US Pat. No. 10,990,181

DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING A VIBRATING ELEMENT

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A display device comprising:a display panel;
a touch member disposed on the display panel and configured to sense a touch signal;
a cover panel sheet disposed under the display panel and having an opening via which at least a part of the display panel is exposed, wherein the cover panel sheet comprises a light-absorbing member disposed under the display panel;
a first vibrating element disposed in the opening;
a touch drive chip electrically connected to the touch member and configured to detect touch coordinates in response to the touch signal;
a processor electrically connected to the touch drive chip and configured to receive the touch coordinates to generate a pattern signal corresponding to the touch coordinates; and
a haptic drive chip electrically connected to the processor and configured to receive the pattern signal to control the first vibrating element,
wherein the first vibrating element is operated differently for different periods of time.

US Pat. No. 10,990,180

TACTILE PRESENTATION DEVICE

FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED...

1. A tactile presentation device comprising:a substrate that has a lower surface on which a vibration generation element is mounted, and an upper surface opposite to the lower surface;
a first adhesive layer that is disposed on the upper surface of the substrate;
a first elastic layer that is directly in contact with the first adhesive layer, and has a lower elastic modulus than an elastic modulus of the substrate;
wherein the elastic modulus of the first elastic layer corresponding to a frequency of an ultrasonic band of the vibration generation element is equal to or more than 1 GPa.

US Pat. No. 10,990,179

HAPTIC PRESENTATION APPARATUS

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A haptic presentation apparatus comprising:a force sensor configured to detect force input to an operation portion that is operated by a user, and generate an electric signal corresponding to the detected force input;
a vibration actuator configured to present tactile sensation to the user;
a vibration damping sheet configured to be interposed between the force sensor and the vibration actuator;
a first mechanical part contacting the force sensor; and
a second mechanical part contacting the vibration actuator, wherein the vibration damping sheet is provided between the first mechanical part and the second mechanical part, such that the vibration damping sheet contact neither the force sensor nor the vibration actuator,
wherein the operation portion includes a contact portion that comes into contact with a part of the user,
the vibration actuator is provided adjacent to the contact portion, and
the vibration damping sheet is interposed between the force sensor and the vibration actuator adjacent to the contact portion,
wherein the operation portion is a grasping interface including a movable portion that is displaced upon receiving the force input by the user, and includes the contact portion in the movable portion, the contact portion coming into the contact with a finger of the user, and
the vibration damping sheet is provided to the movable portion.

US Pat. No. 10,990,178

DEVICE FOR PROVIDING TACTILE STIMULATION

BHAPTICS INC., Daejeon (...

1. A tactile stimulation providing apparatus comprising:a grid-shaped tube structure comprising a plurality of tubes integrally formed;
a plurality of actuators and a plurality of actuator cases respectively corresponding to the plurality of actuators, wherein each of the actuator cases includes:
a cap covering an upper portion of a corresponding actuator; and
a base covering a lower portion of the actuator, the base being connected to the cap to fix the actuator,
wherein the plurality of actuator cases are engaged with the grid-shaped tube structure to fix the actuator cases at intersections of the grid-shaped tube structure
wherein each of the actuator cases includes an actuator accommodating space formed in the base,
wherein the cap includes a tube accommodating space at a center thereof, and at least one pair of insertion holes at opposite sides thereof connected to the tube accommodating space, and
wherein at least one of the plurality of the tubes of the grid-shaped tube structure passes through the at least one pair of insertion holes and the tube accommodating space.

US Pat. No. 10,990,177

TACTILE TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND USER INTERFACE SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME

Korea Institute of Scienc...

1. A tactile transmission device, comprising:a base unit forming one surface of the tactile transmission device;
a tip-tilt elastic member stacked on the base unit and configured to transmit a tactile feel to a finger of a user in a first direction oriented upward from a bottom surface of the finger and a second direction intersecting the first direction at a predetermined angle; and
a cover disposed at an upper side of the tip-tilt elastic member to form another surface of the tactile transmission device,
wherein the tip-tilt elastic member includes:
a load support unit provided at a center portion of the tip-tilt elastic member and configured to support a load of the finger; and
a pressing unit provided at an edge portion of the tip-tilt elastic member and configured to press in the first direction,
wherein a first wire-type actuator is installed at the pressing unit, and when being elastically deformed, the first wire-type actuator presses the pressing unit to elastically deform the tip-tilt elastic member so that the tactile feel is transmitted to the finger in the first and second directions, and
wherein guide pillars extending upward from the base unit to the cover are formed at four corners of the base unit, and the guide pillars have first guide grooves formed in a longitudinal direction to accommodate the first wire-type actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,990,176

HAPTICS DEVICE FOR PRODUCING DIRECTIONAL SOUND AND HAPTIC SENSATIONS

Harman International Indu...

1. A system for providing audio content and haptic sensations to a user, the system comprising:a first device comprising a plurality of transducers; and
a processor coupled to the plurality of transducers and
configured to:
determine a sound tone and a haptic sensation to deliver to a user;
select a first location at which to deliver audio output corresponding to the sound tone and a second location to which to deliver haptic output corresponding to the haptic sensation;
configure a first set of transducers from the plurality of transducers to deliver the audio output to the first location; and
configure a second set of transducers from the plurality of transducers to generate the haptic output for delivery to the second location,
wherein the second location is at a position located away from the second set of transducers.

US Pat. No. 10,990,175

BRAIN COMPUTER INTERFACE FOR AUGMENTED REALITY

Cognixion, Santa Barbara...

1. A method of implementing a brain computer interface (BCI) in a wireless headset, comprising:utilizing an augmented reality display;
generating at least one of visual, auditory, or haptic stimulation to a user's occipital lobe and a user's somatosensory cortex, the method producing detectable brain wave frequencies;
processing the detectable brain wave frequencies, thereby facilitating mapping of bio-signals to digital commands;
associating the digital commands to a device;
operating the device according to the digital commands;
stimulating the user's somatosensory cortex, wherein the stimulating includes biofeedback confirmation of the operating of the device;
utilizing one or more sensors for reading a bio-signal from the user;
utilizing a processing module, including a processor that analyzes and maps the bio-signal into an output on the augmented reality display, wherein the processing module has different user selectable modes that include a raw mode, a simmer mode, a cooked mode, and a human interface device-keyboard mode;
utilizing at least one biofeedback device in communication with the processing module, wherein the at least one biofeedback device provides feedback to the user; and
utilizing a battery, wherein the battery provides power to at least one of the augmented reality display, the one or more sensors, the processing module, the at least one biofeedback device, and combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,990,173

SYSTEM FOR TRACKING NON-VERBALLY COMMUNICATED PATIENT COMFORT FEEDBACK

1. A system for tracking patient comfort feedback, comprising:a patient comfort feedback capturing device configured to receive from a patient, during an in-person treatment session, contemporaneous comfort feedback data responsive to a perceived change in patient comfort resulting from a practitioner action performed during the in-person treatment session;
a treatment location data capturing device, separate from the patient comfort feedback capturing device, configured to, during the in-person treatment session, capture location data automatically or by practitioner entry, the location data corresponding to an anatomical location of patient treatment corresponding to the practitioner action; and
an interface configured to electronically receive the contemporaneous comfort feedback data and the location data, and to store, in at least one non-transitory computer-readable medium, the contemporaneous comfort feedback data in association with the location data and a time of capture of the contemporaneous comfort feedback data.

US Pat. No. 10,990,171

AUDIO INDICATORS OF USER ATTENTION IN AR/VR ENVIRONMENT

FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LL...

1. A method in a wearable display of an AR/VR system, the method comprising:sounding, using the wearable display, an audio to a second user of the AR/VR system, wherein the audio originated from a first user of the AR/VR system and has a parameter of an audio communication channel from the first user to the second user, wherein the parameter is changed from a first value to a second value, so as to make the first user more audible to the second user, when a processor executing instructions to process eye tracking data of the first user has determined that a vergence of a gaze of the first user is at the second user or an avatar of the second user in an image displayed to the first user.

US Pat. No. 10,990,169

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ASSISTING VIRTUAL GESTURES BASED ON VIEWING FRUSTUM

Rec Room Inc., Seattle, ...

1. A system comprising:an endpoint system including one or more computing devices programmed to:
present an object in a virtual environment;
receive gaze input corresponding to a gaze of a user of the endpoint system;
calculate a gaze vector based on the gaze input;
receive motion input corresponding to an action of the user that causes motion of the object in the virtual environment along an original flight path that is based on the motion input;
simulate motion of the object within the virtual environment based at least in part on the motion input and the gaze vector, wherein the simulated motion comprises a first stage in which the motion of the object follows the original flight path and a second stage in which the motion of the object follows an adjusted flight path that moves toward the gaze vector.

US Pat. No. 10,990,168

COMPENSATING FOR A MOVEMENT OF A SENSOR ATTACHED TO A BODY OF A USER

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method of compensating for a movement of a device worn by a user, the method comprising:measuring, using a first sensor of the device, a motion of the head of the user wearing the device;
measuring, using a second sensor, a motion of the device;
determining a difference in the motion of the device with respect to the motion of the head of the user; and
compensating for the difference in the motion of the device with respect to the motion of the head of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,990,167

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD USING PROJECTION MATRICES TO GENERATE IMAGE FRAMES

Varjo Technologies Oy, H...

1. A display apparatus comprising:at least one display or projector;
means for tracking a position and orientation of a user's head; and
a processor coupled to the at least one display or projector and said means, wherein the processor or at least one external processor communicably coupled to the processor is configured to:
obtain, from said means, head-tracking data indicative of the position and orientation of the user's head;
process the head-tracking data to determine a current position and orientation of the user's head and a velocity and/or acceleration with which the position and orientation of the user's head is changing;
predict, based on the current position and orientation of the user's head and the determined velocity and/or acceleration, at least a first position and orientation and a second position and orientation of the user's head at time t1 and t2, respectively, during a lifetime of a given frame being rendered;
determine, based on the predicted first position and orientation and the predicted second position and orientation of the user's head, at least one first projection matrix and at least one second projection matrix to be applied to three-dimensional image data pertaining to the given frame, respectively, wherein the first and second projection matrices are indicative of a geometrical relationship between three-dimensional points of an extended-reality visual scene and two-dimensional pixels of the at least one display or projector; and
apply the at least one first projection matrix and the at least one second projection matrix to said three-dimensional image data to generate at least one first image frame and at least one second image frame, respectively,
wherein the processor is configured to render, via the at least one display or projector, the at least one first image frame and the at least one second image frame at the time t1 and t2, respectively, during the lifetime of the given frame.

US Pat. No. 10,990,166

REMOTE REACTION CAPTURE AND ANALYSIS SYSTEM

TRUTHIFY, LLC, Kennesaw,...

1. A method for informing a user about the emotional response of the user to a presentation, the method comprising:presenting to the user an audio-video presentation via an application on a device having a user interface;
monitoring facial expressions of the user while presenting the presentation;
analyzing the facial expressions of the user to determine a first emotion conveyed by the facial expressions of the user, wherein the first emotion is measured to be the strongest emotion conveyed at a specific time in the presentation;
correlating the facial expressions of the user conveying the first emotion to one or more portions of the presentation;
presenting to the user information about the first emotion conveyed by the facial expressions of the user along with information about the one or more portions of the presentation that correspond to the correlated facial expressions of the user conveying the first emotion, wherein presenting said information about said first emotion conveyed includes displaying at least one of a graph, chart, picture, or list of emotions, in which the first emotion is emphasized to indicate it is measured to be the strongest emotion;
providing a plurality of action options mapped in a multi-dimensional array as a function of both specific emotional responses and specific time markers within the video presentation;
selecting from the multi-dimensional array a suggested action that corresponds to the first emotion and the specific time and is responsive to content presented in the presentation; and
providing the user with an opportunity to take the suggested action using the user interface via the application in conjunction with presenting information about the first emotion conveyed.

US Pat. No. 10,990,165

MEDICAL DEVICE USAGE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving, by a computing device, a total amount of time that a user wears a wearable device during a plurality of time periods of equal duration;
comparing the total amount of time that the user wears the wearable device during each of the plurality of one or more time periods to a threshold amount of time for each of the plurality of time periods; and
displaying on a user interface a remaining amount of time for the user to wear the wearable device during each of the plurality of time periods based upon, at least in part, comparing the total amount of time that the user wears the wearable device during each of the plurality of time periods to the threshold amount of time for each of the plurality of time periods, wherein displaying on the user interface the remaining amount of time for the user to wear the wearable device during each of the plurality of time periods includes displaying a surplus amount of time above the threshold amount of time for each of the plurality of time periods that the user wears the wearable device during each of the plurality of time periods, and wherein displaying on the user interface the remaining amount of time for the user to wear the wearable device during each of the plurality of time periods further includes applying at least a portion of the surplus amount of time above the threshold amount of time for each of the plurality of time periods to the remaining amount of time for the user to wear the wearable device during each of the plurality of time periods, wherein applying at least the portion of the surplus amount of time to the remaining amount of time includes:
receiving a selection from the user of a past time period of the plurality of time periods that the user wore the wearable device below the threshold amount of time, and
applying at least the portion of the surplus amount of time to the past time period based upon, at least in part, receiving the selection from the user of the past time period.

US Pat. No. 10,990,164

MEDICAL DEVICE USAGE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:determining that a user wears a wearable device during a plurality of time periods of equal duration;
tracking a total amount of time that the user is wearing the wearable device during the plurality of time periods, wherein the total amount of time that the user is wearing the wearable device is tracked using one or more timestamps stored in memory of the wearable device;
transmitting to a computing device the total amount of time that the user wears the wearable device during each of the plurality of time periods for display on a user interface;
comparing the total amount of time that the user wears the wearable device during each of the plurality of time periods to a threshold amount of time for each of the plurality of time periods;
displaying on the user interface a remaining amount of time for the user to wear the wearable device during each of the plurality of time periods based upon, at least in part, comparing the total amount of time that the user wears the wearable device during each of the plurality of time periods to the threshold amount of time for each of the plurality of time periods, wherein displaying on the user interface the remaining amount of time for the user to wear the wearable device during each of the plurality of time periods includes displaying a surplus amount of time above the threshold amount of time for each of the plurality of time periods that the user wears the wearable device during each of the plurality of time periods, and wherein displaying on the user interface the remaining amount of time for the user to wear the wearable device during each of the plurality of time periods further includes applying at least a portion of the surplus amount of time above the threshold amount of time for each of the plurality of time periods to the remaining amount of time for the user to wear the wearable device during each of the plurality of time periods, wherein applying at least the portion of the surplus amount of time to the remaining amount of time includes:
receiving a selection from the user of a past time period of the plurality of time periods that the user wore the wearable device below the threshold amount of time, and
applying at least the portion of the surplus amount of time to the past time period based upon, at least in part, receiving the selection from the user of the past time period.

US Pat. No. 10,990,163

CONTENT INTERACTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Z5X GLOBAL FZ-LLC, Dubai...

1. A content interaction system, comprising:an interactive content delivery system that stores a plurality of pieces of interactive content and delivers at least one piece of interactive content to a user device, each piece of interactive content having a plurality of items and a plurality of sense markers encoded in the piece of interactive content, the sense markers including a smell sense marker indicating a piece of content within the interactive content having a smell sense interaction opportunity, an auditory sense marker indicating a piece of content within the interactive content having an auditory sense interaction opportunity and a sight sense marker indicating a piece of content within the interactive content having a sight sense interaction opportunity, each sense marker being activated by a user interaction with each particular sense marker encoded in the piece of interactive content;
the interactive content delivery system further comprising a content encoder engine that retrieves a piece of content and encodes the plurality of sense markers for the piece of content to generate at least one piece of interactive content, wherein the content encoder engine automatically maps a sense associated with one or more of a plurality of sense devices onto a scene of the interaction content based on an emotion using clustering;
the user device having a display that displays the plurality of items in the piece of interactive content to a user and a device that allows the user to interact with the particular sense marker selected from the plurality of sense markers encoded in the at least one piece of interactive content and to select a particular item of the plurality of items in the piece of interactive content; and
a sense interaction system coupled to the user device that, in response to the particular sense marker in the interactive content being activated, triggers a sense response that is interacted with by the user or automatically activated, wherein the sense response is two or more of a smell sense response, an auditory sense response and a sight sense response.

US Pat. No. 10,990,162

SCENE-BASED SENSOR NETWORKS

Scenera, Inc., Palo Alto...

1. A system for multiple applications to specify and obtain a higher level understanding of scenes based on sensor data captured by a group of one or more sensor devices, the system comprising:a plurality of applications;
a sensor-side technology stack comprising a group of one or more sensor devices that capture sensor data and processor capability for artificial intelligence and/or machine learning; and
an application programming interface (API) for communication between any of the applications and the sensor-side technology stack;
wherein the applications communicate SceneModes to the sensor-side technology stack via the API; and for each application:
the SceneMode defines SceneData that is related to the scene of interest for that application and that is to be generated by the sensor-side technology stack;
the SceneData is produced by the sensor-side technology stack based on a workflow for a capture, processing and analysis of sensor data, the SceneData including image data and also including data produced by artificial intelligence and/or machine learning applied to the image data; and
the SceneMode does not specify a particular workflow for producing the SceneData, including not specifying sensor-level settings for the capture of the sensor data used to produce the SceneData; and
the sensor-side technology stack determines, based on the SceneMode, the workflow for producing the SceneData, the workflow including sensor-level settings for the sensor devices that capture the sensor data from the scene used to produce the SceneData; and
the SceneData is returned to the application via the API, the returned SceneData organized into SceneShots that are samples of the scene.

US Pat. No. 10,990,161

PROCESSOR HAVING ACCELERATED USER RESPONSIVENESS IN CONSTRAINED ENVIRONMENT

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A processor comprising:at least one core to execute instructions; and
a power controller coupled to the at least one core, the power controller to cause the at least one core to exit an idle state and directly enter into a maximum performance state for a first time duration to execute a responsiveness workload in which a user interacts via a user interface with a computer system, thereafter enter into an intermediate performance state for a second time duration, and thereafter enter into a sustained performance state.

US Pat. No. 10,990,160

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING A SLEEP MODE TO A CONFIGURABLE LOGIC BLOCK USING AN INTERMITTENT POWER SAVING LOGIC

GOWIN Semiconductor Corpo...

1. A semiconductor device to perform one or more logic functions with a power saving logic, comprising:a first circuit, containing a plurality of configurable logic blocks (“LBs”) to be selectively programmed to perform one or more logic functions, configured to enter a power saving sleep mode (“PSSM”) in accordance with a first power supply;
a second circuit coupled to the first circuit and configured to have a memory configured to store first configuration information for programming the first circuit;
a switch coupled to the first circuit and configured to switch on the first power supply based on a configurable sleep signal for facilitating a sleep duration of the first circuit; and
a sleeping controller coupled to the switch and configured to gradually elevate voltage of the configurable sleep signal via a programmable charge pumping component in response to a first output signal of the first circuit through a power output port.

US Pat. No. 10,990,159

ARCHITECTED STATE RETENTION FOR A FREQUENT OPERATING STATE SWITCHING PROCESSOR

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A processor comprising:a memory interface configured to access off-chip memory;
a core configured to process instructions;
a plurality of on-die storage elements configured to store architected state information of the processor, wherein a first subset of the plurality of on-die storage elements comprises retention logic configured to store a copy of architected state information stored within the given on-die storage element, concurrent with storage of the architected state information in the given on-die storage element and prior to detection of an indication to transition from a processor active state to a processor sleep state; and
control logic configured to, based at least in part on the detection of the indication to transition from the processor active state to the processor sleep state:
retain a copy of architected state information stored within the first subset of the plurality of on-die storage elements, without retaining architected state information stored in a second subset of the plurality of on-die storage elements in any of the plurality of on-die storage elements and the off-chip memory; and
transition the processor to the processor sleep state.

US Pat. No. 10,990,158

MITIGATING INTERFERENCE IN A CAPACITIVE SENSING DEVICE

SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED, ...

1. A method of capacitive sensing comprising:transmitting a first waveform over a first transmitter period;
transmitting a second waveform over a second transmitter period, wherein the second waveform is independent of the first waveform, and wherein at least a portion of the second transmitter period does not overlap the first transmitter period;
receiving, from sensor electrodes, a first resulting signal in response to capacitive coupling of the first waveform and a second resulting signal in response to capacitive coupling of the second waveform; and
filtering the second resulting signal using a first finite impulse response (FIR) filter having an impulse response that spans at least a portion of the first transmitter period and the second transmitter period to obtain independent capacitive measurements.

US Pat. No. 10,990,157

WIDE-RANGE PCIE POWER-MEASURING APPARATUS

Goke Taiwan Research Labo...

1. A wide-range power-measuring apparatus for measuring power of a Peripheral Component Interconnect Express device in various modes under the control of a testing host, the wide-range power-measuring apparatus comprising:a first Peripheral Component Interconnect Express bus port electrically connected to the testing host in operation;
a second Peripheral Component Interconnect Express bus port electrically connected to the Peripheral Component Interconnect Express device in operation;
a microcontroller unit in communication of electricity and signals with the testing host via the first Peripheral Component Interconnect Express bus port;
a current-measuring unit in communication of electricity and signals with the Peripheral Component Interconnect Express device via the second Peripheral Component Interconnect Express bus port, wherein the current-measuring unit comprises large and small current-measuring paths electrically connected to the microcontroller unit so that the current-measuring unit can sample and measure currents via a selected one of the large and small current-measuring paths under the control of the microcontroller unit; and
a switch unit electrically connected to the first Peripheral Component Interconnect Express bus port, wherein the switch unit comprises a first switch corresponding to the large current-measuring path and a second switch corresponding to the small current-measuring path so that one of the first and second switches is turned to a closed position to transfer electricity to the Peripheral Component Interconnect Express device from the corresponding one of the large and small current-measuring paths and the other one of the first and second switches is turned to an open position to block electricity from the Peripheral Component Interconnect Express device under the control of the testing host.

