US Pat. No. 10,217,632

INTEGRATION OF III-V COMPOUND MATERIALS ON SILICON

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method of forming a semiconductor device, the method comprising:depositing a hard mask material on a silicon substrate;
patterning and removing portions of the hard mask material and the silicon substrate to form trenches and first fins comprising silicon, the first fins having a top surface and two sidewalls;
filling the trenches with a dielectric material;
recessing the dielectric material in the trenches to form dielectric layers at a bottom of the trenches;
depositing an AlAs interlayer directly on the sidewalls of the first fins and on the dielectric layers, the AlAs interlayer having a thickness of one to a few atoms, the AlAs interlayer being deposited via an atomic layer deposition process;
growing a III-V compound material on the AlAs interlayer, the III-V compound material comprising InP or InGaAs;
forming a second fin comprising the III-V compound material, wherein the second fin does not encase any of the first fins.

US Pat. No. 10,217,631

FAN-OUT SEMICONDUCTOR PACKAGE

SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS...

1. A semiconductor package comprising:a first connection member having a through-hole, and including first redistribution layers and a first electromagnetic interference (EMI) blocking part;
a semiconductor chip disposed in the through-hole of the first connection member and having an active surface having connection pads disposed thereon and an inactive surface opposing the active surface;
an encapsulant encapsulating at least portions of the first connection member and the inactive surface of the semiconductor chip, and including a portion filling in a portion of the through-hole to separate side surfaces of the semiconductor chip from the first connection member; and
a second connection member disposed on the first connection member and the active surface of the semiconductor chip, and including a second redistribution layer and a second EMI blocking part,
wherein the first electromagnetic interference (EMI) blocking part surrounds the side surfaces of the semiconductor chip,
the first redistribution layers are disposed between the first EMI blocking part and the semiconductor chip,
the second EMI blocking part surrounds the second redistribution layer,
a signal pattern of the first redistribution layers is electrically connected to one of the connection pads through a signal pattern of the second redistribution layer, and
the first EMI blocking part and the second EMI blocking part are electrically connected to each other, and are electrically isolated from the signal patterns of the first and second redistribution layers.

US Pat. No. 10,217,630

METHOD OF FORMING SILICON-CONTAINING FILM

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...

1. A method of forming a silicon-containing film, comprising:an adsorption step of supplying a silicon-containing gas represented by a general formula XSiCl3 (wherein X is an element whose bonding energy with Si is smaller than bonding energy of a Si—Cl bond) into a processing chamber accommodating substrates to cause the silicon-containing gas to be adsorbed to a surface of each of the substrates; and a reaction step of supplying a reaction gas reacting with the silicon-containing gas into the processing chamber to cause the silicon-containing gas adsorbed to the surface of each of the substrates to react with the reaction gas, wherein by alternately repeating the adsorption step and the reaction step, a reaction product of the silicon-containing gas and the reaction gas is deposited on the surface of each of the substrates to form the silicon-containing film.

US Pat. No. 10,217,629

METHOD OF FORMING DIELECTRIC FILMS, NEW PRECURSORS AND THEIR USE IN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING

1. A method of depositing a Group IV metal containing thin film on a substrate, the method comprisingvaporizing a M1 containing precursor to form a gas phase M1 source, the M1 containing precursor having the formula:
(RtCp)zM1R?4-z wherein M1 is Hf or Zr; z is 1; t is an integer from 0 to 5; Cp is a cyclopentadienyl ligand; each R is independently a C1-C4 linear or branched alkyl or alkylsilylamide; and each R? is independently a C1-C4 linear or branched alkylamide; andintroducing the gas phase M1 source and a reactant species into a reaction chamber containing a substrate to deposit the Group IV metal containing thin film on the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,217,628

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PROCESSING METHOD OF SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...

1. A substrate processing apparatus which performs a processing of removing a film on a peripheral portion of a substrate, the substrate processing apparatus comprising:a rotating/holding unit configured to hold and rotate the substrate;
a first processing liquid supply unit configured to supply a first processing liquid for removing the film onto the peripheral portion of the substrate while the substrate is being rotated in a first rotational direction by the rotating/holding unit;
a second processing liquid supply unit configured to supply a second processing liquid for removing the film onto the peripheral portion of the substrate while the substrate is being rotated in a second rotational direction opposite to the first rotational direction by the rotating/holding unit; and
an imaging unit configured to image the peripheral portion of the substrate,
wherein the imaging unit is provided at a position not overlapping with arrival regions of the first and second processing liquids when viewed from above and between the first processing liquid supply unit and the second processing liquid supply unit.

US Pat. No. 10,217,627

METHODS OF NON-DESTRUCTIVE POST TUNGSTEN ETCH RESIDUE REMOVAL

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A method for cleaning a surface of a substrate, comprising: positioning a substrate in a processing chamber, the substrate having a refractory metal disposed thereon; exposing the substrate to a process gas comprising water vapor, wherein the process gas does not contain another oxygen containing gas other than water vapor; wherein the processing chamber is maintained at a first pressure of about 1 Torr to about 7 Torr heating the substrate to a first temperature for a first period of time, wherein the first temperature is greater than 100 degrees Celsius; after the first period of time, maintaining the temperature of the substrate at the first temperature and the processing chamber at a second pressure, wherein the second pressure is lower than the first pressure; forming a first plasma from the process gas to form a first activated water vapor, the first activated water vapor comprising H+ ions and O— ions, wherein the H+ ions and the O— ions are reacted to form —OH ions to create a ratio of H+ ions to O— ions which is greater than 2:1; exposing the refractory metal to the first activated water vapor at the second pressure for a second period of time; after the second period of time, maintaining the processing chamber at a third pressure between about 0.1 Torr and about 5 Torr; forming a second plasma from the process gas to form a second activated water vapor, the second activated water vapor comprising H+ ions and O— ions, wherein the H+ ions and the O— ions are reacted to form “OH ions to create a ratio of H+ ions to O— ions which is greater than 2:1; and exposing the refractory metal to the second activated water vapor for a third period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,217,626

SURFACE TREATMENT OF SUBSTRATES USING PASSIVATION LAYERS

Mattson Technology, Inc.,...

1. A method for processing a workpiece comprising a thin film SiGe layer, the method comprising:placing the workpiece in a processing chamber, the processing chamber being separated from a plasma chamber by a separation grid assembly;
forming a passivation layer on the workpiece in the processing chamber using radicals generated in a first plasma in the plasma chamber; and
performing a surface treatment process on the workpiece in the processing chamber using a second plasma generated in the plasma chamber;
wherein forming the passivation layer on the workpiece comprises:
generating the first plasma with a N2 gas and an inert gas in the plasma chamber;
passing radicals generated in the first plasma through the separation grid assembly; and
exposing a surface of the workpiece to radicals generated in the first plasma and passing through the separation grid assembly to form the passivation layer by forming one or more —N or —NH bonds, wherein the —N or —NH bonds terminate one or more dangling bonds on the thin film SiGe layer;
wherein a flow rate of the inert gas relative to a flow rate of the N2 gas in the plasma chamber during generation of the first plasma is less than about 20%.

US Pat. No. 10,217,625

CONTINUOUS-WAVE LASER-SUSTAINED PLASMA ILLUMINATION SOURCE

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. An optical system for generating broadband light via light-sustained plasma formation, comprising:a chamber, the chamber configured to contain a buffer material in a first phase and a plasma-forming material in a second phase, wherein the second phase is at least one of a solid phase or a liquid phase;
an illumination source configured to generate continuous-wave pump illumination;
a set of focusing optics configured to focus the continuous-wave pump illumination through the buffer material to an interface between the buffer material and the plasma-forming material in order to generate a plasma by excitation of at least the plasma-forming material;
a set of collection optics configured to receive broadband radiation emanated from the plasma; and
a flow subsystem configured to direct a flow of the buffer material to the plasma, the flow subsystem including a nozzle directed at the plasma so that the flow of the buffer material intersects with an illumination path of the continuous-wave pump illumination at the interface between the buffer material and the plasma-forming material.

US Pat. No. 10,217,624

HIGH PAR MAINTENANCE RATE TYPE HIGH PRESSURE SODIUM LAMP WITH AUXILIARY STARTING SWITCH

Fanlight, Inc., Ontario,...

1. A high PAR maintenance rate type high pressure sodium lamp with auxiliary starting switch, comprising an external glass tube and a discharge tube arranged in said external glass tube, wherein said discharge tube comprises a metal lead arranged on a surface thereof, wherein said outer glass shell comprises at least two pressure sealing plates respectively on left and right ends thereof, which are fused and sealed through high temperature, wherein each of said pressure sealing plates comprises a conductive sheet arranged internally, wherein an end of said discharge tube is connected with said conductive sheet of the left end through a left internal conductive support, and the other end thereof is connected with said conductive sheet of the right end through an auxiliary starting switch component, wherein said auxiliary starting switch component is a electromagnetic induction switch component or a temperature controlled switch component, wherein said electromagnetic induction switch component comprises an electromagnetic induction switch, a right internal conductive support, and a metal wrapping band, wherein an end of said right internal conductive support is connected with the right said conductive sheet of said outer glass shell, while another end thereof is connected with an end of said electromagnetic induction switch, wherein another end of said electromagnetic induction switch is connected with said metal wrapping band that is for auxiliary starting and is attached on the right end of said discharge tube.

US Pat. No. 10,217,623

SECONDARY ELECTROSPRAY IONIZATION AT REDUCED PRESSURE

MICROMASS UK LIMITED, Wi...

12. A method of mass spectrometry or ion mobility spectrometry comprising:passing an analyte through a liquid or gas chromatography device and a heated capillary so as to provide a gas phase analyte;
drawing the gas phase analyte into a vacuum housing, entrained in a gas, by a pressure difference maintained between the inside and outside of the vacuum housing;
electrospraying a reagent solution outside of the vacuum housing in a region substantially at atmospheric pressure so as to form charged droplets of reagent solution;
conveying the electrosprayed charged droplets into the vacuum housing through an atmospheric pressure sampling orifice, wherein the electrosprayed charged droplets desolvate after entering the vacuum housing to form gas phase reagent ions;
reacting the reagent ions with the analyte in a region of the vacuum housing that is below atmospheric pressure so as to form analyte ions;
urging the analyte ions into a mass analyser and/or ion mobility analyser using a pressure gradient and/or electric field; and
analysing the analyte ions with the mass analyser and/or ion mobility analyser.

US Pat. No. 10,217,622

AMBIENT IONISATION WITH AN IMPACTOR SPRAY SOURCE

MICROMASS UK LIMITED, Wi...

1. An ion source comprising:a nebuliser arranged and adapted to emit a liquid spray;
a first target arranged downstream of said nebuliser, wherein said liquid spray is arranged to impact upon said first target;
wherein said ion source further comprises:
a sample target located at a distance of (i) 1-2 mm; (ii) 2-3 mm; (iii) 3-4 mm; (iv) 4-5 mm; (v) 5-6 mm; (vi) 6-7 mm; (vii) 7-8 mm; (viii) 8-9 mm; (ix) 9-10 mm; or (x) >10 mm from said first target, wherein a sample to be analysed is provided at said sample target.

US Pat. No. 10,217,621

CLEANLINESS MONITOR AND A METHOD FOR MONITORING A CLEANLINESS OF A VACUUM CHAMBER

APPLIED MATERIALS ISRAEL ...

1. A cleanliness monitor for monitoring a cleanliness of a vacuum chamber, the cleanliness monitor comprising:a mass spectrometer with a line of sight to the vacuum chamber;
a molecule aggregation and release unit that is configured to be positioned within the vacuum chamber and configured to (a) aggregate, during an aggregation period, organic molecules that are present in the vacuum chamber and (b) induce, during a release period, a release of a subset of the organic molecules towards the mass spectrometer;
wherein the mass spectrometer is configured to monitor an environment within the vacuum chamber and to generate detection signals that are indicative of a content of the environment; wherein a first subset of the detection signals is indicative of a presence of the subset of the organic molecules; and
an analyzer that is configured to determine the cleanliness of the vacuum chamber based on the detection signals.

US Pat. No. 10,217,620

EARLY DETECTION OF HEPATOCELLULAR CARCINOMA IN HIGH RISK POPULATIONS USING MALDI-TOF MASS SPECTROMETRY

Biodesix, Inc., Boulder,...

1. A method of detecting a class label in a liver disease patient comprising:a) conducting mass spectrometry on a blood-based sample of the patient and obtaining mass spectrometry data;
(b) obtaining integrated intensity values in the mass spectral data of a multitude of pre-determined mass-spectral features; and
(c) operating on the mass spectral data with a programmed computer implementing a classifier;
wherein in the operating step the classifier compares the integrated intensity values with feature values of a training set of class-labeled mass spectral data obtained from a multitude of other patients with liver disease with the values obtained in step (b) with a classification algorithm and detects a class label for the sample.

US Pat. No. 10,217,619

METHODS FOR DATA-DEPENDENT MASS SPECTROMETRY OF MIXED INTACT PROTEIN ANALYTES

THERMO FINNIGAN LLC, San...

1. A method for mass spectral analysis of a sample containing a plurality of intact protein molecule species, said method including repeatedly introducing a respective portion of the sample into an ionization source of a mass spectrometer; and using the ionization source to generate, from each sample portion, a population of first-generation multi-protonated ions that comprises a plurality of first-generation ion species generated from each respective intact protein molecule species of said each portion, each ion species comprising a respective charge state, z, and mass-to-charge (m/z) ratio, the method comprising:(a) mass analyzing a plurality of first-generation ions generated from a first one of the sample portions, thereby generating a mass spectrum thereof, wherein each ion species generated from a protein is represented in the mass spectrum by a respective m/z ratio and a corresponding respective intensity;
(b) automatically recognizing, for each of two or more intact protein molecule species, a respective subset of the m/z ratios corresponding to a set of first-generation ion species generated from said each intact protein molecule species and automatically determining a respective charge state, z, for each m/z ratio of each subset;
(c) selecting, from each recognized subset, a single representative m/z ratio;
(d) isolating, for each representative m/z ratio, a respective sub-population of ions having said each representative m/z ratio from ions having other m/z ratios; and
(e) fragmenting each isolated sub-population of ions so as to generate second-generation ion species,
wherein the step (b) includes:
(b1) automatically assigning a tentative charge state to each m/z ratio measured in step (a) that corresponds to an above-threshold intensity;
(b2) automatically adjusting the assigned tentative charge states to thereby generate a set of self-consistent assigned charge states; and
(b3) decomposing the assigned charge states into analyte-specific clusters of charge states, each analyte-specific cluster being a one of the subsets of the m/z ratios.

US Pat. No. 10,217,617

PLASMA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A plasma processing apparatus for plasma processing a substrate held by a carrier having a frame and a holding sheet, comprising:a chamber having a pressure reducible internal space;
a process gas supply section configured to supply a process gas into the internal space;
a pressure reducing section configured to reduce pressure of the internal space;
a plasma generating section configured to generate plasma in the internal space;
a stage in the chamber and including an electrode unit on which the carrier is positioned;
a substantially flat portion in a first area of the electrode unit, the first area being an area in which the substrate is positioned via the holding sheet;
a first non-flat portion in a second area of the electrode unit, the second area including at least an area in which the frame is positioned via the holding sheet and an area in which the holding sheet between the substrate and the frame is positioned, the first non-flat portion having at least one concave portion recessed in a direction away from the carrier; and
a first heat transfer gas supply section configured to supply a heat transfer gas to a first minute space defined between the first non-flat portion and the carrier via at least one heat transfer gas supply hole,
wherein the at least one heat transfer gas supply hole is in the second area of the electrode unit and no heat transfer gas hole is in the first area of the electrode unit, and
wherein the substantially flat portion has no concave portion recessed in the direction away from the carrier, and the substantially flat portion has no concave portion formed by any heat transfer gas supply hole.

US Pat. No. 10,217,616

METHOD OF CONTROLLING TEMPERATURE AND PLASMA PROCESSING APPARATUS

Tokyo Electron Limited, ...

15. A method of controlling a temperature, the method comprising steps of:performing a first plasma process in a processing chamber on an object to be processed placed on an electrostatic chuck configured to have its temperature adjustable, the electrostatic chuck being controlled to have a first temperature;
purging the processing chamber with an inactive gas by supplying the inert gas to a space above the object to be processed placed on the electrostatic chuck in the processing chamber after performing the first plasma process;
changing the temperature of the electrostatic chuck from the first temperature to a second temperature that is lower than the first temperature during a first predetermined period of time;
causing a temperature of the object to be processed to follow the temperature of the electrostatic chuck by maintaining the temperature of the electrostatic chuck at the second temperature for a second predetermined period of time;
changing the temperature of the electrostatic chuck from the second temperature to a third temperature that is lower than the second temperature during a third predetermined period of time;
stopping the supply of the inert gas to the space above the object to be processed in the processing chamber; and
performing a second plasma process in the processing chamber on the object to be processed placed on the electrostatic chuck while maintaining the temperature of the electrostatic chuck at the third temperature after stopping the supply of the inert gas to the space above the object to be processed in the processing chamber,
wherein at least part of any of the steps of changing the temperature of the electrostatic chuck from the first temperature to the second temperature, maintaining the temperature of the electrostatic chuck at the second temperature and changing the temperature of the electrostatic chuck from the second temperature to the third temperature is performed in parallel with the step of purging the processing chamber with the inactive gas, and
wherein the second period of time is longer than each of the first period of time and the third period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,217,615

PLASMA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND COMPONENT THEREOF INCLUDING AN OPTICAL FIBER FOR DETERMINING A TEMPERATURE THEREOF

LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION,...

1. A plasma processing apparatus for processing semiconductor substrates, comprising:a plasma processing chamber in which a semiconductor substrate is processed;
a process gas source in fluid communication with the plasma processing chamber adapted to supply a process gas into the plasma processing chamber;
a RF energy source adapted to energize the process gas into a plasma state in the plasma processing chamber;
a vacuum source adapted to exhaust process gas and byproducts of the plasma processing from the plasma processing chamber; and
a substrate support assembly comprising:
a dielectric layer including a clamping electrode;
a heater layer attached to the underside of the dielectric layer, the heater layer including a plurality of planar thermal zones; and
an optical fiber laterally extending in a channel embedded in the dielectric layer and arranged between the clamping electrode and the heater layer, the optical fiber including a plurality of gratings configured to measure temperatures of respective thermal zones,
wherein the optical fiber is configured to be coupled to a temperature monitoring arrangement to monitor temperatures of the plurality of planar thermal zones measured by the plurality of gratings;
wherein the temperature monitoring arrangement includes a light source and a detector, the light source to provide near infrared, infrared, natural, or ultraviolet light into the optical fiber and the detector to measure light exiting the optical fiber; and
wherein the temperature monitoring arrangement is configured to determine the temperatures of the plurality of planar thermal zones based on parameters of the light entering and exiting the optical fiber.

US Pat. No. 10,217,614

CERAMIC GAS DISTRIBUTION PLATE WITH EMBEDDED ELECTRODE

LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION,...

1. A method for manufacturing a gas distribution plate for a substrate processing system, comprising:(a) creating a ceramic lower portion of the gas distribution plate, wherein the ceramic lower portion includes a plurality of ceramic green sheets;
(b) creating a ceramic upper portion of the gas distribution plate, wherein the ceramic upper portion includes a plurality of ceramic green sheets;
(c) while the ceramic lower portion and the ceramic upper portion are in a green state, printing an electrode on at least one of an upper surface of the ceramic lower portion and a lower surface of the ceramic upper portion using metal screen printing process;
(d) while the ceramic lower portion and the ceramic upper portion are in the green state, sandwiching the electrode between the ceramic lower portion and the ceramic upper portion after (c);
(e) while the ceramic lower portion and the ceramic upper portion are in the green state, machining a first plurality of through holes through the ceramic lower portion, the ceramic upper portion, and the electrode after (d),
wherein the first plurality of through holes are configured to pass gas to a substrate side of the gas distribution plate;
(f) machining a second plurality of through holes through the ceramic lower portion, the ceramic upper portion, and the electrode,
wherein the second plurality of through holes is arranged radially outside of the first plurality of through holes,
wherein the second plurality of through holes is configured to exhaust gas from the substrate side of the gas distribution plate, and
wherein the through holes of the second plurality of through holes have a different shape than the through holes of the first plurality of through holes; and
(g) sintering the ceramic upper portion and the ceramic lower portion to form the gas distribution plate after (e).

US Pat. No. 10,217,613

PLASMA PROCESSING APPARATUS

Hitachi High-Technologies...

1. A plasma processing apparatus, comprising:a processing chamber disposed inside a vacuum vessel and, in the processing chamber, a first gas is supplied and a first plasma for processing a wafer is generated using the first gas;
a stage disposed in the processing chamber and the wafer is mounted on an upper surface of the stage;
a ring-shaped member which is constituted of a dielectric material and is disposed on an outer peripheral portion of the stage and surroundinq the upper surface of the stage, the ring-shaped member defining a discharge space in which a second gas is supplied and a second plasma is generated using the second gas;
a vacuum evacuator which is coupled to the vacuum vessel and is configured to evacuate and decompress the inside of the processing chamber,
a first electrode which is disposed inside the stage and to which a first high frequency power source is electrically connected and a first high frequency power therefrom is supplied;
a second electrode and a third electrode which are disposed sandwiching the discharge space inside the ring-shaped member, where the second electrode is electrically connected to a second high frequency power source and supplied a second high frequency power therefrom, and the third electrode is connected to a ground potential;
wherein a surface of the ring-shaped member defines an opening which is in communication with the discharge space and the processing chamber and which is configured to supply particles of the second plasma into the processing chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,217,612

PLASMA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PLASMA PROCESSING METHOD WITH A CARRIER WAVE GROUP GENERATING UNIT

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...

1. A plasma processing apparatus, comprising:a processing vessel;
a carrier wave group generating unit configured to generate a carrier wave group including multiple carrier waves having different frequencies belonging to a preset frequency band centered around a predetermined center frequency; and
a plasma generating unit configured to generate plasma within the processing vessel by using the carrier wave group,
wherein a number of the multiple carrier waves belonging to the carrier wave group is 400 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,217,611

PLASMA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PLASMA PROCESSING METHOD

Hitachi High-Technologies...

