US Pat. No. 10,192,869

REDUCTION OF NEGATIVE BIAS TEMPERATURE INSTABILITY

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) circuit, comprising:an n-channel field effect transistor (nFET), the nFET comprising a high-k dielectric layer on an interlayer, an nFET work function setting metal on the high-k dielectric layer, a cap layer on the nFET work function setting metal, and a pFET work function setting metal on the cap layer, wherein the interlayer is silicon dioxide (SiO2); and
a p-channel field effect transistor (pFET), the pFET comprising the high-k dielectric layer directly on the interlayer, the cap layer directly on the high-k dielectric layer, and the pFET work function setting metal directly on the cap layer, wherein the cap layer is aluminum-based and the pFET work function setting metal is a nitride and metal atoms from the cap layer do not intermix with the interlayer.

US Pat. No. 10,192,842

PACKAGE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PARAMETER SENSORS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A PACKAGE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PARAMETER SENSORS

ams International AG, Ra...

1. A method of manufacturing a sensor package comprising:providing an integrated circuit chip which carries at least one sensor element on a first surface;
bonding the first surface of the integrated circuit chip to a first surface of an intermediate carrier using an adhesive, the intermediate carrier comprising solder bond pads on a second surface of the intermediate carrier opposite the first surface; and
soldering the solder bond pads to tracks of a circuit board,
wherein the intermediate carrier has an opening beneath the at least one sensor element, the opening extending through the intermediate carrier,
wherein the at least one sensor element is exposed to the environment through the opening,
wherein the bonding comprises bonding the bumps to the first surface of the intermediate carrier,
wherein the adhesive is an anisotropic conductive glue,
wherein the use of soldering is avoided by the adhesive bonding of the integrated circuit chip,
wherein the sensor package comprises a shield formed by the intermediate carrier, the shield configured and arranged to protect a sensor area of the at least one sensor element from pollution during the soldering when the sensor package is soldered to the circuit board, and
wherein the outer shape defined by the outer edge of the intermediate carrier is within 0.5 mm of the outer edge of the shape of the chip and/or is within 0.4 mm and/or is within 0.3 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,192,829

LOW-TEMPERATURE DIFFUSION DOPING OF COPPER INTERCONNECTS INDEPENDENT OF SEED LAYER COMPOSITION

International Business Ma...

1. An interconnect structure, comprising:at least one trench patterned in a dielectric material;
a barrier layer lining the trench;
a metal liner on the barrier layer;
a copper (Cu) interconnect doping layer on the metal liner; and
a Cu interconnect in the trench such that the Cu interconnect doping layer is present between the metal liner and the Cu interconnect, wherein the Cu interconnect doping layer fully surrounds the Cu interconnect whereby the Cu interconnect doping layer is continuous along all bottom, sidewall and top surfaces of the Cu interconnect.

US Pat. No. 10,192,807

POWER SEMICONDUCTOR MODULE, FLOW PATH MEMBER, AND POWER-SEMICONDUCTOR-MODULE STRUCTURE

FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ...

1. A power semiconductor module comprising:a metal base plate including a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface;
a multi-layer substrate including a third surface and a fourth surface opposite to the third surface, the fourth surface being joined to the first surface;
a semiconductor element mounted on the third surface;
a resin case disposed on the first surface of the metal base plate, the resin case surrounding the multi-layer substrate and the semiconductor element; and
a cooling case including
a bottom wall,
a side wall formed around the bottom wall and having one end of the side wall being joined to the second surface of the metal base plate to form a space enclosed by the metal base plate, the bottom wall, and the side wall for circulating a coolant,
an inlet portion having an inlet opening for introducing the coolant to the cooling case and an outlet portion having an outlet opening for discharging the coolant from the cooling case, the inlet portion and the outlet portion being connected to either the bottom wall or the side wall and disposed along a peripheral edge of the second surface of the metal base plate,
a first flange disposed at an inlet opening side of the inlet portion and having a main surface opposite to the inlet portion, the main surface of the first flange being parallel to a first surface of the metal base plate, and
a second flange disposed at an outlet opening side of the outlet portion and having a main surface opposite to the outlet portion, the main surface of the second flange being parallel to the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,192,739

LAYERED SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATE WITH REDUCED BOW HAVING A GROUP III NITRIDE LAYER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING IT

SILTRONIC AG, Munich (DE...

1. A layered semiconductor substrate comprisinga) a monocrystalline first layer (1) containing at least 80% silicon and having a first thickness and a first lattice constant (a1), the first lattice constant (a1) being determined by a first dopant element and a first dopant concentration and
b) a monocrystalline second layer (2) containing at least 80% silicon and having a second thickness and a second lattice constant (a2), the second lattice constant (a2) being determined by a second dopant element and a second dopant concentration, the second layer (2) being in direct contact with the first layer, and
c) a monocrystalline third layer (4) comprising a group III nitride, such that the second layer is located between the first layer and the third layer,wherein the second lattice constant (a2) is larger than the first lattice constant (a1), wherein the crystal lattice of the first layer (1) and the second layer (2) are lattice-matched so that the second layer (2) is strained, and wherein the bow of the layered semiconductor substrate is in the range from ?50 ?m to 50 ?m, andwherein the first and second dopant elements are identical and have a smaller covalent atomic radius than silicon, or wherein the first and second dopant element is antimony, or wherein the first dopant element has a smaller covalent atomic radius than silicon and the second dopant element has a larger covalent atomic radius than silicon.

US Pat. No. 10,192,738

METHODS OF PRODUCING SEED CRYSTAL SUBSTRATES AND GROUP 13 ELEMENT NITRIDE CRYSTALS, AND SEED CRYSTAL SUBSTRATES

NGK INSULATORS, LTD., Na...

1. A method of producing a seed crystal substrate, the method comprising the steps of:providing a seed crystal layer comprising a nitride of a group 13 element on a supporting body; and
irradiating a laser light from a side of said supporting body to provide an altered portion along an interface between said supporting body and said seed crystal layer, said altered portion comprising said nitride of said group 13 element and comprising a portion with dislocation defects introduced therein or an amorphous portion,
wherein the laser light is irradiated at an optical energy such that voids are not generated along the interface between the supporting body and seed crystal layer.

US Pat. No. 10,192,737

METHOD FOR HETEROEPITAXIAL GROWTH OF III METAL-FACE POLARITY III-NITRIDES ON SUBSTRATES WITH DIAMOND CRYSTAL STRUCTURE AND III-NITRIDE SEMICONDUCTORS

Foundation for Research a...

1. A method of heteroepitaxial growth of III-Nitride semiconductors on a substrate achieving (0001) orientation and metal-face polarity for a first nucleation layer and subsequent layers, comprising the following steps:utilizing a nitrogen plasma source for molecular beam epitaxy to deposit an Al-face polarity (0001) AlN nucleation layer less than 5 nm in deposited layer thickness to minimize degradation of the epitaxial growth of the AlN layer and inversion of its polarity;
depositing said AlN layer on a substrate independent of the crystalline surface orientation of said substrate, said substrate being polycrystalline diamond; and
by the cooperation between said utilizing the nitrogen plasma source for epitaxy and said depositing of said AlN layer less than 5 nm in thickness, subsequently overgrowing on said AlN layer one or more additional III-Nitride compound layers while preserving said (0001) orientation and III metal-face polarity; and
between the steps of depositing of said AlN layer and overgrowing of said AlN layer by a III-nitride compound layer, interrupting the depositing of said AlN layer and exposing said MN layer to active nitrogen species produced by the nitrogen plasma source.

US Pat. No. 10,192,736

METHOD FOR TRANSFERRING GRAPHENE BY ATTACHING REMOVABLE FRAME TO PROTECTIVE LAYER APPLIED ON A SAMPLE CONTAINING GRAPHENE MONOLAYER

GRAPHENEA S.A., Donostia...

1. A method of transferring graphene onto a target substrate, said target substrate being either a substrate having cavities and/or holes or a substrate having at least one water soluble layer, characterized in that it comprises the steps of:applying a protective layer (4) onto a sample comprising a stack (20) formed by a graphene monolayer (2) grown on a metal foil or on a metal thin film on a silicon substrate (1);
attaching to said protective layer (4) a frame (5) comprising at least one outer border and at least one inner border, said frame (5) comprising a substrate and a thermal release adhesive polymer layer, the thermal release adhesive polymer layer being made of a material different from the material of the substrate, the frame (5) having a Young's modulus equal or higher than 10 MPa providing integrity and allowing the handling of said sample, the frame (5) being thermally released at a temperature up to 150° C.;
removing or detaching said metal foil or metal thin film from the silicon substrate (1);
once the metal foil or metal thin film on the silicon substrate (1) has been removed or detached, drying the sample;
depositing the sample onto the target substrate (7); and
removing said frame (5) by cutting through said protective layer (4) at said at least one inner border of the frame (5), or by thermal release at a temperature up to 150° C.

US Pat. No. 10,192,735

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS

KOKUSAI ELECTRIC CORPORAT...

1. A manufacturing method of a semiconductor device comprising:(a) generating hydrogen radicals and oxygen radicals by plasma excitation of a mixed gas of hydrogen gas and oxygen gas or a mixed gas of hydrogen gas and oxygen-containing gas, and oxidizing a silicon surface of a substrate on which the silicon surface and a metal surface are exposed by exposing the surface of the substrate to the hydrogen radicals and the oxygen radicals to obtain the substrate on which the metal surface and an oxidized silicon surface are formed; and
(b) after performing (a), continuing the generation of the hydrogen radicals and stopping the generation of the oxygen radicals, by plasma excitation of hydrogen gas without oxygen gas and oxygen-containing gas, and exposing the surface of the substrate to a reducing atmosphere created with the hydrogen radicals,
wherein the oxygen radicals generated in (a) is remained in (b) in a space where the substrate is exposed.

US Pat. No. 10,192,734

SHORT INORGANIC TRISILYLAMINE-BASED POLYSILAZANES FOR THIN FILM DEPOSITION

Air Liquide Advanced Mate...

1. A silicon-containing film forming composition comprising a precursor selected from the group consisting of:[(SiR3)2NSiH2]m—NH2-m—C?N, with m=1 or 2;  (a)
[(SiR3)2NSiH2]n—NL3-n,with n=2 or 3;  (b)
(SiH3)2NSiH2—O—SiH2N(SiH3)2; and  (c)
(SiR?3)2N—SiH2—N(SiR?3)2;  (d)whereineach R is independently selected from H, a dialkylamino group having the formula NR1R2, or an amidinate,
Each R? is independently selected from H, a dialkylamino group having the formula NR1R2, or an amidinate, with the provision that all R? are not H,
R1 and R2 are independently selected from H or a C1-C12 hydrocarbyl group, with the provision that R1 and R2 cannot be simultaneously equal to H, and that if R1 is H, then R2 is a C2-C12 hydrocarbyl group, and NR? R2 may together form an N-containing heterocyclic ligand, and
L is selected from H or a C1-C6 hydrocarbyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,192,733

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND CHEMICAL LIQUID

TOSHIBA MEMORY CORPORATIO...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device comprising:attaching, by a liquid treatment, a first liquid to a surface of a semiconductor substrate having a fine pattern formed therein;
substituting the first liquid attached to the surface of the semiconductor substrate with a solution, the solution comprising a precipitating material dissolved in a second liquid;
vaporizing the second liquid and precipitating the precipitating material to the surface of the semiconductor substrate; and
removing the precipitating material by transforming the precipitating material from solid to gas by depressurization and/or heating,
the precipitating material comprising at least one material selected from a group consisting of:
materials represented by chemical formulae A1, A2, A3, and A4 indicated in FIG. 5A, FIG. 5B, FIG. 5C, and FIG. 5D where X1, X2, and X3 in the chemical formulae A1, A2, A3, and A4 each independently represent either of a hydroxy group (—OH), a carboxyl group (—COOH), an amino group (—NH2), an amide group (—CONH2), a nitro group (—NO2), and a methylester group (—COO—CH3), and
materials represented by chemical formulae B1, B2, B3, B4, and B5 indicated in FIG. 6A, FIG. 6B, FIG. 6C, FIG. 6D, and FIG. 6E where X1, X2, X3, and X4 in the chemical formulae B 1, B2, B3, B4 and B5 each independently represent either of a hydroxy group (—OH), a carboxyl group (—COOH), an amino group (—NH2), an amide group (—CONH2), a nitro group (—NO2), a methylester group (—COO—CH3), a methoxy group (—OCH3), an ethoxy group (—OCH2CH3), and a propoxy group (—OCH2CH2CH3),
in the materials represented by chemical formulae A1, A4, B1, B3, and B5, a group bonded to one of adjacent bonding sites is a carboxyl group and one or more groups bonded to the other of the adjacent bonding sites include a carboxyl group, a hydroxyl group, or an amino group.

US Pat. No. 10,192,732

CONTAMINANT REMOVAL IN ULTRA-THIN SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE FABRICATION

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A method of fabricating a semiconductor device, the method comprising:forming topside circuitry for an integrated circuit (IC) on a topside of a semiconductor substrate of the semiconductor device, the topside circuitry having a topside metal structure and a topside passivation structure;
applying a topside protection material to protect the topside circuitry;
grinding a backside of the semiconductor substrate to a selected thickness;
removing the topside protection material;
after removal of the topside protection material, applying a chemical solution cleaning process to remove contaminants from the backside of the semiconductor substrate;
applying a deionized (DI) water cleaning process to the semiconductor substrate after the chemical cleaning process; and
forming a backside metallization (BSM) layer over the backside of the semiconductor substrate,
wherein the topside metal structure comprises a gold (Au) metal structure and the topside passivation structure comprises a polyimide passivation structure, and further wherein the chemical solution cleaning process comprises exposing the semiconductor device to a solution of a mixture having ammonium hydroxide (NH4OH) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in a ratio of one part of NH4OH to two parts of H2O2, and the mixture is diluted in water in a ratio of one part of the mixture to eight parts of water.

US Pat. No. 10,192,731

LIQUID PROCESSING METHOD, SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Tokyo Electron Limited, ...

1. A liquid processing method for performing a liquid processing on a substrate disposed inside a processing container, and then, drying the substrate, the method comprising:a processing liquid supplying step of performing a liquid processing by supplying a processing liquid to a center portion of the substrate inside the processing container;
a low humidity gas supplying step of supplying a low humidity gas for lowering a humidity inside the processing container, into the processing container during a time period when the processing liquid is supplied to the substrate; and
a drying step of removing the processing liquid on the substrate and drying the substrate,
wherein the drying step is started after a humidity measurement value obtained by measuring the humidity inside the processing container becomes equal to or less than a preset humidity target value.

US Pat. No. 10,192,729

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR STATIC GAS MASS SPECTROMETRY

Thermo Fisher Scientific ...

1. A method of static gas mass spectrometry comprising the steps of:introducing a sample gas comprising two or more isotopes to be analyzed into a static vacuum mass spectrometer at a time, t0;
operating an electron impact ionization source of the mass spectrometer with a first electron energy below the ionization potential of the sample gas for a first period of time that is following t0 until a time t1, wherein the first time period from t0 to t1 is set based on a previous determination of an equilibration period taken for the isotopes of the sample gas to equilibrate in the mass spectrometer; and
operating the electron impact ionization source with a second electron energy at least as high as the ionization potential of the sample gas for a second period of time that is after time t1;
wherein isotope ratio measurements are taken by the spectrometer during the second period but not during the first period.

US Pat. No. 10,192,728

MASS SPECTROMETER AND METHOD APPLIED THEREBY FOR REDUCING ION LOSS AND SUCCEEDING STAGE VACUUM LOAD

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A mass spectrometer, comprising:an ion source, located in a first gas pressure region and providing ions;
a vacuum chamber, having an inlet and an outlet and located in a second gas pressure region having a gas pressure lower than that of said first gas pressure region; wherein ions in said first gas pressure region are allowed to pass through said inlet of said vacuum chamber and enter said vacuum chamber located in said second gas pressure region along with a gas flow generated by a pressure difference, and exit said vacuum chamber from said outlet of said vacuum chamber;
an ion guiding device, arranged in said vacuum chamber and located at a succeeding stage of said vacuum chamber inlet but a preceding stage of said vacuum chamber outlet; and
a hollow tubular lens, arranged in said vacuum chamber and located at said succeeding stage of said vacuum chamber inlet but said preceding stage of said ion guiding device;
wherein said tubular lens is an aerodynamic lens whose central axis is parallel to a direction of said gas flow entering said vacuum chamber from said inlet of said vacuum chamber, said gas flow produces a Mach disc as a result of a free expanded jet after entering said vacuum chamber, and the inlet of said tubular lens is located at the upstream part of said Mach disc.

US Pat. No. 10,192,727

ELECTRODYNAMIC MASS ANALYSIS

Varian Semiconductor Equi...

1. An electrodynamic mass analysis system, comprising:an ion source;
an electrode assembly to extract a pulse of ions from the ion source; and
a deflector to receive the pulse of ions after the ions travel a predetermined distance from the electrode assembly, the deflector comprising two curved electrodes disposed on opposite sides of a path of the ions;
a plate having a resolving aperture disposed at an output end of the deflector;
wherein the deflector deflects the ions in accordance with an arrival time, such that only ions arriving during a predetermined time interval are guided through the deflector, and exit the deflector through the resolving aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,192,726

RAPID INLINE PREPARATION OF A DILUTED SAMPLE

ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC...

1. A spectrometry analysis system including an inline dilution environment, comprising:a dilution apparatus including
a first valve assembly configured to prepare a first sample by accepting at least one of the first sample, a diluent, a carrier, or an internal standard, where the first valve assembly includes a first sample loop within the first valve assembly, and where the first sample loop prepares the first sample within the first valve assembly;
a second valve assembly configured to prepare the first sample by accepting the first sample from the first valve assembly, where the second valve assembly is coupled to the first valve assembly, where the second valve assembly includes a second sample loop within the second valve assembly, where the second sample loop isolates the first sample for injection into a torch assembly, and where the first valve assembly accepts and prepares a second sample while the first sample is isolated in the second sample loop; and
the torch assembly coupled to the dilution apparatus, where the second sample loop isolates and dilutes the first sample for injection into a torch assembly, and where the second valve assembly is coupled with the first valve assembly and the torch assembly;
wherein the dilution apparatus is configured to perform multiple injections of the prepared first sample to an analysis device.

US Pat. No. 10,192,725

ATMOSPHERIC INTERFACE FOR ELECTRICALLY GROUNDED ELECTROSPRAY

Waters Technologies Corpo...

1. An interface comprising:a front cone and an end piece;
a first ceramic tube having an inner bore extending from the front cone to the end piece, said inner bore comprising an entrance orifice and an exit orifice, and wherein the first ceramic tube is fabricated from a first ceramic material that is electrically resistive and thermally conductive; and
a high voltage DC power supply electrically connected at a first polarity to the front cone and to a front electrode in electrical and thermal contact with the front cone, and at a second polarity to the end piece.

US Pat. No. 10,192,724

MS/MS MASS SPECTROMETRIC METHOD AND MS/MS MASS SPECTROMETER

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. An MS/MS mass spectrometer including an ionizing unit for ionizing a target component in a sample, a first mass separating unit for selecting, as a precursor ion, an ion having a specific mass-to-charge ratio from multivalent ions, the multivalent ion having a valence of two or more out of ions originated from the target component, a dissociation operation unit for dissociating the precursor ion selected by the first mass separating unit, a second mass separating unit for selecting a product ion having a specific mass-to-charge ratio from product ions generated through the dissociation, and a detecting unit for detecting the ion selected by the second mass separating unit, the MS/MS mass spectrometer comprising:a) a first inputting unit for allowing a user to input and set a mass mLoss of a fragment eliminated from the precursor ion through the dissociation;
b) a second inputting unit for allowing the user to input and set at least two of three parameters of a valence zLoss of the fragment, a valence zPrec of the precursor ion and a valence zprod of the product ion, the valence zLoss of the fragment being a valence of the fragment eliminated from the precursor ion through the dissociation when the dissociation is based on dissociation operation other than electron capture dissociation or a valence of a fragment before neutralized that captures an electron to be neutralized and eliminated when the dissociation is based on the electron capture dissociation;
c) a lack information calculating unit for calculating, when one of the three parameters zLoss, zPrec and zProd is not input, the one uninput parameter zLoss, zPrec or zProd from the parameters input by the second inputting unit using relation, zPrec=zProd+zLoss; and
d) a controlling unit for individually controlling operations of the first mass separating unit and the second mass separating unit in performing MS/MS analysis such that a mass-to-charge ratio MProd of the product ion selected by the second mass separating unit with respect to a mass-to-charge ratio MPrec of the precursor ion selected by the first mass separating unit satisfies relation, MProd=(MPrec×zPrec?mLoss)/zProd.

US Pat. No. 10,192,723

SOFT IONIZATION BASED ON CONDITIONED GLOW DISCHARGE FOR QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS

LECO Corporation, St. Jo...

12. An ion source for a mass spectrometry apparatus, comprising:reactor chamber defining a sampling conditioning channel;
a glow discharge chamber residing adjacent to the reactor chamber;
a tubular electrode extruding into an interior of the glow discharge chamber, wherein the tubular electrode receives a voltage;
a sample nozzle residing at an outlet end of the reactor chamber;
a capillary for sample introduction, wherein the capillary passes through the glow discharge chamber, protrudes through the tubular electrode, and at least partially passes through the reactor chamber; and
a mechanical fluid pump residing in a location to allow evacuation of gas, wherein the mechanical fluid pump evacuates the gas from the glow discharge chamber past the sampling nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,192,722

PLASMA TREATMENT METHOD, PLASMA TREATMENT APPARATUS, AND PLASMA-TREATED LONG OBJECT

SUNLINE CO., LTD., Iwaku...