US Pat. No. 10,990,156

METHOD FOR CALCULATING POWER-ON HOURS OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE UTILIZING THE SAME

Wistron Corp., New Taipe...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a processor;
a real-time clock (RTC);
a timer; and
a memory device, storing a value for power-on hours,
wherein during a process of booting the electronic device, the processor triggers the timer to start a counting down operation, and responsive to the timer having finished the counting down operation, the processor updates the value of power-on hours,
wherein:
responsive to the timer having finished the counting down operation, the processor resets the timer and triggers the timer to start the counting down operation again, and
responsive to the timer having finished the counting down operation, the processor updates the value of power-on hours again, and
wherein:
the processor is configured to execute BIOS code of the electronic device during the process of booting the electronic device,
responsive to the electronic device entering a sleep state or a hibernation state, the power-on hours are calculated by using the RTC,
responsive to the electronic device leaving the sleep state or the hibernation state, the power-on hours are calculated by using the timer.

US Pat. No. 10,990,155

SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR LOOSE LOCK-STEP REDUNDANCY POWER MANAGEMENT

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A system comprising:a processor comprising:
a first core;
a second core, wherein the first core and the second core are to execute a task redundantly;
a configuration circuit having a first indicator with a first value to indicate that the first core and the second core are to redundantly execute the task;
a controller to cause the first core and the second core to operate at a common frequency to redundantly execute the task based at least in part on the first value of the first indicator, and to cause the first core and the second core to operate at independent frequencies based at least in part on a second value of the first indicator;
a system memory coupled to the processor; and
a display coupled to the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,990,154

SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR LOOSE LOCK-STEP REDUNDANCY POWER MANAGEMENT

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A system on chip (SoC) comprising:a first core;
a second core, wherein the first core and the second core are to execute a task redundantly;
an integrated memory controller coupled to the first core and the second core;
a configuration circuit having a first indicator with a first value to indicate that the first core and the second core are to redundantly execute the task; and
a controller to cause the first core and the second core to operate at a common frequency to redundantly execute the task based at least in part on the first value of the first indicator, and to cause the first core and the second core to operate at independent frequencies based at least in part on a second value of the first indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,990,153

APPLICATION PROCESSOR AND SYSTEM ON CHIP

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a check manager including a checker, a scheduler and a migrator; and
a controller including a central processing unit (CPU) and a power management unit (PMU),
wherein the CPU generates a control signal, and includes a first processor and a second processor,
the PMU receives the control signal, and controls power supplied to the first processor and the second processor based on the control signal,
the checker generates an indication signal indicating whether a user data is changed,
the scheduler generates a reference value control signal based on the indication signal,
the reference value control signal adjusts a reference value based on the indication signal,
the migrator determines whether to migrate a task between the first processor and the second processor based on a result of comparison between a workload of the task with the reference value,
the first processor is a low-performance and low-power processor, and the second processor is a high-performance and high-power processor, and
the first processor executes a first task, a workload of the first task being less than the reference value, and the second processor executes a second task, a workload of the second task being greater than the reference value.

US Pat. No. 10,990,152

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH NON-CONTACT POWER SUPPLY

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of operating with electric power supplied from a wired electric power supply or a non-contact electric power supply, comprising:a monitoring circuit electrically connected to a non-contact electric power supply connector and configured to monitor a voltage of electric power supplied from the non-contact electric power supply via the connector;
a selection circuit electrically connected to the non-contact electric power supply and the wired electric power supply; and
a processor configured to:
control the monitoring circuit to output the voltage of electric power supplied from the non-contract non-contact electric power supply via the connector,
determine whether or not a voltage level of the voltage output from the monitoring circuit is greater than or equal to a threshold level, and
upon determining that the voltage level of the output voltage is greater than or equal to the threshold level, determine that one of the wired electric power supply and the non-contact electric power supply is to be used for supplying the electric power based on whether or not an operating system of the information processing apparatus has started, and control the selection circuit to supply the electric power from the determined one of the wired electric power supply and the non-contact electric power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,990,151

REDUCTION OF SSD BURST CURRENT USING POWER LOSS ENERGY STORE

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a burst current monitor included in a burst current control circuitry, to detect a burst of input current, drawn by a solid state device (SSD) from a host, above a pre-defined burst threshold, wherein the pre-defined burst threshold is a specified average current of the SSD multiplied by a burst factor N; and
control logic included in the burst current control circuitry and coupled to the burst current monitor, wherein the control logic, in response to the detection by the burst current monitor of the input current above the burst threshold, is to cause a current source associated with the apparatus to supply an assistance current to the SSD, to reduce the input current drawn by the SSD.

US Pat. No. 10,990,150

VCONN IN POWER DELIVERY CHARGERS

Texas Instruments Incorpo...

1. A circuit, comprising:a first processing circuit having a first output adapted to be coupled to a voltage control circuit and having a second output adapted to be coupled to a gate terminal of a first transistor, the first transistor having a first terminal coupled to a power supply and a second terminal coupled to a VBUS terminal of a universal serial bus receptacle; and
a control circuit including:
a second processing circuit having gate outputs;
a second transistor having a gate terminal coupled to a gate output, having a first terminal adapted to be coupled to the power supply and to the drain terminal of the first transistor, and having a second terminal; and
a third transistor having a gate terminal coupled to another gate output, having a first terminal adapted to be coupled to one of a CC1 terminal and a CC2 terminal of the universal serial bus receptacle, and having a second terminal, the second terminal of the second transistor is coupled to the second terminal of the third transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,990,149

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING PEAK OPTIMIZED POWER SUPPLY UNIT

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. A method of providing power to a power rail to power a load of an information handling system, the method comprising:providing, by a first power supply unit, power to the power rail, the first power supply unit designed to provide the power to the power rail at a first peak current level and at a first constant current level, wherein the first power supply unit includes a first bulk capacitor with a first capacitance;
providing, by a second power supply unit, power to the power rail, the second power supply unit designed to provide the power to the power rail at a second peak current level and at a second constant current level, wherein the second peak current level is greater than the first peak current level, and the second constant current level is greater than the first constant current level, wherein the second power supply unit includes a second bulk capacitor with a second capacitance that is higher than the first capacitance;
operating the first power supply unit at a first switching frequency;
operating the second power supply unit at a second switching frequency that is higher than the first switching frequency;
providing, by the first power supply unit, a first indication of a first model number of the first power supply unit, wherein the first power supply unit is of a first type;
providing, by the second power supply unit, a second indication of a second model number of the second power supply unit, wherein the second power supply unit is of a second type different from the first type;
receiving, by a baseboard management controller, the first and second indications;
determining that the first power supply unit is of the first type based upon the first model number;
determining that the second power supply unit is of the second type based upon the second model number; and
setting, by the baseboard management controller, a system current threshold of the information handling system based upon the first and second indications.

US Pat. No. 10,990,148

CENTRAL RECEIVER FOR PERFORMING CAPACITIVE SENSING

Synaptics Incorporated, ...

1. An input device comprising:a plurality of sensor electrodes;
a plurality of display electrodes configured to be driven for display updating; and
a processing system comprising:
a plurality of local receivers coupled to respective ones of the plurality of sensor electrodes, wherein the plurality of local receivers are configured to acquire first resulting signals from the plurality of sensor electrodes; and
a central receiver comprising an integrator coupled to each of the plurality of sensor electrodes and at least one display electrode of the plurality of display electrodes at a common electrical node, wherein the integrator is configured to acquire second resulting signals from each of the plurality of sensor electrodes and the at least one display electrode simultaneously, and wherein the plurality of local receivers and the central receiver are configured to measure the first and second resulting signals in parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,990,147

POWER CONTROL CIRCUIT AND SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS INCLUDING THE POWER CONTROL CIRCUIT

SK hynix Inc., Icheon-si...

1. A power control circuit comprising:a delay chain configured to generate a second forward switching signal by delaying a first forward switching signal, and generate a second backward switching signal by delaying a first backward switching signal;
a first power switch configured to supply one of a first power supply voltage and a second power supply voltage to a power line based on a mode change signal, the first forward switching signal and the second backward switching signal; and
a second power switch configured to generate the first backward switching signal based on the second forward switching signal, and supply one of the first power supply voltage and the second power supply voltage to the power line based on the mode change signal, the second forward switching signal and the first backward switching signal.

US Pat. No. 10,990,144

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR BUOYANCY-ASSISTED IMMERSION SERVER MAINTENANCE

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. A system comprising:a tank configured to hold a dielectric liquid;
a rack, horizontally oriented and located within the tank and having a plurality of bays, each bay vertically oriented and configured to receive a corresponding device;
an air pump configured to drive an air flow;
two or more variable-buoyancy chambers mechanically coupled to at least one of the tank and the rack, each of the variable-buoyancy chambers comprising a fluidically-sealed plenum and wherein the at two or more variable-buoyancy chambers include a first variable-buoyancy chamber and a second variable-buoyancy chamber, wherein the first variable-buoyancy changer is configured to mechanically couple to a first mechanical coupling of a device-in-service and wherein the second variable-buoyancy chamber is configured to mechanically couple to a second mechanical coupling of a device-in-service; and
a control subsystem configured to control a buoyancy of the first and second variable-buoyancy chambers in order to cause the device-in-service to:
move vertically relative to the rack; and
to rotate relative to the rack between a vertical orientation and a horizontal orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,990,143

PC MODULE ASSEMBLY

Guangzhou Shiyuan Electro...

1. A PC module assembly, comprising:a PC module support, the PC module support comprising a bottom wall and a first side wall, wherein the bottom wall is fixedly connected to the first side wall, the first side wall is provided with a first air outlet; and
a heat dissipation structure, the heat dissipation structure comprising an air duct, the air duct comprising an air inlet and an air outlet, wherein the air inlet of the air duct is communicatively connected to the first air outlet provided by the first side wall, a hot air flow is diverted from the air inlet of the air duct to the air outlet of the air duct, and the air duct is made from an insulating material that isolates the hot air flow from being diffused or transferred to outside walls of the air duct to other locations inside the PC module.

US Pat. No. 10,990,142

UNLOCKING STRUCTURE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Wistron Corporation, New...

15. An electronic device, an expansion card being adapted to be inserted into the electronic device, the electronic device comprising:a main body, having at least one insert slot, wherein the expansion card is adapted to be inserted into the insert slot;
a locking component, the expansion card being adapted to be fixed on the insert slot by the locking component; and
an unlocking structure, comprising:
a base, fixed on the insert slot; and
an operation shaft, pivoted to the base, wherein the operation shaft is adapted to rotate in relative to the base from a locking position to an unlocking position to drive the locking component to be separated from the expansion card.

US Pat. No. 10,990,141

CONNECTION BETWEEN PARALLEL SYSTEM BOARD AND POWER BOARD

FOXCONN (KUNSHAN) COMPUTE...

1. An electrical assembly comprising:a system board defining an upper surface thereon;
a power board closely arranged with regard to the system board in a parallel relation, and defining an undersurface thereon;
a system connector and an electronic package mounted upon the upper surface of the system board;
a power connector and a set of connector units mounted upon the undersurface of the power board; and
another set of connector units mounted upon an upper surface of the electronic package; wherein
after assembled, in a vertical direction the power connector is mated with system connector, and the set of connector units are mated with said another set of connector units; wherein
the power board forms a through opening, and a heat sink is positioned upon the power board with a protrusion downwardly extending into the through opening; wherein
a heat spreader is intimately positioned upon the electronic package, and the set of connector units commonly form an interior space into which the heat spreader extends upwardly to contact the protrusion of the heat sink; wherein
said set of connector units belong to a connector sub-assembly having four bars to commonly form a frame like housing in which the heat spreader is received; wherein
the frame like housing includes a plurality of downwardly extending positioning posts at corresponding corners, and the system board forms corresponding holes to receive the positioning posts, respectively, to secure the housing upon the system board; wherein
the electronic package is received within the frame like housing and directly downwardly mounted upon the system board.

US Pat. No. 10,990,140

TOUCHPAD DEVICE

Chicony Electronics Co., ...

1. A touchpad device fixed to a chassis, the touchpad device comprising:a base plate fixed to the chassis and having a through hole, the base plate comprising:
a body portion having a plurality of holes;
a plurality of fixed portions, wherein each of the fixed portions is connected to the body portion and extends into a corresponding one of the holes, and wherein the fixed portions and the body portion form a unitary structure, each of the fixed portions comprising:
a fixed segment fixed to the chassis; and
at least one connecting arm connected between and in direct contact with both the fixed segment and the body portion; and
a reinforcing structure connected to the body portion and disposed between the through hole and the fixed portions.

US Pat. No. 10,990,139

DISPLAY DEVICE

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

18. The display device of claim 1, wherein the lower panel sheet and the vibration sound device are disposed in a same layer, andwherein the lower panel sheet and the vibration sound device are disposed below a lower surface of the display panel.

US Pat. No. 10,990,137

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND HINGE MECHANISM OF THE SAME

ACER INCORPORATED, New T...

1. A hinge mechanism, comprising:a base;
a magnetic assembly disposed in the base;
a torque assembly, connected to the base, comprising:
a substrate disposed in the base;
a first cylinder, penetrating the substrate, rotatable relative to the substrate, wherein the magnetic assembly is movable along a rotation axis of the first cylinder, and a moving direction of the magnetic assembly is parallel to the rotation axis of the first cylinder; and
a second cylinder, penetrating the substrate, rotatable relative to the substrate and the first cylinder; and
a calibration component, disposed between the magnetic assembly and the torque assembly, abutting an inner wall of the first cylinder and an inner wall of the second cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,990,135

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH COMPONENT-PROTECTING STRUCTURE

LSIS CO., LTD., Gyeonggi...

1. An electronic device having a component-protecting structure, the device comprising:a front cover and a rear cover mutually coupled to form an appearance of the device;
a component-mounted portion formed in a partial region of a receiving space, wherein the receiving space is defined in a side face portion of the front cover or the rear cover;
a plurality of components mounted onto the component-mounted portion so as to be exposed partially; and
a component protection assembly,
wherein the component protection assembly includes:
a protection cover having a shape corresponding to a shape of the receiving space and being constructed for opening/closing the receiving space;
a hinge installed in one end of the receiving space to pivotably support one end of the protection cover; and
a cover holder installed in the other end of the receiving space and being constructed for locking or unlocking the protection cover via a clockwise or counterclockwise rotation of the cover holder,
wherein the cover holder includes:
a holder pin passing through the other end of the protection cover and rotating clockwise or counterclockwise;
an elastic member coupled between the protection cover and the holder pin to elastically support the holder pin in an insertion direction thereof;
a holder body coupled to the holder pin and rotatable via rotation of the holder pin; and
a holder bracket coupled to the receiving space via a holder screw, wherein the holder bracket has a stopper groove to latch or unlatch the holder body,
wherein the holder body has a cylindrical body having a hollow portion defined therein into which the holder pin is inserted,
wherein the cylindrical body of the holder body has one end having a concave-convex structure,
wherein the protection cover has, at the other end thereof, a cylindrical portion protruding toward the holder body, and
wherein a distal end of the cylindrical portion has a concavo-convex structure corresponding to the concavo-convex structure of the holder body.

US Pat. No. 10,990,133

DISPLAY DEVICE

Japan Display Inc., Mina...

1. A display device comprising:a flexible display panel that includes a display area on which an image is displayed,
wherein the display area includes a main display area and a sub-display area adjacent to the main display area,
the flexible display panel includes a flat portion that includes the main display area and an inclined portion that extends to be bent and inclined from the flat portion and includes the sub-display area,
the flat portion includes a first side that extends in a first direction, a second side that extends in a second direction intersecting the first direction, and a corner side that is provided between the first side and the second side and of which a tangent intersects both the first side and the second side,
the inclined portion includes a first portion that is bent along the first side, a second portion that is bent along the second side, and a third portion that is bent from the corner side,
the flexible display panel includes a notch that is provided between the first portion and the second portion and of which a gap spreads in a direction away from the flat portion in a state that the flexible display panel is laid flat, and
facing sides of the notch facing each other are adjacent to each other in a state that the flexible display panel is bent,
further comprising:
a first scanning circuit that is provided in the first portion;
a second scanning circuit that is provided in the second portion;
a third scanning circuit that is provided in the third portion;
a plurality of first scanning lines that are drawn out from the first scanning circuit in the first direction and are provided in the first portion;
a plurality of second scanning lines that are drawn out from the second scanning circuit in a direction intersecting the second direction and are continuously provided in the second portion and the flat portion to extend in the first direction at least in the flat portion;
a plurality of third scanning lines that are drawn out from the third scanning circuit and are provided in the third portion, and
a control wiring that passes through the first scanning circuit, the second scanning circuit, and the third scanning circuit,
wherein the control wiring includes a portion that extends along the facing sides of the notch.

US Pat. No. 10,990,132

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

1. An electronic device, comprising:a display screen provided with a first surface and a second surface arranged oppositely, the display screen comprising:
a primary display screen comprising a first portion disposed on the first surface and a second portion extending from a portion connected to the first portion to the second surface, wherein the second portion is connected to a portion of the first portion; and
a secondary display screen connected to a remaining portion of the first portion, the secondary display screen being bent from a first surface of the portion connected to the first portion to the second surface, one side of the secondary display screen being connected to the remaining portion of the first portion, and the width of the secondary display screen being smaller than the width of the primary display screen;
wherein the remaining portion of the first portion is a portion not connected to the second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,990,131

TOUCH SENSOR, TOUCH PANEL AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

TPK Touch Solutions (Xiam...

15. A manufacturing method of a touch panel, comprising:S1: forming a first release layer on a first substrate;
S2: forming a shielding layer and a flexible touch sensing component on the first release layer, wherein the shielding layer defines a peripheral area;
S3: forming a second substrate on the flexible touch sensing component, wherein a second release layer is interposed between the flexible touch sensing component and the second substrate;
S4: removing the first substrate by releasing the first release layer;
S5: attaching a flexible cover to the flexible touch sensing component by using a bonding layer, wherein the bonding layer is interposed between the flexible cover and the flexible touch sensing component; and
S6: removing the second substrate by releasing the second release layer.

US Pat. No. 10,990,130

FLEXIBLE DISPLAY PANEL AND FILM-LIKE STRUCTURE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A flexible display panel, comprising:a flexible display structure; and
a film-like structure on at least one side of the flexible display structure,
wherein the film-like structure comprises: a first flexible layer, a second flexible layer, a filler sealed between the first flexible layer and the second flexible layer, and a heater configured to heat the filler;
wherein a hardness of the filler varies with a temperature of the filler.

US Pat. No. 10,990,129

CONVERTIBLE DUAL SCREEN LAPTOP

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An electronic processing device, comprising:a first display;
a second display;
a chassis including a processor and an input device;
a display base to support the first and second displays;
a first hinge coupled the chassis and the display base to fold the first and second displays against the chassis;
a pivot plate located between the first and second displays, wherein the pivot plate is pivotably coupled to the first display at a first pivot point and to the second display at a second pivot point, the pivot plate comprising a pivotable post positioned between the first and second pivot points, wherein the pivot plate is pivotably coupled to the display base via the pivotable post; and
a slidable post coupled between the second display and the display base, wherein the pivot plate is to provide a coupled movement between the first and second displays from a first arrangement of the first and second displays to a second arrangement of the first and second displays, wherein the first arrangement of the first and second displays has the first display positioned in front of the second display and the first and second displays are facing to a user, and wherein the second arrangement of the first and second displays has the first display positioned alongside the second display and facing to the user, and
wherein the slidable post is to slide along the second display and guide a translated movement between the second display and the display base from the first arrangement of the first and second displays to the second arrangement of the first and second displays.

US Pat. No. 10,990,128

PORTABLE INFORMATION APPARATUS HAVING A DISPLAY

LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE LT...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a main body having a sub display; and
a display unit rotatably connected to said main body via a hinge, wherein said, display unit includes
a first transparent plate;
a second transparent plate facing said first transparent plate, wherein said sub display is visually recognizable through said first transparent plate and said second transparent plate when said display unit and said main body overlap each other;
a display, provided between said first transparent plate and said second transparent plate, contacts said first transparent plate and partially covers said first transparent plate and said second transparent plate; and
a transparent region, located along an edge adjacent to said hinge, formed by said first transparent plate and said second transparent plate.

US Pat. No. 10,990,126

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION TERMINAL WITH TOUCH PANEL AND PEN STORAGE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A wireless communication terminal comprising:a body that is a flat box;
a touch panel that is on a front surface of the body;
a battery storage space that is a space in the body;
a pen storage space that is a space in the body for storing a pen for the touch panel, the pen storage space being hollow from a left or right side of the body to an inside of the body; and
a substrate that is disposed within the body, wherein:
the touch panel is rectangular with a top edge of the touch panel and a bottom edge of the touch panel that are longer than a left edge of the touch panel and a right edge of the touch panel,
an upper area is on the front surface of the body and is an area between a top edge of the front surface and the top edge of the touch panel,
a lower area is on the front surface of the body and is an area between a bottom edge of the front surface and the bottom edge of the touch panel,
a left area is on the front surface of the body and is an area between a left edge of the front surface and the left edge of the touch panel,
a right area is on the front surface of the body and is an area between a right edge of the front surface and the right edge of the touch panel,
a width of the lower area is wider than both a width of the left area and a width of the right area,
the battery storage space is in a space in the body between a center line of the body and a bottom edge of a back surface of the body, the center line passes through a center point of the front surface of the body, and the center line is in parallel with the top edge of the front surface or the bottom edge of the front surface,
a center point of the battery storage space is within a belt-shaped area having a width of 2 cm that spreads in a left-right direction, and the belt-shaped area includes the center point of the front surface of the body,
a longitudinal axis of the pen storage space is parallel to a top of the battery storage space,
the substrate is in a space in the body above the battery storage space,
the pen storage space is in a space between a bottom edge of the substrate and a top edge of the battery storage space,
two batteries are stored side by side in the battery storage space, and power terminals of the two batteries face each other, and
a wiring connects the power terminals to the substrate and does not intersect the pen storage space.

US Pat. No. 10,990,124

MOBILE COMPUTING DEVICE WITH CAMERA LENS IDENTIFIER

1. A camera lens identifying system, comprising:a personal computing device having a front side with forward facing camera lens;
a cover sized to fit over the front side of the personal computing device and having a top portion with a slot or an opening sized to fit around the forward facing camera lens, wherein the cover has an adhesive surface configured to adhere to the front side of the personal computing device and wherein the cover is a screen protector composed of tempered glass; and
an indicator on the cover fully surrounding the slot or the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,990,123

PUSH-OUT LIMITING MECHANISM AND DISPLAY SCREEN MODULE

ROE VISUAL CO., LTD., Gu...

