit parameter. The method also includes receiving reference data of the pumping system, wherein the reference data includes measurements from the pumping system representative of performance of the plurality of pump-units. The method also includes determining one or more health parameters corresponding to one or more pump-units based on the plurality of operating parameters and the reference data. The method further includes modifying one or more input parameters of the generator-unit based on the one or more health parameters for continued operation of the pumping system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Herman Lucas Norbert Wiegman, Deepak Aravind
  • Patent number: 9774912
    Abstract: The present application relates to set top boxes and relates to the inclusion of a diagnostic function in the set top box which may be activated remotely or respond internally to the detection of faults or changes in status. The diagnostic function may emulate key presses from an infrared remote control to perform a test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Accenture Global Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Liam Friel, Derek Dwyer, Colm Aengus Murphy, John Maguire, Duncan Palmer
  • Patent number: 9720113
    Abstract: A muon tracker includes a drift tube detector having a plurality of drift tube arrays, a detection time-difference calculation circuit configured to calculate a detected time-difference between a plurality of time data detected at least two of the drift tubes, a time-difference information database that stores a relationship between a plurality of predetermined tracks of the muon passing the drift tube detector and a predetermined time-difference of possible detected time data to be detected at least two of the drift tubes where each of the plurality of predetermined tracks passes, a time-difference referring circuit configured to refer the detected time-difference calculated at the detection time-difference calculation circuit with the predetermined time-difference stored in the time-difference information database, and a muon track determining circuit configured to determine a muon track as the predetermined track of the muon corresponding to the predetermined time-difference that matches the best with the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Kohichi Nakayama, Haruo Miyadera, Kenichi Yoshioka, Tsukasa Sugita, Naoto Kume, Yuichiro Ban
  • Patent number: 9706084
    Abstract: A method for generating a color mapping for a printing apparatus is described. The printing apparatus includes a plurality of colorants including a first colorant configured to reflect radiation having a first set of wavelengths and a second colorant configured to absorb radiation having a second set of wavelengths and emit radiation having a third set of wavelengths. The method includes obtaining spectral characteristics for the plurality of colorants, computing a gamut of colors available to the printing apparatus and determining a color mapping from an input color space to an output color space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Jan Morovic, Peter Morovic, Peter J. Klammer, James William Stasiak
  • Patent number: 9678027
    Abstract: A monitoring device is for a block of building material. The monitoring device may include an electric supply line configured to be buried in the block of building material and having a flexible main cable, and flexible jumper cables coupled to the flexible main cable and extending outwardly. The monitoring device may include sensor devices configured to be buried in the block of building material and coupled to respective ones of the flexible jumper cables. Each sensor device may include a primary inductor coupled to the electric supply line at a position based upon peaks of a stationary waveform when the electric supply line is alternating current (AC) powered, and a monitoring circuit. The monitoring circuit may include an integrated sensor, and a secondary inductor magnetically coupled to the primary inductor and configured to supply the integrated sensor, and communicate through the electric supply line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giovanni Girlando, Michele Calabretta, Francesco Pappalardo
  • Patent number: 9651498
    Abstract: A method and system are presented for use in inspection of via containing structures. According to this technique, measured data indicative of a spectral response of a via-containing region of a structure under measurements is processed, and, upon identifying a change in at least one parameter of the spectral response with respect to a spectral signature of the via-containing region, output data is generated indicative of a possible defect at an inner surface of the via.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: NOVA MEASURING INSTRUMENTS LTD.
    Inventors: Gilad Barak, Elad Dotan, Alon Belleli
  • Patent number: 9652489
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system including a memory and processor is provided. The memory stores a plurality of quality rules and control rules. The processor receives a request comprising a plurality of parameters and data elements. The processor determines that the request is missing a first data element and that a second data element of the plurality of data elements is corrupt. The processor determines that a first number of data elements should have been communicated and a third number of data elements should have been processed. The processor determines that a second number of data elements were communicated and a fourth number of data elements were processed. The processor generates a report indicating that: the plurality of parameters is missing the first data element, the second data element is corrupt, the first number is less than the second number, and the fourth number is less than the third number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Vimal Vijayasekaran, Rathi Kaliyan, Rajesh Ramanathan, Arthi Ramraj, Masthanbee Shaik
  • Patent number: 9646284
    Abstract: Building and maintaining an accurate and up-to-date global inventory of hardware, software, and telecommunications assets deployed throughout an organization is described. A global inventory warehouse (GIW) receives an identification and physical location of these assets from multiple source systems. Some of these source systems contain information pertaining to the assets that has been manually entered into the source system by a human administrator. Other source systems, meanwhile, contain information that has been automatically collected by the source systems without human intervention. The GIW receives this information from the source systems and stores it within a GIW database. The GIW database may thus contain a global inventory of all or nearly all of the hardware, software, and telecommunications assets distributed throughout the organization. This database may also contain an identification of physical locations within the organization of all or substantially all of these assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Goldman, Sachs & Co.