1. A plasma treatment apparatus in which a lengthy object to be treat is subjected to plasma treatment by being placed in contact with plasma comprising:a first cylindrical portion in which plasma is generated therein;
two or more ring-shaped electrodes provided interspatially in a longitudinal direction, each of the ring-shaped electrodes surrounding the entire circumference of the first cylindrical portion, which electrodes generate plasma, distribution of plasma density varying in a radial direction within the first cylindrical portion wherein the plasma density is higher than the plasma density towards the center near an inner wall of the first cylindrical portion and the plasma density becomes lower towards a center in the radial direction in the first cylindrical portion;
a plasma generating gas introducing portion that introduces plasma generating gas into the first cylindrical portion; and
a guide portion that is provided on the inner side of the first cylindrical portion, guides the lengthy object to be treated in a manner advancing through an area near the inner having high plasma density relative to the plasma density towards the center in the radial direction in the first cylindrical portion, and is composed of a plurality of guide members which are arranged in the longitudinal direction of the first cylindrical portion,
wherein the plurality of guide members are formed into a shape enabling the lengthy object to be treated to advance in a spiraling manner through the area having high plasma density in the first cylindrical portion.

US Pat. No. 10,192,721

HIGH-FREQUENCY POWER SOURCE

DAIHEN Corporation, Osak...

1. A radio-frequency power source comprising:a radio-frequency signal generator that produces radio-frequency signals having a variable phase difference between them;
at least two amplifiers configured to amplify the radio-frequency signals, respectively;
a voltage supplier configured to supply DC voltage to the at least two amplifiers;
a radio-frequency combiner that combines amplified radio-frequency signals outputted from the at least two amplifiers by a predetermined ratio depending on the phase difference, and that outputs to a load;
an output controller that causes the radio-frequency signal generator to change the phase difference, thereby controlling radio-frequency power outputted from the radio-frequency combiner,
wherein the output controller performs control so that the phase difference changes so as to make the radio-frequency power outputted from the radio-frequency combiner into a desired waveform, while causing the radio-frequency signal generator to continue producing the radio-frequency signals when the DC voltage supplied from the voltage supplier remains constant.

US Pat. No. 10,192,719

PLASMA PROCESSING METHOD

Tokyo Electron Limited, ...

1. A plasma processing method comprising:a step of loading a substrate into a chamber where a plasma process is to be executed;
a step of mounting the substrate on a mounting table;
a first step of applying a bias power to the mounting table for a predetermined time period,
stopping the bias power after the predetermined time period, the bias power having a frequency that is lower than a frequency of excitation power for plasma excitation;
a second step of applying the bias power to the mounting table on which the substrate is mounted before applying an excitation power for plasma excitation;
a step of applying a DC voltage to an electrostatic chuck and electrostatically attracting the substrate that is mounted on the mounting table;
a step of supplying etching gas in the chamber; and
a step of applying the excitation power for the plasma excitation,
wherein the first step of applying the bias power and the second step of applying the bias power are performed on an identical substrate as one cycle before the DC voltage is applied on the electrostatic chuck so as to electrostatically attract the substrate by the electrostatic chuck,
wherein the first and second steps of applying the bias power are performed before supplying the etching gas, and
wherein the bias power of the first and the second steps are the same bias power and applied by one high frequency power source.

US Pat. No. 10,192,717

CONDITIONING REMOTE PLASMA SOURCE FOR ENHANCED PERFORMANCE HAVING REPEATABLE ETCH AND DEPOSITION RATES

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

10. The method of claim 9, wherein the passivation time of the interior wall surface of the remote plasma source and the processing time for performing a series of processes on N number of substrates are at a ratio of about 1:5 to about 1:30.

US Pat. No. 10,192,716

MULTI-BEAM DARK FIELD IMAGING

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:an electron source;
at least one optical device configured to produce a plurality of primary beam lets utilizing electrons provided by the electron source, the at least one optical device further configured to deliver the plurality of primary beam lets toward a target; and
an array of multi-channel detectors configured to receive a plurality of image beam lets emitted by the target in response to the plurality of primary beamlets, the array of multi-channel detectors further configured to render an array of dark field images to form a contiguous dark field image, wherein each multi-channel detector of the array of detectors comprises a set of detector elements.

US Pat. No. 10,192,715

MEASUREMENT OF THE ELECTRIC CURRENT PROFILE OF PARTICLE CLUSTERS IN GASES AND IN A VACUUM

1. A Faraday detector to measure the electric current profile of clusters of electrically charged particles, comprising:a detector electrode having structural elements in a bipolar arrangement of two groups, where neighboring structural elements have opposite polarities and structural elements with the same polarity are electrically connected, and bordering a gas-filled or evacuated space;
at least one voltage supply which is connected with the two groups of structural elements and supplies the two groups of structural elements simultaneously with different electric potentials such that charged particles originating from the space are substantially all deflected onto one of the two groups of structural elements having one polarity; and
a set of measurement electronics which is configured to separately measure current profiles at the structural elements of both polarities and to generate a differential signal by subtracting the current profiles to leave only a particle current profile.

US Pat. No. 10,192,714

ELECTRON MICROSCOPE SAMPLE HOLDER FOR FORMING A GAS OR LIQUID CELL WITH TWO SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES

Protochips, Inc., Morris...

1. A sample holder for an electron microscope, said sample holder comprising:a sample holder body that defines:
a first pocket for positioning of a first microelectronic device therein; and
a second pocket for positioning of a second microelectronic device therein, the second pocket being above the first pocket within the sample holder,
wherein a first seal is positioned between the first pocket and the first microelectronic device when the first microelectronic device is installed within the first pocket, wherein the first seal surrounds a hole defined in the sample holder body for allowing passage of an electron beam, and
wherein a second seal is engaged with the second pocket such that fluids are sealed between the first seal and the second seal when the second microelectronic device is installed within the second pocket,
wherein the second pocket defines a perimeter that is larger than a perimeter of the first pocket and the first pocket and the second pocket are in fluid communication,
wherein at least one electrical contact extends from the second pocket for electrically coupling to the second microelectronic device when the second microelectronic device is installed within the second pocket; and
a lid for covering a portion of the sample holder body.

US Pat. No. 10,192,712

CHARGED PARTICLE BEAM WRITING APPARATUS, METHOD OF ADJUSTING BEAM INCIDENT ANGLE TO TARGET OBJECT SURFACE, AND CHARGED PARTICLE BEAM WRITING METHOD

NuFlare Technology, Inc.,...

1. A method of adjusting a beam incident angle to a target object surface comprising:applying, using a blanking deflector arranged backward of an electron lens with respect to a direction of an optical axis, a voltage for beam-on to the blanking deflector, converging, using the electron lens and a magnet coil arranged in a center height position of the blanking deflector, a charged particle beam by varying a voltage to be applied to the electron lens while supplying, to the magnet coil, a current for a deflection amount smaller than a deflection amount for performing deflection to make a beam-off state by the blanking deflector, and measuring a positional deviation amount of an irradiation position of the charged particle beam irradiating a target object, for each voltage to be applied to the electron lens;
determining whether the positional deviation amount is within an allowable value, for the each voltage to be applied to the electron lens; and
when the positional deviation amount is determined to be greater than an allowable value, the each voltage to be applied to the electron lens are adjusted so that the positional deviation amount is within the allowable value.

US Pat. No. 10,192,711

FLUID INJECTOR FOR X-RAY TUBES AND METHOD TO PROVIDE A LIQUID ANODE BY LIQUID METAL INJECTION

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A fluid injector for x-ray tubes to provide a liquid anode by liquid metal injection, comprising:a device which injects fluid from an opening in a chamber of the device as a fluid jet generated by an arrangement for changing a volume within the chamber;
a pipe connected to the chamber of the device; and
a reservoir for storing the anode material, said reservoir being fluidically connected by the pipe with the chamber of the device;
wherein the pipe comprises a part formed in a fluid flow direction with a shape to block fluid flow from the chamber to the reservoir during injection.

US Pat. No. 10,192,708

ELECTRON EMITTER SOURCE

OREGON PHYSICS, LLC, Bea...

1. An electron emitter comprising:a wehnelt
an anode spaced downstream from said wehnelt;
a co-axial aperture formed through said wehnelt and said anode; and
an emitter extending into said co-axial aperture so that a terminal surface of said emitter is positioned between said wehnelt and said anode, said emitter having a cylindrical base formed of a high work function material having a hole formed through said terminal surface and extending into a body of the cylindrical base, said emitter further including a structure formed of a low work function material embedded within said hole and having an exposed emissive area,
wherein said emitter is heated and biased to a negative voltage relative to the anode.

US Pat. No. 10,192,707

FUSE ASSEMBLY WITH REPLACEABLE CASING

1. A fuse assembly comprising:a casing having two slots defined through a first end thereof, the casing having a room defined therein which communicates with the two slots, two protrusions extending from an inside of the room, the casing having two insertion recesses defined through the first end thereof, each of the insertion recesses having a positioning member formed in an inside surface thereof;
a conductive member located in the casing and having a first end extending through a second end of the casing, the conductive member including two blades which are located with a gap formed therebetween, a fuse connected between the two blades, each of the two blades having a hole, the two protrusions engaged with the two holes of the two blades;
a cap having an open bottom which is detachably mounted to the first end of the casing, two arms respectively extending from two ends of the cap and each arm having a hook end, the two arms inserted into the two insertion recesses and the two hook ends being detachably hooked to the two positioning members, and
a light member connected to the cap and having a bulb and a leg portion which is electrically connected to the bulb, the leg portion being electrically connected to a second end of the conductive member.

US Pat. No. 10,192,706

UNDERMOLDED AND OVERMOLDED FUSE JOINTS

SHOALS TECHNOLOGIES GROUP...

1. A fuse joint including:A) a fuse;
B) a first wire segment having two ends and a middle portion there between, said middle portion attached directly to said fuse at a first connection point;
C) a second wire segment attached directly to said fuse at a second connection point, said second wire segment having two ends and a middle portion there between;
D) an undermolding surrounding said fuse; and
E) an overmolding surrounding said undermolding.

US Pat. No. 10,192,705

FUSE ELEMENT, A FUSE, A METHOD FOR PRODUCING A FUSE, SMD FUSE AND SMD CIRCUIT

SCHURTER AG, Lucerne (CH...

1. A method for producing a fuse (10), comprising the steps of:providing at least one fuse element (12; 12?, 12?) having two connecting contacts (24?, 24?) and an interposed conductive track (26), such that the conductive track (26) has a reduced line cross-section in relation to the connecting contacts (24?, 24?) at least in some sections;
providing a base support (14);
providing the fuse element (12; 12?, 12?) with at least one overlay (16; 16?, 16?), wherein the fuse element (12; 12?, 12?) and the overlay (16; 16?, 16?) are each selected from materials which undergo diffusion when a predetermined ambient temperature is exceeded and when an electric current is conducted by the fuse element (12; 12?, 12?), and
wherein the fuse element is being connected to an external component by a reflow soldering process without the fuse element triggering at a reflow soldering process temperature occurring in this process, wherein the reflow soldering process temperature is higher than the
predetermined ambient temperature, and
arranging the at least one fuse element (12; 12?, 12?) on the base support (14),
wherein the at least one overlay (16_1) is arranged within the conductive track (26_1) adjacent to one of the connecting contacts (24_1?, 24_1?) of the fuse element (12_1).

US Pat. No. 10,192,703

BYPASS SWITCH COMPRISING A PLUNGER, A FIRST CONTACT DEVICE AND A SECOND CONTACT DEVICE

ABB SCHWEIZ AG, Baden (C...

1. A bypass switch for providing a bypass path between a first terminal and a second terminal, the bypass switch comprising:a first contact device;
a second contact device; and
a plunger being moveable from an initial state, via a first state, to a second state, wherein in the initial state the first terminal and second terminal are conductively separated; in the first state a movement of the plunger causes the first contact device to close a first conductive connection between the first terminal and the second terminal; and in the second state the plunger mechanically forces the second contact device to close a second conductive connection between the first terminal and the second terminal, AND
wherein the plunger comprises a front section and a back section, wherein the front section is detachably connected to the back section, and wherein, in the first state, it is the back section which causes the first contact device to close the first conductive connection.

US Pat. No. 10,192,702

ELECTROMAGNETIC RELAY AND RELAY DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electromagnetic relay, comprising:a contact point including a fixed contact and a movable contact;
a driver including a coil and is configured to bring the movable contact into contact with the fixed contact and to separate the movable contact from the fixed contact;
a base having an opening and including a first wall section surrounding an accommodation space in which the contact point and the driver are accommodated;
a cover covering the opening of the base; and
at least one connection terminal configured to electrically connect the coil to an external connection body, wherein
the first wall section of the base has a through hole communicating with an interior and an exterior of the accommodation space,
the at least one connection terminal includes:
a first terminal section accommodated in the base and electrically connected to the coil; and
a second terminal section protruding outside the base through the through hole and electrically connected to the external connection body,
the cover includes a second wall section disposed to leave a space from the first wall section having the through hole, and the second terminal section lies in the space, and
the space in which the second terminal section lies is sealed with a sealant.

US Pat. No. 10,192,701

SWITCH ACTUATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. An actuation apparatus comprising:a steering wheel armature including a base member;
wherein a module includes an air bag assembly;
the base member having a base defining a base axis and a base face;
wherein the steering wheel armature is rotatable about a rotation axis;
wherein the rotation axis and the base axis are non-coincident;
a plurality of base magnetic elements mounted to the base face and distributed around the base axis;
the module having a module face; and
a plurality of module magnetic elements mounted to the module face;
wherein the module is movably tethered to the base member;
wherein each of the base magnetic elements is aligned with a respective one of the module magnetic elements to form a paired magnet set such that the plurality of module magnetic elements and the plurality of base magnetic elements form a plurality of paired magnet sets; and
wherein the base magnetic element and the module magnetic element of each paired magnet set are oriented such that a repulsive magnetic force is generated between the base magnetic element and the module magnetic element of each paired magnetic set.

US Pat. No. 10,192,700

AIR CIRCUIT BREAKER HAVING AN IMPROVED ELECTRIC ARC QUENCHING CHAMBER

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUST...

1. An air circuit breaker, comprising:two separable electrical contacts connected to electric current input and output terminals; and
a chamber for quenching an electric arc, to extinguish the electric arc formed during the separation of the electrical contacts, said quenching chamber comprising a stack of splitter plates that are spaced apart from one another, and lateral walls placed on either side of the stack, the splitter plates being fixed to the lateral walls, each lateral wall including a thermosetting-resin impregnated polyamide fabric and being devoid of glass fibres,
wherein the quenching chamber furthermore includes protective elements made of crosslinked polyamide, said protective elements being placed inside the quenching chamber, along the lateral walls on either side of the stack, in junction zones between the lateral walls and the splitter plates, the protective elements covering corners of the splitter plates which corners are adjacent to the lateral walls, so as to separate these corners of the splitter plates from the electrical contacts, and
wherein each protective element comprises seats and a plurality of fingers, the seats being bounded by the fingers, one corner of the splitter plate of the stack being received inside each seat, and each pair of fingers in the plurality of fingers having one of the splitter plates disposed therebetween,
wherein the protective elements extend substantially parallel to the stack, from a lower end of the stack to a lower edge of an upper arcing horn situated above the stack, such that are there splitter plates included in the stack of splitter plates which are not covered by the protective elements.

US Pat. No. 10,192,699

POWER SEAT OPERATION DEVICE AND POWER SEAT

NHK Spring Co., Ltd., Yo...

1. A power seat operation device comprising:a dial that is rotatably installed at a side face of a power seat provided with a plurality of moving mechanisms, one of the plurality of moving mechanisms being selected by rotational operation of the dial, and an interior and an exterior of the dial being in communication through an opening formed at a peripheral outer side of the dial;
a switch that is attached inside the dial, the switch actuating the selected moving mechanism;
a knob that is installed inside the dial at a seat width direction outer side of the switch, that is rotatably supported by the dial, that includes an operation portion inserted through the opening so as to project outside the dial, and that is capable of operating the switch by operation of the operation portion; and
a channel that is formed inside the dial by the dial and the knob, the channel being partitioned from the switch, and, in cases in which liquid has infiltrated into the dial through the opening in a state in which the opening is positioned at an upper side of the switch, the channel letting the liquid flow downward to a lower side of the switch so as to discharge the liquid to outside the dial.

US Pat. No. 10,192,698

INPUT DEVICE WITH ADJUSTABLE FORCE LEVEL

PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD., ...

1. An input device with an adjustable force level, comprising:a circuit board comprising a switch; and
a key structure located over the circuit board, and comprising:
a key body comprising a keycap and a triggering element, wherein the triggering element is connected with the keycap;
a casing located under the keycap and assembled with the circuit board, wherein the triggering element is inserted into an inner portion of the casing; and
a pressure-adjustable elastic receptacle partially or completely accommodated within the casing and contacted with the key body, wherein the pressure-adjustable elastic receptacle comprises a pressure-adjusting opening, and a pressure within the pressure-adjustable elastic receptacle is set through the pressure-adjusting opening, wherein when the key body is pressed down, a resisting force to resist the key body is provided by the pressure-adjustable elastic receptacle according to the pressure within the pressure-adjustable elastic receptacle,
wherein when the key structure is pressed down to a triggered position by a user, the switch of the circuit board is triggered by the triggering element.

US Pat. No. 10,192,696

LIGHT-EMITTING ASSEMBLY FOR KEYBOARD

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A keyboard assembly, comprising:a switch housing defining a switch opening and a light source recess formed in a sidewall of the switch opening;
a tactile dome positioned at least partially within the switch opening;
a keycap positioned above the switch housing and configured to move toward the tactile dome when pressed; and
a light-emitting assembly positioned within the light source recess of the switch housing, and comprising:
a light source;
a luminescent structure at least partially enclosing the light source and defining a front face of the light-emitting assembly;
an opaque material defining a rear face of the light-emitting assembly, the rear face being positioned opposite the front face;
a first sidewall defining a first side face of the light-emitting assembly; and
a second sidewall opposite the first sidewall and defining a second side face of the light-emitting assembly, wherein the switch housing is configured to receive light from each of the front face, the first side face, and the second side face and to guide the received light toward the keycap, wherein the opaque material is configured to prevent light from passing through it.

US Pat. No. 10,192,695

KEYSWITCH ASSEMBLY AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

GETAC TECHNOLOGY CORPORAT...

1. A keyswitch assembly corresponding to a single key on a keyboard, comprising:a display unit comprising a plurality of display regions each capable of being individually switched between a light-on and a light-off state;
a carrier for carrying the display unit;
a plurality of contact pads on the carrier, the contact pads being electrically connected to the display regions;
a light-shielding layer positioned corresponding to the display regions, the light-shielding layer comprising a plurality of transparent patterns, the transparent patterns positioned respectively corresponding to the display regions; and
a transparent keycap positioned on the display unit;
wherein the light-shielding layer comprises a layer of light-shielding material in which the transparent patterns are formed, wherein the transparent patterns permit light emitted from the corresponding display regions to pass through.

US Pat. No. 10,192,694

INTERLOCKING CONTROL DEVICE OF MULTIPLE-UNIT TRAIN SAFETY CIRCUIT

CRRC QINGDAO SIFANG CO., ...

1. An interlocking control device for a multiple-unit safety circuit, comprising:a protective grounding switch control branch which comprises: a pantograph rising pneumatic circuit cut-off valve, a protective grounding switch turn-off pneumatic circuit cut-off valve and a protective grounding switch turn-off solenoid valve which are connected in series, wherein
when high-voltage equipment of a multiple-unit train is under inspection and maintenance or is powered by an external power supply, a protective grounding switch is turned on, a cock of the pantograph rising pneumatic circuit cut-off valve and a cock of the protective grounding switch turn-off pneumatic circuit cut-off valve are rotated to open a cover of a key box, the protective grounding switch control branch is disconnected, the protective grounding switch turn-off solenoid valve connected in series in the protective grounding switch control branch is powered off to maintain the protective grounding switch in an on state; and
the cover of the key box is mechanically locked by means of the pantograph rising pneumatic circuit cut-off valve and the protective grounding switch turn-off pneumatic circuit cut-off valve.

US Pat. No. 10,192,693

TAP CHANGER, FORCE-STORAGE UNIT, AND CONTROLLED-BACKLASH COUPLING THEREBETWEEN

MASCHINENFABRIK REINHAUSE...

1. In combination with an on-load tap changer having a motor with an output shaft and a load diverter switch with an input shaft, an energy accumulator comprisingan elastic storage element;
a drive train coupled to the storage element and having
an input hub that can be rotationally fixed to the output shaft;
an output hub that can be rotationally fixed to the input shaft;
a variable transmission interposed between the input hub and the storage element;
a first coupling that has a predetermined first angular backlash and that is between the input hub and the storage element; and
a second coupling that has a predetermined second angular backlash and that is between the storage element and the output hub.

US Pat. No. 10,192,692

EXPLOSION-PROOF CROSS-TYPE LIMIT SWITCH

1. An explosion-proof limit switch (10) comprising:a housing (12);
a gear mechanism (24) arranged in said housing (12), said gear mechanism including a gear mechanism cover plate (38), a gear mechanism base plate (48) and at least one intermediate plate (42) arranged between the gear mechanism cover plate (38) and the gear mechanism base plate (48);
said intermediate plate (42) having at least one cutout (44) in which a first gearwheel (54) is arranged and at least one second cutout (46) in which a second gearwheel (58) is arranged;
said first gearwheel (54) having a first plug-through opening (56) and said second gearwheel (58) having a second plug-through opening (60);
a shaft (20) having an actuating lever (18) arranged outside the housing (12) and being rotatably supported in a first bearing arrangement (22) connected to the housing (12) and extending through the first plug-through opening (56) of the first gearwheel (54) in order to couple with the first gearwheel (54) in a torque transmitting manner and to radially support said first gearwheel (54); and
a rotary switch (30) arranged in the housing (12) and having a switch shaft (138) that is rotatably supported in a second bearing arrangement (106, 134) and extends through the second plug-through opening (60) of the second gearwheel (58) in order to couple with the second gearwheel (58) in a torque transmitting manner and to radially support said second gearwheel (58).

US Pat. No. 10,192,691

ELECTRICITY STORAGE UNIT

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An electricity storage unit comprising:an electricity storage device;
a holder for holding the electricity storage device;
a control board that is formed with a wiring electrically connected with the electricity storage device;
a case having a tubular side wall part and a bottom surface part closing one end of the side wall part, the case being formed with an opening at another end of the side wall part; and
a cover for covering the opening, wherein:
the electricity storage device, the holder, and the control board are housed inside the case,
the holder is fixed to the control board, and
a rear end of the holder is supported inside the case by abutting the rear end to an inner surface of the bottom surface part, the rear end facing the bottom surface part.

