US Pat. No. 11,068,061

ESTIMATION OF EQUIVALENT INPUT VOLTAGE SUPPLY

AITO BV, Amsterdam (NL)


1. A device, configured to:apply a switching signal to a boost converter, wherein the boost converter is configured to provide a voltage for a haptic feedback element;
wait for at least one time interval;
measure at least one voltage on an output side of the boost converter;
estimate an equivalent input voltage of the boost converter based on the at least one measured voltage, wherein the equivalent input voltage represents a physical input voltage that would cause the at least one measured voltage in reference conditions;
measure the input voltage directly in addition to the estimation of the equivalent input voltage; and
deduce parameters related to the operation of the boost converter based on the equivalent input voltage and the measured input voltage.

US Pat. No. 11,068,060

LOW-PRESSURE CAPACITIVE TACTILE SENSOR AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING THE SAME

Nano and Advanced Materia...


1. A low-pressure capacitive tactile sensor for measuring tactile pressures in a range of approximately 0.5 kPa to approximately 20 kPa, the sensor comprising:a first flexible electrode layer comprising one or more thin film electrode layers positioned on a first flexible substrate;
a second flexible electrode layer comprising one or more second thin film electrode layers positioned adjacent on a second flexible substrate, wherein the second electrode layer is approximately parallel to the first electrode layer;
a micro-patterned, discontinuous, flexible, UV-curable in approximately 60 seconds or less, elastic nano-imprinted polymer dielectric layer positioned between the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer, wherein the first flexible substrate with the one or more first flexible electrode layer is laminated to a first side of the micro-patterned polymer dielectric layer, wherein the micro-patterned polymer dielectric layer is laminated to the second electrode layer, wherein the scale of a pattern of the micro-patterned discontinuous dielectric layer is 1-100 ?m, and
a ground shielding layer disposed above the first flexible electrode layer and below the second flexible electrode layer of the capacitive tactile sensor respectively to minimize electromagnetic and capacitive interference,
wherein the pressure sensing range of the capacitive tactile sensor is approximately 0.5-20 kPa, the sensitivity is approximately greater than 0.12 pF/kPa.

US Pat. No. 11,068,059

HAPTIC INTERFACE FOR USER INPUT DEVICE

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...


1. A drive mechanism for a haptic interface, the drive mechanism comprising:a substrate including a plurality of layers, at least some of the plurality of layers including a plurality of electrodes and a plurality of vias, the plurality of vias configured to electrically connect two or more of the plurality of electrodes located on different layers to form one or more coils, wherein the one or more coils are configured to generate one or more magnetic fields when a current passes through a respective coil;
a source configured to generate the current; and
a plurality of switches configured to allow the current from the source to pass through the one or more coils,
wherein the drive mechanism is couplable to an electronic device having a display configured to emit visible light towards the plurality of switches to activate at least some of the plurality of switches to allow the current from the source to pass through the one or more coils.

US Pat. No. 11,068,058

CONTROL METHOD AND IMMERSIVE SYSTEM FOR GENERATING HAPTIC FEEDBACK

HTC Corporation, Taoyuan...


1. An immersive system comprising:a processing device, communicated with an interface device and an electronic display, the interface device comprising a haptic feedback circuit configured to induce a haptic feedback, the processing device being configured to:
perform an application program for providing a content to the electronic display;
identify a first simulated object in the content corresponding to the interface device, wherein a movement of the interface device corresponds to a movement of the first simulated object in the content, wherein the application program provides a plurality of candidate interaction events associated with the first simulated object;
identify an interaction event occurring between the first simulated object and a second simulated object in the content by selecting one of a plurality of candidate interaction events to be the interaction event, wherein the application program provides the plurality of candidate interaction events corresponding to the first simulated object and provides a plurality of basic vibration patterns with different waveforms corresponding to the candidate interaction events respectively to the processing device;
determine a basic vibration pattern with a first waveform from the plurality of basic vibration patterns according to the interaction event, wherein the processing device determines the basic vibration pattern according the selected one of the candidate interaction events; and
control the haptic feedback circuit to induce the haptic feedback according to the basic vibration pattern,
wherein the interface device comprises a motion sensor configured to detect a spatial orientation of the interface device, the processing device acquires directions of a first axis and a second axis according to the spatial orientation detected by the motion sensor of the interface device, wherein in response to the interaction event, the processing device determines a force vector induced by the interaction event, and determines a degree of vibration of a first vibration component according to a component of the force vector on the first axis and a degree of vibration of second vibration component according to a component of the force vector on the second axis, and the haptic feedback circuit induces the haptic feedback with the first vibration component along the first axis according to the determined degree of vibration of the first vibration component and the basic vibration pattern with the first waveform, and the second vibration component along the second axis at the same time according to the determined degree of vibration of the second vibration component and the basic vibration pattern with the first waveform,
wherein the application program provides at least two candidate interaction events, one of the at least two candidate interaction events is a collision event between the first simulated object and the second simulated object, and another one of the at least two candidate interaction events is a friction event of the first simulated object, and
wherein a basic vibration pattern of the collision event has a waveform that vibration strength is gradually increased at first and gradually decreased, and a basic vibration pattern of the friction event has a waveform that vibration strength gets higher at beginning and remains steady during the rest of the friction event.

US Pat. No. 11,068,057

WEARABLE DEVICE WITH FIDUCIAL MARKERS IN VIRTUAL REALITY

Facebook Technologies, LL...


1. A system comprising:a wearable device having a body that includes a plurality of fiducial markers that are (i) positioned at different locations on the body and (ii) configured to emit light, wherein the body is sized to fit on a portion of a user's body;
an imaging device, separate from the wearable device, that is configured to capture images that include the light emitted from the plurality of fiducial markers; and
a console configured to:receive, responsive to a motion of the portion of the user's body, at least one image with the light emitted from the plurality of fiducial markers,
determine a position of the wearable device in a virtual space based in part on the at least one received image, and
provide content to a headset based on the determined position of the wearable device.


US Pat. No. 11,068,056

WEARABLE EYE TRACKING SYSTEM WITH SLIPPAGE DETECTION AND CORRECTION


16. An apparatus comprising:an imaging sensor configured to obtain a first image and a second image of a person's eye;
a computing device comprising a processor configured to extract a first contour of a pupil or a corneal limbus from the first image and a second contour of the pupil or the corneal limbus from the second image, to determine a location of an eyeball center of the eye in a 2D image plane of the imaging sensor based on the first contour and the second contour, and to determine a position relationship between the eyeball center and the imaging sensor based on the first contour, the second contour and the location.

US Pat. No. 11,068,055

EYE TRACKING CALIBRATION TECHNIQUES

Magic Leap, Inc., Planta...


1. A system for eye tracking calibration comprising:an image capture device configured to capture eye images of one or two eyes of a user of the wearable system;
a display system configured to render a virtual eye calibration target and a virtual reticle; and
a hardware processor programmed to:cause the display system to render the virtual eye calibration target at a fixed location;
determine a relative location of the user to the virtual eye calibration target;
determine, based on the relative location, a size of the virtual reticle;
cause the display system to render the virtual reticle having the determined size;
calculate a position of the virtual reticle based on a head pose of the user;
determine, based at least partly on the position of the virtual reticle and the relative location of the virtual eye calibration target, whether the virtual reticle aligns with the virtual eye calibration target; and
in response to a determination that the virtual reticle aligns with the virtual eye calibration target, instruct the image capture device to capture eye images.


US Pat. No. 11,068,054

VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Hyundai Motor Company, S...


1. A vehicle, comprising:a display;
a rotation member configured to rotate the display;
a vision sensing unit configured to acquire eye position information of a user; and
a controller configured to:determine a first area included in a field of view of the user based on the eye position information and a rotation angle of the display;
divide a display area of the display into a plurality of areas based on the first area, wherein the controller is configured to:

wherein the controller is further configured to:divide the display area of the display into the first area and a second area that excludes the first area, and
display a first content in the first area and a second content in the second area, and
wherein the controller is configured to change a division ratio of the first area and the second area based on at least one of a type, a size, and a ratio of the second content and divide the display area of the display based on the changed division ratio.


US Pat. No. 11,068,053

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DISPLAYING AT LEAST ONE SPATIAL SECTION, WHEREIN THE SPATIAL SECTION IS DISPLAYED AS A FUNCTION OF AN EYE POSITION OF A PERSON

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...


1. A method for displaying, comprising:detecting a first eye position, by at least one first recording apparatus, of a first person in a first section of a first space in which a first display surface of a first display device and at least one first camera are located, the first display surface being semitransparent;
recording a second section, dependent on the first eye position, of a second space in which a second display device is located, by at least one second camera as a first image;
detecting a second eye position of a second person located in the second space by at least one second recording apparatus;
recording the first person and the first space by the at least one first camera, dependent on the second eye position, as a second image;
displaying the first image of the second section of space on the first display surface;
displaying the second image of the first section of the first space on a second display surface;
transmitting information relating to a temperature, a movement in the second space and a surface condition of the second display surface, from the second space to the first space; and
displaying at least one of the temperature, the movement and the surface condition with the first image on the first display surface as augmented reality.

US Pat. No. 11,068,052

HOLOGRAPHIC IMAGE GENERATED BASED ON EYE POSITION

Microsoft Technology Lice...


1. A holographic display system, comprising:an eye tracker configured to determine a position of a pupil of an eye;
a light source configured to output image light; and
a digital dynamic hologram configured to receive the image light from the light source and spatially modulate the image light based on a target image to form a reconstructed image in the eye, wherein a size of the reconstructed image is larger than a maximum pupil diameter of the eye wherein the reconstructed image includes noise that is non-uniformly distributed across the reconstructed image based on the position of the pupil of the eye such that the noise is positioned in the reconstructed image outside of the pupil of the eye.

US Pat. No. 11,068,051

AUGMENTED MIRROR

Conopco, Inc., Englewood...


1. An augmented mirror comprising:a partially silvered mirror surface;
a screen disposed underneath the mirror surface;
a camera having a field of view;
external lighting; and
a computation module configured to:receive visual information from the camera;
reduce the visual information from the field of view to a visual corridor, the visual corridor based on at least one of a shape of the mirror surface or a size of the mirror surface and sized to match a region over which a user can see their reflection in the mirror surface;
process the visual information over the visual corridor;
detect that the user has entered the field of view of the camera;
determine a perpendicular distance of the user relative to the mirror surface;
compare the perpendicular distance to an optimal distance to determine a difference;
after detecting that the user has entered the visual corridor, control the external lighting to gradually increase illumination of the external lighting as the difference decreases;
display one or more images on the screen based upon the processed visual information;
initiate a timer based on the visual information;
compare the timer to a time threshold; and
vary illumination of the external lighting when the timer exceeds the time threshold.


US Pat. No. 11,068,050

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DISPLAY OF VIRTUAL IMAGE BASED ON EYE AREA SIZE, STORAGE MEDIUM AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE THEREFOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...


1. An electronic device, comprising:a first camera module;
a display device; and
a processor that is functionally connected with each of the first camera module and the display device, wherein the processor is configured to:
control the first camera module to capture a first image including at least one eye area of a user,
obtain an actual view image;
recognize an external object within the actual view image,
identify a first virtual image associated with the external object,
display the first virtual image on a portion of the actual view image using the display device, the first virtual image corresponding to the portion of the actual view image and hiding a portion of the external object of the actual view image,
identify a degree of eye closing of the at least one eye area included in the first image captured by the first camera module while displaying the first virtual image overlaid on the external object of the actual view image,
change the display of the first virtual image by adjusting at least one characteristic of the first virtual image to distinguish the first virtual image from the external object of the actual view image based on the identified degree of eye closing of the at least one eye area, and
remove the display of the first virtual image when a state of an eye closing based on the degree of eye closing is maintained for a predetermined time,
wherein, when a plurality of virtual images are displayed, only a transparency in a virtual image of the plurality of virtual images which corresponds to a user's gaze is adjusted based on the degree of eye closing, and a display of a virtual image of the plurality of virtual images which does not correspond to the user's gaze is maintained.

US Pat. No. 11,068,049

LIGHT GUIDE DISPLAY AND FIELD OF VIEW

Microsoft Technology Lice...


1. An apparatus comprising:one or more processors;
a display device comprisinga light engine configured to output an image for display, and
a light guide optically coupled to the light engine to display the image output by the light engine, the light guide being at least partially transparent, the light guide comprising in-coupling optics configured to expand light output from the light engine in a first direction, the light guide further comprising out-coupling optics configured to expand the light output from the light engine in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction; and

one or more computer-readable storage media devices comprising instructions that when executed by the one or more processors configures a user interface and causes
the light engine to output an image of the user interface to be viewable by a user such that different portions of the user interface are viewable by the user depending on an angle of tilt of the display device in relation to one or more eyes of the user, the different portions of the user interface viewable without changing a size or resolution of the image of the user interface output by the light engine between viewing the different portions.

US Pat. No. 11,068,048

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROVIDING AN IMAGE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...


1. A method for providing an image by a virtual reality (VR) device, the method comprising:identifying that a posture of a user of the VR device is at least one of a zooming in posture and a zooming out posture, based on a displacement vector of a head of the user;
determining a boundary of an object in the image based on a focus of eyes of the user on the image;
zooming in the object in the image based on the focus of the eyes of the user on the image and the boundary of the object, in response to a zooming in condition being satisfied, wherein the zooming in condition comprises the posture of the user being the zooming in posture; and
zooming out the object in the image based on the focus of the eyes of the user on the image and the boundary of the object, in response to a zooming out condition being satisfied, wherein the zooming out condition comprises the posture of the user being the zooming out posture,
wherein the zooming in the image and the zooming out the image are performed by using the focus as a zoom center,
wherein the zooming in the object comprises:estimating a first velocity of the head of the user in a positive direction of a first axis of a three-dimensional rectangular coordinate system;
continuing the zooming in the object in response to the first velocity being greater than or equal to 0; and
stopping the zooming in the object in response to the first velocity being less than 0; and

wherein the zooming out the object comprises:estimating a second velocity of the head of the user in one of a negative direction of the first axis and a positive direction of a second axis of the three-dimensional rectangular coordinate system;
continuing the zooming out the object in response to the second velocity being greater than or equal to 0; and
stopping the zooming out the object in response to the second velocity being less than 0.


US Pat. No. 11,068,047

VIRTUAL REALITY SYSTEM OBTAINING MOVEMENT COMMAND FROM REAL-WORLD PHYSICAL USER

VR-CHITECT LIMITED, Edin...


1. A method comprising:displaying in virtual reality a three-dimensional computer-generated scene representative of a structure as if viewed from a first viewing position of a virtual head coupled to a virtual body, wherein the first viewing position corresponds to a first coordinate position inside the three dimensional computer-generated scene;
obtaining a movement command from a real-world physical movement of a user, the movement command indicative of a movement of the virtual head from the first viewing position to a second viewing position,
wherein the second viewing position corresponds to a second coordinate position inside the three dimensional computer-generated scene and
wherein the movement of the virtual head to the second viewing position corresponds to a movement through the structure that would not be possible in real life;
determining a movement of the virtual body corresponding to the movement of the virtual head and in dependence on an effect of gravity on the virtual body in the three-dimensional computer-generated scene and/or in dependence on the presence of at least one object within the three-dimensional computer-generated scene that inhibits the movement of the virtual body;
adjusting the movement of the virtual head in dependence on the corresponding determined movement of the virtual body such that the adjusted movement is from the first viewing position to an adjusted second viewing position, wherein the adjusted second viewing position corresponds to a second adjusted coordinate position inside the three-dimensional computer generated scene, and the adjusted movement corresponds to a movement through the structure that would be possible in real life,
wherein the adjusting of the movement is such that the adjusted movement of the virtual head does not correspond with the real-world physical movement of the user, and
displaying in virtual reality a three-dimensional computer-generated scene of the structure as if viewed from the adjusted second viewing position.

US Pat. No. 11,068,046

EVALUATION OF DIGITAL TWINS USING SOCIAL AUTOMATONS


1. A method comprising:constructing, by a processing system comprising at least one processor, a digital twin of a physical environment, wherein the digital twin replicates a set of dimensions of the physical environment, a layout of the physical environment, and at least one object that is present in the physical environment, and wherein the digital twin includes a modification to the physical environment, without making the modification to the physical environment;
constructing, by the processing system, a social automaton, wherein the social automaton comprises a virtual representation of an individual that is programmed to exhibit behaviors and characteristics of the individual; and
inserting, by the processing system, the social automaton into the digital twin to create an extended reality media in which interactions of the social automaton with the digital twin simulate interactions of the individual with the physical environment.

US Pat. No. 11,068,045

ELECTRONIC DEVICE DISPLAYS AN IMAGE OF AN OBSTRUCTED TARGET


1. A method comprising:capturing, with a camera of a smartphone, an image of a physical object in a room;
sharing a location of the physical object with electronic glasses worn on a head of a user;
displaying, with the electronic glasses and when an obstructing object obstructs the user from being able to view the physical object, a virtual image of the physical object over the obstructing object at the location that matches where the physical object would be visible to the user in the room if the physical object were not obstructed by the obstructing object; and
moving the virtual image being displayed with the electronic glasses to match real-time movements of the physical object while the physical object is obstructed by the obstructing object and not visible to the user wearing the electronic glasses.

US Pat. No. 11,068,044

ELECTRONIC DEVICE DISPLAYS AN IMAGE OF AN OBSTRUCTED TARGET


1. A method comprising:collecting, with a camera of first electronic glasses (EG) worn on a head of a first user, information about an object located where the first EG and the first user are located;
sharing the information with second EG worn on a head of a second user;
displaying, with the second EG and when an obstructing object obstructs the second user of the second EG from being able to view the object, a virtual image of the object over the obstructing object with an orientation and at a location that matches how the object would be visible to the second user if the object were not obstructed by the obstructing object; and
moving the virtual image being displayed with the second EG to match real-time movements of the object while the object is obstructed by the obstructing object and not visible to the second user wearing the second EG.

US Pat. No. 11,068,043

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VIRTUAL REALITY-BASED GROUPING EVALUATION

PEARSON EDUCATION, INC., ...


1. A system for virtual reality-based grouping evaluation, the system comprising:memory comprising:an interaction sub-database comprising information relating to one or several user interactions with at least one virtual asset in a virtual environment;

a content library database comprising a plurality of virtual assets and information relating to the plurality of virtual assets; and
at least one server configured to:determine user engagement with at least one of the plurality of virtual assets;
receive data indicative of a grouping interaction with at least one of the plurality of virtual assets, wherein the data indicative of the grouping interaction includes a user input grouping some of the plurality of virtual assets into a group of virtual assets;
perform a grouping process when a grouping interaction is identified, the grouping process including:identifying the group of virtual assets,
inputting the group of virtual assets into a grouping prediction model,
identifying a predicted grouping basis, and
identifying the predicted grouping basis as a grouping reason;

evaluate the grouping of the plurality of virtual assets based on the grouping reason, including:inputting the grouping reason into an evaluation model, and
outputting a score indicative of a cognitive level of the grouping reason;

determine interaction quality;
receive the score indicative of the cognitive level of the grouping reason;
direct generation of a dashboard in a user device, wherein the dashboard comprises a user interface including panels configured to display information relating to user actions in the virtual environment, wherein at least one of the panels comprises a grouping panel;

generate an evaluation of the grouping interaction with the at least one of the plurality of virtual assets; and
deliver the generated evaluation by generating and sending signals containing information for display in the grouping panel, wherein the information for display in the grouping panel identifies one or several virtual assets included in the grouping, wherein the panels comprise an evaluation panel, wherein the evaluation panel is configured to display the score indicative of a cognitive level of the grouping reason for the grouped virtual assets.

US Pat. No. 11,068,042

DETECTING AND RESPONDING TO AN EVENT WITHIN AN INTERACTIVE VIDEOGAME

Roku, Inc., San Jose, CA...


1. A method comprising:detecting, by a machine, an occurrence of an event within an interactive videogame, wherein detecting the occurrence of the event within the interactive videogame comprises detecting multiple matches each between a respective reference identifier of the interactive video game (“reference identifier) and a respective identifier established from presentation by a device of the interactive videogame (“established identifier”), wherein detecting the multiple matches includes detecting that a first reference identifier matches a second established identifier and detecting that a third reference identifier matches a fourth established identifier, and wherein each identifier is selected from the group consisting of a fingerprint generated from the interactive videogame and a watermark extracted from the interactive videogame; and
responsive to at least detecting the occurrence of the event within the interactive videogame, causing presentation of a notification that references the occurrence of the event.

US Pat. No. 11,068,041

METHOD TO ENHANCE DEVICE POLICY MANAGEMENT (DPM) POWER SHARING FOR USB TYPE-C (USB-C) ONLY DEVICES

Intel Corporation, Santa...


1. A method for managing power for Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports, the method comprising:presenting an advertisement of a default power supply to a USB device connected to a USB port;
receiving power attribute information from a USB device configuration descriptor during USB device enumeration, in response to determining the USB device does not support USB power delivery (USB PD) and after presenting the advertisement, where the advertisement is a resistance level associated with a default power supply; and
dynamically changing the power supply to meet power requirements of the USB device identified by the power attribute information.

US Pat. No. 11,068,040

CLOCK GATING UNIT FOR A TRANSPONDER

NXP B.V., Eindhoven (NL)...


1. A transponder, comprising:digital logic for processing one or more portions of a data frame;
a status detection unit configured to detect a status of a data frame reception or data frame transmission;
a clock gating unit configured to apply clock gating to said digital logic in dependence on the status of said data frame reception or data frame transmission; and
an analog demodulator configured to detect a Miller pause and to convert said Miller pause to a digital signal, said Miller pause being a period in which a logical bit is amplitude modulated by a reader, wherein detecting the status of the data frame reception comprises detecting an end of said Miller pause by detecting a transition of said digital signal, and wherein the clock gating unit is configured to apply said clock gating after said Miller pause.

US Pat. No. 11,068,039

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...