1. A push-out limiting mechanism, comprising:a first mounting component, which comprises a first mounting base, a plug connector arranged in the first mounting base and a first elastic member for electrically jumping the plug connector on the first mounting base;
a second mounting component, which comprises a second mounting base, a plugging base arranged in the second mounting base and a second elastic member for connecting the second mounting base and the plugging base;
wherein, the plug connector is vertical to a movement direction of the plugging base;
the plug connector has a first plugging part, and the plugging base has a second plugging part matched with the first plugging part; and
after the plug connector is connected to the plugging base, when a distance between the first mounting component and the second mounting component becomes larger, the first plugging part pulls the second plugging part to make the plugging base protrude outside the second mounting base, and the second elastic member pulls the plugging base to make the plugging base retract.

US Pat. No. 10,990,122

SECURE REAL-TIME CLOCK UPDATE IN AN ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEM

Schlage Lock Company LLC,...

9. A method, comprising:transmitting, by an access control device and to a computing device, at least one wireless communication message that identifies a clock status of a real-time clock of the access control device and a session random value, wherein the clock status includes a clock status value indicating that the real-time clock is inaccurate;
receiving, by the access control device, a clock update token from the computing device, wherein the clock update token is indicative of an authority of the computing device to update the real-time clock of the access control device;
authenticating, by the access control device, the clock update token based on at least the session random value; and
updating, by the access control device, the real-time clock based on a received update time in response to successful authentication of the clock update token.

US Pat. No. 10,990,121

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ACHIEVING GLITCH-FREE CLOCK DOMAIN CROSSING SIGNALS

ARM Finance Overseas Limi...

18. A circuit comprising:drive domain crossing logic separating a first clock domain driven by a first clock from a second clock domain driven by a second clock wherein the first clock and second clock have different frequencies, the circuit further comprising a register attached to the domain crossing logic, wherein the register receives an output signal and a synchronization signal that precludes the output signal from transitioning at selected clock cycle intervals.

US Pat. No. 10,990,120

LOW LATENCY FIFO WITH AUTO SYNC

Advanced Micro Devices, I...

1. A first-in-first-out (FIFO) buffer circuit for operating in two clock domains, comprising:a parallel buffer with a write pointer cycling through the parallel buffer according to a first clock, a read pointer cycling through an output of the parallel buffer according to a second clock, and a pulse generation circuit generating timing pulses at a predetermined point of the read pointer's cycle;
a serializer circuit coupled to the output of the parallel buffer and operating with the second clock;
a clock phase adjustment circuit operable to adjust a phase of the second clock; and
a FIFO training logic circuit which receives the timing pulses from the pulse generation circuit and, based on a relationship between the timing pulses and an advance period of the write pointer, sends a control signal to the clock phase adjustment circuit to adjust the phase of the second clock, and sends a write pointer sync signal to reset the write pointer to achieve a desired value for the relationship, and then corrects a skew caused by adjusting the phase of the second clock.

US Pat. No. 10,990,119

REFERENCE VOLTAGE GENERATION CIRCUIT, POWER-ON DETECTION CIRCUIT, AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE FOR PREVENTING INTERNAL CIRCUIT FROM OPERATING INCORRECTLY AT LOW VOLTAGE

Winbond Electronics Corp....

1. A reference voltage generation circuit comprising:a current source providing currents with the same current value to a first current path and a second current path respectively;
a first PN junction element, coupled to the first current path, causing a first current to flow though the first current path;
a second PN junction element, coupled to the second current path, causing a second current to flow through the second current path, wherein the second current is larger than the first current;
an output node, coupled to the second current path, outputting a reference voltage;
a first differential amplifier circuit controlling the current source to cause a voltage of a first node between the current source and the first PN junction element on the first current path to be equal to a voltage of a second node between the current source and the second PN junction element on the second current path; and
a reference voltage guarantee portion outputting a detection signal indicating that the reference voltage has reached a desired voltage when a difference between the voltage of the first node and the voltage of the second node is maintained below than a determined value.

US Pat. No. 10,990,118

VOLTAGE REGULATOR CIRCUIT WITH HIGH POWER SUPPLY REJECTION RATIO

SHENZHEN GOODIX TECHNOLOG...

1. A linear voltage regulator circuit, comprising:a power supply terminal and a ground terminal;
a differential amplifier coupled between the power supply terminal and the ground terminal, wherein the differential amplifier is configured to amplify a differential between a reference voltage and a regulated output voltage, wherein the differential amplifier comprises:
a pair of input transistors, a pair of bias transistors, and a pair of current mirror transistors;
a gate node of each of the pair of bias transistors being coupled to a bias voltage; and
a virtual ground node at a source node of one of the pair of bias transistors;
an output transistor, including a gate node coupled to the differential amplifier, a source node coupled to the power supply terminal, and a drain node providing the regulated output voltage; and
a compensation capacitor coupled between the power supply terminal and the virtual ground node in the differential amplifier to provide a current between the power supply terminal and the gate node of the output transistor to reduce effects of capacitances coupled to the gate node of the output transistor that degrade PSRR (Power Supply Rejection Ratio) of the linear voltage regulator.

US Pat. No. 10,990,117

P-TYPE METAL-OXIDE-SEMICONDUCTOR (PMOS) LOW DROP-OUT (LDO) REGULATOR

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A low drop-out (LDO) regulator, comprising:a first p-type metal-oxide-semiconductor (PMOS) transistor having a drain coupled to an output node of the LDO regulator;
a first amplifier having an input coupled to a reference voltage node and an output coupled to a gate of the first PMOS transistor;
a second PMOS transistor having a source coupled to the output node;
a second amplifier having an input coupled to the output node and an output coupled to a gate of the second PMOS transistor; and
a high-pass filter coupled between the output of the second amplifier and the gate of the second PMOS transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,990,115

CHEMICAL CONTROLLER SYSTEM AND METHOD

Pentair Water Pool and Sp...

1. A chemical controller for an aquatic application, comprising:an output relay coupled to a pump, the pump configured to introduce at least one chemical into the aquatic application, and the chemical controller being designed to control the operation of the pump using the output relay;
a current fault detection device configured to output a current fault signal indicative of an occurrence of a current fault condition, the current fault condition comprising a condition where a current exists on an output of the output relay while the output relay is instructed to be deactivated via a corresponding relay enable signal;
a relay drive circuit configured to activate and deactivate the output relay via the relay enable signal; and
a switching mechanism coupled between the current fault detection device and the relay drive circuit, the switching mechanism being designed to control the relay drive circuit based on the current fault signal.

US Pat. No. 10,990,114

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR INLINE MIXING OF HYDROCARBON LIQUIDS

MARATHON PETROLEUM COMPAN...

1. An in-line fluid mixing system positioned at a tank farm to admix hydrocarbon liquids from a plurality of tanks into a single pipeline, the in-line fluid mixing system comprising:a first tank positioned in a tank farm and containing a first fluid therein, the first tank having a first output pipe connected to the first tank proximate a bottom portion thereof, the first output pipe in fluid communication with the first fluid to transport a flow of the first fluid from the first tank through the first output pipe at a first pressure;
a second tank positioned in the tank farm and containing a second fluid therein, the second tank having a second output pipe connected to the second tank proximate a bottom portion thereof, the second output pipe in fluid communication with the second fluid to transport a flow of the second fluid from the second tank through the second output pipe at a second pressure;
a first pump having an inlet and an outlet, the inlet of the first pump connected to the second output pipe to increase pressure of the flow of the second fluid from the second pressure to a pump pressure at the outlet;
a mixing booster pipe connected to the outlet of the first pump to transport the flow of the second fluid therethrough;
a blended fluid pipe connected to and in fluid communication with the first output pipe and the mixing booster pipe to admix the flow of first fluid at the first pressure and the flow of second fluid into a blended fluid flow;
a tank flow meter connected to the mixing booster pipe and positioned between the first pump and the blended fluid pipe to measure flow rate of the flow of the second fluid between the first pump and the blended fluid pipe;
a flow control valve connected to the mixing booster pipe between the tank flow meter and the blended fluid pipe to control flow of the second fluid between the first pump and the blended fluid pipe;
a second pump having an inlet in fluid communication with the blended fluid pipe and an outlet, the second pump having a greater horsepower than the first pump;
a booster flow meter in fluid communication with the blended fluid pipe to measure total flow rate of the blended fluid flow transported through the blended fluid pipe; and
a pipeline connected to the outlet of the second pump to transport the blended fluid flow therethrough and external to the tank farm.

US Pat. No. 10,990,113

SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PLATOONING

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A system for controlling platooning, the system comprising:a leading vehicle; and
a following vehicle;
wherein the leading vehicle is configured to:
predict a collision with an external object located in front of a driving lane of the leading vehicle;
when the collision with the external object is predicted, determine a possibility that the leading vehicle will avoid the collision based on a situation of a neighboring lane adjacent to the driving lane; and
transmit information associated with the collision to the following vehicle based on the possibility that the leading vehicle will avoid the collision; and
wherein the following vehicle is configured to:
determine a possibility that the following vehicle will avoid its collision based on a situation of the neighboring lane in response to the transmission of the information associated with the collision; and
control at least a portion of braking of the following vehicle, a lane change of the following vehicle, a change of a vehicle the following vehicle will follow, or withdrawal of the following vehicle from a platooning group based on the information associated with the collision and the possibility that the following vehicle will avoid the collision.

US Pat. No. 10,990,112

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A DEPLOYMENT OPERATION OF MOTOR VEHICLES IN A PARKING ENVIRONMENT, AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR A PARKING AREA

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for controlling a deployment operation of a motor vehicle in a parking environment, comprising:connecting between a management device of the parking environment and a mobile device of a driver of the motor vehicle via a communication connection,
wherein the communication connection is provided by the management device to the mobile device at a time of delivery of the motor vehicle by the driver to a transfer area of the parking environment;
generating, by the management device, authentication information specific to the motor vehicle and a parking process;
transmitting, by the management device to the mobile device of the driver over the communication connection, the authentication information;
automatically parking, by the management device, the motor vehicle according to the parking process in a parking space of the parking environment;
detecting, by the management device at a later time, a pick-up request by the driver of the motor vehicle, wherein the pick-up request is transmitted from the mobile device of the driver to a readout device in a pick-up area of the parking environment;
reading the authentication information, by the readout device, from the mobile device of the driver;
receiving, by the management device from the readout device, the authentication information;
identifying, by the management device, the motor vehicle from the authentication information; and
initiating, by the management device, a retrieval process of the motor vehicle from the parking space of the parking environment, wherein the driver receives the motor vehicle in a pick-up position of the pick-up area of the parking environment as a result of the retrieval process.

US Pat. No. 10,990,111

POSITION DETERMINATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD., ...

1. A position determination apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:a first sensing unit configured to sense driving state information of the vehicle and comprising a plurality of vehicle motion sensors;
a GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) module configured to acquire position data of the vehicle;
a first core unit comprising a real-time hardware platform and configured to generate a first driving trajectory of the vehicle based on the driving state information sensed by the first sensing unit, and estimate current position of the vehicle;
a second sensing unit configured to detect driving environment information of the vehicle which comprises information of features outside the vehicle, the second sensing unit comprising a plurality of environment detection sensors that comprises two or more of lidar sensors and camera sensors; and
a second core unit connected to the first core unit to communicate with each other, comprising a CPU or GPU based computer hardware platform and configured to generate a second driving trajectory of the vehicle, generate map matching data by performing map matching on the driving environment information sensed through the second sensing unit, and generate fused position determination information by fusing the position data received from the GNSS module, the second driving trajectory and the map matching data,
wherein the first core unit is configured to:
process the driving state information acquired by the first sensing unit to estimate driving direction information and driving speed information and perform dead reckoning (DR) for generating DR data and further generating the first driving trajectory of the vehicle using the DR data; and
transmit the DR data and the position data to the second core unit,
wherein the second core unit is configured to:
process the DR data received from the first core unit to generate the second driving trajectory of the vehicle;
process the second driving trajectory, map data and the driving environment information to perform map matching and generate map matching data;
process the second driving trajectory, the map matching data, and the position data to generate the fused position determination information; and
transmit the fused position determination information to the first core unit,
wherein the first core unit is further configured to:
estimate transmission time taken for transmitting the fused position determination information from the second core unit to the first core unit; and
process the fused position determination information, the first driving trajectory and the transmission time to estimate the current position of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,990,110

CELESTIAL NAVIGATION SYSTEM FOR AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

Robot Corporation, Bedfo...

8. An method comprising:navigating an autonomous robotic cleaning device based on a map, the map indicating areas with carpeting and indicating areas that do not have carpeting;
sensing a location of the autonomous robotic cleaning device relative to the areas with carpeting and the areas that do not have carpeting;
adjusting a cleaning behavior of the autonomous robotic cleaning device based on the sensed location relative to the areas with carpeting and the areas that do not have carpeting; and
transmitting data to cause a user display device to display a floor plan that includes a plurality of rooms, the displayed floor plan including an identification of the areas with carpeting and the areas that do not have carpeting and an indication of doors separating the plurality of rooms.

US Pat. No. 10,990,109

INTEGRATED CONNECTIVITY OF DEVICES FOR RESOURCE TRANSMISSION

BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATI...

1. A system for integrated connectivity of devices for resource transmission, wherein the system is configured to provide dynamic control and real-time routing of a vehicle for item transfer and vehicle performance, the system comprising:a memory device with computer-readable program code stored thereon;
a communication device, wherein the communication device is configured to establish operative communication with a plurality of networked devices via a communication network;
a processing device operatively coupled to the memory device and the communication device, wherein the processing device is configured to execute the computer-readable program code to:
construct a dynamic item file for a user, wherein the dynamic item file comprises information associated with one or more items associated with the user, wherein constructing the dynamic item file comprises:
extracting unstructured data associated with one or more items from one or more electronic communications associated with the user;
parsing the unstructured data;
converting the unstructured data into a predetermined structured format;
determining a first historical item obtained by the user at two or more prior times;
determining an adjusted average time interval associated with the two or more prior times associated with the first historical item, wherein determining the adjusted average time interval comprises (i) determining an average time interval associated with the two or more prior times associated with the first historical item, and (ii) modifying the average time interval with a predetermined tolerance factor;
determining a current time lag parameter associated with a duration between a current time and a most recent time of the two or more prior times associated with the first historical item; and
in response to determining that the current time lag parameter is greater than or equal to the adjusted average time interval, adding the first historical item as a first item of the one or more items of the dynamic item file;
identify an item collection initiation trigger based on identifying at least one of a current geographic location of a vehicle associated with the user, historical vehicle transit information, current smart appliance parameters associated with the user, and user information;
in response to the item collection initiation trigger, transmit an order placement control signal to an entity system of an item entity to initiate item transfer of the one or more items at a predetermined time interval, wherein the item entity is associated with providing at least one of the one or more items;
determine, from the vehicle, a travel vector trigger of the vehicle, wherein the travel vector trigger comprises at least the current geographic location of the vehicle and a current direction of travel;
in response to identifying that the travel vector trigger matches a geographic location parameter of the item entity:
determine a travel route for the vehicle to direct the vehicle to a first parking location associated with the geographic location parameter of the item entity;
transmit a control instruction to the vehicle, wherein the control instruction is configured to cause a display of the vehicle to present the travel route; and
transmit an item transfer control signal to the entity system to initiate item transfer of the one or more items associated with the dynamic item file, wherein the item transfer control signal comprises the first parking location;
identify, via a sensor device of the vehicle, whether the one or more items are located in the vehicle, wherein the one or more items are physical items defining a size and/or a weight;
prevent, via one or more brake devices of the vehicle, movement of the vehicle until the one or more items are located in the vehicle; and
in response to identifying that that the one or more items are located in the vehicle, initiate, via the display of the vehicle, a resource transfer from a user resource to an entity resource.

US Pat. No. 10,990,108

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle control system comprising:a vehicle-mounted sensor configured to detect a traveling state of a vehicle and an environment surrounding the vehicle;
a map database configured to store map information;
a control rule database configured to store control rule data in which one of a plurality of control rules set in advance is associated with each road section set in advance on a map;
a vehicle actuator operating range database that stores operating range data in which one of a plurality of vehicle actuator operating ranges set in advance is associated with each road section of the map; and
an electronic control unit configured to
recognize a position of the vehicle on the map,
control traveling of the vehicle by using one of the control rules based on the position of the vehicle on the map, the map information, and a detection result of the vehicle-mounted sensor,
recognize the road section in a traveling direction of the vehicle based on the position of the vehicle on the map and the map information,
specify the control rule used in the road section based on the recognized road section and the control rule data, and control traveling of the vehicle in the road section by using the specified control rule; and
specify the vehicle actuator operating range applied in the road section based on the recognized road section and the operating range data, and control traveling of the vehicle in the road section within a range of the specified vehicle actuator operating range.

US Pat. No. 10,990,104

SYSTEMS AND METHODS INCLUDING MOTORIZED APPARATUS FOR CALIBRATING SENSORS

General Electric Company,...

1. A sensor calibration system comprising:a plurality of sensors positioned in an environment, each sensor of said plurality of sensors configured to detect a characteristic of at least one of the environment and an object in the environment;
a user interface configured to receive user-provided locations of at least two sensors of said plurality of sensors;
a motorized apparatus comprising:
a drive system configured to move said motorized apparatus relative to said plurality of sensors;
at least one detector configured to detect said plurality of sensors; and
a localization system configured to determine a location of said motorized apparatus; and
a controller communicatively coupled to said user interface and said motorized apparatus, wherein said controller is configured to:
determine whether each of said at least two sensors is a key sensor based on the user-provided locations;
determine a path for said motorized apparatus based on the user-provided locations;
determine a position of each sensor based on the location of said motorized apparatus when each sensor is detected by said at least one detector; and
relate the location of said motorized apparatus and the position of each sensor to a common origin.

US Pat. No. 10,990,103

METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE SYSTEM DESIGNED TO DETERMINE A TRAJECTORY TO BE FOLLOWED AND/OR TO PERFORM DRIVING INTERVENTIONS, METHOD FOR OPERATING A CONTROL SYSTEM, AND MOTOR VEHICLE

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method, comprising:anonymizing, at a computation device, actual driving courses by dividing the actual driving courses into a plurality of driving sub-courses to provide data protection, wherein the actual driving courses are from a plurality of vehicles that have been driven on a plurality of travel lanes in a past;
determining, at the computation device, a lane map based on the plurality of driving sub-courses;
receiving, at a communication device from the computation device, the lane map describing the plurality of travel lanes;
based on the received lane map, determining, at a control device, a trajectory to be followed by a motor vehicle; and
in response to the determined trajectory, performing, at the control device, driving interventions and transverse guiding intervention,
wherein the driving interventions and the transverse guiding intervention are performed based on the received lane map,
wherein the communication device is located on a vehicle system side of a vehicle system of the motor vehicle and the control device is located on the vehicle system side,
wherein the plurality of travel lanes are related to a region surrounding the motor vehicle, and
wherein the computation device is external to the motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,990,102

ADAPTIVE DYNAMIC MODEL FOR AUTOMATED VEHICLE

Motional AD LLC, Boston,...

1. A system comprising:a tire-pressure-detector that determines a tire-pressure of at least one tire of an automated vehicle;
a failure-detector that detects that a soft-tire or flat-tire has occurred when the tire pressure is less than a pressure-threshold;
a processor configured to:
adjust a dynamic-model of the automated vehicle based on the detected soft-tire or flat-tire, the dynamic-model representing a dynamic characterization of the automated vehicle;
predict, using the adjusted dynamic model, a dynamic behavior of the automated vehicle in response to steering, braking, acceleration or deceleration of the automated vehicle; and
a controller that operates the automated vehicle based on the adjusted dynamic-model.

US Pat. No. 10,990,101

METHOD FOR DRIFTING CORRECTION FOR PLANNING A PATH FOR AUTONOMOUS DRIVING VEHICLES

BAIDU USA LLC, Sunnyvale...

1. A computer-implemented method for planning a path to drive an autonomous driving vehicle, the method comprising:determining a current location of an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) based on sensor data obtained from a plurality of sensors mounted on the ADV;
planning a path for a current driving cycle to drive the ADV from the current location for a predetermined period of time;
determining an expected location of the ADV that was calculated based on a previous path determined during a previous driving cycle;
calculating a drifting error between the current location and the expected location of the ADV;
calculating a drifting correction factor representing a current drifting correction factor that is calculated based on a prior drifting correction factor determined during the previous driving cycle and the drifting error determined during the current driving cycle;
modifying at least a starting point of the path for the current driving cycle based on the drifting error and the drifting correction factor, generating a modified path; and
controlling the ADV to drive according to the modified path.

US Pat. No. 10,990,100

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR HANDLING OPERATIONAL CONSTRAINTS FOR CONTROL OF UNMANNED VEHICLES

CLEARPATH ROBOTICS INC., ...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing computer-readable instructions executable by a processor to perform a method, the method comprising:storing in a data storage one or more operational constraints, each operational constraint comprising (i) a class identifier that identifies one of a speed limit and a travel direction restriction within a region of an environment, (ii) an indication of the region in which at least one unmanned vehicle is to be deployed, and (iii) a property defining a constraint on an operation of the at least one unmanned vehicle within the region;
receiving a request associated with an operational constraint from an unmanned vehicle of the at least one unmanned vehicle;
in response to receiving the request, retrieving the operational constraint from the data storage based on the request;
sending the retrieved operational constraint to the unmanned vehicle via a network; and
operating the unmanned vehicle by controlling at least one of a speed of the unmanned vehicle and a direction of the unmanned vehicle according to the retrieved operational constraint,
wherein the method further comprising:
prior to storing the one or more operational constraints, storing one or more operational constraint templates, each template including (i) a class and (ii) a property definition.

US Pat. No. 10,990,099

MOTION PLANNING METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

Great Wall Motor Company ...