US Pat. No. 10,192,690

TITANIUM OXIDE-BASED SUPERCAPACITOR ELECTRODE MATERIAL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

SHANGHAI INSTITUTE OF CER...

1. A titanium oxide-based supercapacitor electrode material, comprising a conductive titanium oxide as an active substance, wherein the conductive titanium oxide is selected from the group consisting of titanium sub-oxide, reduced titanium dioxide, and doped reduced titanium dioxide, a whole or a surface of the titanium sub-oxide, the reduced titanium dioxide, or the doped reduced titanium dioxide having amorphous layers comprising defect structures and activated Ti3+; and the titanium oxide-based supercapacitor electrode material has a density of charge carrier higher than 1018 cm?3, and a specific capacitance in a range of 20 F/g˜1,740 F/g, under a charge-discharge current of 1 A/g; and the titanium sub-oxide, the reduced titanium dioxide, or the doped reduced titanium dioxide is prepared by a step of performing a high surface reduction treatment on titanium dioxide to obtain the titanium sub-oxide or the reduced titanium dioxide, or by a step of performing the high surface reduction treatment and a doping treatment on titanium dioxide to obtain the doped reduced titanium dioxide; wherein the high surface reduction treatment is performed at 200˜500° C. for 2˜12 hours.

US Pat. No. 10,192,689

SELF-ASSEMBLY OF PEROVSKITE FOR FABRICATION OF TRANSPARENT DEVICES

YISSUM RESEARCH DEVELOPME...

1. A patterned perovskite material, comprising a plurality of continuous intersecting perovskite line patterns, defining confined regions enclosed by walls of said intersecting line patterns, wherein the confined regions are perovskite-free voids.

US Pat. No. 10,192,688

ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR AND METHOD FOR IMPROVED ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR ANODES

COMPOSITE MATERIAL TECHNO...

1. A process for forming an electrolytic device comprising the steps of:(a) providing multiple components of a valve metal in a billet of a ductile material;
(b) working the billet to a series of reduction steps to form said valve metal components into elongated components;
(c) cutting the elongated components from step b), and leaching the ductile metal from the elongated components releasing elongated elements formed of the valve metal;
(d) washing the elongated elements from step c) with water and mixing the washed elongated elements with water to form a slurry in which the elements are evenly distributed;
(e) drying the elongated washed elements to form dried elongated washed elements;
(f) mixing the dried elongated washed elements from step (e) with electrically conductive particles in powder form, and agglomerating the mixture of dried elongated washed elements and electrically conductive particles;
(g) assembling, pressing and sintering the agglomerated mixture of dried elongated washed elements and electrically conductive particles into an electrolytic device.

US Pat. No. 10,192,687

CAPACITOR ASSEMBLY HAVING A NON-SYMMETRICAL ELECTRODE STRUCTURE AND CAPACITOR SEAT STRUCTURE THEREOF

APAQ TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD....

1. A capacitor assembly having a non-symmetrical electrode structure, comprising:a capacitor seat structure including a capacitor seat, a first electrode layer and a second electrode layer, wherein the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer are disposed on a bottom side of the capacitor seat and separated from each other, and the capacitor seat has a first through hole, a first groove communicated with the first through hole, a second through hole separated from the first through hole, and a second groove communicated with the second through hole; and
a capacitor package structure disposed on the capacitor seat structure, wherein the capacitor package structure includes a wound capacitor, a package casing for enclosing the wound capacitor, a first conductive pin electrically contacting the wound capacitor and partially exposed from the package casing, and a second conductive pin electrically contacting the wound capacitor and partially exposed from the package casing;
wherein the first electrode layer is partially received inside the first groove, and the first conductive pin has a first through portion passing through the first through hole and a first bending portion disposed inside the first groove and electrically contacting the first electrode layer;
wherein the second electrode layer is partially received inside the second groove, and the second conductive pin has a second through portion passing through the second through hole and a second bending portion disposed inside the second groove and electrically contacting the second electrode layer;
wherein the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer have the same or different surface areas; and
wherein the capacitor seat is a non-symmetrical electrode structure body, a first surface area of the first electrode layer is larger than a second surface area of the second electrode layer, and the second electrode layer is closer to a geometric center of the capacitor seat than the first electrode layer is.

US Pat. No. 10,192,686

MULTILAYER ELECTRONIC COMPONENT AND BOARD HAVING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS...

1. A multilayer electronic component comprising:a capacitor body including a plurality of dielectric layers and a plurality of first and second internal electrodes alternately disposed with respective dielectric layers interposed therebetween and having first and second surfaces opposing each other, third and fourth surfaces connected to the first and second surfaces and opposing each other, and fifth and sixth surfaces connected to the first and second surfaces, connected to the third and fourth surfaces, and opposing each other, one ends of the first and second internal electrodes being exposed through the third and fourth surfaces, respectively;
first and second external electrodes including, respectively, first and second band portions disposed on the first surface of the capacitor body to be spaced apart from each other and first and second connected portions, respectively extending from the first and second band portions to the third and fourth surfaces of the capacitor body;
first and second connection terminals formed of insulators and disposed on the first and second band portions, respectively; and
first and second insulating portions disposed on at least some circumferential surfaces of the first and second connection terminals, respectively,
wherein the first connection terminal includes a first conductive pattern formed on a surface thereof facing the first band portion, a second conductive pattern formed on a surface thereof opposing the surface on which the first conductive pattern is formed, a first cut portion formed in some circumferential surfaces thereof connecting the first and second conductive patterns to each other, and a first connection pattern formed on the first cut portion to electrically connect the first and second conductive patterns to each other, and
the second connection terminal includes a third conductive pattern formed on a surface thereof facing the second band portion, a fourth conductive pattern formed on a surface thereof opposing the surface on which the third conductive pattern is formed, a second cut portion formed in some circumferential surfaces thereof connecting the third and fourth conductive patterns to each other, and a second connection pattern formed on the second cut portion to electrically connect the third and fourth conductive patterns to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,192,685

MULTILAYER CAPACITOR AND BOARD HAVING THE SAME MOUNTED THEREON

SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS...

1. A multilayer capacitor comprising:a capacitor body including a plurality of first and second internal electrodes alternately disposed therein and a dielectric layer interposed therebetween, the capacitor body having a first surface and a second surface opposing each other, a third surface and a fourth surface opposing each other and connected to the first and second surfaces, and a fifth surface and a sixth surface opposing each other and connected to the first to fourth surfaces;
a plurality of external electrodes connected to the plurality of first and second internal electrodes;
an insulating layer disposed on the first surface of the capacitor body;
a first terminal electrode and a second terminal electrode disposed on the insulating layer and spaced apart from each other in a direction in which the third and fourth surfaces are connected to each other; and
a connecting member electrically connecting the first and second terminal electrodes and the plurality of external electrodes to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,192,684

MULTILAYER CAPACITOR AND BOARD HAVING THE SAME MOUNTED THEREON

SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS...

1. A multilayer capacitor comprising:a capacitor body including dielectric layers and a plurality of first and second internal electrodes alternately disposed therein, having the dielectric layers interposed therebetween, and having a first surface and a second surface opposing each other in a first direction, a third surface and a fourth surface connected to the first surface and the second surface and opposing each other in a second direction, and a fifth surface and a sixth surface connected to the first surface and the second surface, connected to the third surface and the fourth surface, and opposing each other in a third direction, the plurality of first and second internal electrodes being exposed through at least the third surface and the fourth surface, respectively;
a first external electrode and a second external electrode including first and second connection portions disposed on the third surface and the fourth surface of the capacitor body and electrically connected to exposed portions of the plurality of first and second internal electrodes, and first and second band portions extending from the first and second connection portions to portions of the first surface and the second surface of the capacitor body and to portions of the fifth surface and the sixth surface of the capacitor body, respectively;
a first conductive resin layer including a first portion covering a portion of the first band portion and disposed on the first surface of the capacitor body, and a second portion extending from the first surface onto one of the surfaces of the capacitor body other than the first surface;
a second conductive resin layer including a third portion covering a portion of the second band portion and disposed on the first surface of the capacitor body, and a fourth portion extending from the first surface onto one of the surfaces of the capacitor body other than the first surface;
an insulating layer disposed on the first surface of the capacitor body; and
a first terminal electrode and a second terminal electrode disposed to be spaced apart from each other in the second direction, covering portions of the insulating layer disposed on the first surface of the capacitor body, and connected to the first and second external electrodes, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,192,683

MULTILAYER CAPACITOR AND BOARD HAVING THE MULTILAYER CAPACITOR MOUNTED THEREON

SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS...

1. A multilayer capacitor, comprising:a capacitor body including dielectric layers and a plurality of first internal electrodes and second internal electrodes, the plurality of first internal electrodes and second internal electrodes alternately disposed with respective dielectric layers interposed therebetween, the capacitor body further having a first surface and a second surface opposing each other, a third surface and a fourth surface each connected to each of the first surface and the second surface and the third surface and the fourth surface opposing each other, and a fifth surface and a sixth surface each connected to each of the first surface and the second surface, each of the fifth surface and the sixth surface connected to each of the third surface and the fourth surface, and the fifth surface and the sixth surface opposing each other, the first internal electrodes and the second internal electrodes being exposed through at least the third surface and the fourth surface, respectively;
an insulating layer disposed on the first surface of the capacitor body;
a buffer layer at least partially covering the insulating layer;
a first terminal electrode and a second terminal electrode extended from the third surface and the fourth surface of the capacitor body to the buffer layer, respectively, and spaced apart from each other; and
a first external electrode and a second external electrode disposed on the third surface and the fourth surface of the capacitor body, respectively, so that on a same side of the capacitor body at least a portion of at least one of the insulating layer or the buffer layer is arranged between at least one of the first external electrode or the second external electrode and at least one of the first terminal electrode or the second terminal electrode, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,192,682

COMPOSITE ELECTRONIC COMPONENT AND BOARD HAVING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS...

1. A composite electronic component comprising:a multilayer capacitor;
an electrostatic discharge (ESD) protecting element; and
first to fourth conductive resin layers,
wherein the multilayer capacitor includes:
a capacitor body including dielectric layers and a plurality of first and second internal electrodes alternately disposed with respective dielectric layers interposed therebetween and having first and second surfaces opposing each other, third and fourth surfaces connected to the first and second surfaces and opposing each other, and fifth and sixth surfaces connected to the first and second surfaces, connected to the third and fourth surfaces, and opposing each other, each of the first internal electrodes extending from the third surface to the fourth surface and being exposed through the third and fourth surfaces, and each of the second internal electrodes extending from the fifth surface to the sixth surface and being exposed through the fifth and sixth surfaces;
first and second external electrodes extending from the third and fourth surfaces of the capacitor body to portions of the first surface of the capacitor body, respectively, and connected to exposed portions of the first internal electrodes; and
third and fourth external electrodes extending from the fifth and sixth surfaces of the capacitor body to portions of the first surface of the capacitor body, respectively, and connected to exposed portions of the second internal electrodes,
the ESD protecting element includes:
first and second lead electrodes disposed on the first surface of the capacitor body to be connected to the first and second external electrodes, respectively;
a third lead electrode disposed on the first surface of the capacitor body to connect the third and fourth external electrodes to each other, the first and second lead electrodes being spaced apart from the third lead electrode;
a discharge portion disposed on the first surface of the capacitor body and covering the first to third lead electrodes; and
a protective layer disposed to cover the discharge portion, and
the first to fourth conductive resin layers are formed on the first to fourth external electrodes, respectively, and extend to portions of a first surface of the protective layer, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,192,681

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A CRYOGENIC COIL ASSEMBLY

Gedex Systems Inc., Miss...

1. A method of manufacturing a cryogenic coil assembly, the method comprising:a) securing a wire lead of a wire within a lead channel of a substrate, wherein a plurality of radial channels and the lead channel are formed in a substantially circular region of the substrate,
b) clamping the substrate to a backing plate, wherein a gap is defined between the substrate and the backing plate to accommodate the wire, wherein the backing plate is adapted to resist adherence to a chemical bonding agent;
c) removably securing a mandrel to the backing plate and substrate, wherein the mandrel locates in a hole defined in a center of the circular region of the substrate;
d) turning the mandrel, substrate, and backing plate to wind the wire into a spiral coil, wherein the wire passes through a bath before being wound into the coil, wherein the bath contains the chemical bonding agent; and
e) permitting the chemical agent to cure;
wherein the chemical agent seeps into the radial channels prior to being cured, such that the chemical bonding agent, when cured, is present within the radial channels.

US Pat. No. 10,192,680

PLANAR TRANSFORMER COMPONENTS COMPRISING ELECTROPHORETICALLY DEPOSITED COATING

PAYTON PLANAR MAGNETICS L...

1. An electrically insulated component configured for use in a planar transformer, the insulated component comprising:a planar transformer conductive component having two opposed surfaces comprising a first surface and a second surface and a plurality of edges; and
two distinct coating layers comprising a first layer and a second layer, the first layer being disposed between the conductive component and the second layer, wherein the first layer and the second layer cover at least the first surface and the plurality of edges of the conductive component,
wherein the first layer comprises an oxidized metal coating, which facilitates adhesion of the second layer to the conductive component, and the second layer comprises an electrophoretically deposited (EPD) insulating coating, comprising a polymer and an inorganic material and has a thickness in the range of about 10 ?m to about 50 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,192,679

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING RARE EARTH MAGNET

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A method of manufacturing a rare earth magnet comprising:preparing a powder by preparing a rapidly-solidified ribbon by liquid solidification, and by crushing the rapidly-solidified ribbon to obtain a crushed powder, the rapidly-solidified ribbon being a plurality of fine crystal grains, the powder including a RE-Fe—B main phase and a grain boundary phase of a RE-X alloy present around the main phase, RE representing at least one of Nd and Pr, and X representing a metal element;
manufacturing a sintered compact including by press-forming the powder; and
manufacturing a rare earth magnet by performing hot deformation processing on the sintered compact to impart anisotropy to the sintered compact, wherein
a nitrogen content in the powder is adjusted to be at least 1,000 ppm and less than 3,000 ppm by performing at least one of the preparation of the powder and the manufacturing of the sintered compact in a nitrogen atmosphere,
wherein a grain size of the crushed powder is adjusted to be in a range of 75 ?m to 300 ?m,
an average grain size of the main phase constituting the sintered compact is adjusted to be 300 nm or less, and
a content ratio of RE in the RE-Fe—B main phase is 29 mass % to 32 mass %.

US Pat. No. 10,192,677

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LEAKAGE MONITORING FOR OIL-IMMERSED ELECTRICAL TRANSFORMERS

ABB Inc., Cary, NC (US)

1. A method of monitoring for oil leakage from an oil-immersed electrical transformer comprising:measuring, using at least a top-oil temperature sensor, a top-oil temperature of an oil of the oil-immersed electrical transformer;
measuring, using at least a temperature sensor, an ambient temperature;
measuring, using at least a current sensor, a winding current of at least one winding of the oil-immersed electrical transformer;
communicating, using a communication interface that is configured for interfacing with the top-oil temperature sensor, the temperature sensor, and the current sensor, online measurements comprising the ambient temperature measurement, the top-oil temperature measurement, and the winding current measurement;
determining, by a processing circuit, characteristic values for first and second parameters of a transformer top-oil temperature model, wherein the first parameter represents a top-oil temperature rise over ambient temperature and the second parameter represents an oil time constant, and wherein the characteristic values for the first and second parameters comprises at least one of pre-configured factory values and collected historical measurements;
estimating, by the processing circuit and using at least the determined characteristic values for the first and second parameters with the transformer top-oil temperature model, a top-oil temperature;
comparing, by the processing circuit, the estimated top-oil temperature to the on-line measurements;
fitting, by the processing circuit and in response to the comparison of the estimated top-oil temperature to the on-line measurements and in an iterative optimization process, the first and second parameters to obtain fitted characteristic values for the first and second parameters;
estimating, by the processing circuit, a transformer oil thermal capacitance as a function of the fitted characteristic values and correspondingly estimating a transformer oil weight as a function of the estimated transformer oil thermal capacitance;
generating, by the processing circuit, alarm signaling, based on comparing the estimated transformer oil weight to a characteristic transformer oil weight, the characteristic transformer oil weight being calculated from at least the characteristic values for the first and second parameters and
generating, by the processing circuit, a maintenance diagnostic of the oil-immersed electrical transformer based on the generated alarm signaling, the maintenance diagnostic implemented by the oil-immersed electrical transformer to detect a loss of oil from the oil-immersed electrical transformer.

US Pat. No. 10,192,676

NOISE FILTER, MULTISTAGE-CONNECTION LC FILTER, AND MEDICAL INSTRUMENT

NEC TOKIN CORPORATION, M...

11. A multistage-connection LC filter comprising: a plurality of noise filters and a plurality of Y-capacitors, whereinthe plurality of noise filters comprising a plurality of inductor elements connected with one another in series, wherein
each of the inductor elements comprises: a ring-shaped magnetic core; a winding wound around the magnetic core; and a ground terminal disposed between the magnetic core and the winding, the ground terminal being connected to a ground,
the ground terminal comprises a conductive part that surrounds at least a part of an outer periphery of the magnetic core, and
each of the plurality of inductor elements is disposed on a respective one of a plurality of support members, and
the plurality of inductor elements and the plurality of Y-capacitors are alternately connected in series.

US Pat. No. 10,192,675

PULSE TRANSFORMER

Tai-Tech Advanced Electro...

1. A pulse transformer comprising:a drum core including a winding core, a first flange and a second flange provided on end portions of said winding core respectively, said first and said second flanges each including an inner surface and an outer surface and an upper portion, said winding core including an upper surface,
said first and said second flanges each including a notch formed in said upper portion thereof and each of said notches being defined by a base surface,
said first and said second flanges each including a chamfered portion provided in each side of said notch of said first and said second flanges respectively,
said base surfaces of said first and said second flanges being flush with said upper surface of said winding core,
a first terminal electrode and a second terminal electrode provided on said upper portion of said first flange,
a first center tap and a third terminal electrode and a fourth terminal electrode provided on said upper portion of said second flange,
a second center tap provided on said upper portion of said first flange,
said notch of said first flange being located between said second terminal electrode and said second center tap, and said notch of said second flange being located between said first center tap and said third terminal electrode, and
a coil including a first wire, a second wire, a third wire and a fourth wire wound around said winding core of said drum core, said first wire including a first end portion connected to said second terminal electrode and a second end portion connected to said first center tap, said second wire including a first end portion connected to said second center tap and a second end portion connected to said third terminal electrode, said third wire including a first end portion connected to said first terminal electrode and a second end portion connected to said first center tap, said fourth wire including a first end portion connected to said second center tap and a second end portion connected to said fourth terminal electrode, and
said first and said second wires being wound in a first direction as seen from said first flange toward said winding core and said second flange, and said third and said fourth wires being wound in a second direction as seen from said first flange toward said winding core and said second flange, said first and said fourth wires crossing each other at said inner surface of said first flange, and said second and said third wires crossing each other at said inner surface of said second flange.

US Pat. No. 10,192,674

COIL COMPONENT HAVING TERMINAL ELECTRODES WITH HIGH MOUNTING STRENGTH, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING THE COIL COMPONENT

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

1. A coil component comprising an air-core coil embedded in a magnetic body constituted by resin and metal magnetic grains, and having terminal electrodes electrically connected to both ends of the coil, wherein:both ends of the coil are exposed on a surface of the magnetic body;
the terminal electrodes are formed across the surface of the magnetic body and ends of the coil, and constituted by an underlying layer formed with metal material and a cover layer placed on an outer side of the underlying layer; and
the underlying layer is in contact with the resin and metal parts of the metal magnetic grains where the underlying layer is in contact with the magnetic body,
wherein a magnetic body surface on a side where either terminal electrode is connected to the end of the coil contains less resin than a magnetic body surface on a side where no terminal electrode is connected to the end of the coil.

US Pat. No. 10,192,673

INDUCTOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS...

1. An inductor comprising:a body comprising a magnetic material and having an upper surface, a lower surface, and side surfaces connecting the upper surface and the lower surface; and
a coil part disposed in the body and including a support member comprising an insulating resin, the coil part comprising first and second coil patterns respectively formed on an upper surface and a lower surface of the support member, wherein
1.15?b/a?1.45, where a is a length from a central plane between the upper surface and the lower surface of the support member to an upper surface of the body, and b is a length from the central plane of the support member to the lower surface of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,192,672

COIL COMPONENT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS...

1. A coil component, comprising:a substrate; and
a coil pattern disposed on the substrate,
wherein the coil pattern includes a vertical region having a side surface perpendicular with respect to the substrate and a tapered region connected to the vertical region and having a side surface inclined with respect to the substrate,
in a cross section of the coil pattern, a minimum width of the tapered region is less than a minimum width of upper and lower surfaces of the coil pattern,
the vertical region and the tapered region form a trapezoidal shape and are made of the same material, and
wherein a spacing between coil pattern turns is between 0.15 and 0.45 times a width of a cross sectional shape of the coil pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,192,671

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. An electronic component, comprising:a multilayer body including a plurality of insulator layers stacked together;
a plurality of inner conductors including at least a first inner conductor, a second inner conductor, a third inner conductor and a fourth inner conductor formed between the insulator layers and extended to a side surface of the multilayer body; and
a plurality of outer electrodes formed on both side surfaces of the multilayer body, the outer electrodes including at least a first outer electrode connected to the first inner conductor, a second outer electrode connected to the second inner conductor, a third outer electrode connected to the third inner conductor and a fourth outer electrode connected to the fourth inner conductor,
wherein each of the outer electrodes is formed on a single side surface so as not to extend over two side surfaces of the multilayer body, and
wherein the first outer electrodes and the second outer electrode are facing each other, and the first outer electrode and the second outer electrode differ in length in a direction in which the insulator layers are stacked.