1. An electronic apparatus provided with a touch screen, the electronic apparatus comprising:a first sensor that detects approach of a finger to the touch screen;
a controller that switches, in an inactive state of the touch screen, in a case where the first sensor detects the approach of the finger to the touch screen, an operating state of the touch screen from the inactive state to an active state; and
a second sensor provided with an angular velocity sensor,
wherein the second sensor detects, on a basis of an angular velocity detected by the angular velocity sensor, a movement of the electronic apparatus as a different operation from a touch operation on the touch screen;
wherein, in a case where, in the inactive state of the touch screen, the movement of the electronic apparatus as the different operation from the touch operation on the touch screen is detected on the basis of the angular velocity detected by the angular velocity sensor, the controller controls to switch the operating state of the touch screen from the inactive state to the active state;
wherein, in a case where, in the inactive state of the touch screen, the approach of the finger to the touch screen is detected on a basis of illuminance detected by an illuminance sensor and the movement of the electronic apparatus as the different operation from the touch operation on the touch screen is detected on the basis of the angular velocity detected by the angular velocity sensor, the controller controls to switch the operating state of the touch screen from the inactive state to the active state.

US Pat. No. 11,068,038

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USING CURRENT SLEW-RATE TELEMETRY IN AN INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM

Dell Products L.P.


1. An information handling system, comprising:a current detector module including a communication interface, wherein the current detector module is configured to detect current slew-rate for an element of the information handling system, to determine that the current slew-rate is greater than a first current slew-rate threshold, to provide a first indication that the current slew-rate is greater than the first current slew-rate threshold on the communication interface, to determine that the current slew-rate is greater than a second current slew-rate threshold, and to provide a second indication that the current slew-rate is greater than the second current slew-rate threshold on the communication interface, the second current slew-rate threshold being greater than the first current slew-rate threshold; and
a baseboard management controller (BMC) coupled to the communication interface, the BMC configured to receive the first indication and to enter a first item into a log of the information handling system in response to receiving the first indication, and to receive the second indication.

US Pat. No. 11,068,037

DEVICE HAVING MAIN AND BACKUP POWER

Hewlett Packard Enterpris...


1. A device for installation in an enclosure, the enclosure having a plurality of slots to receive insertion of a plurality of devices into respective slots of the plurality of slots, a high voltage direct current (HVDC) backplane to provide a first power source to each of the plurality of slots, and a low voltage direct current (LVDC) backplane to provide a second power source to each of the plurality of slots, the device to receive operational power, after insertion, from each of the first and second power source that are external to the device, the device comprising:an internal LVDC bus;
a HVDC input to connect, upon insertion, to the first power source from a first slot of the enclosure that received insertion of the device;
a LVDC input to connect, upon insertion, to the second power source from the first slot of the enclosure, the first power source and the second power source to independently provide power to the device;
a HVDC to LVDC converter electrically connected to the HVDC input to receive HVDC power from the HVDC input and provide main LVDC power; and
a circuit electrically connected to the HVDC to LVDC converter and to the LVDC input, the circuit to pass in operation the main LVDC power from the HVDC to LVDC converter to the LVDC bus while the main LVDC power is within regulation limits and to pass backup LVDC power from the LVDC input to the LVDC bus in response to the main LVDC power falling outside the regulation limits.

US Pat. No. 11,068,036

PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

PEGATRON CORPORATION, Ta...


1. A control method of a portable electronic device (PED), comprising:receiving a trigger event;
detecting a first behavior of the PED by an accelerator and producing a first signal;
detecting a second behavior of the PED by the accelerator if the first signal satisfies a first preset condition, and producing a second signal; and
performing an action by the PED if the second signal satisfies a second present condition,
wherein the first preset condition comprises a first threshold value, a second threshold value, a peak threshold value, and a time cycle, the second threshold value is greater than the first threshold value, the peak threshold value is greater than the second threshold value,
when a time period during which a pulse signal of the first signal ascends to and exceeds the first threshold value and the second threshold value and descends to the first threshold value satisfies the time cycle, the first signal satisfies the first preset condition, and
when the pulse signal of the first signal exceed the peak threshold value, a fail event is defined.

US Pat. No. 11,068,035

DYNAMIC SECURE ACPI POWER RESOURCE ENUMERATION OBJECTS FOR EMBEDDED DEVICES

Dell Products L.P., Roun...


1. An information handling system comprising:a processor;
a basic input/output system (BIOS) that is coupled to the processor and configured to execute a pre-boot environment prior to initialization of an operating system of the information handling system; and
an information handling resource coupled to the processor;
wherein the information handling system is configured to:during execution of the pre-boot environment, create an Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) power object for the information handling resource;
after initialization of the operating system, execute an application that is configured to request access to the ACPI power object; and
in response to cryptographic validation of the application, grant the application access to the ACPI power object, wherein granting the access includes allowing the application to cause the information handling resource to power on.


US Pat. No. 11,068,034

TEMPERATURE MANAGEMENT IN WEARABLE DEVICES

Snap Inc., Santa Monica,...


1. A wearable electronic device, comprising:electronic hardware memory storing instructions that when executed by a hardware processing circuitry of the wearable electronic device, configures the hardware processing circuitry to perform operations comprising:computing a remaining time for completing transfer of data from the wearable electronic, device;
determining a current rate of temperature change and a current temperature of the wearable electronic device;
computing a completion temperature of the wearable electronic device based on the remaining time for completing the transfer of the data, the current rate of temperature change, and the current temperature of the wearable electronic device; and
performing a transmission rate function in response to determining that the completion temperature of the wearable electronic device is less than a specified threshold.


US Pat. No. 11,068,033

EXPANSION CARD RETENTION

Hewlett-Packard Developme...


1. An expansion card retention device, comprising:a retaining arm rotatably attachable to a chassis to form a first axis of rotation adjacent an end of the retaining arm and pivotable relative to the chassis between an open state and a closed state about the first axis, the retaining arm postionable along an expansion card and including an interior face to provide multi-point support along a top edge of the expansion card; and
a retaining bracket rotatably fastened to the retaining arm to form a second axis of rotation adjacent the end of the retaining arm and pivotable relative to the retaining arm about the second axis, the retaining bracket including a contact surface to engage with an interconnect bracket in the closed state,
wherein the retaining arm and retaining bracket are movable together between the open state and the closed state with a single user controlled operation;
wherein the retaining arm includes a coupler at the end of the retaining arm, and the coupler is mateable with a receiver of the chassis adjacent a chassis opening, wherein the first axis of rotation is formed by the coupler and the receiver.

US Pat. No. 11,068,032

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Acer Incorporated, New T...


1. An electronic device, comprising:a hinge module having a first rotating shaft, a second rotating shaft, a first guiding shaft, and a second guiding shaft, wherein the first rotating shaft is parallel to the second rotating shaft, the first guiding shaft is orthogonal to the first rotating shaft, and the second guiding shaft is orthogonal to the second rotating shaft;
a first body slidably assembled to the first guiding shaft;
a first linking assembly slidably assembled to the first guiding shaft and connected to the first body;
a second body slidably assembled to the second guiding shaft;
a second linking assembly slidably assembled to the second guiding shaft and connected to the second body; and
a flexible display disposed on the first body and the second body,
wherein the first body and the second body relatively rotate to be folded or unfolded via the first rotating shaft and the second rotating shaft, and the first body and the second body are driven by a deformation of the flexible display to move closer to or away from the hinge module.

US Pat. No. 11,068,031

STAND ASSEMBLIES

Hewlett-Packard Developme...


1. A stand assembly comprising:a first support feature extending from a rear end of a first housing of an electronic device, wherein the first support feature has a first curved shape; and
a second support feature extending from a rear end of a second housing of the electronic device, wherein the first housing and the second housing are rotatable relative to one another between an open position and a closed position of the electronic device, wherein the second support feature has a second curved shape in a direction opposite to the first curved shape, and wherein the first support feature and the second support feature are to facilitate the electronic device to stand vertically in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 11,068,030

STAND FOR USE WITH ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Otter Products, LLC, For...


1. A protective case system for use with a portable electronic device having a display screen, the protective case system comprising:a protective case configured for removably receiving the portable electronic device; and
a stand removably attachable to a back surface of the protective case, the stand including:a base portion;
two legs, wherein each leg is movably attached to the base portion along a respective leg axis and configured to pivot at the respective leg axis between a stowed position and an extended position, wherein the legs are configured to support the protective case in one or more viewing orientations on a substantially horizontal surface when the legs are in the extended positions; and
two pivoting spring arms, each pivoting spring arm attached to the base portion at a first end and attached to a respective one of the two legs at a second end, wherein each pivoting spring arm is configured to apply a spring force to the respective leg to alternately maintain the leg in the stowed position or in the extended position, wherein the applied spring force varies as the respective leg is transitioned between the stowed position and the extended position and reaches a maximum spring force at a point between the stowed position and the extended position such that each pivoting spring arm tends to force the respective leg into one of the stowed position or the extended position, and wherein the maximum spring force occurs when a centerline axis of the pivoting spring arm passes through the respective leg axis when the respective leg is pivoting.


US Pat. No. 11,068,029

FLEXIBLE DISPLAY APPARATUS

LG DISPLAY CO., LTD., Se...


1. A flexible display apparatus comprising:a flexible substrate comprising an active area and an inactive area, the inactive area comprising a first area disposed adjacent to the active area, a second area where a circuit board is disposed, and a bending area disposed between the first area and the second area;
a first support layer disposed below the active area and the first area, and a second support layer disposed below the second area; and
a guide disposed at a lower surface of the flexible substrate, the guide comprising a first section and a second section,
wherein the first section of the guide is disposed on a lower surface of the first support layer, and the second section is disposed to cover a portion of the substrate that extends from the bending area.

US Pat. No. 11,068,028

DEVICE DOCK

Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. L...


1. A device dock comprising:a retractable support for a display device, wherein the retractable support comprises a front surface;
a recess for the retractable support;
a top side;
a bottom side that comprises one or more feet;
a sloped front side, wherein in a retracted position of the retractable support with respect to the recess, the front surface of the retractable support is flush with the sloped front side;
a sloped back side, wherein the sloped back side slopes in a direction outwardly away from the bottom side; and
a wall mount operatively coupled to the sloped back side.

US Pat. No. 11,068,027

DYNAMIC SCALABLE ATTACHMENT MECHANISM FOR CLIENT DEVICES

Intel Corporation, Santa...


1. An apparatus for connecting together devices, the apparatus comprising:at least one flexible magnetic cable disposed in a housing of a first device, the flexible magnetic cable having an extended position where the flexible magnetic cable protrudes through an opening formed through the housing, the flexible magnetic cable configured to engage with a corresponding receptacle on a second device when in the extended position;
the flexible magnetic cable including a magnet affixed at a free end thereof, and a flange affixed at a flanged end disposed inside the housing that limits an extension distance thereof when the flexible magnetic cable is in the extended position, the free end and the flanged end being opposite ends of the flexible magnetic cable; and
a retractor disposed at least in part inside the housing and cooperative with the flexible magnetic cable to retain the flexible magnetic cable fully within the housing of the first device when the flexible magnetic cable is not engaged with the corresponding receptacle on the second device.

US Pat. No. 11,068,026

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COMMUNICATION BETWEEN A WEARABLE DEVICE AND A REMOTE DEVICE

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...


1. A method of managing communications between a wearable computing device and at least one remote computing device, using a host computing device, the method comprising:providing a message handling service at the host computing device;
receiving, using the message handling service, one or more messages directed to the wearable computing device;
for each of the one or more messages, determining an action associated with a respective message; and
taking the action for each of the one or more messages;
wherein:for a first message of the one or more messages, determining an action associated with the first message includes determining that the action is deferred delivery of the first message to the wearable computing device after a delay period; and
taking the action for the first message includes initiating delivery of the first message to the wearable computing device prior to the delay period ending based at least in part on a determination that delivery of a second message to the wearable computing device is imminent.


US Pat. No. 11,068,025

SMART WEARABLE DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SMART WEARABLE DEVICE

Huawei Technologies Co., ...


1. A smart wearable device, comprising:a fixing band, the fixing band comprising:a mechanical sensor; and
a fixing band touch-control area set on the fixing band, wherein the mechanical sensor is configured to:detect a first touch-control operation that is in the fixing band touch-control area, and obtain first operation information of the first touch-control operation, wherein the first touch-control operation in the fixing band touch-control area is a sliding operation, and wherein the sliding operation corresponds to a control instruction associated with a method of controlling of a currently running application;


a display screen, the display screen comprising a display screen touch-control area set on the display screen, wherein the display screen is configured to:detect a second touch-control operation that is in the display screen touch-control area; and

at least one processor, the at least one processor configured to:in response to detecting both the first touch-control operation and the second touch-control operation at the same time, generate the control instruction according to a combination of the first operation information obtained by the mechanical sensor detected from the fixing band touch-control area and second operation information of the second touch-control operation in the display screen touch-control area; and
execute the control instruction.


US Pat. No. 11,068,024

NOTEBOOK COMPUTER

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...


1. A notebook computer comprising:a base;
a rotating shaft;
a display screen located at a first plane and comprising a housing, wherein the rotating shaft is configured to couple the display screen and the base, and wherein the housing comprises:a drive circuit board; and
a rotating shaft support coupled to the rotating shaft and comprising:a first rotating shaft support; and
a second rotating shaft support, wherein a portion of the drive circuit board at least partially overlaps a preset region of the second rotating shaft support on the first plane, and wherein a thickness of the preset region of the second rotating shaft support is less than a thickness of the first rotating shaft support.



US Pat. No. 11,068,023

ACCESSORY COUPLING SYSTEM

PIONEER SQUARE BRANDS, IN...


1. An accessory coupling system comprising:a computing device case for containing a computing device, the computing device case including in its entirety
at least one connection portion including at least one aperture, the at least one aperture including a longitudinal dimension, a first entry position, and a second entry position positioned oppositely across the at least one aperture from the first entry position, the at least one aperture extending along the longitudinal dimension from the first entry position to the second entry position, and
a remainder of the computing device case, the at least one connection portion being affixed with the remainder of the computing device case; and
at least one engagement component including
a member and
at least one engagement projection extending from the member, the at least one engagement projection including a stem and a barb, the at least one engagement projection being couplable with the at least one connection portion as
the stem of the at least one engagement projection is positioned in the at least one aperture along the longitudinal dimension from the first entry position to the second entry position of the at least one aperture,
the member is positioned outside of the at least one aperture nearer the first entry position of the at least one aperture,
at least one surface portion of the member being adjacent an exterior surface of the at least one engagement component, and
the barb is positioned outside of the at least one aperture adjacent the second entry position of the at least one aperture,
at least one surface portion of the barb being adjacent an exterior surface of the at least one engagement component, the at least one connection portion extending away from the remainder of the computer device case such that the remainder of the computer device is unobstructive of a view unimpeded by the remainder of the computer device through the at least one aperture
regardless of whether the view is taken from a position nearer the first entry position or from a position nearer the second entry position, and
regardless of distance from the computer device case the view is taken.

US Pat. No. 11,068,022

DISPLAY STAND AND DISPLAY DEVICE COMPRISING SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...


1. A stand, comprising: a mounting member mountable on and detachable from a rear surface of a display apparatus, the mounting member including a plurality of locking protrusions detachably coupled to a plurality of locking holes formed on the rear surface of the display apparatus by being inserted into the plurality of locking holes; a support connected to the mounting member; and a base connected to a lower end of the support, the base including a guide groove through which a cable connected to the display apparatus passes; and wherein the guide groove is formed obliquely relative to the base to extend between a first opening disposed at a side of the base corresponding to a portion of the display apparatus from which the cable is drawn, and a second opening formed at a lower end of the base farther from the portion of the display apparatus from which the cable is drawn.

US Pat. No. 11,068,021

TIMING CONTROLLER BASED ON HEAP SORTING, MODEM CHIP INCLUDING THE SAME, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT INCLUDING THE TIMING CONTROLLER

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...


1. A modem chip, comprising:a processor configured to generate instructions comprising different execution times;
a timing controller configured to receive the instructions and respectively generate control signals corresponding to the instructions at the execution times of the instructions; and
a plurality of intellectual property (IP) blocks, wherein each IP block is configured to operate in response to a corresponding control signal of the control signals,
wherein the timing controller comprises:
an instruction buffer having a first number of registers and configured to store the instructions;
a heap sorting circuit comprising:a sorted instruction buffer having a second number of registers greater than the first number of registers included in the instruction buffer; and
a heap sorting logic configured to retrieve the instructions from the instruction buffer, sort the instructions according to execution orders of the instructions based on heap sorting using the execution times, and store the sorted instructions in the sorted instruction buffer;

a reference counter configured to generate a reference time by counting a clock signal; and
a signal generator comprising only one comparator configured to sequentially compare the reference time with the execution times of the instructions according to the execution orders of the instructions, and generate a control signal corresponding to a current instruction having a highest execution order among the instructions when the reference time matches the execution time of the current instruction.

US Pat. No. 11,068,020

SYNCHRONIZATION SIGNAL OUTPUT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...


1. A signal output apparatus, comprising:an output unit configured to output, based on an internal signal generated based on a time of an internal clock of the signal output apparatus, a synchronization signal for controlling image capturing in a plurality of image capturing apparatuses;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a time difference between a time of a time server and the time of the internal clock; and
an adjusting unit configured to change a frequency of the internal signal based on the obtained time difference to reduce the time difference,
wherein, in a first case where the time difference is smaller than a first predetermined threshold, the adjusting unit changes the frequency of the internal signal with a first sensitivity based on a phase difference between the internal signal and a reference signal generated based on the time of the time server, and the output unit outputs the synchronization signal based on the internal signal whose frequency has been changed, and
wherein, in a second case where the difference is larger than the first predetermined threshold, the adjusting unit changes the frequency of the internal signal with a second sensitivity that is lower than the first sensitivity, and the output unit outputs the synchronization signal based on the internal signal whose frequency has been changed.

US Pat. No. 11,068,019

METHOD OF CALIBRATING A CLOCK OF A CHIP CARD CIRCUIT, AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEM

IDEMIA FRANCE, Courbevoi...


1. A calibration method for calibrating a clock of a circuit for a smart card, the method comprising:at a first instant, storing first time data from a terminal in one or more time registers of the clock by means of a communications channel between said terminal and the circuit including the clock;
at a second instant, reading second time data from the clock and corresponding to the first time data incremented by the clock as a function of a first duration between the first instant and the second instant;
incrementing, by the terminal or a remote server, the first time data as a function of the first duration between the first instant and the second instant to generate third time data;
comparing the second time data with the third time data;
as a function of the result of the comparison, calculating first calibration data; and
storing the first calibration data in at least one calibration register of the clock by means of the communications channel;
wherein the second time data is read in a contactless manner by means of the communications channel.

US Pat. No. 11,068,018

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR POWER MANAGEMENT OF A COMPUTING SYSTEM WITH A PLURALITY OF ISLANDS

Dolphin Design, Meylan (...


1. A computing system comprising:an island (102) comprising a group of circuits capable of operating in one of a plurality of operating modes, wherein in a first of the operating modes the circuits of the island are adapted to receive a first voltage and/or a first clock signal of a first frequency, and in a second of the operating modes the circuits of the island are adapted to receive a second voltage different from the first voltage and/or a second clock signal of a second frequency different from the first frequency, the island being coupled to an island control circuit (122), the island control circuit receiving the first and/or second clock signals from a first clock generation circuit and supplying the first and/or second clock signals to the island; and
a second clock generation circuit (902) supplying a further clock signal (PCLK) to the island control circuit (122) for controlling a change of mode of the island, the second clock generation circuit (902) being configured to:select one of a plurality of clock frequencies for the further clock signal (PCLK), the selection being based on the change of operating mode to be applied; and
select a first clock frequency for the further clock signal (PCLK) when the change of mode is of a first type, and to select a second clock frequency faster than the first clock frequency for the further clock signal (PCLK) when the change of mode is of a second type, the first type of change of mode being longer to implement that the second type of change of mode.


US Pat. No. 11,068,017

MEMORY SYSTEM USING ASYMMETRIC SOURCE-SYNCHRONOUS CLOCKING

Rambus Inc., San Jose, C...


1. A memory controller integrated circuit (IC), comprising:a timing generation circuit to create an aperiodic source-synchronous timing signal waveform from a reference clock signal, the reference clock signal exhibiting a clock cycle for a selected frequency, the aperiodic source-synchronous timing signal waveform having a burst component and a steady-state component corresponding to each clock cycle of the reference clock signal;
an output circuit to provide the aperiodic source-synchronous timing signal waveform to a memory device; and
an interface circuit to exchange data with the memory device at a data rate that is based on the aperiodic source-synchronous timing signal waveform; and
wherein the burst component and the steady-state component of the aperiodic source-synchronous timing signal waveform are generated asymmetrically, such that a burst interval associated with the burst component remains constant in response to a change in the cycle time of the reference clock, and a steady-state interval associated with the steady-state component varies in response to the change in the cycle time of the reference clock.

US Pat. No. 11,068,016

OUTPUT SIGNAL GENERATION CIRCUIT

LAPIS SEMICONDUCTOR CO., ...


1. An output signal generation circuit, comprising:a first pulse generation circuit configured to receive a reference signal and first information, and generate a first pulse signal including the first information, the first pulse signal having a first pulse width that is a minimum pulse width of the first pulse signal;
a second pulse generation circuit configured to receive the reference signal, the first information, second information and the first pulse signal, and generate a second pulse signal in which the second information is superimposed on the first pulse signal, the second pulse signal having a second pulse width smaller than the first pulse width; and
an output circuit configured to output the second pulse signal,
wherein the second pulse generation circuit includes
a frequency division circuit configured to perform frequency division on the reference signal to generate a frequency division signal, and
a logic circuit configured to generate the second pulse signal from the first pulse signal and the frequency division signal, and
wherein the first and second information include control data for controlling different functions of an output device connected to the output signal generation circuit.

US Pat. No. 11,068,015

VARIABLE TRACK JOYSTICK DEVICES AND WORK VEHICLES CONTAINING THE SAME


1. A variable track joystick device utilized to control at least first and second work vehicle functions, the variable track joystick device comprising:a support housing;
a joystick movable with respect to the support housing;
a joystick guidance mechanism coupled to the support housing and controllable to selectively confine joystick movement to a predetermined track pattern; and
a controller operably coupled to the joystick guidance mechanism, the controller configured to:determine when the variable track joystick device is placed in a selected one of (i) a first mode in which joystick movement controls the first work vehicle function and (ii) a second mode in which joystick movement controls the second work vehicle function, wherein the first work vehicle function comprises a transmission control function, while the second work vehicle function comprises an implement control function; and
command the joystick guidance mechanism to restrict joystick movement to the predetermined track pattern when the variable track joystick device is placed in the first mode, while permitting joystick movement outside of the predetermined track pattern when the variable track joystick device is placed in the second mode.