1. A method for motion planning in an autonomous vehicle (AV), the method comprising:using at least one reference line to project planning data into a S-L coordinate system, wherein S of a point is a distance along the reference line from a point of origin and L is a perpendicular distance from the point to the reference line;
applying a sampling-based motion planner algorithm to the at least one reference line using previous path planning history to generate a path in the S-L coordinate system;
determining a velocity for the path;
updating an AV controller with the path and the velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,990,098

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A vehicle control apparatus for controlling a driving component contributing to a travel operation of a self-driving vehicle with a self-drive function, comprising:a surrounding circumstances detector configured to detect surrounding circumstances of the self-driving vehicle; and
an electric control unit including a microprocessor and a memory connected to the microprocessor, wherein
the driving component includes a driving power source and a transmission installed in a power transmission path from the driving power source to drive wheels of the self-driving vehicle,
the microprocessor is configured to perform:
generating an action plan including a target path of the self-driving vehicle based on the surrounding circumstances detected by the surrounding circumstances detector; and
controlling the driving component so that the self-driving vehicle travels by self-driving in accordance with the action plan generated,
wherein the generating includes generating a first action plan, determining whether the first action plan is hindered based on the surrounding circumstances detected by the surrounding circumstances detector after generating the first action plan, and generating a second action plan when determining that the first action plan is hindered, and
wherein the controlling includes determining a hindrance time as a time period elapsed after the first action plan is hindered when the first action plan is hindered and the second action plan is generated, determining whether the hindrance time is shorter than a predetermined time period, controlling the driving component so as to keep a transmission speed ratio in a first transmission speed ratio corresponding to the first action plan while controlling the driving component so that the self-driving vehicle travels by the self-driving in accordance with the second action plan when determining that the hindrance time is shorter than the predetermined time period, while so as to change the transmission to a second transmission speed ratio corresponding to the second action plan when determining that the hindrance time is longer than or equal to the predetermined time period, and regenerating the first action plan when a state where the first action plan is hindered is resolved before the hindrance time exceeds the predetermined time period.

US Pat. No. 10,990,097

COMPUTING DEVICE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A method for controlling a computing device, the method comprising:registering a vehicle configured to provide a transportation service based on vehicle information received from a driver terminal;
generating a regular route of the vehicle including first and second stops;
transmitting information on the regular route to the driver terminal such that the regular route is displayed on a display of the driver terminal; and
transmitting an autonomous driving command, in response to receiving an approval message to the regular route from the driver terminal, to the vehicle such that the vehicle performs an autonomous driving along the regular route,
wherein the method further comprises:
adding a third stop to the regular route;
transmitting an autonomous driving modification command to the vehicle such that the vehicle traverses the first through third stops in a preset order; and
deleting the third stop from the regular route when a number of passengers using the third stop is smaller than a reference number for a predetermined period.

US Pat. No. 10,990,096

REINFORCEMENT LEARNING ON AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A method of controlling an autonomous vehicle, comprising:collecting scenario information from one or more sensors mounted on a vehicle;
determining a high-level option for a fixed time horizon based on the scenario information;
applying a prediction algorithm to the high-level option masking undesired low-level behaviors for completing the high-level option where a collision is predicted to occur to generate a restricted subspace of low-level behaviors, wherein applying the prediction algorithm comprises:
determining a predicted position region of the vehicle for each of a plurality of time steps until the high-level option is completed wherein determining a predicted position region of the vehicle comprises assuming a fixed base uncertainty of the scenario information and an increasing additional uncertainty per time step;
determining a predicted position region of each other actor detected in the scenario information; and
determining that a behavior is undesired when the predicted position region of the vehicle overlaps the predicted position region of any other actor at any of the time steps;
evaluating the restricted subspace of low-level behaviors using a reinforcement learning system, wherein evaluating the restricted subspace of low-level behaviors comprises training a deep Q-learning network (DQN);
controlling the vehicle to perform the high-level option by executing a low-level behavior selected from the restricted subspace; and
adjusting the reinforcement learning system by evaluating a metric of the executed low-level behavior, wherein adjusting the reinforcement learning system by evaluating the metric of the low-level behavior comprises training the DQN with a reward based on the metric if the high-level option is completed within the fixed time horizon and training the DQN with a penalty if the high-level option is not completed within the fixed time horizon, wherein the metric is an amount of braking by other actors detected in the scenario information.

US Pat. No. 10,990,095

DISASTER MITIGATION SYSTEM FOR CONNECTED VEHICLES HAVING HIDDEN VEHICLE FUNCTIONALITY

1. A method comprising:determining, by an onboard vehicle computer of a vehicle, that an extreme event is occurring; and
automatically unlocking, by the onboard vehicle computer, hidden vehicle functionality of the vehicle responsive to determining that the extreme event is occurring, wherein the hidden vehicle functionality includes an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) functionality that is locked so that the ADAS functionality was previously inaccessible by a driver of the vehicle and is now available to assist the driver to respond to the extreme event.

US Pat. No. 10,990,094

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE OPERATED WITH GUIDE ASSISTANCE OF HUMAN DRIVEN VEHICLES

UATC, LLC, San Francisco...

1. A method for operating a computer system to guide an autonomous vehicle, the method being implemented by one or more processors of the computer system and comprising:receiving data indicating that a road segment has a road condition with a likelihood of impairing an autonomous vehicle navigating the road segment;
selecting a guide vehicle to guide the autonomous vehicle through at least a portion of the road segment;
communicating instructions over a network, to the guide vehicle, to travel to a location to guide the autonomous vehicle through at least the portion of the road segment; and
communicating tracking instructions over the network to cause the autonomous vehicle to track the guide vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,990,093

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR UNMANNED VEHICLES HAVING SELF-CALIBRATING SENSORS AND ACTUATORS

Clearpath Robotics Inc., ...

1. An unmanned vehicle comprising:a chassis;
a processor for controlling a propulsion system of the unmanned vehicle and receiving sensor data from one or more sensors of the unmanned vehicle, the processor configured to:
enumerate one or more unmanned vehicle capabilities by querying one or more of the propulsion system and the one or more sensors of the unmanned vehicle; and
operate the propulsion system in an autonomous calibration mode by:
automatically controlling the propulsion system to move the chassis;
collecting the sensor data from the one or more sensors; and
processing the sensor data using one or more uncertainty propagation models to determine at least one degree of certainty on the calibration;
determine that the degree of certainty is above a threshold value; and
subsequently switch operation of the propulsion system to an operational mode based on the determination that the degree of certainty is above the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,990,092

TEST TIME REDUCTION FOR MANUFACTURING PROCESSES BY REMOVING A REDUNDANT TEST

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A system of identifying a time reduction in a manufacturing time associated with a plurality of products produced via an assembly line, the system comprising:an electronic processor configured to
receive a dataset associated with the assembly line, the dataset including a classification for each of the plurality of products produced by the assembly line and test data associated with each of a plurality of tests for each of the plurality of products, the plurality of tests applied to the plurality of products,
determine a set of test combinations for the assembly line based on the plurality of tests, each test combination of the set of test combinations including a subset of the plurality of tests,
for each test combination included in the set of test combinations, determine a hypothetical classification for each of the plurality of products based on the test data associated with each of the plurality of tests included in the test combination and determine a number of missing products for the test combination, the number of missing products representing a number of the plurality of products wherein the hypothetical classification for one of the plurality of products determined for the test combination differs from the classification for the one of the plurality of products included in the dataset,
determine at least one test included in the plurality of tests to remove based on the number of missing products for each test combination included in the set of test combinations, and
output, to a display of a client device, a result including an indication of the at least one test included in the plurality of tests to remove.

US Pat. No. 10,990,091

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ANALYZING AN INVESTIGATED COMPLEX SYSTEM

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for analyzing an investigated complex system of a specific system type, said investigated complex system comprising a plurality of system components, the method comprising the steps of:(a) providing a base virtual object oriented data model comprising abstract components corresponding to system components of the investigated complex system, wherein each abstract component of the base virtual object oriented data model comprises parameters and attributes of the respective system component of the investigated complex system;
(b) mapping sensor tags of sensors deployed in the investigated complex system and/or event names of events received from the investigated complex system to the parameters of the abstract components of the provided base virtual object oriented data model to generate a dedicated data model for the specific system type of the investigated complex system; and
(c) performing a failure mode and/or a root-cause analysis of the investigated complex system on the basis of the dedicated data model generated for the specific system type of the investigated complex system.

US Pat. No. 10,990,090

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC DETECTION AND CLASSIFICATION OF INDUSTRIAL ALARMS

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for the continuous streaming of data from end-to-end in a processing system, the method comprising:receiving a continuous stream of data from a machine at a transceiver circuit, sensors at the machine sensing the data;
continuously obtain the stream of data in real-time from the transceiver circuit at a control circuit;
at the control circuit, detecting an occurrence of a predetermined event within the stream of data and determining a classification for the event;
sending a message from the control circuit to an application when the predetermined event is detected, the content of the message based upon the classification;
receiving the message at the application and visualizing the message to a user of the application;
wherein the stream of data from the machine to the transceiver circuit, to the control circuit, and to the application occurs in real-time without substantial interruption allowing the user of the application to make decisions and determine insights concerning the machine in real-time.

US Pat. No. 10,990,089

MACHINE LEARNING DEVICE LEARNING FAILURE OCCURRENCE MECHANISM OF LASER DEVICE

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. A machine learning device that is connected with at least one laser device to be mutually communicable with the laser device via a network, the laser device comprising:at least one laser oscillator;
a power source unit that supplies driving current to the laser oscillator;
at least one output light sensor that detects light output of laser light emitted from the laser oscillator; and
a control unit that outputs at least a current output command corresponding to a light output command to the power source unit and receives a detection signal from the output light sensor, wherein
the machine learning device comprises:
a state observation unit that observes a state variable of an inside and an outside of the laser device, the state variable including time-series data of light output which is detected by the output light sensor and the light output command, through the control unit of the laser unit;
a determination result acquisition unit that acquires a determination result on correctness with respect to a quantitative failure occurrence mechanism, the quantitative failure occurrence mechanism being outputted by the machine learning device for each failure in the laser device;
a learning unit that receives output from the state observation unit and output from the determination result acquisition unit and learns the quantitative failure occurrence mechanism corresponding to the each failure while associating the quantitative failure occurrence mechanism with the state variable of the laser device, the state variable being observed by the state observation unit, and the determination result on correctness with respect to the quantitative failure occurrence mechanism, the determination result being acquired by the determination result acquisition unit; and
a decision making unit that refers to a learning result of the learning unit when an occurrence of the each failure is detected through at least collation between the time-series data of the light output and the light output command and decides the quantitative failure occurrence mechanism which is to be outputted from the machine learning device.

US Pat. No. 10,990,088

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRANSPORTING INVENTORY ITEMS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

7. An apparatus comprising:a device housing for a drive module, a position sensor, and an obstacle sensor, wherein:
the drive module comprises at least two motorized wheels;
the position sensor comprises a camera and an image-processing component, wherein the image-processing component is configured to:
detect a fiducial marker within a field of view of the camera wherein the fiducial marker indicates a location within a two-dimensional grid of a workspace; and
determine a first location within the two-dimensional grid in the workspace based on the detected fiducial marker; and
the obstacle sensor is operable to detect one or more objects located laterally to the device housing;
a control module operable to:
control operation of the drive module in response to wireless commands received from a remote management module;
utilize the first location to instruct the control module to actuate the drive module to traverse a path from the first location toward a second location in the two-dimensional grid; and
in response to a detection, by the obstacle sensor, of an object in the path, cause the device housing to slow or stop its movement toward the second location.

US Pat. No. 10,990,087

PARALLEL CONTROL METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INTELLIGENT WORKSHOP

GUANGDONG UNIVERSITY OF T...

1. A parallel control method for an intelligent workshop, comprising the following steps:step A: constructing a parallel control simulation platform: performing accurate digital modeling on a real workshop site by third-party simulation software, performing secondary development, performing motion planning of the model and corresponding action control scripts, constructing a downlink instruction channel and an uplink information channel, establishing, by means of an industrial control network, a communication mechanism for a soft PLC and a hard PLC and an asynchronous periodicity synchronization guarantee mechanism for the soft PLC and the hard PLC to realize communication and integration with an upper-level IVIES module and a lower-level control network, and constructing the parallel control simulation platform equivalent to the workshop site;
step B: establishing a parallel execution mechanism: based on a digital twin technology, establishing the parallel execution mechanism for action synchronization of a workshop device model and physical objects thereof;
realizing a communication channel among a soft PLC of a workshop digital model, a PLC of a physical workshop device and configuration software to realize interconnection and intercommunication of data and information, so that a stand-alone physical device can realize action synchronization with a stand-alone digital model corresponding to the whole line on the parallel control simulation platform; and
step C: correcting and optimizing the parallel control system: by the parallel control system, performing simulated launch and simulated production of orders, performing full-view and cross-granularity monitoring of a workshop operation process, performing management of various production operation indexes and response processing of emergencies during an execution process, and performing performance analysis and execution optimization of devices.

US Pat. No. 10,990,086

MODULE FOR A TECHNICAL FACILITY AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A TECHNICAL FACILITY

WAGO Verwaltungsgesellsch...

1. A module for a technical facility comprising:a technical hardware for executing a technical sub-process;
a controller for locally controlling the technical hardware, and
an external interface of the controller, wherein the external interface comprises a server, the server comprising a fixedly predetermined information structure with static information and dynamic information, the external interface configured to receive commands, related to a defined state of a plurality of states of the module, from a process level management controller, the plurality of states comprising at least two of idle, running, halt, stopped, aborted, or terminated,
wherein the static information describes the technical hardware and the controller,
wherein the controller writes the dynamic information as real-time values of the technical hardware into the information structure, and
wherein the controller is configured to control the security functions, reporting functions and protocol functions of the module, to control the technical hardware autonomously based on the defined state of the module, and to autonomously control a transition between the plurality of states.

US Pat. No. 10,990,085

MACHINE-TOOL-STATE DETERMINATION SYSTEM AND MACHINE-TOOL-STATE DETERMINATION METHOD

HITACHI, LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A machine-tool-state determination system configured to determine a state associated with a machine tool including a rotation mechanism for processing a member, the machine-tool-state determination system comprising: a sensor configured to acquire a state value from the machine tool; a cutting mechanism that cuts the member in cooperation with an operation of the rotation mechanism and has a plurality of blades for cutting the member; and an analysis device including a processor and a memory connected to the processor, wherein the analysis device: performs spectral analysis with time series data of the state value, to extract a rotational frequency of the rotation mechanism and a harmonic wave to the rotational frequency; selects, from the harmonic wave, such a harmonic wave as a difference between the selected harmonic wave and a frequency obtained by multiplying the rotational frequency by the number of blades included in the cutting mechanism is smallest; calculates a ratio of an amplitude of the rotational frequency and an amplitude of the selected harmonic wave; generates feature-amount data including the state value and the ratio as feature amounts; performs principal component analysis with the feature-amount data to select a plurality of principal components; converts the feature-amount data in a feature amount space including axes corresponding to the feature amounts, into data in a feature amount space including axes corresponding to the selected principal components; performs clustering with the converted feature-amount data; determines a state associated with the machine tool, based on a result of the clustering; retains, as learning information, a result of clustering with learning data indicating a normal state and learning data indicating an abnormal state; and compares a result of clustering on feature-amount data newly generated, with the learning information, to detect an abnormality of the machine tool, and wherein the axes corresponding to the plurality of principal components include an axis defined by a linear combination of the axes corresponding to the feature amounts, with the axis corresponding to the ratio being large in weight factor.

US Pat. No. 10,990,084

CONTROL APPARATUS, DATA STRUCTURE, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A control apparatus for controlling a control target, comprising a processor configured with a program to perform operations comprising:operation as a time manager configured to manage time;
operation as counters configured to synchronize with at least one device including an I/O unit, the counters comprising:
a first counter providing execution timing of the processor; and
a second counter managing data communication timing on a bus or a network for periodical communication to establish a connection with another control apparatus;
operation as a control computation unit configured to execute control computation according to timing indicated by the first counter;
operation as a controller configured to transmit and receive data to and from the at least one device on the bus or the network;
operation as a record generator configured to generate a record that includes an observation value that is available to the control computation unit and is related to the control target, a time that is indicated by the time manager and is associated with the observation value, and a counter value that is indicated by any of the first counter and the second counter and is associated with the observation value; and
operation as a synchronization manager configured to provide the at least one device with an instruction to match a counter value indicated by a counter of the at least one device with a counter value indicated by the second counter, wherein
the processor is configured with the program such that the second counter and the synchronization manager are implemented in the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,990,083

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CLOUD-BASED CONTROL AND DATA ACQUISITION WITH ABSTRACT STATE

THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERS...

1. A method for operating a supervisory control, and data acquisition (SCADA) environment, comprising:assigning an abstraction representation to data associated with a system of the SCADA environment;
providing the abstraction representation to a control system associated with the system of the SCADA environment, wherein the control system is implemented in a computer system;
receiving, actual data from the system of the SCADA environment;
generating abstract data from the actual data using the abstraction representation;
forwarding the abstract data to the control system;
receiving new abstract data from the control system implemented in the computer system;
translating the new abstract data into new actual data using the abstraction, representation; and
forwarding the new actual data to the system of the SCADA environment.

US Pat. No. 10,990,081

PROCESSING METHOD, PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD...

1. A processing method, comprising:in response to detecting a plug connect between a first port of an external device and a second port of an electronic device, identifying, from two or more candidate connection relationships between the first port and the second port, a connection relationship that matches the plug connect based on a plurality of connection parameters, wherein the plurality of connection parameters characterize a depth of the plug connect;
based on the connection relationship, identifying a control command corresponding to the connection relationship, wherein each candidate connection relationship corresponds to a different control command; and
responding to the control command.

US Pat. No. 10,990,080

GENERATING OPTIMIZED TOOL PATHS AND MACHINE COMMANDS FOR BEAM CUTTING TOOLS

OMAX Corporation, Kent, ...

1. A method for processing a routed geometry for a waterjet cutting project, the method comprising:obtaining a plurality of segments of the routed geometry, wherein the routed geometry includes portions of the geometry for which a waterjet is configured to correspond to a first state and portions of the geometry for which the waterjet is configured to correspond to a second state, wherein at least part of the routed geometry is divided into the plurality of segments, and wherein each segment of the plurality of segments includes one or more portions of the geometry for which the waterjet is configured to correspond to the first state; and
causing a plurality of processing units to process the plurality of segments, wherein at least two processing units of the plurality of processing units are each configured to perform actions including:
processing a distinct segment of the plurality of segments; and
generating machine control signals configured to control a cutting tool of the water jet based, at least in part, on the processing of the distinct segment.

US Pat. No. 10,990,078

COMPUTER-IMPLEMENTED METHOD FOR PART ANALYTICS OF A WORKPIECE MACHINED BY AT LEAST ONE CNC MACHINE

BIG DATA IN MANUFACTURING...

1. A computer-implemented method having computer-executable instructions for performing part analytics of a workpiece machined by at least one CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine, the method comprising:a. sending, to the at least one CNC machine, first instructions for machining the work piece under consideration, wherein the first instructions are based on a first digital model of the workpiece;
b. receiving, by a digital machine model of the CNC machine, realtime and non-realtime process data of the at least one CNC machine, the realtime and non-realtime process data having been recorded during the machining process, based on the first instructions, of the workpiece under consideration;
c. simulating the machining process under consideration by means of the digital machine model based at least partially on the recorded realtime and non-realtime process data;
d. identifying deviations between the simulated machining process and the first instructions;
e. generating, based on the identified deviations, second instructions for continued machining of the workpiece under consideration; and
f. sending, to the at least one CNC machine, the second instructions,
wherein the recorded realtime process data comprises a measured force experienced, during the machining process of the workpiece under consideration, by at least one part of the CNC machine, and
wherein the measured force comprises one or more of a measured bending force, a measured strain, a measured torque, a measured vibration, a measured pressure, or a measured torsion.

US Pat. No. 10,990,077

ELECTRONIC VIRTUAL LAYER

SYNOPSYS, INC., Mountain...

1. A system comprising:an input net control receiver, the input net control receiver receiving an input net control, the input net control comprising a first set of instructions to generate an input net;
an input net generator, the input net generator generating the input net in a virtual environment, the input net comprising one or more layers;
a first electrical connectivity analyzer, the first electrical connectivity analyzer determining an electrical connectivity of the input net;
a net altering control receiver, the net altering control receiver receiving a net altering control, the net altering control comprising a second set of instructions to alter the input net to an output net;
an output net generator, the output net generator generating the output net in the virtual environment; and
a second electrical connectivity analyzer, the second electrical connectivity analyzer determining the electrical connectivity of the output net, wherein if the second instructions involves a cut, a segment of the input net that is cut from the input net is not visualized on the output net.

US Pat. No. 10,990,076

AUTOMATIC EVAPOTRANSPIRATION MITIGATION

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A computer-implemented evapotranspiration mitigation method, the method comprising:checking a condition via a first sensor connected to an outside of a device to compute an evapotranspiration level; and
activating a roof opening of the device to deploy a roof from the device if the evapotranspiration level is greater than a pre-determined threshold,
wherein the device is installed at a soil level of a plurality of crops and is situated between the plurality of crops such that the roof deploys outward in relation a central location of the device, in each direction of 360° surround the location, from the device to cover the crops that surround the device, and
wherein the roof covers an entirety of the device when deployed.

US Pat. No. 10,990,075

CONTEXT SENSITIVE RELATIONAL FEATURE/MEASUREMENT COMMAND MENU DISPLAY IN COORDINATE MEASUREMENT MACHINE (CMM) USER INTERFACE

Mitutoyo Corporation, Ka...