    Inventors: Melvin Lew, Syed Husain, Perry Fotinatos
  • Patent number: 9613271
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for determining severity of a geomagnetic disturbance on a power grid using similarity measures are provided herein. A method includes extracting multiple features of activity associated with geomagnetically induced currents from multiple heterogeneous data streams; comparing the extracted features to historical data related to geomagnetically induced currents to determine a level of similarity between each of the extracted features and the historical data; assigning a level of severity to one or more of the extracted features having a level of similarity with the historical data above a given threshold; and generating a notification comprising (i) a prediction of activity associated with geomagnetically induced currents based on the extracted features having a level of similarity with the historical data above the given threshold, and (ii) the level of severity assigned thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignees: International Business Machines Corporation, Hydro-Quebec
    Inventors: Chumki Basu, Jean Beland, Sebastien Guillon, Innocent Kamwa
  • Patent number: 9559019
    Abstract: Metrology may be implemented during semiconductor device fabrication by a) modeling a first measurement on a first test cell formed in a layer of a partially fabricated device; b) performing a second measurement on a second test cell in the layer; c) feeding information from the second measurement into the modeling of the first measurement; and after a lithography pattern has been formed on the layer including the first and second test cells, d) modeling a third and a fourth measurement on the first and second test cells respectively using information from a) and b) respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: KLA-TENCOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Adel, Leonid Poslavsky, John Fielden, John Madsen, Robert Peters
  • Patent number: 9490183
    Abstract: Described is a method and system for measuring parameters of a structure on a substrate, such as a via or a through-silicon via (TSV) using an imaging X-ray metrology system. A previously-trained Support Vector Machine (SVM) model is used to extract structure parameters from the acquired structure X-ray images. Training of the Support Vector Machine (SVM) model is accomplished by using a library of actual or simulated X-ray images, or a combination of the two image types, paired with structure parameter sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Wen Jin, Junwei Bao
  • Patent number: 9468068
    Abstract: A light emitting device includes at least one light emitting unit, a micro controller and a control module. The control module includes a storage unit configured to store a reference sheet between an intensity of the light emitting unit and a current value of the light emitting unit. A light emitting diode (LED) control unit is configured to receive a control signal from the micro controller. A digital-to-analogue conversion unit is configured to transform the current value and the on/off status to a simulation signal. A LED driver unit is configured to control the on/off status and the intensity of the light emitting unit based on the simulation signal. The control module further includes an input pin and an output pin, and the input pin is electrically connected with output pin in series when the multiple light emitting devices are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kuang-Yao Liao
  • Patent number: 9396738
    Abstract: A non-intrusive objective speech quality assessment is performed on a degraded speech signal. The methods are well suited for systems where random and bursty packet losses may occur and/or packet stream regeneration may also occur prior to speech signal quality assessment. In one embodiment received packetized speech is analyzed to determine to an overall final signal quality score. A limited set of trained neural networks, e.g., 5, corresponding to different signal features, each determine a signal feature quality score. A trained joint quality score determination module determines a joint quality score based on the signal feature quality scores. Packet loss is estimated based on received packet header information and/or detected gap durations. The determined joint quality score is adjusted, based on estimated packet loss information obtained from examining the speech signal, network level statistics and/or codec parameters to generate the final quality score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: SONUS NETWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Ahmed Abdelal, Vladimir Botchev, Wassim Matragi
  • Patent number: 9378430
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a color extractor, an area cutout unit, a receiver, and a sticky image cutout unit. The color extractor extracts, from image information that includes multiple sticky notes, pixels of a color used for the sticky notes. The area cutout unit cuts out an area that is a set of pixels extracted by the color extractor. The receiver receives input of a dividing line with respect to an area to be cut out by the area cutout unit. The sticky image cutout unit splits an area cut out by the area extractor along a dividing line received by the receiver, and cuts out an area having a surface area within a predetermined range from among the split area as a sticky image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD
    Inventor: Harunobu Miyashita
  • Patent number: 9360516
    Abstract: An apparatus for identifying the location of the terminal end of one or more wire pairs in a structure having a first end at a common origin, a microprocessor sequentially scans voltage applied on the first ends of each of the plurality of wire pairs, storing in memory a value relative to the voltage reading of the selected wire pair and identifying which wire pair has a change in value to a previously stored value when a user changes the status of the second end of each wire pair at the remote location. The microprocessor sends a wireless signal to a hand held device identifying the selected wire pair with the changed status and the user located at the remote location records the physical location of the second end of the wire pair relative to the identity of the first end of the wire pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: SSE TECH L.L.C.