1. A plasma processing apparatus that processes a wafer to be processed, which is placed on a surface of a sample stage arranged in a processing chamber inside a vacuum container, using a plasma formed in the processing chamber, the apparatus comprising:a dielectric film which constitutes an upper surface of the sample stage on which the wafer is placed;
a first electrode which is arranged inside the sample stage below the upper surface of the sample stage and to which a first high-frequency power is supplied during the processing;
a second electrode having a ring shape, and which is arranged on an upper portion of the sample stage surrounding an upper surface of the sample stage and an outer peripheral side thereof, and to which a second-high frequency power is supplied from a second-high frequency power supply via a matching device and a load impedance variable box, and a series resonant circuit is formed on a power supply path between the second electrode and the second-high frequency power supply, the series resonant circuit being configured to include a coil and a capacitance in series;
a ring-shaped dielectric cover which is constituted by a dielectric material and arranged surrounding the upper surface of the sample stage and covering the second electrode; and
a control unit configured to adjust the supply of the first and second high-frequency powers,
wherein the control device is configured to adjust the supply of the second high-frequency power by adjusting an inductance of the coil using a result of a first voltage detected in a first location between the coil and the second electrode on the power supply path, and
wherein the coil is part of the load impedance variable box, and the capacitance is between the wafer and the ring-shaped dielectric cover.

US Pat. No. 10,217,610

ARRANGEMENTS FOR MANIPULATING PLASMA CONFINEMENT WITHIN A PLASMA PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHODS THEREOF

Lam Research Corporation,...

1. A method for controlling etch rate during plasma processing within a processing chamber of a plasma processing system, comprising:securing a substrate onto a lower electrode within said processing chamber;
providing a power source;
flowing a gas mixture into said processing chamber;
adjusting a first match arrangement, said first match arrangement is coupled to an upper electrode, wherein said first match arrangement is configured to control current flowing through said upper electrode to change said upper electrode from a grounded state to a floating state, thereby minimizing plasma formation between said upper electrode and said lower electrode;
adjusting a second match arrangement, the second match arrangement is coupled to a top ring electrode, wherein said second match arrangement is configured for at least controlling said current flowing through said top ring electrode to control a first plasma formed above a top edge of said substrate, wherein said first plasma is configured for at least etching a part of said top edge of said substrate; and
lowering an extension of said upper electrode during said plasma processing, said extension being a movable component of said upper electrode, wherein said extension of said upper electrode is lowered to minimize a gap between said extension of said upper electrode and said substrate, wherein said extension of said upper electrode is not touching said substrate and said gap is incapable of supporting a plasma.

US Pat. No. 10,217,609

ADAPTIVE PERIODIC WAVEFORM CONTROLLER

MKS Instruments, Inc., A...

1. A method of generating an output power, the method comprising:selectively varying a setpoint for an output parameter according to a predetermined pattern that repeats during successive time intervals;
during a first one of the time intervals, generating N closed-loop values based on N differences between (i) N values of the setpoint at N times during the first one of the time intervals and (ii) N measurements of the output parameter at the N times during the first one of the time intervals, respectively;
during the first one of the time intervals, generating N adjustment values based on N differences between (i) N values of the setpoint at the N times during a second one of the time intervals and (ii) N measurements of the output parameter at the N times during the second one of the time intervals, respectively, wherein the second one of the time intervals is the time interval immediately preceding the first one of the time intervals;
applying, using a power amplifier, output power to a load;
generating N output values based on the N closed-loop values and the N adjustment values, respectively; and
controlling power input to the power amplifier based on the N output values.

US Pat. No. 10,217,606

CHARGED PARTICLE BEAM DRAWING METHOD AND CHARGED PARTICLE BEAM DRAWING APPARATUS

NuFlare Technology, Inc.,...

6. A charged particle beam drawing apparatus of irradiating a resist film on a substrate with a charged particle beam,the substrate including a light-shielding film pattern that is formed by developing the resist film to form a resist pattern, and by etching a light-shielding film lying under the resist film with the resist pattern used as a mask, the apparatus comprising:
a storage unit that stores data representing a relation between a resist area rate and a resist film reduction amount, drawing data, a second dimension correction map to correct a relatively macroscopic dimensional variation, data representing an initial film thickness of the resist film on the substrate, and data representing a correlation between a film thickness of the resist pattern and a dimension of the light-shielding film pattern;
an area rate calculation processing circuitry calculating an area rate of a pattern, which is to be drawn on the substrate, on the basis of the drawing data;
a film reduction amount distribution calculation processing circuitry calculating a resist film reduction amount distribution resulted with etching by employing both data representing the relation between the resist area rate and the resist film reduction amount and the calculated area rate;
a remaining film thickness distribution calculation processing circuitry calculating a remaining resist-film thickness distribution after the etching from both the initial film thickness and the calculated resist film reduction amount distribution;
a dimension correction map creating processing circuitry creating a first dimension correction map by estimating a dimension distribution of the light-shielding film pattern from both the data representing the correlation and the calculated remaining resist-film thickness distribution, and by determining a dimension correction amount of the light-shielding film pattern from both the estimated dimension distribution and a design dimension;
a map synthesis processing circuitry creating a third dimension correction map by synthesizing the first dimension correction map and the second dimension correction map;
an irradiation dose calculation processing circuitry calculating an irradiation dose of the charged particle beam by employing the third dimension correction map; and
a drawing section drawing the pattern by irradiating the resist film with the charged particle beam at the calculated irradiation dose.

US Pat. No. 10,217,605

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INSPECTION OF SCATTERED HOT SPOT AREAS ON A MANUFACTURED SUBSTRATE

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. An electron beam apparatus comprising:an electron source for generating a primary electron beam;
a lens system configured to focus the primary electron beam onto a surface of the substrate;
a detector configured to detect scattered electrons from the substrate in order to perform off-axis imaging of one or more hot spot areas;
a variable speed stage configured to hold the substrate and controllably move the substrate under the primary electron beam; and
one or more controllers including one or more processors configured to:
control movement of the variable speed stage along a swath path so as to move a field of view of the electron beam apparatus such that the moving field of view covers a target area on the substrate, wherein the speed of the variable speed stage is adjusted based on the number of hot spot areas within the moving field of view, wherein the swath path is independent of the location of the one or more hot spot areas.

US Pat. No. 10,217,604

CHARGED PARTICLE BEAM APPARATUS

HITACHI HIGH-TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A charged particle beam device comprising:a charged particle source that generates a charged particle beam;
a focus adjustment unit that adjusts a focal position of the charged particle beam;
a deflection unit configured to scan the charged particle beam on a sample;
a detection unit that detects charged particles generated when the sample is irradiated with the charged particle beam;
a detected charged particle selection unit that selects charged particles to be detected by the detection unit; and
a control processing unit comprising a filter control unit operably coupled to and which controls the detected charged particle selection unit,
wherein the control processing unit is configured to perform focus adjustment of the focus adjustment unit, and is configured to perform reference adjustment of the detected charged particle selection unit by calculating and outputting a reference voltage to the filter control unit, based on information received from the detection unit acquired from one scan.

US Pat. No. 10,217,603

LOADING STATION FOR TRANSFERRING FROZEN SAMPLES AT LOW TEMPERATURES

Leica Mikrosysteme GmbH, ...

1. A loading station (100, 200) for translocating a frozen sample for electron microscopy, comprising a chamber (104, 204) having an open top, a floor (107, 207) opposite the open top, and at least one side wall extending between the floor and the open top, the chamber (104, 204) being fillable at least partly with a coolant,wherein the chamber (104, 204) comprises in the at least one side wall thereof at least two ports (101a, 102a, 103a) respectively for different sample transfer devices (101, 102, 103), the ports (101a, 102a, 103a) permitting introduction of a frozen sample into the chamber (104, 204) via a selected sample transfer device and withdrawal of the frozen sample from the chamber via another sample transfer device; and wherein a receptacle (108, 208) for at least two differently configured sample holders (109, 110; 209, 210) is arranged in the chamber (104, 204), the at least two sample holders (109, 110; 209, 210) being detachably fastenable to at least one of the sample transfer devices (101) for introduction of the frozen sample into the chamber (104, 204) and for withdrawal of the frozen sample from the chamber (104, 204).

US Pat. No. 10,217,602

CHARGED PARTICLE BEAM APPARATUS AND ABERRATION CORRECTOR

HITACHI HIGH-TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A charged particle beam apparatus, which is configured to irradiate a sample with a charged particle beam to detect a charged particle ascribable to the sample, the charged particle beam apparatus comprising an aberration correction unit,the aberration correction unit comprising:
a first magnetic quadrupole and a second magnetic quadrupole;
a third magnetic quadrupole and a fourth magnetic quadrupole that are provided between the first magnetic quadrupole and the second magnetic quadrupole; and
a first electrostatic quadrupole and a second electrostatic quadrupole that are provided between the first magnetic quadrupole and the second magnetic quadrupole, wherein
the first magnetic quadrupole, the second magnetic quadrupole, the third magnetic quadrupole and the fourth magnetic quadrupole and the first electrostatic quadrupole and a second electrostatic quadrupole are arranged symmetrically with respect to a center symmetry plane, and are respectively excited antisymmetrically;
the second magnetic quadrupole is provided in a first plane that is different from a second plane in which the first electrostatic quadrupole is provided;
the third magnetic quadrupole is provided in a third plane that is different from a fourth plane in which the second electrostatic quadrupole is provided;
the aberration correction unit is arranged on one of a path for irradiating the sample with the charged particle beam and a path for detecting the charged particle ascribable to the sample;
the charged particle beam apparatus further comprises a vacuum path unit configured to decompress a path of the charged particle beam passing through the aberration correction unit;
the first electrostatic quadrupole and the second electrostatic quadrupole are arranged within a decompressed space inside the vacuum path unit, wherein a support is arranged between the first and second electrostatic quadrupoles, along an interior of a liner tube disposed within the decompressed space, and is constructed to provide alignment accuracy of said first and second electrostatic quadrupoles;
the first magnetic quadrupole, the second magnetic quadrupole, the third magnetic quadrupole and the fourth magnetic quadrupole each comprising the excitation unit are arranged outside the vacuum path unit; and
the aberration correction unit is configured to adjust an amount of chromatic aberration correction by adjusting an amount of overlap between one of said magnetic quadrupoles and a corresponding one of said electrostatic quadrupoles.

US Pat. No. 10,217,601

ION SOURCE

VARIAN SEMICONDUCTOR EQUI...

1. An ion source, comprising:an ion source chamber having an elongate shape defined by a height, a width, and a length greater than the height and the width, and a longitudinal axis extending along the length of the elongate shape, the ion source chamber operative to define a plasma therein; and
a split solenoid assembly comprising a first solenoid and a second solenoid that are mutually disposed along opposite sides of the ion source chamber, each of the first solenoid and second solenoid comprising:
a metal member having a long axis parallel to the longitudinal axis of the ion source chamber; and
a main coil having an elongate shape defined by a main coil height, a main coil width, and a main coil length greater than the main coil height and main coil width, the main coil having a coil axis extending along the main coil length parallel to the long axis and the longitudinal axis, the main coil comprising a plurality of windings that circumscribe the metal member, the main coil defining a coil footprint that is larger than an ion source chamber footprint the ion source chamber, wherein the main coil length is at least two times greater than the ion source chamber length and the main coil width is at least two times greater than the ion source chamber width.

US Pat. No. 10,217,599

ELECTRON GUN, CONTROL METHOD AND CONTROL PROGRAM THEREOF, AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPING APPARATUS

TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH ASSOC...

7. A non-transitory computer readable medium storing a control program of an electron gun for causing a computer to execute a method, comprising:determining a degree of wear of a cathode based on a decrease in an emission current of the electron gun;
executing, when the decrease in the emission current is not smaller than a predetermined threshold, a readjustment comprising automatically setting a combination of a bias voltage of a Wehnelt electrode and a voltage of a control electrode such that, at the combination, a brightness of the electron beam reaches a predetermined brightness, by readjustment of the bias voltage and the voltage of the a control electrode, wherein the Wenhelt electrode focuses thermoelectrons emitted by a cathode and the control electrode extracts the thermoelectrons from a distal end of the cathode; and
executing, when the decrease in the emission current is smaller than the predetermined threshold, the fine adjustment for changing the bias voltage with maintaining a voltage of the control electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,217,598

X-RAY GENERATOR

ADAPTIX LIMITED, Oxfords...

1. A method of generating x-rays comprising the steps of:emitting a plurality of electron beams from a plurality of electron beam emitters arranged in an array;
energizing a subset of a plurality of solenoid coils arranged in an array and disposed adjacent to the plurality of electron beam emitters, wherein each of the energized solenoid coils generates a magnetic field;
deflecting a subset of the plurality of electron beams to strike at least one target, thereby generating x-ray photons;
detecting the x-ray photons at a detector after the x-ray photons pass through a region of interest; and
generating an image of at least a portion of the region of interest using information provided by the detector.

US Pat. No. 10,217,596

HIGH TEMPERATURE ANNEALING IN X-RAY SOURCE FABRICATION

General Electric Company,...

1. An X-ray source, comprising:an emitter configured to emit an electron beam; and
a target configured to generate X-rays when impacted by the electron beam, the target comprising:
at least one X-ray generating layer comprising X-ray generating material, wherein planar density hydrogen held within some or all of the X-ray generating layers is less than 5×1016/cm2; and
at least one thermally-conductive layer in thermal communication with each X-ray generating layer, wherein each thermally conductive layer or substrate comprises grain boundaries in which hydrogen is held, and wherein the planar density hydrogen held within some or all of the thermally conductive layers is less than 5×1016/cm2.

US Pat. No. 10,217,595

DEVICE FOR SWITCHING AN ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A device for switching an electrical circuit for electric power levels of between 500 watts and 10 megawatts, comprising:at least two pyrotechnic disconnecting devices, which are connected in series between a terminal point of an electrical energy supply and a contact point of an intermediate circuit of a load, in order to interrupt the electrical circuit; and
at least one closing mechanism;
wherein a number of closing mechanisms is lower than a number of pyrotechnic disconnecting devices; and
wherein the at least one closing mechanism is arranged in a parallel connection with a single one of the pyrotechnic disconnecting devices in order to bridge the single pyrotechnic disconnecting device and close an interrupted electrical circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,217,594

BRIDGE ASSEMBLY

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A bridge assembly, comprising:a bridge including
a first leg fixed to a first surface of a printed circuit board,
a second leg fixed to the first surface of printed circuit board to be spaced apart from the first leg, and
an elastic part connecting between the first leg and the second leg and applying an elastic force to any one of the first and second legs; and
a cover positioned at an upper side of the bridge to receive the elastic part, including
an upper part positioned over the elastic part,
a first extending part extending from a first side of the upper part to be toward a first surface of the first leg, and
a second extending part extending from a second side of the upper part to be toward a first surface of the second leg,
wherein a second surface of the first leg and a second surface of the second leg that are positioned opposite to the first surface of the first leg and the first surface of the second leg, respectively, are fixed to the first surface of the printed circuit board, and
wherein at least one of the first and second extending parts is positioned to be spaced apart from the corresponding first surface of the first leg or the corresponding first surface of the second leg.

US Pat. No. 10,217,593

FUSE BOX FOR MOTOR VEHICLE

RENAULT s.a.s., Boulogne...

1. A fuse box for an automotive vehicle, comprising:a receptacle having a bottom and an opening leading to said bottom; and
a pair of fuses fitted into said bottom and intended to protect an electrical device, each of the fuses of said pair having a first end and a second end;
a pair of output terminals coupled to the first ends, respectively, of said fuses and a pair of input terminals coupled to the second ends, respectively, of said fuses, said pair of output terminals extending from said receptacle in a first direction, while said pair of input terminals extends from said receptacle in a second direction;
at least one other pair of fuses fitted into said bottom and intended to protect another electrical device that is connected in parallel with said first device, each of the fuses of said at least one other pair having another first end and another second end, and another pair of input terminals coupled to the other second ends, respectively, said other pair of input terminals extending substantially in parallel to said second direction, and the other first ends of said at least one other pair of fuses are coupled to said pair of output terminals, respectively; and
a pair of input conductors to couple said pair of input terminals to said second ends, respectively, of said fuses, said pair of input conductors having two superposed first portions defining two parallel distal planes, respectively,
wherein the pair of input terminals is positioned below the pair of fuses and the at least one other pair of fuses, and the other pair of input terminals is positioned below the pair of input terminals.

US Pat. No. 10,217,592

CIRCUIT BREAKER AND METHOD FOR OPERATION THEREOF

1. A circuit breaker comprising:an input terminal;
a load terminal;
a switching device arranged in a current path between the input terminal and the load terminal, the switching device having a thermal and/or magnetic tripping device for an interruption of a current circuit, which comprises the current path, in an event of an overcurrent or a short-circuit,
wherein a functional component of the switching device is connected in the current path and is bridged via a bypass, which carries a current detected via a current sensor when the current is below a current threshold and is shut off when the current threshold is exceeded, and
wherein the current and/or voltage supply of the switching device and/or of the control circuit is provided via a function component based on a principle of energy harvesting.

US Pat. No. 10,217,591

CIRCUIT BREAKER TOGGLE LINK APPARATUS, TOGGLE LINK ASSEMBLIES, CIRCUIT BREAKER TRIP MECHANISM ASSEMBLIES, AND METHODS OF LIMITING CRADLE MOTION OF A CIRCUIT BREAKER

1. A toggle link apparatus of a circuit breaker, comprising:a link body having a pivot end and an engagement end opposite the pivot end, the engagement end including:
an open-ended slot including a pivot feature and a stop feature configured to interface with a toggle pin, wherein the open-ended slot comprises:
a first slot region extending from the pivot feature to the stop feature of the open-ended slot, and
a second slot region extending from the stop feature to an open end of the open-ended slot,
wherein a center of the open end is positioned at a lateral offset distance O from a line of action LOA passing between the pivot feature to the stop feature.

US Pat. No. 10,217,590

MINIATURE CIRCUIT BREAKER COLOR-CODED STATE INDICATOR

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC USA, I...

1. A circuit breaker, comprising:a case having a handle opening for an operating handle to project through the handle opening, the handle opening having a viewing cut-out formed on a side of the handle opening;
an operating handle pivotally mounted inside the case, with an outer portion of the operating handle extending through the handle opening in the case, a side surface of the operating handle being located adjacent to the viewing cut-out; and
an indicator positioned on the side surface of the operating handle, the indicator being visible through the viewing cut-out when the operating handle has been moved to a central position in the handle opening, thereby indicating a tripped state of the circuit breaker.

US Pat. No. 10,217,589

HIGH-SPEED CIRCUIT BREAKING ARRAY FOR BREAKING A CURRENT PATH IN A SWITCHING DEVICE

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A high-speed circuit breaker arrangement for interrupting a current path in a switching device in the event of short-circuiting or overload, the arrangement comprising:a drive configured to move a drive armature from a standby position into a tripping position, the movement of the drive armature being configured to act on at least one moving contact of the switching device such that a current path is interrupted;
a holding apparatus configured to hold the drive armature the tripping position,
wherein the holding apparatus includes a holding armature, rigidly coupled to the drive armature, and a magnet arrangement,
wherein the holding armature is held in a holding position by a magnetic force of the magnet arrangement as soon as the drive armature reaches the tripping position, and
wherein the high-speed circuit breaker arrangement is configured solely for interrupting the current path in the switching device in the event of short-circuiting or overload, and is independent of a drive configured to switch the switching device during operation.

US Pat. No. 10,217,588

ENCLOSED TYPE ELECTROMAGNETIC SWITCH HAVING STATUS INDICATION FUNCTION

LSIS CO., LTD., Anyang-s...

1. An enclosed type electromagnetic switch having a status indication function, the enclosed type electromagnetic switch comprising:an enclosure having an enclosed structure; and
an electromagnetic switch, wherein the enclosure, which is separate from and independent of the electromagnetic switch, encloses the entire electromagnetic switch to protect the electromagnetic switch from moisture, dust, or impurities,
wherein the electromagnetic switch comprises:
an electromagnetic contactor installed inside the enclosure;
an auxiliary contact unit attached to one side of the electromagnetic contactor; and
an overload relay installed inside the enclosure and providing a trip signal to the electromagnetic contactor,
wherein the enclosure comprises:
a first indicating means that is installed on the enclosure and connected to contacts a (NO contacts) of the auxiliary contact unit to show that the electromagnetic contactor is in the on state; and
a second indicating means that is installed on the enclosure and connected to contacts b (NC contacts) of the auxiliary contact unit to show that the electromagnetic contactor is in the off state, and
wherein the first indicating means and the second indicating means operate in a mutually exclusive manner to each other,
wherein the first and second indicating means include first and second conductor parts connected to the contacts a and the contacts b, respectively, and first and second indicating parts installed in a way that are exposed on the enclosure, and
wherein mounting holes are formed in part of the enclosure to mount the first and second indicating means.

US Pat. No. 10,217,586

ELECTROMAGNETIC ACTUATOR

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for driving an electromagnetic actuator including an exciter winding for generating a magnetic field and a movable armature, the method comprising:generating a magnetic flux in the exciter winding in order to move the armature from a starting position into an end position;
and
measuring the magnetic flux through the exciter winding, or a flux variable which correlates with the magnetic flux through the exciter winding, by forming an actual value, wherein, to move the armature from the starting position into the end position, the magnetic flux is regulated by the exciter winding, and wherein a profile of the actual value corresponds to a setpoint flux curve, the setpoint flux curve including a rise ramp section in which the setpoint flux curve rises from zero to a ramp end value.

US Pat. No. 10,217,585

CONTROL CIRCUIT FOR COMPOSITE SWITCH WITH CONTACT PROTECTION BASED ON DIODE AND RELAY CONTROL METHOD

Gyrk International Techno...