US Pat. No. 10,192,670

REACTOR

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A reactor comprising:a combined body that includes: a coil; and a magnetic core that is located inside and outside the coil to form a closed magnetic circuit,
wherein the coil includes a pair of winding portions that are arranged side by side,
the magnetic core includes: an inner core portion that is located inside the coil; and an outer core portion that is located outside the coil and is arranged in a direction that is orthogonal to an axial direction of the coil,
the outer core portion:
is formed using a composite material that is a resin in which magnetic powder is dispersed; and
includes: a main body portion that includes a portion that serves as a magnetic path; and attachment portions that are formed integrally with the main body portion, are provided with bolt holes into which bolts for fixing the combined body to a cooling base are inserted, and bulge from outer circumferential edges of portions of the main body portion in the vicinity of the cooling base,
a center point of each of the bolt holes is located outward of a circle that is formed around a center point that is located in the vicinity of a connecting portion between an inner surface of the inner core portion and an inner surface of the outer core portion, and has a radius that is equal to a thickness of the outer core portion in the axial direction of the coil,
no collar is provided in any of the bolt holes,
the reactor further comprises a flat plate member that is fastened to the outer core portion by the bolts, and is disposed such that the coil is exposed, and
the bolts and the flat plate member are formed using a non-magnetic metal material.

US Pat. No. 10,192,669

VECTOR MAGNETIC CHARACTERISTIC CONTROLLED MATERIAL AND IRON CORE

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPO...

1. A vector magnetic characteristic controlled material, comprising:a grain-oriented electrical steel to which a magnetic domain ultra-refinement process has been applied, the steel including a surface on which continuous and linear scratches are formed in two directions intersecting each other at approximately right angles and having parallel spacing of between about 0.25 mm and about 0.50 mm and in both directions, wherein the parallel spacing is the distance separating parallel scratches, and wherein the material has a magnetic domain structure in which each magnetic domain is divided into plural granular magnetic domains.

US Pat. No. 10,192,668

COIL COMPONENT

Murata Manufacturing Co.,...

1. A coil component comprising:a drum-shaped core including a winding core portion and first and second flange portions provided at respective end portions of the winding core portion along a predetermined direction that is a length direction of the winding core portion;
each of the first and second flange portions having an inner end surface that faces a side of the winding core portion and positions the corresponding end portion of the winding core portion, an outer end surface that faces an outer side opposite to the inner end surface, a bottom surface that couples the inner end surface with the outer end surface and faces a side of a mount substrate at mounting, and a top surface opposite to the bottom surface;
a plate-shaped core bridged between the first and second flange portions while one principal surface of the plate-shaped core contacts the top surface of each of the first and second flange portions;
at least one first terminal electrode provided on the bottom surface of the first flange portion;
at least one second terminal electrode provided on the bottom surface of the second flange portion; and
at least one wire wound around the winding core portion and connected between the first and second terminal electrodes,
wherein, for dimensions measured along the predetermined direction, a dimension of each of the top surfaces of the first and second flange portions is equal to or larger than a dimension of the winding core portion.

US Pat. No. 10,192,667

ENCLOSURE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FACILITATING INSTALLATION OF ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

Hubbell Incorporated, Sh...

8. A method for installing a transformer:providing an enclosure for electrical equipment, the enclosure including a frame;
coupling a first member to the frame;
coupling the transformer to a first plate;
placing the first plate into the enclosure such that it is at least partially supported by the first member; and
fastening the first plate to the frame by manipulating a fastener that is coupled to the first plate and received through a hole in the frame, wherein fastening the first plate to the frame lifts the first plate from the first member.

US Pat. No. 10,192,666

MAGNETIC DEVICE FOR LOCKING A GEAR SELECTOR LEVER OF A VEHICLE IN A PREDETERMINED POSITION, METHOD FOR PRODUCING A MAGNETIC DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A MAGNETIC DEVICE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A magnetic device for locking a gear shift lever of a vehicle in a predetermined position, the magnetic device comprising:a coil;
a tie component, which is movably supported in the coil;
a spring disposed outside the coil, wherein the spring is designed to push at least a portion of the tie component out of the coil;
a switch element which is designed to interact with a positioning element and the tie component disposed on a movement track in order to detect a position of the magnetic device in the movement track.

US Pat. No. 10,192,665

MAGNETIC MOUNT SYSTEM

Attachit LLC, Gillett, W...

1. A magnetic mounting system comprising:a device having an indexing magnetic attachment feature comprising a first single multipole magnet; and
a magnetic device mount having a mating indexing magnetic attachment feature comprising a second single multipole magnet,
wherein the first single multipole magnet and the second single multipole magnet each comprise a magnet having multiple polarities arranged at predetermined locations in a pattern forming a magnetic lock and key system between the first single multipole magnet and the second single multipole magnet which orients the device relative to the mount at predictable and programmed intervals, which intervals comprise a specific angular, radial, and/or longitudinal alignment of the device relative to the mount without a mechanical interface.

US Pat. No. 10,192,664

EXCITING DEVICE FOR ELECTROMAGNETIC CONNECTION DEVICE

OGURA CLUTCH CO., LTD., ...

1. An exciting device for an electromagnetic connection device, comprising:a yoke including an annular groove and a first through hole formed in a bottom wall serving as a bottom of the annular groove;
an exciting coil stored in the annular groove;
a terminal housing including a convex portion fitted in the first through hole and a concave portion located on an opposite side of the annular groove with respect to the convex portion, the convex portion including a second through hole extending in a direction parallel to a center line of the first through hole; and
an external connecting terminal buried in the terminal housing in a state in which a portion of the external connecting terminal is exposed in the concave portion, the external connecting terminal including a coil extraction hole formed in the portion exposed in the concave portion and continuing to the second through hole, and the exciting coil including an extraction end soldered to the external connecting terminal in a state in which the extraction end is passed through the second through hole and the coil extraction hole.

US Pat. No. 10,192,663

COIL FOR A SWITCHING DEVICE WITH A HIGH-FREQUENCY POWER

1. A coil system comprising a coil and several windings,wherein a first winding of the coil provides a first winding diameter and a first winding spacing;
wherein a last winding of the coil provides a second winding diameter and a second winding spacing;
wherein the first winding diameter is larger than the second winding diameter;
wherein the first winding spacing is smaller than the second winding spacing;
wherein the coil system further comprises a coil former filling an interior cavity of the coil;
wherein the coil former provides four recesses extending along its longitudinal axis, separated by webs, which are 90° offset relative to one another with reference to the coil former;
wherein the coil former comprises synthetic material,
wherein the coil former provides a relative permittivity that is no greater than about 1.2;
wherein the windings of the coil are guided in a guide groove of the coil former; and
wherein a wire thickness of the coil is larger than a depth of the guide groove.

US Pat. No. 10,192,662

METHOD FOR PRODUCING GRAIN-ORIENTED ELECTRICAL STEEL SHEET

JFE Steel Corporation, T...

1. A method for producing a grain-oriented electrical steel sheet by comprising a series of steps of hot rolling a raw steel material comprising C: 0.002-0.10 mass %, Si: 2.0-8.0 mass %, Mn: 0.005-1.0 mass % and the remainder being Fe and inevitable impurities to obtain a hot rolled sheet, subjecting the hot rolled steel sheet to a hot band annealing as required and further to one cold rolling or two or more cold rollings including an intermediate annealing therebetween to obtain a cold rolled sheet having a final sheet thickness, subjecting the cold rolled sheet to primary recrystallization annealing combined with decarburization annealing, applying an annealing separator to the steel sheet surface and then subjecting to final annealing, characterized in that rapid heating is performed at a rate of not less than 50° C./s in a region of 200-700° C. in the heating process of the primary recrystallization annealing, and the steel sheet is held at any temperature of 250-600° C. in the region of 200-700° C. for 1-5 seconds, while a soaking process of the primary recrystallization annealing is controlled to a temperature range of 750-900° C., a time of 90-180 seconds and PH2O/PH2 in an atmosphere of 0.25-0.40, where PH2O means a partial water vapor pressure of the atmosphere and PH2 means a partial hydrogen pressure of the atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 10,192,660

PROCESS FOR PREPARATION OF NANOPARTICLES FROM MAGNETITE ORE

Sri Lanka Institute of Na...

1. A process for making magnetite nanoparticle dispersions, wherein substantially all of the nanoparticles have a particle size of about 32 nm, consisting of:(a) providing a magnetite ore;
(b) destructuring the magnetite ore, wherein (i) the destructuring of the magnetic ore is done by grinding in a nano-grinder in the presence of oleic acid using at least one of tungsten carbide grinding balls or zirconium oxide grinding balls and (ii) the grinding is performed in an inert atmosphere with:
15 mm size tungsten carbide grinding balls at 700 rpm for about one hour,
further grinding using 5 mm size tungsten carbide grinding balls at 700 rpm for about one hour,
further grinding using 3 mm size zirconium oxide grinding balls at 1000 rpm for about one hour, and
further grinding using 1 mm size zirconium oxide grinding balls at 1000 rpm for about one hour;
(c) contacting the destructured magnetite ore with one of the group consisting of a long chain alkyl carboxylic acid, a natural oil containing long chain carboxylic acid carboxyl groups, and combinations thereof to form stabilized nanoparticles; and
(d) dispersing the stabilized nanoparticles in alcoholic solvent.

US Pat. No. 10,192,659

CHIP RESISTOR

KOA Corporation, Ina-shi...

1. A chip resistor comprising: a ceramic substrate that is shaped like a cuboid; a pair of front electrodes that are provided on lengthwise opposite end portions of a front surface of the ceramic substrate; a resistor body that is provided between and connected to the pair of front electrodes; a protective layer that covers the resistor body; a pair of back electrodes that are provided on lengthwise opposite end portions of a back surface of the ceramic substrate; end-surface electrodes through which the front electrodes and the back electrodes are electrically conductively connected to each other respectively; and external electrodes that cover the end-surface electrodes; wherein:a pair of insulating resin layers are formed on the back surface of the ceramic substrate with interposition of a predetermined interval therebetween so as to cover edge portions of the back electrodes; and at least opposed side end portions of the insulating resin layers are exposed from the external electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,192,658

CHIP RESISTOR

KOA CORPORATION, Ina-shi...

1. A chip resistor comprising: an insulating substrate that is shaped like a cuboid; a pair of front electrodes that are provided on lengthwise opposite edge portions of a front surface of the insulating substrate; a resistor body that is provided between the two front electrodes; an insulating protection layer that covers entire surfaces of the resistor body and the two front electrodes; and a pair of terminal electrodes that are provided on opposite lengthwise end surfaces of the insulating substrate; wherein: the front electrodes are exposed from opposite widthwise end surfaces and the lengthwise end surfaces of the insulating substrate, and the terminal electrodes wrap around the widthwise end surfaces of the insulating substrate to be thereby connected to the front electrodes only at the exposed portions of the front electrodes that are exposed from the widthwise end surfaces and the lengthwise end surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,192,657

GROMMET AND WIRE HARNESS

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A grommet that is to be attached to a group of electrical wires and mounted to a vehicle body panel so as to block an opening in the vehicle body panel, the grommet comprising:a first cylindrical portion through which the group of electrical wires is inserted;
a second cylindrical portion that is formed shorter in an axial direction than the first cylindrical portion and surrounds the first cylindrical portion;
a seat portion that is constituted by an annular rubber elastic body that surrounds the second cylindrical portion and is capable of constriction in diameter, the seat portion having an annular unevenness portion capable of fitting around an edge portion of the opening in the vehicle body panel; and
an annular connection portion that elastically connects the first cylindrical portion and the seat portion,
wherein the seat portion has an approximately elliptical shape,
the connection portion has an inclined annular wall portion that forms an inclined annular surface that is inclined in the axial direction between the first cylindrical portion and the seat portion, the inclined annular wall portion supporting a base end portion of the second cylindrical portion, and
a plurality of rib portions are integrally provided on the inclined annular wall portion and the second cylindrical portion, the plurality of rib portions extending from an axially intermediate portion of the second cylindrical portion to the inclined annular wall portion on two sides in a major axis direction of the approximately elliptical shape, and projecting from the second cylindrical portion to a seat portion side.

US Pat. No. 10,192,656

JOINTED POWER CABLE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

NKT HV Cables GmbH, Bade...

1. A power cable comprising:a conductive core comprising a conductor including a plurality of sections, and an electrical insulation system enclosing the conductor, and
a sheath enclosing the conductive core,
wherein one of the plurality of sections of the conductor is a first conductor section and another of the plurality of sections of the conductor is a second conductor section, the first conductor section having a first cross-sectional geometry that provides a first ampacity for the first conductor section, and the second conductor section having a second cross-sectional geometry that provides a second ampacity for the second conductor section, wherein the first ampacity is higher than the second ampacity,
wherein the plurality of sections are thermally joined, and wherein the electrical insulation system extends continually from the first conductor section to the second conductor section of the conductor,
wherein the first conductor section comprises a plurality of strands and wherein the first cross-sectional geometry is a first strand configuration, and wherein the second conductor section comprises a plurality of strands and wherein the second cross-sectional geometry is a second strand configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,192,655

ANISOTROPIC WIRE HARNESS

HIGHLAND INDUSTRIES, INC....

6. A wire harness comprising a flexible jacket positioned between an anisotropic fabric and an exterior sheath, and a plurality of wires sized to be bundled and bound within the anisotropic fabric, whereby the anisotropic fabric is configured to define a modulus of stiffness in the lateral direction that is greater than a modulus of stiffness in the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,192,654

FLAT CABLE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Thomas Engineering Co., L...

1. A flat cable comprising:a pod (10) including pipe type insertion portions (11) formed to be separated from each other at both side ends thereof and a central insertion portion (12) of which both ends are integrally connected to the both pipe type insertion portions (11);
a pair of left and right support members (20) inserted into the pipe insertion portions (11);
multiple electric cables (30) inserted into the central insertion portion (12); and
a clamp (40) including an upper clamp (41) installed above the support member (20) and having upper insertion grooves (41a) formed at both side ends thereof and a lower clamp (42) installed below the support member (20) and having lower insertion grooves (42a) formed at both side ends thereof,
wherein the central insertion portion (12) of the pod (12) is partitioned into multiple spaces (R1, R2, and R3) separated from each other and multiple electric cables (30) are horizontally disposed in the separated spaces in one layer, and
the support members (20) are inserted into the upper and lower insertion grooves (41a and 42a), an upper suspension projection (41b) is formed the entrance portion of the upper insertion groove (41a), and the lower suspension projection (42b) is formed at the entrance portion of the lower insertion groove (42a), upper clamp (41), and the support member (20) and the lower clamp (42) are screw-joined by a bolt (B) consecutively penetrating the upper clamp (41), and the support member (20) and the lower clamp (42).

US Pat. No. 10,192,652

MULTI-COVER BUS BAR UNIT FOR ROTARY MACHINES

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

1. A bus bar unit comprising:a plurality of bus bars that electrically connects coils of each phase of a rotary electric machine and an external power supply;
a plurality of inner holding sections that separately covers portions of the plurality of bus bars and separately hold the plurality of bus bars, wherein the plurality of inner holding sections are separately mounted on the plurality of bus bars; and
an outer holding section that is formed of an insulating material, that collectively covers the plurality of inner holding sections, and that is formed in a state in which the plurality of bus bars are electrically insulated.

US Pat. No. 10,192,651

TRANSFER MATERIAL, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING TRANSFER MATERIAL, LAMINATED BODY, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LAMINATED BODY, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING CAPACITANCE-TYPE INPUT DEVICE, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

FUJIFILM CORPORATION, To...

1. A transfer material comprising, in this order, a temporary support body, a first resin layer, and a second resin layer,the first resin layer not being water soluble,
the second resin layer including a water soluble polymer,
the second resin layer including a compound that has a heteroaromatic ring including a nitrogen atom as a ring member, and
a content of the compound that has a heteroaromatic ring including a nitrogen atom as a ring member in the second resin layer being 3.0% by mass or greater with respect to a total solid content of the second resin layer.

US Pat. No. 10,192,650

PHOTOSENSITIVE CONDUCTIVE PASTE, METHOD OF PRODUCING MULTILAYER ELECTRONIC COMPONENT USING THE SAME, AND MULTILAYER ELECTRONIC COMPONENT

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A photosensitive conductive paste comprising:(a) a conductive powder in an amount of 70.3 to 85.6 mass % with respect to a total amount of the photosensitive conductive paste;
(b) a photosensitive resin composition containing an alkali-soluble polymer, a photosensitive monomer, a photopolymerization initiator, and a solvent; and
(c) a glass frit,
wherein a mass ratio of the glass frit to the conductive powder is 0.020 to 0.054,
the glass frit has a softening point that is equal to or above a temperature at which sintering of the conductive powder starts, and
the softening point of the glass frit is 657° C. or higher.

US Pat. No. 10,192,648

TANK CLOSURE CESIUM REMOVAL

Westinghouse Electric Com...

7. A method of removing cesium from a liquid waste stream, comprising:transporting the liquid waste stream through conduit to one or more pre-filters to produce a filtered liquid waste stream;
introducing the filtered liquid waste stream into one or more integral, shielded ion-exchange columns, which comprise:
a shield base having a perimeter;
a shield cap having a perimeter and positioned opposite the shield base;
a shield wall extending longitudinally between the shield base and the shield cap, extending along the perimeter of each of the shield cap and the shield base, and forming an exterior surface;
a shield cavity formed by the shield wall;
a pressure vessel concentrically positioned within the shield cavity, comprising:
a sorbent bed comprising an ion-exchange resin; and
a head space positioned above the sorbent bed;
an outlet pine extending through the shield wall, through the head space, into the sorbent bed and along a vertical length thereof;
an inlet pipe extending through the shield wall and into the head space; and
an air gap formed by an annular space between an outer surface of the pressure vessel and an inner surface of the shield wall;
passing said filtered liquid waste stream through the one or more integral, shielded ion-exchange columns;
separating cesium from the filtered liquid waste stream to produce a clean liquid stream; and
transferring the one or more integral, shielded ion-exchange columns to a storage facility.

US Pat. No. 10,192,647

PACKAGE COMPRISING IMPROVED MEANS OF DAMPENING IMPACT BETWEEN AN ASSEMBLY CONTAINING RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS AND THE COVER OF THE PACKAGING

TN INTERNATIONAL, Montig...

1. A package comprising:a packaging for storing and/or transporting radioactive materials;
an assembly containing radioactive materials housed in a cavity of the packaging extending along a longitudinal axis of the packaging and being closed by a cover crossed by said longitudinal axis; and
a system for dampening impact of the assembly against the cover, the system comprising at least one plastically deformable dampening device and a loading device,
wherein one of the loading device and deformable dampening device is mounted moveable on the cover in a plane orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of the packaging, and has means of self-centring relatively to the other of the loading device and the deformable dampening device which is provided on said assembly containing the radioactive materials, and
wherein the deformable dampening device is arranged between the assembly and the cover along the longitudinal axis of the packaging.

US Pat. No. 10,192,646

RADIATION SHIELDING SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A radiation shielding system for an x-ray detector array comprising active components and passive components, the radiation shielding system comprising:a first radiation shield comprising a plurality of shielding pads configured to be positioned over active components of the digital detector array and a plurality of interstices between the shielding pads and configured to be positioned over passive components of the x-ray detector array,
wherein the plurality of shielding pads have a greater thickness than a thickness of the plurality of interstices.

US Pat. No. 10,192,645

TOOL FOR DELIVERY OF TESTING ELEMENT TO A LIMITED ACCESS LOCATION WITHIN A NUCLEAR CONTAINMENT

Westinghouse Electric Com...

1. An elongated tool for delivering a testing element of a testing apparatus to a limited access location within a nuclear containment, the testing apparatus further having a connecter and having a cable extending between the testing element and the connecter, the tool comprising:a frame apparatus comprising an elongated first frame portion and an elongated second frame portion;
a pivot apparatus disposed between the first and second frame portions and being structured to permit one of the first frame portion and the second frame portion to be pivotable with respect to the other of the first frame portion and the second frame portion;
a rotation apparatus disposed between the first and second frame portions and connected with the pivot apparatus, the rotation apparatus being structured to permit at least one of the first frame portion and the second frame portion to be rotatable about its axis of elongation with respect to the other of the first frame portion and the second frame portion;
the rotation apparatus comprising a connection element having an axis of rotation and being rotatably coupled to the at least one of the first frame portion and the second frame portion and being situated adjacent the pivot apparatus, the connection element having an aperture formed generally centrally therein that is structured to receive the cable therein, the aperture being of an annular shape that extends about the axis of rotation along at least one-half the circumference of the connection element;
wherein the connection element additionally has an access massage formed therein that extends along a portion of its circumference and that is in communication with the aperture and which provides access between the aperture and the exterior of the connection element; and
wherein the rotation apparatus further comprises a removable plug element received in the access passage, the plug element having a surface portion that is of an arcuate shape and that is a part of an arcuate ulterior surface of the connection element that is disposed adjacent the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,192,644

FUEL ASSEMBLY

Lightbridge Corporation, ...

1. A fuel assembly for use in an internal core structure of a nuclear power reactor, the assembly comprising:a frame shaped and configured to fit within the nuclear power reactor internal core structure; and
a plurality of helically twisted fuel elements supported by the frame in a fuel rod bundle, each of the fuel elements comprising fissile material;
wherein as viewed in a cross-section that is perpendicular to an axial direction of the fuel assembly, the outermost fuel elements of the fuel rod bundle define a substantially circular perimeter,
wherein the plurality of fuel elements are arranged into a mixed grid pattern that includes a first, rectangular grid pattern and a second, triangular grid pattern,
wherein each of the plurality of fuel elements comprises a longitudinal centerline, and
wherein the longitudinal centerlines of the fuel elements of the second, triangular grid pattern are separated from the longitudinal centerlines of adjacent fuel elements of the second, triangular grid pattern by a centerline-to-centerline distance, and a circumscribed diameter of the fuel elements in the second, triangular grid pattern equals the centerline-to-centerline distance.

US Pat. No. 10,192,642

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING AN ASSOCIATION OF AT LEAST ONE BIOLOGICAL FEATURE WITH A MEDICAL CONDITION

MACAU UNIVERSITY OF SCIEN...