1. A system for programming workpiece feature inspection operations for a coordinate measuring machine, the coordinate measuring machine (CMM) including at least one sensor used for determining workpiece feature measurement data, a stage for holding a workpiece wherein at least one of the sensor or the stage are movable relative to one another, and a CMM control portion, the system comprising:a computer aided design (CAD) file processing portion which inputs or generates a workpiece CAD file corresponding to a workpiece and analyzes the file to automatically determine inspectable workpiece features on the workpiece corresponding to a plurality of geometric feature types;
a geometric relationship analyzer operable to perform geometric analysis operations, including geometric analysis operations usable to analyze relational features that are based on a geometric feature set comprising at least two geometric features, wherein each geometric feature is one of a workpiece feature or a constructed feature that is determined based on at least two workpiece features;
an inspection motion path generation portion that automatically generates at least part of an inspection motion path used in an inspection program generated by the system based on a current workpiece feature inspection plan for inspecting the workpiece represented by the workpiece CAD file; and
a user interface comprising:
an editable plan representation of the current workpiece feature inspection plan for the workpiece corresponding to the CAD file, the editable plan representation comprising at least one of geometric features and inspection operation representations;
a workpiece inspection program simulation portion configured to display a 3D view including at least one of geometric features and inspection operation representations corresponding to inspection operations to be performed on geometric features according to the current workpiece feature inspection plan; and
a context sensitive menu portion configured to display a context sensitive relational command menu that indicates a valid set of relational commands comprising relational feature or relational measurement commands operable to define a corresponding constructed feature or corresponding relational measurement operation to be included in the current workpiece feature inspection plan, wherein:
the valid set of relational commands is determined based on a concurrently selected geometric feature set comprising at least two geometric features concurrently selected and indicated in the user interface, wherein the at least two geometric features are selected by a user;
the geometric relationship analyzer performs an analysis to determine what relational commands are compatible with the concurrently selected at least two geometric features;
only relational commands that are determined to be compatible with the concurrently selected at least two geometric features are included in the valid set of relational commands;
for a first concurrently selected geometric feature set that comprises at least two geometric features that intersect:
the geometric relationship analyzer determines that an angle measurement command is compatible based on the at least two geometric features intersecting, for which the angle measurement command defines an angle measurement operation to measure an angle between the at least two geometric features that intersect;
the angle measurement command is correspondingly included in a first valid set of relational commands for the first concurrently selected geometric feature set; and
the context sensitive menu portion displays a first context sensitive relational command menu that indicates the first valid set of relational commands for the first concurrently selected geometric feature set; and
for a second concurrently selected geometric feature set that comprises at least two geometric features that are in parallel:
the geometric relationship analyzer determines that a distance measurement command is compatible based on the at least two geometric features being in parallel, for which the distance measurement command defines a distance measurement operation to measure a distance between the at least two geometric features that are in parallel;
the distance measurement command is correspondingly included in a second valid set of relational commands for the second concurrently selected geometric feature set;
the geometric relationship analyzer determines that an angle measurement command is not compatible based on the at least two geometric features being in parallel and is thus invalid and is not included in the second valid set of relational commands for the second concurrently selected geometric feature set; and
the context sensitive menu portion displays a second context sensitive relational command menu that indicates the second valid set of relational commands for the second concurrently selected geometric feature set.

US Pat. No. 10,990,073

PROGRAM EDITING DEVICE, PROGRAM EDITING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A program editing device comprising:processing circuitry to:
analyze a relation between an argument and a return value between instructions of a plurality of instructions included in a sequence control program, which is a pre-compiled control program written in a language for sequence control, the plurality of instructions being sequenced according to a first instruction execution order; and
at least either change the first instruction execution order of the plurality of instructions to a second instruction execution order or divide the sequence control program into simultaneously executable units of instructions, based on the relation between the argument and the return value between the instructions analyzed,
wherein execution of the plurality of instructions according to the second instruction execution order achieves an equivalent result more efficiently than execution of the plurality of instructions according to the first instruction execution order,
wherein the processing circuitry changes the first instruction execution order of the plurality of instructions based on the relation between the argument and the return value between the instructions analyzed and an operator included in each instruction, and
wherein the processing circuitry specifies, from among the plurality of instructions, two or more instructions in which arithmetic operation efficiency is improved by successive execution, based on the relation between the argument and the return value between the instructions analyzed and the operator included in each instruction, and changes the instruction execution order of the plurality of instructions so that the specified two or more instructions are successively executed.

US Pat. No. 10,990,072

MAINTAINING POWER GRID STABILITY USING PREDICTED DATA

PXiSE Energy Solutions, L...

1. A method of maintaining stability of a power grid implemented by one or more data processors forming one or more computing devices, the method comprising:monitoring, by at least one data processor of a computing device, power system data comprising one or more data packets to identify data transmission reliability;
continually generating, by at least one data processor, a predicted data packet characterizing predicted power system data of the power grid based on filtering of the one or more data packets using at least two filters, wherein one of the at least two filters down-sample the power system data comprising at least one of active power data, reactive power data, frequency data, voltage phasor data, or current phasor data;
determining, by at least one data processor, a substitution factor of the one or more data packets; and
dynamically and selectively substituting, by at least one data processor, the predicted data packet in place of the one or more data packets of the power system data in real time based on the substitution factor to facilitate a continuous, reliable power system data stream within the power grid, wherein the continuous, reliable power system data stream having the predicted data packet is provided to at least one distributed energy resource.

US Pat. No. 10,990,071

MANAGING POWER DEMAND OF A PLURALITY OF PASSENGER TRANSPORT INSTALLATIONS

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method for managing power demand of a plurality of passenger transport installations in at least one building, the method comprising:obtaining first data on available time-dependent power consumption flexibility capacity from each passenger transport installation;
obtaining second data from at least one external data source, the second data being independent from operation of the passenger transport installations;
obtaining third data on activation costs of the available time-dependent power consumption flexibility capacity from each passenger transport installation;
determining an activation order for power demand management of the plurality of passenger transport installations based on the obtained first data, second data and third data; and
transmitting a passenger transport installation specific activation signal for the power demand management to at least one passenger transport installation of the plurality of passenger transport installations in accordance with the activation order,
wherein the obtaining the third data includes estimating a traffic intensity for each of the plurality of passenger transport installations for a predetermined period of time,
wherein the at least one external data source includes a weather report data source, an electricity cost data source, a utility signal data source or a load profile of the at least one building, and
wherein the power demand management to the at least one passenger transport installation further includes adjusting a drive speed and/or acceleration of the at least one passenger transport installation.

US Pat. No. 10,990,066

SYSTEMS, METHODS AND DEVICES FOR VECTOR CONTROL OF INDUCTION MACHINES USING ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORKS

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A system comprising:a three-phase induction motor; and
a control system for controlling the three-phase induction motor, wherein the control system comprises:
a pulse-width modulated (“PWM”) converter operably connected between an electrical power source and the three phase induction motor;
a vector controller comprising a nested-loop structure, said nested-loop structure comprised of a faster inner current loop having an inner current loop controller and a slower outer speed and rotor flux loop having an outer speed and rotor flux loop controller;
a neural network vector control system comprising at least a processor operably connected to the PWM converter, wherein the neural network vector control system comprises the inner current loop controller; and
one or more proportional-integral (PI) controllers, wherein the one or more PI controllers comprise the outer speed and rotor flux loop controller, wherein the outer speed and rotor flux loop generates d- and q-axis current references isd_ref and isq_ref used by the inner current loop controller,
wherein the inner current loop controller receives the d- and q-axis current references isd_ref and isq_ref, a measured d-axis current, isd, and a measured q-axis current, isq;
wherein the neural network vector controller receives input signals comprised of error signals between the measured d- and q-axis currents and the d- and q-axis current references and integrals of the error signals;
wherein the neural network vector control system is based on approximate dynamical programming (“ADP”), comprising:
initializing a training epoch,
initializing a training parameters,
initializing a set of weights with random numbers,
configuring a Jacobian matrix (J(w?)) and an approximate dynamic programming (“ADP”) cost using a forward accumulation through time (“FATT”) algorithm, and
updating the training parameters to find an optimal trajectory of control action that minimizes the ADP cost; and
wherein the PWM converter is controlled by the inner current loop controller implementing a control function based on the error signals between actual and reference d- and q-axis currents and integrals of the error signals by applying a voltage signal Vdq_ref to control the PWM inverter.

US Pat. No. 10,990,065

MECHANICAL CLOCK

BENTLEY MOTORS LIMITED, ...

1. A motor vehicle comprising a mechanical clock rotatably mounted in a holder which is mounted in the motor vehicle, the mechanical clock having a winding mechanism automatically wound through rotational movement of the clock relative to the holder; the vehicle having an automatic winding system including a clock moving mechanism powered by an electrical system of the motor vehicle for rotating the clock in the holder, the automatic winding system configured to operate the clock moving mechanism in accordance with a set of predetermined instructions stored within the electrical system of the motor vehicle for controlling winding operations of the clock, the automatic winding system being operable in use such that subsequent to rotation of the clock for a set period of time, the clock is returned to a first set position, the automatic winding system having a user interface switch selectively operable in use to override the predetermined, stored instructions and cause the rotating mechanism to initiate rotation of the clock in the holder on demand in response to actuation of the switch by the user, wherein the clock comprises a rotational mechanism operable in use to rotate one or more hands of the clock to indicate the time to a user, the clock comprises a crown wheel operable in use to act upon the rotational mechanism to move the hand(s) of the clock and the user interface switch is operable to cause the clock moving mechanism to move the clock itself to a second set position, different from the first set position, so as to present the crown wheel to a user for altering the time displayed by the clock whilst the clock is retained in the holder.

US Pat. No. 10,990,064

PRESIDENTIAL PODIUM CLOCK

1. A clock for deriving comedic relief from a public person, the clock comprising:a base, the base comprising:
a front, a plurality of sides, a top, a bottom and a back, wherein the front having an upper end, a bottom end, a podium plate and a middle portion;
a clock face, the clock face being configured significantly near the upper end of the middle portion of the front;
a speaker, the speaker being coupled to significantly near the bottom end of the middle portion of the front;
an insignia, the insignia being on the podium plate of the front;
an interior and an outside;
a figure, the figure having a face, a body and a hair, the figure being coupled to the top of the base;
one or more flags, the one or more flags being coupled to the top of the base;
a computing device, the computing device being coupled to the interior of the base, wherein the computing device being communicatively coupled to the clock face, and wherein the computing device being communicatively coupled to the speaker, and wherein the computing device being coupled to the figure;
a battery, the battery being coupled on the interior of the base, wherein the battery being electrically coupled to the computing device, wherein the battery being electrically coupled to the speaker, and wherein the battery being electrically coupled to the clock face; and
a slot, the slot being configured on the exterior of the side of the base, wherein the slot being coupled to the computing device, wherein the slot being configured to receive a memory device.

US Pat. No. 10,990,062

DISPLAY SYSTEM

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A display system, comprising:a display screen having a first display area;
a processor including a pre-stored holographic image data source, wherein the pre-stored holographic image data source includes 360-degree omni-directional information of an object, and the processor is configured to invoke a first holographic image of a certain object from the pre-stored holographic image data source and modulate a laser beam to obtain a first modulated laser beam which is corresponding to the first holographic image;
a laser projector configured to project the first modulated laser beam to create the first holographic image in front of the first display area; and
at least one photodetector configured to collect first gesture information about a first gesture through which the first holographic image is controlled by a viewer, wherein
the processor is further configured to generate a first control signal based on the first gesture information, invoke a second holographic image of the certain object corresponding the first control signal from the pre-stored holographic image data source, and modulate a laser beam to obtain a second modulated laser beam which is corresponding to the second holographic image so as to create the second holographic image corresponding to the first control signal through the laser projector in front of the first display area; and
the laser projector comprises:
a laser disposed at a back side of the display screen;
a fiber optic splitter connected to the laser; and
two laser output ports disposed on a frame of the display screen and disposed at two sides of the first display area along a horizontal line of sight of the human eyes respectively, and wherein
the modulated laser beam emitted from the laser is split by the fiber optic splitter into two laser beams having coherence, which are then emitted via the laser output ports respectively, and an overlap area of the two laser beams in front of the first display area is a holographic display area;
there is a preset angle between a central axis of each of the laser output ports and a plane where the first display area is located, and the preset angle is ?, which is greater than or equal to Arctan(D/H) and is smaller than or equal to Arctan(2D/H), where D is a diagonal length of the first display area, and H is a length of the first display area parallel to a horizontal line of sight of human eyes, wherein
the display screen is configured to display a background image corresponding the first holographic image or the second holographic image; and the display system is configured to display the background image and the first holographic image, or display the background image and the second holographic image.

US Pat. No. 10,990,061

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A DUCT FREE OF A FILTER AND A DUCT WITH A FILTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion configured to form, at a first position, a toner image on a recording material using toner comprising a parting material;
a fixing portion configured to fix, at a second position above the first position in a vertical direction, an unfixed toner image formed on the recording material by said image forming portion;
a heat exhausting duct having an inlet between the first position and the second position in the vertical direction to discharge air heated by said fixing portion, said heat exhausting duct being free of a filter at said inlet thereof, and said inlet of said heat exhausting duct having an opening area; and
a collection duct having an inlet between the first position and the second position in the vertical direction to collect particles resulting from the parting material and having predetermined particle sizes, said collection duct being provided with a filter at said inlet thereof, and said inlet of said collection duct having an opening area, the opening area of said collection duct being larger than the opening area of said inlet of said heat exhausting duct,
wherein said inlet of said collection duct is integrally molded with said inlet of said heat exhausting duct and said inlets of said heat exhausting duct and said collection duct are disposed so as to oppose the unfixed toner image formed on the recording material.

US Pat. No. 10,990,060

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCORPORATING SAME

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A fixing device comprising:a body including:
a roller; and
a positioning projection projecting from the body; and
a cover supported on one end side in an axial direction of the roller, the cover having a slot in which the positioning projection is disposed, the cover configured to pivot on the positioning projection disposed in the slot, from a closed position to a retreated position from the body,
wherein the slot is configured to allow the positioning projection to move in the slot in a major axis direction of the slot,
wherein a first end of the slot in the major axis direction contacts the positioning projection in a state where the cover is closed, and
wherein a width of the slot perpendicular to the major axis direction increases from the first end toward a second end opposite the first end.

US Pat. No. 10,990,059

METAL FRAME OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A metal frame of an image forming apparatus including an image forming unit which forms an image on a sheet, comprising:a first support which supports the image forming unit;
a second support which is arranged with an interval from the first support and supports the image forming unit together with the first support;
a third support which connects the first support and the second support to each other;
a first sheet metal which is provided in the first support and includes a first plate portion in which a first through-hole is formed and an engaged portion which is adjacent to the first through-hole and is bent and raised in a direction vertical to a flat surface of the first plate portion;
a second sheet metal which is provided in the second support and includes a second plate portion in which a second through-hole is formed and a protrusion portion which protrudes in a plate thickness direction of the second plate portion; and
a third sheet metal which is provided in the third support, has one end portion inserted into the first through-hole, and includes a third plate portion in which a third through-hole is formed, a first engaging portion which is bent and raised with respect to the third plate portion and engages with the engaged portion, and a second engaging portion which is inserted into the second through-hole and engages with the second plate portion,
wherein the engaged portion is sandwiched between the first engaging portion and the third plate portion in a plate thickness direction of the third plate portion,
wherein the third through-hole of the third sheet metal is provided on the other end portion side of the third sheet metal opposite to the one end portion side of the third sheet metal with respect to a center of the third sheet metal in the vertical direction and at a position adjacent to the second engaging portion,
wherein the protrusion portion of the second sheet metal is inserted into the third through-hole of the third sheet metal, and
wherein V1>V3 and V2>V3 is satisfied, in which V1 is an engagement length of the first engaging portion with the engaged portion in the vertical direction, V2 is an engagement length of the second engaging portion with the second plate portion in the vertical direction, and V3 is a distance between the protrusion portion and an inner wall of the second through-hole in the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,990,058

CLEANING BODY, ASSEMBLY, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A cleaning body comprising:a core; and
a foamed elastic layer spirally wound around an outer circumferential surface of the core from one end of the core to the other end,
wherein an end portion of a cell skeleton protruding from a surface of the foamed elastic layer has an equivalent circle diameter of 50 ?m or less, andthe foamed elastic layer has a spiral pitch R2 of 5 mm or less and a spiral angle ? of 15° or less.

US Pat. No. 10,990,055

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING A CONVEYANCE GUIDE FOR GUIDING A RECORDING MEDIUM CONVEYED FROM A REGISTRATION ROLLER PAIR TO A TRANSFER NIP

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image carrier;
a transfer member which transfers a toner image formed on the image carrier onto a recording medium;
a registration roller pair which conveys the recording medium to a transfer nip between the transfer member and the image carrier with a predetermined timing; and
a conveyance guide which includes:
a first conveyance guide which faces an image-carrier-side surface of the recording medium conveyed from the registration roller pair to the transfer nip; and
a second conveyance guide which faces a transfer-member-side surface of the recording medium,
wherein
the second conveyance guide includes:
a main body portion which has
a projection portion which projects furthest toward the first conveyance guide in a recording-medium conveyance path from the registration roller pair to the transfer nip, and
a shaft holding portion which is formed adjacent to the projection portion on a downstream side of the projection portion with respect to the recording-medium conveyance direction so as to extend along a width direction which is perpendicular to the recording-medium conveyance direction; and
a shaft member which is held by the shaft holding portion and is reciprocatable between a first position which is a most downstream-side position in the shaft holding portion with respect to the recording-medium conveyance direction and a second position which is a position on an upstream side of the first position in the shaft holding portion,
an outer peripheral surface of the shaft member projects toward the first conveyance guide beyond a plane passing through a downstream-side first-conveyance- guide-side end portion of the projection portion and a downstream-side first-conveyance- guide-side end portion of the shaft holding portion with respect to the recording-medium conveyance direction, and
when a first recording medium is conveyed, the shaft member is arranged at the first position such that a distance between the shaft member and the first conveyance guide is equal to a predetermined distance, and when a second recording medium having a higher stiffness than the first recording medium is conveyed, the shaft member is arranged at the second position such that the distance between the shaft member and the first conveyance guide is larger than when the shaft member is arranged at the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,990,054

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CORRECTS A TARGET TEMPERATURE FOR HEATING A REGION WITHOUT A TONER IMAGE WHEN AN ABNORMALITY IS DETECTED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming a toner image on a recording material, comprising:a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image onto the recording material while the recording material is passing through a fixing nip portion, wherein the fixing portion includes a heater including a substrate, a first heat generating element provided on the substrate for heating a first region in the fixing nip portion, and a second heat generating element provided at a position different from the position on the substrate on which the first heat generating element is provided in a longitudinal direction of the substrate and for heating a second region in the fixing nip portion;
an energization controlling portion configured to control electric power supplied to each of the first and second heat generating elements so that a temperature of the first heat generating element is maintained at a first target temperature and a temperature of the second heat generating element is maintained at a second target temperature; and
an abnormality detecting portion for detecting an abnormality in the image forming apparatus,
wherein when a region of the recording material on which the toner image is formed passes through the first region and a region of the recording material on which the toner image is not formed passes through the second region, the energization controlling portion sets the first target temperature for the first heat generating element to a first temperature and sets the second target temperature for the second heat generating element to a second temperature lower than the first temperature,
wherein when the abnormality detecting portion detects the abnormality, the energization controlling portion corrects the second target temperature to be a temperature higher than the second temperature, and
wherein the abnormality detecting portion includes a sensor for detecting whether or not the recording material is present on a conveyance path, and detects the abnormality in accordance with the output of the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,990,053

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CARTRIDGE, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CORRECTING EXPOSURE AMOUNTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A non-transitory storage medium readable by an image forming apparatus, comprising:a storage unit configured to store correction data for the image forming apparatus to identify a correction amount for correcting an exposure amount of a correction target pixel, among a plurality of pixels indicated by image data, from an exposure amount indicated by the image data, wherein
the correction data includes only a correction amount corresponding to each of representative parameter values of a plurality of parameter values of a predetermined parameter for varying the correction amount.

US Pat. No. 10,990,052

IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR ACQUIRING CHARACTERISTICS OF RECORDING MEDIUM

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image formation apparatus comprising:an image former that forms an image on a recording medium delivered in a predetermined delivery path;
a light irradiator that irradiates the recording medium delivered in the predetermined delivery path with a predetermined pattern image;
an acquirer that is provided at a position facing the light irradiator through the predetermined delivery path and acquires a calculation image including a transmission image formed after the predetermined pattern image has been transmitted through the recording medium;
a calculator that extracts a luminance area corresponding to the predetermined pattern image from the calculation image as a focused image, and calculates, based on pixel values of pixels included in a linear target area that is set to extend across at least one edge of a focused area, a characteristic value of the recording medium as an amount of expansion or blurring of the transmission image for the predetermined pattern image; and
an adjustor that adjusts an image formation condition in the image former according to the characteristic value calculated by the calculator.

US Pat. No. 10,990,048

FIXING BELT, FIXING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A fixing belt comprising:an annular resin base layer having a water absorption rate of 3% or less;
a metal layer provided on an outer peripheral surface of the resin base layer; and
an elastic layer provided on an outer peripheral surface of the metal layer,
wherein the annular resin base layer is obtained by:
forming an annular resin base film, and
immersing the annular resin base film in an aqueous sodium hydroxide solution,
wherein the water absorption rate is determined by:
immersing a sample of the base layer in the boiling water for 1 hour to obtain a water-absorbed sample, and then measuring a mass W1 the water-absorbed sample;
drying the water-absorbed sample at 120° C. for 2 hours to obtain a dried sample, and then measuring a mass W2 of the dried sample; and
calculating the water absorption rate by the following formula:
Water absorption rate (% by mass)=(W1?W2)/W2×100.

US Pat. No. 10,990,046

FIXING DEVICE HAVING HEATER HOLDING MEMBER WITH INCLINED SLITS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A fixing device comprising:a fixing belt;
a pressure member configured to rotate the fixing belt while applying pressure to an outer circumferential surface of the fixing belt to form a fixing nip between the fixing belt and the pressure member; and
a heating section that faces an inner circumferential surface of the fixing belt, wherein the heating section includes
a heater configured to heat the fixing belt, and
a heater holding member that holds the heater,
the heater holding member has a first side surface and a second side surface, the first and second side surfaces facing the inner circumferential surface of the fixing belt, at least one of the first and second side surfaces having a plurality of inclined slits arranged in a direction of a rotational axis of the fixing belt, the inclined slits inclining in the direction of the rotational axis of the fixing belt relative to a rotational direction of the fixing belt,
the inclined slits each have one end on a side of the fixing nip and an other end located opposite to the side of the fixing nip,
the other end is located nearer a middle of the fixing belt in the direction of the rotational axis than the one end, and
the plurality of inclined slits includes two inclined slits between which the middle of the fixing belt in the direction of the rotational axis is interposed, either respective one ends or respective other ends of the two inclined slits meeting at the middle.