US Pat. No. 11,068,014

MANUAL PARK RELEASE SYSTEM WITH TWIST LOCK MECHANISM

HI-LEX CONTROLS, INC., R...


1. A twist lock mechanism configured to prevent an accidental activation of a motor vehicle control system comprising:a lock piece cylinder having a number of wedge-shaped indentations arranged circumferentially around an interior surface of the lock piece cylinder; and
a twist lock piece comprising:a cylindrical end having a number of wedge-shaped protrusions extending radially from an outer surface of the cylindrical end of the twist lock piece;
a connecting element attached to the cylindrical end at a first connecting element end and to an eyelet at a second connecting element end distal to the cylindrical end of the twist lock piece; and
a first tab and a second tab attached to a surface of the eyelet proximal to the cylindrical end;


wherein:the twist lock piece is configured to engage the lock piece cylinder by pressing the twist lock piece into the lock piece cylinder; and
the twist lock piece is configured to disengage the lock piece cylinder by rotating the twist lock piece within the lock piece cylinder.

US Pat. No. 11,068,013

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE BASED ON A FORCE APPLIED TO A THROTTLE PEDAL

AB Elektronik GmbH, Wern...


1. An electronic pedal assembly for controlling a throttle condition of a vehicle, the electronic pedal assembly comprising:a pedal platform;
at least one force sensor configured to sense a force applied to the pedal platform;
one or more control devices communicatively coupled to the at least one force sensor and configured to determine a throttle output for controlling the throttle condition of the vehicle based at least in part on the force applied to the pedal platform and based at least in part on an operating condition associated with operating the vehicle, wherein the one or more control devices are further configured to selectively apply a threshold function to the monitored force to determine the throttle output, the threshold function comprising:defining a constant throttle force range; and
causing the throttle output to be remain substantially constant while the applied force is within the constant throttle force range; and
adjusting a second operation of the vehicle based on variations of the monitored force that are within the constant throttle force range, the second operation being different from controlling the throttle condition of the vehicle.


US Pat. No. 11,068,012

RUDDER CONTROL PEDAL ASSEMBLY WITH LINEAR PEDAL TRAVEL PATH

The Boeing Company, Chic...


1. A rudder control pedal assembly comprising:an idler link pivotably coupled to a support frame at a first joint;
a coupler link pivotably coupled to said idler link at a second joint;
a drive link pivotably coupled to said coupler link at a third joint and pivotably coupled to said support frame at a fourth joint; and
a pedal coupled to said coupler link and constrained to movement along an approximately linear travel path,
wherein said support frame forms an imaginary fixed link to complete a four-bar linkage.

US Pat. No. 11,068,011

SIGNAL GENERATING DEVICE AND METHOD OF GENERATING TEMPERATURE-DEPENDENT SIGNAL

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...


1. A signal generating device, comprising:a first circuit, coupled between a first reference voltage and a second reference voltage, and arranged to generate a first current to a first bipolar junction transistor (BJT) therein;
a second circuit, coupled between the first reference voltage and the second reference voltage, and coupled to the first circuit via an output terminal, for generating a second current to a second BJT therein; and
a first control circuit, coupled to an emitter of the first BJT and the second circuit, for generating a first adjusting current and a second adjusting current to the first circuit and the second circuit for adjusting the first current and the second current such that the first circuit and the second circuit outputs a temperature-dependent signal on the output terminal; andthe first control circuit comprises:a first active device, having a first connecting terminal coupled to the emitter of the first BJT, a second connecting terminal coupled to a base of the first BJT, for generating the first adjusting current;
a second active device, having a first connecting terminal coupled to a emitter of the second BJT, a second connecting terminal coupled to a base of the second BJT, and a control terminal coupled to a control terminal of the first active device, for generating the second adjusting current;
a third active device, having a first connecting terminal coupled to the base of the first BJT, a second connecting terminal coupled to a second reference voltage, for generating a third current;
a fourth active device, having a first connecting terminal coupled to the base of the second BJT, a second connecting terminal coupled to the second reference voltage, and a control terminal coupled to a control terminal of the third active device, for generating a fourth current; and
a first differential amplifier, having an inverting input terminal coupled to the base of the first BJT, a non-inverting input terminal coupled to the base of the second BJT, and an output terminal coupled to the control terminal of the first active device.



US Pat. No. 11,068,010

CURRENT MIRROR CIRCUIT

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...


1. A current mirror circuit, comprising:a current output terminal;
a first transistor comprising:a source terminal coupled to a power supply;
a gate terminal coupled to a current source; and
a drain terminal coupled to the gate terminal;

a second transistor comprising:a source terminal coupled to the power supply;
a gate terminal coupled to the gate terminal of the first transistor; and
a drain terminal coupled to the current output terminal;

a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) comprising:an output terminal coupled to the gate terminal of the second transistor;


wherein:the DAC is a first DAC;
the current output terminal is a first current output terminal; and
the current mirror circuit further comprises:a second current output terminal;
a third transistor comprising:a first terminal coupled to the power supply;
a second terminal coupled to the second terminal of the first transistor; and
a third terminal coupled to the second current output terminal; and

a second DAC comprising:an output terminal coupled to the gate terminal of the third transistor.



US Pat. No. 11,068,009

REGULATOR CIRCUIT AND MANUFACTURE THEREOF

SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURI...


1. A regulator circuit, comprising:a mirror current source comprising two current output nodes;
a depletion Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (MOS) transistor comprising a drain connected to a first current output node of the mirror current source, a gate connected to the ground, and a source;
an enhancement MOS transistor comprising a drain connected to a second current output node of the mirror current source, and a source connected to the ground;
a first capacitance device;
a first resistance device comprising a first node electrically connected through the first capacitance device and no transistor to the drain of the depletion MOS transistor, and a second node connected to a gate of the enhancement MOS transistor, wherein the gate of the enhancement MOS transistor is electrically connected through no transistor to the first resistance device and is electrically connected through the first resistance device and through no transistor to the drain of the depletion MOS transistor; and
a second resistance device comprising a first node connected to the first resistance device, and a second node connected to the ground.

US Pat. No. 11,068,008

SUPPLY CIRCUIT

Infineon Technologies AG,...


1. A circuit, comprising:a supply terminal configured to receive a first supply voltage;
a safety circuit configured to detect an error associated with a deviation of the first supply voltage; and
a current limiter circuit configured to limit a current drawn through the supply terminal, which would otherwise exceed to a predefined current value, to the predefined current value when the safety circuit detects the error to enable an external system to identify the error via identification of the predefined current value upon the deviation of the first supply voltage.

US Pat. No. 11,068,007

FLIPPED GATE VOLTAGE REFERENCE AND METHOD OF USING

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...


1. A voltage reference comprising:a flipped gate transistor coupled between an operating voltage node and a negative supply voltage node;
a first transistor and a second transistor coupled in series between the operating voltage node and the negative supply voltage node, wherein a gate of the first transistor is coupled with a gate of the flipped gate transistor, and a gate of the second transistor is configured to receive a negative supply voltage of the negative supply voltage node;
an output node between the first transistor and the second transistor, the output node configured to output a reference voltage; and
a current source coupled between the output node and the negative supply voltage node in parallel with the second transistor, the current source configured to supply a current through the first transistor based on a current through the flipped gate transistor.

US Pat. No. 11,068,006

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR POWER MANAGEMENT WITH A TWO-LOOP ARCHITECTURE

Intel Corporation, Santa...


1. A voltage regulator comprising:a voltage-controlled circuitry to control an output supply voltage based on a reference voltage; and
a current circuitry coupled to the voltage-controlled circuitry, wherein the current circuitry is to receive the output supply voltage and is to control current through a plurality of transistors to regulate the output supply voltage, and wherein the transistors of the plurality are coupled together in parallel.

US Pat. No. 11,068,005

POWER FACTOR CORRECTING METHOD

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...


1. A power factor correcting method for correcting a power factor of an alternating current (AC) power supply, comprising:detecting zero-crossing points of an input voltage VAC of the AC power supply to obtain a period T of the input voltage VAC;
generating a half-wave symmetric periodic function f(t) by using the period T;
implementing a recursive low-pass filter y(t) by using the half-wave symmetric periodic function f(t), so that an output of the recursive low-pass filter y(t) matches a target reactive current Ixcap(t) flowing through an X-capacitor;
generating a reference current I?ref(t) to correct the power factor by using a given reference current Iref(t) and the recursive low-pass filter y(t); and
correcting the power factor by using the reference current I?ref(t).

US Pat. No. 11,068,004

REGULATOR WITH REDUCED POWER CONSUMPTION USING CLAMP CIRCUIT

Rohm Co., Ltd., Kyoto (J...


1. A regulator comprising:a first transistor connected between an input terminal and an output terminal;
a feedback circuit configured to control a control voltage of a control electrode of the first transistor such that a voltage of the output terminal approaches a target voltage according to a feedback voltage proportional to the voltage of the output terminal;
a second transistor having a first terminal connected to the input terminal and a control electrode to which the control voltage is applied in common with the first transistor; and
a clamp circuit configured to set a second terminal of the second transistor to a voltage determined by the voltage of the output terminal,
wherein the clamp circuit is connected to a ground node,
wherein when a voltage of the input terminal is equal to the voltage of the output terminal, no current flows from the first terminal of the second transistor to the ground node,
wherein the first transistor and the second transistor are P-channel field effect transistors whose sources are connected to each other, and
wherein the clamp circuit includes:a third transistor, which is a PNP transistor having an emitter connected to the output terminal, and having a base and a collector that are connected to a current source; and
a fourth transistor, which is a PNP transistor having an emitter connected to a drain of the second transistor, and having a base connected to the base and the collector of the third transistor.


US Pat. No. 11,068,003

DIFFERENTIAL AMPLIFIER

Rohm Co., Ltd., Kyoto (J...


1. A linear power supply circuit, comprising:an output transistor provided between an input terminal to which an input voltage is applied and an output terminal to which an output voltage is applied; and
a driver configured to drive the output transistor based on a difference between a voltage based on the output voltage and a reference voltage, wherein the driver includes:a differential amplifier configured to output a voltage corresponding to the difference between the voltage based on the output voltage and the reference voltage, and including:an inverting input terminal to which a first voltage is applied;
a non-inverting input terminal to which a second voltage proportional to the first voltage is applied; and
an offset part configured to generate a predetermined input offset voltage between the inverting input terminal and the non-inverting input terminal;

a first capacitor including one end to which an output of the differential amplifier is applied and the other end to which a ground potential is applied;
a converter configured to convert a voltage based on the output of the differential amplifier into a current and to output the current; and
a current amplifier configured to amplify the current outputted from the converter,

wherein a power supply voltage of the differential amplifier and a power supply voltage of the converter are dependent on the output voltage, and
wherein the reference voltage corresponds to the input offset voltage.

US Pat. No. 11,068,002

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM WITH TRACK TEMPERATURE SENSING


15. A track system comprising:a track;
a load sensor
a track temperature sensor configured to sense a track temperature of the track; and
a controller connected to the track temperature sensor, wherein the controller is configured to output a vehicle speed alert to an operator based on a combination of the sensed track temperature and a vehicle load sensed by the load sensor;
wherein the controller is to determine misalignment of the track based upon a combination of the track temperature and the vehicle load.

US Pat. No. 11,068,001

SYSTEM FOR DETECTING AND INDICATING CONTAINER VOLUME VARIATIONS

STERIS Inc., Temecula, C...


1. A system for detecting and indicating variations in volume of chemicals in a container, the system comprising:a retention basin configured to retain the container, the retention basin comprising:a pressure cell configured to measure a weight of the container, the container being placed on the pressure cell;
a basin input interface configured to allow specification of properties of the chemicals in the container; and
a basin controller configured to calculate the volume of the chemicals in the container based on the measured weight of the container and the specified properties of the chemicals in the container, the basin controller comprising a basin display configured to display the calculated volume of the chemicals in the container;

a washing device configured to apply the chemicals in the container to contents disposed in the washing device, the washing device comprising a washing device communication interface configured to wirelessly communicate with the retention basin; and
pick-up tubes configured to transfer the chemicals in the container to the washing device, the pick-up tubes comprising one or more level sensors positioned therein, the level sensors being configured to detect an amount of the chemicals remaining in the container and communicate the detected amount to the basin controller.

US Pat. No. 11,068,000

VALVE ASSEMBLY WITH DELAY COMPENSATION FOR PROPORTIONAL VARIABLE DEADBAND CONTROL

Johnson Controls Technolo...


1. A system for controlling a flow rate of a fluid through a valve, the system comprising:a valve configured to regulate a flow of fluid through a conduit;
an actuator comprising a motor and a drive device, the drive device driven by the motor and coupled to the valve for driving the valve between multiple positions;
a flow rate sensor configured to measure the flow rate of the fluid through the valve; and
a controller that is communicably coupled with the flow rate sensor and the motor, the controller configured to:receive a flow rate measurement from the flow rate sensor;
adjust a control deadband based at least in part on an actuator command history;
determine a compensated position setpoint using the flow rate measurement, the adjusted control deadband and a proportional variable deadband control technique; and
operate the motor to drive the drive device to the compensated position setpoint.


US Pat. No. 11,067,999

VEHICLE AND DELIVERY SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...


1. A vehicle comprising:a cooling box in which a delivery item can be accommodated, the cooling box being provided in the vehicle which is designated as a delivery destination and the cooling box including at least one damper;
a communication device configured to communicate with at least one server and a deliverer terminal that is used by a deliverer during delivery and to acquire a target value before completion of placement of the delivery item in the cooling box so as to be accommodated therein; and
a processor device configured to acquire information of the delivery item through the communication device,
wherein the processor device is configured toset the target value which is a temperature inside of the cooling box based on the information of the delivery item, and
adjust an opening degree of the at least one damper based on the target value of the temperature inside of the cooling box to adjust amount of cold air supplied to at least one chamber.


US Pat. No. 11,067,998

CLEANING ROBOT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Samsung Electronics Co., ...


1. A cleaning robot comprising:a light emitter configured to radiate light;
a plurality of light receivers configured to receive a radiation of the light in a predetermined direction among radiations of the light reflected from an obstacle when the radiated light is reflected from the obstacle;
a support plate to which the light emitter and the plurality of light receivers are fixed, the support plate being rotatable; and
at least one processor configured to detect the obstacle based on:output signals transmitted from the light emitter and the plurality of light receivers, and
rotation information of the support plate.


US Pat. No. 11,067,997

SIMULTANEOUS LOCALIZATION AND MAPPING METHODS OF MOBILE ROBOT IN MOTION AREA

UBTECH ROBOTICS CORP, Sh...


1. A computer-implemented localization method, for a mobile robot in a motion area, wherein the motion area is provided with a plurality of fiducial markers, the method comprises:providing a robot comprising a processor and a visual sensor electrically coupled to the processor, wherein the visual sensor is configured to capture an image; and
the method further comprises executing on the processor the steps of:
moving the robot in the motion area from an initial position to a localization position based on control data;
determining estimated control coordinate information of the localization position based on the control data and coordinate information of the initial position;
observing and recognizing at least one of the fiducial markers at the localization position based on the image as by the visual sensor to obtain observation data;
determining estimated observation coordinate information of the localization position based on the observation data and coordinate information of the fiducial marker; and
determining coordinate information of the localization position based on the estimated control coordinate information and the estimated observation coordinate information.

US Pat. No. 11,067,996

EVENT-DRIVEN REGION OF INTEREST MANAGEMENT

Siemens Industry Software...


1. A method comprising:receiving, by a computing system, a subscription from a driving functionality system in a vehicle, wherein the subscription is configured to identify a portion of an environmental model for the vehicle that corresponds to a region of interest for the driving functionality system, wherein the environmental model has an environmental coordinate field that spans multiple measurement coordinate fields of different types of sensors mounted in the vehicle that are configured to measure different types of waves present in the measurement coordinate fields, and wherein the region of interest identifies the portion of the environmental model for the computing system to monitor for events;
dynamically altering, by the computing system, a spatial or temporal description of the region of interest based, at least in part, on an operation of the vehicle;
populating, by the computing system, the environmental model with raw measurement data captured by the different types of the sensors, which has been spatially aligned in the environmental coordinate field based on where the sensors are mounted in the vehicle;
detecting, by the computing system, when the raw measurement data populated in the environmental model falls within the portion of the environmental model associated with the region of interest having the dynamically altered spatial or temporal description, which corresponds to an event for the subscription; and
providing, by the computing system, the raw measurement data in the environmental model corresponding to the detected event to the driving functionality system, wherein the driving functionality system is configured to utilize the raw measurement data corresponding to the detected event to control the operation of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,067,995

NAVIGATION BY AUGMENTED PATH PREDICTION

Mobileye Vision Technolog...


1. A navigation system for a host vehicle, the navigation system comprising: at least one processor programmed to:receive, from a camera, one or more images representative of an environment of the host vehicle;
receive a first directional indicator representative of a first target trajectory direction for the host vehicle, wherein the first target trajectory direction is different from a current direction of travel of the host vehicle;
receive a first distance estimate associated with the first target trajectory direction;
analyze the one or more images in view of the received first directional indicator and the received first distance estimate to identify in the one or more images a representation of a first road segment consistent with the first target trajectory direction and the first distance estimate;
generate a planned trajectory for the host vehicle, based at least in part on the first target trajectory direction and the first distance estimate, wherein the planned trajectory is made to extend along at least a portion of the first road segment; and
cause at least one adjustment of a navigational actuator of the host vehicle to cause the host vehicle to navigate relative to the planned trajectory.

US Pat. No. 11,067,994

MACHINE CONTROL THROUGH ACTIVE GROUND TERRAIN MAPPING


1. A mobile agricultural machine, comprising:a controllable subsystem;
a pose detection sensor that identifies a geographic position and an orientation of the pose detection sensor and generates a position signal and an orientation signal;
a point cloud identification system that identifies a point cloud with a set of points that are co-planar with one another, in a fixed spatial relation to the pose detection sensor so that, as the mobile agricultural machine moves, the point cloud moves, the set of points being coplanar with a plane section, that is estimated to correspond to a ground surface on which the mobile agricultural machine is located and that are spaced from one another by a given distance, the set of points including a first point that is closest, of all points in the point cloud, to the pose detection sensor;
geographic map location identifier logic that generates a map structure representing a geographic area and having a set of map cells and corresponding to a set of global coordinates;
an elevation map generation system that generates an elevation value for each point in the point cloud and a weight value for each point in the point cloud, the weight value being related to a distance of each point from the first point;
map layer generator logic that correlates the elevation values and weight values generated for the points in the point cloud with map cells on which the point cloud is disposed, in the set of map cells, to generate a first elevation map layer; and
control signal generator logic that generates a control signal to control the controllable subsystem based on the first elevation map layer.

US Pat. No. 11,067,993

VEHICLE AND TRAILER MANEUVER ASSIST SYSTEM

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...


1. A trailer assist system for a vehicle, said trailer assist system comprising:a plurality of vehicle sensors disposed at the vehicle, said plurality of vehicle sensors comprising a rear vehicle sensor disposed at a rear portion of the vehicle and having a field of sensing at least rearward of the vehicle, a driver side vehicle sensor disposed at a driver side of the vehicle and having a field of sensing at least sideward of the vehicle, and a passenger side vehicle sensor disposed at a passenger side of the vehicle and having a field of sensing at least sideward of the vehicle, wherein at least one sensor of said plurality of vehicle sensors comprises a camera;
at least one trailer sensor disposed at a rear portion of a trailer and having a field of sensing at least rearward of the trailer;
a control comprising a processor operable to process data captured by said plurality of vehicle sensors;
a display screen disposed in the vehicle and viewable by an occupant of the vehicle, wherein said display screen displays images derived from data captured by at least some of said plurality of vehicle sensors, wherein the displayed images comprise images of at least an area rearward of the trailer;
wherein said control receives a target based input from a transmitter remote from the vehicle when the transmitter is located at a target location rearward of the trailer;
wherein, responsive to receiving the target based input that is representative of the target location rearward of the trailer, said control, via processing of data captured by said vehicle sensors and said at least one trailer sensor, is operable to determine a path of travel for the vehicle and trailer to follow to maneuver the vehicle and trailer toward the target location;
wherein, responsive to determination of the path of travel, said control displays the determined path of travel on the display screen;
wherein the transmitter moves relative to the target location, and wherein the control tracks the location of the transmitter and updates the target location and the determined path of travel as the transmitter moves relative to the target location; and
wherein said control, responsive to determination of the path of travel for the vehicle and trailer to follow and responsive to the updated determined path of travel and without further user input, controls at least steering of the vehicle to maneuver the vehicle and trailer along the updated determined path of travel toward the target location.

US Pat. No. 11,067,992

PATH PLANNING METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SELF-DRIVING OF AUTONOMOUS SYSTEM

Hefei University of Techn...


1. A path planning method for self-driving of autonomous system, which is executed by an agent, the method comprising following steps of:S1: acquiring a path optimization function of the agent based on the driving space of the agent, a speed of the agent, and a current position of the agent;
S2: converting, based on fixed-point theorems, the path optimization function of the agent into an equivalent fixed-point equation;
S3: acquiring a complete simplex sequence based on the fixed-point equation; and
S4: determining, based on the complete simplex sequence, an initial population size and an initial position of particles for particle swarm optimization to obtain the best path planning of the agent, and conducting the self-driving of the autonomous system according to the best path planning;
wherein the step S2 is specifically:
based on





constructing a fixed-point equation F(X)=X?f(X), wherein, according to the fixed-point theorems, f(X*)=0 if X* is a solution to the fixed-point equation, so that a minimum value of the path optimization function y=f(X) at the point X* is obtained;where:
f(X) is the path optimization function of the agent;
X is an n-dimensional optimization variable; and
gi(X) is m constraint functions in a function feasible region;
according to the fixed-point theorems, introducing an approximate fixed point to replace a precise fixed point: let any ?>0, considering X as an approximate fixed point of the f(X) if |X?f?(X)| S301: dividing a search space of the fixed-point equation, specifically:
in an n-dimensional Euclidean space Rn, dividing a search space of the fixed-point equation into uniform polyhedrons by a n-family straight line xi=mhi (1=1,2, . . . ,n), where m is precision control;
S302: processing the divided search space by a simplicial algorithm to obtain simplexes, wherein:
for the Euclidean space Rn, N={1,2, . . . ,n}, ? is the permutation of N, and n basis vectors u1, . . . ,un of Rn, which are n columns in an identity matrix of order n, satisfy the following condition: u=u1+ . . . +un=(1, . . . ,1); let K10 be a set of integer points in Rn, if y0? K10, a n-dimensional simplex is denoted by k1(y0,?), where yi=yi?1+u?(i), i?N, and a set of k1(y0,?) is denoted by K1; and
S303: labeling the simplexes to output a complete simplex sequence, specifically:
labeling the simplexes by integer labeling or vector labeling, obtaining a complete simplex sequence satisfying labeling requirements according to a logistic discrimination, and using a value range of the complete simplex sequence as an updated search space;
wherein the step S4 is specifically:
in an n-dimensional solution space, if the position of each particle is a complete simplex sequence xi=(xi1,xi2, . . . ,xin), the number of complete simplex sequences represents the population size, the flying speed is vi=(vi1,vi2, . . . ,vin), the best position of individual particles is denoted by pbest=(pi1,pi2, . . . ,pin), the best global position is gbest=(pg1,pg2, . . . ,pgn), for the current particle, adjusting the current position xid and the current speed vid of this particle according to the following formulae:




where:
pid is the current best position of individual particles;
pgd is the current best global position;
vmax represents the maximum flying speed of particles;
?vmax represents the minimum flying speed of particles;
? is an inertia weight; and
c1 and c2 are acceleration constants.