1. A method of determining an association of at least one biological feature with a medical condition, comprising the steps of:obtaining a plurality of tissue samples, each of the plurality of tissue samples having a plurality of biological features,
obtaining a dataset comprising biological data related to the plurality of tissue samples;
applying at least some of the biological data to a regression model to determine and/or optimize parameters in the regression model thereby solving the regression model;
processing the biological data using the solved regression model with a biological model to determine one or more biological features that are associated with the medical condition,
wherein the biological model includes protein-protein interaction network information associated with the one or more biological features and the medical condition,
wherein the one or more biological features includes at least one of presence of a gene, gene expression, presence of a gene product, and amount of a gene product,
wherein the medical condition is cancer,
wherein the step of processing the biological data using the solved regression model with a biological model comprises the step of constructing a Laplacian matrix representing the dataset and/or the protein-protein interaction network information,
wherein the step of processing the biological data using the solved regression model with a biological model further comprises the step of introducing a network constraint to the regression model based on the Laplacian matrix,
wherein the step of processing the biological data using the solved regression model with a biological model includes an iterative transformation for obtaining at least one estimation representing correlation between the one or more biological features and the medical condition,
wherein the iterative transformation includes a soft thresholding operation of a coordinate descent optimization of the regularized protein-protein interaction network information for obtaining the regression model,
wherein a thresholding representation of

is used in the soft thresholding operation, wherein ? denotes a regularization parameter x.

US Pat. No. 10,192,640

FRACTIONAL FLOW RESERVE DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for fractional flow reserve (FFR) decision support using a computed tomography (CT)-based clinical decision support system, the method comprising:scanning a patient with a CT system, the scanning providing coronary CT data representing a heart of the patient;
acquiring non-invasive patient data and biochemical measurements;
extracting values from the non-invasive patient data and the biochemical measurements for features of an input vector of a machine-learnt predictor of the CT-based clinical decision support system from the coronary CT data;
generating, by the machine-learnt predictor of the CT-based clinical decision support system based on the values for the features of the input vector, a clinical decision of whether to perform CT-FFR for the patient; and
transmitting the clinical decision.

US Pat. No. 10,192,639

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MEDICAL SUGGESTION SEARCH

DrFirst.com, Inc., Rockv...

1. A method, implemented on at least one computing device having at least one processor, storage, and a communication platform connected to a network for providing medical suggestion, the method comprising:receiving one or more dimensions, each of the one or more dimensions relating to an attribute of a patient or an attribute of a physician;
identifying, for each of the one or more dimensions, at least one medical suggestion from a data map associating medical suggestions with dimensions, wherein each dimension-medical suggestion pair in the data map has an associated confidence score indicative of a degree of match between the medical suggestion and the dimension, the degree of match being based on statistical analysis of medical transaction data identified as relevant to the dimension-medical suggestion pair;
calculating, for each medical suggestion, an aggregated confidence score based on an aggregation of the associated confidence scores for the medical suggestion with respect to each of the one or more dimensions;
providing, for selection, at least some of the medical suggestions based on the aggregated confidence score of each medical suggestion;
receiving a selection of a first medical suggestion of the at least some of the medical suggestions provided; and
boosting confidence scores for the dimension-medical suggestion pairs associated with the one or more dimensions and the first medical suggestion responsive to the selection, the boosted confidence score of a dimension-medical suggestion pair being used in calculating the aggregated confidence score for the medical suggestion responsive to a subsequent receipt of the dimension.

US Pat. No. 10,192,638

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MANAGING PATIENT TREATMENT COMPLIANCE

WellDoc, Inc., Columbia,...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:receiving, over a network, application features for generating an application including instructions for using a treatment plan;
programmatically generating the application for a user to use on an electronic device by using the received application features;
receiving an activation code from the user to use the application, wherein the activation code is acquired by the user after the user receives authorization from a medical professional to use the application;
after receiving the activation code:
processing the activation code to determine if the user is authorized to use the application;
after determining that the user is authorized, authorizing the user to use and activate the application;
receiving input data from the user; and
using the input data from the user to evaluate user compliance with the treatment plan.

US Pat. No. 10,192,637

SPECIMEN ANALYZER AND SPECIMEN ANALYSIS METHOD

SYSMEX CORPORATION, Kobe...

1. A specimen analyzer comprising:one or more detectors that measure target components in a specimen collected from a subject;
a printer that prints on a print sheet;
a display that displays an operation screen; and
a processor programmed to: cause the printer to print a result of the measurement by the one or more detectors, and cause the display to display only information other than the result of the measurement, wherein
the processor is programmed to cause the printer to print the result of the measurement by the one or more detectors and to cause the display to display only information other than the result of the measurement, so as to prevent erroneous recognition of the result of the measurement due to causing the display to display the result of the measurement,
the display has a size that reduces recognition of the result of the measurement, and
the processor is programed to cause the printer to print the result of the measurement and to cause the display having the size, to display only information other than the result of the measurement such that recognition of the printed result of the measurement is increased.

US Pat. No. 10,192,636

BAGGAGE SYSTEM, RFID CHIP, SERVER AND METHOD FOR CAPTURING BAGGAGE DATA

Brain Trust Innovations I...

1. A baggage system comprising:a belt loader reader device configured to communicate with a radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag associated with a baggage item, wherein the belt loader reader device comprises:
an RFID antenna;
a power transmission subsystem including a power source and an antenna arranged to wirelessly transmit power from the power source to the RFID tag;
a transceiver configured to receive first data from the RFID tag, the first data including identification information;
a controller operatively coupled to the transceiver; and
one or more memory sources operatively coupled to the controller, the one or more memory sources including instructions for configuring the controller to generate one or more messages indicative of the identification information to be sent by the transceiver to a server device via a network connection,
wherein the server device comprises:
a transceiver configured to receive the one or more messages from the belt loader reader device;
a controller operatively coupled to the transceiver; and
one or more memory sources operatively coupled to the controller, the one or more memory sources including instructions for configuring the controller to generate another message indicative of the identification information associated with the baggage item.

US Pat. No. 10,192,634

WIRE ORDER TESTING METHOD AND ASSOCIATED APPARATUS

MEDIATEK SINGAPORE PTE. L...

1. A wire order testing method for determining pin connection relationships between a memory device and an electronic device, the method comprising:testing the memory device with at least one test pattern to obtain at least one first data;
predicting at least one second data that is to be correspondingly obtained from testing of the memory device with the at least one test pattern according to mapping relationships between the test pattern and pins of the memory device; and
determining the pin connection relationships between the memory device and the electronic device according to the at least one first data and the at least one second data.

US Pat. No. 10,192,633

LOW COST INBUILT DETERMINISTIC TESTER FOR SOC TESTING

Intel Corporation, Santa...

6. A method of testing an integrated circuit, comprising:transitioning an auto-response module into a test mode, the auto-response module being fabricated on a chip and a signal path between the memory controller and memory ports at a chip boundary;
sending a read transaction from a transaction agent;
intercepting the read transaction in the auto-response module, wherein the auto-response module non-deterministically accumulates signatures of received transactions, the transactions comprising at least one of a write request and a read request; and
sending a deterministic response to the transaction agent based on a logical address of the read transaction.

US Pat. No. 10,192,632

SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY DEVICE AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF

SK Hynix Inc., Gyeonggi-...

1. A semiconductor memory device, comprising:a memory cell array including a plurality of memory cells coupled between a common source line and a bit line; and
a voltage generator applying operating voltages to word lines coupled to the memory cells or discharging potential levels of the word lines,
wherein during a program verify operation, the voltage generator applies a program verify voltage and a pass voltage as the operating voltages to the word lines, and subsequently applies a set voltage to the common source line during a period in which the memory cells are turned on.

US Pat. No. 10,192,631

CURRENT MEMORY CIRCUIT FOR MINIMIZING CLOCK-FEEDTHROUGH

Foundation of Research an...

1. A current memory circuit, comprising:a first current mirror comprising:
a first input device of a first type having a gate, a drain, and a source;
a first mirrored device of the first type having a gate, a drain, and a source, wherein the gate of the first input, device is connected to the gate of the first mirrored device at a first common gate node;
a first switch connected between an input node of the current memory circuit and the drain of the first input device; and
a second switch connected between the drain and the gate of the first input device;
a second current mirror comprising:
a second input device of a second type having a gate, a drain, and a source;
a second mirrored device of the second type having a gate, a drain, and a source, wherein the gate of the second input device is connected to the gate of the second mirrored device at a second common gate node;
a third switch connected between the drain and the gate of the second input device; and
a fourth switch connected between the drain of the second mirrored device and an output node of the current memory circuit; and
a dummy capacitor connecting the first common gate node of the first current mirror and the first common gate node of the second current mirror to each other,
wherein the first, second, third, and fourth switches are configurable to store a voltage in the dummy capacitor.

US Pat. No. 10,192,630

TRACK-AND-HOLD CIRCUIT WITH ACQUISITION GLITCH SUPPRESSION

HITTITE MICROWAVE LLC, C...

1. A switched track-and-hold circuit with acquisition glitch suppression comprising:a track-and-hold circuit including:
a switching circuit including:
a plurality of switching transistors including a first transistor, and
a first switch coupled to a current source and also directly coupled to an input terminal of the first transistor in a hold mode, and
a plurality of storage devices, the switching circuit configured to apply a representation of an input signal to the input terminal of the first transistor and to the storage devices in a track mode and block a signal path between the input signal and the storage devices in the hold mode; and
an acquisition glitch suppression circuit including:
a replica amplifier configured to sense a differential voltage across the storage devices, and
a switched clamping circuit configured to clamp, at an output of the switched clamping circuit, inputs of the switching circuit to thereby suppress an acquisition glitch.

US Pat. No. 10,192,629

SELF-LATCH SENSE TIMING IN A ONE-TIME-PROGRAMMABLE MEMORY ARCHITECTURE

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A method of reading data stored in a memory element of a memory device comprising:receiving a signal corresponding to the data stored in the memory element at an input of a sense amplifier;
outputting, at an output of the sense amplifier, a sensed output signal indicating a logic state of the data stored in the memory element in response to a sense amplifier enable signal;
operating a data latch having an input in a reset state in response to a latch signal indicating a first value to pass the sensed output signal of the sense amplifier to an output of the data latch, wherein the input of the data latch is coupled to the output of the sense amplifier to receive the sensed output signal; and
operating the data latch in a set state in response to the latch signal indicating a second value to store a data state of the sensed output signal and isolate the input of the data latch from the output of the sense amplifier;
wherein the latch signal is generated using a set-reset control circuit having an input to receive the sense amplifier enable signal and the generation of the latch signal is at least partially in response to the sense amplifier enable signal.

US Pat. No. 10,192,628

SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY DEVICE AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME

SK hynix Inc., Icheon-si...

1. A method of operating a semiconductor memory device, comprising:performing, with a peripheral circuit, a program operation on a Least Significant Bit (LSB) of a page; and
performing, with the peripheral circuit, a program operation on a flag cell and a Most Significant Bit (MSB) of the page based on an operation of verifying at least one of a plurality of program states, the plurality of program states including a first program state, a second program state and a third program state,
wherein data stored in the flag cell is data indicating whether data programmed according to the program operation is LSB data or MSB data,
wherein during the performing of the program operation on the flag cell and the MSB of the page, the program operation of the flag cell is initiated after an operation of verifying at least one of the first program state and the third program state is completed, and
wherein a program prohibition voltage is applied to a bit line coupled to the flag cell before the operation of verifying the first or the third program state, and a program permission voltage is applied to the bit line coupled to the flag cell after the operation of verifying the first or the third program state.

US Pat. No. 10,192,627

NON-VOLATILE MEMORY ARRAY WITH MEMORY GATE LINE AND SOURCE LINE SCRAMBLING

Cypress Semiconductor Cor...

1. A memory device, comprising:a plurality of non-volatile memory (NVM) cells, each including a memory gate, arranged in rows and columns, wherein memory gates of first and second NVM cells of a first column are electrically insulated from one another, and wherein memory gates of third and fourth NVM cells of the first column are electrically insulated from one another; and
a first source line coupled to the first and second NVM cells, and a second source line coupled to the third and fourth NVM cells of the first column, wherein the first and second source lines are adjacent and electrically insulated from one another, and wherein each of the first and second source lines respectively shares a common electrical node to receive a same voltage signal with at least one source line of the first column other than the first and second source lines.

US Pat. No. 10,192,626

RESPONDING TO POWER LOSS

Micro Technology, Inc., ...

1. A method of operating a memory, comprising:obtaining information indicative of a data value stored in a particular memory cell of the memory;
programming additional data to the particular memory cell;
determining if a power loss to the memory is indicated while programming the additional data to the particular memory cell; and
if a power loss to the memory is indicated, selectively programming one memory cell of a pair of gate-connected non-volatile memory cells responsive to the information indicative of the data value stored in the particular memory cell;
wherein a resulting combination of threshold voltages of the one memory cell of the pair of gate-connected non-volatile memory cells and of the other memory cell of the pair of gate-connected non-volatile memory cells is representative of the information indicative of the data value stored in the particular memory cell.

US Pat. No. 10,192,625

SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY DEVICE AND MEMORY SYSTEM IN WHICH READ VOLTAGE IS SET BASED ON TRACKING READ VOLTAGE

Toshiba Memory Corporatio...

1. A semiconductor memory device comprising:a memory cell array including a plurality of memory cells;
a word line connected in common to gates of the memory cells; and
a control circuit configured to execute read operations on the memory cells to read at least three pages of data,
wherein the control circuit, in response to an instruction to read one page of data, executes a first phase during which at least first to third voltages are applied to the word line to determine for each of the memory cells whether or not the memory cell has a threshold voltage that is below a first read voltage and a second phase during which a second read voltage is applied to the word line to determine for each of the memory cells whether or not the memory cell has a threshold voltage that is below the second read voltage,
wherein the control circuit determines the second read voltage based on the first read voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,192,624

NON-VOLATILE MEMORY DEVICE INCLUDING DECOUPLING CIRCUIT

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A non-volatile memory device comprising:a memory cell array including a plurality of planes;
a page buffer connected to the memory cell array and corresponding to each of the plurality of planes, the page buffer being configured to receive a bit line voltage control signal (BLSHF) via a first node;
a decoupling circuit connected to the first node, the decoupling circuit including at least one decoupling capacitor, the decoupling circuit being configured to execute charge sharing via the first node; and
a BLSHF generator connected to the first node;
wherein the BLSHF generator is configured to generate the BLSHF, and
the first node is between the decoupling circuit and the BLSHF generator.

US Pat. No. 10,192,623

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPO...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a memory unit; and
a control unit which controls the memory unit,
wherein the memory unit includes
a memory which is configured with a non-volatile memory device, and stores setting information necessary for rewriting,
a first control circuit which has a first register and a rewrite end flag, and
a power source circuit which generates a rewrite voltage,
wherein the control unit includes
a second control circuit which has a rewrite start flag,
a counter which measures a rewrite voltage application time based on the rewrite start flag and the rewrite end flag, and
a second register which stores a next rewrite voltage based on the rewrite voltage application time, and
wherein, when a command for rewriting the memory is received, the control unit reads the setting information necessary for rewriting from the memory, and writes it back to the first register.

US Pat. No. 10,192,622

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUS FOR MEMORY CELLS WITH COMMON SOURCE LINES

Cypress Semiconductor Cor...

1. A method for operating a memory device, comprising:providing a first voltage to a first transistor of a first memory cell and a third transistor of a second memory cell, wherein the first and second memory cells are coupled to a common source line;
providing a second voltage to a second transistor of the first memory cell and a fourth transistor of the second memory cell; and
providing a third voltage to the first transistor of the first memory cell and the third transistor of the second memory cell.

US Pat. No. 10,192,621

FLASH MEMORY

Renesas Electronics Corpo...

1. A flash memory comprising:a memory cell array formed by a plurality of memory cells arranged in a matrix shape;
a plurality of word lines provided in each column of the memory cell array;
a first word line driver that outputs a first voltage group to each of the plurality of word lines; and
a second word line driver that outputs a second voltage group to each of the word lines together with the first word line driver, wherein the first word line driver includes:
a plurality of first level shifters, each level shifter provided to a corresponding word lines,
a plurality of inverters that drive outputs of the respective first level shifters, and
a plurality of first voltage relaxing transistors that relax voltages applied to a respective inverter, wherein:
the inverters are separately formed on a plurality of P wells provided individually in every unit of the memory cells targeted for memory data erasing at once,
the first word line driver includes:
a P well from the plurality of P wells, a plurality of second level shifters that supply a common potential to each source of an NMOS transistor of respective PMOS and NMOS transistors forming the respective inverters formed on the P well, and
a plurality of third level shifters that separately supply a potential to a plurality of N wells provided correspondingly to the plurality of P wells, wherein each of the first voltage relaxing transistors comprises an N channel type MOS transistor provided in an output stage of a respective inverter.

US Pat. No. 10,192,589

COMPACT TOOL-LESS HARD DRIVE DISK CARRIER

QUANTA COMPUTER INC., Ta...

1. A computing device, comprising:at least one drive slot, the at least one drive slot comprising at least one connector for engaging a corresponding hard disk drive, and a first locking element; and
a hard drive carrier for removable insertion into the at least one drive slot, the hard drive carrier comprising:
a bracket for securing the hard disk drive in a receiving space and having a second locking element extending therefrom and configured to receive the first locking element of the at least one drive slot and configured to restrict the removable hard drive carrier to vertical motion when the second locking element engages with the first locking element, the second locking element having a U-shaped hook to engage with the first locking element,
an enclosure slidably attached to the bracket, and
a handle having a first end mechanically attached to one end of the bracket, pivotally attached to the enclosure, and configured to alternate between a loading position and a locked position, the U-shaped hook located on a second end of the handle, wherein the second locking element engages with the first locking element when the handle is in the loading position and the bracket moves relative to the enclosure to secure the hard disk drive in the bracket and connect the connector of a hard disk drive to the at least one connector located at the at least one drive slot when the handle transitions from the loading position to the locked position.

US Pat. No. 10,192,584

COGNITIVE DYNAMIC VIDEO SUMMARIZATION USING COGNITIVE ANALYSIS ENRICHED FEATURE SET

International Business Ma...

1. A method of providing a summary of a media production comprising:receiving the media production in computer-readable form, by executing first instructions in a computer system;
dividing the media production into original segments having respective time stamps indicating a time order of the original segments, by executing second instructions in the computer system;
conducting a cognitive analysis of each of the original segments to extract at least one cognitive feature associated with each original segment, by executing third instructions in the computer system;
grouping the original segments into multiple clusters based on the cognitive features by identifying one or more predominant features for each given cluster based on segments making up the given cluster, by executing fourth instructions in the computer system;
selecting a representative segment for each of the clusters based on one or more selection factors which include a distance of a given segment to a centroid of its corresponding cluster, an emotion level of the given segment, an audio uniqueness of the given segment, or a video uniqueness of the given segment wherein the representative segment for a given cluster corresponds to one of the original segments within the given cluster, by executing fifth instructions in the computer system; and
combining the representative segments in time order according to their time stamps to form a media summary, by executing sixth instructions in the computer system.

US Pat. No. 10,192,532

TELESCOPING MUSICAL DRUM

18. A telescoping musical drum, comprising:at least two truncated, conical annular bodies, which can be extended into overlapping end-to-end positions, wherein the open-locking mechanism is accomplished via the increasingly tight friction fit created by extending such concentric conical bodies, working in combination with a ridge or ridges surrounding the lower or upper inner or outer edge of each of said annular bodies that may fit into a groove surrounding the corresponding lower inner or upper outer edge of said adjacent annular body.

US Pat. No. 10,192,498

MULTI-DOMAIN LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE WITH IMPROVED TRANSMITTANCE AND VIEWING ANGLES

Hisense Electric Co., Ltd...

1. A multi-domain liquid crystal display device, comprising:a multi-domain liquid crystal image display apparatus including multiple liquid crystal domains;
a storage medium including a set of instructions for displaying images by the multi-domain liquid crystal image display apparatus; and
a processor in communication with the storage medium and the multi-domain liquid crystal image display apparatus, wherein when executing the set of instructions, the processor is directed to:
obtain a first output frame associated with a first image, wherein the first output frame corresponds to a first GAMMA curve having a GAMMA voltage lower than a reference GAMMA curve at each gray level among a set of predetermined gray levels other than at least one lowest gray level and at least one highest gray level of the set of predetermined gray levels;
obtain a second output frame associated with a second image, wherein the second output frame corresponds to a second GAMMA curve having a GAMMA voltage higher than the reference GAMMA curve at each gray level among the set of predetermined gray levels other than the at least one lowest gray level and the at least one highest gray level of the set of predetermined gray levels; and
display, on the multi-domain liquid crystal image display apparatus, the first output frame and the second output frame as two neighboring output frames in time with different respective angular viewing-profiles, wherein a single domain of the multiple liquid crystal domains within each controllable pixel of the multi-domain liquid crystal image display apparatus uses the first GAMMA curve when the first output frame is displayed to produce a first respective angular viewing-profile and uses the second GAMMA curve when the second output frame is displayed to produce a second respective angular viewing-profile.

US Pat. No. 10,192,467

TAMPER-EVINCING SEAL ASSEMBLY, SYSTEM, AND METHOD

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A tamper-evincing seal assembly that is configured to be secured to a component to indicate tampering of the component, the tamper-evincing seal assembly comprising:a curling member that lies flat in a tamper-free state, and outwardly curls in a tampered state,
wherein the curling member comprises a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion and the second portion outwardly curl away from each other in the tampered state.

US Pat. No. 10,192,373

TAG IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

SYNAPSE WIRELESS, INC., ...