1. A composite switch with contact protection based on a diode, comprising a primary relay contact protection circuit, a primary relay contact and a relay control circuit, wherein the primary relay contact protection circuit, which is constituted by an auxiliary relay contact (K1) and a diode (D) connected in series, is connected with the primary relay contact (K) in parallel, a current capacity of the auxiliary relay contact (K1) is 1/10 to 1/1000 of that of the primary relay contact (K), wherein the auxiliary relay contact is formed by a plurality of relay contacts connected in series, the primary relay contact is formed by a plurality of relay contacts connected in parallel;wherein the relay control circuit is powered by a capacitance step-down rectifier power supply, wherein the relay control circuit is formed by a singlechip, an auxiliary relay drive circuit and a primary relay drive circuit, the drive coil (L) for the primary relay is connected in parallel with a capacitor (C) and is connected between output terminals (1) and (2) of an H-bridge constituted by four transistors (T3, T4, T5 and T6);
wherein two output terminals (3) and (4) of the singlechip are configured to control a width and a polarity of an output voltage pulse from the H-bridge by means of an inverter constituted by transistors (T1) and (T2); during an actuation of the primary relay contact, a voltage provide by the relay control circuit to the drive coil (L) for the primary relay is a PWM pulse signal, and a current flowing through the drive coil (L) is changing; and
the relay control circuit is configured to supply a changing current to a drive coil when a primary relay is closed.

US Pat. No. 10,217,584

MAGNETIC REED SWITCH

Deqiang Jing, Dongguan (...

1. A magnetic reed switch, comprising:an insulating casing; and
magnetic reeds, each of the magnetic reeds comprising a first layer and a second layer, and the second layer comprising a plurality of metal conductive lines;
wherein
the insulating casing is a hollow structure;
the magnetic reeds are disposed inside and at two ends of the insulating casing;
ends of the magnetic reeds overlap;
the first layer is a magnetic material;
two ends of the second layer are welded to two ends of the first layer, respectively; and
the plurality of metal conductive lines are disposed parallel to one another along the magnetic reeds.

US Pat. No. 10,217,583

PRESSURE RESPONSIVE SWITCH FOR ACTUATING A DEVICE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. In an apparatus exposed to a first pressure and a second pressure, a switch responsive to a pressure differential, wherein the pressure differential is equal to the first pressure minus the second pressure, the switch comprising:(a) a pressure response mechanism for providing a pressure response in response to the pressure differential, wherein the pressure response mechanism comprises:
(i) a switch cylinder having a first switch cylinder end and a second switch cylinder end;
(ii) a switch piston contained within the switch cylinder such that the switch piston and the switch cylinder are reciprocable relative to each other, wherein the switch piston divides the switch cylinder into a first switch chamber adjacent to the first switch cylinder end and a second switch chamber adjacent to the second switch cylinder end;
(iii) wherein the first switch chamber is in pressure communication with the first pressure; and
(iv) wherein the second switch chamber is in pressure communication with the second pressure;
(b) a device actuator arranged to interact with the pressure response mechanism and to utilize the pressure response of the pressure response mechanism to actuate a device, wherein the device actuator actuates the device to an operative state when the pressure differential is below a lower pressure differential threshold;
(c) a first fluid isolation system for isolating the first switch chamber from a first fluid; and
(d) a second fluid isolation system for isolating the second switch chamber from a second fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,217,582

FORCE SWITCH

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc...

1. A method of creating a switch to be disposed along a longitudinal axis of a device, comprising:providing a hollow body defining an interior cavity;
disposing a switching element movably within the interior cavity to define:
a first position along a switching axis of the switching element; and
a second position along the switching axis of the switching element, the second position being different from the first position;
disposing a biasing element about the switching element to impart a longitudinal biasing force to the switching element to place the switching element in one of the first position and the second position until an external force imparted to the switching element exceeds the biasing force to thereby cause the switching element to move to the other one of the first position and the second position;
disposing a biasing force-adjusting element in cooperative engagement with the biasing element such that a magnitude of the biasing force is adjustable using the biasing force-adjusting element; and
coupling an electrically-conductive contact to the switching element to define:
a first switching state when the switching element is in the first position; and
a second switching state when the switching element is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,217,580

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RESTRAINING A MOVABLE SWITCH BLADE OF A DISCONNECT SWITCH

TCI Sales, Inc., Moody, ...

1. A system, comprising:a disconnect switch coupled to a power transmission line at an electrical substation, the disconnect switch having a conductive switch blade and a conductive jaw for receiving the switch blade, the switch blade movable between a closed position and an open position, wherein the switch blade has an end that contacts the conductive jaw when the switch blade is in the closed position such that current from the power transmission line flows through the disconnect switch, and wherein the switch blade is separated from the conductive jaw when in the open position such that current from the power transmission line is prevented from flowing through the disconnect switch;
a removable sheath positioned on the end of the switch blade; and
a tether coupled to the removable sheath for preventing the switch blade from transitioning from the open position to the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,217,579

OPERATING MECHANISM FOR A TOGGLE SWITCH HANDLE

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. An operating mechanism for a toggle switch handle comprising:a bar movably mounted along its longitudinal axis, and
a roller head mounted at one end of the bar and comprising two axes for rolls, wherein a first roll of the rolls is provided for turning on the toggle switch handle depending on a movement of the bar and a second roll of the rolls is provided for rolling over a plate and blocking a rotation of the bar around its longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,217,578

KEYBOARD

TOPRE CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A keyboard comprising:a housing which supports a keybutton to be capable of reciprocating in an operating direction of the keybutton; and
a substrate on which an operation detection portion of the keybutton is provided,
wherein:
the keybutton supported by the housing is disposed to oppose the operation detection portion on an axial line along the operating direction of the keybutton,
a light source is provided further on an outer side than the operation detection portion on the substrate when the light source is viewed from an axial direction of the axial line,
a light guide member which guides light from the light source to a keytop of the keybutton is formed of a material having a refractive index which is higher than a refractive index of the air, and the light guide member is provided in the housing,
the light guide member includes an incident portion disposed to oppose the light source in the axial direction of the axial line, an emitting portion disposed to oppose the keytop at a position hidden by the keybutton when the emitting portion is viewed from the axial direction of the axial line, and a guide portion which guides the light, from the light source, incident from the incident portion to the emitting portion,
the light, from the light source, that is incident from the incident portion reaches a first boundary surface of the guide portion, and
an incident surface of the incident portion which opposes the light source is formed in a shape of a curved surface that protrudes towards the light source and is formed to have a radius of curvature by which the light refracted at the incident surface enters the first boundary surface at an incident angle which is greater than a critical angle of the light on the first boundary surface defined by the refractive index of the light guide member and the refractive index of the air.

US Pat. No. 10,217,577

REMOTE CONTROL WITH CONFIGURABLE BUTTONS

Roku, Inc., Los Gatos, C...

1. An apparatus, comprising,at least one interchangeable panel having two or more fixed buttons in a predefined order, each fixed button having a receptacle interface on a first side, a unique user-perceivable label on a second side, and an RFID chip embedded therein, wherein the RFID chip is configured to correspond to the unique user-perceivable label of the fixed button;
a plurality of interchangeable buttons, each interchangeable button having a receptacle interface on a first side, a unique user-perceivable label on a second side, and an RFID chip embedded therein, the RFID chip configured to correspond to the unique user-perceivable label of the interchangeable button; and
a platform having a plurality of receptacles, each receptacle identically configured to receive the receptacle interface side of any of the interchangeable buttons and any of the two or more fixed buttons of the at least one interchangeable panel;
wherein the platform is configured to provide, for each receptacle having an interchangeable button or a fixed button inserted therein, an electrical signal based at least in part on the RFID chip embedded therein.

US Pat. No. 10,217,576

BALANCING STRUCTURE FOR LONG KEY OF KEYBOARD

Jiangsu Transimage Techno...

1. A balancing structure for a long key of a keyboard, comprising a balancing rod and a pair of clamping hooks on a bottom plate of the keyboard;wherein the balancing rod comprises a cross rod matched with a keycap of the key and two sliding rods extending from two end parts of the cross rod and matched with the pair of clamping hooks respectively, and during the keycap pressing or spring-back process, each of the two sliding rods slides on a clamping port edge on at least one side of a corresponding clamping hook along with a rotation of the cross rod, and a moving trajectory of a contact point of each sliding rod and a corresponding clamping port edge is an arc in a sliding process;
wherein each sliding rod slides on the clamping port edge on one side of the corresponding clamping hook, and in the sliding process, each sliding rod is at least contacted with two points of the clamping port edge on the one side at the same time by a matching part between the clamping hook and the respective sliding rod, and the respective sliding rod is seamlessly matched with the corresponding clamping port edge by the matching part;
wherein the matching part between the clamping port edge and the corresponding sliding rod is an arc or a convex broken line; and
wherein the two clamping hooks and the two sliding rods respectively form two symmetrical matched parts, a protruding direction of the two matched parts are opposite, and a distance between the matched parts with the sliding rods on the two clamping hooks is larger than or equal to the distance between the matched parts with the clamping hooks on the two sliding rods.

US Pat. No. 10,217,575

SWITCH DEVICE

ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ...

1. A switch device comprising:a base part which includes a switch element switchable between a pressed state and a released state;
an operating member which is disposed so as to be movable between a pressing position causing the pressed state of the switch element and a release position causing the released state of the switch element, in a pressing direction toward the pressing position from the release position and a release direction toward the release position from the pressing position;
a force transmission member which is disposed so as to be movable in the pressing direction and the release direction between the switch element and the operating member in an internal space defined between the base part and the operating member and transmits a force between the switch element and the operating member;
a light source configured to radiate light to the internal space; and
a reflective surface,
wherein the operating member includes
an operating outer surface configured to receive an operating force in the pressing direction from the outside,
an operating inner surface configured to be irradiated with light from the light source in the internal space, and
a transmitting member configured to transmit light between the operating outer surface and the operating inner surface,
the transmitting member has a transmitting inner surface which faces the internal space in the pressing direction,
at least a portion of the force transmission member is disposed along the pressing direction between the transmitting inner surface and the switch element,
the reflective surface is included in force transmission member and is disposed at a position where the reflective surface reflects at least a part of the light from the light source to at least a portion of the transmitting inner surface,
the operating member includes an operation-side contact portion which comes into contact with the force transmission member,
the force transmission member includes a light guiding part and a support post which moves integrally with each other,
the light guiding part has the reflective surface,
the support post has a transmission-side contact portion, and
the transmission-side contact portion is disposed at a position where the transmission-side contact portion is pressed from the operation-side contact portion in the pressing direction.

US Pat. No. 10,217,574

LOW-VOLTAGE SWITCHING DEVICE WITH A VARIABLE DESIGN

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A low-voltage switching device, comprising:a base module having at least one connection region for electric conductors;
a separate auxiliary module having auxiliary contacts and a coil connection arranged in a separable manner from the base module, the separate auxiliary module being configured to attach to differently sized switching devices;
wherein the separate auxiliary module includes a variable configuration exchangeable surge limiter, selected for an intended application of the separate auxiliary module and arranged within the separate auxiliary module, includes an arc chamber having a variable configuration and includes an exchangeable enclosure having a variable configuration and moveable switching contacts with a contact carrier and a base plate, which are universally configured identically in each of a plurality of separate auxiliary modules; and
wherein the separate auxiliary module is selected from a group consisting of a first auxiliary module having a first configuration, a second auxiliary module having a second configuration and a third auxiliary module having a third configuration, the first, second and third configurations being different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,217,573

UNIVERSAL CONTACT INPUT SUPPORTING PROGRAMMABLE WETTING CURRENT

GE INTELLIGENT PLATFORMS,...

1. A method of detecting a status of a contact, the method comprising:wetting a contact with a wetting voltage;
sensing the wetting voltage provided to the contact;
providing an initial wetting current to enable punch through of oxidation on the contact;
subsequently providing a constant wetting current across an input of the contact over a wide input voltage range, the constant wetting current being relatively lower than the initial wetting current;
maintaining the constant wetting current during varying wetting voltage inputs utilizing a current mirror connected across the input of the contact;
scaling down the wetting voltage;
comparing the wetting voltage to a reference wetting voltage to provide a digital output voltage; and
determining the status of the contact in accordance with the digital output voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,217,572

LOW FREQUENCY CONVERTERS HAVING ELECTROCHEMICAL CAPACITORS

INTEL CORPORATION, Santa...

1. A power converter circuit comprising:an inductor to charge when coupled to an input voltage during a first state and to discharge during a second state; and
a load coupled to the inductor, the load including at least one electrochemical capacitor coupled in parallel to a resistor, wherein the at least one electrochemical capacitor comprises a pair of porous semiconductor structures, each porous semiconductor structure containing an electrolyte loaded into a plurality of pores to simplify monolithic integration with the power converter circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,217,571

HIGH ENERGY DENSITY HYBRID PSEUDOCAPACITORS AND METHOD OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME

ADA TECHNOLOGIES, INC., ...

1. A composition, comprising:two or more active materials, wherein one of the two or more active materials comprises carbonaceous particles, wherein the carbonaceous particles comprise from about 50 to about 100 wt % of the composition, wherein the other of the two or more active materials comprise atomic deposition layers on the carbonaceous particles, wherein at least one of the other of the two or more active materials comprises a functional material, wherein the functional material comprises an ion conducting or solid electrolyte, and wherein the ion conducting material or a solid electrolyte is selected from the group consisting essentially of an alkali metal aluminum oxide, a lithium niobium oxide, an alkali metal fluoride, an alkali metal sulfide, an alkaline earth metal oxide, an alkaline earth fluoride, a Garnet ion conductor, and a mixture thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,217,570

ELECTRIC STORAGE DEVICE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. An electric storage device comprising:an electrode body that has a plurality of positive plates and a plurality of negative plates, the positive plates and the negative plates being alternately stacked on each other via separators; and
a housing body that houses the electrode body together with an ion conductor, wherein
the electric storage device is provided with a magnetic field generating unit that generates magnetic force lines in a certain direction,
each of the positive plates includes a positive active material applied to both surfaces of a collecting foil.

US Pat. No. 10,217,569

DEVICES COMPRISING A CAPACITOR AND SUPPORT MATERIAL THAT LATERALLY SUPPORTS THE CAPACITOR

Micron Technology, Inc., ...

1. A device comprising:a capacitor comprising first and second electrodes having a capacitor insulator there-between;
the first electrode being elongated and extending elevationally, the first electrode comprising elevationally-extending first conductive material and comprising second conductive material that projects laterally outward from an elevationally-extending part of the first conductive material, the laterally-projecting second conductive material having a vertical thickness that is less than that of the elevationally-extending first conductive material; and
support material that laterally supports the capacitor, the support material contacting a tip end of the laterally-projecting second conductive material, the second electrode being vertically directly above and vertically directly below the laterally-projecting second conductive material and the second electrode being vertically directly above and vertically directly below the support material.

US Pat. No. 10,217,568

MULTILAYER CERAMIC CAPACITOR

HOLY STONE ENTERPRISE CO....

1. A multilayer ceramic capacitor, comprising:a base part comprising ceramic dielectric and a plurality of inner electrodes;
an outer electrode layer formed at two opposite sides of the base part;
wherein each of the plurality of inner electrodes comprises an inner electrode terminal exposed out of one of the two opposite sides of the ceramic dielectric, and the outer electrode layer comprises first outer electrodes formed at the two opposite sides of the base part and second outer electrodes formed on outside of the first outer electrodes;
wherein the first outer electrodes are formed by sintering the base part and powder of nickel and barium titanate with particle size in a range of 0.3 ?m to 1.0 ?m, and the first outer electrodes are electrical connected to the inner electrode terminals at the sides of the inner electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,217,567

MULTILAYER CAPACITORS

Werlatone, Inc., Patters...

1. A multilayer capacitor comprising:physically and electrically spaced-apart first and second base conductors, each of the first and second base conductors configured to be attached to a respective different external conductor of an external circuit;
a capacitor stack having a plurality of first plate electrodes, a plurality of second plate electrodes, and a dielectric body supporting the first and second plate electrodes in spaced-apart positions, the capacitor stack having two stack end faces and four stack side faces including two pairs of oppositely positioned stack side faces, the two stack end faces extending between respective edges of the four stack side faces, the first and second plate electrodes of the respective pluralities of first and second plate electrodes extending in planes transverse to the four stack side faces, each of the first plate electrodes extending to at least the two stack side faces of one of the two pairs of oppositely positioned stack side faces, and each of the second plate electrodes extending to at least the two stack side faces of the other of the two pairs of oppositely positioned stack side faces;
a first face terminal extending along one of the two stack side faces to which the first plate electrodes extend, the first face terminal being in contact with the first plate electrodes;
a second face terminal extending along the other of the two stack side faces to which the first plate electrodes extend, the second face terminal being in contact with the first plate electrodes;
a third face terminal extending along one of the two stack side faces to which the second plate electrodes extend, the third face terminal being in contact with the second plate electrodes; and
a fourth face terminal extending along the other of the two stack side faces to which the second plate electrodes extend, the fourth face terminal being in contact with the second plate electrodes;
wherein the first and second face terminals are electrically and directly physically connected to the first base conductor and the third and fourth face terminals are electrically and directly physically connected to the second base conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,217,565

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. An electronic component, comprising:a multilayer body including a first end surface and a second end surface located opposite each other in a length direction, a first lateral surface and a second lateral surface located opposite each other in a width direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the length direction, and a first principal surface and a second principal surface located opposite each other in a thickness direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the length direction and the width direction;
a first outer electrode that reaches the first principal surface, the second principal surface, the first lateral surface, and the second lateral surface from the first end surface;
a second outer electrode that reaches the first principal surface, the second principal surface, the first lateral surface, and the second lateral surface from the second end surface;
a third outer electrode that is provided on the first lateral surface so as to be located between the first end surface and the second end surface in the length direction and reaches the first principal surface and the second principal surface from the first lateral surface;
a fourth outer electrode that is provided on the second lateral surface so as to be located between the first end surface and the second end surface in the length direction and reaches the first principal surface and the second principal surface from the second lateral surface;
a pair of first insulating coating portions that is provided so that the third outer electrode is located therebetween in the length direction and reaches the first principal surface and the second principal surface from the first lateral surface; and
a pair of second insulating coating portions that is provided so that the fourth outer electrode is located therebetween in the length direction and reaches the first principal surface and the second principal surface from the second lateral surface; wherein
the multilayer body includes a plurality of dielectric layers and a plurality of inner electrode layers alternately laminated in a laminating direction that is the thickness direction;
the plurality of inner electrode layers include:
a plurality of first inner electrode layers connected to the first outer electrode and the second outer electrode; and
a plurality of second inner electrode layers connected to the third outer electrode and the fourth outer electrode;
the pair of first insulating coating portions is in at least one of a state in which inner end portions of the pair of first insulating coating portions in the length direction are in contact with the third outer electrode and a state in which outer end portions of the pair of first insulating coating portions in the length direction are in contact with the first outer electrode and the second outer electrode;
the pair of second insulating coating portions is located opposite the pair of first insulating coating portions in the width direction;
the pair of second insulating coating portions is in at least one of a state in which inner end portions of the pair of second insulating coating portions in the length direction are in contact with the fourth outer electrode and a state in which outer end portions of the pair of second insulating coating portions in the length direction are in contact with the first outer electrode and the second outer electrode;
the pair of first insulating coating portions are provided only on the first principal surface, the second principal surface, and the first lateral surface; and
the pair of second insulating coating portions are provided only on the first principal surface, the second principal surface, and the second lateral surface.

US Pat. No. 10,217,564

SOLID-STATE FILM CAPACITORS USING SELF-ASSEMBLED BLOCK COPOLYMERS

The University of Akron, ...

1. A capacitor comprising:a first electrode;
a second electrode, where the first electrode and the second electrode are each made of a metal selected from graphene, Ni, Al, Pt, Pd, Ta, Au, Ag, or Cu; and
a dielectric material between the first electrode and the second electrode, where the dielectric material comprises a self-assembled block-copolymer film with periodic morphology, the self-assembled block-copolymer film including two or more polymer blocks with different breakdown strengths.

US Pat. No. 10,217,562

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING R-T-B BASED SINTERED MAGNET

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A method for producing a sintered R-T-B based magnet, comprising the steps of:providing a plurality of sintered R-T-B based magnet bodies (R is at least one of rare earth elements and necessarily contains Nd and/or Pr; and T is at least one of transition metals and necessarily contains Fe);
providing a plurality of alloy powder particles having a size of 90 ?m or less and containing a heavy rare earth element RH (the heavy rare earth RH is Tb and/or Dy) at a content of 20 mass % or greater and 80 mass % or less;
loading the plurality of sintered R-T-B based magnet bodies and the plurality of alloy powder particles of a ratio of 2% by weight or greater and 15% by weight or less with respect to the plurality of sintered R-T-B based magnet bodies into a process chamber; and
heating, while rotating and/or swinging, the process chamber to move the sintered R-T-B based magnet bodies and the alloy powder particles continuously or intermittently to perform an RH supply and diffusion process.

US Pat. No. 10,217,561

WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER COIL SYSTEM USING OFFSET OF ELECTRIC AND MAGNETIC COUPLING FOR FREQUENCY SPLITTING SUPPRESSION

SOUTH CHINA UNIVERSITY OF...

1. A wireless power transfer coil system using offset of electric and magnetic coupling for frequency splitting suppression, comprising:a transmitting coil;
a receiving coil;
four loaded annular metal sheets, comprising a first annular metal sheet, a second annular metal sheet, a third annular metal sheet and a fourth annular metal sheet, wherein the first annular metal sheet and the second annular metal sheet are loaded between the transmitting coil and the third annular metal sheet and the fourth annular metal sheet are loaded between the receiving coil to expand a variable distance range of a power transmission,
wherein as magnetic coupling and electric coupling are able to be offset due to having opposite polarities, a total coupling strength is equal to a magnetic coupling strength minus an electric coupling strength, when the transmitting coil and the receiving coil are close and a distance therebetween decreases, inductive coupling between the transmitting coil and the receiving coil increases, and capacitive couplings between the first annular metal sheet and the third annular metal sheet, and between capacitive coupling between the second annular metal sheet and the fourth annular metal sheet also increase, thereby preventing a phenomenon of frequency splitting from being produced due to a coupling coefficient being too large, and maintaining a high-efficiency power transmission, and when the distance between the transmitting coil and the receiving coil is relatively far, the capacitive coupling decreases quickly and becomes quite small, and the total coupling strength, which mainly depends on the inductive coupling among spiral tubes, also reduces gradually with no phenomenon of frequency splitting appearing as the distance between the transmitting coil and the receiving coil increases.