US Pat. No. 11,067,991

FACILITATING RIDER PICK-UP FOR A SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE

Uber Technologies, Inc., ...


19. A computing system comprising one or more processors that execute instructions to cause the computing system to perform in operations comprising:obtaining, via a user device, a pick-up request that is indicative of a pick-up location, the pick-up location comprising at least one of a current user location or a desired user location, wherein the current user location is obtained via one or more sensors of the user device;
determining a pick-up area based at least in part on the pick-up location, wherein the pick-up area comprises an area encompassing the pick-up location;
determining a plurality of pick-up options for the pick-up request based at least in part on the pick-up area;
determining a first pick-up option for a self-driving vehicle that is assigned to the pick-up request; and
communicating, to a device associated with the self-driving vehicle, a transport directive to service the pick-up request, the transport directive indicating the first pick-up option for the self-driving vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,067,990

OPERATION METHOD OF AN AGRICULTURE UAV

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...


1. An operation method of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) comprising:determining a distance between the UAV and a ground reflector in front of the UAV by using a radar wave emitted obliquely downward by a radar carried by the UAV;
determining terrain information in front of the UAV according to the distance between the UAV and the ground reflector in front of the UAV; and
adjusting one or more task parameters of the UAV, including:in response to a speed of the UAV being greater than a preset speed, adjusting the one or more task parameters according to the terrain information; and
in response to the speed of the UAV being less than the preset speed, adjusting the one or more task parameters according to a relative flight height of the UAV with respect to the ground below the UAV, wherein:
the task parameter is configured to indicate a control parameter of a task apparatus of the UAV; and
in response to the one or more task parameters being not adjusted in time according to the relative flight height of the UAV with respect to the ground, the one or more task parameters are adjusted in advance according to the terrain information; and

spraying substance to the ground and adjusting a spray density and a spray range by one of: maintaining a fixed relative flight height of the UAV with respect to the ground below the UAV and adjusting the task parameter, or, adjusting the relative flight height of the UAV with respect to the ground below the UAV and maintaining the task parameter.

US Pat. No. 11,067,989

APPARATUS, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR FACILITATING NAVIGATION OF A VEHICLE BASED UPON A QUALITY INDEX OF THE MAP DATA

HERE GLOBAL B.V., Eindho...


1. A method for facilitating navigation of a vehicle, the method comprising:receiving a plurality of different types of sensor data including map data, camera data and detector data;
determining a quality index associated with the map data, wherein the quality index is based on a quality prediction of a validation group that comprises a set of objects conforming to one or more feature classes;
weighting reliance upon the map data relative to other types of sensor data based upon the quality index associated with the map data; and
determining navigation information for the vehicle based at least partly upon the weighting of the map data relative to other types of sensor data.

US Pat. No. 11,067,988

INTERACTIVE AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE AGENT

Waymo LLC, Mountain View...


1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving an initial environment observation representing an initial environment of an autonomous vehicle when the autonomous vehicle is in a particular driving context, the particular driving context being one of a plurality of driving contexts;
selecting, using a reinforcement learning system for the autonomous vehicle, from an enumerated set of candidate actions, an action to be taken by the autonomous vehicle in the initial environment;
generating a predicted environment observation representing a predicted environment of the autonomous vehicle after the selected candidate action is taken by the autonomous vehicle in the initial environment, including providing the initial environment observation and the selected candidate action as input to a vehicle behavior model neural network trained to generate predicted environment observations;
generating an immediate quality value, including providing the predicted environment of the autonomous vehicle and the selected candidate action as input to a context-specific quality model that generates immediate quality values that are specific to the particular driving context;
generating an experience tuple comprising the initial environment observation, the selected candidate action, the immediate quality value, and the predicted environment observation; and
updating, using the experience tuple, the reinforcement learning system that is used to select actions taken by the autonomous vehicle in the initial environment.

US Pat. No. 11,067,987

DRIVING ASSISTANCE METHOD AND DRIVING ASSISTANCE DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...


18. A driving assistance device for an autonomous vehicle that requests an occupant in a host vehicle to approve passage through an intersection and, upon receiving approval from the occupant, controls the host vehicle to pass through the intersection, the device comprising:a detector that detects a situation at the intersection where the host vehicle is approaching; and
a controller configured to:determine that the host vehicle will need to make a temporary stop at the intersection, based on the situation at the intersection;
extending a time period to request the occupant to approve passage through the intersection as compared to timing that would be used when the temporary stop is not needed; and
request the occupant to approve passage through the intersection when the extended time period has lapsed, wherein the host vehicle is operated to pass through the intersection based on an approval.


US Pat. No. 11,067,986

AUTONOMOUS DRIVING VEHICLE, METHOD OF STOPPING AUTONOMOUS DRIVING VEHICLE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...


1. An autonomous driving vehicle comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing a computer program, which when executed by the processor, causes the processor to perform operations, the operations including:detecting a number of lanes on a road in a running direction of the autonomous driving vehicle;
detecting a gesture to stop the autonomous driving vehicle, which is made by a person near the road on which the autonomous driving vehicle is running;
determining whether there is a passenger in the autonomous driving vehicle; and
controlling the autonomous driving vehicle,

wherein the detecting of the gesture includes:detecting the gesture on both of a right-hand side and a left-hand side of the road in a case where the number of lanes detected is one; and
detecting the gesture on one of the right-hand side or the left-hand side of the road in a case where the number of lanes detected is at least two, and

the controlling of the autonomous driving vehicle includes:controlling the autonomous driving vehicle to stop near the person in a case where the processor determines that there is no passenger in the autonomous driving vehicle, and the gesture made by the person is detected.


US Pat. No. 11,067,985

ALTERATIONS IN SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE BEHAVIOR BASED ON PASSENGER TIME NEEDS AND CALENDAR

International Business Ma...


1. A computer-implemented method for operating a self-driving vehicle (SDV) comprising:receiving, at a processor of a computer system at said SDV, information from a calendar entry of a passenger's schedule;
detecting, using one or more sensors, one or more behaviors of said passenger in said SDV, the passenger's behavior comprising a cognitive state of said passenger;
estimating, using the processor, a travel time for said SDV and passenger to arrive at a destination location associated with said calendar information;
running, using the processor, an analytics model to determine an estimated total additional future drive time need based on the passenger's detected cognitive state;
determining, using the processor, an optimal arrival time to the destination location based on the passenger's schedule information and the passenger's behavior, said optimal arrival time determined as a function of a current time, the estimated total additional future drive time need based on the passenger's detected cognitive state, and a passenger discharge time window of uncertainty determined in response to a vehicle parking condition detected at the destination location; and
altering, using the processor, a driving characteristic of the SDV based on the determined optimal arrival time and the estimated travel time.

US Pat. No. 11,067,984

AUTOMATED VEHICLE OPERATING SYSTEM WITH DRIVING-RULE MODIFICATION BASED ON OBSERVATION OF ANOTHER VEHICLE

Motional AD LLC, Boston,...


1. A driving-rule system to operate a host vehicle, wherein the system comprises:a vehicle-detector for use on the host vehicle, wherein the vehicle-detector is to detect movement of another vehicle that is proximate to the host vehicle; and
a controller that is communicatively coupled with the vehicle-detector, wherein the controller is to:identify an object;
identify, based on the object, a driving-rule related to operation of the host vehicle, wherein the driving-rule relates to a first action that the host vehicle is to take with respect to the object;
identify, based on application of the driving-rule to the movement of the other vehicle, that the other vehicle has deviated from the driving-rule;
identify, based on the deviation of the other vehicle from the driving-rule, that the driving-rule is to be updated;
update the driving-rule, wherein the update includes a change to the driving-rule that is based at least in part on the deviation of the other vehicle from the driving-rule such that the driving-rule relates to a second action that the host vehicle is to take with respect to the object, and wherein the first action and second action are different from one another; and
autonomously operate the host vehicle to take the second action with respect to the object in accordance with the updated driving-rule.


US Pat. No. 11,067,983

COORDINATION OF DISPATCHING AND MAINTAINING FLEET OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Zoox, Inc., Foster City,...


1. A system comprising:one or more processors configured to perform actions comprising:receiving policy data representative of parameters with which to apply to select a vehicle from a fleet of vehicles for responding to a transit request, the parameters related to generating a path associated with operating an autonomous vehicle;
receiving fleet management data from a repository, the fleet management data comprising subsets of vehicle data for the fleet of vehicles;
receiving environmental data associated with a region within which one or more vehicles of the fleet of vehicles operates;
receiving data representing a transit request from a first geographic location to a second geographic location;
determining, based at least in part on the policy data, the fleet management data, and the environmental data, a first vehicle as transportation from the first geographic location to the second geographic location;
generating dispatch data to dispatch the first vehicle to a third geographic location;
modifying, based at least in part on the environmental data, the dispatch data comprising communications associated with operation of the one or more vehicles within the region, the environmental data being representative of a change in an environment in which the one or more vehicles operates, the environmental data being representative of degraded communications within the region; and
communicating the dispatch data to the first vehicle, such that the first vehicle travels to the third geographic location.


US Pat. No. 11,067,982

METHOD FOR THE REMOTE CONTROL OF A FUNCTION OF A VEHICLE

DAIMLER AG, Stuttgart (D...


1. A method for the remote control of a function of a vehicle by a mobile operating device, the method comprising:detecting movement of the operating device; and
enabling execution of the function responsive to the detected movement being a micromovement;
disabling execution of the function responsive to the detected movement not being a micromovement; and
disabling execution of the function responsive to the detected movement exceeding an amount of movement of the micromovement,
wherein the detected movement is a micromovement if the detected movement involves fluctuations in a position and/or orientation of the operating unit that are so slight that the fluctuations correspond to a movement that a vehicle user's hand makes when trying to keep the operating device steady in the vehicle user's hand.

US Pat. No. 11,067,981

AIRCRAFT CONTROL MODE TRANSITION SMOOTHING

TEXTRON INNOVATIONS, INC....


1. A method of operating an aircraft, the method comprising:operating the aircraft in a first mode comprisingdetermining an attitude based on a pilot stick signal generated by a pilot stick assembly,
determining a first rate command based on the determined attitude using an attitude controller,
determining an actuator command based on the determined first rate command, determining the actuator command comprising using a rate controller having an integrator, and
providing an output of the rate controller to an actuator, wherein a translational speed or an attitude of the aircraft is proportional to an amplitude of the pilot stick signal in the first mode;

transitioning from the first mode to a second mode when a velocity of the aircraft exceeds a first velocity threshold, the transitioning comprisingfading out a gain of the attitude controller over a first predetermined period of time, and
successively decreasing a value of the integrator over a second predetermined period of time; and

operating the aircraft in the second mode comprising providing the pilot stick signal to an input of the rate controller, wherein the output of the rate controller is proportional to the amplitude of the pilot stick signal.

US Pat. No. 11,067,980

GROUND STATION FOR AN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE (UAV)

XDYNAMICS LIMITED, Hong ...


1. A ground station for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) comprising:a housing for accommodating a system on chip (SOC) circuit including a control processor for executing software to wirelessly control functions of a UAV;
a first screen and a second screen, wherein both screens are controlled directly by the SOC control processor;
wherein the second screen is arranged in a landscape orientation relative to a normal viewing direction and the first screen is arranged in a portrait orientation relative to a normal viewing direction, with the second screen is arranged above the first screen;
a radio frequency receiver configured to wirelessly receive a high definition (HD) image signal from a camera of a UAV;
an image signal processing module for converting said received HD image signal to a mobile industry processor interface (MIPI) signal; and
a processor for outputting said MIPI signal to one or both of the first screen and the second screen over a non-wireless, hardware connection to thereby display at least a first person view (FPV) image obtained from the received image signal;
wherein the image signal processing module and the processor are both provided on the system on chip (SOC) circuit.

US Pat. No. 11,067,979

CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR WATER-SPORTS WATERCRAFT

Malibu Boats, LLC, Merce...


1. A wake surf system configured to allow a wake surf rider to switch a wake of a water-sports boat from a port-side surf configuration to a starboard-side surf configuration or from the starboard-side surf configuration to the port-side surf configuration while surfing on the wake of the water-sports boat, the wake surf system comprising:the water-sports boat comprising:a hull configured to produce the wake having a port-side wave and a starboard-side wave that diverge when the hull moves through water;
one or more movable wake modifiers configured to enhance the port-side wave to produce the port-side surf configuration when the one or more wake modifiers are position in a first configuration and to enhance the starboard-side wave to produce the starboard-side surf configuration when the one or more wake modifiers are positioned in a second configuration;
one or more actuators configured to move the one or more wake modifiers between the first configuration and the second configuration;
a cruise control system configured to control an engine of the water-sports boat to move the hull through water at a cruise speed; and
a wireless communication interface; and

a rider control device comprising:a display for outputting visual information to the rider;
a user interface comprising a switch-surf-side user input element;
wherein the rider control device is configured to receive a change speed command from the rider to change the cruise speed to a new cruise speed; and
a wireless communication interface configured to wirelessly communicate commands from the rider control device to the wireless communication interface of the water-sports boat;

wherein the cruise control system is configured to change to the new cruise speed in response to the change speed command received from the rider device;
wherein the display on the rider control device is configured to show a current speed and/or a target speed;
wherein actuation of the switch-surf-side user input element when the water-sports boat is in the port-side surf configuration causes the one or more actuators to move the one or more wake modifiers from the first configuration to the second configuration to switch from the port-side surf configuration to the starboard-side surf configuration, and wherein actuation of the same switch-surf-side user input element when the water-sports boat is in the starboard-side surf configuration causes the one or more actuators to move the one or more wake modifiers from the second configuration to the first configuration to switch from the starboard-side surf configuration to the port-side surf configuration.

US Pat. No. 11,067,978

TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING TERMINAL

CLARION CO., LTD., Saita...


1. A terminal comprising:a processor; and
a touch panel that displays an image and accepts a touch operation,
wherein the processorcauses the touch panel to display a vehicle control screen on which an operation button allowing the touch operation is displayed, moves a position of the operation button following a movement of a position of the touch operation, and maintains a state where the touch operation is performed on the operation button when the position of the touch operation moves after the touch operation is performed on the operation button displayed on the vehicle control screen, and
transmits a propulsion instruction signal instructing propulsion of a vehicle to the vehicle while the touch operation is being performed on the operation button displayed on the vehicle control screen, and stops transmission of the propulsion instruction signal in response to ending of the touch operation on the operation button,

wherein the processorcauses the touch panel to display a lock screen on which a slide bar being a strip-shaped object and a slide button are displayed, the slide button being positioned at one end of the slide bar, moving along the slide bar in accordance with a swipe operation, which is an operation of moving the position with which a finger is in contact with while maintaining the state where the finger is in contact with the touch panel, and moving to the one end of the slide bar in response to ending of the swipe operation,
displays the lock screen in which the vehicle control screen is covered by a dark-colored mask image as a background, and makes the color of the mask screen covering the vehicle control screen lighter as the slide button moves from the one end to the other end of the slide bar, and
changes a screen to be displayed on the touch panel from the lock screen to the vehicle control screen when the slide button is positioned at another end of the slide bar by the swipe operation for a predetermined period of time and changes the slide button positioned at the other end of the slide bar to the operation button so as to cause the slide button to function as the operation button.


US Pat. No. 11,067,977

WEARABLE DEVICE, APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR REALIZING CONTROLLING

Goertek Inc., Weifang (C...


1. A wearable device, comprising: a hand gesture configuring and identifying module, a ground control station module and a wireless transmission module;the hand gesture configuring and identifying module is for collecting feature data to be identified of a wearer by a sensor, identifying out a current hand gesture action of the wearer, searching a correspondence relation between a hand gesture action and an unmanned aerial vehicle control command that is configured and saved in advance, and sending an unmanned aerial vehicle control command corresponding to the hand gesture action to the ground control station module;
the ground control station module is for receiving the unmanned aerial vehicle control command by using a data interface between the ground control station module and the hand gesture configuring and identifying module, encoding the unmanned aerial vehicle control command and converting it into a control message that meets an unmanned aerial vehicle communication protocol, and sending the control message to the wireless transmission module; and
the wireless transmission module is for receiving the control message and wirelessly sending the control message to the unmanned aerial vehicle to realize controlling a flight state of the unmanned aerial vehicle according to the control message.

US Pat. No. 11,067,976

DATA COLLECTION SYSTEMS HAVING A SELF-SUFFICIENT DATA ACQUISITION BOX

Strong Force IoT Portfoli...


1. A system for data collection in an industrial environment having a self-sufficient data acquisition box for capturing and analyzing data in an industrial process, the system comprising:a data circuit for analyzing a plurality of sensor inputs;
a network control circuit for sending and receiving information related to the plurality of sensor inputs to and from an external system; and
a storage device,
wherein the data circuit continuously monitors sensor inputs and stores them in an embedded data cube;
wherein the self-sufficient data acquisition box dynamically determines what information to send based on analyzing historical data;
wherein analyzing historical data includes determining anticipated states of the industrial environment based on historical data about sequences of state information; and
wherein the historical data about sequences of state information includes data about a length of each state in the sequences of state information.

US Pat. No. 11,067,975

RECOMMENDED MAINTENANCE NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...


1. A recommended maintenance notification system, comprising:a first machine tool and a second machine tool each configured to machine workpieces according to a machining program;
a measurement device configured to measure a measurement dimension of the workpieces machined by the first machine tool at a measurement point; and
a server, wherein
the first machine tool is configured to transmit to the server a first machine status information representing a monitored spot and a status of the monitored spot of the first machine tool,
the second machine tool is configured to transmit to the server a second machine status information representing a monitored spot and a status of the monitored spot of the second machine tool,
the measurement device is configured to transmit to the server workpiece information representing the measurement point and the measurement dimension at the measurement point of a workpiece that has been defectively machined by the first machine tool,
the server includes:a machining accuracy defect countermeasure database configured to store accumulated data includingthe measurement point and the measurement dimension at the measurement point of a plurality of previous defectively machined workpieces, and contents of maintenance representing a countermeasure spot and a countermeasure content corresponding to the measurement point and the measurement dimension at the measurement point of the plurality of previous defectively machined workpieces as countermeasures thereagainst;

a machine status database configured to store the first and second machine status information, respectively; and
a notification unit configured to, when the measurement dimension at the measurement point of the defectively machined workpiece included in the workpiece information transmitted from the measurement device and the measurement dimension at the measurement point of a previous defectively machined workpiece among the plurality of previous defectively machined workpieces included in the machining accuracy defect countermeasure database are determined to be similar to each other,extract the contents of maintenance corresponding to the measurement dimension at the measurement point of the previous defectively machined workpiece from the machining accuracy defect countermeasure database,
extract the contents of maintenance corresponding to the monitored spot of the first machine status information having the same information as the countermeasure spot included in the extracted contents of maintenance, and
outputa first notification recommending execution of the extracted countermeasure contents at the countermeasure spot at the monitored spot in the second machine tool when the status of the monitored spot included in the first machine status information and the status of the monitored spot included in the second machine status information are determined to be similar to each other, and
a second notification including a message that a same machining defect is not likely to occur when the status of the monitored spot included in the first machine status information and the status of the monitored spot included in the second machine status information are determined not to be similar to each other,


the monitored spot of the first machine tool includes information specifying a tool or a jig of the first machine tool,
the status of the monitored spot of the first machine tool includes a period of time of use, a number of times of use, a temperature, or a pressure of the tool or the jig of the first machine tool,
the monitored spot of the second machine tool includes information specifying a tool or a jig of the second machine tool,
the status of the monitored spot of the second machine tool includes a period of time of use, a number of times of use, a temperature, or a pressure of the tool or the jig of the second machine tool, and
the notification unit is configured to determinethat the measurement dimension at the measurement point of the defectively machined workpiece included in the workpiece information transmitted from the measurement device and the measurement dimension at the measurement point of the previous defectively machined workpiece included in the machining accuracy defect countermeasure database are similar to each other when a difference between the measurement dimension at the measurement point of the defectively machined workpiece included in the workpiece information and the measurement dimension at the measurement point of the previous defectively machined workpiece included in the machining accuracy defect countermeasure database falls within a prescribed threshold, and
that the status of the monitored spot included in first machine status information and the status of the monitored spot included in the second machine status information are similar to each other when a difference between (i) the period of time of use, the number of times of use, the temperature, or the pressure of the tool or the jig of the first machine tool and (ii) the period of time of use, the number of times of use, the temperature, or the pressure of the tool or the jig of the second machine tool falls within a prescribed threshold.



US Pat. No. 11,067,974

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTE STRUCTURAL HEALTH MONITORING

MISTRAS Group, Inc., Pri...