    Inventors: Troy W. Gotschall, David T. Hodierne
  • Patent number: 9357113
    Abstract: Devices and methods for remotely collecting data for the assessment of value and/or like, kind, and quality are provided, including a mobile device equipped with an application configured to enable collection of data; the data acquired using the device are received by a service provider; and following the assessment transmitting of the assessment analysis by the service provide to the display of the mobile device of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: ITEL LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Steve M. Alvarez, Sergio Passalacqua, Raymond Darrell Jester, Lonnie Dale Romine, Henrik Georg Stahre, Carl Jonas Peter Schonning, Percy F. Shadwell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9342879
    Abstract: A method for reviewing defect, comprising the steps of: as an image acquisition step, imaging a surface of a sample using arbitrary image acquisition condition selected from a plurality of image acquisition conditions and obtaining a defect image; as a defect position calculation step, proceeding the defect image obtained by the image acquisition step and calculating a defect position on the surface of the sample; as a defect detection accuracy calculation step, obtaining a defect detection accuracy of the defect position calculated by the defect position calculation step; and as a conclusion determination step, determinating whether the defect detection accuracy obtained by the defect detection accuracy calculation step meets a predetermined requirement or not; wherein until it is determined that the defect detection accuracy obtained by the defect detection accuracy calculation step meets a predetermined in the conclusion determination step, the image acquisition condition is selected from the plurality of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Hitachi Hich-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Yohei Minekawa, Kenji Nakahira, Minoru Harada, Takehiro Hirai, Ryo Nakagaki
  • Patent number: 9311174
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for providing task-based information are disclosed. In one aspect, a method includes identifying a set of previous interactive sessions for a particular task. For each identified interactive session in the set of previous interactive sessions, a set of implements used during the interactive session are identified based on content of the interactive session. At least one implement in the identified set of implements is classified as a required implement for the particular task. The classification is based, at least in part, on a portion of the previous interactive sessions in which the implement was identified. Classified implements are indexed according to the particular task. Data identifying the indexed implements are provided in response to receipt of a search query referencing the particular task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Paul G. Nordstrom
  • Patent number: 9305519
    Abstract: An image color adjusting method and an electronic device thereof are provided. The image color adjusting method includes following steps: obtaining multiple groups of first pixel data of an image in a first color space, and performing a color space transforming process for the first pixel data to obtain multiple groups of second pixel data of the image in a CIELAB color space, wherein each of the second pixel data includes a luminance component L*, a first color component a* and a second color component b*; adjusting the first color component and the second color component of the second pixel data to obtain multiple groups of third pixel data, and performing a color space transforming process for the third pixel data to obtain multiple groups of fourth pixel data corresponding to the third pixel data in the first color space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventor: Shan Li
  • Patent number: 9299246
    Abstract: An aspect of the present disclosure facilitates reporting results of processing of continuous event streams. In one embodiment, a matching condition indicating a pattern of interest as a part of an alert definition in relation to a set of continuous event streams is received, with the occurrences of said pattern of interest being desirable to be reported as corresponding alert instances. Also, a suppression condition associated with the pattern of interest is received, with the suppression condition indicating the specific occurrences of the pattern of interest that are not to be reported as corresponding alert instances. Accordingly, a sequence of occurrences of the pattern of interest is determined in the set of continuous event streams. For each occurrence in the sequence of occurrences, an alert instance corresponding to the occurrence is generated only if the suppression condition is not satisfied for the occurrence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventor: Pavan Advani
  • Patent number: 9257150
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide techniques for using operational data and/or video footage to identify and diagnose operational issues. In some embodiments, business metrics represented in data produced by a restaurant's operational systems are identified and stored, conditions which warrant attention are identified, and the metrics that may indicate potential causes for those conditions are identified. Video footage may be correlated with business metric data to assist in diagnosing and remediating issues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: PANERA, LLC
    Inventors: Blaine E. Hurst, Michael R. Nettles
  • Patent number: 9219869
    Abstract: A shading compensation method of an image capturing device, adapted to an image capturing device having a primary lens, a secondary lens, and a diffuser as well as pre-storing a primary-secondary lenses table and a secondary lens-diffuser table, includes the following steps. First, the secondary lens is covered by the diffuser. A scene is simultaneously captured by the primary lens and the secondary lens covered by the diffuser so as to generate a primary image and a diffused image. Next, according to the primary image and the diffused image, a shading compensation table corresponding to the scene is constructed by using the primary-secondary lenses table and the secondary lens-diffuser table. A shading compensation process is then performed on the primary image according to the shading compensation table so as to generate a compensated image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Altek Semiconductor Corp.