US Pat. No. 10,217,560

INDUCTOR

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. An inductor for induction thermography comprising:a rectangularly wound conductor with two short sides and two long sides;
wherein one of the two long sides comprises a closed conductor loop forming a rectangle with two longitudinal sides perpendicular to two width sides, all four sides free of electrical components except for a conductor that forms the closed conductor loop;
wherein two electrical terminals extend out from a first longitudinal side and away from a second longitudinal side, perpendicular to the two longitudinal sides and parallel to the two width sides along the one of the two long sides of the rectangularly wound conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,217,559

MULTIPHASE COUPLED AND INTEGRATED INDUCTORS WITH PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD (PBC) WINDINGS FOR POWER FACTOR CORRECTION (PFC) CONVERTERS

Virginia Tech Intellectua...

1. A power converter including a plurality of switches wherein said switches are controlled in a manner to provide a switching cycle, and an inductor structure including at least two inductors wherein said at least two inductors are magnetically coupled with each other to present one or more equivalent inductance values which vary during different portions of a switching cycle and differing from an inductance value of respective ones of said at least two inductors, said at least two inductors being connected in series with said plurality of switches during said switching cycle and wherein respective windings of each of said at least two inductors are placed on outer legs of a core, said at least two inductors being formed of printed circuit board layers, said printed circuit board layers being interleaved to provide at least one layer of each winding between said printed circuit board layers of another winding of said at least two inductors, wherein a board layer configuration of one leg is opposite that of another leg.

US Pat. No. 10,217,558

EMBEDDED MAGNETIC COMPONENT TRANSFORMER DEVICE

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. An embedded transformer device, comprising:an insulating substrate including a first side and a second side opposite the first side, and including a cavity therein, the cavity including an inner and an outer periphery;
a magnetic core housed in the cavity;
a primary winding extending through the insulating substrate and around a first side of the magnetic core;
a secondary winding extending through the insulating substrate and around a second side of the magnetic core; and
an auxiliary winding extending through the insulating substrate and around the first side of the magnetic core so as not to overlap with the primary winding; wherein
each of the primary, secondary, and auxiliary windings includes:
upper conductive traces;
lower conductive traces;
inner conductive connectors extending through the insulating substrate adjacent an inner periphery of the magnetic core, the inner conductive connectors respectively define electrical connections between respective upper conductive traces and respective lower conductive traces; and
outer conductive connectors extending through the insulating substrate adjacent an outer periphery of the magnetic core, the outer conductive connectors respectively define electrical connections between respective upper conductive traces and respective lower conductive traces;
the primary winding is spaced from the auxiliary winding so that electrical isolation is provided by a gap between the primary and auxiliary windings;
a conductive element is provided in the gap between the primary and auxiliary windings and on a same layer of the insulating substrate as the upper or lower conductive traces.

US Pat. No. 10,217,557

LAMINATED INDUCTOR

TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD., T...

1. A laminated inductor, comprising:at least one first magnetic layer, the at least one first magnetic layer including three or more magnetic alloy particles arranged in the one axial direction and a first oxide film, the three or more magnetic alloy particles having an average particle diameter of 4 ?m or smaller, the first oxide film binding the magnetic alloy particles together and containing a first component including one or more elements that are more susceptible to oxidation than Fe, the one or more elements being other than Si and Zr;
an internal conductor including a plurality of conductive patterned portions, the plurality of conductive patterned portions being disposed so as to be opposed to each other in the one axial direction across the at least one first magnetic layer, the plurality of conductive patterned portions electrically connected to each other with the at least one first magnetic layer placed therebetween, each of the plurality of conductive patterned portions constituting a part of a coil wound around the one axial direction;
a plurality of second magnetic layers composed of magnetic alloy particles, the plurality of second magnetic layers being disposed around the plurality of conductive patterned portions so as to be opposed to each other in the one axial direction across the at least one first magnetic layer;
a plurality of third magnetic layers composed of magnetic alloy particles, the plurality of third magnetic layers being disposed so as to be opposed to each other in the one axial direction across the at least one first magnetic layer, the plurality of second magnetic layers, and the internal conductor; and
a pair of external electrodes electrically connected to the internal conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,217,556

FAULT-TOLERANT POWER TRANSFORMER DESIGN AND METHOD OF FABRICATION

Carte International Inc.,...

1. A transformer system comprising:a) a transformer tank, wherein the transformer tank comprises a plurality of sidewall members, a tank cover, and a bottom member joined together to form an enclosure for housing a transformer coil and core assembly therein, and wherein the enclosure contains a dielectric fluid that is capable of electrically insulating components of the transformer coil and core assembly; and
b) at least one heat exchanger connected to the transformer tank, wherein the at least one heat exchanger comprises at least one hollow panel or radiator;
wherein as the dielectric fluid increases in temperature and expands within the tank, the dielectric fluid is cooled by circulating the dielectric fluid through the at least one hollow panel or radiator in the at least one heat exchanger; and
wherein the transformer tank and the at least one heat exchanger are capable of expanding in volume to contain up to 25 megajoules of electric arc fault energy that produces a sudden generation of gases which increases the pressure inside the transformer tank without rupturing and while maintaining the integrity of the at least one heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,217,553

LIQUID CONTAINMENT DEVICE FOR BUSHING IN LIQUID FILLED TRANSFORMER

Stock Equipment Co., Inc....

1. A liquid containment device for a liquid filled transformer having a tank and a bushing attached to a surface of the tank, the bushing including a terminal having a terminal head and a porcelain bushing, the liquid containment device comprising:a terminal head attachment that is attached to the terminal head of the bushing;
a housing having an open end, a closed end and a contact pole opening formed on the closed end, the housing encapsulating the bushing and the terminal head attachment;
a contact pole attached to the terminal head attachment and extending through the contact pole opening of the housing;
a contact attached to the contact pole; and
a housing fastener that is fastened on the contact pole to press the housing onto the surface of the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,217,552

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING AN INDUCTANCE OF AN ELECTRIC CONDUCTOR

Bombardier Primove GmbH, ...

1. A device for adjusting an inductance of at least one electric conductor, wherein the device comprises an adjustment arrangement having a first magnetically conductive element and at least a second magnetically conductive element,wherein the adjustment arrangement comprises at least a first spacer element arranged in between the first magnetically conductive element and the second magnetically conductive element, wherein the adjustment arrangement comprises at least one additional spacer element, wherein the at least one additional spacer element is arranged outside an interspace in between the first and the second magnetically conductive element, wherein the at least one additional spacer element is arranged below the first magnetically conductive element or above the second magnetically conductive element, wherein the adjustment arrangement provides a through-hole through which the at least one electric conductor extends,
wherein the device comprises a housing providing a mounting volume for the adjustment arrangement and wherein the housing comprises at least one conductor clamping means.

US Pat. No. 10,217,551

MAGNETIC SHEET, METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME, AND LOUD SPEAKER INCLUDING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A magnetic sheet comprising:a magnetic material particle comprising a hexaferrite;
a nanofiber matrix comprising two or more nanofibers; and
a coupling material chemically coupled with each of the magnetic material particle and the nanofiber matrix,
wherein the magnetic material particle satisfies Chemical Formula 1 or Chemical Formula 2:
A1-xRxFe12-yMyO19  Chemical Formula 1
AQ2Fe16O27  Chemical Formula 2
wherein, in Chemical Formula 1, A is one or more elements selected from Sr, Ba, and Ca, R is one or more elements selected from rare earth elements, M is one or more elements selected from Co, Mn, Zn, Zr, Ni, Ti, Cu, Al, Ge, and As, 0?x?0.6, and 0?y?1.2,
wherein, in Chemical Formula 2, A is one or more elements selected from Sr, Ba, and Ca, and Q is one or more elements selected from Cu, Zn, Mn, and Ni,
wherein the nanofiber matrix coupled to the magnetic material particle is pressed at a pressure of 20 MPa to 80 MPa, such that the tensile strength of the magnetic sheet is about equal to the tensile strength of a substantially identical sheet without the magnetic material and coupling material.

US Pat. No. 10,217,550

RESISTOR WITH TEMPERATURE COEFFICIENT OF RESISTANCE (TCR) COMPENSATION

Vishay Dale Electronics, ...

1. A resistor with temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) compensation, the resistor comprising:a resistive strip disposed between a first conductive strip and a second conductive strip;
a first voltage sense terminal and a first main terminal formed in the first conductive strip separated by a first slot at a first side edge of the first conductive strip;
a second voltage sense terminal and a second main terminal formed in the second conductive strip separated by a second slot at a second side edge of the second conductive strip, the first side edge of the first conductive strip and the second side edge of the second conductive strip being on opposite ends of the resistor;
the first voltage sense terminal and the first main terminal formed contiguously in the first conductive strip, and the second voltage sense terminal and the second main terminal formed contiguously in the second conductive strip;
the resistive strip comprising a third slot positioned between the first and second voltage sense terminals, a depth of the third slot configured to adjust a TCR value of the resistor; and,
the resistive strip comprising a fourth slot positioned between the first and second main terminals, a depth of the fourth slot configured to adjust a resistance value of the resistor.

US Pat. No. 10,217,549

VOLTAGE-CONTROLLED RESISTOR BASED ON PHASE TRANSITION MATERIALS

Board of Trustees of Mich...

1. A system comprising:a first resistive element including a phase change material that changes resistance in response to a change in temperature of the phase change material;
a second resistive element including the phase change material arranged in thermal contact with and electrically isolated from the first resistive element; and
a heating element arranged proximate to and in thermal contact with the first and second resistive elements;
a control circuit electrically coupled to the heating element, the control circuit is configured to receive an input voltage and operates to supply power to the heating element, wherein power supplied to the heating element changes the resistance of the second resistive element linearly and continuously within a range of resistance values as a function of magnitude of the input voltage; and
a feedback circuit that senses resistance of the first resistive element and adjusts power supplied by the control circuit to the heating element to maintain a linear relationship between the input voltage and resistance of the second resistive element.

US Pat. No. 10,217,548

COAXIAL CABLE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A coaxial cable, comprising:a conductor;
an insulation layer provided around the conductor;
a shield layer provided around the insulation layer; and
a sheath provided around the shield layer,
wherein the insulation layer comprises a first insulation layer, a second insulation layer and a third insulation layer that are arranged in this order from a conductor side,
wherein the second layer comprises a foamed layer not adhering to the first insulation layer,
wherein the third insulation layer has a larger tensile strength than the second insulation layer, and
wherein the third insulation layer is provided to fill air bubble holes appearing on a surface of the second insulation layer.

US Pat. No. 10,217,547

POWER CABLE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A power cable to be provided inside a steel pipe that is electrically connected to a reference potential node, the power cable comprising:three transmission cables respectively including one of three conductor wires configured to transmit 3-phase alternating current power, an insulating layer covering the one of the three conductor wires, and a semiconductive layer covering the insulating layer and forming an outer peripheral surface of one of the three transmission cables, wherein the three transmission cables are arranged at three-fold rotationally symmetrical positions with respect to a center of the three transmission cables in a cross sectional view in a state in which the semiconductive layers of adjacent transmission cables of the three transmission cables make contact with each other, and wherein the cross sectional view is taken in a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the power cable;
three ground buses respectively having an outer peripheral surface that is made of a conductor and is in direct contact with the outer peripheral surfaces of two adjacent transmission cables of the three transmission cables, and arranged at three-fold rotationally symmetrical positions with respect to the center of the three transmission cables in the cross sectional view;
a binder made of an insulator and in direct contact with and covering both the outer peripheral surfaces of the three ground buses and the outer peripheral surfaces of the three transmission cables; and
a jacket made of an insulator and in direct contact with an outer peripheral surface of the binder to overlap the binder,
wherein the three transmission cables have outer diameters so as to inscribe a first circle that has a radius in the cross sectional view corresponding to a radius of a second, envelope circle of the power cable having a maximum radius inside the steel pipe, but excluding thicknesses of the binder and the jacket, and
wherein the three ground buses have outer diameters such that the three ground buses project in a radial direction from the center, outwardly of an envelope closed curve of the three transmission cables surrounding the outer peripheral surfaces of the three transmission cables in the cross sectional view, but the outer diameters of the three ground buses are less than or equal to a diameter of the first circle.

US Pat. No. 10,217,546

POWER CABLE HAVING AN ALUMINUM CORROSION INHIBITOR

PRYSMIAN S.p.A., Milan (...

1. Power cable comprising a metallic element made of aluminum, wherein a corrosion inhibitor is provided in direct contact with the metallic element, the corrosion inhibitor having the following general formula (I):R1-Ar—R2  (I)
wherein R1 is a 1-hydroxy-tetrazol-5-yl group a 2-hydroxy-tetrazol-5-yl group, 1-acryloxy-tetrazol-5-yl group or 1-(2-carboxyethenyl)-tetrazol-5-yl group;
Ar is a monocyclic or bicyclic aromatic moiety; and
R2 is a hydrogen atom (H) or a 1-hydroxy-tetrazol-5-yl group, a 2-hydroxy-tetrazol-5-yl group, a hydroxyl group (OH), a vinyl group, an allyl group or a —O—CO—R4 group, where R4 is an alkenyl group having from 2 to 6 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 10,217,545

CABLE STRUCTURE

WISTRON CORP., New Taipe...

1. A cable structure for suppressing electromagnetic interference, comprising:a first insulation layer;
a second insulation layer on the first insulation layer;
a plurality of conductive wires paralleling to each other and located between the first and second insulation layers, each of the plurality of conductive wires having a first long side, and the plurality of conductive wires comprising a first signal conductive wire, a second signal conductive wire, a first ground conductive wire, and a second ground conductive wire, the first and second signal conductive wires being adjacent to each other, and the first and second ground conductive wires respectively being an outer side of one of the first and second signal conductive wires and an outer side of the other one of the first and second signal conductive wires;
a first conductor on at least one of the first and second insulation layers and electrically connected to the first and second ground conductive wires, wherein the first conductor has a second long side which is perpendicular to the first long side;
a second conductor on an outer surface of at least one of the first and second insulation layers, being electrically connected to the first conductor so as to be electrically connected to the first and second ground conductive wires, wherein the second conductor has a third long side which is parallel to the first long side, and the second conductor is symmetrical based on a virtual central line between the first and second signal conductive wires;
a third conductor on an outer surface of at least one of the first insulation layer and the second insulation layer and being symmetrical based on the virtual center line, wherein the third conductor has a fourth long side which is perpendicular to the first long side, and
wherein the first conductor, the second conductor and the third conductor are all disposed on the outer surface of at least one of the first insulation layer and the second insulation layer, the second conductor is located between the first and second ground conductive wires, and two opposite ends of the second conductor are respectively electrically and physically connected to the first conductor and the third conductor so that the first conductor, the second conductor and the third conductor form an H-shape structure directly on at least one of the first insulation layer and the second insulation layer.

US Pat. No. 10,217,544

ENERGY CABLE HAVING A COLD-STRIPPABLE SEMICONDUCTIVE LAYER

PRYSMIAN S.p.A, Milan (I...

1. An energy cable comprising, from the interior to the exterior, an electrical conductor, an inner semiconductive layer, an electrically insulating layer made from a thermoplastic material in admixture with a dielectric fluid, and an outer semiconductive layer, wherein the outer semiconductive layer comprises:(i) from 55 wt % to 90 wt % of at least one copolymer of ethylene with at least one ester comonomer having an ethylenic unsaturation;
(ii) from 10 wt % to 45 wt % of a copolymer of propylene with at least one olefin comonomer selected from ethylene and an ?-olefin other than propylene, said copolymer having a melting point of from 145° C. to 170° C. and a melting enthalpy of from 40 J/g to 80 J/g;
(iii) at least one conductive filler;
(iv) at least one dielectric fluid;
the amounts of (i) and (ii) being expressed with respect to the total weight of the polymeric components of the layer.

US Pat. No. 10,217,543

TRANSPARENT ELECTROCONDUCTIVE FILM AND TOUCH SENSOR IN WHICH SAME IS USED

NITTO DENKO CORPORATION, ...

1. A transparent electroconductive film comprising:a transparent substrate; and
a transparent electroconductive coating formed on one side of the transparent substrate,
wherein
the transparent substrate has a second cured resin layer on its one surface on which the transparent electroconductive coating is not formed, the second cured resin layer including particles;
arithmetic mean surface roughness Ra in a 452 ?m×595 ?m field of view on a surface of the transparent electroconductive coating is more than 0 nm and 10 nm or less;
arithmetic mean surface roughness Ra in a 452 ?m×595 ?m field of view on a surface of the second cured resin layer of the transparent substrate on which the transparent electroconductive coating is not formed is more than 5 nm and less than 100 nm; and
a difference between the arithmetic mean surface roughness Ra in the 452 ?m×595 ?m field of view on the surface of the second cured resin layer and the arithmetic mean surface roughness Ra in the 452 ?m×595 ?m field of view on the surface of the transparent electroconductive coating is 5 nm or more.

US Pat. No. 10,217,542

CONDUCTIVE MEMBER

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A conductive member to be routed in a vehicle, comprising:a shape-retaining tubular conductor having excellent conductivity and an end, the tubular conductor has high shape retainability and is elongated;
a flexible conductor having first and second opposite ends, the flexible conductor has flexibility, the first end of the flexible conductor is connected to the end of the tubular conductor; and
a terminal that is connected to the second end of the flexible conductor, wherein the tubular conductor is longer than the flexible conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,217,539

CONTOUR COLLIMATOR FOR RADIOTHERAPY

Deutsches Krebsforschungs...

1. A contour collimator for radiotherapy, comprisinga plurality of plate-shaped diaphragm elements provided in a guiding block and movably arranged with respect to one another to form a contour diaphragm for a radiation beam emitted by a radiation source towards the collimator, and
at least one drive for moving the diaphragm elements, wherein
a drive of its own is associated with each diaphragm element, the drives of a group of diaphragm elements are arranged substantially adjacent to one another, and the drive is a linear motor,
whereas each linear motor comprises a linearly movable rod directly fixed to the associated diaphragm element, wherein each linear motor and the associated diaphragm element are arranged substantially within a common plane, wherein each diaphragm element comprises a portion extended towards the associated linear motor, wherein the extended portion comprises an angled portion located at an end facing the linear motor, the angled portion being angled relative to the common plane, and wherein the rod is fixed to the angled portion.

US Pat. No. 10,217,538

CREATION OF ISOTOPES USING LASER BEAMS

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE, Pal...

1. A process for creating isotopes using laser beams, comprising steps of:/1/ converting a target, comprising a fuel, to a plasma state, and
/2/ generating particles with a set of laser beams and bombarding the target in the plasma state with the particles wherein:
the particle generation is synchronized with the target conversion; and
the bombarding produces nuclear reactions between the fuel and the particles and creates said isotopes.

US Pat. No. 10,217,536

SYSTEM FOR THE HIGHLY AUTONOMOUS OPERATION OF A MODULAR LIQUID-METAL REACTOR WITH STEAM CYCLE

U.S. Department of Energy...

1. A system for regulating nuclear reactor core activity comprising:a naturally circulating nuclear reactor having a nuclear reactor cooling outlet,
a nuclear reactor cooling inlet, and
a nuclear core with a negative temperature reactivity coefficient;
a steam generator having a saturated liquid space displaced above the nuclear reactor cooling outlet, and
a steam space;
a coolant loop where the coolant loop cycles coolant out through the nuclear reactor coolant outlet, where the coolant loop is in thermal communication with the saturated liquid space of the steam generator, and where the coolant loop cycles coolant in through the nuclear reactor coolant inlet;
a steam piping system in fluid communication with the steam space of the steam generator;
a three way valve having a valve shaft, in fluid communication at a three way valve inlet port with the steam piping system which leaves the steam generator;
an expansion turbine directly fluidly connected to and in fluid communication with the three way valve only at a three way valve first outlet port;
a condenser in fluid communication with the expansion turbine;
a pump header in fluid communication with the condenser;
a feedwater heater in fluid communication at a heater inlet port with the three way valve at a three way valve second outlet port and in fluid communication at a heater outlet port with the condenser;
a feedwater pump having a pump inlet port in fluid communication with the pump header, and
a pump discharge port;
a feedwater header in fluid communication with the pump discharge port of the feedwater pump, in thermal communication with the feedwater heater, and in fluid communication with the saturated liquid space of the steam generator;
an electric generator mechanically driven by the expansion turbine and electrically connected to an electrical grid; and
a controller separate from and in data communication with both the valve shaft of the three way valve and the electric generator, where the controller is programmed to
respond to an increase in power demand from the electric generator by directing movement of the valve shaft to concomitantly increase steam flow to the expansion turbine and decrease steam flow to the feedwater heater, and
respond to a decrease in power demand from the electric generator by directing movement of the valve shaft to concomitantly decrease steam flow to the expansion turbine and increase steam flow to the feedwater heater.

US Pat. No. 10,217,535

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR REMOVING CONTAMINATED MATERIAL

1. Device for removing contaminated materials from a wall, the device comprisingsuction plates which fix a support system of the device to the wall by means of a negative pressure, and
a rotating tool which has impact cutters in the circumferential direction, characterized in that disc-like saw blades spaced from one another are arranged in a second rotating tool upstream of the rotating tool in the working direction;
wherein the device can be arranged in the support system in a height-adjustable manner and the support system can be moved on the floor by way of a dolly.