US Pat. No. 10,990,045

BELT HEATING DEVICE, FIXING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A belt heating device, comprising:an endless belt to rotate in a rotation direction;
a heater to heat the endless belt, the heater including a heat generator;
a driving roller to contact the endless belt;
a driving force transmitter disposed at a lateral end of the driving roller in an axial direction of the driving roller, the driving force transmitter to transmit a driving force that drives and rotates the driving roller, the driving force transmitter being disposed in a driving side defined by a center of the heat generator in a longitudinal direction of the heater; and
a counterpart disposed opposite the heater,
wherein the heater includes a positioner to position the heater with respect to the counterpart in the longitudinal direction of the heater, the positioner being disposed only on a positioning side defined by the center of the heat generator in the longitudinal direction of the heater, the positioning side being opposite the driving side in the longitudinal direction of the heater.

US Pat. No. 10,990,044

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A FIXING UNIT AND HEATING CONTROL METHOD

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a fixing unit including:
a heater, and
a fixing belt electrically connected between a first power source and a ground terminal; and
a controller configured to control the heater to heat the fixing belt, wherein
the controller is further configured to:
determine whether a current is flowing through the fixing belt, and
upon determining that a current is not flowing through the fixing belt, control the heater not to heat the fixing belt.

US Pat. No. 10,990,041

ADJUSTING POSITIONS OF IMAGES

HP Indigo B.V., Amstelve...

1. A method, comprising:successively transferring a series of images from an imaging surface to an intermediate transfer member (ITM) then from the ITM to positions on a web substrate;
intermittently adjusting a position at which a corner of particular images are transferred to the ITM by a first defined distance laterally across the ITM and by a second defined distance longitudinally with respect to the ITM; and
adjusting a position at which the corner of the particular images are transferred to the web substrate by approximately the first defined distance laterally relative to the ITM and by approximately the second defined distance longitudinally relative to the ITM;
after a first defined number of intermittent position adjustments, changing a direction in which the position is adjusted such that the corner of the particular images are adjusted along a closed loop path that is smaller than a size of the web substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,990,040

TRANSFER DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A transfer device comprising:a transfer unit comprising
a transfer belt wound around a rotating winding roller to circulate, an image being to be formed on the transfer belt, and
a transfer roller disposed on an opposite side of the winding roller across the transfer belt, the transfer roller configured to transfer the image on the transfer belt to a recording medium; and
an adjustment unit configured to change an axial direction of the transfer roller to adjust parallelism between an axis of the transfer roller and an axis of the winding roller,
wherein the adjustment unit changes the axial direction of the transfer roller between at least two positions, and the transfer roller is configured to transfer the image from the transfer belt to the recording medium in each of the two positions.

US Pat. No. 10,990,039

LAYER THICKNESS IN PRINT AGENT CONCENTRATION APPARATUS

HP Indigo B.V., Amstelve...

14. A machine readable medium storing instructions which, when executed by a processor cause the processor to:based on an indication of a print agent type, determine thickness criteria for a layer of toner particles having a particle concentration meeting concentration criteria; and
based on an indication of a distance received from a distance sensor, determine if a measured layer thickness meets the thickness criteria.

US Pat. No. 10,990,037

DEVELOPERS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A developer for a printer for printing to a substrate; the developer comprising a plurality of rollers operable to influence forming an image; the plurality of rollers comprising a developer roller for bearing printing liquid for forming the image and a squeegee roller for cooperating with the developer roller to influence the printing liquid on the developer roller, the squeegee roller being operable, via a brake, to stop rotating relative to the developer roller to influence the printing liquid on the developer roller by reducing air within the printing liquid on the developer roller.

US Pat. No. 10,990,035

TONER CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A toner container comprising:a container main body which has a compartment that contains toner and an exit port which allows the toner to be ejected from the compartment;
a conveying body located inside the compartment and configured to move in a direction approaching the exit port while rotating to convey the toner to the exit port;
at least one first rotating body configured to engage with an outer circumferential surface of the conveying body and rotate according to rotation of the conveying body; and
a second rotating body configured to rotate according to a first driving force generated by rotation of the first rotating body, wherein
the first rotating body is located at a prescribed position, and
the first rotating body rotates in response to the conveying body arriving at the prescribed position.

US Pat. No. 10,990,031

DEVELOPING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVELOPING DEVICE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A developing device comprising:an agitating member rotating around an axis to agitate a developer;
a magnetic roller arranged above the agitating member and carrying the developer;
a lower housing including a first housing part opened at an upper side to house the agitating member in the first housing part;
an upper housing including a second housing part opened at a lower side to house the agitating member and the magnetic roller in the second housing part, and including an opening from which a part of an outer circumferential face of the magnetic roller is exposed; and
a blade member arranged below the opening, having an upper part fixedly attached to an outer face of the upper housing, having a lower part facing to an outer face of the lower housing to make a gap between the blade member and the lower housing, and restricting a layer thickness of the developer carried on the magnetic roller,
wherein the first housing part has a first edge including a first contact face,
the second housing part has a second edge including a second contact face coming into contact with the first contact face,
a part of the first edge positioned between the first housing part and the blade member includes a first facing surface formed at a side of the blade member from the first contact face,
the second edge includes a second facing surface facing to the first facing surface,
a gap between the first facing surface and the second facing surface is made so that a width at a side of the blade member is broader than a width at a side of the first contact face,
the first facing surface and the second facing surface are bonded by an adhesive agent,
the gap between the blade member and the outer face of the lower housing is sealed by the adhesive agent.

US Pat. No. 10,990,030

SHADING CORRECTION SIGNAL GENERATION DEVICE, MULTIFUNCTION APPARATUS, AND SHADING CORRECTION SIGNAL GENERATION METHOD FOR GENERATING SHADING CORRECTION SIGNAL HAVING DESIRED LEVEL

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A shading correction signal generation device for generating a shading correction signal to correct shading, the device comprising:a correction amount setting signal generator that generates a correction amount setting signal;
a modulator that modulates the correction amount setting signal by a predetermined modulation scheme and outputs the modulation signal; and
a filter circuit that filters the modulation signal to generate the shading correction signal, wherein
the correction amount setting signal generator
generates the correction amount setting signal in which a level of the shading correction signal is a level corresponding to a predetermined period, during the predetermined period,
generates the correction amount setting signal in which the level of the shading correction signal changes to correct the shading, during a shading correction period starting after a transition period passes from the predetermined period, and
generates the correction amount setting signal in which a difference between a level at an end of the predetermined period and an average level during the transition period is larger than a difference between the level at the end of the predetermined period and a level at a start of the shading correction period, during the transition period.

US Pat. No. 10,990,029

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CORRECTING EXPOSURE AMOUNT OF PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member;
a scan unit configured to form a latent image on the photosensitive member by scanning the photosensitive member with laser light at a non-constant scanning speed over a plurality of sections in a main-scanning direction according to image data indicating image density;
a developing unit configured to form an image on the photosensitive member by attaching toner to the latent image formed on the photosensitive member;
a luminance correction unit configured to correct an emission luminance of the laser light depending on a section of the plurality of sections in the main-scanning direction; and
a density correction unit configured to correct the image data to change image density depending on a section of the plurality of sections in the main-scanning direction, wherein
the luminance correction unit is further configured to correct the emission luminance such that a first emission luminance for a first section, of the plurality of sections, scanned at a first scanning speed is lower than a second emission luminance for a second section, of the plurality of sections, scanned at a second scanning speed faster than the first scanning speed, and
the density correction unit is further configured to correct the image data such that a first image density of the image data corresponding to the first section is higher than a second image density of the image data corresponding to the second section.

US Pat. No. 10,990,028

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:circuitry configured to
control a display to display a setting screen for a background pattern that allows a user to designate a special consumable material as a color to be used for information specified as the background pattern;
generate print data using the designated special consumable material; and
transmit the print data to an image forming apparatus,
wherein the circuitry is further configured to
display the setting screen that allows the user to designate any one of a color other than the special consumable material and the special consumable material, as the color to be used for the information specified as the background pattern, and
when the special consumable material is designated, display a setting item of a printing condition different from a setting item of a printing condition provided when the color other than the special consumable material is designated.

US Pat. No. 10,990,027

CARRIER FOR FORMING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE, TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER, DEVELOPER FOR REPLENISHMENT, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A carrier for forming an electrophotographic image, comprising;carrier particles each comprising:
a core particle; and
a coating layer coating the core particle, the coating layer comprising:
a coating resin; and
inorganic particles comprising chargeable particles A and conductive particles B, an amount of the inorganic particles being from 195 to 350 parts by mass with respect to 100 parts by mass of the coating resin,
wherein the carrier particles consist of:
small carrier particles having a particle diameter of D1, where D1?25 ?m is satisfied;
medium carrier particles having a particle diameter of D2, where 25 ?m large carrier particles having a particle diameter of D3, where 38 ?m wherein a constituent element variation is within a range of from ?10.0% to 10.0%, where the constituent element variation being a ratio of an amount of a constituent element of the inorganic particles contained in the coating layer of the small carrier particles having a particle diameter of D1 to an amount of the same constituent element of the inorganic particles contained in the coating layer of the medium carrier particles having a particle diameter of D2.

US Pat. No. 10,990,026

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND CLEANING METHOD THEREOF

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A method, comprising:emitting droplets by a droplet generator of a lithography apparatus;
starting flow of a first cleaning agent over a reflective surface of a collector of the lithography apparatus;
starting flow of a second cleaning agent over the reflective surface and continuing the flow of the first cleaning agent in response to a cumulative count of the droplets emitted by the droplet generator of the lithography apparatus reaching a first predetermined count, wherein the flow of the first cleaning agent is started before the flow of the second cleaning agent is started; and
stopping the flow of the second cleaning agent and continuing the flow of the first cleaning agent in response to the cumulative count of the droplets emitted by the droplet generator of the lithography apparatus reaching a second predetermined count, wherein the second predetermined count is greater than the first predetermined count.

US Pat. No. 10,990,025

PATTERNING DEVICE COOLING APPARATUS

ASML NETHERLANDS B.V., V...

1. A patterning apparatus for a lithographic apparatus, the patterning apparatus comprising:a patterning device support structure configured to support a patterning device;
a patterning device conditioning system comprising:
at least one first gas outlet configured to provide a gas flow over a surface of the patterning device, and
at least one second gas outlet configured to provide a gas flow over a part of a surface of the patterning device support structure not supporting the patterning device such that the gas flow from the at least one second gas outlet primarily does not flow over the surface of the patterning device but instead contacts the surface of the patterning device support structure not supporting the patterning device; and
a control system configured to, based on a parameter relating to the patterning device or patterning device support structure, control a value of a gas parameter for gas exiting the at least one first gas outlet to be a different value than that a value of that gas parameter for gas exiting the at least one second gas outlet or control a value of a gas parameter for gas exiting the at least one second gas outlet to be a different value than a value of that gas parameter for gas exiting the at least one first gas outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,990,020

METROLOGY PARAMETER DETERMINATION AND METROLOGY RECIPE SELECTION

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A method of determining a patterning process parameter from a metrology target, the method comprising:obtaining a plurality of values of diffraction radiation from the metrology target, each value of the plurality of values corresponding to a different illumination condition of a plurality of illumination conditions of illumination radiation for the target; and
using, by a hardware computer system, the combination of values to determine a same value of the patterning process parameter for the target by solving a system of equations comprising each of the plurality of illumination conditions as a variable of at least one equation of the system of equations.

US Pat. No. 10,990,018

COMPUTATIONAL METROLOGY

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A method, comprising:determining a first distribution of a first parameter associated with an error or residual in performing a device manufacturing process, the first distribution comprising measured data or data obtained from a simulation or model;
determining a second distribution of a second parameter associated with an error or residual in performing the device manufacturing process, the second distribution comprising measured data or data obtained from a simulation or model; and
determining, by a hardware computer, a distribution of a parameter of interest associated with the device manufacturing process using a function operating on the first and second distributions.

US Pat. No. 10,990,017

COMPENSATING DEPOSITION NON-UNIFORMITIES IN CIRCUIT ELEMENTS

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method of fabricating a circuit element comprising:obtaining a lithography mask write file comprising mask information characterizing at least one mask feature;
obtaining a uniformity function configured to modify the mask information characterizing the at least one mask feature to compensate for a non-uniform deposition process;
applying the uniformity function to the lithography mask write file to obtain a modified lithography mask write file; and
performing lithography as directed by the modified lithography mask write file,
wherein obtaining the uniformity function comprises (i) deriving one or more geometric arguments that determine a geometric relationship between a set of one or more deposition parameters and a resulting effect the deposition parameter has on a deposition, (ii) deriving, from a calibration process, an empirical function that characterizes how deposition data varies as a function of the set of one or more deposition parameters, or (iii) a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,990,016

EXTREME ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT GENERATION DEVICE

Gigaphoton Inc., Tochigi...

1. An extreme ultraviolet light generation device comprising:a chamber having inside a plasma generating region in which plasma is generated from a droplet of a target substance;
an EUV light focusing mirror having a reflection surface that reflects EUV light generated by the droplet being turned into the plasma in the plasma generating region;
a magnetic field generation unit configured to generate a magnetic field for converging, toward a wall of the chamber, a charged particle generated by the droplet being turned into the plasma in the plasma generating region; and
an etching gas supply unit configured to supply etching gas along the reflection surface from an outer periphery of the EUV light focusing mirror,
the etching gas supply unit being configured such that flow speed of etching gas supplied from one side of a plane including a magnetic-field axis of the magnetic field and a central axis of the EUV light focusing mirror is higher than flow speed of etching gas supplied from the other side of the plane, and flow speed from the other side of the plane is nonzero.

US Pat. No. 10,990,015

DEBRIS MITIGATION SYSTEM, RADIATION SOURCE AND LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A debris mitigation system for use in a radiation source, comprising:a contamination trap comprising a debris receiving surface configured to receive liquid metal fuel debris emitted from a plasma formation region of the radiation source,
wherein the debris receiving surface is constructed from a material that reacts with the liquid metal fuel debris and forms an intermetallic layer on the debris receiving surface under conditions maintained by the debris mitigation system.

US Pat. No. 10,990,013

METHOD FOR FORMING SEMICONDUCTOR STRUCTURE

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

11. A method for forming a semiconductor structure, comprising:forming a material layer over a substrate;
forming a bottom layer over the material layer;
forming a middle layer over the bottom layer;
forming a resist layer over the middle layer, wherein the resist layer comprises an inorganic material and an auxiliary, and the inorganic material comprises a plurality of metallic cores and a plurality of first linkers bonded to the metallic cores, and the metallic cores comprise tin (Sn), indium (In), antimony (Sb), or a combination thereof;
exposing a portion of the resist layer by performing an exposure process; and
developing the resist layer to form a patterned resist layer by using a ketone-based solvent having a formula (a):

wherein R1 is linear or branched C1-C2 alkyl, and R2 is linear or branched C4-C9 alkyl.

US Pat. No. 10,990,012

SILSESQUIOXANE RESIN AND OXAAMINE COMPOSITION

Dow Silicones Corporation...

1. A silsesquioxane-containing composition comprising (A) a silsesquioxane resin and (B) an oxaamine, wherein:the (A) silsesquioxane resin is of formula (I):
[HSiO3/2]t1[Z-L-SiO3/2]t2[H(R1O)SiO2/2]d[(R1O)xSiO(4-x)/2]y[R2SiO3/2]t3 (I), wherein:
subscript t1 is a mole fraction of from 0.4 to 0.9;
subscript t2 is a mole fraction of from 0.1 to 0.6;
subscript d is a mole fraction from 0 to 0.45;
subscript x is an integer of 1, 2, or 3;
subscript y is a mole fraction from 0 to 0.25;
subscript t3 is a mole fraction from 0 to 0.15;
the sum of t1+t2=from >0.9 to <1 and the sum of t1+t2+d+y+t3=1;
each R1 is independently H or (C1-C5)alkyl;
each R2 is independently HO-L- or HOOC-L-;
each L is independently a divalent (C1-C20)hydrocarbon group that is unsubstituted or substituted with at least 1 substituent independently selected from (C1-C3)alkyl, —OH, and a fluorine atom up to and including perfluoro-substitution; and
each Z is —OH, —COOH, —O-THP, —OCH(R3a)2, —OC(R3b)3, —COOCH(R3a)2, —COOC(R3b)3, —OCOOCH(R3a)2, or —OCOOC(R3b)3,
wherein THP is tetrahydropyran-2-yl;
wherein each R3a is independently a (C1-C6)alkyl, (C3-C12)cycloalkyl, (C6-C10)aralkyl, ((C1-C6)alkyl)3SiCH2CH2-, or 2 R3a together with the carbon atom to which they are both bonded are a (C3-C12)cycloalkyl or a (C6-C12)bicyclonlkyl; and
wherein each R3b independently a (C1-C6)alkyl, (C3-C12)cycloalkyl, (C6-C10)aralkyl, ((C1-C6)alkyl)3SiCH2CH2-; or 2 together with the carbon atom to which they are both bonded are a (C3-C12)cycloalkyl or a (C6-C12)bicycloalkyl and the remaining R3b is independently a (C1-C5)alkyl, (C3-C12)cycloalkyl, (C6-C10)aralkyl, or ((C1-C6)alkyl)3SiCH2CH2-; or all 3 R3b together with the carbon atom to which they are all bonded are a (C7-C12)bicycloalkyl; and
the (B) oxaamine is of formula (II): N—[CH2CH(R4)O—R5]3 (II), wherein:
each R4 is independently H or an unsubstituted (C1-C12)alkyl; and
each R5 is independently H or a (C1-C12)alkyl, which is unsubstituted or independently substituted with 1, 2, or 3 (C1-C12)alkoxy groups.

US Pat. No. 10,990,009

PHOTORESIST COMPOSITION AND PHOTORESIST FILM USING THE SAME

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

1. A photoresist composition for thick films to form a photoresist pattern on a support having a metal surface,comprising:
a first (meth)acrylic resin containing a (meth)acrylic backbone and a functional group represented by the following Chemical Formula 1 bonded to one end of the backbone, and
a second (meth)acrylic resin containing a (meth)acrylic backbone and a thiol group bonded to one end of the backbone:

wherein, in Chemical Formula 1,
Z is hydrogen, an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an aryl group having 6 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkylthioxy group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an arylthioxy group having 6 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkoxy group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an aryloxy group having 6 to 20 carbon atoms, or an amine group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms,
wherein the photoresist composition is capable of minimizing a footing in the bottom of the photoresist pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,990,008

RESIN COMPOSITION

TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC., ...

1. A resin composition comprising an alkali-soluble resin (a) which contains a phenol skeleton having a crosslinking group and a phenol skeleton not having a crosslinking group and which has a weight average molecular weight in the range of 1,000 to 50,000,wherein the content ratio of said phenol skeleton having a crosslinking group to the total 100% by mole of structural units of said phenol skeleton having a crosslinking group and said phenol skeleton not having a crosslinking group is, in the range of 5 to 90% by mole,
wherein said alkali-soluble resin (a) has a structure represented by general formula (1):

wherein in the general formula (1):
R1 is an organic group having any of a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a nitro group, a cyano group, an aliphatic group, an aromatic group, an acetyl group, an ester group, an amide, group, an imide group, a urea group, and a thiourea group;
X is an organic group represented by the following general formula (3) or (4);
when R1 and X have a hydrogen atom, the hydrogen atom is optionally substituted with any of a halogen atom, a nitro group and a cyano group;
Y is, a an organic group represented by the following general formula (2):
—CH2OR2  (2)
wherein in the general formula (2), R2 is a hydrogen atom, an aliphatic group, or an aromatic group;
each of a and b is an integer number of 1 or more, and a+b?6; wherein the arrangement of the structural units of a and b is optionally in a block way or in a random way;
each of m, n1 and n2 is an integer number in the range of 1 to 3; and
q is an integer number in the range of 0 to 3;

wherein in the general formula (3):
R3, R4, R5 and R6 are each independently a C1-C10 aliphatic group optionally substituted with fluorine; and
wherein in the general formula (4):
R7, R8, R9 and R10 are each independently a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a fluoroalkyl group, an alkylether group, or a siloxane group; and
Z is a single bond, an ether bond, or a divalent group represented by any of a carbonyl group, an amide group, or a sulfonyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,990,007

MULTI FUNCTION PHOTOACID GENERATOR AND CHEMICALLY AMPLIFIED PHOTORESIST COMPOSITION FOR THICK LAYER COMPRISING THE SAME

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

1. A photoacid generator represented by Chemical Formula 1:
wherein, in the Chemical Formula 1,
R1, R2, and R6 are each independently hydrogen, or a C1-10 alkyl group substituted with one or more C1-20 alkylene dithiol groups,
at least one of R1, R2, and R6 is a C1-10 alkyl group substituted with one or more C1-20 alkylene dithiol groups,
L1 is a substituted or unsubstituted C1-4 alkylene group that comprises a carbonyl connected to the nitrogen atom, or a carbonyl,
L2 is a carbonyl,
R3 is hydrogen, a C1-20 aliphatic functional group, or forms a C6-20 aromatic ring or a C5-20 aliphatic ring together with L1, and
R7 is a C1-10 alkylfluoro group, a C1-10 alkoxy group, or a C1-10 alkylthio group.