    Inventors: Tsan-Wei Wang, Shan-Lung Chao, Hong-Long Chou
  • Patent number: 9197432
    Abstract: A method may include receiving a first set of parameters associated with a test environment, the test environment including a test system for testing a network, receiving a test objective, conducting a first test case based on the received first set of parameters and the test objective, automatically determining, by the test system, whether the test objective has been satisfied based on a first test result associated with the first test case, and automatically adapting, by the test system, a second test case based on the first test result when it is determined that the test objective has not been satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventor: Hassan M. Omar
  • Patent number: 9194855
    Abstract: Information relating to a change made to a concrete mixture in a concrete mixer truck is obtained. An expected value of a selected characteristic of the concrete mixture is determined based on the change. A representation of the expected value is displayed on a processing device located in a cab of the concrete mixer truck. In one embodiment, the mixture comprises a concrete mixture. The change may comprise an addition of water to the mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: QuipIP, LLC
    Inventor: Farrokh F. Radjy
  • Patent number: 9105563
    Abstract: A method and system includes a first substrate and a second substrate, each substrate comprising a predetermined baseline transmittance value at a predetermine wavelength of light, processing regions on the first substrate by combinatorially varying at least one of materials, process conditions, unit processes, and process sequences associated with the graphene production, performing a first characterization test on the processed regions on the first substrate to generate first results, processing regions on a second substrate in a combinatorial manner by varying at least one of materials, process conditions, unit processes, and process sequences associated with the graphene production based on the first results of the first characterization test, performing a second characterization test on the processed regions on the second substrate to generate second results, and determining whether at least one of the first substrate and the second substrate meet a predetermined quality threshold based on the second res
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Intermolecular, Inc.
    Inventors: Charlene Chen, Tony P. Chiang, Chi-I Lang, Yun Wang
  • Patent number: 9098106
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating an application data structure includes a physical computing system comprising processor(s), input device(s), display(s), and memor(ies). The memory includes executable instructions that cause a processor to perform the acts of embedding a multiphysics model data structure for a physical system in an application data structure. Application features are determined to add to the application data structure. First data is added representing a form feature for the application features for the model of the physical system. Second data is added representing at an action feature for the application features. The second data is associated with at least one modeling operation to define a sequence of operations for modeling the physical system. The application data structure is updated including the added first and second data and the associating defining the sequence of operations. The updated application data structure is stored on the memory device(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Comsol AB
    Inventors: Erik Danielsson, Eduardo Fontes, Lars Langemyr, Victor Littmarck, Svante Littmarck, Nils Malm, Björn Sjödin, Daniel Smith, Tomas Normark
  • Patent number: 9094470
    Abstract: A web services-based communication system and technique uses an information server to facilitate the communication of process control data and analysis results between a plurality of web services coupled to a communication network. A graphical user interface coupled to the network enables users to store user profile information and configuration information in a database within the information server. The information server uses the configuration information and the profile information to control the operations of a scheduler and a router within the information server to enable users to selectively view process control information via the graphical user interface and to route process control information to appropriate ones of the web services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Neil J. Peterson, David L. Deitz, Grant Wilson, Ling Zhou, Ebtesam S. Tanyous, Christopher J. Worek, Mark J. Nixon