US Pat. No. 10,217,534

METHOD FOR JOINING SILICON CARBIDE COMPONENTS TO ONE ANOTHER

1. A method for joining components to one another, comprising:(a) providing a first component, wherein the first component includes ceramic, metal, or composite, and wherein the first component has an upper portion and a contoured lower portion;
(b) providing a second component, wherein the second component includes ceramic, metal, or composite, and wherein the second component has an upper portion and a lower portion, and wherein the upper portion is adapted to receive the contoured lower portion of the first component;
(c) providing a predetermined amount of Al—Si braze foil, wherein the Al—Si braze foil includes a first phase that melts at a first temperature, and a second phase interspersed throughout the first phase, and wherein the second phase melts at a second temperature that is lower than the melting temperature of the first phase;
(d) grinding the Al—Si braze foil into a powder;
(e) mixing a predetermined amount of braze paste binder with the Al—Si powder to form a slurry;
(f) uniformly applying the slurry to the lower portion of the first component;
(g) uniformly applying the slurry to the upper portion of the second component and bringing the upper portion of the second component into contact with the lower portion of the first component; and
(h) heating the applied slurry to a temperature in the range of 725° C. to 1450° C. for a predetermined period of time, wherein heating the applied slurry to a temperature in the range of 725° C. to 1450° C. for a predetermined period of time softens the first phase and melts the second phase, wherein the first phase remains in a solid or a semi-solid state, and wherein the second phase segregates to the boundaries of the first phase and transforms the applied slurry into a substantially porosity-free adherent material that joins the first component to the second component.

US Pat. No. 10,217,533

FUEL ROD CLADDING AND METHODS FOR MAKING AND USING SAME

Electric Power Research I...

1. A fuel rod cladding, comprising:A triplex cladding having a first layer, a second layer, and a third layer disposed between said first layer and said second layer, wherein said third layer comprises molybdenum having a concentration of 98% or more by weight, and wherein said first layer is an outermost layer and said second layer is an innermost layer.

US Pat. No. 10,217,532

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MERGING AND COMPRESSING COMPACT TORI

TAE TECHNOLOGIES, INC., ...

1. A system for merging and compressing compact tori plasma comprisinga compression chamber,
first and second formation sections, the first and second formation sections being diametrically opposed and comprising modularized formation and acceleration systems for generating first and second plasma compact tori and axially accelerating the compact tori and translating the compact tori towards a mid-plane of the compression chamber,
first and second compression sections coupled on a first end to an exit end of the first and second formation sections, the first and second compression sections being diametrically opposed and configured to adiabatically compress the compact tori as the compact tori traverse the first and second compression sections towards the mid-plane of the compression chamber,
first and second acceleration sections coupled on a first end to a second end of the first and second compression sections, the first and second acceleration sections being diametrically opposed and comprising modularized acceleration systems for axially accelerating the compact tori and translating the compact tori towards the mid-plane of the compression chamber, and
third and fourth compression sections coupled on a first end to a second end of the first and second acceleration sections and on a second end to first and second diametrically opposed ends of the compression chamber, the third and fourth compression sections being diametrically opposed and configured to adiabatically compress the compact tori as the compact tori traverse the third and fourth compression sections towards the mid-plane of the compression chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,217,531

FORMATION OF A FIELD REVERSED CONFIGURATION FOR MAGNETIC AND ELECTROSTATIC CONFINEMENT OF PLASMA

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A method comprising the steps ofcreating a magnetic guide field within a cylindrical chamber having a longitudinal axis, wherein the magnetic guide field having field lines axially extending within the chamber parallel to the longitudinal axis,
injecting a plasma of charged electron and ion particles into the chamber toward a midplane of the chamber,
causing the plasma of charged electron and ion particles to rotate within the chamber and form a magnetic poloidal self-field surrounding the rotating plasma due to the current carried by the rotating plasma, and
increasing the rotational energy of the plasma to increase the magnitude of the self-field to a level that overcomes the magnetic guide field axially extending within the chamber causing the formation of a magnetic field within the chamber with field reversed topology.

US Pat. No. 10,217,530

PATIENT-SPECIFIC CUTTING BLOCK AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

ZIMMER, INC., Warsaw, IN...

1. A method of creating a model of a patient-specific structure of a cutting block, the cutting block used for assisting an operator in cutting at least one plane in a bone of a patient, the method comprising:obtaining geometrical data of a bone and of an intramedullary canal of the bone;
determining a penetration of a fixing rod to be inserted in and extending partially out from an intramedullary canal of the bone, the penetration based on the geometrical data of the intramedullary canal of the bone and on a geometry of the fixing rod;
determining an orientation of a portion of the fixing rod projecting out of the bone relative to the bone based on the geometrical data of the bone, on the geometry of the fixing rod and on the penetration; and
creating the model of the patient-specific structure of the cutting block using the geometrical data of the bone, a desired position and orientation of the at least one cut plane on the bone, and the orientation of the portion of the fixing rod projecting out of the bone, the model of the patient-specific structure being three dimensional and having a unique coupling orientation in which the cutting block is on the portion of the fixing rod projecting out of the bone and the cutting block contacts the bone in blocked abutment planned pre-operatively, a cut slot of the cutting block being aligned with the at least one cut plane on the bone at said unique coupling orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,217,529

PATIENT BED INVENTORY HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE SYSTEM AND METHOD

GETHELP, INC., Los Angel...

1. A resource tracking system comprising:a. a board comprising:
i. a re-writable surface;
ii. at least one fastener configured to affix the re-writable surface to a wall;
iii. a plurality of buttons arrayed in one or more rows or columns, wherein the plurality of buttons are affixed to the re-writable surface;
iv. a plurality of lights arrayed in one or more rows or columns, wherein each of the plurality of lights is affixed to the re-writable surface and is operably coupled to one of the plurality of buttons;
v. wherein each of the plurality of lights is configured to emit light of at least three colors, each color indicating a different status of an associated resource; and
vi. a first network interface operably coupled to the plurality of buttons and plurality of lights;
wherein the re-writable surface is configured to allow a plurality of patient names to be written thereon, with each of the patient names being writeable adjacent to one of the plurality of buttons and adjacent to one of the plurality of lights, which are each arrayed in one or more rows or columns to indicate the associated resource comprising one or more of a room or bed as being assigned to the patient names written adjacent to the respective buttons and lights; and
b. a state synchronization control server comprising a processor and a second network interface, wherein the processor is configured with machine readable instructions configured to:
i. generate an interactive display depicting:
1. a representation of each of the plurality of buttons arrayed in one or more rows or columns;
2. a representation of each of the plurality of lights arrayed in one or more rows or columns;
ii. receive a first user command from the board to change a color emitted by a first light of the plurality of lights;
iii. transmit the first user command to a remote computing device to change the color of the representation of the first light;
iv. receive a second user command from the remote computing device to change a color emitted a second light of the plurality of lights;
v. transmit the second user command to the board to change a color of said second light on the board; and
vi. synchronize a color of the plurality of lights on the board and representation of said plurality of lights are on the board.

US Pat. No. 10,217,528

OPTIMIZING STATE TRANSITION SET POINTS FOR SCHEDULE RISK MANAGEMENT

General Electric Company,...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:calculating, using a processor, a cumulative distribution function for a cumulative duration of one or more tasks in a schedule for a healthcare protocol for a hospital system in a healthcare facility based on a probability density function associated with a task duration for each of the one or more tasks;
determining, using the processor based on the cumulative distribution function, a plurality of schedule risk states for each task in a healthcare protocol, each schedule risk state associated with an upper specification limit and a lower specification limit defining the schedule risk state along the cumulative distribution function, each schedule risk state associated with a corrective workflow based on the upper specification limit and the lower specification limit along the cumulative distribution function;
identifying, within the upper specification limit and the lower specification limit for each respective schedule risk state, one or more schedule risk state transition setpoints associated with one or more probabilities along the cumulative distribution function, each of the one or more setpoints indicating a change in schedule risk;
monitoring, using the processor, execution of the one or more tasks in the healthcare protocol to identify a transition in schedule risk state according to the upper specification limit and lower specification limit indicated by at least one of the one or more setpoints; and
automatically triggering, using the processor, a corrective workflow associated with the respective schedule risk state to react to an actual or predicted change in schedule risk state based on the one or more setpoints associated with the schedule risk state by adjusting at least one of the one or more schedule risk state transition setpoints for the schedule risk state based on the actual or predicted change to improve a probability of execution of one or more tasks within the schedule for the healthcare protocol and updating a configuration associated with the hospital system based on the adjusted one or more schedule risk state transition setpoint.

US Pat. No. 10,217,527

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTEGRATING, UNIFYING AND DISPLAYING PATIENT DATA ACROSS HEALTHCARE CONTINUA

AirStrip IP Holdings, LLC...

1. A computer-implemented method for providing a user of a mobile device access to patient information and patient physiological data, the method being executed using one or more processors and comprising:receiving, by the one or more processors, user input, the user input indicating a user command to display a monitoring screen for a particular patient;
determining, by the one or more processors, that the user command comprises a first request for first patient data stored within a first patient record module of a first facility system and a second request for second patient data stored within a second patient record module of a second facility system, the first patient data and the second patient data corresponding to the particular patient;
processing, by a data management system, the first request for the first patient data and the second request for the second patient data to enable retrieval of the first patient data and the second patient data from the first facility system and the second facility system, respectively by using a user-facility index that maps an identifier associated with the user to the first facility system and the second facility system that the user is associated with as a healthcare provider, the data management system being configured to operate in a pass-through mode to improve performance of retrieval of the first patient data and the second patient data;
transmitting, by the data management system, the first request to a first host module of the first facility system, and the second request to a second host module of the second facility system, the first host module and the second host module respectively orchestrating processing of the first request and the second request received from the data management system;
receiving, by the data management system, the first patient data from the first host module of the first facility system and the second patient data from the second host module of the second facility system, the first patient data having been at least partially translated in response to the first request, from a first vendor-specific vocabulary to a native language of the mobile device and the second patient data having been at least partially translated in response to the second request from a second vendor-specific vocabulary to the native language of the mobile device, the second patient data comprising a format and a syntax different than the first patient data;
processing, by the one or more processors, the first patient data and the second patient data, the first patient data and the second patient data being provided in an integrated and unified manner, to provide one or more event summaries, each event summary comprising a graphical representation of a respective event based on the patient-specific data and textual data associated with the respective event; and
displaying the monitoring screen on the mobile device, the monitoring screen comprising the one or more event summaries, each event summary comprising at least a portion of patient-specific data displayed as a waveform associated with the respective event, such that displaying the waveform enables the user to scroll the waveform to reveal patient-specific data before or after the respective event.

US Pat. No. 10,217,526

METHOD FOR MEASURING STRENGTH OF ASSOCIATIONS

University of Washington,...

1. A method of measuring a subject's strength of associations involving each of a first pair of first and second categories with each of a second pair of third and fourth categories, without any use of single-task practice trials, the method comprising:in a first set of trials, causing presentation, via a display device coupled to a computer accessible to a subject, of a first series of exemplars, the first series of exemplars including exemplars from all four categories;
storing performance by the subject of a series of tasks in the first set of trials, wherein the tasks in the first set of trials are to respond in a first manner when there is presented an exemplar of either the first category or the third category and in a second manner when there is presented an exemplar in any other category, and wherein the task as to the second manner of response has no explicit reference to the second or fourth category;
in a second set of trials, causing presentation, via the display device, of a second series of exemplars in the second set of trials, the second series of exemplars including exemplars from all four categories;
storing performance by the subject of a series of tasks in the second set of trials, wherein the tasks in the second set of trials are to respond in a first manner when there is presented an exemplar of either the second category or the third category and in a second manner when there is presented an exemplar in any other category, and wherein the task as to the second manner of response has no explicit reference to the first or fourth category;
measuring, in a first computer process, for each response in each trial, a time elapsed between exemplar presentation to the subject and response of the subject via the computer to the presented exemplar, to produce a latency measurement therefor; and
in a second computer process, calculating a measure of the subject's strength of associations involving each of the first and second categories with each of the third and fourth categories from the latency measurements,
so that performance data from the subject is obtained without any use of single-task practice trials.

US Pat. No. 10,217,525

MEMORY APPARATUS WITH POST PACKAGE REPAIR

Micron Technology, Imc., ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a non-volatile storage element;
a storage latch circuit coupled to the non-volatile storage element; and
a control circuit configured, during a first repair mode, to provide first repair address information to the non-volatile storage element,
wherein the control circuit is configured, during a second repair mode, to provide second repair address information to the storage latch circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,217,524

AUTORECOVERY AFTER MANUFACTURING/SYSTEM INTEGRATION

Micron Technology, Inc., ...

1. A method of managing a system comprising a processor and a memory device external to the processor, the method comprising:exposing the memory device to heat of soldering the memory device to a platform of the system, then powering up the memory device;
testing pre-programmed data using control circuitry of the memory device, wherein the pre-programmed data comprises data programmed to the memory device prior to exposing the memory device to the heat of soldering the memory device to the platform;
in response to results of the testing indicating repair of the pre-programmed data should be performed, issuing a command from the processor to the memory device instructing the memory device to repair the pre-programmed data; and
in response to the memory device receiving the command, repairing the pre-programmed data using the control circuitry of the memory device.

US Pat. No. 10,217,523

MULTI-MODE MEMORY MODULE WITH DATA HANDLERS

Netlist, Inc., Irvine, C...

1. A memory module accessible in a computer system by a system memory controller via a system memory bus, comprising:memory devices mounted on a circuit board, the memory devices having address and control ports and data ports;
a data module mounted on the circuit board and coupled between the data ports of the memory devices and the system memory bus, the data module including data handler logic elements; and
a control module mounted on the circuit board and coupled to the data module, the address and control ports of the memory devices, and the system memory bus; and
wherein the memory module is operable in any of a plurality of modes including a first mode and a second mode;
wherein the control module in the first mode is configured to receive system address and control signals from the system memory controller and to output first memory address and control signals to the memory devices according to the system address and control signals, and the data module in the first mode is configured to propagate one or more first data signals between the memory devices and the system memory controller, the one or more first data signals being transmitted or received by at least a portion of the memory devices in response to the first memory address and control signals; and
wherein the control module in the second mode is configured to output second memory address and control signals to the address and control ports of the memory devices, and the data module in the second mode is configured to isolate the memory devices from being accessed by the system memory controller and to transmit one or more second data signals including data patterns provided by the data handler logic elements to the data ports of the memory devices according to one or more commands output from the control module, and wherein at least a portion of the memory devices are configured to receive the one or more second data signals according to the second memory address and control signals from the control module.

US Pat. No. 10,217,522

FAST MAGNETOELECTRIC DEVICE BASED ON CURRENT-DRIVEN DOMAIN WALL PROPAGATION

Regents of the University...

1. An electronic device comprising:an input ferroelectric (FE) capacitor including a first dielectric layer;
an output FE capacitor including a second dielectric layer;
a channel positioned beneath the first dielectric layer of the input FE capacitor and positioned beneath the second dielectric layer of the output FE capacitor, wherein the channel forms at least part of a lower terminal of the input FE capacitor, wherein the channel forms at least part of a lower terminal of the output FE capacitor, and wherein the channel is configured to carry a magnetic signal from the input FE capacitor to the output FE capacitor to cause a voltage change at the output FE capacitor;
a transistor-based drive circuit electrically connected to an output node at an upper terminal of the output FE capacitor, wherein the transistor-based drive circuit is configured to deliver, based on the voltage change at the output FE capacitor, an output signal to an input node of a second device;
a layer of high-resistivity material (HRM) positioned beneath the channel; and
a switch electrically connected to the layer of HRM proximate the output FE capacitor or proximate the input FE capacitor, wherein the layer of HRM is configured to carry an electrical current when the switch is closed, and wherein the electrical current is configured to facilitate the channel to carry the magnetic signal.

US Pat. No. 10,217,521

MULTI-TIME PROGRAMMABLE NON-VOLATILE MEMORY CELL

Lattice Semiconductor Cor...

1. A non-volatile programmable memory bitcell, comprising:a read enable device comprising a source coupled with a bitline;
an anti-fuse device comprising a gate coupled with a first write line, a floating drain, and a source coupled with a drain of the read enable device; and
a fuse device coupled between a second write line and the drain of the read enable device,
wherein the non-volatile programmable memory bitcell is programmable one time by blowing the anti-fuse device, and programmable another time by blowing the fuse device.

US Pat. No. 10,217,520

PULSED CONTROL LINE BIASING IN MEMORY

SanDisk Technologies LLC,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a voltage source configured to apply one program voltage pulse followed by another program voltage pulse to a word line during a programming operation, the word line connected to a memory cell;
pulsing circuitry configured to provide one waveform having a voltage which varies periodically according to one duty cycle during the applying of the one program voltage pulse to the word line, and another waveform having a voltage which varies periodically according to another duty cycle during the applying of the another program voltage pulse to the word line; and
a control circuit configured to connect the one waveform to the memory cell via one of a bit line and source line during the applying of the one program voltage pulse to the word line, and to subsequently connect the another waveform to the memory cell via one of the bit line and the source line during the applying of the another program voltage pulse to the word line.

US Pat. No. 10,217,519

SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY DEVICE HAVING A CONTROLLER CONFIGURED TO EXECUTE AN INTERVENING OPERATION AFTER A PROGRAM OPERATION AND BEFORE A VERIFY OPERATION FOR THAT PROGRAM OPERATION

Toshiba Memory Corporatio...

1. A semiconductor memory device comprising:a plurality of memory cells;
a word line electrically connected to gates of the memory cells; and
a control circuit configured to execute a write operation on the memory cells, the write operation including
a first program operation during which the control circuit applies a first program voltage to the word line,
a first verify operation during which the control circuit applies a first verification voltage to the word line to determine whether or not the first program operation passed,
a second program operation during which the control circuit applies a second program voltage, which is different from the first program voltage, to the word line, and
a second verify operation during which the control circuit applies a second verification voltage, which is different from the first verification voltage, to the word line to determine whether or not the second program operation passed, wherein
the control circuit is configured to execute at least one intervening program or verify operation between the first program operation and the first verify operation, and
the first and second verify operations each include a read operation during which read data is sensed based on a timing of a strobe signal, and the control circuit adjusts the timing of the strobe signal based on a position of the word line.

US Pat. No. 10,217,518

REDUCING HOT ELECTRON INJECTION TYPE OF READ DISTURB IN 3D MEMORY DEVICE HAVING CONNECTED SOURCE-END SELECT GATES

SanDisk Technologies LLC,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a plurality of NAND strings extending vertically in a stack, each NAND string comprising a source-end select gate transistor, a drain-end select gate transistor, and memory cells between the source-end select gate transistor and the drain-end select gate transistor, wherein the plurality of NAND strings are arranged in a plurality of sub-blocks of a block;
a plurality of word lines connected to the memory cells, each word line connected to memory cells in each sub-block, the plurality of word lines comprise a source-end subset of word lines adjacent to the source-end select gate transistors, a drain-end subset of word lines adjacent to the drain-end select gate transistors, and a midrange subset of word lines between the source-end subset of word lines and the drain-end subset of word lines; and
a control circuit, the control circuit configured to:
increase a voltage of unselected word lines among the plurality of word lines from an initial level to a read pass level;
provide a voltage of a selected word line among the plurality of word lines at a control gate read level;
throughout the increase, provide the source-end select gate transistors in the plurality of sub-blocks in a conductive state;
provide drain-end select gate transistors in one unselected sub-block of the plurality of sub-blocks in a conductive state throughout a first time period during the increase, wherein the first time period is greater when the selected word line is in the midrange subset and half way between a top and a bottom of the plurality of NAND strings than when the selected word line is in the drain-end subset; and
after the increase, while the voltage of the unselected word lines is at the read pass level, the voltage of the selected word line is at a control gate read level and the drain-end select gate transistors in the one unselected sub-block are in a non-conductive state, sense a conductive state of memory cells connected to the selected word line.

US Pat. No. 10,217,517

MEMORY SYSTEM INCLUDING A MEMORY DEVICE, AND METHODS OF OPERATING THE MEMORY SYSTEM AND THE MEMORY DEVICE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

11. A method of operating a memory system, the method comprising:supplying power to a memory device comprising memory cells;
detecting whether a programming error exists with respect to data programmed in a storage region of the memory device based on counting a number of memory cells in a first state from among a plurality of states in which the memory cells are programmed and counting a number of memory cells in a second state from among the plurality of states, and comparing the number of memory cells in the first state to the number of memory cells in the second state to detect whether the programming error exists; and
reprogramming the programmed data when a programming error is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,217,516

NONVOLATILE MEMORY DEVICES, OPERATING METHODS THEREOF AND MEMORY SYSTEMS INCLUDING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An operating method of a nonvolatile memory device comprising a plurality of memory blocks, each memory block comprising a plurality of cell strings including memory cells stacked a direction perpendicular to a substrate and being connected to a plurality of string selection lines and a plurality of word lines, each cell string comprising a string selection transistor connected to a string selection line and a plurality of memory cells connected to the plurality of word lines respectively, the method comprising:erasing first memory cells of first cell strings connected to at least one first string selection line in a selected memory block; and
during the erasing the first memory cells, preventing an erasure of second memory cells of second cell strings connected to at least one second string selection line in the selected memory block,
wherein, in the plurality of cell strings of each memory block, memory cells having a same order from string selection transistors are connected to a common word line among the plurality of word lines,
wherein each cell string further comprises a ground selection transistor connected to a ground selection line, and
wherein erasing the first memory cells comprises,
applying an erase voltage to the substrate,
applying word line erase voltages to the plurality of word lines, and
floating the at least one first string selection line and at least one first ground selection line connected to the first cell strings.

US Pat. No. 10,217,515

PROGRAMMING MEMORY DEVICES

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A memory device operable to program memory cells in the memory device, the memory device comprising:a plurality of memory cells; and
a memory controller comprising logic to:
perform a prologue programming pass prior to a first programming pass to achieve a stationary programming condition for a memory cell in the plurality of memory cells and set an initial state for the first programming pulse, wherein the prologue programming pass includes applying a defined number of incremental program and verify (PV) pulses to the memory cell prior to the first programming pass;
perform the first programming pass to program the memory cell in the plurality of memory cells, wherein a defined number of blanket programming pulses are applied to the memory cell during the first programming pass, and the blanket programming pulses do not include verify operations; and
perform a second programming pass to program the memory cell, wherein a defined number of PV pulses are applied to the memory cell during the second programming pass.