US Pat. No. 10,990,006

PHOTOSENSITIVE COMPOSITIONS, PREPARATION METHODS THEREOF, AND QUANTUM DOT POLYMER COMPOSITE PATTERN PRODUCED THEREFROM

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A photosensitive composition comprising:a plurality of quantum dots comprising an organic ligand on a surface thereof;
a photoinitiator system;
a binder comprising a carboxylic acid group;
a photopolymerizable monomer comprising a carbon-carbon double bond; and
a solvent,
wherein the photoinitiator system comprises a first photoinitiator comprising an oxime compound and a second photoinitiator comprising a phosphine oxide compound, an amino ketone compound, or a combination thereof, and
wherein the composition further comprises a reactive compound comprising at least two thiol groups and represented by Chemical Formula 2:

wherein in Chemical Formula 2,
R1 is selected from hydrogen; a substituted or unsubstituted C1 to C30 linear or branched alkyl group; a substituted or unsubstituted C6 to C30 aryl group; a substituted or unsubstituted C3 to C30 heteroaryl group; a substituted or unsubstituted C3 to C30 cycloalkyl group; a substituted or unsubstituted C3 to C30 heterocycloalkyl group; a C1 to C10 alkoxy group; a hydroxy group; —NH2; a substituted or unsubstituted C1 to C30 amine group (—NRR?, wherein R and R? are each independently hydrogen or a C1 to C30 linear or branched alkyl group); an isocyanate group; a halogen; —ROR? (wherein R is a substituted or unsubstituted C1 to C20 alkylene group and R? is hydrogen or a C1 to C20 linear or branched alkyl group); acyl halide (—RC(?O)X, wherein R is a substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group and X is a halogen); —C(?O)OR? (wherein R? is hydrogen or a C1 to C20 linear or branched alkyl group); —CN; or —C(?O)ONRR? (wherein R and R? are each independently hydrogen or a C1 to C20 linear or branched alkyl group),
L1 is a carbon atom, a substituted or unsubstituted C1 to C30 alkylene group, a substituted or unsubstituted C6 to C30 cycloalkylene group, a substituted or unsubstituted C6 to C30 arylene group, or a substituted or unsubstituted C6 to C30 heteroarylene group, wherein at least one of non-adjacent methylene (—CH2—) groups of the substituted C1 to C30 alkylene group is replaced by a sulfonyl group (—SO2—), a carbonyl group (—CO—), an ether group (—O—), a sulfide group (—S—), a sulfoxide group (—SO—), an ester group (—C(?O)O—), an amide group (—C(?O)NR—) (wherein R is hydrogen or a C1 to C10 alkyl group), or a combination thereof,
Y1 is a single bond; a substituted or unsubstituted C1 to C30 alkylene group; a substituted or unsubstituted C2 to C30 alkenylene group; a substituted C1 to C30 alkylene group or a C2 to C30 alkenylene group wherein at least one methylene (—CH2—) group is replaced by a sulfonyl group (—S(?O)2—), a carbonyl group (—C(?O)—), an ether group (—O—), a sulfide group (—S—), a sulfoxide group (—S(?O)—), an ester group (—C(?O)O—), an amide group (—C(?O)NR—) (wherein R is hydrogen or a C1 to C10 linear or branched alkyl group), an imine group (—NR—) (wherein R is hydrogen or a C1 to C10 linear or branched alkyl group) or a combination thereof,
m is an integer of 1 or more,
k1 is 0 or an integer of 1 or more,
k2 is an integer of 1 or more, and
a sum of m and k2 is an integer of 3 or more,
provided that when Y1 is not a single bond, m does not exceed the valence of Y1, and provided that a sum of k1 and k2 does not exceed the valence of L1,
wherein a weight ratio of the first photoinitiator and the second photoinitiator is about 1:1 to 1:0.1;
wherein an amount of the quantum dot is greater than or equal to about 10 weight % and an amount of the reactive compound is greater than 10 weight % and less than or equal to about 40 weight %, based on a total weight of the composition, and
wherein the photosensitive composition is configured to maintain a blue light photoconversion rate of greater than or equal to about 40% of an initial value thereof after being exposed to light, developed, and heated at 180° C. for 30 minutes.

US Pat. No. 10,990,005

METHOD IN WHICH ALIGNMENT CONTROL OF A MEMBER AND A SUBSTRATE IS EFFECTED WITH RESPECT TO AN IN-PLANE DIRECTION OF THE SUBSTRATE AND AN UNCURED MATERIAL IN A STATE OF BRINGING A MEMBER AND THE UNCURED MATERIAL ON A SUBSTRATE INTO CONTACT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method in which alignment control of a member and a substrate is effected with respect to an in-plane direction of the substrate and an uncured material in a state of bringing the member and the uncured material on a substrate into contact with each other is cured, the method comprising:a step of bringing the member and the substrate near to each other while effecting the alignment control, based on a driving profile, after the alignment control is started, to bring the member and the uncured material into contact with each other, and then the uncured material is cured; and
a step of increasing a gap between the member and the substrate, after the uncured material is cured,
wherein the driving profile for the alignment control after the alignment control is started and at least one of before and after the member contacts the uncured material is changed.

US Pat. No. 10,990,003

BINARIZATION METHOD AND FREEFORM MASK OPTIMIZATION FLOW

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A method comprising:obtaining (i) a target pattern to be printed on a substrate subjected to a patterning process, (ii) an initial continuous tone image corresponding to the target pattern, (iii) a binarization function configured to transform the initial continuous tone image, and (iv) a process model configured to predict a pattern on the substrate from an output of the binarization function; and
generating, by a hardware computer system, a binarized image having a mask pattern for a patterning device and corresponding to the initial continuous tone image by iteratively updating the initial continuous tone image based on a cost function such that the cost function is reduced,
wherein the cost function determines a difference between a predicted pattern determined by the process model and the target pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,990,002

SUB-RESOLUTION ASSIST FEATURES

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A method of semiconductor device fabrication, comprising:receiving a first mask design comprising a first mask function;
determining a transmission cross coefficient (TCC) of an exposure tool;
decomposing the TCC into a plurality orders of eigenvalues and a plurality orders of eigenfunctions;
calculating a kernel based on the plurality orders of eigenvalues and the plurality orders of eigenfunctions;
determining a first sub-resolution assist feature (SRAF) seed map by convoluting the first mask function and the kernel;
storing the kernel in a memory medium;
receiving a second mask design comprising a second mask function different from the first mask function;
retrieving the kernel stored in the memory medium;
determining a second SRAF seed map by convoluting the second mask function and the stored kernel;
processing the second SRAF seed map to obtain a second SRAF map;
modifying the second mask design according to the second SRAF map to obtain a second modified mask design; and
performing photolithography using the exposure tool and the second modified mask design.

US Pat. No. 10,990,000

PHOTOLITHOGRAPHY PLATE AND MASK CORRECTION METHOD

Semiconductor Manufacturi...

1. A mask correction method, comprising:forming a patterned mask having at least one defect with a defect dimension of 10 nm to 25 nm on a substrate;
performing optical imaging simulation on the mask to determine a defective mask pattern within the patterned mask;
determining whether the defect dimension of the defect on the defective mask pattern is within a specified range, where the specified range is 10 nm to 25 nm; and
in response to determining that the defect dimension is within the specified range,
determining a location of a scattering bar to be formed in the substrate according to a shape of the defective mask pattern,
forming a recess at the location in the substrate, and
forming the scattering bar in the recess, where a length of the scattering bar is greater than a length of the defect and a width of the scattering bar is greater than a width of the defect.

US Pat. No. 10,989,998

LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE AND PROJECTION APPARATUS HAVING LIGHT-COMBINATION DEVICE LOCATED AT FOCUS POSITION OF LENSES

Appotronics Corporation L...

1. A light source device, comprising:a first light source module, a set of lenses, a first light-homogenization component, a first light-combination device, and a wavelength conversion device;
wherein the first light source module is configured to emit a first light beam having a first wavelength;
the set of lenses is located in a propagation path of the first light beam and configured to converge the first light beam, the converged first light beam is incident on the first light-combination device, and the first light-combination device is located at a focus position of the set of lenses;
the wavelength conversion device is located in a propagation path of a third light beam emitted from the first light-combination device and is configured to generate excited light having a second wavelength under excitation; and
the first light-homogenization component located in a light path between the set of lenses and the first light-combination device and configured to homogenize the first light beam, wherein the first light-homogenization component is an array of microlenses formed by a plurality of lenses, the first light beam is incident at a light entrance of the array of microlenses, and a second light beam formed after homogenization is emitted from a light exit of the array of microlenses to the first light-combination device.

US Pat. No. 10,989,997

PROJECTOR AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PROJECTOR

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A projector comprising:a light emitter that includes a solid-state light source and emits light that is modulated and projected as an image;
an adjuster that adjusts white balance of the light emitted by the solid-state light source;
an electric power controller that adjusts electric power to be supplied to the solid-state light source in accordance with a period for which the light emitter was used; and
a white balance controller that determines a white balance adjustment parameter corresponding to the adjustment made by the electric power controller and causes the adjuster to adjust the white balance based on the determined adjustment parameter,
wherein the white balance controller determines the adjustment parameter based on correlation between the adjustment to the electric power supplied to the solid-state light source and a measured change in the white balance.

US Pat. No. 10,989,996

LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE AND PROJECTOR

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light source device that radiates excitation light or emitted light by the excitation light, comprising:an excitation light source that radiates the excitation light;
a fluorescent wheel that includes a phosphor, which emits light in a predetermined wavelength range on reception of the excitation light, in a circumferential direction;
a driving device that rotates the fluorescent wheel; and
a shielding member that is arranged around the excitation light source and the fluorescent wheel and shields the excitation light and the emitted light, wherein
an opening through which outside air is introduced is provided at a part of the shielding member, and
a space between the opening and the fluorescent wheel is not shielded.

US Pat. No. 10,989,995

LASER ASSEMBLY, LASER SOURCE AND LASER PROJECTION APPARATUS

HISENSE LASER DISPLAY CO....

1. A laser assembly comprising:a support comprising at least one mounting groove, each of the at least one mounting groove comprising an opening; and
at least one laser mounted in the at least one mounting groove in a one-to-one correspondence, each of the at least one laser comprising:
a light emitting component configured to emit a light beam,
a beam-shaping component disposed at a light path of the light emitting component, the beam-shaping component comprising a light incident surface,
wherein the light incident surface of the beam-shaping component is disposed close to the light emitting component, the light incident surface is configured to transmit the light beam emitted from the light emitting component toward the opening of the mounting groove, and the light incident surface is configured to change a divergence angle of the light beam along at least one of a fast axis direction or a slow axis direction of the light beam;
a light collimating lens disposed at a side of the beam-shaping lens away from the light emitting component; and
the light collimating lens comprising a light emitting surface, wherein the light emitting surface of the light collimating lens configured to collimate the light beam that is adjusted by the beam-shaping lens.

US Pat. No. 10,989,993

CONTROL DEVICE FOR CORRECTING PROJECTION IMAGE, PROJECTION SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control device for controlling a projector, the control device comprising:at least one processor and/or at least one circuit configured to:
select a target point of a projection image projected on a projection plane by the projector;
display, on a display that is different from the projection plane, an image indicative of the target point and a first area image indicative of a range in which the target point can be moved on the display;
control the projector to project a second area image on the projection plane, wherein the second area image indicates a range in which the target point can be moved on the projection plane;
receive a user's operation for moving the target point of the projection image; and
according to receipt of the user's operation, control the projector to move the target point on the projection plane,
wherein after selection of the target point and before reception of the user's operation for moving the target point, the at least one processor and/or at least one circuit displays the image and the first area image on the display and controls the projector to project the second area image on the projection plane, and
wherein the second area image includes a grid pattern indicative of the range in which the target point can be moved on the projection plane.

US Pat. No. 10,989,991

ADJUSTMENT DEVICE AND PROJECTION DEVICE USING THE SAME

Coretronic Corporation, ...

1. An adjustment device for adjusting an up-down displacement of an optical engine module of a projection device, comprising a bracket, at least one adjustment zone, at least one flexible element, at least one adjustment element, and at least one fixing post, wherein:the bracket is disposed inside the projection device;
the at least one adjustment zone is located at the optical engine module, wherein there is a gap between the optical engine module and the bracket;
the at least one flexible element is abutted between the bracket and the optical engine module; and
the at least one adjustment element is movably disposed through the at least one adjustment zone, and a distance between the at least one adjustment zone of the optical engine module and the bracket is at least adjusted by an operation of the at least one adjustment element;
the at least one fixing post disposed on the bracket and located between the bracket and the at least one adjustment zone,
wherein the optical engine module comprises a fixing base, the at least one adjustment zone is located at the fixing base, the gap is formed between the fixing base and the bracket, and the at least one flexible element is abutted between the bracket and the fixing base,
wherein each of the at least one adjustment element comprises an adjustment screw, the adjustment screw includes a head portion and a thread body, the thread body is connected to the head portion, each of the at least one adjustment zone of the fixing base includes a first surface and a second surface opposite to each other, the second surface faces the bracket, and each of the at least one adjustment zone is provided with a through hole penetrating the first surface and the second surface,
wherein each of the at least one fixing post is provided with a second screw hole at least penetrating one end of the at least one fixing post adjacent to the at least one adjustment zone, the second screw hole corresponds to the through hole, the thread body of the adjustment screw is disposed through the through hole and screwed to at least a part of the second screw hole, and the head portion is abutted against the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,989,990

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND ACCESSORIES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mount apparatus on and from which an accessory is mountable and dismountable comprising:a mount portion; and
a plurality of terminals disposed in a circumferential direction of the mount portion and configured to be used in electrical connection with the accessory,
wherein the plurality of terminals are disposed on a first stage and a second stage, wherein the first stage and the second stage have different contact positions of the plurality of terminals with a terminal which is provided on the accessory, in a direction parallel to a center-axis direction of the mount portion,
wherein the plurality of terminals include a first terminal configured to be used to supply power for driving an internal component of the accessory, a second terminal configured to indicate a reference voltage level corresponding to the first terminal, and a third terminal configured to detect a type of the accessory
wherein, among the plurality of terminals, the first terminal and the third terminal are disposed adjacent to each other and the second terminal and the third terminal are disposed adjacent to each other on the second stage, and
wherein the second terminal is disposed nearer the first stage than the first terminal and the third terminal among the plurality of terminals that are disposed on the second stage.

US Pat. No. 10,989,989

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH DISPLAY DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An display apparatus comprising:a first barrel;
a second barrel that is connected to the first barrel, achieves a stored state of a display device in a case where a relative distance is shortened by relatively moving with respect to the first barrel, and achieves a pulled-out state of the display device in a case where the relative distance is lengthened; and
a third barrel that is connected to the second barrel by snap fit connection and moves together with the second barrel with respect to the first barrel;
wherein the first barrel comprises a fastening part at a connection end of the first barrel at which the first barrel is connected to the second barrel so that the fastening part suppresses release of the snap fit connection in the pulled-out state of the display device and does not suppress the release of the snap fit connection in the stored state of the display device.

US Pat. No. 10,989,988

LID GUIDE MECHANISM AND IMAGING DEVICE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A lid guide mechanism comprising:a support base;
a lid body which slidingly moves between a first position and a second position which are adjacent to the support base;
an urging member which urges the lid body from the first position toward the second position,
wherein the support base includes: an attachment part to which a first end part of the urging member is attached; and a locking part,
the lid body includes: a first shaft part to which a second end part of the urging member is attached; and a second shaft part which is provided at a position closer to the attachment part than the first shaft part and is locked on the locking part at the first position, and
wherein the support base is configured to guide the lid body such that when the lid body is moved, by an external force, to a third position more distant from the second position than the first position against an urging force of the urging member so that a locking state between the second shaft part and the locking part is released, the lid body is moved to the second position by the urging force of the urging member upon release of the external force.

US Pat. No. 10,989,987

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE LT...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a display;
a frame surrounding said display;
a camera disposed in said frame;
a lens cover unit slidable between a first position and a second position in said frame, wherein said lens cover unit includes
a lens cover covers a lens of said camera when said lens cover unit is located at said first position and exposes said lens when said lens cover unit is located at said second position;
an arm extending in a sliding direction of said lens cover unit; and
an elastic body, fixed to one of said lens cover unit and said frame, is elastically deformable in a thickness direction of said display, wherein said elastic body includes a metal plate extending in said sliding direction, and has both ends fixed to said arm; and
at least one protrusion, while said lens cover unit slides between said first position and said second position, presses at least one action part of said elastic body in said thickness direction to elastically displace said elastic body, and after said elastic displacement, said at least one action part moves over said at least one protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,989,986

SHUTTER UNIT AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A shutter unit comprising:a base plate having an aperture and to which a first blade member and a second blade member are rotatably attached;
a first blade operation member movable integrally with the first blade member between a first movement completion position that provides a retreat state where the first blade member retreats from the aperture, and a first movement start position that provides a closed state where the first blade member closes the aperture;
a second blade operation member movable integrally with the second blade member between a second movement completion position that provides a closed state where the second blade member closes the aperture, and a second movement start position that provides a retreat position where the second blade member retreats from the aperture;
a first charge member configured to charge the first blade operation member from the first movement completion position to the first movement start position; and
a second charge member configured to charge the second blade operation member from the second movement completion position to the second movement start position,
wherein the first charge member and the second charge member include coaxially arranged cam gears and are configured to rotate in opposite directions.

US Pat. No. 10,989,984

OPTICAL PHASED ARRAYS INCLUDING MEMBER TO CORRECT PHASE ERROR GENERATED IN MANUFACTURING PROCESSES AND METHOD OF CORRECTING PHASE USING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An optical phased array comprising:a light injector;
a first splitter connected to the light injector;
a first phase shifter connected to the first splitter;
a plurality of waveguides connected to the first splitter, portions of the plurality of waveguides being connected to the first splitter via the first phase shifter;
an antenna array connected to the plurality of waveguides;
a single mode filter provided in each of the plurality of waveguides; and
a first photodetector connected to the first splitter and configured to detect a portion of light radiated onto the antenna array.

US Pat. No. 10,989,981

OPTICAL BEAM DEFLECTION ELEMENT AND MODULE

National Institute of Adv...

1. An optical beam deflection element including a phase panel controlling polarization and a polarization grating plate causing birefringence based on the polarization, whereinthe phase panel includes two substrates, each having a corrugated sheet-like surface including recessed components and protruding components, and a polymer-stabilized blue phase liquid crystal inserted between the corrugated sheet-like surface of each of the two substrates disposed opposite to each other with a predetermined distance between the substrates,
electrodes are formed into a corrugated sheet-like thin film on the corrugated sheet-like surface of each substrate such that a positive voltage and a negative voltage can be applied to the electrodes by the blue phase liquid crystal, and the two substrates are disposed such that each of the protruding components of one of the substrates lies opposite to the recessed components that are included in the other the substrates and that are adjacent to each other, or electrodes are formed into the corrugated sheet-like films on each protruding component of the corrugated sheet-like surfaces such that a positive voltage and a negative voltage can be applied to the electrode of each of the substrates by the blue phase liquid crystal in a lateral direction and the two substrates are disposed such that the electrodes of the protruding components of one of the two substrates lie opposite to valley components each between the electrodes formed on the protruding components of the other of the two substrates,
the phase panel operates as a substantially isotropic medium in a case where no voltage is applied to the electrode, and operates as a half-wave plate at a wavelength used in a case where a voltage is applied to the electrodes,
the corrugated sheet-like thin film is formed of a material that is transparent at an optical wavelength used,
the polymer-stabilized blue phase liquid crystal is stabilized by irradiation with light,
the polarization grating plate includes a plurality of plate segments provided in a plane of the polarization grating plate and each plate segment consists of birefringent media with a thickness of a half-wave plate at the wavelength used,
each of the plate segments is rectangular or circular and has a birefringence axis rotating with a predetermined period A that is not uniform within the plane of the polarization grating plate, and one or both of the period and a rotating direction of the birefringence axis varies among the plate segments, and
the phase panel and the polarization grating plate is joined together in such a manner as to overlap.

US Pat. No. 10,989,980

OPTICAL MODULATOR

TDK CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. An optical modulator comprising:a substrate;
first and second optical waveguides each formed of a ridge-shaped electro-optic material film and disposed so as to be mutually adjacent on the substrate;
a buffer layer covering upper surfaces of the first and second optical waveguides;
an insulating layer formed above the buffer layer;
an electrode layer formed on the insulating layer and including first and second signal electrodes provided above the buffer layer so as to be opposed respectively to the first and second optical waveguides; and
a dielectric layer covering at least one of a part of an exposed surface of the first signal electrode and a part of an exposed surface of the second signal electrode, and a part of an upper surface of the buffer layer, wherein
the first signal electrode includes a first lower layer part opposed to the first optical waveguide through the buffer layer and a first upper layer part provided above the first lower layer part,
the second signal electrode includes a second lower layer part opposed to the second optical waveguide through the buffer layer and a second upper layer part provided above the second lower layer part,
a width of a lower surface of each of the first and second lower layer parts is smaller than a width of each of the first and second upper layer parts,
a width of the first upper layer part extends from the first lower layer part to a side opposite to the second signal electrode,
a width of the second upper layer part extends from the second lower layer part to the side opposite to the first signal electrode,
the first and second upper layer parts are formed in the electrode layer,
the first and second lower layer parts are each embedded in openings formed in the insulating layer, and
differential signals are applied to the first and second signal electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,989,979

LOW POWER SEMI-REFLECTIVE DISPLAY

NOVASOLIX, INC., Palo Al...

1. A portable device, comprising:a case having first and second parts configured to be sealed together in parallel;
a rechargeable battery;
other electronic components; and
a touch screen display;
wherein the touch screen display is embedded in the first part of the case, and
wherein the case is arranged to completely seal the portable device, wherein the first and second parts of the case are glued to each other using a permanent glue, relying on wireless communications and the touch screen display for external communication.

US Pat. No. 10,989,978

SELECTIVELY TRANSPARENT AND OPAQUE KEYBOARD BOTTOM

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. An information handling system comprising:a housing having first and second housing portions rotationally coupled by a hinge;
a processor disposed in the housing and operable to execute instructions that process information;
a memory disposed in the housing and interfaced with the processor to store the instructions and information;
a display disposed over at least one of the first and second housing portions, the display operable to present the information as visual images and having a touch detection surface operable to detect touches;
a radio interfaced with the processor and operable to communicate with external devices through wireless signals;
an embedded controller interfaced with the processor, the radio and the display, the embedded controller operable to manage inputs communicated to the processor from peripheral devices; and
a peripheral keyboard having an upper side and a lower side, the upper side having plural keys to accept end user inputs for communication to the embedded controller, the lower side having a transparent layer to pass illumination from below the peripheral keyboard through the keys and a selectively opaque layer operable to transition between a transparent state that passes illumination through and an opaque state that reduces illumination passing through.

US Pat. No. 10,989,977

ONBOARD CONTROLLER FOR MULTISTATE WINDOWS

View, Inc., Milpitas, CA...