1. A method of performing remote structural health monitoring, the method comprising:receiving, at a remote computing device, first data indicating physical characteristics of a plurality of structures;
based on the physical characteristics indicated by the first data, determining, by the remote computing device, a plurality of sensor operations associated with the plurality of structures;
updating, by the remote computing device, a structural health management system to indicate the plurality of sensor operations, wherein at least some data of the structural health management system is remotely accessible to and remotely modifiable by a plurality of portable field devices via a communication interface of each portable field device of the plurality of portable field devices;
after updating the structural health management system, sending a plurality of notifications to one or more of the plurality of portable field devices, wherein each notification of the plurality of notifications causes a respective graphical user interface (GUI) of each portable field device of the plurality of portable field devices to indicate one or more sensor operations of the plurality of sensor operations;
in response to sending the plurality of notifications, receiving, at the remote computing device and from the plurality of portable field devices, second data indicating results of the plurality of sensor operations, the results generated by a plurality of tools used to perform the plurality of sensor operations; and
based on the results of the plurality of sensor operations, performing a plurality of remote structural health monitoring operations by the remote computing device to determine one or more structural health characteristics of each structure of the plurality of structures.

US Pat. No. 11,067,973

DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM, ABNORMALITY DETECTION METHOD, AND GATEWAY DEVICE

HITACHI, LTD., Tokyo (JP...


1. A data collection system that collects time-series data which is output from sensors installed on equipment which is a monitored object, the data collection system comprising:a memory;
an input/output device; and
a processor communicatively connected to the memory and the input/output device, wherein the processor is configured tostore, via the memory, a plurality of fault models as data for comparison with the time-series data,
determines a range to examine within the time-series data by comparing the time-series data with each one of the fault models,
perform frequency analysis of the time-series data and generates a frequency spectrum,
extract a partial frequency spectrum to examine from the frequency spectrum generated, using information on a range to examine within the time-series data, and carry out detecting an abnormality of the equipment using the partial frequency spectrum to examine,
compare the frequency spectrum of the time-series data with the frequency spectrum of each one of the fault models and determines one of the fault models having a highest ratio of similarity to the frequency spectrum of the time-series data as a resemblance fault model, and
sends a lower limit and an upper limit of the resemblance fault model being included in the information on the range to examine within the time-series data to an other processor, and

wherein a median which is a frequency at which signal intensity becomes maximum in the frequency spectrum of each one of the fault models, a lower limit which is a smallest one of frequencies at which signal intensity has a minimum value in the frequency spectrum of each one of the fault models, an upper limit which is a largest one of the frequencies at which signal intensity has a minimum value in the frequency spectrum of each one of the fault models are stored in association with each one of the fault models.

US Pat. No. 11,067,972

OBSERVATION DEVICE, OBSERVATION METHOD, AND NON- TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM STORING AN OBSERVATION PROGRAM

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...


1. An observation device comprising:a data acquisition unit that acquires observation data together with temporal information, the observation data being waveform data including at least one of an internal behavior signal about a numerical controller for controlling a machine tool or an industrial machine, and feed axis control data and spindle control data detected from a motor of the machine tool or the industrial machine;
a setting unit that automatically sets a scale in a time axis direction in drawing a graph having a time axis covering a period of time from start to finish of one machining based on a value of an amplitude and/or frequency of the observation data acquired by the data acquisition unit to enlarge a dense section in the observation data;
a print data generation unit that generates print data including the observation data represented on the scale in the time axis direction set by the setting unit; and
an output unit that outputs the print data generated by the print data generation unit to a printing device capable of producing a long printed matter, in which the time axis is printed in a feed direction of a roll of paper,
wherein the setting unit automatically sets the scale in the time axis direction to obviate a particular operation by a user, and
wherein the setting unit automatically sets the scale in the time axis direction for sections of the period of time resulting from a division of the period of time in which the observation data has been acquired.

US Pat. No. 11,067,971

PRODUCTION LINE CONFIGURATION CHANGE SYSTEM AND PRODUCTION LINE CONFIGURATION CHANGE METHOD

HITACHI, LTD., Tokyo (JP...


1. A production line configuration change system comprising:an error information storage unit that stores information of an error which occurs in equipment on a production line;
a work information storage unit that stores work contents required for manufacturing a product;
an equipment information storage unit that stores constraint information of a tool mountable on the equipment;
a production line configuration information storage unit that, in order of manufacturing processes of the product, stores a work content, work assignment equipment, a tool mounted on the equipment, and a process tact time in each of the manufacturing processes; and
a processor configured to:
prepare a change plan of assigning a work assigned to the equipment in which the error occurs to the equipment of a process before or after a process in which the error occurs or another equipment of the identical process, for production line configuration information stored in the production line configuration information storage unit, by using the equipment and the tool included in the production line, and calculates a provisional production line configuration; and
adopt, among the provisional production line configurations calculated by a plurality of change plans, the provisional production line configuration of anticipating the largest production quantity during an operation time obtained by subtracting a set-up time required for instrument replacement from an estimated recovery time until an estimated recovery timing of the equipment in which the error occurs.

US Pat. No. 11,067,970

METHOD FOR DESIGNING PRODUCTION LINE BASED ON DIGITAL TWIN

GUANGDONG UNIVERSITY OF T...


1. A method for designing a production line based on digital twin (DT), comprising the following steps:(1) conducting a systematic analysis of the production line to determine a layout strategy of the production line;
(2) customizing a DT model of a production device in the production line based on a pre-built universal DT model, wherein step (2) comprises the following steps:
(s1) mapping the production device from a physical space to a virtual space;
(s2) acquiring a commonality and an individuality between behaviors of the production device, modifying a control script of the DT model, and planning behaviors of the production device;
(s3) generating and storing configurations of the production line, which comprises the following steps:
(a) analyzing a force of a material and the production device;
(b) deciding whether to simulate a collision between materials according to the force analysis in step (a);
(c) configuring a physical property of the production device: setting a physical entity property, configuring a mass parameter, setting a centroid, configuring a friction coefficient of the production device and setting a collision geometry type;
(d) configuring a physical property of the material: setting angular damping and linear damping, setting an angle factor and a line factor, configuring a mass parameter, setting a centroid and configuring a friction coefficient of the material;
(e) defining a general simulation scenario, classifying problems appeared in simulation, extracting and classifying the physical property of the production device and the material, and generating and storing a series of default configurations of the production line;
(3) establishing a communication channel between the production device and a virtual model thereof through a DT technology, so that the production device and the corresponding virtual model interact with each other in real time, and simultaneously running a virtual dynamic model and a physical device in the production line to test and debug the default configurations of the production line; and
(4) analyzing a test and debug result of step (3) to derive a defect the production line, modifying the virtual dynamic model, and repeating step (3) until an optimal result is generated through optimization; and designing the product line according to the optimal result.

US Pat. No. 11,067,969

RELAY DEVICE FOR RELAYING DATA BETWEEN DEVICES, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM THEREFOR

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...


1. A relay device that relays data between a control device and a plurality of IO-Link devices that are control targets of the control device and operates in accordance with setting information, the relay device comprising:an upper-level communication port communicating with an upper-level network;
a plurality of device communication ports respectively communicating the plurality of IO-Link devices, wherein each of the IO-Link devices has a dedicated physical communication connection with respective device communication port of the relay device and enables bidirectional communication of 32-bytes data with the relay device;
a storage device having a plurality of port storage areas respectively disposed for the plurality of device communication ports;
a communication controller that receives a single instruction for executing backup of the IO-Link devices or a single instruction for executing restoring of the IO-Link devices from the upper-level network; and
a processor that executes backup of the plurality of IO-Link devices by acquiring the setting information of the IO-Link devices through the respective device communication ports and storing the acquired setting information in the respective port storage areas of the storage device in accordance with the single instruction for executing backup of the IO-Link devices received by the communication controller and executes restoring of the plurality of IO-Link devices by transmitting the setting info illation stored in the respective port storage areas of the storage device to the IO-Link devices through the respective device communication ports in accordance with the single instruction for executing restoring of the IO-Link devices received by the communication controller.

US Pat. No. 11,067,968

IIOT (INDUSTRIAL INTERNET OF THINGS) COMMUNICATIONS INTERFACE

Honeywell International I...


1. A communications interface system for industrial process and manufacturing control, said system comprising:a first infrastructure that supports a plurality of downloadable server protocol applications and a plurality of downloadable client protocol applications;
a second infrastructure that supports a plurality of pluggable hardware interfaces that connect with underlying communications networks; and
a common infrastructure comprising a manager and data aggregation layer that connects to and communicates with the plurality of downloadable server protocol applications and the plurality of downloadable client protocol applications, wherein the common infrastructure manages and aggregates data between the first infrastructure and the second infrastructure and creates new interface features by plugging in new and/or available components in multiple form factors; and
a process controller that provides different priority communication channels to distinguish and prioritize safety critical data over process data between the first infrastructure and the second infrastructure which is prioritized over at least one of: display data or HMI (Human Machine Interface) data.

US Pat. No. 11,067,967

CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...


1. A control apparatus, comprising:a first interface acquiring a first signal of a time series output from a first device;
a controller recording a part of the first signal acquired by the first interface, and the controller determining a timing at which the controller records the first signal based on a preset predetermined condition; and
a second interface acquiring a second signal output from a second device different from the first device,
wherein the controller determines a timing at which the controller starts recording the first signal based on the second signal acquired by the second interface,
wherein the controller determines the timing at which the controller starts recording the first signal based on a timing at which the first signal satisfies the predetermined condition after the second signal acquired by the second interface satisfies another predetermined condition,
wherein the another predetermined condition comprises that the second signal changes from a first state to a second state.

US Pat. No. 11,067,966

THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT DATA GENERATION APPARATUS, THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT FORMING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

FUJIFILM Business Innovat...


1. A three-dimensional object forming apparatus comprising:a processor, configured to:obtain, using three-dimensional object data indicating a three-dimensional object represented by a plurality of three-dimensional elements, physical property values calculated by analyzing physical properties at a time when the three-dimensional object to be formed under a predetermined forming condition, the physical property values indicating the physical properties of the plurality of three-dimensional elements, wherein the three dimensional object data is converted from surface shape data indicating a surface shape of the three-dimensional object;
divide the three-dimensional object into a plurality of sub-objects on a basis of a result of comparison between the physical property value of each of the plurality of three-dimensional elements and a predetermined threshold;
calculate a representative value of physical property values of three-dimensional elements included in each of the plurality of sub-objects; and
generate the three-dimensional object data by setting a forming condition corresponding to the representative value for each of the plurality of three-dimensional elements using predetermined correspondences between the representative values and forming conditions of a three-dimensional object forming apparatus that forms the three-dimensional object; and

a forming unit that forms the three-dimensional object under the forming condition corresponding to the three-dimensional object data.

US Pat. No. 11,067,965

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING AND CONTROL THEREOF

LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC., Sa...


1. A robotic system, comprising:a tool configured to be used in a manufacture process on a workpiece;
an arm having an attachment point, the arm configured to move the tool, when attached to the attachment point, in multiple degrees of freedom during the manufacture process; and
a robot controller configured to control movement of the arm based on motion parameters to perform the manufacture process via the tool,
wherein the robot controller includes a path planner component configured to generate the motion parameters used to perform the manufacture process while avoiding robot collision conflicts, and
wherein the path planner component includes:a reach configuration component including data related to physical attributes, motion attributes, kinematics, and limitations of the robotic system; and
a collision avoidance evaluator configured to, using the reach configuration component, determine if an anticipated robot path results in any robot collision conflicts and allow a user to modify at least one of the robot path or the manufacture process to avoid the robot collision conflicts,

wherein the robot controller is configured to learn performance limitations and ability limitations of the robotic system based on feedback information during the manufacture process.

US Pat. No. 11,067,964

METHOD TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE, MANUFACTURING, AND DESIGN OF A SATELLITE ANTENNA

KYMETA CORPORATION, Redm...


1. A computer-implemented method for improving a process of manufacturing an antenna or improving the antenna, the method; comprising:receiving selection criteria for querying a database of configuration and performance information of a plurality of antennas and correlation criteria for performing machine learning on results returned from querying the database;
in response to receiving query results matching the selection criteria, performing machine learning on the query results according to the correlation criteria that includes a minimum correlation threshold indicating an effectiveness of one or more updates or changes to configuration of the plurality of antennas;
receiving a proposed improvement to a process of manufacturing an antenna or a proposed improvement to the antenna;
deploying an improved process of manufacturing the antenna or an improvement to the antenna if the machine learning resulted in correlation of the results returned from querying the database to the correlation criteria meeting or exceeding the minimum correlation threshold.

US Pat. No. 11,067,963

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THERMAL MANAGEMENT IN A MULTICOMPONENT SYSTEM

Dell Products L.P., Roun...


1. An information handling system, comprisinga chassis adapted to direct an airflow along a payload; and
the payload, disposed in an internal space of the chassis, comprising:a heatsink for cooling a first component using a first portion of the airflow; and
an airflow directing heatsink for cooling a second component, wherein the airflow directing heatsink is adapted to:use both of the first portion of the airflow and a second portion of the airflow for cooling the second component, and
physically divide an entirety of the internal space of the chassis into:a first area where only the first portion of the airflow flows;
a second area where both the first portion of the airflow and the second portion of the airflow flows; and
an intermediate area between the first area and the second area where a first sub-portion of the first portion of the airflow becomes the second portion of the airflow.




US Pat. No. 11,067,962

ROTATION OF WORKPIECES ON A MACHINE TOOL

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...


1. A method for operating a machine tool, said method comprising:arranging a first workpiece holder of the machine tool on a workpiece table of the machine tool;
clamping a first workpiece into the first workpiece holder;
rotating the workpiece table in a position controlled manner about an axis of rotation by a plurality of complete rotations;
moving a first tool of the machine tool in a position controlled manner at least parallel to the axis of rotation;
placing the first tool at least temporarily against the first workpiece on a side of the first workpiece that substantially faces away from the workpiece table and machining the first workpiece in a metal cutting manner with the first tool while the workpiece table is rotating about the axis of rotation;
locating the first tool at a first distance that is at least as large as a predefined first minimum distance away from the axis of rotation during an entire process of the machining of the first workpiece in the metal culling manner by the first tool; and
displacing the first workpiece holder on the workpiece table in a direction that has a component that moves toward the axis of rotation or away from the axis of rotation in a position controlled manner during the process of machining the first workpiece in the metal cutting manner by the first tool.

US Pat. No. 11,067,961

CONTROLLER AND MACHINE LEARNING DEVICE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...


1. A controller for machining a workpiece by controlling a wire electrical discharge machine on a basis of a machining program, the controller comprising:a machine learning device configured to learn a correction for a machining path of the machining with respect to a partial machining path, machining conditions, and a machining environment of the machining, the machine learning device comprising a processor configured toobserve, as state variables representing a current state of an environment,correction amount data indicating a correction amount for the machining path of the machining,
machining path data indicating the partial machining path of the machining,
machining condition data indicating the machining conditions of the machining, and
machining environment data relating to the machining environment of the machining,

acquire, as determination data,machining accuracy determination data indicating an appropriateness determination result relating to a machining accuracy realized when machining is performed on a basis of the machining path corrected by the correction amount, and
machining time determination data indicating an appropriateness determination result relating to a machining time required to perform machining on the basis of the machining path corrected by the correction amount,

learn the partial machining path, the machining conditions, and the machining environment of the machining, and the correction for the machining path during the machining in association with each other, applying the state variables and the determination data, and
correct the machining path in accordance with the partial machining path, the machining conditions, and the machining environment of the machining performed by the wire electrical discharge machine based on a learned result, wherein

the processor is configured to,determine a reward relating to the appropriateness determination result,
apply the reward to update a function representing a value of the correction for the machining path during the machining with respect to the partial machining path, the machining conditions, and the machining environment of the machining,
in response to the machining accuracy being higher than a first predetermined threshold and an increase in the machining time being smaller than a second predetermined threshold, provide a positive reward to update the function, and
in response to the machining accuracy being equal to or lower than the first predetermined threshold and the increase in the machining time being equal to or greater than the second predetermined threshold, provide a negative reward to update the function.


US Pat. No. 11,067,960

METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR MONITORING THE STATUS OF A PRODUCTION DEVICE

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...


1. A method for monitoring status of a production line of an industrial automation arrangement, the production line being configured to implement an industrial manufacturing process with a programmable logic controller (PLC) having sensors and actuators directly coupled thereto, and signals of said sensors comprising measured temperature or acceleration values of the sensors being utilized by the PLC to generate status information items about the industrial manufacturing process, the method comprising:carrying at least one further sensor including evaluation algorithms comprising a neural network for evaluating measurement results through the production line which implements the industrial manufacturing process with a product which is being processed by the production line which implements the industrial manufacturing process;
transmitting further signals comprising measured temperature or acceleration values of the further sensor wirelessly to a status-monitoring device by the further sensor, the measurement results comprising the temperature or acceleration values; and
placing at least one of (i) the signals of the sensors coupled to the PLC and (ii) the status information items from the PLC and the further signals comprising the measured temperature or acceleration values of the further sensor at least partially in relationship with one another to generate a status information item about the production device which implements the industrial manufacturing process.

US Pat. No. 11,067,959

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR THE INDUSTRIAL INTERNET OF THINGS

Strong Force IOT Portfoli...


1. A system for data collection, processing, and utilization of signals from at least a first element in a first machine in an industrial environment, the system comprising:a platform including a computing environment connected to a data collection system having at least a first sensor signal and a second sensor signal relating to at least the first machine in the industrial environment;
a switch in the data collection system having multiple outputs and multiple inputs including a first input connected to a first sensor and a second input connected to a second sensor, wherein the multiple outputs are switchable among combinations of the first and second sensor signals or derivations thereof; and
a cognitive input selection system that organizes fusion of data for at least two of the first sensor signal, the second sensor signal, an external sensor, and an input source of the data collection system into one or more fused data streams.

US Pat. No. 11,067,958

METHOD OF SMART SCENE MANAGEMENT USING BIG DATA PATTERN ANALYSIS

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...


1. A method comprising:a processor retrieving respective data from each of a plurality of sensors within a secured area from a predetermined period of time;
the processor identifying a behavioral pattern from the respective data from each of the plurality of sensors, the identified behavioral pattern including a time of execution of a physical change in the secured area and identification of a corresponding actuator that causes the physical change; and
responsive to identifying the behavioral pattern, the processor creating an environmental scene for the secured area, wherein the environmental scene for the secured area identifies a time for automatically activating, deactivating, or modifying the corresponding actuator.

US Pat. No. 11,067,957

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVISIONING AN ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCE GENERATOR

Enphase Energy, Inc., Pe...


1. A method for provisioning an alternative energy source generator operable with and connected to a gateway in communication with a web portal located remotely from said gateway, comprising:entering system information into said gateway comprising scanning the system information from the gateway using a communication device and transmitting the system information from the communication device into the gateway;
transmitting said system information from said gateway to said web portal;
validating said system information with said web portal comprising determining if a serial number of the gateway is a duplicate of another serial number already in a database accessible by the web portal;
determining configuration information with said web portal for said alternative energy source generator in response to validation of said system information;
transmitting said configuration information from said web portal to said gateway;
initiating a discovery process with said gateway to ascertain discovery information for said alternative energy source generator in response to said configuration information;
transmitting said discovery information from said gateway to said web portal;
validating said discovery information with said web portal comprising determining if a serial number of the alternative energy source generator is a duplicate of another serial number already in the database accessible by the web portal;
configuring said alternative energy source generator with said gateway in accordance with said configuration information and in response to validation of said discovery information; and
if one of said system information or discovery information is not validated, sending an error message to said gateway.

US Pat. No. 11,067,956

VARIABLE REFRIGERANT FLOW SYSTEM WITH AUTOMATIC SENSOR DATA CORRECTION

Johnson Controls Technolo...


1. A method for controlling a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system, the method comprising:applying a time window to sensor data associated with the VRF system, the sensor data comprising input data points having a first resolution, wherein applying the time window to the sensor data isolates a subset of the input data points;
applying a timing weight to one or more input data points in the subset of the input data points to generate corrected data points having a second resolution higher than the first resolution;
creating a virtual sensor and mapping the corrected data points to an output of the virtual sensor; and
controlling the VRF system based on the output of the virtual sensor.

US Pat. No. 11,067,955

HVAC SYSTEM USING MODEL PREDICTIVE CONTROL WITH DISTRIBUTED LOW-LEVEL AIRSIDE OPTIMIZATION

Johnson Controls Technolo...


1. A heating, ventilation, or air conditioning (HVAC) system for a building, the HVAC system comprising:an airside system having a plurality of airside subsystems, each airside subsystem comprising airside HVAC equipment configured to provide heating or cooling to the airside subsystem, wherein the plurality of airside subsystems receive a working fluid from a shared waterside system comprising waterside HVAC equipment;
a high-level model predictive controller configured to coordinate and stagger operation of the plurality of airside subsystems to manage peak demand by performing a high-level optimization to generate an airside subsystem energy target for each of the plurality of airside subsystems;
a plurality of low-level airside model predictive controllers, each corresponding to one of the airside subsystems and configured to:receive the airside subsystem energy target for the corresponding airside subsystem from the high-level model predictive controller;
perform a low-level optimization to generate airside temperature setpoints for the corresponding airside subsystem using the airside subsystem energy target as a constraint on the low-level optimization;

wherein each of the plurality of low-level airside model predictive controllers is configured to control the airside HVAC equipment of the corresponding airside subsystem in accordance with the airside temperature setpoints for the corresponding airside subsystem.

US Pat. No. 11,067,954

TIME-TO-DIGITAL CONVERTERS WITH LOW AREA AND LOW POWER CONSUMPTION

ANALOG DEVICES INTERNATIO...


1. A time-to-digital converter (TDC), comprising:a ring oscillator, having a plurality of stages;
a residue generation circuit, having a plurality of stages, where a stage of the residue generation circuit is configured to operate on outputs from two stages of the ring oscillator;
a counter, coupled to an output of one of the plurality of stages of the ring oscillator and configured to count a number of times that a signal at the output of the one of the plurality of stages of the ring oscillator switches from being at a first signal level to being at a second signal level and from being at the second signal level to being at the first signal level during a time period that is being converted to a digital value; and
a combiner, configured to combine a value indicative of the number of times counted by the counter and an output of the residue generation circuit to generate the digital value.