US Pat. No. 10,217,513

PHASE CHANGE MEMORY DEVICES INCLUDING TWO-DIMENSIONAL MATERIAL AND METHODS OF OPERATING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A phase change memory device, comprising:a first electrode;
a second electrode; and
a phase change layer between the first electrode and the second electrode, the phase change layer including a layered structure of at least one layer of two-dimensional (2D) material, the at least one layer of 2D material configured to at least partially change phase between a first crystalline phase and a second crystalline phase based on an electrical signal applied to the phase change layer through the first electrode and the second electrode, the second crystalline phase having a crystalline structure different from the first crystalline phase, none of the first and second crystalline phases being an amorphous phase.

US Pat. No. 10,217,512

UNIT CELL WITH FLOATING GATE MOSFET FOR ANALOG MEMORY

International Business Ma...

1. A unit cell circuit for use in a neural network, the unit cell circuit comprising:a plurality of floating gate transistors, each of the floating gate transistors having a first source/drain adapted for connection to a common bit line coupled with the unit cell circuit and having a gate adapted for connection to a corresponding one of a plurality of word lines coupled with the unit cell circuit, the floating gate transistors functioning as a digital memory;
a resistor network coupled with the plurality of floating gate transistors, the resistor network including a first plurality of resistors connected in a series ladder arrangement, each node between adjacent resistors in the first plurality of resistors being operatively connected to a second source/drain of a corresponding one of the floating gate transistors, the resistor network having a first terminal connected to a first voltage source, the resistor network being configured as a digital-to-analog converter; and
a readout transistor having a gate coupled with a second terminal of the resistor network, and having first and second source/drains, the unit cell circuit generating an output voltage across the first and second source/drains of the readout transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,217,511

INTEGRATED CIRCUIT WITH SEPARATE SUPPLY VOLTAGE FOR MEMORY THAT IS DIFFERENT FROM LOGIC CIRCUIT SUPPLY VOLTAGE

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An integrated circuit comprising:a logic circuit in a first voltage domain, the first voltage domain corresponding to a first power supply voltage having a first power supply voltage value during use;
a memory circuit in a second voltage domain corresponding to a second power supply voltage having a second power supply voltage value different from the first power supply voltage value for at least some operation during use, the memory circuit comprising a plurality of memory cells, wherein the logic circuit accesses data in the memory circuit; and
an interface circuit between the first voltage domain and the second voltage domain, wherein the interface circuit converts one or more inputs to the memory circuit from the logic circuit from the first voltage domain to the second voltage domain.

US Pat. No. 10,217,510

TUNABLE NEGATIVE BITLINE WRITE ASSIST AND BOOST ATTENUATION CIRCUIT

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. An SRAM write assist attenuation device, comprising:a write driver connected to bit lines in each of a plurality of SRAM cells of the memory array; and
a write assist attenuation circuit connected to the write driver, the write assist attenuation circuit comprising:
a clamping device comprising a first NFET, a second NFET, and a third NFET connected to a common control signal; and
a logic structure configured to generate a first attenuation signal, a second attenuation signal, and a third attenuation signal,
wherein the logic structure is coupled to the first NFET, the second NFET, and the third NFET to provide the first attenuation signal, the second attenuation signal, and the third attenuation signal to the first NFET, the second NFET, and the third NFET, respectively, to attenuate an amount of boost applied to pull one of the bit lines below ground in response to at least one of the first attenuation signal, the second attenuation signal, and the third attenuation signal,
wherein a width of a channel of each of the first NFET, the second NFET, and the third NFET is different such that each of the first NFET, the second NFET, and the third NFET modifies the common control signal in a different manner, and
wherein the channel width of the first NFET is configured to provide a default attenuation to the amount of boost, the channel width of the second NFET is configured to provide an attenuation less than the default attenuation to the amount of boost, and the channel width of the third NFET is configured to provide an attenuation greater than the default attenuation to the amount of boost.

US Pat. No. 10,217,509

METHODS AND SYSTEMS TO SELECTIVELY BOOST AN OPERATING VOLTAGE OF, AND CONTROLS TO AN 8T BIT-CELL ARRAY AND/OR OTHER LOGIC BLOCKS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An apparatus comprising:a power control circuitry to provide one of first or second supply voltages according to one or more controls; and
a memory cell coupled to the power control circuitry, the memory cell to receive one of the first or second supply voltages,
wherein the power control circuitry includes:
a multiplexer having an output coupled to a supply node of the memory cell; and
a control circuitry coupled to the multiplexer,
wherein the multiplexer comprises:
a first device coupled to a first power supply node to receive the first supply voltage, the first device controllable by a first output of the control circuitry; and
a second device coupled to a second power supply node to receive the second supply voltage, the second device controllable by a second output of the control circuitry, and wherein the first output is complementary to the second output such that one of the first or second devices is turned on.

US Pat. No. 10,217,508

SRAM AND PERIPHERY SPECIALIZED DEVICE SENSORS

Synopsys, Inc., Mountain...

1. An apparatus comprising:a plurality of peripheral P-devices, the peripheral P-devices characterized by being pre-charged by a bitline-bar (BLB) through the peripheral P-devices to detect a peripheral P-device process corner through the pre-charge operation;
an SRAM array characterized by pre-charging the BLB through P-devices of the SRAM array to detect an SRAM array's P-device process corner through a write operation; and
a write ring oscillator used to characterize the peripheral P-devices and the P-devices of the SRAM array.

US Pat. No. 10,217,507

BENDING CIRCUIT FOR STATIC RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY (SRAM) SELF-TIMER

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. A circuit, comprising:a first transistor with a drain connected to a capacitor, a gate connected to an input of an inverter, and a source connected to ground;
a second transistor with a drain connected to the capacitor and a gate connected to the input of the inverter;
a third transistor with a source connected to an output of the inverter, a drain connected to a source of the second transistor, and a gate connected to the input of the inverter; and
a fourth transistor with a source connected to the source of the third transistor, a drain connected to ground, and a gate connected to the capacitor.

US Pat. No. 10,217,506

DUMMY WORDLINE UNDERDRIVE CIRCUITRY

ARM Limited, Cambridge (...

1. An integrated circuit, comprising:wordline circuitry having wordline drivers coupled to wordline loads via wordlines;
dummy wordline circuitry having a dummy wordline driver coupled to a dummy wordline load via a dummy wordline, wherein the dummy wordline circuitry is separate from the wordline circuitry; and
underdrive circuitry coupled to the dummy wordline between the dummy wordline driver and the dummy wordline load,
wherein the underdrive circuitry generates an underdrive on the dummy wordline when the dummy wordline is selected and driven by the dummy wordline driver.

US Pat. No. 10,217,505

CHIP WITH PHASE CHANGE MEMORY AND MAGNETORESISTIVE RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY

SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a semiconductor logic circuit formed over a substrate of a chip;
a phase change memory (PCM) array formed over the semiconductor logic circuit and electrically coupled to the semiconductor logic circuit; and
a magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM) array formed over the semiconductor logic circuit and storing data independently and separately from the PCM array, the MRAM array also being electrically coupled to the semiconductor logic circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,217,504

METHOD AND CIRCUIT DEVICE INCORPORATING TIME-TO-TRANSITION SIGNAL NODE SENSING

1. A circuit device comprising:a first circuit configured to couple, when enabled, a signal value onto a first node; and
a read circuit coupled to the first node, the read circuit comprising:
a voltage transition circuit including an input coupled to the first node; and
a time to transition circuit including a second input coupled to an output of the voltage transition circuit by way of a signal node;
the voltage transition circuit configured to,
affect a voltage transition of the signal node at a variable rate corresponding to the signal value, and
determine the signal value based upon a time-to-transition measurement of the signal node,
wherein the read circuit is configured to calibrate a reference condition of the first node based on a calibration time-to-transition measurement of the signal node.

US Pat. No. 10,217,503

READING CIRCUIT OF A LONG TIME CONSTANT CIRCUIT STAGE AND CORRESPONDING READING METHOD

STMicroelectronics (Croll...

1. A long time constant (LTC) circuit comprising:a floating node configured to be coupled to a first capacitor having a first capacitance;
a first biasing terminal configured to be coupled to the first capacitor;
a second biasing terminal;
a second capacitor coupled between the second biasing terminal and the floating node, the second capacitor having a second capacitance lower than the first capacitance;
a discharge element coupled between the floating node and a ground terminal;
a first switch coupled between the first biasing terminal and a reference terminal, the reference terminal coupled to the discharge element;
a second switch coupled between the second biasing terminal and the reference terminal; and
an amplifier comprising:
a first supply terminal configured to receive a first positive voltage,
a second supply terminal coupled to the ground terminal,
a first input coupled to the floating node, and
a second input configured to receive a reference voltage, wherein the LTC circuit is configured read a residual charge of the first capacitor using the amplifier by closing the first and second switches.

US Pat. No. 10,217,502

NON-VOLATILE SEMICONDUCTOR STORAGE DEVICE

LAPIS Semiconductor Co., ...

1. A non-volatile semiconductor storage device, comprising:a memory cell;
a first potential retention line connected to the memory cell, and being configured to retain a potential corresponding to data read from the memory cell;
a second potential retention line connected to the memory cell, and being configured to retain a reference potential that is read from the memory cell in which the reference potential is written after the data is read out;
a sense amplifier having a first end and a second end respectively connected to the first potential retention line and the second potential retention line, the sense amplifier being configured to amplify a difference between the potential retained by the first potential retention line and the reference potential retained by the second potential retention line for reading out the data from the memory cell;
a first offset adjustment circuit connected to the first potential retention line, for adjusting an offset for the potential retained the first potential retention line;
a second offset adjustment circuit connected to the second potential retention line; and
an offset command signal supply circuit configured to supply a first offset command signal having a first offset amount to the first offset adjustment circuit so as to control the offset based on the first offset amount.

US Pat. No. 10,217,500

INDUCTIVE SPIN-ORBIT TORQUE DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING THE SAME

National Applied Research...

1. A spin-orbit torque memory, comprising:a first electrode;
a first oxide layer, disposed on the first electrode;
a two-dimensional thin film, disposed on the first oxide layer;
a ferromagnetic material layer, disposed on the two-dimensional thin film;
a second oxide layer, disposed on the ferromagnetic material layer; and
a second electrode, disposed on the second oxide;
wherein the crystal structure of the two-dimensional thin film includes at least one lattice plane arranged asymmetrically; and the thickness of the two-dimensional thin film includes the thickness of the at least one unit-cell layer.

US Pat. No. 10,217,499

MODIFIED DECODE FOR CORNER TURN

Micron Technology, Inc., ...

1. A method, comprising:receiving a plurality of data elements each comprising a plurality (M) of units of data to be written to an array of memory cells via a respective M column select components;
performing at least a portion of a corner turn operation on the plurality of data elements by modifying address data units corresponding to positions of the M units of data within the respective data elements on a per column select component basis when writing the plurality of data elements to the array; and
wherein the corner turn operation is an operation that adjusts a storage format of the plurality of data elements.

US Pat. No. 10,217,498

TECHNIQUES FOR PREVENTING TAMPERING WITH PROM SETTINGS

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method for preventing tampering with programmable read-only memory of an integrated circuit, the method comprising:determining whether data stored in the programmable read-only memory needs to be read in a particular order;
performing a preliminary read of the data stored in the programmable read-only memory in the particular order;
performing a randomized read of data stored in the programmable read-only memory based on an input from an entropy source;
comparing data read in the randomized read to the data read in the preliminary read;
aborting initialization of the integrated circuit responsive to the data read in the randomized read not matching the data read in the preliminary read; and
writing the data to one or more registers of the integrated circuit and initializing one or more components of the integrated circuit using the data stored in the one or more registers responsive to the data read in the randomized read matching the data read in the preliminary read.

US Pat. No. 10,217,497

DELAY LOCKED LOOP CIRCUIT AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

Winbond Electronics Corpo...

1. A memory device, comprising:a plurality of power domains separated from each other, including a first power domain including a first power bus having a first voltage level, a second power domain including a second power bus having a second voltage level, and a third power domain including a third power bus having a third voltage level;
a delay locked loop (DLL) circuit disposed in the first power domain and configured to receive an external clock, and delay the external clock by a DLL delay time to provide a DLL clock;
an output driver disposed in the second power domain and configured to output the DLL clock as an internal clock; and
a DLL offset control circuit disposed in the third power domain and configured to receive at least one of a plurality of functional statement commands, and adjust the DLL delay time based on the at least one of the functional statement commands,
wherein the functional statement commands control a connection between the DLL circuit and the first power bus in the first power domain, a connection between the output driver and the second power bus in the second power domain, and a connection between the DLL offset control circuit and the third power bus in the third power domain.

US Pat. No. 10,217,496

BITLINE WRITE ASSIST CIRCUITRY

ARM Limited, Cambridge (...

1. An integrated circuit, comprising:memory circuitry having an array of bitcells that are accessible via multiple bitlines;
a write driver coupled to at least one bitline of the multiple bitlines through a column multiplexer;
a pass transistor coupled to the write driver and the column multiplexer via a write data line;
a charge storage device coupled between the pass transistor and write assist enable circuitry;
a transmission gate coupled to a gate of the write driver; and
a clamp transistor coupled between the gate of write driver and the charge storage device such that the clamp transistor receives a voltage assist signal from the charge storage device at the gate of the write driver.

US Pat. No. 10,217,495

MEMORY DEVICE INCLUDING ENCODED DATA LINE-MULTIPLEXER

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An apparatus comprising:first data lines associated with first memory cells;
second data lines associated with second memory cells;
a circuit to form a circuit path between a first node and a data line among the first data lines if a memory cell among the first memory cells is selected during an operation of retrieving information from at least one of the first memory cells, and to form a circuit path between a second node and a data line among the second data lines if a memory cell among the second memory cells is selected during an operation of retrieving information from at least one of the second memory cells; and
a selector to form a circuit path between an additional node and one of the first and second nodes and during the operation of retrieving information from at least one of the first and second memory cells, to decouple the first node from a supply node and to form a circuit path between the second node and the supply node if the memory cell among the first memory cells is selected, and to form a circuit path between the first node and the supply node and to decouple the second node from the supply node if the memory cell among the second memory cells is selected.

US Pat. No. 10,217,494

GLOBAL BIT LINE PRE-CHARGING AND DATA LATCHING IN MULTI-BANKED MEMORIES USING A DELAYED RESET LATCH

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A memory, comprising:a plurality of banks, wherein each bank of the plurality of banks includes a plurality of data storage cells, wherein a particular bank of the plurality of banks is configured to discharge a particular global bit line of a plurality of global bit lines in response to a memory operation;
a control circuitry configured to:
receive information indicative of a control signal; and
select a first bank of the plurality of banks based upon the control signal; and
generate a plurality of bank enable signals using the control signal; and
a first latch circuit coupled to the first bank via a first global bit line of the plurality of global bit lines, and a second bank via a second global bit line of the plurality of global bit lines, wherein the first latch circuit is configured to:
store data based on a voltage level of the first global bit line;
pre-charge the first global bit line based upon the control signal;
generate a plurality of pre-charge signals using the plurality of bank enable signals; and
generate a reset signal based upon at least one pre-charge signal of the plurality of pre-charge signals, wherein the reset signal is delayed from the at least one pre-charge signal.

US Pat. No. 10,217,493

DRAM DATA PATH SHARING VIA A SPLIT LOCAL DATA BUS

INTEL CORPORATION, Santa...

1. A memory device, comprising:a first bus comprising a first set of lines and a second set of lines;
a second bus split into a first part and a second part; and
an element configurable to transmit a first set of signals along the first part of the second bus to the first set of lines of the first bus, and a second set of signals along the second part of the second bus to the second set of lines of the first bus, wherein the first set of signals select one half of a word line, and wherein the second set of signals select another half of the word line.

US Pat. No. 10,217,492

PREVENTING PHYSICAL REMOVAL OF A DRIVE WITH A MEDIUM IN MOTION FOR MITIGATING DAMAGE EVENTS TO COMPONENTS OF THE DRIVE

International Business Ma...

16. A system, comprising:a mechanism configured to selectively prevent physical removal of a drive from a receptacle; and
a processing circuit configured to control the mechanism,
wherein the processing circuit causes the mechanism to prevent allowing physical removal of the drive from the receptacle in response to determining that a medium in the drive is in motion.

US Pat. No. 10,217,491

METHOD FOR SERVICING A SELF-COOLED DATA STORAGE LIBRARY

International Business Ma...

1. A method of restricting environmental conditions external to a data storage library from intruding into the interior of the data storage library, the method comprising:providing at least one access opening in the data storage library, wherein the at least one access opening permits access to an interior of the data storage library;
providing at least one access door associated with the at least one access opening, wherein the at least one access door comprises a hinged first end coupled to a portion of the data storage library and an unhinged second end;
providing at least one barrier having a sidewall portion, the at least one barrier configured to at least partially surround at least one library access opening when the at least one access door is opened, wherein the at least one barrier is configured and constructed to restrict environmental conditions from the exterior of the library from intruding into the interior of the data storage library;
coupling a first side of the sidewall portion of the at least one barrier to the unhinged second end of the at least one access door, and coupling a second side of the sidewall portion to the data storage library; and
deploying the at least one barrier in response to opening the at least one access door.

US Pat. No. 10,217,490

FACILITATING ACCESS TO DIGITAL VIDEO

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A method comprising:receiving a selection of a start time within a stored video;
receiving a selection of an end time within the stored video to define a video clip playable separately from said stored video; and
receiving a selection of a video effect for the clip;
wherein:
the method is implemented, at least in part, using a broadcast pause and resume set-top box-based system;
the system comprises a graphics accelerator via which video output is to be provided;
the system is to store, at least in part, the stored video;
the system is to display, using the graphics accelerator, via a television, a graphical user interface for use in selecting the start time, end time, and video effect;
the graphical user interface comprises a storyboard via which frames of the stored video are to be displayed, at least in part;
the system is also to receive other selected video input for display via the television, the other selected video input being capable of comprising cable television-based input;
the system is capable of:
selectively editing the clip by changing frame light intensity of selected frames of the clip;
after a time period has elapsed in which user selection via the graphical user interface of the start time, time interval, and number of frames has not been made, automatically entering default values for the start time, time interval, and number of frames.

US Pat. No. 10,217,489

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MEDIA TRACK MANAGEMENT IN A MEDIA EDITING TOOL

CYBERLINK CORP., Shindia...

1. A method implemented in a media editing device for reorganizing media content and editing the reorganized media content, comprising:obtaining a plurality of tracks and displaying the plurality of tracks starting with a highest ordered track at the top to a lowest ordered track at the bottom, each track comprising at least one component, each component comprising at least one segment, each segment comprising one of: image content, video content, audio content, and audio/video content;
receiving a first user input selecting a plurality of the tracks;
receiving a second user input selecting at least one reorganization technique to be applied to the selected tracks;
applying a first selected reorganization technique to the selected tracks, wherein the first reorganization technique specified by the second user input identifies one or more available time slots in a higher ordered track and automatically moves components located in one or more same time slots from a lower ordered track to the higher ordered track;
displaying the reorganized tracks; and
receiving editing operations and applying the editing operations to all of the reorganized selected tracks.

US Pat. No. 10,217,488

SPHERICAL VIDEO EDITING

Snap Inc., Santa Monica,...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:receiving, using one or more processors of a computing device, first video data including spherical video data;
displaying a portion of a frame of the first video data on a display screen associated with the computing device, wherein the portion of the frame represents a viewport into the first video data and the viewport is associated with an original position for each frame of the first video data;
determining, within a duration between when the computing device detects a first input associated with generating second video data from the first video data and a second input associated with stopping generation of the second video data, movement data associated with an object within a time period when the display screen displays the portion of the frame of the first video data;
determining a plurality of new positions for the viewport using the movement data, wherein a new position corresponds to a movement associated with the object within the time period when the display screen displays the portion of the frame of the first video data; and
generating the second video data from the first video data using the plurality of new positions, wherein pixels of a frame of the second video data correspond to pixels of the frame of the first video data encompassed by the viewport at the new position.

US Pat. No. 10,217,487

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING PLAYBACK

Xiaomi Inc., Beijing (CN...

1. A method for controlling playback, comprising:obtaining a video file;
determining whether a subject in the video file satisfies a predefined condition of variable speed playback; and
in response to determining that the subject satisfies the predefined condition of variable speed playback, playing back the video file at a variable speed,
wherein determining whether the subject in the video file satisfies the predefined condition of variable speed playback comprises:
obtaining a motion feature parameter of the subject;
determining whether a motion intensity of the subject is within a preset intensity range according to the motion feature parameter; and
in response to determining that the motion intensity of the subject is within the preset intensity range, determining that the subject satisfies the predefined condition of variable speed playback, and
wherein playing back the video file at the variable speed comprises:
playing the video file fast in response to determining that the motion intensity of the subject is smaller than a lower boundary value of the preset intensity range; and
playing the video file slowly in response to determining that the motion intensity of the subject is greater than an upper boundary value of the preset intensity range.

US Pat. No. 10,217,486

VIRTUAL WIRELESS MULTITRACK RECORDING SYSTEM

Zaxcom, Inc., Pompton Pl...

17. At least one audio device wearable by a user for storing locally generated audio and transmitting the locally generated audio to a remote device, the remote device including at least one of a receiver, a recorder, a mixer, and combination thereof, the at least one audio device comprising:a wireless transmitter,
an audio input port configured to couple to an audio input device to receive the locally generated audio;
a memory;
a local timecode generator operable to generate a local timecode;
a control unit coupled to the wireless transmitter, the audio input port, the memory, and the local timecode generator, the control unit operable to: (i) receive a master timecode from a master timecode generator and jam synchronize the local timecode generator to the master timecode generator using the master timecode, (ii) transmit the locally generated audio to the remote device via the wireless transmitter; and (iii) store the locally generated audio in the memory as audio data; and (iv) stamp at least a portion of the audio data with the local timecode.