1. An active tag for emulating passive tags when communicating with readers of a passive-tag identification system, the readers configured to wirelessly transmit interrogation signals for interrogating passive tags within the passive-tag identification system, the passive tags configured to wirelessly transmit tag signals in response to the interrogation signals, the tag signals including tag identifiers for identifying the passive tags, the readers including at least a first reader and a second reader, the active tag comprising:a communication module for communicating with the readers, the communication module having a receiver and a transmitter, the receiver configured to receive a first interrogation signal from the first reader and a second interrogation signal from the second reader;
a power supply for powering components of the active tag, including at least the transmitter; and
logic configured to control the transmitter such that the transmitter wirelessly transmits a first tag signal in response to the first interrogation signal, the logic configured to determine based on the first interrogation signal at least one of an identifier of the first reader and a frequency of the first interrogation signal, the logic configured to select a first frequency for the first tag signal based on the at least one of the identifier of the first reader and the frequency of the first interrogation signal, the logic further configured to control the transmitter such that the first tag signal is transmitted at the selected first frequency, wherein the first tag signal transmitted at the selected first frequency emulates a transmission from a passive tag for responding to the first interrogation signal,
wherein the logic is configured to control the transmitter such that the transmitter wirelessly transmits a second tag signal in response to the second interrogation signal, wherein the logic is configured to determine based on the second interrogation signal at least one of an identifier of the second reader and a frequency of the second interrogation signal, wherein the logic is configured to select a second frequency for the second tag signal based on the at least one of the identifier of the second reader and the frequency of the second interrogation signal, wherein the logic is further configured to control the transmitter such that the second tag signal is transmitted at the selected second frequency, and wherein the second tag signal transmitted at the selected second frequency emulates a transmission from a passive tag for responding to the second interrogation signal.

US Pat. No. 10,192,340

MULTIPLE PARTICIPANT VIRTUAL REALITY ATTRACTION

Unchartedvr Inc., San Ra...

1. A grid-based virtual reality (VR) attraction system, comprising:a grid aligned stage kit that corresponds to a plurality of stage plans associated with plurality of VR representations, said grid aligned stage kit comprising:
fixed accessories;
moveable accessories;
a stage comprising a platform having a pattern of markings along at least two dimensions, wherein said stage is configured with accessory mounts arranged on said platform, for affixing said fixed stage accessories to said platform, and wherein said pattern identifies coordinates corresponding to a location of said accessory mounts; and
a plurality of stage sections that are configured to be interconnected according to said pattern to form said platform, wherein said platform is configurable according to said plurality of stage plans comprising at least A×B and C×D, wherein A, B, C, and D are different from each other;
a motion tracking system, configured to track VR participants on said stage, and to generate corresponding identity, location, and/or orientation information corresponding to each of said VR participants; and
a VR simulation engine, coupled to said motion tracking system, configured to receive said identity, location, and/or orientation information, and configured to generate said plurality of VR representations to simulate a virtual environment corresponding to said each of said VR participants, said virtual environment comprising virtually represented objects whose locations and orientations correspond to locations and orientations said fixed and moveable accessories that are arranged according to a corresponding stage plan.

US Pat. No. 10,192,339

METHOD FOR GRID-BASED VIRTUAL REALITY ATTRACTION

Unchartedvr Inc., San Ra...

1. A method for augmenting a virtual reality (VR) experience, the system comprising:generating a plurality of VR representations and associating each of a plurality of grid aligned stage kits with one or more of the plurality of VR representations; and
physically implementing one of the plurality of grid aligned stage kits, the grid aligned stage kits comprising a modular stage and a plurality of stage accessories, the modular stage comprising a pattern of markings along at least two dimensions of the modular stage to aid in assembling the plurality of stage accessories to the modular stage, said physically implementing comprising:
using coordinates identified by the pattern of markings to assemble the plurality of stage accessories to the modular stage according to the one of the plurality of grid aligned stage kits; and
configuring a motion tracking system comprising a network of sensors configured to track a VR participant's movements on the modular stage by communicating identity, location and/or orientation information to a VR simulation engine;
wherein each of the plurality of VR representations is preprogrammed to simulate a virtual environment with virtually represented objects whose locations and orientations correspond to locations and orientations of the plurality of stage accessories that are arranged according to the one of the plurality of grid aligned stage kits; and
wherein each of the plurality of VR representations is configured to use tracking information generated by the motion tracking system to present imagery of VR objects as the VR participant approaches or encounters corresponding stage accessories.

US Pat. No. 10,192,338

METHOD, DEVICE AND MCU FOR ADJUSTING AND CONTROLLING SUB-PICTURE IN MULTIPLE PICTURES

1. A method for adjusting and controlling a sub-picture in multiple pictures, comprising:acquiring N original video images sent from a plurality of video terminals, adjusting resolutions of the N original video images and correspondingly displaying N video images in N regions on a display screen of a multipoint control unit, wherein N is a natural number equal to or greater than 1;
performing a resolution increase adjustment processing on a video image in any one of the N regions to acquire a resolution-increased video image; and
cutting, according to information of a region where the resolution-increased video image is located, the resolution-increased video image to obtain an image which is located in the region where the resolution-increased video image is located;
wherein the step of performing a resolution increase adjustment processing on the video image in any one of the N regions to acquire a resolution-increased video image comprises:
acquiring an amplification parameter of the video image in any one of the N regions; and
performing a resolution increase adjustment processing on the video image in a corresponding region according to the amplification parameter to obtain a resolution-increased video image;
wherein the step of acquiring the amplification parameter of the video image in any one of the N regions comprises:
acquiring an instruction carrying information about amplification rate of the video image in a region; and
acquiring the amplification parameter of the video image in a corresponding region according to the information about amplification rate in the instruction;
wherein the step of performing a resolution increase adjustment processing on the video image in a corresponding region according to the amplification parameter to obtain a resolution-increased video image comprises:
amplifying the video image in a corresponding region according to the amplification parameter, and obtaining the resolution of the amplified image, wherein the resolution of the amplified image is smaller than that of a corresponding original video image;
acquiring information about lost pixels according to the resolution of the amplified image; and
acquiring, according to the information about the lost pixels, lost pixels from corresponding positions of a pre-stored original video image corresponding to the amplified image so as to acquire a resolution-increased video image.

US Pat. No. 10,192,337

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING AN ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RELATED TO MEASURED VALUE OF OBJECT

SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD....

1. A medical imaging apparatus having a display and comprising:one or more processors configured to:
control the display of the medical imaging apparatus to display a measurement start point and measurement direction information on a medical image of an object,
obtain a measured value of a measurement item, and
control the display to display a first indicator for a reference value predetermined for the measurement item and a second indicator for the measured value,
wherein a position of the first indicator is determined based on the reference value, and a position of the second indicator is determined based on the measured value.

US Pat. No. 10,192,336

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ESTABLISHING ULTRA-LARGE CHARACTER LIBRARY AND METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING CHARACTER

Peking University Founder...

1. A method for establishing an ultra-large character library, comprising:establishing, by a computer, a boot character library, wherein the boot character library can be interpreted by a system font displaying engine;
establishing, by the computer, an ultra-large character library in a non-standard format, wherein the ultra-large character library cannot be interpreted by the system font displaying engine;
creating, by the computer, a font displaying engine middleware for interpreting the ultra-large character library;
wherein the font displaying engine middleware incorporates a one-to-one correspondence established between the boot character library and the ultra-large character library, and wherein, in the case that an application requires the system font displaying engine to display any one of characters including basic ASCII symbols and Chinese characters, the font displaying engine middleware intercepts a font invoking message sent from the system font displaying engine to the boot character library, regardless of whether the boot character library contains information about the character to be displayed, the font invoking message comprising a character code and a font name corresponding to the character to be displayed, accesses the ultra-large character library based on the one-to-one correspondence established between the boot character library and the ultra-large character library, regardless of whether the boot character library contains information about the character to be displayed or not, acquires outline data corresponding to the character from the ultra-large character library based on the character code and the font name, and transmits the outline data of the character to the system font displaying engine to enable the system font displaying engine to display the character according to the character outline data
wherein, the boot character library comprises only basic ASCII symbols.

US Pat. No. 10,192,335

REMOTE CONTROL HIGHLIGHTER

1. A system for highlighting a portion of a displayed presentation which comprises:a first electronic device for generating a presentation; and
a second electronic device for pinpointing a location on the presentation that represents the center point of a portion of the presentation to be emphasized or highlighted, for determining location of the pinpoint location on the presentation and generating location data corresponding to the determined location on the presentation, and for transmitting the location data to the first electronic device, and the second electronic device further tracks the x-axis, y-axis, and z-axis orientation of the second device relative to that pinpoint location on the presentation, continually communicating the coordinates of that orientation to the first electronic device;
wherein the first electronic device receives the location data, establishes a portion of the presentation to be enlarged or magnified using the location data as its center point, and generates an enlarged, highlighted or magnified copy of that portion upon and as part of the presentation while a remaining part of the presentation remains in place unchanged.

US Pat. No. 10,192,334

DISPLAYING A LIVE STREAM OF EVENTS USING A DYNAMICALLY-CONSTRUCTED THREE-DIMENSIONAL DATA TREE

Deep Node, Inc., Falls C...

1. A method for displaying a live stream of events using a dynamically-constructed three-dimensional data tree having a tubular structure, the method comprising the acts of:receiving a plurality of messages into the message queue over a period of time;
constructing a single root limb object of the dynamically-constructed three-dimensional data tree, wherein the root limb object is aligned with a z-axis at the center of the tubular structure of the dynamically-constructed three-dimensional data tree;
determining a key for each of the plurality of messages, wherein each key is determined, at least in part, as a function of a message characteristic for a corresponding one of the plurality of messages;
constructing a plurality of limb objects branching out from the root limb object and from the z-axis of the dynamically-constructed three-dimensional data tree based, at least in part, on the determined keys;
constructing a plurality of blip objects at different locations along a corresponding one of the plurality of limb objects for each of the plurality of limb objects, wherein each of the plurality of blip objects correspond to one of the plurality of messages, and wherein the blip objects each have a position within the dynamically-constructed three-dimensional data tree corresponding to a particular time at which such message was received into the message queue such that blip objects on outermost portions of the limb objects correspond to the most recently received of the plurality of messages and blip objects arranged toward the root limb object corresponding to less recently received of the plurality of objects; and
displaying, on a graphical user interface, the dynamically-constructed three-dimensional data tree, including displaying the root limb object, the plurality of limb objects, and the plurality of blip objects, wherein the dynamically-constructed three-dimensional data tree represents a visualization of the plurality of messages for the period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,192,142

SUPERVISED FACIAL RECOGNITION SYSTEM AND METHOD

University of Central Flo...

1. A computer executed method for facial recognition comprising:receiving a face image;
performing preprocessing on the face image;
applying a 2D DMWT to the preprocessed face image to obtain a resultant image matrix for the face image, the resultant image matrix having a plurality of subimages;
converting each of the subimages into a vector;
combining the vectors for each of the subimages to create a feature matrix;
applying 2D FastICA to the feature matrix to obtain a plurality of independent subimages;
converting the plurality of independent subimages into two-dimensional form;
determining a resultant feature vector using the plurality of two-dimensional independent subimages; and
performing recognition of the resultant feature vector.

US Pat. No. 10,192,141

DETERMINING SCALE OF THREE DIMENSIONAL INFORMATION

APPLICATION SOLUTIONS (EL...

1. A method for determining scale of three dimensional information related to a vehicle comprising:receiving a first sequence of images from a first camera and a second sequence of images from a second camera;
identifying candidate points representing features common to two or more of the images of the first sequence and identifying candidate points representing features common to two or more of the images of the second sequence;
deriving three dimensional information from the images based on changes in position of candidate points between the images of the first sequence and deriving three dimensional information from the images based on changes in position of candidate points between the images of the second sequence;
identifying candidate points associated with a reference feature in the images of the first sequence and identifying candidate points associated with a reference feature in the images of the second sequence; and
determining a first scale of the three dimensional information based on a distance between the first camera and the reference feature, determining a second scale of the three dimensional information based on a distance between the second camera and the reference feature;
wherein identifying candidate points associated with the reference feature comprises selecting only from candidate points falling within a portion of the image corresponding to a part of the field of view of the first camera and the second camera, respectively; and
mounting the first camera on the vehicle as a forward facing camera and the second camera as a rear facing camera;
gathering the first and second image sequences simultaneously from the first and the second camera; and
wherein the reference feature for the first and the second sequence is a ground plane.

US Pat. No. 10,192,140

DATABASE FOR DETECTING COUNTERFEIT ITEMS USING DIGITAL FINGERPRINT RECORDS

Alitheon, Inc., Redmond,...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:acquiring digital fingerprints of a plurality of known counterfeit physical objects of a given class;
storing each digital fingerprint of a corresponding counterfeit physical object in a digital fingerprint record of a datastore to form a machine-readable counterfeit object database for the given class, wherein each stored digital fingerprint record includes
first data identifying a plurality of locations of interest in the corresponding counterfeit physical object and
for each location of interest, second data forming at least one fingerprint feature vector that describes a fingerprint feature extracted from the location of interest, wherein the at least one fingerprint feature vector describes inherent physical characteristics of the corresponding location of interest without regard to semantic content of the location of interest;
acquiring a digital fingerprint of a target physical object;
querying the machine-readable counterfeit object database based on the digital fingerprint of the target physical object; and
based on a response to the querying, generating a report indicating whether or not the target physical object is likely to be a counterfeit.

US Pat. No. 10,192,138

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING DATA DENSITY IN LARGE DATASETS

INSCAPE DATA, INC., Irvi...

1. A system, comprising:one or more processors;
one or more non-transitory machine-readable storage media containing instructions which when executed on the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform operations including:
obtaining a plurality of reference video data points;
determining a length of a first vector from an origin point to a reference video data point of the plurality of reference video data points;
obtaining an unknown video data point associated with video content being presented by a display;
determining a length of a second vector from the origin point to the unknown video data point;
projecting a plurality of vectors from the origin point;
determining a number of the plurality of vectors between the reference video data point and the unknown video data point;
estimating an angle between the first vector and the second vector, wherein the angle is estimated using the number of the plurality of vectors;
determining a distance between the reference video data point and the unknown video data point, wherein the distance is determined using the estimated angle and the determined lengths of the first vector and the second vector;
identifying one or more candidate video data points from the plurality of reference video data points, wherein a candidate video data point is a candidate for matching the unknown video data point, and wherein the one or more candidate video data points are determined based on determined distances between one or more reference video data points and the unknown video data point; and
identifying the video content being presented by the display, wherein the video content being presented by the display is identified by comparing the unknown video data point with the one or more candidate video data points.

US Pat. No. 10,192,137

AUTOMATIC RULER DETECTION

MorphoTrak, LLC, Anaheim...

1. A system comprising:a camera; and
one or more computing devices comprising a processor and a memory coupled to said processor, wherein said memory comprises computer-executable instructions that, when executed by said processor, cause the one or more computing device to perform operations comprising:
receiving, from the camera, a sample image that includes a fingerprint and a mensuration reference device, wherein the sample image is associated with a resolution;
processing the sample image to generate a gradient image of the sample image, wherein:
the gradient image comprises a plurality of pixels, and
each pixel within the plurality of pixels is associated with a gradient value representing a respective change in pixel intensity of a corresponding pixel in the sample image with respect to neighboring pixels along an x-direction and neighboring pixels along a y-direction;
identifying a set of edge pixels in the gradient image, the set of edge pixels including pixels in the gradient image that each have a gradient value that satisfies a predetermined threshold;
generating an orientation map for the sample image based on identifying the set of edge pixels in the gradient image, the orientation map specifying a respective orientation for each edge pixel included in the orientation map;
identifying, within a spatial domain of the orientation map, a plurality of edge candidate groups, wherein each of the plurality of edge candidate groups (i) include two or more edge pixels that have respective orientations satisfying a threshold similarity and (ii) identify regions of the sample image that are predicted to be occupied by a mensuration reference device;
determining a set of regularity characteristics for each of the plurality of edge candidate groups;
determining that the set of regularity characteristics for a particular edge candidate group, from among the plurality of edge candidate groups, matches a set of reference regularity characteristics that indicates a mensuration reference device;
extracting a set of predicted ruler marks from the particular edge candidate group based on determining that the set of regularity characteristics for the particular edge candidate group matches the set of reference regularity characteristics that indicates a mensuration reference device;
computing a scale associated with the sample image based at least on extracting the set of predicted ruler marks from the particular edge candidate group; and
generating, based at least on the scale associated with the sample image, a scaled image; and
providing the scaled image for output.

US Pat. No. 10,192,136

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A checkout device comprising:a camera which captures an input image of a product;
a display device; and
a processor programmed to:
identify a first target object region in the input image,
determine whether first identification information can be extracted from the first target object region,
in response to the first identification information not being able to be extracted:
output an output image including the first target object region and information indicating that identification information cannot be extracted from the first target object region, and
control the display device to display the output image on the input image,
in response to the first identification information being able to be extracted, register a product corresponding to the first identification information, and
perform a settlement processing for each product registered in a transaction.

US Pat. No. 10,192,135

3D IMAGE ANALYZER FOR DETERMINING THE GAZE DIRECTION

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft z...

1. A 3D image analyzer for determination of a gaze direction, wherein the 3D image analyzer is configured to receive at least one first set of image data, which is determined on the basis of a first image, and a further set of information, which is determined on the basis of the first image or of a further image, wherein the first image comprises a pattern resulting from the display of a three-dimensional object from a first perspective into a first image plane, and wherein the further set comprises an image with a pattern resulting from the display of the same three-dimensional object from a further perspective into a further image plane, or wherein the further set comprises information which describes a relation between at least one point of the three-dimensional object and the first image plane, wherein the 3D image analyzer comprises the following features:a position calculator which is configured to calculate a position of the pattern within a three-dimensional room based on the first set, a further set, a further set, which is determined on the basis of the further image, and a geometric relation between the perspectives of the first and the further image or to calculate the position of the pattern within a three-dimensional room based on the first set and a statistically determined relation between at least two characterizing features towards each other in the first image, or to calculate the position of the pattern within the three-dimensional room based on the first set and on a position relation between at least one point of the three-dimensional object and the first image plane; and
an alignment calculator which is configured to calculate at least two possible 3D gaze vectors per image and to determine from these two possible 3D gaze vectors the 3D gaze vector according to which the pattern in the three-dimensional room is aligned, wherein the calculation and determination is based on the first set, the further set and on the calculated position of the pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,192,134

COLOR IDENTIFICATION USING INFRARED IMAGING

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. An image processing method, comprising:receiving from an infrared camera a signal encoding an infrared (IR) image including a plurality of IR pixels, each IR pixel specifying one or more IR parameters of that IR pixel;
identifying, in the IR image, IR-skin pixels that image human skin, the one or more IR parameters including an IR intensity;
determining which skin tone of a plurality of skin tones corresponds to the human skin by mapping the IR intensity of each IR-skin pixel to a corresponding IR intensity subrange of a plurality of IR intensity subranges each predetermined to correspond to one of the plurality of skin tones, each of the plurality of skin tones predetermined to have one or more expected visible light (VL) parameters;
receiving from a VL camera a signal encoding a VL image including a plurality of VL pixels, each VL pixel specifying one or more VL parameters of that VL pixel;
identifying, in the VL image, VL-skin pixels that image identified human skin; and
adjusting the VL image to increase a correspondence between the one or more VL parameters of the VL-skin pixels and the one or more expected VL parameters of the skin tone.

US Pat. No. 10,192,133

MARKER, METHOD OF DETECTING POSITION AND POSE OF MARKER, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A method of detecting a marker, the method comprising:capturing external scenery with a camera; and
by way of one or more processors:
extracting the marker from an image of the captured external scenery, the marker comprising quadrilateral specifying elements that specify a quadrilateral shape;
identifying, from the extracted marker, a plurality of first and a plurality of second identification elements respectively of first and second identification element groups that identify the marker, the first and second identification elements being within the quadrilateral shape, the first identification elements being present in a line of a first diagonal which is one of two diagonals of the specified quadrilateral shape, and the second identification elements being present in a line of a second diagonal which is the other diagonal of the two diagonals than the first diagonal;
identifying a direction-identification element of the marker that identifies a direction of the extracted marker, the direction-identification element being other than the first and second identification elements, and a center of the direction-identification element overlapping neither of the first and second diagonals; and
calculating position and pose of the marker with respect to the camera based on the identified direction-identification element of the marker and the plurality of first and second identified identification elements,
wherein no other identification element or direction-identification element is located on a straight line passing through the center of the direction-identification element and an intersection of the two diagonals.

US Pat. No. 10,192,132

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTION OF DOTS IN AN IMAGE

MATROX ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS...

1. A method of extracting dots in an image, the method comprising:binarizing an image according to an initial intensity threshold to obtain an initial binary image including an initial set of foreground pixels and an initial set of background pixels, wherein for the initial binary image all foreground pixels have a same foreground intensity value and all background pixels have a same background intensity value;
selecting from the initial binary image an initial set of one or more blobs to be part of a selected set of dots, wherein each blob from the initial set of blobs includes an initial subset from the initial set of foreground pixels and has characteristics of a dot;
responsive to determining that a successive binarization is to be performed, repeating the following:
binarizing the image according to a successive intensity threshold to obtain a successive binary image including a successive set of foreground pixels and a successive set of background pixels, wherein the successive intensity threshold is different from any preceding intensity threshold, and
selecting from the successive binary image a successive set of one or more blobs to be part of the selected set of dots, wherein each blob from the successive set of blobs includes a successive subset from the successive set of foreground pixels and has characteristics of a dot; and
responsive to determining that a successive binarization is not to be performed, outputting the selected set of dots.

US Pat. No. 10,192,131

LOGO IMAGE INDENTIFICATION SYSTEM

Blinkfire Analytics, Inc....

1. A method for image identification using a secure autonomous intelligent server, the method comprising:creating a database of known logos, the database comprising vertices of geometric shapes formed from the known logos;
creating one or more variations of each known logo, the variations comprising the known logo portrayed in varying levels of blur;
creating geometric shapes formed from the blurred logos;
calculating vertices of the geometric shapes formed from the blurred logos and adding the vertices to the database;
obtaining an unidentified logo;
identifying key points on the unidentified logo;
constructing a geometric shape from the key points of the unidentified logo;
calculating vertices of the geometric shape of the unidentified logo; and
matching the vertices of the geometric shape of the unidentified logo with the vertices of the geometric shape of at least one of the known logos and the blurred logos.