US Pat. No. 11,067,953

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING AN OPTICAL PATTERN FROM IMAGE POINTS IN AN IMAGE PLANE


1. An apparatus for generating an optical pattern comprising a plurality of image points in an image plane, the apparatus comprising:a control unit for controlling the generation of the optical pattern;
a micro-mirror array for reflecting light beams that are incident on the micro-mirror array in a planar manner, wherein the micro-mirror array comprises a multitude of micro-mirrors, each being tiltable by the control unit about at least one axis so that a direction of a centroid beam of the light beams reflected at the respective micro-mirror is adjustable;
an illumination unit controllable by the control unit for generating the light beams, configured such that the light beams are at least partially spatially coherent;
a focusing unit for focusing onto the image plane the light beams reflected at the multitude of micro-mirrors of the micro-mirror array;
wherein each image point of the plurality of image points is generated by one micro-mirror group of a plurality of micro-mirror groups, wherein each micro-mirror group of the micro-mirror groups comprises a plurality of micro-mirrors of the multitude of micro-mirrors;
wherein the control unit is configured to control each micro-mirror group of the micro-mirror groups such that at each micro-mirror group of the micro-mirror groups the centroid beams reflected at the micro-mirrors of the respective micro-mirror groups meet in the image plane, and such that at each micro-mirror group of the micro-mirror groups optical path lengths of the centroid beams reflected at the micro-mirrors of the respective micro-mirror group are equal from the illumination unit up to the image plane or differ by an integer multiple of a wavelength of the light beams in order to generate the image point of the respective micro-mirror group by constructive interference.

US Pat. No. 11,067,952

METHOD FOR DIGITALLY GENERATING A HOLOGRAM, DEVICE, TERMINAL DEVICE, ASSOCIATED SYSTEM AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

FONDATION B-COM, Cesson ...


1. A method for digitally generating a hologram from a three-dimensional scene in a screen plane of a screen of a hologram display device, said screen being illuminated by a plane coherent light wave, a convergent lens being disposed between the screen and a user, such that the hologram is formed in the plane of the screen, said method comprising:obtaining an intensity map and a depth map of the three-dimensional scene corresponding to a viewpoint of the user;
projecting, according to an inverted perspective projection model of a virtual camera co-located with the user, points of the intensity map on a plurality of planes parallel to the screen plane in a reference frame of the screen, one of the planes being associated with one depth value between a minimum value and a maximum value of the depth map, one of the points of the intensity map being projected on the plane of the plurality of planes associated with the depth value of said point in the depth map;
compensating for a distortion induced by the convergent lens on the hologram by modifying the plurality of planes of the scene to result in a plurality of modified object planes, a point of one of the planes, that is an image point of an object point by conjugation of said convergent lens, being replaced by said object point; and
from the plurality of modified object planes, propagating complex sampled light waves to the screen plane and summing the propagated complex sampled light waves.

US Pat. No. 11,067,951

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR EXECUTING CALIBRATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...


1. An image forming apparatus, which is configured to execute calibration for controlling an image forming condition, the image forming apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect an environmental state where the image forming apparatus is located;
a prediction unit configured to predict, based on a plurality of detection results detected by the detection unit in a first period, a change in the environmental state in a second period after the first period, the second period being a period in which the environmental state is not detected by the detection unit; and
a setting unit configured to set a timing of executing the calibration in the second period based on the change in the environmental state predicted by the prediction unit.

US Pat. No. 11,067,950

CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...


1. A cartridge comprising:a developing roller rotatable about an axis L1 of the developing roller;
a coupling member rotatable about an axis L2 of the coupling member, the coupling member being movable between (i) a first position in which the axis L2 of the coupling member is parallel to and offset from the axis L1 of the developing roller, (ii) a second position in which the axis L2 of the coupling member is inclined relative to the axis L2 of the coupling member when the coupling member is in the first position, and (iii) a third position in which the axis L2 of the coupling member is inclined relative to the axis L2 of the coupling member when the coupling member is in the first position, with the second and third positions being different;
an urging member contacting the coupling member when the coupling member is in the first position, when the coupling member is in the second position, and when the coupling member is in the third position; and
a lever movable between (i) a contact position in which the lever contacts the coupling member and (ii) a spaced position in which the lever is spaced from the coupling member.

US Pat. No. 11,067,949

CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WHICH USES CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...


1. A process cartridge comprising:a casing;
a developing roller having a roller axis, the developing roller being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the roller axis;
a photosensitive drum having a drum axis, the photosensitive drum being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the drum axis;
a first coupling member having an axis, the first coupling member including (i) a first end portion operatively connected to the developing roller, (ii) a second end portion, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion; and
a second coupling member having an axis, the second coupling member including a projection,
wherein the first coupling member is movable between a first position in which the axis of the first coupling member is substantially parallel to the roller axis, and a second position in which the axis of the first coupling member is inclined with respect to the roller axis, and
wherein a maximum angle of inclination of the axis of the first coupling member with respect to the roller axis is about 20 degrees to about 60 degrees.

US Pat. No. 11,067,948

DRUM UNIT, CARTRIDGE AND COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...


1. A drum unit for a cartridge, the drum unit comprising:(i) a photosensitive drum having a first end and a second end opposite to the first end; and
(ii) a coupling member provided adjacent to the first end of the photosensitive drum, the coupling member being rotatable about a rotational axis thereof, the coupling member being operatively connected to the photosensitive drum, the coupling member including an arm portion, and a projection projected from the arm portion in a direction towards the rotational axis of the coupling member, with a part of the projection inclined relative to the rotational axis of the coupling member, and a part of the projection extending from the inclined part in a direction away from the second end of the photosensitive drum,
wherein the arm portion extends in a circumferential direction of the coupling member, and
wherein, as measured in a direction perpendicular to the rotational axis of the coupling member, a distance between the inclined part of the projection and the rotational axis of the coupling member increases as the distance in the direction of the rotational axis of the coupling member to the second end of the photosensitive drum decreases.

US Pat. No. 11,067,947

DRUM UNIT, CARTRIDGE AND COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...


1. A process cartridge comprising:a casing;
toner contained in the casing;
a photosensitive drum rotatably supported by the casing about a rotational axis of the photosensitive drum;
a developing roller configured to develop a latent image formed on the photosensitive drum with the toner;
a coupling member operatively connected to the photosensitive drum, the coupling member including an arm portion and a projection projecting from the arm portion, the arm portion being capable of transmitting driving force from the projection towards the photosensitive drum;
a cleaning blade configured to remove toner from a surface of the photosensitive drum; and
a charging roller configured to charge the photosensitive drum,
wherein the photosensitive drum is rotatable such that a part of the surface of the photosensitive drum moves from an upstream position where the part of the surface of the photosensitive drum is adjacent to the cleaning blade to a downstream position where the part of surface of the photosensitive drum is adjacent to the developing roller via an intermediate position where the part of surface of the photosensitive drum is adjacent to the charging roller, and
wherein the arm portion of the coupling member extends (i) from a point that is upstream in the rotational direction of the photosensitive drum towards a point that is downstream in the rotational direction of the photosensitive drum, and (ii) such that an end of the arm portion that is downstream in the rotational direction of the photosensitive drum is closer to the rotational axis of the photosensitive drum than an end of the arm portion that is upstream in the rotational direction of the photosensitive drum.

US Pat. No. 11,067,946

REMOVABLY MOUNTABLE UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...


1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, the cartridge comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a cleaning member configured to remove residual toner from the image bearing member;
a cleaner container including accommodating portion configured to accommodate the toner removed by the cleaning member;
a discharge opening configured to discharge the toner accommodated in the accommodating portion;
a shutter movable between a closed position for closing the discharge opening and an open position for opening the discharge opening;
an urging member configured to urge the shutter to the closed position,
wherein when the cartridge is mounted to the main assembly of the image forming apparatus, the shutter abuts to a shutter abutting portion provided in the main assembly of the image forming apparatus to be moved from the closed position to the open position;
a locking member rotatable between a locked position for preventing the shutter from moving from the closed position to the open position and a release position for releasing the shutter from the lock,
wherein before the shutter is brought into contact to the shutter abutting portion with a mounting operation of the cartridge to the main assembly of the image forming apparatus, the locking member contacts a releasing portion provided in the main assembly of the image forming apparatus to be rotated in a direction of releasing the lock, by the releasing portion; and
an interrelating mechanism configured to interrelate relative movement between the shutter and the cleaner container by an urging force of the urging member and rotation of the locking member in a direction of the lock.

US Pat. No. 11,067,945

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING SHEET FEEDING CASSETTE AND CONVEYANCE UNIT ATTACHABLE AND DETACHABLE TO AND FROM APPARATUS MAIN BODY

KYOCERA Document Solution...


1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus main body in which a sheet conveyance path is formed;
a first sheet feeding cassette which is inserted into the apparatus main body along a predetermined insertion direction and is drawn out of the apparatus main body along a drawing direction opposite to the insertion direction, the first sheet feeding cassette storing a sheet;
a conveyance unit which is drawn out of the apparatus main body along the drawing direction after the first sheet feeding cassette is drawn out, and is inserted into the apparatus main body along the insertion direction before the first sheet feeding cassette is inserted, the conveyance unit feeding the sheet and then conveying the sheet to the sheet conveyance path;
a second sheet feeding cassette which is drawn out of the apparatus main body along the drawing direction before the conveyance unit is drawn out, and is inserted into the apparatus main body after the conveyance unit is inserted, the second sheet feeding cassette disposed adjacent to the first sheet feeding cassette in a direction perpendicular to the insertion direction and storing the sheet;
a lock member displaced between a lock position where the lock member inhibits the conveyance unit from being drawn out of the apparatus main body and a lock release position where the lock member allows the conveyance unit to be drawn out of the apparatus main body; and
a stopper displaced between an allowable position where the stopper does not interfere with the second sheet feeding cassette to allow the second sheet feeding cassette to be inserted into the apparatus main body and an inhibition position where the stopper interferes with the second sheet feeding cassette to inhibit the second sheet feeding cassette from being inserted into the apparatus main body, wherein
in a state where the lock member is in the lock position, the first sheet feeding cassette does not interfere with the lock member to allow the first sheet feeding cassette to be inserted into the apparatus main body,
in a state where the lock member is in the lock release position, the first sheet feeding cassette interferes with the lock member to inhibit the first sheet feeding cassette from being inserted into the apparatus main body, and
the lock member is displaced from the lock release position to the lock position to displace the stopper from the inhibition position to the allowable position, and the lock member is displaced from the lock position to the lock release position to displace the stopper from the allowable position to the inhibition position.

US Pat. No. 11,067,944

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE INCLUDING HOLDER MOVABLY SUPPORTING ELECTRICAL CONTACT SURFACE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...


1. A developing cartridge comprising:a housing configured to accommodate developing agent therein;
a developing roller;
a memory positioned at the housing;
a holder holding an electrical contact surface, and the holder being movable relative to the housing; and
a relay component electrically connecting the memory to the electrical contact surface.

US Pat. No. 11,067,942

DRUM UNIT, CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...


1. A drum unit comprising:a photosensitive drum; and
a coupling member operatively connected to the photosensitive drum, the coupling member including (i) a body (ii) a projection movable relative to the body (iii) a first extended portion supporting the projection, (iv) a second extended portion connected to the first extended portion, and (v) a connecting portion between the first extended portion and the second extended portion,
wherein the first extended portion is connected to the body via the second extended portion,
wherein a first direction in which the first extended portion extends from the connecting portion and a second direction in which the second extended portion extends to the connection portion are opposite to each other with respect to an axial direction of the coupling member, and
wherein the projection projects from the first extended portion toward an axis of the coupling member.

US Pat. No. 11,067,941

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING A ROLLER SUPPORT UNIT AND A CONTACT PORTION

FUJIFILM Business Innovat...


1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a roller including a rotational shaft supported by a bearing;
a support unit that movably supports the bearing and an attached component of the bearing such that the roller can move between a use position of the roller and a retraction position of the roller away from the use position; and
a contact portion that is provided in either one of:the bearing; and
the attached component;

wherein the contact portion is configured such that, if the roller is in the retraction position, then, if the contact portion is provided in the attached component, the contact portion contacts part of the support unit and, if the contact portion is provided in the bearing, the contact portion contacts the attached component opposed to the bearing.

US Pat. No. 11,067,940

HOLDING MECHANISM FOR OPENING AND CLOSING DETECTION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING HOLDING MECHANISM

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...


1. A holding mechanism for an opening and closing detection device, the holding mechanism comprising:a cam rotatably supported in a housing;
a torsion coil spring attached to the cam or an inside of the housing and including two ends extending in two directions; and
a pressing member configured to bias one end of the two ends of the torsion coil spring and bring the other end of the two ends of the torsion coil spring into contact with the cam to apply a load to the torsion coil spring,
wherein the pressing member is attached to an outside of the housing while biasing the other end of the two ends of the torsion coil spring through an opening of the housing.

US Pat. No. 11,067,939

MAINTAINING LAYER OF CLEANING SOLUTION ON PHOTOCONDUCTIVE SURFACE VIA WIPER WITH PURPOSEFULLY ROUNDED EDGE

HP Indigo B.V., Amstelve...


1. A cleaning assembly for a photoconductive drum of an electrophotographic printing device, comprising:a sponge impregnated with a cleaning solution to at least substantially remove colorant from the photoconductive drum as the photoconductive drum rotates past the sponge; and
a wiper having an edge that is to wipe the cleaning solution from the photoconductive drum and that is rounded at a selected radius to maintain a correspondingly defined layer of the cleaning solution on the photoconductive drum during wiping.

US Pat. No. 11,067,938

CLEANING UNIT, CARTRIDGE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...


1. A cleaning unit comprising:a container frame which is provided with an opening for attaching an image bearing member;
a cleaning member which is provided on the container frame and which removes a developer from the surface of the image bearing member, the developer removed by the cleaning member being contained inside the container frame;
a transport member which is provided inside the container frame and which transports, from an opening side of the container frame corresponding to the opening of the container frame to a deep side of the container frame, the developer removed by the cleaning member, the deep side being opposite to the opening side; and
a rotating unit which drives the transport member such that (a) the transport member moves relatively with respect to the cleaning member, and (b) an absolute value of maximum acceleration at the time of movement of the transport member in a direction from the opening side towards the deep side is smaller than an absolute value of maximum acceleration at the time of movement in a direction from the deep side towards the opening side.

US Pat. No. 11,067,937

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...


1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a power switch to be operated by a user;
a power supply circuit connected to a power supplied unit that works with power supplied, so as to supply power to the power supplied unit;
a power supply control unit, which detects pressing of the power switch and performs a power supply process for controlling the power supply circuit; and
a main control unit, which sends a control signal to the power supply control unit, so as to allow the power supply control unit to perform the power supply process based on the control signal, wherein
when detecting the pressing of the power switch, the power supply control unit starts to count pressing time that is an elapsed time during which the power switch is kept pressed,
if the pressing time reaches a predetermined time without a change in the control signal, the power supply control unit forcibly starts a power shutdown process that is the power supply process for turning off the power supply circuit, and
if the control signal changes before the pressing time reaches the predetermined time, the power supply control unit starts the power shutdown process after receiving from the main control unit the control signal requesting for the power shutdown process.

US Pat. No. 11,067,936

TRANSFER BELT UNIT INCLUDING BELT FRAME, HOLDER MOVABLE RELATIVE THERETO, ELECTRICAL CONTACT SURFACE HELD THEREBY, AND STORAGE ELEMENT ELECTRICALLY CONNECTED THERETO

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...


1. A transfer belt unit comprising:a belt frame;
a transfer belt;
a storage element storing therein information on the transfer belt;
an electrical contact surface electrically connected to the storage element;
a pressing member pressing the electrical contact surface in a pressing direction; and
a holder positioned at the belt frame, the holder holding the electrical contact surface, the holder being movable relative to the belt frame in a direction crossing the pressing direction.

US Pat. No. 11,067,935

MEDIUM CONVEYING APPARATUS FOR CORRECTING A SKEW OF A MEDIUM

PFU LIMITED, Kahoku (JP)...


1. A medium conveying apparatus comprising:a plurality of motors;
a plurality of feed rollers spaced in a direction perpendicular to a medium conveying direction, each of the feed rollers rotating independently at a respective speed by a corresponding one of the plurality of motors to feed a medium;
a plurality of brake rollers, each of the plurality of brake rollers being positioned to face a corresponding one of the plurality of feed rollers;
a plurality of torque limiters, each provided between a rotation shaft of a corresponding one of the plurality of brake rollers and a corresponding one of the plurality of brake rollers;
an imaging device to image the medium; and
a processor to:detect a skew of the medium;
correct the skew of the medium by controlling the plurality of motors to change the speed of one of the plurality of feed rollers when the skew of the medium is detected, and
when skew correction of the medium fails, make an imaging range of the imaging device in the medium conveying direction larger than an imaging range when skew of the medium is not occurring.


US Pat. No. 11,067,934

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USABLE FOR WASTE TONER COLLECTION UP TO MAXIMUM CAPACITY OF TONER CONTAINER

KYOCERA Document Solution...


1. An image forming apparatus that supplies toner contained in a toner container at a time of executing image formation and collects toner remaining after the image formation as waste toner into a waste toner bottle, whereinthe toner container includes non-volatile memory including a first region for storing a current value, a second region for storing a maximum value, and a third region for storing an initial remaining space of the toner container, the current value and the maximum value being initialized to 0 in an unused state of the toner container, and
the image forming apparatus comprises:
a first mounting section to which the toner container is mounted;
a first calculating section that calculates a supplied amount of toner based on image data;
a writing section that writes, every time the supplied amount of toner is calculated, an integrated value of the supplied amount of toner as the current value and the maximum value in the non-volatile memory of the toner container mounted to the first mounting section;
a second mounting section to which the toner container already used is mounted as the waste toner bottle;
a second calculating section that calculates a generated amount of the waste toner based on the image data;
an updating section that updates, every time the generated amount is calculated, the current value by subtracting the generated amount from the current value stored in the non-volatile memory of the toner container mounted as the waste toner bottle to the second mounting section;
a recording section that records mounting as the waste toner bottle by updating the current value by subtracting a specified value from the current value stored in the non-volatile memory of the toner container mounted to the second mounting section as the waste toner bottle; and
a detecting section that detects fullness of the waste toner bottle when the current value stored in the non-volatile memory of the toner container mounted as the waste toner bottle to the second mounting section becomes no greater than a value obtained by subtracting the initial remaining space from 0.

US Pat. No. 11,067,933

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDING CARTRIDGE REPLACEMENT NOTIFICATION

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...


1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a user interface;
a controller; and
a main memory accessible by the controller,
wherein the controller is configured to execute:determining whether drum-cartridge identification information read from the main memory matches drum-cartridge identification information stored in a drum-cartridge memory of a drum cartridge,
determining whether toner-cartridge identification information read from the main memory matches toner-cartridge identification information stored in a toner-cartridge memory of a toner cartridge,
determining whether replacement of the drum cartridge is necessary,
determining whether replacement of the toner cartridge is necessary,
providing a first error notification to the user interface, in a case where the drum cartridge identification information read from the main memory does not match the drum-cartridge identification information stored in the drum-cartridge memory and replacement of the drum cartridge is not necessary, and
providing a second error notification to the user interface, in a case where the toner cartridge identification information read from the main memory does not match the toner-cartridge identification information stored in the toner-cartridge memory and replacement of the toner cartridge is not necessary.


US Pat. No. 11,067,932

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF APPROPRIATELY EXECUTING SHUTDOWN PROCESSING, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...


1. A printing apparatus of which power states include a standby state, a sleep state at which the printing apparatus is less in power consumption than the standby state, a first turned off state at which the printing apparatus is less in power consumption than the sleep state, and a second turned off state at which the printing apparatus is less in power consumption than the first turned off state,the printing apparatus comprising:
a switch that receives a user operation for turning off the printing apparatus;
a processor that executes instructions stored in a memory; and
a power controller that shifts a power state of the printing apparatus to the sleep state, and shifts the power state of the printing apparatus to the standby state temporarily when the switch receives the user operation for turning off the printing apparatus during the sleep state, wherein the processor refers to a setting after having shifted to the standby state,
wherein the power controller shifts the power state of the printing apparatus to the first turned off state or the second turned off state from the standby state in accordance with the setting referred to by the processor.

US Pat. No. 11,067,931

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM THAT REDUCE DEFECTS CAUSED BY RESIDUAL TONER

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...


1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image carrier;
an exposing device which exposes the image carrier to form an electrostatic latent image on the image carrier;
a developing device which comprises a layer forming member to form a toner layer on a developing roller and form a toner image by developing the electrostatic latent image;
a transfer device which transfers the toner image formed by the developing device to a sheet;
a fixing device which fixes the toner image by heating the toner image on the sheet;
a history acquisition component which acquires a history regarding a temperature of the layer forming member;
an estimation component which estimates a possibility that an image defect caused by the toner layer formation occurs on a basis of the history regarding the temperature which is acquired by the history acquisition component; and
an output component which outputs estimation results of the estimation performed by the estimation component, wherein
the output component outputs the estimation results to a display component that displays an image.

US Pat. No. 11,067,930

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING FIRST AND SECOND SENSORS READING DIFFERENT SURFACES AT DIFFERENT POSITIONS TO DETECT POSTURE AND SHAPE OF A SHEET

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...


1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the sheet in a conveyance path;
a first reading sensor, which is provided on the conveyance path, and is configured to read a first surface of the sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit;
a second reading sensor, which is provided on the conveyance path, and is configured to read a second surface different from the first surface of the sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit, the second reading sensor being provided on an upstream side of the first reading sensor in a conveyance direction of the sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit; and
a controller configured to:control the image forming unit to form a pattern image on the first surface of the sheet;
control the first reading sensor to read the first surface of the sheet on which the pattern image is formed;
control the second reading sensor to read the second surface of the sheet on which the pattern image is formed;
detect an inclination of the sheet on which the pattern image is formed with respect to the conveyance direction based on a first reading result of the first reading sensor and a second reading result of the second reading sensor; and
control geometric properties of an image to be formed on the first surface of the sheet by the image forming unit, based on the first reading result and the detected inclination of the sheet.


US Pat. No. 11,067,929

FIXER AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...