US Pat. No. 10,217,485

MAGNETIC DISC DEVICE AND POSITION CONTROL METHOD

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A magnetic disc device comprising:a head that reads servo information on a disc;
a position detector that detects position information representing a position where the head exists on the basis of the servo information; and
a filter unit that performs filtering of an estimated frequency estimated by a quadratic adaptive digital filter that performs self-adaptation for a certain transfer function on the basis of positional difference information, and adjusts all filter coefficients included in the certain transfer function on the basis of the estimated frequency, the positional difference information being representing a difference between the position information and a target position information, the target position information being representing a target position of the head,
wherein the filter unit adjusts the filter coefficients P, Q, R, E, and F used in the next filtering on the basis of the estimated frequency, the estimated frequency being estimated by the adaptive digital filter that performs self-adaptation of the certain transfer function G(z) satisfying Equation (A) as follows:
[Formula 1]
G(z)={(P×z2)+(Q×z)+R}/{z2+(E×z)+F}  Equation (A)(where P, Q, R, E, and F are filter coefficients).

US Pat. No. 10,217,484

METALLIC PLATE AND RECORDING TAPE CARTRIDGE

FUJIFILM CORPORATION, To...

1. A recording tape cartridge comprising:a reel at which a recording tape is wound onto a reel hub whose shape is a circular tube with a bottom portion, the reel being rotatably accommodated in a case;
a locking member that is provided in the reel hub to be movable in an axial direction of the reel, the locking member movable to a locking position, at which the locking member locks rotation of the reel, and an allowing position, at which the locking member allows rotation of the reel relative to the case;
a release member that is provided in the reel hub to be integrally rotatable with the reel, the release member moving the locking member from the locking position to the allowing position in the event that the release member is pushed from an outer side of the case;
a sliding protrusion portion that protrudes from the locking member toward the side thereof at which the release member is disposed; and
a metallic plate being a structure of the release member, wherein:
the metallic plate comprises:
a sunken portion formed at a central region of a surface of the metallic plate, the surface being substantially orthogonal to a plate thickness direction of the metallic plate; and
a touching surface formed at the sunken portion, and being to be touched by a distal end of the sliding protrusion portion;
wherein, if a plurality of the metallic plate are stacked in the plate thickness direction in a state in which the metallic plates are not attached to release members, the touching surface of each metallic plate is not in contact with any other of the metallic plates.

US Pat. No. 10,217,482

DEVICES INCLUDING A NEAR FIELD TRANSDUCER AND AT LEAST ONE ASSOCIATED ADHESION LAYER

Seagate Technology LLC, ...

1. A device comprising:a near field transducer (NFT), the NFT having a disc and a peg, and the peg having five surfaces thereof; and
at least one adhesion layer positioned on at least one of the five surfaces of the peg, the adhesion layer comprising one or more of the following: chromium (Cr), tantalum (Ta), iridium (Ir), zirconium (Zr), yttrium (Y), scandium (Sc), cobalt (Co), silicon (Si), nickel (Ni), molybdenum (Mo), niobium (Nb), palladium (Pd), titanium (Ti), rhenium (Re), osmium (Os), platinum (Pt), aluminum (Al), ruthenium (Ru), rhodium (Rh), vanadium (V), germanium (Ge), tin (Sn), magnesium (Mg), iron (Fe), copper (Cu), tungsten (W), hafnium (Hf), carbon (C), boron (B), holmium (Ho), antimony (Sb), gallium (Ga), manganese (Mn), silver (Ag), indium (In), bismuth (Bi), zinc (Zn), ytterbium (Yb), combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,217,481

DATA STORAGE DEVICE EMPLOYING LOW DUTY CYCLE SQUARE WAVE TO DETECT HEAD TOUCHDOWN

Western Digital Technolog...

1. A data storage device comprising:a disk;
a head actuated over the disk, wherein the head comprises a fly height actuator (FHA); and
control circuitry configured to:
apply a FHA control signal to the FHA, wherein the FHA control signal comprises a rectangular wave having a duty cycle in the range of ten percent to thirty percent; and
while applying the FHA control signal to the FHA, detect the head touching down onto the disk.

US Pat. No. 10,217,480

SATURATION-BASED VERIFICATION OF MAGNETIC TAPE STORAGE

Oracle International Corp...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium comprising instructions which, when executed by one or more hardware processors, causes performance of operations comprising:obtaining a position signal generated by reading a magnetic tape using a stationary tape head;
updating, from the position signal, a simulated current for adjusting a position of the tape head to follow a track on the magnetic tape;
determining a saturation density representing a frequency with which the simulated current exceeds one or more saturation limits associated with adjusting the position of the tape head;
specifying, in a verification result for a servo pattern on the magnetic tape, a usability of the magnetic tape based on a threshold for the saturation density; and
outputting the verification result for use in managing subsequent use of the magnetic tape.

US Pat. No. 10,217,479

RECORD HEAD ACTUATOR SANDWICHED DAMPER PLUS TRAVEL LIMITER

Oracle International Corp...

1. A recording head positioning assembly comprising:a front end assembly including an isolation mount;
a head assembly including a recording head;
a travel carriage spaced away from the front end assembly and head assembly;
guiding flexures secured to the travel carriage and head assembly and configured to facilitate relative movement between the travel carriage and the head assembly; and
one or more isolation flexures sandwiched between the guiding flexures, secured to the travel carriage and front end assembly, and configured to facilitate relative movement between the travel carriage and the front end assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,217,478

LINEAR AND ROTATIONAL ADJUSTMENT SYSTEMS

Seagate Technology LLC, ...

1. A system comprising:a motor comprising a motor shaft configured to provide rotational force;
an output shaft apparatus extending along a longitudinal axis and configured to be removably couplable to a manufacturing component and to at least position the manufacturing component with respect to an assembly using the motor for coupling the manufacturing component to the assembly; and
an engagement apparatus coupling the motor to the output shaft apparatus and configurable between a linear configuration and a rotational configuration,
wherein the output shaft apparatus is linearly movable along the longitudinal axis using the rotational force provided by the motor shaft when the engagement apparatus is configured in the linear configuration and the output shaft apparatus is rotationally movable about the longitudinal axis using the rotational force provided by the motor shaft when the engagement apparatus is configured in the rotational configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,217,477

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND SPEECH RECOGNITION METHOD THEREOF

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a microphone;
a display;
at least one processor electrically connected to the microphone and the display; and
a memory electrically connected to the at least one processor,
wherein the memory stores commands, executable by the at least one processor, for:
recognizing speech that is input through the microphone,
identifying a speech stop time point at which a magnitude of the speech is less than a predetermined value and a speech resume time point at which the magnitude of the speech exceeds the predetermined value,
identifying a length of a pause period, which comes after the speech, between the speech stop time point and the speech resume time point,
updating a length of a predetermined speech end detection period to the length of the pause period, and
in response to determining that the speech resumes, determining whether the speech is ended based on the updated length of the predetermined speech end detection period, and
wherein the memory further stores commands, executable by the at least one processor, for:
controlling the display, when the speech is converted to text, to display the text corresponding to the speech formed as a series of words or phrases having spaces therebetween,
receiving a user input for updating the length of the predetermined speech end detection period, the user input being received on the space included in the displayed text,
identifying the length of the pause period corresponding to the space, and
updating the length of the predetermined speech end detection period to the length of the pause period.

US Pat. No. 10,217,476

COMPANDING SYSTEM AND METHOD TO REDUCE QUANTIZATION NOISE USING ADVANCED SPECTRAL EXTENSION

Dolby Laboratories Licens...

1. A method of expanding an audio signal comprising:receiving an audio signal in a hardware filterbank component having a prototype filter configured to smooth application of individual gain values to discrete segments of the audio signal; and
expanding, in a hardware expander component coupled to the filterbank, the audio signal to an expanded dynamic range by: dividing the received audio signal into a plurality of segments, calculating a gain for each segment using a p-norm of spectral magnitudes of each segment of a frequency domain representation of the audio signal and calculated using a subset of subband filters of the filterbank, and applying the gain to each respective segment to obtain an expanded dynamic range audio signal, wherein the applying of the gain amplifies segments of relatively high intensity and attenuates segments of relatively low intensity according to a shape defined by the prototype filter.

US Pat. No. 10,217,474

SYSTEM FOR MAINTAINING REVERSIBLE DYNAMIC RANGE CONTROL INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH PARAMETRIC AUDIO CODERS

Dolby Laboratories Licens...

1. A method, performed by an audio signal processing device, for adjusting a dynamic range of an audio signal, the method comprising:receiving a bitstream comprising an encoded audio signal, encoder-generated loudness metadata, and encoder-generated dynamic range control (DRC) metadata, wherein the encoder-generated loudness metadata comprises a loudness level of the audio signal, and wherein the encoder-generated DRC metadata comprises a plurality of DRC gain sets, the plurality of DRC gain sets comprising a first set of DRC gains representing a first portion of a total DRC gain to be applied to the audio signal to adjust the dynamic range of the audio signal, and a second set of DRC gains representing a second portion of the total DRC gain to be applied to the audio signal to adjust the dynamic range of the audio signal;
decoding the encoded audio signal to obtain the audio signal;
adjusting the dynamic range of the audio signal by applying the first set of DRC gains and the second set of DRC gains to the audio signal to apply the total DRC gain to be applied to the audio signal; and
adjusting the loudness of the audio signal by applying a gain determined in response to the loudness level of the audio signal and a target output level.

US Pat. No. 10,217,473

BROADCAST TRANSMITTING/PLAYBACK APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

Electronics and Telecommu...

1. A broadcast transmitting apparatus, comprising:an audio encoder configured to encode a multichannel audio signal;
an audio identification information generator configured to receive the multichannel audio signal, and generate audio identification information to indicate whether the multichannel audio signal is an object-based audio signal; and
a unit configured to transmit the encoded multichannel audio signal and the audio identification information to a broadcast playback apparatus,
wherein mixing information including a ratio for mixing a sound source is inserted into the audio identification information, when the multichannel audio signal is the object-based audio signal.

US Pat. No. 10,217,472

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DATA TRANSMISSION OVER AN AUDIO JACK

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A slave device comprising:an audio interface including an audio jack, the audio interface including a right audio signal interface to receive a right audio channel from the audio interface and a left audio signal interface to receive a left audio channel from the audio interface;
a data extractor coupled to the audio interface, the data extractor including at least one of a self-powered out-of-phase tone voltage tripler or a low power out-of-phase tone pulse counter, the data extractor configured to:
compare a first voltage of the received right audio channel to a second voltage of the received left audio channel to detect a difference indicative of tones having a phase difference and encoded on the right audio channel and the left audio channel, respectively; and
responsive to the difference, output an indication of data represented by the tones; and
a microcontroller coupled to the data extractor to receive and process the data isolated by the data extractor.

US Pat. No. 10,217,471

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DECODING AUDIO BITSTREAM INCLUDING SYSTEM DATA

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A method of decoding audio, the method comprising:receiving an audio bitstream comprising packets;
identifying a type of a packet among the packets;
obtaining system data and a type of a system engine which corresponds to the system data from the packet, if the identified type of the packet indicates system meta data;
transmitting the packet including the type of the system engine and the system data to the system engine, if the type of the system engine is defined; and
discarding the packet including the type of the system engine and the system data if the type of the system engine is not defined.

US Pat. No. 10,217,470

BANDWIDTH EXTENSION SYSTEM AND APPROACH

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...

1. A method, comprising:estimating a bandwidth extension scaling gain by using available filter bank coefficients with extremely low bit rate or without costing any bit, wherein the estimating the bandwidth extension scaling gain comprises:
determining Gain_t [ ] to sharpen a time evaluation energy envelope;
determining Gain_1[ ] from nearest available high band filter bank coefficients;
determining Gain_2[ ] by considering energy ratio between energy at lowest frequency area and lowest energy in all available subbands; and
combining Gain_t [ ], Gain_1[ ], and Gain_2[ ] to estimate the bandwidth extension scaling gain; and
generating an audio output signal according to the bandwidth extension scaling gain.

US Pat. No. 10,217,469

GENERATION OF A SIGNATURE OF A MUSICAL AUDIO SIGNAL

INSTITUT MINES TELECOM-TE...

1. A computer-implemented method for the generation of a signature of a musical audio signal of a given duration, wherein the method comprises the following steps:modelling said musical audio signal in order to obtain, for each frequency band of a set of n frequency bands, with n strictly greater than 1, a diagram representing the energy of the audio signal for said frequency band, as a function of time during said given duration;
determining musical transition times tk of the audio signal during the given duration, said musical transition times tk correspond respectively to local maximums of an onset function calculated on the basis of the musical audio signal;
associating each musical transition time tk with an item of local information comprising a vector of n values representative respectively of the energy of the audio signal in each of the n diagrams obtained between the musical transition time tk and a subsequent musical transition time tk+1 and/or a vector of n values representative respectively of the energy of the audio signal in each of the n diagrams obtained between the musical transition time tk and a preceding musical transition time tk?1;
determining, as a function of the item of local information associated with each musical transition time tk, a key associated with said musical transition time, the determined keys forming a first set of keys of the audio signal;
generating and storing in a memory a signature of the musical audio signal comprising couples, each couple comprising a key from the first set of keys and an associated musical transition time tk.

US Pat. No. 10,217,468

CODING OF MULTIPLE AUDIO SIGNALS

Qualcomm Incorporated, S...

1. A device comprising:a first transform unit configured to perform a first transform operation on a reference channel to generate a frequency-domain reference channel;
a second transform unit configured to perform a second transform operation on a target channel to generate a frequency-domain target channel;
a stereo channel adjustment unit configured to:
determine an inter-channel mismatch value indicative of a temporal misalignment between the frequency-domain reference channel and the frequency-domain target channel; and
adjust the frequency-domain target channel based on the inter-channel mismatch value to generate an adjusted frequency-domain target channel;
a down-mixer configured to perform a down-mix operation on the frequency-domain reference channel and the adjusted frequency-domain target channel to generate a mid channel and a side channel;
a residual generation unit configured to:
generate a predicted side channel based on the mid channel, the predicted side channel corresponding to a prediction of the side channel; and
generate a residual channel based on the side channel and the predicted side channel;
a residual scaling unit configured to:
determine a scaling factor for the residual channel based on the inter-channel mismatch value; and
scale the residual channel by the scaling factor to generate a scaled residual channel;
a mid channel encoder configured to encode the mid channel as part of a bitstream; and
a residual channel encoder configured to encode the scaled residual channel as part of the bitstream.

US Pat. No. 10,217,467

ENCODING AND DECODING OF INTERCHANNEL PHASE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN AUDIO SIGNALS

Qualcomm Incorporated

1. A device for processing audio signals comprising:an interchannel temporal mismatch analyzer configured to determine an interchannel temporal mismatch value indicative of a temporal misalignment between a first audio signal and a second audio signal;
an interchannel phase difference (IPD) mode selector configured to select an IPD mode based on a comparison of the interchannel temporal mismatch value with a first threshold and a comparison of a strength value with a second threshold, the strength value associated with the interchannel temporal mismatch value; and
an IPD estimator configured to determine IPD values based on the first audio signal and the second audio signal, the IPD values having a resolution corresponding to the selected IPD mode.

US Pat. No. 10,217,464

VOCABULARY GENERATION SYSTEM

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system configured to interact with a user, the system comprising one or more hardware processors configured by machine readable instructions to:pose a user prompt to the user, the user prompt selected from a set of possible user prompts having a common topic stored in an electronic database;
receive an utterance from the user in response to the user prompt;
identify names in the utterance, adjectives that express positive or negative sentiment in the utterance, and/or individual grammatical clauses in the utterance;
reduce the utterance to a generalized form of the utterance based on the names, the adjectives, and/or the individual grammatical clauses; determine whether the generalized form of the utterance is already associated with the user prompt in the electronic database; and
responsive to a determination that the generalized form of the utterance is not already associated with the user prompt in the electronic database, assign a utility value to the generalized form of the utterance and associate the generalized form of the utterance with the user prompt in the electronic database; or
responsive to a determination that the generalized form of the utterance is already associated with the user prompt in the electronic database, update the utility value to indicate that the generalized form of the utterance has more utility.

US Pat. No. 10,217,463

HYBRIDIZED CLIENT-SERVER SPEECH RECOGNITION

Speak With Me, Inc., Mou...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at a recipient computing device, a speech utterance;
dynamically determining a confidence threshold value and an audio quality threshold value based on environmental conditions at which the recipient computing device is located, the environmental conditions comprising one or more of: a type of environment in which the recipient computing device is located, availability of noise cancelling devices at the recipient computing device, and number of microphones used by the recipient computing device;
segmenting the speech utterance into two or more speech utterance segments, including performing an initial analysis on the speech utterance, to determine where to perform speech recognition processing for each of the two or more speech utterance segments, by applying to the speech utterance a dynamically adaptable acoustic model implemented at the recipient computing device, with the dynamically adaptable acoustic model adjusted based on locally available data at the recipient computing device, including a user location and time, to determine a confidence score and an audio quality metric for each of the two or more speech utterance segments;
assigning, based on the initial analysis performed by the adaptable acoustic model generating the determined confidence score and audio quality metric for the each of the two or more speech utterance segments, and based on the dynamically determined confidence threshold and the audio quality threshold, a first segment from the two or more speech utterance segments to a first speech recognizer implemented on a separate computing device than the recipient computing device, and a second segment from the two or more speech utterance segments to a second speech recognizer implemented on the recipient computing device;
sending the first segment from the recipient computing device to the separate computing device for processing;
receiving first segment processing results back from the separate computing device, the sending and the receiving occurring via a data network;
processing the second segment at the recipient computing device to generate second segment processing results; and
returning a completed speech recognition result assembled from the first segment processing results and the second segment processing results.

US Pat. No. 10,217,462

AUTOMATING NATURAL LANGUAGE TASK/DIALOG AUTHORING BY LEVERAGING EXISTING CONTENT

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A computer method, the method comprising:parsing a webpage to identify an element;
determining a domain of the webpage;
determining a suggested task, wherein determining the suggested task comprises:
identifying one or more existing conversational understanding systems that are associated with the determined domain;
based on the parsed webpage, determining an action associated with the element; and
comparing the action to one or more existing tasks for the identified one or more existing conversational understanding systems to identify the suggested task;
providing, via a user interface, the suggested task to an authoring platform; and
receiving, via the user interface, confirmation to use the suggested task to enable a user to vocally interact with the webpage.

US Pat. No. 10,217,461

NOISE CANCELLATION FOR OPEN MICROPHONE MODE

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A system comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:
receiving an audio signal that represents at least user speech and background noise;
identifying the background noise represented by the audio signal;
processing at least a portion of the audio signal including the background noise to generate a processed audio signal with less of the background noise;
determining that the processed audio signal represents the user speech during a first period of time;
sending data based at least in part on the processed audio signal associated with the first period of time;
determining that the processed audio signal ceases to represent the user speech during a second period of time; and
ceasing sending the data during at least a portion of the second period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,217,460

SPEECH RECOGNITION CIRCUIT USING PARALLEL PROCESSORS

ZENTIAN LIMITED., Cambri...

1. A speech recognition system comprising:a front end for creating a series of a plurality of speech parameters derived from a series of audio samples of finite length which audio samples represent a recording of human speech utterance;
a set of parallel processors for computing a plurality of scores, wherein each of said set of parallel processors uses at least one of said speech parameters from each of said plurality of speech parameters in the series in combination with a model stored in language model memory to compute a score; wherein the plurality of scores are stored in a results memory; and
a search control processor coupled to the results memory and configured to:
(i) control the set of parallel processors; and
(ii) distribute processing among the set of parallel processors based on the plurality of scores; and
(iii) combine said scores to determine a sequence of words corresponding to said recording of human speech utterance.

US Pat. No. 10,217,459

PROPAGATING CONVERSATIONAL ALTERNATIVES USING DELAYED HYPOTHESIS BINDING

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:processing, by a speech recognition system, a received input to generate a set of alternatives, wherein the set of alternatives corresponds to hypothetical interpretations of the received input, and wherein the received input is an utterance;
filtering the set of alternatives, wherein the filtering comprises ranking the set of alternatives using machine learning techniques and propagating a plurality of the ranked alternatives for additional processing, wherein the machine learning techniques include comparing confidence metrics for two or more alternatives in the set of alternatives;
processing the propagated alternatives to generate an expanded set of alternatives as potential hypotheses based on the received input, wherein generating the expanded set of alternatives comprises determining one or more domains associated with the input, and generating one or more alternatives associated with the one or more domains;
filtering the expanded set of alternatives, wherein the filtering comprises ranking alternatives of the expanded set and propagating a plurality of the ranked alternatives of the expanded set for additional processing;
evaluating the propagated alternatives of the expanded set based on application of knowledge data fetched from external resources;
generating a response to the received input, wherein the generating comprises ranking the evaluated alternatives and selecting a ranked and evaluated alternative for generating the response; and
providing the response to a user.

US Pat. No. 10,217,458

TECHNOLOGIES FOR IMPROVED KEYWORD SPOTTING

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A compute device for automatic speech recognition, the compute device comprising:an automatic speech recognition algorithm trainer to acquire a statistical language model for an automatic speech recognition algorithm, wherein the statistical language model comprises a large-vocabulary language model that has been modified such that the large-vocabulary language model preferentially matches words present in a plurality of keywords;
a speech data capturer to receive speech data of a user of the compute device;
and an automatic speech recognizer to perform the automatic speech recognition algorithm on the speech data to produce an output transcript, wherein the output transcript comprises one or more keywords of the plurality of keywords and one or more words not in the plurality of keywords.

US Pat. No. 10,217,457

LEARNING FROM INTERACTIONS FOR A SPOKEN DIALOG SYSTEM

RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVER...

1. A method comprising:obtaining a semantic classifier input for a semantic classifier and a corresponding label attributed to the semantic classifier input;
determining, via a processor, whether the corresponding label is correct based on logged interaction data, to yield a correctness result, wherein the logged interaction data comprises an input/output pair having an input and an output, the input comprising a speech recognition result in a lattice form and the output comprising one of an outcome of a call, a confirmation by a user, and a call hang-up; and
adapting operation of a spoken dialog system utilizing the semantic classifier based on the correctness result.