US Pat. No. 10,192,130

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RECOVERING A VEHICLE VALUE FROM AN IMAGE

BLINKER, INC., Denver, C...

1. A mobile apparatus, comprising:an image sensor configured to convert an optical image into an electrical signal, the optical image including an image of a vehicle license plate;
a license plate detector, which when executed by a processor, is configured to:
identify, using the electrical signal, one or more object images from the image, each of said one or more images comprising a candidate vehicle license plate image,
crop the image to said identified one or more of the object images,
score each of the cropped one or more of the object images based on a probability that the cropped object image comprises the vehicle license plate image, wherein each of the cropped one or more object images is scored by:
detecting a plurality of alphanumeric characters in the object image, and
applying a score based on a position of one of the plurality of characters relative a position of another one of the plurality of characters, and
based on the scored object images, recover, at the mobile apparatus, information from the vehicle license plate image; and
an interface configured to transmit the vehicle license plate information to a remote apparatus and receive an estimated value for a vehicle corresponding to the vehicle license plate in response to the transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,192,129

UTILIZING INTERACTIVE DEEP LEARNING TO SELECT OBJECTS IN DIGITAL VISUAL MEDIA

ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATE...

1. In a digital medium environment for editing digital visual media, a method of interactively selecting digital objects represented within digital visual media using deep learning, the method comprising:accessing a neural network trained utilizing a repository of digital training images having target objects, training ground truth masks of the target objects, training indicators, and training distance maps, each training distance map reflecting distances between a corresponding training indicator and pixels of a corresponding digital training image;
identifying a user indicator with regard to a probe digital image, the user indicator comprising one or more pixels of the probe digital image identified by a user and an indication of how the one or more pixels correspond to a target object represented in the probe digital image;
generating a distance map reflecting distances between the user indicator and pixels of the probe digital image; and
identifying a set of pixels representing the target object in the probe digital image by providing the probe digital image, the user indicator, and the generated distance map as input to the trained neural network.

US Pat. No. 10,192,128

MOBILE SURVEILLANCE APPARATUS, PROGRAM, AND CONTROL METHOD

NEC CORPORATION, Minato-...

1. A mobile surveillance apparatus comprising:a touch panel display screen;
a first processing unit configured to set an event detection position with respect to a surveillance image, in accordance with a first operation performed with respect to the surveillance image displayed on the touch panel display screen;
a second processing unit configured to perform a display change process with respect to the surveillance image or a window including the surveillance image in accordance with the first operation, the display change process being other than the setting of the event detection position; and
a control unit causing the first processing unit to set the event detection position when a predetermined condition is satisfied and the first operation is performed, and causing the second processing unit to perform the display change process when the predetermined condition is not satisfied and the first operation is performed,
wherein at least one of the first operation and the predetermined condition is performed by contacting the touch panel display screen.

US Pat. No. 10,192,127

SYSTEM FOR DYNAMIC OPTICAL CHARACTER RECOGNITION TUNING

Bank of America Corporati...

1. A system for dynamically tuning optical character recognition processes, the system comprising:a memory device; and
a processing device operatively coupled to the memory device, wherein the processing device is configured to execute computer-readable program code to:
receive an image of a resource document comprising image coordinates associated with the resource document;
apply a general optical character recognition process to the image of the resource document to identify a resource document source or a resource document type;
identify an expected image coordinate area of the image of the resource document associated with a data field of the resource document;
apply a data field-specific optical character recognition process to the expected image coordinate area of the image of the resource document;
determine that the data field is missing from the expected image coordinate area of the image of the resource document;
in response to determining that the data field is missing, cause a user interface of a computing device to display the image of the resource document;
receive, from the user interface of the computing device, a user input associated with an updated expected image coordinate area for the data field;
apply the data field-specific optical character recognition process to the updated expected image coordinate area for the data field within the image of the resource document to extract a value of the data field;
replace the expected image coordinate area in a database with the updated expected image coordinate area; and
associate the stored updated expected image coordinate area for the data field with the identified resource document source or the resource document type.

US Pat. No. 10,192,126

BEHAVIOR RECOGNITION APPARATUS, LEARNING APPARATUS, AND METHOD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A behavior recognition apparatus comprising:a processor programmed to:
detect, based on a vehicle interior image obtained by photographing a vehicle interior, positions of a plurality of body parts of a person inside a vehicle in the vehicle interior image;
calculate distances between the detected positions of each of the plurality of body parts relative to each other, such that distances between all combinations of the plurality of body parts is calculated;
calculate a rank-order feature that ranks magnitudes the calculated distances between each combination of the detected positions of the plurality of body parts; and
discriminate a behavior of an occupant in the vehicle based on using the calculated rank order feature as an input to a discriminator learned in advance, which recognizes the behavior of the occupant inside the vehicle as an output of the discriminator.

US Pat. No. 10,192,125

VEHICLE-WINDOW-TRANSMITTANCE-CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a camera outputting image data corresponding to one or more images taken of an occupant within the vehicle;
a window having variable transmittance;
a sensor sensing radiant flux transmitted through the variable transmittance window onto the occupant;
an artificial neural network classifying the occupant's perception of the transmitted radiant flux based on the one or more images and the transmitted radiant flux, including:
generating an affinity score for each of a plurality of classes of occupant configuration using the image data as an input, each of the plurality of classes associated with a corresponding occupant perception of radiant flux; and
selecting a class of occupant configuration associated with the occupant based on an affinity score for the class of occupant configuration satisfying a threshold, the selected class included in the plurality of classes; and
at least one controller changing the transmittance of the window based on the occupant perception of radiant flux associated with the selected class of occupant configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,192,124

OPTICAL UNIT, VEHICLE MONITOR, AND OBSTRUCTION DETECTOR

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. An optical unit comprising:a rotating reflector that is rotated about a rotation axis in one direction while reflecting light emitted from a light source, wherein
the rotating reflector is provided with a reflecting surface so that the light of the light source is reflected by the rotating reflector while the rotating reflector is rotated and forms a desired light distribution pattern,
the rotating reflector includes blades that function as the reflecting surface and are provided around the rotation axis, and
each blade has a twisted shape, in which, for each blade, a first opposed end of the blade is in a skew relationship with a second opposed end of the blade, and in which an angle between the rotation axis and the blade varies at different circumferential positions, with respect to the rotation axis, of the blade.

US Pat. No. 10,192,123

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RECOGNIZING OBSTACLE OF VEHICLE

Baidu Online Network Tech...

1. A method for recognizing an obstacle to a vehicle, wherein the vehicle comprises a calibrated lidar sensor and an image capturing apparatus, and the method comprises:acquiring point cloud data of a target region by using the lidar sensor and acquiring image data of the target region by using the image capturing apparatus;
recognizing obstacle information in the point cloud data by using a preset point cloud recognition model, and labeling a recognition result to obtain a first labeled result;
recognizing obstacle information in the image data by using a preset image recognition model, and labeling a recognition result to obtain a second labeled result;
comparing the first labeled result with the second labeled result to decide whether the first labeled result and the second labeled result are identical; and
in response to deciding that the first labeled result and the second labeled result are not identical, determining a correct labeled result from the first labeled result and the second labeled result and outputting the correct labeled result.

US Pat. No. 10,192,122

DRIVING ASSIST APPARATUS, DRIVING ASSIST METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A driving assist apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor configured to
acquire, using a camera, a captured image around a vehicle;
acquire, from one or more sensors other than the camera, position information of one or more objects detected by the one or more sensors to exist around the vehicle;
determine a detection range of the one or more sensor detected objects within the captured image based on the acquired position information;
determine one or more regions of the captured image which correspond to the determined detection range of the one or more sensor detected objects; and
perform image processing on a region of the captured image other than a region corresponding to a detection range of an object detected by the one or more sensors to recognize a second object that is different from any sensor detected objects, wherein
the processor is further configured to
extract a pixel group having a color density equal to or higher than a threshold, from a region of the captured image other than the one or more regions corresponding to the detection range of the one or more sensor detected objects;
calculate a detecting region based on the extracted pixel group; and
performing image processing on the calculated detecting region of the captured image to recognize the second object, and
the processor extracts the pixel group having the color density equal to or higher than the threshold from a region of the capture image in a traffic lane included in the captured image.

US Pat. No. 10,192,121

DISPLAY DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE, IN PARTICULAR A COMMERCIAL VEHICLE

MEKRA LANG NORTH AMERICA,...

1. A display system for a vehicle, comprising:a capturing device mountable to a vehicle and adapted to capture at least part of the immediate vehicle environment and to generate signals corresponding to the captured part of the immediate vehicle environment;
a calculation unit associated with said capturing device and adapted to (i) receive the signals generated by the capturing device, (ii) determine obstacles in the captured immediate vehicle environment, (iii) generate a display image displaying both the vehicle in a stylized or symbolic representation and the obstacle determined in the immediate vehicle environment in a stylized or symbolic representation and its relative position with regard to the vehicle, (iv) determine a motion speed and/or motion direction of the obstacle, and (v) modify the stylized or symbolic representation of the obstacle dependent on the motion speed and/or motion direction, wherein the stylized or symbolic representation is of a vehicle, (vi) determine a trajectory of the determined obstacle and illustrate the same on the display image in the form of an obstacle trace, and (vii) evaluate the prospective trajectory of the determined obstacle and illustrate the same on the display image as prospective obstacle trace; and
a rendering unit associated with the calculation unit and adapted to display the display image generated by the calculation unit in the vehicle and visible to a driver.

US Pat. No. 10,192,119

GENERATING A SUMMARY VIDEO SEQUENCE FROM A SOURCE VIDEO SEQUENCE

Axis AB, Lund (SE)

1. A method for generating a summary video sequence from a source video sequence, the method comprising:identifying, in the source video sequence, event video sequences, wherein each event video sequence comprises consecutive video frames in which one or more objects of interest are present;
extracting, from video frames of one or more event video sequences of the event video sequences, pixels depicting the respective one or more objects of interest; and
while keeping spatial and temporal relations of the extracted pixels as in the source video sequence, overlaying the extracted pixels of the video frames of the one or more event video sequences onto video frames of a main event video sequence acting as a background sequence, the main event video sequence being one of the event video sequences, thereby generating the summary video sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,192,118

ANALYSIS DEVICE, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND ANALYSIS METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An analysis device, comprising:at least one processor communicably connected to a sensor, wherein the at least one processor is configured to:
acquire, from the sensor via wireless communication, first motion information of a first user and second motion information of a second user;
detect a first motion of the first user and a second motion of the second user based on the first motion information and the second motion information, respectively,
wherein the first motion information and the second motion information indicate a first play event and a second play event from a plurality of play events, respectively;
associate the first play event with a first time interval and the second play event with a second time interval based on the detected first motion and the detected second motion, respectively;
determine a first play pattern of the first user and a second play pattern of the second user from a plurality of play patterns, based on the association of the first play event with the first time interval and the second play event with the second time interval;
determine a first play style of the first user and a second play style of the second user based on the determined first play pattern and the determined second play pattern;
compare the determined first play style of the first user and the determined second play style of the second user; and
determine compatibility between the first user and the second user based on a degree of similarity in the determined first play style and the determined second play style.

US Pat. No. 10,192,117

GRAPH-BASED FRAMEWORK FOR VIDEO OBJECT SEGMENTATION AND EXTRACTION IN FEATURE SPACE

KODAK ALARIS INC., Roche...

1. A method for graph-based spatiotemporal video segmentation and automatic target object extraction in high-dimensional feature space, comprising:a) automatically analyzing an entire volumetric video sequence;
b) constructing a high-dimensional feature space that includes color, motion, time, and location information so that pixels in the entire volumetric video sequence are reorganized according to their unique and distinguishable feature vectors;
c) creating a graph model that fuses appearance, spatial, and temporal information of all pixels of the video sequence in the high-dimensional feature space, wherein the graph model represents each pixel as a graph node, and two pixels are connected by an edge based on similarity criteria;
d) grouping pixels in the graph model that are inherently similar and assign the same labels to them to form semantic spatiotemporal key segments; and
e) using the semantic spatiotemporal key segments as an input to an initial background/foreground model combined with a graph cut algorithm to label at least one target object.

US Pat. No. 10,192,116

VIDEO SEGMENTATION

Comcast Cable Communicati...

1. A method comprising:identifying a plurality of shots in video content;
generating, by one or more computing devices, a lattice of nodes, wherein the lattice of nodes defines, for the video content, a plurality of potential video segmentation paths beginning at a first shot of the plurality of shots and ending at a last shot of the plurality of shots, and wherein each of the plurality of potential video segmentation paths comprises one or more boundary nodes and one or more non-boundary nodes;
ranking, by the one or more computing devices, the plurality of potential video segmentation paths;
selecting, based on the ranking, which one of the plurality of potential video segmentation paths is to define where boundaries of video segments are located in the video content, resulting in a selected video segmentation path;
determining, based on the one or more boundary nodes of the selected video segmentation path or the one or more non-boundary nodes of the selected segmentation path, segmentation data indicating where the boundaries of the video segments are located in the video content; and
storing the segmentation data.

US Pat. No. 10,192,115

VIRTUALIZING OBJECTS USING OBJECT MODELS AND OBJECT POSITION DATA

1. A method of generating a catalog of positioned objects, comprising:receiving sensor output obtained using one or more input sensors of a user device;
identifying, within the sensor output, one or more objects;
determining, based on the sensor output and based on a location of the user device, a position of the one or more objects;
mapping the one or more objects to one or more corresponding object models within an object model database;
identifying that the one or more objects are to be associated with the determined position;
storing an indication of the one or more object models and the determined position of the one or more objects;
generating an extrapolated image of an area where the one or more objects are located that depicts the area without the one or more objects; and
causing the extrapolated image to be displayed on a display screen such that the one or more objects appear to be absent from the sensor output.

US Pat. No. 10,192,114

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OBTAINING A VEHICLE HISTORY REPORT FROM AN IMAGE

BLINKER, INC., Denver, C...

1. A mobile apparatus, comprising:an image sensor configured to capture an optical image of a vehicle license plate;
a license plate detector configured to:
identify and crop, by a processor, one or more object images from the optical image, each of said one or more object images comprising a candidate vehicle, license plate image,
score, by the processor, each of the cropped one or more object images by:
detecting a plurality of alphanumeric characters in the respective cropped object image,
providing a rectangular fitting around the detected plurality of alphanumeric characters,
computing a score based on the rectangular fitting around the detected plurality of characters and a position of at least one of the plurality of characters relative to a position of another one of the plurality of characters, and
based on the computed score, recover information from the candidate vehicle license plate image; and
an interface configured to transmit the recovered information to a remote computing apparatus that is configured to receive a vehicle history report corresponding to the vehicle license plate image in response to the transmission of the recovered information.

US Pat. No. 10,192,113

QUADOCULAR SENSOR DESIGN IN AUTONOMOUS PLATFORMS

PerceptIn, Inc., Santa C...

1. An apparatus for guiding an autonomous mobile unit, the apparatus including:a multi-ocular controller including at least four interfaces to couple with at least four cameras, each camera providing a field of view of 170 degrees to 210 degrees; and wherein the four cameras are configured into back-to-back pairs, whereby each pair of cameras provides at least a 360-degrees view, the multi-ocular controller including:
a synchronization signal generator to create a synchronization signal to provide to each of the cameras enabling the cameras to acquire images in time frames relative to one another;
a timestamp generator to create time stamps for images captured by the cameras, thereby maintaining a set of synchronized images in which images captured are tagged with a current timestamp;
a plurality of image pathways for conducting image information from each of the cameras to a Digital Signal Processor (DSP);
wherein the Digital Signal Processor (DSP) receives image information in frames of at least 3 Megabytes (3 MB) from a camera at a rate of at least 30 frames per second (FPS) via an Input/Output (I/O) interface and extract features from the image information;
a feature buffer including at least a first bank and a second bank to contain features extracted from the image information;
a buffer controller to trigger a notification to consumer processes that features are available in at least one of the first bank and the second bank of the feature buffer; wherein once the first bank is filled, the first bank is locked to further features from the DSP while features from the first bank are being consumed by the consumer processes; and
one or more processing cores to execute the consumer processes, including a mapping process that builds a map as a guided vehicle explores and an update process that compares features to the map, and to provide output of one or more of the mapping process and the update process to a guided vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,192,112

PLOT GAP IDENTIFICATION

Blue River Technology Inc...

1. A method comprising:receiving, from a camera mounted to a vehicle navigating through the field, one or more images representing field data, the field including a plurality of seed lines and one or more plots within the plurality of seed lines;
determining a plant presence value for each instance of field data, each instance of field data corresponding to a portion of the field and each plant presence value corresponds to a portion of the field and numerically representing a measure of plant matter density associated with each portion of the field;
identifying plant presence values below a threshold density as candidate gaps;
comparing plant presence values associated the candidate gaps to plant presence values associated with portions of the field adjacent to the candidate gaps to eliminate candidate gaps associated with plant presence values within a threshold difference of the adjacent plant presence values;
identifying remaining candidate gaps as the one or more gaps between plots of the plurality of plots within the field; and
segmenting the plant presence values into the one or more plots based on the one or more gaps.

US Pat. No. 10,192,111

STRUCTURE FROM MOTION FOR DRONE VIDEOS

1. A method comprising:obtaining, by a processing system including a processor, a first model for a structure of an object, wherein the first model is based on a first plurality of observations comprising ground-level or near-ground-level observations of the object;
obtaining, by the processing system, a second model for the structure of the object, wherein the second model is based on a second plurality of observations comprising aerial observations of the object;
determining, by the processing system, model parameters for a three-dimensional (3D) third model of the object based on the first model and the second model, wherein the determining comprises a transfer learning procedure using a manifold;
obtaining, by the processing system, data representing a third plurality of observations of the object, wherein the data is captured at an airborne unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operating at an altitude greater than that of the first plurality of observations and less than that of the second plurality of observations;
dynamically adjusting, by the processing system, the third model in accordance with the operating altitude of the UAS, resulting in an adjusted third model;
updating, by the processing system, the adjusted third model in accordance with the data, resulting in an updated adjusted third model; and
determining, by the processing system, a 3D representation of the structure of the object, based on the updated adjusted third model.

US Pat. No. 10,192,110

VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEM AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF

PIXART IMAGING INC., Hsi...

1. A vehicle safety system, comprising:a sensing unit configured to capture an image frame containing an eyeball image of an eyeball from a predetermined distance;
a processing unit configured to
divide the image frame into at least two sub-regions each corresponding to one of different functions, wherein each of the different functions is configured to control one vehicle device;
calculate an eyeball position in the image frame, and
generate a drive signal corresponding to one of the at least two sub-regions in which the eyeball position locates; and
a control unit configured to trigger the vehicle device associated with the one of the at least two sub-regions in which the eyeball position locates according to the drive signal.

US Pat. No. 10,192,109

IDENTIFICATION AND/OR AUTHENTICATION OF A USER USING GAZE INFORMATION

Tobii AB, Danderyd (SE)

1. An eye tracking system for authenticating a user of a device, the system comprising:a first image sensor for capturing at least one image of at least part of a user;
a determination unit for determining information relating to an eye of the user based at least in part on at least one image captured by the first image sensor;
an authentication unit for authenticating the user using the information relating to the eye of the user; and
a profile unit for:
loading an eye tracking calibration profile based on the user being authenticated by the authentication unit, the eye tracking calibration profile storing an offset, the offset being between a fovea of the eye of the user relative to an optical axis or between the fovea and a corneal curvature of the eye of the user;
performing a login procedure using the eye tracking calibration profile and gaze information determined by the determination unit as part of the login procedure, wherein the login procedure comprises:
presenting one or more virtual objects;
receiving, from the determination unit, the gaze information that defines characteristics of the eye when viewing the one or more virtual objects; and
confirming the characteristics of the eye with eye information from the eye tracking calibration profile; and
altering future gaze information of the eye of the user based at least in part on the eye tracking calibration profile, the future gaze information determined by the determination unit as part of tracking the eye of the user after completion of the login procedure.

US Pat. No. 10,192,108

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DEVELOPING AND VERIFYING IMAGE PROCESSING STANDARDS FOR MOBILE DEPOSIT

MITEK SYSTEMS, INC., San...

1. A method for verifying image processing accuracy of a mobile deposit processing unit for mobile deposit of a financial document, comprising:receiving sets of test images of financial documents captured by a mobile device;
performing, by one or more processors, an image processing transaction on each set of test images to improve the image quality of at least one aspect of each set of test images and extract at least one category of text from each set of test images, wherein improving the image quality of at least one aspect of each set of test images includes correcting a geometric distortion, cropping and binarizing each set of test images;
determining a confidence level for each category of extracted text;
comparing the confidence level of each category of extracted text with a corresponding threshold value to accept or reject the image processing transaction for each set of test images;
computing a set of false acceptance rates based on the set of acceptances of the image processing transactions on the sets of test images and a set of false rejection rates based on the set of rejections of the image processing transactions on the sets of test images, wherein the set of false rejection rates includes: a false rejection rate computed based on false image quality rejections, a false rejection rate computed based on false payment amount rejections, and a false rejection rate computed based on inaccurate image quality assurance (IQA) rejections;
verifying an accuracy of the mobile deposit processing unit by comparing each of the set of false acceptance rates with a corresponding false acceptance rate threshold and each of the set of false rejection rates with a corresponding false rejection rate threshold; and
determining a status for the mobile deposit processing unit based on the set of false acceptance rates in view of the accuracy of the mobile deposit processing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,192,107

OBJECT DETECTION METHOD AND OBJECT DETECTION APPARATUS

BEIJING KUANGSHI TECHNOLO...