1. A fixing apparatus configured to fix a toner image on a print medium by spraying a fixing solution on the print medium with the toner image formed thereon, the fixing apparatus comprising:a plurality of first nozzles from which the fixing solution is sprayed onto the print medium with the toner image formed thereon, and to which voltage is to be applied,
a first electrode to which voltage is to be applied, which extends in a first direction, which faces the plurality of first nozzles in a second direction, and which is positioned apart from the plurality of first nozzles in the second direction,
a holding groove which accommodates the first electrode, which is configured to hold the fixing solution sprayed from the plurality of first nozzles, and which has a discharge port through which the fixing solution held in the holding groove is discharged, and
a container connected to the discharge port and configured to contain the fixing solution discharged from the discharge port,
wherein the holding groove has a bottom surface which is positioned on an opposite side of the plurality of first nozzles with respect to the first electrode in the second direction, and which is positioned apart from the first electrode in the second direction so that the fixing solution held in the holding groove passes between the first electrode and the bottom surface to flow toward the discharge port.

US Pat. No. 11,067,928

FIXING MEMBER, FIXING UNIT, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJIFILM Business Innovat...


1. A fixing member comprising:a substrate layer including a resin;
a first metal layer that is provided on an outer peripheral surface of the substrate layer and includes Cu;
a second metal layer that is provided on the outer peripheral surface of the first metal layer so as to be in contact with the first metal layer, includes Ni, and has crystal orientation indexes of 0.80 to 1.30 for a (111) plane, 0.80 to 1.50 for a (200) plane, and 0.70 to 1.30 for a (311) plane; and
an elastic layer that is provided on an outer peripheral surface of the second metal layer.

US Pat. No. 11,067,927

HEATER, IMAGE HEATING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING PLURAL HEATING RESISTORS AND HAVING PLURAL ELECTRIC CONTACT PORTIONS CONNECTED TO DIFFERENT POLES OF A POWER SUPPLY

Canon Kabushiki Kalsha, ...


1. A heater to be used in an image heating device that heats an image formed on a recording material, the heater comprising:a substrate;
a first heating resistor that is provided on the substrate along a longitudinal direction of the substrate and generates heat with electric power supplied from a power supply, the first heating resistor including one lateral end and another lateral end in a lateral direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction;
a second heating resistor that is provided on the substrate along the longitudinal direction of the substrate in parallel with the first heating resistor and generates heat with electric power supplied from the power supply, the second heating resistor including one lateral end and another lateral end in the direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction;
a first electric contact portion for electric connection to the power supply;
a first conductive portion that electrically connects the first electric contact portion with the one lateral end of the first heating resistor on the side opposite that facing the second heating resistor, the first conductive portion being electrically connected to the first heating resistor on the one lateral end of the first heating resistor throughout the longitudinal direction;
a second electric contact portion for electric connection to the power supply;
a second conductive portion that electrically connects the second electric contact portion with the other lateral end of the second heating resistor on the side opposite that facing the first heating resistor, the second conductive portion being electrically connected to the second heating resistor on the other lateral end of the second heating resistor throughout the longitudinal direction;
a third electric contact portion for electric connection to the power supply; and
a third conductive portion that electrically connects the third electric contact portion with the other lateral end of the first heating resistor and also electrically connects the third contact portion with the one lateral end of the second heating resistor, the third conductive portion being electrically connected to the first heating resistor on the other lateral end of the first heating resistor throughout the longitudinal direction and being electrically connected to the second heating resistor on the one lateral end of the second heating resistor throughout the longitudinal direction,
wherein, in the heater, the first electric contact portion is provided close to one longitudinal end of the substrate, the second electric contact portion is provided close to the other longitudinal end of the substrate, and the third electric contact portion is provided close to the center of the substrate in the longitudinal direction, and
wherein the heater is configured such that the first electric contact portion and the second electric contact portion are electrically connected to one pole of the power supply, and the third electric contact portion is electrically connected to the other pole of the power supply, respectively.

US Pat. No. 11,067,926

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONDITIONALLY EXTENDS A PREPARATORY ROTATION TIME UNTIL A RECORDING MATERIAL ENTERS A FIXING PORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...


1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion that forms an image on a recording material;
an image fixing portion including a cylindrical film, a heater that comes into contact with an inner surface of the film, and a pressurizing member that forms a nip portion by coming into contact with an outer surface of the film so as to sandwich the film between the pressurizing member and the heater, the image recording material being nipped and transported by the nip portion and the image being heated by heat of the heater; and
a control portion that controls the image forming portion and the image fixing portion, wherein
the control portion has a second image forming mode that (i) controls a target control temperature of the heater to be lower than in a normal image forming mode and (ii) extends a preparatory rotation time until the recording material enters the fixing portion to be longer than in the normal image forming mode based on recording material information indicating a hardness of the recording material is below a reference hardness, at least one of margin information indicating a size of a margin at a leading end of the recording medium in a transport direction of the recording material and toner amount information at the leading end of the image, and information indicating a humidity around the image forming apparatus is above a reference humidity.

US Pat. No. 11,067,925

HEATER MEMBER FOR THE FUSER ASSEMBLY OF AN ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGING DEVICE

LEXMARK INTERNATIONAL, IN...


1. A toner fusing apparatus, comprising:a substrate having a first surface and a second surface, the second surface being opposite the first surface on the substrate;
a plurality of resistive traces disposed along the first surface of the substrate, comprising a first resistive trace and a second resistive trace, the first and second resistive traces being disposed adjacent each other along the first surface of the substrate in a length-wise direction thereof, a resistance of the first resistive trace being less than a resistance of the second resistive trace; and
a plurality of thermistors disposed along the second surface of the substrate, comprising a first thermistor disposed on the second surface of the substrate opposite a first location of the first resistive trace, a second thermistor disposed on the second surface of the substrate opposite a first location of the second resistive trace, and a third thermistor disposed on the second surface of the substrate, the third thermistor being closer to a first length-wise end of the substrate than the second resistive trace and a first length-wise end of the first resistive trace being closer to the first length-wise end of the substrate than the third thermistor.

US Pat. No. 11,067,924

HEATING DEVICE, FIXING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...


1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a base;
a plurality of resistance heating elements disposed in a longitudinal direction of the base and electrically connected in parallel with each other;
a power control circuit configured to supply electrical power to the plurality of resistance heating elements;
a first temperature sensor configured to sense a temperature of a first resistance heating element of the plurality of resistance heating elements;
a second temperature sensor overlapping only a second resistance heating element of the plurality of resistance heating elements and not overlapping any other of the plurality of resistance heating elements such that the second temperature sensor is configured to sense a temperature of the second resistance heating element, the second temperature sensor being a same kind of temperature sensor as the first temperature sensor; and
a controller configured to,supply an electrical power amount of the power control circuit so that temperatures of all of the plurality of resistance heating elements are heated to a first predetermined temperature based on a result of sensing with the first temperature sensor, and
cut off the electrical power supplied from the power control circuit to all of the plurality of resistance heating elements in response to sensing, via the second temperature sensor, that the second resistance heating element has reached a second predetermined temperature prior to sensing, via the first temperature sensor, that the first resistance heating element has reached the first predetermined temperature.


US Pat. No. 11,067,923

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PREDICTING THE LEVEL OF OCCURRENCE OF A TRANSFER MEMORY AND THE CAUSE OF OCCURRENCE THEREOF

KYOCERA Document Solution...


1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion that includesan image carrying member in which a photosensitive layer is formed on a surface,
a charging device which charges the image carrying member,
an exposure device which exposes the image carrying member charged with the charging device so as to form an electrostatic latent image and
a developing device which includes a developer carrying member that is arranged opposite the image carrying member and that carries a developer including a toner and which adheres the toner to the electrostatic latent image formed on the image carrying member so as to form a toner image,

a high-voltage generation circuit that applies, to the developer carrying member, a development voltage in which an alternating-current voltage is superimposed on a direct-current voltage;
a current detection portion that detects a direct-current component of a development current which flows when the development voltage is applied to the developer carrying member; and
a control portion that controls the image forming portion and the high-voltage generation circuit,
wherein the control portion can perform a transfer memory prediction mode that includesa step of estimating, when a first reference image is formed, a level of occurrence of transfer memory based on the direct-current component of the development current flowing through the developer carrying member and
a step of measuring, when the measured direct-current component of the development current is larger than a predetermined value, an amount of charge of the toner within the developing device and estimating a cause of occurrence of the transfer memory based on the measured amount of charge of the toner.


US Pat. No. 11,067,922

INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER BLANKET

Hewlett-Packard Developme...


1. A method of producing an intermediate transfer blanket comprising:spray-coating a blanket body with a release layer composition comprising a curable polysiloxane polymer and solid particles of an electrically conductive material,
wherein the blanket body is subjected to motion during spray-coating, such that the release layer composition is subjected to shear forces as it deposits on the blanket body,
wherein the curable polysiloxane polymer comprises:a) a vinyl-terminated polyalkylsiloxane having the following formula






wherein each R is independently selected from C1 to C6 alkyl; and n is 1 or more;
b) a pendent vinyl polyalkylsiloxane having the following formula






wherein each R? is independently selected from C1 to C6 alkyl, m is 1 or more, and o is 20 or more; or
c) a mixture of the vinyl-terminated polyalkylsiloxanes of the Formulae (I) and (II).


US Pat. No. 11,067,921

IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, AND SETTING METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY RECORDING MEDIUM THEREFOR

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...


1. An image forming device comprising:an image unit comprising an image carrier;
a transfer unit arranged adjacent to the image carrier; and
a controller sets a usable period of the image unit based on a relative positional relation between the image unit and the transfer unit, and wherein the controller further:
obtains first positional information related to the image unit and second positional information related to the transfer unit; and
identifies the relative positional relation between the image unit and the transfer unit based on the obtained first and second positional information.

US Pat. No. 11,067,920

ASYMMETRIC KEY FEATURES

Hewlett-Packard Developme...


1. A print material component comprising:a print apparatus interface to couple the print material component to a print apparatus, the print apparatus interface defining a first port;
a print particle container comprising:a periphery defining a second port; and
a chamber structure defining a chamber coupled to the second port,

the chamber to contain print particles; and
a container interface comprising:a material transfer interface coupled to the first port and coupleable to the second port;
a wall defining a boundary of a recess corresponding to a shape of the periphery of the print particle container; and
a surface defining:a guide feature to guide rotation of the print particle container about an axis along a direction of the recess; and
a key feature rotationally asymmetric with respect to the periphery, the key feature to guide movement of the second port towards the material transfer interface.



US Pat. No. 11,067,919

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE CAPABLE OF REDUCING SIZE OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...


1. A developing cartridge comprising:a developing roller rotatable about a rotational axis extending in a first direction, the developing roller including a roller shaft extending in the first direction and a roller body rotatable with the roller shaft;
a casing configured to accommodate developer therein;
a coupling rotatable about a first axis extending in the first direction, the coupling being positioned at one side of the casing in the first direction;
an electrode electrically connected to the roller shaft, the electrode being positioned at the other side of the casing in the first direction; and
a storage medium including an electric contact surface, the electrical contact surface being spaced apart from a first distal end of the roller body of the developing roller in the first direction,
wherein the electric contact surface faces in a direction crossing the first direction,
wherein the storage medium and the electric contact surface extend from the one side of the casing in the first direction, and
wherein a first distance between the roller body of the developing roller and the coupling in the second direction is smaller than a second distance between the coupling and the electric contact surface in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 11,067,918

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...


1. A developer supply container comprising:a developer accommodating body configured to accommodate developer;
a developer discharging body to which the developer accommodating body is rotatably connected such that the developer accommodating body is rotatable about a rotational axis, the developer discharging body being capable of accommodating the developer fed from the developer accommodating body, and the developer discharging body including a discharge passageway configured to discharge the developer accommodated in the developer discharging body, the discharge passageway including an entrance portion configured to receive the developer and a discharge opening configured to discharge the developer, with the discharge passageway extending in a direction perpendicular to the rotational axis, and with an end of the discharge passageway being positioned at a bottommost side of the developer supply container;
a gear portion provided on the developer accommodating body and capable of receiving a rotational force for rotating the developer accommodating body relative to the developer discharging body;
a track provided at each of opposite sides of the developer discharging body, each track being positioned below a horizontal plane that (i) includes a rotational axis of the developer accommodating body and (ii) divides the developer supply container into a lower section that includes the discharge opening and an upper section, with a surface of each track extending from a first position to a second position, with the second position being closer to the horizontal plane than the first position is to the horizontal plane, and with the surface facing upward, each track extending such that a plane perpendicular to the rotational axis and passing through the track passes through the end of the discharge passageway when the discharge passageway through which developer is discharged to outside of the developer supply container is formed; and
a shutter slidably provided on the developer discharging body to open and close the discharge opening;
wherein the developer discharging body further includes:(i) a holding portion holding the shutter such that the shutter is slidable relative to the developer discharging body along a direction of the rotational axis of the developer accommodating body, and
(ii) protruding portions protruding in opposite directions away from opposite side portions of the developer discharging body and such that each protruding portion protrudes in a direction perpendicular to the rotational axis and the direction in which the discharge passageway extends,

wherein the protruding portions are farther to the gear portion than the first position is to the gear portion in the direction of the rotational axis, and
wherein the discharge opening is positioned between the gear portion and the protruding portions with respect to the direction of the rotational axis and the protruding portions are positioned between the first position and the horizontal plane in the direction in which the discharge passageway extends.

US Pat. No. 11,067,917

DETECTING COMPLETION OF INJECTION OF TONER OF TONER REFILL CARTRIDGE

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...


1. A toner refill cartridge, comprising:a body in which toner is accommodated;
a plunger inserted into the body and movably coupled to the body in a longitudinal direction of the body to push the toner out of the body;
a toner injection completion signal generator to indicate toner injection completion according to movement of the plunger; and
a connection interface located at a tip portion of the body and connectable to an image forming apparatus to transfer information about the toner refill cartridge to the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 11,067,916

DRIVING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...


1. A driving apparatus for driving a load element, the apparatus comprising a driving circuit including: an output terminal to which the load element is connected; a current output circuit configured to supply a current to the load element via the output terminal; a voltage supply circuit configured to apply a voltage to the load element via the output terminal; a first signal line configured to control a timing at which the current output circuit starts supplying a current to the load element; and a second signal line configured to control a timing at which the voltage supply circuit is turned off,wherein the voltage supply circuit starts applying a voltage before the current output circuit supplies a current to the load element, and
a timing at which the current output circuit starts supplying a current differs from a timing at which the voltage supply circuit turns off application of a voltage.

US Pat. No. 11,067,915

CLEANING MEMBER USED IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING OPTICAL PRINT HEAD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING OPTICAL PRINT HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...


1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member;
an exposure head including a plurality of light emitting elements configured to expose the photosensitive member, a lens array including a plurality of lenses configured to collect light emitted from the plurality of light emitting elements, and a magnetic holder configured to hold the plurality of light emitting elements and the lens array, the lens array protruding from the holder;
a cleaning member to be inserted from outside of the image forming apparatus to clean a light emission surface of the lens array,
the cleaning member including:
a rod formed of resin;
a cleaner configured to contact and clean the light emission surface;
a magnet disposed on the rod and configured to generate a magnetic force; and
an attracting portion positioned closer to the holder than the cleaner is, in an optical axis direction of a single lens of the plurality of lenses, in a state that the cleaning member is inserted in the image forming apparatus, the attracting portion configured to attract the holder based on the magnetic force farther outside than the lens in a short-side direction of the holder so that the cleaner is in contact with the light emission surface.

US Pat. No. 11,067,913

ELECTROSTATIC IMAGE DEVELOPING TONER, ELECTROSTATIC IMAGE DEVELOPER, TONER CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

FUJIFILM Business Innovat...


1. An electrostatic image developing toner comprising:toner particles;
layered compound particles; and
inorganic particles,
wherein a proportion of irregular-shaped inorganic particles to the entire inorganic particles is 2% by number or more and 70% by number or less, the irregular-shaped inorganic particles having a circularity of 0.5 or more and 0.9 or less and a size of 0.015 ?m or more and 0.350 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 11,067,912

PRINTED LABELS WITH AN OVERCOAT

HP Indigo B.V., Amstelve...


1. A method of providing a printed label, the method comprising:providing a printed label substrate having disposed thereon an electrostatically printed ink, wherein the printed label substrate comprises a synthetic polymer material and has disposed thereon a primer wherein the primer is disposed between the synthetic polymer material and the electrostatically printed ink;
applying a UV curable overcoat composition to the printed ink, wherein the UV curable overcoat composition comprises(i) a component selected from UV curable monomers and UV curable oligomers, and
(ii) a slip agent;

curing the overcoat composition under UV irradiation with an output power of 2500 W or less.

US Pat. No. 11,067,911

DISPERSANT-ATTACHED POLYTETRAFLUOROETHYLENE PARTICLE, COMPOSITION, LAYER-SHAPED ARTICLE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTORECEPTOR, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJIFILM Business Innovat...


1. A dispersant-attached polytetrafluoroethylene particle comprising:a polytetrafluoroethylene particle; and
a dispersant that contains a fluorine atom and is attached to a surface of the polytetrafluoroethylene particle,
wherein the dispersant-attached polytetrafluoroethylene particle has a particle size distribution index [D50-D10] of 50 nm or more, and
the dispersant-attached polytetrafluoroethylene particle has a particle size distribution index [D5] of 50 nm or more and 300 nm or less.

US Pat. No. 11,067,910

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTORECEPTOR, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...


1. An electrophotographic photoreceptor comprising: in series,a support;
a photosensitive layer; and
a protection layer, wherein the protection layer contains a copolymer of a composition containing a compound represented by the following formula (1) and a compound represented by the following formula (2):





in formula (1), R11 and R12 each independently represent an alkyl group having one to four carbon atoms and optionally bonded to each other to form a ring, R13 represents an alkyl group having one to four carbon atoms, R14 and R15 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, and R16 and R17 each independently represent an alkylene group having one to four carbon atoms,




in formula (2), A represents a hole-transporting group, P1 represents an monovalent functional group represented by the following formula (3) or (4),
a represents an integer of 1 to 4, and P1 represents the same group or different groups represented by the following formula (3) or (4) when a is an integer of 2 to 4:




in formula (3), X1 represents a (n+1)valent linking group formed by combining two or more selected from the group consisting of an alkylene group, —C(?O)—, —N(L)-, —S—, and —O— and is bonded to P1 in formula (2), and
in N(L)-, L represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an aralkyl group,




in formula (4), R41 represents an alkylene group and is bonded to P1 in formula (2); X2 and X3 represent a (n+1)valent linking group formed by combining two or more selected from the group consisting of an alkylene group, —C(?O)—, —N(L)-, —S—, and —O— and are the same as or different from each other; and
in N(L)-, L represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an aralkyl group,
and
a compound obtained by substituting an hydrogen atom for a moiety of A that is bonded to P1 in formula (2) being represented by the following formula (5) or (6):




in formula (5), R4, R5, and R6 represent a phenyl group, biphenyl group, or fluorenyl group that optionally have an alkyl group having one to six carbon atoms and R4, R5, and R6 are the same as or different from each other,




in formula (6), R7, R8, R9, R10, R11, and R12 represent a phenyl group that optionally have an alkyl group having one to six carbon atoms and R7, R8, R9, R10, R11, and R12 are the same as or different from each other.

US Pat. No. 11,067,909

TERPHENYL COMPOUND, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING TERPHENYL COMPOUND

KYOCERA Document Solution...


1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a conductive substrate and a photosensitive layer, whereinthe photosensitive layer contains at least a charge generating material, a hole transport material, and a binder resin,
the hole transport material includes a compound represented by general formula (1) shown below,
the binder resin includes a polyarylate resin,
the polyarylate resin isa polyarylate resin including repeating units represented by chemical formula (10-2), chemical formula (11-X1), and chemical formula (11-X2), or
a polyarylate resin including repeating units represented by chemical formula (10-1), chemical formula (12-1), and chemical formula (11-X3), and

the photosensitive layer includes a charge generating layer containing the charge generating material and a charge transport layer containing the hole transport material and the binder resin, or the photosensitive layer is a single-layer photosensitive layer containing the charge generating material, the hole transport material, and the binder resin,




wherein in the general formula (1),
R1 and R2 each represent, independently of one another, a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, or an ethyl group, and a sum of the number of carbon atoms of the chemical group represented by R1 and the number of carbon atoms of the chemical group represented by R2 is 2, and
R3 and R4 each represent, independently of one another, a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, or an ethyl group, and a sum of the number of carbon atoms of the chemical group represented by R3 and the number of carbon atoms of the chemical group represented by R4 is 2





US Pat. No. 11,067,908

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...


1. A measurement apparatus that measures a position of a mark formed between a first surface and a second surface on a side opposite to the first surface of a substrate, the apparatus comprising:a stage configured to hold and move the substrate;
a first detector configured to detect an image of the mark;
a second detector configured to detect a height position of the first surface; and
a processor configured to determine, based on the height position of the first surface detected by the second detector, an offset amount used to set the focus of the first detector to the mark,
wherein the processor includes a first mode in which the offset amount is determined based on a first distance set as a distance from the first surface to the mark, and a second mode in which the offset amount is determined based on a second distance set as a distance from the second surface to the mark.

US Pat. No. 11,067,907

TARGET SUPPLY DEVICE, EXTREME ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT GENERATING APPARATUS, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Gigaphoton Inc., Tochigi...


1. A target supply device comprising:a nozzle from which a target substance is output;
a vibrating element driven by a square wave electric signal and configured to generate a droplet of the target substance by vibrating the target substance to be output from the nozzle through a vibration propagating path;
a temperature adjusting mechanism configured to adjust, to a specified temperature, a temperature of a vibration propagating path member including at least part of the vibration propagating path;
a droplet detecting unit configured to detect the droplet generated by driving the vibrating element and to output a signal containing information on a droplet detection interval indicating a time interval of droplets that are continuously generated; and
a control unit configured to determine, based on the droplet detection interval, an operation specified temperature that is the specified temperature of the vibration propagating path member when the droplet is irradiated with a laser beam, and an operation duty value that is a duty value of the electric signal used for driving the vibrating element when the droplet is irradiated with the laser beam.

US Pat. No. 11,067,906

DROPLET CATCHER SYSTEM OF EUV LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND EUV LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS MAINTENANCE METHOD

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...


1. A droplet catcher system of an EUV lithography apparatus, comprising:a catcher body, comprising a tube portion and a flange connected to the tube portion, wherein the flange divides the tube portion into a first section and a second section, the first section extends between the flange and an open end of the tube portion, and the second section extends from the flange away from the open end;
a first heat transfer part, directly attached to the catcher body and arranged along the first section and the second section;
a second heat transfer part, directly attached to the catcher body;
a heat exchanger, thermally coupled to the second heat transfer part; and
a controller, electrically coupled to the heat exchanger and the first heat transfer part.