US Pat. No. 10,217,456

METHOD, APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM FOR GENERATING TRAINING SPEECH DATA FOR TARGET DOMAIN

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method for generating training data for a target domain using speech data of a source domain, the training data generation method comprising:retrieving from a memory device a Gaussian mixture model (GMM) of a target domain trained with a clean speech data set of the target domain;
retrieving a set of source domain speech data from a memory device that stores speech data under various acoustic environments;
mapping, by referring to the GMM of the target domain and as executed by a processor on a computer, the set of source domain speech data to the set of target domain speech data on a basis of a channel characteristic of the target domain speech data;
adding a noise of the target domain to the mapped set of source domain speech data to output a set of pseudo target domain speech data; and
storing the set of pseudo target domain speech data in a memory, as training data for a speech model of the target domain,
wherein a rate of noise to be added is adjusted for each of an utterance of the clean speech so that the rate of noise corresponds to a statistical distribution of a signal-to-noise (SN) ratio of the target domain.

US Pat. No. 10,217,455

LINGUISTIC MODEL DATABASE FOR LINGUISTIC RECOGNITION, LINGUISTIC RECOGNITION DEVICE AND LINGUISTIC RECOGNITION METHOD, AND LINGUISTIC RECOGNITION SYSTEM

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A voice recognition device, comprising:a user input receiver configured to receive a voice input of a first user;
a communicator configured to communicate with an external server, which stores common recognition data of general purpose for a plurality of users and individual recognition data for individual users; and
at least one processor configured to:
determine whether information of the received voice input is included in the common recognition data,
in response to the information of the received voice input being included in the common recognition data, determine a first recognition result of the voice input based on the common recognition data,
in response to the information of the received voice input being not included in the common recognition data, determine a second recognition result of the voice input based on the individual recognition data, and
perform an operation corresponding to the voice input based on one of the first recognition result or the second recognition result according to the determined recognition result, or transmit one of the first recognition result or the second recognition result according to the determined recognition result to a plurality of electronic apparatuses used by the first user such that at least one of the plurality of electronic apparatus performs the operation based on the transmitted recognition result,
wherein the individual recognition data comprises user history information, which has been input in at least one electronic apparatus by the first user or has been transceived from and to another electronic apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,217,454

VOICE SYNTHESIZER, VOICE SYNTHESIS METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A voice synthesizer, comprising:processing circuitry configure to function as:
a content selection unit configured to determine selected content among a plurality of pieces of content registered in a content storage unit, the content including tagged text in which tag information for controlling voice synthesis is added to text serving as a target of the voice synthesis, the content including a voice waveform of a synthesized voice corresponding to the tagged text, the voice waveform of the synthesized voice being reproduced in accordance with a user's operation;
a content generation unit configured to apply the tag information in the tagged text included in the selected content to designated text to generate new content; and
a content registration unit configured to register the generated new content in the content storage unit, wherein
the content registration unit registers, in the content storage unit, the generated new content in association with marker content in accordance with a similarity with the marker content, the marker content being the content serving as a marker and preliminarily registered in the content storage unit, and
the content selection unit includes:
a marker content presentation unit configured to present a list of marker content:
a relevant content presentation unit configured to present a list of relevant content, the relevant content being the content associated with the marker content selected from the list of the marker content; and
a selected content determination unit configured to determine the relevant content selected from the list of the relevant content to be the selected content.

US Pat. No. 10,217,453

VIRTUAL ASSISTANT CONFIGURED BY SELECTION OF WAKE-UP PHRASE

SoundHound, Inc., Santa ...

1. A method of configuring a computerized dialog system, the method comprising:receiving a request including an indication of which of a plurality of wake-up phrases has been detected;
identifying a knowledge domain associated with the detected wake-up phrase from the plurality of wake-up phrases; and
configuring a text-to-speech (TTS) system, responsive to receiving the request, to use the identified knowledge domain to respond to the request.

US Pat. No. 10,217,452

SPEECH SYNTHESIS DEVICE AND METHOD

Yamaha Corporation, Hama...

1. A speech synthesis device comprising:a reception section that receives a voice signal of an utterance;
a pitch detection section that, based on the voice signal received by the reception section, detects a pitch of a representative portion which is a part of the utterance;
a response acquisition section that acquires voice data of a response to the utterance;
a response pitch acquisition section that acquires a pitch based on the voice data of the response acquired by the response acquisition section;
a pitch shift amount determination section that determines a pitch shift amount for shifting the pitch acquired by the response pitch acquisition section to a target pitch having a particular relationship to the pitch of the representative portion; and
a response synthesis section that synthesizes voice of the response based on the voice data of the response, the response synthesis section being configured to shift, in accordance with the shift amount, a pitch of the voice of the response to be synthesized.

US Pat. No. 10,217,451

MULTI-SPEAKER METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LEAKAGE CANCELLATION

DTS, Inc., Calabasas, CA...

1. A multi-speaker system comprising:a plurality of first speakers;
a second speaker;
a processor configured to apply, to individual speakers in the plurality of first speakers, input audio signals, the plurality of first speakers configured to output the input audio signals such that the input audio signals acoustically propagate to a listening area via a plurality of direct paths and via a plurality of indirect paths; and
a plurality of filters corresponding to the second speaker, wherein each filter in the plurality of filters is configured to generate a second signal, wherein the plurality of filters are configured to provide the second signals to the second speaker,
wherein the second signals applied to the second speaker by the plurality of filters collectively at least attenuate the input audio signals acoustically propagated by the plurality of first speakers to the listening area via the plurality of direct paths to increase audibility of the input audio signals acoustically propagated to the listening area via the plurality of indirect path.

US Pat. No. 10,217,450

HUMBUCKING SWITCHING ARRANGEMENTS AND METHODS FOR STRINGED INSTRUMENT PICKUPS

1. A method for interconnecting the signal outputs of K number of electrical sensors, also known as pickups, especially vibration sensors for the vibrating parts of musical instruments, in circuit topologies of J number of said sensors at a time, such that duplicate topologies with electrically equivalent circuits and vibrational outputs, also known as tonal outputs, also known as output timbres, are eliminated from consideration, comprising the steps of:a. designating categories of electrical circuit topology, as category (1), (2), . . . (J), such that category (M) is comprised of M of said pickups connected together, where 1?M?J, such that,
a.i. beginning with 1 of said pickups, designated as said category (1) with 1 member, constructing said category (2) with 2 members,
a.i.1. connecting 1 of said pickups in series with another 1 of said pickups, for one member of said category (2), and
a.i.2. 1 of said pickups in parallel with another 1 of said pickups for the other member of said category (2), and
a.ii. constructing said categories of (M) for M>2 by the same process of connecting lower-orders of said categories in series and parallel, such that, for (M)=(3), all the members of said category (1) in series and in parallel separately with all the members of said category (2), and such that, for (M)=(4), all the members of said category (1) in series and parallel separately with all the members of said category (3), plus all the members of said category (2) in series and parallel with all the members of said category (2), such that said category (M) is constructed by connecting said category (1) in series and parallel to all the members of category (M-1), and by connecting the members of said category (2) in series and parallel with all the members of category (M-2), and continuing until all the members of category (N) are connected in series and parallel with all the members of category (M?N), wherein N is an integer less than or equal to M/2, such that, (M)=(5) be constructed from (1)&(4) and (2)&(3), and such that (M)=(6) be constructed from (1)&(5), (2)&(4) and (3)&(3), and up, excluding duplicates of any previously constructed topologies for said (M)>(3), such that this method shall be extendable to higher complexities, and
a.iii. wherein each said topology of said category (M) may be deconstructed into t number of topologies of sub-categories, (Mi)=(M1), (M2), . . . , (Mt), such that M=M1+M2+ . . . +Mt, with 1?Mi?M, such that the members of each said sub-category (Mi), i=1, . . . , t, comprise of Mi number of sensors connected all in series, or all in parallel, between two nodes with no circuit branches in between, also called a basic topology, such that the order of placement in the circuit of said basic sub-category (Mi) of said individual members of said sensors, without reversing phase or connections relative to the other said sensors, makes no difference to the timbre or tonal quality of the output of either said sub-category or said category (M), such that a set of allowable topologies of said category (4) can be constructed of members with sub-categories (2+1+1), (3+1), (2+2) and (4), and such that the set of allowable member topologies of category (5) may be constructed of members, or versions, with sub-categories (2+1+1+1), (3+1+1), (2+2+1), (4+1), (3+2), and (5), such that the number of allowable unique circuits of that subcategory is limited to the product of versions, or members, times the combinations of sensors allowed by the basic topologies in each sub-category, so that such distinctions can be used to determine how many possibly unique tonal outputs can be obtained from each of said J=M sensors, constructing combinations of sensors rearranged in all circuit positions, subject to the limits of combinatorial math, such that this method shall be extendable to higher complexities,
a.iv. wherein the limit of the number of unique circuits from which K sensors can be constructed J at a time is less than or equal to the product of [K sensors taken J at a time] times the number of allowable sensor terminal reversals, NSGN, times the sum of [the products of the number of said versions of each sub-category of circuit topology times the allowable number of combinations of J sensors in each sub-category, as determined by said basic topologies],
b. constructing combinations of phase by switching in reverse said terminals of selected said sensors in each distinct topology, so that their phase relative to the remaining said sensors is inverted, producing a change in tone at the output, such that for a topology of said J number of said sensors there can be no more than 2J-1 different said combinations of said phase reversals of said sensors that produce potentially unique tonal outputs, constructed by taking one set of connections of said J sensors to be all in-phase, and selectively reversing said connections of said sensors until 2J-1 unique phases result,
b.i. in one method by successively reversing said terminals of all the said J sensors, for said J?2, in an ordered sequence of said combinations of said terminal reversals, by sets of (J said sensors taken i at a time), for i=0 to (J-1)/2 if said J is odd, and by said sets of (J sensors taken i at a time), for i=0 to (J-2)/2+1, and said J is even, limited to ((J-1) taken (J-2)/2 at a time) members in the last said set, such that
b.i.1. in the zero said set of said sensor terminal reversals, no said sensor is reversed, for said reversal combination set of one said member, and
b.i.2. in the first said set of said sensor terminal reversals, if said J?2, only one said sensor at a time is reversed, to the number of said J sensors taken 1 at a time, unless said J=2, then said single sensor reversal occurs only once, and if said J=3, then said single sensor reversals occur only 3 times, and
b.i.3. in the second said set of said sensor terminal reversals, if said J?4, 2 of said sensors at a time are reversed, uniquely, such that no pattern of said reversals is repeated, and said reversal continue to said J sensors taken 2 at a time, unless said J=4, then said sensor reversals of 2 each occur only 3 times, and if said J=5, then sensor reversals of 2 each occur only 10 times, and
b.i.4. so on, increasing the number of times said J sensors are reversed at a time,
b.i.5. until if said J is odd, then said pattern of said sensor reversal combinations is continued to said J sensors taken (J-1)/2 times, such that there are never more than 2J-1 of said reversals of any number of said J sensors taken any number at a time, and
b.i.6. if J is even, then said pattern of said sensor reversal combinations is continued to said (J sensors taken (J-2)/2), plus said J sensors taken ((J-2)/2+1 times), to the limit of said members of (J-1 sensors taken (J-2)/2 times), such that there are never more than 2J-1 of said reversals of any number of said J sensors taken any number at a time.

US Pat. No. 10,217,449

PERCUSSIVE BEATER WITH TRANSDUCER

1. A percussive beater comprising:an elongated shaft having a first end and a second end;
a beater head mechanically coupled to the first end of the elongated shaft, the beater head including a front face located on and forming an exterior surface of the beater head, the exterior surface of the beater head for beating a drum;
a transducer mechanically coupled to the beater head, the transducer configured to receive an impact from the beater head and convert the impact into an electrical signal;
a padding layer in mechanical communication with the transducer such that either (i) the padding layer is located between an interior surface of the front face and the transducer, or (ii) the transducer is located between the interior surface of the front face and the padding layer; and
an electrical signal filter in electronic communication with the transducer, the electrical signal filter configured to (i) receive the electrical signal, (ii) adjust a portion of the electrical signal, and (iii) output an adjusted electrical signal.

US Pat. No. 10,217,448

SYSTEM FOR CREATING, PRACTICING AND SHARING OF MUSICAL HARMONIES

Harmony Helper LLC, Moun...

1. A method for collaboratively creating musical harmonies, comprising:responsive to a user selection, displaying on a display screen of a computing device a plurality of musical note indicators, in human readable form, which specify a first harmony part of a musical composition, and at least a second harmony part of the same musical composition which is different as compared to the first harmony part;
providing on the display screen a timing indication to indicate a time when each of the plurality of musical note indicators is to be sung in accordance with the first and second harmony parts;
receiving at the computing device a voiced rendition of the first harmony part;
converting the voiced rendition to an electronic audio signal;
automatically processing the electronic audio signal with the computing device using a real-time pitch detection algorithm to determine a pitch of each voiced note of the voiced rendition; and
concurrent with rendition of each said voiced note, automatically displaying on the display screen in conjunction with the plurality of musical note indicators, a corresponding graphic indicator which indicates whether the pitch of the voiced note accurately matches a pitch specified by a corresponding one of the musical note indicators for the first harmony part;
wherein the real-time pitch detection algorithm determines the pitch of each voiced note of the voiced rendition by applying a constant-Q transform, applies a corrective function configured to reduce an occurrence of octave errors caused by early onset and harmonic pitch frequencies present in a human voice, and applies a pitch tracking error reduction by applying a bilateral filter to remove outlier detected pitches.

US Pat. No. 10,217,447

HAND DRUM AND METHODS OF USE

1. A hand held drum positioned between a thumb and fingers to generate sound, the drum comprising:a drum shell having an external surface and internal surface and configured with two apertures, said two apertures having a first aperture and a second aperture;
a spring mount affixed thereto said drum shell;
a striker element;
a spring having first spring end releasably affixed thereto said spring mount and a second spring end affixed to said striker element;
two heads, each one of said two heads stretched taught across one of said two apertures, said each one of said two heads having an inside head surface, wherein said striker element is configured to strike said inside head surface of said two heads; and
a handgrip removeably affixed to said drum shell, said handgrip includes a first grip end gripped by the thumb and a second grip end gripped by the fingers.

US Pat. No. 10,217,446

PERCUSSION DEVICE

One Beat Better, LLC, Ma...

1. A percussion device comprised of:a platform portion composed of a first material having an exposed striking portion composed of a second material;
a base portion separated from, and substantially parallel to, the platform portion by a predetermined distance;
at least one unitary sidewall portion positioned between the platform portion and the base portion at respective opposing edges of the platform portion and the base portion; and
a non-flexible surface below, and in direct contact with, a portion of an underside of the exposed striking portion.

US Pat. No. 10,217,445

MOUTHPIECE FOR WOODWIND INSTRUMENTS WITH CHAMFERED VENTURI APERTURE

ROVNER PRODUCTS INCORPORA...

1. A woodwind mouthpiece comprising:an outer surface;
a tone chamber disposed within the outer surface;
a window exposing the tone chamber;
a pair of side rails running along opposite sides of the window, each side rail comprising a side rail top surface; and
a pair of chamfers, each chamfer extending along the one of the side rails and intersecting the side rail top surface and the outer surface of the mouthpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,217,444

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR FAST CLONING OF VIRTUAL MACHINES

NVIDIA Corporation, Sant...

1. A method for network cloud resource generation, comprising:creating, using one or more cloud based processors executing programmed instructions stored in one or more cloud based memory devices, a template virtual machine;
creating a first instantiation of a virtual machine for an end user by cloning said template in the one or more cloud based processors located remotely from said end user;
loading an application to be executed by said virtual machine;
accessing first information associated with said end user, said first information corresponding to user interactions within said application;
loading said first information in an instantiation of said application;
updating said first information based on said instantiation of said application; and
storing said updated first information in a storage system,
wherein subsequent instantiations of said virtual machine are customized for said end user by creating new instantiations with said template virtual machine and automatically modifying said new instantiations with said updated first information.

US Pat. No. 10,217,443

METHOD FOR DISPLAYING IMAGE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An electronic device for remotely controlling a movement of a robot, the electronic device comprising:a communicator;
an inputter;
a display; and
a processor configured to:
control the communicator to receive, from the robot, a first time and an image photographed by the robot at the first time,
calculate a time delay between the electronic device and the robot based on a difference between the first time and a second time, which is a current time of the electronic device after the first time,
obtain a position of the robot at the second time based on the time delay,
control the display to display the image and a graphical object, which indicates information corresponding to a viewpoint of the robot from the obtained position at the second time, to be overlaid on the image, and
control the communicator to transmit a command to control the robot, received through the inputter, to the robot.

US Pat. No. 10,217,442

METHOD FOR THE COMMON REPRESENTATION OF SAFETY-CRITICAL AND NON-SAFETY-CRITICAL INFORMATION, AND DISPLAY DEVICE

Airbus Defence and Space ...

1. A method for the common representation of safety-critical and non-safety-critical information on a display unit of a vehicle, comprising:receiving non-safety-critical information by a first processor and producing at least one graphic presentation of the non-safety-critical information;
receiving safety-critical information by a second processor, wherein the second processor also receives the at least one graphic presentation of the non-safety-critical information;
producing at least one graphic presentation of the safety-critical information;
representing the presentations of safety-critical and non-safety-critical information on the display unit, the representation having at least two representation planes;
presenting the non-safety-critical information on a rear, in a direction of view of the observer, plane of the at least two representation planes, and presenting the safety-critical information on a front representation plane; and
checking whether the safety-critical information is recognizable, in a case of an at least partial overlap of the presentation of the non-safety-critical information by the presentation of the safety-critical information;
wherein if during the checking step a determination is made that the presentation of the non-safety-critical information is overlapped by the presentation of the safety-critical information, adapting at least the overlapping parts of the presentation of the safety-critical information in such a way that the safety-critical information is recognizable;
adapting parts of the presentation of the safety-critical information by modifying the graphic presentation of the safety-critical information in the overlapping region such that the graphic presentation of the overlapping parts, as such, is modified;
wherein the modification of the graphic presentation of the safety-critical information in the overlapping region takes place through at least one of a color modification, a line modification, a size modification, a contrast modification, or a modification of the representation frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,217,441

METHOD FOR DISPLAYING AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE THEREOF

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method in an electronic device, the method comprising:if a damage to a touch screen is sensed, identifying a damaged region by the damage, and a non-damaged region;
displaying, in at least part of the non-damaged region, a plurality of regions, each of the plurality of regions representing a region to which an object selected by a user can be added;
in response to detecting a first user input selecting a region among the plurality of regions, displaying, in at least part of the non-damaged region, a list of functions executable by the electronic device;
in response to detecting a second user input selecting a function among the list, adding an object used for executing the selected function to the selected region; and
displaying the object used for executing the selected function in the selected region.

US Pat. No. 10,217,439

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH AMBIENT LIGHT SENSOR SYSTEM

Apple Inc., Cupertino (U...

1. An electronic device that is exposed to ambient light, comprising:a housing;
control circuitry in the housing;
first and second color ambient light sensors that receive the ambient light from outside the electronic device;
an additional sensor; and
a display, wherein the control circuitry adjusts the display based on information from the first and second color ambient light sensors and the additional sensor and wherein the control circuitry is configured to adjust a color cast of the display based on a comparison between ambient light color information from the first color ambient light sensor and ambient light color information from the second color ambient light sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,217,438

USER INTERFACE AND METHOD FOR DIRECTLY SETTING DISPLAY WHITE POINT

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

14. A computer comprising:at least one of a display and a display output port;
a user input device;
a central processing unit (CPU) coupled to said user input device;
a graphics processing unit (GPU) coupled to said CPU and said at least one of a display and a display output port; and
memory coupled to said CPU and said GPU, said memory storing a program which, when executed, a combination of said CPU and said GPU to perform the following for setting a white point display setting of a display:
obtaining display color correction values for the display or a second display connected to the display output port, wherein the display color correction values are associated with a display color setting for the display;
displaying a white point geometric object, said white point geometric object including an outer ring including a red green blue color gradient;
displaying a white region having a base color value of white;
displaying a white point adjustment object, said white point adjustment object movable by a user with relation to said outer ring;
adjusting the displayed color of said white region based on changing a location of said white point adjustment object from being at a center location with relation to said outer ring to a second location that is out from the center location;
setting, when indicated by the user, environment color correction values that adjust the display color setting, wherein said environment color correction values compensate for environment conditions that distort color to be generated from the display; and
transforming an image to be provided to the display or the second display connected to the display output port based on said environment color correction values, wherein said environment color correction values include RGB correction values that define the white point display setting and are based on RGB values of said display color correction values and RGB color information associated with the location of said white point adjustment object.

US Pat. No. 10,217,437

METHOD AND APPARATUS OF COLOR CONVERSION FROM RED-GREEN-BLUE COLOR SPACE TO RED-GREEN-BLUE-WHITE COLOR SPACE ON INPUT IMAGE

NOVATEK Microelectronics ...

1. A method of color conversion from a red-green-blue (RGB) color space to a red-green-blue-white (RGBW) color space on an input image, wherein the input image comprises a plurality of image blocks, the method comprising:determining a base RGB block gain and an RGB block gain parameter according to input RGB pixels of an image block of the input image, wherein the RGB block gain parameter indicates a total luminance difference contributed by the input RGB pixels of the image block and a target color composition among the input RGB pixels;
adjusting the base RGB block gain according to the RGB block gain parameter to generate a first RGB block gain corresponding to the image block;
calculating a first white block gain corresponding to the image block according to the input RGB pixels of the image block;
converting the first RGB block gain and the first white block gain corresponding to the image block into a plurality of first RGB pixel gains and a plurality of first white pixel gains corresponding to the input RGB pixels of the image block;
multiplying the plurality of first white pixel gains with a difference between the plurality of first RGB pixel gain and a first threshold to generate a plurality of second white pixel gains, wherein the first threshold is within a luminance transmittance range between the RGB color space and the RGBW color space; and
performing a color conversion operation from RGB color space to RGBW color space according to the input RGB pixels of the image block, the plurality of first RGB pixel gains and the plurality of second white pixel gains, to generate a plurality of output RGBW pixels of the image block.