1. A window assembly comprising:an electrochromic (EC) pane including an EC device; and
a window controller configured to control the EC device;
wherein the window controller is configured to communicate with a remote controller and to receive power via the same conductor, and wherein the window controller is shaped to physically prevent the EC device from being connected to in a reverse polarity to an external power source.

US Pat. No. 10,989,974

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

11. A liquid crystal display device comprising:a pixel comprising a first transistor, a second transistor, a third transistor, a first liquid crystal element, a second liquid crystal element, a first capacitor, and a second capacitor,
wherein the first liquid crystal element comprises a first pixel electrode,
wherein the second liquid crystal element comprises a second pixel electrode,
wherein one of a source and a drain of the first transistor is electrically connected to the first pixel electrode,
wherein one of a source and a drain of the second transistor is electrically connected to the second pixel electrode,
wherein the one of the source and the drain of the second transistor is electrically connected to one of a source and a drain of the third transistor,
wherein the other of the source and the drain of the first transistor is electrically connected to a signal line,
wherein the other of the source and the drain of the second transistor is electrically connected to the signal line,
wherein a gate of the first transistor is electrically connected to a first scan line,
wherein a gate of the second transistor is electrically connected to the first scan line,
wherein a gate of the third transistor is electrically connected to a second scan line,
wherein one electrode of the first capacitor is electrically connected to the first pixel electrode,
wherein one electrode of the second capacitor is electrically connected to the second pixel electrode, and
wherein the first pixel electrode and the first capacitor are located on a first side of the first scan line and the second pixel electrode and the second capacitor are located on a second side of the first scan line, the first side being opposite to the second side.

US Pat. No. 10,989,972

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

PANASONIC LIQUID CRYSTAL ...

1. A liquid crystal display device including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix form, the liquid crystal display device comprising:a plurality of transistors and a plurality of pixel electrodes, which are provided in each of the plurality of pixels, respectively;
a plurality of gate signal lines that extend in a first direction and are connected to gate electrodes of the plurality of transistors, respectively;
a plurality of data signal lines that extend in a second direction different from the first direction and are connected to source electrodes or drain electrodes of the plurality of transistors, respectively;
a plurality of common electrodes that are opposed to the plurality of pixel electrodes, respectively;
a detection circuit that detects a waveform of a common potential at the common electrode; and
a determination circuit that determines abnormality of the liquid crystal display device based on the waveform of the common potential detected by the detection circuit,
wherein the plurality of pixels are divided into a plurality of segments,
the plurality of the common electrodes are provided corresponding to the plurality of segments,
the detection circuit detects the waveform of the common potential at each of the plurality of common electrodes when a predetermined data signal is input to at least one of the plurality of data signal lines while a predetermined gate signal is input to at least one of the plurality of gate signal lines, and
wherein the determination circuit determines the abnormality of the liquid crystal display device based on the waveform of the common potential in a flyback period.

US Pat. No. 10,989,971

ARRAY SUBSTRATE AND MAINTENANCE METHOD THEREFOR, AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

CHONGQING BOE OPTOELECTRO...

1. An array substrate, comprising a plurality of data signal lines, wherein each of the plurality of data signal lines comprises a plurality of data signal line sub-segments being in one-to-one correspondence with a plurality of pixel units, each of the plurality of pixel units comprises a light shielding metal strip between a base substrate and a corresponding data signal line sub-segment, and the corresponding data signal line sub-segment is insulated with the light shielding metal strip,an orthographic projection of an input terminal of the corresponding data signal line sub-segment on the base substrate and an orthographic projection of the light shielding metal strip on the base substrate have a first overlapping region serving as a first maintenance point, an orthographic projection of an output terminal of the corresponding data signal line sub-segment on the base substrate and the orthographic projection of the light shielding metal strip on the base substrate have a second overlapping region serving as a second maintenance point;
each of the plurality of data signal lines further comprises a common electrode disposed on a side of the corresponding data signal line sub-segment away from the light shielding metal strip, the common electrode has a light shielding property, and the common electrode is insulated with the corresponding data signal line sub-segment; and
the common electrode is provided with a slit extending in a direction parallel to the plurality of data signal line sub-segments; the slit is configured to observe position of a broken point of the plurality of data signal line sub-segments.

US Pat. No. 10,989,970

DISPLAY PANEL HAVING ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE CIRCUIT AND DISPLAY DEVICE

HKC CORPORATION LIMITED, ...

1. A display panel, comprising:a substrate comprise a plurality of pixel regions; and
an electrostatic discharge circuit disposed on the substrate;
wherein the electrostatic discharge circuit comprises a voltage gate high terminal (VGH terminal), a voltage gate low terminal (VGL terminal), an electrostatic input end and a common voltage terminal (VCOM terminal) coupled with components of the display panel;
a first discharge circuit, wherein an output end of the first discharge circuit is connected to the voltage gate high terminal and the voltage gate low terminal respectively, a control end of the first discharge circuit are connected to the electrostatic input end, and an input end of the first discharge circuit are connected to the electrostatic input end; and
a second discharge circuit, wherein an input end of the second discharge circuit is connected to the electrostatic input end, and an output end of the second discharge circuit is connected to the common voltage terminal;
wherein the first discharge circuit comprises a first N-type thin film transistor and a second N-type thin film transistor, a source of the first N-type thin film transistor is connected to the voltage gate high terminal, a gate of the first N-type thin film transistor is connected to a drain of the first N-type thin film transistor, and the gate and the drain of the first N-type thin film transistor are also connected to a source of the second N-type thin film transistor, the source of the second N-type thin film transistor is also connected to the electrostatic input end, a gate of the second N-type thin film transistor is connected to a drain of the second N-type thin film transistor, and the gate and the drain of the second N-type thin film transistor are also connected to the voltage gate low terminal; and
the second discharge circuit comprises a third N-type thin film transistor, a capacitor and a fourth N-type thin film transistor, a source of the third N-type thin film transistor is connected to the gate of the first P-type thin film transistor, a drain of the third N-type thin film transistor is connected to the common voltage terminal, the common voltage terminal is connected to GND, a first end of the capacitor is connected to the electrostatic input end, a second end of the capacitor is connected to a gate of the third N-type thin film transistor, a source of the fourth N-type thin film transistor is connected to the second end of the capacitor, a gate of the fourth N-type thin film transistor is connected to the voltage gate high terminal, a drain of the fourth N-type thin film transistor is connected to the voltage gate low terminal, the display panel comprises a gate integrated circuit, and the voltage gate high terminal and the voltage gate low terminal are respectively connected at a thin film transistor voltage turn-on end and a thin film transistor voltage turn-off end of the gate integrated circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,989,967

DISPLAY DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display device comprising:a display area where images are displayed;
a non-display area that is outside the display area;
substrates each including the display area and the non-display area; and
a liquid crystal layer sandwiched between the substrates;
one of the substrates including:
lines disposed in the display area;
connection lines disposed at intervals in the non-display area;
terminals in the non-display area;
at least two signal processors disposed at intervals and connected to at least two groups of the terminals, respectively;
at least two groups of the connection lines connecting the at least two groups of the terminals and the lines, respectively;
the at least two groups of connection lines including at least two narrow line portions, respectively;
the at least two narrow line portions spreading outwardly with increasing distance from the at least two groups of the terminals, respectively;
a wide line portion disposed between the at least two narrow line portions; and
pixel electrodes in the display area;
another one of the substrates including:
a light blocking portion overlapped with connection lines and the wide line portion in the non-display area, wherein
the wide line portion includes divided lines that are defined by first empty portions and are arranged parallel to each other at intervals,
at least two side edge portions of the wide line portion are substantially parallel to the at least two narrow line portions,
the wide line portion includes a short-circuit portion to short-circuit adjacent divided lines,
a common electrode is on the another one of the substrates and is opposite to the pixel electrodes, and
the wide line portion is connected to the common electrode at a portion in the non-display area on which the light blocking portion is located.

US Pat. No. 10,989,966

TRANSPARENT SEMICONDUCTOR, LIGHT CONTROL BODY, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

TDK CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A transparent conductor comprising:a transparent substrate,
a first dielectric layer,
a metal layer containing silver or a silver alloy as a primary component,
a second dielectric layer composed of a semiconductor, and
a third dielectric layer of which electrical conductivity is different from that of the second dielectric layer, in the order presented, wherein
the third dielectric layer is composed of an insulator or a conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,989,963

DISPLAY PANEL

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. A display panel, comprising a base substrate and pixel units arrayed on the base substrate, wherein each of the pixel units has one or more first domains and one or more second domains, each of the pixel units comprises a pixel electrode comprising first branches disposed in the one or more first domains and second branches disposed in the one or more second domains, every one or more first branches and every one or more second branches are staggered to form a zigzag structure between every first and second domains, a width of the first branches is greater than a width of the second branches, the first branches are disposed at a first angle in reference to an extending direction of the zigzag structure, the second branches are disposed at a second angle in reference to the extending direction of the zigzag structure, the first angle ranges from 30° to 60°, the second angle ranges from 120° to 150°, and a sum of the first angle and the second angle is not equal to 180°.

US Pat. No. 10,989,961

BACKLIGHT UNIT AND DISPLAY DEVICE

LG Display Co., Ltd., Se...

1. A display device comprising:a display panel; and
a backlight unit comprising:
a printed circuit,
a light-emitting device on the printed circuit,
a transparent film including a holographic film on a bottom surface of the transparent film facing the printed circuit, the holographic film including at least an optical pattern overlapping the light-emitting device and modifying an angle of a portion of light emitted by the light-emitting device,
a light output pattern on an upper surface of the transparent film, the portion of light with the modified angle passing through the light output pattern toward the display panel, the light output pattern having a refractive index greater than a refractive index of the transparent film such that a refraction angle of the portion of light exiting the light output pattern is less than an incidence angle of the portion of light entering the light output pattern, and
a coating layer on the transparent film, the coating layer having a refractive index lower than the refractive index of the transparent film.

US Pat. No. 10,989,960

DIRECT-TYPE BACKLIGHT MODULE AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY

HUIZHOU CHINA STAR OPTOEL...

1. A direct-type backlight module, comprising: a back frame, a backlight source, optical films, and an elastic rope; the back frame comprising a first edge and a second edge opposite to the first edge, and a plurality of install pillars being uniformly arranged on the first edge and the second edge in sequence, the backlight source being arranged within the back frame, the elastic rope and the install pillars cooperatively defining a supporting net opposite to the backlight source, and the optical films being arranged on the supporting net; and an elastic hook, and a fixing pillar corresponding to a front end or a tail end of the elastic rope, the fixing pillar is fixed on the back frame, one end of the elastic hook connects to the fixing pillar, and the other end of the elastic hook connects to the front end or the tail end of the elastic rope; wherein the elastic rope passes over the install pillars to form the supporting net opposite to the backlight source; wherein the install pillars arranged on the first edge and the install pillars on the second edge are alternately arranged along a direction perpendicular to the first edge, the elastic rope sequentially alternately passes over the install pillars on the first edge and the install pillars on the second edge to form the supporting net, wherein the elastic rope comprises multiple net lines of the supporting net and the elastic rope passes over one install pillar on the first edge and one install pillar on the second edge sequentially to form one of the net lines that form the supporting net, and the multiple net lines of the elastic rope in the supporting net have not crossed with each other; wherein the elastic hook comprises an elastic part and the elastic rope is in a tensioned condition that is determined by an elasticity of the elastic part of the elastic hook.

US Pat. No. 10,989,959

BACKLIGHT UNIT, DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

17. A display device comprising:a backlight unit;
a display panel on the backlight unit; and
an optical film between the backlight unit and the display panel,
wherein the backlight unit comprises:
a first substrate;
a plurality of LED chips on one surface of the first substrate and configured to emit light of a first color;
a second substrate located opposite to the one surface of the first substrate; and
a plurality of light modulation patterns on one surface of the second substrate facing the one surface of the first substrate so as to overlap the plurality of LED chips, respectively,
wherein each of the plurality of light modulation patterns comprises a first wavelength conversion pattern that converts the light of the first color into light of a second color,
wherein the first wavelength conversion pattern comprises a first wavelength conversion layer on the one surface of the second substrate, a first organic encapsulation layer on the first wavelength conversion layer, and a barrier structure covering the first wavelength conversion layer and the first organic encapsulation layer, and
wherein the barrier structure comprises a hole pattern that exposes at least a portion of the first organic encapsulation layer.

US Pat. No. 10,989,958

DISPLAY DEVICE COMPRISING A CONTROL SUBSTRATE CONFIGURED TO CONTROL DRIVE OF DISPLAY PIXELS

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display device comprising:a display panel in which display pixels including colored pixels of a plurality of colors are arranged;
an illumination device including a light source and configured to illuminate the display panel with light; and
a control substrate configured to control drive of the display pixels,
wherein the control substrate includes:
a display data generation circuit configured to generate display data for driving the display pixels, based on image data supplied from an external image signal supply source;
a detection circuit configured to detect a change in luminance light modulation data for modulating luminance of the light source, supplied from an external image signal supply source; and
a display data correction circuit configured to correct the display data, based on an output value of the detection circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,989,957

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid crystal display device comprising:a first absorptive polarizing plate;
a liquid crystal panel including a first substrate, a liquid crystal layer, and a second substrate in order from the first absorptive polarizing plate side;
a second polarizing plate; and
a backlight unit including a reflector in the stated order,
the second substrate including a reflective layer facing the second polarizing plate, and
a transmittance of polarized light vibrating in a direction parallel to a transmission axis of the second polarizing plate being greater than a transmittance of polarized light vibrating in a direction parallel to a transmission axis of the first absorptive polarizing plate,
wherein the second polarizing plate is a reflective polarizing plate.

US Pat. No. 10,989,956

DISPLAY DEVICE

Coretronic Corporation, ...

1. A display device, comprising a light source, a light-directing element, a reflective display element, a microlens array, and a first lens, whereinthe light source is adapted to provide a lighting beam,
the light-directing element is disposed on a transmission path of the lighting beam for projecting the lighting beam toward a first direction,
the reflective display element is configured to receive the lighting beam projected from the light-directing element, the reflective display element comprises a plurality of micro-image units, wherein each micro-image unit converts the lighting beam into a sub-image beam and reflects the sub-image beam;
the microlens array is disposed on a transmission path of the sub-image beams, wherein the light-directing element is located between the microlens array and the reflective display element, the microlens array comprises a plurality of microlenses, and the microlenses correspond to the micro-image units, respectively;
the first lens is disposed on one side of the microlens array, wherein the microlens array is located between the first lens and the light-directing element, each sub-image beam passes through the light-directing element and is projected to the first lens by corresponding microlens and transmitted to an aperture, and the sub-image beams pass through the aperture to form an image beam.

US Pat. No. 10,989,955

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

Panasonic Liquid Crystal ...

1. A display device, comprising:a first display panel;
a second display panel disposed opposite to the first display panel;
a first polarizing plate disposed on the first display panel, the first polarizing plate being disposed between the first display panel and the second display panel; and
a bonding layer disposed between the first display panel and the second display panel to bond the first display panel and the second display panel,
wherein in planar view, the bonding layer overlaps outer peripheral ends of the first polarizing plate, and
a surface of the bonding layer bonds to a surface of the first polarizing plate, with an area between the first polarizing plate and the second display panel that corresponds to a display region of the first display panel being free of bonding material.

US Pat. No. 10,989,953

DISPLAY PANEL, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A display panel, comprising:a first substrate, a second substrate, a liquid crystal layer disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate, a light splitting structure disposed on a side of the first substrate facing away from the liquid crystal layer, and a polarization structure disposed on the light splitting structure or on the first substrate;
wherein the light splitting structure is configured to perform spectroscopic processing on light incident on the light splitting structure to obtain light of at least one color, and project the light of the at least one color onto a pixel of a corresponding color in the display panel;
wherein the light splitting structure comprises a nanometer light splitting film, the nanometer light splitting film comprises a plurality of light splitting modules arranged in an array, and each of the plurality of light splitting modules comprises a multi-step grating element;
wherein the multi-step grating element comprises a plurality of steps with different heights and a same width; a period a, a step amount b, and a step width c of the multi-step grating element satisfy: b*c=a, and a step height is about 0˜10 ?m,
wherein the polarization structure is configured to perform polarization processing on light incident on the polarization structure, the polarization structure comprises a wire grid polarizer, and wire grid polarizer comprises a plurality of wire grids, and the plurality of wire grids are arranged on the light splitting structure or on the first substrate in an array;
and wherein a width e of the wire grid and a step width c of the multi-step grating element satisfy: e*m=c, m is a positive integer, the width of the wire grid is about 10˜200 nm, and a duty ratio of the wire grid is about 50%.

US Pat. No. 10,989,952

DISPLAY DEVICE

Japan Display Inc., Mina...

7. A display device comprising:a substrate includes a display region and a peripheral region that surrounds the display region;
a plurality of video signal lines extended to a first direction in the display region;
a plurality of scanning signal lines extended to a second direction crossing the first direction in the display region;
a first control circuit supplying a video signal and provided in the peripheral region;
a first driving circuit and a second driving circuit supplying a scanning signal and provided in the peripheral region; and
a selection circuit provided between the display region and the first control circuit,
wherein the substrate includes a first side and a second side each extending along the first direction, and a third side and a fourth side each connected to the first side and the second side and opposed to each other,
wherein a length of the second side is longer than a length of the first side,
wherein, when a direction orthogonal to the first direction is referred to as a second direction,
a part of the fourth side extends in a third direction being inclined relative to the first direction and the second direction,
wherein the plurality of scanning signal lines have a first scanning signal line going through a region between the selection circuit and the display region, and
wherein a part of the first scanning signal line extends along the third direction.

US Pat. No. 10,989,951

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY INCLUDING GLASS DIFFUSER PLATE

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

1. A liquid crystal display, comprising:a liquid crystal display panel including an upper glass substrate and a lower glass substrate facing each other with a liquid crystal layer interposed therebetween;
a glass diffuser plate disposed below a lower surface of the liquid crystal display panel;
an adhesive layer attaching the liquid crystal display panel and the glass diffuser plate at an edge thereof;
a light source disposed below a lower surface of the glass diffuser plate;
a cover bottom including a vertical portion that supports an edge of the glass diffuser plate at the lower surface of the glass diffuser plate and faces a side of the light source, and a horizontal portion that is extended from the vertical portion and faces a lower surface of the light source;
an adhesive member interposed between the vertical portion of the cover bottom and the edge of the glass diffuser plate; and
a support member facing at least one lateral side of the glass diffuser plate and covering at least part of the region between the liquid crystal display panel and the glass diffuser plate, and the support member disposed directly on the upper surface of the vertical portion of the cover bottom and fixed to at least one of the glass diffuser plate and the cover bottom and the liquid crystal display panel by the adhesive member,
wherein the support member has a light reflection capability, and
wherein the glass diffuser plate is in contact with the support member.

US Pat. No. 10,989,950

CAMERA MODULE OPTICAL SHUTTER AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A camera module optical shutter, comprising:a pair of substrates bonded together with a seal; and
a polymer network liquid crystal layer sealed between the substrates,
wherein at least one of the substrates includes a transparent electrode made of an oxide conductive film and a silicon oxide layer covering the transparent electrode,
a silane coupling agent is bonded to a surface of the silicon oxide layer, the surface being in contact with the polymer network liquid crystal layer,
the silane coupling agent contains polymerizable groups,
the polymerizable groups are bonded to a polymer network in the polymer network liquid crystal layer, and
the silane coupling agent is represented by the following structural formula (1), (2), (3), (5) or (6):

US Pat. No. 10,989,949

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY MODULE, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF AND DISPLAY DEVICE

Beijing BOE Optoelectroni...

1. A liquid crystal display module, comprising:a cover plate;
a TFT array substrate disposed on one side of the cover plate;
an opposite substrate disposed on one side of the TFT array substrate away from the cover plate, a liquid crystal layer being filled between the TFT array substrate and the opposite substrate, wherein the TFT array substrate includes a first portion opposite to the opposite substrate and a second portion extending beyond the opposite substrate, a drive circuit being disposed on one side of the second portion away from the cover plate;
a backlight disposed on one side of the opposite substrate away from the TFT array substrate;
a heat shielding layer disposed between the second portion and the backlight;
a polarizing plate disposed between the cover plate and the TFT array substrate; and
a color filter substrate disposed between the polarizing plate and the TFT array substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,989,947

ARRAY SUBSTRATE, LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY PANEL AND DISPLAY DEVICE WITH NO FLOATING TOUCH SIGNAL LINES

Ordos Yuansheng Optoelect...

1. An array substrate, comprising:a plurality of pixel units distributed in an array, wherein each of the plurality of pixel units comprises several sub-pixels arranged in a first direction;
a plurality of touch electrodes distributed in an array, wherein an area where each of the plurality of touch electrodes is located overlaps with an area where a plurality of sub-pixels are located; and
a plurality of touch signal lines arranged at gaps of sub-pixels;
wherein each of the plurality of touch signal lines is connected with a touch electrode, and no touch floating signal line that is not connected with any touch electrode is present;
wherein respective touch signal lines extend in a second direction and are arranged in the first direction; the first direction intersects with the second direction; and
a column of the plurality of pixel units is correspondingly provided with one of the plurality of touch signal lines; and
wherein the first direction refers to a row direction, the second direction refers to a column direction, and every two adjacent touch signal lines are spaced apart from each other by a same number of sub-pixel columns which is greater than a number of sub-pixel columns included in one column of the plurality of pixel units.

US Pat. No. 10,989,946

ELECTRONIC MODULATING DEVICE

INNOLUX CORPORATION, Mia...

1. An electronic modulating device, comprising:a first substrate;
a second substrate disposed opposing to the first substrate;
a modulating material disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate;
a buffer layer disposed on the first substrate, and the buffer layer comprising a first opening defining a first top edge and a first bottom edge of the buffer layer;
a first electrode disposed on the buffer layer, and the first electrode comprising a second opening defining a second top edge and a second bottom edge of the first electrode; and
an organic insulating layer disposed on the first electrode and within the first opening and the second opening;
wherein a thickness of the organic insulating layer at the second bottom edge is greater than a thickness of the organic insulating layer at the first top edge, wherein a distance between the second bottom edge and the first top edge is in a range from 1 ?m to 50 ?m.