US Pat. No. 11,067,905

REAL-TIME AUTOFOCUS FOR MASKLESS LITHOGRAPHY ON SUBSTRATES

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...


1. A method of patterning a substrate, comprising:applying a plurality of laser beams across a substrate while the substrate is positioned on a stage in an imaging apparatus in an initial position relative to an exposure source of the imaging apparatus, the substrate comprising a photoresist and a metallic material;
receiving, by a plurality of sensors coupled to the imaging apparatus, in response to applying the plurality of laser beams, a plurality of images of each pixel of a plurality of pixels;
determining a percentage of noise in the plurality of images received from each sensor for each pixel of the plurality of pixels in response to the applying of the plurality of laser beams to the metallic material of the substrate;
filtering out the percentage of noise from the plurality of images from each sensor for each pixel of the plurality of pixels;
subsequently, calculating a centroid of the substrate based on the plurality of images;
determining, based on the calculating of the centroid for each sensor of the plurality of sensors, a focus deviation;
adjusting, the substrate to an exposure position from the initial position, the exposure position being different than the initial position, and the adjusting the exposure source autofocusing the exposure source on the substrate; and
subsequent to adjusting the substrate, exposing the substrate to the exposure source, wherein exposing the substrate forms a plurality of features in the substrate.

US Pat. No. 11,067,904

SYSTEM FOR COMBINED IMAGING AND SCATTEROMETRY METROLOGY

KLA Corporation, Milpita...


1. A system comprising:one or more metrology tools, wherein the one or more metrology tools comprise at least one of an imaging metrology tool or a scatterometry metrology tool, wherein the one or more metrology systems are configured to measure at least one of an image or a scatterometry signal from a metrology target, wherein the metrology target comprises:a first layer and at least a second layer, wherein the at least the second layer is positioned above at least a portion of the first layer; and
two or more target cells, wherein at least some of the target cells of the two or more target cells include a first set of periodic structures formed in the first layer and at least a second set of periodic structures formed in the at least the second layer,
wherein adjacent periodic structures in the first set of periodic structures are separated by a first selected pitch,
wherein adjacent periodic structures in the second set of periodic structures are separated by a second selected pitch, wherein the first selected pitch between adjacent periodic structures in the first set of periodic structures is equal to the second selected pitch between adjacent periodic structures in the at least the second set of periodic structures within at least some of the target cells of the two or more target cells,
wherein a periodic structure in the first set of periodic structures is separated from a corresponding periodic structure in the at least the second set of periodic structures by a predetermined offset,
wherein a periodic structure in the first set of periodic structures and a corresponding periodic structure in the second set of periodic structures are parallel,
wherein a periodic structure in the first set of periodic structures includes at least one different dimension from a corresponding periodic structure in the at least the second set of periodic structures; and

a processor configured to:receive one or more metrology measurements from the one or more metrology tools; and
perform one or more analysis procedures on the received one or more metrology measurements.


US Pat. No. 11,067,903

METHOD FOR MEASURING CRITICAL DIMENSION OF PHOTORESIST PATTERN

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....


1. A method for measuring a critical dimension of a photoresist comprising:obtaining intensity data by scanning a target substrate on which photoresist patterns are disposed;
setting a plurality of unit areas;
extracting the intensity data corresponding to the unit areas;
calculating corrected intensity data at the unit areas by processing the extracted intensity data; and
calculating critical dimension data of the photoresist patterns of the unit areas from the corrected intensity data,
wherein the obtaining of the intensity data by scanning the target substrate includes setting a first scan area and a second scan area overlapping the first scan area and having a same width as the first scan area, obtaining first intensity data by scanning the first scan area, and obtaining second intensity data by scanning the second scan area.

US Pat. No. 11,067,902

COMPUTATIONAL METROLOGY

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...


1. A method, comprising:obtaining, for each geometric or pattern layout feature of a plurality of geometric or pattern layout features of a pattern for forming a functional device in or on a substrate using a patterning process, a modelled or simulated relation of a parameter of the patterning process between a metrology target for the substrate and the feature;
based on the relation and measured values of the parameter from the metrology target, generating, by a hardware computer, a distribution of the parameter across at least part of the substrate for each feature of the plurality of features; and
analyzing the distributions in combination with actual or expected behavior of at least part of the patterning process to identify one or more features of the plurality of features as a critical feature.

US Pat. No. 11,067,901

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMAGE ANALYSIS

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...


1. A method comprising:obtaining a logistic mathematical model predicting formation of a physical structure created using a patterning process;
evaluating, by a hardware computer, the logistic mathematical model to predict formation of a part of the physical structure and generate an output; and
adapting, based on the output, an aspect of the patterning process.

US Pat. No. 11,067,900

DENSE LINE EXTREME ULTRAVIOLET LITHOGRAPHY SYSTEM WITH DISTORTION MATCHING

Nikon Corporation


1. An extreme ultraviolet lithography system that transfers a pattern of a plurality of parallel lines onto a workpiece that includes an existing pattern, the workpiece including a first die, a second die, and a third die that are aligned along a first axis, with the second die being positioned between the first die and the third die along the first axis, the lithography system comprising:a workpiece stage assembly that retains and moves the workpiece;
a projection optical assembly that projects and transfers an image of the plurality of parallel lines, within an exposure field, onto the workpiece as the workpiece is moved relative to the exposure field during a first scan, exposure during the first scan resulting in a first portion of a first stripe of the imaged plurality of parallel lines extending generally along the first axis, the first scan sequentially exposing the first die and the third die; and
a control system that controls the workpiece stage assembly to move the workpiece relative to the exposure field along a first scan trajectory that is generally along the first axis during the first scan;
wherein the projection optical assembly further projects and transfers the image of the plurality of parallel lines, within the exposure field, onto the workpiece as the workpiece is moved relative to the exposure field during a second scan, exposure during the second scan resulting in a second portion of the first stripe of the imaged plurality of parallel lines extending generally along the first axis, the second scan exposing the second die, but not exposing the first die and the third die; and
wherein the control system controls the workpiece stage assembly to move the workpiece relative to the exposure field along a second scan trajectory that is generally along the first axis during the second scan.

US Pat. No. 11,067,899

SCATTERING LITHOGRAPHY

Vathys, Inc., Portland, ...


1. A photolithography system comprising:a light source configured to emit one or more laser beams “laser beams”);
a reflector configured to receive the laser beams from the light source and focus the received laser beams on a condensing lens;
a scattering medium configured to receive the focused laser beams and generate scattered laser beams;
a processor configured to:generate a transmission matrix based on an input/output response of the scattering medium;
determine a correlation between the transmission matrix and the scattered laser beams; and
based on the correlation, configure a wave-front shaping module to receive the scattered laser beams and generate a focused laser beam on a silicon wafer.


US Pat. No. 11,067,898

GAMMA RAY GENERATOR, GAMMA RAY LITHOGRAPHY SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PERFORMING GAMMA RAY LITHOGRAPHY

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...


9. A gamma ray lithography system, comprising:a gamma ray generator, configured to generate a substantially uniform gamma ray, and comprising:a plurality of gamma ray sources; and
a rotational carrier, configured to hold the gamma ray sources and rotate along a rotational axis; and

a wafer stage, disposed below the gamma ray generator, configured to secure a wafer.

US Pat. No. 11,067,897

PHOTORESIST BAKING APPARATUS WITH COVER PLATE HAVING UNEVEN EXHAUST HOLE DISTRIBUTION

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...


1. A photoresist baking apparatus, comprising:a baking chamber having an exhaust port on a sidewall of the baking chamber;
a hot plate disposed in the baking chamber, configured to support a wafer and heat a photoresist material over the wafer;
an exhaust line coupled to the exhaust port, configured to exhaust out an atmosphere inside the baking chamber; and
a cover plate disposed over the hot plate and between the hot plate and the exhaust port, wherein the cover plate has a plurality of exhaust holes to allow air to flow through,
wherein a size of one of the exhaust holes farther from the exhaust port is larger than a size of one of the exhaust holes closer to the exhaust port,
wherein the exhaust line is configured to exhaust out the atmosphere inside the baking chamber via the exhaust port in an exhaust direction,
wherein the exhaust holes comprise a first exhaust hole and a second exhaust hole arranged in a first direction parallel to the exhaust direction, and the exhaust holes further comprise a third exhaust hole and a fourth exhaust hole arranged in a second direction perpendicular to the exhaust direction,
wherein the first exhaust hole is farther from the exhaust port than the second exhaust hole, and a size of the first exhaust hole is larger than that of the second exhaust hole, and
wherein the third exhaust hole is farther from the exhaust port than the fourth exhaust hole, and a size of the third exhaust hole is larger than that of the fourth exhaust hole.

US Pat. No. 11,067,896

DYNAMIC ADJUSTMENT OF POST EXPOSURE BAKE DURING LITHOGRAPHY UTILIZING REAL-TIME FEEDBACK FOR WAFER EXPOSURE DELAY

International Business Ma...


1. A method of optimizing a lithographic process for semiconductor fabrication, the method comprising:determining that a semiconductor wafer experienced a photoresist exposure delay, wherein the photoresist exposure delay is a delay between application of a photoresist material to the semiconductor wafer and exposure of the photoresist material;
adjusting at least one operating parameter of a post exposure baking process based on the semiconductor wafer having experienced the photoresist exposure delay; and
performing the post exposure baking process on the semiconductor wafer utilizing the adjusted at least one operating parameter.

US Pat. No. 11,067,894

EXPOSURE METHOD, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

NIKON CORPORATION, Tokyo...


1. An exposure apparatus that exposes a substrate with an illumination light via a projection optical system, the apparatus comprising:a stage that is disposed below the projection optical system and holds the substrate;
a drive system having a planar motor to drive the stage;
an encoder system that has a plurality of heads and measures positional information of the stage, the plurality of heads being provided at the stage and irradiating a scale member disposed above the stage with a measurement beam from below the scale member; and
a controller coupled to the drive system and the encoder system,
wherein the scale member has four sections in each of which a reflective grating is formed and an opening substantially surrounded by the four sections, and the scale member is disposed substantially parallel to a predetermined plane so that the projection optical system is located in the opening, the predetermined plane being orthogonal to an optical axis of the projection optical system,
wherein the plurality of heads have four heads that irradiate the four sections, respectively, with the measurement beams in a part of an exposure operation of the substrate,of the four heads, a first head and a second head being disposed at a spacing wider than a width of the opening in a first direction within the predetermined plane,
the first head and a third head being disposed at a spacing wider than a width of the opening in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction within the predetermined plane,
the third head and a fourth head being disposed at a spacing wider than the width of the opening in the first direction, and
the second head and the fourth head being disposed at a spacing wider than the width of the opening in the second direction, and

wherein a movement area where the stage is moved in the exposure operation includes a first area, a second area, a third area, a fourth area and a fifth area,in the first area, the second, the third and the fourth heads of the four heads excluding the first head respectively irradiating a second section, a third section and a fourth section of the four sections excluding a first section, with the measurement beams,
in the second area, the first, the third and the fourth heads of the four heads excluding the second head respectively irradiating the first, the third and the fourth sections of the four sections excluding the second section, with the measurement beams,
in the third area, the first, the second and the fourth heads of the four heads excluding the third head respectively irradiating the first, the second and the fourth sections of the four sections excluding the third section, with the measurement beams,
in the fourth area, the first, the second and the third heads of the four heads excluding the fourth head respectively irradiating the first, the second and the third sections of the four sections excluding the fourth section, with the measurement beams, and
in the fifth area, the first, the second, the third and the fourth heads respectively irradiating the first, the second, the third and the fourth sections, with the measurement beams, and

wherein the controller acquires correction information for compensating for a measurement error of the encoder system that occurs due to a displacement between the four sections within the predetermined plane, based on outputs of the four heads that respectively irradiate the four sections with the measurement beams in the fifth area, and the controller uses the correction information in another part of the exposure operation different from the part of the exposure operation, in the another part the stage being moved in the first area, the second area, the third area or the fourth area.

US Pat. No. 11,067,893

COMPOSITIONS AND PROCESSES FOR SELF-ASSEMBLY OF BLOCK COPOLYMERS

Merck Patent GMbH, Darms...


1. A styrenic polymer, wherein the styrenic polymer has a polydispersity of 1 to 1.1 and further wherein each polymer chain of the styrenic polymer is capped with one end group of structure 1)




wherein L1 is a linking group selected from the group consisting of a direct valence bond, oxy (—O—), carbonyloxy, (—(C?O)—O—), and carbonate (—O—(C?O)—O—); L2 is selected from the group consisting of a C-1 to C-20 substituted or unsubstituted alkylene spacer, an arylene spacer and a direct valence bond, R is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, a halide, a C-1 to C-20 alkyl moiety, and a C-1 to C-20 alkyloxy moiety, m is 1 to 3; and represents the direct valence bond attaching the end group 1) to the end polymer chain of the styrenic polymer.

US Pat. No. 11,067,891

TEMPERATURE CONTROLLING APPARATUS

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...


1. A temperature controlling apparatus, comprising:a platen;
a fluid source that supplies a fluid;
a first conduit comprising a first inlet in fluid communication with the fluid source, a first outlet and a first heater configured to heat the fluid to a first heating temperature, wherein the fluid having the first heating temperature is dispensed on the platen through the first outlet;
a second conduit comprising a second inlet in fluid communication with the fluid source, a second outlet and a second heater configured to heat the fluid to a second heating temperature different from the first heating temperature, wherein the fluid having the second heating temperature is dispensed on the platen through the second outlet; and
a plurality of outlet thermal sensors disposed at the first outlet and the second outlet to sense temperature of the fluid dispensed from the first outlet and the second outlet respectively.

US Pat. No. 11,067,890

ACTINIC RAY-SENSITIVE OR RADIATION-SENSITIVE RESIN COMPOSITION, RESIST FILM, PATTERN FORMING METHOD, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTRONIC DEVICE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...


1. An actinic ray-sensitive or radiation-sensitive resin composition comprising a compound represented by General Formula (1),



in General Formula (1), X represents a sulfur atom or an iodine atom; m represents 1 or 2, in a case where X is a sulfur atom, m is 2, and in a case where X is an iodine atom, m is 1; each R1 independently represents an alkyl group or alkenyl group which may have a heteroatom, an aromatic heterocyclic group, or an aromatic hydrocarbon ring group; in a case where m is 2, two R1's may be bonded to each other to form a ring; R2 represents a divalent linking group; R3 represents a divalent linking group having no aromatic group; and Y? represents an anionic moiety, and
the pKa of the compound represented by General Formula (1) as Y? is protonated is ?1 to 1.0.

US Pat. No. 11,067,889

COMPOUND, COMPOSITION, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME, UNDERLAYER FILM FORMING MATERIAL FOR LITHOGRAPHY, COMPOSITION FOR UNDERLAYER FILM FORMATION FOR LITHOGRAPHY, AND PURIFICATION METHOD

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical C...


9. A compound represented by the following formula (1):



wherein R1 is a 2n-valent group of 1 to 60 carbon atoms or a single bond; R2 to R5 are each independently a linear, branched, or cyclic alkyl group of 1 to 30 carbon atoms, an aryl group of 6 to 30 carbon atoms, an alkenyl group of 2 to 30 carbon atoms, a group represented by the following formula (A), a group represented by the following formula (B), a thiol group, or a hydroxy group, wherein at least one selected from the group consisting of R2 and R3 is a group represented by the following formula (A); at least one selected from the group consisting of R4 and R5 is a group represented by the following formula (A); m2 and m3 are each independently an integer of 0 to 8; m4 and m5 are each independently an integer of 0 to 9, provided that m2 and m3 are not 0 at the same time and m4 and m5 are not 0 at the same time; n is an integer of 1 to 4; and p2 to p5 are each independently an integer of 0 to 2:




wherein each R6 is independently an alkylene group of 1 to 4 carbon atoms; and m? is an integer of 1 or larger, and




wherein R6 is as defined above; R7 is a hydrogen atom or a methyl group; and m? is 0 or an integer of 1 or larger.

US Pat. No. 11,067,888

RESIST COMPOSITION AND METHOD OF FORMING RESIST PATTERN

Tokyo Ohka Kogyo Co., Ltd...


1. A resist composition which generates an acid upon exposure and whose solubility in a developing solution is changed due to an action of the acid, the resist composition comprising:a base material component (A) whose solubility in a developing solution is changed due to the action of an acid; and
an acid generator component (B) which generates an acid upon exposure,
wherein the base material component (A) contains a polymer compound (A1) having a constitutional unit (a0) represented by Formula (a0-1), and
wherein the acid generator component (B) contains a compound (B1) represented by Formula (b 1):




wherein, R represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms, or a halogenated alkyl group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms; Va0 represents a divalent hydrocarbon group which may have a substituent; na0 represents an integer of 0 to 2; and Ra00 represents an acid dissociable group represented by Formula (a0-r1-1):




wherein Ra01 and Ra02 each independently represent a hydrocarbon group which may have a substituent; Ra01 and Ra02 may be bonded to each other to form a ring structure; Ya0, represents a quaternary carbon atom; and Ra031, Ra032, and Ra033 each independently represent a hydrocarbon group which may have a substituent, and two or more of Ra031, Ra032, and Ra033 may be bonded to one another to form a ring structure,




wherein Rb1 represents a monovalent hydrocarbon group represented by any one of Formula (Rb1-1) to (Rb1-3); Yb1 represents a divalent linking group having a hetero atom or a single bond; Vb1 represents an alkylene group, a fluorinated alkylene group, or a single bond; Rf1 represents a hydrogen atom, a fluorine atom, or a fluorinated alkyl group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms, m represents an integer of 1 or greater, and Mm+ represents an m-valent organic cation,




wherein in Formula (Rb1-1), RS11, RS12, and RS13 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a hydroxyl group, or a substituent having a hetero atom other than a hydroxyl group, provided that at least one of RS11, RS12, and RS13 represents a hydroxyl group;
in Formula (Rb1-2), RS21 and RS22 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a hydroxyl group, or a substituent having a hetero atom other than a hydroxyl group, provided that at least one of RS21 and RS22 represents a hydroxyl group; RS23 represents an alkyl group which may have a hetero atom;
in Formula (Rb1-3), RS31, RS32, and RS33 each represent a hydrogen atom, a hydroxyl group, or a substituent having a hetero atom other than a hydroxyl group, provided that at least one of RS31, RS32, and RS33 represents a hydroxyl group; RS34 represents a lactone-containing cyclic group; and
in Formulae, the symbol “*” represents a bonding site to be bonded to Yb1 in Formula (b1).

US Pat. No. 11,067,887

APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING PELLICLE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...


1. An apparatus for manufacturing a pellicle, the apparatus comprising:a chamber having a space for assembling the pellicle for covering a photomask;
a vaporizer comprising a container to generate a vapor atmosphere in the chamber; and
a pellicle support frame inside the chamber to support the pellicle to be assembled in the chamber, the pellicle frame including:
a plate inside the chamber, the plate including a cavity, and
a protrusion on a top surface of the plate, the protrusion surrounding the cavity of the plate.

US Pat. No. 11,067,885

LASER PROJECTION ILLUMINATION SYSTEM

BARCO NV, Kortrijk (BE)


1. A light beam projection assembly comprising:a first two-dimensional cluster of laser illumination sources arranged to provide a first cluster of light beams comprising a multiple of individual first light beams neighboring each other in a two-dimensional distribution, said first cluster having an initial first etendue, and
a second two-dimensional cluster of laser illumination sources arranged to provide a second cluster of light beams comprising a multiple of individual second light beams neighboring each other in a two-dimensional distribution, said second cluster having an initial second etendue,
the first and second two-dimensional clusters of light beams each comprising a single color, wherein the initial first etendue is different from the initial second etendue, and
means for changing the direction of said first cluster and/or said second cluster of light beams;
wherein said laser illumination sources are arranged so that a total etendue of the first cluster of light beams having the initial first etendue is substantially equal to a total etendue of the second cluster of light beams having the initial second etendue; and
wherein the means for changing the direction comprise a mirror system and are arranged so that the clusters of light beams are brought into a combined cluster light beam having substantially the same etendue as the maximum of said initial first etendue and said initial second etendue.

US Pat. No. 11,067,884

THROUGH-DISPLAY OPTICAL TRANSMISSION, RECEPTION, OR SENSING THROUGH MICRO-OPTIC ELEMENTS

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...


1. A device, comprising:a display stack including a set of opaque elements defining a translucent aperture extending through the display stack;
an optical receiver spaced apart from and behind a back surface of the display stack; and
at least one micro-lens formed on the back surface of the display stack, between the display stack and the optical receiver, the at least one micro-lens including a micro-lens having a focal point located within the translucent aperture; wherein:
the optical receiver is configured to receive light through the translucent aperture and the at least one micro-lens.

US Pat. No. 11,067,883

PROJECTION DEVICE

TRIPLE WIN TECHNOLOGY(SHE...


1. A projection device, wherein the projection device comprises:a first lens component;
a second lens component, the first lens component and the second lens component are not integral;
a first reflecting sheet embedded in the first lens component;
a second reflecting sheet embedded in the second lens component, the second reflecting sheet is opposite to the first reflecting sheet;
a light source opposite to the first reflecting sheet;
a diffractive optical element opposite to the second reflecting sheet; and
a rotating subassembly, the rotating subassembly is used to drive the second lens component to rotate relative to the first lens component.

US Pat. No. 11,067,882

ILLUMINATION SYSTEM AND PROJECTION APPARATUS

Coretronic Corporation, ...


1. An illumination system, comprising an exciting light source module, a wavelength converter and an anisotropic diffusion element, whereinthe exciting light source module is configured to emit an exciting beam;
the wavelength converter is disposed on a transmission path of the exciting beam; and
the anisotropic diffusion element is disposed on the transmission path of the exciting beam and located between the exciting light source module and the wavelength converter, wherein the anisotropic diffusion element allows the passing exciting beam to expand in a light expanding direction, and the light expanding direction is parallel to a fast axis of the exciting beam,
wherein the wavelength converter is configured to rotate around a central axis, and at a position of the wavelength converter illuminated by the exciting beam, the fast axis of the exciting beam is parallel to a radial direction of the wavelength converter about the central axis.