1. An object detection method comprising:mapping at least one image frame in an image sequence into a three dimensional physical space, to obtain three dimensional coordinates of each pixel in the at least one image frame;
extracting a foreground region in the at least one image frame;
segmenting the foreground region into a set of blobs;
detecting, for each blob in the set of blobs, an object in the blob through a neural network based on the three dimensional coordinates of at least one predetermined reference point in the blob to obtain an object detection result; and
matching the object detection results of at least two image frames to obtain an object tracking result;
wherein matching of the object detection results of the at least two image frames comprises:
extracting feature information of each object detected in each image frame of the at least two image frames, wherein the feature information comprises at least one of location information, appearance information, and texture information of the object;
for each object in an image frame of the at least two image frames, assigning a plurality of weights to a plurality of links between the object and each object in other image frames of the at least two image frames respectively based on the feature information, wherein each of the weights indicates a probability of the object being matched with each object in the other image frames; and
matching the at least two image frames in the image sequence based on the weights to obtain the object tracking result;
calculating Euclidean distances between the object and each object in other image frames of the at least two image frames; and
assigning the weights to the links between the object and each object in other image frames of the at least two image frames respectively based on the Euclidean distances;
wherein the smaller the Euclidean distance is, the larger the weight assigned to the link is.

US Pat. No. 10,192,106

MOVING OBJECT DETECTION APPARATUS AND MOVING OBJECT DETECTION METHOD

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A moving object detection apparatus that analyzes a photographic image captured by an onboard camera and detects a moving object in the photographic image, comprising:an imaging portion that captures the photographic image at a predetermined time interval;
a storage portion that stores a first template representing a figure characteristic of a first moving object having a size smaller than a predetermined size, and stores a second template representing a figure characteristic of a second moving object having a size larger than the predetermined size,
a peripheral region detection portion that compares the photographic image with the first template or the second template, and detects the first moving object and the second moving object as the moving object in a peripheral region provided on each of right and left sides in the photographic image; and
a central region detection portion that detects the first moving object as the moving object in a central region provided at a center of the photographic image,
wherein:
the central region detection portion detects the first moving object and the second moving object as the moving object when the second moving object has been detected in the peripheral region of the photographic image obtained at a previous time.

US Pat. No. 10,192,105

SUPPORT VECTOR MACHINE ADAPTED SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSIFICATION METHOD

King Fahd University of P...

1. A computer-implemented method of recognizing sign language, the method comprising:detecting, via circuitry, one or more interest points in an extracted sign language feature, wherein the one or more interest points are localized in space and time in each of a plurality of images acquired from a plurality of frames of a sign language video including the extracted sign language feature, wherein the images include 33 sign primitive postures;
applying a digital filter to determine one or more extrema of a central region of the one or more interest points;
associating one or more features with each interest point of the one or more interest points using a neighboring pixel function;
clustering, via the circuitry, a group of extracted sign language features from the plurality of images based on a similarity between the extracted sign language features according to the associating;
representing each image of the plurality of images by a histogram of visual words corresponding to the respective image to generate a code book;
training, via the circuitry, a classifier based on labels assigned to the plurality of images to classify with a Support Vector Machine each extracted sign language feature using the code book;
detecting, via the circuitry, a posture in each frame of the plurality of frames of the sign language video using the trained classifier;
constructing, via the circuitry, a sign gesture based on the detected postures, and
identifying text words that correspond with the sign gesture and presenting the text on a display to ease communication between deaf people and non-deaf people.

US Pat. No. 10,192,104

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTHENTICATING A USER BASED ON CAPTURED IMAGE DATA

Capital One Services, LLC...

1. A system for authenticating a user of a computing device, the system comprising:one or more memory devices storing instructions; and
one or more processors configured to execute the instructions to:
provide, to the computing device, an indication of a prescribed authentication parameter configured to be displayed to the user via the computing device, the prescribed authentication parameter comprising an indication of a gesture to be performed by the user, the gesture comprising presentation of at least an inanimate physical object;
receive image data comprising an image of the user captured using an image sensor of the computing device;
verify an identity of the user based on facial recognition analysis of the received image data;
determine whether the received image data comprises a feature corresponding to the prescribed authentication parameter; and
authenticate the user based at least in part on whether the received image data comprises the feature.

US Pat. No. 10,192,103

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING AND REMOVING OCCLUSIONS IN A THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE

StereoVision Imaging, Inc...

1. A method for removing an occlusion from a three-dimensional scan of a target subject, the method comprising:receiving the three-dimensional scan that includes a face of the target subject, the three-dimensional scan comprising a plurality of three-dimensional points;
determining that the plurality of three-dimensional points includes a subset plurality of three-dimensional points corresponding to the occlusion, the subset plurality of three-dimensional points corresponding to a subset of the plurality of three-dimensional points; and
removing the subset plurality of three-dimensional points corresponding to the occlusion of the face of the target subject from the three-dimensional scan, wherein removing the subset plurality of three-dimensional points corresponding to the occlusion of the face comprises:
converting the three-dimensional scan to a two-dimensional depth image;
detecting edge points in the two-dimensional depth image;
determining edge points in the three-dimensional scan based on the detected edge points in the two-dimensional scan; and
filtering the edge points in the three-dimensional scan to identify those edge points inside a particular region of the three-dimensional scan associated with the occlusion.

US Pat. No. 10,192,102

CAPTCHA IMAGE SCRAMBLE

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. A method comprising:determining, by one or more computing devices, a Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHA), the CAPTCHA comprising:
a first static image comprising a single continuous image partitioned into a first number of image sections arranged in a first order, wherein each of the plurality of image sections corresponds to a unique identifier;
a second static image comprising a second number of the image sections of the single image scrambled from the single continuous image into a second order, the second number of image sections being different from the first number of image sections;
a challenge based on content in the single image; and
a correct response based on the content in the single image;
generating, by one or more computing devices, based on the first static image and the first order, web-browser-executable code for converting the second static image to the first static image, wherein the web-browser-executable code is further based at least in part on the unique identifiers corresponding to the plurality of image sections and the second order; and
sending, by one or more computing device, the second static image and the web-browser-executable code to a client device.

US Pat. No. 10,192,101

METHOD AND DEVICE TO SPEED UP FACE RECOGNITION

NAGRAVISION S.A., Chesea...

1. A method to customize an application associated with a television experience based on recognition of users located in front of a television display and in a field of view of a camera, the method comprising:performing, using at least one processor, an initialization operation comprising,
enrolling a plurality of users in a database of a computer system, each of the users associated with a profile including a profile ID,
acquiring a first wide image using the camera, the first wide image embracing a wide area to encompass all potential users located in front of the display,
isolating at least one user's face appearing on the first wide image,
defining at least one marking area surrounding each isolated face as a fast scanning area image, the fast scanning area corresponding to a position,
extracting biometric data of the face appearing inside a selected marking area of the at least one marking area from the fast scanning area image, and
associating the extracted biometric data with a profile ID; and
performing, using the at least one processor, an identification operation requested by the application comprising,
acquiring a second wide image with the camera,
extracting from the second wide image an active area according to the selected marking area as a second fast scanning area image,
extracting biometric data of a face appearing in the second fast scanning area image,
comparing the extracted biometric data of the second fast scanning area image with the biometric data of the profile ID assigned to the selected marking area, and in absence of a match, comparing the extracted biometric data with other biometric data of the database until one profile is found, and
transmitting the found profile ID to the application.

US Pat. No. 10,192,100

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CLASSIFICATION OF PARTICLES IN A FLUID SAMPLE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system for classifying particles in water sample, system comprising:an optical detection assembly comprising at least one image acquisition device and corresponding lens with an optical axis, the image acquisition device is configured to acquire images of an image acquisition area perpendicular to the optical axis;
a sample device comprising at least one sample container suitable for holding a water sample in liquid form comprising particles;
a translating arrangement configured to translate said image acquisition area through at least a part of said sample container with an optimal step length between each acquired image, wherein the optimal step length is determined based on a depth of field of the optical detection assembly, and a selected optical resolution;
a controller configured to control said optical detection assembly and said translating arrangement to acquire images of a plurality of image acquisition areas;
an image processor programmed to analyze said acquired images and to determine a set of features for an individual particle captured by said acquired images by creating objects of the individual particle and assigning each of the objects to a corresponding stack of objects comprising different images of the individual particle; and
an artificial intelligent processor programmed to associate said set of features for said individual particle to a particle classification of particles,
wherein said step length between each acquired image is used to determine a distance between the objects in the stacks of objects.

US Pat. No. 10,192,099

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATED SCREENING AND PROGNOSIS OF CANCER FROM WHOLE-SLIDE BIOPSY IMAGES

Board of Regents of The U...

1. A method for automatically detecting classifying, and grading cancerous regions of one or more biopsy images comprising:performing an image color standardization procedure on the one or more biopsy images to produce one or more color standardized biopsy images;
performing edge detection on the one or more color standardized biopsy images;
generating sets of texture-based feature vectors from the one or more color standardized biopsy images, wherein generating sets of texture-based feature vectors comprises extraction of a set of features from Fourier and wavelet transforms and fractal analysis of the one or more color standardized biopsy images;
training a classifier by using the generated sets of texture-based feature vectors;
classifying the one or more biopsy images according to the Gleason grading system;
using the result of the classification to determine the Gleason score of the one or more biopsy images;
wherein fractal analysis of the one or more color standardized biopsy images comprises:
performing image filtering on the one or more color standardized biopsy images depending on nature of noise in the one or more color standardized biopsy image;
binarizing the one or more color standardized biopsy images to produce binary images of the one or more color standardized biopsy images,
calculating fractal dimension of the binary images by using different grid sizes based on a Differential Box Counting (DBC) algorithm; and
fusing resulting fractal dimensions; and
wherein binarizing the one or more color standardized biopsy images comprises:
performing image filtering on the one or more color standardized biopsy images to produce one or more filtered images;
smoothing the one or more filtered images using shape-dependent filters;
calculating gradient vectors in the one or more filtered images using different kernels;
selecting an edge angle in the one or more filtered images;
determining threshold values within a local dynamic range in the one or more filtered images,
generating several edge maps in the one or more filtered images, and
fusing the generated edge maps together to form one or more binary images of the one or more color standardized biopsy images.

US Pat. No. 10,192,098

PALM PRINT IMAGE MATCHING TECHNIQUES

MorphoTrak, LLC, Anaheim...

1. A method for matching palm print images, the method implemented by an automatic palm print identification system including a processor, a memory coupled to the processor, an interface to a palm print scanning device, and a sensor associated with the palm print scanning device, the method comprising:generating, for a search palm print image, a search template that identifies at least a plurality of distinctive search orientation blocks within a search orientation field for the search palm print image, each distinctive search orientation block within the plurality of distinctive search orientation blocks having an orientation difference, relative to an adjacent search orientation block within the search orientation field, that satisfies a first threshold;
obtaining a reference template that identifies a plurality of distinctive reference orientation blocks within a reference orientation field for a reference palm print image, each distinctive reference orientation block within the plurality of distinctive reference orientation blocks having an orientation difference, relative to an adjacent reference orientation block within the reference orientation field, that satisfies a second threshold;
identifying, for each of the distinctive search orientation blocks, a mated distinctive reference orientation block from among the plurality of distinctive reference orientation blocks;
comparing one or more regions of the search orientation field that includes at least one distinctive search orientation block with one or more corresponding regions of the reference orientation field that includes at least one distinctive reference orientation block that correspond to the at least one distinctive search orientation block;
computing an orientation similarity score between the search palm print image and the reference palm print image based at least on comparing the one or more regions of the search orientation field and the one or more regions of the reference orientation field
determining that the computed orientation score satisfies a predetermined threshold value;
determining a match between the search palm print image and the reference palm print image based at least on determining that the computed orientation score satisfies the predetermined threshold value; and
providing, for output to one or more computers of the automatic palm print identification system, data indicating the match between the search palm print image and the reference palm print image.

US Pat. No. 10,192,097

FINGER PRINT DETECTION APPARATUS AND DETECTION METHOD THEREOF

Novatek Microelectronics ...

1. A finger print detection method, comprising:accessing a part of an input image to generate a checked image;
summing pixel numbers of pixels having gray levels larger than a smallest gray level out of all gray levels in all pixels and smaller than a largest gray level out of all gray levels in all pixels in the checked image to obtain a detected pixel number; and
determining the checked image is a finger print when the detected pixel number is larger than a reference value.

US Pat. No. 10,192,096

FINGERPRINT IMAGING MODULE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

SHANGHAI OXI TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A fingerprint imaging module, comprising:a light source assembly comprising a first light source for generating first incident light and a second light source for generating second incident light, wherein the first light source and the second light source are disposed with an interval therebetween;
a color layer disposed at a side of the light source assembly and comprising a non-opaque region which penetrates through thickness of the color layer, wherein the non-opaque region is disposed corresponding to the interval between the first light source and the second light source, and adapted to transmit the first incident light and the second incident light;
a sensing surface disposed at a side of the color layer which is away from the light source assembly, wherein the first incident light is transmitted by the non-opaque region to form first reflected light on the sensing surface, and the second incident light is transmitted by the non-opaque region to form second reflected light on the sensing surface; and
an image sensor disposed between the light source assembly and the color layer and comprising a first photosensitive region and a second photosensitive region, wherein the first photosensitive region is disposed corresponding to a position of the first light source, the second photosensitive region is disposed corresponding to a position of the second light source, and the image sensor is configured to acquire the first reflected light and the second reflected light to acquire a fingerprint image.

US Pat. No. 10,192,095

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FINGERPRINT VALIDATION

1. A method of validating a fingerprint, said method comprising the steps of:obtaining a volumetric scan of a finger under test using an optical coherence tomography system;
wherein obtaining a volumetric scan comprises the steps of:
scanning a finger under test using the optical coherence tomography system to acquire plurality of A-scans which includes both a surface fingerprint and a sub dermal fingerprint;
combining the A-scans to acquire a plurality of B-scans;
combining the B-scans to obtain the volumetric scan;
processing said volumetric scan to obtain a two dimensional image of at least a portion of the surface fingerprint
and processing said volumetric scan to obtain a two dimensional image of at least a portion of the sub dermal fingerprint, where such portions are of substantially the same fingerprint region;
comparing, using image processing, said surface fingerprint and said sub dermal fingerprint to determine compatibility of said surface fingerprint and said sub dermal fingerprint where compatibility serves to validate said fingerprint; and
outputting results of said comparison of said surface fingerprint and said sub dermal fingerprint.

US Pat. No. 10,192,094

ULTRASONIC FINGERPRINT SENSOR PACKAGE, ULTRASONIC FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

NANCHANG O-FILM BIO-IDENT...

1. A package of an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor comprising:a substrate comprising a top surface and a plurality of first connecting electrodes formed on the top surface;
a control chip arranged on the substrate and comprising a periphery-stepped upper surface facing away from the substrate, the periphery-stepped upper surface comprising a central upper surface and a peripheral lower surface surrounding and being lower than the central upper surface, the control chip comprising a plurality of second connecting electrodes formed on the central upper surface, a plurality of third connecting electrodes formed on the peripheral lower surface and connected to the second connecting electrodes in a predetermined manner by a redistribution layer technique;
a plurality of bonding wires, wherein the bonding wires are configured to bond the first connecting electrodes to the third connecting electrodes by a wire bonding technique;
an ultrasonic transducer being arranged on the control chip, wherein the transducer, being controlled by the substrate and the control chip, is configured to emit ultrasound and detect the ultrasound reflected back thereto; and
packing material, wherein the packing material is configured to package the substrate, the control chip, the bonding wires, and the ultrasonic transducer as one module.

US Pat. No. 10,192,093

ULTRASONIC FINGERPRINT SENSOR PACKAGE

NANCHANG O-FILM BIO-IDENT...

1. An ultrasonic fingerprint sensor package comprising:a substrate;
a control chip arranged on the substrate;
bonding wires, the control chip connected to the substrate by the bonding wires using a wire bonding technology;
an ultrasonic probe arranged on the control chip and is configured to emit ultrasonic wave and receive ultrasonic wave reflected by an object; and
packaging material covering the substrate, the control chip, and the bonding wires and fixing the ultrasonic probe using a molding technology;
wherein the ultrasonic probe comprises a piezoelectric layer, a plurality of emitters, and a plurality of receiving lines, the piezoelectric layer comprises an array of piezoelectric posts, the emitters are formed on a lower end of the piezoelectric layer and corresponds to the piezoelectric posts, each of the emitters is connected to a corresponding piezoelectric post, the receiving lines are arranged on an upper end of the piezoelectric layer and corresponds to the piezoelectric posts, and each of the receiving lines is connected to a row of the piezoelectric posts;
wherein the emitters comprises an alloy layer on the lower end of the piezoelectric layer and a plurality of metal pads arranged on the lower end of the alloy layer.

US Pat. No. 10,192,092

HIGH-EFFICIENCY FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION DEVICE

SUPERC-TOUCH CORPORATION,...

1. A high-efficiency fingerprint identification device, comprising:a sensing electrode substrate;
a plurality of 1-to-N switch circuits formed on the sensing electrode substrate, each 1-to-N switch circuit having a first end, N second ends and m control ends, the m control ends controlling connection between the first end and the N second ends, where m is an integer greater than or equal to 2, and N is an integer greater than or equal to 3;
a plurality of sensing electrodes arranged along a first direction and a second direction for forming an electrode matrix with columns and rows, the first direction being substantially perpendicular to the second direction, wherein each sensing electrode is corresponding to a nearby 1-to-N switch circuit, the i-th second ends of the 1-to-N switch circuits corresponding to the sensing electrodes in each column are electrically connected to each other, and one of the N second ends is electrically connected to its corresponding sensing electrode, where 1?i?N; and
a plurality of wires divided into driving and sensing lines and control lines, wherein the sensing electrodes in each column are corresponding to at least one driving and sensing line, the at least one driving and sensing line is electrically connected to one of the N second ends of the 1-to-N switch circuits corresponding to the sensing electrodes in the column, the sensing electrodes in each row are corresponding to m control lines, and each control line is electrically connected to ones of the m control ends of the 1-to-N switch circuits corresponding to the sensing electrodes in the row, wherein the driving and sensing lines carry at least a reference voltage and a sensing signal, and the control lines carry at least a control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,192,091

FINGERPRINT SENSOR APPARATUS AND A METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE FINGERPRINT SENSOR APPARATUS

Novatek Microelectronics ...

1. A fingerprint sensor apparatus, comprising:a processor;
a sampling unit comprising an image sampling circuit and a sensor circuit, coupled to the processor, and configured to sense a fingerprint image;
an image analysing unit, coupled to the sampling unit and the processor, and the processor is configured to execute the image analysing unit to analyse an image parameter of the fingerprint image to obtain an image data, and compare the image data to a reference data to obtain a comparison result, wherein the comparison result comprises that the image data correspond to one of a plurality of stages,
wherein the image parameter is one of a grayscale value, an image resolution, an image brightness, an image spectral distribution, an image discrepancy, an image relevancy and an image color depth of the fingerprint image, wherein the plurality of stages are determined according to the image parameter, and the plurality of different stages correspond to different pressure regions,
wherein the processor is further configured to control an electronic device to execute a predetermined operation according to the stage corresponding to the image data, wherein the processor outputs a signal representative of a pressure value of a fingerprint according to the stage corresponding to the image data.

US Pat. No. 10,192,090

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR SCANNING BASED ON A CODE IMAGE

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

1. An information processing device comprising:a scanner that performs scanning of an image of a single page of a document and detects a code image included in a scanned region of the image where the scanning is completed; and
a setting unit that sets, based on the code image detected by the scanner, a scanning region within an unscanned region of the image in which scanning by the scanner is to be subsequently performed.

US Pat. No. 10,192,089

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTHENTICATION OF CONSUMER PRODUCTS

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A method for authentication of a consumer product, wherein the method comprises:providing the consumer product, optionally with packaging material associated therewith;
detecting filtered light from an intrinsic portion of the consumer product or packaging material associated therewith using a photodetector of a portable computing device to produce at least one single-color image data set representative of the intrinsic portion for at least one color;
comparing the at least one single-color image data set with a stored data set representative of authentic information for the intrinsic portion using a microprocessor of the portable computing device, wherein comparing the at least one single-color image data set with the stored data set is conducted independent of and separate from any analysis of non-color data obtained from preconfigured security features; and
providing an indication of authenticity of the consumer product with the portable computing device based upon an outcome of comparing the at least one single-color image data set with the stored data set representative of authentic information for the intrinsic portion.

US Pat. No. 10,192,088

VIDEO SIGNAL MONITORING METHOD, VIDEO SIGNAL MONITORING DEVICE, AND DISPLAY DEVICE

NEC DISPLAY SOLUTIONS, LT...

1. A video signal monitoring method comprising:a detecting process in which a sensor installed in a display device detects at least of luminance or chromaticity in a predetermined region among regions of a video displayed on the display device;
a sensing result converting process of converting the at least one of detected luminance or chromaticity into video identification information for identifying the video; and
a sensing result reading process of outputting the video identification information and a clock time at which the video was displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,192,087

METHODS AND ARRANGEMENTS FOR IDENTIFYING OBJECTS

Digimarc Corporation, Be...

1. An image processing method to identify a canned, barcoded item selected for purchase by a first shopper at a retail store, the store having a shopping portion where items are stocked for sale, and a checkout portion, the method including using information from a first sensor, and then using information from second sensor different than the first sensor, in a data fusion manner to narrow a universe of possible item identifications, the method more particularly comprising the acts:based on information from the first sensor, developing a set of plural item identification hypotheses about the canned barcoded item selected by the shopper for purchase, each of said item identification hypotheses having an associated confidence score that respectively indicates certainty about said hypothesis;
refining the set of plural identification hypotheses about the selected barcoded item, by applying data fusion based on other information, the other information including information from the second sensor, said refining including revising at least certain of said associated confidence scores;
if need be, successively repeating said refining act, until one of said revised confidence scores has a value exceeding a particular, predetermined threshold value, said threshold value having been established prior to said refining act, and serving as a basis for comparison in judging the revised confidence scores; and
adding, to a purchase tally for said shopper, an item associated with said one revised confidence score that has a value exceeding the threshold value, said item being the canned barcoded item selected for purchase by the shopper;
wherein one of said sensors is a fixed sensor in an aisle of the shopping portion of the store, the information from said fixed sensor that is used in said data fusion manner more particularly comprising (a) information indicating locations visited by the shopper during a track of the shopper through the store, or (b) information indicating both removal of an object from a store shelf location and a time of such removal; and
the other of said sensors is a camera at the checkout portion of the retail store, the information from said camera that is used in said data fusion manner more particularly-comprising imagery depicting the canned, barcoded item, or a person's interaction with said item.